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Husted: Ohio’s future bright Secretary of State speaks at regional chamber event BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer PIQUA — Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted was enthusiastically welcomed to the Piqua Country Club on Friday by a crowd of about 100 people representing area chambers of commerce and members of Helping Young Professional Emerge group. He was in town to primarily discuss the state of Ohio’s economy. Husted, elected as the state’s

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53rd Secretary of State in 2010, previously served as a member of the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives and as Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009. During his 30-minute address, Husted delivered a message with a theme that Ohio’s best days are not behind it and that better days are not that far away. “As you look at Ohio’s economy, we have been through a lot over the years,” Husted told the audience. “You lived it, you know that. MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO … But we have seen growth in Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted speaks to a group of area busithings like trade, transportation, utilities and manufacturing over ness professionals at the Piqua Country Club on Friday. The event was sponsored by “Helping Young Professionals Emerge,” in conthe recent months.” junction with the chambers of commerce in Piqua, Troy, Tipp City See Husted/Page 2 and Sidney.

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Show choir plans ‘Just Us’ concert PIQUA — The Piqua High School Show Choir “The Company” will present its annual “Just Us” concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts at Piqua high school. The show choir is under the direction of Tom Westfall. The combo, “Audio Hype” is under the direction of director of bands, Mitch Mahaney. The show choir will present the current award-winning show, “Fighter,” along with numbers from past shows. Several senior members will also be performing solos. Along with the show choir, the combo, “Audio Hype” will present several jazz numbers. Tickets for the “Just Us” concert will be available at the door the night of the event. Ticket prices are $5 general admission and $3 for students. For more information, call the PHS office at 7736314 during school hours.

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Newton J.H. student suspended BY MELANIE YINGST Ohio Community Media


Students from Troy City Schools visit the Miami County Fairgrounds Friday where Miami East High School’s FFA students hosted its annual Ag Day. Several educational stations and demonstrations were available to children including a “how to milk a cow” stop with Bair-Trax Dairy Farm from Elizabeth Township. Here, CaVerion Marsh from Jessica Bruns’ kindergarten class at Troy’s Cookson Elementary School is assisted by Annette Bair with milking a Jersey cow.

Ag Day ‘shear fun’ for kindergartners BY MELANIE YINGST Ohio Community Media MIAMI COUNTY — It was “shear madness” at the Miami County Fairgrounds as local students watched a professional sheep shearer have a “wooly good time” letting the fur fly on Friday. Troy City Schools and Miami

East Elementary kindergarten and first-graders had some “sheep thrills” watching Gregg Fogle, of Richwood, give sheep a shave as part of the annual FFA Ag Day festivities. Fogle was a guest of Miami East High School senior and FFA member Emily Johnson, who raises club lambs on her parent’s farm. “My favorite part of Ag Day was

when he cut the sheep’s hair off,” said Anika Hurley, a kindergarten student at Concord Elementary. “Wool feels very soft,” said Payton Vitangel, a Concord Elementary kindergartner. “That machine was taking its coat off now that it’s warm.” The man with the clippers was See Ag Day/Page 3

PLEASANT HILL – A Newton Junior High School eighth-grade student has been suspended and may face expulsion after assistant principal Steve Fisher found more than books in his backpack at school on Thursday. According to the Miami County Sheriff Office’s Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, a 14-year-old male student has been charged with one count of possession of dangerous ordnance and two counts of drug abuse, after officials found materials consistent with manufacturing a pipe bomb in his book bag. Miami County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer Todd Cooper was summoned to the school at 1 p.m. Thursday and assisted in the investigation, which is still ongoing. Duchak said the contents of the book bag were “textbook components for a pipe bomb,” yet, he also said, key components to See Bomb/Page 2

Casstown park pays tribute to local military veterans Dedication ceremonies in village slated May 19 BY MELANIE YINGST Ohio Community Media CASSTOWN — They came from small yet, picturesque villages to serve an entire nation and assist countries around the world as part of the armed forces. And it’s the small villages like Casstown — located just outside of Troy — where those soldiers will be memorialized through the dedication of a park.

The Village of Casstown will dedicate its Veterans Memorial Park during a public ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19. To help preserve the memory of any and all who served in the armed forces, anyone interested may memorialize a service member by engraving their names on a memorial brick. “We wanted to dedicate the park to all local veterans,” said Brandy Norman, a Casstown town council member. “The names will be on the bricks leading up to ANTHONY WEBER/OHIO COMMUNITY MEDIA PHOTO the gazebo.” Donations provided from the AMVETS The village of Casstown will dedicate its Veterans Memorial Park during a public ceremony at 11 a.m. SatSee Veterans/Page 2 urday, May 19.

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Robert L. Klosterman PIQUA — Robert L. Klosterman, 86, of Piqua, died at 8 p.m. Thursday, M a y 1 0 , 2012, at his residence. H e w a s b o r n June 1 4 , KLOSTERMAN 1925, in Piqua to the late Leo and Corrinne (Goeke) Klosterman. He married Suzanne C. Hicks on Aug. 16, 1947; she preceded him in death Oct. 16, 2011. Survivors include a daughter Mary Ann (Paul) Hoffman of Baton Rouge, La.; four sons, Michael (Lysbeth) Klosterman, Richard (Denise) Klosterman, William (Jan) Klosterman all of Piqua, Thomas (Terri) Klosterman of Sidney; 13 grandand 10 children; great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Klosterman; and a sister, Betty Patterson. Mr. Klosterman graduated Piqua Central High School and earned his associate’s degree from Miami Jacobs College and began working as a bookkeeper with Reynolds and Reynolds of Dayton. Later he began a 20-year career in construction having worked for Hampshire Construction, Peterson

Construction and Klosterman Construction Company. Following his construction career he worked as the plant superintendent at Piqua Memorial Hospital for many years. He was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and building committee member for several years, and was a member of the Piqua Knights of Columbus Council 3344. He was a United States Navy veteran having served during World War II. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Thomas J. Grilliot as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery where full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. His family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home where a prayer service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Broadway, 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

Ruby Lucille Cupps TROY — Ruby Lucille Cupps, 90, of Troy, passed away at 6:59 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, in Koester Pavilion. Born on Jan. 30, 1922, in Adams Township, Champaign County, “Lucille” was a daughter of the late John E. and Florence (Deihl) Eaton. She married Andy Cupps on April 21, 1948, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 14, 2006. Lucille is survived by one daughter, Diane (Lowell) Perry of Troy; a granddaughter, Brenda Newberg of Piqua; a greatgranddaughter, Natasha (Richard) Gilardi of Tullahoma, Tenn.; a greatg r e a t - g r a n d d a u g h t e r, Kayla Gilardi; great-greatgrandson, Cavin Gilardi;

and a step great-greatgrandson, James Gilardi. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Nellie Godwin and Alta Gates; and four brothers, Clarence, Robert, Donald, and Harry Eaton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St., St. Paris. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, St. Paris. Friends may call from 1011 a.m. in the funeral home, prior to the service on Monday. Condolences to the family may also be sent to w w w. s h i v e l y f u n e r a

Bomb Continued from page 1 detonate the materials were not found in the book bag or during a search of the student’s home. Duchak said the identity of a white powdery substance is still unknown but the materials are being analyzed at the state fire marshal’s lab in Columbus. “We hope to have results from the lab by next week,” Duchak said. According to a sheriff ’s office official list of evidence, the contents found in the book bag included: One plastic container containing unknown chemicals with diesel fuel, a silver pipe, plastic containers with metal pellets, medical tape and also a book titled “Sniper/Counter Sniper” by Mark Lonsdale. “No one was ever in danger,” Duchak said Friday. “The staff and the

school resource officers handled the situation quickly and effectively. This is why school resource officers are so important to the schools. “ The eighth-grade student is being held at the West Central Juvenile Detention Center. The boy was questioned after Fisher witnessed the boy ingest a prescription pain pill, which later was found to be stolen from a relative, according to Duchak. Newton Superintendent Pat McBride said the student has had no prior incidences or made any threat to staff or students. “We take safety very seriously here at Newton,” McBride said. Deputy Cooper, Newton Local Schools Principal Danielle Davis and Fisher are all to be commended on their professional conduct during the situation, McBride said.

Juanita Basil PIQUA — Juanita Basil, 71, of Piqua, went home to be with her Lord a n d Savior at 10:54 p . m . Wednesd a y , May 9, 2012, at Miami Va l l e y HospiBASIL tal. She was born Feb. 28, 1941, in Covington, Ky., to the late Eddie and Fannie M. (Clemons) Ward. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Basil of San Antonio, Texas; two sons, Eric Basil and Johnny Ward, both of Piqua; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Chanda L. Pearil of Piqua; a brother, Thomas (Sharon) Ester of Greenville; and a host of nieces, nephews

and friends. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Yolanda Basil. Juanita retired from Copeland Corp. of Sidney as an assembler. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Harmony Chapter 26, Miami Assembly 22 Order of the Golden Circle and a devoted member of the Greater Love Missionary Church. She will be sadly missed by her loving family and many friends. A service to honor her life will be at 12 p.m. Monday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with the Rev. Floyd Murray officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences to the family also may be expressed through

Robert E. Mote PIQUA — Robert E. Mote, 69, of Piqua, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012, at his residence. He was born March 9, 1943, in Painters Creek, to the late Harold H. and Mernie (Million) Mote. His wife of 42 years, Charlotte L. (Meyer) Mote, survives. He also is survived by his son and daughter-inlaw, Bill and Moya Mote of Tipp City; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jeremy Abner of Celina; and six grandchildren, Tara, Baron, Athena, and Amielle Abner and Will and Ethan Mote. In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Mote. He was a graduate of Troy High School and a former member of the Air Force National Guard in Springfield. Robert formerly worked at Piqua Technology and

Aerovent. He was kind, giving and unselfish. He never knew a stranger. He enjoyed collecting model trucks and Friday Date Days. He loved his family, his animal friends, and the American Flag. He also loved gardening, canning his hard earned harvest, the fair, and watching his grandchildren grow and play. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Baird Funeral Home, Troy with interment to follow in Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Humane Society, P.O. Box 789, Troy, OH 45373. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Husted Continued from page 1 Husted said Ohio is becoming a more entrepreneurial state and said moving forward he is optimistic despite large holes in the state budget. “We have witnessed a steady, year-to-year growth rate and with the number of people who are filing to do business in Ohio,” he said. “That’s a positive sign. … We continue to see steady, but not miraculous, growth in Ohio over a 15year period. But I think we can all say that we wished it was more over that time period.” But the good news, he added, was that “Ohio is recovering faster than most” from the recession when compared to other

Veterans Continued from page 1 Post 88 and the VFW Post 5436, both on Lefevre Road, donated funding for the flag, flagpole and tables at the park, said Norman. Bricks are available for $12 and can be dedicated to any member of the service, past and present. The forms for the bricks are available at Holly’s Cafe, 112 N. Main St. According to Norman, the new park space was part of the village’s larger

states. As the chief election officer in the state, Husted said the secretary of state’s office is where new businesses first turn to when starting a new business venture. He said that while the state has come a long way, there is still more work that needs to be done. “We have to change the culture of government in Ohio,” Husted said. “We need to let them know we are friendly and that we welcome them.” The event was hosted by Miami and Shelby county chambers of commerce, consisting of Piqua, Tipp City, Troy and Sidney and HYPE, an organization of young professionals who are under the age of 40.

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PIQUA — Diana Mae Lindsay, 64, of Piqua, died at 6 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at her residence. She w a s born in Piqua on Dec. 2 1 , 1947, to the LINDSAY l a t e Stanley and Alma (Gump) Herron. Diana is survived by two daughters and son-inlaw, Tina Evans of Piqua and Leanie and Ed Stewart of Covington; two brothers, Robert Herron of Covington and Dan Herron of Piqua; five grandchildren, Travis Wintrow, Chelsee Evans, Lindsay Stewart, Eston Stewart

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Francis Edward White PIQUA — Francis Edward White, 65, of Piqua, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Piqua on Nov. 15, 1946, to the late Elva E. and Mary K. (Schmidlapp) White. Francis is survived by one brother and sister-inlaw, Charles and Elizabeth Jane White of Piqua. He graduated from Piqua Central High School in 1964. He also obtained two years of college education. Francis was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Piqua. He worked for French Oil Company in Piqua for 18 years and for Hartzell

Propeller for 10 years. Memorial services will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at FuMelcher-Sowers neral Home, Piqua, with the Rev. Fr. Angelo Caserta officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Friends may call from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Southwestern Regional Office, Reading Road, 2808 Cincinnati, OH 45206. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Robert Buxton Edge DAYTON — Robert Buxton Edge, 82, of Dayton, formerly of Piqua, died at 3:29 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Dayton VA Medical Center, Dayton. He was born in Piqua on Aug. 2, 1929, to the late Emerson B. and Elsie May (Burton) Edge. Robert is survived by one brother, James H. Edge, Columbus and several cousins. He graduated from Piqua Central High School in 1947. Robert attended Miami Jacobs College, Dayton, for one year. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Piqua. Robert

proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was an accountant for D.P.&L. in Dayton for five years. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua with the Rev. Kazy Blocher Hinds officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. Friends may call from 12-1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Death notices COVINGTON — Mary B. Hague, 89, of Covington, died Friday, May 11, 2012, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. Her funeral arrangements are pending through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home.

