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What happened? Ohio GOP weighs budget defeat HEATHER RUTZ Civitas News Media

In a state that has long been viewed as a key swing state in presidential elections, Ohio Republicans are trying to come to grips with the stinging defeat the national party suffered over the raising of the debt ceiling last week. Polling shows a majority of Americans believe the GOP put its agenda ahead of the good of the country. For 16 days it tried to use President Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul as a bar-

gaining chip in the debate to raise the debt ceiling. Last-minute legislation was finally carved out the way Democrats wanted it, averting a default of the federal government. One party member who likes the fact that Adams the GOP played hard ball is Highland County Republican Party Chairwoman Kay Ayres. The former vice chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party pointed out the GOP too often

has been criticized by its members for not taking a strong stance. “This time, they stood up,” she said, adding that it may have weakened the party in the short-term, but was the right thing to do. “Obamacare is a disaster. It’s the ruination of the best medical treatment in the world,” the southern Ohio Republican added. State Rep. Richard N. Adams, R-Troy, thinks the public’s criticism goes beyond just one party.

“In terms of the people I know, they are frankly irritated with the president, the Democrats and the Republicans. I think what has suffered is the image of government at the national level — what happened, how it was O’Brien resolved. People think we are not getting our money’s worth” from elected officials in D.C.” Some members of the Ohio GOP pointed out the timing of the Republican message –

more than the message itself – was problematic. When emo tions settle down, Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall said, people will find the Republican Party is now stronger because it has taken a definitive posture. “I want the party to stand for what is right, no matter how much they get bashed. I want both parties to do that, and do away with this party loyalty stuff.” John “Bud” O’Brien,

the Miami County Republican Party Chair, looks for Republicans to now dig in harder on the local level across Ohio. “Republicans are strong-minded folks,” O’Brien said. “They’re motivated to help locally and nationally to fix those things in the government that needs fixed,” namely to “control spending at a federal level, make sure taxes aren’t raised to levels to hurt our economy, and to spur job growth to a level that it hasn’t been in the last four years.” See GOP | 2

Former Piqua teacher helps create support group for amputees Amputees in Motion ‘AIMs’ to assist others Sharon Semanie

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A lone pedesterian at the Looney Road/E. Ash Street interesection highlights the need for improvements to the corridor currently underway as the U.S. Route 36 (E. Ash St.) Beautification Project.

City discusses Phase II of Beautification Project Bethany J. Royer Staff Writer

PIQUA — The photo of a lone pedestrian standing at the intersection of Ash Street and Looney Road puts a lump in one’s throat, as the vehicle-heavy area leads to the question will he make it across unscathed? His precarious position emphasizing the need for improvements to the area as work is underway to the west, otherwise known as the U.S. Route 36 (E. Ash St.) Beautification Project. Phase I of the multiphase project began in mid-September and is estimated for completion on Nov. 30 —weather dependent— and will see to the installation of the following: *New decorative street lights *Concrete curbs along

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existing medians *New trees and plantings *Upgrades to pedestrian crossing at the Scott Drive/E. Ash intersection A recent work session held by commission members and city leaders, with an open invitation to the public, at the government complex consisted of discussions revolving around Phase II. This will see to a separate pedestrian/ bike facility (multi-use path) on the south side of the East Ash Street bridge moving east and a variety of potential re-developments to the banks along the corridor, among other features. “We’re entering the critical time period for applying to funding,” said City Manager Gary Huff at the time of the work session, which was followed by a resolution placed on the agenda for last week’s commission meeting. The resolution was adopted on a slim 3-2 vote after a lengthy back and forth discussion revolving around the multi-use path that could be funded through the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) via TA (Transportation Alternatives) dollars. The city must apply now in order to get in line for funding consideration that won’t be available until Fiscal Year 2019. Meaning no defiSee PROJECT |12

PIQUA — Forty-fouryear old Molly Null appears uncomfortable when friends or coworkers label her as an “inspiration” to others. The congenial brunette admits she struggles with the responsibility it places on her whether she’s speaking before the Piqua Rotary Club, shopping in a supermarket or working as a paralegal at her job in a local law firm. Yet the modest Greenville native epitomizes what inspires mankind most. Molly is a double amputee who lost her limbs five years ago following a horrific illness, which almost ended her life. A former teacher at Nicklin Learning Center, she has since moved on and is re-establishing her identity while admirably helping others along the way. As she sits on the sofa of her cozy ranch-style home, Molly is surrounded by her furry companions, a boxer dog, Bravin, and two cats, Bernie and Rascal. Dressed in a pair



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of jeans, a pink T-shirt and sneakers attached to one of two pairs of prosthetic legs, she proudly displays a number of scrapbooks which contain news articles and photographs highlighting events of her support group, Amputees in Motion (AIM). The group, founded by Molly and two “lost limb” buddies, Linda Lyons of Union City and Terri Lutz of Greenville, provides knowledgeable support, guidance, education, and “the latest information” for today’s amputee. From its first meeting, which attracted 10 individuals, AIM now has 195 names in its database, according to Molly, and is generating considerable buzz throughout southwestern Ohio and even Kentucky. Amputees and their family members are traveling from miles around to attend meetings held the second Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Darke County Health Department, 300 Garst Ave., in Greenville. Whether AIM members cajole each other with stories of their near mishaps — a prosthetic limb inadvertently falling off in the IKEA store — or latest technological advances for amputees, the group has become one big family. It’s Molly who schedules educational programs by

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Not one to bemoan her situation, Molly Null, 44, spent time recently raking her yard. Null, an amputee and former Nicklin teacher, has founded Amputees in Motion (AIM) along with two “lost limb” buddies.

professional clinicians, shares information pertinent to amputees and their families or anyone facing the decision concerning amputation. AIM members plan golfing and bowling get-togethers and often will meet in groups for dinner prior to their monthly meeting. And, best yet, there is “never a fee” to join AIM whose members include

diabetics, cancer patients and others faced by traumatic injuries and/or illnesses. Most recently, the local support group was recognized in the inMotion national magazine for its accomplishments and support to others. Molly, employed as a part-time paralegal the past three months by See AMPUTEE | 2

Police chase ends in arrest of Piqua man Mike Ullery

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PIQUA — A late-night chase that began and ended in Piqua resulted in the arrest of a Piqua resident Friday night. Piqua police report that James Green, 26, faces a number of charges following the pursuit. Lt. Jason Preston said that Green’s girlfriend reported he had taken her car without permission earlier in the evening. As

officers responded to take the report, Green was spotted and an officer attempted a traffic stop. Preston said that Green took off at a high rate of speed, westbound toward Covington. Speeds reached upwards of 90 miles per hour as units from the Miami County Sheriff ’s Office Green joined in the pursuit. Sheriff ’s deputies set up stop sticks between

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Covington and Bradford, succeeding in deflating one tire, but Green continued to run. Piqua officers set up another set of spikes on U.S. 36 at the west edge of Piqua, deflating both front tires on the vehicle. Green managed to make it as far as Wood Street before the vehicle was stopped and he surrendered to authorities. No one was injured in

the pursuit which lasted 22 minutes and covered 26 miles. Green is incarcerated at the Miami County Jail and is facing a variety of charges, including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony failure to comply with a police officer, driving without an operator’s license. Other charges will include several counts of speeding and stop sign violations. Green allegedly told officers that he ran because he did not have a driver’s license.


2 Monday, October 21, 2013 Obits RAY A. ELLIS PIQUA — Ray A. Ellis, 57, of Piqua died at 8:22 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Piqua Manor Nursing Home. He was born June 25, 1956, in Miami County to Ernest M. “Ernie” and Katherine (Berry) Ellis of Piqua. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Mark L. Ellis, of Piqua; a sister, Kathy S. Ellis, of Piqua; and several aunts and uncles, including aunt Beatrice Berry of Piqua. Mr. Ellis was a 1974 graduate of Piqua Central High School and earned his degree in engineering from the University of Dayton. He had worked as an electrical engineer at Piqua Engineering and General Electric of Cincinnati. He was a member of Liberty Baptist

Church, volunteered as a CPR Instructor for the American Red Cross and served as the District Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America for many years. A service to honor his life will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with his father, Pastor Ernie M. Ellis, officiating. Burial will follow at Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Baptist Church, 338 Wilson Ave., Piqua, OH 45356. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through

MARY L. INGLE PIQUA — Mary L. Ingle, 97, of Piqua, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Piqua Manor. She was born July 23, 1916, in Shelby County, to her parents Charles and Ada (Ginn) Wheeler. Mary graduated from Piqua High School and was a longtime member of the Congressional Christian United Church of Christ in Piqua. On Oct. 17, 1936, she married George Franklin Ingle and together they raised their children and shared a life for over 61 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Franklin Ingle; her parents; brothers Russell Wheeler, Don Wheeler, Ruby StubbsPitstick, Robert Wheeler, Louis Wheeler; daughterin-law Sandra Ingle. She will be missed and remembered by her children, Charles Ingle of Troy, Charlotte and Rodney Sampson of Covington, Wayne and Kathy Ingle of Piqua, Neil and Kim Ingle of Troy,

Sally and Jim Adams of Marion; grandchildren Darcel Short, Douglas Ingle, Deanne Schindel, Eric Hand, Matthew Hand, Dennis Ingle, Andy Ingle, Susannah Harris, Martha Ingle, Brad Ingle, Bret Ingle, Jason Kiefer, Kim Davis; step-grandchildren Dan Sampson Sr., Sherri Sampson, Brooke Burkman, Kelly Adams, Rich Adams, Nikki Barry; numerous greatgrandchildren and greatgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at JacksonSarver Funeral Home, 10 S. High St., Covington, with interment following at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Congressional Christian United Church of Christ, 421 Broadway, Piqua, OH 45356. Online memories may be left for the family at www.jackson-sarver. com.

Death Notices NEFF GREENVILLE — Joseph A. Neff, 84, formerly of West Milton, passed away on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at the Church of the Transfiguration, 972 S. Miami St., West Milton. Family will receive friends on Monday from 9-11 a.m. at the Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami St., West Milton. Poore SIDNEY — George Edward Poore, 62, of 722 E. Court St., Sidney, died at 8:25 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Argentines worry agrochemicals are killing them MICHAEL WARREN Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s agricultural industry has been dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996. A country once known for its grass-fed beef is now dominated by soy, corn and cotton. Soy harvests alone have tripled, ranking Argentina as the world’s third largest soybean producer. But the pesticides powering this boom are poorly controlled and used in ways that were never anticipated by regulatory science, if not specifically banned by law. Doctors and scientist worry the chemicals may be the cause of rising cancer rates, birth defects and other health problems. Aixa Cano, a shy 5-yearold who lives in Chaco,

Argentina’s poorest province, was born with hairy moles all over her body. Her mother believes the skin condition was caused by contaminated water. Fabian Tomasi, 47, never wore any protective gear in the years he spent pumping poisons into crop-dusting planes. Today, he is near death from polyneuropathy, a neurological disorder that has left him emaciated. The Monsanto Co., one of several agricultural companies that sell pesticides in Argentina, says it is working with government officials and farmers to promote better pesticide practices. But an Associated Press investigation found that Argentine farmers now use more than twice as much pesticide per acre as U.S. farmers do, making Argentina a laboratory for what can go wrong with biotech farming. • Piqua Daily Call

Amputee From page 1 McCulloch-Felger-FiteGutmann LPA, never imagined her life would be so transformed. Besides losing her limbs five years ago, the tenacious woman has since faced the loss of her father — her mother was already deceased — in addition to the loss of her husband, Jamey French, to divorce, the loss of a dear friend and the loss of her identity when told she could no longer teach school due to a compromised immune system and “spleen which doesn’t work properly.” A graduate of Greenville High School, Molly was a flutist in her school band and member of the drill team. She later joined a dance troupe at Bowling Green State University where she majored in education to become a teacher like “Mrs. Sweigrt” — who taught her kindergarten and later substituted for Molly’s class when she became ill. Upon graduation from BGSU, Molly recalls how excited she was when she was offered a job teaching in Piqua Public Schools in 1993. For the next five years she taught both first grade and kindergarten under Principal Teresa Anderson before moving back to Greenville to assist her aging father with his own health issues. She accepted a job at South School there where she taught school for three additional years. Her job, she said, was “exhausting but indescribable.” Molly is among those teachers whose work day extended beyond the 3 p.m. dismissal bell. She was passionate about creating new projects for her younger students and often spent her own money for needed supplies. “I lived, ate and breathed it (teaching experience),” reminisced the petite brunette. One day in February 2008, however, Molly wasn’t feeling well and was losing her voice. Coworkers encouraged her to visit a doctor one Thursday and she ended up in the outpatient care

unit at Wayne Hospital. “I wasn’t exhibiting signs of strep throat,” she recalls, so the following day she returned to school to be part of her class photo. Three days later, however, Molly began experiencing respiratory and breathing problems. Early life-threatening sepsis infection set in and her organs began to shut down. She was immediately transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton and placed on a respirator. “My husband’s best friend was a respiratory therapist,” she explained. “When he heard I had both sepsis and respiratory problems, he traveled three hours to Dayton to make arrangements for me to be transferred to the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor where he was employed.” Omni Flight in Columbus transported both Molly and Troy unsure as to whether or not she could survive the flight. “There was a real possibility I could be gone,” adds Molly, who didn’t remember anything until three and one-half weeks later. She was immediately placed

in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) unit where a different nurse was assigned her in 12-hour shifts and Troy “hand picked” her medical team. She was “pumped” with antibiotics and placed on an oscillator. “There were so many unknown variables like whether or not my kidneys would ever function again” but eventually the infection cleared. Unfortunately, a lack of oxygen to her entire body — especially her lower extremities — forced both Molly and her husband to make a decision to amputate both legs below the knee along with a thumb and index finger on her left hand. At 39 years of age, Molly became convinced she would experience “a better quality of life” if the amputation took place because it became apparent the medical team could not save her toes or feet. Following surgery, Molly was unable to talk or move due to the horrific pain and her unstable blood pressure. As she rested in her hospital bed, her thoughts would revolve around “What’s life going to be like when I get home? It was scary.”

