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Dancing with the Piqua Stars preview tickets available PIQUA — Tickets for the upcoming Dancing With the Piqua Stars sold out for the main evening performance, however, those interested are invited to attend a newly added 2 p.m. March 31 preview performance. Tickets for the preview will go on sale Tuesday at Readmore's Hallmark in downtown Piqua for $12.50 each and will include one beverage and snack, which will be provided by show organizers. Additional beverages may be purchased, if desired. Those who attend the 2 p.m. performance can expect the same show as the evening performance, minus the dinner and judging. Beverages and snacks will include wine and chocolates, beer, pop, ice tea, and snacks at the 2 p.m. preview. Those who bought seating only tickets for the evening performance may exchange them for preview tickets at Hallmark if desired. All the details and how to vote for your favorite Piqua 'star' and their RJ Ballroom dance-pro partner can be found at The fundraiser, benefiting the Piqua Arts Council, is a dance spectacular that includes nine of Piqua’s most notable individuals. Piqua ‘stars’ are local community personalities, leaders and celebrities. Each of the dance teams, the star and their professional partner, will perform a different dance that they have been rehearsing for months. Performances will be judged but the winner will be determined by votes. Votes are $5 each and are a tax deductible, charitable donation. Visit for more information about the event and the arts. For more information, call the Piqua Arts Council at 773-8630 or email piq u a a r t s c o u n

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Accident results in flash burns to boy’s chest, face MIKE ULLERY Chief Photographer

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Local teen injured


PIQUA — An exploding aerosol can put a quick end to a backyard recreational fire on Sunday afternoon. Lt. Jason Preston of the Piqua Police Department said that both the police and rescue squad were dispatched to 1621 West High St., near the corner of West High and Sunset Av-

enue, around 5 p.m. on the report of an injured teenager. Preston said that a man and his 15-year-old son were attempting to start a recreational fire in the back yard using cardboard. An aerosol can, possibly containing spray paint, was unnoticed among the cardboard and exploded in the fire. The father was slightly burned but the 15-year-old received the brunt of the explosion. The can struck the youth

causing burns and a laceration to his thigh and groin area.The explosion also caused flash burns to the boy’s chest and face. Assistant Piqua Fire Chief Mike Peltier said that CareFlight was called due to the potential for airway issues from flash burns around the mouth, nose and face. The boy was taken to the downtown landing zone behind the American Legion for transfer to the medical helicopter. No names have been released in this incident, which Preston said is being listed as an accident.




Beginning today, East Ash Street from Spring Street to Armory Drive will be closed for construction. The road is expected to reopen by early October.

West: Syria vote a ‘farce’ BEN HUBBARD AND ZEINA KARAM Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.S. and its allies dismissed the Syrian regime’s referendum on a new constitution Sunday as a “farce” meant to justify the bloody crackdown on dissent. But voters in government strongholds suggested why some Syrians have not joined the uprising against President Bashar Assad: Loyalty, distrust of the opposition and fear his fall will ignite a civil war. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the poll “a cynical ploy” MUZAFFAR SALMAN/AP PHOTO and urged Syrians who still A Syrian woman shows her ballot paper at a polling station support Assad to turn during a referendum on the new constitution, in Damascus, See Farce/page 2 Syria, Sunday, Feb. 26.

A perfect fit

BY JOHN HAUER For the Daily Call

PIQUA — Helping others has always been the goal of Nichole Elsner. “I believe you have two hands, one to help yourself, and the second to help others,” she said. The long-term sub is currently helping Piqua High School fill a need in the guidance department, and she is the counselor for the 282 freshmen. Elsner was born in Troy, but grew up in Sidney. She graduated from Sidney High School where she sang in the choir and played saxophone in the band. She performed in the high school musicals and played softball for the Yellowjackets. After graduation, Elsner enrolled at Ohio Northern University to major in elementary education. “I fell in love with ONU when I visited the campus,” she said. “The setting and the students were a perfect fit for me.” Realizing that teaching positions were scarce in Ohio, Elsner switched her major to psychology in hopes of landing a job in human resources in the business world. She earned her bachelor’s degree and started working in management. “My heart was still with education and helping students,” she said. “I combined my two interests and decided to become a school counselor.” She attended Wright State University and received a master’s degree in school counseling. As she feared, job openings for school counMIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO seling were even more Nichole Elsner, left, scarce than works with freshman for teaching. Chelsea McGlothlin in “I sent out a the library at Piqua High lot of re- School last week. sumes and filled out a lot of online applications,” she said. “Finally, I found a job as a junior high counselor in Arizona.” Elsner worked for three years at Vulture Peak M i d d l e School about “I believe you have 45 miles two hands, one to northwest of help yourself, and Phoenix. “I didn’t know the second to help anybody, so it others.” was quite an adventure,” — Nichole Elsner she said. Elsner used her softball skills and coached the girls’ softball team. The team was very successful, so she was talked into coaching girls’ volleyball. “I See Perfect/page 2

Three troopers assigned to Piqua post COLUMBUS — Three troopers assigned to the Piqua post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol were among 65 cadets who graduated during ceremonies Friday patrol’s training academy. Assigned to the Piqua post are Wesley Ditto of Delphos, Jordan Monnin of Russia and Joseph M. Weeks of Delaware. The new troopers will report to their posts

today. The Patrol’s 151st Academy Class graduated Friday after 23 weeks of training. The keynote address was made by Gov.John Kasich. Additional remarks were provided by Director Thomas P. Charles, Ohio Department of Public Safety; Colonel John Born, Patrol Superintendent; Capt. Brigette Charles, Academy

commandant; Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals; and the Rev. Richard D. Ellsworth, Ohio State Highway Patrol Chaplain. All addressed the graduates and presented their commissions and certificates of training. Courses completed by the 151st class included core values, crash investigation, criminal and

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Donna S. Blevins SIDNEY — Donna S. Blevins, 60, of 882 Country Side Lane, Apt. C, Sidney, died Saturday, Feb. 2 5 , 2012, at her residence. S h e w a s b o r n June 3 0 , 1951, in Cov- BLEVINS ington, Ky., to the late Garrett Carnes and the late Ohma (Jackson) Carnes Epperson. Her stepmother, Ruth Carnes, also preceded her in death. Mrs. Blevins is survived by a son, Garrett (Amber) Asher of Piqua; a daughter, Susan (Mark) Gibboney of Troy; eight grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; two sisters, Emma (Buster) Hale of Medway, Sharon (James) Gambrel of Knox Co., Ky.; a brother, Millard (Dianne) Carnes of Sidney; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sis-

ters, Shirley Muhlenkamp and Beulah Hubbard; and a daughter, Sharon Hobbs. Donna attended Solid Rock Pentecostal Church of God, and had worked for Reliable Castings. She had also previously worked as an STNA at several area nursing homes, including Piqua Manor and Koester Pavilion. Donna enjoyed the time spent with her family and grandchildren. A funeral service to honor her life will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua, with the Rev. Charles Jarrett officiating. Burial will follow in Beechwood Cemetery, Lockington. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45206. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through

Johanna Schenk

Thomas A. Staley PIQUA — Thomas A. Staley, 80, of 212 Sharon Dr., Piqua, died at 5:46 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at t h e Springmeade Health Center. He was b o r n Feb.y 1 2 , 1932, in Piqua, to the STALEY l a t e John and Helen (Shanesey) Staley. He married Janet J. Boney at St. Boniface Catholic Church July 25, 1953; and she survives. Other survivors include three sons, George K. (Susan E.) Staley, Thomas W. (Mary C. “Cathy”) Staley, Joseph G. (Kimberly A.) Staley, all of Piqua; four grandchildren, Anthony “Tony” (Kristen) Staley, Nicolas Staley, Joseph Thomas Staley, Shannon Ciara Staley; two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Elyssa; two brothers, Richard (Lois) Staley of Piqua, John (Lora) Staley of Tipp City; and two sisters, Connie Evans and Judy Weigel, both of Piqua. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Mr. Staley graduated from Piqua Catholic High School in 1951 and attended the University of Dayton. He was a United States Marine Corp vet-

eran having served as a Corporal during the Korean War. Early in his career Tom worked for the M.J. Gibbons Supply Company, then as a Branch Manager for the W. H. Kefaber Company until he founded the Staley Plumbing Company in 1977 which continues to be a family business. He was a devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he served on a vast number of Boards and Committees for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3344, Knights of St. John Commandery #194, American Legion Post #184, and had served on the Plumbing Board for the City of Piqua. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Thomas J. Grilliot as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery where full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. Visitation will be from 48 p.m. Wednesday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home where a prayer service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Piqua Catholic School, 503 W. North St., Piqua, OH 45356 or Lehman Catholic High School, 2400 St. Mary’s Ave., Sidney 45365. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through

TROY — Johanna Schenk, 91, of Troy and formerly of Lima, died Feb. 25, 2012, at the Koester Pavilion, Troy. S h e w a s b o r n Feb. 24, 1921, in Rott e r dam, H o l land, to the late Petrus SCHENK a n d Dyna (Snikkers) DeRaad. Johanna married Martinus Schenk on Sept. 12, 1941. She and her husband, as well as his five siblings, immigrated to the United States in 1952. She was preceded in death by her husband on July 30, 2000, and two brothers

and three sisters. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Martin P. and Joyce L. Schenk of The Villages, Fla.; granddaughters, Elizabeth A. Schenk of Lakeview, Ore., and Mary K. Hackney of Troy; grandsons, Martin R. Schenk of Perry and Michael D. Schenk of Troy; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews both in Holland and in the United States. Visitation will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Humane Society. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Scott E. Blackford

