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Jennings Envirothon team places third at state
Submitted by Jeff Josptille BOWLING GREEN — The Fort Jennings Envirothon team recently participated in state competition at Bowling Green State University. Ninety-five students from 18 Ohio high schools competed Monday and Tuesday in outdoor competition that tests student’s knowledge of soil, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology, and current environmental issues. This year’s theme was “freshwater estuaries.” Team I placed third out of 19 teams. The winning team from Chardon High School won the right to attend the Canon North American Envirothon in Nova Scotia in August. This is the 14th year Fort Jennings has had an Envirothon Team and the 14th straight year it advanced to state competition. It is the fourth time that the team has finished in the top 3 places in the last five years at state. Students compete by answering questions as a team at field test sites and prepare a short oral presentation on the theme of the year. Monday morning and afternoon are

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The Rev. Ryan Schmit will celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Rev. Schmit, son of Dr. Art and Mary Ann Schmit, formerly of Delphos and Ottoville, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Columbus by the Most Rev. Frederick Campbell on May 28 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus. Rev. Schmit received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and Master of Divinity from Pontifical College of Josephinum in Columbus. His first assignment will be at St. Matthew’s in Gahanna. He is the grandson of Clara Gerker of Ottoville and the late Urban Gerker and Alice Schmit of Delphos and the late Jerome Schmit.

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spent at the test site working on the tests and for four hours Monday evening, the teams work on preparing their presentations which must include visual displays. Team advisors are not allowed to be with their team at any of the testing or preparation times. Tuesday, the teams are schedPhotos submitted uled to deliver presentations Members of the Fort Jennings Envirothon Team I are, front from left, Ryan Schuerman, in front of a three-judge panel Tyler Weideman and Krista Baldauf; and back, Andrew Huntsman and Ryan Kraner. that includes local resource The team placed third at state. people, EPA representatives, local government officials or Ohio Department of Natural Resources personnel. An awards banquet is held on Tuesday afternoon and the winner represents Ohio at the North American Canon Envirothon. The Fort Jennings Team 1 members include Andrew Huntsman, Ryan Kraner, Krista Baldauf, Ryan Schuerman and Tyler Weideman. They are advised by Jeff Jostpille. Fort Jennings Team II also was eligible to attend the state competition and finished 11. Team members include Adam Krietemeyer, Adam Kleman, Jason Berelsman, Jake Young, Members of the Fort Jennings Envirothon Team II are, from left, Jason Berelsman, and Nick Verhoff. Adam Krietemeyer, Adam Kleman, Nick Verhoff and Jake Young. They placed 11th at the State Envirothon competition this week.

Delphos Project Recycle is set for 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Delphos Fuel and Wash north of Double A Trailer Sales on East Fifth Street. Newspaper, phone books and aluminum cans need to be in separate containers.All other items are taken to the Van Wert Recycle Center. Cardboard, magazines and plastic shopping bags also need to be separated. All tin, plastic and glass containers need to be rinsed clean. Labels can be left on items and they can be co-mingled. No window or plate glass, nor light bulbs, ornamental, Pyrex or cookware glass will be accepted. Computers, etc., are also accepted but no monitors or TVs.

Broadband project moves to construction phase
By Ed Gebert Staff writer HAVILAND — An effort to bring broadband Internet service to the area officially kicked off Thursday with a ceremony at Wayne Trace High School. Com Net, Inc. has begun burying fiber optic cable to connect schools, businesses and others in rural areas to the worldwide web. “Today’s celebration marks the beginning of construction on 700 miles of fiber optic plant that will connect with existing facilities of Com Net and its partners to create the backbone of a new, highly-survivable, broadband infrastructure that will serve as an enabler for economic development throughout the region,” Com Net CEO Tim Berelsman said. Crews Thursday afternoon were already at work near the intersection of U.S. 127 and St. Rd. 114, burying the fiber. The GigE Plus project itself carries a $43 billion price tag but $30 million of the cost was picked up by the federal government through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act last year. Com Net, in partnership with OARnet, Zayo Bandwidth and 33 last-mile service providers, came together to apply for the stimulus dollars that are making the project possible. Berelsman stressed the value of broadband to economic development. “There is a megasite industrial site in Van Wert,” he shared. “We’ll be going right in front of the industrial site, setting access points so we will have made that industrial site in Van Wert fiber-ready. And we plan on doing that at other industrial sites as we go throughout the state because that is one of the first things businesses ask nowadays: ‘Do you have rail? Do you have road transportation? Do you have fiber connectivity or high-speed fiber?’ What we’re doing is allowing the

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Darrin Edinger prepares to hoist the survivor sign for ninth annual Relay for Life of Delphos Friday morning at Jefferson High School. This year’s Relay features 22 teams, which are setting up booths and getting ready to walk the sidewalk surrounding the softball diamond and greenspace on the east side of campus. Van Wert County Emergency Management director and weather guru Rick McCoy anticipates temperatures in the 80s today with a chance of thunderstorms this evening and possibly Saturday morning. He calls for a chance of severe thunderstorms late Saturday afternoon and a slight chance of rain Sunday morning.

1 in custody in investigation at Pentagon
By ERIC TUCKER The Associated Press 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ARLINGTON, Va. — One person was taken into custody early today after being found near the Pentagon with suspicious materials in his backpack, authorities said. U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser said the man was in Arlington National Cemetery overnight, when it is closed, triggering an investigation. He said the man was initially uncooperative. FBI Special Agt. Brenda Heck said the man was carrying a backpack that contained suspicious materials and a non-explosive material was found. A law enforcement official speaking on the condition of anonymity said officials found what appeared to be a small quantity of ammonium nitrate, but the official, who was not authorized to release the information, said there was nothing that would have enabled an explosion. The official said tests were being done to determine the exact concentration. Heck said in the course of the investigation, police


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were directed to a car, a red 2011 Nissan. No suspicious activity was said to be connected with the vehicle, she said, adding that the man was believed to be in his 20s. Heck said it is believed the man acted alone. Pentagon police spokesman Chris Layman said the car was in bushes near the Pentagon’s north parking lot. In another incident earlier this week, a motorist found with a gun and what appeared to be a suspicious package near the Pentagon was taken into custody.

communities to say, ‘Yes we do.’ That will draw businesses into the area, or present the opportunity to locate in this area.” The celebration was hosted by Wayne Trace since that school is the first institution to be connected by this project. Superintendent Steve Arnold said this will be a welcome addition because the school has often lost service due to the weather. “In addition to not having downtime, fiber will allow for faster speeds and greater bandwidth — two necessities needed to provide the best 21st-Century education possible,” Arnold said. The GigE Plus project is designed to provide connectivity for community anchor institutions like schools, and offices of state and local government, public safety, community support organizations and public libraries. This will open the network to others’ connection through local Internet service providers in Van Wert, Paulding and surrounding counties. NOACSC Executive Director Ray Burden was particularly excited about the opportunity for local schools. “This levels the playing field for school districts to provide such a great opportunity, to add that Internet access,” he said. Along with local partners in the project, a representative from the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown was present on Thursday to congratulate the group on reaching the construction phase. “High-speed broadband access is critical for economic development and job growth,” wrote Brown. “Thanks to economic development funds, this broadband access platform will help bring jobs and business investment to western Ohio.” In all, the GigE Plus project will connect persons in 28 counties in western Ohio with broadband service.

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Conflicting policies on flying under ash confuse passengers
By SARAH DiLORENZO The Associated Press SYDNEY — If you had hoped to fly Qantas between Australia and New Zealand, you were out of luck. The national carrier grounded planes after a plume of ash from a Chilean volcano moved over the southern Pacific. But the suspension this past week didn’t leave the island nation entirely cut off: If you booked on Virgin Australia or Air New Zealand, your flight ran as scheduled for much of the week. Stranded Qantas passengers could only watch in frustration as competitors’ customers boarded planes, but it also left them wondering what was going on. Was Qantas overly cautious or were its pilots less capable? Do Virgin and Air New Zealand have a greater appetite for risk? “It’s quite concerning that other airlines are still flying, and Qantas can’t do the same thing,” said Briton Tina Gunn, who got stuck in Sydney on her way to New Zealand to see her daughter who was due to give birth to her first child any day. All the airlines operating flights affected by the ash insisted that safety was their No. 1 priority. On Thursday, when the cloud between the two countries drifted to lower altitudes, Virgin followed its competitors and canceled some flights. Air New Zealand periodically suspended some domestic flights, but never stopped flying across the Tasman Sea. Today, service between the two countries was returning to normal. The difference in approach made passengers wonder: Was safety more of a priority for some? Analysts say all three airlines are among the world’s safest, and the different approaches — and the flak Qantas caught for not flying — simply lays bare the dilemma airlines face when they make decisions without perfect information. Little is known about how thick ash has to be to affect jet engines, and there are few good ways to measure the density of the clouds. “The airlines you’re talking about are airlines that all have outstanding safety records,” said Arnold Barnett, a statistician at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “We’re talking about disagreements among the greats.” The last time a volcano caused widespread flight cancelations, there were no such comparisons to be made: In the days after last year’s eruption in Iceland, European civil authorities closed airspace from

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships seized control early today of another northwestern town, activists reported, as fresh accounts emerged of summary executions to suppress the pro-democracy movement. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets again after the opposition called for a day of massive demonstrations, pressing on with their three-monthold campaign to topple authoritarian President Bashar Assad. Troops in large numbers poured into Maaret al-Numan, 28 miles (45 kilometers) from the Turkish border, said Syriabased rights activist Mustafa Osso. He said other forces were now massing around Khan Sheikhon, to the south, where gunmen attacked army forces earlier INKS!! this month. Omar Idilbi of the Local

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Scotland to Hungary. Airlines complained bitterly that they were best placed to make decisions about safety and sent test flights into the air to prove that it was safe to fly. More than 100,000 flights were canceled and 10 million passengers affected before the agencies relented. In a less severe situation, Australia left the decision-making to individual airlines. Virgin and Air New Zealand have repeatedly said their safety procedures are robust, but Qantas had the best retort by keeping its planes on the ground. Qantas has built its reputation on safety, and all week it never lost a chance to remind the public that it would never put “safety before schedule.” It attached the hashtag “safety first” to all of its tweets updating passengers on cancelations. On Thursday night, it posted a video on YouTube, explaining the dangers of ash and how it makes decisions about when to fly. But the carrier’s reputation has been dented recently by a series of accidents. Most serious was the explosion of a Rolls Royce engine in mid-air last year. A handful of forced landings have followed and an oxygen tank once exploded, ripping a hole in a plane.

The high temperature Thursday in Delphos was 77 and the low was 60. A year ago today, the high was 80 and the low was 61. The record high for today is 99, set in 1994 and the record low of 45 was set in 1980. WEATHER FORECAST Tri-county Associated Press

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Doyle Wayne Krouskop, 59, of Ramona, Calif., and formerly of the Delphos area, passed away while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He was born May 29, 1952, in Ohio to Harold Monroe Krouskop and Helen (Tuttle) Krouskop. Mr. Krouskop began his law enforcement career in Ohio in 1973, where he worked eight years, in assignments that included undercover narcotics detective and a homicide investigator. He was the one who captured the Bob’s (Grubenhoff) Grocery robbery. He also went undercover for the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. Memorial services were held Wednesday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. A celebratory gathering was held for family, friends and co-workers after the services.

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By The Associated Press Today is Friday, June 17, the 168th day of 2011. There are 197 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 17, 1775, the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston. The battle (actually on Breed’s Hill) proved a costly victory for the British, who suffered heavy losses. On this date: In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor aboard the French ship Isere (eeSEHR’). In 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed the SmootHawley Tariff Act, which boosted U.S. tariffs to historically high levels, prompting foreign retaliation. In 1940, France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II. In 1957, mob underboss Frank Scalice was shot to death at a produce market in the Bronx, N.Y. In 1961, Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West while his troupe was in Paris. In 1971, the United States and Japan signed a treaty under which Okinawa would revert from American to Japanese control the following year, with the U.S. allowed to maintain military bases there. President Richard M. Nixon declared a “war” against drug abuse in America in a message to Congress. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon’s eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington, D.C.’s Watergate complex. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan announced the retirement of Chief Justice Warren Burger, who was succeeded by William Rehnquist. Singer Kate Smith died in Raleigh, N.C., at age 79. In 1991, the remains of President Zachary Taylor were briefly exhumed in Louisville, Ky., to test a theory that Taylor had died of arsenic poisoning (results showed death was from natural causes).



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COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is urging supporters to help defend the contentious collective bargaining law that limits public employee unions. Opponents of the new law have been circulating petitions in an effort to have the measure repealed. They need more than 231,000 valid signatures by June 30 to get the issue on the November ballot. The law bans public employee strikes and restricts bargaining rights for more than 350,000 teachers, police officers and others. In an e-mail Thursday, Kasich directs supporters to a web site for Building a Better Ohio, a coalition formed to help keep the new law in place. Thursday’s email was the first sign of Kasich’s involvement with the group. The Republican governor has said he planned to play a visible role in defending the law.

