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STAFF REPORT PIQUA — Piqua City School district’s bond sale Thursday, March 1, reflected an overall savings to taxpayers of approximately $5.24 million, according to Jeff Price, school treasurer. The savings is a direct result of the district having earned two strong credit ratings, which thereby re-
Adams, public finance vice president with Fifth Third Securities. “To be able to issue bonds with an average interest rate of 3.68% tells you that buyers recognized how well the district is managed.
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Borrowing rates in general are very low right now, but the buyers were particularly aggressive when it came to Piqua City Schools’ bonds.” The savings over the life of the loan translates to an anticipated savings of $5.24 million. Taxpayers will realize the savings through a reduction from an anticipated 30 years to a 29 year bond payback. “We are very pleased and we worked hard to state our case for a strong credit rating knowing this would save our taxpayers money,” said Rick Hanes, superintendent of Piqua City Schools. See Credit/Page 2
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PIQUA — Piqua Police Chief to present “Facebook Safety for Parents” at the Piqua Public Library at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5. Do you worry about what your kids are doing online? Are they leaving themselves open to bullying, inapMIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO propriate sites, or predators? This Piqua High School seniors Nick Gates and Kyle Milles, left to right, one hour class will examine the read “The Cat in the Hat” to kindergarten students at Nicklin Learn- dangers your teens and pre-teens face online and tell you what you ing Center on Friday as part of National Reading Day. can do to minimize the risks.
Bed bug infestation strikes complex STAFF REPORTS PIQUA — Several residents at Roosevelt Manor Apartments, 500 South St., say they are outraged by growing number of bed bug infestations that have stricken the complex of about 30 units for the past two years. Management at the complex has treated several units in the past, which caters exclusively to those over the age of 62 and those who are physically disabled — but to no avail as the resilient bed bugs continue to be unwelcome guests. Residents like Gina Kelly, who has lived at Roosevelt for a year and a half, said she didn’t hear MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO about the problem until about Several residents at Roosevelt Manor Apartments, 500 South St., Piqua, nine months ago. have complained of several units having bed bug infestations and say See Bug/Page 2 management is not doing enough to stop the problem.
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PIQUA — A Piqua family escaped injury early Friday morning when a pickup truck slammed into their home at 131 South St. Piqua police attempted to make a traffic stop on a pickup truck that was observed to be driving erratically at 1:23 a.m. near the intersection of Downing and Water streets. The vehicle took off at a high rate of speed, attempting to elude officers. The officer involved had the vehicle’s license plate number so he followed at “normal” speed in the direction of the fleeing truck. Minutes later, the truck crashed into a home at the southeast corner of South and Wayne streets, doing heavy damage to both the truck and the
home. The vehicle’s driver attempted to flee the truck but was confronted by one of the residents. The driver allegedly assaulted the resident but was subdued and held until officers arrived moments later. The driver, identified as Jerry Keister, 34, of Piqua refused treatment at the scene by Piqua medics for a hand injury. Keister was arrested by Piqua police and had been charged with fleeing and eluding, OVI, OVI refusal, driving under suspension, assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container and several traffic citations, including failure to control and a lane of travel violation. MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO Keister was taken to the Miami A pickup truck sits in a yard after crashing into a home at 131 South County Jail. The crash remains St. in Piqua just before 1:30 a.m. Friday. under investigation.
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Amanda Jane Vogann PIQUA — Amanda Jane Vogann, 80, of Piqua, started h e r n e w l i f e w i t h h e r heavenly father on Thursd a y , March 1, 2012, VOGANN at 1:18 a.m. surrounded by loved ones and friends at Koester Pavilion, Troy. Amanda was born in Barboursville, Ky. on April 23, 1931, to the late Dewey and Mary (Bingham) Baker. Amanda will be deeply missed by her son, Harol (Bill) Simpson of Piqua; one sister and brother-inlaw, Joyce and Richard Daniels of Troy; three granddaughters, Jody L. and Frank Ball, Nakkia M. Simpson and Leslie M. Simpson, and one grandson, Cody Simpson, all of Piqua; several greatgrandchildren, Courtney Delasanda, Kyley and Hayley Magill, Keandra Hester, La’trell Lucas, Zayden Alan, Justine Ann Simpson, Tiffani Cantrell and Seth Cantrell, all of Piqua; several greatgreat-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and friends. She was welcomed with open arms by her son, Jerry Simpson; one daughter and son-in-law,
Louise and Winford Cantrell; her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Lisa and Mark Kolker; grandson, Charley T. Cantrell, great-greatgranddaughter, Kendra Jolynn Cantrell; four brothers, Frank Baker, Ed Baker, Ted Baker and Earl Baker; four sisters, Birtie Carroll, Della Hubbard, Stella Boroff and Leona Smith. Amanda attended Stinking Creek School System, Knox County, Ky. She attended Piqua Missionary Church, Piqua. Amanda was a machinist for 16 ½ years at Crane Pumps, Piqua. She retired in 1983. After retirement from Crane Pumps Amanda enjoyed camping, sitting outside and taking walks. She loved being with family and friends. Most of all she loved being a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and g r e a t - g r e a t grandmother. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at FuMelcher-Sowers neral Home, Piqua with the Rev. Gary Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Fletcher Cemetery, Fletcher. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday 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 www.melcher-sowers.com.
ST. PARIS — Lowell Richard Evilsizor, 86, of St. Paris, passed away at 1 : 3 0 a . m . Friday, March 2, 2012. i n Springfield R e gional Medi c a l EVILSIZOR Center. Born on Feb. 7, 1926, in Champaign County, Richard was the only child of the late Claude and Carrie Evilsizor. He married Genevieve Gordon on Nov. 13, 1944, and she survives in St. Paris. Together they raised two children, Judy (Donald) Barzak of St. Louis, Mo.; and Nancy Drown of Mora, Minn. He also is survived by four grandchildren, Tonya and Zachary Myers
(Stacy) Barzak of St. Louis, Mo., Sierra Crayford of Brook Park Minn. and Philip Raymond Drown of St. Cloud, Minn.; and seven great grandchildren, Joshua, Jonathon, Bryston, Taylor, Ally , Untonio, and Philip. Richard was retired from Hobart’s in Troy. He was self employed for 50 years in the lawn mower repair business. He also enjoyed garage sales. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Monday in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St., St. Paris, with the Rev. Walter Mock presiding. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, St. Paris. Visitation also will be held on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 12 p.m. in the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com.
Death notices SIDNEY — Robert J. Meyer, 43, of Sidney, passed away Friday, March 2, 2012, at his residence. Services are pending through Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua. PIQUA — Lois P. Schimmel, 81, of 726 N. Downing St. Piqua, died at 4:50 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2012, at her residence. Arrangements are pending through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. JACKSON CIRCLE — Paul Christopher Smith, 41, of Jackson Center, formerly of Sidney, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012, at his residence. Funeral services will be held Monday at Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney, with Bishop Robert L. Fries officiating. Burial will be at Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson.
Credit Continued from page 1 “Like many Piqua homeowners, we were able to save the taxpayers millions of dollars in interest payments by locking in a low rate thanks to our strong credit rating.” The lower interest rate, due in large part to the district’s strong credit ratings awarded by Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s (S&P) — a rating of Aa3 from Moody’s and
A1(Steady) from S&P — dropped from an expected 5.25 percent over 30-years to a 3.68 percent over 29years. Price was especially thrilled. “Being able to demonstrate a record of support from the community helped tremendously in securing these ratings and led to our low interest rate. The fact that we can finance our new buildings at a lower cost is due in large part to the sup-
port of our community,” he said. S & P and Moody’s are worldwide leaders in authoritative financial market intelligence. The stronger the rating, the lower the risk the organization is for investors, which equates to lower interest rates for the organization seeking the rating. Organizations receive higher ratings by demonstrating strong financial management and performance.
Like Continued from page 1 and other anonymous information through our website,” McGlinch said. “If we discover a certain pattern of crime, we’ll post updates for the community to be on the look our for certain vehicle
descriptions and so on.” McGlinch said the page is still in its early phases and will focus on community outreach and public relations. McGlinch said the Facebook page will strictly be
used for public relations and other information. Other counties, such as Darke County Sheriff’s Facebook are linked to their county’s dispatch center. Miami County’s Sheriff’s page will not be linked to its
dispatch center. McGlinch said all emergencies, crime alert tips and other information will continue to be online at the Miami County Sheriff’s Office’s website www.miamicountysheriff.org.
that manages the Piqua apartment complex, said the issue is and will continue to be addressed at Roosevelt Manor, saying pest control agencies have been brought in several times to fumigate affected units. Nicole Bevington, who is with the Piqua Health Department, said they received a complaint from two citizens about Roosevelt Manor on Feb. 24. “We mailed a letter and an information packet to the property owner,” Bev-
ington said. One of the tips recommended by the Piqua Health Department for those experiencing a bed bug problem is to contact your landlord or apartment manager immediately. Bed bug infestations are incredibly hard to deal with
and are oftentimes expensive as they require multiple treatments. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human blood and routinely make their homes in box springs, mattresses, couches, chairs and other things that people commonly use.
Janet Ann Mouch TROY — Janet Ann Mouch, 84, of Troy, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Troy Care and Rehabilitat i o n Center. S h e w a s born on April 2 5 , 1927, in Troy to the MOUCH l a t e Edward and Minnie M. (Pearson) Mouch. She is survived by her nephew, Charles E. Isern of Miamisburg; niece, Ann (Fred) Huegel of Crofton, Md.; one great-nephew, Jonathon (Kelly) Huegel and their twin sons, Ayden and Reed of Chicago, Ill.; three greatnieces, Margaret Huegel of Crofton, Md. ,CaptainUSAF Angela (CaptainUSAF Nick) Motlagh of Oklahoma, Catherine Huegel of Fairfax, Va.; brother-in-law, Don F. Isern of Troy. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Miriam K. Isern. Janet was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Troy. She graduated from Troy High
School in 1945, and graduated from Mt. St. Joseph College Cincinnati. Janet was a long time member of the Troy Country Club of which her father Edward was a charter member. She retired as owner of her parents furniture store known as Edward Mouch Furniture, Troy which founded around 1936. After the passing of her father in 1954, she and her mother, Minnie continued the business together until her mother’s passing in 1994. Janet continued the furniture and carpet business until she retired around 1998. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Troy with the Rev. Fr. James C. Duell officiating. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, at Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Troy. Contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Troy in her memory. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.fisher-cheneyfuneralhome.com.
William J. “Bill” Robinson — COVINGTON William J. “Bill” Robinson, 61, of Covington passed away March 1, 2012. Bill was born on July 1, 1950, to Jim and Rosie (Cain) Robinson. A graduate of Covington High School, he served as a firefighter in the U.S. Navy, drove a truck and most recently was employed by The Whirlpool Corporation. Bill was a member of the Covington Eagles Aerie Covington 3998, AMVETS Post 66, Moose, and the Redmans. He was preceded in death by his mother Nov. 1, 1999. Bill is survived by his brothers and sisters, Tom Robinson of Covington, Nancy and Ted Hicks of Bradford, Marie Hamilton of Union, John Robinson of Greenville, Dick
and Sandy Robinson of Covington, Denny and Mandy Robinson of Covington, Gary “Frank” Robinson of Covington, Bonnie Robinson of Covington; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also is survived by his step-daughter, Heather Wintrow and step-son, Nick Wintrow. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the BridgesFuStocker-Fraley neral Home, Covington. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral Home. If desired, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Covington Rescue Squad or Miami County Sheriff Department Patrol, 201 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373. Interment Miami Memorial Park Cemetery, Covington with Military Honors. Condolences may be made to the family at www.stockerfraley.com.
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Eagles Wings Stable needs volunteers for classes PIQUA — Eagles’ Wings Stable is seeking volunteers to assist students in their Spring Session of classes. Eagles’ Wings provides Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to children and adults who have various disabilities. Volunteers should be at least 14 years of age, able to walk for one hour and have a desire to help other people. Classes are scheduled for one hour each and will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. They are conducted in an indoor heated arena. Volunteers are asked to commit to a one-hour time slot once per week for the duration of the 10-week session. The session will run from March 12 through May 19. An orientation session for volunteers will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in Eagles’ Wings’ arena. The orientation will last approximately two hours and is necessary for new volunteers. Eagles’ Wings Stable is located at 5730 N. Washington Road, just south of Piqua. It is a 501(c)(3) public charity and is a Piqua Area United Way member agency serving the upper Miami Valley and surrounding counties. For more information visit the Eagles’ Wings website at eagleswingsstables.webs.co m or call their office at 778-0021.
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Piqua City Schools Superintendent Rick Hanes spent some time reading to Stacey Widney’s kindergarten class at Nicklin to celebrate National Reading Week. Guest readers came in this past week and share a book with the students and to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
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Age: 4 Birthdate: Feb. 28, 2008 Parents: Amber Orndorff of Troy and Scotty Tobe Jr. of Troy Grandparents: Maternal, Rusty and Peggy Orndorff of Piqua; paternal, Scott and Tammy Tobe of Piqua Great-grandparents: Maternal, Dick and Pat nity in the areas of career Elliott of Greenville searching and advising. Individuals can come to Taylor Tobe the department for guidance when they are considering a career change or have experienced a job loss. Skilled career advisors guide them through a career assessment process and links to significant data on career fields and the job market. Many resources are available on Madeline Leigh their website at www.edisonohio.edu/ca- Baker reer. Age: 4 “Edison is pleased to Birthdate: Feb. 29, have the opportunity to 2008 again work with the Siblings: Wyatt and Upper Valley Career Cen- Isabelle ter, area Job Centers, and Parents: Matthew and Rehabilitation Services to Kari Baker bring this event to the Grandparents: Thom community,” Gibellino and Marsha Baker and added. “With more than Beverly Mumford 50 organizations particiGreat-grandparents: pating this year, we’re ex- Lou and Mary Lou Havepecting a big turnout from nar and Jo Baker people in the community who are on the hunt for a new job or are just looking Madeline Leigh Baker for information about who’s hiring and what kinds of positions are available.” For more information on INFORMATION the 2012 Career Expo, contact Edison at 778-7856 or Regional Group Publisher - Frank Beeson ■ Editorial Department: (937) 773-2721 go online to www.edisono- Executive Editor - Susan Hartley Advertising Manager - Leiann Stewart FAX: (937) 773-4225 hio.edu/career. ■ History E-mail: email@example.com
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Event slated March 20 at NAMI family Piqua campus education PIQUA — Edison Community College will host event set its annual Career Expo MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is again offering the Family-to-Family Class. This 12-week program is free to family members, spouses and close friends of individuals with serious brain disorders. The will be held from 79:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 and will continue every Tuesday night for 12 weeks at the Stouder Center, 1100 Wayne St., Suite 4000, Troy. Register by calling Jim or Joanne Mieding at 3353365 (339-5393) or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com). Include contact information. Further information about NAMI can be found at: www.namiohio.org. These classes provide detailed information about schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, severe depression, borderline personality disorder, panic/anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive personality disorder. Participants learn about symptoms, causes, medications, therapies, resources and recovery. Time is spent developing empathy, improving communication and managing crises. Participants derive a great deal of support from one another during the sessions. Those who have taken the course have appreciated the emphasis on self-care and find information that lessens family stress. Sharing with others who understand the reality of living with or being close to someone with a serious disorder is most helpful.
