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Miami East BOE welcomes principal BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer CASSTOWN — The Miami East Board of Education approved and welcomed Todd Gentis as the new high school principal at Monday’s regular meeting. Gentis recently served as Tri-Village Junior High and High School principal for the 2012-2013 school year. Gentis will take over the role as principal from Tim Williams who retired as high school principal after serving the district for more than 19 years, including the last 11 years as high school principal. According to Gentis’ resume, he taught fifth grade science and language arts as well as seventh grade science at the Brookville Intermediate School since 1999. He served as the Brookville High School varsity girls basketball head coach from 20102012 and was the junior varsity girls’ basketball coach from 2008-2010. He also coached the Brookville High School boys’ tennis program from 2000-2007 and was the junior varsity boys’ basketball coach at Northridge High School from 2006-2008. A few of Gentis’ accomplishments during his year as TriVillage Junior High and High School principal include: head of district safety committee, implementing Ohio’s Common Core standards in math and See BOE/Page 2

Briefly PiquaCivic Band performs tonight PIQUA — The Piqua Civic Band begins its summer concert season with “On the Great White Way” at 7 p.m. today at Hance Pavilion with guest conductor, Brett Poling. Selections will include selections from The Music Man, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Man of La Mancha, plus marches by John Philip Sousa, George Gershwin much more. Ulbrich’s Hometown Market has donated a free dozen donuts to be given away to one lucky audience member. Bring the whole family for an evening of fun and music. Admission is free. Visit the band’s website at m for more information or search for “The Piqua Civic Band” on Facebook.

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Civilian takes down fleeing felon BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer PIQUA — Micah Kappeler isn’t a police officer, but he gave a helping hand to law enforcement Tuesday night and ended a multi-block foot pursuit of a suspect wanted on a variety of warrants. Kappeler would later tell authorities he wasn’t sure what to do at first when he saw the suspect, identified as Ryan A.

K e l l e r, 31, of Piqua, running a w a y from the police while he was in the 600 block of W e s t KELLER Water Street at about 7 p.m. In the moments leading up to the citizen-assisted arrest,

Keller was spotted by a resident in the same neighborhood and called police because the resident knew Keller had several warrants out for his arrest, police reports state. After being spotted by officers, Keller took off on foot and the whole time residents in the community kept pointing out to police where Keller was running. Eventually, and unfortunately for Keller, he crossed paths with Kappeler, who

knocked the fleeing suspect to the ground, which allowed officers to hone in and make the arrest. Police reports state that officers “thanked” the good Samaritan, who later told police that he “wasn’t sure what to do and decided to help.” Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison commended Kappeler and other citizens who helped police during the chase, and noted how thankful he was See Civilian/Page 2

Traffic accidents down citywide BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer PIQUA —Despite the prevalence of texting, Piqua traffic crash statistics are at an alltime low over the past five-year period that authorities say are the result of education, engineering and enforcement. Covering 2008 through 2012 the five-year analysis by the Piqua Police Department shows a trend that Chief of Police Bruce Jamison is pleased with: motorists and pedestrians are paying more attention. In 2012, only four incidents of traffic collisions with pedestrians were reported, half the average number of such accidents typically experienced by the police and fire departments over the course of the traffic study. From 2008 through 2011 the statistics for the number of such incidents were 8, 8, 6, and 9, respectively. Those same statistics show that as of the first several months of 2013 no such crashes were reported, either. “Those types of crashes like that happen from people not paying attention,” Jamison said. “What this means is more people are paying attention to pedestrians, and pedestrians are paying more attention to motorists.”


A pedestrian crosses North Main Street in Piqua on Wednesday. Statistics show that crashes of all types are down in numbers over recent years. While significant, Jamison said the number of actual vehicle crashes in the city has also sharply declined over that same time frame. In 2008 though 2011, the number of vehicle crashes were 1,024, 1,006, 946, and 973, respectively. Last year, only 794 traffic vehicle crashes were reported citywide. Among one variable Jamison credited with lowering the traf-

fic crash statistics are what law enforcement refers to as the three Es: education, engineering and enforcement. Especially, Jamison said, when it comes to the stark decrease of vehicle on vehicle crashes. “With education there have been a lot of intentional campaigns where we talk about the dangers of texting while driving, but all in all we do different types of education, including so-

cial media, to remind people to be more careful,” Jamison said. “As far a engineering we participate with other city departments when they decide how to design any improvements. … More modern design techniques can help with safety, and it pays off in the long run.” He added: “Our officers also concentrate on enforcement, not just where it is easy to find people, but where we know we have issues.”

Grandparents caring for kids on the rise BY BELINDA M. PASCHAL Staff Writer PIQUA — Across the country, millions of grandparents have given up dreams of retirement for diapers, T-ball games and parent-teacher conferences. They’ve stepped up and stepped in to raise grandchildren when the parents are unable or unwilling to do so. According to 2010 U.S. Census data, 4.9 million American children are being raised by their grandparents. This number is nearly double that of the 2000 Census, which indicated that 2.4 million children were being raised primarily by grandpar-

ents. “It can be a sad situation, but it’s also a needed situation,” said Mary Jane Weller, who raised two grandchildren with her husband, Alan. The Wellers, who live in Piqua, got custody of their granddaughter and grandson when the children were 4 and 1, respectively. Their granddaughter now is 22 and married with a family of her own, and their grandson is a college student. “When we first got the grandchildren, I wondered how many other grandparents were out there raising grandchildren,” Weller said. “So I decided to start a support group and it went really well.” The group, which met at the Piqua As-

sembly of God, flourished for two or three years before disbanding. Now, Weller said, the time has come to form another group — not just for grandparents, but for other relatives and guardians. “My dear friend Bonnie Baker, who’s raising her grandson, encouraged me to get it started back up because she and I have met so many more grandparents raising grandchildren, as well as aunts and uncles raising nieces and nephews,” she said. Because of her own experiences, Weller would like to offer advice and a listening ear to others, as well as hear their stories. “I’m not a know-it-all, but I have gone See Grandparents/Page 2

Miami County designated ‘storm ready’ BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer MIAMI COUNTY — National Weather Service officials honored Miami County Emergency Management officials who work behind the scenes to keep the community safe before, during and after severe weather by designating the county as “Storm Ready” on Wednesday. Miami County joined just 21 other Ohio counties as a “Storm Ready” county, as deemed by National Weather Service officials in the Miami County Commissioners chambers in a brief award ceremony.

Mary Jo Parker, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Wilmington, presented Miami County’s Emergency Management officials with a certificate recognizing their emergency planning efforts in front of Miami County Commissioners. “We’re really excited to recognize the county and its officers for obtaining Storm Ready recognition,” Parker said. Miami County Commissioner Jack Evans commended the efforts of the county’s emergency management team for its “behind the scenes efforts” during catastrophic events. “We really appreciate you making Miami

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County safer,” Evans said. Brian Castner, of the Storm Ready committee of the state of Ohio Emergency Management Agency, said the process to become a Storm Ready county takes approximately three months. Kenny Artz, director of the Miami County Emergency Management organization, said his team started plans to become a Storm Ready county after reviewing the concepts three years ago. “We had most of the minimum requirements already,” Artz said. Artz said most of the infrastructure was in place — such as the Miami County 911 Center being the See Storm/Page 2



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Civilian Continued from page 1 regarding how much the community cares and cooperates with the police. “This guy was running all over the place and whenever we lost sight of him, we had lots of citizens pointing him out and the direction he went,” Jamison said. “This guy (Kappeler) actually took him (Keller) down. He didn’t hurt him. He wasn’t trying to be a hero. I think he just saw he could help, and helped.”

through it and I know a lot of the things that grandparents go through,” she said. “I’ve had to work through a lot of those feelings myself, so I just really would like to encourage and help other families going through it. The support group meets every fourth Thursday of the month in the conference room at the Miami Valley Centre Mall. The next meeting will be June 27. For more information

central “one-stop shop” for emergency notification to alert officials and the public in a variety of ways. Artz also commended Art Blackmore, Local Emergency Planning Committee and Jim Bowell, HazMat coordinator, as part of the team which that during the process to obtain the recognition from the National Weather Service. “We have a very robust communication system that works well with our first responders and the public,” Artz said. “We are excited about this recognition, which recognizes the efforts of those you don’t see working behind the scenes.” Parker said severe weather

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Ryan A. Keller, 31, of Piqua, was arraigned Wednesday on a variety of criminal charges, including misdemeanor theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of property charges, and two felonies, consisting of theft and obstructing official business. Court documents state Keller allegedly committed the felony theft on May 6, which is why he had a warrant out of his arrest. He was charged with obstructing official business following

the pursuit he had with Piqua police. He remained jailed Wednesday afternoon on a combined bond of $10,000. A June 26 preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Miami County Municipal Court. At the scene of the apprehension authorities also recovered an orange syringe that Keller allegedly had on his person, but that he discarded during the foot chase.

about the group, call Weller at 773-4221. Raising grandchildren can be a challenge and an exercise in sacrifice — of time, finances and energy, among other things. “We got the children when we were 47, so it was like starting all over again,” Weller said. “It is an adjustment to not having a life; you give up everything. Your privacy is gone. But sacrifice is not a bad word. It’s a loving word. I’ve never met a grandparent who minded the sacrifice.”