TROY — Jackie Lee Fry, 67, died at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at his residence. street resurfacing project Arrangements are encompleted in 2011. Fund- trusted to Fisher-Cheney ing for the park was pro- Funeral Home, Troy. vided by a Community Development Block Grant PORT JEFFERSON — for $39,000 — which in- Edna F. Jones, 78, Port cluded tearing down a va- Jefferson, passed away at cant home to make the new 2:40 p.m. Thursday, May 10, green space. 2012, at Lima Memorial A shelter house, tables Hospital. and benches, along with the gazebo, are open from sunrise to sunset. Parking is available at the park. Electric is available for both the gazebo and the shelter house.

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From left to right, Jacob Eidemiller, Meagan McKinney, Danielle Sands, Angelina Henger, and Amanda Bartel are the May 2012 Members of the Month for Miami East FFA.

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May 2012 FFA members of the month announced CASSTOWN — The May 2012 Miami East FFA Members of the Month are Amanda Bartel, Jacob Eidemiller, Danielle Sands, Angelina Henger, and Meagan McKinney. They are all retired chapter officers and will soon be graduates of Miami East High School. Amanda Bartel is the daughter of Mark and Pam Bartel. She plans to further her education at Wright State University. She has participated in Washington Leadership Conference, FFA Camp, State and National FFA Conventions, and was recently named the second place State FFA Poultry Proficiency Winner. She recently completed a year as the chapter treasurer. Jacob Eidemiller is the son of LaDonna Mays and Eric Eidemiller. He will be attending Bluffton University to play football and major in criminal justice/business. He served

as a chapter officer for three years, competed in the Food Science and Technology contest, attended State FFA Convention, and recently earned his State FFA Degree. Danielle Sands is the daughter of John and LaDonna Sands. She will be attending Edison Community College to major in early childhood education. She participated in General Livestock Judging and recently earned a gold rating on the chapter scrapbook because of her serving as the chapter reporter. Angelina Henger is the daughter of Don and Lori Henger. She plans to attend Wright State University to pursue a degree in culinary arts. She participated in public speaking, attended State and National Conventions, and has served as chapter president and vice president.

Meagan McKinney is the daughter of Ryan McKinney and Angela Dilts. She plans to attend Morehead State University to major in nursing. She was recently earned her State FFA Degree and served as chapter vice president. She has participated in public speaking and the agricultural communications contest. Every month of the school year the Miami East FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month. The officer team will nominate one student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities. If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special medallion on celebration of their accomplishment.

Ag Day professional sheep shearer Fogle, who shears more than 4,000 lambs a year, clipping the hair, or wool, as it’s more commonly known, as part of his agriculture career. Fogle shared sheep shearing facts as he also demonstrated how sheep were shorn before electricity. “How many of you would like to turn this all day,” Fogel asked the youngsters as Johnson and other FFA members took turns quickly turning a hand-cranked clippers. “Wool makes clothes and warm hats,” said Lainey Freeman, a kindergarten student at Concord Elementary. Fogle is the herdsman

of brood cattle and manages more than 60 ewes for The Ohio State University. Fogle is a professional shearer, competing at state and national competition and once cleared a lamb of its wool in 41 seconds. Students also got a chance at milking dairy cows, petting market pigs and learning facts about how food is produced from the FFA members at each station. “It’s great to be able to teach kids that aren’t from a farm where their food comes from,” said Shelby Roach, a sophomore in the Miami East FFA. Roach taught children how soybeans grow and what food and products soybeans are a part of at the supermarket. The FFA students pre-

May 2 Criminal damage: A home in the 600 block of Boone Street was painted with ethnic slurs. The owner of the home was close to selling the home in the next 24 hours and the damage was directed toward the person who is purchasing the home. Police continue to investigate the matter.

pared lesson plans and games to showcase the hard work and planning it takes to run America’s farms to provide food. The students also featured demonstrations of what people use every day and what everyday products they themselves might use that are made from wheat, soybeans and corn. As the FFA members gave their presentations, Miami East High School FFA adviser and agriculture sciences teacher Marie Carity also said it’s a lesson for the oldest students in public speaking, and how to engage an audience for the 12 minutes that they are at each station. For more information about the Miami East FFA program, visit

COVINGTON — Covington Board of Education will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be held at the board of education

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Board plans executive session BRADFORD — The their regular board meetBradford Board of Educa- ing, set for Wednesday. tion will meet in a special The executive session executive session prior to will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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May 1 Theft: Vehicle breakins were reported in the parking lot of Comfort Inn, 987 E. Ash St., the 5600 block of Drake Road, the 500 block of Beverly Drive, the 1500 block of Garfield Avenue, and the 1600 block West Grant. In all cases, items were stolen.

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Age: 4 Birthdate: May 12, 2008 Parent: Danielle Henderson of Piqua Grandparents: Douglas and Melissa Henderson of Piqua, Rose Bryant of Piqua and the late Richard Bryant Sr. of Piqua.

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Politicians tell more whoppers than Pinocchio don’t know about the rest of you but I will be so happy when the upcoming presidential election is finished. You may, or may not, have noticed that television ads are beginning to take up more time slots than scheduled programming. What is sad — actually just downright disgusting — is that the stuff we are hearing could make Pinocchio jealous. The latest hot topic is changing laws to allow samesex marriages. North Carolina held an election this week that would allow for same-sex couples to wed. The measure was soundly defeated. Liberals have been coming unglued since the election. They claim that everyone has the right to make their own choices and marry whomever they choose. The majority of Americans seem to still believe that marriage is a religious, or faith-based action first and foremost. The governmental status of marriage is an entirely different issue. In other words, marriage, in the eyes of God, is one man and one woman. What strikes me as I watch current events unfold is that all of the voices we hear are those crying loudly that samesex marriage should be legalized and that they, the liberal masses, are being discriminated against because gays are not allowed to marry. MIKE ULLERY The media, in their Chief Photographer ever-present bias reporting ways, manages to film, interview and focus on pro-gay marriage individuals and groups. To read and see the media coverage, one would swear that 99.9 percent of Americans supports same-sex marriage. Why, then, do such issues get voted down by such wide margins? Could it be that the big media organizations are ignoring the majority of the people? Could the liberal media be attempting to sway public opinion by telling only one side of the story? Part of the reason is that America has such a mind-set of political correctness, those who are in the majority are afraid to speak out publicly because they will be branded as anti-gay and chastised mercilessly. Americans are being brainwashed into following the leader — or should I say dictator. We are being “trained” to forget our religious beliefs and go with the flow … as seen through rose-colored liberal glasses. That brings us to President Barack Obama’s latest wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing remark. Our president is now on record as being in favor of gay marriage. Guess what folks? It is an election year. Obama has not spoken a word of truth since taking office. He is one of the most crooked politicians in American history and all he wants is to get re-elected. Of course he is in favor of same-sex marriage. This is the same man who has been photographed failing to salute the American flag. This is the same man who has repeatedly apologized to foreign countries for America’s actions. Now hear this, Barack Obama cannot be trusted. As for same-sex marriage, the only equitable solution is to recognize “marriage” as what it is, a religious union of a man and a woman — exactly as God intended. There should be civil union laws for same-sex couples. They should be afforded the same benefits as any other American. A “couple” in the eyes of American law is fine, but a “married couple,” one man and one woman, is only valid in the eyes of God.


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It’s just a piece of (wedding) cake

Wedding cakes do, lanning a wedding however, have exuberant is stressful stuff. price tags attached to That’s why I like to the same empty calories. let my girlfriend, ChrisNaturally this befudtine, plan all the hard dles me because if you parts. This basically enare a cake connoisseur tails her picking out a like I pride myself to be wedding cake and pretty then you are already much everything else, aware that a fancy wedtoo. WILL E SANDERS ding cake tastes exactly Last Saturday mornlike the $12 cakes availing she came running Staff Writer able from the Walmart down the stairs and bakery. asked if I was ready. It almost makes me feel like throwing a Ready for what, I thought in stunned silence. Apparently, we were going to visit box of Entenmann’s down on the recepa cake-maker fittingly named the Cake tion hall floor and letting all of our wedLady and the process involved trying ding guests scavenge like a bunch of starving dogs, samples of cake. That’s the thing about cakes; they all “You forgot?” she rhetorically asked. taste good regardless of price. I had. Cakes are a lot like wine: a bottle of And to make matters worse I had no appetite because I had just wolfed down 1986 Duckhorn Napa Valley merlot basically tastes the same as a bottle of Boone’s an entire plate of waffles. Then I was whisked away to spend Farm. You save money to get just as hours force-feeding myself 17 different drunk. It’s a double score. But I get it, I am getting married and types of cakes. The tradition of wedding cakes dates buying an outrageously priced cake is a all the way back to the Roman Empire. piece of that process — I accept that. What I don’t understand is how a cake Since icing had not been invented yet, cakes at that time primarily consisted of can be that expensive. It’s pretty hard to barley bread and were basically the mess a cake up, my mother’s abovementioned cake baking “talents” notwithequivalent of eating a six pack of beer. Clearly, wedding cakes aren’t as cool as standing. Unless you throw in a whole can of clove peppers and chives, chances they use to be. Wedding cakes really came into their are your cake will be delicious even if you own in medieval Europe when our benev- throw in the egg shells. If all else fails, any cake-related probolent ancestors decided that there weren’t enough frivolous and inflated costs in- lem can be quickly rectified with a whole volved with a conventional wedding cere- tub of chocolate icing. This all dawns on me as Christine and mony. Other traditions would later become I are shoving our 17th brick of cake into the social order of the day, like limousines, our cake holes. I realize wedding cakes tuxedos and ridiculous reception hall se- are so expensive because you are paying curity deposits, but it all began with the for all of the fancy glitz and glamour and edible beads. This upsets me most of all wedding cake. These aren’t your mother’s cakes, ei- because it seems silly to dress up food ther. These are elegant, multi-leveled culi- like that. Whether it’s a $900 cake or a nary masterpieces that are so pristine you bag of discount biscuits, it all looks the same after the grand voyage through the could eat dinner off of them. When I was growing up a cake to me intricacies of the human digestive sysmeant my mother would whip up some tem. In the end, we picked out a wedding insane combination of flour, sugar, eggs and random pieces of candy or cereal she cake that was accommodating to our found in the cupboards. She would always pocketbooks. But honestly, what other cautiously choose a cake theme based choice did I have. What’s that saying again? When in loosely on something I was enamored with at the time (like dinosaurs or the Rome, do as the Romans do. solar system). Her cakes were simple, To contact Will E Sanders email him at homemade and 50 percent of the time To learn more Mike Ullery is the Chief Photographer of the Piqua only slightly resembled an alligator. By contrast, professional wedding about Will E Sanders, to read past Daily Call. The opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of the Piqua Daily Call. cakes also involve heaping helpings of columns or to read features by other Creflour, sugar and eggs, but do not contain ators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, Lucky Charms marshmallows and are visit the Creators Syndicate website at not shaped like reptiles, or even amphib- COPYRIGHT 2012 CREATORS.COM. ians for that matter.


To the Editor: Happy National Nurses Week. Traditionally, National Nurses Week, May 6 through May 12, is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society. Please join the Versailles Health Care Center in thanking the caring and dutiful nurses in our community. If you, or a loved one has been particularly touched by the care given by one of our facility’s nurses, please stop by our care center between 47 p.m. May 16, and thank him or her personally, as we celebrate our Chairman’s Award for Facility of the Year for 2011. —Kristi Miller Sales and Marketing Director Versailles Health Care Center

Bradford prom group says thanks To the Editor: The Bradford High School Junior Class AfterProm Committee would like to express our appreciation to all those involved in making the night a huge success. Without contributions from area businesses, and other community members the night would not have been the success it was. We would like to also thank the junior parents for those who helped make this possible whether you chaperoned, asked for donations, or purchased items as door prizes. Special Thanks to the YMCA of Piqua where our After-Prom event was held. The staff was most helpful. Lastly, a special thanks to this year’s junior and senior classes for allowing us to be a part of their special evening. Without the willingness and support of all those involved, this evening would not have been possible. Thanks again. —Lori Hunt, Deb Wirrig, Tammy Dross and Kathy Canan

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

NEW YORK — Shocking or no big deal? A woman breastfeeding her 3-year-old son is the cover photo of this week’s Time magazine for a story on “attachment parenting,” and reactions ranged from applause to cringing to shrugs. The photo showed Jamie Lynne Grumet, 26, a stay-at-home mom in Los Angeles who says her mother breastfed her until she was 6 years old. She told the magazine in an interview that she’s given up reasoning with strangers who see her son nursing and threaten “to call social services on me or that it’s child molestation.” “People have to realize this is biologically normal,” she said, adding, “The more people see it, the more it’ll become normal in our culture. That’s what I’m hoping. I want people to see it.” Some questioned why the magazine used the photo of Grumet, a slim blonde pretty enough to be a model, to illustrate a story about a style of childrearing that’s been around for a generation. The issue includes a profile of the attachment parenting guru, Dr. Bill Sears, who wrote one of the movement’s bibles, “The

Baby Book,” 20 years ago. Mika Brzezisnki, co-host of MSNBC’s weekday morning program “Morning Joe,” suggested on the air that the cover was needlessly sensational: “I’ll tell you why it bothers me — because it’s a profile of Bill Sears!” On Twitter, the cover inspired X-rated jokes along with concerns that the child

six who lives in Arkansas, expressed disapproval in a tweet and said in a phone interview, “Even a cow knows when to wean their child.” Of the cover, she said: “Why would this even be out there? It’s ludicrous. It’s almost on the verge of voyeurism.” But Bettina Forbes, cofounder of an organization

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might be teased when he’s older. But on many message boards, there was debate about whether it’s OK to breastfeed beyond babyhood. Bobbi Miller, a mother of

called Best for Babes that promotes breastfeeding and supports women who want to nurse their children beyond babyhood, said she hopes the cover “will make


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Time cover shows mom breastfeeding 3-year-old BETH J. HARPAZ Associated Press


mainstream America less squeamish” about women breastfeeding children of any age. “It’s high time we talk about these things,” she said. Reaction to the cover underscored a cultural rift between traditional childrearing and what some have deemed “extreme parenting.” The attachment philosophy encourages mothers to respond to their babies’ every cry and form close bonds with near-constant physical contact through “co-sleeping” (letting them sleep in the bed with parents rather than in cribs) and “baby-wearing” (carrying them on slings instead of pushing them in strollers). Retail chains including Target, Wal-Mart and Safeway did not immediately respond to requests for comment on whether the magazine, which goes on sale Friday, would be displayed in stores. Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel said he had not heard of any retailers concerned about displaying the cover. But he acknowledged that the image is “provocative. We’re posing an interesting question about a subject that couldn’t be more important — how we raise our children. People have all kinds of mixed feelings about that.”