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the North Hall of the Piqua Main campus. More than 50 organizations ranging from manufacturing, business, financial services, health care, social services, retail and the armed forces will be in attendance, representing a wide range of job opportunities for west central Ohio area residents. This year, the expo is sponsored by Edison, the Upper Valley Career Center, area Job Centers and the Rehabilitation Services Commission. Miami, Shelby and Darke County representatives will be on hand to provide resume help and job search assistance. Additional resources, including online access, are available at their facilities. “This event is really one of the premier career
expos in the region and we’re very happy to bring it back to the Edison campus this spring,” said Pam Gibellino, coordinator of career services at Edison. “This is a great way to bring employers, job seekers and employment resources together in one place.” More than 500 job seekers are expected to attend the free event. Representatives from organizations such as Crown Control, Emerson Climate Technologies, Evenflo Co., Inc., Hartzell Industries, Plastipak Packaging, Inc., Upper Valley Medical Center, Midmark Corp., Norcold, and Jackson Tube Services. There will also be staffing services participating, representing some of the major employers in the area. Also in attendance this year will be representatives from some of the area’s four-year colleges and universities, who will be assisting students with information on credit transfers and various degree programs. Edison’s Career Services department provides resources to students, alumni and the commu-
Library to host ACT workshop PIQUA — The Piqua Public Library will host an hour-long ACT workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Velina Bogart, coordinator of admissions for Edison Community College will steer participants through the process of registering for the ACT. The workshop is open to all students, regardless of their college choice. Questions to be discussed include: • What is the ACT?
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your interests, courses, and preferences, you develop a profile of your work in high school and your career choices. This profile tells colleges what areas of study you’re interested in. The ACT also shows your strengths and weaknesses in the subject areas tested, so you will be better prepared for your future education.” Pre-registration is recommended by calling 7736753.
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Ohio shooting brings yet another round of blame game The Usual Eccentric T So, just who are we his week brings another school shooting. The shooter was a boy, described shortly after the tragedy as “bullied and an outcast.” Social media sites are abuzz with reaction. One of the most common is that schools are becoming too dangerous. A whole new group of folks are talking about home school. Shootings of any kind are tragic, but teenagers who feel that they cannot cope with their peers, so they choose to kill others, themselves or both are a rising trend in our country. As usual, the blame game commenced soon after. It is running the gamut, from this shooting being the fault of the parents, schoolmates, the gun … the list is likely to become longer. People will look everywhere for someone, or something, on which to pin the blame. They will look everywhere, except where the blame really lies — the young man who calculatedly murdered three fellow students and wounded others. Sure, there will be psychological examinations made. The kid MIKE ULLERY may even be sorry. Guess what? I do not Chief Photographer care. This young man must be held accountable for his actions. He must be tried, and if found guilty, punished to the full extent of the law. In my mind, that would be his immediate execution. The sentence should be carried out immediately, not in 2035, after decades of appeals. This is a case where there is no doubt who murdered the three high school students as classmates watched. Why he did it — that does not matter. The fact that he is “only” 17 years old — that does not matter. Do you want to know why we are seeing more of these sort of things? Americans are a bunch of pansies. No one wants their child to ever feel rejected or left out. No one wants their child to feel as if they lost a game. Kids no longer learn that life includes pain and rejection. Add to that, we have children who spend most of their time in front of a computer or television. I am not blaming violent games or television programs. I am blaming parents and kids for having no social skills. They have little interaction with other people. Nothing is face-to-face. Everything is texting or Facebook messaging. Parents who are talking about home schooling, in order to keep their children away from such things are contributing to the problem. Kids need the social interaction … good and bad. We are raising a bunch of introverted socially inept kids. This statement, obviously, does not include everyone, but it includes enough to cause concern. Even the “zero tolerance” anti-bullying crusade is not what it is cracked up to be. Some won’t agree with me, but look at the way things used to be done. Kids settled most issues amongst themselves. Sure, there were some fights. There were fat lips, black eyes and some bruised egos. In the end, though, the kids came out no worse for the wear and they usually ended up, if not friends, at least respecting each other. We live in the social media generation. Kids fire off insults via text messages and Facebook, without ever having to physically face anyone. How hard is it to verbally abuse someone from blocks, or even miles away? All of this, put together, indicates a society where nothing is ever the fault of the person accused. We have children growing up to believe there are no hard consequences for wrongdoing. We plead, “Please don’t bully” and “Please be nice.” I have news for you. There are those in society who don’t care about and refuse to live by the rules necessary for a peaceful existence. It is true of leaders and citizens of other countries and it is true right here in America. Those people, whether teens or adults, must be taught by the only means they truly understand. There must be sufficient repercussion to cause them to fear ever again taking such a course of action. Some might say that violence begets violence. We may all wish for a perfect and peaceful world. It does not, and probably never will, exist. Too many of our youth care about nothing but themselves. We must teach them, by force when necessary, that in order to have a safe and relatively peaceful society, there must be rules. They must also learn that those rules will be enforced. Period. “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”
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judging from the recons the dissipating naissance photographs shadows of the I’ve seen. Iraq War recede Iraq: The third time into the liberal political is always the charm. spin bookmakers will Except maybe this time place upon it in our hiswe ought to vaporize tory texts, our politithe country before we cians are working hard rebuild it with taxpayer this very moment by money again — again. turning their stalwart WILL E SANDERS South Korea: I aland undivided attenStaff Writer ways forget which one tions toward one very email@example.com is the bad Korea and important problem that which one is the good is now facing this great Korea. Better safe than sorry, I always nation of ours: Who the heck are we going to bomb say. Pakistan: Or any other country with next? Right now in Washington, our elected the suffix “-stan” as far as I’m conofficials and late-night comedy show cerned. How many times does America punch lines are hard at work with have to prove this to the world? Isn’t it reaching the outcome of that very apparent by now? If you govern a coundilemma with fear-inducing propaganda try ending in “-stan,” get out while you that’s sure to make you feel like a red- still can. Oprah Winfrey: I realize she isn’t an blooded, flag-waiving, hot dog-eating American, tried and true — red, white actual country, but her global dominance and influence are too hard for me and blue. Here is a list of possible considera- to ignore. The media could call it World War Winfrey. Has a certain charm to it, tions: Iran: The leader of Iran is some guy don’t you think? Italy: Yes, Italy. It’s nothing personal, called I-Cannot-Pronounce-His-Name, and he is clearly a client of Just for Men and we can even give them advanced (beard and mustache). “Iran” is also a notice if it makes you feel better, but common saying in this Middle Eastern I’m sick and tired of Italy being shaped saber-rattling country. Ask any Iranian like a boot. I’m sure that once all of the villager what he or she does when I- smoke and debris clears, Italy will still Cannot-Pronounce-His-Name or one of be shaped … like something else. Switzerland: Let’s find out just how his uber-fascist patrols comes blowing into town to either rig presidential elec- neutral they really are. Either we prove tions or commit out-and-out genocide them hypocrites on the world’s stage, or and he or she will simply reply: “I ran!” we roll over them like we would North Korea: Sometimes I think trounce a 5-year-old at a game of America acts like that jealous kid at Scrabble. And once all of those countries are school who finds out that another kid brought in the same thing in for show out of the way, America — provided it and tell. They might have a nuke? Well, has not crumbled due to neglect — we have thousands. I don’t think we could cherry-pick the stragglers. Like Canada, but just the Frenchneed to let the sands of father time decide who the victor in this latest and speaking parts; Qatar, because in greatest international genitalia-mea- America we put “u” after the letter “q,” and if you are not with us, then you suring flare-up will be, huh? We should try mending this ailing stand against us; or even Israel. OK, maybe not Israel, but definitely country before decimating another, but what do I know, right? Nevertheless, our Vietnam. On second thought, maybe not Vietfate will soon be sealed: North Korea will angrily incite not only World War nam, either. III, but also World War IV — the latter To contact Will E Sanders, visit his taking place on the moon after the forwebsite at willesanders.com, or send him mer destroys Earth. Afghanistan — again: Of course, I an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To know we’re already at war with them, find out more about Will E Sanders and but why should we let that stop us? read features by other Creators SyndiBomb them back to the Stone Age for all cate writers and cartoonists, visit the I care but that would probably be a vast Creators Syndicate website at www.cretechnological advancement for them, ators.com.
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan GOP officials have raised a ruckus in the presidential race by awarding native son Mitt Romney 16 of the state’s delegates rather than the 15 it appeared he won in Tuesday’s primary election. Michigan has 30 delegates to the party’s national convention. State GOP rules said two of the delegates should be awarded proportionally based on the statewide vote, according to a party memo shared with the campaigns. The other 28 would be awarded based on the results in each of the state’s 14 congressional districts. Under these rules, Romney and GOP rival Rick Santorum’s would split the delegates, with each getting 15. However, the Michigan Republican Party Credentials Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday night to give 16 delegates to Romney and 14 delegates to Santorum. Committee members said the Feb. 7 memo was incorrect. Instead, they said, a new party rule adopted Feb. 4 was intended to award both statewide delegates to the statewide winner. The Santorum campaign said it would appeal the ruling and, in an email, referred to the turn of events as an “election scandal.” “Clearly, Romney was very disappointed after spending a fortune to end up with a tie in the delegates in his home state. And now, clearly, somebody is trying to change the rules after the election to help Mitt Romney,” said Santorum campaign senior adviser John Brabender. The change will have little effect on the overall race for delegates. But it would take away Santorum’s ability to call the election a tie in the state where Romney’s was born. In the overall race for delegates, Romney now leads with 168, followed by Santorum with 86. Newt Gingrich has 32 delegates and Ron Paul has 19. Republican National Committee member Saul Anuzis, a Romney supporter and credentials committee member, said the committee was simply going by rule changes it adopted unanimously at a Feb. 4 meeting.
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Where’s the green? DALLAS (AP) — Dr. Seuss died in 1991, saving him from the gaudy, bigscreen abominations of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) and “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” (2003). These weren’t just bad movies; they were hyperkinetic nuisances, antithetical to the wise economy of the good Doctor. Now, after a passable “Horton Hears a Who” (2008), “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” gets a shot. If the results aren’t sublime, they’re hardly embarrassing. Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda, two of the minds behind “Despicable Me,” this animated environmentalist parable is too busy for its own good (gotta keep the little ones engaged), and a little overstuffed with story. But the design is witty and imaginative, and the small grace notes are enough to keep an open-minded adult giggling. “The Lorax” also happens to have something on its mind: If Fox News objected to the menace of “The Muppets,” this bit of tree huggery might give someone a conniption. The story unfolds in the town of Thneedville, filled by imitation shrubbery and bottled air (sadly no use of the Radiohead song “Fake Plastic Trees”).A flashback shows how a misguided entrepreneur wiped out plant life years previous, over the protests of a mustachioed forest guardian called the Lorax (Danny DeVito). Now pollution fills the air and a ruthless, pintsize tycoon (voiced by Rob Riggle) lords over an artificial empire. What could possibly transform this dire state? Love, of course. Young Ted (Zac Efron) has a thing for young Audrey (Taylor Swift). Audrey wants a tree. So Ted is determined to find one. Like “Despicable Me,” ‘’The Lorax” shows a fascination with gizmos, elaborate mechanisms and twisty action sequences. We get a high-flying granny (voiced, of course, by Betty White), and a trio of singing goldfish
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“The Lorax” was first published in 1971, one year after the creation of Earth Day, in the thick of the modern environmental movement. The movie arrives amid concerns over climate change. But Dr. Seuss was always attuned to social and political issues — as a young political cartoonist he inveighed against fascism — and he stayed engaged through his more famous work.In other words,it was little surprise to find him speaking, via the Lorax, for the trees. “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” a Universal release, is rated PG for brief mild language. Running time: 94 minutes.
and constantly reacts with deadpan incredulity. Rather than providing an intriguing contrast, these disparate performances undermine the cohesion and flow of director Paul Weitz’s film. R for language throughout, some sexuality, drug use and brief nudity. 102 minutes. Two stars out of four. “Project X” — This suggests what it might look like if the teen romp “Superbad” had been shot with the first-person, hand-held aesthetic of “Cloverfield” — except it never achieves the hilarity of the former or the thrills of the latter. It’s mainly an excuse to show hot, young women cavorting drunk and topless in music-video style montages edited to the insistent thump of house music. So if you ever wanted to see “Girls Gone Wild” blown up on the big screen, well then, this is your lucky day. Shy, sweet-faced Thomas (Thomas Mann) is turning 17, and his fast-talking, superconfident best friend Costa (Oliver Cooper) insists that they need to throw the mother of all ragers at his Pasadena
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home to celebrate. It will make them popular, Costa promises — and more important, it will get them laid. Tagging along is their nerdy, awkward pal J.B. (Jonathan Daniel Brown), who thinks he’s more sophisticated than he really is. Things spiral out of control pretty quickly as a couple thousand people show up and trash the place, which admittedly does get amusing and provides an escalating energy. But only about an hour in, “Project X” grows repetitive and starts running out of steam, and you begin to wonder what could possibly occur over the remaining 30 minutes or so. R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem — all involving teens. 88 minutes. Two stars out of four. “This Is Not a Film” — Everything about this documentary is cleverly deceptive, from the title that’s so self-deprecating it sounds like a shrug to its long, first take to its many quiet moments to the peaceful demeanor of
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Advice on trips very often and have never been on a cruise or to the Caribbean, so I’m excited. Isaac, on the other hand, doesn’t care much for travel and doesn’t enjoy the ocean. He also doesn’t like my friend or her husband. They are the ones who are coordinating the trip and who invited us. Isaac rarely socializes with anyone who isn’t in his circle of friends. He doesn’t want to go and thinks I shouldn’t go, either. Isn’t it unfair of him to tell me I can’t go? Would it be wrong of me to go without him? He promises that if I don’t go, the two of us will go together next year. (I don’t believe him.) — LANDLOCKED IN ARIZONA LANDDEAR LOCKED: If you don’t believe Isaac when he tells you he’ll do something, you must have good reason for it. Yes, it is unfair of him to tell you that you can’t take the cruise with your friends. It is also controlling. If you think you would have a good time without him, you should go. It’s not like you’ll be leaving for a month. He can manage without you for a few days. Instead of trying to discourage you, he should wish you “bon voyage” — but the odds for that aren’t high, so don’t expect it.
DEAR ABBY: I got into a fight with my best friend. I’m 12, and she’s 13. We could have solved our own problems, but she got her parents involved. They started saying stuff on Facebook about me and my parents. I forgave her, but I don’t want to forgive her parents. Abby, what its central figure: ac- would you do? claimed Iranian film— CAN’T FORGIVE maker Jafar Panahi. But in just 75 minutes, it reDear Abby is written by DEAR CAN’T FORveals itself to be a power- GIVE: Your friend’s parents Abigail Van Buren, also ful statement about appear to be immature and known as Jeanne Phillips, nothing less than the overly involved in their and was founded by her paramount importance of daughter’s life. Most mother, Pauline Phillips. freedom and the driving tweenage tiffs are resolved Write Dear Abby at urge for artistic expres- by the individuals having www.DearAbby.com or sion. “This Is Not a Film” the argument. What her P.O. Box 69440, Los Angetakes place entirely in parents did was wrong. les, CA 90069. Panahi’s Tehran apartIf they haven’t posted an ment over a single day. apology on Facebook, they This is where he was should. And if they don’t, my forced to dwell under advice is to keep your dishouse arrest while appeal- tance from ALL of them, being a sentence of six years cause regardless of whether in prison and a 20-year you have forgiven your ban on filmmaking and friend, this could happen conducting interviews again. with foreign press. The film is simultaneously deDEAR ABBY: A group pressing as hell and brim- of about a dozen friends ming with hope and are planning a Caribbean defiance. It finds poetry in cruise. My boyfriend, the mundane and even “Isaac,” and I have been boring details of daily life. invited to join them. I love And it’s an inspiring to travel. I don’t get to go must-see for anyone who Solve it feels the urgent need to create something beautiful and meaningful, no matter the cost. 75 minutes. Unrated but contains nothing objectionable. Three and a Complete the half stars out of four. grid so every row, column and 3 x 3 — Christy Lemire, AP box contains Movie Critic every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
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DEAR ABBY: My 10year-old son has a school friend, “Jeremy,” who seems like a sweet, smart kid. I have seen Jeremy’s dad interact with him both in and out of school. The man talks down to him and speaks harshly. This sweet boy appears to be verbally beaten down, and it makes my heart ache. What can I do? I realize I don’t know what’s going on in their home. There could be other factors UNIVERSAL PICTURES/AP PHOTOS causing Jeremy’s father to In this film image released by Universal Pictures, animated character the Lorax, act this way. But every child deserves love and voiced by Danny DeVito, is shown in a scene from “Dr. Seuss’The Lorax.” encouragement. Any adthat made me smile vice you can give would be Animated characters Ted, with every appearappreciated. voiced by Zac Efron, left, and ance. It’s all pleasant — ADVOCATE FOR enough, if a bit Audrey, voiced by Taylor Swift. KINDNESS IN stretched at 94 minKENTUCKY utes.
