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Township to purchase, demolish ‘eyesore’ By CARLA SMITH ThisWeek Community Newspapers

By Andrea Kjerrumgaard/ThisWeek

Westland High School teachers, from left, Jack Buckingham, retired, John Weddendorf and Shane Harris, wear blue shirts to show their support of the South-Western Education Association teachers’ union while attending the school board meeting March 14.

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Board hears views on union talks missible, he said. He declined to elaborate. “Our major focus is the state budget to be released this week,” he said. “The state budget may force districts to re-evaluate the assumptions we put in the five-year

By TOM SHEEHAN ThisWeek Community Newspapers Several residents on March 14 urged South-Western City school board members to take a tough stance during ongoing contract talks with two unions, while a teacher told the board it must be fair to employees. Amy Rist, who said she is a teacher and has three children, called on the board members to be leaders in these challenging economic times. “What kind of leaders do we have in the South-Western City School District?” she asked. “We’re expecting fair and equitable treatment.” Both the South-Western Education Association and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees have been working without contracts since June 30. Federal mediators are handling the negotiations. Negotiators for teachers and the district have not met in a formal session since Dec. 20. OAPSE last met with district officials on Feb. 7. Superintendent Bill Wise before the meeting said the teachers’ union initiated an “informal” discussion with the district last week. Such discussions are per-

financial forecast.” Gov. John Kasich released his proposed two-year state budget on March 15. South-Western included an estimated 10-percent state funding cut in its fiveyear forecast. That would mean nearly $9-million less during fiscal year 2011. The district is projecting nearly $210-million in total revenues next fiscal year and $198-million in expenditures. A $43-million carryover from fiscal year 2010 is expected. That will change if cuts deeper than 10 percent occur, Wise said. Rob Starrett, who ran for the school board in 2009, Garrett Myers, husband of school board member Jo Ellen Myers, and long-time district critic Terry Jones all challenged the board to stick up for taxpayers in the current negotiations.

“I ask as a taxpayer not to fold under” to the unions, Myers said. “Please don’t consider a contract longer than one year.” He said he is sure the community is behind them. “Tough choices can be made.” Jones told the board that more than 80 percent of the district’s budget goes to employee wages and benefits. “The simple fact is the (federal) government is broke. The state and local governments are broke. ... South-Western has to deal with its own budget,” Jones said. He said now is not the time for the unions to look for more concessions and money from the district. Starrett said district residents approved an operating levy about a year ago that will bring in an estimated $18.5-million a year. That money should not be wasted, he said. He noted that what he called reforms such as the proposed Senate Bill 5, which is now in the Ohio House, could significantly affect South-Western’s finances. The proposed bill would severely limit collective bargaining in the state. “I hope the board and the unions use sound business practices,” Starrett said. “(You can’t) continue to go to the taxpayers.”

Prairie Township trustees this week executed a contract to purchase and demolish one of the worst eyesores in the township while also allowing the township to finish the much anticipated South Grener Road Project. The land the township plans to purchase is known as the Hometown Inn property, located at 4601 W. Broad St. The purchase price of the 4.8-acre property is set at $1.3-million. Township administrator Tracy Hatmaker said the township has received a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to cover part of the cost and demolition of the building. The township will then pursue sale of the portion of the property not to be used in the South Grener Road Project, he said, hoping to recoup the rest of the sale price. “There are some contingen-

First, the biggest eyesore in the township will be gone with the demolition of the Hometown Inn. Second, the Grener and West Broad Street intersection will be safer for everyone who travels it.

STEVE KENNEDY — township trustee

cies that need to be met,” Hatmaker said. “However, with any luck at all it will be a late April closing. Demolition and construction will have to take place in June. We are on track to do that.” Finalization of the purchase is contingent upon settlement of isSee TOWNSHIP, page A2

End of an era Local government Cason retires as ThisWeek executive editor cuts ‘drastic,’ coalition says By JEFF DONAHUE

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Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget calls for reducing funding to Ohio’s local governments by roughly 25 percent per year by 2013. And members of the Local Government Fund Coalition aren’t pleased. “Right now, we think that’s a pretty dramatic cut and we think it may be disproportionate to what the other cuts will be,” said Susan Cave, executive director of the Ohio Municipal League. “But we haven’t seen the total picture yet.” Members of the coalition will examine the budget over the next week to see where other funding sources stand, she said. Kasich’s budget proposal, released Tuesday, March 15, calls for giving the Local Government Fund $526-million in 2012 and $339-million in 2013. The fund, which is projected to get $665-milSee LOCAL GOVERNMENT, page A5

Friday, March 18, marks the end of an era at ThisWeek Community Newspapers. Late that afternoon, vice president and executive editor Ben Cason will Ben Cason shut down his computer, gather his cell phone and coat and quietly stroll out of the newsroom the way he has every week since 1993. However, come Monday morning, for the first time in 18 years, he won’t be leading a newsroom discussion on politics or the NCAA basketball tournament.

butions are immeasurable,” Zonars said. “On his watch, the readership of our papers has grown by more than 200,000 people, which may be the most honest reflection of how valuable the public finds our coverage, which is the product of Ben’s leadership in the newsroom.” Zonars said Cason’s legacy is the team of journalists he has assembled at ThisWeek. “We are indebted to Ben for attracting bright and passionate reporters and editors who share his love of community news and sports, and to Ben’s high personal standards for quality, objective and, above all, accurate reporting,” he said. See CASON, page A2

Grove City says $235,311 missing in IRS case By LISA AURAND ThisWeek Community Newspapers Grove City officials have determined that $235,311 in city funds is unaccounted for, and the missing money is the focus of the police investigation into the city’s tax debt, city finance director Mike Turner said. The debt to the Internal Revenue

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Cason announced his retirement to ThisWeek staffers March 11, concluding a career that spanned the height of the Watergate era as an editor at The Washington Post to building one of the nation’s most respected community newspaper organizations. Under Cason’s leadership, ThisWeek Community Newspapers have won hundreds of state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. More importantly, general manager Stephen Zonars said, Cason won the loyalty of hundreds of thousands of central Ohio readers. “Ben has been the heartbeat of ThisWeek Community Newspapers for 18 years, and his contri-

Service for unfiled and late federal taxes could end up costing Grove City more than $1.4-million if the missing money is included, Turner said. Insurance or other sources might cover some of the lost funds, he said. Turner’s preliminary estimate of the unpaid taxes and penalties includes $389,683 from 1999-2006 and $790,184 from 2007-2010.

