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BY JENNIFER RUNYON For the Daily Call editorial@dailycall.com PIQUA — There’s a lot in a name. That was evident Tuesday night when a meeting was held to discuss name ideas for Piqua City Schools’ three new buildings. About 20 people attended the meeting, which began with an ad-

dress by Superintendent Rick Hanes. “The good news is Piqua’s building three new buildings, but when you talk to people about naming, you wish we were building 10. There are a lot of great names out there that need to be considered,” Hanes said. The superintendent encouraged those in attendance to consider the town’s history when choosing names and to provide reasoning for their suggestions.

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He said that Monday a team consisting of board of education President Bob Luby, historians Jim Oda and Gary Meek and two architects toured the district’s current buildings looking for features that should be carried into the future schools. Hanes noted that there are unique elements at each building such as the words on the face of Favorite Hill, Wilder and Bennett schools that have the school’s name on the front, some have tri-

angles and some have squares in the design. He also asked that people remember that the intermediate building will be where the HANES former hospital is. Hanes noted that columns on the former hospital building

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Benefit spaghetti dinner, auction set PIQUA — A spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held at The Gathering Place, 105 E. Greene St., on Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. The proceeds of the event will allow the families of Aubrey Schaefer and Dylan Sanchez, both 5, to attend the eighth International Phelan-McDermid Family Support Group Conference in Orlando, Fla., in July. Both children suffer from a rare chromosome abnormality than affects less than 700 people worldwide. For questions and donations, contact Darla Schaefer at (937) 4181396 for the silent auction and Brenda Rapp at (937) 417-1355 for the spaghetti MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO dinner. A tree lies on the ground at Forest Hill Cemetery in Piqua waiting to be planted during Arbor Day ceremonies next Monday at 10 a.m. A dozen trees are to be planted during the event. The guest speaker will be Piqua Piqua Community City Manager Gary Huff.

Band practicing PIQUA — The Piqua Area Community Band began has begun practicing each Sunday from 3-5 p.m. in the Piqua High School band room. It is open to area high school, college students and adults who play band instruments. Current band members come from Greenville, Fairlawn, Piqua, Tipp City, Troy and Sidney. The band will be conducted by Scottie Moore, director of bands at Greenville High School. For more information, contact Stu Shear at (937) 418-7657 or by email at sshear01@gmail.com or visit www.piduacommunityband.org.

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Piqua man pleads not guilty Suspect accused of sex crimes involving 13-year-old girl BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer wsanders@dailycall.com TROY — A Piqua man who allegedly had repeated sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl told a common pleas court judge Monday he is not guilty of charges. If convicted, the man could not only be sentenced to prison, but also be re-

Shearer committed the alquired to register as a sex leged violations in Decemoffender for the next 15 years. ber and it involved a Nathaniel S. Shearer, 13-year-old girl who at20, entered the pleas to tends Piqua Junior High two felony counts of unSchool. lawful sexual conduct inShearer allegedly atvolving a minor at his tempted to play down the arraignment Monday SHEARER sexual encounters with after a grand jury indicted the minor while being interhim earlier this month. viewed by detectives, but later conAt his arraignment, Shearer was fessed to having sex with the girl on released on his own recognizance by two separate occasions, police reJudge Robert Lindeman. ports show. A pretrial conference will take Shearer was initially charged place April 30. According to his indictment, See Piqua man/Page 2

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No jail time in pit bull attack Dog owner fined $200, must pay $101 court costs BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer wsanders@dailycall.com TROY — The Piqua man charged in the vicious pit bull attack of Sandra Getzendiner on the North Main Street Bridge in September will serve no prison or jail time and his only punishment will be two $100 fines. Brian M. Wilson, 31, also will be required to pay court costs of $101. Wilson, who had been indicted by a grand jury on two counts of failure to confine an animal, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in common pleas court, but that case was dismissed earlier this month and the charges were sent back over to municipal court. Court documents show Wilson was arraigned in municipal court April 17, entered two pleas of no contest, was found guilty of the failure to confine charges and was sentenced immediately afterward. On Sept. 11 two pit bulls belonging to Wilson See Pit bull/Page 2

Road rage incident victim out of hospital No charges yet filed; suspect jailed for parole violation BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer wsanders@dailycall.com PIQUA — The motorcyclist injured in a Thursday evening road rage incident near the North Main Street Bridge has been released from the Miami Valley Hospital, a hospital spokesperson and police confirmed Tuesday. Dusty Hogston, 43, of Piqua, was airlifted by CareFlight following the hit and run and treated for his injuries before he

was discharged over the weekend. Meanwhile, police have a man in custody, Jason Moore, 27, of Piqua, on a parole violation, but no other charges have been filed against him as of Tuesday night relating to the incident. However, charges could be filed against the man in relation to the April 19 road rage case as early as this morning, said Piqua police Deputy Chief Marty Grove. Moore remains behind bars at the Miami County Jail. Authorities say Hogston and Moore were traveling southbound WILL E SANDERS/STAFF PHOTO across the bridge when Moore cut Hogston off at approximately 8:45 This is the 1997 Eagle Talon authorities believe was involved in a p.m. Then, at the intersection of road rage incident Thursday that resulted in serious injuries to Dusty Hogston, 43, of Piqua. Hogston has been released from the See Road rage/Page 2 hospital.

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Patricia C. ‘Patsy Dean’ Rank PIQUA — Patricia C. “Patsy Dean” Rank, 78, of Piqua, died at 11:07 p.m. S u n d a y , April 2 2 , 2012, a t Miami Va l l e y Hospit a l , D a y RANK ton. She was born June 19, 1933, in Piqua, to the late Ralph and Carmella (Ferrara) Dean. On June 14, 1952, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Piqua, she married Paul R. Rank. He survives. Pat also is survived by two daughters and son-inlaw, Paula and John Grubb of Fletcher and Pamela Rank of Piqua; one brother and sister-inlaw, Sam and Sue Dean of Russia; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Hollis Criner of Dayton and Debbie and Rick Slough of Troy; four grandchildren, Leshia (Helton) and Chris Lyman, Douglas and Ashley Cantrell, Jaymie (Anderson) and Jerry Obney and Jay Anderson; and six great-grandchildren, Aidan Lyman, Harper Lyman, Madison Cantrell, Levi Smith, Gracie Anderson and Parker Obney. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Dean and William Swartz; and two sisters, Vickie Dershem and Carol Baker. Pat graduated from Sidney High School in 1951. She was a member of St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, Covington.

Pat was the manager of Lord’s Dress Shop, Piqua. In 1976, she opened P. J.’s Boutique in Piqua. Pat later opened her own herb shop, P.J.’s Vitamins and Herbs in Piqua. She ran this shop for more than 30 years. Pat and Paul square danced for many years and also danced at the Crystal Ball in Versailles. The two of them traveled for many years in caravans in their motor home. While camping, they loved to go mushroom hunting. Pat and Paul traveled the whole route of Route 66 from St. Louis to Las Vegas in October 2011. It took them six weeks to complete this trip. Pat loved birds and other outdoor creatures, especially bluebirds and butterflies. As well as traveling the country, Pat and Paul stayed in Ft. Myers, Fla. for 18 years during the winter months. Pat loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also loved to cook for many family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, Covington, with the Rev. Fr. Eugene Vonderhaar as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, 6925 W. U.S. 36, Covington, OH 45318. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.

Michelle Andreas of California, Kimberly Andreas of California, Nicholas Andreas of Greenville, Sean and wife, Nicole Andreas of Richmond, Ind., Jessica Andreas of Tennessee, Jason Andreas of Tennessee, Sarah Andreas of Tennessee, A.J. Andreas of Washington, and Thomas Andreas of Virginia; numerous great-grandchildren; beloved cat, Nermal; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Stocker-Fraley Funeral Home, Bradford. Interment will be in Gettysburg Cemetery, Gettysburg. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Friday until time of service. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.stockerfraley.com.

Road rage Continued from page 1 North Main Street and Riverside Drive the two men engaged in a verbal altercation that later became a physical altercation before Moore allegedly struck Hogston

PIQUA — Dorothy C. Eggert, 89, formerly of 1851 W. Grant St., Apt. 2 0 6 , Piqua, died at 12:25 p . m . S u n d a y , March 1 8 , 2012, a t P i q u a EGGERT Manor. She was born Feb. 19, 1923, in Bedford, to the late Laddie J. and Ida M. (Post) Kurena. Survivors include a daughter, Dolores (Philip) Harrison of Piqua; a son, David (Gigi) Eggert of Duluth, Minn.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters. Mrs. Eggert was a 1940 graduate of Bedford High School and attended the Piqua Church of the Nazarene. She retired as

an office clerk from Republic Steel of Cleveland, and moved to Piqua in 1996. She enjoyed sewing, making clothes, baking, and spending time with her family. A memorial service to honor her life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Piqua Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Lincoln L. Robinson officiating. Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Private burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery, Twinsburg. Arrangements for her family are being handled through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Piqua Church of the Nazarene, 400 S. Sunset Drive, Piqua, OH 45356; or Hospice of Miami County, Inc., P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.

Florence M. Thuma TIPP CITY — Florence M. Thuma, 91, of Tipp City, passed away at 7:32 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. She was born April 16, 1921, in Dayton, to the late Harry and May (Snyder) Wallace. Her husband, Roy H. Thuma Sr., preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1990. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Roy H. and Carolyn Thuma Jr. of Troy; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Philip Shafer of EnFla,; three glewood, grandchildren; two step-

grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, two brothers and one great-grandson. Mrs. Thuma was a member of Tipp City Church of the Nazarene. A private family graveside service will be held at Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charity. Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.

Donald Lee Kenworthy Sr. TROY — Donald Lee Kenworthy Sr., 82, of Troy, passed away Sunday, April 2 2 , 2012, a t Piqua Manor Nursi n g Home. H e w a s b o r n KENWORTHY Feb. 7, 1930, in West Alexandria, to Willard S. and Florence Josephine (Hall) Kenworthy. He is survived by his children, Diane and her husband Steve Etter of Clayton, Donald Kenworthy Jr. and his wife Andrea, Dandridge, Tenn., and Dana Kenworthy and his wife Denise of Troy; stepdaughter, Deborah McClure of Dayton; brothers, Joseph (Miriam) Kenworthy of Covington, Willard (Jean) Kenworthy Jr. of Bradford and David (Phyllis) Kenworthy of Covington; and grandchildren, Stephanie Etter of Vandalia, Christopher Kenworthy of Troy, Amanda (Jon) Miller of Columbus and Jessica Kenworthy of Piqua. He was preceded in death by his parents;

w i f e , Wa n d a (Hahn) Kenworthy; and sisters, Margaret Beatley, Catherine VanKirk, Lucille Landis and Naomi Landes. Donald proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, was a farmer and was employed by Ebberts Field Seed Farm, Covington. He was a member of the Antique Farm Tractor Association, Fletcher, Troy Fish and Game Club and was co-Founder of Kenworthy G. P. Club, where he was affectionately referred to as Pappy G. P. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, with the Rev. John Fowler officiating. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made in memory of Donald to Patriot Ridge Care Center, Fairborn, or Miami County Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.fringsandbayliff.com.

Death notices SIDNEY — Paul E. Grilliot, 73, of Sidney, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at his residence. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the St. Remy Church Cemetery Russia, with the Rev. Fr. Frank Amberger officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home and Crematory, Sidney.

WEST MILTON —Bradd Thomas Wolf, 42, of West Milton, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, May 1, at the Brukner Nature Center, Troy with Pastor Ricci Arthur officiating. She is survived by a Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, West Milton, is in brother, James Taylor II of charge of arrangements. the Philippines, a sister, Portia Taylor of SacraSIDNEY — Evelyn Hope Smithey, 91, passed away mento, Calif.; and a sister- Monday, April 23, 2012, at the Dorothy Love Retirement in-law, Sandy Taylor of Community, Sidney. Dayton; grandchildren, A memorial service will be held Saturday at Christ Vincenta and Andres, both the King Church in Jackson Center with the Rev. Jesse of San Diego, Calif.; and Mc Leod officiating. A private family burial will be held one great-granddaughter. at Pearl Cemetery prior to services at the church. She will be sadly Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney, is in charge of missed by her family, arrangements. friends, numerous nieces and nephews in SacraSIDNEY — Greta L. Pepper, 92, of Sidney, passed mento, Calif. and Dayton. away at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2012, at the Dorothy Special thanks to a spe- Love Retirement Community. cial cousin, Tamyra Bolds A memorial service will be held Thursday at St. and special friend, Sandy Mark’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Aaron Gerlach officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Point CemeBrown. tery in Pasco. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home & Crematory, Sidney.