New movie releases “Being Flynn” — Robert De Niro and Paul Dano play a father and son who reunite after 18 years of estrangement, and they approach their roles in such polar opposite ways, it’s as if the actors themselves have been estranged, as well. De Niro, as the alcoholic, would-be novelist Jonathan Flynn, is all delusional bombast; he insists everything he writes is a masterpiece, and his bravado barely masks his insanity. Dano, as Flynn’s aimless, hipster son, Nick, may actually have some talent and insight as a poet but he’s meandering between jobs, homes and girlfriends. They’re forced to get to know each other when Jonathan, suddenly finding himself unemployed and homeless, turns up at the shelter where Nick works. (This might sound like a massive plot contrivance, except it actually happened, as detailed in Nick Flynn’s memoir “Another (Expletive) Night in Suck City.”) De Niro’s taking big bites out of one of the meatier and more serious roles he’s had in a while; Dano, meanwhile, is dialed down
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PIQUA — Ashley Cutcher of Piqua announces the birth of a son, Preston Allen Joseph Cutcher, born at 9:22 p.m. Feb. 16, 2012, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. Preston weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 21 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Randy and Shanda Hines of Piqua. Preston Allen Joseph Cutcher
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In this Feb. 15 photo, Steve Wyard, right, a 61-year-old regional sales director at All Valley Washer Service, chats with his colleague Larry Erlichman in their office in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles. Wyard and his wife have two sons, 19 and 21, to put through college, and they see that pushing back retirement for several years. Until then Wyard plans to keep working. BY DAN SEWELL Associated Press MT. ORAB — It’s winter, so Donna Robirds puts on two sweaters in the morning and keeps heavy blankets handy as she sets her thermostat low 60 at night and bundles up to keep her utility bill down. At 67, with a fixed income and a $563-a-month mortgage, she lives on a tight budget. Food stamps help the retired state employee stretch her budget in this Appalachian village. So has the mild winter. “We haven’t had the extreme cold, so it hasn’t been too bad,” she said. “I really need to watch my money. It’s going to be a struggle.” Robirds’ daily battle is being played out across the Appalachian region, which stretches through 13 states from northeastern Mississippi to southern New York. A part of the country that has long lagged behind the rest of the U.S. economically finds itself on the leading edge of a national trend: The number of Americans 65 and older is increasing, and many are struggling as government services are being cut in a rough economy. Nationally, with the aging of the baby boom generation, people 65 and over are expected to account for 1 of every 5 Americans by 2030. Some places in Appalachia have already reached that benchmark, such as southern Ohio’s Brown County, where Robirds lives. “These counties are like the canary in the coal mine,” said Suzanne Kunkel, who heads the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University of Ohio. “This is a pretty dramatic change coming.” More than 15 percent of Appalachia’s population is already at least 65, compared with 13 percent nationally, according to the 2010 Census. And projections show the number rising steadily in much of the region, as it is nationally. The aging population means more demand for health care, economic help, transportation and home help, which are already in short supply in much of Appalachia. “It’s getting more urgent in the number of people needing those services and having those available to them,” said Robert Roswall, commissioner of
West Virginia’s Bureau of Robirds doesn’t have Senior Services. “We have much choice: Her home’s people waiting for all market value declined in those type of programs.” the nation’s housing crisis, Appalachia has long and she is years away been plagued by isolation, from paying it off. But the poor roads, sewer systems mother of three doesn’t and other infrastructure want to move anyway. needs, lack of education “I want to have a place and the decline of coal for my grandchildren to mining, manufacturing stay when they visit,” she and other key industries. said, “and to be able to The region has low per- have my passion for garcapita income (less than dening.” $30,000 in 2009, 18 perRobirds got some vital cent lower than the na- help from Cincinnatition’s), low college based People Working Cograduation rates, an exo- operatively, a nonprofit dus of young working peo- organization that sent ple, and high rates of workers before winter to heart disease, cancer and add insulation, clean diabetes, along with poor vents, service her furnace, access to health care. replace her refrigerator Peggy Basham, 74, of and perform other mainteSummersville, W.Va., is nance. worried. The organization, dedi“I think most everybody cated to helping poor people in the area is,” she said. stay in their homes in the “You’ve got baby boomers Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana recoming on. You’ve got so gion, is seeing demand for many seniors. … Nothing its services rocket over the stretches very far.” last two years, from 40,000 Basham helps craft calls for help in 2009 to quilts that are sold to sup- 66,000 in 2011, according to port the Nicholas County president Jock Pitts. Senior Citizens Center. Those in charge of dealThe senior center feeds ing with the surging num500 people per month, and bers of elderly people say Basham said more would such community-based help come if only they had and other innovative solutransportation from their tions are especially impormountain homes. She said tant in struggling areas she sees elderly people such as Appalachia. regularly forced to choose “Given our state’s limited whether to pay for pre- resources we’re not going to scription drugs, heat their hit the lottery we are changhomes or buy groceries. ing, in Ohio, our approach,” West Virginia officials said Bonnie Kantor-Bursay their state has the man, head of Ohio’s Departcountry’s highest concen- ment of Aging. “There is a tration of older residents limit to what the state and than anywhere but federal governments are Florida. Sixgoing to be able to do.” teen perShe sounds the “I cent of alarm by often think most West displaying a everybody in the Virset of color-
area is,” she said. “You’ve got baby boomers coming on. You’ve got so many seniors. … Nothing stretches very far.” - Peggy ginia’s Basham population is 65 or older, compared with 17.3 percent in Florida, according to census figures. And unlike those who flock to Florida’s retirement villages and condominium complexes, aging people in West Virginia and elsewhere in Appalachia have long been less likely to move, often because they can’t afford it or they have a strong attachment to home.
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Peggy Basham, 74, smiles as she talks with friends, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the quilting circle at the senior center in Summersville, W.Va. Appalachia's aging population is rising faster than the nation's.
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Birth Baker’s welcome son H U B E R HEIGHTS — Richard and Emily Baker of Huber Heights announce the birth of a son, Ethan Richard Baker. Ethan was born Feb. 9, 2012, at 1:53 Ethan Richard Baker a.m. at Upper Valley Medical Baker Center. He weighed 7 Patricia Lampe of pounds 14 ounces and Piqua is the maternal was 21 inches in length. grandmother. Ethan was welcomed Paternal grandparents home by his big sisters, are Jim and Jean Baker Ryleigh and Kaylee of Sidney.
Remote delivers bone drug WASHINGTON (AP) — Medication via remote-control instead of a shot? Scientists implanted microchips in seven women that did just that, oozing out the right dose of a bonestrengthening drug once a day without them even noticing. Implanted medicine is a hot field, aiming to help patients better stick to their meds and to deliver those drugs straight to the body part that needs them. But Thursday’s study is believed the first attempt at using a wirelessly controlled drug chip in people. If this early-stage testing eventually pans out, the idea is that doctors one day might program dose changes from afar with the push of a button, or time them for when the patient is sleeping to minimize side effects. The implant initially is being studied to treat severe bone-thinning osteoporosis. But it could be filled with other types of medication, said co-inventor Robert Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“It’s like ‘Star Trek,’” said Langer, who co-authored the study appearing Thursday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. “Just send a signal over a special radio wave, and out comes the drug.” Today’s medication implants continuously emit their drugs until they run dry. One example is a dimesized wafer that oozes chemotherapy directly onto the site of a surgically removed brain tumor, targeting any remaining cancer cells. Another is a contraceptive rod that is implanted in the arm and releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. A next step would be more sophisticated implants that release one dose at a time, programmable to skip or add a dose as needed, said biomedical engineer Ellis Meng of the University of Southern California. Meng wasn’t involved with the MIT study but also is developing this kind of technology, and called Thursday’s report “an important milestone.”
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coded maps produced through Miami’s Gerontology Center that show the projected aging of the population in eye-popping detail: In 2000, about one-fourth of the population in three of Ohio’s 88 counties was 60 or older; in 2010, that was true of 16 counties, most of them in Appalachia. By 2020, it’s projected to be 76 counties with one-third of the population in six of those counties 60 or older. Other community efforts to keep senior citizens in their homes include The Village concept, in which residents and volunteers help provide transportation, handyman work and home health care. Pioneered in Boston in the last decade, it is spreading into such states as North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The state of West Virginia, meanwhile, has designated six “retirement zones” where senior citizens can get access to affordable housing, health care, education, culture and recreation. “We need to be talking about it and working together to find solutions,” said Thomas Campbell, a state legislator from Greenbrier, W.Va., whose widowed mother is 89. “People in Appalachia tend to want to stay in their homes and have their family as close to them as they can, and I don’t think those are bad things. I think we’ll find a way to do it.” ___ Associated Press writer John Raby in Charleston, W.Va., contributed. ___ Contact the reporter at http://www.twitter.com/da nsewell
PIQUA — Shawn and Deborah Foster of Piqua announce the birth of a son, Wyatt Edward Foster. Wyatt was born Feb. 3, 2012, at 2:55 p.m. at Upper Valley Medical Wyatt Edward Foster Center, Troy. He weighed 6 Lewisburg is the materpounds 15 ounces and nal grandmother. was 21 inches in length. Paternal grandparents He was welcomed are Jeff and Sandra home by big brother, Heckler of Sidney and Seth. Scott and Cynthia Foster Emiliana Shanks of of Piqua.
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Real estate transfers PIQUA Edward D. Vale, Keitha Vale to Federal National Mortgage, two part lots, $48,000. Clara J. Huber, Lewis Huber to Federal National Mortgage, one lot, $36,000. Dennis Mears, Virginia Mears to Donald A. Mears, 0.127 acres, $0. Federal Home Loan Mortgage to Citimortgage Inc., one lot, one part lot, $116,400. Daniel Jarvis, Jody Jarvis, Kyle Steele, Melinda Steele to Donald Wagstaff, Sandra Wagstaff, one lot, $0. Michele Beeman to David Beeman, one lot, $0. Jerrold Voisinet, Rebecca Voisinet to John Voisinet, Katie Voisinet, one lot, $160,000. Paul Sullivan, Sue Sullivan to Paul Sullivan, one lot, $9,000. Keith Helmandollar to Jodi Helmandollar, one lot, $0. Kimberly McCoy to John D. McCoy Jr., two part lots, $0. Deborah Moore a.k.a. Deborah Stanley to Carl Stanley, one lot, $0. Piqua Investment Co. to Debra Adams, one lot, $9,000. Piqua Investment Co. to Debra Adams, one lot, $8,000. Piqua Investment Co. to Erika Penrod, Thor Penrod, Aresia Watson, one lot, $10,000. Piqua Investment Co. to Erika Penrod, Thor Penrod, one lot, $10,000. Piqua Investment Co. to Debra Adams, one part lot, one lot, $9,000. Carol Rigola, Nicholas Rigola to Park National Bank, Unity National Bånk, a part lot, $12,100. Carol Rigola, Nicholas Rigola to Park National Bank, Unity National Bånk, two part lots, $40,000. Scott Strohmenger to Federal National Mortgage, one lot, $34,000. Rebecca Barker, Steve Barker to Federal Home Loan National, one lot, $118,000.
Megan R. Chapman, Cindy Penrod, Dennis Penrod, Mark Stillwater, Megan Stillwell to Michael Abney, Morgan Abney, one lot, $79,500. H. Eugene Collier, Trina Collier to Soloman Rentals LLC, a part lot, $20,000.
TROY Lisa Garrett, Paul Garrett to PNC Bank N.A., one lot, $66,000. Daryl Fulp, Wanda Fulp to RBS Citizens N.A., one lot, $63,400. Estate of Homer Charles Chandler to Cynthia Chandler, one lot, $20,000. Donald Trumbull, Melissa Trumbull to Chet Meyer, Stephanie Meyer, one lot, $162,000. Jennifer Goltzene to Philip Miller, one lot, $0. Secretary of Housing and Arland Glosette, one lot, $0. Robert Harrelson, Patricia Matthews Revocable Living Trust to David Newnam, Janet Newnam, a part tract 0.18 acres, $43,500. Deanna Brock, Kevin Brock to Cheri Dinsmore, Richard Dinsmore, a part lot, $216,000. Estate of David Via to Madonna Via, one lot, $0. Felicity Browder to Bob Conard, one lot, $28,000.
TIPP CITY Moraine Investment Company to H & M Investments, a part lot, $0. Citimortgage Inc., First American Asset Closing Services, National Default Reo Services LLC to Stefanko Builders Ltd., one lot, $56,900. Donald Warren, Karen Warren to Mary J. Wolfe, one lot, $215,000. Kenneth Rinke, Mary Rinke to N.P. Dodge Jr. trustee, one lot, $236,000. N.P. Dodge Jr. Trust to Ben A. Pletcher, Judith Rodriguez, one lot, $236,000. Mike W. Williams Jr. to Lauren Marvin, Phillip Marvin, a part lot,
JB Fritts Jr. to Teresa Grise, 3.558 acres, $0.
Moore, two part lots, $73,200. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Emily Donaldson, one lot, $0.
Diana Rimkus, John Rimkus, John K. Rimkus, Karen Rimkus to Eric Sentman, Jennifer Sent22.210 acres, man, $87,500.
Amanda Heitkamp, Bruce Heitkamp to Frank Heitkamp, Joyce Heitkamp, Mary J. Heitkamp, nine lots, $0. Frank Heitkamp Sr., Mary Joyce Heitkamp to Julie Barlage, Shelia Fisher, Bruce Heitkamp, Curtis Heitkamp, Frank Heitkamp Jr., Lori Heitkamp, nine lots, $0. Bruce Land, Cherie Land to Arthur Workman, one lot, $15,000.
SPV-Miami LLC to N. Rank LLC II, 0.8397 acres, $650,000. Estate of Lonnie E. Bayless, Sharon Cantrell, to Robert executor Holsinger, two lots, $130,000.
Janet Lauber, Robert Lauber to Donald Trumbull, Melissa Trumbull, one lot, $277,500. Elizabeth M. G. Kuyln to Elizabeth Kulyn, Michael Kulyn, a part tract 10.001 acres, $0. Elizabeth M. G. Kuyln to Elizabeth Kulyn, Michael Kulyn, a part tract 1.2 acres, $0. Harlow Builders Inc. to Eric H. Salter, Kassia Jean Salter, one lot, $175,000.
FLETCHER Carolyn Bodey, David Bodey to Carolyn Bodey, David Bodey, one lot, $0. Federal Home Loan Mortgage, Gerner and Kearns Co. L.P.A., attorney in fact to Michael Taylor, Amanda Werling, one lot, $47,000. Huelsman, Daniel Emma Jane Huelsman to Amanda Peck, Deric Peck, 11 lots, nine part lots, $17,000.
HUBER HEIGHTS Geoffrey D. Kendall, Kelli Kendall to Chevy Chase Funding LLC Mortgage, U.S. Bank N.A., trustee, one lot, $145,000. NVR Inc. to Chastala S. Smith, Darrius T. Smith, one lot, $193,200. Dec Land Co. I LLC. to NVR Inc., one lot, $29,000. Inverness Group Inc. to Neal Wall, Sandy Wall, one lot, $193,900. NVR Inc. to Michael Bird, Rhonda Bird, one lot, $143,500.
