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Welfare drug testing plan removed from bill
BY JULIE CARR SMYTH The Associated Press many of Gov. John Kasich’s government-shrinking proposals intact, including shared service options for local governments and altered or eliminated roles for various government boards and commissions. Kasich took the rare step of proposing the measure outside of Ohio’s traditional two-year budget cycle. Democratic state Sen. Mike Skindell was among its critics, blasting such initiatives as undermining public sector unions and consolidating power to the governor’s Cabinet. “This represents an incredible consolidation of unbridled power into these agency heads, and it should be a concern for the citizens of the state of Ohio,” he said. Several of Skindell’s fellow Democrats, including Smith, spoke favorably of the bill, which delivered an additional $42 million to the Clean Ohio fund that preserves farmland and green spaces and another $350,000 to a Lake Erie protection program. Kasich applauded the bill in a statement for having “a significant, positive impact in improving how Ohio manages the taxpayers’ resources and the initiatives to that serve them.” Following the Senate vote, the Ohio House voted to send the bill to a conference committee to iron out differences between the chambers, including whether the Legislature should have a say over transfers of money to the state’s Rainy Day Fund. That panel is expected to convene next week. Kasich said there were still issues he’d like to see changed in the legislation, “but I’m hopeful we will find common ground soon.” Senate spokeswoman Angela Meleca said the welfare drug-testing provision would be taken up in a separate bill later. The timing was not yet determined The proposal had been added to the bill only a day

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Delphos, Ohio earlier — and was criticized on several fronts. Opponents said it was discriminatory to the poor, ineffective in other states, and potentially unconstitutional. Republican State Sen. Tim Schaffer, who proposed the two-year pilot program, said it is intended as a test run at taking welfare drug tests statewide. His plan calls for instituting the drug tests in three counties that volunteer, with those who test positive losing access to their benefits for at least six months. Schaffer said his proposal would allow family members not addicted to drugs to receive the benefits while the drug user is being treated.

COLUMBUS — A wideranging midterm budget bill cleared the Ohio Senate on Delphos Council Knights Wednesday after lawmakers of Columbus are seekremoved a contentious pilot proing contributions to assist gram that would have tied welcitizens with developmenfare benefits to clean drug tests. tal disabilities through its Democratic State Sen. Measure Up Campaign. Shirley Smith of Cleveland Locally, the funds assist said the last-minute decicitizens in programs at sion by the Senate Finance St. John’s and Jefferson Committee earlier in the day schools. Last year, each helped decide her vote in school was presented favor of the budget bill. She with a check for $935. said it showed her majority Donations will be accepted Republicans were willing to after all Masses at St. John compromise. the Evangelist Catholic In a 25-8 vote, the Senate Church this weekend. passed the measure with

Thrift Shop sets B-O-G-O sale

All wearables, including shoes, will be buyone-get-one free this weekend at the Church Women United Interfaith Thrift Shop in Delphos. The sale does not include anything in the boutique, toys, housewares, or bedding departments. Also during this time of the new construction, special surprise sales are planned. Store hours are 5-7 p.m. Thursday; 1-4 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Ottoville planning land lab


St. Peter sets VBS for June 16-19
St. Peter Lutheran Church will hold is Vacation Bible School entitled “Adventures On Promise Island” from 6:30-9 p.m. July 16-19 The offering is free to children ages 3 (and potty trained) through those entering sixth grade in the fall. Call Carrie Calvelage at 419-642-2355 to register no later than May 31.

Baseball Sunday set this weekend
Delphos Little League Association President Chris Mercer has announced Sunday is Baseball Sunday in Delphos. Minor League play will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and City League play will begin at 6 p.m. BBQ chicken and roast pork dinners will be available in the Hanser Pavilion from noon to 4 p.m.


Franklin Elementary School kindergartners enjoyed the merry-go-round during their field trip to Stadium Park Wednesday afternoon. The students also engaged in a scavenger hunt, frisbee games and hoola-hooping.

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OTTOVILLE — Ottoville Local School Board members toured the future site of the district’s land lab during Wednesday’s meeting. High School Principal Jon Thorbahn showed the board the site near the Little Auglaize River on the east side of the school. Bird habitats are planned so far. Thorbahn also told the board Maizee Brinkman scored a superior rating on her science project at the state science fair and Friday’s Cancer Walk raised $7,900. The board approved a list of 45 seniors to graduate Sunday. One-year limited nonteaching supplemental contracts were issued to Terry Byrne, junior varsity boys basketball coach; Adam Koester, assistant boys basketball coach; Brandon Miller, volunteer boys basketball coach; See OTTOVILLE, page 3

Fort Jennings to hand out 25 diplomas Friday evening
Staff reports FORT JENNINGS — Graduation ceremonies for the Fort Jennings High School class of 2012 will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday in the high school gymnasium. Twenty-five students will receive diplomas. Speakers include Salutatorian Tyler Wiedeman with the Welcome Speech; honor speaker Troy Hellman with the Song Speech; honor speaker Aaron Schnipke with the Motto Speech; and Valedictorian Ethan Wiedeman Schimmoeller with the Farewell Speech. Weideman is the son of Russ and Sheryl Wiedeman. He plans to attend Bowling Green State University majoring in biology and then University of Findlay for physicians’ assistant. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Club, Envirothon Team and TSA TEAMS and participated in band and senior class play. He was the team captain for basketball and soccer and participated in track. Weideman was active in Boy Scouts and received the Eagle Scout Award. He was on Honor Roll I and selected for “Senior in the Spotlight.” Hellman is the Hellman son of Ralph and Cathy Hellman. He plans to attend Bowling Green State University majoring in health science and then grad school at the University of Toledo for occupational therapy. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Scholastic Bowl. He participated in band and the senior class play. He was also active in baseball and CYO basketball, on Honor Roll I and selected for “Senior in the Spotlight.” Schnipke is the son of Vince and Cheryl Schnipke. He plans to attend Ohio Northern University majoring in electrical engineering. He was a member of the National Honor Society (secretary), Scholastic Bowl and TSA TEAMS. He participated in band, senior class play and school musicals. Schnipke was active in track and soccer in which he received the Scholar Athlete award in both. He participated in CYO basketball and is a Schnipke Mass server at St. Joseph’s Church. He was active in Boy Scouts, receiving the Eagle Scout Award; and was a Buckeye Boys State Delegate. He was on Honor Roll I and selected for “Senior in the Spotlight.” Schimmoeller is the son of Karl and Joan Schimmoeller He plans to attend Ohio State University majoring in biomedical science pre-med.


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He was a member of the National Honor Society (president), TSA TEAMS, Scholastic Bowl, Math Club and Envirothon team. He was involved in the senior class play, school musical and band. Schimmoeller was active in soccer and received the Scholar-Athlete Award. He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he is a Mass server, usher and plays guitar in a Lifeteen band. He played CYO basketball and was active in Boys Scouts, receiving the Eagle Scout Award. He Schimmoeller was on Honor Roll I and selected for “Senior in the Spotlight.” Those receiving diplomas are: Jason W. Berelsman, Gina Ann Clay, Andrea Michelle Heitmeyer, Troy See JENNINGS, page 3

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High temperature Wednesday in Delphos was 72 degrees, low was 49. High a year ago today was 50, low was 42. Record high for today is 94, set in 1962. Record low is 31, set in 1973. WEATHER FORECAST Tri-county Associated Press TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Southeast winds around 5 mph. FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds around 5 mph. SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. South winds around 10 mph. SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear. Lows in the lower 60s. SUNDAY, SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Highs in the mid 80s. Lows in the lower 60s. MONDAY: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and storms. Highs around 80. MONDAY NIGHT, TUESDAY: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 50s. Highs in the upper 70s. TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s.

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Ohio school cuts insurance, birth control coverage
CINCINNATI (AP) — A Catholic university in eastern Ohio is dropping its student health insurance program partly because of a new federal health care rule requiring religiousaffiliated institutions’ insurance plans to provide contraception coverage, a university official said Wednesday. A vice president with Franciscan University of Steubenville said the school felt it had no choice. “We cannot teach one thing in class and then be forced to pay for things that we find morally objectionable,” Michael Hernon, vice president for advancement, said in a telephone interview. “We have been offering this insurance for ages, and we are upset that we had to come to this decision.” Religious-affiliated institutions around the country have protested President Barack Obama’s move to require those organizations, including schools, to include contraceptive coverage in their insurance plans. The president later said the religiousaffiliated institutions didn’t have to pay for that coverage but their insurers must. Several states and institutions are challenging the mandate in court. Hernon said cost concerns also led to the school’s decision to drop the insurance, citing increased coverage limits for policyholders that the school says will result from the health care overhaul. He says a Franciscan student’s basic $600 policy would more than double in the fall and increase even more the next year. The current student insurance program will end when the plan expires Aug. 15. Hernon said that while only about 200 of the 2,500 students at Franciscan participate in the school’s insurance program, the university has required all students to have

The Delphos VFW Post will host the Ohio State Highway Patrol for voluntary vehicle inspections from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. There is no cost. Patrol motor vehicle inspectors will check lights, turn signals, horn, tires, wipers, exhaust, emergency brake and driver’s license. All motorists are reminded to have their vehicle inspected for safety. A window tint meter will be available for tinted glass inspection.

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The following individuals appeared Wednesday before Judge Charles Steele in Van Wert County Court Of Common Pleas: Kareem Howard, 37, Van Wert, was re-senteced following his release from the WORTH Center. He was sentenced to community control with electronically monitored house arrest for 60 days and to a substance abuse assessment and treatment. Brittany Bermudez, 21, Ottawa, changed her plea to guilty to two counts of attempted burglary, both felonies of the fourth degree. She was originally charged with two counts of burglary, felony threes. The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and continued the case for sentencing at a future date. Carlos Sanchez, 21, Portland, Ind., changed his plea to guilty to one count of trespass in a habitation, a felony of the fourth degree. He requested and was granted a diversion program. Ryan Schaadt, 27, Van Wert, appeared for sentencing on two counts of possession of drugs, felonies of the fifth degree. He was sentenced to 3 years of community control, 30 days jail, 200 hours community service, substance abuse assessment and treatment, two years

intensive probation, driver’s license suspended for six months, $1,196 was forfeited to law enforcement, pay attorney fees and court costs; nine months prison on each count, concurrent, were deferred. Ryan Schissler, 27, Van Wert, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. He received 3 years of community control, 30 days jail now, an additional 30 days jail, 200 hours community service, substance abuse and psychological assessments and treatment, 2 years intensive probation, driver’s license suspended six months, pay attorney fees and court costs. Eight months in prison were deferred. Zachariah Williams, 27, Van Wert, was sentenced after pleading guilty to illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony three. He was sentenced to prison for 18 months with credit for 93 days and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000. Tyler Dirham, 20, Van Wert, admitted to violating his bond by using heroin. He was ordered held in jail until details of a treatment program can be worked out. Eric Hernandez, 31, Van Wert, was sentenced after pleading guilty to domestic violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

health insurance in some form. But the school will drop that requirement as well. Students will have to determine how they will cover health costs for services such as hospitalization that require insurance and go beyond the basic services offered by the university’s health center, Hernon said. The school’s vice president for student life, David Schmiesing, said the school began notifying parents and students in letters and emails last month that they would need to make other coverage plans, and the response generally “has been positive or at least understanding.” The university will continue offering employee health insurance, which also doesn’t cover contraceptive services or products, while it waits to see what results from legal challenges to the mandate.

ST. RITA’S A girl was born May 16 to Christopher and Erin Kemper of Delphos. A girl was born May 15 to Amanda Coby and Nathan Hanjora of Delphos.



One year community control, 30 days jail, 200 hours community service, psychological assessment and treatment, ordered to pay attorney fees and court costs was given. 180-days jail and $1,000 fine were deferred. Curtis Boroff, 30, Van Wert, was granted judicial release from prison on his previous sentence for failing to pay child support. His sentence was modified to three years community control, up to six months in WORTH Center, 30 days jail, 200 hours community service, find a job within 60 days of release from WORTH Center and stay current in child support, pay attorney fees and court costs. His 12-month prison sentence was deferred and he was ordered held in jail until his transfer to the WORTH Center. Lonnie Gentry, 61, Ohio City, entered a plea of guilty to a Bill of Information charging him with domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree. A previously pending charge CLEVELAND (AP) — of felonious assault was dismissed. These Ohio lotteries were The court accepted his plea drawn Wednesday: and ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing date Classic Lotto is to be set at a later date. 08-20-26-42-43-48 Gentry was allowed to be Estimated jackpot: $9.69 released to go to treatment at million the VA hospital in Dayton. Lotto Kicker

MERICLE, W. Tim, 71, of Delphos, funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Pastor Wayne Prater officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Delphos Wesleyan Church. BUETTNER, Norman A., 73, of Ottoville, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, the Rev. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, corner of St. Rts. 224 and 634, where there will be Scripture service at 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice OCAL or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences can be Corn: expressed to: www.lovefuner- Wheat: Beans:

June 24, 1912-May 14, 2012 Dorothy Ellen Loveridge, 99, of Lima, died at 5:10 p.m. on Monday at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos. She was born on June 24, 1912, in Oakwood to Claude and Edith (Alspach) Brillhart, who preceded her in death. On Dec. 24, 1943, she married Budd T. Loveridge, who died on June 29, 1975. Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl L. Pelasky of Delphos and Karen L. (Dale) Fair of Elida; four grand children, Amanda (Vince) DeLuca, Kurt Leahey, Shawna (Dale) Jones, and John Pelasky; two stepgrandchildren, Amy (Randy) Staley and Adam (Marta) Fair; and five great-grandchildren, and five stepgreat-grandchildren. She was also predeceased by three brothers, Harold Brillhart, Harley Brillhart and Wilbur Brillhart. Mrs. Loveridge was a 79-year member of Ida Rebekah Lodge #391 (Spencerville); Trinity Chapter 316 OES; White Shrine of Jerusalem #20; Shawnee Grange; former member of Grace United Methodist Church, and Grace United Women; current member of Trinity United Methodist. She had worked at Kresge’s of Lima for 14 years and then taught at Carosell Beauty College for 10 years. She and her husband also owned Loveridge Trailer Haven in Lima for many years. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, the Rev. John Medaugh officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima, OH. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vancrest Health Care Center Activity Fund, 1425 E. 5th St., Delphos, Ohio, 45833 Online condolences may be made to the family at www.