PIQUA — Scott E. Piqua Schools and was a Blackford, 48, of 600 N. self-employed contractor Wayne St., Apt. C, Piqua, in the greater Piqua area. died Wednesday, Feb. 22, He was a member of the 2012, Kingdom Hall of Jehoat his vah’s Witnesses. resiA service to honor his dence. life will begin at 1 p.m. He was Saturday at the Kingdom Death Notices b o r n Hall of Jehovah’s WitBROOKVILLE — Ron Brumbaugh, 62, of A u g . nesses with Elder Garth Brookville, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at 2 6 , Haselton presiding. PriGood Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. Arrangements are 1963 in vate burial will be at the pending at the Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, Miami convenience of the family. West Milton. County. Arrangements are being S u r- BLACKFORD handled through the SIDNEY — James Henry Spangler, 74, died at vivors Jamieson & Yannucci Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney, on Satinclude his mother and Funeral Home. In lieu of urday, Feb. 25, 2012, at 6:12 a.m. after an extended illstepfather, Sharon and flowers, memorial contriness. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at Joe Francis of Piqua; a sis- butions may be made to Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in ter, Kelly McCullough of the Kingdom Hall of JehoSidney. Dayton; a stepsister, vah’s Witnesses, 3967 Brenda Scott of Sidney; a Washington Rd., Covingstepbrother, Dan (Amy) ton, OH 45318. CondoFrancis of Troy; and sev- lences to the family may Continued from page 1 Schools and become the long-term ing with problems and getting eral aunts and uncles. also be expressed through along with others,” she said. “My sub counselor in January.” Mr. Blackford attended had no experience in volleyball,” The biggest difference Elsner has main focus right now is trying to she said. “But, I coached some tal- found between the middle school get to know as many of the freshented young girls, and we went to students she had in Arizonia and men as I can. We will start schedulchampionship games in both vol- her freshmen is the amount of pa- ing them for next year in a few LARA JAKES positively identified at the leyball and softball.” military’s mortuary in perwork. “Middle school was all weeks.” Associated Press Dover, Del., the Army said The long distance from family about emotional and social conAway from PHS, Elsner is curBAGHDAD (AP) — The in a statement released and the lack of seasons made El- cerns,” she said. “High school gen- rently living in Springfield, but sner homesick, so in 2010, she erates more paperwork with looking for something closer to U.S military announced Sunday. Army officials said moved back to Ohio. “I took a job in scheduling and standardized test- Piqua and Sidney. While she is back Sunday that it has recov- they had no further details human resources at Sear’s in ing.” Elsner admits there is never a in the four seasons of Ohio, she en- ered the remains of the last about the circumstances Springfield, and I kept looking for dull moment, and there is still some joys vacationing in warm places American service member surrounding his death or openings in school counseling,” she conflict with the 14 and 15 year- with a beach like Florida or Cali- who was unaccounted for in the discovery of his remains. Iraq, an Army interpreter Al-Taie’s brother, Hathal said. “I applied to Piqua City olds. “I counsel students about deal- fornia. seized by gunmen after Al-Taie, told The Associated sneaking off base to visit his Press the military officer Iraqi wife in Baghdad dur- who visited the family’s Continued from page 1 its the president to two used shrewd politics, a who were accompanied by ing the height of the insur- home to inform them about gency. the remains said they are seven-year terms. Such nearly omnipresent intelli- government minders. The remains of Staff Sgt. still in Dover, but that he “My biggest fear is civil gence service and brute force change was unthinkable a against him. A “farce” and a Ahmed al-Taie, who was 41 didn’t know the circum“sham vote” was how Ger- year ago. Syria has been to maintain power. Many of war,” said a woman named when militiamen seized stances surrounding his Lana at a pro-Assad demonSyria’s minorities — Chrisruled by the Baath party man Foreign Minister Guido stration downtown who dehim on Oct. 23, 2006, were brother’s death. tians, Druse and Alawites, since it seized power in a Westerwelle described it. clined to give her full name. which include Assad — coup in 1963 and the Assad “It’s a phony referendum Senior parents meeting and it is going to be used by family has ruled since count on the regime for pro- “That’s why we are standing PIQUA — A meeting for Piqua High School senior Assad to justify what he’s Bashar’s father Hafez took tection on the understand- by our president and Syrian parents will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at doing to other Syrian citi- over in another coup in ing that they remain loyal. institutions.” Nearby, hundreds of peo- Beppo Uno Pizzeria & Trattoria, 414 W. 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John Herschel Glenn (born July 18, 1921, Cambridge, Ohio, U.S.) the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth, completing three orbits in 1962. (Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin, the first person in space, had made a single orbit of Earth in 1961). Glenn joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943, and flew 59 missions during World War II and 90 missions during the Korean War. He was a test pilot from 1954 and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1959. Of the seven U.S. military pilots selected in that year for Project Mercury astronaut training, he was the oldest. Glenn served as a backup pilot for Alan B. Shepard Jr., and Virgil I. Grissom, who made the first two U.S. suborbital flights into space. Glenn was selected

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for the first orbital flight, and on February 20, 1962, his space capsule, Friendship 7, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its orbit ranged from approximately 99 to 162 miles (159 to 261 km) in altitude, and Glenn made three orbits, landing in the Atlantic Ocean near The Bahamas. Glenn retired from the space program and the Marine Corps in 1964 to enter private business and to pursue his interest in politics. In 1970, he sought the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio but lost narrowly in the primary. He was elected U.S. senator from that state in 1974, and was reelected three times thereafter. Glenn was unsuccessful, however, in his bid to become the 1984 Democratic

Mercury vs. Earth

presidential candidate. On October 29, 1998, Glenn returned to space as a payload specialist on a nine-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The oldest person ever to travel in space, Glenn at age 77 participated in experiments that studied similarities between the aging process and the body's response to weightlessness.


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Here is a comparison of Mercury and Earth. Use the table to answer the questions below.



3,032 miles

7,926 miles

36 million miles

93 million miles

88 Earth days

365.25 Earth days

58.7 Earth days

1 Earth day

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Diameter Average distance from the sun Time to orbit the sun Time to spin around own axis Surface temperature

QUESTIONS: 1. What is the difference in diameter between Mercury and Earth? 2. How far apart are Mercury and Earth from each other? 3. How many more days does it take the Earth to orbit the sun? 4. If it takes Mercury 58.7 Earth days to spin around its own axis, how many Earth hours is that? 5. Why do you think the temperature on Mercury is so much hotter than the Earth’s temperature? BONUS QUESTION: If Mercury is smaller than Earth, why does it take longer to spin around its own axis?

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On Aug. 3, 2004, the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging Spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Center in Florida. Better known as the MESSENGER spacecraft, its purpose is to study and gain more information about the planet closest to the sun, Mercury. MESSENGER has had a long journey and it’s not over. The spacecraft has had fly-bys of Earth (Aug. 2005). Venus (Oct. 2006 and June 2007) and Mercury itself (Jan. 2008 and Oct. 2008) since its mission started. In Sept. 2009, MESSENGER flew by Mercury for the final time before entering the planet’s orbit in 2011. MESSENGER is the first spacecraft to study Mercury since the space probe Mariner 10 in 1974 and 1975. Scientists want to study Mercury because so little is known about it. Why do you think this is? Mercury, along with Venus, Earth and Mars, is a terrestrial planet. Terrestrial planets are the innermost planets of our solar system. They have a solid surface and are denser than the other planets. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, meanwhile, are Jovian planets and are more commonly known as gas giants. The Jovian planets have much larger radiuses than terrestrial planets and are mostly comprised of gas. By studying Mercury, scientists can find our more about how the planets, including Earth, formed. It will also give scientists more insight into the terrestrial planets.




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Here's what you'll need... • Paper towel roll • White cardstock or construction paper • Black construction paper • Red paper (tissue or construction) • Scissors • Glue • Markers

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The Earth Day Groceries Project gives students a chance to create their own environmental messages, using paper grocery bags as their medium. The Miami County Solid Waste District/Green Gals is working with Kroger to provide the bags. All a school has to do to participate in this free activity is to designate a coordinator and fill out the request form below. Requests should be made no later than Friday, March 2 by calling Cindy Bach at 440-3488 x8705 or sending and email to The paper grocery bags will be delivered to your school the week of March 12th (hopefully). Once the bags are decorated, someone from your school should take the bags either to the Kroger store in Piqua or Troy. The stores will distribute the bags to shoppers during the week of April 23rd - 28th. Hundreds of schools nationwide have been involved in this project for years. Students can be as creative as they want in sharing their thoughts on how to respect the Earth. For more information and for ideas on how to decorate the bags, take a look at the website: This activity is also open to organizations other than schools. Cub Scout packs, 4-H groups, environmental camps, homeschooling groups, after-school programs and many other can join in. All are welcome! School: ______________________________________________________ Complete Address: ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Name of Contact Person: ________________________________________ Bag delivery instructions, if any: __________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Phone ______________________________________________________ Email________________________________________________________ Number of Students Participating__________________________________ Number of Bags Requested ______________________________________ Which Kroger do you plan to deliver bags to: ______ Troy ______ Piqua Call 937-440-3488 or email Please call or email no later than March 2nd

Here's how you make it... 1. Paint your paper towel roll white and cut a white triangle from your cardstock. 2. Crumple up a small piece of black construction paper and stick it in the top of the roll. It should stay in pretty well by itself, but glue it in if you want extra stability. With your markers write the name of your rocket ship on the side of your roll. 3. Glue strips of red paper onto the bottom of your roll to make the engine fire. Glue the roll to the triangle, and you're ready to blast off!

