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Piqua City Schools superintendent Rick Hanes turns up the first patches of dirt at Washington Intermediate with the help of some of the school’s students Wednesday during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new primary grades building that will be erected in its place.

BY SUSAN HARTLEY Executive Editor PIQUA — Piqua City Schools took two steps forward Wednesday as students, school officials and city leaders celebrated two long-awaited ceremonies. Groundbreakings were held at Springcreek Primary and Washington Primary facilities, on what Superintendent Rick Hanes called “a great day for Piqua City Schools.” At 11 a.m. Wednesday, students at Springcreek gathered behind the current school building to listen to remarks made by several people involved in the building project, and to watch as dirt was turned in preparation for the new first- through third-grade building, which will be ready for students in 2015. While the new school is under construction, classes will continue in the old Springcreek building for the next two years.

Andy Hite, school board president, took a few minutes to speak at both the Springcreek and the 1 p.m. Washington groundbreaking ceremonies. “Isn’t this a great day for Piqua City Schools,” he asked, receiving a resounding “yes” from both crowds. Hite went on to tell students at both schools that he had been doing some thinking this past week about the district’s three new schools that were going to be built. “I realized that when these new buildings are completed, our ‘new’ high school will be the oldest building in the district,” he said. Hite went on to thank those who had served on the school’s facilities and levy committees during the past couple of years, but noted that “the biggest thank you of all goes to the voters who approved the funding” for the new state-of-the-art facilities. The new intermediate school for grades 4-6 will

be built on the former Piqua Memorial Hospital site, with groundbreaking ceremonies to take place at a later date. Also speaking at both groundbreakings Wednesday was Curt South, a PHS grad and architect with the firm FanningHowey. “I’m honored and privileged to be the architect and engineer for this building and the other two buildings in Piqua,” South said. “None of this would be possible without support of the Piqua Community.” South told the firstand second-graders at Springcreek that when they return to school in August there will be lots of noise and distractions while construction is taking place, encouraging the young students to “continue to concentrate on their studies. A short term pain for a longtime gain,” he said. Board member Mimi Crawford told students at Washington that she was a student at that building


State and school officials look on as Piqua K-Club officers participate in the groundbreaking ceremony at Springcreek Primary School on Wednesday morning. K-Club officers include Reagan Sloan, president; Jesse Furman, vice president and Reygan Weaver, secretary. “a long time ago — 42 years. That makes me feel old. Piqua is a community where so many things are happening.” Crawford also spoke to Springcreek staff and students. “What a terrific day.

We’ll have a 21st century building to support our 21st century education,” she said, reminding both crowds that the district was considered excellent by the state. The Ohio School Facili-

ties Commission representative, Stacey Thomas, told both groups Wednesday that she was pleased to be working with Piqua City Schools, that it was one of See PCS/Page 16

Local author Hahn strives to instill hope BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer PIQUA —While the idea may have been there for quite some time, it wasn’t until a year ago that Ruth Hahn, cofounder of the Hahn-Hufford Center of Hope on Garbry Road, put pen to paper and began to write not just any story but the story. “I started off with giving credit to a lot of people,” said Hahn, who admitted she may have inadvertently left some people out of her new book, Hope Fulfilled:

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Hands that Give Hope. “You can imagine Nicholas School, brain wellness center, aquatic therapy and wellhow many stories there ness services. It services inwould be to tell.” fants, children and adults Those stories, some 40who may have suffered a plus years worth, had to be brain trauma, neurological condensed so as to take the reader through the Center’s disorders, and other related humble beginnings, growth, injuries or birth abnormaliand extensive learning ties. processes over time to make The center is a place, acit what it is today – a leader cording to Hahn, that wouldin neurodevelopmental and n’t be if not for the staff, neuroeducational treatment. people, volunteers, contribuThe Center offers rehabilitors and so many more who tation for neurological development, the have made it all possible.

“You can start anything but if you don’t have people to follow up with it,” said Hahn as she trailed off with a knowing shrug that speaks volumes on the imperative influence of others that have kept the Hahn-Hufford Center going over four decades. “I’m so thankful to the people that work here.” While Hahn lists a number of individuals to thank for their contributions over the years and towards the book, she gave a special thank you to Mark Miller who made necessary edits and Christine See Hahn/Page 2

