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Commitment To Community INSIDE: ‘Dancing with the Piqua Stars’ planned. Page 5. VOLUME 129, NUMBER 32

SENIOR LIVING: Friendship spans 90-plus years. Page 3.

SPORTS: Miami East girls advance in tourney. Page 14.

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Fire marshal to probe blaze Cause sought in fire that claimed Piqua woman BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer PIQUA — Following the death of a 77year-old woman who died as a result of a house fire last week, the state fire marshal’s office is poised to provide further assistance in determining what accidental cause created the blaze. The victim, Carol Ann Scherer, 77, of 821 Willard St., passed away Saturday morning at the Upper Valley Medical

Center following a Wednesday fire at the one-story rental property where she resided. Firefighters and paramedics who rushed to the scene found Ms. Scherer on her back in a nearby yard as the fire tore through her home, heavily damaging two rooms. The victim sustained smoke inhalation, among other, unidentified injuries. Prior to her death, Ms. Scherer, who also had been battling lung cancer, was MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO listed in critical condition and was at the Piqua firefighters battle a house fire at 821 Willard St. medical facility’s intensive care unit. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The fire claimed the life of a Piqua With the blaze becoming a fatal fire, woman. The state fire marshal’s office will investigate See Fire marshal/Page 2 the cause of the fire.

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Offices to close for Presidents’ Day PIQUA — Piqua City offices will be closed Monday to allow city employees to observe Presidents’ Day. Garbage, refuse, and recycling collections will not be made on Monday.. Monday through Friday collections will be one day late with pick-up on Saturday, Feb. 25, for Friday’s collection. The city urges all customers to place their containers at their usual collection points the evening before for early FOR PHOTO REPRINTS, GO TO WWW.DAILYCALL.COM MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO pick-ups the following day. Debby Sturgeon, center, is serenaded by the Lamp Post 4 at Minster Bank in Troy on Tuesday afternoon. Sturgeon, a customer service representative at the Troy branch, received the private concert as a gift for Valentine’s Day and her 60th birthday, which was Feb. 10. The Lamp Post 4, including Ken Crawford, Ron Ventura, Lottery Paul Webb and Don Zerkle, l-r, are all members of the Miami-Shelby County Melody Men’s Chorus.The group CLEVELAND (AP) — spent Valentine’s Day traveling around the area delivering melodic greetings to dozens of special Valentines. The following are Tuesday’s winning lottery numbers: Night Drawings: ■ Rolling Cash 5 08-14-20-26-38 ■ Pick 3 Numbers chase being perpetrated by an eld- and began at 3-2-6 erly man Sunday evening that about 7:20 p.m. ■ Pick 4 Numbers began in Piqua. Sunday night, 7-7-7-1 George Kratt, 84, of Sidney, has said Piqua Day Drawings: been charged with operating a ve- Deputy BY WILL E SANDERS Chief ■ Pick 3 Midday hicle while intoxicated and failure Tom Steiner. 6-9-0 Staff Writer to comply with the order or signal of ■ Pick 4 Midday There was no a police officer. 1-8-0-1 major damage PIQUA — Authorities in Sidney The 15-minute chase lasted 10 For Mega Millions, visit used stop sticks to end a slow-speed miles from north Piqua to Sidney See Driver/Page 2 KRATT

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One of four men involved in city heist arraigned BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer TROY — On Dec. 23, four men in hooded sweatshirts allegedly descended on a city drive-through and police say after attempting to make a purchase grabbed the cash register and fled the scene. O n Mond a y , one of those f o u r m e n a p peared WRIGHT i n Miami County Common Pleas Court for his arraignment for one count of robbery, a felony of the third-degree that could send the suspect, James E. Wright, 29, of Piqua, to prison for one to five years. Meanwhile, three of the other suspects remain unidentified after Wright did not cooperate with investigators. See Robbery/Page 2

Piqua man’s retrial gets under way Seitz stands accused of several felony charges BY RACHEL LLOYD Ohio Community Media SIDNEY — The retrial of Jamie J. Seitz, of Piqua, got under way Tuesday afternoon in Shelby County Common Pleas Court before Judge James Stevenson, with the alleged victim, Scarlet Ashworth, of Tipp City, taking the stand.


Eight women and four men were selected to serve on the jury, with one man and one woman alternate, to decide the fate of Seitz, who stands accused of attempted murder, felonious assault and three counts of kidnapping stemming from an incident Dec. 16, 2010. During opening statements, Shelby County Prosecutor Ralph Bauer outlined his case: Ashworth worked as the bar manager at the Broad Street Grille, which was owned by Seitz. Ashworth and See Piqua man/Page 9


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Sex offenders sentenced in Piqua cases One sent to prison, other suspect gets community control BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer TROY —Two men charged in similar but different s e x crimes occurring in Piqua and both involvi n g teenage HARTER female victims, faced common pleas court judges Monday to learn their LARGE fate of becoming convicted sex offenders. Casey R. Harter, 19, of Canal Winchester, received a six-month prison sentence and was labeled as a tier II sex offender, which means he will be forced to register as such routinely for the next 15 years with the sheriff in the county

where he resides, works or receives an education. In addition, his driver’s license will be suspended for six months. Authorities say Harter had an inappropriate relationship with a young girl he met on Facebook and on June 2, committed unlawful sexual conduct involving a minor and corrupting another with drugs, both felonies of the fourth-degree. Harter pleaded no contest and was found guilty as charged Dec. 23. He faced a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Meanwhile, a Piqua man accused and convicted of unlawful sexual conduct involving a minor also was sentenced for his crime on Monday, but in another courtroom. James M. Large, 25, received a two-year term of community control sanctions and in addition also was labeled a tier II sex offender with the same requirements as Harter. Large pleaded guilty to the felony charge Dec. 23 in a case where there was no plea agreement. According to Piqua police, Large had inappropriate sexual contact Nov. 15 with a 15-year-old girl at a Piqua residence.

Driver Continued from page 1 reported as a result of the chase and no major injuries, though a Shelby County sheriff ’s deputy cut his arm while breaking the glass of Kratt’s driver’s side window after the chase ended and received stitches, Steiner said. It all started when a Piqua police officer was flagged down in the 500 block of South Main Street after several men claimed to have been following Kratt from a Troy restaurant that serves alcohol and reported the motorist was “driving very poorly.” Steiner said police officers caught up with Kratt and noticed he went over the lane divider lines sev-

eral times, but when the officer activated his cruiser’s lights, and then his siren, the elderly man refused to stop along northbound County Road 25-A. Kratt nearly left the roadway at one point in time when a right lane ended, but later got back on the road and refused to stop, traveling at speeds that reached as fast as 70 mph, but most of the chase involved speeds between 40 to 50 mph. Piqua police discontinued the chase as Kratt reached Sidney, but Shelby County authorities spotted him and later forced his vehicle to a stop after employing stop sticks, Steiner said.

Continued from page 1 Wright entered a plea of not guilty to the charge and a pretrial hearing was scheduled for later this month. He remains housed at the Miami County Jail on a $50,000 bond, but a bond check was ordered. Wright allegedly committed the robbery at a city Kwik N Kold “along with three other unidentified subjects” who made off with nearly $1,600 in cash, police records and court documents show. Police reports further state the four men attempted to buy a cigar on the night of the robbery and once the cashier opened the cash drawer to complete the sale, one of the men shouted, “Get him!” The employee was not seriously injured, but the men “rushed and pushed” him in

an effort to steal the cash drawer, according to police reports. Wright remains housed at the Miami County Jail on a $50,000 bond, but a bond check was ordered. Wright allegedly committed the robbery at a city Kwik N Kold “along with three other unidentified subjects” who made off with nearly $1,600 in cash, police records and court documents show. Police reports further state the four men attempted to buy a cigar on the night of the robbery and once the cashier opened the cash drawer to complete the sale, one of the men shouted, “Get him!” The employee was not seriously injured, but the men “rushed and pushed” him in an effort to steal the cash drawer, according to police reports.

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William ‘Wig’ Hale PIQUA — William “Wig” Hale, 69, of Piqua, died at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at his residence. H e w a s born in P r e stonsburg, Ky., on HALE Jan. 4, 1943, to the late William and Alice (Hall) Hale. On Dec. 24, 1971, in Piqua, he married Norma R. Varno. She preceded him in death Feb. 15, 2010. William is survived by six children and their spouses, Bill and Debbie Clason of Covington, Jackie and Andy Lawson of Covington, Bobby Clason of Piqua, Rita and Eric Dunbar of Sidney, Gary and Rachel Hale of Sidney and Mike and Mary Ann Hale of Piqua; one sister, Rebecca Prader of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; 14 grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. He was

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preceded in death by one Hannah daughter, “Margie” Clason; five sisters; and five brothers. William proudly served his country as a member of U.S. the Army during the Vietnam War. He a was member of the Sidney Eagles 1403. William was a group leader at Miami Industries for 22 years. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at FuMelcher-Sowers neral Home, Piqua, with the Rev. Gary Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Full military honors will be presented by The Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. Friends may call from 58 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

