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COMING WEDNESDAY Amish Cook Commitment To Community American Profile inside today’s Call. VOLUME 129, NUMBER 41 INSIDE: County artists to be featured. Page 6. M O N D AY, F E B R U A R Y 2 7 , 2 0 1 2 SPORTS: Local wrestlers qualify for state. Page 15. w w w. d a i l y c a l l . c o m 75 CENTS an award-winning Ohio Community Media newspaper Briefly Today’s weather High 49 Low 33 A few clouds Dancing with the Piqua Stars preview tickets available PIQUA — Tickets for the upcoming Dancing With the Piqua Stars sold out for the main evening performance, however, those interested are invited to attend a newly added 2 p.m. March 31 preview performance. Tickets for the preview will go on sale Tuesday at Readmore's Hallmark in downtown Piqua for $12.50 each and will include one beverage and snack, which will be provided by show organizers. Additional beverages may be purchased, if desired. Those who attend the 2 p.m. performance can expect the same show as the evening performance, minus the dinner and judging. Beverages and snacks will include wine and chocolates, beer, pop, ice tea, and snacks at the 2 p.m. preview. Those who bought seating only tickets for the evening performance may exchange them for preview tickets at Hallmark if desired. All the details and how to vote for your favorite Piqua 'star' and their RJ Ballroom dance-pro partner can be found at The fundraiser, benefiting the Piqua Arts Council, is a dance spectacular that includes nine of Piqua’s most notable individuals. Piqua ‘stars’ are local community personalities, leaders and celebrities. Each of the dance teams, the star and their professional partner, will perform a different dance that they have been rehearsing for months. Performances will be judged but the winner will be determined by votes. Votes are $5 each and are a tax deductible, charitable donation. Visit for more information about the event and the arts. For more information, call the Piqua Arts Council at 773-8630 or email piq u a a r t s c o u n Index Classified ...............12-14 Comics ........................11 Entertainment ...............8 Horoscopes.................11 Local ........................6, 10 Nextdoor........................9 NIE ..............................4-5 Obituaries......................2 Opinion ..........................7 Sports.....................15-17 Weather .........................6 7 4 8 2 5 8 2 1 0 1 Accident results in flash burns to boy’s chest, face MIKE ULLERY Chief Photographer Complete forecast on Page 6. 6 Local teen injured 2 PIQUA — An exploding aerosol can put a quick end to a backyard recreational fire on Sunday afternoon. Lt. Jason Preston of the Piqua Police Department said that both the police and rescue squad were dispatched to 1621 West High St., near the corner of West High and Sunset Av- enue, around 5 p.m. on the report of an injured teenager. Preston said that a man and his 15-year-old son were attempting to start a recreational fire in the back yard using cardboard. An aerosol can, possibly containing spray paint, was unnoticed among the cardboard and exploded in the fire. The father was slightly burned but the 15-year-old received the brunt of the explosion. The can struck the youth causing burns and a laceration to his thigh and groin area.The explosion also caused flash burns to the boy’s chest and face. Assistant Piqua Fire Chief Mike Peltier said that CareFlight was called due to the potential for airway issues from flash burns around the mouth, nose and face. The boy was taken to the downtown landing zone behind the American Legion for transfer to the medical helicopter. No names have been released in this incident, which Preston said is being listed as an accident. T H E C O U N T D OW N begins MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO Beginning today, East Ash Street from Spring Street to Armory Drive will be closed for construction. The road is expected to reopen by early October. West: Syria vote a ‘farce’ BEN HUBBARD AND ZEINA KARAM Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.S. and its allies dismissed the Syrian regime’s referendum on a new constitution Sunday as a “farce” meant to justify the bloody crackdown on dissent. But voters in government strongholds suggested why some Syrians have not joined the uprising against President Bashar Assad: Loyalty, distrust of the opposition and fear his fall will ignite a civil war. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the poll “a cynical ploy” MUZAFFAR SALMAN/AP PHOTO and urged Syrians who still A Syrian woman shows her ballot paper at a polling station support Assad to turn during a referendum on the new constitution, in Damascus, See Farce/page 2 Syria, Sunday, Feb. 26. A perfect fit BY JOHN HAUER For the Daily Call PIQUA — Helping others has always been the goal of Nichole Elsner. “I believe you have two hands, one to help yourself, and the second to help others,” she said. The long-term sub is currently helping Piqua High School fill a need in the guidance department, and she is the counselor for the 282 freshmen. Elsner was born in Troy, but grew up in Sidney. She graduated from Sidney High School where she sang in the choir and played saxophone in the band. She performed in the high school musicals and played softball for the Yellowjackets. After graduation, Elsner enrolled at Ohio Northern University to major in elementary education. “I fell in love with ONU when I visited the campus,” she said. “The setting and the students were a perfect fit for me.” Realizing that teaching positions were scarce in Ohio, Elsner switched her major to psychology in hopes of landing a job in human resources in the business world. She earned her bachelor’s degree and started working in management. “My heart was still with education and helping students,” she said. “I combined my two interests and decided to become a school counselor.” She attended Wright State University and received a master’s degree in school counseling. As she feared, job openings for school counMIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO seling were even more Nichole Elsner, left, scarce than works with freshman for teaching. Chelsea McGlothlin in “I sent out a the library at Piqua High lot of re- School last week. sumes and filled out a lot of online applications,” she said. “Finally, I found a job as a junior high counselor in Arizona.” Elsner worked for three years at Vulture Peak M i d d l e School about “I believe you have 45 miles two hands, one to northwest of help yourself, and Phoenix. “I didn’t know the second to help anybody, so it others.” was quite an adventure,” — Nichole Elsner she said. Elsner used her softball skills and coached the girls’ softball team. The team was very successful, so she was talked into coaching girls’ volleyball. “I See Perfect/page 2 Three troopers assigned to Piqua post COLUMBUS — Three troopers assigned to the Piqua post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol were among 65 cadets who graduated during ceremonies Friday patrol’s training academy. Assigned to the Piqua post are Wesley Ditto of Delphos, Jordan Monnin of Russia and Joseph M. Weeks of Delaware. The new troopers will report to their posts today. The Patrol’s 151st Academy Class graduated Friday after 23 weeks of training. The keynote address was made by Gov.John Kasich. Additional remarks were provided by Director Thomas P. Charles, Ohio Department of Public Safety; Colonel John Born, Patrol Superintendent; Capt. Brigette Charles, Academy commandant; Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals; and the Rev. Richard D. Ellsworth, Ohio State Highway Patrol Chaplain. All addressed the graduates and presented their commissions and certificates of training. Courses completed by the 151st class included core values, crash investigation, criminal and For home delivery, call 773-2725 traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, and self-defense. The cadets also received training in motor vehicle operations. Tpr. Justin N. Slusser of Harrod, was selected as class speaker and thanked the Academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training.


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