Truck crashes into home where man watches TV
MIDDLETOWN (AP) — A man watching TV at his home in southwest Ohio says he was shocked into reality when a pickup truck plowed into his living room and came to rest a few feet from his couch. Fifty-nine-year-old Steve Ferguson tells the Middletown Journal he was lucky, because the Ford pickup would have run him over if he’d been at his computer in a corner of the room. No one was hurt in the crash early Thursday afternoon in Butler County’s Madison Township. The truck’s 19-year-old driver told police he hit the house after losing control on wet pavement.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio congressmen as different as Republican House Speaker John Boehner and liberal Cleveland Democrat Dennis Kucinich will have the ear of the top state lawmaker overseeing the redrawing of the state’s congressional districts this year. After convening Ohio’s legislative task force on redistricting Thursday, Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder said Boehner’s powerful position will give his opinion weight. He says Kucinich is an old friend and will also be heard. Ohio’s shrinking population has lost it two congressional seats heading into the once-per-decade redrawing of lines. The state Legislature has a Dec. 7 deadline. The 6-member task force will provide demographics and research help to Democrats and Republicans during the process. It will provide similar help to the state apportionment board, which must redraw state legislative districts by Oct. 1.

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press CLEVELAND — Ohio Gov. John Kasich said this week he is moving forward with legalized racetrack slot machines and making tax concessions to one of the state’s two casino developers in his efforts to get more money from expanded gambling for taxpayers. “This was not fun. I mean, this was not easy,” said Kasich, whose push for more cash for the state led the developer to halt construction until a deal was reached. The deal was announced by Kasich and Rock Ohio Caesars CEO Dan Gilbert, whose company is developing casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati, in a former department store where the initial Cleveland casino phase is scheduled to open early next year. Gilbert is also owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The deal frees ROC from paying the state’s commercial activity tax on all wagers, a sticking point between the company and state budget writers in Columbus. The Republican-controlled Ohio House had added a provision to Kasich’s nearly $56 billion, two-year state budget that said the so-called CAT tax applies to wagers plus payouts, a definition casino operators said would cost tens of millions in extra taxes and violate terms of a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2009. The deal taxes the company on wagers minus payouts. In exchange, it requires an additional $110 million in payments from ROC over the next decade and an increase in the company’s overall investment in the state from $500 million to $900 million. The casino application fee would be $1.5 million. A bigger surprise in the pact was Kasich’s decision to open the door to slots-like video lottery terminals at Ohio’s seven horse tracks. Licenses to operate VLTs would cost $50 million each, for a total of $350 million at seven tracks, plus 33.5 percent of sales revenue. The deal requires VLT sales agents to invest at least $150 million in their facilities, includ-

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio unemployment held steady in May and was lower than the national jobless rate for the second straight month. The state said today that Ohio registered 8.6 percent unemployment last month, unchanged from April. It’s a pause after 14 straight months of falling unemployment, the longest streak of its kind since 1983 and ’84. The U.S. jobless rate for May was 9.1 percent, up from 9.0 percent in April. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services spokes-

ing VLT machines, with a maximum credit of $25 million for the value of existing facilities and land. Sales agent commissions couldn’t exceed 66.5 percent. “We don’t want somebody just hanging a shingle up on a side of a shanty and calling it a VLT,” Kasich said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Cincinnati. “We want this to be legitimate, we want it to be professional and that’s exactly what it will be.” Racetrack betting parlors, often called racinos, would have to open within three years of being licensed. Through its joint venture with Caesars, Rock Ohio Gaming would control one track: northeast Ohio’s Thistledown. Five of the other six are also controlled by casino interests. Kasich said the deal would help Ohio’s struggling horse racing industry. How the horse racing industry’s share of the state take will be split remains subject to negotiation, the governor said. Kasich said he was determined to press for a better deal for the state as part of a comprehensive gaming plan. “I didn’t want any more ballot issues here” on gaming issues, he said. The governor said he didn’t feel pressured by the halt to casino construction. “I stood pretty firm,” he said. By putting the VLT rules in a memorandum of understanding with ROC, Kasich skirted one legal conundrum faced by his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland. Strickland’s proposal to legalize video lottery terminals at the tracks was sidelined by a court challenge and ultimately dropped. Opponents were swift to attack the move by Kasich, a Republican, as an end-run around voters. “If John Kasich were a commentator on Fox News right now, and some governor somewhere was trying to do this, he would be on a rant about how they were stepping on voters’ constitutional protections,” said David Zanotti, whose Ohio Roundtable has led the charge against legalized gambling in the state for more than a decade.

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After Midnight brings all the fabulous 70’s flavors: the bombast of KISS and Foghat, the epic grandeur of Kansans, Styx, and Journey, the musicianship of Led Zeppelin and Van Halen, the glorious melodies of K.C. and the Sunshine Band and the Bee Gees, and much more to the Fountain Park Summer Music Sereis at 7 p.m. today. The five music industry veterans who make up After Midnight have shared the stage with artists such as Kansas, Eddie Money, and even did a stint as Tommy Tutone’s band. This concert is the second of a series of eight concerts in the Fountain Park Summer Music Series. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Fountain Park is located at the corner of South Jefferson and West Main streets in downtown Van Wert. All concerts are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available at the site, served by the VFW 5803 Men’s Auxiliary. Future Fountain Park concerts this summer are: June

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US funds hunt for Libyan missiles
STEPHEN BRAUN Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. is paying two European mine-clearing groups nearly $1 million to hunt and dispose of loose anti-aircraft missiles that could make their way from Libyan battlefields to terror groups. The hiring of weapons demolition experts hardly dampens concerns about anti-aircraft missiles still in the hands of the Gadhafi regime’s military, which amassed nearly 20,000 of the weapons before the popular uprising started in March. The State Department’s hiring of British and Swiss weapons demolition teams in Libya was prodded by fears that terrorists could use scavenged man-portable air defense systems, known as MANPADS. The action came after American and allied authorities made it clear to Libyan opposition figures that their cooperation on the missile launchers would be a factor in future assistance, said U.S. and United Nations officials familiar with the discussions. “From the U.S. point of view, it was an issue of paramount importance,” said Justin Baker, officerin-charge of the U.N. Mine Action Service, which is overseeing the weapons disposal effort in Libya. “The Libyans seemed to get the big picture of what was necessary to present a credible international face.” The move has no effect on the massive numbers of mostly Russian-built anti-aircraft launchers and missiles still in the hands of Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. While some shoulder-held and truckmounted launchers were pillaged by rebel forces when they seized Libyan ammunition stocks, the vast majority are still held by the regime. “I can’t imagine the U.S. can do anything about Gadhafi’s inventory until they defeat him or negotiate his exit,” said Matthew Schroeder, an arms expert with the Federation of American Scientists in Washington. “But even without that, securing any MANPADS loose in Libya is a good thing.” The Obama administration listed the nearly $1 million anti-MANPADS effort this week in a report to Congress defending the legality of its intervention in Libya. The report included classified documents detailing a “threat

One Year Ago • At 7 p.m. Wednesday night, the Allen County Master Gardeners met by the Delphos Chamber of Commerce parking lot to hold their monthly meeting in the adjoining lot. The lot was loaned to the Master Gardeners by owner Murray Cohen, who allowed them to use it for their Delphos service project. 25 Years Ago — 1986 • The Alpha Delta Omega National sorority held its 48th annual convention and 50th anniversary at the Best Western Motel in Van Wert. Attending from Delphos were Ruth La Rue, Nita Falke, Reba May, Marge Morris, Pauline Brandyberry, Jo Williams, Doris Dienstberger, Janice Sherrick, Carlotte Hotz and Pat Wiltsie. • Mr. and Mrs. Larry Corzine and children, Sheri and Brien, recently returned from a three-week vacation in England and Scotland. Their trip abroad was more than a vacation. Kathy was anxious to return to England as she had lived there as a child. She had lived in Ramsgate, England, for three years where her father was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. • Brad Grothouse, Koby Gladen and Ken Keirns belted home runs to help lead the Pirates to a 23-9 win over the Reds in Midget League play. Brad Grothouse was recognized for a head-first slide into third base. Ken Keirns and Joey Schleeter combined for a double play. Coaches for the Pirates are Dan Schleeter, Scott Aldrich, Eric Ricker and Brad Friemoth. 50 Years Ago — 1961 • The J. Howard Apger Jewelry Store in Delphos has been sold to Donald Will of the Will Jewelry Company in Versailles. The J. Howard Apger Jewelry Store has been an integral part of the business picture on Main Street for approximately 38 years. It was first located in a building on the lot where the post office is now located and later in a room on the east side of Main Street near the intersection of First Street. Apger moved the business to its present location at 303 N. Main St. several years ago when the Peoples National Bank remodeled and took over the old location. • Jim Lang, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Lang, will play in the Jaycee golf tournament in Zanesville on July 10-11. Lang won a berth in the Zanesville tournament by coming in fourth in the recent Jaycee tourney at Lost Creek in Lima. Lang was sponsored in the Lima tournament by Don’s Drive-In. • Don May, owner of Don’s Drive-In on U.S. 30-S, has announced a number of attractions that he plans to add to his business. The popular trampolines will be augmented by three more. Work is nearly complete on a miniature golf course and a kart track. May plans to rent go-karts to anyone who wishes to race on the track. May plans to add a trap shoot to his layout at the rear of the driving range. 75 Years Ago — 1936 • Mrs. O. M. Arnold has returned after several days of visiting in Cleveland. She was in attendance at a recital given by the Leona Hart School of Dancing. Phyllis Peters, formerly of Delphos, was on the program for four appearances. She entertained with acrobatic and tap dancing presentations. • In kittenball games played Tuesday night, the Star Café romped away with the American Legion team at diamond No. 2 city athletic field. The score was 27 to 8. The Mox team won from the Eagles at diamond No. 1 by a score of 19 to 23. The Equity team defeated the Coomes Shoe Store team by a 7 to 6 score at Waterworks Park. • Members of the Senior Class of St. John’s High School motored to O’Connor’s Landing Wednesday for the annual senior picnic. They were accompanied by Sister M. Bernice, Sister M. Ladonna and Rev. H. John Schmit. The grounds on which the picnic was being held in that which the St. John’s seniors have used for annual outings for a number of years past.

Layoffs ease, home building up

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week and builders broke ground on more homes in May. The latest data offered some hope that the economy may be improving after hitting a slump in late spring. Unemployment benefit applications fell to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the Labor Department said. It was the second drop in three weeks.. Still, applications have been above 400,000 for 10 straight weeks, evidence that the job market is weak compared to earlier this year. Home construction rose last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 560,000 units per year, the Commerce Department said. Economists say the pace of construction is far below the 1.2 million homes per year that must be built to sustain a healthy housing market. Many credit-strapped builders are struggling to compete with low-priced foreclosures. The modest improvements in two of the economy’s most troubled areas were enough to give Wall Street a lift after a major sell-off the previous day. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 64 points in afternoon trading. Broader indexes also rose. Investors seemed to look past fears that Greece will be forced to default on its bonds — an event that could trigger another financial crisis — and a poor readout of manufacturing conditions in the Northeast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Unemployment applications had fallen in February to 375,000, a level that signals sustainable job growth. They stayed below 400,000 for seven of nine weeks. But applications surged in April to 478,000 — an eight-month high — and they have declined slowly since then. Economists said the steady decline in unemployment applications signals that the job market is improving, but at a very slow pace. “This is not a derailing of the economy,” said Bricklin Dwyer, an economist at BNP Paribas. “This is a period of weak growth, and we’re going to see this for some time.” The elevated level of applications suggests that companies pulled back on hiring in the face of higher gas and food prices, which have cut into consumer spending. Hiring has slowed sharply since applications rose. Employers added only 54,000 net new jobs in May, much slower than the average gain of 220,000 per month in the previous three months. The unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent from 9 percent. Employers probably added more jobs in June than in May, but less than the robust pace from earlier this year, economists said. More hiring is important because it’s key to boosting consumers’ incomes, which in turn would fuel more spending. Consumer spending grew at a weak 2.2 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter, down from 4 percent in the previous quarter. That pushed down economic growth to 1.8 percent from 3.1 percent. Yet some companies are cutting jobs. Johnson & Johnson said this week it will stop making some of its heart devices because of falling sales, a move that will eliminate up to 1,000 positions.