BURBANK, Calif. — der; stepfather, Donald Mary Ann (Yount) Huf- Linder; sister and brotherfaker, 72, passed away in in-law, Virginia and Stan Hissong; stepson, Brad h e r Huffaker; and son Billy home Johnston. in BurShe was born in Troy, bank, raised on the family farm C a l i f. , where she got her love for o n animals, was a cheerThursleader and graduated d a y , from Milton-Union High Feb. 9, School. She worked at 2012, Aeroproducts, Huffaker in the Plumbing and Heating, p r e s - HUFFAKER Ryder, and Par. ence of Along with her husband loved ones. She fought ocular melanoma cancer 13 and daughter Susanne, years ago, but it returned. she moved to California in For this, she wants every- 1987, but always loved one to be reminded to going back to the Troy and West Milton area to visit wear sunglasses. Survivors include her family and friends. She was a dedicated daughter, Susanne Meza and her husband, Aaron of mother and wife, enjoyed Burbank, Calif.; stepchil- being with family and dren, Julia Lutz of Troy, friends, a night out with Craig Huffaker of Irvine, the girls, music, dancing, Calif., Jill Morris and her and reading. A memorial service will husband David of Oxford, Brian Huffaker of Troy, be held at Baird Funeral and Amy Powell and her Home in Troy, at 1 p.m. husband John of Glen Saturday, May 19. Contributions may be Carbon, Ill.; 14 grandchildren, nine great-grand- made to Hospice Angels children; and amazing Inc. in Pasadena, Calif. or to the Milton-Union Scholnieces and nephews. She was preceded in arship fund in West Mildeath by her loving hus- ton, or to The Brethren band, Keith Huffaker; fa- Church in Pleasant Hill. care aide for many years. ther, Charles Yount; Condolences can be sent She enjoyed bowling on mother, Elsie Yount Lin- to the Tuesday afternoon ladies league at Troy Bowl and attending her grandchildrens’ events. She was DuBOIS, Pa. — June J. June was preceded in a former member of the Morris, 91, formerly of death by her two husTroy Eagles Auxiliary. The family would like to Troy, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, bands, Irvin Mitstifer and extend special thanks to 2012, at the DuBois Nurs- Norman Morris. A memorial service will the staffs at Kindred Hos- ing Home, DuBois, Pa. She was born June 19, be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at pital, 5th Floor and UVMC ICU and especially 1920, in Williamsport, Pa. First Church of Christ She worked at Brodart Disciples, Almond Street, Drs. Castaldo and Yacoub Williamsport and was a Williamsport, Pa., with in for the care that they prolifelong member of the Pastor Ken Weiss officiatvided. Services will be con- First Church of Christ ing. A luncheon will follow ducted at 11 a.m. Friday Disciples in Williamsport where she was very active at the church immediately at Fisher-Cheney Fuchurch affairs. in the services. after neral Home, Troy, with June loved to read and Memorials may be Pastor Pam Linderson ofplaced to the First Church ficiating. Burial will follow loved animals. She is survived by her of Christ Disciples in in Riverside Cemetery, daughter, Susan Strouse memory of June J. Morris. Troy. Online condolences may Family will receive and her husband, Robert friends from 5-7 p.m. of Treasure Lake in be sent to www.gbfuneralThursday at the funeral DuBois, Pa.; two grand- children, Gabrielle Funeral arrangements home. Memorial contributions Strouse of Nashville, are under the direction of may be made to Hospice of Tenn., and Christopher the Goble Baronick Funeral Home in DuBois. Miami County, P.O. Box Strouse of Sidney. 502, Troy, OH 45373. Condolences may be exDeath notices pressed to the family at TROY — Ricky A. Port Jefferson. Sirch, 59, of Troy, passed away at 12:54 p.m. SIDNEY — Donald Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, Lee Depinet, 58, of Sidat Upper Valley Medical ney, passed away at 8:27 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, Kendall said while fire- Center, Troy. A Celebration of Life 2012, at his residence. fighters and paramedics did all they could for Ms. will be held Sunday, at Services will be held Scherer, he said a fatal fire the Troy Eagles. Friday at Sidney Baptist always has an “emotional Baird Funeral Church. impact” on the fire depart- Home, Troy is assisting Cromes Funeral ment. the family with arrange- Home, Sidney, is in “We weren’t successful ments. charge of arrangements. in our main objective, and that hits everybody perSIDNEY — William sonally,” he said. “Our Ned Sailor, 92, of Sidmain objective is to save ney, passed away Tuesday, lives. It is quite frustrating Feb. 14, 2012, at 7:52 a.m. when it goes beyond our at Wilson Memorial Hoscontrol. … It was the best * Your 1 choice for complete Home pital. we could have done considMedical Equipment Funeral services will be ering the circumstances.” Lift Chairs According to her obitu- held Friday at Cromes ary, Ms. Scherer’s body was Funeral Home, Sidney, 1990 W. Stanfield, Troy, OH donated to the Boonshoft with Pastor Don Burley 45373 • 937-335-9199 Medical School at Wright officiating. Burial will low at Glen Cemetery in State University in Day2254376 ton. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The fire caused an estimated $25,000 damage to the structure and an additional $15,000 to contents.

Mary Lou LeVan TROY — Mary Lou LeVan, 59, of Troy, died at 11:31 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1 2 , 2012, at Kind r e d Hospital in D a y ton. She w a s born in Troy on LEVAN Nov. 18, 1952, to the late Eunice (Broughton) Morris and Paul Caplinger. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Wanda Kay Haywood and step-father, Marvin (Pop) Morris. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Amy LeVan; two grandchildren, Ryan and Emma; a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Don Smith; brothers, Jerry Caplinger and Randy Ferguson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mary worked as a home

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Continued from page 1 the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office will soon begin its investigation. Up to now, the cause has only been listed as accidental, said Fire Capt. John Kendall. “Their forensics will be a lot more detailed since they have more resources than we do,” Kendall said. “They specialize in this and they are familiar with it.” Kendall said the department is not ruling out any accidental cause, but said the fire is “not suspicious at all.” The last fatal fire occurred in the city occurred in February 2008, when an accidental fire in a residential unit at Woodgate Apartments, 1433 Covington Ave. resulted in the death of Floyd Taylor, 68, of Piqua.

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Platinum friendship spans 90-plus years Women reside doors apart at Piqua Manor BY SHARON SEMANIE a (picnic) lunch with us,” she smiled. “I remember For the Daily Call him and one of his buddies jumping off a bridge.” The PIQUA — Unlike the couple got married in old Girl Scout campfire 1935, and he worked at song whose lyrics are the Zollinger Company for “Make new friends, but 39 years first as a truck keep the old ... one is sil- diver and later in charge ver, the other is gold,” Vir- of the warehouse. Winona ginia Burnside and also worked a number of Winona Valentine share a jobs including the former platinum friendship G.C. Murphy Co. and which spans 90-plus years Atlas Underwear. I actuand remains as strong a ally started at 10 years of bond as the day they met. age,” she interjected, “My Virginia, whose 100th mother raised lima beans, birthday is approaching which we shelled. I’d walk FOR PHOTO REPRINTS, GO TO WWW.DAILYCALL.COM SHARON SEMANIE/STAFF PHOTO on Aug. 4, and Winona, at down Broadway with a Above, Virginia Burnside, left and Winona Valentine, both residents at Piqua 97, have shared many wagon filled with beans Manor, are celebrating more than 90 years of friendship. Winona is holding a memories over the past selling them” along the fame displaying pictures of herself and Virginia, with another friend. nine decades including way. She later was emtheir days in a one-room ployed by J.C. Penney’s for Pictured at left are friends Virginia Burnside, left, and Winona Valentine, as schoolhouse, high school 30 years and worked as an teenagers. The two now reside at Piqua Manor, where they continue their more graduations, marriages, office supervisor. than 90-year friendship. child rearing, the deaths The couple raised two reached high and Winona kept in touch scribe. It’s important that Winona of their spouses, and sub- daughters, Sandi Cooper school age, both she and by phone, writing letters, you care. So many people sequent “girls out” lunches of Springfield, and Thelma Virginia began “doing or sending Christmas nowadays don’t give it and movies. So it’s only Wells of Florida. They things together” such as cards to one another. Their (friendship) a chance. appropriate that all these have eight grandchildren, going dancing at a hall on happiest times, suggested They should thank the years later, they reside 13 great-grandchildren the grounds of the former Winona, were years later Lord for the life they have just doors apart at Piqua and two great-greatHallow swimming pool or when they would have including family and Manor where they can grandchildren, Lloyd spending Sunday after- lunches together and friends. It (friendship with visit on a daily basis only Valentine passed away in noons after church — Vir- share their life stories or Virginia) has been just confined by their mobility 1990. Winona entered ginia is Baptist and go to the movies. She re- great.” in wheelchairs. Piqua Manor in June Winona is United Presby- calls one time when VirWith that being said, As lovely as ever, both 2011, where she was reterian — and family dinginia suggested they go to Winona gently put her women share a deep affec- united with Virginia. ners meeting with friends a movie which she ulti- arm around Virginia who tion as friends. Intermit- Today they share the on the square in down- mately “slept through” had quietly dozed off durtently as they spoke with same corridor and live town Piqua. “We had all and was described by ing the interview. “It’s too family and friends nearby, only four rooms apart. Alkinds of fun,” added Winona as “a really stupid bad,” she whispered, “she’s Winona would affection- though faced with health Winona, fondly looking movie.” sleeping today.” And, as ately pat Virginia’s shoul- issues, Winona says she’s back to her childhood When asked the secret quietly as they appeared, der as a summons to fortunate to see her friend PROVIDED PHOTO when the two played with to the longevity of their family members wheeled remain alert during their almost every day. their dollhouses or en- friendship, Winona their loved ones back to interview. 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or three full years, the national unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent as the president’s policies have made it harder for small businesses to hire more workers. But rather than charting a new course for America’s still-ailing economy, the president continues to stand by his same failed approach and gimmicks. That’s why House Republicans have been taking action and pursuing a different approach to job creation. In May 2011, House Republicans released our Plan for America’s Job Creators which is focused on fostering entrepreneurship, easing regulations that are smothering job creators, boosting American exports, reducing budget deficits that are stifling economic growth, lowering the tax burden on small and family-owned businesses, and removing government barriers to domestic energy production. The House is currently working on the next piece of our Plan for America’s Job Creators, pro-growth legislation called the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 7). This legislation will help to create good, private-sector jobs, ease rising gas prices and promote stable, long-term economic JOHN BOEHNER growth. It represents not only 8th District Congressman a 180-degree turn from the failed ‘stimulus’ approach of President Obama, but also a genuine departure from the misguided way Washington has been abusing hardworking taxpayers for years. H.R. 7 begins by breaking down government barriers to allow for responsible exploration of energy resources here at home. Producing more American-made resources will bolster our energy security, help ease prices at the pump and create more than one million new American jobs by expanding off shore drilling, opening up a small portion of ANWR, and moving forward with the Keystone XL pipeline. Increased production means additional royalties from the lease of new federal lands and offshore areas. H.R. 7 devotes these payments from energy companies to help fund a new long-term approach to repairing and improving America’s roads and bridges. We must rebuild our ailing highway system—not because spending government money is how you create jobs, but because dependable infrastructure is critical for commerce and long-term private-sector growth. In the past, highways bills represented what was wrong with Washington: earmarks, endless layers of bureaucracy, wasted tax dollars and misplaced priorities. Congress last passed a major highway program in 2005. It was a pork-laden, Washington-centered nightmare that brought us the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ and required more than one taxpayer-funded bailout to stay afloat. I voted against that bill. In fact, in my 21 years of representing you in Congress I’ve never once voted for a highway bill because of this reckless approach. But the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act puts an end to the way we have done business in the past and completely overhauls the way taxpayer dollars are spent. By using the revenue from new energy exploration to pay for improvements to our roads and bridges, this bill doesn’t add a dime to the deficit. And it doesn’t have any earmarks—none. H.R. 7 will be first highway infrastructure bill I’ve ever voted for. That’s because it has its priorities straightened out. This legislation, like all the components of our Plan for America’s Job Creators, is about breaking down government barriers so we can build up private-sector jobs. I encourage you to learn more about all of the House’s plans by visiting and please share your thoughts at”