Turner on March 11 said he’s been working on the estimate for several months. “I’ve been collecting information on and off since we got the notice,” from the Internal Revenue Service in December 2010, he said. In a March 7 memo to mayor Richard “Ike” Stage, Turner said, “Throughout the years, funds from

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tax withholdings have been used to pay ... penalties, interest and tax withholdings” for the preceding four-month periods. “The ensuing shortage in the payroll account has resulted in a continual process of creating additional penalties and interest,” the memo said. See GROVE CITY, page A5

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Township to purchase, demolish ‘eyesore’ Continued from page A1 sues related to environmental reviews and plan review of the proposed South Grener Avenue road project, he said. After the Hometown Inn is purchased and the building demolished, the township will use the western portion to finish the road project, which will connect South Grener Avenue to the intersection of Old Village Road and West Broad Street. Trustee Doug Stormont said this new configuration will improve traffic flow to businesses in the area, and connections south to Sullivant Road. The current intersection is the scene of frequent car accidents, he said. An important element of the reconfiguration of the road is the addition of a roundabout — something the township has never seen before. “This is the first roundabout in the township,” trustee Steve Kennedy said. “I don’t have an opinion on whether they are safer than a traditional intersection, but I do believe that closing off Grener and moving the road west to the light at Old Village will make the whole area safer.” In addition to a better thoroughfare, the town-

ship will be rid of the blighted hotel, which has been deteriorating rapidly since its closure in February of 2008. “It had become a problem for law enforcement, fire, health and zoning officials in its final years of operation,” Stormont said. “Demolition of these structures will remove an eyesore from an important gateway to the community, as well as open up economic development opportunities.” It is possible that the township could decide to keep the eastern portion of the property for its own development, rather than sell it to recoup cost of purchase. “Both are a possibility for the eastern parcel, which is 3 acres,” Kennedy said. “The best guess is that the township will try to market this property to recoup the costs that aren’t covered by OPWC.” Kennedy said the township will see two big benefits with the purchase of the property. “First, the biggest eyesore in the township will be gone with the demolition of the Hometown Inn,” Kennedy said. “Second, the Grener and West Broad Street intersection will be safer for everyone who travels it.”

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Grove City says $235,311 missing in IRS case Continued from page A5 The law firm Schottenstein Zox & Dunn, working on behalf of the city, is asking the IRS to abate some of the penalties and interest. “We have until the end of the month to outline our reasonable grounds for the abatement with the revenue officer, and the revenue officer has indicated that she

will render a decision within one to two weeks of receiving our request,” city law director Stephen Smith Jr. said on March 14. “Hopefully, by the end of April we’ll have a better understanding of where we are in this process.” If the revenue officer denies the city’s request, legal counsel is prepared to appeal the decision, Smith said.

“The total damage to the city adds up to over $1.4-million under this worst-case scenario, so to speak,” Turner said at the March 7 city council meeting. “If we do suffer the worst-case scenario, over $1.1-million will have been paid to the Internal Revenue Service in penalties and interest.” In addition, the city might spend $105,000 in legal fees and has hired an

Local government cuts ‘drastic,’ coalition says Continued from page A1

lyn Brown, a Franklin County commissioner. “We can do more,” she said. “We need to do more.” The recession has affected local governments for many years. Gary Lee, a Union County commissioner, said commissioners have cut the budget by 10 percent over the past two years. For example, 18 people from the Department of Job and Family Services and 10 sheriff’s deputies have been laid off. “Every department we have has shrunk,” he said. In his proposal, the governor met his pledge to balance the budget, which is facing an $8billion hole, without tax increases. State Rep. John Carney, a Democrat from Clintonville, said he shares the coalition’s concerns about local-government funding. “Services cost money,” Carney said. “The population demands services. The question is, how do we pay for them?” Matt Mayer, president of the Buckeye Institute of Public Policy Solutions, a free-market think tank based in Columbus, said it’s “gutcheck time” for all Ohio agencies that need to look at things they can live without. “I agree they shouldn’t bear the brunt of balancing the budget,” Mayer said of local governments. “But there are going to be cuts. Everyone’s going to have to make concessions. We’ve grown government to a level we can’t afford, so we have to separate the wants from the needs.”

lion this year, helps pay for a wide range of local services, including safety forces, parks and recreation, public health clinics, homeland security and natural disaster response. The state allocates money from the fund to Ohio’s counties, which reserve some of it for their own general funds and divide the rest among local municipalities. Franklin County gets $84.3-million from the fund. The coalition will next voice its concerns to the legislature, which will take up the budget negotiations. “We always have hope,” Cave said. “We have to look at the fact that the legislators represent much smaller areas. And some areas of the state will feel this a lot more than others.” In interviews last week, representatives of the coalition said sizeable cuts to the fund could have drastic consequences. Matthew DeTemple, executive director of the Ohio Township Association, said Gov. Kasich had indicated that cost-saving actions in the budget would help ease local budgetary shortfalls. “We haven’t seen those, so we can’t know what those are going to be like,” DeTemple said. “But it’s hard to believe that cost-saving measures that are part of the budget are going to offset a 50-percent cut.” Many state municipalities have already shared services and created more efficient operations A version of this story appeared on www. to help offset budgetary shortfalls, said Mari- earlier this week.

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outside consulting firm at a cost of up to $20,000 to investigate the causes behind the tax errors. In early December, the Internal Revenue Service told the city it owed about $685,905 in unpaid payroll withholding taxes. An initial investigation identified more unpaid quarterly tax returns totaling about $370,000, with discrepancies in the city’s

books beginning in 1999. On Dec. 10, the city placed payroll specialist Jackie Kincade, 61, on paid leave. She submitted her retirement effective Jan. 7 and has denied any wrongdoing. Earlier this month, police spokesman Capt. Steve Robinette said police had not yet confirmed if a theft took place in connection with the IRS debt.