She subsequently spent several weeks in both occupational and physical therapy “relearning everything” and adjusting her attitude to the “new normal” she would experience. “I (was so familiar with the hospital) I could take you on a guided tour,” she laughed. Before returning home to Greenville, however, Molly had to pass several tests such as demonstrating how to transfer from a wheelchair to an automobile. Because of numerous skin grafts she faced additional healing time before visiting Karl Burk of Action Prosthetics in Greenville who fitted her with new legs. It’s a lengthy process, admits Molly, who underwent many appointments to have molds and casts made of her two pair of carbon fiber and titanium prosthetics — one which is worn with casual shoes and the other flesh-colored pair for work or dress up. She demonstrates an adjustable button, which enables her to wear various sized heels. The set of new legs, she added, cost $40,000 and must be replaced every four to eight years. “They (prosthetics and gel liners) require constant maintenance” to avoid skin blisters and infections. Heat can be source of concern, she added, as can be icy weather but jokingly adding “at least my feet don’t get cold anymore.” Although dressing can become difficult, Molly is ready to show off her prosthetics in public although, she laments “my days wearing flip flops are over.” Over the past five years, Molly has become a “volunteer queen” both at school and within the community and working with a Hospice kids’ camp. She “loves” her job as a paralegal and especially enjoys working in her yard, planting a garden or baking goodies for her co-workers. Her “lost limb” friends and fellow teachers provide her with a great social network.

age to enact the bold reforms needed to make a change,” Jordan said. Latta also defended his party’s stance and disagreed that the party’s brand has been damaged, in comments made to The (Toledo) Blade. He also dismissed chatter about Boehner’s leadership position as weakened. “I don’t think Boehner’s in trouble at all. He’s stronger today than two months ago,” Latta said. The shutdown and deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling split party factions. For example, the probusiness and reliably conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported the deal, releasing a statement urging Congress and the White House to “avoid a self-made economic crisis” in future debates. The chamber said it wants restrained federal spending, debt reduction and reforms of tax code and entitlements, but said that can be done without “the political brinkmanship we’ve seen on both sides over the past few weeks.” Other conservative organizations praised Republicans voting “no” on the deal and for “standing against Obamacare.” Americans for Limited Government, for example said Jordan “deserves the thanks of the American people” for his “no” vote on the continuing resolution.

Stegall, the Darke County commissioner, said he likes what he sees in what he calls “the new Republican.” “The party has the old guard who wants to do things the old ‘Washington Way,’ which is ‘we have always done it this way’ and the new people like Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, and Mike Lee, who are saying, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, wrong is wrong and I was not sent to Washington to do business as usual,” Stegall said. “ I think the old guys like Boehner, and McConnell, Reid and Pelosi, played politics with the budget, making it look like they had some real issues, but in the end they knew they would “make the deal” as it were. I am sure when it is looked into, some sweetheart deals were made for their constituents. That is what is wrong in Washington today, deals made that enhance your district to make sure you get voted back in, instead of just voting for what is right. I personally hate it when you hear strategists say,” Well politically, this hurts so and so.” Who cares about politically? Is it right or is it wrong, that is the only question that matters.” Jordan himself said shutting down the government in an attempt to defund Obamacare was a mistake. Jordan wants the

party to focus on delaying the implementation of Obamacare, something the White House has already delayed for others, such as large businesses, and exempted for others, such as Congress and its own administration. After the vote, Jordan spoke with conservative radio host Bill Bennett, Huffington Post reported. “In hindsight, we should have, in my judgment, simply focused on delaying Obamacare. … We should’ve said, oneyear delay, and just stuck with that simple direct message, and said it’s unfair to treat Americans in an unequal fashion,” Jordan said. “If we’d been more consistent in our argument — and it’s what we have to do going forward, sticking to that fundamental argument — I think we could win this with the American people and begin to reverse the direction of this Obamacare.” U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said one of the few things that people of all stripes would agree on: “Lurching from crisis to crisis is no way to rejuvenate America’s economy, and unfortunately, we do not have a long-term fix that will prevent another shutdown in January.” Heather Rutz is a reporter for The Lima News. Newspapers in Greenville, Piqua and Hillsboro contributed to this report.

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Former Nicklin teacher Molly Null, 44, poses with her Boxer, Bravin. Null has helped two of her “lost limb” buddies create a support group called Amputees in Motion (AIM).

GOP From page 1 The final bill funds the government through Jan. 15, raises the debt cap through Feb. 7, and provides back pay for furloughed workers. The deal did not include any provision relating to the Obamacare medical device tax or other unpopular parts of the law, as previous plans did. Ohio’s senators, Republican Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown, both voted for the plan. In the Senate, the vote was overwhelmingly bipartisan, 85-18. In the House, the vote was 285144, as 87 Republicans joined Democrats to pass the bill. In the House, the state’s four Democrats all voted for the measure. House Speaker John Boehner, and Reps. David Joyce, Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi voted “yes” on the Republican side. The state’s eight other Republican members, including Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, and Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, voted no. Jordan said he believed the party was “united” on two fronts, stopping health care reform and addressing the national debt. “We stood on principle and will continue to do so. The expensive health care law and the crippling national debt will continue to hamper our economic growth until Washington has the cour-• Piqua Daily Call


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MS Office workshops to be offered PIQUA — The Upper Valley Career Center will offer hands-on, instructor-led training workshops from beginner through advanced in Microsoft Office 10. These workshops are designed to help individuals brush up on existing skills or learn new ones.

Available workshops include: Excel 2010; Windows 8; Word 2010; PowerPoint 2010; Access 2010 and Excel 2010 Macros. Classes will run as one-day or two-evening workshops with various offerings throughout October, November and December. For a printable

schedule, visit the Adult Education page at www. and click on the Computer Workshops link or call workshop coordinator Sue Phillis at (800) 5896963, extension 349. All workshops will be held at the Applied Technology Center, 8901

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PIQUA — Cindy Dobo was pleased with the zombie birthday cake one of her decorators made for a customer, but learning her bakery won a prize for it was the icing on the cake. Dobo’s Delights Bake Shoppe, 417 N. Main St., was entered in the “Make a Cake Face” Sweepstakes sponsored by General Mills Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus ® by customer Amanda Swigert, who posted a photo of her son, Owen, and his cake of the living dead on the sweepstakes Facebook page. “I just wanted to help give Dobo’s some publicity,” said Swigert, who lives in Houston. “Honestly, I forgot that it was for a contest!” So it was a pleasant surprise when Swigert learned that both she and Dobo’s were the annual grand prize winners in the sweepstakes, garnering $2,500 each. “We’ve been entering the contest for three years, but this is the first time we’ve won,” Dobo said. “It’s nice that we won the grand prize and

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Amanda Swigert of Houston submitted this photo of her son, Owen, and his zombie birthday cake to General Mills Pillsbury’s “Make a Cake Face” Sweepstakes. The entry won her and Dobo’s Delights Bake Shoppe of Piqua a grand prize of $2,500 each.

not just the monthly prize.” The monthly prize in the sweepstakes is $250 for bakeries and $100 for customers. Dobo has already earmarked her prize money

for business purposes. “We just had to replace a new freezer, so it was good timing,” she said. Similarly, Swigert is putting her winnings to practical use. “We just paid off some debts,

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Looney Road, Piqua. Each workshop is $80 Another cold front will move across the Miami Valley plus a $15 textbook. For details on each level or to today, bringing not only a chance of a shower or two, but register, call Phillis email much cooler air starting Tuesday. High 61, Low 43 philliss@uppervalleycc. org. Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Grand prize is sweet victory for Dobo’s Belinda M. Paschal


which will help as we get close to the holiday season and Christmas,” she said. Swigert and Dobo will be presented with their checks by a General Mills sales rep at 2 p.m. Thursday at the bakery. In addition, guests will be treated to cake samples throughout the day and there will be giveaway items including oven mitts, hats and travel mugs, while supplies last. Dobo said the bakery will continue to participate in the annual and monthly sweepstakes. “If nothing else, it gets people to go to the Facebook page and see all the fun pictures of people with their cakes.” The sweepstakes for 2014 already is under way. In order to win, the bakery must be named by a consumer who uploads a “cake face” photo to www.facebook. c o m /m a k e a c a k e f a c e , where official rules also are available. Bakeries interested in promoting “Make a Cake Face” can visit the Facebook page and sign up to receive a promotional kit that includes a counter card, window cling and stickers for cake boxes.

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Aydan Hare Age: 3 Birthdate: Oct. 20, 2010 Parents: Matt and Alicia Hare of Piqua Grandparents: Dave and Connie Hare, Fred Schwable and Robbi Schwable G r e a t grandparents: Wayne and the Late Mary Brockman and Fred and Susie Schwable Great-greatgrandmother: Betty Aydan Hare Lind

Lyla Gutierrez Birthdate: Oct. 21, 2012 Age: 1 Parents: Megan Osborne of Piqua, Cody Gutierrez of Fort Loramie Grandparents: Mike and Mindy Osborne, Anthony Gutierrez and Melissa Forsythe, all of Piqua G r e a t grandparents: Richard and Victoria Foreman of Covington, Sandy Lyla Gutierrez McGinnis of Piqua

UVMC auxiliary offers fall book sale Melody Vallieu

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Elma Wolaver (far right) turned 91 on Oct. 11. Her daughter, Barb Borchers (far left), turned 61 on Oct. 20. Borchers’ daughter, Jill Burks (second from left), turned 31 in September. Burks’ daughter, Victoria, celebrated her first birthday in May. Born in 1922, Elma (and husband Harold) welcomed Barb into the world in 1952. Barb and Bob Borchers did the same with Jill in 1982. Finally, in 2012, Jill and Derrek Burks celebrated the arrival of Victoria. The family had a big “0-30-60-90” party last fall. Elma, Barb, and Jill all attended Houston High School.



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TROY – Those looking for to stock up their bookshelves for a cold Ohio winter should head to the … hospital. The UVMC Volunteer Auxiliary will hold a book sale Monday through Thursday in the UVMC cafeteria. The sale offers savings of up to 70 percent on new premium quality hardcover books. According to Robin Fisher, volunteer services and gift shop manager, many of the books that will be offered will include recent New York Times best-sellers. She said a variety of other books on subjects such as gardening, horses, cooking, puzzles and more also will be for sale. Greeting cards and a variety of other small items

also will be available for purchase, Fisher said. She said the sale has been held in the spring and fall each year for at least the past 10 years. “It’s usually a pretty big draw since it’s open to the public,” Fisher said. “Especially in the fall.” She said they will take cash, check or charge during the event. Proceeds benefit the auxiliary’s work through the Volunteer Auxiliary Fund, which is run by a board, she said. The auxiliary has 164 current active members. Fisher said over the years, the auxiliary has helped the hospital purchase equipment, revamped the hospital wheelchairs and pay for the installation of lighting and trees along the driveway entrance. Hours of the sale are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayWednesday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

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More abortion not the answer

This January, we will facilities,” Hawkins mark 41 years of the observes, “pro Supreme Court’s deci- abortion forces have sion to legalize abor- pushed through a new tion. Just this year, law that holds aborwe heard gruesome, tionists to less-strict inhumane details from health standards. a Philadelphia abor- When is this ever a tion clinic, good idea?” though the Wo m e n mainstream and their media had to h e a l t h be shamed deserve betinto coverter. Susanne ing the trial Metaxas, of of Kermit the Midtown Gosnell, the Pregnancy abortionist Support behind that Center in Kathryn Lopez tragic house New York of horrors. City, worColumnist And now, ries that the California California has an answer to the move “preys on the Gosnell problem: most vulnerable in It’s — wait for it — society and creates increased access to a false impression abortion. Non-doctors of what an abortion — nurses, midwives is and minimizes and physicians’ assis- the physical, spiritants — are now legal tual and emotional abortion providers in consequences of an California; the Early abortion.” Abortion Access to Abortion exists because our Bill allows them to culture believes it is perform a certain kind necessary. Why does of first-trimester abor- Planned Parenthood tion. While advocates advocate for increased of the bill dismiss rea- abortion access? Why sonable concerns, Dr. would anyone believe Elissa Sanchez-Speach that loosened stanworries: “Supporters dards would prevent of this bill are missing more tragedies? Why the point. If we truly is California considwant to see (fewer) ered a trailblazer for abortions … we need women’s health and to (provide) better safety? Because aborsupport for women tion makes certain to bear children and lifestyles possible, raise their families.” and is easier than tryWhile the California ing to overhaul culmove has been sug- ture and find better gested as a remedy solutions for women, to the Gosnells of the children and men, world, the conscience easier than expecting of a nation demands more of our families a deeper reflection. and our country. It’s “Lowering medical ugly. It’s painful. So professionalism is pre- we try to look away. cisely what produced It’s even easier to look Kermit Gosnell,” away in California J.D. Mullane, a local now. Which is even Pennsylvania report- more of a reason to er who sat in on the refuse to do so. “The Gosnell trial points creation of the unlimout. Gosnell was pro- ited abortion license viding an increasingly — at any time, for unpopular procedure. any reason — works The state did not act to isolate women in on health-inspection their decision about violations, “and so abortion,” Clarke Gosnell was able to Forsythe writes in have a 15-year-old kid, his new book on and other marginally the history of Roe trained staff, admin- v. Wade, “Abuse of ister powerful seda- Discretion.” “Choice tives and birth-induc- is the public maning drugs.” During a tra,” he continues, year when the pres- “autonomy is supident of the United posedly the principle, States called upon but the dark side of God himself to bless autonomy is isolation the work of Planned and loneliness.” That Parenthood, the orga- darkness is spreadnization’s advocacy ing, and it’s doing so arm assures us that in plain sight, under the new law “reaffirms the aegis of law and California’s leadership government. on women’s health We know too much, issues as anti-choice we’ve heard too much, legislation sweeps the we’ve seen too much nation.” This new law to think that more isn’t about women’s abortion is what we health, but old-school need. abortion politics. Doctors are making Kristan Hawkins, choices about whethexecutive director er to be purveyors of Students for Life, of a culture of death, calls California’s while women too abortion- expansion often feel they have moves “a slap in the no choice, the presface to women across sures of society being America.” In addition so greatly biased in to the non-physician favor of an abortion, abortions, a second a supposed quick fix. bill moved to lower We must do better. standards, to make abortions easier to Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large do. “Instead of get- of National Review Online www. ting serious about She can be enforcing basic safety contacted at klopez@nationalrestandards on abortion