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economic reforms. t looks like the battle This feeds public perfor the soul of the Reception that Congress is publican Party will inept, the presidency is continue this month. weak, and institutions Three states handed forthat should protect conmer Pennsylvania Sen. sumers are feeble. Most of Rick Santorum decisive us become more desponvictories over former Masdent. We become frussachusetts Gov. Mitt Romtrated and turn to ney. Once again, this DONNA BRAZILE movements like the tea demonstrates a deep split Columnist party or Occupy Wall in the party between Romney and the party’s conservative core. Street to vent, to rant and, yes, to try to Another factor in the vote: former House change the political dynamics. Thanks to the tea party, politicians are Speaker Newt Gingrich’s payback. He and Romney have been trading negative addressing the nation’s fiscal problems attack ads. What Romney did to Gingrich that started more than a decade ago with in Florida, Gingrich did to Romney in a huge national tax cut that did not spur Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado — much economic growth but did leave us alter voter perception from one Tuesday with unpaid bills and no new significant sources of revenue. Add to that two wars to the next. Negative political commercials, hated in the Middle East, natural disasters, a as they are, do influence voters. Along new unpaid prescription drug entitlewith candidates’ themes, they can set the ment, predatory lending policies, the colnational discussion and control the is- lapse of our banks, Wall Street excess sues that receive public attention. How- and more — policies both parties supever, in an age of social media, collective ported and actions left unchecked at the citizen action like the tea party and Oc- ballot box for decades. Thanks to Occupy Wall Street, we now cupy Wall Street can act as a counterbalance. The First Amendment works. We have another key issue of the 2012 election: the growing gap between the superall need to use it more. Take Occupy Wall Street — or what’s rich in America and everyone else. No left of it. This citizen action movement American begrudges success. But Amergrew in the fertile ground of the Inter- icans know that government favoritism net. According to The Brisbane Times, of the few denies equal opportunity to within 24 after the movement had begun the many. Some Republican candidates at New York City’s Zuccotti Park, it oc- call it “class warfare” when President cupied one of every 500 comments on Obama proposes that anyone who earns Twitter, meaning it was trending world- over $1 million pay a tax of 30 percent. Warren Buffett has an answer for that: wide. Occupy Wall Street introduced “in- “There’s class warfare, all right,” Mr. Bufcome inequality” into the national dia- fett told The New York Times, “but it’s my logue. That 1 percent of people own class, the rich class, that’s making war, one-third of the nation’s wealth has be- and we’re winning.” America deserves better. come part of the national conversation With the right leaders, both moveduring this presidential season. While the nation’s fiscal debt will re- ments should try to find a path forward: main a topic of conversation, there’s no They can work to change public policy. question that many voters are also wor- With the right leaders in office next year, ried about economic fairness too. The we can summon the will to compromise majority of Americans believe — cor- for the common good. But, it is up to us to rectly — that the tax system favors the remain engaged, involved and not just wealthy. Some of our leaders like to side- passive participants in the governing asstep facts with labels, calling demands pects of our country. This election will be won, in part, on for fair economic policies and shared responsibility “socialism,” but calling it what we choose: to continue to be upset “good economics” when Congress redis- or angry with some individual or institutributes the nation’s wealth to the tion, or we can summon that great old American spirit to take responsibility wealthy. Why have so many responded so posi- and flip the script. It’s time we use the power at our distively to a protest centering on unfair tax breaks? It seems like a majority in posal as citizens and demand our leaders both parties see this as an issue. But listen to us before they recite old sound there is no action on it because we lack bites and useless talking points. This week in politics proved once again strong leaders who will make this their Boehner represents Ohio’s 8th District, which includes cause. that nothing is settled. We still have time all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler When people realize that the political to make changes at the ballot box. and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Mont- establishment — backed by excessive gomery County. Donna Brazile is a senior Democratic money from corporate-fed special interests and a few wealthy individuals — es- strategist, a political commentator and sentially want a free ride for billionaires, contributor to CNN and ABC News, and a Moderately Confused they will soon learn that political leaders contributing columnist to Ms. Magazine acting on their behalf will block all the and O, the Oprah Magazine.


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Where to Write Public officials can be contacted through the following addresses and telephone numbers: ■ Lucy Fess, mayor, 5th Ward Commissioner,, 6159251 (work), 773-7929 (home) ■ John Martin, 1st Ward Commissioner,, 773-2778 (home) ■ William Vogt, 2nd Ward Commissioner,, 773-8217 ■ Joe Wilson, 3rd Ward Commissioner,, 778-0390 ■ Judy Terry, 4th Ward Commissioner,, 773-3189

■ City Manager Gary Huff,, 778-2051 ■ Miami County Commissioners: John “Bud” O’Brien, Jack Evans and Richard Cultice, 201 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373 440-5910; ■ John R. Kasich, Ohio governor, Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 644-0813, Fax: (614) 466-9354 ■ State Sen. Bill Beagle, 5th District, Ohio Senate, First Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215; (614) 466-6247; e-mail:

CINCINNATI (AP) A federal appeals court ruled Monday in favor of two Christians who say their free speech rights were violated at a southwest Ohio corn festival when they were threatened with arrest for displaying signs and passing out leaflets promoting their religious beliefs. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel unanimously found that a policy against solicitation at the annual Sweet Corn Festival was too broad, and therefore unconstitutional. The panel reversed a U.S. district court judge’s ruling and ordered the granting of a preliminary injunction that would allow the plaintiffs to display religious signs and distribute leaflets at the annual summer festival while they pursue their lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks a permanent order protecting their activity, as well as unspecified damages and court costs. The case stemmed from the August 2009 festival in the Dayton suburb of Fairborn. Plaintiffs Tracy Bays and Kerrigan Skelly, who are described in the lawsuit as evangelical Christians from Kentucky, planned to convey their religious beliefs among festival-goers. Bays began walking through the park with a sandwich board sign with Christian messages such as “Are you born again of the Holy Spirit?” Bays said a festival worker told him to remove his sign or leave. That led to conversations with a park official and police officers. Police warned they could be subject to criminal trespassing charges if they continued to display signs and hand out religious tracts, according to court records. Bays and Skelly decided to leave the park to avoid arrest, and sued in 2010. A federal judge said the festival’s policy restricting solicitation was reasonable. The policy prohibits sales or soliciting for any causes outside of festival booths, which require a fee. The Fairborn Arts Association and Lions Club put on the annual festival, which includes live music, arts and crafts, and a corneating competition. This year’s festival will be Aug. 31. Fairborn argued that restricting soliciting to booths served the public interest by helping crowd control and smooth traffic flow.









Lunch and learn event planned SIDNEY — Dorothy Love Retirement Community and Senior Independence will be hosting a lunch and learn event at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. A complimentary lunch will be served in the Oak Tree Dining Room on the Dorothy Love campus with a presentation to follow by Hearing Professionals. Join us for this opportunity to find out all you can about hearing. Listen to a short discussion on tinnitus by a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialists with a question and answer session. Get hearing screenings with on the spot results, and hearing aid cleanings for those with hearing aids. Get questions answered about hearing aids and hearing loss, and view a display of the top hearing aid designs. Make plans to attend on Feb. 28 by calling Lu Ann Presser at 937-497-6542 to pre-register for this event. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Community spotlight Cloudy, chilly weather expected Clouds will linger today, but temperatures will actually warm. We’ll see highs in the 40s through the end of the week. The next storm is due in Thursday, and with the warmer air in place, it looks like rain. Mostly sunny skies will return on Friday. High: 42 Low: 28.