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John Glenn Returns to Space systems test platform and several microgravity experiments from NASA Glenn (then Lewis). Glenn spent most of his time in space participating in investigations on the aging process. Scientists recognize several parallels between the effects of spaceflight on the human body and the natural changes that take place as a person ages. Glenn's experiments were designed to test how his body responded to the microgravity environment. They focused on balance, perception, immune system response, bone and muscle density, metabolism, blood flow and sleep. Joining Glenn on the shuttle were Mission Commander Curt Brown, Pilot Steve Lindsey, Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Steve Robinson and European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque, and payload specialist Chiaki Mukai from the Japanese Space Agency. The flight aboard the shuttle was quite different from Glenn's first mission. It lasted nine days and orbited the Earth 134 times, traveling a distance of 3.6 million miles in 213 hours and 44 minutes. The landing was also different. The shuttle Discovery eased through re-entry at a mere 3 Gs, half of what he experienced aboard Friendship 7. The mission concluded with a safe landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

On October 29, 1998, the first American to orbit the Earth made history again. John Glenn became the oldest man to fly in space by serving as a payload specialist on STS-95 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The nine-day mission supported a variety of research, including the deployment of the Spartan Solar Observing Spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope orbital




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of this got back to Columbus and officers there sent out four hundred soldiers to “quell the rebellion.” When the Copperheads got word of this, most just took off. But some decided to stay and set up to fight in an old farmhouse they chose to call Fort Vallandigham. They named it after Clement Vallandigham, a Dayton, Ohio, Congressman and Copperhead leader. Once the Union soldiers got there, there was even a battle … if you can call it that. It only lasted about a minute; maybe five, then the Copperheads jumped out the window and ran away into the woods. It seems that Fort Vallandigham wasn’t everything they’d hoped it would be and it earned a new nickname with the locals. They called it Fort Fizzle.

Written by Steven Coburn-Griffis Illustrated by Isaac Schumacher Chapter Six: Week Six June 18, 1863 Wilf, I swear that I will never understand the way some people think. Here we are, my fellow soldiers and I, fighting for the right of things, for the freedom of all men. Fighting and dying, Wilf. Yet here, back in my very own and beloved Ohio, the state of my birth, there are people resisting the Union and our efforts. I do not understand these Butternuts, Wilf, these Copperheads. They are as wrong-headed in their way as any Johnny Reb. I pray for peace as much as any man. Of this you must surely be aware. But to plead for peace at the cost of our own souls, for how can any less be at stake here should we turn our backs on our brethren, is no plea at all, but a deal with the Devil himself. God love you, Wilf. Should I ever find that you sided with these ignorants, I will give you such a thrashing as you would never dare have dreamed. Ethan It seems that every war has its protestors, even the Civil War. I have to admit that I was pretty surprised when I read this. And that sent me right to the computer to find out what’s what. I mean, “Butternut” and “Copperhead”?

As it turns out, what my Uncle Ethan was so upset about was a fringe group of the Democratic party, the Peace Democrats. They were teed off about a lot of stuff that the federal government was doing at the time. Conscription, the draft, was at the top of their list. So they protested and encouraged people to either resist the draft or to desert the army, if they’d already been drafted. Because they felt these kinds of protests were dangerous, even poisonous, to the Union, Republicans at the time called the Peace Democrats “Copperheads”, like the snake. From what I could find out “Butternut” was more about the color of the Confederate uniforms. At any rate, some of the rowdier Peace Democrats really got up to some trouble. In Holmes County, hundreds of Copperheads gathered in what is now Glenmont to fight the draft. News

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VOCABULARY WORDS Butternuts Copperheads brethren conscription quell

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CHAPTER SIX: QUESTIONS & ACTIVITIES Locate Glenmont and Holmes County on a map. How far from your school is Glenmont? Traveling at 55 mph, how long would it take you and your class to visit there? Do you think it was important to put down this rebellion? Why or why not? Uncle Ethan has slang terms for enemy soldiers, including “Johnny Reb”. Josh is surprised by this. Research past wars and conflicts to discover slang terms used for the opposition. Why do you think people did this? Do we still? Why or why not?

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Lehman Catholic holds annual science fair SIDNEY — Lehman Catholic High School held its annual Science Fair recently in the school’s Jerry DeLong Gymnasium. Seventy-eight projects were submitted for judging. Students from Holy Angels School also participated in the Science Fair. Sixteen Lehman students received Superior ratings, qualifying them to participate in district competition. Students must earn at least 36 out of a possible 40 points to receive a Superior. Senior Daniel Sehlhorst received a Superior rating with a perfect score of 40 for his project. Sehlhorst’s project was titled “Ascorbic Acid Breakdown: A Time Trial.” Senior Lexie Froning received a Superior rating for her project “Transpiration: pH+.” Senior Katie Cantanzarite received a Superior rating for her project “The Effects of UV Rays on the Bacteria in Raw Milk.” Senior William Duritsch received a Superior rating for his project “Phosphate Removal in Water.” Other students receiving Superior ratings included junior Lauren Bosway (“Comparing the Amount of Saturated Fats in Oils”), sophomore Makenna Cabe (“Music’s Many Moods”), sophomore Bryce Eck (Radiant Energy Absorbed by Colors”), freshman McKenna Guillozet (“How Healthy is Your Orange Juice”), senior Nicole Larger (“The Efficiency of Insulators”), and junior Samantha Neumeier (“The Effect of Milk on Plant Growth”). Additional Superior ratings were earned by senior Emily Pax (“The Effects of Enzymes on Reaction Rates”), junior Kathryn Rossman (“using Chromatography to Identify Different Ink Based on Solubility”), senior Kandis Sargeant (“The Effect of NaOH on Peeling Potatoes”), sophomore Spencer Staroska (“Microwaves”), freshman Josh West (“Best Angle for the Propellers on a Wind Turbine”), sophomore Grace Winhoven (“Percent of Time a House Fly Spends Grooming Itself: by Body Parts”), and freshman Maria Pannapara (“The Effect of Gravity on Plants”). A Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Student Research and for Excellence in STEM Education was awarded to four students.STEM Education is both the mastery and integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design through student-focuses, project-based curricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork/collaboration, creativity/innovation, critical

Temperatures to rise A weak cold front is going to slide through the area today. We won't see any rain or snow with this front but we will see a few clouds and our winds will change directions. Temperatures are on the rise for much of the work week. A large storm system is going to transport warm air northward for Tuesday and Wednesday. Look for clouds to increase on Tuesday with a chance for rain late in the day and last into midWednesday. High: 49 Low: 33.




Will Duritsch of Troy explains his science fair project to judges Jim Hemm of Piqua and Peter Hodapp of Sidney. Duritsch’s project received a Superior rating and advances to the District Science Fair. thinking, and problem solving. Daniel Sehlhorst received a Governor’s Award in the Biotechnology and Biomedical Technologies category; Lexi Froning in the Environmental Sciences category; Katie Catanzarite in the Agriculture and Food Technology category; and Grant Gleason in the Advanced or Alternative Energy category. The Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) presented cash awards and certificates to three students whose projects dealt with water and the environment. The Water Environment Science Awards are sponsored by the OWEA to encourage Ohio’s youth to become involved in protecting the environment and improving stream water quality through science and technology. William Duritsch received the first place prize of $100, Stephen Blenman $75 for second place, and Erick Collier $50 for third place. Presenting the awards was Gregg Mitchell, local chair of the association. Mitchell works at the Sidney Wastewater Treatment Plant. All students who participated in the Science Fair received certificates from the Ohio Academy of Science. The certificates were presented by Science Department Chair Sister Ginny Scherer and Principal Denise Stauffer. Judges for the Lehman event were Lynda Adams from Shelby S & W Conservation; Neil Allen, Pete Dexter, Dana Embree, Pete Hodapp, Jeff Hoying, Dan McSweeney, Dennis Pax, Lou Rebrovic, and Keith Reinhart from Emerson Climate Technologies; Frank Blenman from Aramark; Kathy Cavinder from the Shelby County Health Department; Ann Comer from Chaffin/Light; Ed and Mary Cubick from Good Samaritan Hospital; Mike Decker from DuBois Chemical; Deborah Driskell from Cargill Inc.; Lesli Huelskamp, Jennifer Hoersten, Jill O’Leary, Harold

Schmiesing, Pam Stewart, and Krista Schulze from Holy Angels School. Also judging were Mark Harrod from Vernon Funeral Home; Jim Hemm from Dare Electronics; James Hemmelgarn from Hemmelgarn Services; Ken Hemsworth from Sponseller Group; Don Hiser from the Piqua Health Department; Kitty Jordan from Sinclair College; Dave Kreischer from the City of Sidney; Jeff Lange from Valvoline; Cindy Mikolajewski RN from Piqua City Schools; Gregg Mitchell from the City of Sidney Wastewater Treatment Plant; Beth Riddle form Sidney City Schools; Tom Rossman from ODOT; Douglas Smith from French Oil Mill Machinery; Jon Snyder from Hobart Brothers; Joyce Thornberry from Piqua Catholic School; Dave Voisard from Midmark; Jeff Weigandt from Sidney Lawn and Landscape Service; and Dr. Tim Woodward, DVM, from Tri-County Veterinary. Additional judges included Julia Frantz, RN; Dr. Robert McDevitt, MD; Dr. Robert Miller, MD: Susan Moore, RN; Dr. Jeffrey Van Treese, DDS; Dr. Paul Weber, MD, and Dr. John Wilding, DO; Vivian Amsden; Dave Ayton; Jon Baker; Rob Gusinger; Barbara Hiser; Bruce Ludwig;, Kris Pax, David Potts; and Gary Schultz. Members of the Lehman Science Department faculty who assisted the students in preparing for the event include Tracy Hall, Ruth Baker, and Sister Ginny Scherer, Science Department Chair. Sister Ginny thanked the parents for “assisting the students in preparing their projects. Without your support, our student’s efforts would fall short of their full potential,” Scherer told the audience prior to the presentation of awards. The District Science Fair will be held Saturday, March 17 and will once again be hosted by Central State University.