The challenges of raising grandchildren include going through the court system, explaining to children why they aren’t with their biological parent(s) and the emotional issues some children experience. “There can be a lot of sadness because of the reasons you’re raising them, but there’s a lot of joy, too,” Weller noted. “It’s been a joy to watch my grandkids grow up and turn out so well,” she said. “We would do it all over again if we had to.”

poses a significant threat around the country, and collaboration efforts from counties, such as Miami County’s Emergency Management teams, helps to improve the quality of awareness before, during and after severe weather. Parker said a major benefit of being designated a Storm Ready county includes how the county’s emergency management team assesses weather threats to increase the time and effectiveness of warnings for citizens and their property. The timeliness of the alerts is crucial to keep fatalities and property damage at a minimum during storms, Parker said. Parker said training and planning by officials such as the Miami County Emergency

Death notice Management team “goes a long way to saving lives.” TROY — Marlene Hannah, 81, of Troy, passed away 4:20 a.m. Parker commended the Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at her residence. Arrangements are county’s emergency officials for with Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy. pending offering the community programs such as storm spotter classes and for its emergency response drills to keep officials Policy: Please send obituary notices by e-mail to trained and ready in or by fax to (937) 773-4225. cies throughout the year. Deadlines: Notices must be received by 6 p.m. Miami County CommissionSunday and Tuesday-Friday, and by 4 p.m. on Moners Richard Coultice and John for Tuesday’s online edition. day O’Brien thanked the Miami Questions: Please call Editor Susan Hartley at County Emergency Manage(937) 773-2721, ext. 207 if you have questions ment officials their hard work about obituaries. to add Miami County to the list of Storm Ready counties in Ohio. For more information about VISIT US at the county’s emergency management team, visit

Gentis, joined by his wife Patty and his daughter Kylie, said he was thankful for the opportunity to serve as the high school principal at Miami East. Gentis earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Wright State University in 1996 and earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton in 1999. In other news: Miami East Local Schools renewed its liability, property and fleet insurance from the Ohio School Plan through The Hylant Administrative Services from July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014, for $49,870. The renewal policy was $4,572 more than last year’s policy due to claims from wind damage from last year’s derecho in June 2012. Treasurer Lisa Fahncke said the renewal policy was still $15,000 less than other policies’

premiums which were reviewed last year. Fahncke also reported that the district was “right on budget” at the end of fiscal year 2013. Fahncke said increased kindergarten enrollment and new casino revenue boosted the revenue for the year by $25,000. Fahncke also reported expenditures were slightly lower than anticipated dues to retirement and benefit claims down by $50,000. “We are pretty much on target everywhere else,” Fahncke said. “Not over in expenditures and not under in revenue.” Board president Kevin Accurso said the report “sounds good.” The board accepted for the following donations: $1,010 from ETS for the junior high school’s principal’s fund, $100 from ETS for the general fund,

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TROY — Ernest I. “ E r n i e ” Lewis, 84 of Troy, passed away peacefully at his residence on T u e s d a y, June 18, 2013, after a LEWIS lengthy illness. Born May 12, 1929, in Tipp City, to Frank C. and Pearl M. (Hickman) Lewis. Ernie served his country proudly in the Navy during the Korean War. He retired from A.O. Smith Corporation, Tipp City. Preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Mary Lewis; his son, Steven Lewis in 2000; brothers, Richard and Kenneth Lewis; and sisters, Opal Fuls, Via Walley and Jean Hornbeck. Surviving Ernie are his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara E. (Thompson) Lewis; children, David and his wife, Catherine Lewis, Troy; Deanna and her husband, Don Young, Troy; and Gary Lewis, Troy. Brother Tom and his

wife, Connie Lewis, New Haven, Ky.; grandeight children, Bruce (Lisa) Carey, Gig Harbor, Wash.; Kyle (Mijanou) Lewis, Yellow Springs; Michelle Scott, Troy; Brent Lewis, Tipp City; Nicole Greenwood, Troy; Steve (Kelsey) Lewis, Sidney; Stacie Lewis, Englewood; and Cheryl (Nathan) Scott, West Milton and 13 great-grandchildren. Ernie attended the Tipp City Church of the Nazarene. He loved fishing, old cars, and especially his family, grandkids and all his friends. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday at the Tipp City Church of the Nazarene, 1221 W. Main St., Tipp City, Pastor Brad Warkentine officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon, all at the church. Contributions may be made in memory of Ernie to Hospice of Miami County. Arrangements entrusted to Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St. Tipp City,

BOE Continued from page 1 language arts, credentialed Ohio Teacher Evaluation System evaluator, lead member of district instructional improvement system pilot team (one of only 19 pilots districts in Ohio), head of the district athletic council and member of the Race to the Top’s transformation team. Gentis’ wife Patty is a second grade teacher at Miami East Elementary. Miami East Local School’s Superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold said Gentis was selected by a committee of nine individuals to serve as the district’s high school principal. “The loss at Tri-Village is our gain,” Rappold said. “We are very fortunate and very pleased to welcome Mr. Gentis to our district.”

$600 from the Victoria Theatre’s Association to the elementary school’s principal fund for transportation to the Shuster Center, $50 from Pomona Grange for the FFA, choir risers valued at $500 from Bethel Local School district and $3,000 from the Miami East PTO to the elementary principal’s fund for purchase of computers for the elementary computer lab. Due to two large junior high school classes, the board approved Heather Gilliland to full-time for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Gilliland previously was teaching on a part-time basis at the junior high, said Rappold. Due to the two large class sizes, Gillialand will teach the full school day for the two years of the “bubble classes.” The board approved Betsy Borchers as a first grade

teacher on a one-year limited contract, step 1 for the 20132014 school year. The board approved the following personnel for the 2013-2014 school year effective Aug. 1.: Brenda Aviles as a bus driver, Karen Follrod as the technology facilitator at step 7, Jeanie Marlow as assistant cook at step 0, and Susan Blocher as the K-8 cashier, step 0. The board also approved Matt Rutledge at step 6 as the boys varsity assistant basketball coach, Kevin Evans as the boys junior varsity coach at step 6 and Tami Dehart and Jessica McCoy as girls junior varsity soccer coaches with 1/2 step compensation per coach. The board also approved the Miami East High School choir’s out-of-state trip to Orlando, Fla., on April 1-5, 2014.

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State briefs Critic of Kasich's school plan steps down FRANKLIN (AP) — A critic of Gov. John Kasich's school funding plan is resigning as superintendent of a southwest Ohio school district. Franklin City Schools leader Arnol Elam tells The Middletown Journal he wants to spend time traveling with his wife, watching their grandson play sports, and doing other activities. The 61-year-old Elam has 38 years of Ohio education experience. Elam had written to parents in February after Kasich released his funding proposal, which Elam and some other officials said wouldn't do enough for poor districts. Elam agreed to pay back costs of his letter.

Judge dismisses suit over ballot issue COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Ohio's elections chief over a sidelined 2012 ballot issue. The group Fair Elections Ohio had sought to have voters decide last November whether

certain election rules in the state should be rejected. The group's issue qualified for the ballot, but state lawmakers later repealed the underlying law. Secretary of State Jon Husted then didn't consider the group's issue for the ballot. The group sued for damages and another chance for the ballot. U.S. District Court Judge George Smith said Wednesday the group failed to show a clearly established right to place a referendum on the ballot regarding a repealed statute. Smith said Husted acted "rationally and constitutionally" when he decided not to place the referendum before voters.

Crews recover teen's body in canal HAMILTON (AP) — Emergency crews have found the body of a 15-year-old boy who went missing while swimming in a southwest Ohio canal. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says the body of William Allen, of Hamilton, was recovered just before midnight Tuesday.

Crews responded to the canal in Hamilton several hours earlier on a report of people in the water. Authorities say Allen was swimming in the canal when he started to struggle. They say another boy who had made it to shore went back to try to rescue Allen but was unable to save him.

Girls say doc abused them in his home DAYTON (AP) — Two teenage girls have testified in court about alleged sexual abuse at the hands of a former Dayton emergency room physician during sleepovers at the family's home. The girls, who were younger than 13 when the alleged abuse occurred, told a jury Tuesday about the incidents in the trial of Dr. Keith Goldblum, a former doctor at Good Samaritan Hospital in the city. The Dayton Daily News reports the 59-year-old Goldblum is standing trial for 14-sex related charges against four girls during a nearly nine-year period beginning in 2002. None of the girls are his children or former patients.

Appeals court nixes prison tax

ASHLAND (AP) — A mentally disabled Ohio woman who authorities say was enslaved for two years with her daughter recently spent time in jail after pleading guilty to beating the girl. Court records show that a child endangering complaint was filed against the woman in October 2012. That came just after the woman was charged with shoplifting and asked to be jailed because three people had been mean to her. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged those three people with forced labor. The woman was sentenced to 150 days in jail in February after pleading guilty to child endangering.

YOUNGSTOWN (AP) — A state appeals court says the city of Youngstown can't impose a per-inmate tax on a privately operated federal prison. The Seventh District Court of Appeals this week nullified a $1 a day tax the city has been imposing per prisoner at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, run by the Corrections Corporation of America. The Vindicator newspaper reported that the court ruled it's an occupation tax that's illegal because it was enacted by city council and not by voters. The decision overruled a Mahoning County judge who last year ruled against the Corrections Corporation of America, * Your 1st choice for complete Home which has asked for relief from Medical Equipment the tax. The company contended it was an occupational tax because it targets a specific occu1990 W. Stanfield, Troy, OH pation or business. 45373 • 937-335-9199 Allegedly enslaved

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YWCA ballet instructor Denise Uhlenbrock leads part of her class in a performance Tuesday at the Dairy Queen in Piqua. The ballet class is comprised of girls aged between 3 and 15. The Dairy Queen donates 15 percent of all sales to the YWCA on the third Tuesday of every month.

In Brief Former Stanley employees to hold reunion

Trail Run Challenge starts Sunday

COVINGTON — A reunion for former employees (and spouses) of Stanley Home Automation (aka Vemco and Whistler) in Covington will be held at the Covington Fire Station from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, with a carry-in dinner at 3 p.m. Bring your own table service, beverages, and any more are encouraged to memorabilia/photos you may wish to share. sign up for the Trail Run For more info, call Dottie at 937-448-2290 or Kathy Team Challenge. at 937-473-2318. Info also may be found on the “StanThe Team Challenge is ley friends” group on Facebook. based on the total number of individuals who attend Friday is National Go Skateboard over the series of races. The winning team will re- Day PIQUA — The first ever National Go Skateboard ceive a corn maze party at Lost Creek Reserve in Oc- Day will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at Pitsenbarger Park. The public is invited to attend. tober. For more information on race dates and loca- Law student scholarship available tions, visit the park disSIDNEY — The Law Student Assistance Scholartrict’s website at ship is offering up to $2,500 to a student entering their www.miamicountyparks.c final year of law school and who resides/originates om or www.AllianceRun- from Auglaize, Darke, Logan, Miami or Shelby ties. Application deadline has been extended to July You can register for fu- 15. The online application may be accessed at ture races at www.Al- Click the Law Student or by sistance Scholarship link shown at the bottom of the mailing your registration home page to open the application. Contact the Comform and check made munity Foundation of Shelby County for additional inpayable to Miami County formation at (937) 497-7800 or email Park District to 2645 E. State Route 41 Troy. The Trail Run Challenge is sponsored by Upper Valley Medical Center, WPTW 98.1 True Oldies Radio, Miami County Public Health, Brower’s Insurance and Scott Family McDonald’s.