Johnston Farm revved up for car show Miami Valley Corvette Club to hold show and cruise-in at historic site

be held this Saturday at the John Johnston Farm & Indian Agency. This will be the first year for the show to be held at the historic Johnston Farm. “We’re glad to be able to host this (event),” said Andy Hite, site director. Both Hite and car show organizers are excited for the change of venue. Hite pointed out that parking for the event will be “easy in and easy out,” for both exhibitors and BY MIKE ULLERY guests. The show was held at Fountain Park Chief Photographer last year and parking was an issue. MVCC show organizer Tom Lillicrap said that, while the 2012 show had 125 vehicles PIQUA — The third annual Miami Valley registered, moving the show to the John Corvette Club Car Show and Cruise-In will Johnston Farm & Indian Agency grounds of-

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fers nearly unlimited room for show cars, as well as trucks and tractors, and for guests. Hite and Lillicarp stressed that in addition to the car show, the historic farm house and barn will be open for tours and the General Harrison canal boat will be offering a mid-afternoon ride on the restored section of the Miami and Erie Canal. The John Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is located on Hardin Road just off State Route 66 north of Piqua. Cars, tractors and motorcycles are welcome. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m. Entry fee for show See Car show/Page 2


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vehicles is $10. All proceeds from the event benefit the Miami Valley Corvette Club, John Johnston Farm & Indian Agency and the Bethany Center in Piqua. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted and donors will receive an additional door prize ticket. Car show hours will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The

museum will open its door from 12-4 p.m. and the Johnston farm house will be open from 1-4 p.m. At 2 p.m. a single canal boat ride that will travel the entire length of the restored section of canal will be offered. Admission to the car show is free. The canal boat ride fee is $3 for adults and $2 for children. The Miami Valley Corvette Club has been in existence for 39 years.

Hahn Continued from page 1 Cavender, who transfered the hand-written story to computer. “I don’t have a computer so I wrote it all by hand,” said Hahn who self-published the 174page book that is now available both at the Hahn-Hufford Center and online at All proceeds will go towards the building fund with any remaining dollars to daily operations. “Then I was able to see what I had, I changed it several times, added, take away,” continued Hahn of the finished work and gave a peek into a story that begins with multiple blessings as the eldest child of 11, six boys and five girls. Hahn says of her large family and the extraordinary manner in which they lived, “I thought I knew everything.” Everything in terms of raising children and life in general as she married Paul Hahn in 1944, and went on to make their home in Piqua and together raised three children. It was their eldest child, a son, who would change the direction of their lives as Hahn explained the good Lord not only blessed her with Tim but as she soon discovered, “I really didn’t know a lot.” Tim was born in 1949 after a very difficult 30hour birth where he lacked oxygen. At first, things seemed all right but as he grew older and especially after the birth of their second child, a daughter, in 1952, it became clear something was wrong. He did not seem to learn or retain information as other children did, failing first grade and struggling with each grade that followed until the family pulled him out of high school. Doctors and psychologists were unable to help. It would take a heated moment in the car and perhaps a little nudge from above that would lead Hahn to a newspaper

story on neurological problems and patterning. What follows is a friendship between two mothers desperate to find answers for their children and the eventual creation of the Center. A dream come true for Hahn, along with co-founder and good friend Gloria Hufford, to create not another doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital. “I wanted a family atmosphere that everybody worked together and helped each other,” said Hahn. “Respected each other and love each other.” Ultimately, Hahn’s story, as the Center’s name and the title of her book capture so well is all about hope. “My hope is that it will be helpful to people, that it will tell young mothers what to do with their babies,” said Hahn of what is often times a missed opportunity on teaching the importance of neurological development, stressing the importance of tummy-time that aids in vision and other brain stage developments being key. “A child that goes through all these stages of develpment is a child with a brain that is well organized, if you miss these stages of development, then you risk problems and these things could be avoided.” After all, asks Hahn, what is the most important role that you can have but being a mother? More information: Ruth Hahn will hold her first book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4:306:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Hahn-Hufford Center of Hope, 1306 Garbry Road, Piqua. Lunch items will be available during the afternoon session with snacks and beverages during the evening session. ‘Hope Fulfilled: Hands that give hope’ is available for sale both at the Hahn-Hufford Center of Hope or directly from All proceeds donated to the building fund.

Stinky flower blooms at OSU COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A large rainforest plant known as a corpse flower because of its awful smell has bloomed again at an Ohio State University greenhouse, and there’s more excitement because another corpse flower there is expected to open soon, a spokeswoman said. A 6-foot titan arum, nicknamed Woody after Buckeyes football coach Woody Hayes, opened Tuesday to reveal its bold, reddish-purple color and release its rotting-flesh smell a little over two years after it first flowered. A second corpse flower opened briefly at the greenhouse last May, and a third is expected to open for the first time in seven to 10 days, spokeswoman Sandi Rutkowski said. The greenhouse extends visiting hours dur-




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ing such blooms, but people who want to catch a peek or a whiff have to do so quickly because the rare blooms sometimes last only a day or less. Some of the plants never bloom, and there’s no guarantee that those that bloom will do so again. “I think we’re pinching ourselves,” Rutkowski said. She said having three or four blooms within three years is a credit to good luck and to the skill of the Columbus greenhouse’s program manager, Joan Leonard. “It is luck, but it’s also due in large part to Joan’s incredible skills at getting things to grow, at nurturing them, sort of knowing what to do when,” Rutkowski said. The corpse flower is native to Indonesia’s Sumatra island, according to the university.