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By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 17, the 138th day of 2012. There are 228 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 17, 1937, Teddy Hill and His Orchestra recorded “King Porter Stomp” for RCA Victor’s Bluebird label in New York; making his recording debut was trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. On this date: In 1510, Early Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli died in Florence, Italy; he was probably in his mid 60s. In 1792, the New York Stock Exchange had its origins as a group of brokers met under a tree on Wall Street. In 1849, fire erupted in St. Louis, Mo., resulting in the loss of three lives, more than 400 buildings and some two dozen steamships. In 1946, President Harry S. Truman seized control of the nation’s railroads, delaying — but not preventing — a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, unanimously struck down racially segregated public schools. In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro offered to release prisoners captured in the Bay of Pigs invasion in exchange for 500 bulldozers. (The prisoners were eventually freed in exchange for medical supplies.) In 1971, “Godspell,” a contemporary musical inspired by the Gospel According to St. Matthew, opened off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. In 1980, rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami’s Liberty City after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie. In 1987, 37 American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf. (Iraq apologized for the attack, calling it a mistake, and paid more than $27 million in compensation.) In 1992, orchestra leader Lawrence Welk died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 89.


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Matthew Hellman, Jason Paul Hemker, Cassandra Renee Kaverman, Megan Christine Kehres, Jennifer Elizabeth Koester, Jeremy L. Kohli, Tanya Rashell Korte, Adam Paul Krietemeyer, Jacob Wade McElroy, Nolan Christopher Neidert, Ethan Michael Schimmoeller, Jeremy George Schimmoeller, Aaron Vincent Schnipke Morgan Jean Schroeder, Zachary Thomas Schuerman, Philip Stemen, Peter Gregory Van Loo, Nicholas Charles Verhoff, Kelsey Renee Von Lehmden, Cody Victor Warnecke, Tyler James Wiedeman and Brian Anthony Wurst. The class song was “Boondocks” by Little Big Town; the class colors are baby blue and silver; the class flower is the white rose; and the class motto is: “It is not the end of the world, we are just taking it over.” (Continued from page 1)

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I am reviewing a DVD this month, one called “This Emotional Life.” I feel that it is appropriate now since May is Mental Health Month. This DVD is a boxed set, originally appearing as a six-hour presentation on PBS. I simply cannot say enough great things about this. I watched it practically all in one sitting, taking small breaks to do kind of important stuff like eat, but still… it completely held my attention and is that good. The show is broken into three parts – “Family, Friends, and Lovers,” “Facing Our Fears” and “Rethinking Happiness.” All three parts are captivating, educational and eyeopening. If I were teaching psychology anywhere at the moment, this is something I would definitely use in the classroom as it would provoke much interesting discussion. The show describes itself as one which “explores ways we can improve our social relationships, learn to cope with problems like depression and anxiety, and become more positive and resilient individuals.” Within the series, such topics are covered like living with Asperger’s Syndrome, solving marital problems such as infidelity, dealing with depression, overcoming PTSD, addressing bullying in schools, recognizing alcoholism and many more. The series is peppered with interviews by celebrities such as Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, John Leguizamo, Katie Couric, Richard Gere, Elizabeth Gilbert and others as they chime in to reveal times in their lives when they experienced depression or other difficulties and how they overcame their obstacles. What I like about the series


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and Matt Wannemacher and Ryan Schimmoeller, junior high boys basketball coaches. A memorandum of understanding with Rhodes State College for senior honors English was also approved. In other business, the board: • Accepted a rebate of $580.30 from General Mills through Box Tops for Education; • Motion to continue membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2012-13 school year. • Approve Jim Eickholt, Rick Fischer, Ralph Luersman, Jerry Turnwald, and Jim Hoersten as van drivers for the purpose of towing the band trailer for parades, contests, and shows for the 2012-13 school year; • Approve all head coaches to use school facilities for their sports camps or clinics during the spring/summer 2012 with the stipulation that all receipts and expenditures from such camps be processed through the Treasurer’s Office. • Approve Erin Gudakunst to use school facilities for a dance recital. The building will be used May 30 and 31 and June 1; and • Approve Austin Markward, Travis Maag, Logan Kortokrax, Zach Weber, Jacob Turnwald, Brandt Landin and Brandon Kimmet as student workers on an as needed basis for the summer. They will be operating mowers as well as other school equipment and paid the state minimum wage.

is that it not only informs viewers of various realities in our society, but it personalizes it by following real people experiencing real struggles and gives us their perspectives on it. This method is so much more effective than simply presenting arbitrary information about a disorder without giving it a face and personality. I especially related to the girl experiencing depression, since I have personal experience with that. I feel her story, just like the stories of others presented in the video, has a huge impact on the audience, since we get to see firsthand, with no holding back, what it’s like to suffer with some of these disorders we normally might never encounter. The show’s host and narrator, Daniel Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” is an engaging leader, as he navigates the emotional world for us, allowing us to peer into the lives of all these individuals brave enough to share their stories so that we might learn a thing or two and perhaps grow in our understanding of various important issues. He interviews not only people who struggle with a multitude of problems, but many experts on varying topics as well, who lend their knowledge and expertise from their field. I’m an avid documentary fan and enjoy anything in which I can be entertained and simultaneously become educated. This series really opened my eyes to a lot of information and reinforced some of the beliefs I already had regarding emotions and human interaction. I would recommend it to anyone who is into psychology – or anyone who is into human beings, for that matter.

E - The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How do green groups feel about the new 2012 Farm Bill draft recently released by the Senate? — Roger Wheeler, Miami, Fla. Like so much of the legislation coming out of Washington, D.C., green groups are mixed on the new Farm Bill now making its way toward a floor vote. No doubt there are some conservation bright spots in the bill, but the question is: Are there enough and do they go far enough? The non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) doesn’t think so. “Unfortunately, the bill ... will do more harm than good,” says Craig Cox, an agriculture and natural resources expert at EWG. “It needlessly sacrifices conservation and feeding assistance programs to finance unlimited insurance subsidies and a new entitlement program for highly profitable farm businesses.” Cox is critical of the new bill for essentially replacing one subsidy to large successful farms (those which need it least) with another: “Rather than simply ending the widely discredited direct payment program, the Senate Agriculture Committee has created an expensive new entitlement program that guarantees most of the income of farm businesses already enjoying record profits.” He calls replacing direct payments with a revenue guarantee program “a cynical game of bait-and-switch that should be rejected by Congress.” On the conservation side, Cox is dismayed that the draft bill fails to address “the impact of fence-row to fence-row agricultural production, which is putting unprecedented pressure

on our land, water and wildlife.” EWG would like to see the bill include language forcing farmers to protect critical wetlands and grasslands, not to mention soil health in general, in exchange for getting the insurance subsidies. “In combination, a new entitlement program, unlimited secret insurance subsidies, cuts to conservation programs and high commodity prices will create powerful incentives to plow up fragile wetlands and grasslands and erase many of the environmental gains made by agriculture in recent years,” says Cox. On the plus side, Cox applauds provisions in the bill that create and expand programs supporting healthy diets and organic farmers, as well as those that seek to expand links between local farmers and consumers. “We also support efforts to reform conservation programs to get more conservation bang for the buck,” he concludes, adding that EWG hopes to work with legislators on strengthening the bill’s conservation and nutrition provisions, and to place sensible limits on subsidies for highly-profitable farms. Another respected non-profit, American Farmland Trust (AFT), is more bullish overall on the Senate’s draft of the bill. The group likes the fact that funding for conservation programs is maintained at all, given the sour economic climate and resistance to put funds into non-emergency programs. AFT also praises the bill for its commitment to support farm and ranch land protection through a new permanent Agricultural Land Easement option which will help protect working lands and keep them in agricultural use. “Our nation has a critical need to protect farm and ranch land,” says AFT president Jon Scholl, adding that the U.S. lost farm and ranch acreage equal to the size of Indiana over the last 30 years. “Permanent conservation easements protect agricultural land from development, safeguard local agricultural economies and help farmers and ranchers transition their land to the next generation.” A vote on the final version of the bill could come as early as this summer. EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine ( Send questions to: Subscribe: www.

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Some green groups, such as the Environmental Working Group, applaud parts of the 2012 Farm Bill that support healthy diets, organic farmers and links between local growers and consumers. But they are critical of provisions they say only continue subsidies for highly profitable farms while ignoring needed protections for wetlands, grasslands and soil health.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

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US might pay half of cost to build Afghan army
By ANNE GEARAN AP National Security Writer far removed from the transAtlantic defense pact’s home ground. More than 20 nations have already agreed to help fund the Afghan army and more are expected to announce their commitments at the Chicago summit. U.S. and other NATO leaders claim that fundraising is on track, although the totals publicly announced so far are small. A senior Obama administration official said the U.S. and its partners would seek to set targets at the summit for the size and scope of the Afghan security forces after 2014, when foreign forces pull out. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to preview the upcoming summit, would not detail pledges expected in Chicago. That force is now projected to be smaller — and cheaper — than NATO had planned only a year ago. The decision to trim the goal for an Afghan force from about 350,000 to roughly 230,000 was driven more by economic reality than a shift in thinking about Afghanistan’s security needs after 2014, U.S. military officials and NATO diplomats said. The officials spoke on condition

One Year Ago • Fort Jennings High School competed recently through Ohio Northern University in the JETS-TEAMS competition. By JULIE PACE JETS (Junior Engineering Technological Society) sponsors Associated Press the nationwide competition. The 11-12 team placed first in the state and 4th nationally. The 9-10 team finished third in the WASHINGTON — state and 9th nationally. President Barack Obama served notice Wednesday that 25 Years Ago — 1987 he would punish those trying • Seventy Lincolnview High School seniors will receive to disrupt the political transidiplomas May 31 in the high school auditorium. Top tion in Yemen, a strategically academic honors go to Jayme Dougal and Brenda Linton. important Middle Eastern The acceptance of diplomas will be by Lori Eversole, senior nation, by freezing their U.S.class president. Music for the ceremonies will be provided based assets. by William Massa, band director and Dawn Hancock, choir An executive order gives director. the Treasury Department to • The grand opening for McCoy’s Craft and Stitchery, 304 power to act against those E. Fifth St., is scheduled for May 18. Donna McCoy, manager said by the White House to of the shop, said she will offer wall hangings, wreaths, fab- “threaten the peace, security rics, dolls, stuffed animals, craft pillows, handmade clocks, and stability” of Yemen. paints and various wooden items. She will be assisted by The order gives Yemen’s her daughter, Sherry. Her husband, Gary, will assist with the new president, Abed Rabbo woodworking. Hadi, an additional tool to • Priests of the Diocese of Toledo who are observing their sweep out relatives and cro25th and 50th years of ministry will be honored at the jubilar- nies of authoritarian leader Ali ians’ mass and dinner, May 19 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Abdullah Saleh who are refusParish, Toledo. Area priests to be honored are the Rev. ing to relinquish their political Bertrand J. Shenk and the Rev. Robert A. Holden. Rev. Shenk or military posts. Hadi issued is observing his 50th year as a priest. Observing his 25th anni- a decree last month ordering versary will be Rev. Holden, 50. the holdovers to leave, and the U.S. presidential order could 50 Years Ago — 1962 target the assets of anyone • The United States Marines landed in Thailand today. who fails to comply, accordThey started landing shortly after dawn and transports were ing to a senior administration deploying then to all bases facing the border that are being official, who spoke on condithreatened by the seizure of northwestern Laos by pro-Com- tion of anonymity to describe munist rebels. These clearly were labeled combat forces – not the policy. training or advisory units such as those stationed in South “We’ve had concerns about Viet Nam. spoilers,” State Department • Lana Rinehart received the award for highest scholar- spokeswoman Victoria Nuland ship, and Elaine Pollock received the second high scholarship told reporters. “We’ve had award at the annual senior day assembly at Delphos Jefferson concerns about foot-draggers. High School this morning. We’ve had concerns about • Lincolnview’s Lancers scored a 9-5 win over the St. actual opposition from variJohn’s Blue Jay baseball team Wednesday in a game played at ous different groups and so Lincolnview. The Jays were without the services of two senior this is a new tool that we can players but their substitutes gave a good accounting of their use to make our views known abilities at bat. Joe Imber got 2 hits in three at bat and Ronnie if that continues.” Schlereth went 2 for 2. She said the order was meant to send “a message to 75 Years Ago — 1937 those who are trying to block • Mary Alice Fethers, junior at Jefferson High School, transition that we have this placed in second division in the National Solo and Ensemble tool to use against them, and contest held at Columbus on Saturday. Miss Fethers competed that they should think again in the alto clarinet solo contest. There were ten other contes- about the policies that they are tants from all parts of the United States. pursuing,” she said. • The Delphos Merchants defeated Decatur Sunday by a Officials fear that instabilscore of 14 to 11 at the city field in a Midwestern League con- ity in Yemen, a critical countest. The Delphos batters nicked H. Steele for 12 hits before terterrorism partner for the he was replaced. R. Bleeke allowed 7 hits in the seventh and U.S., will provide an opening eighth innings. Noonan was on the mound for Delphos. He for al-Qaida affiliated groups allowed a total of 15 hits. to expand their influence. The • The Delphos Gun Club held their second monthly shoot Sunday at their range at Fischer’s Grove, south White House says Obama took of Delphos. George Henderson, Richard Longemeyer and the step because he believes Richard Dukes held first, second and third high scores, respec- the legitimate aspirations of the Yemeni people cannot be tively. addressed if political progress stalls. Yemen has been a launching pad for attacks against the U.S. by the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Last week, The Associated Press disclosed that the CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design. The Pentagon also announced last week that it was sending military trainers back to Yemen for “routine” counterterrorism cooperation with Yemeni security forces amid an intensified battle against terrorists. The training program in Yemen was suspended last year after thenPresident Ali Abdullah Saleh was badly injured in a militant attack. Under a U.S.-backed transition plan, Saleh stepped down earlier this year after more than 30 years in power, clearing the way for his vice president Hadi, to assume control of the government. U.S. officials allowed Saleh to come to the U.S. for medical treatment during the transition to help ensure it went off smoothly.