Cason retires as longtime ThisWeek executive editor Continued from page A1 “No one checks more facts than Ben. Ben’s legacy will be that his brand of journalism will live on through our staff because Ben showed them the way as he coached, mentored and nurtured them. Ben leaves us in good hands.” Two of Cason’s first hires after he arrived at ThisWeek were Lee Cochran, now assistant managing editor and sports editor, and Sandy Wallace, news editor. “I came to ThisWeek from a small daily, and it took some time for me to get used to the different pace and schedule of weekly papers,” Wallace said. “But Ben’s vision for the papers was very clear. It was all about better reporting, better editing, better writing. For Ben, content is key, regardless of whether it’s in print or online. “It will be very strange to walk in the newsroom on March 21 and know Ben won’t be there,” she

said. “We’re losing a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge — but I think I can safely say that Ben’s influence will continue to be felt for a long time.” “Ben came to ThisWeek three months before me,” Cochran said. “Soon after I started, he explained his plan for improving the papers, and it’s a vision he has followed ever since and one that will continue. The success we’ve had at ThisWeek is a credit to Ben and his vision. He knew what it took to be a successful newspaper and led us there. “He is a leader, a mentor and, most importantly, a friend. He will be missed by our readers and our newsroom.” After graduating from the University of Florida, Cason took a job at The St. Petersburg Times, where he met his wife, Carol. Cason was news editor at The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that eventually toppled President Richard Nixon. He said the Watergate episode was

one of the most interesting times in his career. As news editor of The Post during that era, he put together many of the paper’s historic front pages. Cason said working for newspapers that were family-owned has been important to him. “I feel fortunate to have worked for family-run operations almost my entire career — the Wolfe family in Columbus, the Graham family at The Washington Post and Nelson Poynter at The St. Petersburg Times,” Cason said. “Journalism is almost always better when it’s run by families who live in the communities than by faceless large newspaper chains.” Cason said he remains a proponent of community journalism. “I think community journalism is the future of journalism,” he said. The Casons are the parents of two sons:Alexander lives in Charlotte, N.C.; David, his wife, Julie, and their two sons live in Worthington.

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I drove a rental car for almost a week, and I was cranky the whole time. For one thing, who wants to suddenly start driving a completely different car? It’s like getting dressed from a completely different closet, a closet with nothing that’s your size. It’s like trying to make dinner in a strange kitchen, where you don’t even know where the colander is. I’d known I was about to get a rental car, but I still felt unprepared when the time came. “Let’s see, what do I need?” I said out loud as I prepared to move out of my own car for a few days. I looked around. I keep a pair of mittens tucked into an alcove in the dashboard, and I thought about taking them with me. Then I decided not to — I do have other mittens — but I relinquished the car with the pleasant feeling of having been responsible rather than slapdash. Thirty minutes later, I parked the rental car in a grocery store lot, reached for my cloth grocery bags, and remembered that they were still in my own car, now in the body shop. Although the occasional gathering-in of plastic bags isn’t that dreadful a thing — we do have uses for them — I nevertheless was annoyed not to have grabbed at least one or two of my own bags. An hour later, I pulled up to my garage door and remembered something else: my electronic door opener. It too was in my car, keeping company with my shopping bags and the mittens I was so proud of myself for remembering. Muttering bad words (Clearly, I’m the kind of person who would leave her toes in the car if they weren’t connected to her feet) I unfolded myself from the driver’s seat, ran into the house, pushed the garage door button in there, ran back out, refolded myself into the seat, and drove the car into the garage, feeling slapdash. Later, though, I decided to blame my forgetfulness on the whole rental car process. Who can think when a person is surrendering her car keys and signing various documents even as a rental car person is waiting to take her for a ride? In fact, when I was told that the rental people would meet me at the body shop, I concluded that I’d be driving off in the rental car right then, perhaps slowing down in front of the rental car agency so that the person who delivered the car could jump out. I didn’t

realize that the rental person would drive me back to the rental place, where I would be inundated with questions MARGO and opportuniBARTLETT ties and decisions to make. Incidentally, the next person to write a how-to book about making conversation with complete strangers might consider this scenario: Talking to a person who is driving you back to the car rental business to sign papers. The rental person was friendly enough; no problem there. We talked briefly about the accident that left my car’s rear bumper broken, which led to the other accident that left my left hand broken, and we agreed that it certainly was a funny coincidence. Then silence fell. The rental car business is quite close to the body shop, but our conversation so far left plenty of time to kill. “So, will it ever stop raining?” the rental car person finally said. Thank goodness for Ohio, I thought. I can’t imagine what California residents do in similar circumstances. I wondered if the rental car person had been given training in the area of Talking to Customers. The training could be broken down by demographics or gender or maybe by whether or not the customer was carrying a basket of kittens. I was developing sample conversation starters (“Are those your kittens?”) when we arrived at the rental car office, where I was

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Astronomical government spending over the past years has pushed our national debt to more than $14-trillion and counting. My daughter, Sarah, is over a year old and when she was born, her share of the national debt was $35,000. Today, it is around $45,000. This is alarming, and Congress must start making the tough decisions on spending so we can provide our children with a better future. Many federal programs have received funding increases over the last several years that outpaced both inflation and the growth of the American family budget. In fact, over the past two years, regular non-defense, disE-mail Margo Bartlett at cretionary funding has increased by 24 percent, while the stimulus bill alone cost around $821billion. This spending spree is unacElection letters ceptable and unsustainable. Across Ohio and the nation, famThe deadline to submit election-related letters to ThisWeek ilies prioritize their own budgets Community Newspapers is noon on Fridays. All letters must to make ends meet and they be signed and must include a daytime phone number that should expect no less of Concan be called for verification. No phone numbers will be gress. We did not land in this published. No unverified letters will be published. spending crisis overnight and we Candidate endorsements will be published online only. will not turn around it around Sunday, April 17, is the last day election-related letters overnight; however, vote by vote, will be printed. ThisWeek Community Newspapers reserves Congress can reduce the out-ofthe right to edit all letters for space, clarity and to remove control spending and debt. content that is libelous. The U.S. House of Represen-


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asked (a) to pay for gas I hadn’t used yet; (b) to buy insurance so I wouldn’t need my insurance; and (c) if I’d be leaving the state. Finally, I accepted the car keys and drove away, trying not to think about leaving the state. But you know how these things are. It’s like not thinking of an elephant; the moment you try not to, you do. The car was loud; it was like what I imagine driving the Indianapolis 500 must be, if I drove the Indianapolis 500 at 35 mph and while trying to find a classic rock radio station. Also, the driver’s seat was very low. The car might have had a seat-raising device, though I wasn’t sure; it was the kind of car in which the steering column might have been an option. At any rate, I never found it, so I spent the week feeling as if I were sitting in a beach chair, reaching up to grab the steering wheel and peer over the top of the dashboard. One good thing, though: The car was red (“Candy-apple red” is how I put it in my mind) and it had New York plates. People who weren’t the kind of people who recognize rental cars (one clue was the gigantic sticker on the windshield) might have thought I was a real New Yorker, in Ohio to … to … to drive around. “To drive around in my candyapple red car,” I’d think jauntily to myself. And at that point, I’d have rested my left arm casually on the open driver’s window, except my arm was too far down in the car to reach it.