First of five races to take place at Garbry Big Woods PIQUA — The first race of the 2013 Trail Run Challenge, sponsored by the Miami County Park District, takes place Sunday at Garbry Big Woods Reserve near Piqua. The 5K race will start promptly at 9 a.m. Registration and packet pickup begins at 8 a.m. Race day registration is still available for $25. Participants may sign up for the series of races until this Sunday for $85. This is the second year for the Trail Run Challenge offered by the park district. The 5K and 10K races will be held in different parks five throughout Miami County. The goal of the Trail Run Challenge is to get healthy, get outside and to discover your local parks. “The Trail Run Challenge is a great way to promote healthy exercise and get individuals and families outside in our beautiful county parks,” said J. Scott Myers, exec-

utive director of the Miami County Park District. “It doesn’t matter if you walk or run, come out and participate. You will have an opportunity to meet some great people and experience the satisfaction of completing a race.” Nurses from Miami County Public Health will be at the first and last race to take blood pressure, height, weight and

calculate body mass index (BMI) for the participants. They also also have information on nutrition and basic health. “We hope that people will take advantage of this free screening and use the information to set and track their health and fitness goals,” Myers said. Awards are given for the top racers in each category. Groups of two or

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Update on PCS happenings Building news and other events coming up PIQUA — Following is an update on programs and events taking place at Piqua City Schools: Building Project • Springcreek Construction: The exterior walls for gym, the foundations for the classroom and office areas, and the underground storm piping and sanitary piping are being installed. • Washington Construction: The construction fence is installed, the topsoil and fill material is being stockpiled at the north side of the site, and the excavation has begun for the underground stormwater storage piping at the south side of the current gym. Abatement is scheduled to begin this week. • High Street Project: The furniture from Washington has been moved to High Street. The electrical power, fire alarm and technology wiring is being

installed to the learning chalets located at the south side of High Street school. Covered walkways and ramps connecting the learning chalets to the current building are also installed. Kindergarten screening for students entering Kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year will be held at Nicklin Learning Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. If you have not registered your child for kindergarten, contact Nicklin Learning Center at 7734742 for additional information and a registration packet. Registration for all other grade levels for the 2013-2014 school year is now in progress. Forms are available online at Contact the board of education Office at 773-4321, ext. 0501 if you have any questions regarding this process.

A reminder to parents of incoming 7th grade students for the 2013-2014 school year: It is required by the state of Ohio, Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3313.67 and 3313.671, that your son/daughter receive a booster immunization (Tdap) before starting 7th grade. Parents of 6th grade students are required to have their children vaccinated with the Tdap booster before starting in the 7th grade at the junior high. Please schedule an appointment with your family doctor, the Miami County Health Department or the Piqua Health Department Immunization Clinic, to have your child vaccinated before the start of the 20132014 school year. If your child has already received this vaccine, please send documentation to the school nurse.

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Response to leaks borders on hysteria py work holds deep allure for many people. My own career as a secret agent began as an outgrowth of training beagle hunting dogs. See, I needed new antennas for the little radio transmitters in the animal’s collars — which, combined with a directional antenna and multi-channel receiver, helped me bring the little rascals home alive at day’s end. You wouldn’t believe some of the scrapes those dogs could get into. One time, we found three beagles inside a beaver dam fighting a cornered raccoon. Had we not intervened, he’d probably have drowned them. So anyway, I called customer service at Wildlife Materials, Inc. to order the antennas. Ever the subversive, I made a joke about buckling a tracking collar to the bumper of my wife’s car. Long, painful silence. “Um, sir, we’re not supposed to talk about that.” Oh well. Of course these days, that technology’s way out of date for marital espionage.You can’t make a beagle carry a cellphone, but most wives cling to theirs 24/7. With the right software and a Wi-Fi connection, you can track her whereabouts in real time from your friendly neighborhood tavern, and even message her at the No Tell Motel to say you’re stuck at the office. Unless she’s also tracking you, in which case all bets are off. Of course, my own wife’s phone is lost half the time. I sometimes wish the National Security Agency weren’t too busy monitoring guys calling 1-900GENE LYONS HotVirgins over in Columnist Yemen to help her find it.


She’s forever sitting on the fool thing and ringing me accidentally. Mostly I get to listen to her singing along with Carly Simon on the car radio. But let’s get halfway serious about this NSA business. First, where has everybody been since 2006, when USA Today first revealed the existence of large-scale NSA telephone data mining? That was objectionable in two big ways: The Bush White House acted unilaterally, without the court supervision required by law, and it was also indulging in warrantless wiretaps. Congress fixed that in 2008, permitting statistical analysis of telephone traffic, but requiring both ongoing FISA Court oversight and search warrants for actual eavesdropping. After his customary tap-dancing, Sen. Barack Obama supported the bill. Hearing no announcement that the Obama White House had canceled the program, a person would have to be awfully naive to imagine the NSA had gone out of business. The court order produced with a great flourish by Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian mainly confirmed that the system appears to be working as designed. So why the hyperventilating? The way some people are carrying on, you’d think the KGB or East German Stasi had set up shop in the White House — which definitely isn’t how people would act if they really feared tyranny. Greenwald himself rather specializes in hyperventilation. It’s a rare terrorist attack that isn’t immediately followed by a Greenwald essay pointing out that Norwegian civilians or off-duty British soldiers are no less legitimate targets than Pakistani children — true enough in an abstract moral sense, but of vanishing political usefulness. However, when a reporter begins a profile by praising his own work as “one of the most significant leaks in US political history,” a skeptic is apt to wince. Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t have taken Edward Snowden (or any single source) at face value. There are plenty of clues even in The Guardian hagiography that not everything may be exactly as it seems. Running to China seeking freedom? China? Then there’s this:Any NSA analyst “at any time can target anyone, any selector, anywhere,” Snowden said. “I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president if I had a personal email.” Now me, I don’t think any NSA computer tech can wiretap a Federal judge any more than I think a bank teller can transfer the judge’s bank account to her boyfriend without getting caught. Sure enough, Robert Deitz, a former CIA and NSA lawyer, told the Los Angeles Times the claim was “complete and utter” falsehood. “First of all it’s illegal,” he said.“There is enormous oversight. They have keystroke auditing. There are, from time to time, cases in which some analyst is (angry) at his exwife and looks at the wrong thing and he is caught and fired.” Which is basically where we came in. Fourth Amendment purists are living in a dream world. Neither cellphones nor lunatics using airliners as weapons existed in Ben Franklin’s day. If you want privacy as defined in the 18th century, it’s easy: no phones, no Internet (and certainly no Facebook or Twitter), no credit cards or bank accounts, no E-ZPass, no nothing. But if you want government to have any chance to prevent mass-casualty terror attacks, surrendering raw phone data isn’t much of a concession. Besides, there are far more efficient ways of targeting enemies of the state than trying to make something of who they’ve talked to on the phone.


Obama tracking whatever you say and do. You’re Americans? a leak to The Guardian ... of y Jewish parents a top-secret court order comhad changed their pelling telecoms provider lives — inner and Verizon to turn over the teleouter — by coming to Amerphone records of millions of ica. When their son was old U.S. customers.” enough to go to school, they Despite the huge volume were determined not to send of calls, it does appear that him to the prestigious Heevery one is being monitored. brew school on the street NAT HENTOFF Since my phone calls have next to where they lived in long been transmitted by Boston. Columnist Verizon, this makes me unNo, the boy was to be more fully Americanized by taking a sizable easy. Citing Greenwald’s reporting in The walk to the William Lloyd Garrison public elementary school in the neighborhood. Guardian, Stephen Rex Brown writes in They are no longer here, but I can the New York Daily News that the court imagine their hurt had they read this on order “requires the carrier to hand over the front page of the June 7 Wall Street information regarding phone calls — Journal: “The National Security Agency’s which does not include actual conversamonitoring of Americans includes cus- tions (as if we actually believe that) — on tomer records from the three major phone an ‘ongoing, daily basis’ to the FBI” (“Vernetworks as well as emails and Web izon is giving the feds phone records for searches, and the agency also has cata- all of its U.S. customers: report,” Brown, loged credit-card transactions” (“U.S. Col- New York Daily News, June 6). Gee, the FBI has known my phone lects Vast Data Trove,” Siobhan Gorman, numbers well since the J. Edgar Hoover Evan Perez and Janet Hook). I would also have shown them a star- era. I’ll never know, but I guess they’ll find tling story by U.S. reporter and constitu- my suspicious “patterns” now on Verizon. Under the court order, “the information tional lawyer Glenn Greenwald, who covers American civil liberties et al, for is classed as ‘metadata,’ or transactional the British newspaper The Guardian. He information, rather than communications, found a top-secret Obama program run by and so does not require individual warthe NSA that had direct access to the In- rants to access” (“NSA collecting phone ternet systems of “Google, Facebook, records of millions of Verizon customers Apple and other U.S. Internet giants” daily,” Greenwald, The Guardian, June 5). Furthermore, the Verizon court order is (“NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others,” Greenwald covered by “the so-called ‘business records’ provision of the Patriot Act ... That is the and Ewen MacAskill, June 6). Included are huge quantities of per- provision which (Sen. Ron) Wyden and sonal information about us, such as (Sen. Mark) Udall have repeatedly cited “search history, the content of emails, file when warning the public of what they believe is the Obama administration’s extransfers and live chats.” treme interpretation of the law to engage The program is called PRISM. Were they here, my parents might have in excessive domestic surveillance.” Through the Freedom of Information asked, “What happened to America?” “His name,” I would tell them, “is Act, I have part of my FBI record, with decidedly negative comments on what I’d Barack Obama.” Greenwald, also my Facebook friend, written about the long distances between and MacAskill add that PRISM “facili- the Patriot Act and the Constitution. So what of those of either party who intates extensive, in-depth surveillance on live communications and stored informa- tend to hold on to our American identities tion. The law allows for the targeting of against Obama? I suggest that we press any customers of participating firms who those members of Congress who individulive outside the U.S., or those Americans ally represent us to join Republican Sen. whose communications include people Rand Paul’s introduction of the “Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013,” outside the U.S.” And, of course, “it also opens the possi- which, according to his Senate website, bility of communications made entirely “ensures the constitutional protections of within the U.S. being collected without the Fourth Amendment are not violated by any government entity.” warrants.” No matter, I would add, who the presiSo you, readers, will know more about your ever-closer companion, PRISM. Bar- dent is. “The bill,” says Paul, “restores our conton Gellman and Laura Poitras write that “according to the slides and other sup- stitutional rights and declares that the porting materials obtained by The (Wash- Fourth Amendment shall not be conington) Post, ‘NSA reporting increasingly strued to allow any agency of the United relies on (the gigantic) PRISM’ as its lead- States government to search the phone ing source of raw material, accounting for records of Americans without a warrant nearly 1 in 7 intelligence reports” (“U.S., based on probable cause” (www.paul.senBritish intelligence mining data from Here, too, I would expand the act to pronine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program,” Gellman and Poitras, The tect more than just our phone records. So the senator has introduced the legWashington Post, June 6). And, as our re-elected president has be- islation. But how many of you are outcome the rule of law, that 1 in 7 number raged enough to do anything about what “is a remarkable figure in an agency that Obama is doing to you — besides spreadmeasures annual intake in the trillions of ing the word about Paul’s bill? If so, please let me know what that will be. communications.” Oh, multiple news outlets have reNat Hentoff is a nationally renowned ported that “government officials declined authority on the First Amendment and the to comment.” Very seldom am I part of a story I’m re- Bill of Rights. He is a member of the Reporting on, but I may be one of the even- porters Committee for Freedom of the tual “persons of interest” after reading Press, and the Cato Institute, where he is a this in Greenwald and MacAskill’s report: senior fellow. “Disclosure of the PRISM program follows