Obama against disruption in Yemen politics

WASHINGTON — Mapping the way out of an unpopular war, the United States and NATO are trying to build an Afghan army that can defend the country after 130,000 international troops pull out. The alliance’s plans for arm’s-length support for Afghanistan will be a central focus of the summit President Barack Obama is hosting Sunday and Monday in Chicago. The problem with the exit strategy is that someone has to pay for that army in an era of austerity budgets and defense cutbacks. The problem for the United States is how to avoid getting stuck with the check for $4.1 billion a year. “This has to be a multilateral funding effort,” said Pentagon spokesman George Little. “We think there should be contributions from other countries.” That’s partly why so many non-NATO nations are getting invitations to the summit. About 60 countries and organizations are expected to be represented, including nations such as Japan that are

Romney business record provides target
By THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press YOUNGSTOWN — Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning in Democratic territory with high unemployment, went after Republican Mitt Romney’s business background Wednesday and cast him as a corporate raider more interested in profits than people. Biden said the former businessman favors policies that benefit the well-todo over average people. He said President Barack Obama wants to give everyone a fair shake and make sure everyone plays by the same rules. “These guys don’t get it,” Biden said, his voice rising as he addressed supporters on a factory floor in Youngstown, where the unemployment rate is 10.4 percent, more than 2 points above the national average. “As long as the government helps the guys at the top, workers and small businesses and communities, they can fend for themselves,” Biden said. At the same time, “the big guy is doing well,” he said. The speech in Ohio, an economically battered state that will help decide the By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer November presidential election, continued the effort by Obama’s campaign to portray Romney as more in tune with rich people like himself. Obama’s campaign and an independent group that supports the president have begun airing ads in several states, including Ohio, that highlight the failure of a Missouribased steel company that was bought by Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney helped get off the ground. GST Steel later went bankrupt in 2001, costing 750 people their jobs. Romney was no longer with Bain at the time of GST’s collapse. “Nobody knows better than the people in the (Mahoning River) valley the consequences of that kind of philosophy. You have been through hell and back,” Biden said. After Romney’s company bought the Missouri steel company, its debt increased from $13 million to $533 million, Biden said. “When you get that kind of debt and things turn bad, you’re dead, you’re done,” he said. Biden said the company wound up in bankruptcy court, leaving employees without health care or pensions. Thirty top executives came away with $9 million

of anonymity to discuss internal planning. The larger force had been projected to cost $7 billion a year. Obama is unlikely to say so, but outside estimates of the U.S. share of the bill for Afghan defense after 2014 range from a quarter to well more than half the total bill. The U.S. will also be on the hook for other support to Afghanistan, but the amount is unclear. The United States is the richest and best-equipped nation in the NATO alliance and long Afghanistan’s largest patron. The argument is fairly straightforward. Even $4 billion a year to prop up the Afghan military is cheaper than the cost of maintaining a foreign army in Afghanistan, and a lot easier for war-weary publics to swallow. Some of the requests appear to be largely symbolic. For example, U.S. officials asked some of Afghanistan’s neighbors for initial pledges of about $5 million annually, said Richard Weitz of the Hudson Institute in Washington. “That’s nothing, but it’s something, too,” Weitz said, since it serves the diplomatic goal of showing broad support for Afghan stability.

US economy picks up after early spring slump
WASHINGTON — Maybe the U.S. economy’s strength this winter wasn’t just weather-related after all. Home construction is near a three-year high. And factory output has risen in three of the year’s first four months. The data released Wednesday suggest growth in the April-June quarter is off to a good start, helped by falling gas prices and solid hiring gains. Fears of a spring slump are easing. “It’s all very encouraging,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. “Things look good at the moment.” Builders broke ground in April at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 717,000 homes, the Commerce Department said. That nearly matches January’s pace, the best since October 2008. Construction rose for both single-family homes and apartments. Some economists have noted that a warm winter led companies to move up some hiring and accelerate other activity — including homebuilding — that normally wouldn’t occur until spring. That gave the appearance that the economy had strengthened in January and February and weakened in March. But Ashworth noted that the overall trend in housing starts has been running at roughly the same annual pace — approximately 700,000 — over the past six months. That’s 100,000 more on average than the pace for the previous six months. Ashworth said the higher level suggests demand is increasing and the mild winter had less effect than some economists had thought. “We expect starts to strengthen further this year,” Ashworth wrote in a note to clients. Even with the gains, the rate of construction for all homes is only about half the 1.5 million annual pace that most economists consider healthy. But the increase, along with rising builder confidence and stronger job growth, is a sign that the home market may finally be starting to recover nearly five years after the housing bubble burst. Single-family home construction is now 39 percent higher than its recession low. And developers are also anticipating more sales. Permits for single-family home construction rose 2 percent last month. The growth in singlefamily home construction is important because those homes make up roughly 70

and Romney and his partners came out with $12 million, Biden said. In a response to the vice president, Bain Capital said it had tried to make GST prosperous amid a difficult steel industry environment. “Bain Capital undertook an ambitious plan in 1993 to turnaround GST Steel, a struggling manufacturer of specialty steel products that was slated for closure if no investor could be found,” the company said in a statement. “We invested more than $100 million and many thousands of hours into this turnaround, upgrading its facilities in an attempt to make the company competitive. This was unfortunately at a time when the steel industry came under enormous pressure, and nearly half of all U.S. steel companies went into bankruptcy.” Romney’s campaign said he has a net job creation record both as a businessman and from his term as Massachusetts governor. It countered the attack on Bain Capital by citing Solyndra, a California-based solar energy company that collapsed despite receiving more than $500 million in Obama administration loans.

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percent of the market. Since the recession, homeownership has declined while demand for apartments has surged. Economists say continued job gains could quickly reverse that trend. “Homebuilders are reporting stronger demand,” Ian Shepherdson, an economist at High Frequency Economics, said in a note to clients. “And while rental demand means the multi-family sector is much stronger than single family, that will change as the labor market improves further.” U.S. manufacturing, one of the strongest areas of the economy since the recession ended nearly three years ago, also rebounded in April after a March lull. Factory output is now 18.3 percent higher than its low hit in June 2009, the month the recession ended. It’s only 6.1 percent below its prerecession peak. Factories are busier in part because automakers are selling more cars and trucks. Half of the April increase in factory output reflected a 3.9 percent jump in the production of motor vehicles and parts. That was the fifth straight gain at auto plants. Production also rose at a wide range of companies in April, from makers of computers and electronics to aerospace and furniture factories.

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TODAY 5:30 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission meets at the museum, 241 N. Main St. 5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith Thrift Shop is open for shopping. 7 p.m. — Spencerville Local Schools Board of Education meets. St. John’s Athletic Boosters meet in the Little Theatre. 7:30 p.m. — Delphos Chapter 26 Order of the Eastern Star meets at the Masonic Temple on North Main Street. Delphos VFW Auxiliary meets at the VFW Hall, 213 W. Fourth St. FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. — Delphos Optimist Club, A&W DriveIn, 924 E. Fifth St. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 1-4 p.m. — Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. 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 open. 12:15 p.m. — Testing of warning sirens by Delphos Fire and Rescue 1-3 p.m. — Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. SUNDAY 8-11:30 a.m. — Knights of Columbus benefit for St. John’s School at the hall, Elida Ave. 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. MONDAY 11:30 a.m. — The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at the Delphos Public Library for luncheon and program. Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 7 p.m. — Washington Township Trustees meet at the township house. Delphos City Council meets at the Delphos Municipal Building, 608 N. Canal St. 7:30 p.m. — Jefferson Athletic Boosters meet at the Eagles Lodge, 1600 E. Fifth St. Spencerville village council meets at the mayor’s office. Delphos Eagles Auxiliary meets at the Eagles Lodge, 1600 E. Fifth St. TUESDAY 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 7 p.m. — Delphos Area Simply Quilters meets at the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce, 306 N. Main St. 7:30 p.m. — Alcoholics Anonymous, First Presbyterian Church, 310 W. Second St. 8:30 p.m. — Elida village council meets at the town hall. WEDNESDAY 9 a.m. - noon — Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main St. Kalida. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. Noon — Rotary Club meets at The Grind. 6 p.m. — Shepherds of Christ Associates meet in the St. John’s Chapel. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. THURSDAY 9-11 a.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street.

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This is a great way to use up leftover rice and punch up the flavors with pineapple, shrimp and chili-garlic sauce. It’s rhubarb season, so now’s the time to try this rich and tangy cheese bar. Pineapple and Rhubarb Cheesecake Shrimp Fried Rice Squares 1 pound extra-large 1-1/4 cups all-purpose shrimp (26 to 30 a pound), flour peeled, deveined 1/2 cup old-fashioned Salt 2 tablespoons canola oats 1/2 cup packed brown oil 1 medium sweet onion, sugar 1/2 cup cold butter such as Vidalia, thinly 1 package (8 ounces) sliced 2 large garlic cloves, cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup sugar minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons reduced1/2 teaspoon vanilla sodium soy sauce 1 teaspoon chili-garlic extract 1/4 teaspoon ground sauce 3 cups cold cooked cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground rice 1 1/2 cups diced fresh nutmeg 1 egg, lightly beaten pineapple (about half a 1-1/2 cups finely large pineapple) 1/2 cup whole cashews chopped fresh or frozen Season the shrimp rhubarb In a small bowl, comlightly with salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy bine the flour, oats and large skillet or wok over brown sugar. Cut in butter medium-high heat. Add until crumbly. Set aside 1 shrimp and stir-fry until cup crumb mixture; press just opaque, about 2 min- remaining mixture onto utes. Transfer shrimp to the bottom of a greased 9-inch-square baking pan. a plate. Add remaining 1 table- Set aside. For filling, in a small spoon oil to same skillet over medium-high heat. bowl, beat cream cheese Add onion and stir-fry and sugar until smooth. until starting to brown, Beat in the salt, vanilla, about 2 minutes. Add gar- cinnamon and nutmeg. lic and stir until fragrant, Add egg; beat on low speed about 30 seconds. Add 2 just until combined. Stir in tablespoons soy sauce and rhubarb. Pour over crust. chili-garlic sauce. Cook Sprinkle with reserved until fragrant, about 30 crumb mixture. Bake at seconds. Add rice, stirring 350 degrees for 35-40 to break up any clumps, minutes or until set. Cool until the mixture is heated on a wire rack for 1 hour. through. Stir in shrimp, Refrigerate for at least 2 pineapple, cashews and hours. Cut into squares. Yield: 16 squares. remaining soy sauce.

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The Friends of the Putnam County District Library met May 7 at the Ottawa location to finalize plans for the upcoming book sale. The annual event will be held June 5 and 6 at the Fourth Street Gym in Ottawa. The doors will open at 9 a.m. both days and the sale will run until 8 p.m. The amount of books for sale this year is double from 2011. The suggested donation for hard and paperback books, videos and books on tape is 25 cents each. On the second day of the sale, a grocery bag full of items may be purchased for $3. Office furniture and many attic treasures will also be available. Other business included approving funds for Children’s Program and Adult Summer Reading Program. First-graders have been visiting the library and receiving their first library cards. Members were also updated on the Oct. 27 Craft Sale. Applications have been sent to past vendors, and anyone interested in more information about exhibiting work may contact Judy Schroeder at 419-659-5478. The next meeting of the Friends of the PCDL will begin at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Assemble Room of the Ottawa location.

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Blood drive netswere: 1 gallon- Stacy 45 units An American Red Cross goals
blood drive was held at the Delphos Eagles on May 10 with 45 pints collected. The goal for the day was between 50 and 55. Those reaching new

MAY 17-19 THURSDAY: Beth Metzger, Janet Grothause, Sue Vasquez, Margie Rostorger, Delores German and Cathy Vorst. FRIDAY: Irma Buettner, Kay Meyers, Joyce Day and Mary Jane Watkins. SATURDAY: Kathy Ulrich, Anita Dunlap, Julie Fuerst and Ruth Calvelage. REGULAR THRIFT SHOP HOURS: 5-7 p.m. Thursday; 1-4 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.- noon Saturday. To volunteer, contact Catharine Gerdemann, 419-695-8440; Alice Heidenescher, 419-692-5362; Linda Bockey 419-6927145; or Lorene Jettinghoff, 419-692-7331. If help is needed, contact the Thrift Shop at 419-692-2942 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and leave a message.


Taff, Justin McConnahea; 14 gallons- Arnold J. Wienken; 15 gallons- Paul Ruen. The next blood drive at the Eagles will be July 12.

Xavier awards scholarship


Cassandra Kaverman of Delphos has received a dean’s award from Xavier University in Cincinnati. The daughter of Lisa and Tony Kaverman, she will graduate from Fort Jennings High School this spring and is active in soccer, band, and musical.