For the Daily Call PIQUA — What do a Realtor, funeral director, school superintendent, church pastor and national woodworking celebrity have in common? All the above reside in Piqua and are part of the first “Dancing With the Piqua Stars” competition being sponsored by the Piqua Arts Council on Saturday, March 31, at A Learning Place on Robert M. Davis Parkway. Vicky Fanberg, executive director of the Piqua Arts Council, renine local business ports professionals are quickly learning the nuances of popular dances such as the swing, samba, mambo, fox trot, tango, waltz, rumba, cha cha and nightclub two step rehearsing evening hours and weekends while maintaining full-time jobs by day. Their participation, she notes, will help raise needed monies for the arts council and provide educational programming for young and old alike. “The Piqua Arts Council recognizes many benefits that the arts have to communities and is passionate about making the arts accessible,” she explained. “The arts are vital in economic development, raising quality of life standards, improving learning capabilities of school children and creating a culturally rich community. Support of the Arts Council allows us to proceed with new programming that engages the community and arts education. We hope to expand the mARTket Murals program initiated at last summer’s Farmers Market and also add an Artwalk to downtown Piqua.” Celebrity dancers and their partners include Mike Yannucci, owner of Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, and his partner Elizabeth Clark, who will perform a swing dance; Laura Bates, realtor of McVety Realtors, and her partner


Kristy Warren and her dancing partner, Bill Holtvogt, both of Piqua, will be performing a cha cha at the March 31 Dancing With the Piqua Stars. Tickets go on sale next week at Readmore’s Hallmark with proceeds to benefit educational programs hosted by the Piqua Arts Council. Jim Davis, a samba; Scott Phillips, host of “The American Woodshop” which airs on PBS network, and his partner Vicki Davis, a mambo; and Rick Hanes, superintendent of Piqua City Schools, and his partner, Amy Garrett, a nightclub two

Lions to host pancake, sausage day BRADFORD — The Bradford Lions will be having their annual pancake and sausage day Saturday, March 3, at the Bradford School Auditeria. Serving will take place from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Carryouts will be available. Featured on the menu will be “all you can eat pancakes” served with whole hog sausage, scrambled eggs and applesauce. Beverages will be available at a nominal cost. All profits will fund a scholarship for a 2011 member of the Bradford High School graduating class. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

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These are selected inci- after a female student dents provided by the kicked a bus driver as she Piqua Police Department. and her brother were getting off of the bus and she also threatened to stab a teacher with a pencil. Theft: A front and rear license plate was stolen off of a vehicle in th 100 block Criminal damage: Poof Staunton Street. Disorderly conduct: lice responded to the 200 Police responded to Lock 9 block of East Main Street Park after a white male after items thrown from a residence was witnessed drinking neighboring beer and urinating on the struck a house and damaged the siding. steps of the park. Assault: Police responded to the 400 block of Wood Street after a Burglary: A resident mother reported that her in the 500 block of Wilson juvenile son was recently Avenue reported that assaulted by an adult “someone keeps getting male. into his home and stealing personal papers and messing with his sink.” Assault: Police rePolice have no suspects. Criminal damage: sponded to Z’s Food and Police responded to Pit- Spirits, 319 N. Wayne St., senbarger Park after a after the owner “was alparks department em- legedly struck” by an ployee reported vandal- upset ex-employee and ism done to a women’s was knocked unconscious. The victim refused to corest room. Unruly juvenile: Po- operate initially. An inveslice responded to the the tigation is pending at this 900 block of South Street time.

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step. Also competing are Deb Loewer of Versailles, manager at Buckeye Insurance Group and her partner Bill Hogston, a foxtrot; Sean Ford, executive director of United Way of Piqua, and his partner Maria Hogston, a tango; Kristy Warren, project director of Council on Rural Services, and her partner Bill Holtvogt, a cha cha; Peggy Henthorn, marketing manager of the Miami Valley Centre Mall, and her partner Dave Siefring, a waltz; and the Rev. Kazy Blocher Hinds, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, and her partner John Williams, a rumba. Choreographers and lead instructors are Rick Bowerman, certification manager of Hartzell Propeller Inc. and his wife, Judy Bowerman, receptionist at A.M. Leonard, who also own RJ Ballroom in Piqua. According to Fanberg, the public can vote for their favorite contestant(s) now through the competition on March 31. Options include voting online where fans can vote with Paypal-no account needed-to make payment with a credit card; by mail, with votes made either by check or cash and mailed to the Piqua Arts Council, 427 N. Main St, Piqua.; or at the March 31 event. Each vote costs $5 and must be accompanied by a ballot which can be downloaded from the PAC website at All contributions are tax deductible. Festivities on March 31 will get under way with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.; the competition, at 8 p.m.; awards at 9:30 p.m. and open dancing from 10 to 11 p.m. Tickets will be available beginning Feb. 20 at Readmore’s Hallmark in Piqua at a cost of $25 per person which includes dinner and show. There are a limited number of tickets, notes Fanberg, and sales are on a “first come” basis. Semi-formal attire is suggested.

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Upper Valley Career Center to host workshops PIQUA — Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division is offering workshops to assist job seekers with their efforts. “These workshops are offered at no cost to the general public as well our graduates,” said Maria Bayless, career placement coordinator. She indicates participants will learn how to take job searching to a higher level during the 90-minute workshops, which will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 28, April 25 and May 30. The March 28 workshop will focus on how to create effective, updated resumes; complete an ap-

plication so it stands out from others; and gain confidence with the application process. Bayless will also review tips for job search letters, introductions, and follow-up. The April and May sessions will address other important aspects of the job search. Registration is required for each session. Call 778-8419 or 1-800589-6963 no later than one day prior to the scheduled workshop. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to attend. The Job Search Workshops will operate at the Upper Valley Career Center ATC, 8901 Looney Road, Piqua.

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In this file photo of Sunday, Feb. 12, New Hope Baptist Church Pastor Joe A. Carter talks in Newark, N.J., about the death of Whitney Houston. Houston's funeral will be held Saturday at the church where she sang in the choir as a girl. Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

Funeral for Whitney Houston set for Saturday DAVID PORTER Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Whitney Houston’s funeral will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child. The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark said Tuesday that the funeral will be held at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. The funeral home said that no wake would be held and that there would be no public memorial at Newark’s Prudential Center, the sports arena that the family had discussed as a possible venue. The funeral service will be by invitation only, Carolyn Whigham said, reflecting the family’s desire

HOUSTON to keep the memorial more personal. “They have shared her for 30 some years with the city, with the state, with the world. This is their time now for their farewell,” she said. “The family thanks all the fans, the friends and the media, but this time is

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their private time,” she said. The 48-year-old Houston died Feb. 11 at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., just hours before she was set to perform at producer Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards bash. Officials say she was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a bathtub. After an autopsy Sunday, authorities said there were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston. It could be weeks, however, before the coroner’s office completes toxicology tests to establish the cause of death. Los Angeles County coroner’s assistant chief Ed Winter said bottles of prescription medicine were found in the room. He would not give details except to say: “There weren’t a lot of prescription bottles. You probably have just as many prescription bottles in your medicine cabinet.” Her body was returned to New Jersey late Monday. Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange. She began singing as a child at New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music program for many years. Her cousin singer Dionne Warwick also sang in its choir. An impromptu memorial for Houston was held

Sunday during a sadnesstinged Grammys, with Jennifer Hudson saluting her memory with a performance of “I Will Always Love You.” Viewership for the awards show soared over last year by 50 percent, with about 40 million viewers tuning in to the program on CBS. On Monday, mourners left flowers, balloons and candles for Houston at the wrought-iron fence around the tall brick church, which sits near the edge of an abandoned housing project near the train line leading to New York City. “She was an inspiration to everybody,” said Gregory Hanks, an actor who grew up in the neighborhood and who dropped off a bouquet. He saw Houston perform in New Jersey years ago. “I grew up listening to her as a little boy, and to hear her sing, you knew she was special,” he said. A sensation from her first album, Houston was one of the world’s bestselling artists from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, turning out such hits as “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” ”How Will I Know,” ”The Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You.” But as she struggled with drugs, her majestic voice became raspy, and she couldn’t hit the high notes. Houston left behind one child, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18, from her marriage to singer Bobby Brown.

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It’s difficult to say whether Sylvia’s outlandish bids and plays enraged her partners or her opponents more. But whatever the case, it seems clear that her assorted eccentricities were not intentional. She simply bid her hands as she saw them, which was rarely the way other people saw them. Her play similarly followed neither rhyme nor reason.