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WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internal Revenue Service manager and self-described conservative Republican said the close scrutiny of tea party groups’ tax forms originated in his Cincinnati IRS office and not inWashington, according to a full transcript of his interview by congressional investigators released Tuesday. John Shafer, who oversaw a small group of IRS workers who screen applications for tax-exempt status, told the investigators that the initial tea party application was spotted by one of his workers in February 2010. Shafer said he decided to send it to higher-ranking supervisors because it was unclear whether the group would qualify for the tax exemption and because of the media attention the conservative groups were garnering at the time. Managers in the IRS’ Exempt Organizations office in Washington ended up expressing interest in the case, he said. Shafer said it was normal to pay careful attention to such cases to make sure similar applications are treated the same way. “This ends up to be a case that we want to make sure we’re consistently going to look at, and that’s where this started,” Shafer said. The transcript was released by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who had made public excerpts of the interview earlier this month. The full 205 pages provide new details of how the screening of conservative groups began but lack bombshell, damaging new revelations about involvement by top officials inside or outside the IRS.

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horse for some of that, but these things have to be fun. And we were bored, ourselves.” Instead, the filmmakers, including director Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace,” ‘’Stranger Than Fiction”), wrestled with finding what Pitt calls “the pace of the summer action film, the cadence it needs.” “Movies have a DNA,” says Gardner. “They have their own identity. This one just fought back. It fought back, ultimately, in a way that I really appreciate because it sort of met our ambitions for it with its own ambitions.” The most painful part of taming “World War Z” was deciding that the third act — a large-scale battle with the zombies in Moscow’s Red Square, filmed in Budapest — didn’t work. It was a gut-wrenching realization, made after the filmmakers and Paramount executives screened the film. “It was abysmal,” says Pitt. “It was really painful. What it means is that after you’ve put in that much work, you go, ‘Oh, we’re so far away.’ It just means we got a lot more to go. You go home, you have one too many beers and you get up the next day and you go, ‘OK. This is what we got to do.’” While tinkering with a movie in post-production is normal, hiring screenwriters (Damon Lindelof, Drew Goddard) to write an entirely new ending is quite uncommon. Instead, a more quietly tense sequence set in Wales was constructed, with production resuming for a $20 million reshoot. “We just decided it wasn’t

good enough,” says Gardner. “I see that as a good thing. We were very fortunate to have partners at Paramount who were interested in doubling down. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for that.” The need for such a reshoot, though, contributed heavily to early perceptions of the film. While Pitt admits the production was initially difficult, he says once solutions were found, the process was “really fun.” (Forster was not made available for this article.) Gardner, too, chafes at what she calls the unfair overscrutinizing of the film. “You often hear of the artists in a studio not getting along,” says Pitt. “This was absolutely a really nice experience. (Paramount) has been so supportive and came to the table with great creative ideas.” Whether “World War Z” will spawn sequels, as was the initial hope, will have to wait for the box-office response. In a packed summer schedule, the film will have to compete with “Man of Steel” in its second week of release. After a long battle with “World War Z,” Pitt (who’ll this fall star in David Ayer’s World War II thriller “Fury”) says he’s just “not really the franchise kind of guy.” “We spent so much time on this,” he says. “We’ve got so many good story lines stemming from the book or inspired by the book and then just generated from our own powwows. It might still be fun. We’ve got enough material, that’s for sure. We’ll see, we’ll see how this works, we’ll see how everyone feels afterward.”


Mom should keep kids away from gun-toting grandpa DEAR ABBY: The letter you printed from “GunShy in South Carolina” (March 5), about the antics of her gun-toting, alcoholic father-in-law, caught my attention. I’m a former mental health clinician and program inspector. I discussed that letter with a friend who is a psychiatrist. “Grandpa” has probably already violated a municipal ordinance regarding discharging a firearm in corporate limits. I agree with you that he has endangered his grandchildren. My friend advised that, according to the local interpretation of mental health statutes, Grandpa might be eligible for involuntary commitment and evaluation in a psychiatric facility. He could be disarmed by the police, if necessary. “Gun-Shy” should heed her motherly instincts, stay home and refuse to visit Grandpa until he enters treatment. Otherwise there’s a high probability that she will mourn the loss of one or more dead children. Grandpa seems to think that booze and guns make him brave. A brave person is a military medic, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard and the thousands of first responders who demonstrate their bravery by saving human lives, not threatening them. In fact, many Medal of Honor recipients earn the award not by the number of enemies killed, but lives saved. — RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER IN PENNSYLVANIA


Advice ing guns around children in a home environment (illegal). That jerk should have been arrested! — SMOKEY IN FLORIDA DEAR ABBY: Thank you for reminding your readers that when someone shoots a gun into the air, the bullet comes down somewhere. A child near my hometown died last New Year’s Eve when she stepped outside with her grandmother to watch the fireworks and a bullet fell to earth and lodged in her brain. The police believe the gun may have been fired from a few miles away. — CHRISTINA IN MARYLAND

DEAR ABBY: Why didn’t you suggest a family intervention for the grandfather’s alcoholism? The family could be helped by going to Al-Anon to learn how to detach with love from his disease. Alcoholics need to understand how their drinking affects them and others. Possible estrangement from his grandchildren might be a way to break through his denial. — STEVE C. IN SAN FRANCISCO DEAR RESPONSIBLE: I agree. Some readDEAR ABBY: My ers felt I should have been friend Michelle died last tougher in my response, July Fourth. She was killed and that Gun-Shy and her children should not visit because someone fired a Grandpa at all. Failure to gun into the air. She was act on her fears is called beautiful, talented and left child endangerment and behind a fiance, a mother, a could result in the children sister and many friends. being taken away. Readers She was receiving her let me have it with both Ph.D., was a brilliant researcher for the CDC and barrels: had just picked up her wedDEAR ABBY: Your an- ding gown. She was the vicswer to “Gun-Shy” was off tim of a senseless act the mark! As a vet and for- caused by someone’s caremer law enforcement offi- lessness. — MARSHA IN cer, I think the whole MICHIGAN family is in “wimp” mode. For adults to watch a Dear Abby is written by drunk adult fire a gun in the air around his family Abigail Van Buren, also and not call 911 was igno- known as Jeanne Phillips, rant and dangerous. ALL and was founded by her states have laws about fir- mother, Pauline Phillips. ing guns in the air (illegal), Write Dear Abby at firing guns while drunk (il- or P.O. legal), unsecured loaded Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA weapons (illegal), and fir- 90069.

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after three straight diamond leads by West. But Sylvia made the contract in her own unique fashion. After taking the first diamond with the ace, she crossed to her hand with a spade in order to make use of her latest weapon, the finesse. At trick three, she led the queen of hearts! West was forced to cover with the king, taken by dummy’s ace. Sylvia then returned a heart to East’s ten. East could now do nothing to defeat the contract. He did as well as he could when he cashed the jack of hearts and returned a spade, but there was nothing to the rest of the

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NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Pitt wanted to build a better blockbuster. During the years Hollywood shifted toward increasingly bigger spectacles and superhero tentpoles, one of the movies’ biggest stars largely stayed on the sidelines, focusing instead on ambitious ensembles (“The Tree of Life,” ‘’Inglourious Basterds”) and unlikely dramas (“Moneyball”). But the zombie apocalypse “World War Z,” which opens Friday, is Pitt’s bold, long-gestating, big-budget effort to enter the franchise fray. It’s his attempt to engineer not just a disaster thrill ride like 1974’s “The Towering Inferno” (a beloved film to Pitt, who saw it repeatedly as a kid growing up in Missouri), but to make a thought-provoking action flick filled with geopolitical questions. It’s been a humbling crusade. “These films are much more difficult than I realized,” Pitt said in a recent interview over coffee at a restaurant off Times Square. Based on the 2006 sci-fi novel “World War Z:An Oral History of the Zombie War” by Max Brooks (son of Mel), the $200 million-plus film has had a rocky path to theaters. It’s gone through a swarm of screenwriters, several key crew changes, a postponed release date and, most notably, a reshot ending. But most moviegoers that make it to the film — far from the flop many predicted — will likely wonder what all the fuss was about. As Pitt’s producing partner Dede Gardner points out, no one ever says: “Honey, let’s go to this movie this Friday. I swear it was on-budget and on-schedule.” The reviews have largely been positive for “World War Z,” a riveting, brisk thriller with a refreshingly — and, for summer movies, atypically — human protagonist who relies purely on his intellect and experience as he shuttles around the world trying to solve the zombie pandemic that’s engulfed

most of the planet. Pitt’s former United Nations investigator has no superpowers, no gun, and as Pitt says, “can’t even run that fast.” It may sound paradoxical, but though “World War Z” is awash with gruesome hordes of snarling zombies, it is — alongside Superman and Godzilla-sized sea monsters — one of the most human-scaled blockbusters of the summer. While Hollywood awaits the film’s box office performance with bated breath, Pitt is confident. He’s shaped the film as a producer since his production company, Plan B, acquired the book rights in 2006. “I know it works,” the 49year-old actor says. “I know everyone involved is going to be happy. It’s just a question of how happy. We’re proud of it.When you get involved with a film like this at this scale, at this cost, there’s more responsibility to meet that number immediately.” Not unlike his character, Pitt has been flying around the world to promote “World War Z.” He spent Father’s Day with his family, but at 40,000 feet, he says.“I’ve got a few countries to go,” he says with a grin. Though he acknowledges the film has been “a learning experience,” he’s upbeat, repeatedly citing the “good fun” of making a big movie for the multiplexes. Adapting the book — a series of first-person dispatches from around the globe — required not just finding a narrative drive to the story, but capturing the novel’s theorizing of how self-interested nations would fare in a global catastrophe. (Faring well, for example, is walled-off Israel, the location of the film’s most extreme set piece, shot in Malta with some 900 extras.) But in the end, the principles of making a popcornfriendly movie often bested the filmmakers’ higher ambitions. Much of the allegory had to be cut. “It got too dense,” Pitt says. “We got too weighed down on it. We spent a couple years on it. We couldn’t get it into one movie. We had to walk a line between using the film as a Trojan


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Neighbor-to-neighbor FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church will hold its Neighbor to Neighbor Community Free Meal on the same date as their Unity Sunday service, June 30. On this Unity Sunday there will be a joint worship service at 9:30 a.m. The meal, which includes ham salad sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, and assorted salads/desserts, will be served Sunday evening from 5:30-7 p.m.