Dorothy M. Banks PIQUA — Dorothy M. Banks, 91, of Piqua, died at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 4 , 2013, a t Piqua Manor. S h e w a s born in Darke County to the l a t e BANKS Henry and Susannah (Peters) Sanders. She married Walter M. Banks on Jan. 19, 1941, in Greenville; he preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 2010. Mrs. Banks is survived by her son, Gary (Dixie) Banks of Piqua; two grandchildren, Julie (Jim) and Thomas Brown (Carol) Banks; two stepgrandchildren, Mike (Barbara) Hickey and Mark Hickey; three great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Velma Riffle and Mildred Walters; and brother, Norman a Sanders. Dorothy was a 1939 graduate of Ansonia High School and attended the former Commercial-Normal College of Greenville for secretarial courses.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Piqua and various church women’s groups. She worked and retired from J.W. Brown and department Uhlman’s stores as the office manager in 1985, after 25 years of service. Dorothy enjoyed trips to Russell’s Point and Cedar Point, and after retirement, she and Walter enjoyed traveling with friends to various destinations in the United States. They would spend a month or more in Myrtle Beach every winter. A funeral service to honor her life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua, with the Rev. Michael Havey officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood St., Piqua, OH 45356; or Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through

Viola M. (Kramer) Yaggi TROY — Viola M. (Kramer) Yaggi, 91, formerly of Troy, more recently of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away Friday, May 10, 2013. She was born Sept. 26, 1921, in Tell City, Ind., to the late Peter and Alma (Daum) Kramer. Her husband, Ralph I. Yaggi, preceded her in death July 16, 2001. She is survived by her two daughters and a sonin-law, Margaret Hagedorn of Halfmoon, N.Y. and Barbara and Tom Davis of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Steven Hagedorn, Andy Davis and Angela Davis Williams; and five greatgrandchildren, Kiley Davis, Tyler Davis, Faith Hagedorn, Abigail Williams, and Geoffrey Williams. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by seven sisters and four brothers. Mrs. Yaggi was a mem-

ber of the St. John’s United Church of Christ, Troy. She and her husband, Ralph, served as grand marshal of the Troy Strawberry Festival Parade. She had been a resident of Arizona for 13 years and was an active member of the Paradise Valley Senior Center in Arizona. Along with her husband, Mrs. Yaggi was the owner/operator of Yaggi Coffee Service in Troy before their retirement. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at Riverside Cemetery, Troy, with interment to follow. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley,, 16117 N. 76th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Death notice TROY — Terry Marie Poore, 55, of Troy, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Arrangements are pending with Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home.

Trial hinges on dying man’s blinks CINCINNATI (AP) A video showing a paralyzed shooting victim blinking his eyes is expected to be key in a murder trial as jurors consider whether the blinks were intentional responses to detectives’ questions. Jurors failed to reach a verdict after about two hours Tuesday and were scheduled to resume deliberations Wednesday in the trial of 35-year-old Ricardo Woods of Cincinnati. Woods is accused of shooting David Chandler in the face and neck on Oct. 28, 2010, as he sat in a car. Chandler was left paralyzed from the neck down and hooked up to a ventilator, dying about two weeks later. Prosecutors and defense attorneys have argued throughout the case about whether Chandler knew what he was doing when police told him to blink three times for yes and twice for no as they questioned him about the person who shot him. Prosecutors told jurors in closing arguments Tuesday that Chandler clearly identified Woods as his shooter, while the defense said the blinks weren’t conclusive. Prosecutors said that