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Doris A. Andreas BRADFORD — Doris A. Andreas, 77, of Bradford, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012, at her home. Doris was born in Monterey, Tenn. on Dec. 26, 1934, to the late Elza and Ruby (Buckner) Walker. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse for 10 years at Koester Pavilion, Troy and was a member and past matron of O.E.S. Christian Chapter 241. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Andreas in 1993; son, James Andreas in 2001; and sister, Thelma Might. Doris is survived by her three sons and daughtersin-law, Michael and Janet Andreas of California, Robert A. and Jean Andreas of Greenville, Joseph Andreas of Tennessee; nine grandchildren, Chris amd

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with the vehicle and fled from the scene. On Friday, authorities found the suspect vehicle, a 1997 Eagle Talon, in a garage in Sidney and it has since been seized and searched by the police.

DAYTON — Carolyn E. Taylor, 63, of Dayton, went to be with the Lord at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, April 22, 2012. She was born Feb. 12, 1949, to the late James H. Taylor, who passed away Dec. 12, 2000 and Delores I. Taylor, who resides in Sacramento, Calif. She was a 1967 graduate of Piqua Central High School. She was preceded in death by her son, Vincent E. Taylor on Feb. 7, 2004; and a brother, Tyrone D. Taylor on Dec. 27, 2011.

Pit bull Continued from page 1 and another woman escaped and later viciously mauled Getzendiner, 59, as she pedaled her way across the North Main Street Bridge. Following the attack, Getzendiner was airlifted by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton where she she was hospitalized for 11 days. For several days, she was in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Meanwhile, the case against Mackenzie Vangel, 30, of Piqua, remains pending in municipal court and

a May 1 trial is scheduled. Vangel has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to insure a dog. The two dogs have since been put down.

Piqua man Continued from page 1 with five counts of illegal use of a minor in nudityoriented material or performance, two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

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Warming trend begins today A warming trend starts today as we’ll start in the upper 30s and then climb into the upper 60s during the afternoon. By this evening, a few showers/thunderstorms will be possible, and the rain chances are even higher tonight into early Thursday. Unsettled weather continues through Saturday. High: 68 Low: 38.

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Precipitation 24 hours ending at 5 p.m.0.00 Month to date 1.25 Normal month to date 3.24 Year to date 9.91 Normal year to date 11.64 Snowfall yesterday 0.00

Literacy Council meeting set TROY — The Troy Literacy Council, serving all of Miami County, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Hayner Cultural Center. Adults seeking help with basic literacy or wish

to learn English as a second language, and those interested in becoming volunteer tutors, can contact the message center at (937) 660-3170 for more information.

Isabella R. Hutton Age: 4 Birthdate: April 23, 2008 Parents: Jovi Hutton of Piqua Sisters: Carolina and Elaina Hutton Grandparents: Chuck and Vinnie Hutton of Piqua Great-grandparents: must be made by April 30. Chuck and Clara Hutton For more information or of Piqua registration, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St., call 773-6626, or e-mail info@ywcapiqua.com.

Boys to men class at YWCA Piqua University Medical College on Thursday, May 3. Borchers, who also is the father of three boys, will approach these developmental topics in a manner that is comfortable

and easily discussed. The class, which does not require YWCA membership, will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $5 and is open to fifth- to eighth-graders. Registration and payment

Semanie appointed to steering committee PIQUA — Positively Promoting Piqua has appointed Sharon Semanie to the organization’s steering committee. Earlier this fall Jim Brown and Frank Barhorst, two of PPP’s founding members, stepped down from the committee. Semanie es a Piqua native, having graduated from Piqua Central High School in 1964, and majored in journalism at Ohio University in Athens. Following college, she accepted a position as a news reporter at The Freeport Journal-Standard in Freeport, Ill., and later at The Janesville Gazette in Janesville, Wis., as both an

education and investigative reporter. She then moved to Pittsfield, Mass., where she freelanced for the world headquarters of GE Plastics and briefly at the Berkshire County Chamber of Commerce, where she served as communications/membership director. In 1985, Semanie was asked to serve as community relations director for Berkshire Health Systems Inc., where she remained until 1999, when she returned to Piqua with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Julie Ebel. In 2000, she was hired as development director at Lehman Catholic High School,

where she remained until her retirement in November 2010. Semanie is an active member, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Piqua Rotary Club; board member and recording secretary for the Piqua Arts Council; parish council member and Eucharistic minister at St. Mary Church; member of the Development & Assistance Committee of the Piqua Public Library; volunteer for the Piqua Community Foundation; and member of the Piqua Fortnightly Club. This past year she volunteered on the Day of Honor committee. In her spare time, she enjoys freelance writing

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Obama gains ground in swing states BY STEVEN R. HURST WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama with the help of a slowly improving U.S. economy is gaining ground in many of the 14 states where the presidential contest with Republican Mitt Romney hangs in the balance. Recent polls have shown Obama gaining an edge over Romney in several so-called swing states. Voters in those states do not reliably support the candidate of either the Republican or Democratic party. Their importance derives not only from their unpredictability but also from the U.S. presidential election process, which depends on the electoral college and not the popular vote. In 2000, for example, Democrat and former Vice President Al Gore won the most popular votes nationwide, but former President George W. Bush won the presidency because he rolled up more electoral college votes. That race finally was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in a hugely controversial ruling that votes in Florida, which initially showed Bush as winner, would not be recounted statewide. That gave Bush all of Florida’s 27 electors and the presidency. The electoral college is a product of the earliest years of American history and was put in place to protect the interests of small-population states. It was a compromise among the founding fathers, who wrote the U.S. Constitution. Some wanted the president chosen by Congress, others wanted the popular vote to determine the election. Under the compromise, the electoral college grants the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote in each state the number of electors allocated to that state. Each state has one elector for each member of the House of Representatives. The number of House members is allocated according to population, with the smallest-population states having only one representative. But each state, regardless of population, has two senators and, therefore, two electors in the college. Thus, small-population states are granted fewer electors but have proportional power according to population. There currently are 438 members of the House and 100 Senators, a total of 538 electors. The winning presidential candidate must accumulate 270 electors half plus one to win the White House. The presidential election, thus, amounts to 51 the number of U.S. states plus Washington, D.C. individual winner-take-all elections. The swing states are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Current polling shows Obama leading in eight, Romney in three and three with new polling unavailable. The unemployment rate, a key measure of economic recovery, has dropped more sharply in several swing states than in the nation as a whole. A resurgence in manufacturing is helping the economy and Obama’s chances in the industrial Midwestern states of Ohio and Michigan. And Arizona, Nevada and Florida, where unemployment remains high, are getting some relief from an uptick in tourism.

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cents on the dollar — a lice laughed: man’s dollar. If the pay “There’s no use trywere equal, it would buy ing,” she said. “One eight months’ worth of grocan’t believe impossible ceries. things.” — In 2009, Wisconsin “I daresay you haven’t ranked 36th in wage parity. had much practice,” said But the state’s Equal Pay the Queen. “Why, someProtection law for women times I’ve believed as — same job, same pay — many as six impossible DONNA BRAZILE allows women to sue busithings before breakfast.” — Columnist nesses. So Republican Gov. “Through the LookingScott Walker got the ReGlass, and What Alice publican legislature to repeal the law, Found There” by Lewis Carroll I kept thinking about this conversation using the pretzel defense that lawyers between the White Queen and Alice as I were using the equal pay law to “clog up watched one Republican spokesperson the legal system.” — Republicans in Virginia passed a vile after another deny that their party has launched a “war on women.” Some parti- law mandating that a woman seeking an san strategist apparently decided the best abortion must have an invasive vaginal ulway to make a truth go away is to ask the trasound exam, although it serves no medpublic to believe the impossible — that it ical purpose. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell said he’d sign it, then said he’d doesn’t exist. oppose it, but signed it March 7. Huh? — In Pennsylvania, Republican Gov. In full disclosure, I too am a partisan. But I also recognize that facts matter, and Tom Corbett offered up some advice for that we can’t discuss policy if we put words women who don’t want to have a mandathrough the looking glass to distort the tory ultrasound before they terminate facts. And all across America, GOP law- their pregnancy: Don’t look at it. “I don’t makers have introduced legislation de- know how you make anybody watch,” Corsigned to restrict women’s access to a full bett said. “You just have to close your eyes.” — The Texas Women’s Health Program range of reproductive health care services. They even want to eliminate funding for provides affordable health care to about Title X, our nation’s family planning pro- 130,000 low-income women. Republican gram, which was introduced by Richard Gov. Rick Perry made access difficult, if not impossible, by banning Planned ParentNixon. Redefining women’s rights so that they hood from being a provider. That action rearen’t, and finding pretzeled explanations quired the federal government to cut off to justify enforcing economic inequality — I federal Medicaid funds, because states call this Humpty-Dumptying the debate. can’t ban providers. Since abortion Republicans’ denial of a pattern of behavior providers do not receive federal or state — namely, their concerted effort to return funds, Perry’s ban of Planned Parenthood, women to a pre-World War I status — is in effect, only banned poor women from receiving affordable health care. asking us to believe the impossible. — Govs. Walker, McDonnell, Corbett A new report by People for the American Way concludes, “Anti-woman proposals and Perry are five-star generals in the Rethat have been percolating in the right- publican war on women. Perhaps we can wing fringe for years — such as ‘person- add others, such as the governors of Ohio, hood’ measures — are suddenly supported Arizona and Mississippi. The list goes on by mainstream presidential candidates. and on. — Conservative radio commentator Rights that women have come to take for granted — like the right to access birth Rush Limbaugh, press secretary and chief control — have suddenly come under at- propagandist for the Republican war on women, verbally abused Georgetown Unitack for the first time in decades.” Let me highlight just a few of the great- versity Law student Sandra Fluke, calling est attacks on women’s access to reproduc- her, among other niceties, a “slut” for wanttive health care and preventative ing insurance companies to cover birth control when prescribed for certain medmedicines, as presented in that report: — Republicans in Congress have voiced ical conditions. Most leading Republicans strong opposition to extending the Vio- refused to condemn Limbaugh. Mitt Romlence Against Women Act. In one instance, ney, the presumptive Republican presiSteven R. Hurst covers politics for The Associated they want to strip a provision giving In- dential nominee, said that Limbaugh’s Press. dian tribes new authority to enforce do- language “is not the language I would have mestic violence laws. Some Republican used” — implying that only the wording leaders, now worried about the gender gap was impolitic, not the idea. Will voters consider all this part of an among voters, are modifying their opposition. They will still attempt to pass a wa- attack on women’s rights — an assault that allows government intrusion into tered-down version. In response, Vice President Joe Biden, your private life decisions? We will soon one of the original champions of the act, find out. But we women deserve to have control said: “Imagine now the message it sends if (the law is) not reauthorized. Just ask over the critical decisions affecting our own yourself, what message would be sent to health, and we intend to keep it that way. every one of our daughters, every one imDonna Brazile is a senior Democratic prisoned in her own home?” — Many Republicans want to repeal the strategist, a political commentator and Lilly Ledbetter Federal Fair Pay Act. Sign- contributor to CNN and ABC News, and a ing it was Obama’s first act in office. Still, contributing columnist to Ms. Magazine despite progress, women today are paid 77 and O, the Oprah Magazine.