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ELIDA — This time of the year, whether in baseball or softball, it is all about survival. That is exactly what St. John’s did in the opener of the Elida Division IV District semifinals on a brilliant Wednesday afternoon at Ed Sandy Memorial Field. The Blue Jays rallied from a 4-2 deficit and scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to eliminate Miller City 5-4. In the nightcap, Leipsic bested Allen East 8-2. In game 1, tied at 4-4 to start the home half of the seventh, junior Ryan Buescher got aboard via a 2-base throwing error to commence the inning. Senior Cody Kundert bunted him up a base and senior Ryan Densel was hit by a pitch from Wildcat senior Brent Hermiller (6 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 5 runs, 2 earned, 1 base-on-balls, 6 strikeouts; 93 pitches, 63 strikes). After Densel stole second and an out was recorded, junior Curtis Geise (2 runs) launched a single over the head of leftfielder Brent Niese to win the contest. That run made a winner of senior Blue Jay reliever Isaac Klausing (4-2; 2 IPs, 2 hits, 2 Ks). “We did just enough offensively. At this time of year, you are facing better pitchers, so runs will be at a premium and will be hard to come by,” St. John’s coach Dan Metzger began. “We weren’t very good at the plate to start. Hermiller did a great job of keeping us off-balance with his off-speed stuff and fastball; even when we hit the ball, they weren’t hard shots. Finally, we stayed with it and kept battling.” For Miller City head man Dusty Pester, it was all about defensive breakdowns. “Brent pitched very well. What hurt us in the end was making mistakes defensively,” Pester said. “We didn’t finish it off when we had the chance. I’m never comfortable with a lead until the last out. I knew St. John’s was more than capable of coming back. They got the hits when needed and we didn’t when we had the chance to get more runs.” Miller City got its leadoff man aboard (senior Brent Niese; 3-for-4, 1 run) with a single and a stolen base to start the contest against Kundert (5 IPs, 6 hits, 4 rums, 2 earned, 1 BB, 7 Ks; 101 pitches, 62 strikes). However, he fanned the next three. Senior Tanner Calvelage walked to lead off the home half, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. However, Hermiller struck out the side. The Wildcats (15-11) got

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Senior Tanner Calvelage connects for a base hit in the 3rd inning during St. John’s district semifinal matchup with Miller City Wednesday afternoon at Elida. Calvelage helped lead the Blue Jays in rallying past the Wildcats 5-4. senior Chandler Shafer on via no further. an error to start the second Shafer’s double to left with but the Jays turned a double one out in the seventh and a play. Junior Brent Riepenhoff fielder’s choice by Fuka put (twice hit by pitches) was him at third. However, he was plunked and freshman Adam stranded there. Drummelsmith walked but a “Fortunately, only one of called third strike on senior our errors cost us runs but Cody Gable ended that it’s those mistakes you can’t threat. afford at this time of year. We Once more, the Wildcats were fortunate to overcome got two runners on in the that,” Metzger added. “It’s all third: a 1-out double to left about moving on now. This is center by Hermiller (2-for-4, when you rely on your seniors. 2 runs batted in) and an infield Isaac did a great job of comsingle to deep short by junior ing on in relief and doing his Ross Kaufman. However, two job. Cody struggled with his more strikeouts kept the game breaking ball; it wasn’t snapping like it has been.” scoreless. The Jays (19-6) advance With two down in the Blue Jay third, Calvelage got to play Leipsic in Friday’s aboard with a ground single finals. First pitch is 5 p.m. The Vikings left two on into left but was picked off board in the home half of base by Hermiller. The Jays took a 2-0 edge the first — a 1-out single by in the home half of the fourth. senior Trevor Schroeder and a Geise was plunked, stole sec- walked to senior Tyler Maag. The Mustangs left two on ond and scored on a shot to left by junior Troy Warnecke; — senior Jon Swaney (third) an error on the play put the and junior Nick Kohlreiser batter at second. Senior Austin (second), both by singles Reindel flied out to right to — in the top of the second advance Warnecke to third against Leipsic senior starter and he scored as Klausing Travis Schroeder (7-0; 4 IPs, lined a hit to left for a 2-0 3 hits, 1 BB, 4 Ks). The Mustangs (14-11) edge. However, the Wildcats lost a chance to score in the turned a double play. In the Miller City fifth, third as senior Tyler Wilson they took a 4-2 lead, combin- (walk, steal and wild pitch) ing three hits — including a was caught too far off third 2-run ground-rule double by on a grounder by junior Hermiller (scoring Gable and Derek Ketchum. Senior Tyler Niese) and a run-producing Stevens singled by both were knock by sophomore Jared stranded. The Vikings (23-3) scored Fuka. As well, a throwing error allowed Hermiller to three times in the bottom of the third against Mustang score the third run. The Wildcats wasted junior starter Casey Crow Niese’s 1-out 2-bagger to (5-6; 3 IPs, 5 hits, 5 earned right center in the sixth and runs, 3 BBs, 2 Ks) to open the a wild pitch that put him at scoring, putting together four hits, including a run-scorthird. The Jays tied the contest ing double by junior Devin with a 2-spot in the home Mangas (2 runs, 2 RBIs), half. Calvelage blooped a hit an opposite-field RBI triple into right and scored on a to left by Nate Schey and a 3-base error on Geise’s liner. run-scoring single by senior In turn, he touched the dish Travis Schroeder, to get those courtesy of a groundout to runs in. The Purple and Gold put second by Warnecke. Reindel bounced a ball off the fence four more on the board in in left for a double but went the fourth, chasing Crow after
struck first in the top of the first. Second baseman Cece Utendorf reached on a 1-out single, advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and third on a single by third baseman Hope Schroeder. Utendorf scored when shortstop Katelyn Scott reached on error. The run gave Grove a brief 1-0 lead. Parkway answered in the home half of the first with three runs of its own. Fent singled with two outs to help her cause and second baseman Lindsey Walls followed with an infield single. First baseman Kylie Snyder then plated both runners with a 2-run double to give the Lady Panthers a 2-1 lead. Snyder advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when third baseman Peyton Heitkamp reached on an infield single. The Parkway rally gave them a 3-1 lead after one complete. The Lady Bulldogs struck for a run in the second and third innings to tie the game. In the second inning, leftfielder Micah Stechschulte reached on an error and scored on an RBI double by pitcher Bobbi Heckel. The third-inning run came when Hope Schroeder walked and scored on an RBI double off the bat of Scott to tie the game at three. Parkway plated the eventual winning run in the fourth. “Kayla has really turned it on the last couple of weeks. She’s been one of our best hitters. You think about moving her up in the order but it’s kind of nice having her in that 9-spot to roll into the top of the order,” Parkway coach Mark Esselstein said. The Lady Panthers added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Pinchhitter Kayle Heckler walked to open the frame before Kayla Walls sacrificed her to second. Smith scored Heckler when she reached on an error and, in turn, scored on an RBI double off the bat of Taylor Walls. Finally, Fent doubled to bring T. Walls home and run the score to 7-3. Grove had one last chance in the top of the seventh and Schroeder opened the inning by drawing a walk, which marked the exit of Fent from the circle. Steinbrunner entered in relief and recorded three straight outs - two of them strikeouts - to seal the win for the Lady Panthers. Esselstein noted entering Steinbrunner was to change things up on the Lady Bulldogs in the final frame: “Sierra struggled finding her spots, threw a lot of pitches and we’ve got confidence in Morgan to come in and do the job. She gives us a different look than Sierra does. We’ve got a lot of confidence in (Morgan); she came in, did the job and shut them down.” Fent picked up the win for Parkway. She went six innings, allowing three runs - one earned - on nine hits. She walked three and struck out seven. Heckel was tagged for the loss. She went six innings, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits. She walked two and

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two walks for Stevens (3 IPs, 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 BBs, 3 Ks), amassing a pair of hits — including a bases-clearing triple by Maag — and three free passes, including a bases-loaded one to Mangas, to make it 7-0. The Mustangs left the bases loaded with two down in the fifth against reliever Trevor Schroeder (1-out walked to freshman Tanner Stippich, a walk to Wilson and a 2-out error that got Stevens aboard). A final Leipsic run came across on the sixth: a double to the fence by Maag (2-for-3, 4 RBIs) scoring senior Brady Schroeder. Allen East scored its only tallies against third Leipsic hurler Maag (1 IP, 1 hit, 2 BBs, 2 unearned runs) in the seventh via a 1-out misplayed grounder (Stippich), a walk to Wilson, a 2-out free pass by Stevens and a 2-run knock by Swaney.

Game 1 MILLER CITY (4) ab-r-h-rbi Brent Niese 4-1-3-0, Brent Hermiller p 4-1-2-2, Ross Kaufman rf 4-0-10, Jared Kern c 4-1-0-0, Chandler Shafer 1b 4-0-1-0, Jared Fuka 3b 4-01-1, Travis Maas pr 0-0-0-0, Brent Riepenhoff dh 2-0-0-0, Ross Lehman 2b 0-0-0-0, Adam Drummelsmith ss 2-0-0-0, Cody Gable cf 2-1-0-0. Totals 30-4-8-3. ST. JOHN’S (5) ab-r-h-rbi Tanner Calvelage cf 3-1-2-0, Curtis Geise ss 3-2-1-1, Troy Warnecke 3b 3-1-1-2, Austin Reindel c 3-0-1-0, Isaac Klausing 1b/p 3-0-1-1, Jordan Bergfeld dh 3-0-0-0, Andrew Metzger rf 0-0-00, Ryan Buescher lf/1b 3-1-0-0, Cody Kundert p/2b 2-0-0-0, Ryan Densel 2b/ lf 2-0-0-0. Totals 25-5-6-4. Score by Innings: Miller City 0 0 0 0 4 0 0-4 St. John’s 0 0 0 2 0 2 1-5 Two outs in seventh when winning run scored E: Lehman 2, Niese, Gable, Geise, Warnecke; DP: Miller City 1, St. John’s 1; LOB: Miller City 9, St. John’s 4; 2B: Hermiller 2, Niese, Shafer, Gable, Reindel; SB: Niese, Calvelage, Geise, Densel; POB: Calvelage (by Hermiller); Sac: Kundert. IP H R ER BB SO MILLER CITY Hermiller (L, 5-4) 7.0 6 5 2 1 6 ST. JOHN’S Kundert 5.0 6 4 2 1 7 Klausing (W, 4-2) 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 WP: Kundert 2, Hermiller, Klausing; HBP: Riepenhoff 2 (by Geise 2), Gable (by Geise), Geise (by Hermiller), Densel (by Hermiller); PB: Reindel. ---Game 2 ALLEN EAST (2) ab-r-h-rbi Tyler Wilson lf 1-1-0-0, Derek Ketchum cf 4-0-0-0, Tyler Stevens ss/p 3-0-1-0, Jon Swaney 1b 4-0-2-2, Nick Kohlreiser 2b/ss 4-0-1-0, Max McAdoo rf/2b 2-0-0-0, Jacob Lawrence 3b 2-00-0, Trenton Carey ph 1-0-0-0, Travis Wireman c 3-0-0-0, Casey Crow p 1-00-0, Tanner Stippich rf 1-1-0-0. Totals 25-2-4-2. LEIPSIC (8) Devin Mangas ss 3-2-1-2, Trevor Schroeder 3b/p 4-0-1-0, Ty Maag 2b/p 3-0-2-4, Nate Schey cf 4-1-1-1, Travis Schroeder p/3b/2b 3-0-1-1, Daniel DeLaRosa lf 2-0-0-0, Austin Brown rf 1-1-0-0, Nate Mangas c 2-1-0-0, Brady Schroeder 1b 2-3-2-0. Totals 24-8-8-8. Score by Innings: Allen East 0 0 0 0 0 0 2-2 Leipsic 003 401 x-8 E: Wilson, Trav. Schroeder, N. Mangas; DP: Allen East 1; LOB: Allen East 9, Leipsic 5; 2B: D. Mangas, Maag; 3B: Maag, Schey; SB: Wilson, Brown; CS: Trav. Schroeder (by Wireman); Sac: McAdoo, ; SF: . IP H R ER BB SO ALLEN EAST Crow (L, 5-6) 3.0 5 5 5 2 2 Stevens 3.0 3 3 3 2 3 LEIPSIC Trav.Schroeder (W,7-0) 4.0 3 0 0 1 4 Trev. Schroeder 2.0 0 0 0 2 2 Maag 1.0 1 2 0 2 0 Crow pitched to 2 batters in 4th. WP:Trav. Schroeder; HBP: DeLaRosa (by Crow), B. Schroeder (by Stevens).

This is one JIM METCALFE of those inspiring stories that doesn’t get enough airplay. Coleman Shannon is just another 14-yearold boy playing baseball in Johnsonville, South Carolina. Not really. You see, he was born with what is called amelia, or limb deficiency. That means that one of his arms, in this case the right one, is not completely grown. It basically ends right before the elbow, so he has no forearm, wrist or hand on that side. He threw a no-hitter not too long ago. He does it the way Jim Abbott, for former major-league pitcher, did it. He throws the ball with his fully-formed left arm, coddles the glove close to his body and then switches hands very quickly. Abbott took it to an art form to get to the majors. He can not only pitch but he’s a fair batter and can hunt and play guitar, too. What, no fishing? They tried to fit him for a prosthetic but he would hide it so he didn’t have to wear it. I wish this kid blessings for the future. He’ll be fine in whatever he does. You can find a video of him posted on Beliefnet. Here’s another one that is either inspiring (if you’re an Edwin Encarnacion fan) or infuriating (if you are a Cincinnati Reds’ fan). He has 13 home runs so far this season. Where the heck was THIS power when he played for the Queen City team? He’s “finally figured it out” is the standard line. I guess it takes being in the majors a decade-plus to “figure it out.” Part of this is tongue-in-cheek — give him credit for staying with it and desiring to keep improving — but the Reds probably wouldn’t have traded him if he’d been doing this all along. The recent meltdown by Toronto’s Brett Lawrie — he vehemently disagreed with a called second and third strike in Tuesday’s game with the New York Yankees and slammed his helmet to the ground. However, the object bounced up — you didn’t expect it to? — and hit home plate umpire Bill Miller. Immediately he was tossed and his manager, John Farrell, came out to argue. Listen, I don’t know if either pitch was an actual strike but to me, they haven’t called the strike zone in decades. However, that really doesn’t matter. That was a ridiculous display of childishness and tantrum-throwing; I almost wondered if he’s either going to start sucking his thumb or pick up his bat and go home. Then he gets suspended and has the gall to actually appeal it. What, you didn’t do it? How many people have now seen it? Umpteen millions? Then Farrell defends this ... behavior! Seriously? I understand that he has to stand up for his players but this goes over the line. We’ll never know if he dresses him down behind closed doors or not but he should. If he thinks this is acceptable behavior, that says a lot about him, too. I really don’t care why Lawrie did it or what provoked it. Take your medicine, apologize like a man and move on. And then we wonder why “fans” — like that ... fool that tossed the beer at Miller after the game — seem to be getting more belligerent each passing day. They see this childish behavior and that gives them “permission” to model it. Then kids see this and we wonder why they emulate it.