Obama talks Afghan drawdown
By JULIE PACE Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top general in Afghanistan has given him a range of options for withdrawing American forces as a July deadline for starting the drawdown approaches. And an early hint of some troops cuts began to emerge Thursday. Obama spokesman Jay Carney said Gen. David Petraeus, along with other members of the national security team, met with the president at the White House on Wednesday. Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has long been expected to give Obama multiple options for how to begin bringing U.S. forces home. “As I think the general has said in the past publicly, this was a question of options, plural, and not option,” Carney said. White House officials wouldn’t divulge the details of the options Obama is considering. Carney said Obama will consult further with his national security team, including Petraeus, in the coming days, and announce his decision to the public soon. While no broad decisions have been made, Pentagon leaders on Thursday said that about 800 Army National Guard troops scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan will now go to Kuwait early next month, in what will be one of the first phases of the drawdown. The remainder of the 3,500-strong 45th Infantry brigade combat team, which is based in Oklahoma, will go to Afghanistan as planned. The troops they will be replacing in Afghanistan have not left the U.S., so there is no actual decrease in numbers yet. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stressed Thursday that the decision on troop withdrawals has not yet been made. Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Pentagon reporters that as Petraeus began to identify option for the drawdown, it was pretty clear these units would be on the list. “More than anything else, it was to try to take care of them,” said Mullen, “not get them headed in one direction and then have to rehead them in another direction.” The two small National Guard units were initially going to support combat operations in Afghanistan and now will be providing security in

assessment of MANPADS, ballistic missiles and chemical weapons in Libya.” Most U.S. warplanes have electronic evasion systems and can fly above the range of the missiles, but most passenger jets are vulnerable. Reports have surfaced in recent weeks from officials in Algeria and Chad, and recently from Russian media, that several anti-aircraft missiles and launchers looted from Libyan government caches have already wound their way to the North African terror group, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. American officials have yet to confirm any of the reports. Officials with the two firms hired by the State Department, the Britishbased Mines Advisory Group and the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, said almost all of the Libyan weapons depots they surveyed in recent weeks showed clear signs of looting. Libyan opposition forces took almost any useful weapon from Gadhafi regime stocks in the opening weeks of the conflict, and search teams have found few inventory documents, so it is impossible to trace which are missing and whether any were sold to terrorists or criminal gangs.

Senate votes to repeal ethanol tax credits
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday to repeal tax credits for producing ethanol, a vote that budget cutters hope will demonstrate a growing appetite in Congress to end special interest tax breaks to help reduce government borrowing. The Senate voted 73-27 to repeal the $5 billion annual subsidy, just two days after rejecting an identical measure. The tax credit provides 45 cents a gallon to oil refiners who mix gasoline with ethanol, a renewable, liquid fuel additive that comes mainly from corn in the U.S. The measure will now be added to a bill renewing a federal economic development program. The prospects for the overall bill are uncertain, but Thursday’s vote clearly endangers the ethanol tax credit, which would expire at the end of the year anyway, unless Congress renews it. The measure passed Thursday would end the tax credit immediately. It would also repeal a 54-cent-a-gallon tariff on imported ethanol, which restricts imports, mainly from Brazil. “The best way for ethanol to survive is to stand on its own two feet, without spending something we don’t have to get something we’re going to have anyway,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. In a sign that some ethanol subsidies are likely to endure, the Senate also voted 59-41 to reject a measure that would have eliminated a government program that supports the distribution of ethanol. The House had passed a similar measure earlier in the day, by a vote of 283-128, adding it to an agriculture spending bill. The debate played out as the White House and congressional leaders continued to negotiate spending cuts to help reign in government red ink. Thursday’s vote will almost certainly make repealing the ethanol tax credit part of those discussions. The federal government, which borrows about 40 cents of every dollar it spends, has already hit the legal borrowing limit of $14.3 trillion. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has warned Congress that the U.S. risks an unprecedented default on Treasury bonds if the borrowing limit isn’t increased by Aug. 2. However, a growing number of lawmakers say they won’t vote to increase the borrow-

Kuwait for the ongoing withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The Afghan war is now in its 10th year. The U.S. has roughly 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, three times as many as when Obama took office. When the president sent an additional 30,000 U.S. forces to Afghanistan at the end of 2009, he did so with the caveat that some of those troops would start coming home in July 2011. Obama has said the initial withdrawal will be “significant,” but others in the administration, including Gates, have called for a more modest drawdown. Administration officials say they are focused not only on how many troops will leave Afghanistan next month, but how the U.S. will meet its goal of giving Afghans control of their own security by the end of 2014. To that extent, Obama’s decision may clarify the broader path to ending the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan. The president’s aides are emphasizing that Obama’s deliberations are more informal than the extensive process he went through in 2009 ahead of the so-called troop surge, when he consulted numerous times with top military and national security advisers.

ing limit without substantial deficit reduction. Many Republicans have ruled out tax increases, though some have said they would support ending narrowly-tailored tax breaks like the ethanol tax credit. The ethanol tax credit is part of a package of dozens of business and individual tax breaks that Congress usually renews each year. Thursday’s vote could spell trouble for some of the others. Thirty-three Republicans joined 38 Democrats in voting to eliminate the ethanol tax credit. Two independents who usually vote with the Democrats also supported the measure. The Obama administration opposed both ethanol measures. “The administration supports efforts currently under way in the Senate to reform and modernize tax incentives and other programs that support biofuels,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. “However, today’s amendments are not reforms and are ill advised. They could lead to job loss and pull the rug out from under industry, which will lead to less choice for consumers and greater dependence on foreign oil.”


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If (Questions for the Game of Life) by Evelyn McFarlane and James Saywell, is, if you can tell by the title, not a book one reads straight through from beginning to end. Well, you could, I guess. But it’s more a book that one can flip through until landing upon something intriguing. It’s a marvelous conversation starter. This book is filled with hypothetical questions ranging from, “If you were to be granted one wish, what would it be?” to “If you could take revenge on any person you have ever known, who would it be, why do they deserve it, and how would you do it?” So obviously you could buy this book and read through it yourself, answering the questions, but its real purpose in my mind, and what makes it so entertaining, is to get a few people involved. It’s fun at parties, for example, if there’s a lull in the conversation – which is why it’s great as a coffee table book. You can learn a lot about other people and have a good time while doing so. I like to take it on road trips with my husband and flip through it while he’s driving; it’s another way to learn some unknown, inter-

with Sara Berelsman esting facts about your mate. Another potential use of this book for any educators out there is as a resource for writing prompts. I’ve used this countless times in my college courses as a steppingoff point for small writing assignments or journals. Not every question could probably be utilized, depending on the grade level, but there are numerous interesting inquiries from which to choose in here. There is also now a second and third book in the series, although the third focuses on “the game of love,” and with that, centers more on physical than emotional love – so it’s not for children. Overall, I’ve found the books always provide enjoyment and/or philosophical discussion – which I consider enjoyment, anyway. Giving it a try. It will undoubtedly shake up your next gathering...IF you dare. Sara Berelsman lives in Delphos with her husband and their two daughters. She has an MA in literature and leads the book club discussions at the Delphos Public Library.

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SATURDAY 9-11:30 a.m.— Delphos Project Recycle at Delphos Fuel and Wash. 9 a.m. to noon — Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. St. Vincent DePaul Society, located at the east edge of the St. John’s High School parking lot, is open. 10 a.m to 2 p.m. — Delphos Postal Museum is Van Wert Cinemas open. 10709 Lincoln Hwy. Van Wert 12:15 p.m. — Testing of Green Lantern (PG-13) Fri.-Sat.: warning sirens by Delphos 2:00/4:30/7:00/9:30; Sun.-Thurs.: 2:00/4:30/7:00 Fire and Rescue Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) Fri.-Thurs.: 1-3 p.m. — Delphos 2:00/4:00/6:00/8:00 Canal Commission Museum, Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) Fri.- Thurs.: 2:00/4:00 241 N. Main St., is open. The Hangover 2 (R) Fri.-Thurs.: 6:00/8:00 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. Super 8 (PG-13) Fri.-Sat.: 2:00/4:30/7:00/9:30 John’s Little Theatre. Sun.-Thurs.: 2:00/4:30/7:00 X-Men: First Class (PG-13) Fri.-Sat.: SUNDAY 2:00/4:30/7:00/9:30 Sun.-Thurs.: 2:00/4:30/7:00 8-11:30 a.m. — Knights Van-Del Drive-in of Columbus benefit for St. 19986 Lincoln Hwy. Middle Point John’s School at the hall, Friday - Tuesday Elida Ave. Screen 1 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Green Lantern (PG-13) Canal Commission Museum, The Hangover 2 (R) 241 N. Main St., is open. Screen 2 Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) X-Men: First Class (PG-13) MONDAY Screen 3 11:30 a.m. — The Green Super 8 (PG-13) Thumb Garden Club will Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG0 meet at the Delphos Public Gates open 8 p.m. Showtime at dark. Library for luncheon and American Mall Stadium 12 program. 2830 W. Elm St., Lima Mealsite at Delphos Saturday and Sunday Senior Citizen Center, 301 Green Lantern (PG-13) 1:00/3:50/7:00/9:45 Suthoff Street. Green Lantern 3D (PG-13) 7 p.m. — Washington Township Trustees meet at 12:00/2:40/5:15/7:50/10:25 Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) the township house. Please notify the Delphos Herald at 419-695-0015 if there are any corrections or additions to the Coming Events column.

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12:10/2:30/4:50/7:10/9:30 Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG) 12:15/2:35/4:55/7:15 Super 8 (PG-13) 12:40/1:25/3:30/4:10/6:4 0/7:20/9:15/10:15 X-Men: First Class (PG-13) 12:30/3:55/6:55/9:25/9:55 The Hangover Part II (R) 12:20/1:15/2:45/ 4:30/5:10/7:05/7:40/9:35/10:05 Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) 12:05/2:25/6:50 Kung Fu Panda 2 3D (PG) 4:40/9:20 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) 12:45/6:45 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3D (PG-13) 3:45/9:50 Bridesmaids (R) 1:05/4:25/7:25/10:10 Eastgate Dollar Movies 2100 Harding Hwy. Lima Saturday and Sunday Fast Five (PG-13)1:00/4:00/7:00/9:30 Rio The Movie (G) 1:10/5:10/9:20 Soul Surfer (PG) 1:10/3:15/5:15/7:15/9:35 The Lincoln Lawer (R) 1:00/4:00/7:00/9:20 Rango (PG) 1:00/7:20 Shannon Theatre 119 S. Main St., Bluffton Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) is showing every evening at 7 p.m. with Sat & Sun matinees at 1:30 p.m. 3D show times are every evening at 9:30 p.m. with 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

McDonald’s Series - Hidden Creek Notes: We had a few good rain showers plus off and on drizzle in the afternoon. BOYS 12-13: 1. Joshah Rager (Van Wert) 38; 2. Grant Ricketts (Belle Center) 43; 3. James Riepenhoff II 44; 4. Spencer Stubbs 48; 5. Josh Klausing 50; 6. (tie) Ian Hasting and Adam Vieira 52; 7. (tie) Ian Friesner and Jared Hernandez 59; 8. Collin Nartker 69. BOYS 14-15: 1. Brian Schatzer (Rockford) 41-39-80; 2. Brandon Hernandez (Van Wert) 45-40-85; 3. Xavier Francis 44-45-89; 4. (tie) Nate Cellar 44-49-93, Aaron Wilker 46-4793 and Westin Young 46-47-93; 5. Wesley Markward 49-45-94; 6. (tie) Adam Jurczyk 43-5396 and Ryan Miller 52-44-96; 7. (tie) Jimmie Ebeling, 45-5398 and Drew Wayman 52-4698; 8. (tie) Evan Hall 50-52-102 and David Jenkins 51-51-102; 9. Connor Mosier 47-58-105; 10. Israel Whitman 56-52-108; 11. Cole Jordan 67-53-120; 12. Troy Korkate 61-64-125. BOYS 16-18: 1. Blaine Ricketts (Belle Center) 35-36-71; 2. Josh Klaus (Lima) 40-38-78; 3. (tie) Calvin Milligan (Sidney)


STANDINGS Van Wert Club Baseball Team Record 8th Grade Club Ball 4-7 Buckeye Boys Pony League Team Record Payne 5-1 Convoy 4-1 Wren 3-1 Ohio City 3-2 VW Alspach-Gearhart 1-1 Willshire 2-3 Middle Point 2-3 Wallace Plumbing VW 1-5 Van Wert Elks 0-4 Tri-County Little League Team Record Delphos Pirates 8-0 K of C Indians 8-2 Delpha Chevy Reds 7-2 Delphos Braves 5-4 VFW Cardinals 5-5 Ft. Jennings Musketeers 5-5 1st Federal Athletics 2-6 Greif Rangers 2-9 Young’s Waste Ser. Yankees 1-10 Inner County League Team Record VW Vision Cubs 10-0 Middle Point 1 Reds 8-2 Optimist Reds 7-4 VW Federal Astros 6-5 VW Service Club Red Sox 4-5 Lee Kinstle Pirates 3-7 Convoy Rockies 2-6 Middle Point 2 Gray 2-6 Convoy Dodgers 1-8