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Where to Write Public officials can be contacted through the following addresses and telephone numbers: ■ Lucy Fess, mayor, 5th Ward Commissioner, ward5comm@piquaoh.org, 615-9251 (work), 773-7929 (home) ■ John Martin, 1st Ward Commissioner, ward1comm@piquaoh.org, 773-2778 (home)

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To the Editor: Recently, the Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society sponsored the 17th annual Routes for Roots genealogy workshop on the fourth floor of the Ft. Piqua Plaza. This was the first year for the workshop to be held downtown and it was a success. We had participants from 12 counties and most of the participants had never been to the Ft. Piqua Plaza and the Piqua Public Library. We heard many compliments on the building and rooms and it was good for those people to see what a jewel we have here in Piqua. During the hour and a half lunch break, many of the participants visited businesses downtown and ate lunch in the local restaurants. Lorna Swisher of Mainstreet Piqua was kind enough to provide our participants with a map of the downtown establishments. Gary Meek, local history coordinator of the Piqua Public Library, presented the opening remarks for the workshop and gave a brief history of the Ft. Piqua Hotel building. The library was also very helpful in providing us with a room where participants could relax during the lunch break. Kathy Alexander of the Ft. Piqua Banquet Center was so nice to work with. She was very helpful and if we had questions or any requests, she was there to provide us with what we needed. Our speakers were Mary Renner, Clues in Family Photos; Peggy Lauritzen, Planning an Effective Cemetery Trip and Migration Trails to Ohio; Ken Smith , Estate Inventories as well as Truth & Accuracy in Genealogy; and Mark Middleton on Why a Genealogist Should Digitally Archive. We picked up so many clues from them to help with our research. A big thank you to Beppo Uno Pizzeria & Trattoria, Cracker Barrel, Creative Memories Christine O’Neal, Eagle Printing, Mercer County Chapter of OGS, Tippecanoe Historical Society, Upper Valley Career Center, Winans Chocolates & Coffee, Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau, and Sue Cook. Also, a thank you to the MCH&GS Board members for your help in making this year’s Routes for Roots a success. —Lois J. Fair Routes for Roots chairman Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society

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special woman. She happens to be my daughter-inlaw’s mother. We are very happy together, but our children are extremely upset about this. My son and her daughter no longer speak to us at this point. I feel it’s my life and I shouldn’t live it for the kids, nor would I want them to live their lives for me. Is it wrong for me to be with her, or are the kids overreacting? DEAR LAURA: You’re — IN LOVE IN asking an intelligent quesKENTUCKY tion and I commend you for your sensitivity. If the DEAR IN LOVE: The photo album is intended to “kids” are overreacting, be a surprise for your fa- and they shouldn’t be tryther, consider talking to ing to blackmail the two of your stepmother about the you into doing what they idea. It will give you an in- prefer. It is your life, and dication of how such a gift just as you wish your son would be perceived by her. and daughter-in-law every happiness, they should be DEAR ABBY: I’m 24 doing the same for you. and love my parents. Mom This situation is not as unconfided to me that she has usual as they think, and been seeing a high school they should not be judging flame behind my father’s or punishing you, because back. She claims she loves you are doing nothing this man and said she has wrong. slept with him, but she doesn’t want to leave the DEAR ABBY: I marsecurity my father pro- ried “Darrel” six months vides for her. She swore me ago. It bothers me that he to secrecy about her affair. wears a silver bracelet Meanwhile, my father from a relationship that has started talking to me ended five years ago. He about their marital prob- claims that if I were to lems. He doesn’t under- wear a piece of jewelry stand why Mother isn’t from my first marriage, it happy. I feel like I should wouldn’t bother him as it tell him, but that would be- is “just jewelry.” How do tray my mother. At the you feel about this? same time, not telling him — BOTHERED IN what I know is betraying DAYTONA BEACH him. What should I do? — CAUGHT IN THE DEAR BOTHERED: MIDDLE What I feel about this is not important; it’s how you DEAR CAUGHT IN feel. If your husband’s THE MIDDLE: Your par- wearing the bracelet is a ents should not be confid- constant, irritating retheir marital minder that he was ining difficulties to you. They volved with someone else, should attempt to resolve he should remove it bethem by communicating cause it isn’t “just jewelry” with each other — prefer- to you. And your feelings ably with the help of a li- should be more important censed marriage counselor. to him than the bracelet, That your mother would don’t cha think? turn you into a co-conspirDear Abby is written by ator in her affair is despicable. Give her a deadline Abigail Van Buren, also to level with your father or known as Jeanne Phillips, tell her that you will. He and was founded by her deserves to know the mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at truth. www.DearAbby.com or P.O. DEAR ABBY: I have Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA fallen in love with a very 90069.

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In this film image released by Disney, Thor portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, left, and Captain America, portrayed by Chris Evans, are shown in a scene from “The Avengers.” CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic The hype has been building for years and it couldn’t possibly be more deafening at this point. After a series of summer blockbusters that individually introduced Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America, all these characters come together alongside several other friends and foes in “Marvel’s The Avengers.” And with director and co-writer Joss Whedon, they couldn’t be in better hands. He’s pulled off the tricky feat of juggling a large ensemble cast and giving everyone a chance to shine, of balancing splashy set pieces with substantive ideology. Stuff gets blowed up real good in beautifully detailed 3-D in “The Avengers” — the area in and around Grand Central Terminal, for example, gets obliterated beyond recognition in an exhausting, climactic battle — but the film as a whole is never a mess from a narrative perspective. Whedon keeps a tight rein on some potentially unwieldy material, and the result is a film that simultaneously should please purists (one of which he is) as well as those who aren’t necessarily comic-book aficionados. He also stays true to the characters while establishing a tone that’s very much his own. As he did with the recent horror hit “The Cabin in the Woods,” which he co-wrote and produced, Whedon has come up with a script that’s cheeky and breezy, full of witty banter and sly popculture shout-outs as well as self-referential humor, one that moves with an infectious energy that (almost) makes

you lose track of its two-and-a-halfhour running time. The back-and-forth between Robert Downey Jr.’s glib Iron Man and Chris Evans’ old-school Captain America is electric, while Downey’s more low-key, philosophical exchanges with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk help give the film some intellectual heft. Actually, Downey damn near runs away with this whole thing, a tough feat to pull off in a cast full of personalities who are literally larger than life; it just goes to show once again how irresistibly charismatic he can be with the right kind of writing. But the film’s vibe is never smug or off-putting; these are still comic book heroes full of all the torment and introspection you’d expect. And for a movie that’s violent as hell, “The Avengers” ends up being an earnest plea for peace. As in the best of its predecessors, the original “Iron Man” from 2008, it’s a reminder that a summer blockbuster can be glossy and entertaining but still have meatier matters on its mind. And we haven’t even gotten to the plot yet: It’s your basic bad-guy-wantsto-take-over-the-world kinda thing. But even Whedon seems to recognize what a hackneyed premise that is, so he has a little fun with it. The preening, effete Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the bitter brother of hunky demigod Thor (Chris Hemsworth), descends to Earth from Asgard, which still has a distinctly ‘70s cheesiness about its twinkly sci-fi aesthetic. Once here, he steals the Tesseract, the cosmic blue cube that gives its bearer unlimited power, or some such. The no-nonsense Nick Fury (Samuel

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West led the queen of spades, and East judged that there was very little hope of stopping four hearts if he adopted a passive line of defense. He therefore overtook the spade queen with the king and returned his singleton club. East's plan was to take the ace of hearts as soon as declarer led a trump, lead a low spade to West's (presumed) jack of spades, then ruff West's club return and so defeat the contract. But East's intentions were not lost on declarer, who realized what would happen if he made no attempt to spike this plan. South therefore took the club return in dummy, cashed the A-K of dia-

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The vacation continues The “Vacation Like Everyone Else Takes” continued on from Mississippi as nine of us climbed into my mother’s oversized station wagon, which she insisted we use to transport her other daughter and three grandsons back up to Ohio.With three adult drivers, it was expected to be an easy journey, but my very small sister didn’t intend to drive that very large vehicle anywhere, not even out of the driveway. I think at least two of her three sons were taller than she, giving her a reason to be sufficiently tired to sleep without guilt through most of the trip. My hopes for a chatty visit never materialized. Behind the generous back seat was sufficient space for two or three of the children to enjoy board games. After all the 5- and 10-dollar problems we’d encountered, we still had a little vacation money remaining but we did NOT stop for souvenirs along the way. I like to feel that I saw to the nourishment of the baby alligator because it continued to be lively and threatening. Although I meant no harm to the hapless creature, I had no maternal feeling toward the snapping captive either. At the beginning of the trip south, RB determined that the gas gauge wasn’t accurate so he stopped to refuel about every 200 miles. The return trip involved a lot of night driving.We were south of Louisville on a 60-mile stretch called the Kentucky Turnpike (better than a dirt road but a far cry from our four lane highways of today) when something went wrong with his calculations. Of course you know who was driving, and I said, “Dear, the car is stopping.” And you know his response: “What do you mean ‘the car is stopping’ ?” I’m not sure of my exact answer but I can guarantee you that it wasn’t something I’d want to see printed here. One of the silliest things I’ve ever seen him do is look under a hood; he’d only have a clue that the motor hadn’t fallen out. Cars didn’t have emergency blinkers so we two women and six children rolled up the windows, locked the doors

and suffocated in the dark. Since we were still south of Ohio, I’ll use the accepted southern term and say we “cracked” the windows, as a way to get a breath of cool air. RB took the only flashlight and headed up the road looking for a service station. The good side was, everyone was too frightened to think of taking care of any bathroom needs. Despite the fact that we were all awake, no one asked for anything. We didn’t sing or tell stories, but there was no whining. (Except for me and I may have whined a little bit.) It seemed like hours before he returned and it probably was. I don’t know if it was the gas can or the lift back but one of them cost $5 and the other was $10. There was no further trouble before arriving home and it was a real joy to be standing in my kitchen — for a few minutes. Then it happened, right in front of us: The refrigerator gave a death rattle and died with a trailing groan. At that time, just as today, no one tried to repair a refrigerator; maybe no one knew how, or the parts and labor would be more expensive than a new appliance.There was nothing to do but buy a new one, and a tub with some ice, milk for the children, and beer for you-know-who, using the remaining $5 and $10 and charging the balance. Unfortunately the alligator made the trip in fine shape. He hung out with us for a few weeks before we sent him to live at the Columbus Zoo, a $10 fee for transportation plus a donation.They told us he wasn’t an alligator at all but was a crocodile, which accounted for his hissing and snapping attitude. The sutures to repair the wound in our younger son’s mouth were removed as they’d been placed: Five stitches in, $5, five stitches out, $5. He healed nicely. Like his mother, he saves everything. He still has the beautiful shell that he ran to share with his Grandma Stevens when he crashed into her concrete steps. We had been home for just a day or

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We attended the wedding onThursday of Matthew and Leanna. Daughter Elizabeth and her friend Timothy were witnesses at the wedding. CAROLYN STEVENS Matthew is a brother to TimColumnist othy. The bride chose the color navy that the two girl when we got the phone call from Mis- witnesses and herself wore sissippi with the bad news.Well, maybe along with a white cape and it was good news; at least we weren’t apron. In this community there when it happened. We’d been the bride gets married wearstaying at the upscale home of RB’s ing a black head covering cousin and wife, John Ashley and Lois, and after she is married she which they graciously offered while switches to white and will they were away. (We were able to leave never wear a black covering it in its pristine condition because the again. At Amish weddings children stayed in the home of my sis- there are usually two couples ter and RB’s brother, Joanne and that are witnesses at a wedHamilton.) Remember the impressive ding, one for the bride and wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor mirror in one for the one groom. Usuthat loaned bedroom? The owners had ally it is a brother or sister or hardly gotten unpacked before the in- close friend of the bride and cident occurred. The entire mirror groom. Services start about 9 popped off the wall and shattered into a.m. and usually the couples millions of pieces. They said are married by 11:30 a.m. or they didn’t blame us, but noon. Afterward a big we were never indinner is served to Rhubarb vited back. all the guests.The juice I’m not sure menu on Thurswhat God day was 8 pounds rhubarb, diced I thought mashed pota8 quarts water meant when toes, gravy, 2 (12-ounce) cans frozen orange I asked for a green beans, juice “vacation d r e s s i n g, 2 (46-ounce) cans pineapple juice like other poor man’s 4 cups sugar people take” 2 (3-ounce) boxes strawberry gelatin steak, cabbut I bage salad, haven’t ever homemade Combine rhubarb and water and asked for bread, butcook until rhubarb is soft. Drain, disthat again. ter and jam, carding rhubarb, and add the rest Physically or a variety of of ingredients to the juice. Stir financially, we cakes, colorful until sugar is dissolved. Put simply couldn’t key lime, chocohot juice into jars, seal and afford it. late-vanilla pudcold pack for five ding pie and grape minutes. You can contact jello pudding. Tables Carolyn Stevens at canare set up in a big builddrstevens@att.net. ing that can seat quite a few people at one time. It varies on how big the building is as to how many tables can be set up. The couple has trend in teen birth rates or is that encourage granddaugh- around 12-16 couples who just a statistical blip. It’s a ters’ contraceptive use. Will serve as tablewaiters usually safe assumption teenage these messages decrease as sisters, brothers, cousins, or grandchildren have not government austerity puts close friends of the bride and stopped having sex.What ac- more programs on the chop- groom. counts for this change? Have ping blocks? We sure hope Yesterday our church grandchildren undergone a not.We don’t make the news. services were held at our collective awakening of com- We report and comment on neighbor’s home. We have it. We all win when teenage Communion twice a year mon sense? Experts attribute the drop granddaughters find better and yesterday was one of to a combination of factors. ways to put meaning into those occasions. It was a nice The recession has made their lives. and chilly day. Seems the teens more aware that the weather has been staying Dee and Tom, married cool and we don’t get very free ride is over. Reality TV shows that depict the trials more than 50 years, have warm days. and tribulations of young eight grandchildren.Together I started a fire in the stove motherhood have also made with Key, they welcome ques- in the basement this mornan impact. The biggest rea- tions, suggestions and Grand ing. The house feels better son may be pregnancy pre- Remarks of the Week. Send to with some heat in it. We vention messages from P.O. Box 27454,Towson, MD, burn our coal during the winter months but on days public health authorities 21285. Call 410-963-4426.