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By Brian Bassett

ELIDA - After the Columbus Grove and Parkway softball teams battled to a 3-3 tie through three innings of Wednesday’s Division IV district semifinal at Elida’s Dorothy Edwards Field, the Lady Panthers scratched a run across in the fourth - and three more in the sixth - to hold off the Lady Bulldogs 7-3. The tide turned in the home half of the fourth when Parkway rightfielder Kayla Walls opened the frame with a triple and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of leftfielder Olivia Smith. The run gave Parkway a 4-3 lead, which they would hold throughout the remainder of the game, mainly thanks to stellar pitching from starter Sierra Fent and reliever Morgan Steinbrunner. The Lady Bulldogs reached all evening on Fent but could only scratch the three runs across while leaving 10 baserunners stranded. “We were able to get some runners on and move them into scoring position but we just weren’t able to get the timely hit. Hats off to them; they had great pitching and great defense behind it. They’re not going to give you many runs; you have to earn them. We just didn’t earn enough of them tonight,” Columbus Grove coach Brian Schroeder said. The Lady Bulldogs

struck out two. Schroeder was proud of his pitcher despite the loss: “Bobbi did a great job in the circle tonight. She’s battled a back injury all year and she’s kind of starting to find herself right now. She’s really locating her fastball now and she can get her changeup across when she needs to. She did an exceptional job tonight. They just put the ball in play and hit the ball hard a few more times than we did.” Kayla Walls led the Lady Panthers at the plate. She went 2-2 with a double, a triple and a run scored. Fent was 3-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, and Snyder added a pair of RBIs. Schroeder was 2-2 for the Lady Bulldogs, with a run scored. Heckel added a double and an RBI. The loss drops Grove to 17-11 on the season. The win improves Parkway to 22-6. The Lady Panthers advance to meet Crestview in the district final Friday at Elida. The Knights were one of the six losses for the Lady Panthers from a matchup earlier this season. “The kids know that in all three phases of the game, we need to play a lot better to beat Crestview. They’re a great program and we’re looking forward to the challenge Friday,” Esselstein added.
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Minster ousts Bearcats from baseball tourney COLDWATER — Minster put up a 3-spot in the bottom of the second frame and rode its pitching, especially Doug Huber (4 innings, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 bases-onballs, 1 strikeout) to a 4-2 Division IV District semifinal Wednesday afternoon at Coldwater’s Veteran’s Memorial Park. The Wildcats (21-6) added an insurance run in the fourth. Spencerville took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Senior Matt Youngpeter finished his high school career by taking the loss for the Bearcats (16-11), who failed to back his 6-hit pitching by committing five errors. Minster will play Crestview 7 p.m. Friday for the district title.
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Crestview advances on pop-up lost in lights, wins 3-2 over St. Henry By Jim Cox COLDWATER - Many pitching duels are decided by a break and Crestview got a big one Wednesday night when freshman catcher Nathan Owens’ eighth-inning pop-up was lost in the lights, scoring rightfielder Jacob Wortman with the winning run. The 3-2 win advances the Knights (17-10) to Friday’s 5 p.m. Division IV district final against Minster. St. Henry bows out with a record of 13-12. St. Henry’s hard-throwing lefthander Trey Rutschilling was in total command for five innings but the Knights, trailing 2-0, turned things around in the bottom of the sixth. Centerfielder Matt Holden led off by crushing a fly ball into


the right-centerfield gap for a triple, then scored on a wild pitch to close the deficit to 2-1. Relief pitcher Damian Helm lined a single up the middle, was bunted to second by third baseman Venice Roberts and scored the tying run on line single to right by starting pitcher-turned-DH Jared Hallfeldt. While Helm held the Redskins in check, the Knights appeared to be ready to walk off with a win in the last of the seventh. First baseman Jake Harmon started it off by chopping a high bouncer in front of the plate and beating the throw to first. Ruthschilling fielded Owens’ bunt and fired to second in time for the force but the throw was muffed, putting runners at first and second. Shortstop Kole Rolsten bunted the runners to second and third,and Holden was intentionally walked, loading the bases with one out. However, Helm’s popup was caught on the infield dirt after a long run by rightfielder Nate Uhlenhake and Roberts’ sharp opposite-field liner was right at Uhlenhake to end that threat. Crestview got the winner without hitting a ball out of the infield. Wortman, with one out, and Harmon, with two outs, both reached on infield ground singles — Wortman’s deep to shortstop Alex Post’s backhand and Harmon’s a slow roller to Post. With two out, Wortman, on second, was off as soon as Owens’ ball left the bat and scored the gameender when the ball dropped untouched near first base. Rutschilling certainly deserved a better fate. He struck out 13 and walked only one, while throwing 117 pitches, 81 of which were strikes. He yielded three runs, all earned, on nine hits. See ROUNDUP, page 7

Ohio schools vote down competitive balance bylaw
By RUSTY MILLER The Associated Press COLUMBUS — The schism between public and private schools — at least on a football field or a basketball court — widened a little more on Wednesday. For the second consecutive year, Ohio high schools voted down a proposal that would have addressed the ongoing competitive-balance problems between public and private teams. “I do believe that there are many schools in this state who honestly believe they do not have a fair shot (of winning a state championship),” said Commissioner Dan Ross of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. An OHSAA bylaw that would have changed how schools are assigned to tournament divisions in the team sports of football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball was voted down 339-301. The results of the vote were announced on Wednesday afternoon. A similar proposal failed by a 332-303 vote a year ago. For years, critics from public schools have pointed at the success of football powerhouses such as Cincinnati Moeller and Cleveland St. Ignatius and said that private schools which can draw students and athletes from a larger area have a decided advantage. The OHSAA, which sanctions prep sports in the state, tried to offset any real or imagined advantages by forming a committee which considered more than just the size of a school’s enrollment when assigning it to a particular division. The OHSAA had its member schools vote on a proposal which would start with the number of students but then also take into consideration other measuring sticks for each sport. A boundary factor based on how a school gets students and a tradition factor — based on how many times a school reached the state/ regional tournament over an 8-year span — were taken into account. Also noted was a socioeconomics factor based on the number of students receiving free lunches at the school. But the majority declined to approve the measure. A total of 825 ballots were mailed, with 645 ballots

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Thunder rally to edge Lakers 77-75 in Game 2
By JEFF LATZKE The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Down in desperation time, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks called on Kevin Durant to show that he’s more than just a 3-time scoring champion. And that meant guarding one of the NBA’s all-time best. Durant was up to the challenge, keeping Kobe Bryant from excelling as usual in his closer’s role while sparking the Thunder’s rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night. Durant scored 22 points and rattled in the go-ahead basket on a baseline runner with 18 seconds left as Oklahoma City scored the final nine points. He also had a crucial steal from Bryant to fuel the rally. “People talk about how I score the ball,” said Durant, one of only seven players to lead the NBA in scoring three straight seasons. “They don’t look at me when we go on the other end. I think this whole playoff run, I’ve been picking it up on the defensive end.” Oklahoma City trailed by seven with 2 minutes left before surging back with a series of defensive stops by its stars to rally from that deficit in the closing stages of a game for the second time this postseason. The Thunder also were down by seven with 2 1/2 minutes left in Game 1 of the first round against defending NBA champion Dallas. “They won’t quit. That’s not in their DNA,” Brooks said. “They’re not wired that way and if they were, they wouldn’t be here. We’re not going to win every game but we’re going to fight to the last second of the game and we did that tonight. “If we would have gotten down on ourselves with 2 minutes to go, we would have lost by 12 and we would go to L.A. 1-1.” Instead, Oklahoma City takes a 2-0 lead into Game 3 on Friday night at Staples Center. Bryant and Andrew Bynum scored 20 points apiece for the Lakers, who came up empty on their last six possessions after Bynum’s hook shot made it 75-68 with 2:09 remaining. Struggling throughout the second half and missing 20 of their first 27 shots, the Thunder came alive after Brooks called a timeout when Bynum’s basket gave Los Angeles its largest lead of the game. James Harden drove for a layup before Durant used his height advantage to reach up and tip away a pass from Bryant. He then ran out for a right-handed dunk at the other end. Brooks had switched Durant onto Bryant with about 5 minutes left, after Bryant had hit a pair of jumpers as the Lakers started to inch away. Tthe 6-9 Durant using his wingspan to come up with an energizing steal and fastbreak chance. Russell Westbrook then forced another turnover by challenging an outlet pass to Bryant along the sideline. Officials originally ruled that it went off Westbrook but
Crestview (ab-r-h-rbi) Holden cf 2-1-1-0, Helm dh-p 4-02-0, Etzler pr 0-1-0-0, Roberts 3b 3-00-0, Hallfeldt p-dh 4-0-1-1, Wortman rf 4-1-1-0, Heffner lf 4-0-0-0, Harmon 1b 4-0-2-0, Owens c 4-0-1-1, Rolsten ss 2-0-1-0, Brown 2b 0-0-0-0, Simerman 0-0-0-0. Totals 31-3-9-2. Score by Innings: St. Henry 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 - 2 7 2 Crestview 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 - 3 9 2 Two outs when game-ending run scored WP - Helm; LP - Rutschilling. LOB - St. Henry 5, Crestview 9. 2B - Froning (SH). 3B - Holden (CV), -----

returned (78.2 percent). A petition drive is still alive which calls for a complete split between public and private schools in OHSAA tournaments. Ross said he believed that latest vote would likely add to the petition’s momentum. “I think there’s a coalition of people across Ohio who support that very strongly,” Ross said. He added that the OHSAA would continue with the status quo while trying to even the playing field for everyone. “This is part of the journey,” he ended. “Our schools are saying there are some pieces of this that are really good but we’re not really sure. Now I think we may end up with the extreme — the petition to separate I think would be the extreme.”

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changed the call after seeing on replay that he didn’t touch it and Bryant whiffed on the contested catch. “What they did the last few minutes there, they just made gambles,” Bryant said. “They just jumped in the passing lanes. It’s something that we’re not accustomed to seeing. It’s just flat-out risks defensively.” Harden made the next stop, blocking Bryant’s jumper on the Lakers’ next possession and getting a layup in transition off it to cut the deficit to one in the final minute. Bryant then missed on a 3-pointer and the Thunder got the ball back with the chance to take the lead and Durant made it happen on the offensive end. Steve Blake missed an open 3-pointer from the right side with about 5 seconds left after Metta World Peace couldn’t get the ball to Bryant on the inbounds play. Bryant, who was the primary option on the play, added Blake’s shot was in the air by the time he turned around to look for an inbounds pass. Durant was then fouled with 0.3 seconds left and made his first try before missing the second on purpose — failing to hit the backboard or rim for a violation. The Lakers got a desperation try but Harden intercepted World Peace’s long pass for Bynum. Westbrook added 15 points for Oklahoma City, which matched its lowest scoring total of the season but still gutted out the win. The Thunder had ripped apart the Lakers’ defense with their pick-and-roll attack in Game 1, scoring 119 points in a 29-point blowout. times and led the Beavers with a .383 batting average. Stephenson has a schoolrecord 215 hits.. His schoolbest 52 doubles left John Holzwart’s previous record 34 2-baggers in the dust. He stands second to Broyles with 151 games played and 148 career starts. Stephenson and Broyles stand 1-2 in career at bats with 595 and 574, respectively. His 127 RBI and 323 total bases left him trailing just Broyles in the career records. The third baseman pounded 14 homers. Earning his third straight All-HCAC honor was Niermann. He was named first team for the second consecutive season after being second-team as a freshman. Niermann equaled his own school record with 178 atbats and his 66 hits were just two off his Bluffton record 68 safeties in 2011. He also tied the school record with 40 games played and 40 starts this season. He hit .371 with a team-best .573 slugging percentage to go along with 31 RBI from his leadoff position. Niermann is in position to make Stephenson’s stay at the top of the all-time hits list a short one, having surpassed former leaders Buckingham and Moore in just three seasons. Niermann is already third on the list with 177 hits. Richardson anchored Bluffton’s outfield when he was not on the mound. Richardson batted second in the potent Beaver lineup, hitting .378 with 62 hits, 33 RBI and 30 runs scored. Richardson started a teamhigh 10 games, posting a 4-6

Pau Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds for L.A. Historically, the loss makes a huge difference. Los Angeles is 29-12 when splitting the first two games of a 7-game series and has lost 17-of-19 when falling into a 2-0 hole. The Lakers’ last comeback was in the 2004 West semifinals against San Antonio. The Thunder have won all nine of their series after leading 2-0, dating to the franchise’s days in Seattle. “We’ve got to win,” Bynum said. “It’s do or die come Friday.” Bryant almost led the Lakers to a big bounce-back victory in this one. He drilled a jumper from the left wing and Blake followed with a 3-pointer before World Peace hit 1-of-2 free throws for a 69-63 advantage with 7:27 remaining. Bryant then answered Serge Ibaka’s jumper before missing his final five shots. He also had a hand in two turnovers in the final 2 minutes, the first created by Durant’s defense.