Amazing grace In the last hours of the in their government has government shutdown, plummeted — though not the bizarre got even more as far as their trust in bizarre. Progressive cler- elected officials. We could use some gy and low-wage workers affected by the shutdown more graciousness, civilvisited more than a dozen ity and kindness. The House offices and left a acrimony and avarice “consensus” letter from corrupting Washington religious groups: “As have infected the hearths people of faith and con- of America. There’s been science, we urge you to a start. Democratic Sen. place shared democratic Chuck Schumer said of Republican values above Senate Minority short-term Leader Mitch political expeMcConnell: diency, exer“ L e a d e r cise the courMcConnell age to fund stood up for our nation’s the good of the government , nation.” Over raise the debt in the House, limit without Democratic Rep. precondiJohn Yarmuth of tions and get Donna Brazile Kentucky said back to work of Republican on a faithful Columnist House Speaker budget that John Boehner: serves the “Today he is my hero.” common good.” As they walked the We could use some honhalls of Congress, they esty. There’s been a start sang the traditional on that, too. Sen. John hymn of faith, kindness, McCain did some plain charity and redemption, speaking about the effort to defund Obamacare “Amazing Grace.” About the same time, that led to this nerveHouse Republicans, to wracking standoff. “It bolster their resolve to was a fool’s errand; we crash the economy, were were not going to defund also singing “Amazing Obamacare … so it was a Grace.” But there was terrific mistake,” he told nothing gracious or NBC News. “We inflicted graceful about Republican pain on the American efforts to dismantle people that was totally Obamacare, which, what- unnecessary, and we canever its flaws, helps the not do this again.” We ill, the indigent and the could use some more leadership and collaboraeconomy. But the tea party/ tion in Congress. Thanks Republican shutdown to the women, we’ve gothurt the economy. ten a little more of that, Standard and Poor’s, one too. “Leadership, I must of the world’s top finan- fully admit,” McCain said cial research and ratings earlier, “was provided agencies, said the con- primarily by women in stitutional brinksmanship the Senate.” That would took $24 billion out of the be Sen. Susan Collins, a economy and shaved our Maine Republican, who annual growth by nearly led the compromise effort a full percentage point. of 14 senators, six of “If people are afraid that them women. “What I find is with the government policy brinkmanship will resur- all due deference to our face again, and with it the male colleagues,” Collins risk of another shutdown told ABC News, is “that or worse,” S&P said, women’s styles tend to be “they’ll remain afraid more collaborative.” Sen. to open up their check- Mark Pryor, an Arkansas books. That points to Democrat, said, “She another humbug holiday deserves a lot of credit season. … The bottom for getting us together line is the government and moving the ball down shutdown has hurt the the field.” We could use more reaU.S. economy.” And it cost us jobs. One son and dialogue. From the Senate to the study by Think Progress estimates 900,000 jobs House hallways, senahave been lost from aus- tors and representatives terity cuts. Polls show were repeating a refrain, Americans’ confidence “I hope we never do this

again.” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said, “We can’t have this happen again.” She spoke for millions of Americans when she added, “People are so sick of governing by crisis. I actually hope … we resolve this on behalf of the nation (with) a larger fiscal agreement.” President Obama held a press conference, and he also expressed the hope of ending eleventh-hour agreements: “We’ve got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis. And my hope and expectation is … there is no reason why we can’t work on the issues … while still being agreeable.” As Obama left the podium, a reporter asked, “Mr. President, isn’t this going to happen all over again in a few months?” The president replied, “No.” Laughter was heard in the room and appeared on the official transcript. The underlying cause of these standoffs cannot be laughed away. Too many tea party Republicans and hardright conservatives believe the vampire-zombie apocalypse gibberish about Obamacare that some of its opponents spew into the airwaves day after day. Against such insanity (and grandstanding), decent public servants like McCain and Collins must struggle to be heard. We need rational voices in debate. Because it’s getting insane out there: Tension in the House of Representatives reached a breaking point for one of the staff stenographers, who grabbed the speaker’s microphone and began a disjointed lecture about God, Freemasons and the shutdown. She was, unnervingly, sadly, unhinged by it all. Let’s hope the insanity — hers and the nation’s — was temporary. After all, when elected officials — in this case, a handful of House Republicans and a few members of the U.S. Senate — have a political breakdown, it drives the people nuts. We deserve better. Donna Brazile is a senior Democratic strategist, a political commentator and contributor to CNN and ABC News, and a contributing columnist to Ms. Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine.

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Public officials can be contacted through the following addresses and telephone numbers: n Lucy Fess, mayor, 5th Ward Commissioner,, 773-7929 (home) n John Martin, 1st Ward Commissioner,, 937-570-4063 n William Vogt, 2nd Ward Commissioner,, 773-8217 n Joe Wilson, 3rd Ward Commissioner, ward3comm@piquaoh. org, 778-0390 n Judy Terry, 4th Ward Commissioner, ward4comm@piquaoh. org, 773-3189 n City Manager Gary Huff,, 778-2051

n Miami County Commissioners: John “Bud” O’Brien, Jack Evans and Richard Cultice, 201 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373 440-5910; n John R. Kasich, Ohio governor, Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 644-0813, Fax: (614) 466-9354 n State Sen. Bill Beagle, 5th District, Ohio Senate, First Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215; (614) 466-6247; e-mail: SD05@sen. n State Rep. Richard Adams, 79th District, House of Representatives, The Riffe Center, 77 High St. 13th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 466-8114, Fax: (614) 719-3979; n Jon Husted, Secretary of State, 180 E. Broad St. 15th floor, Columbus, OH 53266-0418 (877) 767-6446, (614) 466-2655

To the Editor: I write this letter to express my total support for James Cruse Jr. as he seeks to fill the third ward commission seat currently occupied by Mr. Joe Wilson. I believe that Mr. Cruse is the proper person for the job. He is a working man, like most citizens, therefore he thinks like your average working person would. He is not afraid to hold elected officials accountable, and is not afraid to “buck the system” when the situation requires it. Mr. Cruse is very active in the community, serving as chair of the park board, housing enhancement league, was a participant in the inaugural Government Academy, among other things. Most importantly, he would stick up for the average citizen. If you want to see Piqua truly move forward, please vote for James Cruse Jr. for city commission. He’ll work for you. Bradley Boehringer Piqua


Jeb Bush focuses on education STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — As his party struggles through the latest Washington crisis, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is calling on elected leaders to improve a national education system he says is “woefully behind the times.” Bush, who has not ruled out a Republican presidential bid in 2016, endorsed school vouchers, performance-based pay for teachers and the end of teacher tenure among other reforms last Thursday, the first day of an education summit in Boston hosted by his nonprofit organization. He also chided critics of the so-called common core curriculum, which sets uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math. “What I want to hear from them is more than just opposition. I want to hear their solutions for the hodgepodge of dumbed-down state standards that have created group mediocrity in our schools,” Bush said. “Criticisms and conspiracy theories are easy attention grabbers. Solutions are hard work.” Bush is focusing on education policy in particular as he weighs his political future. “Public education has become a labyrinth of political, bureaucratic and union empires that depend on a captive population of students and minimal quality control,” he said. “Empires do not go quietly into the night.”


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Woman who left bad marriage hesitates to take next step DEAR ABBY: Last summer, after 24 years of marriage, I finally summoned the nerve to take my teenage daughter and leave my emotionally abusive husband. We are both thriving now. I have been in therapy, lost almost 45 pounds and have rediscovered my selfconfidence all over again. A friend I have known for more than 10 years has expressed interest in dating me. I like him very much, but I’m not sure if it would be appropriate to date yet. What do you think? — TENTATIVE IN MASSACHUSETTS DEAR TENTATIVE: Tempting as this is, proceed with caution. When a person has been emotionally starved for a long time, then begins to feel attractive, accepted and

validated again, the result can be euphoria — a powerful “high.” Right now you need to be rational. What I think about your dating this man is less important than what your therapist thinks right now. Please make this question a priority during your next sessions because the insight you’ll gain into yourself will help you not only in a relationship with this man — if you decide to have one — but in future ones as well. ** ** ** DEAR ABBY: My 86-year-old dad buys all his food from the markdown “quick sale” tables, then lets it sit in the fridge for weeks or even months before he eats it. He insists the mold is penicillin and good

for you. He eats moldy are young can be hard to cheese, bread, fruit and shake. One reason that meat I wouldn’t feed to perishable products have my dogs. He has a tur- a “sell by” date is that key in the freezer that the food begins to lose its nutritional value. expired in 2008, As to your father’s and he can’t underexcuse that he’s stand why I won’t ingesting “penicilcook it for my pets. lin” when he eats Dad reads your moldy fruits, vegecolumn every day, tables, baked goods so please give me and dairy products some input. By the — I’m sure his docway, he isn’t poor tor would prefer he and can afford good, fresh food. Dear Abby get it by prescrip— PERPLEXED Abigail Van tion only. Buren Spoiled food can DAUGHTER cause serious illIN SOUTHERN ness, which is why the CALIFORNIA DEAR PERPLEXED U.S. government pubDAUGHTER: Your lishes pamphlets on the father is a product of important topic of food his upbringing during safety. Visit www.foodthe Great Depression, a and print out time when many people some of the “Food Safety were starving. The habits at a Glance” charts for people form when they him. If he refuses to take

your advice and mine, perhaps he’ll be more receptive to what Uncle Sam has to say. ** ** ** DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of two years, “Jesse,” has suddenly changed. He’s pushing me away. We are both 17 and have a 9-month-old baby. Jesse spent the first six months of our son’s life in state custody. Since he has been back, he has been really distant. He ignores me and isn’t affectionate anymore. When I get upset about it, he denies it and says I have no reason to be upset. I’m scared our relationship isn’t as strong as I thought. My son deserves a family, but it’s falling apart. What should I do? — TROUBLED IN

TENNESSEE DEAR TROUBLED: You have no idea what might have happened to Jesse after he was sent away, so give him some space, but let him know that if he wants to talk about it, you are willing to listen and be supportive. Don’t push and don’t be clingy. You may have to be strong for all three of you. Complete your education, take parenting classes, and encourage Jesse to do it, too. Do this and your son WILL have a family, whether or not it’s the one you thought you’d have with Jesse. ** ** ** Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

‘12 Years a Slave’ a powerful achievement JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer

Is it possible to convey, through the experience of just one man, the sweep and enormity of the horror that was American slavery? That, quite simply, is the formidable task that British director Steve McQueen has set for himself with his new film, the blistering “12 Years a Slave.” And even if the movie weren’t as good as it is, we’d need to thank him for trying; far too few filmmakers have had the courage or initiative to address head-on the darkest chapter of U.S. history. As it happens, the film is stunningly good, thanks both to McQueen’s unflinching, unsentimental approach and to impeccable casting, most crucially of the wonderfully expressive Chewitel Ejiofor as a man with a truly extraordinary — and extraordinarily true — story. The film is based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a black man who was born free in New

York. In 1841, Northup, a skilled violinist, was lured to Washington, D.C., with the offer of work. Instead, his “employers” drugged him and sold him to a slave trader. The very title of the film gives away a key fact, but it’s hardly a spoiler. The crux of the movie is not whether, but HOW, Northup summoned the strength and the cunning to survive 12 years in the hell of a series of Louisiana plantations. Crucial early scenes depict a comfortable, happy life in Saratoga, N.Y., where Northup lived with his wife and two children. That all changes in one hellish moment, when he awakes in shackles, his wallet and papers gone, and realizes he has no way of proving who he is. He loses even his name. Soon, Northup’s on his way to Louisiana. Shock — his, and ours — deepens as he stands for inspection, surrounded by other slaves for sale, many naked, poked and prodded like cattle by their seller (a frighteningly banal Paul Giamatti)

who has no problem separating a mother from her small children. (Later, as the mother — a moving Adepero Oduye — weeps, her new mistress consoles her: “Your children will soon be forgotten.”) Northup’s first owner, William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch) is, in the scheme of things, a more sympathetic type, and he appreciates his new slave’s intelligence. But he’s powerless to protect Northup from a sadistic overseer (Paul Dano, reliably chilling), and a confrontation Northup has with the overseer leads to one of the film’s most excruciating scenes — perhaps one of the most painful in any film about slavery. Hung from a tree, Northup is left to dangle for hours, teetering between life and death. His toes, which barely touch the ground, are his only hope. All the while, plantation life continues in full view of this horror: children playing, other slaves working, the mistress looking on from the porch. Northup survives, but

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This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Chiwetel Ejofor in a scene from “12 Years A Slave.”

only to be sent off to another owner, the monstrous Edwin Epps, who cites scripture as support for 150-lash whippings. Epps — mesmerizingly portrayed by Michael Fassbender, a McQueen regular — also has sexual desires for a lovely young slave, Patsey, who has to endure not only Master’s advances but the poisonous, violent jealousy of

Redford fretted about ‘All Is Lost’ reception LAURI NEFF Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — He’s been acting for more than half a century but even Robert Redford still gets nervous showing off a new film. Redford got a standing ovation when his survival drama “All Is Lost” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. But the two-time Oscar-winner reveals he was worried how the sometimes prickly Cannes crowd would react. Opening gradually beginning Friday, “All Is Lost” tells the story of a lone sailor, played by Redford, facing his own mortality after a collision with a shipping container in the Indian Ocean. “The first time I saw the film was at the festival in Cannes and because they boo films there sometimes, even though you’re in a tuxedo, you’re sitting in a place that could boo something,” said the 77-yearold actor. “When the film ended I thought, ‘I don’t know how this is going to go.’ I really didn’t.” Redford also said his first viewing of the film, in which he’s the only actor, recalled the extreme demands of the role. “To be reminded of how wet you were so much of the time, which was not fun … you kind of forgot about how physical it was and that comes back.” Redford recently sat down with The Associated Press to talk about “All Is Lost,” a film with virtually no talking at all: AP: What did you think of your performance? Redford: I looked at my performance because I couldn’t

avoid it, (laughs), but no, it wasn’t wow it was just, ‘Yeah, I remember that. I remember that; hmm. Oh, that’s what that ended up looking like.’ (Redford says he doesn’t look at monitors or dailies while shooting because “I don’t like being aware of myself when I’m working.) AP: During filming did you ever wonder, ‘Whoa, what did I get myself into?’ Redford: I was so busy surviving that there wasn’t a whole lot of time to think. You just had to do. You had to be there do it as an actor. You had to get through it. There were a couple of times when I thought, ‘Hmm, this is extreme,’ but you just do it and then you forget about thinking that. AP: That works for the part. Redford: It was what was supposed to be. The character is in charge of things in the beginning and then things happen where he’s not so much in charge. He’s a little bit in charge but not much and then finally he’s completely not in charge. He’s at the mercy of the elements and then what you do? I found that exciting as an actor to go through that process. … You finally get to the point where there’s only improvisation. There’s nothing left except improvise ‘cause you’re not prepared for what’s happening. AP: I read that you pressed director J.C. Chandor for a backstory and he wasn’t having any of it. Redford: I just do what any actor says, ‘OK, there’s not much dialogue, in fact there is none, there’s very little backsto-

ry, so what’s on your mind? Is there something I need to know as an actor?’ And when he was evasive, I started to get nervous. ‘Does he not know how to describe his own film?’ Until I realized, no, this is intentional. He’s intentionally being evasive - meaning that what’s in there is all he wants to be in there and once I got that I released that tendency to ask that. AP: Is there a message? Redford: I’ve always been fascinated by that point in life for everyone —there comes a moment when all seems to be lost, when there’s nothing more to do. You can’t do anything more. You’re up against the odds that are against you and there seems to be no way out, all is lost, no point in continuing and so some people quit and they stop and others for unknown reasons just keep going because that’s all there is to do. AP: How was filming “Captain America”? Redford: J.C. (Chandor) asked me to be in a film and I had supported independent film for so many years but nobody ever asked me to be in a film and he did and I thought I was inclined to take it just because he asked. A little bit of the same thing with ‘Captain America.’ It’s so different filmmaking, so completely high-tech and so completely different I thought it would be interesting and fun to understand what that is. … It was slightly weird.” AP: Any thoughts of retiring? Redford: If it’s not brought up to me, I’m probably not going to think about it.

his wife (Sarah Paulson, also excellent.) A scene in which Patsey is subjected to Epps’ most crazed fury is so harrowing, you may need to close your eyes — but don’t. Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o is shattering in the role. But the film truly belongs to Ejiofor, whose big, soulful eyes seem to register so many things

at once: Shock, pain, grit, determination, abject despair at times, cautious hope at others — and always, dignity. “I don’t want to survive,” he says at one point. “I want to LIVE.” But before he can live, he must survive. It’s an extraordinary tale. How McQueen and his team portray that tale is quite extraordinary, too.