LOVINA EICHER The Amish Cook like this we burn wood. That is an extra chore to keep going downstairs and adding more wood. I guess I am spoiled as during the winter when we are burning coal I only have to add coal once a day. Our stove has a coal hopper and it only has to be filled twice a day during the winter months, I usually fill it in the morning and Joe at night. We got quite a bit of wood from the trees which were uprooted in our yard earlier this spring. We also sold three of the big logs to the local sawmill. We still need to get someone to move the big tree stumps. One of the branches of the oak tree was stuck down into the ground 3 1/2 to 4 feet.We are thankful no one was close to it when it fell. Sister Liz, Levi and four of their children stopped in on Saturday for a short visit. They had my sisters Susan and Verena with them.They had been to one of Levi’s brothers in this community for dinner. They bought a covered buggy from him at an auction. Levi was taking the buggy back home to Berne, Ind. They will sell their open buggy, which they bought from us when we moved to Michigan, and use the covered one from now on. I am sure they will like it a lot better in the cold winter months and when it rains. The community in Berne has open buggies but now several churches are allowing covered buggies. When we lived in Berne we had to drive in open buggies. I thought I would have a hard time getting used to a covered buggy. Now I think I would have to get used to driving in the open buggy during the cold winter months. We use a lot fewer coats driving in the covered buggy. When it rained our coats would get dirty from the wheels splattering mud up on us. Some people in this community have small propane heaters in their buggies but we still do not have one. Today after the laundry is done we plan to can some rhubarb juice. My rhubarb is really big already.

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Inflammation in mice A Juvenile Diabetes Research funded study has made some impressive findings. Bear with me here. This sounds like something from a piece of science fiction. Scientists (who are way smarter than I am) studied two sets of mice. One set had a genetic predisposition to type 1 diabetes (T1D), such as a relative with it, and the other didn’t. They were both injected with magnetic nanoparticles designed to accumulate in inflamed tissues. The inflamed tissues are an indicator of the autoimmune attack that causes T1D. T1D is caused when the immune system attacks the body’s

own beta cells which produce insulin. It’s crazy to think how your body can turn on itself! Anyways, back to the point, after scanning the mice using an MRI, the researchers found more inflammation in those with the predisposition. OK, no surprise here, right? Well, it gets better. The increased inflammation began at six weeks to 10 weeks of age meaning that the progression starts very early in life. Now, we’re not exactly like mice (something I’m very glad about) so this may only be in animals. But, what if it’s not? It’s very interesting to think that the progression be-

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TROY — Georgia Overholser, UVMC Site Manager of Health Information Services (HIS), was recognized with a statewide organization’s Ambassador to Education Award. Overholser’s selection was announced recently by the Ohio Health Information Management Association. She was nominated based on her strong commitment and support of t h e health information technology p r o gram at Sinclair Community C o l - OVERHOLSER lege. Overholser, BS, RHIA, has been employed at UVMC for more than 30 years, performing a variety of roles in the HIS department. As manager, she coordinates all activities for health information and the release of information. A Troy resident, Overholser is a graduate of Sinclair with an associate degree in health information management and the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in health information management. The award recognizes Overholser’s continuing work with Sinclair students during their clinical rotation. While the students have specific assignments to complete, those in the UVMC program have additional “Georgia” projects that she said go “well beyond” the required assignments. UVMC has accepted students since 1989. The students now are required to complete 200 hours of clinical rotation.

TROY — Jill Demmitt sees the role of the palliative care nurse as enhancing a patient’s comfort along with providing support for the patient and their loved ones. Demmitt, RN, CHPN, became palliative care nurse at Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) in August. She brings with her nearly 40 years in nursing and more than 25 years experience with Hospice of Miami County. “Palliative care is a relatively new position here at UVMC. Hospice care is comfort care. A lot of people think palliative care and hospice care is the same thing. It is not. All hospice care is palliative for comfort, but not all palliative care is hospice care,” Demmitt said. Utilizing a comprehensive approach, palliative care helps provide care for patients who have been diagnosed with serious or life-threatening illness, such as cancer, chronic lung disease or congestive heart fail-

gins so early and the disease often doesn’t peak for years. I was diagnosed at 3, so for me and those young onsets like me, this makes sense I guess. But many aren’t diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (yes, type 1) until their 30s, 40s or 50s. On a side note, I’d like to take a minute to highlight the fact that just because a person is older does not mean their diabetes is automatically type 2! This is something many people, including the medical community, need to learn! Sorry, I digress. So, it’s weird to think that the progression could begin so early in life and take so long to become full blown.

ure, and can begin at the time a patient is diagnosed. The physician introduces the idea of palliative care to a patient and family, when appropriate. If that route is chosen and a doctor’s order approved, Demmitt would join the care team. “I see my role as supportive, talking with the patient and family, meeting them where they are at in their whole disease process. Sometimes, especially here in the hospital, they are very overwhelmed. Perhaps they have seen a lot of different doctors, specialists,” she said. Among her roles is to help them sort through options, answer questions, listen to what they want and, basically, assist in any way. “Maybe this is a situation where there is nothing curative to be done, but supportive care needs to be done. What kind of therapies do they want or not want? Sometimes family members don’t agree on that,” she said. “I can be a sounding board,

Talk on development of a vaccine to prevent predisposed T1D

Hmm…Another interesting thing noted in the research is that in the case of these mice, it seems T1D does not require an additional trigger such as a secondary infection or environmental shad to start T1D. I had chicken pox a few months before being diagnosed with T1D and was told that is what set mine into action. OK, so now we have these findings in mice, what do we do with them? Well, the scientist took things one step further. “They identified a number of previously unknown molecular and cellular elements that

correlated with disease protection. One of these protective elements is CRIg, the complement receptor of the immunoglobulin superfamily. The presence of CRIg marked a subset of macrophages associated with diabetes resistance. The scientists injected CRIg engineered molecules into mice predisposed to diabetes and found that it resulted in a lower incidence of the disease.” See, I told you it sounded like science fiction! I find this particularly encouraging. There has been talk of a vaccine being developed to pre-

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Columnist vent those predisposed to T1D from getting it. The CRIg engineered molecules may just be the answer. Of course tons of research is further needed, but hopefully before too long, this research will turn into a vaccine that can be given to my children. There are a lot of things that I want to give my babies. T1D is not one of them! Jennifer Runyon has had type 1 diabetes for 25 years. She can be reached at jrunyon@woh.rr.com.

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Jill Demmitt, UVMC Palliative Care Nurse, left, talks with Dr. Naga Madireddy. answer questions so that, hopefully, they can all come together and come to an agreement.” Demmitt said she also can talk about advanced directives and serve as a resource for the doctors and nurses because such conversations can take time. She first volunteered for the county hospice organization when it was being formed in the early 1980s. A few months later, she was hired as a part-time hospice nurse. A TV movie about Hospice caught her interest as did an early career experience working with sick and re-

tired nuns, Demmitt said. “I saw a whole different side to the dying process. I was used to acute care, the emergency room, doing everything that you can with CPR, etc.,“ she said. Certified in hospice and palliative care, she works with Naga P. Madireddy, M.D., to form the UVMC palliative care team. Jean Heath, UVMC Cancer Care Center director, said goals include a stronger presence for palliative care at UVMC. “Jill really has been a blessing for us in the Cancer Care Center. We talk about holistic care, quality of care,

Jill is another of those special people who bring palliative care to the organization and the Cancer Care Center,” Heath said. Demmitt said palliative care is an important part of overall care options. “It is very rewarding. When you can make a difference in someone’s life with comfort, it is so important,” she said. “ For more information about the palliative care program, contact Demmitt at 440-4828 or visit www.UVMC.com. Jill Demmitt, UVMC Palliative Care Nurse, left, talks with Dr. Naga Madireddy.

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Thurs - Weds @ 5pm Sat - Thurs @ 4pm

Due to our continued growth Concept Machine is seeking experienced individuals for 1st & 2nd shift positions: CNC Lathe & CNC Mill: Setups required. Multiple positions both lathes and mills.

A growing professional security company is seeking responsible, courteous professionals with prior security experience, or the willingness to learn. Currently P/T positions available with opportunities for F/T

INSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Tool Room Machinists Positions:

Security Positions Available

A reputable distributor of Fertilizer application equipment & parts is looking for an inside sales representative to work in their store in west central Ohio. Seeking a motivated individual with agricultural and customer service experience that can help them service customers with their equipment and parts needs. Duties include but are not limited to: • Working directly with Farmers and Fertilizer Retailers on parts projects. • Providing product service and support in the store and over the phone. • Filling orders for UPS shipping. • Receiving incoming product for customer orders. • Assisting in the reordering process for stock parts. Salary range based on experience; benefits are full and comprehensive. Please send cover letter and resume to: P.O. Box 916 c/o Sidney Daily News 1451 N. Vandemark Rd Sidney, OH 45365

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Pay starting $9.00 per hour Must be able to work all shifts Flexible hours Paid training Full time position receives vacation, and sick time, after one year Yearly raise with evaluation Requirements:

Apply in person at: Concept Machine & Tool, Inc. 2065 Industrial Court Covington, Ohio

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• Migrant Seasonal Head Start agency seeking candidates for • Child Development Advocate • Infant/Toddler Teachers • Teacher Aides • Bus Aides • Cook Aides at our New Carlisle and/or Piqua, Ohio centers:

or call 800-422-2805 for a list of positions by center. Cover Letter, Resume and Official Copy of Transcripts can be emailed to hrohio@mail.tmccentral.org

or mailed to: TMC Ohio C/O Human Resources 601 North Stone Street Fremont, Ohio 43420 TMC is an EEOE

Must have two years experience with strong knowledge of CNC operation and machine set-ups, as well as the ability to read blue prints and work in a team environment. Excellent wages and benefits available with a pleasant work environment.

Needed Immediately

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Apply within 8am-2pm

Part Time Office Administrator Microsoft Office, Quick books, and Data Base entry experience helpful. Good people skills a plus. Send resume to: 1554 McKaig Ave, Bldg B Troy, OH 45373

Professional Good customer service skills Basic computer skills Strong communication skills At least 18 yrs of age High school diploma or GED Be able to pass an extensive background check & drug test Reliable transportation, valid driver license Send Resumes For Immediate Consideration To: keith_price@ ahm.honda.com Or fax to: (937)339-9149

Upper Valley Career Center Position Announcement: Administrative Assistant

UVCC is seeking a motivated person to provide administrative support to the district Treasurer & Director of Business Operations. Applicant must be a self starter who can multi-task and problem solve. Candidate would be responsible for preparing financial reports for the district Treasurer as well as updating and maintaining employee records, administration of benefits and preparation of budgetary documents along with various additional responsibilities. Interested candidates can apply on the Dayton Area School Consortium by visiting

NOTICE Investigate in full before sending money as an advance fee. For further information, call or write:

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and selecting the employment link.

Mon-Fri

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Koenig Equipment Tipp City, OH We are looking for a Parts Counter Specialist to assist customers with the purchase of replacement parts required to properly maintain their lawn and garden equipment. We seek a personable self-starter who has a solid memory for both customers and parts. Customer service experience in a parts environment and attention to detail skills are job requirements. Experience with John Deere equipment is preferred. For more information on the position or to submit a resume, visit: koenigequipment.com/ contact/careers

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RN, MDS-3 Nurse SpringMeade HealthCenter is currently seeking an experienced RN, MDS-3 Nurse with excellent communication skills with facility directors, nursing and STNA staff, and most importantly our Residents. We Offer: • Medical/ Dental/ Vision Insurance • 401-K • Life Insurance If you want to work with the leader of quality long term care, please apply. SpringMeade HealthCenter 6 miles North of Dayton 4375 S County Rd 25-A Tipp City, Ohio 45371 937-667-7500 ✙●✙●✙●✙●✙●✙●✙●✙

Miami County Public Health:

We are a machine tool rebuilder and repair service company for metal cutting machinery industry, We are rapidly growing and currently looking to fill the following positions. REPAIR TECHNICIAN Ambitious person with good mechanical knowledge, general machining ability and willing to learn the rebuilding trade.