LAURA Lindsey Filbrun, Bruce Meador, Lindsey Meador to Jonathan Squire, two lots, 0.013 acres, 0.2 acres, $58,500.
PLEASANT HILL Betty Iddings, John Iddings POA to Timothy
BETHEL TWP. Lucy Godbey to Elizabeth Griffith, 5.991 acres, $0. Michelle Newman, Tim Newman to Fannie Mae a.k.a. Federal National Mortgage, $124,000. Citifinancial Inc., Olympus Asset Manufacturing Inc., attorney in fact to Dale Howard, a part tract 8.638 acres, $60,000. James Preston to John Preston, 0.597 acres, $0. Jill Lindsey, Timothy Rafferty to Cathy Galloway, Paul Galloway, one lot, $295,000. Estate of Donald Staudter, Patricia Staudter to Dale Staudter, 116.307 acres, $231,700. Estate of Harold E. Smart Sr., Richard D. Smart, executor to Lewis Gregory JR., Teresa Gregory, a part tract 0.573 acres, $20,000. Bank of New York Mellon, successor trustee, Mortgage Novastar Funding Trust, Saxon Mortgage Servicing to Ashlie Mays, Ashlie R. Mays, 0.788 acres, $56,800.
CONCORD TWP. Joann Huette Revocable Trust, Joann Huette, trustee to Elizabeth Langson, Jacob Langston, 1.836 acres, $175,500. Daniel Rimkus Trust, Daniel Rimkus trustee to Eric Sentman, Jennifer Sentman, 22.210 acres, $87,500. Christopher Keffer, Diana Rimkus Keffer,
LOSTCREEK TWP. Philip Miller to Jennifer Goltzene, 5.001 acres, $0. Melissa S. Schindel to Sharon Boehringer, Melissa Schindel, a part tract 1.581 acres, $0. Barbara Evert to Scott Evert, a part tract 60.378 acres, $0.
MONROE TWP. Beverly Cecil, Rolan Cecil, deceased to Federal Home Loan Mortgage, one lot, $92,000. Melva Thompson, Virgil Thompson, Warren Thompson to Virgil Thompson, one lot, $0.
NEWBERRY TWP. Kevin Filbrun, Lora Filbrun to Nadine Burns, Timothy Burns, 21.07 acres, 20.54 acres, $390,000. Cynthia Peters, Ted Peters to Cynthia Peters, Ted Peters, 1.758 acres, $252,700. Estate of John Milton Galley to Brenda Galley, $0.
NEWTON TWP. Mark Bradley to Federal Home Loan Mort0.682 acres, gage, $50,000. Jennifer Boysel, Terry Boysel to Jennifer Boysel, Terry Boysel, 1.044
SPRINGCREEK TWP. Park National Bank, Unity National Bank to Jerry Elliott, Jessica Elliott, one lot, $15,000. Claire Oakes to Jesse Oakes, 0.340 acres, $0. William Lovas to Jeffrey Haney, Lesley Haney, 2.326 acres, $182,000.
UNION TWP. American Home Mortgage Investments, Deutsche Bank National Trust to Kenton Filbrun, three lots, $60,000. Christina Barnes to Federal National Mortgage, a part tract 1.1431 acres, $52,700. Barry G. Reed Jr., Carrie Reed, attorney in fact, Brian Woodell, Katie Wooddell to Barry Reed Jr., Carrie Reed, a part tract 10.142 acres, $0. Barry G. Reed Jr., Carrie Reed, attorney in fact, Brian Woodell, Katie Wooddell to Barry Reed Jr., Carrie Reed, a part tract 6.005 acres, $0. Martin P. Black, Wendy Black to John E. Fulker, trustee, $0. John E. Fulker, trustee to re-convey to Martin Black, Wendy Black, $0. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Aurora Loan Servicing, 1.004 acres, $0.
WASHINGTON TWP. Vivian Joyce to Joseph Joyce, trustee, one lot, $0. Hartzell Industries Inc. to James R. Hartzell Irrevocable Trust U/D DTD. to U.S. Bank, N.A., trustee, 14.748 acres, 66.223 acres, 85.425 acres, $1,022,900. Kimberly McCoy to John D. McCoy Jr., 4.675 acres, $0. Thomas Bomhard to Lisa Allred, Merrill R. Allred Jr., one lot, $138,000. Marilyn Haney, deceased to Federal Home Loan Mortgage, a part lot, $48,000.
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MONEY MATTERS Financial reasons to delay marriage Saturday, March 3, 2012
It’s become rather obvious that marriage has lost some of its luster in America. According to 2010 census data, the number of adults aged 18 and older that are married has dropped from 72 percent in 1960 to just 51 percent in 2010. And not only are people opting out, but those who do marry are waiting longer before they walk down the aisle. According to a Pew Research Center study released in December, the average age at first marriage for both men and women has risen significantly, from the early 20s in 1960 to upwards of 27 for both sexes (higher for men) in 2011. Why the delay? Finances often play a significant role in the decision to wed or wait. Presumably, money has always had some influence in timing of matrimony for younger couples. The surprising news is that all age groups face financial roadblocks that may have implications for a marital commitment. Following are five financial circumstances that may influence the timing of when people decide to tie the knot. 1) The debt downer. Taking time to improve a personal balance sheet is a good reason to wait before getting married. If the bride or groom is saddled with hefty college loans or maxed-out credit cards, the “honeymoon phase” may be over in a hurry. For example, an individual who has a strong credit history might also be less willing to commit financially to spouse with a recent bankruptcy on the books. 2) Job insecurity. Unemployment rates are still high, which can create anxiety about exchanging vows. It’s
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CFP®, CDFA™ hard to plan for the future when the here-and-now is unpredictable. Lack of a regular paycheck, or the likelihood of job loss, can affect the ability to make other commitments that often go hand-in-hand with marriage, such as signing a lease on an apartment, purchasing a first home or starting a family. 3) Health insurance quandaries. Health insurance is costly, but increasingly critical to have in order to avoid financial turmoil in the event of a catastrophic illness. It’s a factor that needs to be addressed when two households become one. Fortunately, with the new healthcare reforms, adults 25 and under can still be covered under their parent’s plans — even if they are otherwise independent (and married). In fact, health insurance may provide an incentive to get married, when one party has a good health insurance plan that becomes available to the other only through marriage. 4) Child and spousal support. A marriage can render alimony payments null or void, and may affect other financial agreements for a previously single parent such as child support. According to a University of Michigan study, a divorced parent who remarries may see a substantial drop in
child support payments2. That’s enough to give some pause before taking a leap into marriage. 5) Sticker shock. The cost of a wedding can push marriage plans far into the future. Even a barebones wedding can easily cost $5,000, and it’s not unusual for the tab reach $25,000 or more. Costs add up quickly when you consider the expense of the rings, followed by invitations, the wedding gown, tuxedos, photography, plus the reception and all it entails. If the bride and groom have their hearts set on a long guest list and pricey affair — and mom and dad aren’t prepared to chip in — it may take time to accumulate the funds for the wedding. The other side of the coin While many of the reasons to delay marriage have merit, following through with it isn’t all bad for our pocketbooks. The Pew Research Center also reported that the household income of married folks is significantly higher than their unmarried counterparts. That’s true for both collegeeducated and non-college educated couples. This may in part be a result of the federal tax benefits that apply to married couples filing jointly, but it’s quite possibly more than that. Couples who enter into the legal contract of marriage may take the step because they feel that it will lead to more stable circumstances that will contribute to their income-earning potential. They also may have more incentive to pool their resources and therefore may do so more efficiently, helping them to acquire a better fi-
nancial position. Say ‘I Do” to financial planning If you’re thinking about marriage, include financial planning as a couple on your list of to-dos. Have a conversation about what kinds of things each of you plans to do, and what your financial situation is like. Since money is often a leading cause of discord between couples, it’s wise to pay special attention to the role it may play in your relationship. A financial advisor can help you and your future spouse explore your individual attitudes about money develop a plan that reflects your shared goals, so you are better able to make the most of your lives together. Craig Mullenbrock is a certified financial planner ™ practitioner and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ™ with Mullenbrock & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. with offices located at 228 West Ash Street, Piqua. Find our more a t www.ameripriseadvisors.com /craig.w.mullenbrock Sources: 1Marriage Rate Declines and Marriage Age Rises, D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center, release Dec 14, 2011 h t t p : / / w w w. p e w s o c i a l trends.org/2011/12/14/marriage-rate-declines-and-marri age-age-rises/ 2The Role of Economic Resources and Remarriage in Financial Assistance for Children of Divorce, Martha S. Hill, University of Michigan. http://jfi.sagepub.com/content/13/2/158.short
Even after backlash, banks quietly pursuing fees NEW YORK (AP) Big banks, facing declining revenues and a regulatory climate that leaves them fewer creative ways to make money, are quietly introducing or experimenting with fees that are sure to outrage customers. Bank of America was shouted down by angry customers last fall when it tried to impose a $5 monthly fee for using a debit card. JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM PRH) (NYSE:JPM PRX) (NYSE:JPM PRK) (NYSE:JPM PRJ) (NYSE:JPT) (NYSE:JPM) and Wells Fargo backed off plans to impose their own fees. But the major banks have imposed or are testing other fees: Since November, Wells Fargo has charged $15 a month for some checking accounts unless customers have three accounts with the bank, maintain a minimum balance of $7,500 or have a Wells Fargo mortgage. Some Citibank customers are being charged $20 a month unless they keep $15,000 in their accounts, up from $6,000 before December. They’re also being dinged with a $2 fee for using non-Citi ATMs if their balance falls below the minimum. Bank of America (NYSE:BAC PRZ) (NYSE:BAC PRA) (NYSE:IKR) (NYSE:IKM) (NYSE:IKL) (NYSE:IKJ) (NYSE:BAC) , even after a backlash last fall
when it tried to impose a $5 monthly fee for debit card transactions, is testing a menu of checking accounts in Georgia, Massachusetts and Arizona with monthly fees of $6 to $25. Banks aren’t charities, and they say they need to make money, or at least cover the cost of doing business. Consumer groups and customers, too, it’s safe to assume have a less forgiving view. “Banks have a short-term memory,” says Norma Garcia, senior attorney at Consumers Union.“These fees affect all consumers, but particularly impact the most vulnerable, who have the least capacity to meet minimum balances and avoid the fees.” Nothing in banking is free anymore. All of the largest banks in the United States offered free checking with no strings attached until 2009, and almost none do today, says Mike Moebs, the founder of Moebs Services, a financial research company. And what wasn’t free before costs a lot more these days: Moebs’ research shows that cashiers’ checks that used to cost $3 now cost as much as $12, and the cost to get money orders has doubled to $2 at the largest banks. The big banks are public companies and are expected to make a profit somehow. And it’s not as easy as it used to be. UNCH BR
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Historically, banks have made money off of something called interest rate spreads. They borrowed money cheaply, loaned it out at higher interest rates and pocketed the difference. But interest rates are at historic lows, making it harder for banks to charge high rates when they lend and squeezing their profits. Regulatory rules since 2009 have also curtailed traditional bank fees, costing them billions of dollars. Banks were barred in 2010 from automatically enrolling customers in a service that charged them as much as $35 for overdrafts on their checking accounts. Another law barred banks from charging fees and changing interest rates on credit cards without notifying customers. Banks’ revenues have dwindled since these laws came into effect. Bank of America’s revenue last year was $93 billion, compared with $121 billion two years before.Wells Fargo took in $81 billion last year, down from $89 billion in 2009. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, told an investor conference earlier this week that it costs the bank an average of $300 a year to maintain a bank account. About 85 percent of customers of the two largest banks in the U.S. JPMorgan Chase and Bank of American
still qualify for free checking. Banks are trying to figure out how to make up that cost. But their fees are landing hard on customers in a country with 8.3 percent unemployment, some of whom point out that it was taxpayers who bailed out the banks less than four years ago. The $5 debit card fee that Bank of America announced on Sept. 29 became a flashpoint of anger, including for protesters in the Occupy movement. The bank said it was triggered by a federal law championed by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that went into effect Oct. 1. It capped what banks charge stores for debit card transactions at 24 cents, down from an average of 44 cents. The law cut into quarterly revenue at Bank of America by $475 million, at JPMorgan Chase by $300 million and at Wells Fargo by $250 million. Nevertheless, after public outrage, those three banks, plus SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE:STI PRV) (NYSE:STI) and Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE:RF) , all backed down from plans to charge monthly fees for debit card purchases. Bank of America says it is “not planning to increase checking account fees with our existing customers.” Of the tests in Arizona, Georgia and Massachusetts, it says it is “continuing to learn” from them and has made no decisions.
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Staffmark Makes Inavero’s 2012 Best of StaffingTM List CINCINNATI — Staffmark has announced that it has been named to Inavero’s 2012 Best of Staffing™ Client list. Best of Staffing, presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, is the nation’s only award that recognizes staffing firms that receive remarkable reviews from their clients. Fewer than 1 percent of North American staffing firms have been named to the 2012 Best of Staffing Client List. “This recognition that Staffmark is in the top 1 percent of staffing firms in the U.S. and Canada demonstrates our commitment to our clients,” said Lesa Francis, president and CEO of Staffmark. “Our team of exceptional employees is proud and honored to have been named to the Best of Staffing list and to be recognized for our client satisfaction efforts in this way.” Staffing firms competing to make the Best of Staffing list underwent a rigorous client survey process followed by careful analysis of responses to determine satisfaction levels. Staffmark received satisfaction ratings of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 64.7 percent of their clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 50 percent. Best of Staffing participants secured a place on the list by earning an average Net Promoter Score that was nearly double the national staffing industry benchmark for client satisfaction. “The staffing industry continues to play a key role in helping to revitalize the economy,” said Eric Gregg, Inavero’s Founder and CEO. “Staffing firms give growth-minded organizations a more flexible alternative to recruiting their own employees, letting both the employee and employer determines if the fit is right for a more permanent position. Both sides receive tremendous value in a flexible, yet meaningful working relationship, and as they engage with staffing firms to help achieve those goals, the service experience they have is very important to their success. The Best of Staffing lists are a resource for businesses and talent who are trying to find staffing firms that provide exceptional service.” Inavero’s complete Best of Staffing list be viewed at can www.bestofstaffing.com. For more information about Inavero, visit www.inavero.com. To learn more about Staffmark, visit www.staffmark.com. In Miami County, Staffmark is located at 1600 West Main St., Suite D, Troy • About Staffmark Staffmark is ranked as one of the top ten commercial staffing companies in the United States, and has been in business over 40 years. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Staffmark operates more than 280 locations, providing staffing solutions across a comprehensive range of disciplines. • About Inavero, Inc. Inavero designs and manages satisfaction surveys for a global list of staffing and recruiting firms in more than 15 countries. Inavero’s proprietary technology platform gathers and reports staffing firm client and talent satisfaction information through online surveys. Inavero’s team analyzes satisfaction feedback from more than 500,000 staffing firm clients and talent each year, and serves at the American Staffing Association’s exclusive research partner. For more information contact Inavero at (800) 921-2640 or email email@example.com. www.inavero.com | www.bestofstaffing.com.