DEAR ABBY: I am in a relationship with someone I graduated from school with, so we have known each other for a number of years. We are both divorced. Because I’m an only child, my mother has always been protective and controlling. She hasn’t recovered from my divorce, although it happened more than 10 years ago, and constantly finds fault with my current relationship. She argues with me almost weekly that I should get married because it “looks bad for her” that I live with this man, and “in the sight of God this isn’t right.” One minute she doesn’t want me in a relationship, the next she’s telling me I need to be married. I respect her beliefs, but don’t think we should get married just because she wants us to. I was married long enough to realize that a piece of paper doesn’t make it right, so why force the issue? I love my mother, but her nagging is making it extremely difficult not only for me but for my relationship. How do I handle this? — STRESSED-OUT ONLY CHILD


Advice What can I do? We don’t have a good relationship. He refuses to listen to anything I say. I don’t want the kids to hate their father, but unless he changes, they will. They have already asked me if they can talk to the judge to get their visits made fewer and shorter. — PROTECTIVE MOM IN VIRGINIA

DEAR PROTECTIVE MOM: You cannot control the behavior of another adult, much as you might wish to.Your children are intelligent and they have already gotten the picture. Unfortunately, they are still too young to be able to convince a judge to shorten their visits or spend time with their dad less often. But as they enter their early teens they will be. Help them to be patient and ride DEAR STRESSED it out in the meantime, beOUT: You may be an only cause they have no other opchild, but you are a child no tion. longer. You are entitled to live your life the way you DEAR ABBY: My sisterwish. in-law is demanding to know While there are legal pro- why I won’t accept her friend tections for a wife that a live- request on Facebook. Perin does not enjoy, if you sonally, I don’t consider her prefer not to formalize your a friend and prefer not to relationship, you should not allow her access to my Facebe pressured into it. The book page. How can I ponext time your mother starts litely and honestly answer what they stand for. I won’t in, tell her firmly you will not her questioning? do a fragrance with some- argue the point and change — PREFER TO one who has said they hate the subject. DECLINE fragrance or doesn’t look like someone who’d wear DEAR DECLINE: BeDEAR ABBY: I’m a sinfragrance.” gle mother of three kids, cause she is forcing the Next, he thinks about ages 10, 8 and 7.Their father issue, be forthright and anpotential customers and and I have been divorced for swer her question by telling distribution, and he’ll two years. He moved 300 her that while she may be check out how active the miles away and sees the kids your sister-in-law, you do not celebrity is on social media mainly in the summer and feel personally close enough because, he explains, no on holidays. He has remar- to her to be comfortable havone can get shoppers ex- ried, and she has children as ing her review your activities and thoughts on a daily cited about a product like well. basis. its namesake. My problem is my kids “Look at the Kardashi- feel he treats her children Dear Abby is written by ans. They don’t sing, dance better than he treats them. I or act, other that the real- try hard not to badmouth Abigail Van Buren, also ity show, but you look at him, but from what they tell known as Jeanne Phillips, Kim, and she has 15 mil- me it’s a one-way street. He and was founded by her lion Twitter followers,” Vil- has told our kids that he mother, Pauline Phillips. loldo says. “If I put on a hat loves them more than I do, Write Dear Abby at that we think looks funny, and that he wishes he didn’t or P.O. it’s a funny looking hat, but have to pay child support. It Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA she’ll have 15 million peo- hurts me to see them hurt. 90069. ple considering wearing that hat — that’s power.” Still, he says, that only gets you so far with a fragrance. There has to be quality to get consumers to buy into a brand for repeat purchases. The Paris Hilton line has had unexpected longevity, says Villoldo, who typically hopes for a five-year run with a celebrity, but Hilton has Visit Or proven a tireless promoter.

A-list status isn’t enough to drive perfume sales SAMANTHA CRITCHELL AP Fashion Writer NEW YORK — To witness the odd power of celebrities at the fragrance counter, look no further than two of today’s top women’s perfume stars: One is a teenage boy. The other, deceased. Justin Bieber’s women’s perfume Someday is one of the top sellers in department and specialty stores, and White Diamonds, the scent launched 20 years ago by the late Elizabeth Taylor, tops in big box stores. But for every Bieber, there seems like there’s an A-lister who fails to garner buzz when it comes to fragrance. Jennifer Aniston, anyone? The most successful celebrities to splash their name across a fragrance bottle speak typically to a niche audience, often one that’s an older or younger consumer. “The ones that do well have a strong following with a strong core audience,” explains Karen Grant, beauty industry an-

alyst at market research firm The NPD Group. “Liz Taylor has almost a cult following, and Bieber is the same thing. He’s all about tweens and the moms getting it for the tweens.” Celebrity fragrances also are particularly “giftable” items, Grant notes, because if the receiver is a fan, you’re going to get the “ooh,” at least when he or she opens the box. Bieber was a bona fide hit and briefly bumped perennial favorite fragrances Chanel No. 5 and Coco Mademoiselle out of the top sales spots last year. Later this month he’ll be honored with the Elizabeth Taylor Fragrance Celebrity award from the Fragrance Foundation. With Taylor Swift and her perfume Wonderstruck, the two young stars revitalized the celebrity fragrance business, up 57 percent in sales in 2011. One of the big new launches this spring is Madonna’s Truth or Dare, and Rihanna’s Reb’l Fleur has been a strong performer, too. The successes, say experts, combine celebrity in-

volvement, personal appeal, lively fans and a good “juice,” industry lingo for the actual smell. Madonna, at an event to celebrate Truth or Dare at Macy’s last month, said she thought long and hard about what her signature scent would be, ending with a floral formula that includes a note of tuberose, which is also prominent in the perfume Fracas by Robert Piguet — a favorite of the pop star’s. “I wear Fracas myself and I’ve been wearing it for years and years and years, and I try other perfumes all the time, and I always come back to it. And I know the reason I always comes back to it is because it reminds me of my mom.” She wears perfume all the time, Madonna added. “I spray perfume on me, myself like a crazy person. Nonstop. Never want to smell bad.” Rafael Villoldo, Vice President of Perfumania, which has deals with Rihanna, 50 Cent and Kim Kardashian, says the celebrity has to buy into the product wholeheartedly. “You have to look at


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Couple celebrates 50th


Jerry and Carol Holloway of Indianapolis, Ind., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today. The couple was married at Immaculate Conception Church in Dayton, on May 12, 1962. The couple has four children, Lisa Holloway of Greenwood, Ind., Lynn Mattingly (Paul) of Atlantic Beach, Fla., Marianne McCalip (Mike) of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jerry Holloway (Natasha) of Houston, Texas. They

have seven grandchildren, Lauren Duffy, Danielle, Nicole, Grant and Victoria Mattingly and Ella and Carly McCalip. He is the son of the late Percy G. Holloway and Jeanette Holloway of Piqua. Jeanette currently lives in Indianapolis.He attended Piqua Catholic and later enlisted in the Air Force. He ran his own manufacturers’ representatives agency for more than 30 years, from which he retired in 2004. She is the daughter of the late Edward and Katharine Jehn, both of Dayton. She graduated from Julienne High School and then from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. She retired as a Registered Nurse in 2005, after working more than 40 years in the nursing industry. The couple is planning on a trip to Europe next year to celebrate their anniversary.

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Jerry and Carol Holloway

Saturday, May 12, 2012

NEW ORLEANS — The National Parks Service is pressing the Army for its opinion on whether two sites where levees failed during Hurricane Katrina should be on the National Register of Historic Places, a matter that is complicated by longstanding lawsuits over the catastrophic flooding. An advocacy group, Levees.Org, has worked since 2010 to get breach sites on the Industrial Canal in the Lower 9th Ward and at the 17th Street Canal by the Lakeview neighborhood placed on the register. The Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction over one site and therefore gets to submit its view on the issue. But Army officials last month declined to offer an immediate opinion, saying the issues require consultation with federal lawyers because of pending litigation. With the corps declining to offer an opinion within a prescribed timeline, Levees.Org recently appealed to the National Parks Service. The Parks Service sent a letter to the Corps, dated May 4, giving the corps 15 days to submit an opinion. That 15-day period begins upon receipt of the letter. As of Wednesday morning, the letter had not

been officially received by the corps, said Jim Gabbert of the National Parks Service, who noted that mail going to federal agencies in Washington undergoes a lengthy security screening process. Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether the litigation concerns might delay the ultimate decision. Gabbert said the Parks Service is consulting with Interior Department lawyers on the issue. He said he expects attorneys for the corps, Interior and possibly the Department of Justice to meet on the matter “in the near future.” Under ordinary circumstances, the Park Service’s Keeper of the Register would have 45 days from the time it received the Levees.Org appeal to act on the nomination of the breach sites, Gabbert said. That would place the decision deadline at June 14. “But we have the added wrinkle of ongoing litigation,” Gabbert said. Levee breaches in and around New Orleans flooded 80 percent of New Orleans and also swamped suburban areas in 2005. Flood water lifted some houses off foundations and flooded others at or above roof lines. Close to 2,000 deaths were blamed on the storm, many due to drowning. Levees.Org emerged as a major

critic of the corps, holding that Katrina was more of a man-made disaster than a natural one, due to faulty design and construction of floodwalls and levees. The catastrophic flooding that resulted was of historic proportions and is worthy of recognition on the national register, Levees.Org believes. The register is the federal government’s list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition. The process of receiving recognition can be long and difficult, and sites typically must be 50 years old, though exceptions are made. Placement of a site on the register requires the gathering of data on the sites that other federal or federally licensed agencies would have to gather before doing any work on the sites, Mark R. Barnes, an archaeologist and consultant for Levees.Org said in an interview last year. The 39-page nomination submitted by Levees.Org reads in part like a history of drainage and flood protection in New Orleans and in part like a technical manual. In a letter last month, Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy’s said the nomination relies on experts who are involved in the litigation and involves issues in dispute in the litigation.

Wion welcome daughter

Baby news Jennifer and Jake Wion of Piqua announce the birth of their daughter, Lakoda Rain Wion, on April 20, 2012, at 5:06 p.m. at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney. Lakoda weighed 7

pounds 9.5 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Ed and Cathy Lowry of Covington. Keith and Deb Wion of Troy are the paternal grandparents.

Lakoda Rain Wion

Mother’s Day don’ts: Dish gloves, Cougar shirts LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK — What were they thinking?Through plastic smiles or gritted teeth, moms have to suck it up sometimes when Mother’s Day means a gifted toilet,unsolicited wash tub or antiaging cream. It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day if some mom somewhere wasn’t disappointed or downright piqued at gift time. Many aren’t looking to break the bank, though the National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend $19 billion on the holiday this year. But unrequested sex toys? A chainsaw?

Dave Hochman learned the hard way last year when he presented his five-yearsolder wife with a “Cougar” Tshirt, a freebie from a client, no less. “While she does have a great sense of humor, let’s just say it wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had,” said Hochman, in Monmouth, N.J. Glenna Tooman’s uh-oh moment was when her nowgrown son, Bill, was 10 or 11. He disappeared on his bike in Boise,Idaho,only to return with a Mother’s Day gift that kept on giving, a tiny bunny. “I was very surprised. It’s the last thing you’d expect for Mother’s Day,” she said. “He spent his allowance money

on it. We named him Garfunkel. We had him for years.” A rabbit might be better than what a good chunk of moms surveyed in March by thewebsiteCafemomreceived last year — absolutely nothing.And,while vacuums have come a long way in design and efficiency, they still ranked among the worst Mother’s Day gifts ever received. So do unrequested sex toys, guys. Like the vibrator an exhausted Ashley Largent — home with a 7month-old — got for her first Mother’s Day in 2004, from her now ex-husband. “That was the only present I ever received from him

for Mother’s Day,” said Largent, in Gaffney, S.C. “After that I told him that I didn’t want anything.” In San Francisco, Heddi Cundle joked that her mother back home in England hasn’t quite forgiven her for a particular Mother’s Day gift:A plastic wash tub with dish gloves andascrubbrush,allfromthe dollar store. Said her mom, Bev Cundle, in Leeds: “What can I say? How does a mother smile through gritted teeth. A washing bowl in blue, not my favorite color, a square shape to fit in a round sink! And a brush to clean out mugs. How do you make it disappear?”