Win % .364 Win % .833 .800 .750 .600 .500 .400 .400 .167 .000 Win % 1.000 .800 .778 .556 .500 .500 .250 .182 .091 Win % 1.000 .800 .636 .545 .444 .300 .250 .250 .111 GB Home Away 2-4 2-3 GB Home Away 2-1 3-0 0.5 1-1 3-0 1 3-0 0-1 1.5 1-1 2-1 2 1-0 0-1 2.5 2-2 0-1 2.5 1-1 1-2 4 1-1 0-4 4 0-2 0-2 GB Home Away 5-0 3-0 1 3-1 5-1 1.5 3-1 4-1 3.5 2-3 3-1 4 1-3 4-2 4 3-2 2-3 6 1-3 1-3 7.5 1-5 1-4 8.5 1-5 0-5 GB Home Away 5-0 5-0 2 3-1 5-1 3.5 4-2 3-2 4.5 4-2 2-3 5.5 1-1 3-4 7 1-4 2-3 7 1-3 1-3 7 2-4 0-2 8.5 0-5 1-3 RF 91 RF 30 50 39 21 14 23 29 34 11 RF 54 73 66 76 70 82 46 32 72 RA Last 10 12 5-1 23 4-1 17 3-1 30 3-2 22 1-1 31 2-3 41 2-3 36 1-5 39 0-4 RA Last 10 9 8-0 55 8-2 29 7-2 44 5-4 42 5-5 56 5-5 68 2-6 110 1-9 158 1-9

39-39-78 and Ben Thieman (Sidney) 40-38-78 - Klaus won a 3-way playoff for 2nd place); 4. (tie) Austin Goodridge 42-39-81 and Kyle Karhoff 42-39-81; 5. (tie) Jordan Bollenbacher 41-4283 and Brad Shaffer 40-43-83; 6. (tie) Ian Haidle 42-42-84 and Evan Wilker 43-41-84; 7. Tyler Turnwald 41-44-85; 8. (tie) Cody Kundert 44-42-86 and Matthew Hermiller 41-45-86; 9. Evan Crites 40-48-88; 10. Matt Holt 45-48-93; 11. (tie) Brey Buetner 50-44-94 and Zachary Jamal 48-46-94; 12. Bobby Crow 47-5299; 13. Reed Bok 52-50-102; 14. Michael Lawler 52-52-104; 15. Aaron Johnson 52-53-105. GIRLS 15 & UNDER: 1. Zoe Rayburn (Wapakoneta) 60; 2. Morgan Ruen (Lima) 65; 3. Adellyn McPheron 75; 4. Shelby Young 76; 5. Breanna Jenkins 79. GIRLS 16-18: 1. Lesli Stolly (Shawnee) 38-48-86; 2. Emily Crow (Shawnee) 43-44-87; 3. Shelby Warner 47-41-88; 4. Kelly Mueller 46-47-93; 5. Morgan VanMeter 50-46-96; 6. Rebekah Rader 47-52-99; 7. Kaitlyn Brant 47-56-103; 8. Courtney Knippen 45-59-104; 9. Heather Comer 54-51-105; 10. Nicole Joseph 59-57-116.

McIlroy bears down, takes 3-shot lead at Open
By EDDIE PELLS The Associated Press BETHESDA, Md. — After Rory McIlroy’s letdown at the Masters came a visit with the Bear. Put pressure on yourself early, Jack Nicklaus told him. Avoid mistakes, too. Great advice from a man who knows his majors — and executed to perfection in McIlroy’s first major round since he blew his 4-shot lead on the last day at Augusta. He didn’t make a bogey Thursday on the way to a 6-under-par 65 at the U.S. Open. He took a 3-shot lead over Y.E. Yang and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, the biggest first-day cushion at the Open since 1976. “He emphasized so much to me about not making mistakes,” McIlroy recalled, referring to what he’s learned from Nicklaus during visits before and after the Masters collapse. “That was his big thing. He said people lost a lot more majors and gave them to him than he actually won. That’s how he felt. It was a good piece of advice to have.” On a day of sublime shotmaking, McIlroy hit 17 greens in regulation, needed only 29 putts and walked away with the first-round lead at a major for the third time in a year. While most of the rest of the field was having trouble with mega-sized Congressional on a relatively tame day, McIlroy took it for what it was: a longbut-soft golf course with navigable rough and conditions suited for scoring. He scored 65 or better at a major for the third time since the first round of last year’s British, when he tied the major scoring record with a 63. McIlroy played the bulk of his round in breezy conditions that weren’t present in the morning, when Yang was shooting his 68. Rain that greeted the players early in the morning started falling again as McIlroy was heading to the ninth green — his last hole of the day — but there was no dampening this effort. Still, he knows the difference between a good start and a good finish. He was up by four at Augusta heading into Sunday but the lead and his chances were gone by the time he got out of Amen Corner. He shot 80. Still, he was the picture of poise and class after that dreadful day. He blamed nobody but himself, was patient in explaining the failure, called it a learning experience. He said Nicklaus talked to him about handling the pressure that comes with big expectations — expectations that weren’t diminished by the Masters collapse. “He just sort of said to me, ‘There’s going to be a lot of pressure on you but you’ve got to put a lot of pressure on yourself early’,” McIlroy added. “That’s what he always did. He always put a lot of pressure on himself to do well.” Sergio Garcia, British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, American Ryan Palmer, Kyung-tae Kim, Scott Hend and Alexandre Rocha were tied for fourth at 2 under. Defending champion Graeme McDowell was part of a group of 11 at 1 under. Yes, there’s plenty of golf left but nobody will start today’s second round in as good a spot as McIlroy. McIlroy played in the featured afternoon threesome along with Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson but it wasn’t a fair fight. In fact, it hardly seemed like they were playing the same course. Johnson hit two balls in the water and made triplebogey on his second hole on the way to a 75. Mickelson, on his 41st birthday, opened the day by banging his tee shot on the par-3 10th into the water en route to double bogey. He spent the rest of the round hitting driver out of the rough, crisscrossing cart paths, searching for his ball in the weeds and looking for miracle up-and-downs from greenside, among other things. “This actually turned out to be a great day,” Mickelson said, “because I played horrific.” The morning’s featured threesome fared no better. No. 1 Luke Donald (74), No. 2 Lee Westwood (75) and No. 3 Martin Kaymer (74) combined for 17 bogeys and one double. McIlroy’s closest competition were Yang and Schwartzel, who turned a hohum round into something much better with four birdies over the span of five holes on his second nine. It included a birdie off a putt from outside of 50 feet on No. 3. Yang’s 2009 win at the PGA Championship might be better remembered as the one that Tiger Woods lost. When Yang won at



Hazeltine that year, it marked the first time Woods failed to close after taking a lead into the last day of a major. Yang hasn’t contended at a Grand Slam tournament since but added Congressional fits his game better than most courses.
Spectator collapses along fairway at US Open: A 29-year-old man was hospitalized Thursday after collapsing along the 11th fairway at the U.S. Open. The man fell to the ground near the spectator ropes as the group that included McDowell was about to play the hole at Congressional Country Club. Assistant Chief Scott Graham of the Montgomery County Fire Department said the man was in serious condition when he was taken by ambulance to nearby Suburban Hospital. A state trooper and local police officer assigned to provide security for the players performed CPR and emergency workers brought in a defibrillator. The man’s name was not released. McDowell’s group teed off, even as the man was being given chest compressions. McDowell stared intently at the scene as he walked past. Heart attacks are often a concern at golf tournaments in the mid-Atlantic region because of the area’s high heat and humidity. Thursday’s weather was unusually mild for the time of year, with plenty of cloud cover and the high temperature hovering around 80. Coetzee leads Saint-Omer Open by two strokes: George Coetzee of South Africa shot a 5-under 66 Thursday to take a 2-shot lead after the first round of the Saint-Omer Open. Ranked 79th on the European Tour, Coetzee had six birdies and only one bogey. Thomas Norret of Denmark, the only player to shoot a bogey-free round, was tied for second at 3 under with Matthew Zions of Australia, Eirik Tage Johansen of Norway, Andrea Perrino of Italy and Benoit Teilleria of France. Coetzee had a rocky start with his lone bogey coming on his fourth hole. He held his nerve and made a strong finish with birdies on his last three holes. Zions also overcame a poor start to climb up the leaderboard. The Australian bogeyed two of his first three holes before making five birdies. Sam Hutsby of England was tied for seventh with six other players. Defending champion Martin Wiegele of Austria was in 84th place after carding a 75.

RA Last 10 Streak 107 3-7 Lost 5 Streak Won 5 Lost 1 Won 2 Won 1 Won 1 Lost 1 Won 1 Lost 2 Lost 4 Streak Won 8 Won 3 Won 5 Won 1 Lost 2 Lost 1 Lost 4 Lost 2 Lost 4

RF RA Last 10 Streak 92 15 10-0 Won 10 109 34 8-2 Won 3 87 31 7-3 Lost 1 61 57 5-5 Lost 2 57 71 4-5 Won 1 33 52 3-7 Lost 5 27 76 2-6 Lost 1 26 80 2-6 Won 1 34 110 1-8 Lost 6

Delphos Minor League Dodgers 10-1 Mets 9-2 Cubs 7-4 Tigers 6-5 Pirates 5-6 Orioles 4-7 Indians 2-9 Reds 1-10 ----TUESDAY’S Result Buckeye Boys Pony League Wren 12, Middle Point 2 WEDNESDAY’S Results Tri-County Little League Delpha Chevy Reds 9, Ft. Jennings Musketeers 8 K of C Indians 5, Greif Rangers 1 Delphos Braves 20, Young’s Waste Service Yankees 7 Delphos Pirates 3, VFW Cardinals 1 Buckeye Boys Pony League Middle Point 6, Wallace Plumbing VW 5 THURSDAY’S Results Delphos Minor League

Tigers 14, Pirates 7 Dodgers 13, Cubs 5 Mets 13, Indians 1 Orioles 17, Reds 5 Inner County League VW Vision Cubs 5, Optimist Reds 4 Middle Point 2 Gray 14, Convoy Dodgers 4 Middle Point 1 Reds 9, VW Federal Astros 4 Buckeye Boys Pony League Payne 9, Convoy 1 Ohio City 2, Willshire 0 TODAY’s Games Buckeye Boys Pony League Van Wert Elks at Wallace Plumbing VW, 6 p.m. Smiley Park-Field 3 VW Alspach-Gearhart at Wren, 8 p.m. Wren Tri-County Little League 1st Federal Athletics at Delpha Chevy Reds, 6 p.m. Delphos Delphos Pirates at K of C Indians, 7 p.m. Jubilee Park SATURDAY’s Game Inner County League VW Service Club Red Sox at Convoy Rockies, 10 a.m. Convoy-Field 1

Miller City rolls by Grove 6-2 in ACME
By DAVE BONINSEGNA The Delphos Herald zsportslive@yahoo.com great tournament in Hamler and had only committed one error in 36 previous innings; however, the sure-handed Bulldogs committed three in their tussle with the Wildcats in their 4-run loss. Cody Gable went 2-for-3 for the ’Cats, while four of the top five batters in the Miller City lineup delivered with RBI hits to pace the visitors. Ross Kauffman and Jared Kern both doubled for the Wildcats, while Gable added a 3-base hit and scored in the sixth. Brent Riepenhoff singled in the first and after Ross Kauffman reached on an error, Brent Hermiller and Kern delivered on back to back singles providing for a 2-0 Miller City lead after the first half-inning. The Bulldogs cut the lead in half in the fourth when Brandon Benroth (2-for-3) singled and scored on a Brady Shafer single, making it a 2-1 contest. However, the guests would plate three in the top of the fifth inning, all after two batters were retired. Gable led off the inning with a single, Kaufman doubled him home and scored himself one batter later when Hermiller lined a shot into right. Hermiller came around to score on an error on a ball hit by Kern; when the dust had settled, the Wildcats were up 5-1. The home team got one run back in the bottom of the fifth when Josh Verhoff scored on an infield error by Miller City, making it 5-2. The Wildcats tacked on one more in the sixth after

Gable tripled and scored on a Brent Niese single.
MILLER CITY ab-r-h-rbi B. Niese 1b 4-0-2-1, Riepenhoff lf 4-1-1-0, Kauffman p 4-2-1-1, Hermiller c 3-1-1-1, Kern ss 4-0-2-1, Fuka 3b 4-0-0-0, Schnipke rf 2-0-0-0, Ellerbrock ph 1-0-0-0, R. Niese 2-0-1-0, Dickman ph 1-0-0-0, Gable cf 3-2-2-0. Totals 32-6-10-4. COLUMBUS GROVE ab-r-h-rbi Hoffman cf 3-0-0-0, Benroth ss 3-1-1-0, Roney p 3-0-0-0, Shafer rf 3-0-1-1, Griffith 1b 3-0-1-0, Vorst 2b 3-0-0-0, Reed c 2-0-1-0, Smith ph 1-00-0, Verhoff 3b 2-0-0-0, Maag lf 2-0-20, Jay xh 2-0-0-0. Totals 27-2-7-1. Score by Innings: Miller City 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 - 6 11 2 Columbus Grove 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 - 2 7 3 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Miller City Kaufman (W) 7 7 2 1 0 6 Columbus Grove Roney (L) 7 11 6 4 1 0 -----