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In a Thursday, Feb. 9 image made from video, Alabama tornado victim Deloris Mack, left, talks with disaster relief volunteer Julie Davis of Girard, Pa., at a work project in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Davis and her husband Ken are "disaster junkies," an informal term for volunteers who make repeated trips across the United States to provide assistance after disasters. While volunteers and Cross, which is part of weather season drawing teers ever since. They others provided labor McGowan’s organization, near — and as severe once were “snowbirds,” or worth some $147 million said 24,236 of its volun- storms this week retirees who visited the and donated another teers helped out after 137 slammed Alabama, South in search of warm $200 million toward relief disasters in 46 states last roughed up the country weather each year, but aid in 2008, the last year year, but most went to music resort city of Bran- now they spend weeks at for which figures are only one or two sites. son, Mo., and devastated a time each winter pera small town in Kansas forming volunteer work — volunteers are still in disaster-torn areas cleaning up and rebuild- like Tuscaloosa, Ala. ing from 2011, when the Chatting with disUnited States had a placed homeowner Derecord 12 weather disas- loris Mack as her ters that caused at least husband worked on the $1 billion in damage. woman’s rebuilt house, That’s more major disas- Davis said volunteering ters than occurred all is addictive. through the 1980s, ac“We are definitely cording to the National junkies because you get it Oceanic and Atmospheric in your blood and just Administration. can’t quit,” said Davis, of Aside from the dozens Girard, Penn. “(It’s) just of tornadoes that dam- the satisfaction of knowaged or destroyed about ing that you are helping 24,000 homes in Alabama someone, that they aren’t on April 27, there was the expecting anything and mega-twister that pum- you just come up.” meled Joplin, Mo.; floodMack said such voluning in the Northeast from teers aren’t just random available, some recovery Dan Burton, a Samari- Hurricane Irene in Au- people who help out — projects still can’t get off tan’s Purse project man- gust; wildfires in Texas she believes they are sent the ground because of the ager who has worked on and other parts of the by God. sheer number of disasters disaster recoveries from Southwest; and flooding “To me they’re angels. that struck the country in Atlanta to Alaska, said along the Mississippi Only a God-sent person recent months, said the “junkies” provide a River. And recovery work would come out and build James McGowan, associ- knowledge base and ex- continues along the Gulf a home for free,” Mack ate executive director perience level that many Coast from Katrina, the said. “So many homes with National Voluntary less-experienced volun- disaster that many peo- were destroyed. People Organizations Active in teers lack. Major disaster ple say spurred them to were lost and didn’t know Disaster. assistance work would be service in the first place. where to go and, like me, “After all these disas- much more difficult withThe devastation of Kat- don’t have the money and ters across the country out them, he said. rina compelled Julie the resources to do anyour resources have really “There’s an array of Davis to help more than thing.” been stretched,” said Mc- jobs to do, and they’re six years ago, and she An estimated 44 perGowan, whose organiza- just willing to do what- and her husband Ken cent of Americans claim tion includes 51 ever it is that we have to have been repeat volun- to perform volunteer nonprofits. “We’ve been do,” said Burton, overseestruggling with it.” ing the rebuilding of a Thousands of people home that was destroyed volunteer regularly with- by a tornado in Alabama out approaching “junkie” last year. status. The American Red With the spring severe
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Taking a break from laying sod in a tornado-torn neighborhood, volunteer David Elliott cocked his head to the left. He was trying to remember all the trips he’s made to help rebuild after disasters. Elliott went to New Orleans seven times after Hurricane Katrina swamped the city in 2005, or was it eight? He was in Nashville, Tenn., after floodwaters inundated the city in 2010. He’s been to Alabama three times since tornadoes killed about 250 people statewide in April. Wait: that was just last year? “I’ve lost track,” said Elliott, of Sacramento, Calif. Rebuilding after storms is becoming a growth industry as the United States is slammed by more natural disasters, and leaders of the response efforts say the nation’s recovery network functions as well as it does because of a backbone of volunteers nicknamed “disaster junkies.” The small group of people like Elliott travel from tragedy to tragedy shoveling mud out of flooded houses and rebuilding neighborhoods laid waste by busted levees, tornadoes and wildfires. Often, they bring more helpers with them. On Friday severe storms slammed parts of the South and Midwest creating even more work opportunities for volunteers. No one knows exactly how many disaster junkies are active in the United States, but the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster says a core group of around 300 people travel the country at least six months out of each year performing such work. Based in Arlington, Va., the nonprofit group estimates several thousand more people are like Elliott and make several trips each year helping out after disasters. Often associated with churches or other religious groups and traveling at their own expense, these volunteers sleep in churches or mobile homes and frequently eat food provided by other volunteers.
work. A study published by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in 2004 said volunteering typically is a “long-term behavior” that people repeat over an extended period once they’ve tried it the first time. The study said the “vast majority” of volunteers get involved through service or religious organizations, with the latter being the most common. That’s what happened to Elliott, who takes vacation time off work in California to volunteer for Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization based in Boone, N.C. His first volunteer experience was after Katrina, and he’s been on at least 10 more trips since then. Experiencing the aftermath of a disaster was intriguing and adventurous, he said, but the work mainly gave him a way to live out his Christian faith with others. At times, Elliott said, volunteering is a stunning experience, such as when he first arrived in Tuscaloosa last year to begin helping with the cleanup. “I was floored. You can see disaster on television ... but unless you’re actually walking in it, it really doesn’t hit home,” said Elliott. “The experience of being here and seeing the devastation was just .... I was awestruck at the amount of sheer power that caused the devastation here.” Burton, who supervised a tornado rebuilding project where Elliott helped, said the repeat volunteers break down into different categories. “We do the disaster relief operations, which is the initial people that come in. There’s a group that just does that. That’s what they love, cleaning up or mucking out after floods. Then there’s another group that loves to do the rebuild process. They’re kind of the rebuild junkies. They just keep coming wherever we are in the United States,” he said.
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Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Riverside of Miami County invites the entire Miami County community to join in as we celebrate March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. It is a time to recognize people from our area who have developmental disabilities including mental retardation as active citizens, good workers and good neighbors. Mayors representing communities from throughout Miami County as well as Miami County Commissioners O’Brien, Cultice, and Evans proclaimed the month of March 2012 as Developmental Disabilities Month and ask residents to give full support to efforts toward enabling people with developmental disabilities to live productive lives and achieve their potential. “I would like to thank the mayors and commissioners O’Brien, Cultice, and Evans for their assistance in recognizing the March Disabilities Awareness Month program. Our goal is to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of people who have developmen-
Karley Hall Piqua Karley Hall will be three years old in April and has been involved with Riverside’s Early Intervention program since she was two months old. Karley lives in Piqua with her mom April and dad Matt. She is the youngest of five children and loves to play with her big brother and older sisters. Karley enjoys going with her family to Pitsenbarger Park to watch her cousins play baseball
and play on the playground. Karley attends church with her family at the Piqua Apostolic Temple. She is a shy little girl who enjoys singing songs with “Kwinkle, Kwinkle” (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) being one of her favorites. She also likes to “write letters” to her mommy and daddy. Karley is the heart of her family and is playing and having fun in Piqua, Ohio.
Daniel Cantrell Tipp City Daniel Cantrell is 20 years of age and resides with his mother in Tipp City. Daniel started attending RT Industries during the summer of 2009 to increase his vocational skills while on break from school and has been attending the program ever since. During this time, Riverside and RT Industries’ staff have seen him mature socially and vocationally and are excited about all of the progress he is making. Daniel’s long term goal is to obtain community employment. In 2011, he graduated from the Miami County Career Technology Center with special training in agriculture and landscaping areas. One day he would love to work outdoors at a park setting or on a landscaping crew. In the past, he has experience working with his
tal disabilities so these citizens will have increased access in our community to employment, education, housing, and social opportunities,” said Karen Mayer, Superintendent for Riverside of Miami County, also known as the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “It is often attitudinal barriers that adversely affect everyday life for individuals with developmental disabilities,” said Mayer. “In addressing these issues, those barriers, fears and negative attitudes can be replaced with awareness and understanding. “Instead of focusing on what a person with a developmental disability cannot do, we want to encourage everyone to focus on abilities and talents,” said Mayer. “In that way using this year’s theme of Our Community is Better Together, we can really help individuals with developmental disabilities reach their potential. This year’s theme epitomizes our collective community efforts.”
Donald “DJ” Gayhart
Piqua Donald, or DJ as he prefers to be called, is a recent high school graduate, and was one of the first people to participate in Project Search through his school. This gave him the opportunity to explore areas of interest in the work of work. Upon graduation from high school, DJ began using services through Riverside to secure employment through RT Industries and to obtain adaptive equipment through Riverside’s Ancillary Services. DJ also receives a Level One Waiver and uses the services of his provider
Developmental disabilities is a broad term that encompasses both mental and physical conditions such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, autism, Tourette syndrome, learning disabilities, and hearing and visual impairments. People with development disabilities may experience difficulty in such areas as self-care, language, mobility, learning, self-direction, independent living or self-sufficiency. “We invite all members of the community of Miami County to embrace our March awareness month theme, Our Community is Better Together,” said Mayer. The mission of the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, known to most citizens as Riverside of Miami County, is to empower children and adults with developmental disabilities to live, work and play as full members of the Miami County Community.
to assist with identifying community resources, transportation, errands, and housing searches. In addition to these activities, DJ is taking classes at Edison Community College where he hopes to study human services, and work toward becoming a case worker. DJ is also involved in People First of Miami County, which is a self-advocacy group for local residents with developmental disabilities. DJ serves as Sargeant-at-Arms for this group.
Morgan is 19 years old and lives in West Milton with her mother, stepfather and two brothers. Morgan graduated from Milton Union High School in 2011 and is just beginning her journey into adulthood. She has worked a few different jobs and plans to begin employment at RT Industries in March. Morgan is a fun and sociable young lady who enjoys going to hockey games as well as dances and movies with her friends. She also loves horses, whales and paint by
number pictures. Her favorite restaurant is Taco Bell. Her goal is to one day work in an office in the community. Morgan's Riverside Service and Support Administrator assists her in coordinating all the services in her life.
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father in his landscaping business and did quite well. Daniel has a great personality and makes friends easily. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends, going to church and The Avenue events, playing video games, hiking and being outdoors, and spending time with his girlfriend. He recently achieved one of his life goals and got his temporary driver permit and is working towards obtaining his license. Daniel is very proud of this recent accomplishment and studied hard for it! He has come such a long way in the past three years, and we can hardly wait to see what the future holds.
Sarah Smith Troy Sarah is a remarkable young woman who lives in Troy, Ohio. Sarah resides with her adult foster care family. Adult Foster Care is a new service that is offered through the Individual Options Waiver she receives from the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. The foster family home has been a wonderful addition to her life, and she has greatly enhanced her social network through this environment. Sarah is a regular at the
YMCA where she loves to work out and listen to music. She helps out her foster care family at their lemon shake-up booth at the Miami County Fair, and she enjoys church services at Ginghamsburg Church. Sarah is also a participant at Quest For Independence in Vandalia. This is an adult day service site for people with disabilities and offers a wide range of engaging activities.
Loretta Luneke is a 59 year old resident of Tipp City. Preferring to be called Lou, she recently moved into her own apartment and loves her independence and her new place. Lou is very friendly and social and has already made lots of new friends at her complex. Lou attends RT Industries five days per week and is a great worker. She has strong vocational skills and will try any job offered to her. She is also a quick learner and catches on easily. She states that she likes working and earning money and enjoys all her friends at work, too. Lou has a very full and active life. She is very close to her family and spends a lot of time with them. She
also loves to go shopping, doing any type of craft, and getting her nails done. Lou is extremely talented in her crafting and loves to make jewelry. She has given everyone in her work group at RT Industries at least one of her bracelets, and they are quite popular! Lou is always happy to share her treasures with others and often gives them away when she knows someone is having a bad day. Lou is a good person, a wonderful worker, and an asset to RT Industries and her community.
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OUR MISSION: The mission of the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to empower children and adults with developmental disabilities to live, work and play as full members of the Miami County community.
William Reynolds, Jr. Piqua William is an ambitious young man living in Piqua, Ohio with his brother. William has been working with an adult day service site called NOVA, which is now offering supported employment services geared toward finding community employment and developing selfemployment goals for people with disabilities. Through this program William hopes to work toward owning his own business. His current
Troy interest is refinishing furniture. William also receives residential services that assist him with medical appointments, housing tasks, and self-advocacy. He also has the assistance of a Riverside of Miami County Service and Support Administrator to help him coordinate other aspects of his life.
Paula Bertrand Troy Paula Bertrand is 45 years old and a resident of Troy. She lives independently and prefers not to have a roommate because she says, “I’m set in my ways.” Paula is active in the community through the many recreational services offered by Riverside of Miami County. In addition, she is an active member of St. Patrick’s Church. Her interests, which are many, include reading, latch hook, word searches, writing and bowling. Her goal in the future would be to take a long trip to see her grandmother who is 99 years old but lives far away. Many years ago, Paula graduated from what was then Riverside School and then as an adult began working at Riverside’s RT Industries. Paula said that learning reading, writing, math and social skills at school prepared her for her employment at RT Industries where she
Mariah HatemNorthrup Mariah Hatem-Northrup has been involved with Riverside since the age of two starting out in Riverside’s Early Intervention program. Today she is a teenager and continues her involvement with Riverside as well as attending Troy High School. She has been involved in numerous sports throughout her life including Miami County Special Olympics. She is currently involved in Key Club at her school and
has been a dedicated and valued employee for more than 20 years. Over that time, Paula has developed a wide range of work skills, and accepts nothing but perfection in the work she produces whether it is collating, labeling, packaging, cutting, measuring, etc. Paula’s attendance at work is exemplary as she rarely misses a day, and she works at a fast pace to maximize her paycheck! Paula loves to work, has developed many friendships, and feels safe and secure in Troy and working at RT Industries. She is happy to be an active contributing citizen of Miami County.
Justin Kessler resides in Troy and is employed at Tipp O’ the Town Restaurant in Tipp City. When his Riverside Supported Employment Specialist began training him at the restaurant, he was very shy and did not have a lot of self-confidence. It was exciting to see him change during the training process as he was anxiously waiting to be picked up for work on his scheduled days. He recently joined 4H. began talking more and Mariah likes to read, more and even began text friends and work on expanding his conversathe computer in her tions to his co-workers spare time. She will be who have become awestarting her first job at some natural supports RT Industries this sumin his life. Justin is mer, and she is looking very proud that he was forward to entering the able to purchase his world of work. own laptop and a vehicle with his earnings. He is now working on
Ellen Goldstein Ellen Goldstein is 46 years young and resides in Laura with her significant other, Erick. Ellen worked out in the community for twelve years but recently lost her job. Currently, Ellen works weekdays at Riverside’s RT Industries. She works very hard at any job that she is given including cleaning buses and offices and the work she does at RT Industries. She is exploring all of
obtaining his driver’s license which will put him one step closer to independence throughout the community. Justin participates in a new innovative program called the Bridges to Transition project which is a partnership between Riverside of Miami County, the Rehabilitation Services Commission and the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. This partnership shares in the cost and staff support of this very beneficial project.
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her opportunities until she can get back into community employment. In her free time, Ellen enjoys camping, fishing and anything that has to do with the great outdoors.
Anyone coming into Riverside’s preschool classroom during the afternoon hours is likely to be greeted with a loud “Hi!” and huge smile from a little boy named Karson Pierce. He doesn’t use a lot of words, but that smile lets everyone know what he’s feeling -“I’m having a wonderful time, and it’s great that you’re here with me!” Karson first became involved with Riverside through the Early Intervention Program
when he was just a baby. Now, after three years in preschool, Karson is known by most Riverside staff members and parents who have children in his class. Next fall, he will move on to the Troy City School system and the halls of Riverside will seem just a little less bright. Way to go Karson!
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In order to determine the ‘Best of the Best’ in Miami County in more than 100 business categories the Troy Daily News & Piqua Daily Call invite local residents to vote for their favorites using the ballot below or visit troydailynews.com or dailycall.com to vote online.
BEST FAMILY FUN ENTERTAINMENT BEST FAMILY FUN ENTERTAINMENT BEST FAMILY FUN ENTERTAINMENT
• Bingo • Shopping • Cruise-In
One game of laser tag or $2.00 off each jumper.