RESULTS Wednesday’s Results Tri-County Greif Rangers 20, Young’s Waste Service Yankees 12 VFW Cardinals 16, K of C Indians 6 Ft. Jennings Musketeers 9, Delphos Braves 2 Delphos Pirates 9, 1st Federal Athletics 1 Tuesday’s Results Inner County Optimist Reds 4, VW Service Club Red Sox 3 Lee Kinstle Pirates 10, Middle Point Gold 0 Tri-County Young’s Waste Service Yankees 17, K of C Indians 14 Monday’s Results Tri-County VFW Cardinals 13, 1st Federal Athletics 3 Delphos Pirates 3, Ft. Jennings Musketeers 2 Delpha Chevy Reds 9, Delphos Braves 1 May 10 Results Inner County VW Federal Astros 12, VW Service Club Red Sox 7 Optimist Reds 7, Lee Kinstle Pirates 2 Middle Point Blue 8, Middle Point Gold 5 May 9 Results Tri-County VFW Cardinals 15, Young’s Waste Service Yankees 4 Delphos Braves 12, K of C Indians 2 Delphos Pirates 8, Greif Rangers 0 Delpha Chevy Reds 15, 1st Federal Athletics 1 May 8 Results Inner County Lee Kinstle Pirates 9, VW Service Club Red Sox 8 Optimist Reds 7, VW Vision Cubs 5 Middle Point BLUE (Price) 7, VW Federal Astros 0 May 7 Results Tri-County Delphos Pirates 13, K of C Indians 0 VFW Cardinals 2, Greif Rangers 0 Delphos Braves 9, 1st Federal Athletics 0 Delpha Chevy Reds 11, Ft. Jennings Musketeers 3 SCHEDULE Today’s Games Tri-County Fort Jennings Musketeers at K of C Indians, 7:45 p.m. (Smiley Park, Field 2) Inner County VW Vision Cubs at VW Service Club Red Sox, 6 p.m. (Smiley Park, Field 2) Lee Kintsle Pirates at Middle Point Blue, 6 p.m. (Middle Point) VW Federal Astros at Middle Point Gold, 7:45 p.m. (Middle Point) Friday’s Games Tri-County Delphos Pirates at VFW Cardinals, 6 p.m. (Delphos No. 4) Young’s Waste Service Yankees at Delphos Braves, 6 p.m. (Delphos LL) Greif Rangers at Delphos Chevy Reds, 7:45 p.m. (Delphos) Sunday’s Games Tri-County VFW Cardinals at Delphos Chevy Reds, 6 p.m. (Delphos) Delphos Pirates at Delphos Braves, 7:45 p.m. (Delphos)

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The Associated Press CONFERENCE FINALS (Best-of-7) CELTICS 107, 76ERS 91 Wednesday’s Result PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Garnett New Jersey 3, NY Rangers 2, scored 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and used a dominant second quar- series tied 1-1
ter to help Boston beat Philadelphia and take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Whistled for a costly illegal pick late in a Game 2 loss, Garnett crushed the Sixers early and never let them think about a fourth-quarter rally. Garnett scored 13 of Boston’s 32 points in the second quarter and the Celtics became the first team to win by double digits. Game 1 and Game 2 were each decided by one point. Rajon Rondo had 23 points and 14 assists. Paul Pierce, playing with a banged-up knee, had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Game 4 is Friday in Philadelphia. Thaddeus Young scored 22 points and Jrue Holiday had 15 for the Sixers. Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks each scored 13. Starters Elton Brand, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner combined for only 11 points.

Cleveland Detroit Chicago Kansas City Minnesota West Division W 21 18 17 15 11 L 16 19 21 21 26

Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m., series tied 1-1 L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m., San Antonio leads series 1-0 Friday’s Games Boston at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

Today’s Game Phoenix at Los Angeles, 9 p.m., Los Angeles leads series 2-0 Saturday’s Game NY Rangers at New Jersey, 1 p.m.

(Continued from Page 6) Helm got the win, shutting out St. Henry on one hit through 2 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking nobody. He was very efficient, throwing only 27 pitches, of which 20 were strikes. Hallfeldt, the starter, also pitched well for his 5 1/3 innings, yielding two runs, one earned, on six hits, while fanning three and walking one. Both Hallfeldt and Helm were the beneficiaries of some fine defensive plays, particularly by shortstop Rolsten and leftfielder Alec Heffner, who made two diving catches. St. Henry had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth. Catcher Briar Holloman reached on an error, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by first baseman Caleb Heitkamp and scored on a pinch-hit single by Brian Kramer. The ’Skins added their second run in the sixth when third baseman Devin Froning sent one to the fence in left center for a double, at which point Helm replaced Hallfeldt on the mound. Froning advanced to third when DH Jeff Paul smacked a liner off of Helm’s foot for an infield single, then scored on Uhlenhake’s sacrifice fly to deep right. The Crestview offense was led by Holden (triple, 1 run), Helm (2-for-4), Hallfeldt (1 RBI), Harmon (2-for-4) and Owens (1 RBI). St. Henry was led by Uhlenhake (2-for-2, 1 RBI).
St. Henry (ab-r-h-rbi) Rindler cf 4-0-1-0, Post ss 3-01-0, Kessen 2b 4-0-0-0, Froning 3b 4-1-1-0, Paul dh 3-0-1-0, Uhlenhake rf 2-0-2-1, Holloman c 3-1-0-0, Heitkamp 1b 2-0-0-0, Schwieterman lf 2-0-0-0, Kramer ph 1-0-1-1, Rutschilling p 0-00-0. Totals 28-2-7-2.

Stephenson, Niermann named First-Team All-HCAC

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Eight Bluffton University baseball players were recently honored by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for their play on the diamond this spring. Senior Tyler Stephenson (Springfield/ Northwestern) and junior Kyle Niermann (Napoleon) both took home first-team honors, while junior Miles Richardson (Granville/ Newark Catholic) and sophomore Tim Webb (Delaware/ Worthington Christian) were second team. Rounding out as honorable mention were seniors Nick Broyles (Toledo/ Whitmer) and Kelly Barnes (Toledo/Christian), sophomore Tyler Wright (Troy) and freshman Halen Core (Reynoldsburg). Wrapping up us his career with another monster season at the plate was all-time hits leader Stephenson, who was twice honorable mention. He equaled the Bluffton singleseason record with 40 games played and 40 starts this year. Stephenson’s 20 doubles also established a new school mark for a season. Stephenson also drove in 32 runs, scored 26

mark with a 5.62 ERA in 49.2 innings on the hill. He fanned 24 batters while his .267 opponent batting average was 13th all-time. For the second straight season, Webb was named second-team. He hit .350 for the season with 13 doubles, drove in 23 runs and scored 19 while bashing 41 hits. Broyles capped his outstanding career at Bluffton with a fourth straight award. Broyles was first-team the past two seasons and second-team as a freshman. He scored 35 runs and drove in 30 while smacking four homers and three triples. In addition, Broyles drew 18 walks this season. Broyles holds school records for games played (154), games started (148), runs (148), RBI (144), total bases (333), hit by pitch (35) and stolen bases (49). Broyles is second all-time in at bats (574), hits (192), doubles (40), triples (13), home runs (25) and walks (71).. Barnes put together his finest season at Bluffton in 2012, going 4-3 with a 4.36 ERA. Wright smoked it at a .380 clip, scoring 33 times and driving in 28 runs. He fashioned a team-best .486 onbase percentage thanks to 26 walks (second all-time). Core opened the season in the bullpen but wasted little time moving into the rotation once the Beavers returned from their Florida swing. He held opponents to an anemic .210 batting average (second all-time by a single point) and recorded a 2.96 ERA in 48.2 innings of work.

The Associated Press National League East Division W L Pct GB Washington 23 14 .622 — Atlanta 23 15 .605 1/2 Miami 20 17 .541 3 New York 20 17 .541 3 Philadelphia 19 19 .500 4 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 22 15 .595 — Cincinnati 19 17 .528 2 1/2 Pittsburgh 17 20 .459 5 Houston 16 21 .432 6 Milwaukee 16 21 .432 6 Chicago 15 22 .405 7 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 24 13 .649 — San Francisco 18 19 .486 6 Arizona 16 22 .421 8 1/2 Colorado 15 21 .417 8 1/2 San Diego 14 24 .368 10 1/2 ——— Wednesday’s Results San Diego 4, L.A. Dodgers 2 Washington 7, Pittsburgh 4 Cincinnati 6, N.Y. Mets 3 Miami 8, Atlanta 4 Houston 8, Milwaukee 3 Philadelphia 9, Chicago Cubs 2 Colorado 6, Arizona 1 St. Louis 4, San Francisco 1 Today’s Games Cincinnati (Latos 2-2) at N.Y. Mets (Dickey 5-1), 1:10 p.m. Arizona (Cahill 2-4) at Colorado (Nicasio 2-1), 3:10 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 2-4) at San Francisco (M.Cain 2-2), 3:45 p.m. Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 2-2) at Washington (Zimmermann 2-3), 7:05 p.m. Miami (Nolasco 4-1) at Atlanta (Beachy 4-1), 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Marcum 2-1) at Houston (Happ 2-3), 8:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 3-3) at Chicago Cubs (Volstad 0-5), 8:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Harang 2-2) at San Diego (Volquez 2-2), 10:05 p.m. Friday’s NL Game St. Louis (Lynn 6-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Lilly 5-0), 10:10 p.m. ---American League East Division W L Pct GB Baltimore 24 14 .632 — Tampa Bay 24 14 .632 — New York 20 17 .541 3 1/2 Toronto 20 18 .526 4 Boston 17 20 .459 6 1/2 Central Division

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W L Pct GB Texas 24 14 .632 — Oakland 19 19 .500 5 Los Angeles 17 21 .447 7 Seattle 16 23 .410 8 1/2 ——— Wednesday’s Results Minnesota 11, Detroit 7 Cleveland 9, Seattle 3 Toronto 8, N.Y. Yankees 1 Tampa Bay 2, Boston 1 Texas 4, Oakland 1 Baltimore 4, Kansas City 3, 15 innings L.A. Angels 7, Chicago White Sox 2 Today’s Games Seattle (Noesi 2-4) at Cleveland (McAllister 1-1), 12:05 p.m. Minnesota (Walters 0-1) at Detroit (Fister 0-1), 1:05 p.m. Oakland (McCarthy 3-3) at Texas (M.Harrison 4-3), 2:05 p.m. Baltimore (Matusz 2-4) at Kansas City (Hochevar 3-3), 2:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Sale 3-2) at L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 4-3), 3:35 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 3-4) at Toronto (Hutchison 2-1), 7:07 p.m. Boston (Doubront 3-1) at Tampa Bay (M.Moore 1-3), 7:10 p.m. Friday’s Interleague Games Chi. White Sox (Humber 1-2) at Chi. Cubs (Samardzija 4-1), 2:20 p.m. Baltimore (Arrieta 2-4) at Washington (E.Jackson 1-1), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Bard 3-4) at Philadelphia (Hamels 5-1), 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 0-1), 7:05 p.m. Miami (Zambrano 1-2) at Cleveland (Masterson 1-3), 7:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (Morton 2-3) at Detroit (Verlander 4-1), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Niese 2-1) at Toronto (R.Romero 4-1), 7:07 p.m. Atlanta (Hanson 4-3) at Tampa Bay (Shields 6-1), 7:10 p.m. Texas (Feliz 3-1) at Houston (W.Rodriguez 3-3), 8:05 p.m. Arizona (J.Saunders 2-3) at Kansas City (Mendoza 2-2), 8:10 p.m. Minnesota (Diamond 2-0) at Milwaukee (Estrada 0-2), 8:10 p.m. Seattle (Millwood 1-4) at Colorado (White 0-2), 8:40 p.m. L.A. Angels (Weaver 5-1) at San Diego (Suppan 2-1), 10:05 p.m. Oakland (Parker 1-1) at San Francisco (Zito 2-1), 10:15 p.m.

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Pemberville brothers use strip till to win yield contest
The Sentinel Tribune Eric added. “We pay a lot of attention to the details, there is not one silver bullet.” Both cited the value of using strip till on the farm with Kent calling their view as being “big proponents” of the method. For those not familiar, in simplest terms, a series of small strips in the field are tilled, with the residue from the field pushed aside to form slightly raised rows between the crops. Kent noted how in the spring, they make one pass through the field, using equipment which completes the entire process of fertilization, planting and tilling. The fertilizer is concentrated where the crop is growing, so they use less fertilizer, and using what they apply more efficiently. “Nothing runs off, it all goes in the ground,” Kent said. They combine the strip till with other technology including GPS systems which again improves the efficiency of the operation. “We can plant within an inch — it’s actually sub-inch accuracy,” Eric said. “The technology allows us to do a precise job.” The brothers both noted water quality issues including problems at nearby Grand Lake St. Mary as well as the

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PEMBERVILLE — The Schuerman brothers are using strip-till farming to their advantage. Eric and Kent Schuerman said the practice is saving them time and money while producing excellent yields in their fields. The latter point was recognized recently with their receiving a National Corn Yield Contest prize. Their farm was recognized as one of 411 state winPhoto submitted ners in the nationwide contest. Specifically they were second in Ohio last year in At the March FFA meeting, 17 members received their chapter degrees. To receive the No-Till/Strip Till Nona chapter degree, the following requirements must be met: must have a Greenhand Irrigated Class with a yield degree; completed at least one semester of instruction in agricultural education; have of nearly 250 bushels per in operation an approved supervised agricultural experience program and be regularly acre. Officially, their 2011 enrolled in an agricultural education class; have satisfactory knowledge of the local contest yield was 249.9816 constitution and the local program of activities; have earned $150 by the member’s own bushels. The hybrid used in efforts; worked 50 hours in a supervised agricultural experience other than class time; the winning field was Pioneer demonstrate five parliamentary procedure abilities; maintain a satisfactory scholastic P1395XR. More than 8,400 record in the agricultural course; submit a written application; lead a group discussion entries were received from for 15 minutes; participated in three official functions in the FFA; and also complete 46 states. The contest is spon15 hours of community service. Members who received the degree are, front from left, sored by the National Corn Chris Martin, Kurt Hoersten, Joe Gorman, Colin Williams, Kylie Fritz and Caitltin Growers Association. Eric Landwehr; and back, Tanner Vermule, Tyler Rice, Paige Perrin Scott Pohlman and says Pioneer encourages the Alek Stone. Absent from meeting and picture but receiving degrees were Gabby Pimpas, growers to enter the contest. Rileigh Stockwell, Katie Goergens, Andy May, Jason Wittler and Rachel Mahlie. Because they used Pioneer seed, the seed company paid the entry fee for its prime customers. “Last year was a good The Associated Press “We chose to do it gradually. It is Local Harvest’s Web site has year for corn production,” kind of a new concept to this area. about a dozen listings for Toledo- Kent said. “Everything aligned right,” Patting the loose soil down, I want to say 47 percent of our area CSAs. Jaime Minch was sure to not members are returning members Ms. Barnett said it’s hard to crowd the roots of the cumbers that are coming back to us. About know how many CSA programs she was planting. 15 percent of new members are are in the United States, but she Ms. Minch carefully removed just by word of mouth.” said Local Harvest has the largest By JIM MAURER the tiny plants from their flimsy The interest in the commu- database. The Findlay Courier plastic pots and spaced them nity-supported agriculture at The topic has become so equally apart at Friendship Farms Friendship Farms is being mir- popular it will be featured durHancock County’s CSA near Waterville on Tuesday rored across the country. Support ing a presentation sponsored by Extension agent, Ed Lentz, is afternoon. for eating locally grown, organ- the Center for Innovative Food growing a colorful crop that’s The plants are to yield vegeta- ic food has exploded in recent Technology on Thursday. bles for the farm’s “community- years, said Erin Barnett, direcThe seminar is to run from 7:30 unusual in the area: canola, supported agriculture” program, tor of Local Harvest, an organic a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Agricultural also known as rapeseed. Canola is a mustard-type which allows members of the and local food Web site that lists Incubator Foundation, 13737 public to buy shares in the farm. about 4,500 CSA members across Middleton Pike in Bowling plant used to make canola oil, used for cooking and salads. Buying a share means the the country. Green. There is no processing farm’s “investors” are entitled to “There is really a broad range The featured speaker will be weekly vegetable harvests during of types of people who are inter- Jessica Nagel, agricultural spe- plant for canola in the area, the summer. Last year, the har- ested in this: people with children, cialist for Wood Lane, which so farmers are unlikely to vests averaged 11 pounds a box. single people who like to cook, runs a CSA program for people try growing the crop. That A 20-week share is $460, a retired people,” she said. “There with developmental disabilities. doesn’t deter Lentz, who 24-week share $552. Half shares was sort of a core circle of people “People really like the idea has studied rapeseed for a also are available. that were really interested, and as that things are local,” Ms. Nagel decade. “For us, we started out with soon as they knew about it they said. “They like the idea it’s fresh, Lentz, a crops specialist 35 members, and we’re growing were in. … It’s definitely moving and they like the idea things are with Ohio State University to 90 this year,” Ms. Minch said. more into the mainstream.” basically chemical-free.” Extension, oversees a oneacre research plot of canola at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station, near Hoytville in Wood County. The canola has been flowering, creating a field of bright yellow. The property is operated by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. 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about a million acres, he said. By comparison, in Ohio there were 3.27 million acres of corn harvested in 2010, 4.59 million acres of soybeans, and 750,000 acres of winter wheat, according to the latest state Department of Agriculture figures available. When canola flowers, the plant has bright yellow petals. The flowering stage began about two weeks early this year, about April 10, Lentz said, because of the warmer winter, high temperatures and dry conditions in the early spring. But the heat also reduced the height and stalk size of the plant by half. The plant is normally 4 feet tall by the first week of May, Lentz said while looking over the crop during a recent visit to the research farm. Canola or rapeseed was developed by Canadian researchers. For several years in the early 1990s, area farmers did grow some rapeseed, Lentz said, but with no processing plants in the area, it was not profitable. Now, with the soybean price more than $13 a bushel, and with corn and wheat bringing more than $6 a bushel, it is unlikely area farmers could be convinced to plant canola. The canola price is about $12.50 per bushel, but there is the shipping cost. A bushel of canola equals 50 pounds, Lentz said. The Hoytville test plot averages 2,200 pounds annually, or 44 bushels, with 4,000 pounds,