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Auberger concert slated Recovery meeting slated SIDNEY — The Sidney First Church of the Nazarene will host a Celebrate Recovery (CR) meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. CR is a recovery program to help people deal with hurt, habit or hang-up, including from divorce, rejection or betrayal. Habits may include gambling, drugs, pornography or alcohol. Hang-ups may include depression, negativity or anger. The program is open to anyone age 18 and above and is offered free of charge. The CR program focuses on the future, not the past. Participants are encouraged to accept responsibility for their actions. Growth in the context of small groups is emphasized. At CR meetings, music and messages all dealing with the various issues of recovery. The leaders of CR have numerous years experience in song leading and public speaking. Those interested in more information on CR, may go or email questions to

Church will be holding vacation Bible school from 6:30-8 p.m. June 24-28. Register now by calling the church at 937492-4595 or by e-mailing the church at The Church is located at 6073 Hardin Wapakoneta Rd. Sidney. The theme this year is “Go tell it on the Mountain.”

Celebrate the 4th with us ENGLEWOOD — Enjoy an all free event at the Englewood Kleptz YMCA. Fun activities for kids, including free face painting. Great music featuring contemporary Christian band … More Than A show. Free hotdogs, popcorn and drinks. Bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs for your family and see the Centennial Park fireworks at 10 p.m. Fun event for the whole family. The event is being sponsored by Stillwater Church. For more information, contact Marie Flora at or (937) 454-9405 ext. 105.

Coffee social hour begins A.M.E. to present Little Phil COVINGTON — For the past 12 and the Gospel Tones years, beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Covington conducted their Sunday service at 9 a.m. Recently, church council agreed to have a year-round Sunday service time of 10 a.m. with a weekly children’s service. Through Sunday, Sept. 1, there will be a coffee social hour starting from 99:45 a.m.

Church, 517 McKinley Ave., Piqua, will have vacation Bible school from 6:308:15 p.m. June 24-28, for ages 5-12 yrs. old. The theme is Tell It on the Mountain, we’ll learn about our mighty God and Jesus our Savior through five mountaintop Bible stories, meet new friends, do fun activities, sing great songs, make crafts, play games, eat snacks, and more. Bring a can good item for the Bethany Center. Contact 778-1430, 615-9769, or 335-1768.

Three Blitz events slated TIPP CITY — This summer, Ginghamsburg Church hosts three Blitz events for kids in grade 3-5 from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday and August 16 in the Tipp City Campus Ave., 6759 S. County Road 25-A. Kids play inside on giant inflatables, dance, play basketball and hang out with friends in a safe, chaperoned space. Cost is $5 per child and includes snacks and all activities. Candy is available for separate purchase, and a parent or responsible adult must check in and pick up each child. For more information, please contact Emilee Hermon, Children’s Ministry Coordinator at (937) 667-1069 ext. 280, or

PIQUA — The Cyrenne A.M.E. Church will present Little Phil and The Gospel Bless the bike Tones of Dayton in concert at 3 p.m. SatPIQUA — St. Paul’s Evangelical urday at Mote Park. Tickets are $15 and and Reformed Church of Piqua will may be purchased at the door. be hosting a Bike Blessing at 2 p.m. The park is located at 635 Gordon St., Sunday, at Hance Pavillion in FounPiqua. tain Park located on Forest Avenue in Piqua. The Rev. Dr. Keith Gebhart will be VBS Tell it on the conducting the nondenominational service followed by the blessing. SpeMountain Hardin United VBS cial music will be provided by the PIQUA — Our Savior Lutheran band Inside Out from Shelby County SIDNEY — Hardin United Methodist

PIQUA — Piqua Baptist Church presents concert organist Don Auberger, at 4 p.m. Sunday June 23. The concert will be held at Piqua Baptist Church located at 1402 W. High St., Piqua. The concert will feature a mixture of classical pieces as well as favorite hymn arrangements, all played on the original 1916 pipe organ of Piqua Baptist Church. Free admission. Call 773-4583 for more information. No childcare provided.

Open house to honor Pastor Wells PIQUA — Piqua Baptist Church is having an open house, honoring Pastor Donald Wells who is retiring after pastoring Piqua Baptist Church for 16 years. The open house will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 23, in the church gymnasium. The public is invited to attend. The Wells family will be moving to Greenwood, Ind., sometime in August. Piqua Baptist is located at 1402 W. High St. For more information, call 7734583.

Salad luncheon on Friday COVINGTON — The Women’s Fellowship of the Covington United Church of Christ will be hosting a salad luncheon from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, June 21. This month, diners can enjoy a large assortment of homemade salads, desserts, finger sandwiches and drink for a suggested donation of $6 for adults and $2 for children. Please use the basement entrance in the alley on the north side of the church. The church is located at 115 N. Pearl St., and is handicapped accessible. The luncheons will be the third Friday of each month thru October.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Grace Liverman needed to write a will, the 66-year-old who suffers from lupus and other health problems didn’t know where to turn. So she called her pastor at Hamilton United Methodist Church in Nashville. Liverman didn’t know it, but the church had recently begun participating in a pilot program that provides attorneys to needy members at no cost. Soon after that call, an attorney came to her home and helped her draft a will. “I was totally depressed and stressed out, not knowing what was going to happen,” Liverman said. “It was like a miracle, almost, that someone would do this for me.” Tennessee’s faithbased initiative is unusual compared to most legal aid programs across the country because it recognizes that many people who could use an attorney’s help would never go to a legal aid clinic even if it were held at their house of worship. That’s because they don’t recognize their problem as a legal one. “People show up every day at churches and synagogues and mosques, and they may not ask for legal help. They may need food assistance. But often there is an underlying legal problem,” said Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark, who helped the faith-based initiative get off the ground. “We real-

ized we can help more people by going to where they are already going for help.” The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services estimates there are approximately 1 million low-income Tennesseans in need of civil legal help. Although there are no good national numbers, the Legal Services Corp., which funds legal aid clinics around the country, estimates that fewer than one in five low-income people get the legal assistance they need. In criminal cases, defendants are entitled to an attorney and the state appoints someone if they cannot afford it. But there is no such provision in civil cases. That means people in need of legal help to fight eviction, settle issues with creditors, file for divorce or even fight for custody of their children must pay for an attorney on their own or make do without. “The whole system is built on the assumption that everybody has lawyers, and almost nobody does,” Richard Zorza said. “But over the last 15 years or so, there’s been an explosion of ideas for different ways to solve the problem.” Zorza is an advocate for the Access to Justice movement that is generating those ideas. Access to Justice commissions exist in 27 states and are being considered in a half-dozen more, according to a report from the National Center for State Courts. Each state operates a bit differently, but the idea is the same: helping people who can-

not afford a lawyer get the legal assistance they need. In Tennessee, that has included changing the rules to make it easier for retired attorneys to provide free services, developing a toll-free legal hotline and posting online videos about navigating the justice system. The faith-based initiative began in February with a pilot project in Methodist churches in the Middle Tennessee region, but Clark said it’s already expanding to other Christian denominations, other faiths and other parts of the state. Besides finding people who need help through their pastors, rabbis and imams, the faith-based initiative also works through houses of worship to recruit the attorneys who donate their services. “It’s a great opportunity for people of faith to carry out their principles by helping people who are weaker and who are in need,” Clark said. The Tennessee courts’ pro bono coordinator, Palmer Williams, recently presented the faith-based initiative to a group of state supreme court justices and Access to Justice commissioners from around the country at an event connected with the American Bar Association's Equal Justice Conference. “Everyone was really excited. They’d never heard of anything like it before,” she said. “ ... There was definitely interest in knowing how we got started and how we recruited attorneys and churches.”













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Thayer, Harball win doubles The Upper Valley Disc Golf Club’s Tuesday Night ISAAC HALE/CALL PHOTO Random Draw Doubles League had one of its Piqua Post 184 batter Buddy Nix makes contact against Troy Post 43 Wednesday night at Hardman Field. Information on the game biggest turnouts this week was not available at press time. with 24 players. The first place team of Kevin Thayer and Ken Harball recorded a score of 7under par. The second place team of Steve Orlando and Adam Fair were one stroke back at 6-under par. CINCINNATI (AP) — Mat The third place team of Latos didn't so much mind his The Reds and Pirates John Delk and Dave Kolong streak ending. A pitch that were tied 1-1 in the vacs finished at 4-under plunked his teammate left a 10th inning at press par and won a playoff for mark he won't quickly forget. the third place spot time Wednesday. Pedro Alvarez singled home a against the team of Nate pair of runs in the first inning, couldn't overcome Pittsburgh's Goff and Nathan Metz, and the Pittsburgh Pirates three-run first inning set up by who finished fourth ended Latos' streak of 21 regu- his uncharacteristic control Closest to the pin winlar-season starts without a loss, problems. ner on hole seven was "I was aggravated with mybeating the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 Josh Vetter. self," Latos said. "I didn't throw on Tuesday night. You can find info for the disc golf club at Upper ValLatos (6-1) hadn't lost a regu- too well in the bullpen and kind ley Disc Golf Club on lar-season game since last Au- of took it into the first. I beat AP PHOTO Facebook or contact us at gust, setting a club-record Joey Votto takes a throw to get Starling Marte out at first base. See REDS/Page 10 streak of avoiding defeat. He

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Browns hire five scouts Vacancies in the Browns' personnel department were filled Tuesday with the hiring of five scouts. Frank Edgerly was named senior pro scout after spending the past four seasons with the New England Patriots. He was a pro scout in 2009 and spent the past three seasons as an area scout. Edgerly was head coach of Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic High School for 10 seasons (1999-2008). Brent Blaylock, Brendan Donovan, Matthew Manocherian and Patrick Moore were added as college scouts.


was the Q: When last time a road team won game 7 in the NBA Finals?