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It was an immense operation: At its height, the Ralston Steel Car Co. employed hundreds of people. Much of it is gone now. A few of the factory buildings remain. But in its time —for almost 50 years — ED the Ralston Steel Car Co. LENTZ was a great Columbus success. That story and the story of the man who made it happen are well worth retelling. Joseph Stevenson Ralston was born near Hamilton, Ontario, in 1865. His father, Robert Ralston, was a recent immigrant from Ireland. His mother, Sarah Springer Ralston, came from a family that had been in America since 1680 but had fled to Canada during the American Revolution because of their loyalty to the crown. Like a number of people in Canada, and certainly like many more in the United States, Joseph Ralston was a restless young man. After receiving a basic education, Ralston went to sea on a ship called the City of Calcutta out of Glasgow, Scotland. After a four-year apprenticeship, he came home, but soon was on the move once again. He spent a year in a lumber camp in Michigan and followed that with another year as a newspaper reporter. He then turned to the sale of real estate for a time and then began to read law at night while he worked during the day. He would never practice law, but he would always claim its study helped him in his later activities. Along the way, he married Anna Mar of Caledonia, Ontario. They had four children, three of whom lived to adulthood. By the turn of the century, Joseph Ralston was working in Chicago for a large manufacturer of railroad cars. To anyone who lives in central Ohio today and arrives at a railroad crossing — with dozens

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The Ralston Steel Car Co. in 1909.

of coal cars passing by — it may come as some surprise to learn there was a time not all that long ago when most of those coal cars did not exist. At the turn of the 20th century, the railroads were some of the most powerful corporations in America. But for all of that, most freight was still moved in wooden cars: box cars, tank cars or open top “gondola” cars. Many of these cars had to be unloaded by hand. Joseph Ralston, working with a young engineer named Anton Becker, developed plans for a new type of car. The entire car would be made of durable steel and would have a series of 16 trap doors along its bottom to permit coal or anything else to be quickly unloaded. Building a sample car, the two young inventors demonstrated their product to some railroads that hauled a lot of coal. Several of them in Columbus said they would buy the new car if the inventors could find a place to manufacture it. They did just that. The Rarig Engineering Co. had been in business for some time at a distance from downtown Columbus along the rail lines that came into town from the east. Rarig had had some success making engines for industrial use, boilers, and even the superstructure for iron bridges. In the years before the Spanish American War, the company decided that its future lay in what we would today call “defense contracts.” The Navy was

expanding in size and influence. The Army was more involved in more places more frequently, as well. All of these people would need heavy-duty artillery and the ordnance carriages to hold them. With outbreak of the Spanish American War, the company converted to wartime production in the confident assumption that the war would last for some time. The war lasted for 90 days. Not long thereafter, for a number of reasons, the company went out of business. It was at this fortuitous moment that Joseph Ralston and Anton Becker came to town looking for a factory location. They found the Rarig site. Beginning in 1905, Ralston and his financial backers began a process that was nothing short of amazing. Rarig Engineering had a big factory building but little about it had anything to do with building rail cars. The new company took the building and began to build rail cars. While this went on, it completely gutted the interior of the old building and then proceeded to build a brand new building several hundred feet long to accommodate an assembly line to produce rail cars. When all of that was done, the company then went back and tore down the old building and replaced it with a new building. And while all of this was happening, it continued to build steel cars.

Between 1906 and 1911, the company built more than 10,000 of the new cars and soon found them shipped to all parts of the world. As just one example, in 1909, the company sold 50 of its cars to the South Manchurian Railway and sent the entire consignment to China in pieces, packed in crates. Over the years, the Ralston Steel Car Co. built not only a factory but an entire community on the East Side of Columbus. The area sat on the north side of the rail yards to the east of Milo Grogan. It was a self-contained world with most of its residents earning their livelihoods at the great factory. Joseph Ralston died in 1920. F. E. Simons led the company from 1920 to 1935 and he was followed by Frank Livingston in the years after World War II. Through all of those years, the Ralston Steel Car Co. was one of the great industrial businesses of Columbus. Changes in America’s rail transport business after World War II made the company less competitive and it went out of business in 1953. If you visit the near East Side of Columbus today it is still not all that difficult to find the streets and structures and other traces of the Ralston Steel Car Co. — a truly great American enterprise. Ed Lentz writes a history column for ThisWeek.

GUEST COLUMN Continued from page A6 by the U.S. Senate. Lastly, I voluntarily cut my own salary by 5 percent and each month, I return that amount to the U.S Treasury to go toward paying off the national debt. These are just the first steps in the process of turning around our nation’s spending and debt crisis. As Speaker Boehner recently announced, the next step will be entitlement reform. When addressing this issue, we need to ensure that promises made are promises kept and those who are reliant on these programs today are not adversely impacted. However, we need to make certain that these programs are not just around for our parents or ourselves but that they are still around for our children and grandchildren. The longer we put off reform of these programs, the harder it will be to fix down the road. Republicans and Democrats need to work together for Congress to make any progress on this issue. I look forward to having an open and honest conversation with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on entitlement reform in the coming months. If we want to give our children a brighter future where they are not buried under a mountain of debt, then we need to learn to live within our means today. That is why this Congress has made reducing government spending a priority and we will continue to move forward with our commitment to restore fiscal responsibility to our country. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments on cutting government spending or any other federal issue. You can contact my central Ohio district office at (614) 2996415 or my Washington, D.C., office at (202) 225-2015. For more information on where I stand on the issues, you can sign up for my e-newsletter at www. Steve Stivers represents the 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rescued dogs closer to finding new homes By GARY BUDZAK ThisWeek Community Newspapers