■ 18th Annual Taste of the Arts

County artists to be featured PIQUA — City artist, Linda Hamilton, along with Troy artists, Jennifer Noren and Brad Reed, will be three of the featured artists at the 18th annual Piqua Taste of theArts on Friday,May 18,in downtown Piqua. Hamilton, a Piqua City School Art Teacher, has been working in art for 45 years“ever since I was a little girl,” she said. Her oil paintings mainly feature portraits, landscapes and still life. “A new art area I have become involved with in the last four years is carving gourds,” said Hamilton. “I purchase dried gourds and then carve them out with a Dremel tool or by hand,”she added.The gourds are stained and on some I also paint.The gourds are all culturally designed according to Hamilton. Hamilton is a member of PVAS (Piqua Visual Arts Society). She and her cousin paired up last summer to exhibit their work at the Freedom Show in downtown Cincinnati in a two woman art show. Hamilton has been an exhibitor of Taste of the Arts for many years and will feature both her paintings and gourd carvings at the Taste of the Arts this year. Jennifer Noren, an artist


living and working in her hometown of Troy, shares studio space at Market Studios North in downtownTroy and is also a member of The T r o y Arts Alliance. S h e works as a pediatric dental Assistant, is a mother HAMILTON of two young sons, and pursues her passion for art on the week-

ends. Noren’s artwork is on display in several restaurants and businesses in Troy as well as The Honky Tonk Barbecue in Chicago. Noren’s exhibit forTaste of the Arts will include oil paintings and also some acrylics.Her favorite subjects are musicians performing and street scenes or building

portraits. “I love to show movement in my paintings with vivid slashes of color and wet,dripping paint,”said Noren. “Another fun thing that I enjoy painting is children’s murals in homes and professional offices,” she added. Brad Reed, assistant professor for Internet technologies and digital media at Edison Community College, will be featured with his ‘iPhone Photography’ display at the annual Taste of the Arts. Reed, a Troy resident, will do both demonstrating and selling of the photographs using his iPhone 4 rather than the traditional camera. “The purpose of my exhibit is to demonstrate how artful photographs can be captured and processed using only the tools on a smartphone,”he said.“This is the fastest growing segment of the photography hobby. I have been involved in this for the past three years and love it.” Reed has recently displayed his iPhone Photography at the Myers-VaccaroArt Gallery at Edison Community College.“One testament as to how good smartphone cameras are with their combination of hardware and

software is that I had to sign a release when getting pictures printed because the images looked so copyrighted,” according to Reed. All three artists will be on hand to share their talents and answer questions about their art forms May 18 from 5-9 p.m. during the Taste of the Arts event sponsored by Mainstreet Piqua.


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In Brief Miami-Shelby Cemetery clean Ostomy support up slated PIQUA — Newberry group to meet Township has announced TROY — The MiamiShelby Ostomy Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. March 7, at the UVMC Cancer Care Center in the lower level of the Upper Valley Medical Center, 3130 N. County Road 25-A, Troy. The Ostomy Support Group’s meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month except January and July. Programs provide information and support to ostomates and their families, and are beneficial to health care professionals as well. The March program will feature nursing students from Edison Community College. For more information, call 440-4706.enior Center at 778-5247.

Miami East to hold dual enrollment meeting CASSTOWN — Miami East High School will be holding a dual enrollment informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 6 in the high school lecture hall. The dual enrollment program with Urbana University will be described, and there will be time for questions. For more information, call 335-7070.

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spring cemetery clean up March 1-14. Families are asked to remove decorations they wish to save by March 14. Cemetery staff will begin removing old arrangements March 15. New spring arrangements in vases attached to monuments or spring saddles will not be removed. Other new arrangements may be placed on March 30. Township cemeteries include: • Highland — High Street, Covington • Greenville Creek — Buckneck Road, Bradford • Freidens — Corner of Versailles and BradfordBloomer Road • Union Church — Union Church Road, Covington • Arnold — State Route 36, Covington • Priest — McMaken Road, Covington • Johnson — State Route 41, Covington • Lutheran Church — Miami-Shelby County Line Road, Covington. All artificial arrangements must be in a vase, hanging device, or on a monument saddle. Put the deceased’s name and a contact person on the bottom of a saddle (in a permanent manner) so identification can be made if it is blown off the monument. Also, with mowing season soon approaching, cemetery rules prohibit glass containers, wire, toys and figurines that interfere with mowing and/or trimming.

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High gas prices cloud Obama’s re-election bid BY TOM RAUM WASHINGTON (AP) — Soaring gasoline prices are threatening to undercut President Barack Obama’s reelection prospects and offering Republicans an easy target. With prices pushing $4 a gallon and threatening to go even higher, Obama sought Thursday to confront rising public anxiety and strike back at his GOP critics. “Only in politics do people root for bad news, do they greet bad news so enthusiastically,” Obama said of Republicans. “You pay more; they’re licking their chops.” Obama said dismissively that all the Republicans can talk about is more drilling “a bumper sticker … a strategy to get politicians through an election” when the nation’s energy challenges demand much more. In a speech in Miami, he promoted the expansion of domestic oil and gas exploration but also the development of new forms of energy. For all the political claims, economists say there’s not much a president of either party can do about gasoline prices. Certainly not in the short term. But it’s clear that people are concerned a new Associated Press-GfK poll says seven in 10 find the issue deeply important so it’s sure to be a political issue TOM RAUM through the summer. Guest columist “Right now, we’re experiencing yet another painful reminder of why developing new energy is so critical to our future,” the president said. At an average of $3.58 a gallon, prices are already up 25 cents since Jan. 1, and experts say they could reach a record $4.25 a gallon by Memorial Day. Those higher prices could hurt consumer spending and unravel some of the recent improvements in the economy. And they could also be a daily reminder to voters to question Obama’s contention that he’s making the nation and them more secure. While motorists are already starting to complain, many economists see the $4-a-gallon mark as a breaking point above which the economy starts to suffer real pain. Analysts estimate that every one-cent increase is roughly a $1.4 billon drain on the economy. Obama’s Republican challengers aren’t letting it all slide by. They have stepped up their attacks on his energy policies, including his rejection last month of a pipeline to carry oil from Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. And they’re full of promises. “I’ve developed a program for American energy so no future president will ever bow to a Saudi king again, and so every American can look forward to $2.50-a-gallon gasoline,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in the Wednesday night GOP debate in Mesa, Ariz. He calls his strategy “Drill Here, Drill Now.” At the same event, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania who has warned of $5-a-gallon gas asserted that “we have a lot of troubles around the world, as you see the Middle East in flames and what’s going on in this country with gas prices and the economy.” And former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney suggested that even more troubling than rising gasoline prices was Iranian President Mahmoud “Ahmadinejad with nuclear weapons.” In his speech at the University of Miami, Obama sought to draw a contrast with his GOP challengers and made a pointed reference to what he suggested was Republican glee at rising gas prices. “And you can bet that since it’s an election year, they’re already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas,” Obama said. “I’ll save you the suspense. Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keep drilling. .. We’ve heard the same thing for 30 years. Well, the American people aren’t stupid.” Addressing the rising public anxiety, Obama said, “There are no quick fixes to this problem, and you know we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.” Anyone suggesting otherwise was not being honest, he said. Still, Obama said he had ordered his administration to search for every possible area to help consumers in the coming months. He said his administration’s “all-of-theabove strategy,” one that includes oil, gas, wind and solar power, is the “only real solution” to the nation’s energy challenges. Gingrich quickly dismissed Obama’s energy speech as “excuses and fantasies.” Presidents often get blamed for rising gas prices, but there’s not much they can do about them. The current increases at the pump have been driven by tensions in Iran and by higher demand in the U.S. as well as in China, India and other quickly growing nations. “Obviously, people go to the pump all the time, so it’s something that really hits home with the voters,” said Fred Greenstein, a Princeton University professor emeritus of politics. “It’s an easy issue to talk about, and not an easy issue to accomplish very much on.” In his Miami remarks, Obama said that despite political criticism of his policies “America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. He also noted that, for the first time in 30 years, the U.S. is now exporting more petroleum products than it imports. But Jack Gerard, the president of the American Petroleum Institute, challenged Obama’s apparent effort to take credit. Tom Raum covers politics for The Associated Press.