Part time 21 hours a week. work in well child, prenatal, family planning, immunizations. RN required, BSN and previous experience preferred. Call: Sandra Lutz (937)573-3506 E.O.E.

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GENERAL CLEAN-UP PERSON Job will include parts cleaning, general inside shop cleaning and vehicle cleaning. MMR: offers competitive wages, benefits, uniforms, and a great work environment.

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Please send resume by email to: mmr@nktelco.net or by mail to: Master Machine Rebuilders, Inc. P.O. Box 32 701 W. Monroe St. New Bremen, OH 45869 Website: www.mastermachine rebuilders.com Phone (419)629-2025 Fax (419)629-3608

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REGISTERED NURSE

CDL Drivers: $11.50/HR

Elite Enclosure Co.,LLC 2349 Industrial Dr Sidney, Oh

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LPN'sCasual

STNA's FT-PT-Casual We are looking for experienced skilled people. come in and fill out an application and speak with Beth Bayman, Staff Development. Koester Pavilion 3232 North County Road 25A Troy OH 45373 (I-75 at exit 78) 937.440.7663 Phone 937.335.0095 Fax Located on the Upper Valley Medical Center Campus EOE

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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 Union branches are 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.

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IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Mig Welders/ Fabricators, Assemblers, Construction, Mason Tenders, foundry workers, Forklift Operators, Receptionist, Clerical, and General labor. Valid DL & HSD/ GED required, pass background check. BarryStaff (937)726-6909 or (937)381-0058 EOE

To apply stop in our office or send application or resume c/o: Diane Taylor 405 Public Square, Suite 373 Troy, Ohio 45373 or e-mail: dtaylor@crsi-oh.com

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DEADLINES/CORRECTIONS:

We are looking for drivers to deliver the Troy Daily News on Daily, Sundays, holidays and on a varied as needed basis.

Drivers must have: Valid drivers license Reliable transportation State minimum insurance

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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

Call for more details: 937-570-1642

245 Manufacturing/Trade

Laserfab Technologies, Inc. is seeking an individual with general metal fabrication experience including

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LASER PRESS BRAKE WELDING

Experienced candidates only. Benefits offered after 90 day probation. Submit resumes to: dmcclure@laserfabtech.com

or mail to: P.O. Box 4812, Sidney, OH 45365 No calls please

STARTING WAGES $17.00 to $18.00 per/Hr Submit resume to: AMS 330 Canal Street Sidney, Ohio 45365 Email: amsohio1@earthlink.net

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DENTAL ASSISTANT Fast paced safety net dental clinic has full time opening for compassionate, hard working Dental Assistant with at least two years experience. Clinic services Medicaid and low income residents of Miami County. Wages start at $12.50 per hour. Call (937)418-6230 for appointment

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640 Financial

AK Construction Commercial / Residential • New Roof & Roof Repair • Painting • Concrete • Hauling • Demo Work • New Rubber Roofs All Types of Interior/Exterior Construction & Maintenance

(937) 473-2847 Pat Kaiser (937) 216-9332

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Bankruptcy Attorney Emily Greer • 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. 2262706

645 Hauling

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•30x40x12 with 2 doors, $9,900 •40x64x14 with 2 doors, $16,000 ANY SIZE AVAILABLE!

Gravel Hauled, Laid & Leveled Driveways & Parking Lots

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875-0153 698-6135

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Residential Commercial Industrial

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Amos Schwartz Construction

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SNOW MASONRY, Brick, block & stone, restoration & repair. 30+ years experience. Call for free estimate. (937)605-7559.

765-857-2623 765-509-0070

Sealcoat, paint strips, crack fill, pothole repair. Commercial and Residential

(260) 273-0754

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ANY TYPE OF REMODELING

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710 Roofing/Gutters/Siding

BROOKHART GROUNDSCAPE

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665 Lawn, Garden, Landscaping

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937-620-4579

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Tammy Welty (937)857-4222

Mobile Veterinary Service Treating Dogs, Cats & Exotics

(937) 339-1902

Stone

or (937) 238-HOME

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Piqua, Ohio 937-773-0637

Install - Repair Replace - Crack Fill Seal Coat

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720 Handyman

937-492-ROOF

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937-335-6080

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CHILDREN 2 YRS AND UP 40 HOURS $70 WEEK 25 HOURS AND LESS $30 WEEK

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INFANTS 0-2 YEARS 40 HOURS $70 WEEK 25 HOURS AND LESS $30 WEEK

(937) 232-7816 (260) 273-6223 255 Professional

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620 Childcare

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Repairing Industrial Equipment, Mechanical, Electrical trouble shooting, Hydraulic/ Pneumatic repair, (PLCs) required. Minimum 2 year’s experience. Benefits after 90 days.

with

KIM’S FURNITURE

BUY~ SELL ~ TRADE NOW BUYING ANTIQUES FURNITURE COLLECTIBLES GOLD & SLIVER SERVICES: TAG SALES, APPRAISALS, HAULING 7505 S. CO RD. 25-A• TIPP CITY 667-3316 667-2295 KEEP THIS AD!

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670 Miscellaneous

Since 1977

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S'ELLEN PHOTOGRAPHY has moved to a new downtown location. 130 North Main Avenue, Sidney. Call today to book your photo session or to inquire about basic photography classes! (937)622-2910.

RICK WITHROW WITHROW RICK (937) 726-9625 726-9625 (937)

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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

It may be the best move you’ll ever make!

• Baths • Awnings • Concrete • Additions

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• Spouting • Metal Roofing • Siding • Doors

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$7.70 per hour, $8.70 per hour weekend shifts.

Horseback Riding Lessons

• Roofing • Windows • Kitchens • Sunrooms

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Must have no restrictions.

Certified Public Accountants

Roofing, remodeling, siding, add-ons, interior remodeling and cabintets, re-do old barns, new home construction, etc.

SELF RELIANCE INC. In search of caring people to work in homes with consumers with Developmental Disabilities in Miami County. All shifts available, 7 days a week.

Consider the move to

937-573-4737 www.buckeyehomeservices.com

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245 Manufacturing/Trade

Make sure it’s for the better!

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240 Healthcare

PIQUA, 3224 Sioux Drive, Thursday & Friday, 8am-5pm, Multi-Family Furniture, TVs, clothing, movies, Wii games, playstation2 and games, toys, various Craftsman tools . Home decor, prom dresses, golf equipment, aerator, pack-n-play, luggage and more.

If it’s time for a change...

• Lawn Maintenance and Mowing • Shrub Planting & Removal • Shrub Trimming • Tree Removal • Tree Trimming • Pavers & Wall Stone, Hardscapes

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PIQUA, 520 N. Wayne (in back), Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9am-5pm. Furniture, knick knacks, glassware, canoe, too much to list.

TROY, Merrimont- Brokenwoods (Entrances off Swailes, Peters, MonroeConcord and Co Rd 25A), Saturday, April 28, 9am-5pm. Annual Neighborhood Garage Sales. Over 30 families participating! Indoor & outdoor Furniture, tools, household items, TVs, lawn and exercise, fitness equipment, quality clothing for ladies, teens and men. Baby/ toddler clothes and equipment. Visit our sponsors website actionteamhomes.com for a complete list of addresses and items for sale. Sponsored by Marlene Wagner RE/MAX Professionals.

615 Business Services

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TROY, 731 Market St, the old Hollywood Video Building, Thursday & Friday, 9am-5pm, Team Honda Garage Sale, all proceeds donated to American Cancer Society. Clothes, furniture, kitchen items, baby items.

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

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TROY 2799 Chatham Drive (west on Route 55 in Troy then south on Nashville Road to Chatham Drive), Thursday and Friday 9am5pm, Saturday 9am-12pm. Great prices on TVs, printers, cat's meow, miniature doll house collection, lawn items, and much more.

C resativne V i io Landsca pe

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TROY, 23 Dronfield, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10am-4pm. Household goods, lots of miscellaneous, too much to list.

665 Lawn, Garden, Landscaping

Horseback Riding Lessons

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PIQUA, 3045 Snyder Rd. Saturday Only, 8am-1pm. Horse tack, bridal's, blankets, and saddles, dressers, table and chairs, bed frame, snare drum, household items, and garden items.

SIDNEY, 10900 Scott Rd, (North off of 29 West) Friday 8am- 5pm, Saturday 8am3pm. INSIDE! Affordable perennial plants. Award winning daylily, hosta, fern, sedum, iris, anemone, aster, astilbe, coneflower, coreopsis, rudbeckia, shaftadaisy, salvia, yarrow, helemium, others.

660 Home Services

660 Home Services

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MCCARTYVILLE, 13465 Renee Drive, Thursday, Friday, 8am-4pm, Saturday, 8am-Noon. EVERYTHING MUST GO! Grandfather clock, pool table, 50s style table set, chairs, vintage games, antique dishes, electric power tools, bookcases, bed, lamps, lots of clean miscellaneous.

PLEASANT HILL 8 N. Church St. (first block west of monument on right), Fri. & Sat. 9-4, Baby clothes boys 6 months to 3T, craft items, scrapbooking, high chair, stroller and other baby items, girl clothes size 1 to 14, and lots of misc.

635 Farm Services

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ANNA COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE! Sales in and outside of Anna. Friday 9-6, Saturday 8-2. Dressers, couches, grandfather clock, antique mirror and hanging light, Rainbow sweepers, end/coffee tables, flute, saxophone, electric keyboard, car seats, Swin biker trailer/jogger, 4 wheeler, foosball and pool table, lawn mowers, gator, pontoon boat, live pheasants, flowers and plants.

PLEASANT HILL, 208 South Main Street, April 26-28, 8am-5pm. Three Family Sale! Children's clothes boy/ girl baby-size 6, adult clothes, household items, tools, work bench and much more!

600 - Services

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ANNA 12999 Co Rd 25A. (south edge of Anna. formerly located at 10333 Co Rd 25A) Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8am-5pm. LARGE BARN SALE! John Deere zero turn mower, large amount of new and used tools, new and used tool boxes, new and used bicycles, garden tools, antiques, collectibles, clothes, new Next Mega-Lite 21-speed bike, microwave, Dooney & Burke purses, Gymboree- Aeropostle- Justice clothes infant-teen sizes, lots of miscellaneous!

555 Garage Sales/Yard Sales

To advertise in the Classifieds That Work Service & Business Directory please call: 877-844-8385

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HANDYWOMAN, I can help you with your spring cleaning, cutting the lawn, painting or general help around the house. Call today for a free estimate! (937)214-1261.


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260 Restaurant

PLACE YOUR AD IN THE CLASSIFIEDS THAT WORK 877-844-8385 OR ON THE WEB AT WWW.DAILYCALL.COM • PIQUA DAILY CALL

305 Apartment WEST MILTON Townhouse. 2 Bedroom 1.5 bath. $485 month plus deposit (937)216-4233

320 Houses for Rent

SERVERS BUSSERS & BANQUET SERVERS Experienced Help Needed Full-Time Closed on Mondays Apply in person at: TROY COUNTRY CLUB 1830 Peters Rd., Troy,OH www.troycc.com

280 Transportation

2, 3 & 4 BEDROOM houses available, Piqua, $ 5 5 0 - $ 7 5 0 , (937)778-9303 days, (937)604-5417 evenings. PIQUA, 1825 Wilshire, 3 bedroom ranch, 2.5 car garage, $750 plus deposit. No pets. (937)773-4493 PIQUA, 2 bedroom, north end, $550 month, +deposit. (937)606-2023 or (937)214-0039 TROY, 1542 Beekman, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, appliances, no pets. $775 + deposit. Call (937)506-8319

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To advertise in the Classifieds That Work Picture it Sold please call: 877-844-8385

1997 FORD CROWN VICTORIA 69,900 miles, V8, 4.6 engine. Great gas mileage. Excellent condition. $4000 firm. Call (937)693-4293

400 - Real Estate

1999 CHEVY TAHOE LT 2-tone grey body, great shape, must see. Rebuilt tranny, new parts (have receipts). Can email pics. (402)340-0509

2009 HARLEY DAVIDSON ULTRA CLASSIC Turquious & Antique White, security system, smooth rim, chrome spoked wheels, ABS brakes, below 4000 miles, Nice stereo, $18,000 Firm, Call Rod, (937)638-2383

2006 CHEVROLET IMPALA LT Cloth interior, silver, great shape, new brakes, runs great. Asking $7800 (937)684-0555

2002 HONDA 1800 GOLDWING Illusion blue, 31,000 miles, Has CB radio, intercom, cruise control, etc., too many extras to list, $11,000. Call Steve. (937)726-7998

DRIVERS WANTED 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

For Sale 430 Mobile Homes for Sale 2 BEDROOM, in Covington, park owner will finance. (937)473-5165

500 - Merchandise

1998 HONDA GL1500 GOLDWING ASPENCADE 90,306 miles. New seat in summer 2011. Comes with 1 full cover, 1 half cover and trailer hitch. $6500 OBO. (937)596-5474 fctss5@hotmail.com

2001 KEYSTONE 242 FW SPRINGDALE 5TH WHEEL 12 foot super slide, sleeps 6. Excellent condition! Stored inside when not used. $9000. (937)726-4580 Botkins, OH

Very clean, 90,000 miles, $5900. Must sell!