Consider this deal where she held the East cards, defending against six hearts. South was a well-known expert who on other occasions had felt the sting of Sylvia’s unique approach to the game. On West’s opening diamond lead, South naturally played the eight from dummy, whereupon Sylvia played her queen! Of course, anyone else would have covered the eight with the ten, but this was Sylvia. South won with the

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DEAR ABBY: I married “Andy” a year ago. He has three children from a prior marriage. He had a vasectomy eight years ago, but promised he’d have it reversed so we could have a child together. He didn’t get around to it, but I’m pregnant anyway. At first we felt it was our miracle baby. However, 15 weeks later, Andy is now “sure” the baby isn’t his. Things have gotten so bad that I moved out of our house. Abby, I have NEVER been unfaithful. A paternity test will prove he’s the father, but that can’t be done until after our baby is born. I have scheduled an appointment with a therapist, but I’m not sure I want to reconcile with him. Have other readers been in this situation? What was the outcome? — PREGNANT AND ALONE ON THE EAST COAST DEAR PREGNANT AND ALONE: Yes, other readers have been in your situation. In those cases, the vasectomy had somehow reversed itself without surgery. (Perhaps it wasn’t done properly in the first place.) Your husband should consult a urologist and have his sperm levels checked. It could provide the “proof ” he’s looking for a lot sooner than your due date. Because this has been emotionally devastating for you — which is understandable — talking with a therapist will be beneficial regardless of what you decide about your marriage. DEAR ABBY: My stepson, “David,” lives with my husband and me and our 9-year-old son. He is 20 and has been with us since he was a child because his mother couldn’t control him. He had major problems in school — detentions, failing grades, etc. — and has been nothing but trouble. David is disrespectful, a chronic liar and a thief. He has even threatened to kill us. David’s mother bought him a car and his grandmother gives him money to buy anything he wants — including guns. He won’t get a driver’s license, refuses to get a job, won’t help around the house and lies to people, saying we don’t feed him.



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Coffee cake tasty with banana added It’s a little past 7 a.m. and the bright glow in the eastern sky looks like a promise for a sunny day. The sun is always welcome at this time of the year. The ground is covered with snow again and the temperatures are colder. Finally feels like winter. Saturday morning our thermometer showed 6 degrees. The last few days the morning temperature has been around 20. The new stove is heating well and is saving us coal. It was high time for a new one. I am making coffee. I don’t drink coffee every morning but it feels like I need some this morning. I was up with daughter Lovina, 7, during part of the night. She came to our bedroom and told us she had to throw up. Before I could get her to our bathroom she threw up on our floor. Sigh. I thought she felt warm, so I took her temperature and it showed 103. After some fever reducer she is sleeping well. She didn’t even wake up with the commotion of the other children getting ready for school. When my children get sick and I am tending to their needs my thoughts often go back to my mother. She was always there for us when we were sick and I would often think “doesn’t she ever get tired?” Now that I see it from a mother’s point of view it just seems natural to take care of them while they are sick. Sitting there in the middle of the night holding Lovina it makes me think of how fortunate and blessed we truly are. The quiet and peacefulness of the night somehow gives a person time to think back over the years. In May it will be 12 years since my dear father passed away but every Feb. 17 my thoughts are with him as he would be celebrating another birthday if he were still here. If he had lived he would be 81 this month. Friday the 17th there will be no school and also the following Monday. The children are excited about having two four-day school weeks. That is their midwinter break. Wednesday will be their 100th day of school for this school year. Lovina and Kevin’s class do something special like bringing in 100 small items to count. I will probably let them take buttons. Also Kevin’s class has to bring 100 pieces of something edible like cereal, marshmallows,

LOVINA EICHER The Amish Cook chocolate chips, cookies, pretzels or so forth. They mix it all together and call it “100 Hash,” which they all enjoy eating. Elizabeth Daughter stays with three young children three days a week while their mother works. She watches one-year- old twins and a three-year-old boy. She enjoys the children and is used to watching over little ones from her experience being the oldest of 8. Tuesday Elizabeth and Susan will go clean a house nearby. I miss their help when they are home but they like to earn money too. Last week I sewed Benjamin and Kevin each new pants. I have another one cut out for Kevin, which I hope to sew this week. Kevin has had a growth spurt and needs longer pants. I also have material to make me a few new dresses. It seems I sew for everyone else in the family and put my own sewing off. I sure could use a few new dresses. Another sewing project I hope to do is make the boys new Sunday pants and jackets. I don’t mind sewing the pants but the jackets are not my favorite things to sew. I’ll conclude the column by sharing this great recipe for “banana nut coffee cake.” BANANA NUT COFFEECAKE 1/2 cup oil 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs 2 mashed bananas 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup chopped nuts 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. baking soda Topping: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup nuts, 2 Tab. butter, 4 Tab. flour. Combine sugar, cinnamon, flour, nuts and cut in butter. Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy. Pour into a greased 9x13-inch cake pan. Add the topping. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

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Remodeling keeps writer where she belongs — at home Before we had our third child and the cat had another litter of kittens, our new and beautiful six room (one bath) single story house was ideal. Desperate for space, we moved into a sixty year old, eight room (one bath) two story house. Over the years it grew into nine rooms, bath and a half, with an attached two and a half car garage. (RB liked to build things and got carried away.) When I say the two of us now “rattle around” in this big old house, I mean it literally; our bones make noises of protest. The simple solution would be to strike a match to the place but we have a close relative on the PFD who would come with a hose. Family majority (I wasn’t included) determined that I shouldn’t be using the stairs. Having lost my voting privileges, I sat back and watched the goal materialize: Nine rooms condensed into six rooms, pretty much where we were 55 years ago. For several years we’ve known we should make changes but, while I agreed, moving from this home was not an option. Because of the deterioration of my vision — slow but progressing — I’ve intended to remain in my home and those familiar things within it. Several years ago, a dear friend lost her battle with macular degeneration. Concerned for her safety, the family

CAROLYN STEVENS Columnist moved her from her small apartment to an assisted-care facility. After the first couple of days/nights, she became hysterical because she didn’t know where she was and couldn’t find anything she recognized. She was hospitalized, totally lost contact with reality, never recovered her senses, and died. My family listened to that story and agreed that I DO know where to find everything in this house; turn me around and I could lose myself. So, we’re staying here. I may not be able to locate everything after the changes but I’ll still know who I am, where I am, and able to keep searching for what I want, knowing it’s buried here some place. Although RB swears he knows where he is, I do make every effort to locate him on a daily basis. The conversion wasn’t a simple shifting of furniture. To transform my art room into a utility room, plumbing and electrical work were necessary to accommodate the washer, dryer, and freezer. All the holes left behind had to be filled

and painted so the emptied room could be used as a bedroom. Our Westhighland puppy helped. Earl is the lowest paid and hardest worker here and whether he knows what’s going on or not, he’s in the middle of it and “helping.” He’s also the least trust-worthy; he walked on the newly painted floor and tracked his four little feet onto the carpet. An important rule with Westies is never to be unleashed outside of protective confinement. As workers went in and out, Earl followed to the porch. Someone passing in a car called out to RB, Earl believed he knew that person and bolted to the street, fulling intending to be taken for a ride. He enjoyed his brief escape, making the most of it by running in and out of traffic. An injury to him would kill us old folks! At this writing, Earl and I are on the ground floor, anticipating the descent of RB in the next few days. Earlier, RB spoke of getting an electric bed for me, but not being sure if he said electric bed or “electric CHAIR,” I pretended not to hear him because that would be such an easy solution for him! Beds, headboards, springs and mattresses cannot just be slid down this staircase. In some cases, windows must be removed to allow for the bulky pieces to pass. Earl knows his legs are too short for steep

steps so he’s always slept — or at least stayed — downstairs. He apparently heard (or thought he heard) strange noises, causing him to bark an alarm several times through the night. He now sleeps very soundly in a recliner chair beside my bed. He probably had felt uneasy from being downstairs alone; that was lot of space to protect! Those first nights, as I raised up to look at him, he raised up to look at me. Now we both just sleep until early morning when the newspaper hits the porch. RB can feel very safe when he joins us. Until this major transition of furniture and rooms, RB knew how to navigate through the dark to find where he wanted to go, as did I. While upstairs, all I needed to do was take a right turn and I’d be in the little bathroom. Downstairs, if I don’t turn in the correct direction, I’ll be on the front porch. As long as I don’t pull the door behind me, I won’t be locked out. (If that should occur and I’m seen out there in my nightgown, please call my family and bring me a blanket.) When RB begins sleeping down stairs and intends to go to the bathroom in the dark, if he makes a wrong turn, he’ll be in the clothes closet. We can only hope he realizes in time. You can contact Carolyn Stevens at

Fletcher Fire Dept. hosts fish and chicken fry Saturday FLETCHER — The Fletcher Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the second of three allyou-can-eat fish and chicken fry fund raising

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February is Heart Month Check out these heart disease prevention tips for the whole family TROY — Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American adults. Each year, cardiovascular disease takes in excess of 950,000 lives — more than the next seven leading causes of death combined (cancer, accidents, pneumonia, influenza, diabetes and suicide). To improve your chances of long-term cardiovascular health, you need to be aware of your risks for heart disease. Some heart disease risk factors, such as family history and age, can’t be changed. However, here are 10 important ways you can lower your risk for heart disease: 1. Don’t smoke. Smoking more than doubles your risk for heart disease. Secondhand smoke is harmful, also. Cigarette smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for heart disease. If you have any other risk factors for heart disease, and also smoke, your risk increases dramatically. 2. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight strains the heart. Control your weight with proper diet and exercise. 3. Eat right. Emphasize fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet. Limit sodium and get no more than 30 percent of your daily calories from fat. A diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol keeps

weight down and helps prevent coronary artery disease. 4. Control cholesterol. Limit foods high in cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fat, which all raise blood cholesterol levels. Take cholesterol-lowering medication if recommended by your doctor. 5. Control blood pressure. High blood pressure raises your heart disease risk. Help control your blood pressure by exercising regularly, eating right, not smoking, limiting sodium and alcohol, and taking medication if needed. 6. Get active. Regular aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, swimming or biking strengthens your heart. Moderate intensity activities, including leisure walking, housework and gardening also are beneficial. Any type of activity that gets the heart rate up, when done regularly, helps keep weight down and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. 7. Manage stress. Excessive stress increases your blood pressure and heart rate. Take time to relax. Exercise helps reduce stress, too. 8. Get regular screenings. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes all increase your chances of developing