Why did Santorum lose his race in ’06 much nicer house in Vir“Rick Santorum was a ginia, leading to charges not sitting senator who, in reonly that he had abandoned election, lost by 19 points,” his home state but also that Donald Trump, a Mitt Romhe had gone native in Washney supporter, said recently. ington. “Then he goes out and says, In Virginia, Santorum ‘Oh, OK, I just lost by the kept his home-schooled chilbiggest margin in history, dren in a program run by now I’m going to run for BYRON YORK the Western Pennsylvania president.’ Tell me, how Cyber Charter School. That does that work?” Columnist cost Pennsylvania taxpayTrump exaggerated only ers thousands of dollars a slightly; Santorum actually lost by 18 points. But there’s no doubt year, and some of Santorum’s political the most glaring weakness in the case opponents demanded that he reimburse for Santorum’s electability is that 2006 the state. “Just pay the money back,” re-election loss. After two terms in the Casey said to Santorum in one debate. Senate, the voters of Pennsylvania sim- “You ripped off the taxpayers. Pay it back.” Santorum declined, and an adjuply threw Santorum out on his ear. Why? Santorum explains it mostly by dicator ruled in his favor, but the school saying ‘06 was a terrible year for Repub- issue highlighted the fact that Santorum licans. Indeed, the GOP, in the sixth year had left Pennsylvania behind. Finally, there was Santorum’s personof George W. Bush’s time in office, did lose control of both the House and Sen- ality. In the Senate as well as in his ate. But why did Santorum lose so home state, Santorum often struck people as arrogant and headstrong, preachy badly? The biggest policy reason was Santo- and judgmental. Even today, he somerum’s outspoken support for the war in times becomes so involved in an arguIraq. By November 2006, the war was ment that he seems intent more on going badly and threatened to turn into winning the argument than reaching a full-scale catastrophe. President Bush some sort of useful agreement. Throughresisted calls to change course. While out his career Santorum has always Santorum’s Democratic opponent, Bob maintained that his forthrightness Casey, called for a new policy, Santorum means everyone knows where he stands. stuck with the president, and with the Sometimes it means people know they war. He even made it his primary focus don’t like him. Looking back on 2006 in private conin the last days of the campaign. The voters clobbered him for it. In versations with friends, Santorum is Pennsylvania exit polls, 61 percent of said to understand that he sometimes voters said they disapproved of the war. came on too strong for the voters’ comSantorum lost among them, 15 percent fort. The question for today is how much to Casey’s 85 percent. Among the largest he has changed. There’s no doubt he still subgroup of war opponents, the 42 per- struggles a bit with the Old Rick: He cent of voters who said they strongly dis- often seems determined to get the upper approved of the war, Santorum was hand in disputes that he probably routed 93 percent to 7 percent. That by shouldn’t be having in the first place. The reasons for Santorum’s defeat are itself was enough to doom any hopes for too complicated for a 30-second ad or a a third term. Santorum didn’t lose just because of brief answer at a debate. He can blame a the war. The economy was also an issue lot of factors, but in the end he was most in Pennsylvania in 2006, and Santorum responsible for his own fate. Now, if Sanlost 66 percent to 34 percent among vot- torum’s presidential campaign continues ers to whom the economy was a critical to soar, he’ll likely have to discuss the ‘06 issue. Santorum even ran disappoint- defeat more. The Romney campaign will ingly on values issues, his usual point to it as proof that Santorum can’t strength, splitting the vote 50-50 among win the White House. Santorum’s job is those who said values were extremely to tell voters — and prove to them with his actions — that he has learned from important. But it wasn’t all issues. Santorum also his loss, and that he’s a better candidate made personal decisions that came back for it. to haunt him in 2006. For example, even Byron York is chief political correthough he owned a modest home in Pennsylvania, he moved his family to a spondent for The Washington Examiner.

WASHINGTON — Republicans’ clear shot at winning control of the Senate is attracting tens of millions of dollars from GOP-allied outside groups eager to spend on a surer bet than a White House race with a resurgent President Barack Obama and an unsettled GOP field. Republicans need to capture four Democratic seats to grab the majority and Democrats have all but conceded one Nebraska where Sen. Ben Nelson decided against a third-term bid in the heavily GOP state. Control of the Senate will hinge on tight races in Massachusetts and Nevada, where Democrats see their best chances of unseating two of the newest Republican senators Scott Brown and Dean Heller; Montana and Missouri, where Democrats Jon Tester and Claire McCaskill won narrowly in 2006, and open Democratic seats in Virginia and Wisconsin, according to Republicans, Democrats, campaign consultants and lobbyists. By the numbers, the odds heavily favor the GOP; Democrats are defending 23 seats, including six open seats and one independent, to the Republicans’ 10. “Republicans are wellpositioned to pick up Senate seats, and the message from our candidates will be a simple one if you want a check-and-balance on the Obama agenda and to restore fiscally-responsible, pro-jobs policies in Washington then you can start with a Republicancontrolled Senate,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement. But eight months to Election Day, Democrats are expressing more optimism about their prospects of keeping the majority. Obama’s steadily improving standing with the electorate, signs of a healthier economy and housing market and the lack of clarity in the highly divisive GOP presidential field are energizing Democrats. The current Senate breakdown is 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans and two independents who caucus with the Democrats




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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: ■ State Rep. Richard Adams, 79th District, House of Representatives, The Riffe Center, 77 High St. 13th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 466-8114, Fax: (614) 719-3979; ■ Jon Husted, Secretary of State, 180 E. Broad St. 15th floor, Columbus, OH 53266-0418 (877) 767-6446, (614)466-2655;








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In this film image released by Universal Pictures, Paul Rudd, left, and Jennifer Aniston are shown in a scene from “Wanderlust.”

Wanderlust is an A for effort comedy, with a C minus for execution. Stars Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, along with the other actors, labor hard for laughs, especially Rudd, who desperately wants to make us giggle with what can be described as "aggressive improvisation.” But their laudable efforts are met with mixed results thanks to a rocky script that fails to deliver steady jokes. Wanderlust is a 90-minute sketchcomedy show: there are a few laugh-out-loud moments, some gags that never really work, and a lot of average filler. If that sounds like some of Judd Apatow’s recent films, it’s because it is. He produced Wanderlust. David Wain (Role Models) directed and cowrote the script with Ken Marino. The trouble with their fish-out-of-water comedy isn’t the premise -- unemployed Manhattan couple George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) move to a Georgia hippie commune with

the expected consequences -- but their failure to do anything interesting and consistently funny with it. Wanderlust mostly relies on lifestyle gags involving the hippies and George and Linda, including a lack of privacy, meditation rituals, free love, drugs, nudism, and insects’ right to life. George initially embraces this new freedom, but soon sours on it when the all-for-all and do-asyou-please culture drives a wedge between Linda and him. She begins to fall under the spell of the commune’s leader Seth, played by the actress’ real-life boyfriend Justin Theroux, creating more troubles. Theroux hits the mark early on with Seth, but there’s only so much a comedy can do with a longhaired, peace-and-love hippie. A gag about how out of touch Seth is with current technology -- he name checks VCRs, the Discman, and Nintendo’s Power Glove, for example -- surfaces several times to diminishing laughs. Aniston’s Linda, meanwhile, is a mostly passive


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The Lockington Locks, shown above, today are in danger of collapsing. Efforts have continued over the past 30 years to restore the historic structure. Provided illustration At left is a drawing from the time illustrates the building of locks along the Miami and Erie Canal in 1845. It is an accurate interpretation of a lock construction site, according to Andy Hite, site manager at the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency in Piqua.


effort was made then to restore them. But the great flood washed away the restoration efforts along with an aqueduct that carried the canal over Loramie Creek, and the canal gave way. Since that time, the only water going through the locks is runoff from heavy rains. “When water is removed from the locks, you get an inward lean from the walls,” said Hite. Because his is the closest operational OHS site to the locks, he has been responsible for maintaining the grounds around the locks. “It was the water that kept the walls upright,” he said. After the flood, with the canal standing empty, the stones in the walls began to shift. The ditch that was the canal filled with trash in

the 1950s and ’60s. That was cleaned up in the early 1970s and at that time, the village put in a culvert and filled in the canal. A public park now stands where the canal once was. The culvert under the park handled drainage. Then, in the mid-1980s, the Civilian Conservation Corps erected wooden supports in Lock No. 1 to keep its walls from total collapse. “There was no direction of drainage,” said Shelby County Engineer Bob Geuy. “The canal was an open ditch. The culvert still carries drainage from the Sidney Feeder Canal and it drains through the locks. Drainage is still causing concern.” His office recently completed a feasibility study

that was submitted to OHS. The study looked at ways of rerouting drainage away from the locks. “We suggested two or three routes, including going through the locks, and gave them to OHS, including costs,” Geuy said. All the routes would take water south and southwest of the locks to Loramie Creek. The cost estimates ranged from nothing (continuing to let water drain through the locks with no changes) to $430,000. OHS has engaged McMullan and Associates, of Vienna, Va., as consulting engineer for the new restoration project. The firm has experience in the rehabilitation and preservation of historic structures, including canals

and aqueducts. Were the boatmen and mules of yore to step through a time warp and visit Lockington now, they’d miss the foot traffic in town and the busyness of the canal. But much of the village would look the same. Keener said 25 houses from the Miami and Erie period still stand. “We have the old tavern the blacksmith and house,” he said. The lockkeepers house is there, too. And the village council meets in one such building that still does not have indoor plumbing. Keener is hopeful that restoring the locks will increase tourism and revenue. “Whatever they do will bring more money in and help the village,” he said.