The dogs staying at the Franklin County Fairgrounds are one step closer to finding new homes. More than 350 dogs seized from One More Chance Rescue and Adoption on Feb. 22 were surrendered to the Humane Society Serving Clark County on March 4. “The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is pleased that the animals have been signed over, and we will continue to lend our support to the Clark County Humane Society,” said Kyle Held, Midwest director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response, in a statement. “We are reaching out to various rescue groups to take in these dogs and help them find permanent homes.” “Some dogs seem to fare better than others, both psychologically and physically,” said Dr. Pamela Reid, vice president of the ASPCA’s Animal Behavior Center. “There were some dogs that were in pretty rough shape, either very thin or scarred up. Some dogs seemed to be OK, and we can only assume that those dogs hadn’t been there very long. Their coats still looked good, their weight was decent, and psychologically they were more intact.” The ASPCA has been giving the dogs behavior assessments to help place them in appropriate homes when they are adopted. Reid said she spent four days at the fairgrounds recently, assessing 185 dogs. The dogs would be let into a room they hadn’t been in before with people in it, and the dogs were observed to see whether they spent more time exploring the room or interacting with the people. “There was quite a range of personalities,” Reid said. “There were a number of very shy dogs that hadn’t ever been in any kind of circumstance like this before, so they were quite overwhelmed. But there were also many dogs that were very social and happy-go-lucky and great with people.” Just because a dog is shy doesn’t mean it can’t be adopted or be a great pet. “A lot of people are willing to open their home to a dog that’s been in a horrible situation like this, that needs more patience and TLC,” Reid said. “Sometimes people specifically say we’re looking for the dog that is a little more timid, or shy. Oftentimes, those dogs are easier to handle and introduce into a home. Some of the dogs are happy-go-lucky, but that also means they’re high-energy and rambunctious because they haven’t had the training they needed.” Reid said any dogs that might be adopted from this hoarding situation will require patience from their new owners, and the ASPCA has information (available at on how to guide them through the process. Those interested in adoption can e-mail with their name and contact information. Several calls to the Humane Society Serving Clark County seeking additional information were not returned. Among the efforts in Hilliard to help the dogs, Scioto Darby Elementary School third-graders have collected items for donation at the fairgrounds, such as dog toys, dog food, blankets, paper towels, bath towels, and dog beds. In addition, fourthgraders have created a website,, to raise funds for the Capital Area Humane Society through March 16. They easily exceeded their goal of raising $500 for the cause.

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State transportation budget approved by House State Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) has announced that after more than two weeks of committee hearings and deliberation, the Ohio House of Rep- Cheryl resentatives passed Grossman House Bill 114 — the state transportation budget — with unanimous support. The bill now moves to the Ohio Senate. The transportation budget outlines appropriations totaling $7-billion, including more than $2-billion allocat-

ed each year for the construction and maintenance of Ohio’s roadways. In total, the Ohio House reduced transportation spending by nearly $15-million compared with the executive proposal and reduces the total fee burden on Ohioans by more than $5-million annually. “I am pleased that we were able to decrease the fees for our residents,” Grossman said in a press release. “The overall reduction in the budget as requested shows our priority of being fiscally responsible while providing the most efficient method to maintain and build our infrastructure.” Among other initiatives, House Bill

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Spaghetti Dinner, sponsored by the United Methodist Women, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Crossroads UMC, 1100 S. Hague Ave. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children age 10 and younger. Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays through April 15 at St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 1600 N. Hague Ave. $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 10 and younger. Free coffee; pop and beer available. Carryout available. Call the parish office at 2791690.

Westland Senior Citizens, 11 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Columbia Heights Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. All are welcome. For more information, call 8706476. The following meet at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St., unless noted. Call (614) 878-5110. Exercise Programs, Aerobics—10:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays (free), Gentle Stretchers—10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays (free), Line Dancing—noon Mondays ($2).

Meetings Westland Area Business Association Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. Cost is $6. Andy Sutter of Oakhurst Country Club will speak. RSVP to or Emily Wildman at (614) 8831436 by April 8. Southwest Area Commission, 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at New Horizons United Methodist Church, 1665 Harrisburg Pike. Visit Commission boundaries are the Scioto River to the east, I-270 to the south, the railroad tracks west of Harrisburg Pike on the west and Mound Street to Mt. Calvary to Greenlawn Avenue on the north. Call (614) 562-4728. VFW Post 6065, 5 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St. Ladies Auxiliary meets at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Will Davis at (614) 309-0171. West Columbus Civitan Club, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the private dining room at Bob Evans Restaurant in Georgesville Square. Call (800) 248-4826. A singles group for seniors meets at 6:30 p.m. every Friday at various locations. For details, call Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church at 876-4343. New Neighbors League of Columbus, luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday. For meeting times and loca-

Support groups A support group for people struggling with panic meets on an as-needed basis. To express interest in participating, call 8782697. Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St., Grove City. Families in Touch, for families and friends of people with mental illness, co-sponsored by the Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Community Support Network, 5:30-7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at 2200 W. Broad St. Call Janet Mueller at (614) 752-033, ext. 5178. Adult Epilepsy Support Group, 6-8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Riverside Hospital Conference Center, 500 Thomas Lane. Call (614) 315-0437. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Columbus Alzheimer’s Care Center, 700 Jasonway Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Call 4597050. Bone Marrow Transplant Support Group, 1-2 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month in Room 322 at James Cancer Hospital, 300 W. 10th Ave. To register, call 293-9152. Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Central Ohio Chapter, Adult Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at City BBQ, 5979 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg. Call (614) 889-6060.

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A closer look The transportation budget outlines appropriations totaling $7-billion, including more than $2-billion allocated each year for the construction and maintenance of Ohio’s roadways.

114 consolidates Bureau of Motor Vehicles services and reduces BMV spending by about $6.7-million in the first year and $7.7-million in the second year. It also specifies that the nextof-kin form provided at the BMV be

extended to renewals of drivers’ licenses and applications, as well as renewals of motorcycle licenses. The transportation budget also promotes efficiency and customer service in the governmental duties regarding licensing and operation of motor vehicles. For example, in counties with populations greater than 40,000 residents, county clerks of courts will have the authority to serve as deputy registrars. Local entities will have more flexibility to co-locate and provide better service, and in counties where the auditor serves as deputy registrar, county clerks of courts and county auditors may share an office space to more ef-

ficiently perform their public duties. House Bill 114 aims to protect Ohio jobs by including appropriations for the Public Works Commission (PWC), specifically $150-million for the state capital improvement program and $49million for the revolving loan fund while also increasing the amount for local governments. In total, the PWC appropriation is projected to retain as many as 30,000 Ohio jobs. Additionally, the legislation improves Ohio’s business climate by creating an online titling program for commercial vehicles and easing restrictions on transportation of Ohio’s farm commodities and agricultural products.