577 Miscellaneous

580 Musical Instruments

592 Wanted to Buy

CRIB Complete, cradle, playpen, walker, car seat, tub, gate, blankets, clothes, TY buddys, Boyd care bears, disney animated phones (937)339-4233

PIANO, 5 Foot Baby Grand, refurbished with new strings, $3000, (937)698-5140

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NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS The Springcreek Township Trustees will accept bids at the home of Arlene Snider, Fiscal Officer Home, 7730 Union-Shelby Road, Piqua, Ohio 45356. Phone: 773-1540, until Monday, May 14th at 6:00P.M. Open sealed bids will be at the Springcreek Township Office at 8290 Piqua-Lockington Road, Piqua, Ohio 45356 on May 14th, 2012 at 8:00 P.M.

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For furnishing all labor, material, and equipment for Springcreek Township’s 2012 Chip Seal Program on various township roads according to specifications on file in The Springcreek Township’s Office. Said bids shall be on a unit price basis and shall be in writing on proposal blanks furnished by the Township and included herein. Pursuant to Section 153.54 of the Ohio Revised Code, the bidder shall submit a BID GUARANTY as a guarantee that the bidder, if successful will enter into a contract with the Township. The BID GUARANTY shall be in the form of either:

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In our hearts your memory lingers, sweetly tender, fond and true. Name of Deceased:____________________ There is not a day, dear Mother/Father, that we do not think of you. Date of Birth:_________________________ Thank you for loving and sharing, Date of Passing:_______________________ for giving and for caring. God bless you and keep you, Number of verse selected :______________ until we meet again. Or write your own (20 words or less):______ Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. ____________________________________ You are loved beyond words ____________________________________ and missed beyond measure. Those we love we never lose, ____________________________________ for always they will be, Closing Message: (Example: Always in our loved remembered, treasured, always in our memory. hearts, Sue & Family):__________________ It broke our hearts to lose you, ____________________________________ but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you, Name of person submitting form:__________ the day God called you home. ____________________________________ My heart still aches in sadness, my silent tears still flow. Phone Number:________________________ For what it meant to lose you, Address:_____________________________ no one will ever know. Memory is a lovely lane, City, State and Zip Code:________________ where hearts are ever true. ____________________________________ A lane I so often travel down, because it leads to you. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Am. Ex. Number: Oh how we wish he/she was here today, ____________________________________ to see all the blessings we have. Expiration Date:_______________________ Yet somehow you know that he/she is guiding us on our paths. Signature:____________________________ Tenderly we treasure the past with memories that will always last. Remembering you on this day, comforted by so many memories. In the hearts of those who loved you, you will always be there. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. . Loved always, sadly missed. To remember your loved one in this Forever remembered, forever missed. special way, submit a photo, this form Suffer little children to come unto me.

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TROY TOWNHOUSE, 2 Bedroom 1.5 bath. Stephenson Drive. $495 month, (937)216-4233.

The Springcreek Township Trustees reserve the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any irregularities in the bids when to advantage of the township and to select the best bid in their judgment.

TROY, Westbrook, 1/2 double, 3 bedroom. $650 month plus deposit. 1 year lease no pets, non smoking, (513)478-9913

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Buccs meets set for May Covington Middle School will host the 55th annual boys/31st annual girls track and field invitational on Tuesday, May 1st, at Covington Smith Field. Start time is 4:15 p.m. There are 15 area teams expected to compete in this event. Admission to the meet is $5 for students and adults. No passes will be accepted. Concessions will be available. On Friday, May 4, Covington High School will host the 63rd annual boys/37th annual girls track invitational, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Covington Smith Field. There are 12 area teams scheduled to compete in this event. Admission is $6 for students and adults. No passes will be accepted. Concessions will be available.

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Vikings sign vet receiver DEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have taken steps toward adding free agent Jerome Simpson, the former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver with a felony drug conviction and what general manager Rick Spielman called "freaktype" athleticism. Spielman confirmed Tuesday the interest in Simpson, who visited the team last week. Fox Sports first reported that Simpson has agreed to terms on a contract with the Vikings, but Spielman declined to acknowledge a deal. Simpson was sentenced April 5 to 15 days in jail, three years of probation and 200 hours of community service plus a $7,500 fine and court costs. He pleaded guilty March 1 to a prohibited act relating to controlled substances. Authorities said they tracked a shipment of 2½ pounds of marijuana to his Kentucky home in September and that they found another pound of the drug inside the house. ESPN reported, citing an unidentified NFL source, that Simpson will be suspended for three games under the league's substance abuse policy.

Piqua baseball closes on GWOC North title BY ROB KISER Sports Editor rkiser@dailycall.com For Piqua baseball coach Jared Askins, filling out lineup card is the easy part. With Andy Draving and Taylor Huebner on the mound, it is hard to go wrong. And that was the case again Monday and Tuesday in a big sweep of Greenville to put the Indians in position for their first league title in baseball in almost 15 years. “The kids were talking about that on the bus Monday on the way home,” Askins said. “They used the term Game Blouses because of a TV show — I call it Game Over. But, they said when those two are pitching, it is Game Blouses.” And in the two most important games of the season, the hurdlers did not disappoint. After Draving threw a five-hit masterpiece Monday, Huebner answered with a six-hit gem Tuesday as Piqua recorded wins of 8-4 and 3-1. That sets things up for the GWOC North closing series with Troy Monday

GWOC North Team Conf. Overall 7-1 10-7 Piqua Troy 6-2 13-7 Vandalia-Butler 5-3 10-9 4-4 10-8 Greenville Sidney 2-6 5-18 Trotwood-Madison 0-8 5-13 Tuesday’s Scores Piqua 3, Greenville 1 Troy 11, Trotwood-Madison 1 Vandalia-Butler 13, Sidney 5 Monday’s Scores Piqua 8, Greenville 4 Troy 22, Trotwood-Madison 7 Vandalia-Butler 16, Sidney 1

and Tuesday and the math is simple — Piqua (7-1 in the conference to Troy’s 6-2) needs a split to win the league title. A sweep by Troy would give the Trojans conference bragging rights. “This was a must win,” Huebner said after throwing a masterpiece Tuesday. “I think it was my second complete game. I just felt great the whole game.” He was particularly tough in the clutch. A misplayed fly ball put a runner on third in the first inning, before Huebner got a line out to get out of trouble. In the second, Greenville put two on before a ground out ended the threat. In the fourth, with See PIQUA/Page 14

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Piqua pitcher Taylor Huebner first a strike Tuesday at Hardman Field.

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Bradford stuns Covington in CCC BY BEN ROBINSON GoBuccs.com COVINGTON — Cross County Conference softball is a strong as it has been in years and you bet-

ter bring your "A" game every night or you'll get beat. Covington found that out first hand as Bradford came back from a 3-0 deficit to stun the Lady

Buccs on their home field. "This is great morale booster," said Bradford coach Eric McReynolds. "To come from behind like See MORALE/Page 14

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The Piqua softball found the going tough against state-rnaked Greenville on Monday. But, Piqua coach Rick Claprood was encouraged by what he saw Tuesday. After losing 10-0 Monday in five innings and getting just one hit, the Lady Indians went the distance against the Wave Tuesday, losing 9-1. And they did it with sophomore Chelsea Smith on the hill. Hill has moved up from the JV team, and with an injury to Haley Dotson, is getting valuable experience. “Chelsea (Smith) keeps the ball down and throws strikes,” Claprood said. “If we ever played good defense behind her, I think she would do really well. She only gave up nine hits tonight, but one was a homer.” Smith struck out four. Dotson had a double and one RBI, Kaity McCawley had two hits and Brandi Baker had a single and double for a Piqua team that has battled injuries all year. “It has been an interesting year,” Claprood said. “Haley (Dotson) threw last night and it was her first night back pitching. If she is OK, I think she will pitch Friday or this weekend. She did a great job at first base tonight. I was happy with that.” Piqua will host Beavercreek Friday and West

Carrollton and Mechanicsburg Saturday.

MONDAY Lady Buccs roll Back-to-back home runs by Casey Yingst and Connor Schaffer got the Covington softball team off to a fast start in an 8-0 win over National Trail Monday. Yingst’s was a threerun blast after Jessie Shilt and Heidi Snipes had singled and when Schaffer homered, it was quickly 40. By the end of the inning, it was 5-0. “We were very lackluster during warmups and I didn’t like how we came out on defense,” Covington coach Dean Denlinger said. “I lit them up when they came into the dugout and the girls responded at the plate.” Denlinger would later empty his bench. “Everyone got to play, which is nice to see,” he said. “And everyone played well.” Schaffer was 3-for-4 at the plate and added a double. Shilt doubled and Shaina Grilliot drove in two runs.

Lady Tigers fall CELINA — The Versailles softball team lost 12-2 to Celina in five innings Monday. Kayla McEldowney had an RBI for the Lady Tigers.


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Buccs rally past Roaders Russia, Versailles get Monday wins COVINGTON — The Covington baseball team rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Bradford 7-4 Tuesday in CCC action. Steven Blei overcame three errors by his defense, striking out 13. He pitched a seven-hitter, while Covington made the most of five hits. “Steven (Blei) threw well,” Covington coach Mitch Hirsch said. “He stayed ahead of batters and made them earn it.” Covington goes to Franklin Monroe Thursday.

infield played very well behind Treg and got him out of a couple jams. In the sixth, we had an error and a misplayed fly ball that allowed Marion Local to score four runs.” Trevor Sher was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Francis was 2for-4 with a double. Eric Magoto added a double. Russia, 10-4, will play at Botkins Thursday.