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Rocking chair out for rockin’ retired prinicpal

BY KATIE YANTIS Ohio Community Media CASSTOWN — Most people have a niche — something that makes them happy, makes them smile — and it may just be a secret. For area resident and former principal Ric Hacker, that is just the case — until recently. Hacker was a principal for 24 years. He got his start at Valley View as a teacher, then became a principal and came to be Miami East’s principal from 1985-2009. What many people don’t know about Hacker is that along with buttoning up the suit and tie and heading to his office in schools, he had another role — another “office” per say. The jig is up. “In 1976, The Greasers started,” Hacker said of his cover rock band that is now playing in the area. “It started off in the Methodist church in Germantown. Me and some of the guys started clowning around in practice. We would start doing doo wop songs and the choir director would just get infuriated at us.” Little did Hacker and his friends know, the choir director also was the organizer of spring talent shows in Germantown where peo-


“The Greasers” perform at a recent show. The band performed earlier this month at VikingFest in Casstown and includes former Miami East principal Ric Hacker. ple write skits and sings songs to raise money for the town’s rescue squad. “We were just clowning around having fun,” Hacker said. “She looked at us and said ‘You guys are driving me crazy, but you are pretty good. We are going to do this show, why don’t you work up an act?’” At the time Hacker said the group consisted of four singers and a piano. “It was almost barbershop, but with a rock and roll flavor,” he said. “We did it just for the show and didn’t think it would go anywhere. But, we got calls to perform at the Dayton Mall and other people asking us to sing.” From there, he said it just kept growing. “We started practicing and we decided to add to it. We added a drummer, a bass and a lead, and over the years we have added everything from bass to

lead to saxophone,” Hacker said. “We can do just about any kind of song.” Staying true to its roots, Hacker said the band plays a variety of music, but stays close to the doo wop sound from which the band was born.

band started, each member was pretty open to being able to go where the band led them. “At the time I wasn’t married, only one of us was, so we were pretty free to do whatever we wanted,” he said. “We played weekends,

“She looked at us and said ‘You guys are driving me crazy, but you are pretty good.’” - Ric Hacker “Our speciality was late ’50s rock and roll and we try to stay true to it to a certain point. But now we have moved into the mid- to late’60s and tapped on to the early ’70s,” Hacker said. “But we always jump back into our range, we don’t go too far out.” Hacker said when the

clubs, bars, a lot of different things and our families were fine with it. I know my father loved it.” He said while his father enjoyed the band, he got a response many mothers would give to a loud rock band — and still does today. “Turn it down, you’re great, but you’re too loud,”

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It was not until a recent co-worker’s retirement party that Hacker played north of Interstate 70. He said now the band is booking more shows north of Germantown and is embracing the opportunities that are being presented. After retiring in 2009, he said being a part of The Greasers is special. “It’s a retiree’s dream,” Hacker said. “I love music, I love rock and roll. That’s my passion.” From all the responses people give him, Hacker said, he has one that is his favorite. “A lot of times people think ‘Oh you just get together and you goof around,’” he said. “That’s true to a point, but if you come and hear us, you will see it’s real, our band is just sensational, these guys challenge us to sing things we didn’t think we could sing.” He said being on stage is great, but one of his favorite parts of the band is everything behind the scenes. “I love practice. We practice about once a week, usually on the weekend,” he said. “We get together, set everything and play for three hours. We sometimes have more fun in practice than we do in the shows. We do some of our best music in practice.” When the band took a break and later got back together, Hacker said it was truly a gift. “I didn’t know it was going to start back up when I quit,” he said, jokingly. “This is what an old retired principal does with his free time.” The band now consists of second generation members and also includes Richard Schoonover and his son Brandon, Randy Stiver and daughter Ashley, Gerald Emerick and Julie Stiver. For more information on The Greasers, visit












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BEAUTIFUL, 4 bedrooms, garage, $675 mo. No pets. 814 W. Greene. Transaction Realty, (937)773-3463

SHOES, SAS dress shoes size 10m new, New Balance shoes like new size 10m, Copier, used 1 year, call (937)492-2844 after 5pm

COVINGTON 1 bedroom house in country, no pets please, $375/month (937)473-2243 leave message IN COUNTRY near Bradford, 2 bedroom trailer, $350 monthly. ( 9 3 7 ) 4 1 7 - 7 1 1 1 (937)448-2974 NICE 3 BEDROOM 1.5 bath, 1 car garage, C/A, Candlewood, $650 month, deposit. Available March 1st. (937)615-0402 TROY 1309 W. Main Street. 3 bedroom, 1 bath, large yard. No pets. $550 (937)440-6868

350 Wanted to Rent WANTED: FARMLAND to Rent 260+/ acre. Full Payment before March 31. Soil Sample Program. (937)622-2735

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583 Pets and Supplies AUSTRILIAN SHEPHERD puppies, 8 weeks old. Tails docked, vet checked, shots. Blue Merles, Red Merles and Tris. (937)726-6289 or (937)693-1515


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LAB PUPPIES, First shots/ wormed. Friendly, ADORABLE! Black and yellow left. Going fast! Call/ text/ email. $100 blankenship.erin@ y m a i l . c o m . (937)489-8036.

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WEIMARANER PUPPY AKC, 8 weeks old, vet checked, tails, nails and have been wormed. First shots, ready for good homes. (2) Blues, (5) Silvers, (2) females, (5) males, Parents on premises. $600. (937)658-0045

1975 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Restored with fuel injection, sun roof, rack and pinion steering, sold new at Piqua Volkswagen, garage kept. (937)295-2899

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FIREWOOD for sale. All seasoned hardwood, $150 per cord split/ delivered, (937)844-3756.

2000 JEEP Grand Cherokee, white with black leather interior, loaded, good condition. $3795 (937)287-4374

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GAS STOVE, never been used. Wooden kitchen table with 4 chairs. Complete living room suite with couch, love seat and rocker. (937)497-8034 KITCHEN CABINETS and vanities, new, oak and maple finish. All sizes, below retail value. (330)524-3984 METAL. Wanting anything that contains metal. Will haul away for FREE. Call (937)214-0861.

BOAT, Alumacraft, 15 HP Evinrude motor, Gator trailer. Includes: Anchormate, Shakespeare trolling motor, Eagle II depthfinder, oars and anchors. $950 OBO, (937)492-4904

588 Tickets TICKETS, Bristol Race, 4 sets. Each set includes 1 Nationwide March 17th, $30. 1 Food City March 18th, $60. (937)492-0804

70 Weymer Dr. • Piqua, Ohio Open House Sunday 3/04/12 from 2pm - 5p 3 Bedroom Home sitting on approx. 3/4 of an acre of land, just outside of town. Living room, family room, large kitchen plus dining room, 2 car attached garage with a 30x40 detached garage. Asking 144,500. (937)773-4696 or (937)418-2203 2260793

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

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ORD. NO. 2-12 (3rd Reading) (Adopted) An Ordinance to vacate a public right of way ORD. NO. 4-12 (2nd Reading) Amended and Given 2nd Reading 2-21-12) An Ordinance amending Section 77.01 – Traffic Schedules Adopted, Schedule I of the Piqua Code, relating to Speed Limits ORD. NO. 5-12 (1st Reading) (Adopted) An Ordinance repealing existing Chapter 33.08 – Insurance and enacting a new Chapter 33.08 – Insurance of the Piqua Code, relating to Employee Policy ORD. NO. 6-12 (1st Reading) (Adopted) An Ordinance to change the street name of White Tail Drive RES. NO. R-17-12 (Adopted) A Resolution requesting authorization to apply for Safe Route to School Funding for certain infrastructure and non-infrastructure improvements RES. NO. R-18-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Labor Council, Inc. RES. NO. R-19-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with Local Union 252, International Association of Firefighters, AFL-CIO-CLC (Firefighters) RES. NO. R-20-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with Local Union 252, International Association of Firefighters, AFL-CIO-CLC (Fire Officers) RES. NO. R-21-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the purchase of 315 Manning Street, Parcel No. N44-039620 RES. NO. R-22-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the lease of tract numbers 1732 and 1730, on State Route 66 for purposes of continued farming RES. NO. R-23-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the purchase and sale of the canal land located on 110 E. Ash Street, Piqua, Ohio, Parcel No. N44-000895 RES. NO. R-24-12 (Adopted as Amended 2-21-2012) A Resolution authorizing a purchase order to Valley Asphalt Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. as the primary supplier, and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. Valley Asphalt as the secondary supplier of hot mix for the 2012 Street Maintenance Program RES. NO. R-25-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing a purchase order to Piqua Materials as a supplier of stone and cold patch for the 2012 street and alley maintenance program RES. NO. R-26-12 (Adopted) A Resolution reappointing one member to the Tree Committee RES. NO. R-27-12 (Adopted) A Resolution reappointing a member to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission RES. NO. R-28-12 (Adopted) A Resolution reappointing a member to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission RES. NO. R-29-12 (Adopted) A Resolution reappointing a member to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission RES. NO. R-30-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Evans Landscaping, Inc. for the environmental remediation and demolition of the Piqua Memorial Medical Center site at a cost not to exceed $1,789,000 and authorizing Evans Landscaping, Inc. to proceed with the project RES. NO. R-31-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing a Roadway Maintenance Agreement with Miami County

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KIRTLAND —The Edison Community College women’s basketball team cruised to an 81-51 win over Lakeland Saturday in OCCAC action. “I thought we played a lot better today,” Edison coach Kim Rank said. “We came out and hit some shots, which has been a problem of late, and just played much better basketball.” Brianna Innocent led Edison with 18 points. Jo Steva and Kendra Brunswick both scored 13, Cori Blackburn added 12, Martina Brady netted 10 and Lottie Hageman added eight. Edison will host Columbus State Saturday.

will air the following tournament basketball games this week: Tuesday: Piqua D-IV sectional doubleheader (Lehman-Houston and Russia-Botkins), 6:15 p.m. Wednesday: Troy boys vs. Fairborn, 7:45 p.m. On Friday, a boys sectional final will be aired, followed by at least two tournament games on Saturday.

Scores to air tourney games will air the following tournament basketball games this week. Tuesday: Houston boys vs. Lehman, 6:15 p.m.; Russia boys vs. Botkins, 7:45 p.m. Wednesday: Jackson Center boys vs. Bradford, 6:15 p.m.; Fairlawn boys vs. Riverside, 7:45 p.m. Friday: Piqua D-IV boys sectional final, 6:45 p.m. Saturday: Fort Loramie girls vs. Southeastern, 10:45 a.m.; Covington girls vs. Russia, 12:45 p.m.; Piqua D-IV boys sectional final, 6:45 p.m.


Piqua wrestlers get wins in consos

Lady Chargers handle Lakers

PressPros to air hoop games

■ Russia gets past Houston girls, page 16.


IN BRIEF ■ Basketball

EDISON SCORING Kristen Winemiller 0-1-1. Megan McGowan 1-0-2, Cori Blackburn 4-0-12, Kendra Brunswick 5-2-13, Mackenzie May 0-2-2, Martina Brady 5-0-10, Lottie Hageman 4-0-8, Dakota Sowders 1-0-2, Jo Steva 6-1-13, Brianna Innocent 9-0-18. Totals: 35-6-81. 3-point field goals — Blackburn (4), Brunswick.