Woods was a drug dealer and that Chandler knew him and purchased drugs from him in the past. Jurors were shown the video interview that police conducted with Chandler, who was unable to speak. Police have said that they went to interview Chandler after his family told them that he was able to communicate by blinking his eyes and that he knew who shot him. Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Jocelyn Chess told jurors Tuesday that Chandler clearly blinked three times in response to questions about whether he knew the shooter, whether he could identify him and whether Woods’ photo was a photo of the shooter. Chandler also “clearly, intentionally and decisively” blinked three times when the detective asked him if he was sure that Woods was the person who shot him, Chess said. She also stressed that a doctor who treated Chandler testified that he did not have a traumatic brain injury and that “his cognitive ability was intact.” But Woods’ attorney, Kory Jackson, told jurors that the blinks were in-

consistent and unreliable and that Chandler’s condition and the drugs used to treat him could have affected his ability to understand and respond. In the video, Chandler “isn’t answering the questions 50 percent of the time,” Jackson said. He said the medical records also show “a very, very ill man who was medicated and could not make needed decisions for his care.” Jackson also said that showing Chandler only one photo that of Woods instead of presenting a lineup of photos was “suggestive.” and that the case against Woods was about misidentification and “a misguided investigation.” “At no point did police ever investigate anyone else,” Jackson said. Both the prosecution and the defense focused on a jailhouse informant who testified that Woods told him that he shot at Chandler because he caught him buying drugs from someone else while still owing Woods money. Prosecutors said Woods threatened Chandler the day before his death because Chandler owed him $400. The defense told jurors

they should not believe the informant, who Jackson described as “willing to do anything” to get a lighter sentence on armed robbery charges that he faces. Adding that there was no DNA evidence, no fingerprints and no weapon to tie Woods to the crime, Jackson told jurors that if there is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt and they aren’t convinced that Chandler made an accurate identification, “you must find Mr. Woods not guilty.” Chess said that if jurors look at all the evidence, she is confident they will find that “the only just verdict is to find the defendant guilty as charged.” Assistant Prosecutor David Prem also cautioned jurors not make a decision based on any attempt by the defense to make them feel sorry for Woods. “You have to use your common sense and make your decision based on that,” Prem said. Woods is charged with murder, felonious assault and weapons counts and could be sentenced to life in prison, if convicted.

Kidnap suspect to plead not guilty CLEVELAND (AP) The man accused of keeping three women in captivity for about a decade will plead not guilty but it’s uncertain if he can receive a fair trial anywhere, a member of his defense team said Wednesday. Craig Weintraub, a former prosecutor representing Ariel Castro, 52, on rape and kidnapping charges, said in an interview that the location of a trial is “always an issue when you have a case that has such fantastic notoriety.” Castro’s defense team, including Weintraub colleague Jaye Schlachet, must decide at some point whether to ask to have any trial moved out of Cleveland, Weintraub said. “Then that begs the question: ‘Well, where can he get a fair trial based on the circumstances?’ This is such a sensationalistic type case which has received international coverage.” Castro, a former school

bus driver, was arrested May 6 shortly after Amanda Berry kicked out part of a locked door of his house and yelled to neighbors to help her and call police. Police quickly arrived and found Berry in the street holding a baby and then raced through the house, freeing Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. The women were admitted to a hospital but have been released and have remained in seclusion appealing for privacy. The three disappeared between 2002 and 2004, when they were in their teens or early 20s, authorities said. Castro has been jailed on $8 million bond. Weintraub, interviewed in his law office in a skyscraper overlooking the county jail and courts building, said Castro is despondent in his bare-bones cell but Weintraub thinks people believe he’s got it too good under the circumstances.

“His day consists of remaining 24 hours a day in a room that is probably 9 (feet) by 9 that contains a metal bed, a very thin mattress that is covered in plastic. It has a metal sink and what appears to be some sort of a mirror,” Weintraub said. He declined to comment on a jail suicide watch for Castro or jail guard reports that Castro has been sitting in his cell naked. Weintraub said he would have been alerted if going naked reflected a medical issue. Castro has made it clear that he loves his 6year-old daughter born to Berry, Weintraub said. “I know that that seems to be irrational from the public perception standpoint, but he does indeed love her and is concerned about her future,” Weintraub said. He said the issue of custody hadn’t been mentioned in discussions with Castro. The girl was born Christmas Day 2006, de-

livered by Knight in a kiddie pool so the cleanup would be easy, police say. Knight told police she was ordered by Castro under threat of death to deliver the baby live. Weintraub said the defense hadn’t researched issues raised last week when Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said Castro could face aggravated murder charges, and a possible death sentence, related to allegations that he impregnated Knight and forced her to miscarry at least five times by starving her and punching her in the stomach repeatedly.