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Amy Banning and Jason Taylor The engagement of Amy Banning to Jason Taylor is announced by her parents, Tim and Sherry Banning of Piqua. Frances Hill and Jay and Kate Taylor, all of Tipp City, are parents of the bridegroom. The bride-elect is a 2001 graduate of Piqua High School. She is em-

ployed at Paul Sherry Car and Credit in Piqua. The bridegroom is a 1996 graduate of Tippecanoe High School, Tipp City. He is employed at Voss Auto Network, Tipp City. A Sept. 1 wedding is planned at Piqua Christian Church.

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lot, $75,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., Felty and Lembrigth Co. LPA, power of attorney to Lawrence F. Gardner Jr., one lot, $20,000.

Harry Lamoreaux, Judith Lamoreaux, et al to Bank of New York, trustee, Bank of New York Mellon, Cwalt, Inc., alternative loan trustee, one lot, $40,000. Scott Parker to JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., one lot, one part lot, $42,000. Mary Ellen Meehling, Margaret Sage, attorney in fact to Gary Harbison, Linda Harbison, one lot, $115,000. Fifth Third Bank to Tammera Clegg, one lot, one part lot, $13,000. Bank of New York, successor, Bank of New York Mellon, JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A., trustee, Mortgage Pass-through certificate, Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, attorney in fact to Ash NCM LLC, one lot, $21,800. Kai Chow, Lily Chow to Shigeko Nariyama, one lot, $571,000. Deborah Coons to Carol Brown, Donald Brown, one lot, $125,900. Molly Karn, Ryan Karn to Tyrell Knox, one lot, $73,500. William Scholosser to Brian Scholosser, one lot, $0. Phyllis Lillcrap to Joel Hart, two lots, $45,000. Estate of Ruth Copsey, Terry Copsey, executor to Christopher Tabler, 0.028 acres, $44,900. Kathy Beaty, Kevin Beaty to Kathy Beaty, Kevin Beaty, one lot, $0. Gerri Brunson, John Brunson to Molly Karn, Ryan Karn, one lot, $169,000. Estate of Betty Lou Giessman, Randall Giessman, executor to Daniel Reed, Jessica Reed, one

TROY Candace Ryan, Max Ryan II to Federal National Mortgage Association, two lots, one part lot, $73,400. Nottingham Development Inc. to Scott Investments of Troy, LLC, one lot, $43,900. Nottingham Development Inc. to Scott Investments of Troy, LLC, one lot, $43,900. Nottingham Development Inc. to Scott Investments of Troy, LLC, one lot, $43,900. Christopher Graham, Sarah Graham a.k.a. Sarah Milliro to Justin Magyar, Kristi Magyar, one lot, $127,500. Henry Realty Company to O’Reilly Automotive Stores Inc., 1.027 acres, $345,000. Martha Herrick Bravo, et al to Enoch Preece, one lot, 0.093 acres, $175,000. Harold E. Trader LLC to William Bolin Jr., Estate of William Thomas Bolin Jr., Jacqueline Welker, administrator, a part lot, one lot, $0. Allen Hasken, Rebecca Hasken to Rebecca Hasken, one lot, $0. Jennifer Morris, Shane Morris to Nuwan Dantanarayana, one lot, $153,000. Up North Construction LTD to James Wilmath, Tracy Wilmath, one lot, $175,700. Virginia Ann Campbell, Christine Young, Michael

Young, Roger Young to Loris Jean Weaver, one lot, $82,500. Dennis Fine, Susan Fine, Susan Kiser to April Gray, one lot, $75,000. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Randy Deaville, one lot, $0. Troy Apartments LLC to Troy Investment Group LLC, three lots, $294,300. RL Hawk LLC to Troy Investment Group LLC, 20 lots, $2,288,100. Troy Apartments LLC to Troy Investment Group LLC, four lots, $712,000. RL Hawk LLC to Troy Investment Group LLC, four lots, $428,000. Graham Rogers, Lawrence Scott to Troy Town LLC, one lot, $0.

CONOVER James Ingle to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., one lot, $34,000.

COVINGTON Robert Cron to Penny Cron, a part lot, $0.

HUBER HEIGHTS Dec Land Co. I LLC to NVR Inc., one lot, $42,500. Dec Land Co. I LLC to Carriage Trails at the Heights LLC, Inverness Group, Inc., one lot, $33,000.

PLEASANT HILL David Ferguson to Marita McIntosh, one lot, $82,000.

POTSDAM Potsdam Missionary Church Inc. to Juanita Harmon, Tom Harmon, 0.4 acres, five part lots,




Mary Ann Cusac, trustee, William George Cusac, Miami Primitive Baptist Church to Brian Laycock, Karen Laycock, $20,000. Shelley Fouts, William Fouts to Erin Henry, James Henry, 41.551 acres, $273,000.

UP North Home Inc. to Sarah Patton, Frederick Zollers, one lot, $43,000. Helen Seagraves to Amended Revocable Trust Agreement to Helen Seagraves, trustee, one lot, $0. Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, attorney in fact, Structured Asset Securities Corp., U.S. Bank N.A., trustee to Eh Pooled 212 LP, one lot, $24,600. Lavaughn Hornbeck to Toni Byrnes, Kevin Hornbeck, one lot, $0. Rodney Byrnes, Toni Byrnes, Kevin Hornbeck, Sonia Hornbeck to Foura Rental LLC, one lot, $0. Diana Sevitts, Kim Sevitts to Diana Sevitts, Kim Sevitts, $0. Paula Kay Eidemiller, co-trustee, Dennis Linn Guinther, co-trustee, Guinther Irrevocable Trust to William Roop, one lot, $80,000. Tipp Properties LLC to Troy Investments Group LLC, one lot, $71,400. James Walendzak, Sharon Walendzak, attorney in fact to Sharon Walendzak, one lot, $0.

CONCORD TWP. Phyllis Sprada, Phyllis Thayer to Scott Investments of Troy LLC, 0.981 acres, $20,000.

MONROE TWP. Connie Metzger, William Metzger to Connie Metzger, William Metzger, one lot, $0. Robert Gheen to Traci Corrigan, Rick Havens, $0. Estate of Edward Enz to Ruth Evelyn Barnhart, Ruth Enz, Joyce Sparks, 1.342 acres, $0. Estate of Edward Enz to Ruth Evelyn Barnhart, Susan Cameron, Ruth Enz, Susan Sousa, a part tract 1.797 acres, 161.35 acres, $0. Carolyn Wackler to Jeffrey Wackler, a part tract, 0.765 acres, $0.



Denise McCuiston to Foxworthy Cleaning and Restoration, one lot, $17,000. Estate of Timothy McCuiston, Denise McCuiston, executor, to Foxworthy Cleaning and Restoration, one lot, $17,000. Carl Stemley, Connie Stemley to Jeremy Simpson, one lot, $20,000.

Annette Bucher, John Bucher to Elizabeth Hartwig, Jeremy Hartwig, 1.286 acres, 5.829 acres, $186,900. Estate of Ned Watson to Mary Ruth Wright, $0.

NEWTON TWP. Emily Mohler, Kyle Mohler to Emily Mohler, Kyle Mohler, 0.717 acres,

$0. Raymond Lybarger, trustee, Raymond L. Lybarger Trust to Raymond Lybarger, 7.696 acres, 22.813 acres, 2.454 acres, 62.753 acres, 5.9447 acres, $0. Raymond Lybarger to Charlotte Ann Burns, Cynthia Riffle, 7.696 acres, 22.813 acres, 2.454 acres, 62.753 acres, 5.9447 acres, $0. Charlotte Ann Burns, Cynthia Riffle, Dennis Burns Sr., Scott Riffle to RL & LL Farm LLC, 7.696 acres, 22.813 acres, 2.454 acres, 62.753 acres, 5.9447 acres, $0. David Dodd, Judith Dodd, Tammy Wick to Michael Diamond, 1.173 acres, 5.166 acres, $320,000. Sharon Nowoczynski to Gloria Adams, 1.00 acre, 1.344 acres, $0. Gloria Adams to Sharon Nowoczynski, 1.0 acre, $0.

UNION TWP. Lois Long to Lois J. Long Family Trust, Lois Long, trustee, $0.

WASHINGTON TWP. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., Felty and Lembright Co. LPA, power of attorney to Joyce Elliott, William Elliott, 0.444 acres, $29,300. Estate of Sam W. Irvin Sr., Della Irvin Osborn, ancillary administrator to Kristie Pence, 0.717 acres, $95,000. Joyce Elliott, William Elliott to Joyce Elliott, William Elliott, 0.444 acres, $0.

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Tuesday — Mini subs, corn, choice of fruit, graham crackers, milk. Wednesday — Chili, cornbread, crackers, choice of fruit, milk. Thursday — Turkey and noodles, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, choice of fruit, milk. Friday — Grilled cheese, tomato soup, crackers, choice of fruit, milk.


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sorted fruit, milk. Thursday — Swiss chicken breast or fish sandwich, whole grain brown and wild rice, steamed broccoli, multigrain bun or roll, milk. Friday — Loaded potato wedges or baked chicken nuggets and potato wedges, assorted fruit, multigrain roll, milk.

BRADFORD SCHOOLS: Monday — Chicken fingers or peanut butter and jelly, mashed potatoes and gravy, fruit cup, dinner roll and milk. Tuesday — Sausage patty sandwich or chef salad, hash browns, fruit juice, milk. Wednesday — Cheese sticks with pizza sauce or peanut butter and jelly, corn on the cob, fruit cup, milk.

Thursday — Nachos with ground beef and cheese sauce or chef salad, tossed salad, fresh fruit, milk. Friday — Chicken nuggets or peanut butter and jelly, french fries, fruit cup, milk.

COVINGTON SCHOOLS: Monday — Rib-A-Que sandwich, seasoned fries, applesauce, milk. Tuesday — Pepperoni pizza or taco pizza, corn, pears, milk. Wednesday — Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, pineapple, roll with butter, milk. Thursday — Chicken fries, broccoli with cheese, peaches, Goldfish crackers, milk. Friday — Bosco Stick, pizza sauce, green beans, assorted fruit, milk.


beans, lettuce and tomatoes, mixed fruit, cookie, milk. Thursday — Hot dog on a bun, Coney sauce, baked beans, diced peaches, milk. Friday — Bosco sticks, pizza dipping sauce, broccoli, applesauce, milk.

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Marriages Alan Wade Arnett, 45, of 802 Stone Ridge Place, Tipp City to Heather Dawn Reynolds, 37, of 25 Robinwood Court, Englewood. Brandon David Boyd, 28, of 715 Larch St. Apt. C, Tipp City to Sara Louise Lewis, 24, of 610 Lantana Court, Tipp City. Matthew Alan Kiehl, 23, of 530 Boone St., Piqua to Tasha Michelle Calloway, 21, of 9210 Lehman Road, Piqua. Dennis Wayne Montgomery, 62, of 8228 E. State Route 571, New Carlisle to Suanne Lang,

60, of 4485 State Route 40 East, Tipp City. Joshua Todd Silvers, 22, of 508 Bear Run, Piqua to Abigail Nicole Fry, 24, of 1633 Steinhilber Drive, Piqua. William Richard Kindell, 27, of 205 1/2 N. Elm St., Troy to Ann Marie Cantrell, 22, of same address. Joseph Les Sanders, 31, of 3466 Calumet Road, Ludlow Falls to Lauren Erica Paige Williams, 22, of 127 Lodestone Drive, Englewood. Roy Michael Burns, 53, of 3 Cresent Drive, Troy to

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Bank stocks were hammered in Britain and the United States on Friday, partly because of fear that a surprise $2 billion trading loss by JPMorgan Chase would lead to tougher regulation of financial institutions. In Britain, shares of Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland were down more than 2 percent. American banks were poised to open sharply lower later in the morning. JPMorgan stock was the hardest hit, with shares down almost 9 percent in premarket trading after the bank’s revealed the loss in a trading portfolio designed to hedge against risks the company takes with its own money. British stock analysts said that bank stocks were hurt mostly because of regulatory fear, not because there was reason to believe other banks would discover similar losses. “Based on the limited information available, it’s attributed to egregious error within JPMorgan, so there is no reason to read across that specific loss to any other bank,” said Ian Gordon, analyst at Investec Securities. Jordan Lambert, a trader at Spreadex in London, said the market reaction was understandable. “When such shocks occur, it is wise to err on the side of caution and consider whether it is a possible tip-ofthe-iceberg scenario, especially when one contemplates the interconnectedness of the banking system,” he said. The trading loss was an embarrassment for JPMorgan, which came through the 2008 financial crisis in much better health than its peers. It kept clear of risky investments that hurt many other banks.