1528 W. Main St. Troy, OH 45373 (behind McDonalds)
Text Jumpy’s to 90210 to join our texting club to receive free tokens & special discounts!
255 Adams St., Troy • 339-2911 www.hobartarena.com
Vote for us for your favorite family entertainment!
I-75 Exit 82, Piqua 937-773-1225
BEST FUNERAL HOME
BEST FURNITURE STORE
BEST FURNITURE STORE
Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home....
773-1647 • Piqua
BEST GARDEN CENTER
2485 W. Main St., Troy 937-440-1234
105 W. Main St. • Troy 937-335-1849 www.homecomfortgd.com
BEST GOLF COURSE
ECHO HILLS GOLF COURSE 1610 McKaig, Troy 937-339-1193
2100 ECHO LAKE DRIVE, PIQUA • 937-778-2086 www.piquaoh.org/golfcourse.htm
4 Golfers for the price of 3* (With this ad) Monday - Thursday before 3pm
$72 gets 4 Golfers plus a cart in advance for 18 Holes!* Call for tee times.
BEST ICE CREAM / FROZEN YOGURT Trojan Village Shopping Center 1446 West Main St. Troy, OH 45373 Phone: 937.552.9002
*These offers expire November 30, 2012. Not valid for Holidays or Golf Outings
2100 W. Main St., Troy • 937-332-7402
BEST JEWELRY STORE
REED MOTE STALEY
Bring your ballot in to Harris Jeweler and be entered to WIN
A $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
“Auto, Home, Business, Life & Health”
2343 W. Main St. Troy 937-335-0055 800-527-0408 www.harrisjeweler.com
500 North Wayne St., Piqua
BEST JEWELRY STORE
BEST LAWYER LOPEZ, SEVERT & PRATT CO., L.P.A. A Legal Professional Association
Troy’s oldest established jeweler 106 West Main St., Troy
• Personal Injury • Criminal Trial Wrongful Death & Appeals • Malpractice • Family Law
1610 McKaig, Troy 937-339-1193
• Civil Litigation
• Business Law
18 East Water St. www.lopezsevertpratt.com Troy, Ohio 45373
BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT The Best Mexican Cuisine North of the Border!
1700 N. Co. Rd. 25A • Troy • 339-2100 1274 E. Ash St. • Piqua • 778-2100
BEST NEW CAR DEALER
BEST NURSING HOME
937/335-5658 FAX LINE
BEST NEW CAR DEALER
ERWIN 2775 SOUTH COUNTY RD 25A WE’RE JUST NORTH OF DAYTON ON I-75 EXIT #69 TROY
BEST PET GROOMER Furry Friends Grooming Salon Becky Christman Owner & Groomer
17 North Main Street (937) 676-2194 Pleasant Hill, OH 45359
275 Kienle Dr., Piqua, OH
Your inability to handle stress may be due to hormone imbalance regardless of gender or age!
FREE HORMONE CONSULTATION
FOR MEN AND WOMEN Call Sandy
773-1778 or 888-723-5344
BEST TANNING SALON
HUBER HEIGHTS PIQUA SIDNEY TROY WEST MILTON www.sundowntanohio.com
BEST SPECIALTY SHOPPE
460 West Staunton Drive, Troy, 45373 937-335-5171 www.troyohio.gov/TAP
Miami Valley Centre Mall, Piqua 937-773-0950
BEST SPORTS BAR / WINGS
Troy Animal Hospital & Bird Clinic 34 S.Weston Rd.,Troy • 937-335-8387
2313 W. Main St. Troy
FREE Wings With purchase of 12. Coupon not valid on Tues. or Thurs., dine-in only.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
HAGAR THE HORRIBLE
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE BLONDIE
ZITS HI AND LOIS
DENNIS THE MENACE
FAMILY CIRCUS BEETLE BAILEY
ARLO AND JANIS
HOROSCOPE Saturday, March 3, 2012 Your problem in the year ahead might be an overwhelming supply of opportunities rather than too few. If you don’t hone in on the ones that are best for your interests, you might get confused and waste everything. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — There are some days when adjustments must be made if you hope to get along harmoniously with your mate, and this might be one of them. Do what you have to do in order to keep the peace. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Just because others are willing to do things for you, don’t carry matters too far. If you knowingly cross the line and take advantage of others’ kindness, they’ll drop you like a hot potato. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Not being a very good people reader could cause you all kinds of complications, such as rewarding the undeserving while ignoring pals who have always been there for you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Be absolutely certain the objectives you establish for yourself are ones that you really want to achieve. You are likely to succeed at accomplishing feats of little worth. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Words mean something, so be careful not to quote someone out of context and thereby completely distort what that person was trying to say. You could do him or her a great disservice. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — A friendship could be put in jeopardy if you place more emphasis on your pal’s material worth rather than his or her inner being. Money can’t buy true comradeship. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Others aren’t likely to tolerate it if you try to impose your views or opinions on them. Unfortunately, you might not even realize it if and when you are being unduly assertive. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — It behooves you not to make any promises that you might not be able to keep. For the sake of harmony in a quality relationship, you would be better off bowing out now rather then reneging later. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Regardless of how well thought out it may be, this might not be one of your better days for taking a risky financial gamble. Let things rest a bit before going out on a limb and doing something impulsive. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Much to the dismay of your family and friends, you sometimes feel it necessary to champion an unpopular cause. This might be one of those days when you’ll do so again, with similar results. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Someone who has crossed swords with you several times might once again engage you in some fencing. Keep in mind that this person’s temper can be as short as yours. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Don’t allow any kind of brashness to take precedence over your common sense. Your chances of coming out ahead, especially in a financial matter, are slim to none. COPYRIGHT 2012 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
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PIQUA DAILY CALL • PLACE YOUR AD IN THE CLASSIFIEDS THAT WORK 877-844-8385 OR ON THE WEB AT WWW.DAILYCALL.COM
Saturday, March 3, 2012
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LOST: keys with Honda fob, in or around Rose Dept. Store in Piqua, Friday night February 17th. (937)773-0237.
135 School/Instructions AIRLINES ARE HIRINGTrain for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877-676-3836
ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 877-295-1667 www.CenturaOnline.com
200 - Employment
3rd Shift Production Norcold, the leader in refrigerator manufacturing for the RV, trucking and marine industries, is currently accepting applications for 3rd shift production at the Sidney and Gettysburg, Ohio facilities.
Local†resort is looking for an individual to create, plan and conduct weekly activities. Experience is a plus, but will train if you are a creative, energetic person†that enjoys working with children and adults alike. Send resume with salary requirements to: 14296 Cemetery Rd. Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895
starts here with
JobSourceOhio.com ASSEMBLY MACHINE OPERATION
To be successful in this position, our detailers must be able to work independently and focus on multiple projects, possess previous experience diagnosing and repairing vehicles, and have a valid drivers license with good driving record.
Start right away
Staffmark is hiring to support Nitto Denko's growth in the Automotive Business. We are looking for associates to work in the production department as machine operators or assemblers. Willing to learn machines. Able to work in fast pace environment. Possible temp to hire positions. High School diploma or GED required. Contact Connie Whitson (937)335-0118 or stop by: 1600 W. Main St. TROY
ELECTROMECHANICAL ASSEMBLERS AND ELECTRICAL CONTROLS TECHNICIANS Electro Controls has recently expanded and is currently filling new full-time positions in our Sidney, OH facility to support our growth. We are filling positions ranging from entry level Assembler to experienced Controls Technician and are seeking dependable persons with an aptitude for learning and a positive attitude. Electrical schematic and mechanical print reading experience is a plus for entry level positions. PLC/HMI knowledge and machine integration experience is a plus for technician positions. Please send resume for immediate consideration or please stop by our office to apply. Electro Controls, Inc. Attn: Jeff 1625 Ferguson Court Sidney, OH 45365
MULTIPLE OPENINGS including HIGHLY SKILLED POSITIONS
AVAILABLE Log on:
Darke County Job Center 603 Wagner Ave. Greenville
The detailer/light mechanic has the responsibility to create excitement on our lots by making the vehicles look appealing and keeping the lot "exciting and inviting" for our customers.
Second and Third Shift
Visit our website to learn more: www.norcold.com
Superior Auto, Inc. has a full time auto detailer/ light mechanic position available at our Sidney Ohio location! We are a long established company in need of self-motivated individuals seeking opportunities in a growing company.
We provide an excellent training program with career growth potential in addition to health and dental benefits. Individuals who meet these qualifications are invited to apply @
No phone calls to Norcold please
Thurs - Weds @ 5pm Sat - Thurs @ 4pm
TOOL & DIE DESIGNER
Join a Superior Team!
Shelby County Job Center 227 S. Ohio Ave. Sidney
POLICY: Please Check Your Ad The 1st Day. It Is The Advertiser’s Responsibility To Report Errors Immediately. Publisher Will Not Be Responsible for More Than One Incorrect Insertion. We Reserve The Right To Correctly Classify, Edit, Cancel Or Decline Any Advertisement Without Notice.
Starting wage is $9.50/hour + $.50/hr. shift premium and a $.50 increase after completing a 90 day introductory period. You must be flexible, able to excel in a fast paced assembly environment and willing to work overtime. We offer an excellent benefits package including health, dental, 401(K) and many others. For confidential consideration, fill out an application at:
Mon - Thurs @ 5pm Weds - Tues @ 5pm Fri - Thurs @ 5pm
Electro Controls is a leading provider of electrical control panels and custom wire harnesses and assemblies. Please visit our website for more information at:
2D & 3D capabilities required. Both full time and part time positions available.
TECH B. (2nd Shift FT) Must understand the design, fabrication and repair needs of the customer; Must have minimum 2 years maintenance department job experience and must be proficient in basic electronics; performing machine repair; plumbing; sheet metal fabrication; rigging and machinery moving; carpentry; pneumatics and hydraulics; performing various welding techniques.
Send resumes to: Eva Tool 351 Industrial Drive Minster, OH 45865
Make Someone’s Day Tell Them
Call Us At 877-844-8385 or Stop By Our Office
NOTICE Investigate in full before sending money as an advance fee. For further information, call or write:
Better Business Bureau 15 West Fourth St. Suite 300 Dayton, OH 45402 www.dayton.bbb.org 937.222.5825 This notice is provided as a public service by A newspaper group of Ohio Community Media
(2nd Shift FT) Previous supervisory experience in manufacturing environment required; experience working with or for automotive OEM or Tier One suppliers. Competitive compensation and excellent benefits package. Submit resume and salary requirement through "careers" tab at: www.industry productsco.com TRAINING PROVIDED! LABOR: $9.50/HR
CDL Drivers: $11.50/HR
APPLY: 15 Industry Park Ct., Tipp City (937)667-1772
Greenville Technology, Inc., has an immediate opening on 2nd shift in the Assembly Department. Responsibilities include supervision of approximately 12 assembly lines and 33 associates, meeting daily production requirements and small project management. Production knowledge and previous supervision experience is preferred, but not required. Strong written and verbal communication skills and proven teamwork record necessary. Interested candidates should forward a resume with salary requirements to:
CAUTION Whether posting or responding to an advertisement, watch out for offers to pay more than the advertised price for the item. Scammers will send a check and ask the seller to wire the excess through Western Union (possibly for courier fees). The scammer's check is fake and eventually bounces and the seller loses the wired amount. While banks and Western branches are Union trained at spotting fake checks, these types of scams are growing increasingly sophisticated and fake checks often aren't caught for weeks. Funds wired through Western Union or MoneyGram are irretrievable and virtually untraceable. If you have questions regarding scams like these or others, please contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office at (800)282-0515.
GREENVILLE TECHNOLOGY, INC. PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT 0212-2 PO Box 974 Greenville, Ohio 45331
Deadline: March 7, 2012 We are an equal opportunity employer. Drug testing required.
Greenville Technology Inc. Greenville Technology, Inc., a tier one automotive parts supplier specializing in plastic injection molding, paint and assembly processes, has immediate openings for the following positions:
The I-75 Newspaper Group of Ohio Community Media is seeking an experienced sales professional who wishes to flourish in a career with an award winning sales team!
Purchasing Technician (Job# 0212-3)
The successful candidate will manage a consultative sales approach through direct client contact. He or she will be motivated to meet and exceed person sales goals through internet and media advertising in any and/or all of Ohio Community Media’s fifty-seven publications.
Responsibilities include calculating production requirements for purchased materials, communication with suppliers, monitoring and controlling inventory levels and supplier performance. Experience in purchasing at a manufacturing facility preferred. Must have understanding of purchasing principles and strong math skills. Verbal and written communication skills, detailed oriented, computer knowledge and a proven teamwork record required. $14.95 - $17.02 per hour plus bonuses. Comprehensive benefits package.
Candidates will have demonstrated experience in prospecting and growing an account list, handling incoming leads and closing sales. He or she will be skilled in envisioning big ideas, then executing advertising programs that attract customers and generate significant revenue. In addition to maintaining and growing existing relationships, candidates must possess expertise in working with clients on both strategic and creative levels. Candidates will have an in-depth understanding of print and online advertising and the desire to stay informed about area trends.
Responsibilities include accounts payable and accounts receivable processing and reconciliation, budget report and year end audit document preparation, miscellaneous accounting duties. Experience or education in Accounting required. Strong math skills, verbal and written communication skills, detailed oriented, computer knowledge and a proven teamwork record required. $14.95 - $17.02 per hour plus bonuses. Comprehensive benefits package.
This position is based in our Troy office and is full time with salary and commission. Benefits, cell phone allowance and mileage reimbursement are also available.
Interested candidates should forward a resume and job reference number to:
For quickest consideration, please email resume to:
GREENVILLE TECHNOLOGY, INC. Attn: HUMAN RESOURCES P.O. Box 974 Greenville, Ohio 45331 Deadline: March 16, 2012
No phone calls will be accepted regarding this position. EOE
We are an equal opportunity employer.
Construction workers needed. Must have experience in the construction field. Need clean DL 937-289-2004Tag Williams Inc. Melissa@tagw i l l i a m s . c o m . (937)289-2004.
Accounting Technician (Job # 0212-4)
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Shelby County JOB CENTER March 7th, 1pm-3pm Please bring resume
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PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED AD ONLINE-24/7 100 - Announcement
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Mostly run in the Midwest and Southeast. Call Continental Express 800/497-2100 or apply at www.ceioh.com
300 - Real Estate JobSourceOhio.com
1 BEDROOM APARTMENT AVAILABLE
Electronic Filing Quick Refund 2260985 44 Years Experience
1, 2 & 3 Bedroom, Houses & Apts. SEIPEL PROPERTIES Piqua Area Only Metro Approved (937)773-9941 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
Must have prior work experience and reliable transportation. We are a drug free workplace. Please apply at: Albert Freytag Inc. 2233 St. Rt. 362 Minster, OH 45865 or Email resume to: kfrancis@albert freytaginc.com EOE ❍◗❍◗❍◗❍◗❍◗❍◗❍◗❍
BRADFORD, 1 bedroom, $400 per month plus deposit, utilities included. (937)448-2927 BRADFORD, 2-3 bedroom downstairs apartment. $400 month, $400 deposit. (937)448-2927 COVINGTON 2 bedroom townhouse, $495. Up to 2 months FREE utilities! No Pets. (937)698-4599, (937)572-9297.
$200 Deposit Special! (937)673-1821 TROY, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, AC, 1 car garage, appliances, W/D hookup, $600/mo. (937)433-3428
320 Houses for Rent IN COUNTRY near Bradford, 2 bedroom trailer, $350 monthly. ( 9 3 7 ) 4 1 7 - 7 1 1 1 (937)448-2974 PIQUA, 1/2 double, 2 bedroom, north end, $375 month plus $375 deposit. (937)773-4552. TROY, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath,1 car garage. Metro accepted, deposit $500 rent $700 (937)339-7028
350 Wanted to Rent IN TROY, small 2 bedroom upper apartment, nice location, all utilities furnished, Metro welcome, $550 month, (937)773-2829 after 2pm.