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Upper Valley CC students team up on tree project PIQUA — Digital Design and Print Technologies Level ll students worked with Level ll Environmental Occupations students planting trees acquired through the Shelby County Soil and Water Conservancy. Planting and caring for trees is an everyday activity for the EO students. On the other hand, the DDPT students work daily with one of trees primary products – paper. Ralph Ash, DDPT level ll instructor, makes sure his students understand the value of reforestation and agrees with Paul Foster, founder of the “Print Grows Trees” educational campaign, that print is the green option when compared to digital correspondence, bill paying, and banking. “All the electronic devices required to view non-paper correspondence and records use electricity which is fueled by non-renewable resources,” he says. The DDPT students are counting on careers in an industry which continues to adapt in a digital age. According to those involved with the Print Grows Trees cam-




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In Brief God’s Table takes place Saturday PIQUA — God’s Table, a community-wide free lunch, will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 325 W. Ash St., Piqua. The meal will be chicken pot pie, fruit and dessert. The public is welcome to attend. PROVIDED PHOTO

Kelly Jeffers, DDPT senior from Bradford, helps fellow Upper Valley Career Center students plant trees at Willowbrook in April. paign, the American jobs lost to e-publishing impacts industries beyond the press operators and papers mills. The DDPT students spread the “Print Grows Trees” message by silk screening campaign artwork on T-

shirts shared with their EO counterparts. Both groups were undaunted by the mud and chill as they worked together to plant 50 trees in Willowbrook preserve last month. Ash hopes to expand

the partnership with the EO program and his students’ involvement with Print Grows Trees. He says, “Printing jobs haven’t been outsourced and aren’t going away. This is a solid career path with long-term potential.”

Nicklin Avenue School are now available in the form of Cat’s Meow collectibles. Cat’s Meow Collectibles are exact replicas of a building or landmark on silk-screened custom shaped pieces of wood. The Nicklin and Favorite Hill pieces join the long line of other Cat’s Meow’s available of Piqua buildings and landmarks including

the Fort Piqua Plaza, Hance Pavilion, the Municipal Government Complex, the Gazebo and Veteran’s Memorial. Others schools available through Mainstreet Piqua include Bennett, Wilder, Washington and Springcreek. In addition to being available at the Piqua collectibles tent at Taste of

the Arts, the Cat’s Meow collectibles can be purchased again at Readmore’s Hallmark, 430 N. Main St. and Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main St. All the Cat’s Meow pieces are $20 with the exception of the Gazebo, which is $15. For more information, contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

centric theme with local teens being the leading force in creation. The entire program will be guided by a professional mural artist, who will begin the project with a workshop for interested teens and then continue into the production phase for the rest of the week. Currently, Piqua Arts Council has released the request for proposals to many individuals that may be interested in leading this project. The request for proposals has been made available online at the Arts Council’s website:

www.PiquaArtsCouncil.or g. It includes projected project dates, and general guidelines, along with the expectations of the artist in guiding the project. Tentative dates for the project are July 15-19. Potential artists may offer alternative dates better suited to their availability and are encouraged to contact the Piqua Arts Council for more information. This project is being funded in part by a grant from the United Way’s Teens Taking Charge Program. This program put the grant money in the

hands of teen leadership from Piqua High School and allowed them to decide which of the grant applicants would receive funding and how much funding they would receive. To learn more about the Piqua Arts Council and to view the Request for Proposal, please visit the Piqua Arts Council’s website at For specific questions contact Jordan Knepper, Executive Director, at (937) 773-9630, or email,

PHS bands to play spring concert which meets every day, will play “The Great Locomotive Chase” by Smith, “Shenandoah Triptych” by Balmages, “Unraveling” by Boysen and “Sneak Attack!” by Saucedo. The Show Choir’s combo, “Audio Hype,” also will perform. This group does double duty as the featured backup for “The Company”

as well as the resident jazz band. They will be playing “Forget You” by Murtha, “Everything She Does Is Magic” by Murtha, featuring student soloist Nathan Burkholder, and “Sharp Dressed Man” by Holmes. During the concert, the seniors will be presented with plaques and the student receiving the John

Upper Valley CC junior to get hands-on experience in Ohio government participant becomes a part of the operation of a local, county and state government. They get hands-on experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Ohio government. Activities include legislative

sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, a band and recreation. Buckeye Boys State is a competitive program, recognized by many colleges on their applications as an indication of leadership. In most areas, the local American Legion is involved in se-

Lockington VFD to host dinner PIQUA — The Lockington Volunteer Fire Department will host a chicken/pork chop dinner at the firehouse on Sunday. Each dinner will include half a barbecued chicken or a pork chop, baked beans, applesauce, chips and a dinner roll. The cost is $8. Carryouts will be available. Serving begins at 11 a.m. Presale tickets will be honored until 2 p.m. Proceeds will go toward equipment and training for the fire department. For more information, call 6060919 before the event or 773-5341 the day of the event. Dinners will continue the third Sunday of June. The bridge below Lockington Dam has been closed for repairs, so make alternate plans for travel in case the bridge is not open on Sunday.