algae problem in Lake Erie. Their methods minimize, if not eliminate, any run-off or problems from their fields. Kent also noted how what is brushed aside between the rows helps hold the soil in place and reduces wind erosion. Although nothing has been mandated by government regulations, Kent says they are being proactive. With the machinery they have, it is just one trip through the field. “The amount of fuel we save is significant,” Kent said. “We’re doing it very economically, without compromising our yield,” Eric added. The operation is strictly corn and soybeans, and they use a no-till operation for the beans. The strip till system and technology allows them to plant corn to corn in consecutive years. The second year for corn is planted exactly between the previous year’s stand. As to last year’s awardwinning crop, Kent said their systems and the weather just matched up for a very successful crop. While pleased with receiving the award, they also recognize not everyone enters the contest. “We were fortunate,” Eric summarized.



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or 80 bushels, on a “good year.” Last year, the test plot produced 1,100 pounds. “Not a good year,” Lentz said, because of the wet conditions. About 70-75 percent of canola is imported from Canada, he said. The United States provides about 15 percent. The crop is grown in North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas and northern Texas. Canola is a healthy oil, with the lowest level of saturated fats. It is high in oleic acid, which lowers bad cholesterol. The meal left from processing canola contains 38 percent protein, similar to soybean meal, and can be used in livestock feed. Canola also has potential as a biodiesel fuel, Lentz said, since it burns cleaner than soybean oil but not as well as diesel. The crop has been grown in Europe for years, Lentz said, and is a winter cover crop that could be productive in northwestern Ohio. “If a field will grow good alfalfa, you can grow canola,” Lentz said. Rapeseed is planted between Labor Day and Sept. 15, does not like wet conditions, and is harvested the first week of July, similar to the area’s soft red winter wheat. For more information, contact Lentz at the Extension office, 419-422-3851.

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By MALCOLM RITTER The Associated Press NEW YORK — Using only her thoughts, a Massachusetts woman paralyzed for 15 years directed a robotic arm to pick up a bottle of coffee and bring it to her lips, researchers report in the latest advance in harnessing brain waves to help disabled people. In the past year, similar stories have included a quadriplegic man in Pennsylvania who made a robotic arm give a high-five and stroke his girlfriend’s hand, and a partially paralyzed man who remotely controlled a small robot that scooted around in a Swiss lab. It’s startling stuff. But will the experimental brain-controlled technology ever help paralyzed people in everyday life? Experts in the technology and in rehabilitation medicine say they are optimistic that it will, once technology improves and the cost comes down. The latest report, which was published online Wednesday in the journal Nature, comes from scientists at Brown University, the Providence VA Medical Center in Rhode Island, Harvard Medical School and elsewhere. It describes how two people who lost use of their arms and legs because of strokes years before were able to control free-standing robotic arms with the help of a tiny sensor implanted in their brains. The sensor, about the size of a baby aspirin, eavesdropped on the electrical activity of a few dozen brain cells as the study participants imagined moving their arms. The chip then sent signals to a computer, which translated them into commands to the robotic arms. The computer was taught how to interpret the brain patterns through practice as the paralyzed participants watched the robot arms move and then imagined that they were moving their own arms the same way. In one task to test the system, the two participants tried to direct a robot arm to reach out and squeeze foam balls in front of them. The man succeeded in less than half his attempts, but the woman was able to do it about 60 percent of the time. The woman, Cathy Hutchinson of East Taunton, Mass., was also asked to use the arm to drink the coffee. That involved picking up the bottle, bringing it to her lips so she could sip from a straw, and putting the bottle back on the table. She succeeded in four out of six tries with the arm, which was specially programmed for this task. “The smile on her face ... was just a wonderful thing to see,” said Dr. Leigh Hochberg, a researcher with the Providence VA, Brown and Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers said in Hutchinson’s case that the results show that the implanted chip still worked after five years, and that her brain was still generating useful signals even though she hadn’t moved her arms in almost 15 years. The ultimate goal, researchers said, is an implanted device that would reactivate a person’s own paralyzed limbs. Another goal is to operate high-tech

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Technology is a wonderful thing — when it works
My computer is blazing fast. They say it has several million times the computing power of the ones that scientists used to put a man on the moon, even though it’s only a fraction of the size. I need all that power because I buzz along at over 20 words a minute when I type, and I watch a lot of cat videos on Facebook when I’m not playing Angry Birds or Words With Friends, something people could only dream about in the ‘60s. Back then, we couldn’t download apps that tell us where all our friends are and what they are doing every single second of every single day. With all that time on our hands, why not plan a trip to the moon? It’s not like we have something better to do. But even with all that progress, we have problems the old-timers never had -like when I say, “Hey, watch this,” and call someone over to my computer. The video I want to share with them will refuse to start. Or it will say “buffering,” or it will just sit there as if the keyboard is disconnected. As soon as the person walks away in disgust that I have wasted 15 seconds that he could have been spending on Facebook, the computer returns to normal. It makes me realize how lucky those guys were to make it to the moon at all. What if their computer worked perfectly during thousands of hours of tests and then, when the astronauts got into space, it suddenly started acting

prostheses for amputees. Andrew Schwartz, who is doing similar research at the University of Pittsburgh, said the coffee-sipping was encouraging because it represents an everyday task a paralyzed person might want to do. “I think it’s showing this technology has therapeutic potential,” he said. “The field is rapidly advancing, and I think this offers hope for people who are paralyzed,” Schwartz said. “The types of movements we’ll be able to do are getting more and more sophisticated at a rapid pace.” But he and others said the technology faces a number of hurdles to widespread use, like reducing its high cost, making it more reliable, and refining the technology. For example, the brain implant now sends signals out with a wire through the skull, and researchers want to develop a completely implanted version that communicates wirelessly.

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like mine, all shy and coy? I wonder if there’s a word for it. The InterNot? If only it were just the computer. I also have a radio that squawks and hisses every time I come near it. As soon as I move away, everything is fine. It’s like owning the world’s worst theremin. I have a GPS unit that works perfectly as long as I know where I’m going. But if I’m in a strange neighborhood full of zombielike pedestrians who are looking at me as if I were a succulent, aromatic, hot-off-the-grill steak, the thing won’t work at all. I don’t have a clue whether the next left turn goes into a dead-end alley or just a gang-infested, open-air drug market. Our electric oven has

FTC: Skechers deceived consumers with shoe ads
By JENNIFER C. KERR The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The government wants you to know that simply sporting a pair of Skechers’ fitness shoes is not going to get you Kim Kardashian’s curves or Brooke Burke’s toned tush. Skechers USA Inc. will pay $40 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that the footwear company made unfounded claims that its Shape-ups shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen their butt, leg and stomach muscles. Kardashian, Burke and other celebrities endorsed the shoes in Skechers ads. Wednesday’s settlement also involves the company’s Resistance Runner, Toners, and Tone-ups shoes and claims of deceptive advertising for those shoes as well. Consumers who bought the shoes would be eligible for refunds, though it’s not clear how much money they’ll get. The FTC says that will depend on how many claims are received in the eightmonth filing period. Buyers can go to the FTC website to file a claim. Most of the $40 million federal settlement would be returned to consumers, but a small amount of the settlement would be used to administer the payouts. The settlement is related to a broader agreement also announced Wednesday that resolves a multi-state investigation led by the attorneys general from Tennessee and Ohio and involving more than 40 states. The company will provide an additional $5 million to the states, and pay $5 million in class-action attorney fees. “The FTC’s message, for Skechers and other national advertisers, is to shape up your substantiation or tone down your claims,” said David Vladeck, director of the agency’s consumer protection bureau. For millions of consumers, he said, “the only thing that got a workout was their wallet.” The commission settled similar charges with Reebok last year over its EasyTone walking shoes and RunTone running shoes. That $25 million agreement also provided customer refunds. Skechers denied the alle-

“The FTC’s message, for Skechers and other national advertisers, is to shape up your substantiation or tone down your claims.”
—David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s consumer protection bureau gations but said it settled to avoid long litigation. “Skechers could not ignore the exorbitant cost and endless distraction of several years spent defending multiple lawsuits in multiple courts across the country,” said David Weinberg, the company’s chief financial officer. “While we believe we could have prevailed in each of these cases, to do so would have imposed an unreasonable burden on the company.” The company, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., said it has received overwhelmingly enthusiastic feedback about the shoes from thousands of customers. Skechers billed its Shape-ups as a fitness tool designed to promote weight loss and tone muscles with the shoe’s curved “rocker” or rolling bottom — saying it provides natural instability and causes the consumer to “use more energy with every step.” Shape-ups cost about $100 and are sold at retailers nationwide. Ads for the Resistance Runner shoes claimed people who wear them could increase “muscle activation” by up to 85 percent for posture-related muscles and 71 percent for one of the muscles in the buttocks, said the FTC. The commission says Skechers falsely represented that clinical studies backed up the company’s claims about its toning shoes. The FTC’s Vladeck said the studies had defects, such as one that said people lost weight wearing the toning shoes, when in fact they gained weight. The settlement bars Skechers from misrepresenting any tests, studies or research on its shoes in the future.

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started to act up while Sue’s making dinner. She’ll put a roast in the oven, and when she comes back she finds that the oven has conveniently turned itself off. There’s no way to know if it’s been off for five minutes or 30. Is the roast half-cooked or quartercooked? If this is a feature on all new ovens, she’d rather not have it. I have an alarm clock that goes off at 7 every morning -weekdays, weekends, rain or shine -- no matter what time I set it for. I turned off the sound so that when it goes off, I don’t have to hear it. So now it’s just a clock, not an alarm clock. It’s good for letting me know how late I am for important appointments. Well, not all the time. The slightest random nanosecond power failure will make it, and almost every other clock we own, start blinking “12:00, 12:00, 12:00” until we reset them. Countless times we have picked up the ringing phone and found that no one is on the other end. Of course, we know it’s a computer

calling us. We know it because, like my computer, the computer that’s calling is shy in front of strangers. That is a shame, because we love to take phone surveys at dinnertime and hear about new, low interest rates from the same people who are now charging us high interest rates. The only question is, why do they have to call to ask? If it’s such a good deal for us, why don’t they just do it without asking? Surely the computers that track my credit card debt and run our nuclear reactors and missile defense system are better than the ones that phone our house at night. Aren’t they? (Jim Mullen’s newest book, “How to Lose Money in Your Spare Time -- At Home,” is available at You can follow him on Pinterest at ** Copyright 2012 United Feature Syndicate Distributed by Universal UClick for UFS


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of section 9, Jackson Township. Stephen L. Laudick, Debra Ann Laudick to Cole J. Harting, Kathryn LaudickHarting, lots 194, 193, Van Wert subdivision. John Howard, Iona Howard, Sheriff Stan D. Owens to Citibank NA, Wachovia Loan Trust 2005, inlot 1571, Van Wert. Charles Steven Rusk, Sheriff Stan D. Owens to Federal Home Loan Mortgage, portion of section 10, Union Township. Jacob K. Mohr, Jessica A. Jeffery-Mohr to Patty L. Lassiter, inlot 3894, Van Wert. Julie A. Gamble, Robert D. Gamble, Dale E. Butler, Lisa Butler to Zoma Belle Bolton, portion of inlots 390, 391, Van Wert. Susan I. Gates to LSL Farms Inc., portion of section 3, Liberty Township. Harold F. Gallmeier, Caroline A. Gallmeier to Kyle Gallmeier, portion of inlot 313, Delphos. Jill A. Morgan, Jill A. Gear to Codi A. Brown, inlot 1913, Van Wert. Ronald Lee Parsons Sr., Karen Kay Parsons to First Bank of Berne, portion of inlots 721, 1510, 1511, Van Wert. Nancy Jo Agler to Allen J. Lyvers, Tonya Lyvers, inlot 2251, Van Wert. Steven C. Ridenour, Byron R. Ridenour, Imogene L. Ridenour to Russell M. McIntosh, Arlene K. McIntosh, portion of section 10, Pleasant Township (Jones Addition, lot 12). Cheryl A. Hemker, Cheryl A. Springer, Cheryl A. Hemker Springer to Michael E. Springer, portion of lot 8-9, Van Wert subdivision. Derek N. Kill to John T. Dickman Jr., inlot 21, Delphos.