Automobiles pass a JP Morgan Chase building Thursday, in New York. JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, said Thursday that it lost $2 billion in the past six weeks. The loss came in a portfolio of the complex financial instruments known as derivatives, and in a division of JPMorgan designed to help control its exposure to risk in the financial markets and invest excess money in its corporate treasury. “The portfolio has proved to be riskier, more volatile and less effective as an economic hedge than we thought,” CEO Jamie Dimon told reporters on Thursday. “There were many errors, sloppiness and bad judgment.” Bloomberg News reported in April that a single JPMorgan trader in London,known in the bond market as “the London whale,” was making such large trades that he was moving prices in the $10 trillion market. Dimon said the losses were “somewhat related” to that story,but seemed to suggest that the problem was broader. Dimon also said the company had “acted too defensively,” and should have

Auditor wants Ohio surplus added to rainy day fund COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Auditor Dave Yost is urging lawmakers to put any surplus tax money into the state’s rainy day fund this year instead of spending it. A boost from tax collections has put revenue about $350 million above estimates. Some forecasters believe that could grow by hundreds of millions of dol-

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which ended March 31. “We will admit it, we will learn from it, we will fix it, and we will move on,” he said. Dimon spoke in a hastily scheduled conference call with stock analysts. Reporters were allowed to listen. JPMorgan is trying to unload the portfolio in question in a “responsible” manner, Dimon said, to minimize the cost to its shareholders.Analysts said more losses were possible depending on market conditions. Dimon said the type of trading that led to the $2 billion loss would not be banned by the so-called Volcker rule, which takes effect this summer and will ban certain types of trading by banks with their own money. The Federal Reserve said last month that it would begin enforcing that rule in July 2014. Some analysts were skeptical that the investments were designed to protect against JPMorgan’s own

losses. They said the bank appeared to have been betting for its own benefit, a practice known as “proprietary trading.” Bank executives, including Dimon, have argued for weaker rules and broader exemptions. JPMorgan has been a strong critic of several provisions that would have made this loss less likely, said Michael Greenberger, former enforcement director of the Commodity FuturesTrading Commission, which regulates many types of derivatives. “These instruments are not regularly and efficiently priced, and a company can wake up one day, as AIG did in 2008, and find out they’re in a terrific hole. It can just blow up overnight,” said Greenberger, a professor at the University of Maryland. The disclosure quickly led to intensified calls for a heavier-handed approach by regulators to monitoring banks’ trading activity.

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Sidney — Ferguson Construction Company has announced the promotions of three of its veteran employees. • Tom Snapp has been named company vice president, Jeff Schlater has advanced to director of design and Jane Ratermann is now assistant HR and benefits coordinator for the company. Tom Snapp has been with the company for 18 years, most recently serving as northern business development manager. As vice president, he will continue with his responsibilities for developing business north of I-70 as well as Ferguson’s overseeing Columbus office. He also serves on the company’s executive committee. “Tom has been a longstanding contributor to the success of Ferguson Construction,” said Mick Given, president. “His experience and solid understanding of our business and our markets have prepared him well to be an officer of the company.” Snapp is a graduate of Wright State University and a Marine Corps veteran. He and his wife Elly reside in Piqua. • Jeff Schlater joined Ferguson Construction 31 years ago after graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in architectural engineering. He has been actively involved in the company’s design/build service offering, and in his expanded role will oversee all design/build projects for Ferguson’s Dayton,Columbus and Sidney offices. Responsibilities will include scheduling of company resources through the project planning process as well as assurance that all projects meet required building codes. “Jeff has contributed a great deal to the success of the design program at Ferguson throughout the years,” Snapp said. c “His attention to detail and ability to integrate the building requirements of our customers into our design solutions makes him a valued member of the Ferguson team.” Jeff and his wife Terri live in Sidney. • Jane Ratermann has been a member of the Ferguson HR Department for the past 15 years. S h e holds a communications degree from Wright State University and has been the benefits coordinator for the company since 1997.In her expanded HR role, she will be more active in applicant interviewing, and will be more involved with the company’s field work force. She will continue to direct the employee benefits program which includes insurance coordination and workers’ compensation. “Jane’s knowledge of our company’s HR department and its employment philosophy makes her a valuable resource for our senior management team,” Tom Bergman, human resources manager said.“She is well prepared for her new duties and will bring a high level of professionalism to the assignment.” Jane and her husband Matt live in Ft. Loramie. Ferguson Construction Company is now in its 92nd year building and renovating facilities in Ohio and Indiana. The company provides building solutions for all types of commercial and industrial construction projects. For more information about the company, visit

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Manages and directs overall plant operations. Will provide professional leadership of the plant's strategic planning while serving as a key part of our Leadership Team. Must have 5- 10 years of significant operational leadership experience in a manufacturing environment and a deep understanding of manufacturing planning and processes. Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing experiences are a strong plus.


STNA's Full-time and Part-time 2p–10p & 10p–6a shifts Also hiring weekend warriors. Must be state tested or be eligible for exam.

All shifts at Sidney/ Anna Locations

Apply online:

Competitive Wages, Insurance, Benefits, 401K, Fitness and Recreation Center

or in person at: Covington Care Center 75 Mote Drive, Covington Ohio 45318

Applications accepted: Monday - Friday 8am to 4pm 777 South Kuther Rd Sidney Ohio E-Mail Resume:

Submit resumes to: OR 155 Marybill Drive, Troy, OH 45373

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PRODUCTION ASSOCIATES Freshway offers excellent pay and benefits, including 401k match. For consideration, please email your resume to:

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Property Maintenance Staff

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Community Housing of Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties is seeking a full-time individual to coordinate and provide maintenance services for apartments and houses managed by the agency in the tri-county region.

ASE CERTIFIED TECH Knowledgeable, own tools, professional appearance. Mader Transmission and Complete Car Care (937)552-7765

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Duties include plumbing, heating, ac repair, painting, on-call as needed and general property maintenance. Qualifications are two to four years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Salary range is $22,000 to $30,000 with a full benefit package including PERS. Resumes must be received by 4:30 p.m. on May 18th, 2012. Forward resumes to: Dorothy Crusoe Director Community Housing of Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties 1100 Wayne Street Suite 4001 Troy, OH 45373

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Pay range $9.61 to $15.84. See for details or call (937)440-3057

Community Housing and the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services are equal opportunity employers

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The Village of West Milton, Ohio is accepting applications for a fulltime Administrative Assistant. HS diploma plus 3 years minimum experience in a professional office setting required. Associates degree preferred. Excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office. The ability to provide quality customer service will be the focus. Pay will start between $10 - $12 an hour plus benefits DOQ.

Attention College Students Summer Jobs Available To $10.00 Hour Apply online at

Please send cover letter and resume to: kline@ci.


WANTED: MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN 3RD SHIFT ONLY EXTENSIVE hands-on experience building, servicing and repairing factory automation. Must be proficient in hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical systems. Must have 5+ years industrial experience. Experience with metalforming press operations is a plus.

Reliable, Detail oriented, Capable of visual inspections, Test products, Ability to read blue prints. Minimum 2 years experience, Excellent time management skills, & Communications skills. Must have experience & knowledge using CMM for PPAP. Starting pay: $16 to $17 per hour. Benefits include: 401K Profit sharing Health insurance

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Submit resumes to: OR 155 Marybill Drive Troy, OH 45373

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Leading Automotive Industry Supplier Wants You! Are you looking for a new career, we are looking for “Exceptional Associates”. , in partnership with Advanced Composites, is now hiring for the following positions:

Advanced Composites is the leading supplier of TPO's (Thermoplastic Olefins) and Polypropylene Compounds in the North American Automotive Industry. Once hired permanently by Advanced Composites, they offer an excellent benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, 10 paid holidays, & a 401K contribution. Bonuses for attendance and other incentives, along with automatic pay increases, will be applied at the point of permanent hire also.

Submit Resume to: Office Manager PO Box 1777 Piqua, Ohio 45356

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Monday-Friday 8am-5pm 601 North Stolle Avenue Sidney, Ohio 45365 ✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮

Toll Free at (877) 778-8563 (or) Apply On-line at 2283224

15 Class A Flatbed & Van Drivers Needed ASAP

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Starting Pay up to .36 per mile Tarp and Strap Pay Good miles and home weekends Assigned Equipment Yearly Safety Bonus Holiday Pay (9 paid) * BCBS Ins* Vacation Company paid Life insurance Late model equip Great place to work


Huff Trucking Drivers Needed Hauling steel and Flatbed experience needed. Home on weekends. (937)606-1115 3170 W Ziegler Rd Piqua ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

Call (615)444-9928 for more info

Class-A CDL Drivers Regional Runs 2500-3000 mi/wk average. Palletized, Truckload, Vans. 2 years experience required Health, Dental, Life, 401k Call us today!

1-800-288-6168 www.RisingSun 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

Continental Express Inc. has immediate need for a Mechanic for day shift. Will perform preventative maintenance and repairs on semi tractors and/or trailers. Must be mechanically inclined, dependable and have own tools. Experience on tractor trailers preferred but not required. We offer: • Competitive Pay & Benefits • Uniforms • 401k with match • Direct Deposit • Vacation and Holiday Pay Interested candidates can contact Mark at 800/497-2100, forward a resume to or apply in person at: Continental Express Inc.

10450 State Route 47 Sidney, Ohio 45365

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

Better Business Bureau 15 West Fourth St. Suite 300 Dayton, OH 45402 937.222.5825 This notice is provided as a public service by A newspaper group of Ohio Community Media

CAUTION Whether posting or responding to an advertisement, watch out for offers to pay more than the advertised price for the item. Scammers will send a check and ask the seller to wire the excess through Western Union (possibly for courier fees). The scammer's check is fake and eventually bounces and the seller loses the wired amount. While banks and Western branches are Union trained at spotting fake checks, these types of scams are growing increasingly sophisticated and fake checks often aren't caught for weeks. Funds wired through Western Union or MoneyGram are irretrievable and virtually untraceable. If you have questions regarding scams like these or others, please contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office at (800)282-0515.


Work location: SIDNEY, OH Compensation: $12/ HOUR, 12 HOUR SHIFTS To be considered for these positions:


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Greenville Technology, Inc. has an immediate opening in the Quality Assurance Department. Responsibilities include development of inspection fixture gages using 3D data, leading project meetings, and monitoring on-time delivery. Requires strong math, computer, and written and verbal communication skills. Must have a proven project management skill set, be able to work independently and within a team, and occasionally travel (some overnight) to suppliers and customers. Ability to read 2D part drawings and interpret Catia 3D designs required. $15.21 - $17.32/hr plus bonuses. Send resume to:




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Production, Quality Control Technicians, Color Technicians, Forklift Operators and Material Reclamation. These positions are subject to change based upon the company’s requirements.


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BOTKINS, 105 East State Street, Friday, Saturday, 8am-?, In the Rear!, accordion, Christmas train and decorations, new items, 6 drawer bed frame, children's clothing 4-11, bicycle, stroller, car seat, collectable's, blue jeans, Precious Moments, Webkins, flower boxes, wall decor, miscellaneous!

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TIPP CITY, 1305 Ginghamsburg Frederick Road, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm Dishes, pots and pans, antiques, some Christmas items, lighting, dishwasher, and lots of miscellaneous.

COVINGTON, 201 East Park Street, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 9am-5pm. Huge Moving Sale! Something for everyone, lots of furniture and household items. FLETCHER, 9375 New Hope Road, Thursday, Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday 9am-3pm. Large barn sale, large and small tools, cameras, and miscellaneous HOUSTON/PIQUA, 5555 Fessler-Buxton Road (Route 66 North of Piqua, approximately 5 miles, turn left), Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 9am-4pm. John Deere teeter totter, light fixtures, ceiling fans, household and seasonal decorations, garage items and lots of miscellaneous. PIQUA, 2955 West Ziegler, Thursday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12pm, Huge 4 Family Sale! tools, 10" radial arm saw, furniture, antiques, sportsman items, riding lawn mower, and lots of miscellaneous! PIQUA, 3201 Cherokee Drive, Saturday 8am-4pm, furniture, home decorations, kid's clothing, tools, and much more! PIQUA, 3505 West Farrington Road, Thursday and Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-1pm, Huge jewelry sale! Each item is $1. CASH ONLY!! PIQUA, 401 Lambert, Saturday, May 12, 9am-2pm. Tools, workbench, outdoor furniture, HAM radio antennas, exercise equipment, rollback tonneau cover, computer printer, Brother sewing machine, golf balls, golf bag, radios, TV, miscellaneous items. PIQUA, 425 Brook Street, W e d n e s d a y - S u n d a y, 8am-?, Great Mother's Day gifts, 3 piece dolphin coffee table set, Elvis items. Come check it out! Every item must go!!! New stuff has been added! PIQUA, 501 Electric Avenue, Friday-Saturday 8am-?, Round patio table and umbrella, 9ft by 9ft gazebo, lots of miscellaneous items!! PIQUA, 811 Garbry Road (behind mall), Saturday 9am-5pm, Estate Sale!! Antiques, primitives, tools, estate items, collectibles, old Piqua items, books, bells, '79 Chevy van. All priced to sell! Please no early birds!

NEW RATE INCREASES Regional drivers needed in the Sidney, Ohio Terminal. O/O's welcome. O/O’s get 75% of the line haul. 100% fuel surcharge. Fuel discount program.

Drivers are paid weekly.

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TROY, 91 South Dorset, Saturday, May 12th 8am-3pm. Honeywell floor air cleaner, new George Foreman roaster, Lyre Back 1940's chair, Sunshade patio table, political items, linens, lamps, furniture, ladies & men's clothing small to 3X, pots & pans, handbags, electric grill, bikes, Garmin GPS, Western saddle and Western books, dog ramp, kerosene heater, trash compactor, wheelbarrow, Bunn coffee maker, Army jackets, jewelry, above ground pool cleaner and floats, DVD's and CD's, plus much more

TROY, 1015 Hillcrest Drive, Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm. 22 FAMILIES! Cash only, very nice children's, teen, lady's, and men's clothes, lots of designer purses, 3 sofas, chairs, ping pong table, 2 battery powered four wheelers, bikes, tricycles, lots of toys, books, basket ball hoop and stand (like new), pictures, and ducks unlimited prints, bed spreads, electric guitar/ amplifier, oriental rugs, bar stools, upright Spinet piano, piano benches, many more items!! TROY 2330 Troy-Sidney Rd. (just past Duke Park), Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8:30am-5pm. Big Sale! Antiques, furniture, household items, air mattresses, glassware, tv's, gardening items, seasonal, crafting materials, fabric, jewelry, snowblower, gas grill, cement goose. TROY, 527 Miami Street, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8am-5pm. 4 toddler to 10 girls - Gymboree, Levis, Hello Kitty, Bonnie Gean, 3 toddler to 7 boys - Tony Hawk, Champs, Gymboree, carters, Osh Kosh, outside umbrella, hobby horse, highchair, toys, books, puzzles, baskets and household items.