Vino Vino in Grandview; so nice they named it twice When I first wrote about Vino Vino around five years ago, the little Grandview hub had a lot of buzz about it. Well, frankly, I hadn’t heard much Vino Vino talk lately. After a few recent visits, I think I know why: Its many patrons are trying to keep this terrific place (and its brashly flavored, artfully plated dishes sold at really great prices) all to themselves. Comfy, urbane, sophisticated, casual — these were the adjectives that popped into my brain as Brazilian music played (a much appreciated Vino Vino mainstay) and I perused the lengthy vino list. The wine-named place has a few flights with grinning descriptions, a ton of bottles that range from an unoaked Chilean chard (Cousino Macal, $22) to a big Barolo (Marcarini, $80) and lots of food-friendly juice in between. Salads are certainly solid here. The Charleston ($6) is one of those walnut and Maytag blue cheese numbers, but nicely done — with earthy julienned veggies and a lightly applied bright vinaigrette. If you’re more of a Caesar person, pick the Parmesan Peppercorn ($6). It’s like a spicy and creamy version minus the anchovy but plus sweet corn kernels and a hunk of fresh avocado. Before moving on, I should mention that the last salad — along with a bunch of other goodies — are available in smaller portions for $3 (some are $4) during Vino Vino’s spectacular happy hour, which is one of the best in town.

MENU by G.A. Benton Other happy hour highlights include: a killer Fish Taco (get the lettuce wrap option) that’s bold, huge and colorful and easily rivals any in the city; a very nifty crab cake actually packed with crab, nicely butter-browned and offering a flattering hint of mustard; a super-juicy sirloin and portobello slider; and an excellent blackened tuna and veggie pizza. Back on the regular menu, the Baked Goat Cheese ($8) was a marvelous starter. Molten in the middle, the tangy cheese had a highly attractive, crackly brown crust. Cutting the richness were an herby, chunky and addictive marinara sauce plus a little balsamic-drizzled salad. Goat cheese went entree in the veggietastic Asparagus Risotto Tower ($12). A stellar vegetarian dish, it stacked the rich risotto with accumulating layers of diced portobellos; a sort of fire-roasted bell pepper and onion chutney; and a final top floor of charred asparagus spears. Surrounding the tower was a moat of earthy, spicy and wonderful French green lentils rippled with lusty goat cheese. Fried chicken took a fun and nutty Thai turn in the Pistachio Crusted Chicken ($13). Two large logs of juicy boneless breast meat were pistachioed and bread crumbed

Vino Vino 1371 Grandview Ave., Grandview 614-481-8200 Web: Cuisine: Contemporary American Price: $$ ($10-$20 per person) Patio: Yes Hours: 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 510 p.m. Friday-Saturday and presented in crusty jackets. They were accompanied by dense and garlicky smashed redskins, a nice veggie medley starring broccoli and a sweet Thai-like chili sauce. The Roasted Salmon ($15) was a platefilling big fillet of grill-marked pink fish roused into specialness by a butter sauce with an intense lemon zestiness. Jasmine rice was on the side for sopping up the attention-demanding sauce. A dense but not super heavy NYC-style cheesecake ($6) was good on its own, but even better with its accessories — nuts, fruit, syrup and cinnamon. To read G.A. Benton’s blog visit

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‘Old Barn’ remains Young at heart We are in the final days of one of my favorite times of the year — the district and regional boys basketball tournaments in the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Over the 16 years that I have written for ThisWeek Community Newspapers and the 43 years that I have been part of the media covering these exciting games, I have talked about these special days that LARRY those of us who love LARSON these events get to spend together for three or four weeks. It is a homecoming for a group of individuals who work very hard to make these games enjoyable for the teams, coaches and fans. Of these individuals, none has worked harder for the past two decades than tournament director Ralph Young, who is retiring after the games this weekend. He has dedicated his life to the betterment of the world of education and has been a wonderful, soft-spoken leader for all of us who work this tournament. “I can honestly state that I have enjoyed coming to this tournament every day,” said Young, who was business manager for seven years before beginning his By Paul Vernon/ThisWeek 12-year stint as tournament di- Westland freshman Christina Simpson (left) battles Upper Arlington’s Maddie Spielman for a loose ball. Simpson is expected to be among the top returnees next season. rector, following the late Bill Alspach. “When I am asked about what I will remember most about this experience, it is real simple. It is the people that I have enjoyed most and I thank God that I can remember most of them. “It is the coaches, the officials, freshmen who received significant By FRANK DiRENNA the kids, the workers and the playing time this season. ExpectThisWeek Community Newspapers At a glance fans that have made this so memed back are freshmen Tanesha GIRLS BASKETBALL orable. I have really loved every Dixon (forward), Celeste Lewis When Hugo Quint returned as •Record: 0-21 overall, 0-14 (eighth) in phase of the job I have been as(guard/forward), Rachelle Marcum coach of the Westland High School OCC-Central signed to do and one of the main (forward) and Christina Simpson girls basketball team in July, he re•Senior lost: Logan Horn things I have learned along the (guard). alized he would face a rebuilding •Key returnees: Tanesha Dixon, Taylor Horn and Rachelle Marcum way is that every person that Other players who could conprocess. works with you is unique and if GYMNASTICS tribute next season are juniors FabiIt looks like that rebuilding •Finishes: Sixth in OCC-Central, 22nd you just stand back and let them anna Charpertier and Brooke Harprocess will carry into next season. in district do their job, what a job they will ris and sophomore Ashley Haulter. The Cougars ended this season •Seniors lost: Bethany Emmons and do. We haven’t really changed Quint hopes his returning play0-21 overall and 0-14 in the OCCAshley Keith much over the years, but I feel ers stay busy in the offseason, inCentral Division. •Key returnees: Brenna Nutini and Taylor Wegman that if the wheel isn’t broke, you cluding playing AAU basketball. Westland lost to Olentangy don’t need to fix it.” The Cougars finished eighth in Orange 75-16 in the first round of Reflecting on his tenure at the the Division I district tournament ior in Logan Horn. Quint plans to the OCC-Central behind Upper ArFairgrounds, Young said, “This Feb. 17. build next season’s team around lington (13-1), Dublin Coffman has been such a great staff to “I classify this year as under junior point guard Taylor Horn, (11-3), Hilliard Davidson (10-4), work with and I learned so much Thomas Worthington (9-5), Worconstruction,” Quint said. Logan’s sister. from Bill Alspach. He taught me Quint guided the Cougars for 10 Taylor Horn was the lone thington Kilbourne (5-9), Central the importance of being a good seasons beginning in 1995. He Cougars player to receive post- Crossing (5-9) and Hilliard Darby listener. He taught me to let peocompiled a 145-80 record before season recognition. She was named (3-11). ple talk and express their views After losing to Thomas 63-22 leaving the position following the honorable mention all-league after and he told me about how much 2004-05 season. averaging a team-high eight points on Dec. 21, the Cougars played you can learn from that. It was better in the rematch, losing 52The Cougars went 10-74 under a game. so great to work with Bill and I coaches Charbea Haller (3-39) and “Taylor made some tremendous 41 on Feb. 4. miss his friendship, but my wife, Westland also played well in Stephen Clines (7-35) before Quint, strides this year,” Quint said. “Off Nancy, and I still have Bill’s who coached the DeSales girls the floor and on the floor, she’s losses to Hilliard Darby (42-29 on wife, Polly, to share stories with team in 2009-10 and led the Stal- being consistent. With her playing Feb. 11) and Marysville (43-32 on and that is a treasure to us. lions to a Division II district title, with a decent AAU team, it will Feb. 12) to end the regular season. By Paul Vernon/ThisWeek returned to Westland before this “Polly is just as much a fix“As the year progressed, we startreally help her have a good season season. The Cougars’ Brooke Harris (left) wrestles the ball from (next year).” See LARSON, page A10 UA’s Zeina Hidmi. Westland finished 0-21 this season. See COUGARS, page A10 The team will lose just one senQuint also will look to several