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Next Door

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Trio to compete at NAILE SIDNEY — Three local residents will be competing in the North American International Livestock Exposition Nov. 9-22 in Louisville, Ky. Donna Greive, of Sidney, has entered 17 head of Jersey Ayrshire in the dairy cattle division of the 40th annual NAILE. Frank Riethman, of Fort Loramie, has entered 1 head of swine in the swine division. Jordan Meyer, of Minster, has entered 1 head of swine in the swine division. The NAILE is recognized as the world’s largest purebred livestock show with more than 26,000 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards. The event will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Purebred farms from nearly every state and Canada brings livestock to compete in one of 10 expo divisions: dairy cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, beef cattle, cowboy

mounted shooting, quarter horses, draft horses, sheep, swine and llamas and alpacas. More than 200,000 American and international visitors attend the hundreds of individual breed shows, sales and events. In addition to the recognition and prize money that comes with winning at the NAILE, the value of the champion breeding stock is significantly enhanced. Breed association events are not the only NAILE feature. The expo is also home to numerous youth events that are an important part of the livestock industry’s traditions, including Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup; Youth, Junior College and Senior Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest; 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl; National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest; National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest; National 4-H Skill-A-Thon Contest; Junior College Livestock Judging Contest; and

National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference. Additionally, youth exhibitors enter market animals, those targeted for meat production, in the Junior Steer Show, Junior Market Swine Show or Junior Market Lamb Show. These youth shows are sponsored by Farm Credit Services of MidAmerica and are nationally recognized for both the quality of competition and prestige of winning. Champions from these shows are sold at the Sale of Champions on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo Finals takes place Nov. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets are available by calling 800-745-3000. There is also a 200,000-square foot giant country store and food court for visitors. The NAILE is produced by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky State Fair Board.

Why flu prevention matters Colin Foster

Staff Writer

Miami County Health commissioner Chris Cook has a lot on his plate these days with work and family. But one of the more important things at the moment is flu prevention. For Cook, encouraging people to prevent the spread of the flu is every bit as important as actually getting the vaccine. “I truly believe that we can help control the flu season with some simple prevention,� said Cook. Miami County Public Health recommends four flu prevention activities: 1) Stay home if you are sick, and make sure your fever is gone before going back out. 2) Cover youth mouth and nose with your arm when you cough or sneeze. 3) Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often. 4) Avoid sick people whenver possible. Cook said that one of the toughest aspects of prevention is to sell your-

self on staying home from work, school or other activities if you are sick. “This is a hard one, since most of us have been raised to ‘tough it out’ if we are sick and it’s just flat out hard to miss work these days,� he said. “But I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay home if you are sick. Your actions during flu season affect everyone else around you.� There is a fine line between a cold and the flu, and Cook also wanted to stress the importance of knowing the difference. “When you get the flu, it hits you like a ton of bricks — you are knocked down,� Cook said. Symptoms of the flu include feeling feverish, headache, sore throat, body aches, tiredness, runny nose and cough. Cook advised that if you have a mild case of the flu that you are better off to treat yourself at home. People should contact their doctor if they have any of these symptoms: trouble breath-

ing, sudden dizziness, confusion, not drinking enough fluids, bluish or gray skin color, severe vomiting, pain/ pressure in the chest. He also advised that people should see a doctor if symptoms improve then return with fever or cough. “I’ve been asked how bad I think this flu season will be,� Cook said. “I’m not sure, but I can tell you that it depends on the choices people make. If people are responsible and get vaccinated, cover their coughs and sneezes, if they wash their hands, and if they stay at home when they’re sick, it will make a huge difference.� But of course, the best way to avoid getting sick is getting a flu shot — plain and simple. And Cook isn’t just blowing smoke when he stresses the importance of getting vaccinated either. Just last week, Cook, his wife, twin daughters and his parents all went in and got flu shots.





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John Shelton of Bradford and his son Dane, 7, check out the Bradford Railroad Museum during the annual railroad festival as museum volunteer Marilyn Kovis explains some of the items on display.

Bradford Railroad Museum receives award Will E Sanders

Staff Writer

BRADFORD — The Bradford Railroad Museum was pleased to learn recently they were one of 16 other historical organizations throughout the state to win an award for outstanding achievement. Marilyn Kosier, an official with the railroad museum, said the award, the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award, validates the museum and the passionate work performed by those with the railroad museum. “The railroads are a piece of history that people want to know about,� Kosier said. The museum was awarded for history outreach for its media production of Keepers of the

Crossroads, which was an oral history styled documentary about the BF Tower operators and signal maintainers. The BF Tower was the last manned railroad position in Bradford, she said. The documentary, 18 minutes in length, was produced by Kosier and Michael Schneider to “preserve the history of the Bradford, Ohio, railroad operation.� The DVD is a permanent exhibit at the museum and officials with the museum were especially pleased with how it turned out, and the award they received for producing the documentary. It is also available for sale at the museum. Kosier said the museum wishes to acknowledge the railroaders that participated in the docu-

mentary, including Carl McIntire, Harry Haven, Ron King, Pete White and Tom Hildebrandt. “They did an excellent job of explaining the operation of the tower in moving trains through the Bradford Junction,â€? she said. Kosier said the recognition the documentary received was great news to hear. “It made me feel really good,â€? she said. “It makes you feel like all of the effort was worth it. Bradford is a small town and the railroad has been gone for a long time. ‌ History is the story of people.â€? The category the award was for included historical organizations/ museums with an annual budget of $25,000 or less.

Make time for this Miami County Health department offering flu shots Colin Foster

Staff Writer

TROY — In Miami County Health commissioner Chris Cook’s eyes, getting a flu shot is one of the most important things people can do right now. There’s no reason to dance around it or make excuses — getting a flu shot is something people need to make time for. “I think it’s something they just don’t make time for,� said Cook, who is in his third year as commissioner. “I think everyone is pressed for time, I know I am, and I think people just don’t make time for it in their week to get the shot. “We all need to start thinking about flu shots — young and old. It’s that time of year to boost your protection and stay safe — folks need to make time for this.� Ask anyone at the Miami County Public Health Department — and they would tell you the same thing. Cook pointed out that in the last 20 years, influenza has been the No. 7 cause of death in the United States, with a yearly average of 36,000 to 48,000 deaths. He also pointed out that four years ago the H1N1 flu virus alone resulted in over 12,000 deaths in the U.S. Prior to this year, the shot provided protection against three strains of flu. But now the shot, which is offered in a wide variety of ways, protects against four strains of flu viruses. “The new quadrivalent vaccine is a big improve-

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Brenda Causey receives a quadrivalent flu vaccine from Barb Stormer, R.N., at Miami County Public Health Friday in Troy.

ment,� Cook said. “It offers more protection than ever this year.� Last year’s flu season was moderately severe, and Cook stressed the importance of being ready this year. The flu vaccine is strongly recommended for everyone ages six months and older. “The virus changes often, and you need to get your boost of protection each and every year,� he said. Cook said he realizes that flu shots are readily available.Even though that is the case, he went on to explain that there are obvious advantages to getting it from the M.C. Public Health Department. “We offer a variety of flu vaccines — the regular shot, the nasal mist, the intradermal and the high does for seniors,� he said. “You can’t get those kind of options everywhere.� Another thing people can’t get everywhere is a nursing staff that includes 85 years of experience. “I always say when doctors or pharmacies have questions about vaccines,

they call us,� Cook said. “Our nurses have 85 years of experience giving vaccines — that’s tens of thousands of shots,� Cook said, “Not everyone who offers flu shots can offer that kind of expertise and knowledge. Why would you go anywhere else?� Miami Public Health is offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis at the offices in the Hobart Center for Miami County Government. The health department accepts Medicare Part B and almost all insurances. They also accept cash, checks and credit or debit cards, including heath savings cards, as payment. Traditional injectable shots are available, as are nasal mist and intradermal vaccine, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The health department also offers special evening clinics for children each month. For more information about the flu or special clinic days and times, visit the Miami Public Health’s website at www. or call (937) 573-35000 option seven.

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n Bengals fall to Packers

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Nugent’s 54-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The AFC North-leading Bengals (5-2) won a game for the second straight week by the same score thanks to Nugent’s right foot. He made an overtime kick to give Cincinnati a win after it blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead at Buffalo The Lions (4-3) looked like they did enough to send the game to OT, but rookie Sam Martin shanked a punt just 28 yards to midfield in the final minute.

n OSU holds on for win

COLUMBUS (AP) — Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead No. 4 Ohio State to a 34-24 victory over Iowa on Saturday. It was the Buckeyes’ 19th consecutive victory, the most in the nation and tying the second-best streak in school history. But it didn’t come easy. The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) dominated offensively in the first half and led 21-14 at the break behind the passing of Jake Rudock and running of Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock. Hyde tied it with the first rushing TD against Iowa this season on Ohio State’s first drive of the third quarter, and the Buckeyes took over.

n Browns fall to Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers guided an undermanned offense with 260 yards and three touchdowns, Eddie Lacy ran for another score, and the Packers grinded out a 31-13 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns. Lacy finished with 82 yards, while tight end Jermichael Finley had a 10-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter before leaving with a neck injury. Green Bay (4-2) won its third straight game. Rodgers finished 25 for 36 in methodically carving up Cleveland (3-4) despite already being without two of his top targets in injured receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb. The defense took care of the rest against struggling quarterback Brandon Weeden, who was 17 for 42 for 149 yards. The Browns’ Jordan Cameron caught a 2-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.


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Monday, October 21, 2013

Lady Cav spikers win sectional

Lehman gets past scrappy Tri-Village team Rob Kiser

kinds of things you expect from your seniors.” The pattern continued in the third game. Lehman opened a 6-1 lead, only to see the Patriots tied the game at 7. Tri-Village was still hanging around at 12-8 when Chapman took over. Paulus led Lehman, 17-8, with 12 kills and seven digs, while Cain had 16 assists and five kills. Chapman had seven kills and seven aces, Schmitz had five digs and five aces and Slagle added five kills.

Call Sports Editor

TROY — It was not a flawless performance by any means. But, Lehman Catholic volleyball coach Greg Snipes like the way his team finished in a 25-15, 25-14, 25-11 win over Tri-Village in a Troy D-IV sectional final Saturday. The Lady Cavaliers return to the Troy Activities Center Saturday to face the Catholic Central-Newton winner at 5:30 p.m. in a district final. After Tri-Village had closed within 13-9 in the final game, Sidney Chapman had a kill for sideout and served eighth straight points including four aces, to open a 22-9 margin. “She was only a couple points from finishing it out,” Snipes said. Ellie Cain and Erica Paulus had kills during the run and after another Cain kill, a Margo Baker served ended it. “You want the kids to take it one match at a time,” Snipes said. “But, they know we are going to have a tough match Saturday. I really liked the way they stepped up at the end and finished the match.” In the opening game, Lehman

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Marianne Hissong (11) and Sidney Chapman (8) go up for a block Saturday for Lehman.

jumped out to a 7-2 lead, before Tri-Village closed to within 13-11. Chapman had a kill and Ava Schmitz served eighth straight points with three aces, two kills by Chapman and one by Olivia Slagle. Slagle finished things off at 24-15 with an ace. In the second game, an ace by Paulus helped Lehman take

an 11-3 lead. After Tri-Village closed within 18-12, Paulus had two kills for sideouts and two aces to make it 22-13. At 23-14, Ellie Sargent served consecutive aces to finish out the game. “I thought both Erica (Paulus) and Ellie (Cain) played well all over tonight,” Snipes said. “And those are the

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Erica Paulus passes the ball Saturday against Tri-Village.

Lady Raiders spikers cruise Wilson ‘kills’ school record in win Rob Kiser

Call Sports Editor

TIPP CITY — The Russia volleyball team kept its focus Saturday afternoon. And outside hitter Kylie Wilson put her name in the Lady Raider record books and got some congratulations from her teammates during a 25-6, 25-11, 25-16 win over Riverside in a Tippecanoe D-IV sectional semifinal match. The Lady Raiders, 17-7, will play Mechanicsburg in the sectional final at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tippecanoe High School. “I would say there was a relaxed feeling today,” Russia coach Todd Wion said. “The girls have done a good job (staying focused). We have taken a few steps backwards at times, but they always come back strong.” Late in the opening game, Wilson tied Roni Homan’s school record of 299 kills in a season. “Coach (Todd Wion) was looking at the records a couple weeks ago and that is the first time I even knew I was close,” Wilson said. “After the first game (Saturday), he told me I needed one more (kill).” Wilson didn’t mess around, sending the ball to the floor on the Riverside side after a Camille Puthoff serve on the opening point of game two. “It was nice (to get the record),” Wilson said. “We just want to keep focused as a team and keep moving on (in the tournament).” Wion immediately called timeout.

“I was going to call timeout when it happened — whether we needed it or not,” Wion said. “I wanted to give all the girls a chance to congratulate her (Kylie Wilson).” She didn’t stop there. Wilson had kills on four of Russia’s first five points in the game and finished the match with 11, running her total to 306. “She (Kylie Wilson) is having a great season and it is a great accomplishment,” Wion said. The Lady Raiders were on top of their game for the most part Saturday. They jumped out to a quick 13-3 lead in the opening game, with Wilson recording two kills and an ace during the run and Puthoff adding two kills. At 23-6, Puthoff served an ace, before Wilson finished things with a kill. Cassie Pleiman had a seven-point run at the service line in the second game as Russia opened a 16-6 lead and cruised to the game from there. She had an ace during the run, while Taylor Daniel had a kill and Puthoff added a spike. Russia emptied the bench during the third game. “It is always good to get the young kids in there and let them get some experience,” Wion said. Daniel finished with 27 assists and five kills, while Wilson had 11 digs and three aces to go with her kills. Puthoff had five kills and four aces, while Maggie Kearns had four kills and three aces. Pleiman added seven digs from the back row.