Graham High School presents ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ ST. PARIS — The Graham High School Music Department will present the music “Once Upon a Mattress” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the middle school auditeria. Tickets are available between 11:30 a.m. and 12: 30 p.m. at the high school. Reserved seats are $8 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, call the high school at 937-663-4127.

Trendy ladder ribbon necklace class at Piqua YWCA PIQUA — Create your own crocheted ribbon necklace with YWCA instructors Suzie Hawkes and Betty Fogt from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. Class participants can choose from a variety of colors to make this dazzling necklace which looks like shiny beads. Class members will need basic crochet skills and a K crochet hook for the class. All other supplies are included in the class fee. For more information about class fees and registration, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St., call 773-6626 or e-mail

Never Too Old Club to host breakfast, bingo PIQUA —The NeverToo Old Club will host a free breakfast with bingo and prizes at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, in the party room of the Piqua Senior Apartments, 316 N. College St. Breakfast,provided by Sterling House Piqua,will include fruit, pastries, juice and made-to-order omelets. To attend, come to Walker Street and enter the building at the garage.

A taste of student art coming PIQUA — Selected pieces of Piqua Catholic School students’ art will be on display during Mainstreet Piqua’s Taste of the Arts in downtown Piqua on Friday. The Student Art Exhibit will be located on the 2nd floor of Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main St. Admission is free. The exhibit will be open during regu-

Philip Sousa Award will be recognized. Students receiving the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and the Woody Herman Jazz Award also will be announced. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Mahaney during school hours at 773-6314.

Wirt to attend American Legion program PIQUA — Jonathan Wirt, a junior at Upper Valley Career Centers has been selected by American Legion Post 184 to participate in American Legion Buckeye Boys State, an eightday intensive education program on Ohio government for high school students. The program will be June 9-16 on the campus of Bowling Green State University. American Legion Buckeye Boys State is a program where each



Living Mural Art Project to give youth creative outlet

PIQUA — The Piqua High School Band Department announces its annual Spring Concert to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts at Piqua High School. The concert will be conducted by director of bands, Mitch Mahaney. The Symphonic Band,

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PAC seeks proposals for project PIQUA — In partnership with the Piqua Parks Department, Piqua Arts Council announces the release of their request for proposals for the Living Art Mural Project. This project is designed to give the area youth the opportunity to express themselves creatively and to brighten up the city’s parks with high quality attractive murals. The Living Art Mural project is a project designed to create a sense of inclusiveness in Piqua’s teen community. The murals will focus on a Piqua-


A cold front stalls over the Miami Valley and will be the focus for several chances of showers and storms through the weekend.

Two new Cat’s Meows available PIQUA — During the past several years, Mainstreet Piqua has been generating lots of different kinds of collectibles for the Piqua community and is pleased to be able to present two new offerings that will be available for the first time during Taste of the Arts from 5-9 p.m. Friday, in downtown Piqua. Favorite Hill School and