Pohlman, Siefker among 54 students to receive OHSAA Scholarships today; Ethics and Integrity Award Goes to Kelly Whelan

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A total of $66,000 in scholarships will be handed out to 54 students and highlyrespected Cincinnati-native official Kelly Whelan will receive the OHSAA Ethics and Integrity Award during the 19th Annual OHSAA ScholarAthlete Banquet tonight in Columbus. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel at the Crosswoods. The scholarship winners were selected by each of the six OHSAA district athletic boards. Of the 54 honorees, 42 will receive $1,000 awards, including six (1 from each district) that will be given an OHSAA Minority Scholarship presented by Farmers Insurance. Twelve students (2 from each district) will receive $2,000 awards made possible by the OHSAA Foundation and Taco Bell. Nike and Molten have also contributed to the OHSAA scholarship program, as well as schools that participate in an OHSAA Foundation basketball game, which includes a fee given to the Foundation to fund their portion of the scholarships. “The scholar-athlete banquet is always one of the highlights of the school year for the OHSAA,” said OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross. “We all know that state tournaments are exciting and a thrill for the student-athletes, schools and communities but to see so many students be honored this way for their extraordinary work academically is just as thrilling. They truly represent what it is all about and their families and schools are to be commended for helping them achieve great things already. I would also like to personally thank the OHSAA Foundation and our corporate partners for their generous support in helping make these scholarships possible.” Whelan has officiated girls and boys basketball for 35 years, including 13 state semifinal and final basketball games and over 25 regional tournament games. She also officiated high school volleyball, retiring in 2009 after a 33-year career that including 10 state semifinal and final games and over 25 regional tournament games. Whelan’s responsibilities also extend beyond the gymnasium, as she served as president and vice president of both her basketball and volleyball associations several times during her career. She also served on the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity (SEI) Committee every year since its inception in 1990. Over the course of her career, Whelan has been honored with numerous awards, including the Southwest District Board’s Outstanding Official Award; the Ohio Valley Basketball

Officials Association’s Dan Tehan Award for leadership, dedication to officiating, achievement and service; the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Officials Association’s Tom Ballaban Award for outstanding officiating; and induction into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame in 2007. Whelan attended St. Ursula Academy and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She has also worked as a real estate professional for 28 years. Scholar-athlete recipients are selected based on a point system which rewards students for grade point averages; ACT or SAT scores; varsity letters earned; individual and team athletic honors; and an essay. There are seven, 10 or 13 recipients from each district, depending upon the number of schools within the district. The recipients were selected by special committees within each of the six OHSAA athletic districts. Recipients of athletic scholarships from NCAA Division I or II institutions are not eligible for the award. Tri-County athletes earning awards from the Northwest District include Chris Pohlman from St. John’s and Shayla Siefker from Ottoville. As well, area scholar-athletes Jessica Burger from Crestview, Reese Klenke (Coldwater) and Kelly Schlarman of Marion Local were also honored. Versailles’ Margaret Prakel was recognized from the Southwest District. 2011 OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Recipients (#) Indicates OHSAA Foundation $2,000 scholarship recipient presented by Taco Bell (*) Indicates OHSAA Minority Scholarship recipient by Farmers Insurance (%) Indicates OHSAA Scholarship presented by Taco Bell Central District (7): Robert Daulton (%), Dublin Coffman, 4.0+ GPA, cross country, swimming & diving, track & field; Sean Hughes, Newark Catholic, 4.0 GPA, football, basketball, baseball; Brady Hutchins (#), Canal Winchester, 4.0 GPA, golf, wrestling; Graham Johnston, Plain City Jonathan Alder, 3.49 GPA, football, basketball, baseball; Channing McNeal (*), Columbus St. Francis DeSales, 3.98 GPA, football, track & field; Allyssa Neer (#), Galion Northmor, 3.63 GPA, cross country, track & field; Christopher Quinn, Columbus St. Charles, 4.0+ GPA, cross country, track & field. East District (7): Alexa Abrams (#), Lore City Buckeye Trail, 3.65 GPA, volleyball, basketball, softball; Noah Boyd, Berlin Hiland, 3.99 GPA, soccer, basketball, track & field; Nicholas Fraunfelter, New Concord John Glenn, 4.0 GPA, football, basketball, baseball; Emily


COLUMBUS GROVE — The Miller City Wildcats put up two quick runs in the first inning of the battle with the Columbus Grove Bulldogs on Thursday night and never trailed as they emerged with a 6-2 victory in ACME baseball action. Grove had come off a

Mapes, Minerva, 3.91 GPA, cross country, track & field; Ralph Pierro (#), Steubenville, 3.74 GPA, football, basketball, baseball; Kristen Smith, Strasburg-Franklin, 3.93 GPA, volleyball, softball; Ashley Weaver (*), Berlin Hiland, 3.98 GPA, soccer, basketball, softball, track & field. Northeast District (13): Gretchen Baisden, Rittman, 3.69 GPA, volleyball, basketball, track & field; Derek Carmichael, Triway, 3.76 GPA, football, basketball, baseball; Abigail Clifford, Perry, 3.86 GPA, football, basketball, baseball; Salvatore Del Giudice (%), Macedonia Nordonia, 4.0 GPA, cross country, track & field; Kelsey Dropsey (#), Jeromesville Hillsdale, 3.6 GPA, soccer, basketball, softball; Gavin Hackett, Dalton, 3.99 GPA, football, basketball, track & field; Katie Kimberly (%), Richfield Revere, 3.80 GPA, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field; Sydney Kirby (#), Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, 3.85 GPA, field hockey, golf; Sara Polatas, North Canton Hoover, 3.98 GPA, cross country, track & field; Taylor Straub, Creston Norwayne, 4.0 GPA, soccer, track & field; Tamara Surtees (%), Chagrin Falls Kenston, 4.0 GPA, cross country, track & field; Gia Velasquez (*), Canfield, 4.0 GPA, swimming & diving; Ryan Wonders, Richfield Revere, 4.0 GPA, basketball, baseball. Northwest District (10): Jessica Burger (%), Convoy Crestview, 3.99 GPA, volleyball, basketball, softball; Miranda Cochran (*), Pioneer North Central, 3.81 GPA, volleyball, basketball, softball; Landon Drewes, Defiance Tinora, 3.96 GPA, football, basketball, baseball; Reese Klenke (%), Coldwater, 3.7 GPA, football, basketball, baseball; Tori Meyer, Hamler Patrick Henry, 3.57 GPA, gymnastics, volleyball, softball, track & field; Kyle Parker, Mohawk, 4.0 GPA, football, wrestling, track & field; Christopher Pohlman (#), Delphos St. John’s, 3.5 GPA, football, baseball; Kelly Schlarman (#), Maria Stein Marion Local, 3.76 GPA, volleyball, basketball; Shayla Siefker (%), Ottoville, 4.0 GPA, cross country, basketball, track & field; Gregory Turissini, Toledo St. John’s Jesuit, 4.0 GPA, cross country, track & field. Southeast District (7): Travis Elliott (*), Ironton, 3.8 GPA, football, basketball, baseball, track & field; Julie Els, Albany Alexander, 3.83 GPA, volleyball, basketball, track & field; Molly Knapp (#), Wheelersburg, 4.0 GPA, volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis; Harrison Martin, Waverly, 4.0 GPA, soccer, basketball, baseball; Drew Parsley, Wheelersburg, 3.8 GPA, football, basketball, baseball; Connor Scott (#), South Webster, 4.0 GPA, soccer, basketball, track & field; Rachel Staker, Beaver Eastern, 3.75 GPA, volleyball, basketball, softball. Southwest District (10): Andrew DeHart, Covington, 4.0 GPA, wrestling, baseball; Lex Ehrenschwender,

Cincinnati Colerain, 3.95 GPA, football, track & field; Zeke Eier, New Carlisle Tecumseh, 3.86 GPA, football, wrestling; Megan Fogt (%), Anna, 4.0 GPA, volleyball, basketball, track & field; Sidney Huth, Lebanon, 3.89 GPA, soccer; Aaron Patton (*), Cincinnati Winton Woods, 3.6 GPA, football; Margaret Prakel, Versailles, 4.0 GPA, cross country, track & field; Rachel Self, Cincinnati Madeira, 4.0+ GPA, soccer, cross country, swimming & diving; Jessica Thobe (#), Sidney Lehman Catholic, 4.0 GPA, volleyball, basketball, softball; Kelly Westerkamp (#), Kettering Archbishop Alter, 3.69 GPA, volleyball, basketball. -----Defiance College teams join conferences
DEFIANCE — Defiance College and the Ohio Athletic Conference recently announced that the Yellow Jackets would join the OAC for the 2011-12 year as an associate member for the sport of swimming and diving. Defiance will bring the number of swimming and diving programs in the OAC to six, giving the Purple and Gold the opportunity to compete for a conference championship during the inaugural 2011-12 season in the pool for the Jackets. DC will join Ohio Northern, John Carroll, Baldwin-Wallace, Mount Union and Wilmington in the chase for the OAC Championship. The OAC was founded in 1902 and has been crowning swimming and diving champions since 1937. DC and the Midwest Lacrosse Conference recently announced that the Yellow Jackets have been approved to join the MLC for the 2012-13 year as an associate member for the sport of men’s lacrosse. Defiance joins Augustana, Benedictine and Elmhurst as a 4-team expansion for the conference, boosting the number of teams competing in the MLC to 14 for the 2013 season. Other teams in the conference include Adrian, Albion, Aurora, Carthage, Concordia, Fontbonne, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Trine. Fellow Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foes Mount St. Joseph and newly-added Hanover are also members. The Midwest Lacrosse Conference was founded in 2010 and will be in its fourth year as a league during DC’s first year of varsity lacrosse in the spring of 2013. The move to the MLC will allow the Yellow Jackets the opportunity to compete for a league championship in their first year as a varsity program. DC offers 21 varsity collegiate sports, with men’s lacrosse acting as a club sport in 2011-12 and becoming a varsity program in 2012-2013. The Jackets will compete in the HCAC in all other sports.

Bath edges Bulldogs ELIDA — Bath pushed three runs across in the top of the seventh inning and downed host Elida 8-6 Thursday in ACME baseball action at Ed Sandy Field. The runs made a winner of Holliday. The Wildcats (9-3) outhit the Bulldogs (4-7) 14-8.
Bath 0 0 2 0 3 0 3 - 8 14 3 Elida 110 130 0-6 83 WP: Holliday; LP: Diller. 2B: Clapper (B), Sanders (B). 3B: Porter (E), Haidle (E).

The Associated Press Thursday’s NL Results Philadelphia 3, Florida 0 Pittsburgh 5, Houston 4 Chicago Cubs 12, Milwaukee 7 Washington 7, St. Louis 4, 10 innings Atlanta 9, N.Y. Mets 8, 10 innings Arizona 3, San Francisco 2, 10 innings Thursday’s AL Results Baltimore 4, Toronto 3 Detroit 6, Cleveland 2 N.Y. Yankees 3, Texas 2, 12 innings Minnesota 1, Chicago White Sox 0 Oakland 8, Kansas City 4 Boston 4, Tampa Bay 2 Today’s NL Game Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Today’s Interleague Games N.Y. Yankees at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Baltimore at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Florida at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Texas at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. San Diego at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Kansas City at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Detroit at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. San Francisco at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. Saturday’s NL Game Houston (W.Rodriguez 4-3) at L.A. Dodgers (R.De La Rosa 3-0), 10:10 p.m. Saturday’s Interleague Games Baltimore (Matusz 1-1) at Washington (Zimmermann 4-6), 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (A.J.Burnett 6-5) at


Chicago Cubs (Dempster 5-5), 4:10 p.m. Texas (M.Harrison 5-6) at Atlanta (D.Lowe 3-5), 4:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Maholm 3-7) at Cleveland (C.Carrasco 6-3), 7:05 p.m. Florida (Nolasco 4-2) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 1-0), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Chatwood 3-4) at N.Y. Mets (Pelfrey 3-5), 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Wolf 4-4) at Boston (Lester 9-2), 7:10 p.m. San Diego (Stauffer 2-4) at Minnesota (S.Baker 4-4), 7:10 p.m. Toronto (Morrow 2-4) at Cincinnati (Volquez 4-2), 7:10 p.m. Kansas City (Mazzaro 1-1) at St. Louis (Westbrook 6-4), 7:15 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Danks 2-8) at Arizona (Duke 1-1), 8:10 p.m. Detroit (Coke 1-6) at Colorado (Jimenez 1-7), 8:10 p.m. San Francisco (J.Sanchez 4-4) at Oakland (Moscoso 2-3), 10:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Worley 2-1) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 7-5), 10:10 p.m. Sunday’s NL Game Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. Sunday’s Interleague Games Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Toronto at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. Baltimore at Washington, 1:35 p.m. Milwaukee at Boston, 1:35 p.m. Texas at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. Florida at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m. San Diego at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. Kansas City at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. Detroit at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. San Francisco at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Arizona, 4:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.