Lady Vikings ‘finish’ Anna: Josh Brown

Sports Editor

BROOKVILLE — History, rivalry — in the end, only one thing made the difference. Miami East’s talent for closing. With rival Anna holding slim leads in each set, the secondseeded Vikings won 10 of the

final 14 points in the first, 10 of the final 12 in the second and the final six points of the match in the third to complete a 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of the No. 3 Rockets in the Division III volleyball sectional championship match Saturday at Brookville High School. Not only was the win the 100th in the careers of Miami East seniors Sam Cash, Allison


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Russia’s Kylie Wilson, 12, breaks the school record for kills with this kill shot for the first point of the second game.

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Raiders’ Maggie Kearns, 14, and Claire Sherman, 9, make a block.

Miami East spikers win in three games

Morrett, Angie Mack and Trina and Ashley Current, but it was also the third year in a row that the Vikings (21-4) have eliminated the Rockets. The past two seasons, Miami East did so at the regional level on its way to back-to-back state championships. In fact, the last time the Vikings were defeated in the postseason was when their


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seniors were freshmen three years ago — in the sectional title game, on Brookville’s floor, by Anna. “It feels great. We wanted to beat them bad,” said Mack, who had 11 kills, four aces, a block and five digs to lead the way statistically … on her birthday, too boot. “Whenever we play them, it’s always intense.” See VIKINGS | 8

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8 Monday, October 21, 2013 • Piqua Daily Call

Russia boys win district title Four teams advance to regionals

TROTWWOD — The Piqua boys finished their season at the D-I B district cross country race at Miami Valley Career Tech Center Saturday. Andy Mayse just missed qualifying for regionals. He needed a top 16 finish and the freshman was 18th in 18:38. Piqua finished ninth as a team. Other Indian runners included Dylan Jacobs, 45, 19:47; Mitchell Bim-Merle, 60 20:49; Isiah Garber, 62, 21:12; Bryan Mayse, 63, 21:19; Josh Hanes, 68, 21:53. D-III A Race TROTWOOD — The Russia and Covington boys cross country teams finished 1-2 to advance to the D-III regional during Saturday’s district meet at the Miami Valley Career Tech Center. Miami East’s Josh Ewing advanced as an individual. Russia won with 34 points, while Covington was second with 89. The Raider runners included Caleb Ball, 3, 17:22.52; Jordan Gariety, 4, 17:29.94; Steven Stickel, 6, 17:34.07; Trevor Monnin, 10, 17:53.07; Bryan Drees, 11, 17:56.30; Alex Seger, 12, 18:02.52; Ethan Monnier, 13, 18:04.68.

The Bucc runners included Lane White, 8, 17:38.82; Nate Dunn, 9, 17:45.08; Alex Schilling, 17, 18:16.88; Steven Shane, 27, 19:08.03; Sam Sherman, 28, 19:15.58; Daniel Jennings, 33, 19:29.26; Tyler Henry, 35, 19:42.30. Miami East finished fifth. Ewing took 14th in 18:07.51. Other Viking runners included Luke Mengos, 18, 18:21.74; Matthew Amheiser, 19, 18:21.74; Ben Marlow, 30, 19:24.49; Evan Pemberton, 32, 19:28.01; Brandon Mack, 36, 19:46.23; Hunter Sharp, 39, 19:58.58. Bradford runners included Rayce Grigg, 47, 20:59.63; Chip Gade, 49, 21:11.10; Rhyan Turner, 57, 22:18.88; Nathan Rose, 62, 24:03.18. D-III B Race TROTWOOD — The Lehman boys and two Houston runners advanced in the D-III B race Saturday at the Miami Valley Career Tech Center on to next week’s regional race. Lehman finished second as a team. Joe Fuller led the Cavaliers, finishing second in 17:08. Other Lehman runners included Nick Elsner, 14, 18:20; Gabe Berning, 20,

18:49; Isaiah Winhoven, 24, 18:57; John Schmiesing, 25, 18:58; Brandon Simmons, 50, 20:39; Erik Jackson, 54, 21:01. Houston’s Devon Jester and Troy Riley both advanced as individuals. Jester was ninth in 18:04; and Riley was 16th in 18:22. Other Wildcat runners included Azen Reier, 23, 18:56; Isaiah Beaver, 53, 21:01; Corey Slusser, 59, 22:15; Derrek Mayse, 63, 23:15. D-III C Race TROTWOOD — Versailles and Newton’s Brady McBride advanced to the regional meet from Saturday’s D-III C district race at Miami Valley Career Tech Center. Versailles finished second was led by Richie Ware’s second-place finish in 17:32, one second behind winner Zach Bowen of Cedarville. Other Tiger runners included Andrew Kramer, 12, 18:42; Tyler Rose, 13, 18:44; Noah Pleiman, 16, 18:55; Cole Albers, 20, 19:17; Matt Mangen, 23, 19:22; Jacob Rose, 26, 19:27. McBride finished fourth in 17:55. Also for Newton, Brett Sullivan was 48th in 21:15.

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Newton’s Brady McBride leads a group of runners Saturday.

Five teams advance in D-III cross country Shell, Heitmeyer, Borchers win district races

TROTWOOD — The Piqua girls cross country team finished seventh in the Division I B district race Saturday at the Miami Valley Career Tech Center. Piqua runners included Courtney Bensman, 33, 23:18; Kylie Hays, 47, 25:53; Emily Wenrick, 48, 26:06; Juliya Hsiang, 52, 26:41;Claire Hilleary, 57, 28:06; Amy Hall, 60, 28:58; Joling Hsiang, 64, 30:21. D-III A race TROTWOOD — Covington’s Carly Shell won the D-III A district race Saturday at the Miami Valley Career Tech Center, leading the Lady Buccs to a second-place finish. Covington advanced as a team, while Bradford junior Bailey Brewer advanced as an individual. Shell was clocked in 19:33.68. The rest of the Covington runners included Anna Dunn, 4, 20:12.42; Hannah Retz, 7, 20:45.75; Julianna Yingst,

23, 22:36.97; Heidi Cron, 24, 22:41.34; Cassidy Cain, 32, 24:23.68; Briana Grilliot, 43, 26:11.25. Brewer was eighth in 21:06.87. The remaining Lady Railroader runners included Adria Roberts, 37, 25:12.96; Molli Lavey, 45, 26:23.90; Gabby Fair, 57, 28:17.21. D-III B race TROTWOOD — The Lehman girls pulled off a 1-2 finish at the D-III B district race Saturday at the Miami Valley Career Tech Center, while Versailles, Miami East and Lehman finished 1-2-3 in the team standings to advance on to the regional meet. Versailles won with 45 points. Lady Tigers runners included Murphy Grow, 5, 20:26; Madison Grilliot, 7, 20:45; Lexi Fliehman, 10, 21:32; Brooke Pothast, 11, 21:47; Katelyn Goettemoeller, 12, 21:58; Jadyn Barga, 14, 22:26; Camille Watren, 21, 23:09.

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Covington’s Carly Shell won a D-III district race Saturday

East was second with 64. Lady Viking runners included Marie Ewing, 8, 21:09; Abigail Amheiser, 9, 21:19; Lorenza Savini, 13, 22:18; Abby Hawkins, 15, 22:27; Sami Sands, 19, 23:04; Erin Augustus, 24, 23:36; Abby Bollinger, 40, 25:51. Lehman was third with 77. Caroline Heitmeyer won the race in 19:35, while Jenna Zimmerman was second in 20:01. Also running for the Lady Cavs was Janelle Gravunder, 16, 22:39; Katie Heckman, 27, 23:58; Theresa Schmiesing, 35, 24:27; Julia Harrelson, 53, 28:06. Houston finished eighth. Lady Wildcat runners places and times included Emma Mertz, 18, 22:55; Heidi Cox, 47, 26:51; Kaitlyn Ellison, 48, 26:52; Kayode Momon, 57, 30:09; Caitlin Ryan, 60, 31:53; Terrie Powell, 62, 33:49; Brittany Timmerman, 64,

34:10. D-III C race TROTWOOD — Emily Borchers and Lauren Heaton combined for a 1-3 finish at the D-III district race Saturday at the Miami Valley Career Tech Center leading Russia to the team title and advancing the Lady Raiders on to the regional meet. Russia won with 49, while Xenia Christian was a distant second with 85. Borchers won in 20:13, 24 seconds ahead of Catholic Central’s Emily Belovich. Heaton was third in 20:43. Also running for the Lady Raiders were Molly Kearns, 6, 21:01; Karissa Voisard, 8, 21:13; Claudia Monnin, 13, 21:46; Kirstin Voisard, 14, 21:47; Emilie Frazier, 17, 22:18. Running for Newton were Jasmine Ingle, 36, 26:05; Rose Studebaker, 41, 27:26; Megan Zielenski, 43, 28:07; Vivian Brauer, 45, 29:19.

Piqua boys fall to Beavercreek Vikings BEAVERCREEK — The top seeded Beavercreek boys soccer team was too much for Piqua, winning 8-0 Saturday in D-I sectional action. “We were simply outmatched against state ranked Beavercreek in a second round sectional matchup,” Piqua coach Nick Guidera said. “When you play perennial powerhouse teams such as Beavercreek, the mental game is the key. We didn’t show up in the first half, like the guys didn’t have the confidence to be on the field.” Late in the first half and then into the second half, Piqua began to move the ball around and positive things began to happen. There weren’t many scoring opportunities for Piqua but they gave Beavercreek a bit of a scare on a few corner kicks and free kicks earned. “The team played with a lot of passion and effort in the second half it was just too late by then,” Guidera said. “Although the season has come to an end we are continuing to make positive progress with the program. Finishing with a 9-8-1 record (best in nearly a decade) , and posting a tournament win shows the growth made in the last few years. I am proud of what we were able to accom-

plish this season and anxious to see what the future brings.” It was the finals game for seniors Griffen Jennings, Ethan Trapp, Devon Parshall, Hunter Comstock, Xavier Harrison, Jacob Newbright, Antonio Valdez, Jaron Cantrell, Ryan Burch, Robert BimMerle and Sean Murphy. Cavs edge Bees TIPP CITY — The Lehman Boys soccer team defeated the Bethel Bees in second round tournament action Saturday night 1-0. The Bees had defeated Lehman earlier in the year on a penalty kick with just minutes on the clock. “Our four seniors really stepped up their game tonight and the younger guys followed their lead,” Lehman coach Tom Thornton said. ‘Nick Earhart played his best game in goal this year. He made a couple of incredible saves for us. It was a really good win.” Lehman dominated play through much of the game. They got on the board with 25 minutes left in the game. The goal was set up when a throw-in by Rocco Catanzarite found the foot of Peter Comer. Comer crossed the ball and Joseph Simpson got just enough leg on it to beat Bethel keeper Kurt Hamlin. The Bees put pressure on

the Cavaliers defense the last 8 minutes of the game. But Earhart made 2 diving stops that sealed the win. “We will have to be ready to play Tuesday night,” Thornton said. “We will be playing on turf for the first time this year and that is a little different.” The Cavaliers had 8 shots on goal while Earhart had 8 saves. Lehman improves to 6-6-3 and plays Greeneview Tuesday at 7 in Bellbrook. Bethel finishes at 12-4-2. Newton advances XENIA — Newton senior Logan Welbaum scored the night’s only goal as the No. 13 Indians scored in the first half and held on to upset No. 8 Xenia Christian 1-0 in the Division III sectional tournament. Newton will face top-seeded Catholic Central Tuesday at Fairmont for the sectional championship. East boys lose CASSTOWN — For the second postseason game in a row, the No. 11 Miami East Vikings took the game to penalty kicks, but this time No. 12 Botkins was able to get the better of them for a 5-4 victory in the Division III sectional tournament.

From page 7 “Yeah, this one felt awesome,” Morrett said. “They just made us better. That’s what happened today. I just don’t want it to end.” “It was the battle we thought it would be,” Miami East coach John Cash said. “We knew they were hungry to beat us after we knocked them out of the tournament the past two years. I thought we did a nice job of playing side-out ball when we needed to, and when we needed to make runs at the end of games, we scored. We didn’t even wait for them to make errors. We executed and scored. “We pride ourselves on our serve. A lot of people try to hit zones, to get the other team out of their game. Our purpose is to score. Our serve is a weapon.” And when it counted most, Morrett was often the one pulling the trigger. Anna led as late as 17-15 in the first set, but Morrett (seven kills, three aces, nine digs)

served four straight points — including an ace that dropped on the back line to close out the run — that made it a 20-17 game. Anna got as close as 22-21, but a kill by Mack, a big block by Ashley Current (two kills, one ace, two blocks, six digs, 13 assists) and an Anna error put an end to the game. In the second game, Anna led 18-15 before another run by Morrett gave the Vikings a onepoint lead. An error tied the score at 19-19, but Anna Kiesewetter (seven digs) served up four straight points, including a huge block by Trina Current (five kills, one ace, three blocks). Sam Cash (three kills, one block, six digs, 13 assists) gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead with a kill two points later. And in the third game, Mack served three straight aces and and five straight points to give Miami East an early 6-1 edge, but the Rockets fought back and even held a 21-19

lead. “I knew deep down we’d pull through,” Mack said “I’ve been playing with these girls a long time. I just had a gut feeling. I trust in them all and just knew we’d do it.” An Anna service error gave the ball to Morrett, and she served up five straight points — including two aces, a kill by Mack and a critical block by Karson Mahaney (one kills, three blocks) — to put the match away. “It feels awesome,” Morrett said of ending the match on such a service run. “And it’s not because of pressure either. It’s just the will to win. You’ve just got to have it. You can’t get lost in what’s going on around you, the crowd, the other team. You’ve just got to focus on this next serve, one more time, one at a time.” Miami East moves on to the district final at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Tippecanoe, where it will face the winner of Monday’s BadinReading matchup.