QUOTED "All I know is we have had a hell of a year and we have an opportunity to win a championship.” —San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich on blowing game 6

Tonight’s game defines legacy Heat look to defend title MIAMI (AP) — Game 7s do more than settle championships. They define legacies. No matter what happens Thursday night, LeBron James and the Miami Heat, and Tim Duncan's San Antonio Spurs have already won NBA titles and secured a place in history. Now is their opportunity to elevate it. The truly memorable teams won the hard way, and that will be the case for the one celebrating at center court this time. It's either a Heat repeat, possible only after James led them back from what seemed certain elimination in the closing seconds of Game 6, or the Spurs shaking off as gut-wrenching a loss as a team can have to become just the fourth club to win a Game 7 of the NBA Finals on the road. "As a competitor you love it, because you know you have an opportunity and it's up to you," Heat guard Ray Allen said. "We have a chance in our building to make something great. All of our legacies are tied to this moment, this game. It's something our kids will be able to talk about that they were a part of. Forever will remember these moments, so we want to not live and have any regrets." Allen played in the

game the last time the NBA's season went down to the very last day, the Boston Celtics fading at the finish and falling 8379 to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010. That made home teams 14-3 in finals Game 7s, with no road team winning since Washington beat Seattle in 1978. Overcoming those odds, not to mention the NBA's winningest team, would make this more memorable than the Spurs' previous four titles, though this is a franchise that never dwells too much on the past or looks too far into the future. All that matters is now. "You know what, it's all about just winning the title. It's not about situation or what has led up to it," Duncan said. "It's a great story for everybody else, but we're here for one reason, one reason only: It's to try to win this game (Thursday). We have had a very good season thus far, and I think we just want to get to the game more than anything. We just want to see what happens and be able to leave everything out there." The teams trudged back to the arena Wednesday, some 12 hours after the Heat pulled out a 103-100 overtime victory in Game 6 to even the series. The Spurs, five points ahead

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49ers sign Smith to an extension Defensive end gets two years SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive end Justin Smith to a twoyear contract extension Wednesday to keep one of their most important defensive players off the free-agent market next offseason. Smith, 33, has been the anchor to one of the NFL's top defenses the past two seasons, helping the 49ers make it to the NFC championship game following the 2011 season and to the Super Bowl last season. He was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season but had no interest in

testing the market and negotiated the extension himself with general manager Trent Baalke to remain under contract through 2015. "I wanted to be here. That makes it simple," Smith said. "They wanted me to be here and I wanted to be here so that makes it easy." Smith originally signed a six-year deal to join the 49ers in 2008 and has been a key part of the building process that turned the franchise's fortunes around after an eight-year stretch without a playoff berth.



Teammate Carl Edwards was not thrilled about Greg Biffle’s (front) win at Michigan on Sunday.

Continued from page 9 rates, going 4-0 in eight starts with a 2.29 ERA. Finally, they caught him in a slow start. He struggled with his control at the outset, needing 32 pitches to get through a 19-minute first inning. Starling Marte tripled and scored on Russell Martin's infield single, giving Pittsburgh a run after only four pitches. Latos walked Garrett Jones and Walker, and Alvarez singled for two more runs. "He was all over the place," manager Dusty Baker said. "They had a couple of hustle plays on their end that were big. He was out of sorts, but after that, he settled down. He got his pitch count up, and we had to get him." Latos settled down after the first, fanning eight of the next 11 batters. The problem was his pitch count, which was at 88 when he left for a pinch hitter with two runners aboard in the fifth inning. His streak was left in the hands of the bullpen and the offense. They couldn't bail him out. Marte singled home another run in the seventh. Morton was better during his second start since returning from elbow surgery. He gave up three singles and threw 61 pitches in 5 1-3 innings, starting the Pirates toward their NL-leading 12th shutout. Cincinnati's lineup managed four hits while getting shut out for the second time in their last four games. Morton dominated the Reds in 2011, giving up only one run in two complete games at Great American Ball Park. He had his right elbow rebuilt last June 14 and returned to the majors last Thursday, allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings of a 10-0 loss to San Francisco. He was much better this time, an encouraging sign for a Pirates rotation hit hard by injuries.

Teammates not on same page Edwards not thrilled with Biffle’s win at Michigan Mich. BROOKLYN, (AP) — Greg Biffle was thrilled after his victory last weekend in Michigan. Teammate Carl Edwards was a little bit miffed. Biffle's Sprint Cup victory gave Ford Motor Co. 1,000 wins across NASCAR's three national series — Cup, Nationwide and Truck. It took place just down the road from company headquarters, but not every Ford driver raced as well as he'd hoped. Edwards, the pole winner, finished eighth and said there was a point in the race when he wished Biffle would have dropped back to help him clean off his grille. The two both drive for Roush Fenway Racing. "It's his job to help me," Edwards said after the race. "We'll take care of it." Biffle defended his approach to the race. "These races are very, very hard to win," he said. "I didn't feel like I could take that risk at that particular time to back up, lose all that track position and — it may have changed the outcome of

spreading false information. For the most part, Sunday's race was a welcome break from all that chatter. At one point, Biffle, Edwards, Keselowski and Joey Logano — all Ford drivers — were firmly in the top 10. Edwards led 16 laps. Logano led 21 before finishing ninth. "I think seeing all those Fords up front was really a statement, that we are moving in the right direction. There's a lot of momentum," said Edwards, who is second in the standings behind Chevrolet's Jimmie Johnson. "We need to get better and faster." Of course, that upbeat, team-oriented quote didn't draw as much attention as what Edwards said about Biffle, but Biffle said Tuesday the two would have a chance to talk things through. "We had a brief conversation in our call-in, but we had all the team engineers and crew chiefs and

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Giving his elbow some rest Woods won’t defend title In little more than a month, Tiger Woods went from being tough to beat to having a tough time even playing. Woods said Wednesday that soreness in his left elbow would keep him from defending his title next week in the AT&T National at Congressional, and that he would not compete again until the British Open next month at Muirfield. This is the sixth straight year that injury has kept him from either playing a tournament or finishing one. The culprit this time is a strain in his left elbow. The problem first became apparent during the opening round of the U.S. Open last week at Merion, when he was flexing his left wrist or dangling his arm behind his back after shots out of the thick, punishing rough. "I was examined after I returned home from the U.S. Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain," Woods said on his website. "I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment. I'll be ready to go for the British Open, and I'm looking forward to playing at Muirfield." His injury is a blow to the AT&T National, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. This will be the third time since it began in 2007 that Woods has missed the tournament because of injury — knee surgery in 2008, his left Achilles tendon in 2011 and an elbow injury this year. "Any time you have


Tiger Woods will rest his elbow next week, instead of defending his AT&T National title. Tiger in the field, it certainly adds to it a lot," tournament director Greg McLaughlin said. "But we have a very nice field this year and we look forward to a great AT&T National." Masters champion Adam Scott and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose are among those scheduled to play. McLaughlin said Woods is to be at Congressional at least on Wednesday to take part in the opening ceremonies. Woods was not specific about when or how the

latest injury happened. He first showed signs of being hurt after hitting shots in the rough during the rain-delayed opening round at Merion, though he told a USGA official it was "fine" when he left the course Thursday evening. After finishing the first round Friday morning, he said only that the reason he grimaced after shots out of the rough was because of "pain" and that he felt it on a few shots. That afternoon, he revealed that he first hurt his elbow at The Players Championship, but he de-


At the Memorial, where Woods was a five-time winner and the defending champion, he had the worst nine-hole score of his career with a 44 on the back nine that led to a 79 in the third round. He tied for 65th and finished 20 shots behind, his largest deficit for a full-field event. At Merion, he wound up with a 13-over 293, his highest score ever for the U.S. Open and tied for his highest 72-hole score in any major. Even so, the announcement Wednesday was surprising. Woods had said

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Continued from page 9 with 28 seconds left in regulation, had to fight off fatigue and heartbreak, insisting neither would linger into Thursday. By far the best game of this series, Game 6 immediately took its place among the best finishes in finals history, with everything from James' tripledouble to Allen's tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation. It had close calls, debatable decisions, and the NBA's best player at his very best when his team needed him most. Games 2-5 in the series had been ugly, but that one was a beauty. "I think — I know — that game will go down as one of the best finals games that's been seen," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "But I think this series will go down as being one of the most competitive, bizarre series that's been seen. So this is what you pay for to watch. You pay to watch two great teams battle to the very, very end, and that's what we'll do (Thursday). It will be to the very last second." The Heat could become the NBA's first repeat champions since the Lakers in 2010. James and Chris Bosh moved to

clined to say which round or on what kind of shot. Woods won The Players Championship on May 12 for the first time in 12 years. It was his fourth PGA Tour win of the season. Woods picked up those four in just eight starts worldwide, and the win at Sawgrass was his third victory in his last four tournaments. The exception was the Masters, where he tied for fourth, four shots out of a playoff. But the last two tournaments have produced a surprising outcome.

Friday at Merion that he would not have withdrawn even if it were not the U.S. Open. He was not asked about his elbow the rest of the week. It will be the 10th time Woods is unable to defend a title in official PGA Tour events, with six of those related to reconstructive surgery on his left knee after he won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. The last time he failed to defend was in 2010 at Bay Hill, when he was returning from the scandal in his personal life. His website said he felt minor discomfort before going to Merion and aggravated the area last week. Woods extended his regrets to AT&T, secondary sponsors and fans in Washington for not being able to play. "The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation," he said. "It's especially difficult not defending at my own tournament. It's going to be a great event, and I look forward to being there to provide my support." AT&T is under contract as title sponsor through 2014. The Dallas-based company recently announced that it would take over as title sponsor for the Byron Nelson Championship starting in 2015. It also is the longtime title sponsor at Pebble Beach. The British Open is July 18-21 at Muirfield, where Woods' bid for the calendar Grand Slam ended in 2002 when he was caught in nasty weather. Woods shot 81 in the third round — 10 players failed to break 80 — for his highest score as a pro.

Miami to join Wade a few weeks later and they are in the finals for the third time in three chances. But playing for titles is more expected than celebrated now in Miami, and a 66-win season that included a 27-game winning streak — and perhaps the whole Big Three era — goes down as a failure if the Heat fall Thursday. Yet James said he doesn't need the victory to validate his decision to take his talents to South Beach. "I mean, I need it because I want it and I only came here — my only goal is to win championships," he said. "I said it, this is what I came here for. This is what I wanted to be a part of this team for." He, Wade and Bosh are going for No. 2, while San Antonio is getting a second shot at what would be a fourth together for Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. All their years together have given the Spurs' trio the belief they can bounce back from Tuesday's collapse. The team went to dinner after the game, Duncan figuring that was better than guys sitting alone with their thoughts in their rooms. Parker and

Boris Diaw discussed a similar situation with the French national team in the 2005 European championships, when they blew a late lead against Greece in the semifinals but then came back to beat Spain for the bronze medal. "We just have to be positive and forget Game 6," Parker said. "It was a great opportunity, but that's life. It's basketball and everybody will be ready." So will James, who was planning a relaxing night with family and friends Wednesday. He has the most at stake in the game, and when it's over he'll be either a two-time NBA Finals MVP or a two-time loser in a Heat uniform. "I want to go down as one of the greatest. I want our team to go down as one of the greatest teams. And we have an opportunity to do that," James said. "Hasn't been many teams to win back-to-back championships. It's so hard. It's the hardest thing. “I said last year it was the hardest thing I've ever done, winning my first. Last year don't even come close to what we've gone through in this postseason and in these finals.”