Four in D-III earn state tourney berths


Brian Olson reacts to qualifying for state.

FAIRFIELD — Three Piqua wrestlers came up just short of qualifying for the state tournament Saturday in Fairfield D-I district action. Tyler Chambers (152), Brandon Pummill (182) and Cody Hogston (195) all needed three wins Saturday to advance to the state meet. Chambers, a junior, pinned Fred Nayou of Western Hills in 1:59, before being pinned by Eoin Walden of Mason in 4:03. “He came out and wrestled real strong (against Fred Nayou),” Kaye said. “He scored on a lot of moves and ended up getting a pin in the second period. In his second



match, he just seemed to get outmuscled at times and ended up getting pinned. “He had a great tournament. He did what we asked him to do. He scored on a variety of moves. Hopefully, he will pick right up where he left off and will have a strong offseason and be ready for a


big year next year.” Pummill, a senior, decisioned Chris Mattress of Elder 5-4, before being pinned by Stephen Ludwig of Fairfield in 4:41. “Brandon got down (against Chris Mattress), then had a couple takedowns to pull out the win,” See DISTRICT/Page 16

East girls move on ‘TCB’ with romp over Brookville BY DAVID FONG Ohio Community Media TIPP CITY — When the season tipped off back in November, the Division III sectional finals wasn't exactly a date many members of the Miami East girls basketball team had circled on their calendars. "Our goal is to win the regional final and go on to state - then, hopefully, play in the state championship game," said sophomore post player Trina Current. So you'll have to excuse the Vikings if Saturday's 66-19 dismantling of Brookville in the Division III sectional finals at Tippecanoe High School wasn't exactly a cause celebre around Casstown. No, these Vikings have far loftier goals in mind — and Saturday's win was just another step in that direction. "I guess it was just another win," said Current, who led the Vikings with 18 points. With the win, Miami East will move one step closer toward its goal — up next is a See EAST/Page 17


Miami East’s Renee DeFord fights for the ball against Brookville Saturday.

Lady Buccs torch Indians upset bid


Simon breaks school free throw record

Major Q: What League Base-

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QUOTED “I couldn't throw the ball in the ocean today. It was pretty bad.” —Samantha Prahalis BEN ROBINSON/GOBUCCS.COM PHOTO on OSU women’s Julianna Simon broke a school record Saturday. loss to Nebraska


BROOKVILLE — The Covington girls basketball team torched any Cedarville upset hopes with some early hot shooting — and Julianna Simon took her perfection from the foul line to record levels — as the Lady Buccs cruised to a 53-27 win over the Lady Indians in a Brookville D-IV sectional final. Covington, 15-8, will play Russia, 13-9, at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Tippecanoe D-IV district final. The Lady Buccs came

out clicking on all cylinders, making seven of 11 shots from the floor in the opening quarter, opening a 16-3 lead late in the first quarter that Cedarville could never seriously cut into. “That makes such a difference when we come out and shoot the ball like that,” Covington coach Chris Besecker said. A big part of that was pounding the ball inside to 6-foot-1 senior Shelby Kihm. Kihm was perfect 4-for4 in the first quarter and 6-for-8 in the first half, putting up a game’s worth of stats (14 points, eight rebounds) as Covington


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led 29-14 at the break and was never seriously challenged in the second half. “The only person who can stop Shelby is Shelby,” Besecker said about his post player. “She just gets a little tired at times.” Just as importantly, Heidi Snipes hit two shots from the perimeter, including a three, and Cassidy Cain added a three in the opening quarter. “When we get points from other players, that helps so much,” Besecker said. “That is big for us. Early in the year, there were times when it was just Julianna (Simon) and See BUCCS/Page 17

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Future now for Lady Raiders Russia girls headed to district BY KEN BARHORST Ohio Community Media SIDNEY — There will be time later to talk about the future of Russia girls basketball, which one would have to say is on solid ground. But that can wait, because the Lady Raiders are still playing. In a game that was tight throughout with County rival Houston, Russia hung on at the end to pullout a 38-35 victory in the Division IV sectional finals at Sidney Saturday, advancing the Lady Raiders to the district finals Saturday at Tipp City. Russia will take a 13-9 record into the district at 1 p.m. Saturday against 15-8 Covington. At one time, coach Allan King had four freshmen out on the floor for the Lady Raiders, and no matter who he chose to put out there, they all had what coaches refer to these days as “length.” All four girls on the perimeter are around 5foot-11, with post player Kylie Wilson, one of those freshmen, being the shortest at around 5-10. And she leads the team in scoring. That size played a big role all day long, forcing Houston to look outside for their points. “Their height just gave us fits,” said Houston coach Greg Ward, whose team bows out with a 1211 record. “Especially since we weren’t getting shots to fall from the outside.” His team’s defense kept them in the game, and actually, it was the Lady Wildcats leading much of the way, including by one going into the final period. But Ashley Borchers opened the final quarter with a three-pointer, then dropped in a tough baseline 8-footer on the next trip down to give the Lady Raiders a 30-26 lead. After two free throws by Houston’s Bethany Reister, Wilson hit Shana Meyer under the bucket to make it 32-28. Russia got a block at the other end, and Camille Puthoff was off to the races, dribbling nearly the length of the floor, only to give it up to Wilson at the last second for a bucket and a 34-28 lead with just 2:35 remaining. Houston would finish the game with only one basket in the final period, but the Lady Wildcats carved into the lead by hitting free throws, first two by automatic Kristi Elliott, then two more by Elliott with 1:56 left to cut the lead to 34-32. Houston was causing Russia problems bringing the ball up the floor, and after a steal, and the two teams then trading


Covington’s Kyler Deeter is in control at the district wrestling tournament.

District Continued from page 15


Taylor Daniel drives against Allison Roeth.

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Alyssa Stang shoots in front of Kylie Wilson. turnovers, Reister drained a big three to give the Lady Wildcats a 35-34 lead. But Wilson, with only 12 seconds left in the game, went strong inside and hit a turnaround to make it 36-35. Reister missed at the other end and Houston fouled on the rebound with just three seconds left. The problem for the Lady Wildcats was the foul was only the third of the half, so the only chance they had was to steal the inbounds pass. But Russia went long to Borchers and she hit a layup just as the horn sounded. “It was a good win,” said Russia’s King. “Houston deserves a lot of credit. They really caused us problems in the fourth quarter and we got a little rattled. We didn’t do a good job in our press

breaks. “But it feels great to be going to the district,” he added. “And the other thing, we have so many young kids, that any extra days we get with them is good to have.” Russia got 10 points apiece from Borchers and Wilson. Wilson was the only Lady Raider to shoot free throws, and hit all four of her attempts. Elliott had 16 for Houston and was 6-for-7 from the line. Reister had 11 despite having to sit in both the second and third quarters because of foul trouble. BOXSCORE Russia (38) Camille Puthoff 3-0-6, Ashley Borchers 4-0-10, Becca Meyer 1-0-2, Kylie Wilson 34-10, Maggie Kearns 1-0-2, Shana Meyer 1-0-2; Taylor Daniel 2-0-6. Totals: 15-4-38. Houston (35) Kristi Elliott 4-6-16, Allison Roeth 2-0-4, Bethany Reister 4-2-11, Kortney Phipps 10-2, Monique Booher 1-0-2. Totals: 12-8-35. 3-point field goals — Houston: Elliott (2), Reister. Russia: Borchers (2), Daniel (2). Score By Quarters Russia 11 18 26 38 Houston 12 21 26 35 Records: Russia 13-9, Houston 12-11.

Lady Roaders fall to top seed Patriots Newton boys rally comes up short BROOKVILLE — A season that saw Bradford win its first tournament game since 1999 ended with a 62-25 loss to top seed Tri-Village Saturday.

Kaye said. “He was wrestling really well (against Stephen Ludwig). There was a scramble in the third period and he shot in too quick and the kid was able to throw him. He had it locked in tight and there was nothing he could do. But, Brandon had a great tournament and a great career.” Hogston, a senior, was pinned by Stewart Vlcek of Springfield in 1:31. “That kid was just a real strong kid,” Kaye said. “Like the other two guys, Cody had a real good tournament. “It may not have looked like it at times because of the results, but were real happy with what all three kids did. “They all had great seasons.”

Bree Bates led a balanced Lady Railroaders attack with six points. Chelsey Broughman and Alisha Patty each scored five points.

IV sectional action, losing to Catholic Central 65-53. The Indians trailed 5231 going to the fourth quarter, before outpointing the Irish 22-13 in the final eight minutes.

BOYS The Lady Railroaders Newton drops game Jordan Hodges scored closed one of their most TROY — The Newton 15 points for Newton and successful seasons in recent memory with a 9-13 boys basketball team had Bobby Gerodimos added its season end in Troy D- 13. record.

KETTERING — Four wrestlers advanced on to state from the Fairmont Division III district tournament at Trent Arena. Covington will send two wrestlers to state, including the first father and son combo. Brian Olson (182) followed in his dad’s (Brian Olson Sr.) footsteps, finishing second to advance to the state meet. Olson opened the tournament with a 16-1 tech. fall win over Tyler Dixon of CHCA and advanced to the semifinals with a 15-3 major decision over Grant Kiblez of Allen East. Olson met Luke Schlater of Tri-County North, who had pinned him at sectionals, in the semifinals and turned the tables with a 5-4 win, before losing a major decision to B.J. Toal of Troy Christian 17-5 in the title match. “Brian got himself a little revenge against the Tri-County North kid in the semis,” Covington coach Tom Barbee said. “He is just wrestling well. He has got a lot of confidence and had a real good tournament. “The Troy Christian kid is just a real solid kid. We are not quite to that level yet.” Kyler Deeter (138) finished third. He had advanced to the semifinals with a pin of Jason Thompson of Greeneview in :52 and a 72 decision over Dylan Kleman of Columbus Grove. Deeter lost a 3-0 decision to Josh Lyttle of Northridge, before recording a 15-1 major decision over Sam Subler of Versailles in the go-to state match and another decision over Kleman (6-2) in the third-place match. “(Kyler) Deeter had one bad match where he kind of got caught in some bad situations,” Barbee said. “But the thing is, the board is all clear come next week.