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NEW PARIS — The Versailles bases team pounded National Trail 13-1 in five innings Monday to improved to 15-5 on MONDAY Raiders edge Flyers the season. Lee Kindell pitched the MARIA STEIN — Treg Francis got the win and first four innings and comMIKE ULLERY/CALL PHOTOS Isaiah Counts the save as bined with Craig LanPiqua’s Taylor Wellbaum lines a single in the first inning against Greenville Tuesday at Hardman Field. the Russia baseball team genkamp on a no-hitter. Rutschilling was Mike picked up an 8-6 win over 2-for-3, while Kindell Marion Local Monday. “Normally, Treg (Fran- scored three runs and cis) is very good at locat- drove in three runs. William Borchers, had Continued from page 13 ing his spots,” Russia coach Rick Gold said. “The two doubles, Ethan Bruns wind and the cold defi- doubled and Dominic Piqua leading 1-0, the nitely affects pitchers. The Richard drove in two runs. first three batters reached and the Wave had runners on first and second with one out after two walks (Huebner got behind 3-0 to both batters). But, a diving catch by Taylor Wellbaum in centerfield and a pop up to Andy Draving at second again frustrated the Wave. “I just lost the plate for a couple of batters,” Huebner said. “Honestly, I just didn’t feel like they were going to score.” Piqua had gotten on the board in the third when Adam DeBrosse walked, stole second and scored when Luke Schneider looped a double down the right-field line. Schneider was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple, but the damage was done. “That was huge,” Askins said. “Getting the first run — that is a winning formula for us.” Piqua added two more in the fourth. After HuebBEN ROBINOSON/GOBUCCS.COM PHOTO ner reached on an error and Brandon Wright Haley Patty fires a strike Tuesday afternoon. walked, Jared Nill was prepared to bunt the runners to second and third. But, a wild pitch made that unnecessary and Nill Continued from page 13 delivered a two-run single to make it 3-0. we did in a crucial the way. “It is great how things league game is big. Like I "Haley Patty hit her work out sometimes,” Asktold the girls on the bus spots," said McReynolds. ins said with a smile. “It is ride home, I'm very proud "And the girls didn't lose always nice to get two in- Piqua first baseman Justice Young catches a pop-up Tuesday. of them. They repre- their focus after the home surance runs.” sented the school well." run. That was big." After setting the Wave a lot about him as a “The fifth inning seems to are playing some pretty Covington coach Dean Patty also had help down in order in the fifth pitcher.” good baseball.” be our bugaboo.” Denlinger tipped his hat from her defense. Askins hopes they have Brandon Wright was 2■ On Monday, Draving and sixth, Huebner gave to Bradford as well. "We had some great de- up singles to Ryan Miller struck out nine walked for-3 with three runs two more left in them next "Give them credit," he fensive plays," and Bailey Haworth to two at Sater Park. scored and one RBI, while week against Troy, but said. "They came back McReynolds continued. start the seventh. “He really threw well,” Nill was 2-for-3 with two he’s not thinking about from three down and won "One in the outfield by That and an error on Askins said. “His curve- RBIs. Justice Young was that right now. on our field. That's hard to Katie Miller with a diving the second single put run- ball was as sharp as it has 2-for-4. “We have Beavercreek swallow." catch and another by Al- ners on second and third been all season and he And if there were any coming here on Friday,” he What was more hard to isha Patty diving to catch with no outs, but Huebner had a huge triple in the doubters heading into the said. “That is the only swallow is the fact that one by our dugout. Brooke was unfazed. first inning to get us big series with Greenville, game I am thinking about three of Bradford's runs Dunlevy made a nice right now.” there can be none now. He retired the next started.” came on two Covington throw to third to get a three batters to put Piqua But, he won’t mind if it “That is a team that has Draving, who was 2-formiscues. runner and (Courtney) in position to win a league 3 with the two-run triple, been playing some really is “Game Blouses” next "Not to take anything made a nice tag." title. Huebner struck out held Greenville scoreless good baseball,” Askins week when Draving and away from them because For Covington, it was a three and walked two. through the first four in- said. “Both pitchers they Huebner go back to the they earned it, but we had case of missed opportunithrow are quality pitchers. hill. “He (Taylor Huebner) nings. a passed ball that scored a ties and it left 10 runners said he felt great the The Wave scored three That is a testament to our LINESCORE Greenville 000 000 1 — 1 6 3 Piqua 001 200 x — 3 4 3 run and then threw a ball stranded in the contest. whole game,” Askins said. in the fifth, but two of the kids. Edwards and Haworth. Huebner and into the outfield that "We didn't get our bunts “To come back after the runs were unearned. “We started out the sea- Wright. WP-Huebner. LP-Edwards. 2BSchneider. 3B-Greenville: Nealeigh. scored two runs," Den- down," Denlinger said. two walks in the fourth “We had a couple men- son 1-4 and we are now 9- Piqua: Records: Piqua 10-7 (7-1), Greenville 10-8 linger explained. "That's "We had runners on sec- and get out of it, that says tal mistakes,” Askins said. 3 in our last 12 games. We (4-4). not Lady Bucc softball." ond and third a few times Early on it appeared as and didn't execute." if Covington was on a roll And Bradford took adand had too much offen- vantage by scoring a run sive firepower as Connor in the top of the fourth Schaffer drilled a two-run and then winning the home run in the bottom of game with three runs in the first and then Morgan the top of the sixth. The Piqua boys tennis 7-5; and Brandon Bercot Hank Grinner 2-6, 6-4, 6- 1, 6-4; Bercot lost 6-1, 6-1; Arbogast connected on an The loss drops Covingand Grove lost 6-3, 6-0. RBI single in the second ton's record to 16-3 overall team lost to Trotwood- lost to Aeron Ellington 7- 2. 5, 4-6, 6-1. In an exhibition singles In doubles, Patrizio and to give the Lady Buccs a 3- and 6-2 in the CCC, while Madison 4-1 Tuesday. At third singles, Darrin In doubles, Frank Pa- match, Luke Hanes won 6- Brown lost 6-2, 6-4; and 0 lead. Bradford improves to 14-5 Black and Hanes lost 6-1, But Bradford's sopho- on the season and 6-2 in Grove beat Roderick trizio and Nick Brown lost 1, 6-0. Watts 6-0, 6-1. to Lamane and Mama Piqua was coming off a 6-7 (7-2), 6-1. more Haley Patty found the league. In other singles Seck 6-3, 6-1; and Holly 5-0 loss to St. Marys MonPiqua will be back in acher groove on the mound It's life in the Cross tion Thursday, playing at and held Covington to County Conference in matches, Austin Hemm Black and Dale Lavey lost day. lost to Savont Moore 6-4, to Thomas Chrison and In singles, Hemm lost 6- Sidney. just two hits the rest of girl's softball.

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Posey caught by the dirt. Plate umpire Vic Carapazza called Phillips out, but first base umpire Gerry Davis indicated that the foul tip hit the ground before reaching the catcher's mitt. Given the reprieve, Phillips homered to center on the next pitch. Instead of having a quick, scoreless inning, Cain wound up throwing 38 pitches in the first. He got into a rhythm after that inning. Ryan Ludwick hit a solo homer off him in the seventh, when the Reds batted around for six runs. Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen each had two-run doubles in the seventh off Dan Otero. Latos' win was his latest notable moment against the Giants. After San Francisco eliminated San Diego from contention in 2010, he signed three baseballs with "I Hate SF!" in the offseason as part of a fundraiser for major league players' alumni association, insisting it was in good humor. NOTES: Giants 1B Aubrey Huff missed his third game while attending to a family emergency. Manager Bruce Bochy isn't sure when he will rejoin the club. ... Kentucky coach John Calipari threw a ceremonial pitch before the game. The Reds honored the Wildcats' nabasketball tional championship. ... An estimated 660 dogs were among the crowd of 19,051 as part of a pet promotion. ... LHP Barry Zito starts for the Giants on Wednesday. He's 0-2 in five career starts at Great American Ball Park with a 7.20 ERA. ... RHP Bronson Arroyo goes for the Reds. He has allowed a total of three runs in 15 1-3 innings over his last two starts.

‘World Peace’ gets big suspension Flagrant elbow will cost him Lakers first six playoff games EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The NBA responded to Metta World Peace's latest act of aggression with a sevengame suspension that will lighten the Los Angeles Lakers troublemaker's wallet and playoff schedule. World Peace was suspended Tuesday for throwing a vicious elbow at Oklahoma City's James Harden, keeping the Lakers' starting small forward

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TODAY'S MAJOR LEAGUE LEADERS NATIONAL LEAGUE BATTING—Kemp, Los Angeles, .460; Posey, San Francisco, .375; DWright, New York, .375; Furcal, St. Louis, .362; SCastro, Chicago, .358; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, .351; Cuddyer, Colorado, .345. RUNS—Kemp, Los Angeles, 18; MEllis, Los Angeles, 14; Headley, San Diego, 14; Beltran, St. Louis, 13; Schafer, Houston, 13; 7 tied at 12. RBI—Ethier, Los Angeles, 22; Kemp, Los Angeles, 22; Freeman, Atlanta, 15; Freese, St. Louis, 15; JMartinez, Houston, 14; Headley, San Diego, 13; LaRoche, Washington, 13; Sandoval, San Francisco, 13; CYoung, Arizona, 13. HITS—Kemp, Los Angeles, 29; Furcal, St. Louis, 25; SCastro, Chicago, 24; Bourn, Atlanta, 23; Sandoval, San Francisco, 22; Altuve, Houston, 20; Desmond, Washington, 20; Ethier, Los Angeles, 20; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 20; DanMurphy, New York, 20.

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DOUBLES—Cuddyer, Colorado, 8; Furcal, St. Louis, 8; YMolina, St. Louis, 7; Tejada, New York, 7; BCrawford, San Francisco, 6; Freeman, Atlanta, 6; Headley, San Diego, 6. TRIPLES—OHudson, San Diego, 3; Maybin, San Diego, 3; Pagan, San Francisco, 3; Schierholtz, San Francisco, 3; 9 tied at 2. HOME RUNS—Kemp, Los Angeles, 9; Beltran, St. Louis, 5; CYoung, Arizona, 5; Ethier, Los Angeles, 4; Hart, Milwaukee, 4; Headley, San Diego, 4; Infante, Miami, 4; HRamirez, Miami, 4. STOLEN BASES—Bonifacio, Miami, 9; DGordon, Los Angeles, 9; Bourn, Atlanta, 7; SCastro, Chicago, 7; Heyward, Atlanta, 6; Schafer, Houston, 6; Victorino, Philadelphia, 6. PITCHING—Lohse, St. Louis, 3-0; IKennedy, Arizona, 3-0; Lynn, St. Louis, 3-0; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 3-1; Halladay, Philadelphia, 3-1; 27 tied at 2. STRIKEOUTS—Greinke, Milwaukee, 28; Garza, Chicago, 26; Strasburg, Washington, 25; Lincecum, San Francisco, 24; Gallardo, Milwaukee, 24; Hanson, Atlanta, 23; Hamels, Philadelphia, 23; Harang, Los Angeles, 23; Dempster, Chicago, 23. SAVES—Guerra, Los Angeles, 7; Kimbrel, Atlanta, 5; Papelbon, Philadelphia, 5; RBetancourt, Colorado, 5; Putz, Arizona, 5; HRodriguez, Washington, 4; Marshall, Cincinnati, 3; Axford, Milwaukee, 3; FFrancisco, New York, 3; Motte, St. Louis, 3. AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING—Ortiz, Boston, .441; Jeter, New York, .411; Hamilton, Texas, .408; Sweeney, Boston, .400; MYoung, Texas, .379; Rios, Chicago, .360; Hafner, Cleveland, .357. RUNS—Kinsler, Texas, 17; Hamilton, Texas, 16; De Aza, Chicago, 14; Granderson, New York, 14; Jennings, Tampa Bay, 14; Jeter, New York, 14; Cano, New York, 13; KJohnson, Toronto, 13. RBI—Swisher, New York, 21; Hamilton, Texas, 18; Cespedes, Oakland, 15; Pierzynski, Chicago, 15; ADunn, Chicago, 14; Longoria, Tampa Bay, 14; Scott, Tampa Bay, 14. HITS—Jeter, New York, 30; Hamilton, Texas, 29; Ortiz, Boston, 26; MYoung, Texas, 25; Konerko, Chicago, 22; Span, Minnesota, 22; 5 tied at 20. DOUBLES—Ortiz, Boston, 8; Sweeney, Boston, 8; Cano, New York, 7; Moustakas, Kansas City, 7; JhPeralta, Detroit, 7; Pujols, Los Angeles, 7; 6 tied at 6. TRIPLES—De Aza, Chicago, 2; Kinsler, Texas, 2; Kipnis, Cleveland, 2; 31 tied at 1. HOME RUNS—Hamilton, Texas, 8; Granderson, New York, 6; Napoli, Texas, 6; AdJones, Baltimore, 5; Reimold, Baltimore, 5; CRoss, Boston, 5; Wieters, Baltimore, 5; Willingham, Minnesota, 5. STOLEN BASES—Lillibridge, Chicago, 5; Cespedes, Oakland, 4; AEscobar, Kansas City, 4; AdJones, Baltimore, 4; 10 tied at 3. PITCHING—Nova, New York, 3-0; RRomero, Toronto, 3-0; Shields, Tampa Bay, 3-0; MHarrison, Texas, 3-0; Weaver, Los Angeles, 3-0; Peavy, Chicago, 3-0; RRoss, Texas, 3-0; Colon, Oakland, 3-2. STRIKEOUTS—Verlander, Detroit, 31; FHernandez, Seattle, 31; Sabathia, New York, 30; Weaver, Los Angeles, 28; Peavy, Chicago, 26; Lewis, Texas, 24; Haren, Los Angeles, 23. SAVES—JiJohnson, Baltimore, 7; CPerez, Cleveland, 6; Rodney, Tampa Bay, 5; League, Seattle, 5; Capps, Minnesota, 4; HSantiago, Chicago, 4; Nathan, Texas, 4; Balfour, Oakland, 4; MRivera, New York, 4; Valverde, Detroit, 4.