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President calls for ‘bold’ nuclear cuts By JULIE PACE Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Summoning the harsh history of this once-divided city, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cautioned the U.S. and Europe against “complacency” brought on by peace, pledging to cut America’s deployed nuclear weapons by one-third if Cold War foe Russia does the same. The president also declared that his far-reaching surveillance programs had saved lives on both sides of the Atlantic, as he sought to defend the controversial data-mining to skeptical Europeans. Speaking against the soaring backdrop of the Brandenburg Gate, Obama said that “bold reductions” to the U.S. and Russian nuclear forces were needed to move the two powers away from the war posture that continues to seed mistrust between their governments. “We may not live in fear of nuclear annihilation, but as long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe,” Obama said as he closed a three-day visit to Europe, his first trip to the continent since winning re-election. Obama is grappling with both domestic disputes and foreign policy challenges that have distracted from his second term agenda. Two matters the fierce civil war in Syria and the U.S. government’s domestic surveillance program trailed Obama in Germany, as well as during the Group of 8 summit in Northern Ireland earlier this week. Privacy-protective Germany was particularly eager for answers about the sweeping programs run by the National Security Agency. Chancellor

Angela Merkel used a news conference with Obama Wednesday to appeal for “due diligence” in evaluating the privacy concerns, though she avoided a direct public confrontation with the president. “There needs to be proportionality,” she said of the U.S. programs. “This is going to be an ongoing battle.” Obama offered a lengthy defense of the court-approved surveillance of Internet and phone records, describing it as a targeted effort that has “saved lives.” “We know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information, not just in the United States but in some cases threats here in Germany,” he said. The centerpiece of the president’s visit was the afternoon speech at the Brandenburg Gate, where the Berlin Wall once stood, marking divisions between East and West Germany. Obama, standing behind a pane of bulletproof glass, spoke from the gate’s East front, a location that would have been inaccessible to an American president in an earlier era. The president’s address drew inevitable comparisons to John F. Kennedy’s famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) speech exactly 50 years ago, as well as Obama’s own thunderous welcome when he arrived in the city as a presidential candidate in 2008. More than 200,000 people filled the streets near Berlin’s Victory Column for that address, a reflection of Europe’s high hopes for the rising American political figure. Now in his fifth year as

president, Obama remains popular in Europe. But the crowd that gathered to hear him speak Wednesday was far smaller and less exuberant than it was in 2008 just 4,500 people wilting in the sun on an unseasonably warm June day. Obama took off his suit coat as he opened his remarks, telling the crowd, “We can be a little more informal among friends.” Still, sweat beaded on his face as he read off a paper copy of his text because of problems with the teleprompter he normally relies on. The wide-ranging address enumerated a litany of challenges facing the world, punctured by Obama’s calls for the West to reignite the spirit that Berlin displayed as many citizens struggled to reunite the city during the Cold War. “Today’s threats are not as stark as they were half a century ago, but the struggle for freedom and security and human dignity, that struggle goes on,” he said. “And I come here to this city of hope because the test of our time demands the same fighting spirit that defined Berlin a half-century ago.” The president commended Germany and other European nations for leading the way in tackling climate change, an issue he has pledged to make a priority in his second term. And he reiterated his desire to shut the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a comment that was enthusiastically received by the German crowd despite the president’s failure to achieve the same goal during his first term.

U.S., Cuba to resume migration talks BY PAUL HAVEN Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to resume bilateral talks on migration issues next month, a State Department official said Wednesday, the latest evidence of a thaw in chilly relations between the Cold War enemies. Havana and Washington just wrapped up a round of separate negotiations aimed at restarting direct mail service, which has been suspended since 1963. Both sets of talks have been on hold in recent years in a dispute over the fate of U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year jail sentence in Havana after he was caught bringing communications equipment onto the island illegally. The migration talks will be held in Washington on July 17. The State Department official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publically, spoke on condition of anonymity. “Representatives from the Department of State are scheduled to meet with representatives of the Cuban government to discuss migration issues,” the official said, adding that the talks were “consistent with our interest in promoting greater freedoms and respect for human rights in Cuba.” Word of the jumpstarted talks sparked an angry reaction from Cuban-American Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, who blasted the Obama administration for what she saw as a policy of appeasement. “First we get news that the Obama State Department is speaking with a top Castro regime diplo-

mat. Then comes the announcement that the administration is restarting talks with the dictatorship regarding direct mail between both countries,” RosLehtinen said. “Now we hear that migration talks will be restarted. It’s concession after concession from the Obama administration.” Since taking office, Obama has relaxed travel and remittance rules for Cuban Americans and made it far easier for others to visit the island for cultural, educational and religious reasons. But Obama has continued to criticize the government of President Raul Castro for repression of basic civil and human rights, and his senior aides have offered little praise for a series of economic and social reforms the Cuban leader has instituted in recent years. A nascent effort at rapprochement between Washington and Havana has stalled since Gross’s arrest, and the resumption of the two sets of bilateral talks is sure to raise speculation that there could be movement on his case. Gross was working on a USAID democracy building program at the time of his arrest in December 2009. Washington has said repeatedly that no major improvement in relations can occur until he is released. His family has complained that he has lost a lot of weight in jail and suffers from various ailments. Cuba reportedly has agreed to allow a U.S. doctor to visit him in detention, and has also granted him conjugal visits and made him available to high-level American delegations. Cuba, for its part, is de-

manding the release of four of its intelligence agents serving long sentences in the United States. A fifth agent, Rene Gonzalez, returned home to Havana earlier this year after completing his sentence and agreeing to renounce his U.S. citizenship. Geoff Thale, a Cuba analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America think tank, said the resumption of talks, and the moves involving Gross and Gonzalez, are a sign that long-frozen relations could finally be improving. “These are modest but sensible steps,” he said. “What’s significant is less the steps themselves than the fact that there is movement in the relationship. It’s a real break from the status quo.” The migration talks are intended to monitor adherence to a 16-year-old agreement under which the United States issues 20,000 emigration visas to Cubans a year. Separately, Cuba says it objects to an American policy known as “wet foot, dry foot” in which Cuban refugees reaching American soil are allowed to stay in the U.S., while those stopped at sea are sent home. Cuba says the policy encourages its citizens to try to flee the island. Also Wednesday, Cuba issued a statement declaring the recently concluded mail talks as “welcome” and “fruitful,” but also said its delegation had informed the Americans that “a high quality, stable and secure” mail service between the countries is impossible as long as Washington maintains its 51-year economic embargo on the communist-run island.


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PIQUA, 4190 West M MiamiiamiShelby Road (2 houses east ast of State Route 66), Thursday day & Friday, 9-5, Saturday, 9-Noon. Noon. Moving/ Estate Sale! Lift chair, old cider press, matching appliances, Troy Bilt tiller, canning nning & fishing equipment, houseousehold goods, tool assortment, ment, some antiques. i Yard Y ard Sale COVINGTON 7530 Perry Road Thursday and Friday F riday 9am-? Retired Stampin n Up products, lots and lots off elementary teacher suppliess like new, classroom library books and lots more

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SIDNEY, 265 Harvard Ave, Saturday, June 22, 8am-? m-? B ake sa le an d Ga rage s ale Bake sale and Garage sale for missions trip to Guatemala. Gu ate ma la . Women's W om e n ' s & girl's clothing, hunting equipquipment, furniture, toddler bed, mattresses, electronics.. All proceeds go towards travel avel expenses. 2,745 expense s. We have hav e 2,7 ,7 45 miles to Guatemala! Every very $1.50 donated will buy us a mile! Any questions, call (937)710-3900 or (937)6776776212. PIQUA 1 PIQUA 1013 013 E Eleanor leanor A Avenue venue Friday and Saturday 8am-5pm m-5pm Collectibles, antique Avon A bottles, Barbies, home decor, kids clothes, household, miscellaneous. Also meet up p and coming new author Willa AlderA son Saturday 8:30am12:30pm, her new book "Leafy Leafy Finds A Home" will be availa able for purchase PIQUA 596 South Sunset unset Drive, Thursday, Friday, Saturday d 9 9am–4pm, 4 HUGE MultiM li Family Garage Sale!!, Mens, M Womens, & Girls size 8-12 Clothes C l ot h e s a att G GREAT RE A T p prices! r i ce s ! Household items, Window w AC unit. Something for everyone! yone! Don’t Miss It!

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PLEASANT HILL HILL,, 300 East E Monument Street (State Route 718) Church of the Brethren hren Thursday, Friday 9am-4pm 4pm and Saturday 9am-12pm Huge garage and Bake sale, everything from A to Z, new Home Interior items. Items ms in the Fellowship Hall, shelter elter house and outside. A Allow llow plenty of time to browse! se!

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West Troy is looking for a Quality Assurance Technician responsible for inspection of all internally manufactured parts and vendor purchased parts. The position is also responsible for making graphs and charts, assisting in PPAP process, maintaining blueprints, & inspection files. Qualified Candidates: Must have a High School Diploma/GED; good computer skills previous inspection, quality, and manufacturing experience; blueprint reading; experience in all measuring instruments including but not limited to calipers, micrometers, height gage, and gage pin/blocks & CMM; proficient in use of SPC, capability studies; and Gage R/R a plus. Qualified applicants may submit a resume to: or 155 Marybill Drive Troy, OH 45373 To learn more about West Troy, please visit:

Cook – Must have a minimum of 2 years experience in an institutional food services setting. Qualified candidate will be responsible for preparing palatable, nourishing, well-balanced meals to meet the daily nutritional and special dietary needs for each resident. Laundry/ Housekeeper - Ensures that the facility, equipment, furnishings and resident rooms are maintained in a safe, clean, attractive and sanitary manner. Performs in-house laundry service for facility linens and residents’ clothing in a safe and sanitary manner. We offer a competitive wage and benefit package to include medical, dental, life, disability insurance and 401K plan. Qualified candidates will be able to pass a drug screen and criminal background check. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please submit resumes to Marianne.wildermuth@

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Semi-Trailer Mechanics Needed

Dining room set, maple, opens to 5 feet, 6 chairs, $150 OBO; matching maple hutch, $100; 3 table set(end, coffee and sofa),solid wood, $100 (937)524-1026

Shop and Mobile Trucks 2nd Shift: 3pm to 11pm 3rd Shift: 11pm to 7am

★ Star Leasing ★ Company We are located just off US 33 between Bellefontaine and Marysville, OH near the Honda plants. Mechanics needed in the shop, in our mobile trucks and for a mobile truck located in St. Paris, OH.