WANTED: FARMLAND to Rent 260+/ acre. Full Payment before March 31. Soil Sample Program. (937)622-2735
2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH FROM $565 TO $550
2 BEDROOM 1 BATH FROM $500 TO $490
425 Houses for Sale
THRU MARCH 15th
TROY, 2633 Walnut Ridge Dr. 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, appliances. $167,500 or rent $1100 month, deposit. (937)339-3824
500 - Merchandise
ARROWHEAD VILLAGE APARTMENTS
CALL CALL TODAY!335-5452 335-5452 Center hours 6am 11:55pm Center hoursnow 6 a.m. to 6top.m.
560 Home Furnishings
INFANTS 0-2 YEARS 40 HOURS $70 WEEK 25 HOURS AND LESS $30 WEEK CHILDREN 2 YRS AND UP 40 HOURS $70 WEEK 25 HOURS AND LESS $30 WEEK
PIQUA, 2 Bedroom, second floor , 726 North Downing, No dogs. $375 + utilities. (937)657-8419
425 Houses for Sale
starting at $
(See Us For Do-It-Yourself Products)
937-493-9978 Free Inspections
UPPER VALLEY LANDSCAPING (937)570-7230 1830 W. HIGH ST., PIQUA
FREE ESTIMATES ON MOWING
Residential and commercial
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift • Tax Claimable • Price Negotiable for more than one child • Meals and snacks provided • Close to Nicklin & Wilder School District • Mornings, before and after school
1144 Fisher Dr., Piqua, OH 45356
Residential • Commercial Construction • Seasonal • Monthly • Bi-Weekly • Weekly
A service for your needs with a professional touch Call Elizabeth Schindel
(937) 368-2190 (937) 214-6186 Bonded & Insured Support us by staying local
660 Home Services
625 Construction 645 Hauling
All Types Construction Windows • Doors • Siding Roofing • Additions • Pole Barns New Homes FREE ESTIMATE!
Gravel Hauled, Laid & Leveled Driveways & Parking Lots
• Roofing • Windows • Kitchens • Sunrooms
• Spouting • Metal Roofing • Siding • Doors
• Baths • Awnings • Concrete • Additions
CALL TODAY FOR FREE ESTIMATE
MINIMUM CHARGES APPLY
675 Pet Care
Wants roofing, siding, windows, doors, repair old floors, just foundation porches, decks, garages, room additions.
655 Home Repair & Remodel
655 Home Repair & Remodel
ANY TYPE OF REMODELING 30 Years experience!
(937) 232-7816 (260) 273-6223
Amos Schwartz Construction
Amy E. Walker, D.V.M. 937-418-5992
Roofing • Siding • Windows Gutters • Doors • Remodel
HALL(S) FOR RENT!
Mobile Veterinary Service Treating Dogs, Cats & Exotics
FREE ES AT ESTIM
in Shelby County by Sidney Daily News Readers
(937)671-9171 KITCHEN CABINETS, 16 Sections, Honey Oak, available middle to late March, Botkins, (937)693-3771
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
#Repairs Large and #Room Additions #Kitchens/Baths #Windows #Garages
635 Farm Services
Horseback Riding Lessons Spring Break Special Buy 4 lessons & GET 1 FREE • No experience required. • Adults & Children ages 5 & up • Gift Certificates Available • Major Credit Cards Accepted Flexible Schedule Nights & Weekends 937-778-1660 www.sullenbergerstables.com
Small #Basements #Siding #Doors #Barns
Ask about our Friends & Neighbors discounts (937) 339-1902 or (937) 238-HOME Free Estimates • Fully Insured • 17 Years of Home Excellence
Real Estate & Chattels 2 Story Home – One Acre Great Miami River Frontage
PIQUA, OH At 8550 Piqua Lockington Rd. Just northwest of the Central Business District off Co. Rd. 25-A.
SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 1:00PM A 2 story home w/ 3 car garage/barn on one acre is being offered at ABSOLUTE AUCTION. Close to downtown, the interstate & 100 ft of frontage on the Great Miami River you’ll like the advantages of country living but the conveniences of the city. Home owners, builders, investors & Realtors, investigate the possibilities. TERMS: Selling to the highest bidder without reserve & $5,000 down the day of the auction & the balance in 30 days. Contact Jerry Stichter, Auctioneer-Realtor, Garden Gate Realty to receive a bidder’s packet or go to www.stichterauctions.com for details.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, March 11th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Owner: The Lear Family Trust
JERRY STICHTER INC.
AUCTIONS & APPRAISALS
Garden Gate Realty (937)335-6758 www.stichterauctions.com Broker Associate of
937-620-4579 • Specializing in Chapter 7 • Affordable rates • Free Initial Consultation I am a debt relief agency. I help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. 2262644
Standing Seam Metal Roofing
765-857-2623 765-509-0070 Pole Building Roof & Siding 2263290
“All Our Patients Die”
FOR SALE BY OWNER
For 75 Years
CALL TODAY! (937)418-4712 or (937)710-5277
Booking now for 2012 and 2013
PIQUA 1131 Chevy Lane, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, kitchen appliances, new carpet with garage. $450 (937)430-0989
WE KILL BED BUGS!
K I D S P L AC E
Shredded Topsoil Fill Dirt Available Saturday
Tammy Welty (937)857-4222
JOHNSRUD TRANSPORT, a food grade liquid carrier is seeking Class A CDL tank drivers from the Sidney/Piqua/Troy area. Home flexible weekends. 5 years driving experience required. Will train for tank. Great Pay and Benefit Package. For further info, call Jane @ 1-888-200-5067
807 Arrowhead, Apt.F Sidney, Ohio (937)492-5006 ✦ ● ✦ ● ✦ ● ✦ ● ✦ ●✦
Residential Commercial New Construction Bonded & Insured
1st and 2nd shifts weeks 12 ayears We•Provide care for children 6 weeks• to6 12 years andtooffer Super • Preschool andprogram Pre-K 3’s, and 4/5’s preschool andprograms a Pre-K and Kindergarten • Before and after school care program. We offer before and after school care, •Enrichment Transportation to Troy schools Kindergarten and school age transportation to Troy schools.
• Pet Friendly
Apply at: 1829 West Main St. Troy
422 Buckeye Ave., Sidney
400 - Real Estate
INCOME TAX SPECIAL REDUCTION
• Close to 75 • Toddler Playground • Updated Swimming
Troy Burger King
for appointment at
2 BEDROOM townhouse, TROY. 1.5 baths, W/D hook-up, convenient location. $450, Metro Approved, (937)902-0572.
NOW HIRING! Part-time, All shifts, Hourly employees.
• Licensed and Insured • Reasonable Rates • Free Estimates
GRAVEL & STONE
660 Home Services
2464 Peters Road, Troy, Ohio 45373
2 BEDROOM in Troy, Stove, refrigerator, W/D, A/C, very clean, cats ok. $525. (937)573-7908
603 E. Staunton Rd., Troy www.pattersoncpa.biz
LEARNING CENTER TROY, 1 Bedrooms, appliances, CA, water, trash paid, $425 month.
(937)367-5887 • (937)964-8131
Complete Projects or Helper Decks, Drywall, Cement, Paint, Fences, Repairs, Cleanup, Hauling, Roofing, Siding, Etc. Insured/References
1 BEDROOM, stove and refrigerator, new carpet/ bathroom. Water paid. No pets, non-smoking. $450 month, deposit. (937)524-9114
Napier Tree Service Year Round Service
We have time for you...
665 Lawn, Garden, Landscaping
937-492-ROOF Roofing, Windows, Siding, Fire & Water Restoration
If interested in an employer that genuinely cares for its employees, please call (937)492-0886
615 Business Services
We provide a constant schedule, great pay/ benefits package plus paid training. Our employees must have a HS diploma/GED, be highly self motivated and have superb ethics.
• Are you just becoming a “number” in your preparer’s office? • Are customer “service” levels declining? • Are your tax preparation fees “rising” sharply ? If you answered “yes” to these questions, stop in and see us for a “FREE” quotation?
1851 West Grant St. Piqua Managed by Gorsuch Mgmt Co. Piqua (937)778-0806 TTY/ TDD (800)750-0750
655 Home Repair & Remodel
SchulzeTax & Accounting Service
provides Supported Living services to individuals with MRDD. We are accepting applications for employees to perform care in Darke Co (Home Supervisor, Full Time, 2nd shift). You will assist with daily living skills, transportation, money management, medication supervision. Working in a fun atmosphere.
All utilities paid! Elderly/ Disabled Handicapped Accessible Income Based Rent 30% of income
600 - Services
SUNSET SQUARE APARTMENTS
4 weeks vacation/yr Home weekly Health/Dental/Vision Assigned Truck Direct Deposit $.40/mile
To advertise in the Classifieds That Work Service & Business Directory please call: 877-844-8385
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Optometric office looking for high energy individual to work full-time as a licensed optician. Send resumes to: Primary EyeCare 1086 Fairington Drive, Sidney, OH 45365.
PIQUA, large 1 bedroom, upstairs, with/ without w/d hookup, appliances, utilities included, no pets, (937)552-7006.
Continental Express in Sidney, OH is accepting applications for CDLA drivers. Minimum 1 year OTR experience. Our drivers enjoy:
DRIVERS 40 CPM
PIQUA, beautiful loft style, vaulted ceilings, washer, dryer hookup. $375. Attractive 1 bedroom, stove, refrigerator, $315. (937)773-7311
PLACE YOUR AD IN THE CLASSIFIEDS THAT WORK 877-844-8385 OR ON THE WEB AT WWW.DAILYCALL.COM • PIQUA DAILY CALL
Saturday, March 3, 2012
PIQUA DAILY CALL • PLACE YOUR AD IN THE CLASSIFIEDS THAT WORK 877-844-8385 OR ON THE WEB AT WWW.DAILYCALL.COM
2012 Baby Pages Publication Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
To advertise in the Classifieds That Work Picture it Sold please call: 877-844-8385
Deadline for photos is Monday, March 26, 2012 (Babies born January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011)
1975 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Restored with fuel injection, sun roof, rack and pinion steering, sold new at Piqua Volkswagen, garage kept. (937)295-2899
25 feet, sleeps 6. 1/2 ton towable, one slide out. Good condition. Asking $5000. (937)658-2434
2006 HARLEY DAVIDSON XL1200C SPORTSTER Vance Hines, Shortshots, Staggered, H-D bike cover, 19,250 miles, Tons of chrome! (937)710-4403
570 Lawn and Garden
592 Wanted to Buy
LAWN TRACTOR, Toro, Craftsman snow thrower, DR tiller roto hog. (937)778-9942
BUYING ESTATES, Will buy contents of estates PLUS, do all cleanup, (937)638-2658 ask for Kevin
2007 FORD F-150 4x4 dark green with grey interior, 30,000 miles. 4x4, 5.4 TRITON, gas, automatic, loaded inside and out. Chrome running boards, bedliner, chrome wheels, trailer hitch, power windows and seats, nice stereo, bench seat second row. Remote keyless entry plus touchpad, cruise, much more. $22,500. (937)394-2999 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Making the right choice By Carla Hill There are so many different homes to choose from during the buying process. How can you be sure to make the right choice? From condos, downtown neighborhoods, suburbs, and country homes, there's a perfect fit for every buyer. To make the best decision you need to be sure to really give time to your decision making process. Yes, your gut can take you in the right direction, but don't be one of the many buyers that falls prey to listening only to their hearts, ending up biting off more than they can chew. Some homes take more work than others. This goes double for older homes. The same can be said for many foreclosed houses. The price tag might be appealing or you might love the styling of the home, but keep in mind that much of a home's value is actually in its condition. Different homes also comes with different lifestyle factors. Some buyers love the idea of having everything within walking distance.
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Piqua team holds fish fry The Piqua Baseball Fish Fry & Auction will be held March 10 at the VFW on County Road 25A. It will be all you can eat fish and frys from 5:30-7 p.m., with a benefit auction to follow immediately after dinner. Tickets will be available at the door and proceeds will benedit the Piqua High School baseball program.
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■ USA soccer enjoys ‘signature’ win, page 19. ■ MLB expands playoffs to 10 teams, page 19.
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Head of household Olson will finish season on podium BY BEN ROBINSON BuccsWrestling.com Brian Olson came into Columbus as one half of the first father-son combination to become a state qualifier - the other half being his father Brian Sr. in the '80s - but now the son has bragging rights over his old man. That's because Olson (45-8) secured a spot on the podium after upsetting Jake Sheehy of Genoa Area to advance to the semifinals, where he eventually fell to Kevin Stock of Garrettsville Garfield, a state placer at 171 pounds from a year ago. "That will forever haunt him in the household," joked Olson in regards to ANTHONY WEBER/OCM PHOTO
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Covington’s Brian Olson has control of Genoa Area’s Jake Sheehy Friday.
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Summer slo-pitch softball leagues are now forming at Mote Park. They include a men’s recreation league on Thursday and co-ed recreational league on Friday. For more information or to get in the leagues, contact Dan Hathaway at 4188585.
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COLUMBUS — For Kyler Deeter, it was a case of tipping your hat to a better man after he dropped a 19-4 technical fall to Zane Nelson (46-4) of Apple Creek Waynesdale and then a 13-4 major decision to Ryan Harris (41-5) of Beachwood. "In Kyler's case, he ran into a kid who is just at another level than us," said Covington assistant coach Eric Vanderhorst. "It's not like Kyler wrestle horrible. Nelson is just that good." Which was apparent from the outset as Nelson had his way on his feet and on the mat as he scored three takedowns and three near-fall points to build a 9-2 lead in the first period. He then pushed the margin to 13-2 with a See STATE/Page 20
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Russia boys outlast Houston for sectional
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The third time may have been just as charming for Russia boys basketball coach Paul Bremigan and the Raiders Friday night as the first two meetings with Houston. But, it certainly didn’t come easy — although you wouldn’t know it from a deceptive 53-37 final score in the Piqua D-IV sectional final at Garbry Gymnasium. Russia will play the winner of the LocklandMiami Valley game that was moved to today for weather reasons, at 7 p.m. Friday at U.D. Arena in a D-IV district final. “It happens a lot here (playing a team for the
third time) for Shelby County League schools,” Bremigan said. “You will see it again tomorrow night (tonight when Jackson Center plays Fairlawn). There are no secrets.” And for a three-and-ahalf quarters, it was exactly what you would expect — a Russia team that came into the sectional on a six game losing streak before turning things around and Houston team that progressed as much as anyone from the start of the season — battling tooth and nail. Before Russia senior Jacob Monnin took center stage early in the fourth quarter, neither team had led by more than four points. See TITLE/Page 20
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Nothing but wins East, Versailles Graham move on DAYTON — The Miami East boys basketball took out some frustrations with a 46-42 win over Greeneview in a D-III sectional final Friday night at U.D. Arena. The Rams had ended the Vikings season in the sectional final the last two seasons. Miami Eat will play the Summit Country DayFinneytown winner at 7 p.m. Thursday at U.D. Arena in a D-III district final. Those two teams play today after having their game postponed Friday. A.J. Hickman and Gunner Shirk led a balanced East attack with 12 points each. Bradley Coomes scored nine and Garrett Mitchell added eight.