heart disease. Regularly monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol level, and have a blood glucose test every few years. For free screenings, attend the upcoming Heart Month Health Fair at Upper Valley Medical Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Screening appointments are required and are available by calling CareFinders at (866) 608-3468. 9. Learn the warning signs. Alert your doctor to any symptoms of chest pain or discomfort, or shortness of breath. Other symptoms of heart disease may include pain first appearing in arm, shoulder, back or jaw; light-headedness; fatigue; or abdominal pain. 10. Have a cardiac disease risk assessment. Consult your doctor about your personal risk for heart disease and stroke, and follow his or her advice for health tests, lifestyle changes and therapies. Parents — encourage a taste for the healthy life Parents can help encourage children to develop healthy lifestyle habits which help prevent heart disease risk factors later in life. For example: • Be a healthy role model. Your children, especially when they are young, learn by watching what you eat. • Teach your children how to eat the healthyheart way. Show them how to make wise food selections that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol but still high in important nutrients. Teach

them how to read food labels and choose healthy alternatives at restaurants. • Encourage your children to be physically active. Spend time as a family hiking, biking, and playing games. Limit television and video games/computer time. Support their interest in athletics or sports. • Help your children avoid smoking. Support smoking education programs in your schools and in your community. Openly discuss the dangers of smoking and nicotine addiction. Avoid environments that may expose children to second hand smoke. • Be sure your children have regular medical check-ups. Your pediatrician can monitor blood pressure and weight status. Many physicians are now screening children for high blood cholesterol, especially if there is a family history of heart disease. Although a specific desirable level for blood cholesterol in children has not been established, levels above 175 mg/dl or higher should be retested. This information is provided by the health care of professionals UVMC/Upper Valley Medical Center. It is intended for educational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for the care of a physician. Please contact your doctor for specific advice and treatment of health conditions. If you need a new doctor, call CareFinders at (866) 608-3463.

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CLYDE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began studying 14 sites for possible contamination Monday in what has become a yearslong quest for the source of a childhood cancer cluster in an eastern Sandusky County community. About a dozen EPA personnel and contractors surveyed a vacant lot and began taking soil samples Monday, representing the federal government’s first involvement in the effort to determine the cause of at least 37 childhood cancer cases within a 12-mile radius of Clyde. Four children have died. The vacant lot once housed a company called Formulated Products. The EPA removed hundreds of drums of chemicals from the site in the late 1990s. It was believed nothing was buried on the site, but with the outbreak of brain and central nervous system tumors, lymphoma, leukemia, and other forms of cancer among children in the area since 1996, federal authorities are now investigating the site, along with 13 others. Most of the sites are former dumps that closed before the 1970s, prior to the era of modern solid waste management and regulation. Four of the sites are owned by Whirlpool, the washing machine manufacturer and by far the area’s largest employer, with more than 3,000 workers. The EPA also will look at the Clyde City Dump, where residential and industrial waste was deposited until 1969. Steve Wolfe, on-scene coordinator for the EPA, said the agency and its contractors will collect underground soil, water, and air samples from the 14 sites over the next three weeks to identify possible waste burial areas. Those samples will be tested and evaluated. He said the public can expect results in late spring or early summer. “We just don’t know what’s going to be there,” Mr. Wolfe said. Concerns about the 14 sites were identified in a 2009 study prepared by the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio EPA. The state agencies didn’t take samples from those sites because there was no clear route through which the children would have come in contact with them, Ohio EPA spokesman Dina Pierce said. The state ultimately concluded that an environmental problem had likely triggered the cancer cases, but could not determine the causes. The U.S. EPA is essentially picking up where the state left off. Although the initial study will focus on 14 sites, Mr. Wolfe said other sites may be examined based on additional information. The U.S. EPA has set up a confidential hot line, 1-855-838-1304, to gather tips about potentially contaminated sites. The agency has received about 50 calls and emails. “We follow up on every lead,” Mr. Wolfe said. Area residents have expressed gratitude for the agency’s involvement, he said.



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Piqua man Continued from page 1 Seitz, a married man, were also involved in a personal relationship. She and Seitz went to a catering job in Kettering, stopped for a few drinks on the way home, then went to Seitz’s apartment in Sidney, where she told him she wanted to end the relationship. Bauer said Seitz proceeded to “beat her” for several hours and prevented her from leaving the apartment. Bauer also said Ashworth struck Seitz in the head with the toilet tank lid during one attempt to escape. Bauer noted several text messages that were sent by Seitz during the incident, in which Seitz stated that he had beaten Ashworth and was going to kill her and hide the body. Lead defense attorney Christopher Bucio conceded in his opening statement that there was a “physical altercation” between Seitz and Ashworth, but he said Seitz’s actions were in self-defense after he was struck by the toilet tank lid, adding Seitz “feared for his life.” Bucio dismissed the text messages as “untrue” and said they were written after the incident occurred and were falsehoods made up by Seitz in order to deflect from his wife’s suspicions that he was having an affair with Ashworth. Bucio said the relatively minor incident had gone to such proportions because of Ashworth’s relationships with members of law enforcement. “We’re all here today because Scarlet is friends with the police,” Bucio said, adding that her friends had collected the evidence and told her what to say.

He also predicted that an excessively emotional Ashworth would be taking the stand. “She’s gonna try to bamboozle you all,” Bucio said. “She’s only acting.” Ashworth did stop repeatedly and ask for moments to compose herself as she gave testimony under the state’s examination. She recounted the catering job in Kettering and stops for drinks on the way back to Sidney. She said when they were at his apartment in Sidney, she told him that she did not want to be with him anymore, and she wanted to call someone to come get her. She asked him to leave, but he refused. She tried to call someone to pick her up, and he took the phone from her and threw it into a wall, shattering it. When the physical fight began, Ashworth said Seitz pinned her to the bed with his knees on her arms and punched her repeatedly in the face. She said when she struggled, he hit harder, and when she tried to call out for help, he “put his hands down (her) throat” to silence her. He then wrapped his hands around her throat and choked her until she lost consciousness. Ashworth said when she regained consciousness, Seitz was slapping her in the face telling her to wake up. She looked for a way to escape the situation, so told Seitz that she felt sick and asked to go to the bathroom. There, she picked up the toilet tank lid as the only weapon available. When the shifting lid made a noise, she said Seitz looked into the bathroom and she struck him on the head with the heavy porcelain lid. She ran past him and toward the door, but he

grabbed her by the arm to stop her, stating, “You got me good but not good enough. Now I’m going to kill you,” according to Ashworth’s testimony. He then dragged her back into the bedroom and continued punching and choking her until she feigned unconsciousness hoping he would stop. She said as she pretended to be passed out, she heard him on his phone and it “sounded like he was texting.” When he woke her again, she said he repeatedly apologized and said he had not done such a thing before. When she commented that he’d done “a good job” for having no experience, he got angry again and asked for the catering money, which she said was in his jacket. Barely able to stand, walk or even see, according to her testimony, she tried crawling toward the door while he was going through her things looking for the money, but he stopped her again. Ashworth said Seitz soon took her to his vehicle and drove her to his house in Piqua, where he and his wife, Chris, helped to clean her up. Chris then drove Ashworth back to Sidney to retrieve her car, where it was parked at a drugstore, across from Broad Street Grille. Ashworth asked Seitz’s wife to take her to the apartment so she could get her personal belongings, including a necklace, her purse and the shattered cell phone. Chris asked for the key to the apartment, as well, but said she would pick up Ashworth later to replace the phone, which she did. After replacing the phone, Ashworth said she began texting with her coworker, Breanne Comer, eventually asking to see her. So Ashworth returned to Sidney to get Comer at

the Broad Street Grille, noting that, as soon as she saw Ashworth, Comer advised her to go to a hospital immediately. Ashworth said she did not know if she wanted to tell anyone what had happened to her yet, but she followed advice and Comer’s agreed to photograph the injuries at a nearby friend’s home. Ashworth then agreed to go to the hospital but wished her mother, who would be returning home later in the evening to accompany her. Ashworth said she went to the hospital for treatment, then she, along with her mother and Comer, went to the Sidney Police Department to report the incident. Bauer showed the photos taken at the friend’s house as well as photos taken by the Sidney Police. They showed considerable bruising and swelling to her face and eyes, as well as bruises and scratches around her neck and chest, and bruises on her sides and arms. Bauer also showed the broken toilet tank lid, the smashed cell phone, as well as a pillow from the apartment and the shirt Ashworth wore to the catering event that night, both of which she testified had her blood on them. Asked about lingering physical effects, Ashworth said the black eyes lasted for about three weeks, and she said she continued to be experience physical pain long after the bruising and healing had faded. The trial will continue today, opening with the defense’s cross-examination of Ashworth, expected to last for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, with testimony continuing through Thursday, possibly into Friday.


Miami East makes strides in reducing district’s deficit Shortfall reported down to $10,600 BY MELANIE YINGST Ohio Community Media CASSTOWN — Despite passing its converted 1.75 percent income tax levy in November, the Miami East Local Schools administration is making strides to dig itself out of the state’s “Fiscal Watch” list. Miami East Local School’s treasurer Lisa Fahncke reported to the board of education her updated five-year forecast, which will be submitted to the Ohio Department of Education’s financial department. The ODE wrote a letter to the district noting its strides to close the gap on the deficit projected to hit at the end of fiscal year 2012 on June 30. In previous meetings, the district was in the red approximately $25,500. Fahncke reported the district has since updated its projected deficit to be approximately $10,600. “We are really struggling to get that bottom line to zero or in the positive,” Fahncke said. “We don’t have far to go to chip away at that negative.” Despite the district passing the income tax levy in November, it takes approximately 18 months to collect the full amount of earnings passed on to the district. Board president Kevin Accurso said the district’s bottom line was a tribute to the many sacrifices of students, staff and the district to help close the deficit by the year’s end.