JACK RUSSELL BOSTON TERRIER mix puppies, first shots and wormed, 6 weeks old, $75 each, call (937)6221404 after 4pm. P O M - P O O m al e p u p , 1 s t shots, ready to go! $250. (419)582-4211.

Fill out online or fax the completed application to (937)644-2858. Star Leasing is an equal opportunity employer

2005 HYUNDAI Elantra, 4 door, $4500, (937)418-8727.

POND PLANTS, potted and bare root lillies, bog plants and pond size comet goldfish (937)676-3455 or (937)4175272


3 Bedroom, 1 bath, Double, $675 (937)216-5806

2007 ACURA TL 66k miles, loaded! Black, leather, all power, heated seats, MP3 multi CD changer, sunroof, new battery, newer tires, very good condition! $14,300. Call (937)726-2791

Open House Sun 6/16 and Sun 6/23 1-4 – 1913 Carlyle Dr, Piqua Call for an appt: 937-773-4102 -


TROY TOWNHOUSE, 2 Bedroom 1.5 bath. Bunkerhill $495 monthly, (937)216-4233


PUBLIC AUCTION 1608 W. High St. - Piqua, Ohio 45356 Furniture & Appliances: Dining room table, chairs and hutch, marble top coffee and end tables, base rocker, lighted curio cabinet, misc. upholstered furniture (couch, hide-a-bed, chairs etc.), Lane cedar chest, dresser (armoire style), older 2 pc. kitchen cabinet, side by side refrigerator/freezer, trash compacter, electric range, and so on. Collectibles: Large time clock (National Time Recording Co. New York - used at Wood Shovel), 2 early farm prints “Shady Noon� and “Angelus�, hardback books (modern Gunsmithing by Baker 1933, 1930’s Our Rifles by Sawyer, 1950’s Piquanians, LGB Lehman train set (W. Germany), 8-10 Longaberger baskets, Heathkit tube tester, “Modern Miss� toy wringer washer, bayonet (foreign), ceremonial sword, early 1800’s Bible, belt buckle (Gott Mituns), misc. plastic and Bakelite belt buckles, misc. buttons (few military), ENPO products brochures and B/W photos, Tools: Wood lathe, Delta drill press, bench grinder, vise, new 3/4 h.p. sump pump, detail sander, sawzall, moulding cutters, dado blades, table saw, radial arm saw, 5� belt sander w/ disc, Pratt Whitney machinist level, Band saw, jointer-planer, Miller Falls chisels, stack tool box, misc. chisels, drills, taps, dies, organizers, c-clamps and hand tools. Glassware: Pink depression, King’s crown, McCoy tea set, Ruby water glasses and pitcher, Franciscan Monk plate, 50-75 cup and saucer sets, serv. for 12 Theodore Haviland China, serv. for 12 USA silver trim China, set of stoneware, misc. glassware. Collections: Large collection of Lenox birds (50-75), Capidomonte flowers, bird houses, Victorian Christmas decorations, Hallmark figurines, Avon. Misc: Sm. appliances, T-fall pans, roaster, card tables and chairs, engineering books (centrifugal pumps, etc.), few rods and reels and misc. tackle, holiday decorations, serv. for 12 Nobility flatware, misc. household and garage items. Gun: Pistol - “D� Deutshe Werke - Ortgies Patent - 7.65 Note: See photos on website. Tent in case of inclement weather. Owner: Nancy Dunn Concession by: “Susie’s Big Dipper�

2012 BUICK VERANO 4 cyl, red, good condition, leather, only 7000 miles, 1301 Sixth Avenue, Sidney, $23,500. (937)622-5747

1928 Model A Ford, 2 door Sedan, all original. runs & drives, $7000, (937)658-1946

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PIQUA, 2-3 bedroom houses, Candlewood area, $550-$750, (937)778-9303 or (937)6045417 evenings.


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1982 COACHMAN TT, 24ft, good condition. Must see to appreciate, $3500. Call (937)726-4976 to see.

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Appliances Refrigerator, $125, Stove, electric, $100, Refrigerator, side by side, Water, Ice maker, $325, Water cooler, Wall mount, $75, (937)773-1817, (937)541-9706



EVILSIZOR ESTATE PUBLIC AUCTION Auction location: 11509 W US RT. 36 St. Paris, OH 43072. (Being just west of St Paris.)

SATURDAY JULY 13TH 9:00 AM Real Estate @ Noon: Consisting of an older 7 room, 2 bath, 2 story frame home w upstairs apartment, attached 1 car attached garage, and cellar. (2) detached 2 car garages and small barn for live stock. This all on 4.923 +- acres w/ well and septic system. Terms: $5,000 down at auction, balance to be paid in full at closing within 30 days on delivery of deed. Possession at closing. Real Estate taxes are $841.40 after roll backs, per half and will be prorated to closing date. Real estate selling AS-IS in its present condition. Selling absolute to the highest bidder, regardless of price. Any inspections of potential bidders would be at that person’s expense. Selling w/ no contingencies. Call Auctioneer Phil Thompson Realtor w/ Ohio Real Estate Auctions 937- 606-0588 to inspect this property. Auctioneer’s note: Also selling Ford 800 tractor, 1996 S-10 pick-up, 1992 Buick Lasabre, household goods, antiques, collectibles, tools, lawn mowers and parts, lots of box lots, bring a lawn chair. 2 auction rings for portion of auction. Watch for full listing at later date or go to auctioneer ID #5640 for full listing and photos.

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POWER TOOLS excellent condition, hand guns as new, 027 trains-turn key. Call (248)694-1242


AUCTIONEERS PHIL THOMPSON & HARLEY JACKSON Estate of L Richard Evilsizor Champaign Co case # 2012ES156 Jeffrey McCulla- Executor Geneviere Evilsizor- Owner Cathy Weithman –Guardian Harley Davidson- Attorney

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MIKOLAJEWSKI AUCTION SERVICE Auctioneers: Steve Mikolajewski, Joe Mikolajewski

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NATION Dual gov’t? US operates in sunshine and in shadow 14


Thursday, June 20, 2013

BY CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s as if the United States has two governments, one open and one very much not. President Barack Obama leads both, trying not to butt heads with himself. Since becoming president, Obama has churned out an impressive stream of directives flowing from his promise to deliver “the most transparent administration in history.” He established a center devoted to declassifying records and making them public. He announced an open government initiative. Dizzying quantities of information poured into public databases. New ways were devised to show taxpayers how their money is spent.Allegiance was pledged to the rule of law. Then there’s the other government. It prosecutes leakers like no administration before it.It exercises state-secrets privileges to quash court cases against it. It hides a vast array of directives and legal opinions underpinning government actions — not just intelligence and not all of it about national security. Now it’s known to conduct sweeping phone-records and Internet surveillance of ordinary people in programs kept on the lowdown until an

employee of a National Security Agency contractor revealed them. Dick Cheney said this would happen. Known as the master manipulator of power behind the scenes as George W. Bush’s vice president, Cheney predicted at the dawn of Obama’s presidency that the relentless campaign criticism of shadowed government would not come to much. “My guess is,once they get here and they’re faced with the same problems we deal with every day, that they will appreciate some of the things we’ve put in place,” he said. “They’ll need all the authority they can muster.” The empire of secrets lives on. Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy for the Federation of American Scientists,says the U.S. has both the most open government in the world and arguably the most closed. Daily it publishes an unmatched avalanche of information. But daily its national security secrets also grow by staggering amounts. Early on, there were signs Obama would not upend the fundamental balance of this parallel universe despite his pledges to take the government in a new, open direction. Glasnost on the Potomac would have to wait. One sign: Obama’s 2009 marching orders for classify-

ing documents closely resembled those of his predecessors at least back to Ronald Reagan. Also, a 2011 review of the administration’s Obama handling of public records requests under the Freedom of Information Act noted the many positive words from the president and his people about striving for a culture of disclosure. This included an executive order on his first day in office. But the review came to this jarring conclusion when actions were measured against words: “Most indicators of openness have not even returned to the average for the Bush years, a period known for secrecy.” The report was by OMB Watch, now called the Center for Effective Government. On the bright side, Aftergood says, the government puts more and better information online than ever before. But at the core, “Classification activity is very high. Secrecy has become an obstacle in many areas of public policy.And we still are living with a classification system that is a legacy of the Cold War era.” If President Dwight Eisenhower were around today, he says, “he would have no trouble understanding how the classification system works. He would feel quite at home. The rest of us feel like we’re living in a ‘Flintstones’ episode.”

The secret side of government has many pillars, some fashioned with a compliant Congress, others raised from within. A look at some, and the weird politics swirling around them: WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON AGAIN? In the suddenly unfolding debate over secrecy in government, it takes a spreadsheet to know who stands where. The normal partisan divide that cleaves almost everything else in Washington is no guide. Obama at times seems to be on both sides at once. In one corner, there’s Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California, who leads the Senate Intelligence Committee, tag-teaming with Republican John Boehner of Ohio, the House speaker. Both are steaming over the actions of

Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked the surveillance programs. “Treason,” said Feinstein. “Traitor,” said Boehner. National security hawks in both parties agree. In the other corner, an unusual collection of liberals, civil libertarians and conservatives suspicious of government’s reach is aligned against Big Brother. The American Civil Liberties Union, tea party faand vorites dyed-in-the-wool progressives are these odd bedfellows. “It’s my fear that we are on the verge of becoming a surveillance state,” said Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. Some other Democrats, too, are proving hostile to


the administration on this. Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado have dogged the administration to back off what they see as an assault on civil liberties and challenged its claims that the telephone and email monitoring programs helped stop specific acts of terrorism. The debate places them and some other congressional critics in an awkward spot. Intelligence committee members are briefed on certain national security secrets but not allowed to talk about them.That has left Udall, for one, champing at the bit. He told The Denver Post he was well aware of the monitoring programs that shocked lawmakers who hadn’t been clued in and did “everything short of leaking classified information” to bring it to light.

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