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For the love of a calf ow that his presidential library has opened for business in Dallas, perhaps we can retire the useful myth of George W. Bush, cattle rancher. Today, he’s an artist, painting not western scenes but lap dogs. I never bought that brush-cutting business anyway. I always figured Bush was indoors in the afternoon heat, pedaling a stationary bicycle and watching baseball on TV. But enough partisan sniping: This is a recycled column about Layla, the Charolais calf that turned me into an accidental cattleman. I was out for an afternoon ride on Rusty, my quarter-horse, when we met my neighbor, who rents my pasture. One of his cows had given birth to twin calves — not good. They’re often undersized and weak. The mother’s likely to choose the stronger calf and abandon the other; bovine Darwinism. Paul was trying to coax the little white GENE LYONS heifer, all spindly legs Columnist and big brown eyes, to nurse from her mother’s teats. Without fresh mother’s milk (colostrum), she wouldn’t get antibodies needed to survive. He wasn’t having much luck. The heifer’s mother was already showing signs of ignoring her for the stronger bull calf. When I rode back later, the herd had moved on. The little heifer lay alone under some trees. After sundown, she’d basically be coyote bait. Rusty and I tried herding the mother back to her. Anxious to protect her other calf, however, the mother cow — all 1,500 pounds of her — was spoiling for a fight. Rusty’s no cutting horse and I’m no cowboy. So I put him up, drove out in my truck, picked the heifer up, and tried setting her on her feet among the herd. Her mother actually ran away. Tottering along bawling, the little heifer tried to nurse other cows, which kicked her. I volunteered to bottle-feed her if Paul would teach me. He allowed that she’d be mine if I could keep her alive, which he doubted. He and his wife came by to show me the ropes. By morning, she was substantially weaker, unable to stand, barely able to nurse a bottle. Paul showed me how to tube-feed, inserting a plastic tube down her throat and pouring milk into a hot-water bottle hung from a nail. Like every cattleman I talked to, he was fatalistic. “I don’t know if I’d fool with it,” he’d say. “It’s 90 percent she’ll be dead by morning.” Indeed, when I carried her into the stall we prepared for her, the little heifer hung limp in my arms. She couldn’t stand. Yet when I’d force the feeding tube into her esophagus, she’d struggle against the insult. I felt she was a fighter; I felt she wanted to live. Next day, I drove off to fetch frozen colostrum on what I feared was a fool’s errand. I half-expected to find her dead when I returned. Instead, she was standing, sniffing noses with Fred the basset hound. “Ah like to cried,” country folks say, meaning they almost did. There was no almost about it. The little white heifer with the knobby knees, huge brown eyes, spoonlike ears and amazing vitality had entered my heart. It was also a minor revelation seeing laconic cattlemen driving all over three counties to fetch what I needed to keep her alive: colostrum, antibiotics, vitamin B-12, steroids. I named her “Layla,” after the Eric Clapton song. The extended melodic piano and guitar ride at the end has often brought tears to my wife’s eyes. Besides, Layla definitely had me on my knees, feeding her a bottle. Next, she went blind. It was probably congenital, possibly an autoimmune reaction to foreign colostrum, veterinarians thought. Treating it was probably hopeless. However, if I had a safe pasture where she wouldn’t drown or walk off a cliff (I do), she and a companion calf might live 20 years. They tried steroids anyway. Over three days, the white cloud over her eyes vanished. She began playing chase with the dogs, who somehow knew not to nip her. The two Great Pyrenees are over-the-moon happy there’s finally something on this place that needs guarding — unlike the horses, who mildly resent their efforts. They let Layla nurse at their ears. By six weeks, Layla appeared to think she was a basset hound, although she KNEW I was her mother. She also definitely knew where the milk was kept, inside the house. So she spent her days on the front porch, snoozing with the dogs and mooing for supper. I’d been told that cows had strongly marked personalities, but I had no clue. My own feelings about this little calf, one among thousands in a county inhabited by far more cows than people, surprised me. Update: Alas, repeated infections proved too much for Layla’s overwhelmed immune system. She died after nine hard months, having accomplished her mission: teaching me to love her kind.