TROY, 2515 Delphinium Court, (Westlake Subdivision) Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9am-2pm, mulifamily sale, gymboree, gap, justice, children's place, clothing, girls 4-10/12, boys 18 months-4T, lots of brand new home decor items, Vera Bradley purses, kids toys and bike, too much to mention! TROY, 3265 Honeysuckle Drive, Friday & Saturday 8am-6pm, 16 gallon wet/dry vac, dinette set, Kirby, 60 inch tv stand, Big mans & other clothing, some collectibles, Lots of miscellaneous items TROY, 5145 West State Route 55, Saturday only! 9am-3pm, Barn sale! Sleeper sofa, washer, dryer, chipper, large corner desk unit, older refrigerator great for garage, twin bookcase headboard, lots of household, decorative items, other furniture

PIQUA, 930 Park, Friday & Saturday, 9am-? Moving sale! Household, furniture, knick knacks. SIDNEY, 14279 Charm Hill Drive, (Across from the Airport) Friday 9am-4pm Saturday 9am-3pm. LARGE SALE! Something for everyone!


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305 Apartment 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom, Houses & Apts. SEIPEL PROPERTIES Piqua Area Only Metro Approved (937)773-9941 9am-5pm Monday-Friday

TROY, 2 bedroom townhomes, 1.5 baths, 1 car garage, ca, w/d hook up, all appliances, $695 (937)216-5806 2 BEDROOM in Troy, Stove, refrigerator, W/D, A/C, very clean, no pets. $525. (937)573-7908 3-BEDROOM, 2-Bath, Washer/Dryer Hook-up; Dishwasher; 2-Car Garage. Deposit Required. 2905 Seminole Way (937)564-1125 COVINGTON 2 bedroom townhouse, $495. No Pets. (937)698-4599, (937)572-9297. IN TROY, nice 2 bedroom lower apartment, nice location, all utilities furnished, Metro welcome, $575 month, (937)773-2829 after 2pm

PIQUA, Parkridge Place. Roomy 2 bedroom, 1.5 baths, central air, washer/ dryer hook-up. $500. (419)629-3569. SANDALWOOD PLACE, A very nice place to live, (937)778-0524

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STUDIO EFFICIENCY, $429 monthly, Includes all utilities, (937)778-0524

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NICE, LARGE 1 bedroom, downstairs, 610 North Wayne, $390, t r p e l t i e r @ ya h o o. c o m . (937)778-0933.

PIQUA, 836 Young Street, Wednesday thru Saturday, 10am-?, Lots of knickknacks, lots of women's clothes (some new) and some men's clothing, Tires PIQUA, 903 South Street, (corner of South and Boal) Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10am-4pm, washing machine, golf bag, clubs, weed eater, fishing poles, men's bike, men and women's clothing, watches, purses, shoes like new.

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TROY, Kensington subdivision, Thursday May 10th, Friday May 11th and Saturday May 12th, 8am-4pm. Maps will be available at the State Route 55 entrance - Kenton Way and the Nashville Road entrance - Huntington Drive. This large subdivision will have 35-40 sales on all three days with new ones opening on Friday and Saturday. Lots of children clothing all sizes, toys, children's movies, video games, adult clothing, pictures, knick knacks, jewelry, baskets, craft items, housewares, seasonal decor, pet items, furniture, tv's, entertainment centers, sports equipment, books, cd's, dvd's, vhs tapes, motorcycles, cars, tools, computer equipment, and lots of miscellaneous.

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

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1618 BROOKPARK, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, gas heat, AC, small patio, no pets, $675 (937)506-8319.

AIR CONDITIONER, window style, works good, $75 (937)418-4639.


555 Garage Sales/Yard Sales TROY, 251 Robinhood Lane, Friday, May, 11, 9am-4pm and Saturday, May 12, 9am-Noon. Cherry dining room set including 6 chairs and hutch, antique rocking chair, light fixtures and other furniture. Quality and gently used baby items including high chair, stroller combo, glider and many toys. Children and adult clothing. Beer steins and other collectibles. Lots of good stuff! Don't miss out!

500 - Merchandise

305 Apartment

TROY, 1 Bedrooms, appliances, CA, water, trash paid, $425 month. $200 Deposit Special! (937)673-1821 TROY, 2nd floor, 1 bedroom, appliances. No pets. $425 includes water. Deposit same (937)339-0355 TROY area, 2 bedroom townhouses, 1-1/2 bath, furnished appliances, W/D hookup, A/C, No dogs $475. (937)339-6776. TROY, Nice 3 bedroom duplex. Appliances, washer/ dryer hook-up. $700 plus deposit. No pets. (937)845-2039 TROY TOWNHOUSE, 2 Bedroom 1.5 bath. Stephenson Drive. $495 month, (937)216-4233.

2, 3 & 4 BEDROOM houses available, Piqua, $ 5 5 0 - $ 7 5 0 , (937)778-9303 days, (937)604-5417 evenings.

IN PIQUA, 1 bedroom house, close to Mote Park $325 monthly (937)773-2829 after 2pm

PIQUA, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, $1150 a month plus deposit, extreme amenities (937)418-2281

MICROWAVE oven, $79, black, (937)935-1472

560 Home Furnishings BEDROOM FURNITURE two sets wood children's with twin bed, dresser, night stand, bookcases/ desk in each. $200 (937)773-1307. FURNITURE, Sleeper sofa, Norwalk, beige plaid, $100, Oak Pedestal table and 6 chairs, $250, Must sell, (937)489-4806

577 Miscellaneous CRIB, highchair, cradle, playpen guard rail, packn-play, carseat, gate, tub, blankets, clothes, collectable dolls, Disney Animated phones, doll chairs. (937)339-4233 EARRINGS, .63 of a carat and 7/10 carat diamond earrings (selling together) $4500, replacement value $11,060. Call (937)541-1004. PERENNIAL PLANTS from my garden. See beautiful iris' in bloom. Take home many varieties of potted perennials. $1-$4. Stop by 10900 Scott Road, Friday & Saturday or call (937)497-9373.

577 Miscellaneous

PUNCH BOWL SET, large silver, bowl is 15" round, 11" on a pedestal. Tray is 20" round. Comes with 12 silver cups, $50, (937)498-1589.

CRIB, real wood, good condition, $75 (937)339-4233

WALKER, adult, adjustable height, (937)339-4233

folds, $20.



604 W. High St., Piqua, Ohio (Inspection two hours prior to auction)

This dual purpose property is currently business zoned with the last use as a business office. This two story structure consists of several partitioned offices (or bedrooms). An entry area with reception area (or living room/family room) with fireplace, two additional offices (or bedrooms) on the second story and two baths, break area (or kitchen) and a full basement. This property is located on a high traffic area with good “drive by” exposure and close to other area businesses. The property is selling freee of any appraisal with a low minimum bid of only $20,000. Arrange any necessary financing prior to the auction and be prepared to buy. The auction of this property will be conducted on site. TERMS: A 10% buyers premium will be applied the final bid to establish the contract sale price day of auction. $3000 is required down day of auction as escrow money. The balance is due within 35 days. Visit our website at www.midwest– for more. Owners/Creditor, Greenville Federal, of Greeenville Ohio. 2283969




SAT. MAY 19TH 2012 10:AM REAL ESTATE SELLS @12:NOON 1006 Brian Court Englewood, Ohio

(Close to Englewood Hills Elementary School)

A nice single story, 4 BR, 2 Bath brick home located on a Cul-de sac st. A one owner home w/LR, lg. rear FR w/fireplace, kitchen & dining area combo with back yard and patio access. Plus an attached garage with storage, large lot, newer roof, vinyl windows and patio door, built in book shelves and more. Located in the Englewood Hills Elementary School area with access to Wenger Rd for area shopping and businesses. Real Estate Terms: A 10% buyers premium applied. $3000 required down day of auction, balance due in full with 35 days. Shown by appt. HAND CRAFTED CHERRY & WALNUT FURNITURE & GRANDFATHER CLOCK BY EARL RICHARDS Mr. Richards is a well respected wood worker known for finely crafted furn. hand made with vintage tools. These are his personal and last pieces ever to be offered for sale. Finished with brass hardware & many unique features. Walnut 6 ½ ft. Grandfather clock w/German clock works; Cherry extension dining table, double pedestal, extends from 5ft to 10 ft. ; Cherry glass front hutch/china cabinet,5 ft. W X 7ft. H X 14” Deep; Cherry book case, w/cabinet base, 3 ft. W X 7ft H X 24” Deep; Walnut single and double size end tables; Maple lamp table; (2) Cherry matching end tables; Cherry game cabinet 32” W X 29” H X 21” Deep; Walnut shaving mirror; Walnut instruction table samples; & possible additions. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS-TOOLS-COLLECTABLES- FISHING REEL COLLECTION 4Pc Thomasville Walnut carved BR suite, 3Pc Walnut BR suite w/book case headboard; Oak parlor table & 5ft library table; 1970ʼs gold sofa and side chair; Other living room furn.; Country style sofa; Lg. screen TV & electronics; Washer & Dryer; Refrig.; Chest Freezer; Sm kitchen appliances; Pine chest of drawers; Gas grill; Brass lamps; Stereo & sound equip; Floor fans; Greek figural lamps & décor. items; Floral Painting by Robert Cox; Egyptian figural framed cloth. St. Clair paperweight candle holder; Pottery; Lg hand blown vases; Fostoria & Fenton glass; Occupied Jap. Pcs.; Cup & saucer collection; German & Lefton china pcs; Cut decanter; Silver plate pcs.; Coin dot compote; Depr. water glasses; Birthday angles; Stemmed cake plate; Pewter candelabras; Silver plated items; McCoy bowl & pitcher; Razor straps; Hand made walking sticks; Approx 50 fishing reels; Incl. some w/boxes, brands incl. Shakespear, Southbend, Red River, & more Shop & garage items incl: “Artistry in Wood” mag collection w/ early issues; Bench vise; Hand & garden & wood working tools and related supplies; Hardware; Alum Ext ladder & step ladder and more. Household Terms: A 10% buyers premium will apply. Cash, Ck with proper ID. Visa & master card accepted with an additional 3% clerking fee added. Visit www.midwest-auctioneers to view photos and down load complete catalog listing and order of auction. OWNER, EARL D. RICHARDS 2281986


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MALTESE, female dog, 2 1/2 years old, free, (937)448-6120



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WALKER folds and adjusts, tub/shower benches, commode chair, toilet riser, grabbers, canes, Elvis items, collector dolls, doll chairs, more (937)339-4233

KITTENS, free to good home. 6 weeks old, friendly and playful. Two black and white, two black. (937)689-9820


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577 Miscellaneous

CHIHUAHUA AKC, male, 7 Years old good stud dog $50.00 Short Haired Tan. Call (937)448-0522.

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2010 KAWASAKI NINJA 250R SPECIAL EDITION New condition, only 1700 mi. New Yoshimura exhaust, great gas mile, purchased at Rehmert's. A great graduation gift! $3000 OBO. (937)489-3560

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

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2001 FORD XLS V6 EXPLORER automatic, Carfax, 4 door, AC, power steering, brakes, windows, locks, tilt, cruise, garaged, no rust, AM/FM, $5,700 OBO (248)694-1242

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Advertisement for Proposals City of Piqua - RFP # 1218 Southview Playground Project Sealed proposals for the design and installation of playground equipment for the City of Piqua Development Department, will be received by the City of Piqua Development Office, 201 W. Water Street, Piqua, Ohio, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at which time the proposals will be publicly opened. The Request for Proposals Document may be obtained at the City of Piqua Development Department, 201 W. Water Street, Piqua, Ohio at no cost. You can also download a copy from our web site Proposals must be signed and submitted to the City in a sealed envelope and must be marked “Southview Playground Project.” Each Proposal must contain the full name of the party or parties submitting the Proposal and all persons interested therein. No Proposer shall withdraw his Proposal after the actual opening thereof. The City reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals, waive irregularities in any Proposal, and to accept any Proposal that is deemed by City to be most favorable to the City. Beverly M. Yount Purchasing Analyst City of Piqua, Ohio Resolution. No.: R-2-12 5/12, 5/19-2012 2283731


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4771 RUSSIA VERSAILLES RD., HOUSTON This custom property has everything from land to lake! Home features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with very open floor plan. The master suite boasts of custom whirlpool tub and standing shower. Central wood burning furnace has been added to cut energy costs. Great room leads out to deck overlooking the 3.25 acre fully stocked pond with complete 20x40 beach area with playground. Pond area has a cabin complete with changing area and stool, boat dock, one covered and one open bridge. Pontoon, paddle boat, and jet ski to remain but not warranted. A truly outstanding peoperty and a very Sue Wray 418-0022 rare find!! $249,900.