Fahncke said the district’s spending cuts and penny watching was what closed the gap even further than projected. Superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold discussed with the board the district’s pending decision on its bus routes and start and end times for students. Rappold said he knows many parents are looking for answers to decide on their day care options for next school year. Rappold said the single bus route has cut down the amount of bus miles to 849 a day, per bus — down from the dual routes’ 1,300 miles per day, per bus. “We will save $70,000 in diesel fuel alone with a single route,” Rappold said. “It’s a cost savings for the district.” Rappold said he understand the challenges of child care arrangements but hoped by addressing the busing issue early that parents could make arrangements for the following year. Accurso said he believed keeping a single bus route was important and that parents had multiple options including the district’s in-house on campus after-school program though Walnut-Grove Learning Center. “We will make every effort to try to make it easy as possible,” Rappold said. Rappold also discussed the district’s transportation and participation fees for student activities. Rappold said he hopes to institute a family cap and revise the policy and make possible reductions for students. Board member Mark Davis was not present during the board meeting.

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Marion’s Piazza draws crowd at Troy opening

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Mary Brown and Gary Carpenter of Springfield add their signatures to a Harley-Davidson flag in the showroom of Gover Harley-Davidson in Piqua. The flag is to be shipped to Bravo Battery, who are currently serving in Afghanistan.The public is invited to visit Gover Harley-Davidson on East Ash Street to sign the flag and show support for our local Ohio National Guard soldiers serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The final day to sign the flag is during Gover’s “Beat the Winter Blues” event on Saturday.

Tentative payroll tax pact reached WASHINGTON (AP) — House-Senate talks on renewing a payroll tax cut that delivers about $20 a week to the average worker yielded a tentative agreement Tuesday, with lawmakers planning to unveil the pact Wednesday and sending the measure to President Barack Obama as early as this week. Under the outlines of the emerging agreement, a 2 percentage-point cut in the

Social Security payroll tax would be extended through the end of the year, with the nearly $100 billion cost added to the deficit. Jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed would be renewed as well, with the $30 billion cost paid for in part through auctioning broadcast spectrum to wireless companies and requiring federal workers to contribute more toward their pensions. GOP lawmakers leaving

a party meeting said they were told a tentative pact had been reached but said some details could change before the compromise was finalized, probably today. They described the session as largely positive, and several predicted the House would approve the deal. The payroll tax cut and renewing jobless benefits were key planks in Obama’s jobs program, which was announced in September.

TROY — For the better part of a decade, Janet Mumford waged a onewoman campaign to have Marion’s Piazza open a location in Troy. Tuesday afternoon, she was able to enjoy the fruits — or rather, the pizza — of her labor. “I had a classmate from the Milton-Union High School Class of ’59 who I would meet at the Marion’s in Englewood the first Tuesday of every month,” said Mumford, who was joined by her husband, Monte, Tuesday at the grand opening of the Marion’s Piazza Troy location. “I always told them they needed to get a Marion’s in Troy. Marion’s is the Cadillac of pizzas. “Then I ran into (Troy) Mayor (Michael) Beamish and told him we needed a Marion’s in Troy. He told me his kids were raised on Marion’s pizza and he had been writing letters for years trying to get Marion’s to come to Troy.” The wait is over for the Mumfords, for the mayor and for the masses. Marion’s Piazza’s 500seat Troy restaurant offi-


Longtime customers of Marion’s, Janet and Monte Mumford, were part of the first day opening crowd Tuesday to enjoy an award-winning pizza. cially opened to the public some time,” he said. “Troy at 10 a.m. Tuesday — an was perfect because it’s in the middle of everything. hour ahead of schedule. “We had a little bit of a You’ve got Piqua and Sidline forming outside, so we ney to the north and you’ve decided to open early,” said got Tipp City to the south. Marion’s Piazza CEO Plus you’ve got all the Roger Glass, who spent the small towns like Covington day greeting the steady and Pleasant Hill, as well. stream of customers that Plus the industry in this came pouring through the area is just amazing. We front door. “It’s been very didn’t realize how much insteady the entire day — it dustry Troy had. We really expect a huge rush at hasn’t stopped.” Nor does Glass expect it lunch hour. “We are so happy to be to anytime soon. He said he’s already in Troy. It’s been absolutely taken a reservation for a amazing for us.” In addition, Marion’s party of 150 for later this month and the facility’s will add 50 new employees 80-seat banquet room is — all of whom have spent nearly booked through the the past two months training at Marion’s Englewood end of February. Marion’s has been a fix- and North Dixie Road ture in the Dayton area for (Dayton) locations. “We’ve actually exdecades — it’s won numerous regional and national ceeded our expectations,” awards — Glass said open- Glass said. “It’s been outing a location in Troy made standing.” And for customers like perfect sense. “We’ve been wanting to Mumford, well worth the come up north for quite wait.

January retail sales point to improving economy WASHINGTON (AP) Americans rebounded from a weak holiday season and stepped up spending on retail goods

in January. The latest government report on retail sales pointed to a slowly improving economy.

Retail sales rose at a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.


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COVINGTON 2 bedroom townhouse, $495. Up to 2 months FREE utilities! No Pets. (937)698-4599, (937)572-9297. PIQUA, 1 bedroom, clean, appliances, A/C. No pets, Metro approved. $350 mo. (937)773-7534 PIQUA 1133 Chevy Lane, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, kitchen appliances, new carpet with garage. $450 (937)430-0989

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SEASONED FIREWOOD $160 per cord. Stacking extra, $130 you pick up. Taylor Tree Service available (937)753-1047

TV ARMOIRE, Cherry wood, 45" wide X 23" deep X 73" high $700. EXCELLENT CONDITION! (937)698-3691

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WICKER FURNITURE, indoor. Settee, (2) chairs and table. Excellent condition! $375. (937)448-0714

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Sealed bids for the purchase of a new or refurbished aquatic weed harvester, adaptable conveyor, and adaptable trailer for the City of Piqua Water Systems, will be received by the City of Piqua Purchasing, 201 W. Water St, Piqua, Ohio, until 2:00 P.M., on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read.

1997 CADILLAC DEVILLE CONCOURS White with heated leather seats, automatic, A/C, power steering, windows & locks, dual air bags, cassette player, trunk mounted CD player, 90,000 miles. Good condition. $4,000. Call (937)773-1550

The Bidding Documents, which include Specifications and Bid Form, may be obtained at the City of Piqua Purchasing Department, 201 W. Water Street, Piqua, Ohio at no cost. You can also download a copy of the forms from our web site Bids must be signed and submitted on City bid forms included in the bid package. The sealed envelope must be marked “IFB #1209 – Aquatic Weed Harvester.” Each Bid must contain the full name of the party or parties submitting the Bid and all persons interested therein. No Bidder shall withdraw his Bid after the actual opening thereof.

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The City reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, waive irregularities in any Bid, and to accept any Bid that is deemed by City to be in the best interests of the City. Beverly M. Yount Purchasing Analyst City of Piqua, Ohio 2/15, 2/20-2012 2258157


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INFORMATION Call ROB KISER, sports editor, at 773-2721, ext. 209, from 8 p.m. to midnight weekdays.


Piqua Daily Call •

IN BRIEF ■ Baseball

PBPA to meet tonight at PHS


Piqua boys play well on defense

The Piqua Baseball Parents Association will be holding a meet at 7 p.m. tonight. The meeting will be held BY ROB KISER in the Piqua High School library. Sports Editor

Shooting fails Indians in loss

■ Basketball

The final score might not reflect it. But, the Piqua boys basketball team did a lot of good things in a 67-29 loss to Springboro — except PITSBURG — The Cov- find a way to put the ball ington eighth grade girls in the basket Tuesday basketball team won the night at Garbry GymnaCross County Confence sium. tournament title in dramatic fashion Saturday, rallying for a 34-33 victory over Arcanum. The Lady Buccs had to rally from a 9-point deficit in the third quarter. The game was tied a 33 with :06 remaining when Jessie Crowell made a free throw for the winning point. Crowell led Covington with 15 points, while Brooke Gostomsky scored nine and Carly Shell added seven. The Lady Buccs finished with a 17-2 record.

Lady Buccs win CCC title


“When you look at this game, the difference will be the shooting percentages,” Piqua coach Heath Butler said. ‘We didn’t shoot the ball real well in the first half — then we went stone cold in the second half — we couldn’t throw one in. When you are playing the number two seed in the sectional, you have to shoot the ball

better than that.” The Indians started the game missing 14 of their first 16 shots — which was unfortunate, because of the way they were playing on the defensive end. Despite making just six of 32 shots in the opening half, Piqua trailed just 2412, having forced 12 See PIQUA/Page 16

Lehman boys drop road game Cavaliers lose to Patriots NEW MADISON — Lehman started off well against a strong Tri-Village team, but couldn’t sustain it in losing 72-66 in high school boys basketball action Tuesday night. The loss left the Cavaliers with a 10-9 record, and they will end regular-season play Saturday at St. Marys. Lehman had 11 three-

pointers in the contest, five by Alex Baker, who scored 21 points to lead the Cavs. Drew Westerheide hit three from long range and finished with 15, and Solomon KingWhite also hit three treys and finished with 13 points. Tri-Village’s Kyle Pipenger poured in 35 points.