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Davidson’s Delande named captain of Super 12 By JEREMY STEWART ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Although Chase Delande of the Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team won the Division I state title at 145 pounds, he’s still going to be treated like the younger brother of Bo and Spencer. Both Bo Delande, a 2007 Davidson graduate, and Spencer Delande, a 2009 graduate, were state qualifiers as seniors, but neither made the kind of run the youngest Delande did at the state tournament March 3-5 at Ohio State. Chase went 4-0, defeating Massillon Perry’s Tanner Lemon 9-4 in the championship match. Although neither of his older brothers won a state title, they had an influence on Chase getting one. “Being the youngest brother, they would beat up on me some-

For bios and pictures of all Super 12 first-team selections, please visit: times,” said Chase, who has been named captain of the 2010-11 ThisWeek Super 12 wrestling team. “I think that’s what helped me a lot. It made me mentally stronger. I could take a beating.” Spencer often came to the practice room this season to help train his younger brother. With Spencer having a nearly 50-pound weight advantage, Chase had a difficult time trying to control his brother. And for Chase, control was what it was all about. “He’s great at turning people

over,” coach Dominic DiSabato said. “He’s a strong kid even though he may not look like it. He’s tough. He’s really physical and he has that football player mentality where he’s going to make you feel pain.” The only central Ohio wrestler to capture a state title this season, Chase Delande earned his 100th career victory in his match against Lemon. The junior finished the season 46-2. His only losses were to Mentor Lake Catholic’s Matt Fee at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Holiday Tournament, which concluded Dec. 30. After that tournament, Delande was unbeatable. He swept through the OCC-Central Division dual matches, defeated Grove City’s Robert Coles 14-0 to win the Marysville sectional title Feb. 19 and defeated Olentangy Liberty’s

Ethan Snyder 10-4 to win a district title Feb. 26. The state title gave Delande a state championship in two sports. He was a cornerback for the Davidson football team when it won the Division I state title in 2009. “In wrestling, it’s more of a thrill,” Delande said of winning a state championship. “In football, it’s a long game, two hours. In wrestling, it’s six minutes and all eyes are on you.” •OTHER FIRST-TEAMERS — Al Caserta (Olentangy, Sr., 130 pounds), Angelo DiSabato (Davidson, Jr., 145), Travis Drumm (Heath, Sr., 215), Pat Elflein (Pickerington North, Jr., heavyweight), Trevor Fiorucci (Olentangy, Jr., 119), Noah Forrider (Marysville, So., 130), Andrew Higgins (Hilliard Bradley, Sr.,

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COUGARS Emmons missed most of the season with a back injury, although she competed in the postseason. Westland finished sixth (70.5 points) at the OCC-Central meet Feb. 12 at Kilbourne, behind champion Kilbourne (134.975), Olentangy Liberty (128.775), Delaware (121.6), Dublin Scioto (109.625) and Hilliard Davidson (108.125). Nutini finished 15th in all-around with a 26.35. The Cougars were 22nd (90.65) in the district meet Feb. 26 at Kilbourne, behind first-place DeSales (136.85). Keith led Westland with a 25.1 all-around (80th) followed by Nutini (23.975, 85th) and Wegman (22.675, 88th).

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Top performances BOYS Westerville South’s Ben Jones contributed a gamehigh 23 points off the bench in helping the Wildcats beat New Albany 69-54 in a Division I district final March 11. GIRLS Pickerington North’s Jaila Kee-Bryant scored the Panthers’ first 10 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a team-high 16 in a regional final March 11 as North beat Liberty Township Lakota East 52-40 in a Division I regional final March 11.

Top stories Boys Basketball: Complete recaps of the Division I district titles won by Gahanna, Northland and Westerville South. Girls Basketball: In-depth preview of Pickerington North’s return to the state

tournament for the first time since 2007. Honorable Code: Maggie Stephenson, a 2006 Pickerington Central grad, defends her alma mater, Brigham Young University, in the wake of the suspension of men’s basketball player Brandon Davies for violating the school’s honor code. So Long, City League: The City League is now looking to fill a void with the retirement of two iconic coaches — Brookhaven girls coach Reggie Lee and Northland boys coach Satch Sullinger.


Note of the week Laura Malernee, a 2007 Gahanna graduate and current senior at West Liberty (W.Va.) University, broke all-time women’s NCAA records Feb. 2 for most career 3-pointers made with 398 and for most consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer with 82.

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SUPER 12 Sanders (St. Charles, Sr., 215), Dan Satterthwaite (Grandview, Sr., 215), Chris Settles (Hamilton Township, Sr. heavyweight), and Craig Thomas (Olentangy Liberty, Sr., 152). •PAST CAPTAINS — Westerville North’s Josh Demas (2009-10), North’s Jesse Dong (2008), Westerville Central’s Brendan Barlow (2007), Westerville South’s Anthony Ciraky (2006), Hamilton Township’s Nick Hackett (2005), New Albany’s Larry Reichard (2004), Westland’s T.J. Enright (2003), Hamilton Township’s Jason Hackett (2002), DeSales’ C.P. Schlatter (2000-01), Ready’s Tommy Rowlands (2000) and Pickerington’s Keaton Anderson (1999).