418 PATTERSON, HOUSTON Newer 4 bedroom ranch built in "2002"~ Full basement with 9ft poured walls ready & waiting to be finished~ Large Great room featuring cathedral ceiling & nice country view from every direction~ Beautiful Oak kitchen with appliances & snack bar~ Master bedroom with private bath & walk in closet~ Enjoy the morning sunrise from this nice covered back porch~ Other features include first floor laundry room, central Kathy air & 2 car attached garage. Mayse $149,900. #338179 773-4122

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METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED! Just move in to this charming 3 to possibly 5 bedroom open floor plan home w/ dining room & breakfast nook. Finished attic offers over an additional 400 sq. ft of sunny living space. Full basement w/ rec-family room, office, full bath, laundry, walk-in closet. Updated furnace w/ air cleaner, humidifier, central air. Beautiful wood floors, doors and trim, replacement windows, newer carpet in bedrooms. 2-car garage w/ work bench. Vinyl fenced rear yard w/ water feature and patio area. Also has alley access. Offered @ $110,900 #2312

GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. Large building offers 4 bay garage with updated electric (220v), new sewer and water connection in 2009. Property previously was used for car lot. Would also make a great Auto Repair business. Wonderful edge of town location. Easy access to Interstate 75. Offered at $99,900. #2245.

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LAND AND BUILDING LOTS #2309 – Great building site for a wide range of businesses. Located on the east side of Piqua on US Rt. 36 within 1/2 mile of I-75. Offered @ $375,000. Call Bill Shively @ 368-2529. #2244 – Building Lot. 41x 150’ Manier Street lot has mature trees with great country view. Offered @ $10,900. Call Donna Clawson @ 778-1573. #2300 – Building Lot. Stichter Street lot in Bradford – Plenty of space to build on this 0.327 acre site. Offered @ $12,500. Call Bill Shively @ 368-2529. #2311 – 5 Acre Lot on Snodgrass Road - Nice 5 acre building lot in the country just north of Fletcher. Offered @ $45,000. Call Bill Shively @ 368-2529

“Working Together To Make It Happen” 773-9336 • Mason Road - Very nice brick and vinyl, 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath ranch home located in Houston School District situated on 1-1/2 acres. This ready to move in home offers an open floor plan, an abundance of cabinets, pantry and wood laminate in kitchen, breakfast area and utility. An office area is next to the large family that room opens out to new composite deck for family gatherings. The 3 baths have newer ceramic tile and marble arch tops, and the master has a walk-in shower. There is also an attached 2 car garage as well as a detached heated 2 car with storage. Outside features a covered patio and rear kennel. #2313 Offered @ $179,900


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GREAT STARTER HOME... or rental property. Small town living 1/4 mile from US 36 for quick access to I-75. 1.5 story, 2 bedroom with 1,020 sq. ft. Offered at $45,000. #2308.

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Troy - Amazing well maintained brick ranch with 3 bedrooms. This home features many updates: new living room carpet, laminate floors, windows, ceiling fans and new bath. You will love the awesome kitchen makeover with beautiful maple cabinets. Other features include: large 2 car attached garage, beautifully landscaped front yard, fenced back yard and storage shed. Ready for you to move in!! #2314 Offered @ $122,500

All the work has already been done! This newly remodeled 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home is in move-in condition. Freshly painted, this home features all new moldings, including crown, new mini blinds, carpeting, updated electrical fixtures and brushed nickel hardware throughout. The kitchen offers Kraftmaid natural maple cabinets w/ soft-close drawers, Travertine tile backsplash, Bamboo hardwood flooring, composite sink w/ Moen fixtures and a pantry for added storage. Many other updates throughout. #2306 Offered @ $117,900

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Troy - Story and a half 3 bedroom one bath home. Updates include: roof, windows, front porch and paver driveway. Property being sold As-Is. Sellers will not make any repairs. Subject to third party approval for Short Sale. #2303 Agent Relative. Offered @ $79,900

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INSIDE ■ Bengals, Browns hold camp, page 16. ■ More GWOC track photos, page 17.

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012


Shocking decision

Pearson cards 33 at Echo Ron Pearson Jr. was low gross with 33 in the Thursday Industrial League at Echo Hills. Mike Bosse was second with 36, while Dennis Bradley was third with 37. Jim Williams was low net with 28. Hank Poff and Brock Hostetter shared second with 30. STANDINGS Joe Thoma Jewelers Bing’s Palmer Bolt & Supply Co. Browning Plumbing Carpet House Jim Sherry Chrysler Craycon Homes Gisco Patriot Carpet Cleaning Hemm’s Glass Associate’s Staffing Meijers’ R & R Design

Covington not bringing girls hoop coach back BY JOSH BROWN Ohio Community Media

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Signups for junior tourney The deadline to sign up for the Troy Junior Golf Strawberry Festival Tournamenton May 20 at Miami Shores Golf Course is May 17 at 6 p.m. For more information, call 335-4457. MIKE ULLERY/CALL PHOTOS

Piqua’s Kaili Ingle goes over the bar in the pole vault Fridy night.

■ Bowling

Bowling camps at Bel-Mar Sidney bowling coach Angie Mentges has announced dates for bowling camps to be held at BelMar Lanes in Sidney. There will be three camps, all to be held from June 4-to-8. The Jackets Camp will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and is for approximate age group Pre-K through second grade, with a skill level of beginner. The Black Camp will be from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., and is for grades 3-to-6. Skill level is bowlers that can roll an 8-pound ball or heavier using a one-arm swing. The Gold Camp will be from 11 a.m. to noon each day and is for grades 7-12. The skill level is bowlers that already work with a 3to-5 step approach, bowlers that have league experience, and that already can or would like to roll a hook/curve ball. If you are uncertain as to which camp to enroll your child in, feel free to email or call coach Mentges at or at 498-8085 to discuss it. The cost is $25 andegistrations received after May 31 are not guaranteed a camp souvenir.


How old was Q: Dave DeBusschere when he became the youngest coach in NBA history during the 1964-65 season?



QUOTED “Going undrafted — I have a big chip on my shoulder.” —Vontaze Burfict on wanting to prove himself with the Bengals


Piqua athletes compete Relay team takes sixth Several Piqua athletes competed in the GWOC All-Star track and field meet Friday night at Alexander Stadium/Purk Field. For the boys, the 400 relay team (Ben Crawford, Trent Yeomans, Tate Honeycutt, Travis Nees) finsihed sixth in 44.24. Azjhon Taylor tied for eighth in the high jump, clearing 5-8. Maddie Hilleary led the girls, finishing eighth in the shot put with a distance of 30-5 3-4. Kaili Ingle took ninth in the pole vault, clearing 90. Piqua will compete in the Division I district track meet Wednesday Travis Nees heads to the finish line in the 400 relay Friday. and Friday at Troy.

Russia, Versailles pick up conference wins Raiders have showdown with Loramie today SIDNEY — Russia was trailing Fairlawn late in regular season baseball action Thursday, but the Raiders scored five runs in the seventh to pull out an 8-4 victory. Russia, 16-5 overall and 10-1 in the SCL, will host Fort Loramie at noon today in a big SCL matchup. Brandon Barlage and Trvor Sherman started the seventh inning rally with walks. Treg Francis had a two-run double to score the winning runs and Colyn McEldowney doubled him in. Two more walks, a hit batter and an error made the final scored 8-4. “Cole McEldowney was the starting pitcher, but our defense was somewhat suspect,” Russia coach Rick Gold said. “Nolan Francis came in and threw very well to pick up his second varsity win. Austin Gariety came in and pitched the seventh.” Treg Francis was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs, while Colyn McEldowney was 2-for-4 with a double.

sailles baseball team posted an 8-2 win over New Knoxville Thursday in MAC action. Lee Ruhenkamp pitched one-hit baseball for five innings to get the win. He combined with Jace Barga on a four-hitter, striking out seven. Zach Niekamp wa 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Ethan Bruns was 2-for-4 with a home run and one RBI. Mike Rutschilling was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Damian Richard doubled and scored two runs and Dominic Richard doubled. Lee Kindell had a double and two RBIs, while Kyle Niekamp was 2-for4.

COVINGTON — When Covington girls basketball coach Chris Besecker stepped into a recent meeting, he expected a job evaluation. “I was going in to meet with the principal for my evaluation, but when he started talking, something was off,” Besecker said. “He was nervous, speaking in broken sentences — all the signs of someone saying something they did not want to say.” It was then that Besecker, a coach at Covington for the past 27 years, was informed that his contract was not BESECKER being renewed for next season, leaving both of the Buccaneer varsity basketball jobs in a state of flux. But for Besecker, it was a total surprise. “Yeah, yeah it was,” Besecker said. “It left a bad taste in my mouth. No. 1, I was never given a job evaluation, no specific reason. And then what really bothers me now is that school administrators are saying that I resigned when, in fact, I did not. “Principal (Ken) Miller began, saying ‘I’ve seen you in the gym with those girls, and there’s no one better with those girls than you are. But … I can’t, I can’t …’ and he just kept saying that until finally I had to put the words in his mouth. ‘I’m not coming back, am I?’” Besecker was the head varsity girls coach for the past 23 years, with a record of 344-181. The Buccs were 15-9 this season, 9-3 in the Cross County Conference, won a Division IV sectional championship and reached the district title game. It was the first time since the 2006-07 season that Covington had a winning record, but it was the second time in that span that they reached the district final — they also did in 2009-10, when it finished 12-12 overall. In the 2006-07 season, the Buccs went 21-4, 11-1 in the CCC — losing only to unbeaten league champ Miami East on a last-second play. The Buccs won the district championship that year before being ousted in the regional semifinal round by New Knoxville. The Covington boys program is also currently undergoing a big change. Buccs boys coach Roger Craft resigned after 15 years, although he will remain Covington’s athletic director. He is expected to be replaced by former Tippecanoe coach Matt Pond, pending board approval at a meeting on May 17. Besecker, meanwhile, will join the Bradford program as a varsity assistant. See BESECKER/Page 16

Prep Tournament Schedule TODAY DIVISION II SECTIONAL TENNIS AT TROY CITY PARK Singles Semifinals Pierce Bennet (Lehman Catholic) vs. Nathan Hart (Brookville), 9 a.m. Dan Sehlhorst (Lehman Catholic) vs. Matt Brumbaugh (Milton-Union), 9 a..m. Finals and third-place matches 30 minutes after first round ends. MONDAY SOFTBALL DIVISION III Miami East vs. Preble Shawnee at Northmont, 5 p.m. Versailles vs. West Liberty-Salem at Brookville, 5 p.m. TUESDAY SOFTBALL DIVISION IV Bradford vs. Riverside at Russia, 5 p.m. Covington vs. Ansonia at Tipp City, 5 p.m. Newton vs. Tri-Village at Bethel, 5 p.m. Russia vs. Triad at Fairlawn, 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY BASEBALL DIVIISON III Miami East vs. Versailles at Tipp City, 5 p.m. DIVISION IV Lehman vs. Riverside at Piqua, 5 p.m. Covington vs. Fort Loramie at Sidney, 5 p.m. TRACK & FIELD

SOFTBALL Lady Tigers lose

VERSAILLES — The Versailles softball team dropped to 11-15 with an 8-3 loss to Parkway Thursday. Sam Kremer had a double and one RBI, while Rachel Kremer doubled. Kori York and Megan Murphy Versailles beats Rangers NEW KNOXVILLE — The Ver- had RBIs.

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Division I District at Troy Division III District at Graham THURSDAY TENNIS DIVISION II DISTRICT AT CENTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL Singles Pierce Bennett, Lehman; Dan Sehlhorst, Lehman. TRACK & FIELD Division II District at Graham


Saturday, May 12, 2012




Nationals jump on Reds early Stammen pitches well in relief


Vontaze Burfict is happy to get a chance with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Burfict happy for chance Undrafted linebacker has chip on shoulder CINCINNATI (AP) — Vontaze Burfict swooped in from the middle linebacker spot and closed on the ball carrier, then quickly pulled up to avoid any contact. He was practicing the thing he needs to improve upon most. No cheap shots. No late hits. No losing control. The linebacker from Arizona State didn't get selected in the NFL draft last month in large part because of the way he plays. He was repeatedly penalized for personal fouls in college, despite his coaches' insistence that he change. He also did poorly at the NFL combine drills, marking himself a huge risk. It wasn't surprising when Burfict went undrafted. The Bengals signed him for depth at linebacker, a low-risk move given his contract status. One cheap shot and he could be gone. And he knows it. "Yeah, that's what I practiced on today," Burfict said on Friday, after the first workout of rookie minicamp. "We didn't have any pads on. You've got to

be disciplined today. You have chances to hit somebody, but you let up. It just comes with practice." The Bengals are known for taking chances on players with trouble in their college careers. They took Chris Henry in the third round in 2005 despite his troubles at West Virginia. In recent years, they've changed their approach slightly, signing troubled players to lowrisk deals. Burfict fits the pattern. He was the Pac-10 defensive freshman of the year, starting nine games at middle linebacker. He quickly amassed a history of personal fouls — more than a dozen in his career, including a 2010 game in which he head-butted Oregon State's Ryan Katz after the quarterback got up from a tackle and headed back to the huddle. Last season, he led the Sun Devils in sacks but was benched in the second half of a game after getting two personal fouls. His poor performance at the combine sealed his reputation. He wrote NFL teams a letter giving his side of the

situation. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis showed an interest. "I wrote a letter to pretty much all the GMs and coaches throughout the whole process," Burfict said. "I guess he read my letter and he responded back to me and I gave him my number and my agent's number and he contacted my agent, and that's how it happened." Lewis called him after the seventh round of the draft was completed and Burfict was still available. He was the most prominent of the undrafted college free agents signed by Cincinnati. "Vontaze had a good start to things," Lewis said after the workout Friday. "He's obviously, for whatever reasons, become such a big story. The biggest thing for him is that he's getting an opportunity here to prove he can make an NFL football team. Regardless of that, that's the most important thing for him." Burfict was in good spirits after practice, which represented a new start after his disappointing combine performance in Indianapolis and his

fall out of the draft. "I'm ready to put some pads back on," he said. "The combine wasn't too good for me. To finally be in a defense and know where I'm playing is just wonderful." He declined to talk about his personal foul problems at Arizona State. Asked if there was a misconception of him in college, Burfict said, "I don't know. I hear a lot about my off-the-field issues and I haven't been in trouble with the law. That's a big thing that is missed." Burfict said he's motivated by teams overlooking him in the draft. "Not being picked, going undrafted — I have a big chip on my shoulder," he said. "And I'm ready to hit somebody." Notes: The Bengals signed second-round pick DT Devon Still and fifthround pick WR Marvin Jones, leaving four of their 10 draft picks under contract. ...The Bengals waived four college free agents who failed to pass physicals: CB Derrius Brooks, DE Julian Miller, G Mike Ryan and OT Landon Walker.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Roger Bernadina and Danny Espinosa each hit a two-run homer Friday night in one of Washington's biggest scoring splurges of the season, leading the light-hitting Nationals to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Former Versailles and Piqua Post 184 standout Craig Stammen pitched two and one-third innings of relief. He was perfect in his first two innings, striking out three of the six batters he faced, including Joey Votto. Washington matched its season high for runs by taking advantage of Mike Leake (0-5), who lasted three innings and remained winless in six starts. He gave up seven hits and six runs, including the homers by Bernadina and Espinosa. It's the second time Leake has failed to last four innings this season. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (4-1) struck out a season-high nine batters — including six in a row — but lasted only five innings because of a high pitch count. His performance came one day after Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 Pirates, including seven in a row, for a 4-2 win. Bernadina also had one of Washington's three homers in the win in Pittsburgh. The Nationals are in first place in the NL East on the strength of their pitching, which had allowed only 93 runs heading into the Cincinnati series — fewest in the majors. Washington's .237 team batting average ranked near the bottom of the league.