Miami East’s Aaron Hubbard sizes up an opponent.

Versailles’ Kyle Dieringer fights off an opponent. “We start all over again. He has been over there before, so he knows what it takes.” Miami East’s Allen Seagraves finished fourth at 113 pounds. After opening the tournament with a pin of Gaige Rassman of Delphos Jefferson in :54; Seagraves had to battle through the consolations after 1-0 loss to Christian Clary of Dayton Christian. He had a major decision over Mike Turner of Roger Bacon 14-4; pinned Jake Macke of Deer Prak in 50 seconds; and decisioned Colin Ingram of Middletown Madison 8-1 in the go-to state match, before being pinned by Robert Carter of Northridge in 3:17 in the third-place match. “He got knocked out basically in the last period and ended up getting pinned,” Miami East coach Jason Sroufe said about the third-place match. He’s going to the show (the state tournament) though. He’s in.”

Kaleb Matchett of Versailles turned in an impressive performance with a second-place finish at 170 pounds. He opened with a 15-5 major decision over Donald Moore of Waynesville, decisioned district champion Kalub Jones of Purcell Marian 2-1 in the quarterfinals and decisioned Aaron King of Dixie 10-4 to lock up a state berth and advance to the finals. He lost a heartbreaker to Armani Robinson of Greeneview 5-4 in the finals.

Falcons roll on MARION — The Graham wrestling team cruised to the Marion Harding district title, advancing eight wrestlers to state, with all eight winning district titles. Winning were Eli Stickley (106), Eli Seipel (113), Ryan Taylor (120), Micah Jordan (126), Blake Kastl (145), Bo Jordan (152), Isaac Jordan (160) and Huston Evans (182).



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Huebner competes at district bowling tourney Season ends for Piqua soph, Graham, Versailles MIDDLETOWN — Piqua sophomore Haley Huebner competed in the Southwest District bowling tournament Saturday at Eastern Lanes in Middletown. Huebner rolled games of 142, 179 and 154 for a 475 series, finishing 69th. Versailles and Graham came up short in their bids to qualify for state as

well. Versailles finished 12th with a 3,552 total, while Graham was 14th with 3,471 total. Graham freshman Sarah Carpenter led local bowlers with a 561 series that included a 219 game, finishing 19th. Other Falcon scores were Emily Ogden 526, Alishia Schierking 457,

Abigail Ogden 394 (two games), Alyssa Park 140 (one game). Versailles scores included Joanna Cruz 368 (two games), Megan Monnin 344 (two games), Haylie Schlater 338 (two games), Paige Holsapple 323 (two games), Brooke Wehrkamp 173 (one game), Kelsey Berning 157 (one game).

Raterman has career game for Lady Flyers Scores 32 points in overtime win MIKE ULLERY/CALL PHOTO

Miami East’s Samantha Skidmore drives to the basket Saturday afternoon.

East Continued from page 15 Division III district championship match-up with Georgetown at 1 p.m. Saturday at Springfield High School. "We've got some unfinished business (at districts)," East coach Preston Elifritz said. "We went to districts last year and ended up losing to Hamilton-Badin. That left a bad taste in our mouths. Our goal this season was to get beyond sectionals, but we understood we had to play well to get through it." To say East played well against the Blue Devils would have been a gross understatement. The Vikings jumped out on top early and cruised to a 40-6 halftime lead. Key to that was a 10-minute stretch that saw Miami East go on a 24-0 run between the first and second quarters.

East was big enough dominate inside - at one point in the second quarter, East's shortest player on the floor still was two taller than inches Brookville's tallest player on the floor - and athletic enough to force 17 Blue Devil turnovers. As a team, Brookville shot just 8 of 52 (15.4 percent) from the floor, thanks in large part to East's defense. "We want to wear people down," Elifritz said. "We want to force teams to take contested shots. When you've got three 6footers on the floor, you can do a lot of that. Today was a day in which everyone played their role." Offensively, East spread the ball around - 11 different players got in on the scoring, with Emily Kindell coming off the bench to add 11 points - as

all 15 players East suited up for the game saw playing time. At no point was Brookville able to make a serious run against the Vikings. "When we are clicking on all cylinders, we are like a well-oiled machine out there," Elifritz said. "Hopefully we can keep that up." Right on through the calendar.

PITTSBURGH – Senior Justine Raterman tied her career h i g h with 32 points in the University of Dayton’s 7 4 - 6 9 overtime v i c t o r y RATERMAN o v e r Duquesne at the A.J. Palumbo Center Saturday. The Flyers outscored Duquesne 14-9 in the overtime period and im-

prove to 20-6 overall and 12-2 in Atlantic 10 play, breaking a record for A-10 conference wins in a season. The Dukes drop to 1910 overall and 7-7 in A-10 action. In addition to her 32 points, Raterman grabbed a team-high three steals anda game-high eight rebounds. She also clinched the game by knocking down two free throws with eight seconds remaining on OT. Senior Elle Queen also

scored in double figures, putting up 10 points. Sophomore Cassie Sant added nine points. Freshman Andrea Hoover scored seven points, including two clutch layups in overtime. Dayton led 30-23 at the first intermission, paced by Raterman’s 13 firsthalf points. The Dukes led by as much as four, 13-9. The Flyers used an 8-0 run, in which Raterman scored eight consecutive points, to give Dayton a 17-13 lead.

BOXSCORE Miami East (66) Christine Bowling 0-0-0, Samantha Skidmore 1-0-2, Lindsay Brookhart 0-0-0, Victoria Nuss 0-0-0, Ellie Gearhart 2-1-5, Renee Deford 1-1-3, Emily Kindell 4-1-11, Angie Mack 3-0-7, Katelyn Gardella 0-0-0, Madison Linn 2-0-5, Ashley Current 2-2-6, Trina Current 7-4-18, Abby Cash 1-0-3, Leah Dunivan 2-0-4, Jessica Barlage 1-0-2. Totals: 26-9-66. Brookville (19) Traci McIntosh 1-1-3, Haley Hall 1-0-2, Ashley Fortuna 0-0-0, Shelby Stout 0-0-0, Lauren Mellon 2-1-5, Sidney Cera 1-0-2, Lydia Domsitz 1-0-3, Bailey Keish 0-0-0, Jodi Makely 2-0-4. Totals: 8-2-19. 3-point goals — Miami East: Kindell (2), Mack, Linn, Cash. Brookville: Domsitz. Score by quarters Miami East 20 40 55 66 Brookville 4 6 12 19 Records: Miami East 23-1, Brookville 10-12.

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Shelby (Kihm). Heidi (Snipes) hit some big shots today and it is great to have Cass (Cassidy Cain) back in the lineup.” By game’s end, Simon owned a school record that had stood for more than 30 years. Simon was 8-for8 from the line Saturday, taking her consecutive free throw total to 28 and breaking Judy Miller’s school record of 26. “She hasn’t missed one for awhile now,” Besecker said. And while Cedarville made just four of 24 field goal attempts in the first half, three of those were 3pointers by Emily Aviles. Aviles didn’t score in the second half. “I thought we could have done a better job defensively in the first half,” Besecker said. “I thought we did a better job in the second half. We held them to three points in the second half for a long time.” Kihm finished with a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Simon had 15 points and five rebounds. Snipes scored 10 points and Cain pulled down seven rebounds. Aviles had 10 points, while Emily Sheridan’s nine points included a three in the final 10 seconds to give her 1,000 points for her career. Ellie Sizer came off the bench to grab 10 rebounds for the Indians. Covington made 18 of 44 shots from the floor for 41 percent and 13 of 18 from the line for 72 percent.


Cassidy Cain shoots as Emily Sheridan looks on. Cedarville was eight of better this time.” 41 from the floor for 20 And some more hot percent and seven of 12 shooting wouldn’t hurt from the line for 58 per- anything. BOXSCORE cent. (27) The Lady Indians won Cedarville Emily Aviles 3-1-10, Jamie Huston 1-1-3, the battle of the boards Emily Sheridan 3-2-9, Lauren Wickline 0-11, Hayley Horney 0-0-0, Ellie Sizer 1-2-4. 32-29, but had 11 Totals: 8-7-27. (53) turnovers to Covington’s Covington Heidi Snipes 4-0-10, Hannah Pond 0-0-0, seven. Cassidy Cain 2-0-5, Julianna Simon 3-8-15, Kihm 9-3-21, Haley Reames 0-0-0, Now, the Lady Buccs Shelby Caitlyn Crawford 0-0-0, Jessie Shilt 0-0-0, prepare for a return trip Rachel Carder 0-1-1, Jessica Dammeyer 0Ariel Robinson 0-0-0, Shianne Fortner to district after a year 1-1, 0-0-0. Totals: 18-13-53. 3-point field goals — Cedarville: Aviles away. (3), Sheridan. Covington: Snipes (2), Cain, “We were down there Simon. Score By Quarters two years ago and didn’t Cedarville 5 15 18 27 fare too well,” Besecker Covington 16 29 42 53 Records: Cedarville 9-13, Covington 15said. “Hopefully, it will go 8.

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