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Reds pound Giants 9-2 CINCINNATI (AP) — Mat Latos finally got his first win for Cincinnati, pitching seven shutout innings against an old NL West nemesis, and Brandon Phillips homered and drove in three runs Tuesday night, leading the Reds to a 9-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Latos (1-2) came to the Reds in a four-player deal with San Diego and acknowledged trying too hard to impress his new team. He was back on his game against the Giants, allowing only four singles. Phillips hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Matt Cain (1-1) after being called out on a foul tip. The umpires decided the tipped ball hit the dirt, giving him another swing. The Giants have lost six straight and 11 of 15 at Great American Ball Park. Pablo Sandoval singled in his final at-bat, leaving him with a hit in each of the Giants' 17 games. It's the second-longest hitting streak to open a season in franchise history, one behind Johnny Rucker of the 1945 New York Giants. Buster Posey hit a tworun homer in the ninth after Cincinnati's Sam LeCure threw a pitch inside, drawing a warning to both benches. Cincinnati's Joey Votto was hit in the seventh. Cain was in one of the best stretches of his career when he loosened up on a cool, breezy evening in Cincinnati. The right-hander had thrown 18 shutout innings in his last two starts, two innings shy of his career best. In those two starts, only four runners reached base. A foul tip led to the end of his scoreless streak. Drew Stubbs doubled in the first inning. Phillips worked the count to 2-2, then tipped a pitch that

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National Basketball Association All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB y-Boston 37 27 .578 — 34 30 .531 3 x-New York x-Philadelphia 34 30 .531 3 New Jersey 22 43 .338 15½ 22 43 .338 15½ Toronto Southeast Division W L Pct GB 46 18 .719 — y-Miami x-Atlanta 38 26 .594 8 x-Orlando 36 28 .563 10 18 46 .281 28 Washington Charlotte 7 57 .109 39 Central Division L Pct GB W y-Chicago 48 16 .750 — x-Indiana 42 23 .646 6½ 31 33 .484 17 Milwaukee Detroit 24 41 .369 24½ Cleveland 21 43 .328 27 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB 48 16 .750 — z-San Antonio x-Memphis 40 25 .615 8½ x-Dallas 36 29 .554 12½ Houston 33 32 .508 15½ 20 44 .313 28 New Orleans Northwest Division W L Pct GB 46 18 .719 — y-Oklahoma City x-Denver 36 28 .563 10 Utah 34 30 .531 12 28 37 .431 18½ Portland Minnesota 26 39 .400 20½ Pacific Division L Pct GB W x-L.A. Lakers 41 24 .631 — x-L.A. Clippers 40 24 .625 ½ 33 31 .516 7½ Phoenix Golden State 23 41 .359 17½ Sacramento 21 43 .328 19½ x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division z-clinched conference Monday's Games Indiana 103, Detroit 97 Washington 101, Charlotte 73 Philadelphia 105, New Jersey 87 Memphis 109, Cleveland 101 Milwaukee 92, Toronto 86 San Antonio 124, Portland 89 Tuesday's Games L.A. Clippers at Atlanta Sacramento at Oklahoma City Miami at Boston New Orleans at Golden State Phoenix at Utah Wednesday's Games Washington at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Orlando, 7 p.m. Denver at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New York, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. Thursday's Games New Jersey at Toronto, 7 p.m. Portland at Utah, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 8 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Orlando at Memphis, 8 p.m. Dallas at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Boston, 8 p.m. New York at Charlotte, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Detroit, 8 p.m. Miami at Washington, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.

Hockey

NHL Playoffs National Hockey League Daily Playoff Glance All Times EDT (x-if necessary) FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) Wednesday, April 11 Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT Nashville 3, Detroit 2 Los Angeles 4, Vancouver 2 Thursday, April 12 NY Rangers 4, Ottawa 2 San Jose 3, St. Louis 2, 2OT Boston 1, Washington 0, OT Phoenix 3, Chicago 2, OT Friday, April 13 New Jersey 3, Florida 2 Philadelphia 8, Pittsburgh 5 Detroit 3, Nashville 2 Los Angeles 4, Vancouver 2 Saturday, April 14 Washington 2, Boston 1, 2OT Ottawa 3, NY Rangers 2, OT St. Louis 3, San Jose 0 Chicago 4, Phoenix 3, OT Sunday, April 15 Nashville 3, Detroit 2 Philadelphia 8, Pittsburgh 4 Florida 4, New Jersey 2 Los Angeles 1, Vancouver 0 Monday, April 16 NY Rangers 1, Ottawa 0 Boston 4, Washington 3 St. Louis 4, San Jose 3 Tuesday, April 17 Florida 4, New Jersey 3 Nashville 3, Detroit 1 Phoenix 3, Chicago 2, OT Wednesday, April 18 Ottawa 3, NY Rangers 2, OT Pittsburgh 10, Philadelphia 3 Vancouver 3, Los Angeles 1 Thursday, April 19 New Jersey 4, Florida 0 Washington 2, Boston 1 Phoenix 3, Chicago 2, OT St. Louis 2, San Jose 1 Friday, April 20 Pittsburgh 3, Philadelphia 2 Nashville 2, Detroit 1, Nashville wins series 4-1 Saturday, April 21 Washington 4, Boston 3 Florida 3, New Jersey 0, Florida leads series 3-2 Ottawa 2, NY Rangers 0 St. Louis 3, San Jose 1, St. Louis wins series 4-1 Chicago 2, Phoenix 1, OT Sunday, April 22 Philadelphia 5, Pittsburgh 1, Philadelphia wins series 4-2 Boston 4, Washington 3, OT, series tied 3-3 Los Angeles 2, Vancouver 1, OT, Los Angeles wins series 4-1 Monday, April 23 NY Rangers 3, Ottawa 2, series tied 3-3 Phoenix 4, Chicago 0, Phoenix wins series 4-2 Tuesday, April 24 Florida at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 Washington at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 Ottawa at NY Rangers, TBD x-New Jersey at Florida, TBD

Softball

State Prep Poll The Ohio High School Softball Coaches Association’s second of six weekly state rankings: DIVISION I 104 1.North Canton Hoover (6) 2.Lebanon (4) 103 3.Central Crossing 81 73 4.Elyria (1) 5.Olentangy Orange 71 6.Lakota East (1) 47 44 7.Holland Springfield 8.Medina 36 9.Northmont 31 25 10.Pickerington Central DIVISION II 1.LeGrange Keyston (6) 87 77 2.Poland Seminary (2) 3.River Valley (1) 60 4.Woodbridge 51 45 5.DeSales 6.Licking Vally 39 7.Ben Logan (1) 36 36 7.Granville 9.Greenville 26 10.Unioto 15 DIVISION III 1.Lucasville Valley (3) 107 104 2.Liberty Union (6) 3.Bloom Carroll 71 4.West Liberty-Salem (1) 67 62 5.Warren Champion (5) 6.Milan-Edison (2) 61 7.North Union 54 45 8.Clairmont Northeastern 9.Wellston 23 10.Preble Shawnee 19 DIVISION IV 1.Strasburg Franklin (9) 104 2.Jackson Milton (1) 70 69 3.Portsmouth Clay (1) 4.New Reigel 56 5.Crestiline 50 49 6.Covington (1) 7.Arlington 31 8.Western Reserve 30 28 9.Portsmouth Notre Dame 10.Newark Catholic 23 10.Sycamore Mohawk 23


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Dalton paying attention to receivers Thursday Bengals may look to add weapons CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton will be curious to see where the college quarterbacks land in the NFL draft this week, bringing back memories of how he went through the process a year ago before landing in Cincinnati in the second round. The receivers? Now, there's a position that's really got his attention. The Bengals still need help at receiver as they head into a draft that gives them a lot of options. They have two picks in the first round on Thursday — the 17th and 21st overall — and three in the fifth round on Saturday. There are other holes to fill — they could use an offensive guard and a cornerback, and might be in the market for a running back — but none stands out more starkly than getting someone to catch the ball. Dalton and A.J. Green led the Bengals to the playoffs as rookies last season and made the Pro Bowl, but know they need help to pull off a postseason encore. There's no other wide receiver on the roster who can take the pressure off Green.

There are some available in the draft, though. Asked if he's ruminating about college receivers wearing Bengal-striped helmets next season, Dalton gave an approving laugh. "Hah-hah, I think there's a couple of guys out there that are pretty good," Dalton said. "But, we'll see." Bengals (9-8) The reached the playoffs last season for only the third time since 1990, getting a wild card that was partly a product of their favorable schedule. They lost to Houston in the opening round, leaving them 0-3 in the postseason since 1990. The emergency of Green and Dalton gave them something to build around. They got the extra firstround pick as part of the deal that sent quarterback Carson Palmer to Oakland during the season, a trade that didn't help the Raiders as much as they would have liked. Now, the Bengals get to cash in. The question is how they go about it. They could start up front with the offensive

line. Nate Livings, who started at left guard each of the last two seasons, went to Dallas as a free agent. Right guard Bobbie Williams broke his right ankle in December. Williams is an unrestricted free agent and turns 36 in September. The Bengals signed free agent guards Travelle Wharton from Carolina and Jacob Bell from St. Louis, but both are in their 30s. They also need a cornerback. Leon Hall is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. Nate Clements turns 33 during the season. The Bengals signed Terence Newman, who struggled in coverage with Dallas last season and turns 34 during the season. The running back position opened when the Bengals allowed Cedric Benson to leave as a free agent. They signed BenJarvus Green-Ellis from New England, but could draft a running back to add to the competition for the starting job. Dalton isn't sure how the offense will change if Green-Ellis gets most of the plays.

It happens every April. A highly rated player gets knocked down just before the draft and supposedly he goes into a freefall on draft boards like a skydiver without a parachute. This year that player is wide receiver Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State. Three weeks ago most analysts pegged him as a top-five pick. But then a DUI arrest from 2010 surfaced. He is 1/8 of an inch shy of 6-foot-1, weighs 207 pounds and ran a 4.48 40-yard dash. The measurables put Blackmon behind Michael Floyd of Notre Dame in each category. Gil Brandt, the highly respected analyst from NFL.com and architect of the Dallas Cowboys teams from 1960-89, rates Floyd ahead of Blackmon. Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly quoted one unnamed NFL general manager describing Blackmon as a “knucklehead.” “I heard everyone raving about his pro day,” the G.M. said. “Am I the only one who thought it was an average workout? He ran a 4.51 and 4.52 on my watch. The workout itself, I thought, was average at best. I didn’t see any twitch or explosion. He has been raised by Dez Bryant (Former Oklahoma State and now Dallas Cowboys receiver). They are both knuckleheads. I’ve heard the Vegas stories. There are some (red) flags there.” Mike Mayock did not go that far, but on a conference call last week he said the Browns shouldn’t even think about using the fourth pick in the draft on Blackmon. He went on to say he does not expect Blackmon to fall past Jacksonville with the seventh pick. “I don’t think the wide receiver should be in this conversation, which a lot of people in Cleveland do,” said Mayock, who says the Browns should draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson. “This is a big boy division. It’s all about physicality, toughness,

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Justin Blackmon hopes to be a top five pick. and winning games 17-14, not winning games 42-39. So to me, if you get a tailback that’s as good as Richardson is you can shorten the football game. “And when you have to go to Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, and play them twice a year, sometimes in bad weather, you might not even be able to get the football out to Justin Blackmon, whereas you can turn around and hand the ball to this kid and stay in the game.” Mayock believes the Browns will be better off if a quarterback other than Colt McCoy is the one trying to pass the ball to whichever receiver they choose, but that’s another story. All the ripping of Blackmon and others, and all the build-up of players such as Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, amuses Browns general manager Tom Heckert. He said his draft board has not changed much at all from what it was at the end of the 2011 college football season. “He (Blackmon) is a great kid and a great football player in my mind.” Heckert said. “They (Blackmon and Richardson) both score touchdowns, which obviously is what you want in an offensive skill guy. “A running back is always going to touch the ball more, but running backs are going to score touchdowns no matter who it is. With receivers, that doesn’t always happen.”

Blackmon’s numbers were stunning, even if he did play in the pass-happy Big 12 with Brandon Weeden, supposedly another Browns target, as his quarterback. Blackmon caught 111 passes for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore and 121 passes for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. He won the Fred Bilentnikoff Award as college football’s best receiver the last two years. “I took away a lot from Oklahoma State,” Blackmon said. “They taught me how to work when no one is watching, how to keep on pushing when I’m tired and hurt. They taught me how to be a better person off the field and on the field. “I’m going to be somebody who is going to be out there fighting. I’m always going to be dependable and someone that you can count on.” Most analysts seem to agree Blackmon is not in the same class as A.J. Green and Julio Jones, the receivers who respectively went fourth to the Bengals and sixth to the Falcons last year. That is what Heckert is getting the big bucks to decide. If he believes Blackmon can be as good as Green he might be willing to wait to add a running back. “From a college standpoint, yeah, they stack up,” Heckert said. “But those guys you’re talking about, Calvin Johnson, those guys have had great careers. A.J. Green had a great rookie year so it’s tough to compare them.”

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