Monday, October 21, 2013


Grass can’t slow down Piqua back Yeomans keeps chewing up yardage; Indians win second straight ROB KISER Sports Editor

GREENVILLE — Nothing else has been able to slow down Piqua junior running back Trent Yeomans — so would the wet grass at Harmon Field Friday night? Not a chance. Yeomans rushed for 286 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. He is closing in on 1,500 yards for the season and found the end zone four more times Friday night to up his total to 18 on the season. "The big question before this game was, 'Is Trent (Yeomans) an all-terrain back'," Piqua coach Bill Nees said, referring to the fact Piqua's previous six games had been played on turf. "Trent had done it on grass before, but Toledo Rogers (week one) had been awhile." And while there may have been a few slips early, Yeomans quickly adjusted and it was Greenville defenders left on the ground in his wake. "It wasn't a big deal," Yeomans said. "I just had to make softer cuts." All this after rushing for jut 250 yards on 60 carries as sophomore. "The offensive line is doing an amazing job," Yeomans said. "It has all been great." ■ There is no question the game turned on


Colton Bachaman heads towards the end zone on the final play of the half. Piqua's score in the final 46 seconds of the first half, with Colton Bachman scoring on the final play of the half. What shouldn't be forgotten was how Piqua was in position to do that. Derrick Gullett picked up a low kick off at the Piqua 20 and took off down the right sideline for 43 yards to the Greenville 37 and give Piqua the op-

portunity. After that, a 25-yard pass from Dan Monnin to Yeomans led to a 12-yard TD pass to Colton Bachman on the final play of the half. "The big thing about that was we were getting the ball to start the second half," Nees said. "We put together a six-minute drive to start the second half, the defense got

rolling and the whole thing changed." ■ For the second straight game, Piqua's depth appeared to swing the game. Both Sidney and Greenville are teams that play a number of players both ways. In those two games, Piqua has won the first half 40-37 and the second half 57-7.

"We are fortunate not to have to play anyone both ways," Nees said. "When we get in that situation (facing teams that don't have that luxury), we have to take advantage of it." ■ Monnin, in his first year as a starting quarterback, continues to do a great job managing the offense. He has thrown for 998 yards, with a 50 percent completion percentage. More importantly, he has thrown just four interceptions and his plus 10 TD to interception ration (14 TD passes) is something that would make any coach happy. Add to that his composure on the final play of the first half — when the play was designed to go to Tate Honeycutt, who was covered — and Monnin didn't panic or force a throw, finding Bachman at the 10 and letting the receiver do the rest. He threw for two TDs Friday and ran for another. ■ The Indians (3-5, 2-1), still have a chance to finish 4-1 in the GWOC North — with Butler visiting Friday, before traveling to Troy for the finale — and continue to build momentum. "We went through a tough stretch," Yeomans said. "Now, we are showing people what we can do." Led by an "All-Terrain" back.

Piqua-Greenville By The Numbers

YARDSTICK PHS GHS First Downs 28 26 Rushing Yards 365 154 Passing Yards 127 253 Comp.-Att.-Int. 7-19-0 19-25-0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1 Penalties 4-42 10-77 Punts-Avg 1-38 3-17.7 Score By Quarters Piqua 3 20 21 7 — 51 Greenville 13 7 0 7 — 27 Scoring Summary 1.Piqua — Caleb Vallieu, 26yard field goal. 2.Greenville — Ryan Drew, 4yard run (Javier Bixler kick). 3.Greenville — Zach Comer, 34-yard pass from Ryan Drew (kick failed). 4.Piqua — Trent Yeomans, 26yard run (Caleb Vallieu kick). 5.Piqua —Noah Lyman, 35yard pass from Dan Monnin (Caleb Vallieu kick). 6.Greenville — lKendall Hemer, 14-yard pass from Clay Guillozet (Javier Bixler kick). 7.Piqua — Colton Bachman, 12-yard pass from Dan Monnin (kick failed). 8.Piqua — Dan Monnin, 10yard run (Caleb Vallieu kick). 9.Piqua — Trent Yeomans, 15yard run (Caleb Vallieu kick). 10.Piqua — Trent Yeomans, 2yard run (Caleb Vallieu kick). 11.Piqua — Trent Yeomans, 25-yard run (Caleb Vallieu kick). 12.Greenville — Clay Guillozet, 1-yard run (Javier Bixler kick). Individual Statistics Piqua — Rushing: Trent Yeomans 25-286, Austin Reedy 736, Tate Honeycutt 3-33, Dan Monnin 1-10, Rupert Delacruz 10. Greenville: Clay Guillozet 1070, Ryan Eldridge 18-63, Allen Tabler 2-16, Ryan Drew 4-3, Zach Comer 3-1, Bryce Jenkinson 1-0, Logan Eldridge 1-0. Passing — Piqua: Dan Monnin 7-19-0 127. Greenville: Clay Guillozet 18-24-0 219, Ryan Drew

1-1-0 34.

Receiving — Piqua: Noah Lyman 3-63, Trent Yeomans 126, Noah Gertner 1-15, Colton Bachman 1-12, Tate Honeycutt 1-11. Greenville: Zach Comer 7105, Allen Tabler 8-97, Ryan Eldridge 2-25, Kendall Hemer 1-14, Ryan Drew 1-12.

Record Book Auto Racing

Camping World 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Camping World RV Sales 500 Results Sunday At Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, Ala. Lap length: 2.66 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (9) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 188 laps, 115.2 rating, 47 points, $236,345. 2. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 188, 119.3, 43, $180,210. 3. (21) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 188, 105.5, 42, $187,596. 4. (34) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 188, 98.9, 40, $154,726. 5. (27) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 188, 79, 40, $162,068. 6. (7) David Ragan, Ford, 188, 74, 39, $133,618. 7. (24) David Gilliland, Ford, 188, 68.9, 37, $122,293. 8. (4) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 188, 91.1, 36, $128,235. 9. (17) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 188, 64.5, 35, $128,493. 10. (20) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 188, 85.7, 35, $132,793. 11. (6) Greg Biffle, Ford, 188, 90.9, 34, $106,710. 12. (33) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 188, 65.6, 32, $134,071. 13. (11) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 188, 119.2, 33, $140,346. 14. (19) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 188, 70.5, 31, $131,671. 15. (36) Michael McDowell, Ford, 188, 70.4, 29, $90,310. 16. (18) Joey Logano, Ford, 188, 97.2, 29, $115,343. 17. (5) Carl Edwards, Ford, 188, 82.6, 28, $121,660. 18. (30) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 188, 98.1, 27, $113,030. 19. (38) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 188, 66.2, 25, $108,468. 20. (12) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 188, 94.4, 25, $122,076. 21. (2) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 188, 85.5, 24, $98,460. 22. (1) Aric Almirola, Ford, 188, 81.7, 23, $122,046. 23. (26) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 188, 73.2, 0, $84,735. 24. (35) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 188, 69.1, 0, $104,018. 25. (39) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 188, 54.2, 20, $94,057. 26. (16) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, accident, 187, 81.5, 0, $127,535. 27. (10) Casey Mears, Ford, accident, 187, 63, 18, $96,510. 28. (37) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 187, 43.3, 16, $83,360. 29. (13) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 187, 72.3, 15, $133,651. 30. (14) Josh Wise, Ford, 187, 37.6, 0, $84,035. 31. (31) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 187, 47.6, 0, $79,880. 32. (22) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 187, 41.9, 12, $87,660. 33. (23) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 187, 64.6, 11, $79,510. 34. (29) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 187, 42.5, 11, $87,310. 35. (40) Terry Labonte, Ford, 187, 34.1, 10, $79,135. 36. (28) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 186, 32.5, 9, $96,980. 37. (43) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 183, 44, 0, $78,846. 38. (15) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, engine, 142, 66.3, 6, $93,625. 39. (3) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 134, 71, 5, $97,039. 40. (25) David Reutimann, Toyota, engine, 119, 46.3, 4, $65,825. 41. (32) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, accident, 78, 40.6, 3, $89,039. 42. (42) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, engine, 60, 25, 0, $57,825. 43. (41) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, engine, 2, 25.3, 0, $54,325. Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 178.795 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours, 47 minutes, 49 seconds. Margin of Victory: Under Caution. Caution Flags: 3 for 10 laps. Lead Changes: 52 among 20 drivers. Top 12 in Points: 1. J.Johnson, 2,254; 2. M.Kenseth, 2,250; 3. Ky.Busch, 2,228; 4. K.Harvick, 2,228; 5. J.Gordon, 2,220; 6. D.Earnhardt Jr., 2,202; 7. G.Biffle, 2,201; 8. C.Bowyer, 2,197; 9. Ku.Busch, 2,193; 10. C.Edwards, 2,186; 11. R.Newman, 2,182; 12. J.Logano, 2,179.


World Series Glance World Series Glance All Times EDT WORLD SERIES (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) All games televised by Fox St. Louis vs. Boston Wednesday, Oct. 23: St. Louis (Wainwright 19-9)

Detroit Chicago Minnesota West

Prep Tournament Schedule TONIGHT

GIRLS SOCCER D-III At Fairborn Lehman vs. Miami East, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Tippecanoe D-IV Bradford vs. Fort Loramie, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY Boys Soccer D-III At Bellbrook Lehman Catholic vs. Greeneview, 7 p.m. At Fairmont Newton vs. Catholic Central, 7 p.m. Volleyball Tippecanoe D-IV Newton vs. Catholic Central, 6 p.m. Russia vs. Mechanicsburg, 7:30 p.m. Girls Soccer Lehman-Miami East winner vs. Brookville-SCC winner, 7 SATURDAY Regional Cross Country At Troy Division III Girls, 11:30 a.m. Teams Covington: Carly Shell, Anna Dunn, Hannah Retz, Julianna Yingst, Heidi Cron, Cassidy Cain, Briana Grilliot. Versailles: Murphy Grow, Madison Grilliot, Lexi Fliehman, Brooke Pothast, Katelyn Goettemoeller, Jadyn Barga, Camille Watren. Miami East: Marie Ewing, Abigail Amheiser, Lorenza Savini, Abby Hawkins, Sami Sands, Erin Augustus, Abby Bollinger. Lehman Catholic: Caroline Heitmeyer, Jenna Zimmerman, Janelle Gravunder, Katie Heckman, Theresa Schmiesing, Julia Harrellson. Russia: Emily Borchers, Lauren Heaton, Molly Kearns, Karissa Voisard, Claudia Monnin, Kirstin Voisard, Emilie Frazier. Individuals Bailey Brewer, Bradford; Division III Boys, 1:30 p.m. Teams Russia: Caleb Ball, Jordan Gariety, Steven Stickel, Trevor Monnin, Bryan Drees, Alex Seger, Ethan Monnier. Covington: Lane White, Nate Dunn, Alex Schilling, Steven Shane, Sam Sherman, Daniel Jennings, Tyler Henry. Lehman: Joe Fuller, Nick Elsner, Gabe Berning, Isiaiah Winhoven, John Schmiesing, Brandon Simmons, Teddy Jackson. Versailles: Richie Ware, Andrew Kramer, Tyler Rose, Noah Pleiman, Cole Albers, Matt Mangen, Jacob Rose. Individuals Josh Ewing, Miami East; Devon Jester, Houston; Troy Riley, Houston; Brady McBride, Newton. District Volleyball Finals Tippecanoe D-III Versailles vs. Roger Bacon, 4 p.m. Miami East vs. Badin/Reading winner, 5:30 p.m. Troy D-IV Russia-Mechanicsburg winner vs. Jackson Center, 2:30 p.m. Bradford-Fort Loramie winner vs. Mariemont Upper, 4 p.m. Lehman Catholic vs. Newton-Catholic Central winner, 5:30 p.m.


NFL Standings East

National Football League All Times EDT AMERICAN CONFERENCE

New England N.Y. Jets Miami Buffalo South Indianapolis Tennessee Houston

W 5 4 3 3

L 2 3 3 4

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .714 .571 .500 .429

PF 152 134 135 159

PA 127 162 140 178

W 4 3 2

L 2 4 5

T 0 0 0

Pct .667 .429 .286

PF PA 148 98 145 146 122 194

Jacksonville North







W 5 3 3 2

L 2 4 4 4

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .714 .429 .429 .333

PF 148 150 131 107

PA 135 148 156 132

W L T Pct PF Kansas City 7 0 0 1.000 169 Denver 6 0 0 1.000 265 San Diego 4 3 0 .571 168 Oakland 2 4 0 .333 105 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Dallas 4 3 0 .571 200 Philadelphia 3 4 0 .429 169 Washington 2 4 0 .333 152 N.Y. Giants 0 6 0 .000 103 South W L T Pct PF 1 0 .833 161 New Orleans 5 Carolina 3 3 0 .500 139 Atlanta 2 4 0 .333 153 Tampa Bay 0 6 0 .000 87 North W L T Pct PF Green Bay 4 2 0 .667 168

PA 81 158 144 132

Cincinnati Baltimore Cleveland Pittsburgh West

3 3 4

0 0 0

.571 .571 .200

186 213 125

167 206 158

W L T Pct Seattle 6 1 0 .857 San Francisco 5 2 0 .714 St. Louis 3 4 0 .429 Arizona 3 4 0 .429 Thursday's Game Seattle 34, Arizona 22 Sunday's Games Atlanta 31, Tampa Bay 23 Washington 45, Chicago 41 Dallas 17, Philadelphia 3 N.Y. Jets 30, New England 27, OT Buffalo 23, Miami 21 Carolina 30, St. Louis 15 Cincinnati 27, Detroit 24 San Diego 24, Jacksonville 6 San Francisco 31, Tennessee 17 Kansas City 17, Houston 16 Green Bay 31, Cleveland 13 Pittsburgh 19, Baltimore 16 Denver at Indianapolis Open: New Orleans, Oakland Monday's Game Minnesota at N.Y. Giants, 8:40 p.m.

PF 191 176 156 133

PA 116 135 184 161

Bengals Stats


at Boston (Lester 15-8), 8:07 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24: St. Louis at Boston, 8:07 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26: Boston at St. Louis, 8:07 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27: Boston at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. x-Monday, Oct. 28: Boston at St. Louis, 8:07 p.m. x-Wednesday, Oct. 30: St. Louis at Boston, 8:07 p.m. x-Thursday, Oct. 31: St. Louis at Boston, 8:07 p.m.

4 4 1

PA 155 196 184 209 PA 103 83 157 132 PA 127

Bengals-Lions Stats Cincinnati 7 7 10 3—27 Detroit 7 3 7 7—24 First Quarter Cin—Green 82 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), 10:59. Det—Pettigrew 3 pass from Stafford (Akers kick), 3:02. Second Quarter Det—FG Akers 36, 11:43. Cin—M.Jones 12 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), :41. Third Quarter Cin—Eifert 32 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), 10:42. Det—Johnson 27 pass from Stafford (Akers kick), 8:17. Cin—FG Nugent 48, 3:37. Fourth Quarter Det—Johnson 50 pass from Stafford (Akers kick), 11:59. Cin—FG Nugent 54, :00. A—63,207.