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Tigers cruise DAYTON — Versailles breezed to an easy Division III sectional final victory at U.D. Arena Friday, routing Dixie 63-36. The Tigers go to 21-2 on the season and advance to the district finals Thursday at U.D. Arena at 5:30 MIKE ULLERY/CALL PHOTOS against either Madeira or Miami East’s A.J. Hickman shoots the ball against Greeneview Friday night. Hamilton Badin. Those two teams were supposed to play Friday night, but the game was moved to today due to the outbreak of severe weather. Dixie came into the game with a 15-7 record, but Versailles outscored the Greyhounds 39-16 in the first half to settle the verdict early. The Tigers had three players in double figures. Mitchell Campbell had 17 points, Chad Winner added 15 and Kyle Ahrens finished with 12.
Graham moves on SPRINGFIELD — The Graham boys basketball team jumped out to an 185 halftime lead and defeated Bellefontaine in a Springfield D-II final 4537. Graham will play the Cincinnati Taft-Clermont Northeastern winner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at U.D. Arena in a D-II district final. Taft and Northeastern play today in a game postponed from Friday. Austin Morgan led Graham with 12 points. Devon Allen netted 11 and Grant Goddard added Versailles Mitchell Campbell shoots against Dixie Friday night. 10.
‘Signature’ win for USA Men’s soccer team stuns italy 1-0 ENOA, Italy (AP) — The United States and its latest coach have a signature victory. Against fourtime world champion Italy, no less. Gaining a rare win over a soccer power, the United States beat Italy 1-0 Wednesday night on Clint Dempsey's goal in the 55th minute for the Americans' first win over the Azzurri in 11 games spanning 78 years. "It's just a confidence builder," Dempsey said. "We're just trying to move in the right direction and trying to get as sharp as we can for the summer and the World Cup qualifying games because the goal is to qualify for the World Cup. “It's important to come to places like this and play big teams on their own soil and get results. At times it wasn't pretty, but we grounded out the result tonight." American players applauded each other and their fans, who cheered
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loudly and proudly waved the red, white and blue after Jurgen Klinsmann's biggest win as U.S. coach. Klinsmann, the former German national team star player and coach who has lived in California for more than a decade, replaced the fired Bob Bradley last summer. The Americans won their fourth straight match with their third consecutive shutout to improve to 5-4-1 under Klinsmann. "It's historic for us beating a team of Italy's level," Klinsmann said. "If you beat Italy on their own soil then that means a lot. ... Obviously as a coach you're pleased because you see them progressing, you see young players stepping up and playing against these amazing, experienced Italian players who have won the World Cup and played big tournaments year in and year out. Obviously it was a big step for us." Dempsey has made a
habit of taking big steps recently, for both his national team and for Fulham in the English Premier League. The Texan put a rightfooted shot from just inside the penalty area past an outstretched hand of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Fabian Johnson had crossed to Jozy Altidore, who with his back to the goal against Italy's Andrea Barzagli touched the ball back toward the top of the area. "Initially I was going to stay where I was, but I saw the guy who was covering him had moved, so I moved to my right to try to get open so he could play me the ball," Dempsey said. "He did a great job of holding it up, playing me, so I tried to hit it low and hard at the far post and it went in." After returning to the World Cup for the first time in 40 years in 1990 and advancing to the quarterfinals in 2002, the Americans have struggled
to make additional progress. They were knocked out in the first round of the 2006 World Cup and the second round of the 2010 tournament, eliminated both times with defeats to Ghana. They wasted a two-goal lead against Mexico last June and lost 4-2 in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, their regional championship. The Americans had been 0-7-3 against Italy, getting outscored 32-4. "We don't want to get carried away — it's a friendly," U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra said. "But it definitely feels good and we'll be excited about this one, and hopefully it gives us more confidence going into the summer." Dempsey scored his 25th goal in 83 international appearances. The native of Nacogdoches, Texas, has had the most accomplished season by a U.S. attacking player in European soccer.
NEW YORK (AP) — With less than a month to go before opening day, baseball at last decided who's in and who's out come October. Now, even a third-place team can win the World Series. Major League Baseball made it official Friday, expanding the playoff format to 10 teams by adding a wild-card club to each league. "I hope we get that extra spot," said new Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, whose team is coming off a 56-106 finish that was the worst in the majors. "I think it's great any time you have more markets involved." Who knows, maybe a rookie such as Bryce Harper will get that shot this year. "Cool," the 19-year-old sensation Washington said after a game against college kids. "It's great. Hopefully, we're that playoff team." Boston and Atlanta sure could've used this setup last year. They went through awful collapses in September that eventually cost them playoff spots on the final day of the season. "I think the more, the merrier," new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "I think for the fans, the players, the energy at the end of the season, I don't mind. What would it be, a third of the teams? I think it'll be good." This is the first switch in MLB's postseason format since the 1995 season, when wild cards were first added. The move creates a new one-game, wild-card round in the AL and NL between the teams with the best records who are not division winners. "It's a good thing for baseball. That seems to be what the people want," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "There are a lot of mixed emotions but as long as the playoffs don't get watered down, it's fine, but that won't happen in baseball," he said. The additions mean 10 of the 30 MLB teams will get into the playoffs. That's still fewer than in the other pro leagues — 12 of 32 make it in the NFL, and 16 of 30 advance in the NBA and NHL. The long-expected decision was announced less than an hour before Seattle and Oakland started the exhibition season. On March 28, the Mariners
and Athletics will play the big league opener in Tokyo. "This change increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. Also, a tweak: For the 2012 postseason, the fivegame division series will begin with two home games for lower seeds, followed by home games for the higher seed. After that, it will return to the 2-2-1 format previously used. MLB said that with schedules already drawn for this season, the postseason had to be compressed to fit in the extra games. Hence, fewer offdays for travel. "I don't think it really changes the way you look at this season. You really have to fight to win your division," New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It is kind of strange to start on the road. That doesn't quite seem right, but it's a one-year thing. I understand why they're doing it." If the World Series goes to Game 7 this year — as it did last season, when the wild-card St. Louis Cardinals won the championship — it would be played Nov. 1. "I like the extra playoff spot. I like the one-game playoff because it really gives the advantages to the division winner," Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this week. As in, it'll be real dicey for the wild-card contenders to immediately jump into a winner-takeall game, then quickly turn around to start the division series. Starting this year, too, there's no restriction on teams from the same division meeting in that bestof-five division series. Baseball players' union head Michael Weiner said there had been internal discussions way back about possibly having six playoff teams from each league. He said that once bargaining began with owners on a new labor deal, it was clear MLB only wanted five. "The players were in favor of expanding the playoffs," Weiner said. In particular, he said, the players wanted to put more emphasis on winning a division, especially when MLB goes to a pair of 15-team leagues.
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Russia’s Treg Francis passes the ball.
Houston’s Jesse Phlipot had just hit a free throw to close the Russia lead to 35-33 with 6:33 remaining, when Monnin scored seven points on Russia’s next three possession, the final being a 3-point play to take the lead to 42-34 — and the margin just kept growing from there. “They got into some foul trouble,” Bremigan said about Houston. “We knew that matchup was there. Jacob is capable of hitting those shots and he delivered.” Monnin said he hasn’t had a lot of positive experiences at Garbry Gymnasium. “It feels great to help out my teammates like that,” he said. “They only had one post player and I knew they would be trying to stop Brandon (6-9 post Brandon Wilson), so I felt like the opportunity was going to be there and I hit the shots. This feels great. I was sick a couple of days ago. This is by far the best I have ever played in this gym.” Houston coach John Willoughby couldn’t really fault his defense. “You know, you have to give something up,” Willoughby said. “If he (Jacob Monnin) is the guy
scoring, we must be doing something right. I thought we did a pretty good job on (Brandon) Wilson and didn’t give up a lot of threes. Our defense played pretty well most of the night. They just had some big offensive rebounds at critical times that really hurt us.” The Raiders gave Houston no chance to catch up, hitting 13 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter. Trevor Sherman and Bryce Rittenhouse were a combined 10-for-10. “That’s been a big thing for us,” Bremigan said. “We have really shot the free throws well. We have got to do a better job taking care of the ball and we did that tonight.” And Houston couldn’t get untracked in the fourth quarter making just two of nine field goal attempts, one being a late three by Jesse Phlipot. “We had some good shots,” Willoughby said. “They just wouldn’t fall. Our defense really improved a lot this year. It is what got us here and why we were able to turn things around in the second half of the season.” And it ended up playing out just the way Bremigan
thought. “In a close game like that, it comes down to who has that one big run,” Bremigan said. “That was one of the things we told the kids and we were able to get that run in the fourth quarter. Wilson had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead a balanced attack, while Monnin was a perfect 5for-5 from the floor in scoring 11 points and pulling down six rebounds. Jesse Phlipot led Houston with 12 points, while Ryan Curl added eight points and five rebounds. “I told the seniors how proud I was of them,” Willoughby said. “This team really came a long way. Adam (Mullen) is the only senior that played last year. They stuck it out and provided great leadership for this team.” Russia was 17 of 42 from the floor for the game for 40 percent and 16 of 19 from the line for 84 percent. Houston was 13 of 40 from the floor for 33 percent and seven of 12 from the line for 58 percent. The Raiders roller coaster season continues. Russia started 12-2, lost six straight to close the regular season and now
has two tournament wins. “We have been a team of streaks all year,” Monnin said. “We started out on a big streak — had a little bit of a losing streak — and now we are going to district. We never got down during the losing streak. We stuck together.” Bremigan said that losing streak was deceiving. “We played a lot of good basketball those last six games,” he said. “We just lost to better teams. I am really proud of the kids — it feels great to get out of here.” And you can’t blame him for looking forward to next Friday. “It is going to be kind of nice to play somebody else,” he said. And not be trying to beat a team for the third time. BOXSCORE Russia (53) Treg Francis 1-0-2, Trevor Sherman 1-69, Ethan Schafer 1-0-2, Bryce Rittenhouse 1-6-8, Brandon Wilson 5-2-12, Corey Bremigan 3-0-8, Jacob Monnin 5-1-11, Bryce Dues 0-0-0, Austin Gariety 0-0-0, Nolan Francis 0-1-1, Austin Tebbe 0-0-0, Kyle Poling 0-0-0, Isaiah Counts 0-0-0. Totals: 17-16-53. Houston (37) Adam Mullen 2-1-5, Nate Ritchie 1-0-3, Brandon Clack 3-1-9, Jesse Phlipot 4-3-12, Ryan Curl 3-2-8, Jake Braun 0-0-0, Gary Phipps 0-0-0, T.J. Martin 0-0-0. Totals: 137-37. 3-point field goals — Russia: Sherman, Bremigan (2). Houston: Ritchie, Clack (2), Phlipot. Score By Quarters Russia 9 20 32 53 Houston 8 17 30 37 Records: 14-8, Houston 11-11.
Olson Continued from page 18 bragging rights over his dad. "But really, not too much because he can still take me. I can only get him a little bit when I jump him from behind." Olson didn't need to jump Sheehy from behind, despite the fact that the Genoa Area wrestler came into the match with an eye-popping 52-2 record and fresh off of a 55 second pin in the opening round of the tournament. All Olson needed was confidence. Which came in the form of a quick reversal to tie the score at 2-2 after Sheehy scored on an early takedown. "That definitely brought me back up to pace," Olson said of the reversal. "He was so tough to get hand control on and I gave up a takedown early in the match. When I got the reversal it gave me some confidence." Olson chose bottom to start the second period and Sheehy made the mistake of surrendering the escape and taking the match back to their feet. And Olson made him pay with a beautifully executed barrel-roll to take a 5-2 lead with one period to go. "I got a nice lead, but I knew I couldn't coast," Olson explained. "I had already been called for stalling in the first period, so I didn't have any margin for error." Sheehy chose down to start the third and Olson gave up the escape point to take the match back to their feet again. The Covington junior then switched things up by recording a takedown on a double to push the lead to 7-3. "I knew he was getting tired and frustrated," Olson said. "I could see it in his eyes." Covington coach Tom Barbee could see the frustration set in as well. "You could tell by the way his head was down that he was desperate," Barbee explained. "He didn't have the same pep that he had early in the match." With the clock under 1:00 to go, Olson elected to surrender the escape point once final time in order to control the action on his feet.
And he knew what was coming - the twister. "The coaches and my dad told me to watch out for the twister," said Olson. "I knew it was coming, so I sank my hips when he tried to throw it." Which resulted in one final takedown to seal a spot on the podium and an semifinal showdown with Stock. And Olson ran into a buzz saw as Stock built a 9-2 lead before the Covington wrestler could even get settled in. "He's a tough kid," said Olson. "He came out hard and fast and I couldn't keep up with the pace." Still, Olson showed his competitive heart by recording a pair of takedowns later in the match, but couldn't close the gap in a 17-6 defeat. "I got in on some doubles and I realized he wasn't Superman," Olson said. "He was tired, but I was tired too. “It's so hard to fight back from being down so much early. In spite of the defeat, Olson is enjoying the ride of climbing as high as he can on the podium tomorrow. "I'm happy I've made it this far, but I'm not done," Olson said. His father is enjoying the ride as well. "I'm extremely proud of him," Brian Sr. said. "The effort he has put into this season and this weekend is great. You can't always control who you wrestle, but you can control the effort you give. And I'm proud of his effort." Tom Barbee is proud as well. "Brian has grown leaps and bounds this year," he said. "We're so proud of his efforts and how coachable he is. He's just like his dad." Olson will take on Jacob Schlater of Tri-County North in a rubber match. The two have split with each other in the sectional and district tournament. And with the way Olson is wrestling, Barbee likes his chances. "He's wrestling well," Barbee said. "Now that he's on the podium it's about seeing how high we can go. We'll take it one match at a time."
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Miami East’s Allen Seagraves has his opponent on his head Friday at the state meet.
State Continued from page 18 quick reversal and two more back points in the second period. The finishing touches came in the third period as Nelson scored three more takedowns to end the match. Deeter, who took fourth at 130 pounds a year ago, struggled on his feet throughout the tournament and the trend continued in the consolation bracket against Harris. The Beachwood opponent took advantage en route to recording five takedowns in the match and a 13-4 major decision. The loss ends Deeter's junior season at 49-7. ■ Two scrambles came between Allen Seagraves and the podium Friday as the Miami East junior came up short in a 5-2 decision loss to Chandler Minnard of Carroll BloomCarroll at 113 pounds. Seagraves ends his junior season at 42-8 and as a three-time state qualifier, but the goal of placing at state will have to wait one more year due to yet another heartbreaking defeat. And it started with a first period scramble that look as though the Viking wrestler was going to establish control of the match. But Minnard (463) came out of it with the
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Kaleb Matchett locks up with Dixie’s Aaron King. takedown and a 2-0 lead after one period of wrestling. Not to be deterred, Seagraves chose bottom in the second period and immediately reversed his opponent. He controlled Minnard for the rest of the period, but wasn't able to turn his opponent for back points. Minnard chose bottom
in the third frame and once again Seagraves went to work in an attempt to secure back points, but to no avail. With just under 1:00 left on the clock Seagraves cut his opponent loose to make the score 3-2 in favor of Minnard. In an attempt to gain a match-winning takedown, the two wrestlers found
themselves in a scramble for victory. Unfortunately Seagraves came out once again on the short end of the stick as Minnard recorded the takedown and a 5-2 win. ■ Kaleb Matchett opened the second day of the state wrestling tournament sky high from a 73 victory over Ryan Patchin of Metamora Evergreen on Thursday and knowing he needed just one more victory to secure a spot on the podium. That victory wouldn't come, however, as the Versailles wrestler dropped his championship quarterfinal bout to Zach Mays (48-7) of Nelsonville-York and then lost a heartbreaking match to Aaron King (40-10) of Dixie in sudden victory. And Matchett nearly pulled victory from the jaws of defeat against King as he trailed 6-5 in the closing seconds of regulation, but managed to record a last second escape to send the match into sudden victory. Victory wasn't meant to be for the Tiger senior as King recorded the winning takedown to end Matchett's quest to become a state qualifier. Matchett ends his season with a 31-12 record.
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