Dear Annie: For the past ered they were meeting with five years, I’ve been with my nieces, but not includthe most wonderful woman. ing me. I didn’t understand “Jane” and I plan to marry, the reason, but tried not to but we haven’t set a date let it bother me. Now they because she has two adult are including the nieces’ husdaughters who still live at bands, and I’m still not part home and their future plans of the festivities. I am deeply hurt and feel are unsettled. Her younger daughter, ostracized. Family has always “Trudi,” is 24 and recovering been important to me, and from a debilitating gambling I have strived to be a congenial person. Most problem. Trudi lost people seem to enjoy her job, got caught my company. Do I stealing family pretend this is OK, heirlooms and was or do I ignore their arrested for drunk existence like they do driving. Jane evenwith me? -- Outcast tually kicked her Dear Outcast: out. Trudi bounced We can see how this from place to place, would be hurtful, but landed at a homelet’s give them the less shelter, met an benefit of the doubt. irresponsible young man and got preg- Annie’s Mailbox They may simply be waiting for you nant. At that point, Jane made the difficult deci- to schedule the next dinner sion to bring Trudi back date and, in the meantime, are home so she could help raise enjoying their nieces’ company. Pick up the phone, tell her grandchild. Things actually worked them it’s been bothering you out. Trudi is sober and no and ask whether there is a longer gambling and she has problem that can be resolved. Dear Annie: I think you become a trusted member of the household again. (The missed an opportunity in your father of the baby is not in response to “Jim in Peoria,” the picture.) Trudi hasn’t had who says his wife won’t let much opportunity to look for him help around the house. Jim is involuntarily unema job. Jane works all day and then goes home to take care ployed, and even though of her granddaughter. The money is apparently not a other daughter is busy with problem, he needs to feel that work, school and a serious he is valued. You should have boyfriend. She does not take suggested that he find a nonprofit organization that needs much interest in her niece. In the past 18 months, inti- volunteers. He might be able mate relations with Jane have to get work that is related to steadily declined. Menopause whatever he did in his previis a factor, but it’s mostly ous career, and this might because she has a lot on her even lead to a paying job plate. She hasn’t been to my down the line. In any case, it house in months and when is a win-win-win: Jim wins, I’m at hers, I try to care for the the nonprofit wins, and his baby so Jane can sit down and wife wins by having a haprest. I feel like our relation- pier husband and fewer arguship is slipping away. We’ve ments. -- Been There talked briefly about it, but I simply want more than Jane can give. Is this just a rough patch, or is this our new relationship? -- Too Much Dear Too Much: You sound like a good guy who is trying to help with a stressful situation. Raising a baby is exhausting and we are certain that Jane appreciates your patience and assistance. Instead of pressuring her for intimacy, ask what she thinks you can do to improve your relationship. She will always have two daughters and a grandchild. Decide whether you can handle that. Dear Annie: For 30 years, my cousins and I were good friends. We went places together and had lunches. They seemed to enjoy the gatherings as much as I did. About three years ago, they stopped calling to make a date, leaving it up to me. Not long after that, I discov-

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Tomorrow’s Horoscope
By Bernice Bede Osol
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012 New friends and contacts you make in the year ahead could become extremely important to the fulfillment of your dreams. This will be especially true if their ideas and standards parallel yours. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- If you feel stifled, there’s a good chance you could be getting in your own way by thinking you have to follow some kind of schedule. Relax and let the moment dictate your actions. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Don’t prematurely reveal your plans or ideas to associates who have little vision. They could talk you out of it and thereby dilute your possibilities for success. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- All you need is a presentation that has continuity in order to sway others to you way of thinking. Be sure to organize your thoughts before offering any suggestions to others. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Don’t be too quick to criticize others, especially those who are doing their best working on your behalf. Instead give them encouragement and applause for trying so hard. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Should your creative talents be challenged, you’ll have more than enough gumption to rise to the occasion. You won’t have any trouble dealing with paper dragons. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Most work-related arrangements you might get yourself into show a great deal of promise, with the exception of those that are purely speculative or sheer gambles. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- If there’s some kind of important decision that has to be made, talk things over with your mate or someone you respect. Collective judgment is likely to hold the answer. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Don’t let someone who is jealous of your achievements put a damper on them. You have every right to be proud of your accomplishments, so pound your chest all you want. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- On the whole, this should be a very pleasant day for you. The only thing that could put a damper on things is if you go overbroad celebrating. Subdue all extravagant urges. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- It’s a waste of time to unnecessarily worry about the end results of your efforts. Just relax and everything should turn out the way you want it to. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- The only thing that could stop you from getting your points across is if you doubt your ability to do so. The stronger your feelings of self-worth, the more effective you’ll be. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -If you follow your instincts, you’ll know if something truly is a good buy. Don’t let a salesperson make the call for you.
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Honduran area demands DEA leave after shooting
By FREDDY CUEVAS The Associated Press TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — People in Honduras’ predominantly Indian Mosquito coast region burned down government offices and demanded that U.S. drug agents leave the area, reacting angrily to an anti-drug operation in which a local mayor said police gunfire killed four innocent people, including two pregnant women. Animosity is being aimed at both Honduran authorities and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which confirmed on Wednesday that some of its agents were on a U.S.-owned helicopter with Honduran police officers when the shooting happened Friday on the Patuca River in northeastern Honduras. Honduran and U.S. officials said only the police officers on the anti-drug mission fired their weapons, and not until the helicopter was shot at first. The officials said the aircraft was chasing a small boat suspected of carrying drugs on the river. Local officials said the two men and two pregnant women killed weren’t drug smugglers. They said the victims were diving for lobster and shellfish. “These innocent residents were not involved in the drug problem, were in their boat going about their daily fishing activities ... when they gunned them down from the air,” Lucio Vaquedano, mayor of the coastal town of Ahuas, said in a telephone interview

RFK Jr.’s estranged wife dead
By JIM FITZGERALD The Associated Press BEDFORD, N.Y. — Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, who had fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead at the family property Wednesday. An autopsy for the 52-yearold was scheduled for today, and no cause of death had been released. In a statement issued by Robert Kennedy Jr.’s chief of staff, the family said Mary Kennedy, an architect, “inspired our family with her kindness, her love, her gentle soul and generous spirit.” “Mary was a genius at friendship, a tremendously gifted architect and a pioneer and relentless advocate of green design who enhanced her cutting edge, energy efficient creations with exquisite taste and style,” the family said. The former Mary Richardson, a longtime connection of the Kennedy clan, married Robert Kennedy Jr., a prominent environmental lawyer and the son of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, in 1994. The couple had four children, the youngest born in July 2001. Robert Kennedy Jr. also has two children from a previous marriage. Mary Kennedy also was a designer and had overseen the renovation of the couple’s home into an environmentally advanced showpiece. Her family cited her devotion to her children in remembering her. “We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her,” the family said in a statement issued by attorney

Wednesday. Recounting the burning of government offices in the northern Gracias a Dios region, Vaquedano said, “Some of the inhabitants reacted with anger at the attack, and sought revenge against the government.” The leaders of the Masta, Diunat, Rayaka, Batiasta and Bamiasta ethnic groups said in a press statement that “the people in that canoe were fishermen, not drug traffickers.” “For centuries we have been a peaceful people who live in harmony with nature, but today we declared these Americans to be persona non grata in our territory,” the statement continued. Ricardo Ramirez, chief of Honduras’ national police force, said the operation “was carried out with the support of the DEA,” and alleged the occupants of the boat were transporting drugs and fired at the helicopter. Ramirez said an assault rifle was seized at the scene. DEA officials acknowledged their agents were working with Honduran police aboard the helicopter. “We were there in a support role, working with our counterparts,” DEA spokeswoman Dawn Dearden said in Washington. U.S. government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because their statements had not been authorized, said Honduran law enforcement did not initiate the shooting, but rather returned fire after being attacked. The officials said the DEA agents did not fire.

Students visit farm

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Students in Heather Brickner’s class at Jefferson High School recently visited the Calvelage Farm. Above: Students enjoy a meal after exploring the farm. They include, from left, Brandon Harruff, Bradley Harruff, Tyler Brown, Ally Calvelage, Molly Ryba, Destin Youngpeter, Nick Wiechart and Heather Brickner. Standing is Bob Brown. Left: Molly Ryna and Bob Brown feed a kid.

Kerry Lawrence, who had represented her in a drunkendriving case. “Our heart goes out to her children who she loved without reservation.” Neighbor Leslie Lampert, who owns the Cafe of Love restaurant a short drive from the Kennedy home, said Mary Kennedy was “at all times just a lovely individual.” “She was community oriented,” Lampert said. “She was always kind in our presence.” Another neighbor, Kim Fraioli, a trauma therapist who lives a few houses down from the Kennedys, said the family was private. “We left them alone,” Fraioli. “We didn’t have any interaction. I think it’s a tragedy. It’s very sad for their family and the surviving children. My heart goes out to the family.” At the home on Wednesday, a red brick mansion with a columned porch entrance set in a heavily wooded acreage, police kept media away. Mary Richardson had known the Kennedys for years, through her friendship with Robert Kennedy Jr.’s sister, Kerry Kennedy, whom she met at boarding school. She had been Kerry Kennedy’s maid of honor at her wedding in 1990. She had had trouble with drugs and alcohol and had two high-profile arrests around the time her husband filed for divorce in 2010. Kennedy was first arrested May 15 of that year on a charge of driving while intoxicated after a police officer reported seeing her drive her car over a curb near the family’s Bedford home. Her only passenger was a dog, and police said she had a bloodalcohol level of 0.11 percent; the legal limit is 0.08 percent. Her license was suspended.

US Navy ships collide Wednesday in Pacific
By JULIE WATSON The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — An 844-foot-long U.S. Navy assault ship collided with a refueling tanker Wednesday in the Pacific Ocean, causing damage to both ships, but there were no injuries or fuel spills, military officials said. The midmorning accident between the amphibious assault vessel USS Essex and the oiler USNS Yukon occurred about 120 miles off the coast of Southern California as the Essex was approaching the Yukon to be refueled, said Cmdr. Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the 3rd Fleet. Brown said the steering apparently stopped working on the Essex, which was carrying 982 crew members on its way to San Diego for scheduled maintenance. It had spent the past 12 years based in Sasebo, Japan, as command ship for the Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 7. The Essex was traveling with a new crew that came aboard for the trip to California. The ship recently underwent a crew swap with another amphibious assault ship, the Bonhomme Richard, as part of a standard procedure in the Navy to keep its ships operating. The Essex and Yukon were both able to continue toward San Diego despite the damage, which the Navy said did not compromise their fuel tanks or systems. The Yukon arrived at the Navy base in San Diego after 3 p.m. Wednesday with its crew of 82, including 78 civilian mariners and four military crew members. The Essex was keeping to its planned arrival time of 9 a.m. today. Brown said the damage was still being assessed. He said he couldn’t say how fast the ships were moving at the time of the crash because the Navy is still investigating the cause. The standard speed for ships lining up to refuel at sea is about 13 knots, or 15 mph, Brown said. No lines or hoses had been connected because the two vessels were just approaching each other.

US foreclosures down in April
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The ships likely just bounced off each other, said maritime safety consultant James W. Allen. Even so, he said, with massive ships, it can be “a pretty hard bump that can bend metal” and cause dents. The Essex, known as the Iron Gator, resembles a small aircraft carrier, while the Yukon is 677 feet long. Navy ships routinely refuel at sea while under way. “They were probably so close there was no time to respond when the steering went out,” said Allen, who served 30 years in the Coast Guard. Navy officials said it was the Essex’s first collision. The ship, however, has had mechanical problems.

Students welcome new additions to classroom

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Answers to Wednesday’s questions: When it comes to gardening, you should put a psammophilic plant in sand or sandy soil. Psammophile means sand-loving. The U.S. collected $15.5 million from Great Britain for damage done to Northern merchant vessels by Confederate ships built in England during the Civil War. Today’s questions: What souvenir is traditionally given to a lawyer who argues a case before the U.S. Supreme Court? What was the last cigarette advertised on American TV? Answers in Friday’s Herald. Today’s words: Bree: an eyelid, eyelash or eyebrow Isochroous: of uniform color

An annual tradition in Sue May’s class at St. John’s Elementary School is the hatching of chicks. The fourthgraders watch eggs in the incubator and as the chicks hatch, learn about the development cycle of a chicken. Above: Blake Etgen, left, Noah Ledyard, Lincoln Mueller, Anna May and Faith Ezzelle hold newly-hatched chicks. Below: Haley Tuttle holds a chick as Alaina Thornton and Gunnar Stemen talk about the new additions to their classroom.

LOS ANGELES — National foreclosure trends took a positive turn in April, as the number of homes seized by banks declined and fewer properties entered into the foreclosure process. But state-level data point to potentially more home repossessions ahead in Florida and many of the 25 other states where courts are required to sign off on foreclosures. All told, the number of U.S. homes taken back by lenders in April declined 7 percent from March, the third consecutive monthly decline, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said today. Home repossessions fell 26 percent versus April last year. The number of homes that lenders placed on the foreclosure path last month also declined, falling 4 percent from March and 2 percent from April 2011, the firm said. While the figures suggest foreclosure trends are improving nationally, state data tell a different story. “You absolutely have a tale of two different types of foreclosure trends happening across the country,” said Daren Blomquist, a vice president at RealtyTrac. The divide comes down roughly between the 26 states where courts play a role in the foreclosure process and places like California and the other 23 states where the process generally moves quicker because judges are not required to sign off on foreclosures.

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