AP Top 25 Poll The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 19, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pv 1. Alabama (55) 7-0 1,495 1 2. Oregon (3) 7-0 1,427 2 3. Florida St. (2) 6-0 1,395 5 4. Ohio St. 7-0 1,309 4 5. Missouri 7-0 1,197 14 6. Baylor 6-0 1,189 12 7. Miami 6-0 1,130 10 8. Stanford 6-1 1,118 13 6-1 927 3 9. Clemson 10. Texas Tech 7-0 904 16 11. Auburn 6-1 867 24 12. UCLA 5-1 832 9 13. LSU 6-2 739 6 14. Texas A&M 5-2 683 7 15. Fresno St. 6-0 550 17 16. Virginia Tech 6-1 509 19 17. Oklahoma 6-1 501 18 18. Louisville 6-1 428 8 19. Oklahoma St. 5-1 382 21 20. South Carolina 5-2 381 11 21. UCF 5-1 345 NR 22. Wisconsin 5-2 258 25 23. N. Illinois 7-0 220 23 24. Michigan 6-1 169 NR 25. Nebraska 5-1 117 NR Others receiving votes: Arizona St. 108, Notre Dame 82, Oregon St. 79, Michigan St. 73, Georgia 30, Mississippi 27, Florida 17, Utah 4, Washington 4, Texas 2, BYU 1, Ball St. 1.

USA Today Top 25 The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 19, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Alabama (57) 7-0 1,544 1 2. Oregon (4) 7-0 1,482 2 3. Florida State (1) 6-0 1,410 5 4. Ohio State 7-0 1,382 3 5. Baylor 6-0 1,255 12 6. Miami (Fla.) 6-0 1,186 11 7. Missouri 7-0 1,184 14 8. Stanford 6-1 1,117 13 9. Texas Tech 7-0 981 15 10. Clemson 6-1 913 4 5-1 710 10 11. UCLA 12. Oklahoma 6-1 695 18 13. Oklahoma State 5-1 688 17 13. LSU 6-2 688 8 15. Texas A&M 5-2 622 7

16. Louisville 6-1 571 6 17. Auburn 6-1 537 NR 18. Fresno State 6-0 532 19 19. Virginia Tech 6-1 499 20 20. South Carolina 5-2 468 9 21. Nebraska 5-1 385 21 22. Northern Illinois 7-0 298 23 23. Michigan 6-1 268 24 24. Wisconsin 5-2 195 NR 25. Central Florida 5-1 151 NR Others receiving votes: Michigan State 102; Oregon State 91; Notre Dame 62; Arizona State 51; Georgia 37; Mississippi 17; Texas 11; Houston 6; Florida 4; Brigham Young 3; Ball State 1; Boise State 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1.

Prep Scores Ohio High School Football Scores SATURDAY Cin. Gamble Montessori 72, Cin. Oyler 12 Manchester 24, Cin. College Prep. 6 Miami Valley Christian Academy 42, Cin. Riverview East 36 FRIDAY Ada 45, Harrod Allen E. 14 Anna 49, New Bremen 6 Arcanum 55, Bradford 16 Batavia 27, Bethel-Tate 0 Beavercreek 38, Springfield 12 Bellbrook 17, Brookville 3 Bellefontaine Benjamin Logan 32, St. Paris Graham 29 Casstown Miami E. 24, Lewisburg Tri-County N. 21 Celina 53, Lima Shawnee 14 Cin. Christian 29, Hamilton New Miami 20 Cin. Clark Montessori 48, St. Bernard 0 Cin. Colerain 63, Mason 14 Cin. Country Day 35, Cin. Summit Country Day 27 Cin. Elder 23, Cin. Winton Woods 19 Cin. Glen Este 42, Cin. Anderson 12 Cin. Hills Christian Academy 28, Day. Christian 0 Cin. Indian Hill 38, Cin. Finneytown 7 Cin. Madeira 35, N. Bend Taylor 34 Cin. McNicholas 36, St. Bernard Roger Bacon 7 Cin. Moeller 35, Indpls Cathedral, Ind. 14 Cin. Mt. Healthy 35, Wilmington 10 Cin. N. College Hill 40, Lockland 15 Cin. NW 49, Morrow Little Miami 15 Cin. Oak Hills 38, Middletown 13 Cin. Shroder 35, Cin. Hughes 0 Cin. Turpin 23, Milford 2 Cin. Withrow 38, Cin. Western Hills 0 Clarksville Clinton-Massie 70, Washington C.H. 0 Clayton Northmont 47, Kettering Fairmont 37 Convoy Crestview 50, Spencerville 34 Covington 42, W. Alexandria Twin Valley S. 6 Day. Chaminade Julienne 42, Middletown Fenwick 35 Day. Dunbar 20, Cin. Taft 13 Day. Meadowdale 20, Lees Creek E. Clinton 15 Day. Oakwood 43, Monroe 13 Defiance 49, Van Wert 35 Defiance Tinora 27, Haviland Wayne Trace 16 DeGraff Riverside 40, Waynesfield-Goshen 8 Delphos Jefferson 68, Montpelier 0 Delphos St. John's 27, Versailles 23 Fairfield 19, Cin. Sycamore 13 Fairfield Christian 62, Millersport 14 Findlay Liberty-Benton 35, Leipsic 12 Franklin 52, Eaton 27 Franklin Middletown Christian 18, Troy Christian 0 Ft. Loramie 54, McGuffey Upper Scioto Valley 0 Germantown Valley View 28, Carlisle 14 Hamilton Badin 48, Cin. Purcell Marian 14 Harrison 49, Hamilton Ross 0 Huber Hts. Wayne 42, Centerville 35 Jamestown Greeneview 41, Spring. NE 34 Kenton 62, Lima Bath 6 Kettering Alter 49, Day. Carroll 0 Lebanon 35, Fairborn 14 Lewistown Indian Lake 65, Spring. Greenon 6 Lima Cent. Cath. 17, Bluffton 14 Lima Perry 25, Day. Jefferson 20 Lima Sr. 55, Oregon Clay 28 Maria Stein Marion Local 47, Coldwater 14 Mechanicsburg 56, Spring. Cath. Cent. 8 Middletown Madison Senior 62, Camden Preble Shawnee 30 Milton-Union 28, New Lebanon Dixie 13 Minster 35, Ft. Recovery 13 Mt. Orab Western Brown 34, Batavia Amelia 7 N. Lewisburg Triad 42, S. Charleston SE 6 New Paris National Trail 18, Tipp City Bethel 16 New Richmond 56, Goshen 24 Ottawa-Glandorf 10, Elida 0 Oxford Talawanda 28, Trenton Edgewood 26 Piqua 51, Greenville 27 Reading 31, Cin. Deer Park 0 Sidney Lehman 61, Ridgeway Ridgemont 6 Spring. Kenton Ridge 33, Riverside Stebbins 12 Spring. Shawnee 34, Bellefontaine 33 Springboro 24, Miamisburg 17 St. Henry 21, Rockford Parkway 7 Tipp City Tippecanoe 42, New Carlisle Tecumseh 0 Trotwood-Madison 72, Troy 6 Union City Mississinawa Valley 38, Ansonia 20 Urbana 51, Spring. NW 26 Vandalia Butler 20, Sidney 19 W. Carrollton 50, Xenia 16 W. Chester Lakota W. 66, Cin. Princeton 7 W. Liberty-Salem 21, Cedarville 17 Waynesville 69, Day. Northridge 20

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Veterans flocking to college as wars wind down KEVIN FREKING Associated Press

TOLEDO (AP) — Adam Fisher isn’t your typical college freshman. At 25, he’s older than most of his classmates. He’s married, too. And while most of his fellow students spent the past couple years in high school, Fisher was dodging bullets and roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now a civilian, Fisher is trying to make the transition from the battlefields to the classrooms of the University of Toledo. About two months into a new mission, he is far from alone. Some 1 million veterans and their dependents have enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities over the past four years, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. This influx of veterans has come with the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and more generous financial incentives that generally cover a veteran’s tuition, housing and books. Many veterans face an array of challenges in making the transition to college life. Some are medical. Fisher, who heard the screams of a soldier burning to death and had a buddy die in his arms, participates in group therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. He also has some hearing loss. “It’s hard for me to be around so many people,” he said. “I don’t like it. It makes me feel very uncomfortable.” Other challenges are academic. Veterans often have to sharpen their math, reading and study skills after being away from school for so long. They face cultural hurdles, too. While many other freshmen are testing their independence after moving away from home for the first time, some of the veterans back in school are supporting a family, working evenings and weekends. Veterans also must navigate the VA bureaucracy to ensure that their tuition and other aid, such as housing or disability benefits, are paid on time. Now, increasing numbers of colleges and universities are taking concrete steps to help them make the transition, the University of Toledo among

AP Photo | Daniel Miller, University of Toledo)

In this Sept. 14, 2013 photo provided by the University of Toledo, U.S. Army veteran Clinton “Mick” Grantham, right, receives the Hero of the Game award from U.S. Navy Lt. Haraz Ghanbari, the university’s military liaison during a college football game in Toledo. When Grantham, 43, enrolled at Toledo after back and neck problems forced him out of the Army, he plowed through his savings waiting for his disability benefits to kick in. Ghanbari arranged for the local American Legion to provide Grantham with a $500 grant, and pointed him to a job opening with the university’s grounds crew. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Grantham majors in social work with an emphasis on veterans.

them. Nearly 400 veterans, including Fisher, are attending class this fall at the school. The president, Lloyd Jacobs, a former Marine, said they “bring strength to our culture, bring strength to our university that’s unparalleled.” The American Council on Education says about 71 percent of some 700 colleges and universities responding to a recent survey had an office or department dedicated exclusively to serving veterans. Before the Post-9/11 GI Bill kicked in, a 2009 survey put that percentage at 49 percent. About two-thirds had clubs or organizations composed of veterans, double from the 2009 survey. Student Veterans of America, a coalition of student veterans on college campuses around the world, has branched out from fewer than 20 campuses to more than 880 in recent years. Michael Dakduk, the group’s outgoing executive director, said colleges have adjusted to the wave of veterans by hir-

ing people exclusively to serve them and their dependents. Schools also are establishing peer mentoring and tutoring programs. The extra resources give veterans the sense they don’t have to face the challenges of college life on their own, he said. The VA has placed counselors on 92 college campuses. The counselors connect students to local VA medical care and help them apply for other benefits. About 500 veterans attend school at Florida State University, an increase of about 40 percent from the previous fall. The school offers a class just for veterans called “strategies for veteran success.” It’s designed to boost their confidence and allows them to meet other veterans. The university holds a job fair for all students, but opens it up a day early for veterans on campus. It also allows students to defer many expenses, such as their books and meal plan, because of the time it takes to get VA payments processed.

Officials at Florida State and Toledo say they hope other students will learn from the veterans. “They bring life experiences, they bring leadership skills, they bring discipline, they bring a maturity to the campus,” said Reinhart Lerch, communications director for Florida State’s student veterans center, which opened in 2011. Toledo also opened its veterans’ center in 2011. It’s basically a one-stop clearinghouse for veterans or their dependents. At Toledo, they have a go-to person in military liaison Haraz Ghanbari, a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve. When Mick Grantham, 43, enrolled at Toledo after back and neck problems forced him out of the Army, he plowed through his savings waiting for his disability benefits to kick in. Ghanbari, a former photographer for The Associated Press, arranged for the local American Legion to provide Grantham with a $500 grant. He pointed Grantham to a job opening with the university’s grounds crew. He also nominat-

ed Grantham to be honored as the hero of the game at a recent Toledo football game. Grantham is an example of the age and cultural divide that some student veterans face. He strongly believes his time in Afghanistan served an important purpose, and it has bothered him to hear some of the younger students criticize the war during his government studies class. “I told them, ‘You know, I lost nine friends. I’ve lost two since I’ve been home. Those guys didn’t complain. We did our job. You can’t tell me there’s no reason for us to be there.’” The VA is working with Student Veterans of America to study how well veterans fare upon returning to college. To date, there is little data on the issue. One study, conducted in 2009, just before the Post 9/11 GI Bill kicked in, found that veterans entering college in the 2003-04 school year were more likely to have left school without getting their degree or certificate. But the difference was narrow — 39.5 percent for veterans versus 35 percent for nonveterans. Veterans at Toledo said the transition always involves some adjustment. John McCarter, 33, a former staff sergeant in the Army who left with a medical discharge after serving 13 years, said that memory loss is a problem. He has a traumatic brain injury and wears a hearing aid as a result of a roadside bomb that exploded under a vehicle he was riding in. “I usually have to write things down. If I don’t write them down, I’m probably not going to remember it,” said McCarter, who hopes to become a sports journalist. While there are adjustments they’ve had to make, many veterans also believe their military service gives them an edge in the classroom. “I work 10 times harder than what I did in high school,” said Fisher, who wants to get into the medical profession, perhaps as a pediatric nurse. “The Army gave me a sense of self-respect and confidence, and they really show you hard work does pay off.”

Deputies clear Kasich ‘optimistic’ on Medicaid expansion courthouse of homeless JOHN COYNE Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Gov. John Kasich said Friday that he’s feeling optimistic ahead of a legislative panel’s vote on funding an extension of the Medicaid health program to cover more low-income Ohioans. The Republican spoke at the Cleveland Clinic, using one of the nation’s best known hospitals to make his pitch. He was joined by

AP Photo | Tony Dejak

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Cleveland Clinic, using one of the nation’s best known hospitals to make a final public push for Medicaid expansion on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Kasich said he’s optimistic ahead of a legislative panel vote on whether the state will extend Medicaid coverage to more Ohioans under the federal health care law.

advocates who support expansion. Kasich asked why people seemed coldhearted when it comes to providing health care for the poor. “It’s probably because they do not understand the problem because they have not walked in somebody’s shoes,” he said. He told the audience to imagine a scenario some people face when they walk into an emergency room with no health insurance. “Or worse than that, you wake up in the morning and you see your daughter has a problem and you have no way to help her out,” he said. The seven-member state Controlling Board is scheduled to vote next week on Kasich’s request to authorize spending federal money on the newly eligible Medicaid enrollees in the state. “Folks, we have a vote on Monday. Say your prayers this weekend. I’m optimistic about this,” he said at the Clinic, where he barely mentioned the vote while talking about how health care coverage affects people. The Controlling Board includes two Democrats and a Kasich appointee who are expected to favor the request. That leaves the governor in search of a single vote among his fellow Republicans. The GOP-controlled Legislature so far has resisted Medicaid expansion, which is one of the key components of President Barack Obama’s landmark health care overhaul. Republican lawmakers have cited concerns about increasing the national debt and fears that the money from Washington could be cut off. The federal government would pay the entire cost of the expansion for the first three years, then 90 percent after that — still well above Ohio’s current level of 64 percent. Ohio recently got approval from the federal government to extend its Medicaid eligibility. But Kasich’s administration needs legislators to sign off on spending federal dollars on the estimated 366,000 residents who will be newly eligible. For that approval, Kasich turned to the Controlling Board, which handles certain adjustments to the state budget. The Kasich administration has asked for the authority to spend $561.7 million in federal funds this budget year and almost $2 billion next year to cover the new Medicaid population.