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152), Brady Hutchins (Canal Winchester, Sr., 125), Ryan Murdock (Dublin Coffman, Jr., 112), Vince Pickett (Central Crossing, Jr., 160), and Bobby Smith (Ready, Fr., 103). •HONORABLE MENTION — Dom Barlow (Heath, Sr., 152), Conor Driscoll (Bradley, Jr., 145), Sufyan El-Geroushi (Hilliard Darby, Sr., heavyweight), Anthony Fosco (Olentangy, Jr., 135), Payton Gutierrez (DeSales, So., 103), Josh Hall (Ready, Sr., 112), Caleb Hetterscheidt (Olentangy, Sr., 152), Evan Jackson (Hartley, Sr., 215), Morgan Miller (Marysville, So. 189), Tyler Miller (Marysville, Jr., 152), Nathan Pressley (Canal Winchester, Sr., heavyweight), Ryan

Schools announce coaching vacancies The following schools are seeking coaches: Thomas Worthington — Assistant track and field specializing in pole vault. Send résumé to athletics director Dan Girard at or fax to (614) 883-2275. Westerville North — Junior varsity girls soccer. Contact varsity coach Tim Lawrence at (614) 395-7392.

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ed to understand the concept of playing hard,” Quint said. “Some don’t understand that yet. That’s why the last couple of regular-season games were close. It was because we had a nucleus that understood how hard you need to play to be competitive.” •The gymnastics team was shorthanded throughout the season, including having just four girls compete during the postseason. The team consisted of seniors Bethany Emmons and Ashley Keith and freshmen Brenna Nutini and Taylor Wegman. “We gave it our best,” Wegman said. “We spent most our time over the summer together with cheerleading. We all basically knew each other.”

LARSON Continued from page A9 ture at the (Fairgrounds) that Bill was and we love having her with us at the games. I also am so blessed to have had Nancy right by my side through all these years. She has been such a help to me. She has shared her honest opinion on things involving the tournament and has been so great in helping me remember to get all the little things done.” Much like the things I have written about the Fairgrounds and the thrills of the games played in this historic building,Young said it is the consistency that keeps these days so enjoyable. “You come back year after year and you see the same people in the same places,” Young said. “I have had the benefit of

having guys like Dave Siess and Steve Kull working in the same position for every year. I see the same people on press row and it even goes so far that I can look at certain seats in the stands and see the same fans in those seats. Can you imagine if those seats could talk? What stories they could tell. What a history they could send to us of all the things that have happened since the first state tournament was held here in 1923. Some people call this the ‘Old Barn’ and maybe that is what it is, but this ‘Old Barn’ has been a great place for me to work for a long time.” Thanks to Ralph and Nancy Young for making the Fairgrounds a great place to be for many years. There is no doubt that both will always be part of

Sports briefs Alumni football games planned

ni Football USA will provide the equipment.

Alumni Football USA is organizing teams of former high school players who want “to play in one more full contact football game.” Players can sign up at or call (877) 578-8547. Teams are limited to 40 players. Games will be played around Ohio in August. Alum-

Wooster offering girls soccer camps The College of Wooster is accepting registrations for its June 19-22 and July 10-13 soccer camps for girls ages 1018. These are residential camps. For more information, visit

the high school basketball tournament family. They earned it. Best of life always. I’ll see you at the Fairgrounds. Larry Larson is a former athletics director at Grandview High School. He can be heard as “Mr. High School Sports” on WTVN 610 AM.

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Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway • Preschoolers: What’s Up Duck?, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday at the Cedar Ridge Lodge. Learn about ducks that dive, dabble and waddle. • Welcome Spring Hike, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasant Valley bulletin board, 9137 state Route 62. Discover the trails at Pleasant Valley on this 2.25-mile hike. • Natural Play Area: Sssnakes, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Indian Ridge bulletin board. Search for harmCheck out recent home sales in less snakes sunning themselves other central Ohio neighborhoods by the natural play area. Grove City • Metro Five -0 Level 3: Welat 8717 London Groveport Rd, come Spring Hike, 11 a.m. MonClick on Recent Home Sales. 43123, Lois Krack and Ruth Gillespie, $280,000. 1437 Palay Dr, 43123, Martin Advertisement J. LeClair and Cynthia A. LeClair, $235,000. 2565 E Vi-Lilly Cir, 43123, Thomas R. Allis and Nancy L. Allis, $170,000. IRS debunks frivolous 1286 River Trail Dr, 43123, Loretta Damron, $169,000. tax arguments 2254 Rolling St, 43123, Clark WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service released the 2011 version Cartmille and Maria Wolfe, of its discussion and rebuttal of many of the more common frivolous arguments $135,500. made by individuals and groups that oppose compliance with federal tax laws. 1858 Bay Port Dr, 43123, Anyone who contemplates arguing on legal grounds against paying their Charles E. Brickey, $129,490. fair share of taxes should first read the 84-page document, The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments. 6338 Beaver Lake Dr, 43123, The document explains many of the common frivolous Fannie Mae, $124,000. arguments made in recent years and it describes the legal responses that refute 4167 Brookgrove Dr, 43123, these claims. It will help taxpayers avoid wasting their time and money with Tracy L. Pratt, $99,000. frivolous arguments and incurring penalties. 4571 Tolbert Ave, 43123, Wells Congress in 2006 increased the amount of the penalty for frivolous tax Fargo Financial Ohio, $86,000. returns from $500 to $5,000. The increased penalty amount applies when a person submits a tax return or other specified submission, and any portion of the 2300 Maribeth Place, 43123, submission is based on a position the IRS identifies as frivolous. BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, The 2011 version of the IRS document includes numerous recently decided $80,000. cases that continue to demonstrate that frivolous positions have no legitimacy. 9439 Alkire Rd, 43123, FanFrivolous arguments include contentions that taxpayers can refuse to pay nie Mae, $80,000. income taxes on religious or moral grounds by invoking the First Amendment; that the only “employees” subject to federal income tax are employees of the 3283 Kingston Ave, 43123, federal government; and that only foreign-source income is taxable. Matthew R. Howland, $49,000. In addition, the document highlights cases involving injunctions against 2395 Nedra St, 43123, US preparers and promoters of Form 1099-Original Issue Discount schemes, and Bank, NA, $44,000. the imposition of criminal and civil penalties on taxpayers who claimed they 2847 Columbus St, 43123, were not citizens of the United States for federal income tax purposes. Robert J. Badgeley and Annelies For more information and the complete 84 page document The Truth About E. Badgeley, $37,500. Frivolous Tax Arguments, visit

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