As point man for Russian Orthodox relations with other faith groups, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev is used to talking shop with Catholics, Anglicans, leaders in older brands of Protestantism and other world religions. These duties have long been part of his job description. Meeting with leaders from the world’s booming evangelical and Pentecostal flocks? Not so much. However, recent ecumenical contacts by this high-profile representative of the Moscow Patriarchate is evidence that times are changing. Time after time, during meetings with evangelical leaders and others here in America, Hilarion has stressed that it is time for Orthodox leaders to cooperate with traditional Catholics, evangelical Protestants and others who are trying to defend ancient moral truths in the public square. “I am here in order to find friends and in order to find allies in our common combat to defend Christian values,” said the 44-year-old archbishop, who became a monk after serving in the Soviet army. He also speaks six languages, holds an Oxford University doctorate in philosophy and is an internationally known composer of classical music. For too long, Orthodox leaders have remained silent. The goal now, he said, is to find ways to cooperate with other religious

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groups that want to “keep the traditional lines of Christian moral teaching, who care about the family, who care about such notions as marital fidelity, as giving birth to and bringing up children and in the value of human life from conception until natural death.” On this occasion earlier in the year, Hilarion was preaching from the pulpit of the 5,000-member Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, a conservative congregation that remains part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which recently approved the ordination of noncelibate gays, lesbians and bisexuals. While in Dallas, Metropolitan Hilarion’s public schedule included meetings at Dallas Theological Seminary, a prominent institution among many of America’s most conservative evangelical leaders. He has also,

during the first half of the year, met with nationally known evangelical leaders in New York, Washington, D.C., and at Princeton University. In a recent interview with Christianity Today, one of evangelicalism’s flagship publications, the archbishop said it is crucial for all churches -- including Eastern Orthodox churches -- to expand their work into public life, even if this creates controversy in some quarters. “Very often nowadays our church will publicly express positions on what’s happening in the country,” he said. “Some people ask, ‘Why does the church interfere? It’s not their business.’ We believe that the church can express its opinion on all aspects of human life. We do not impose our opinions on the people, but we should be free to express them. And people will have to choose whether to follow or not to follow, whether to listen to what we say or to ignore it.” The archbishop’s statements were especially significant and timely because of a related conflict now raging in the Orthodox Church in America, which has Russian roots. A major cause of the controversy was the decision by the church’s leader, Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen, to privately endorse The Manhattan Declaration, a document produced by a coalition of conservative Christians that

focuses on abortion, euthanasia, sexual morality and religious liberty issues. Numerous Catholic bishops and several other Orthodox leaders have also signed as private citizens, not in their roles as church officials. At the very least, this bitter dispute has demonstrated that some OCA leaders are opposed to public stands on hot-button political issues, especially any that proclaim the church’s teachings on sexuality. Some prefer isolation and silence. However, Metropolitan Hilarion, in his taped sermon in Dallas, said it is shocking to see churches divided by “what hitherto seemed unthinkable -- namely marked differences among Christians in their understanding of moral law. ... There has surfaced a desire to revise, or to be more precise, to adjust, the unambiguous commandments of God to any manifestation of human fancy, a trend that has spread out with the speed of a cancer. ... “Maybe this is one of the reasons why so many families break, why so many marriages end up with divorce, why so many children are raised without a father or a mother and why the birthrates in many countries have become so low. ... Family is no longer a primary value to many young people. This is a tragedy of our times and this is a challenge that we can face together.”

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A.C.T.S. NEW TESTAMENT FELLOWSHIP Rev. Linda Wannemacher-Pastor Jaye Wannemacher-Worship Leader Contact: 419-695-3566 Sunday - 7:00 p.m. Bible Study with worship @ ACTS Chapel-8277 German Rd., Delphos Thursday - 7:00 p.m. “For Such A Time As This” All & Non Denominational Tri-County Community Intercessory Prayer Meeting @ Presbyterian Church (Basement), 310 W. 2nd St. Delphos Everyone Welcome. DELPHOS BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Terry McKissack 302 N Main, Delphos Contact: 419-692-0061 or 419-302-6423 Sunday - 10:00 a.m. Sunday School (All Ages) , 11:00 a.m. Sunday Service, 6:00 p.m Sunday Evening Service Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Bible Study, Youth Study Nursery available for all services. FIRST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN 310 W. Second St. 419-692-5737 Pastor Harry Tolhurst Lay Speaker: Marvin Spitnale Sermon: “God’s Principles for Fathers” Scripture: Ephesians 6: 1-9 and Colossians 3: 18-24 Sunday - 11:00 Worship Service Father’s Day ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 422 North Pierce St., Delphos Phone 419-695-2616 Rev. Angela Khabeb Saturday-8:00 a.m. Prayer Breakfast Sunday - 9:00 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion Mon.-Fri. 8:00-9:00 AM Kids Free Breakfast Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Mid-Week Worship Service FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD “Where Jesus is Healing Hurting Hearts!” 808 Metbliss Ave., Delphos One block south of Stadium Park. 419-692-6741 Senior Pastor - Dan Eaton Sunday - 10:30 a.m. - Sunday worship Celebration @10:30am with Kids Chruch & Nursery provided; 6:00 p.m. Youth Ministry at The ROC Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Prayer Other ministries take place at various times. Check out www.delphosfirstassemblyofgod.com. DELPHOS CHRISTIAN UNION Pastor: Rev. Gary Fish 470 S. Franklin St., (419) 692-9940 9:30 Sunday School 10:30 Sunday morning service. Youth ministry every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Children’s ministry every third Saturday from 11 to 1:30. ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST 335 S. Main St. Delphos Pastor - Rev. David Howell Sunday - 9:00 a.m. Worship Service. DELPHOS WESLEYAN CHURCH 11720 Delphos Southworth Rd. Delphos - Phone 419-695-1723 Pastor Wayne Prater Sunday - 10:30 a.m. Worship; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages. Wednesday - 7 p.m. Service and prayer meeting. TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 211 E. Third St., Delphos Rev. David Howell, Pastor Week of June 19, 2011 Sunday - 8:15 a.m. Worship Service; 9:15 a.m. Church School for all ages; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service; 11:30 a.m. Radio Worship on WDOH; Sr. Hi Youth leave for Lakeside; Father’s Day Tuesday- 8:00a.m.-4:00 p.m. Speech Therapy; 6:00 p.m. Weight Watchers Meeting Wednesday- 7:00 p.m. Power Thoughts Bible Study Thursday - 8:00-4:00 p.m Speech Therapy; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Suppers on Us Friday - Wedding Rehearsal Saturday - 1:30 p.m. Nichole Spears & Nathan Tobe Wedding; Sr. Hi Youth return from Lakeside MARION BAPTIST CHURCH 2998 Defiance Trail, Delphos Pastor Jay Lobach 419-339-6319 Services: Sunday - 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 331 E. Second St., Delphos 419-695-4050 Rev. Mel Verhoff, Pastor Rev. Jacob Gordon, Asst. Pastor Fred Lisk and Dave Ricker, Deacons Mary Beth Will, Liturgical Coordinator; Mrs. Trina Shultz, Pastoral Associate. Mel Rode, Parish Council President Celebration of the Sacraments Eucharist – Lord’s Day Observance; Saturday 4:30 p.m., Sunday 7:30, 9:15, 11:30 a.m.; Weekdays as announced on Sunday bulletin. Baptism – Celebrated first Sunday of month at 1:30 p.m. Call rectory to schedule Pre-Baptismal instructions. Reconciliation – Tuesday and Friday 7:30-7:50 a.m.; Saturday 3:304:00 p.m. Anytime by request. Matrimony – Arrangements must be made through the rectory six months in advance. Anointing of the Sick – Communal celebration in May and October. Administered upon request.

Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Bible Study HARTFORD CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Independent Fundamental) Rt. 81 and Defiance Trial Rt. 2, Box 11550 Spencerville 45887 Rev. Robert King, Pastor Sunday - 9:30 a.m. Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service; 7:00 p.m. Evening worship and Teens Alive (grades 7-12). Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Bible service. Tuesday & Thursday– 7- 9 p.m. Have you ever wanted to preach the “Word of God?” This is your time to do it. Come share your love of Christ with us.

Church Women’s League; Camp Rock - Day 3 Tuesday - 9:00 a.m. - Camp Rock - Day 4 Wednesday - 1:30 p.m. Adult Prayer and Bible Study; 7 p.m. Calvary YOUTH Thursday - 6:30 a.m. - Gamin’ Gals (Pool Party) Saturday - Camp Velocity - Jr. & Sr. High Youth SALEM UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 15240 Main St. Venedocia Rev. Wendy S. Pratt, Pastor Church Phone: 419-667-4142 Sunday - 8:30 a.m. - Adult Bell Choir; 8:45 a.m. Jr. Choir; 9:30 a.m. - Worship; 10:45 a.m. - Sunday school; 6:30 p.m. - Capital Funds Committee. Monday - 6 p.m. Senior Choir. ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 601 Jennings Rd., Van Wert Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.; Monday 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday 7 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m. - Communion Service; Friday 8:30 a.m.; Saturday 4 p.m. VAN WERT VICTORY CHURCH OF GOD 10698 US 127S., Van Wert (Next to Tracy’s Auction Service) Darryl Ramey, Lead Pastor Chuck Brantley, Executive Pastor Bryce Cadawallader, Youth & Assimilations Director Sunday - 10:00 am Worship Service & Children’s Ministry www.vanwertvictorychurch.com www.acoolchurch.com 419-232-HOPE

Student Ministries; 6:45 p.m. AWANA; 7:00 p.m. Prayer and Bible Study. MANDALE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN UNION Rev. Don Rogers, Pastor Sunday– 9:30 a.m. Sunday School all ages. 10:30 a.m. Worship Services; 7:00 p.m Worship. Wednesday - 7 p.m. Prayer meeting.
PENTECOSTAL WAY CHURCH Pastors: Bill Watson Rev. Ronald Defore 1213 Leeson Ave., Van Wert 45891 Phone (419) 238-5813 Head Usher: Ted Kelly 10:00 a.m. - Sunday School 11:10 a.m. - Worship 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. - Wednesday Morning Bible Class 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Wed. Night Bible Study. Thursday - Choir Rehearsal Anchored in Jesus Prayer Line (419) 238-4427 or (419) 232-4379. Emergency - (419) 993-5855

IMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 699 Sunnydale, Elida, Ohio 454807 Pastor Gary Rode Sunday - 8:30 a.m. traditional; 10:45 a.m. contemporary LIGHT OF LIFE CHAPEL 4680 North Kemp Rd., Elida Pastor Kimberly R. Pope-Seiberling Sunday – 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Service; 6:30 p.m. Service. Wednesday – 6:30 p.m. Midweek Service. NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN CENTER 2240 Baty Road, Elida Ph. 339-5673 Rev. James F. Menke, Pastor Sunday – 10 a.m. Worship. Wednesday – 7 p.m. Evening service. CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH 2701 Dutch Hollow Rd. Elida Phone: 339-3339 Rev. Frank Hartman Sunday - 10 a.m. Sunday School (all ages); 11 a.m. Morning Service; 6 p.m. Evening Service. Wednesday - 7 p.m. Prayer Meeting. Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-noon, 1-4- p.m. ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Corner of Zion Church & Conant Rd., Elida Pastors: Mark and D.J. Fuerstenau Sunday - Service - 9:00 a.m. PIKE MENNONITE CHURCH 3995 McBride Rd., Elida Phone 419-339-3961 LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH OF GOD Elida - Ph. 222-8054 Rev. Larry Ayers, Pastor Service schedule: Sunday– 10 a.m. School; 11 a.m. Morning Worship; 6 p.m. Sunday evening. FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 4750 East Road, Elida Pastor - Brian McManus Sunday – 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship, nursery available. Wednesday – 6:30 p.m. Youth Prayer, Bible Study; 7:00 p.m. Adult Prayer and Bible Study; 8:00 p.m. Choir. GOMER UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 7350 Gomer Road, Gomer, Ohio 419-642-2681 gomererucc@bright.net Rev. Brian Knoderer Sunday – 10:30 a.m. Worship


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Grover Hill Rev. Mark McKay, Pastor Sunday - 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service; 10:30 a.m. Junior Church. Wednesday - 7 p.m. Bible Study, Prayer Service; 7 p.m. Youth Meeting.


ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH Landeck - Phone: 419-692-0636 Rev. Mel Verhoff, Pastor Administrative aide: Rita Suever Masses: 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday. Newcomers register at parish. Marriages: Please call the parish house six months in advance. Baptism: Please call the parish.

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FAITH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Road U, Rushmore Pastor Robert Morrison Sunday – 10 am Church School; 11:00 Church Service; 6:00 p.m. Evening Service Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Evening Service ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA CATHOLIC CHURCH 512 W. Sycamore, Col. Grove Office 419-659-2263 Fax: 419-659-5202 Fr. Tom Oedy Masses: Tuesday-Friday - 8:00 a.m.; First Friday of the month - 7 p.m.; Saturday - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Confessions - Saturday 3:30 p.m., anytime by appointment. CHURCH OF GOD 18906 Rd. 18R, Rimer 419-642-5264 Fax: 419-642-3061 Rev. Mark Walls Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH Rev. Robert DeSloover, Pastor 7359 St. Rt. 109 New Cleveland Saturday Mass - 7:00 p.m. Sunday Mass - 8:30 a.m. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH Ottoville Rev. John Stites Mass schedule: Saturday - 4 p.m.; Sunday - 10:30 a.m. ST. BARBARA CHURCH 160 Main St., Cloverdale 45827 419-488-2391 Fr. John Stites Mass schedule: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH 135 N. Water St., Ft. Jennings Rev. Joe Przybysz Phone: 419-286-2132 Mass schedule: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. ST. MICHAEL CHURCH Kalida Fr. Mark Hoying Saturday – 4:30 p.m. Mass. Sunday – 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Masses. Weekdays: Masses on Mon., Tues., Wed. and Friday at 8:00 am; Thurs. 7:30 p.m.

TRINITY LUTHERAN 303 S. Adams, Middle Point Rev. Tom Cover Sunday– 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship service. GRACE FAMILY CHURCH 634 N. Washington St., Van Wert Pastor: Rev. Ron Prewitt Sunday - 9:15 a.m. Morning worship with Pulpit Supply. KINGSLEY UNITED METHODIST 15482 Mendon Rd., Van Wert Phone: 419-965-2771 Pastor Chuck Glover Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:25 a.m. Wednesday - Youth Prayer and Bible Study - 6:30 p.m. Adult Prayer meeting - 7:00 p.m. Choir practice - 8:00 p.m. TRINITY FRIENDS CHURCH 605 N. Franklin St., Van Wert 45891 Ph: (419) 238-2788 Sr. Pastor Stephen Savage Outreach Pastor Neil Hammons Sunday - 8:15 a.m. - Prayer time; 9:00 a.m. Worship, Sunday School, SWAT, Nursery; Single; 10:30 a.m. Worship, Nursery, Children’s Church, Discipleship class; Noon - Lunch Break; 2:00 p.m. Service for men at Van Wert Correctional Fac.; 3:00 p.m. Service for women at Van Wert Correctional Fac., Service at Paulding jail Tuesday - 1:00 p.m. - Share, Care, Prayer Group in Fireside Room; 10-noon - Banquet Table Food Pantry; 6:30 p.m. Quilting Friends in Fellowship Hall; 7 p.m. B.R.E.A.L. Women’s group in Room 108. Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Small groups, Discipleship Series in sanctuary, Christian Life Club, Nursery, Preschool; 7 p.m. R.O.C.K. Youth; 8 p.m. Worship Team rehearsal. Thursday - 4-5:30 p.m. Banquet Table Food Pantry. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 13887 Jennings Rd., Van Wert Ph. 419-238-0333 Children’s Storyline: 419-238-2201 Email: fbaptvw@bright.net Pastor Steven A. Robinson Sunday– 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages; 10:30 a.m. Family Worship Hour; 6:30 p.m. Evening Bible Hour. Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Word of Life

ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH 500 S. Canal, Spencerville 419-647-6202 Saturday - 4:30 p.m. Reconciliation; 5 p.m. Mass, May 1 - Oct. 30. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass. SPENCERVILLE FULL GOSPEL 107 Broadway St., Spencerville Pastor Charles Muter Home Ph. 419-657-6019 Sunday: Morning Services - 10:00 a.m. Evening Services - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. Worship service. AMANDA BAPTIST CHURCH Back to Christ’s Ministry Conant Road & SR. 117 Ph. 647-5100 - Rev. Mike Decker Sunday – 10:30 a.m. Worship & Fellowship. Wednesday – 6-9 p.m. Bible Study. SPENCERVILLE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 317 West North St. - 419-296-2561 Pastor Tom Shobe 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship; 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Service TRINITY UNITED METHODIST Corner of Fourth & Main, Spencerville Phone 419-647-5321 Rev. Jan Johnson, Pastor Sunday - 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship service. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Spencerville Rev. Ron Shifley, Pastor Sunday– 9:30 a.m. Church School; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. AGAPE FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES 9250 Armstrong Road, Spencerville Pastors Phil & Deb Lee Sunday - 10:00 a.m. Worship service.

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Annie says writer’s dad is mean and manipulative
Dear Annie: My father of my mother again. -- Just is a dentist and earns a good Wondering Dear Wondering: When a living, but he is going after my money. When I gradu- gift is given, it belongs to the ated from high school, he recipient, who can then do took the money relatives and with it as he or she chooses. friends sent me and kept it In many instances, however, for himself. A year later, he people who are cleaning out and Mom were going through their belongings often return a divorce, and he subpoe- items to the original givers. naed my work records to Sometimes this is apprecifind out what I was earning. ated, but not always, and it certainly is not a Their divorce was requirement. That finally settled, but said, you did the when Dad found right thing returnout I was awarded ing the nativity set a partial college to your brother. It scholarship of obviously means $980, he wanted as much to him “his share.” as it does to you, Mom and Dad and we are cerboth paid for my tain that fighting college tuition, over it would not but I worked hard have pleased Mom. to earn that small Bravo for taking scholarship so I could stand on my Annie’s Mailbox the high road. Dear Annie: own two feet. I am frustrated and a little disgust- I read the letter from ed with my father’s greed. “Desperate for Advice,” Shouldn’t he feel proud of his whose friend confided that daughter’s accomplishment she tricked her husband into instead of trying to steal it? getting pregnant. I have a His true colors came out dur- beef with friends who expect ing the divorce, and I took you to keep a secret even my mother’s side. Now he they don’t keep. My friend’s husband got apparently has divorced me, as well. I support myself and a DUI and didn’t want anydon’t believe he is entitled one to know. But she told to my money. What should I a friend, who told a friend, who told another, and now do? -- Spurned Daughter Dear Daughter: Unless several of us have to pretend Dad is planning to take you we know nothing while we to court for that money, we watch the husband surreptithink you should ignore his tiously water down his booze demand. It is mean-spirited in order to comply with his and punitive. Some disturbed probation. That wife has put the burand misguided parents try to hurt the ex-spouse by going den of her secret on others after the children. We hope and deserves to be exposed. Dad will calm down, and -- Kentucky Dear Kentucky: We agree while you’re waiting, please consider both legal and emo- that the wife should not have tional counsel. Your college told anyone but her husband. counseling department should Even so, it is not the business of third parties, and “Desperate” be able to help. Dear Annie: My moth- should stay out of it. Annie’s Mailbox is written er passed away last year. When my sisters put up the by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Christmas decorations for Sugar, longtime editors of the Dad, they asked if I wanted a Ann Landers column. nativity set. I said “yes,” and they mailed it to me. I really enjoyed looking at it last Christmas. It was a lovely reminder of my mother. A few weeks ago, my brother decided he wanted that same nativity set and called my sister to see if she knew where it was. Apparently, he had given it to my parents many years before and wanted to take it overseas with him. Instead of telling my brother that she had given it to me, my sister asked me to mail it back. I did. Is there some rule of etiquette about what happens to gifts you give to parents? Is my brother entitled to take this back because he was the one who gave it to them? Or can the surviving parent give it to whomever he chooses? It made me sad to return it, because I knew I wouldn’t be able to enjoy that memory

Tomorrow’s Horoscope
By Bernice Bede Osol
Friday, June 17, 2011 The year ahead will be an extremely active one for you, both socially and career-wise. If you work hard and do your best, you’ll have more than a few successes in each area. Even better, you’ll find enjoyment in all that you do. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- A successful person who has your best interests at heart might offer you an opportunity to realize a second source of earnings. It is likely to mean more work, which you should easily be able to do. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Don’t be surprised to hear from several people who think of you as a good friend. You have more pals out there than you realize, who want to share some quality time with you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Whether you know it or not, you’ve done your fair share of what others call good deeds. More than one person will remember this, and will put you on the receiving end for a change. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Don’t go anywhere without leaving word as to where you’ll be and how you can be reached. A couple of pals will have some exceptionally good information to share with you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- For those of you who have been putting forth a lot of effort on behalf of others, rewards will begin to roll in. It could turn out to be quite an impressive cavalcade. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Don’t discard any ideas you get, even if some of them are grandiose and totally different from what others concoct. This kind of thinking is what produces big things. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Instead of following guidelines put out by the establishment, follow your own perceptions on certain commercial matters of interest. You may spot what the bigwigs fail to see. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- This could be quite a day for you, with several pleasant surprises in the making. You and your companions will each in their own way be lucky for one another. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- It behooves you to focus on only the most important things when it comes to choosing which assignments confronting you are the most important at this time. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Regardless of how many assignments you have to do or which ones you think will generate the most good for the majority, you’ll handle all of your work quite well, because you’ll do your best. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Before the day is over, something extremely nice is likely to happen, which will please you very much. Chances are it will have to do with adding to your financial well-being. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- The busier you are, the more effectively you’ll perform. When you start to accelerate, the more focused you’ll become, making both your mind and body operate at high efficiency.
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By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Firefighters trying to protect homes, a popular national park and tinder dry patches of forest were tested Thursday as temperatures peaked and winds started to whip up the flames of several wildfires burning throughout the Southwest. Along the New Mexico-Colorado border, the winds pushed one fire toward breaks that had been carved into the rugged landscape by bulldozers. Crews had anticipated the fire’s movement and were prepared to hold the line with help from helicopters and air tankers. The winds were not as strong as expected, but fire officials said Thursday evening that the area was not out of danger. “For the next couple of days we’re still going to see gusty winds, very hot temperatures and dry conditions. It’s possible we won’t have a red-flag warning, but we will still see some weather conditions that will challenge our containment lines,” fire information officer Denise Ottaviano said. The fire had been sending up giant plumes of smoke that could be seen from Raton, N.M., each afternoon as the flames ate through nearly 26,000 acres of rugged terrain along the state line. Thursday was a little different. There were some columns of smoke on the northern side, but not as severe as earlier in the week, partly because crews had made progress on the southern flank and the winds were pushing out of the southwest and away from town. Interstate 25 between Raton and Trinidad, Colo., reopened early Thursday after being closed for four days because of the blaze. Some nearby residents were able to return home Wednesday and more evacuations were lifted Thursday, but residents who live closest to the eastern and some northwest of Raton remained out of their homes for another day. Fire officials confirmed Thursday that eight homes and six other structures have been destroyed. The nearly 700 firefighters battling the fire did experience some gusts Thursday and temperatures near triple digits. The humidity level was in the single digits, and similar weather conditions were expected through the weekend. The wind also raised concerns among firefighters battling Arizona’s largest blaze at 760 square miles, or 487,016 acres, in the eastern part of the state. A pre-evacuation notice for an area in southeast Eagar was issued Thursday afternoon because of high winds and possible spot fires. While there were no flames jumping along the ridge above the community like the previous week, fire information officer Richard Hadley said authorities wanted residents to be prepared. He said smoke could be seen rising from the hills to the south as flames kicked up in small unburned patches of vegetation within the fire perimeter. Containment on the fire inched up to 33 percent Thursday, but more winds were predicted through the weekend. “We’re kind of keeping our fingers crossed for the next three days because of the predictions,” Hadley said. Fire managers were concerned about the fire burning in the Blue Range area south of Alpine — the least secure part of firefighters’ lines and closest to the nearest town still threatened, Luna, N.M., where about 200 people live. A line of cut fuels and intentionally burned areas was completed between Luna and the fire itself at daybreak Thursday, and fire commanders expressed confidence it would hold. More than 4,600 firefighters are assigned to the fire. A single campfire was the fire’s “most likely cause,” Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest supervisor Chris Knopp said. He confirmed that investigators had questioned two people but declined to say any more about the investigation. He called them “persons of interest,” not suspects. On Thursday, Knopp said investigators were only able to get into the area in recent days, more than two weeks after the fire began on May 29. The people who have been questioned were encountered on the day the fire broke out. So far, there is no evidence it was a deliberate arson. “If it’s just negligence, it’s one penalty — a $5,000 fine and up to a year in jail,” he said. “If it’s deliberate, you can get a substantial prison sentence and be responsible for full restitution.” The costs of fighting the fire haven’t been calculated, but they generally run into the tens of millions of dollars on similar-sized blazes. It could be a week or more before a decision on charges is made, he said. U.S. Forest