DAN SEWELL Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — Homeless people who routinely sleep at the Hamilton County Courthouse were cleared off steps and benches early Friday as the sheriff followed through on a plan he announced weeks ago to stop the practice. A federal judge on Thursday denied a request in a lawsuit filed by four homeless men for an order to block any arrests when the sheriff puts his plan into place. Sheriff’s department spokesman Jim Knapp told The Associated Press “very few” homeless people were at the courthouse plaza when deputies arrived overnight and no one was arrested. He said deputies encountered no problems. “We just told them to move on, and they did,” Knapp said. Sheriff Jim Neil announced weeks ago that while he is sympathetic with those who have no place to live, he would eventually end the practice of people sleeping outside the courthouse. He cited a public health hazard from the messes left and also said there had been damage to the courthouse. “It was time,” Knapp said, add-

ing that the county will launch a project for cleanup and repairs at the courthouse. No trespassing signs had been posted earlier. Homeless advocates say the well-lighted public property has been a safe place for people with few options for shelter to gather. Josh Spring, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, said government should be “working to create a system where nobody is forced to sleep outside, instead of working to push people who are already marginalized further into the margins.” Spring said the federal lawsuit would go forward. The four homeless men who filed the suit claim their constitutional rights are being violated and they are being subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment” for being homeless. U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott ruled that the men hadn’t shown they had suffered any injury and they hadn’t identified a law they believed to be unconstitutional. “The court cannot begin to consider whether such arrests would amount to unconstitutional criminalization of homelessness when the very occurrence of those arrests is speculative,” she wrote in denying the request for a temporary restraining order.

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From page 1 definite as to implementation or design of a purposed 10 foot wide pavement for users with an estimated cost of $1,441,022 broken down to 29 percent ($350,000) federally funded and 71 percent ($851,022) locally funded. As stated by Huff at the commission meeting, with the time between now and implementation other grants could be pursued to reduce the 71 percent local share. “I think its an important project,” said Huff at the work session before relinquishing the floor to Chris Schmiesing, city planner, with a slide show on the concept plan for Phase II. The visu-

als high-lighting existing street conditions and the lack of pedestrian facilities, such as the case of the lone pedestrian at the Looney Street intersection. Showing random shots taken over several months, Schmiesing stated, “Folks out there, risking their lives, basically.” Whether it was a woman walking along a pedestrian-lacking facility curbside just before the railroad bridge —an area that sees some 21,000 vehicles a day, according to Schmiesing— to a woman walking her bike across the heavily-traveled south-side entrance to the mall, the need for improvements was clear.

“She probably doesn’t feel safe on her bike with all the traffic through that intersection,” said Schmiesing before showing another photo of a bicyclist at the center of traffic heading north, away from the mall. “This person is braver than I am, right out there in the middle of the intersection, mixing up with traffic.” With consultants Edsall & Associates LLC., on board, Schmiesing pointed out the need to incorporate pedestrian access along the corridor, whether to reach the mall, restaurants or the schools on Looney Road. “Those are all logical places a person would

want to walk or bicycle to,” said Schmiesing, such as the gentleman standing at the Ash St. and Looney Road intersection, one he wished good luck to in his crossing. “I don’t know how in the world he ever made it across the street.” Commission meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month, on the second floor of the Government Municipal Complex, in the commission chamber. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For information on meetings, work sessions, and more visit piquaoh. org.

Kennedy’s vision for mental health never realized MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States. Signed on Oct. 31, 1963, weeks before Kennedy was assassinated, the legislation aimed to build mental health centers accessible to all Americans so that those with mental illnesses could be treated while working and living at home, rather than being kept in neglectful and often abusive state institutions, sometimes for years on end. Kennedy said when he signed the bill that the legislation to build 1,500 centers would mean the population of those living in state mental hospitals — at that time more than 500,000 people — could be cut in half. In a special message to Congress earlier that year, he said the idea was to successfully and quickly treat patients in their own communities and then return them to “a useful place in society.” Recent deadly mass shootings, including at the Washington Navy Yard and a Colorado movie theater, have been perpetrated by men who were apparently not being adequately treated for serious mental illnesses. Those tragedies have focused public attention on the mental health system and made clear that Kennedy’s vision was never fully realized. The legislation did help to usher in positive lifealtering changes for people with serious illnesses such as schizophrenia, many of whom now live normal, productive lives with jobs and families. In 1963, the average stay in a state institution for

someone with schizophrenia was 11 years. But only half of the proposed centers were ever built, and those were never fully funded. Meanwhile, about 90 percent of beds have been cut at state hospitals, according to Paul Appelbaum, a Columbia University psychiatry professor and expert in how the law affects the practice of medicine. In many cases, several mental health experts said, that has left nowhere for the sickest people to turn, so they end up homeless, abusing substances or in prison. The three largest mental health providers in the nation today are jails: Cook County in Illinois, Los Angeles County and Rikers Island in New York. “The rhetoric was very highfalutin. The reality was a little more complicated, and the funds that were provided were not adequate to the task,” said Steven Sharfstein, president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt Health System, a nonprofit behavioral health organization in Baltimore. “The goals of deinstitutionalization were perverted. People who did need institutional care got thrown out, and there weren’t the programs in place to keep them supported,” said former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, the president’s nephew. “We don’t have an alternate policy to address the needs of the severely mentally ill.” He is gathering advocates in Boston this week for the Kennedy Forum, a meeting to mark the 50th anniversary of his uncle’s legislation and an attempt to come up with an agenda for improving mental health care. The 1963 legislation came amid other changes in treatments for the mentally ill and health care policy in general, Appelbaum said. Chlorpromazine

or Thorazine, the first effective antipsychotic medicine, was released in the 1950s. That allowed many people who were mentally ill to leave institutions and live at home. In 1965, with the adoption of Medicaid, deinstitutionalization accelerated, experts said, because states now had an incentive to move patients out of state hospitals, where they shouldered the entire cost of their care, and into communities where the federal government would pick up part of the tab. Later, a movement grew to guarantee rights to people with mental illness. Laws were changed in every state to limit involuntary hospitalization so people can’t be committed without their consent, unless there is a danger of hurting themselves or others. Kennedy’s legislation provided for $329 million to build mental health centers that were supposed to provide services to people who had formerly been in institutions, as well as to reach into communities to try to prevent the occurrence of new mental disorders. Had the act been fully implemented, there would have been a single place in every community for people to go for mental health services. But one problem with the legislation was that it didn’t provide money to operate the centers longterm. “Having gotten them off the ground, the federal government left it to states and localities to support,” Appelbaum said. “That support by and large never came through.” Later, during the Reagan administration, the remaining funding for the act was converted into a mental health block grant for states, allowing them to spend it however they chose. Appelbaum called it a death knell

because it left the community health centers that did exist on their own for funding. Robert Drake, a professor of psychiatry and community and family medicine at Dartmouth College, said some states have tried to provide good community mental health care. “But it’s been very hard for them to sustain that because when state budget crunches come, it’s always easiest to defund mental health programs because the state legislature gets relatively little pushback,” he said. “Services are at a very low level right now. It’s really kind of a disaster situation in most states.” Sharfstein points out that most mentally ill people are at a very low risk of becoming violent. He said it’s unthinkable we would go back to the era when people were housed in “nightmare” conditions at overcrowded, understaffed and sometimes dangerous state hospitals. “The opportunity to recover is much greater now than it was in 1963,” he said. But for those who do not take their medication, don’t recover from their first episode of illness and don’t seek treatment and support from professionals, they are vulnerable to homelessness, incarceration and death, he said. Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, counts among its 2,100 member organizations many of the original community mental health centers that were built under the 1963 legislation. “Whenever you pass a piece of legislation, people would like to think that you’ve solved the problem,” she said. “It did some very important things. It laid some ground work. It’s up to us now to move forward.” • Piqua Daily Call

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In this Oct. 31, 1963, file photo, President John F. Kennedy signs a bill authorizing $329 million for mental health programs at the White House in Washington. The Community Mental Health Act, the last legislation that Kennedy signed, aimed to build 1,500 mental health centers so those with mental illnesses could be treated while living at home, rather than being kept in state institutions. It brought positive changes, but was never fully funded. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy will host a conference on Oct. 24, 2013, in Boston, to mark the 50th anniversary of the act, and formulate an agenda to continue improving mental health care.



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In Libya, migrants face ordeals at sea and in jail MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press

SABRATHA, Libya (AP) — The first time the young mother tried to flee to Europe on a rickety boat of fellow migrants from Africa, the overcrowded vessel quickly broke down and filled with water, forcing it to return to the Libyan coast. The second time, she was arrested and placed in a mosquitoinfested Libyan detention center, where she has languished for months. She says she lives on bread and water, with only milk for her 8-month-old girl, and is beaten by guards with a hose if she complains. “They beat us like goats,� said Beauty Osaha, 23, who headed north from her native Nigeria in hopes of a better life. She said the guards at the facility in the ancient city of Sabratha search migrants’ bodies, including their private parts, looking for money or smuggled phones. Libya’s chaos in the two years following the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi has turned the country into a prime springboard for tens of thousands of migrants, mainly from Africa, trying to reach Europe in rickety, crowded boats. With police and the military in disarray, human smuggling has reached the level of a mafia-style organized industry in which Libya’s militias have gotten involved, according to activists and police. The danger of the sea journey became particularly clear this month, with three deadly wrecks of migrant boats coming from Libya. At least 365 people, mostly Eritreans fleeing repression in their

homeland, died on Oct. 3 when their boat from Libya sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa — one of the worst verified migrant tragedies in the Mediterranean. Detention by Libyan militias is the migrants’ other potential ordeal. Activists say militias hold migrants in stores, schools and abandoned buildings as well as detention centers, abusing them and holding them hostage until they receive money from the migrants’ families. Then the migrants are freed, only to try again. “In these prisons, the principles of the Feb. 17 Revolution are being toppled down. The Libyan authorities must put an end to those pirates,� a Libyan rights group called Beladi, or My Nation, said on its website, referring to the “revolution� that led to Gadhafi’s ouster and death in 2011. But Libya’s government is weak, virtually hostage to the militias, which originated as rebel brigades fighting Gadhafi but have grown in size and power. The government has put some militias on the Interior and Defense Ministries’ payrolls in an effort to control them, but the militias still do whatever they want. Militiamen this month even briefly kidnapped Prime Minister Ali Zidan, who has frequently spoken of the need to rein in the armed groups. An official with one militia in Tripoli connected to the Interior Ministry that runs a migrant detention center acknowledged abuses take place but blamed them on lack of training for the young guards. “They only get about two months of training,

this is not enough,� said Abdel-Hakim al-Balazi, spokesman for the AntiCrime Department, a militia umbrella group that keeps security in the capital. He said that migrants detained by his group are sent to larger detention centers in cities in Libya’s southern deserts, run by other militias. Soon after, “we just see them free again on the streets,� he said. He added that the southern borders are “wide open� with no government control. After the latest migrant deaths, Zidan said his government was “determined� to stem the migrant flow. He asked the European Union for training and equipment to help patrol Libya’s coast and desert borders, including access to satellite imagery. In the first six months of this year, 8,400 migrants reached Malta and Italy by sea, almost all from Libya, nearly twice the number in the first six months of 2012, according to the U.N. refugee agency. Smaller numbers come from Tunisia, and others from Egypt, often heading to Greece. But even with the ordeals, Libya’s weakened enforcement makes it an attractive path for migrants. Cities along Libya’s 1,000-mile, largely unpatrolled Mediterranean coastline have become collection points where Africans mass, scrounging up the cash for boat to take them the 200 miles to Malta or Lampedusa. Sabratha, a coastal city of about 110,000 people, is now home to some 10,000 migrants, officials here say. The true number of migrant deaths at sea is impossible to tell, given the secrecy of the boat

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In this image made from Oct. 14, 2013 video, African migrants look through bars of a locked door at Sabratha migrant detention center for men in Sabratha, Libya. Libya’s chaos in the two years following the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi has turned the country into a prime springboard for tens of thousands of migrants, mainly from Africa, trying to reach Europe in dangerous sea voyages.

journeys. A half hour drive into the desert by a garbage heap outside Sabratha is a makeshift graveyard, marked only with a few stones painted white — with no names — where migrant bodies found washed ashore have been buried. “Bodies are not buried separately, just all next to each other with no marks to tell who is where,� said activist Essam Karar, who documented the burials, taking pictures of the bodies. Under Gadhafi, Libya’s policies shifted depending on his whims. At times, illegal migration was encouraged as a tool to pressure European countries; at other times, security forces carried out wide-scale arrests of migrants. Now officials and activists say trafficking became more organized and that militias collaborate in the profitable business. “It’s a multinational mafia,� said Gamal al-Gharabili, head of Sabratha-based Association for Peace, Care and Relief. Boat own-

ers are mostly Libyans connected with Sudanese smugglers bringing in migrants from Horn of Africa countries, he said. Abdel-Salam al-Kerit, another Sabratha activist involved in aiding migrants, said the migrants used to have to pay multiple smugglers across the land route through Libya. “Now you pay once and for all,� he said. “The network extends from the southern borders of Libya to the shores.� Bassem al-Gharabili, a police officer at the antitrafficking body in the city, said smugglers have become more professional, using larger boats, and are expert at eluding security forces. “Traffickers monitor us as much as we monitor them. They have spies in the sea. They could be fishermen,� he said. Ramadan, a 25-year-old Eritrean detained at the Sabratha facility, said he first tried to flee Africa along the Egyptian-Israeli border but was caught by smugglers who tortured him with electric shocks and chopped off some of

his fingers. He then tried crossing to Europe from Libya twice. The first time, he survived a rickety boat packed with 50 people that partially broke down after four hours at sea. Three people on board died. The second time, he was detained in Sabratha. There, he said, he was beaten by guards. “Better to die. I have nothing,� said Ramadan, who spoke on condition his full name not be used, fearing further trouble from officials. In a dark cell at a detention center in the town of Sorman, near Sabratha, Israel Koja said he ran away from his hometown in Nigeria after militants from the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram stormed his house, tied him up and stabbed him. Koja, 33, paid $1,200 for traffickers to cross the desert into Libya, but has spent more than a year in the jail. “I escaped a hell to fall in another hell,� Koja said.






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