Washington got rolling right away against Leake, who gave up Bernadina's and Adam homer LaRoche's RBI double before getting an out. He threw 28 pitches before retiring a batter. Bernadina also singled home a run in the second. Espinosa hit his second homer in the third inning, forcing manager Dusty Baker to get his bullpen working. Gonzalez gave up a pair of runs and didn't allow a homer in one of the majors' most hitter-friendly ballparks. He hasn't allowed a homer in his last eight starts since Sept. 23, a span of 50 innings that is the longest such streak of his career. It's also the longest active streak in the majors. Too many pitches was the problem. Jay Bruce hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and the Reds had a chance to get back into the game when Gonzalez lost his touch in the fifth. Zack Cozart singled home a run to cut it to 7-2, and Cincinnati loaded the bases with back-to-back walks and only one out. Gonzalez threw a fastball past Bruce for a strikeout, then got Scott Rolen to foul out on his 115th pitch of the game. The Reds hurt themselves in the eighth. Brandon Phillips was on third when Rolen hit a grounder to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Phillips couldn't get back in time and was tagged out. The Reds went on to score one run in the inning, on Ryan Ludwick's RBI single off Ryan Mattheus, but left the bases loaded again.

Besecker Continued from page 15 "I'm a Bradford graduate, I know the area, the league and all of the girls in it well. It's a good fit," Besecker said. "And it keeps me doing what I

love to do. "I coach basketball because I love to coach basketball. And I'm grateful that I'm being given a chance to do that again."

Browns camp opens with bad news Taylor could be out all year BEREA, Ohio (AP) — On a day of renewal and optimism in Cleveland, coach Pat Shurmur had to first dispense the bad news. It's always seems to be something with the Browns. Moments after running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden and the Browns' other rookies took the field under a cloudless sky to open a three-day minicamp, Shurmur announced that massive defensive tackle Phil Taylor would need surgery to repair a torn chest muscle and could miss the upcoming season. "It was just one of those things that happens," Shurmur said Friday. "It's unfortunate." And more bad luck for the Browns, who have had more than their share in recent years. Taylor tore his left pectoral muscle while doing bench presses in the weight room on Thursday. His injury is potentially devastating injury for a Cleveland defense that ranked 30th in the league against the run last season. Shurmur said Taylor will have surgery next week, when the team will

have a better sense of how long they'll be without the 6-foot-3, 335-pounder. With the opener against Philadelphia four months away, Shurmur didn't want to rule Taylor out for the season. "It's too early to speculate," he said. "Typically with these surgeries, the rehab is months so I don't want to say exactly. I don't want to cancel him out for the year, no." Typically, torn pectoral muscles take at least sixth months to heal. Browns inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson missed most of two seasons after tearing his pectoral muscle on both sides. Jackson had two surgeries but bounced back and led Cleveland in tackles last season. Taylor, the No. 21 overall pick last year, started all 16 games as a rookie. He finished with 59 tackles, four sacks and improved Cleveland's defensive front. The Browns selected Cincinnati defensive tackle John Hughes (third round) and Boise State's Billy Winn (sixth round) in the draft and may have enough depth to get by in the short term without him. But Taylor was viewed as one of the team's core players and his loss is just another obstacle for a franchise that has had just two winning seasons

in the past 13 years. Taylor was inside the team's training facility but wasn't available for comment. On his Twitter page, he wrote: "Just a bump in the road. Got (to) work hard and come back (hash)Strong." Shurmur tried to put a positive spin on the injury. "It provides opportunity for other guys to fill in," he said. "We never want to lose a player. Unfortunately, at this point, Phil has to deal with what professional athletes have to deal with sometime and that's going through a surgery, going through a rehab and then coming back stronger than ever. His mood is good, he understands it and we'll get him fixed up and get him back." The injury cast some darkness over a day the Browns hope is the beginning of a new era. Richardson and Weeden, the club's two firstround picks and potential stars, came as advertised in their first workouts as pros. Wearing No. 33, and with his tinted dreadlocks tumbling out from under his new orange helmet, Richardson showed the quickness, strength and lateral moves that made him an All-American at Alabama. Following the morning workout, Richardson, whom the

Browns traded up to select at No. 3 overall, said he aspires for greatness. His college career is over. It's time for a new challenge. "I am going to hold my expectations high, real high, very high," he said. "The expectations that they have for me now, I don't think it is high enough for me and I am going to go higher and I am going to go to the extreme. You never set your expectations at a limit and that is just me being a man and being a competitor and an athlete. "You should always have your expectations high. Being the third pick in the first round, having all of the success at Alabama, for me from this point on I am not going to speak much about what I did at Alabama because that is old. I did that at Alabama. I am trying to make a name for myself in the NFL now." It was at his pro workout day at Alabama in March when Richardson literally bowled over the Browns with his skills. During a blocking drill, he flattened Browns running back coach Gary Brown, who reminded the rookie back about the incident during Friday's afternoon practice. Brown picked up a blocking pad and asked Richardson a favor.

"Please don't knock me down," Brown said, smiling before bracing himself and absorbing a twohanded punch by Richardson. Weeden put his big arm on display with several passes, slinging tight spirals all over the field. "He has a strong arm," Richardson said. "I was about three yards away from him and he threw it hard and I had to put my hands up real fast. I can see why he played baseball." A former minor league pitcher in the New York Yankees' organization, Weeden seemed comfortable during both workouts but had a few fumbles on snaps from center. He lined up almost exclusively in the shotgun last season at Oklahoma State, but said he doesn't mind being closer to the line of scrimmage. "I'll be honest, I like being under center more because I can see more of what's going on, and you get the ball immediately," he said. "If I had to pick one of the two — not that I don't like being in the shotgun — but I like being under center." Weeden will be under the microscope in the months ahead. Although it's assumed he will start this season, the Browns want him to earn the job. Weeden's

eager to compete with Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace for the starting job, and he intends to win it. "That's the approach we are all going to take," he said. "I think all of us who are here today plan on having a job. “Colt's been in the system for two years so he understands the offense, I am going to ask him questions. “We are going to learn it together and compete. That's what it's all about. I think he would answer the same way. "We are going to do whatever we can to help this team win games, plain and simple, whether it's me or him. Obviously, I hope I am the guy and I am going to do everything in my power to be that guy, but you have to take it one step at a time." NOTES: Shurmur said the Browns have not had any discussions about free agent WR Plaxico Burress, who has said Cleveland would be one of the team's he would consider joining. ... Richardson's Alabama teammate, fullback Brad Smelley, had an impressive first day with several nice catches. ... Former Miami WR Travis Benjamin showed his blazing speed — "He's freaky fast," Weeden said. — but dropped two passes in the morning session.



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GWOC Track Highlights

Woods in hunt after 68

Piqua’s Ben Crawford takes off at the start of the 400 relay Friday night.

Courtney Bensman (above, left) runs the 800, while Maddie Hilleary (above right) puts the shot. Azjhon Taylor (left) goes over the bar in the high jump.

Photos By Mike Ullery

Piqua’ Cody Combs lands in the long jump pit Wednesday night at the GWOC meet.

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back here for another 20 years," McIlroy said. "If I don't figure it out on my 20th, there's something wrong." Woods followed his birdie at No. 8 with an iron over the trees and into a bunker, only about 10 feet from being perfect. He still made birdie, along with a 5-footer on the 10th and a two-putt birdie from the fringe on No. 11. "I hit a good shot there at 8 and made the putt, and from there I really hit some good shots," Woods said. "I probably could have gotten one or two more out of it. But I really played well today. I was just very consistent, and nothing spectacular, just real solid golf." Martin Laird was solid for 33 holes and was the only player to reach double digits under par for the week. He was at 10 under with three holes to play when he lost four shots on the last three holes. His hopes for eagle turned into bogey with a 4-iron into the water on the 16th, and he dunked one on No. 17 for double bogey. The good news? "I'm glad it happened on a Friday, and not on Sunday," Laird said after a 73 put him in a large group two shots behind. Ben Curtis and FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas were in the group at 5under 139, while the group at 3-under 141 included Quail Hollow playoff winner Rickie Fowler and Luke Donald, who at least has a chance to go back to No. 1 in the world now that McIlroy has missed the cut. Lee Westwood also was at 141. Johnson started with two birdies and felt in control for most of the sunny morning. "I never really gave the golf course much," he said. "In other words, I kept it where you need to keep it. My misses were proper. I was aggressive when I could be aggressive. And I caught a couple nice saves in there, too. But when you shoot that kind of score around this golf course — any day in the year, or any week — you're putting well. Clearly, that's what I've been doing the best." Laird went to 10 under with his birdie on the 15th. Then, he hit a beautiful tee shot on the 16th and was in perfect range to think about an eagle. "It was one of those ones that I had an absolutely perfect number for a 4-iron," Laird said. "It's one of those ones that you almost wish that you don't, and you play a little safer. “I hit three or four great iron shots in a row right at the flag and kind of got a little greedy there and tried to fade one in the wind. So that was the first mental mistake I've made all week. If you do that on your 16th hole in the second round, you're doing pretty well." He went into the water on the 17th, and his third shot was some 50 feet away. He ran the bogey putt to the back edge of the green, and made a 12footer for double bogey. He then failed to get up-anddown from right of the 18th green. Even so, he's still in the hunt going into the weekend. And that's all anyone wants on this course, anyway. "I've just got to take out of it that I played the last three in 4-over par, and I'm still third," Laird said.


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — After breaking 70 for the first time in seven weeks, Tiger Woods headed to the back of the practice range at the TPC Sawgrass to finetune his swing. That was much better than going to the clubhouse to clean out his locker. The Players Championship featured Matt Kuchar, Zach John and Kevin Na atop the leaderboard Friday. What it lacked was some of the golf's biggest names. Rory McIlroy stumbled to a 76 and became the first player at No. 1 in the world ranking to miss the cut at Sawgrass since Greg Norman in 1996. Steve Stricker had made a PGA Tour-leading 49 cuts in a row until he shot 74 and ended a streak that began in August 2009. And with 11 holes left in his round, Woods was two shots over the cut line and in jeopardy of missing back-to-back cuts for the first time in his career. The thought never crossed his mind. Instead, he blistered a 5-wood into the breeze on the eighth hole — the toughest par 3 on the course — and watched it catch a slope on the edge of the green and roll 8 feet away from the cup. That was the first of four straight birdies for Woods, who wound up with a 68. He said he was only thinking about a 66 to get momentum going into the weekend, and he missed by two. "I was trying to shoot my number today," Woods said. "Sixty-six was my number today. I figured that would have been a good way to go into the weekend, being probably four or five back. But I'm still with a good chance." Everyone has a chance going into the weekend, including Woods and Phil Mickelson, the Hall of Fame's newest member. They were six shots behind. But they are chasing the gang from Sea Island — home of Kuchar and Johnson, along with PGA Tour rookie Harris English, who was one shot out of the lead. Johnson made five birdies on the back nine until a bogey on the 18th hole, though he matched the best score of the second round with a 66. Kuchar, who made a strong run at the Masters last month, played bogeyfree over his last 13 holes for a 68. Na started the back nine with three straight birdies for a 69. "It's fun to be back in position with a chance to win again," Kuchar said. They were at 8-under 136, meaning only eight shots separate first from worst going into the final 36 holes on a most unpredictable Stadium Course. The top 14 players on the leaderboard were separated by only three strokes. English birdied the 17th and 18th for a 67, while the group at 6under 138 included past champion Adam Scott (70). McIlroy, who only last week lost in a three-way playoff at Quail Hollow, opened with a birdie and didn't make another one the rest of the day. He missed the cut for the first time in more than a year, though it wasn't unusual at the TPC Sawgrass. In three appearances at The Players Championship, McIlroy has never broken par or made the cut. "Hopefully, I'm coming

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