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900 pets still homeless in Joplin
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law enforcement officers are conducting the investigation. Hundreds of firefighters have been working for days along the Mew Mexico line to keep the flames out of Luna. Thousands of others are working the rest of the fire, including around three mountain resort towns in Arizona. About 2,400 people remain evacuated from Alpine and Greer and smaller vacation enclaves after about 300 were allowed to return to the town of Nutrioso on Wednesday. On Sunday, all 7,000 people evacuated from the towns of Springerville and Eagar were allowed to go home. The blaze became the largest in state history Wednesday, exceeding a 2002 fire that burned 732 square miles, or 469,000 acres, and destroyed 491 buildings. Though larger in size, the latest fire has destroyed 32 homes and four rental cabins. On the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona, another blaze had burned or damaged at least 40 homes and 10 other structures over 14 square miles, or 9,500 acres. It also destroyed a chapel, the Arizona Daily Star reported. At peak burning time on Thursday afternoon, the fire is “probably going to look like a bomb went off,” fire information officer Dale Thompson said. The next three days will be tough because of the winds, he said. The blaze is 17 percent contained. Winds and searing temperatures also hit southeastern New Mexico, where firefighters battling a blaze that surrounded Carlsbad Caverns National Park had it 90 percent contained by Thursday night.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Hundreds of dogs and cats peer out from their cages at the Joplin Humane Society, some with cuts, infections and broken bones from the deadly tornado that turned their lives, like those of their owners, upside down. Since the tornado, the Humane Society has found itself overflowing with animals, with about 900 now calling the shelter home — three times its usual inventory. One way or another, the pets became separated from their owners in the chaotic aftermath of the May 22 twister that tore through this town, killing 153 people. In some cases, the owners — scrambling to find housing for themselves after 7,000 homes were destroyed, leaving nearly one-third of the city’s 50,000 residents homeless — have simply given up their pets. But the Joplin Humane Society is determined to find a home for every cat and dog. To that end, it plans an “Adopt-a-thon” the weekend of June 25-26, when animals that haven’t been claimed by their owners will be given away free to good homes, after being spayed and neutered. “The reality is, a lot of these people aren’t in a position to come get these animals,” said Joplin native Tim Rickey, a field investigator for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “They’ve lost everything.” Executive director Karen Aquino said it’s not that the Humane Society hasn’t tried to find the owners. “We feel we’ve exhausted every avenue to get the word out,” Aquino said. “We’ve placed 250 yard signs. We have posters at food and donation distribution points, public service announcements on radio and TV, ads in the newspaper — everything we could think of to let people know their pets might be here if they’re missing.” To handle the additional cats and dogs, the organization fixed up two vacant warehouses next to the shelter into air-conditioned kennels. A gravel parking lot outside a former used appliance store has been converted into an owner’s waiting room, with plastic chairs and Polaroid snapshots of unnamed animals stuffed into thick three-ring binders. Aquino said none of the pets left homeless by the tornado will be euthanized. “If all of them aren’t adopted, we’ll start looking to rescue organizations and ways to get some of them to larger cities where they have a better chance at adoption,” she said. More than 100 volunteers from across the country, many from other shelters, are in Joplin helping out — cleaning cages, providing veterinary care and exercising the animals. On most days, a halfdozen veterinarians are at the shelter tending to the wounded. The work is exhausting, the plight of the animals sad. But spirits are buoyed by good news, such as the recent story of a cat found alive by its owner 16 days after the tornado. “We’ve heard some amazing stories,” Aquino said. “Animals are pretty resilient.” When Steven and Debbie Leatherman found their lost dog, Sugar, at the shelter, her back legs were paralyzed. Someone had apparently dropped off the 10-year-old cocker spaniel after finding her in a drainage ditch and about to drown. The University of Missouri says the Leathermans’ son, Daniel, drove the dog to its veterinary hospital in Columbia, where veterinarians performed spinal surgery that gave Sugar back the use of her legs. By KAREN ZRAICK and ANDREW MIGA Associated Press NEW YORK — Defiant and combative no longer, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner soberly announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday, bowing to the furor caused by his sexually charged online dalliances with a former porn actress and other women. Democratic Party leaders, concerned that Weiner could weigh the party down in the 2012 elections, welcomed the announcement after days spent trying to coax, push and finally coerce the wayward 46-year-old into quitting. Known as brash, liberal and ambitious, Weiner had run for mayor of New York in 2005 and had been expected to do so again. He was in his seventh term in Congress. At an appearance in Brooklyn that drew hecklers as well as supporters, Weiner apologized “for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused,” particularly to his wife, Huma Abedin. Pregnant with the couple’s first child, she was absent as she had been 10 days ago when Weiner first admitted sending inappropriate messages and photos to women online — after earlier denying emphatically he had done so. In his brief farewell appearance, Weiner said he initially hoped the controversy would fade but then realized “the distraction that I have created has made that impossible.” That conclusion echoed party officials who had become worried that the intense public focus on Weiner — and the Republican political rhetoric sure to follow — would complicate their campaign efforts in 2012. “Congressman Weiner exercised poor judgment in his actions and poor judgment in his reaction to the revelations,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement released moments after he spoke. “Today, he made the right judgment in resigning.” Weiner made his announcement at the same senior citizen center in Brooklyn where he announced his candidacy for the New York city council in 1992.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is lobbying individual senators in a quest to secure what appears to be one more vote needed to legalize gay marriage in New York and deliver a major win for the national effort. The Democrat met with three Republican senators in his Capitol office Thursday and plans to meet with more on today, the day Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos predicted his house would bring the bill to a floor vote. The quietly-called meetings come as talks drag on, leading the Senate’s Democratic leader to say Republicans are more concerned with protecting their majority. Some advocates thought a gay marriage law could be enacted as early as Tuesday. “The meetings are ongoing,” said Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto, putting no end date to the closed-door sessions. “I’m still a ‘no,’ I’m still talking to people, so I’ll let that speak for itself,” said Republican Sen. Andrew Lanza of Staten Island after leaving Cuomo’s office Thursday night. He said he continues to seek further protections for religious groups opposed to gay marriage so they can’t be prosecuted for discrimination if they refuse to allow their property or services to be used during gay marriage ceremonies. Lanza wouldn’t say if he believes the bill will get a floor vote. Republican Sens. Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie and Kemp Hannon of Long Island attended the hour-long meeting but would not comment on it. Saland has said he’s undecided. Republicans will resume their private caucus today and could decide to send the bill to the floor for a vote, or not introduce it at all. A vote by the entire Senate could happen as early as today. Nationally, attention has been riveted on New York state since early in the week when Cuomo announced he had won more votes in favor of the bill. “It creates a lot of anxiety while you’re waiting to find out if you’ll be granted the right that your family, friends and even your own parents took for granted,” said Ron Zacchi of Marriage Equality USA at the Capitol in Albany. Social media sites buzzed with meeting-by-meeting updates by advocates.

Cancer death rate gap widens
By MIKE STOBBE The Associated Press

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ATLANTA — The gap in cancer death rates between college graduates and those who only went to high school is widening, the American Cancer Society reported today. Among men, the least educated died of cancer at rates more than 2 1/2 times that of men with college degrees, the latest data show. In the early 1990s, they died at two times the rate of most-educated men. For women, the numbers aren’t as complete but suggest a widening gap also. The data, from 2007, compared people between the ages of 25 and 64. People with college degrees are seeing a significant drop in cancer death rates, while people who have spent less time in school are seeing more modest improvements or sometimes none at all, explained Elizabeth Ward, who oversees research done by the cancer society. The cancer society estimates there will be nearly 1.6 million new cancer cases in the United States this year, and 571,950 deaths. It also notes that overall cancer death rates have been dropping since the early 1990s, but the decline has been greater for some groups more than others. Experts believe that the differences have to do with education, how much people earn and where they live, among other factors. Researchers like to use education as a measuring stick because death certificates include that information. “Just because we’re measuring education doesn’t mean we think education is the direct reason” for the differences among population groups, Ward said. That said, the cancer death rate connection to education is striking. For all types of cancer among men, there were about 56 deaths per 100,000 for those with at least 16 years of education compared to 148 deaths per 100,000 for those with no more than 12 years of school. For women, the rate was 59 per 100,000 for the most educated, and 119 per 100,000 for the least educated. The gap was most striking when it comes to lung cancer. People with a high school education or less died at a rate four to five times higher than those with at least four years of college education, the new report said. More than a third of premature cancer deaths could have been avoided if everyone had a college degree, cancer society officials estimated. Studies have suggested that less educated people are more likely to do risky things with their health. They are more likely to smoke, drink and overeat, leading to obesity. All those things raise the risk for various cancers. As for survival after diagnosis, the least-educated are often poor people without good health insurance. Studies have found that people with no health insurance are more likely to be diagnosed when their cancer is advanced stage, and they are also less likely to receive standard treatment.

HAMBURG, Iowa — The surge of water released from dams holding back the rain-swollen upper Missouri River reached deeper into Nebraska and Iowa on Thursday, headed swiftly toward Missouri and a soggy summer. Almost all the levees along the way have held strong. There have been no significant injuries or deaths. Now comes the weeks of fretting and worry over whether levees in several states will continue to hold until the river starts to drop sometime this fall. “The ongoing threat will be to the levees, which were designed to hold back water for a short period of time,” said Derek Hill, administrator of Iowa’s Homeland Security agency. “We don’t know how they will perform if the water level remains high for several months.” Water from one levee breach, five miles south of the small town of Hamburg, Iowa, reached the partially evacuated community late Wednesday. There were no immediate problems with Hamburg’s new 8-foot-tall backup levee, which officials scrambled to build during the past two weeks and where about 5 feet of water is eventually expected collect by today. Upriver in South Sioux City, Neb., officials scrambled earlier this month to build a 7,000-foot-long levee to protect the city’s northwest side. City Administrator Lance Hedquist said that levee is holding, and the floodwater hasn’t even reached it yet in some places. “Everything looks very good,” Hedquist said. “Both levees are strong, healthy. I think our community is safe and well protected.” About six miles away in Dakota Dunes, S.D., a levee partially collapsed Thursday. The damaged section of the south levee was repaired and steps are being taken to prevent further erosion. But Gov. Dennis Daugaard said the partial collapse shows the potential for levee failure is a real danger. Flooding along the Missouri River has already caused significant damage in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota over the past month, but no significant injuries or deaths. The river has been rising for weeks as the corps releases increasing amounts of water from its upstream dams to make room in reservoirs for heavy spring rain and late snowmelt. Releases at Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota hit the maximum planned amount of 150,000 cubic feet of water per second Tuesday, and the corps doesn’t plan to reduce the amount it’s releasing from its dams until August at the earliest. National Weather Service hydrologist Dave Pearson said the river levels are expected to remain high, and any significant rainfall could push the river higher. “Any rain we get below Gavins Point is unregulated and flows right into the river,” Pearson said. That’s why officials still predict the river downstream of the six dams could still swell to levels 5 to 7 feet above flood stage at most places in Nebraska and Iowa, and rise as much as 10 feet above flood stage at some places in Missouri. In Nebraska and Iowa, the river remained about 1 foot below those levels on Thursday. Col. Bob Ruch, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district commander in Omaha, said there are no plans to deliberately breach a levee along the Missouri as the Corps did during flooding earlier this year along the Mississippi River. Among the reasons, he said, is there is no place behind Missouri River levees for the water to go. “Omaha and Council Bluffs, you can literally see water from bluff to bluff,” Ruch said. “The space is just not available and there is no plan to do so.” In Omaha, officials announced Thursday an evacuation plan for the unlikely possibility of widespread flooding in Nebraska’s biggest city. Officials said roughly 2,700 Omaha residents would have to evacuate in that worse-case scenario.

Answers to Thursday’s questions: Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to leave the country while in office. He visited the Panama Canal Zone in 1906. In the Bible, the industrious ant is held up as an example to the lazy man. Today’s questions: How many of the nearly 500 criminals who have appeared on the FBI’s Most Wanted List have been bad girls? How many people visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home, each year? Answers in Saturday’s Herald. Today’s words: Carcanet: an ornamental collar or necklace Larithmics: study of the quantitative aspects of population The Outstanding National Debt as of 8:45 a.m. today was $14,350,778,164,472. The estimated population of the United States is 310,763,089, so each citizen’s share of this debt is $46,179. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.94 billion per day since Sept. 28, 2007.

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