COVINGTON SCORING Crowell 15, Gostomsky 9, Shell 7, Richards 3.

Hawks to hold AAU tryouts The Miami Valley Hawks will be holding tryouts for their AAU girls basketball teams on Feb. 26 and March 18. On Feb. 26, the schedule is grades 3-4, 11 a.m.- Emily Kindell shoots the ball Tuesday night. 1 p.m.; grades 5-6, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; grades 78, 4-5:30 p.m. On March 18, grades 911 will have tryouts from noon to 3 p.m. Tryout fee is $20 and players should bring a copy of their birth certificate and most recent grade card. For more info, go to BY COLIN FOSTER against a team they had just beaten handily a few Ohio Community Media days earlier. But with a wealth of TIPP CITY — Some teams may find it difficult See EAST/Page 16 Miami East’s Angie Mack shoots the ball Tuesday night. to get up for a game

East off to good start

Cruises in tourney opener

WPTW to air Piqua game

WPTW Muzzy Broadcasting will air the Piqua at Troy boys basketball game Friday night. Air time is 7:15 p.m.


Lady Tigers Drop Tournament Game

Scores to air hoop games will air the following high school basketball games: Wednesday: Fairborn boys at Sidney, 7:10 p.m. Friday: Jackson Center boys at Anna, 7:40 p.m.


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Versaille’s Katie Heckman (left photo) shoots the ball against Northridge Tuesday night in Tipp City D-III sectional action, while Rachel Kremer (right photo) is pressured by a Northridge player. Northridge upset the Lady Tigers 56-52.

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Piqua Gymnasts Compete At Greenville


The Piqua High School gymnastics team competed in a meet at the Darke County YMCA Friday. Reganne Tate (left) and Kaci Cotrell (right) perform in the floor exercise.

Ivee Kaye walks on the balance beam

Lady Flyers drop A-10 heartbreaker

Kyrstan Mikolajewski leaps during her floor exercise.


St. Bonnie wins by one DAYTON — The University of Dayton women’s basketball team dropped a nail-biter to theNo. 25 St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 56-55, on Saturday at UD Arena. Dayton drops to 16-6 overall and 8-2 in the A10. The Bonnies improve to24-2 overall and 11-0 in the A-10. Sophomore Cassie Sant led the Flyers with 12 points, shooting 5-8 from the field. Senior Justine Raterman recorded a double-double with 11 points and a team-leading 12 rebounds. Senior Patrice Lalor added 10 points andrecorded two assists and three rebounds. The Flyers shot 41.9 percent from the field (13of-31) in the first half, but finished the game shooting 35.5 percent from the field. St. Bonaventure never led by more than one. The Bonnies shot 39.3 percentfrom the field (22of-56) and were led by Megan Van Tatenhove, who scored 17 points in 29 minutes. The Flyers came out strong in the first half, going on a 10-0 run in thefirst five minutes putting them up 12-2. Dayton did not allow a

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East Continued from page 14 postseason experience, the Miami East Vikings had no issues getting ready for a game against the Arcanum Trojans on Tuesday in the first round of the Division III Sectional Tournament. After a 77-22 romping of Arcanum last Thursday — a win that sealed the Cross County Conference title for the Vikings — Miami East opened tournament play with a 66-31 win at Pat Wampler Gymnasium in Tipp City. East advances to play Milton-Union at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. “It’s tournament time, and very simply put — you lose and you go home,� Miami East coach Preston Elifritz said. “It’s not a situation where your back is against the wall. “We came in knowing if we can do the things that we normally do — and do it well — we will be fine. But there’s always that little edge, where you know that if you don’t play well, you can go home. That’s enough motivation right there.� The Vikings held the Trojans to 2 for 10 shooting in the first on their way to building an 18-4 lead. With a mixture of fullcourt and half-court pressure, the Vikings forced six turnovers, while their offense was hitting on the

had 15, Mack ended with three 3-pointers and 11 points and Ashley Current added 10. The Vikings free throw shooting was something to be proud of, going 19 for 22, while Arcanum managed to shoot just 7 for 16 at the stripe. “We always try to say that if you are going to do all the work to get there, take advantage of it,� Elifritz said. “We haven’t shot that well all year, that’s a good sign going into tournament. “We tried to attack, we shared the ball well and we tried to take advantage of our size inside.� And now East faces Milton-Union. “I really don’t know much about them,� Elifritz said. “We played them last year. I know they have a lot of people back, but we also have a lot of people back. “We will have a good week of practice and we should be ready to play them.� MIKE ULLERY/CALL PHOTO

Miami East’s Trian Current goes up for two of her 15 points Tuesday night against Arcanum. other end, going 6 for 11 in the quarter. The Vikings started the game on a 9-0 run until Chasity Fusion scored Arcanum’s first bucket with 3:51 left in the quarter. Angie Mack hit two 3s and scored eight in the first —

outscoring the entire Arcanum team in the process. Ashley Current, Trina Current and Abby Cash combined to score 17 out of 20 East points in the second. Outside of another

Mack trey — all of East’s points in the quarter came in the paint. The Vikings established a 38-10 lead by half. After not scoring in the first half, Emily Kindell was lights out in the third, nailing two triples and


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Continued from page 14 49-21 advantage that Piqua could never cut into. Jordan Feeser led Piqua with seven points and six rebounds. Morgan had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Springboro. Jack Mapes had 14 points, Jake Pfahl scored 11 and Jordan Rigg had nine points and 10 rebounds. “You know, (Maverick) Morgan is a good player, he is going to get his points,� Butler said. “For most of the game, we did a good job on (Jack) Mapes and we did a nice job on Ryan Murray (four points). But, you have to make some shots.� Piqua was 10 of 50 from the floor for 20 percent and nine of 18 from the line for 50 percent. Springboro was 27 of 49 from the floor for 55 percent and nine of 20 from the line for 45 percent. Springboro won the battle of the boards 42-27 and both teams had 14 turnovers. Piqua won the JV game 44-40, going on an 8-0 run after the game was tied at 32 midway through the fourth quarter.

Dan Monnin scored 17 points, Chris Scott netted 10 and Xavier Harrison added nine. Piqua will host Troy Friday, before playing Springboro in the Centerville D-I sectional tournament at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. “Right now, our focus is on Troy and finding a way to win that game,� Butler said. “But, we got some things on tape. We learned some things that will help us for that next game (with Springboro).� If the Indians can simply make some shots. BOXSCORE Springboro (67) Jake Pfahl 5-1-11, Ryan Murray 2-0-4, Jordan Rigg 4-1-9, Maverick Morgan 9-523, Jack Mapes 5-0-14, Joey Kaiser 0-0-0, Mitchell Maher 0-0-0, Evan Wilbert 2-1-5, John Byrne 0-0-0, Tommy Montgomery 01-1, Connor Mulcahy 0-0-0. Totals: 27-9-67. Piqua (29) Trae Honeycutt 0-1-1, Taylor Wellbaum 11-3, Kindric Link 0-2-2, Ryan Hughes 2-0-4, Jordan Feeser 3-1-7, Luke Karn 2-0-4, Josh Holfinger 2-0-4, Kyler Ashton 0-2-2, Phil Ruppert 0-0-0, Dan Monnin 0-1-1, Azjhon Taylor 0-0-0, Noah Ghere 0-1-1, Xavier Harrison 0-0-0. Totals: 10-9-29. 3-point field goals — Springboro: Mapes (4). Score By Quarters 13 24 49 67 Springboro Piqua 4 12 21 29 Records: Springboro 15-4, Piqua 4-15. Reserve score: Piqua 44, Springboro 40.

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Springboro turnovers. And 6-foot-10 junior Maverick Morgan, while getting his points, was limited to six in the first half and was a little frustrated a times with Piqua’s defense. Morgan had just six at half and missed nine of the “The defense played great in the first half,� Butler said. “It is hard to play that kind of defense for an entire game. And the thing is we were moving the ball well enough on offense to get good shots. We just couldn’t get anything to drop.� Which eventually forced a change in game plan for a Piqua team that made just 10 field goals and faced the long arms of Morgan in the paint. “We didn’t want to go to the rim as much as we did,� Butler said. “But, we had to do that because the shots weren’t falling from outside.� And Springboro did what good teams do, asserting themselves in a 40-point second half. After 12 turnovers in the opening half, the Panthers didn’t have any in the third quarter to open a

going four out of five from the line to score 10 points. Kindell’s play, along with the six points by Trina Current in the quarter, helped East take a 59-18 lead into the third. Leading East in scoring was Trina Current, who

BOXSCORE Miami East (66) Jessica Barlage 0-1-1, Elle Gearhart 12-4, Renee DeFord 2-0-4, Emily Kindell 24-10, Angie Mack 4-0-11, Madison Linn 0-5-5, Ashley Current 3-4-10, Trina Current 6-3-15, Abby Cash 2-0-4, Leah Dunivan 10-2. Totals: 21-19-66. Arcanum (31) Chasity Fusion 1-0-2, Amber Snell 4-111, Abbey O’Donnell 3-3-9, Morgan Buck 21-5, Josie Weaver 0-2-2, Madison Brandon 1-0-2. Totals: 11-7-31. 3-point field goals — Miami East: Mack (3), Kindell (2). Arcanum: Snell. Score By Quarters 18 38 59 66 Miami East Arcanum 4 10 18 31 Records: Miami East 20-1. Arcanum 318.

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