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At last, justice for locked-in juveniles? life lessons of these Tenhirty or so years ago, nessee teenagers. I reported from a So what is changing now New York state in Tennessee because of its prison for juvenile delinagreement with the federal quents as part of a nagovernment? Dig this, stutional story on how dents and parents around American teenagers were this land of the free: being held behind bars “Some teenagers whose without any consideration NAT HENTOFF offenses are not serious are for their constitutional now issued summonses inrights. To what extent has Columnist stead of being hauled to dethis changed in many tention to await a hearing, and a model states today? In a Jan. 1 editorial, The New York in-school program of tutoring, mentorTimes provided the answer: “The juve- ing and counseling has been keeping nile justice system in the United States students who commit minor offenses is supposed to focus on rehabilitation out of juvenile court altogether. “Conditions inside the facilities have for young offenders. But for generations, it has largely been a purgatory, improved as well, federal investigators failing to protect them or give them the said. Three restraint chairs, for examhelp and counseling they need to be- ple, have been removed, and better suicide prevention protocols are in place.” come law-abiding adults. Wow! Those kids are beginning to get “Children who end up in juvenile courts often do not get due process pro- a small sense of what it is to be an tections like written complaints pre- American. More changes that must still be senting the charges against them ... or meaningful assistance of counsel” (“Ju- made in the state of Tennessee include venile Court Reform in Tennessee,” The “advising teenagers of their Miranda rights and holding hearings within 48 New York Times). This editorial laggardly followed a hours to determine if children should vital story about Shelby County, Tenn., remain in custody.” I ask readers if your state, like Tenand the Department of Justice that was buried inside the Dec. 18, 2012, Times. nessee, is currently “developing a cadre The story should have been on the front of public defenders (hardly any of these page; it had almost been entirely ig- kids’ families can afford private lawyers) well versed in juvenile court nored by the media in all its forms: “The county and the Justice Depart- law and providing better medical and ment signed an extensive agreement to mental health treatment for children in overhaul the county’s juvenile justice detention”? The Times report briefly cited system” (“Deal Signed in Tennessee on Justice for Youths,” Kim Severson, The changes taking place in other states: “Under a new program in New York New York Times, Dec. 18, 2012). I was glad to discover that the Jus- called the Close To Home initiative ... tice Department does remember the ac- city teenagers who are in large juvenile tual meaning of its name, after its facilities in other parts of the state will torture rationalizations under George be sent to improved programs in their W. Bush and Dick Cheney and its own neighborhoods.” Then parents agreement with Barack Obama’s per- won’t have to trek many miles to stay in touch with their kids. sonally directed “kill lists.” But the Justice Department is still This Dec. 17, 2012, agreement contained some “first of its kind” policies, targeting other miscreant states, havas reported by the Times, that were the ing sued “Meridian, Miss., and Laudresult of the Justice Department’s 2009 erdale County, saying the school investigation into Shelby County’s ju- system was running a ‘school-to-prison venile justice system. Among the pipeline’ in which students were jailed frightful distortions of the Constitution for infractions as minor as talking back to teachers or wearing socks that viothe department found: “Black teenagers were twice as likely lated school dress codes. “Some students had been shipped 80 as white teenagers to be detained and were sent to adult criminal court for miles to a juvenile detention center minor infractions far more often than without probable cause or legal representation.” whites. The 2014 elections are getting nearer “Black or white, teenagers locked up by the county attempted suicide at -- not just for Congress, but at the state record rates and were sometimes and local level as well. How many canstrapped to deep, white restraint chairs didates of either party will be roused, and left alone up to five times longer or say a word, about why so many American teenagers are second-class than the law allowed. “They languished over long week- citizens? Or, more accurately, why they ends without proper hearings, were not aren’t citizens of this nation at all read their Miranda rights and received while imprisoned? And, as always, I ask the media, incrucial court documents just before hearings, if they received them at all cluding so-called social media, why they aren’t more involved in reporting ...” Tom Perez, an assistant attorney on these youthful offenders who have general in the Justice Department, told been sentenced to be exiled from their the Times: “What we saw was an as- Constitution. sembly line with very little quality asNat Hentoff is a nationally renowned surance.” What does his boss, Eric Holder, authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights. He is a member of the think? Meanwhile, President Obama, who Reporters Committee for Freedom of the lectured on constitutional law at the Press, and the Cato Institute, where he University of Chicago earlier in his ca- is a senior fellow. reer, has yet to make a comment on the


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WASHINGTON (AP) — As the investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservative political groups widens, House Speaker John Boehner says he has a question: “Who’s going to jail over this scandal?” “There are laws in place to prevent this type of abuse. Someone made a conscious decision to harass and to hold up these requests for tax exempt status,” Boehner told reporters Wednesday. “I think we need to know who they are and whether they violated the law. Clearly someone violated the law.” The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service just as another probe concludes that lax management enabled agents to improperly target tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status. Attorney General Eric Holder said he ordered the FBI to investigate Friday — the day the IRS publicly acknowledged that it had singled out conservative groups. “Those (actions) were, I think, as everyone can agree, if not criminal, they were certainly outrageous and unacceptable,” Holder said. “But we are examining the facts to see if there were criminal violations.” Holder is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. It is the first of several hearings that will focus on the issue. The House oversight committee announced Wednesday that it will hold a hearing May 22, featuring Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS division that oversees tax exempt organizations, and former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, whose five-year term ended in November. The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing Friday, featuring the acting IRS commissioner, Steven Miller, and the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, J. Russell George.

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War in Europe comes alive Courage to end it in ‘Guns at Last Light’ BY JERRY HARKAVY Associated Press Fruitless combat in places like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan can evoke a certain wistfulness for World War II. Often characterized as our last “good war,” it combined a sense of purpose with universal public support and ended decisively with good triumphing over evil. The Western European phase of America’s war against the Nazis lasted a mere 11 months, from DDay to Germany’s surrender, but the dramatic events, the leading figures and the carnage dwarf anything that our military has seen in the nearly 70 years since. That epic campaign comes alive in “The Guns at Last Light,” the third and final volume of Rick Atkinson’s magisterial “Liberation Trilogy.” The first book covered the North Africa campaign and won the Pulitzer Prize for history; the second carried the story through the fighting in Italy. The latest volume plows more familiar turf, beginning with the landings on Normandy’s beaches and moving on to the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge and the final push into Germany. Even though we know how it ends, this 850-page military history captivates the reader with the high drama of a spellbinding novel and a cast of characters that a master storywould be teller hard-pressed to invent. At the highest echelons, we see Supreme Commander Dwight Eisen-


This book cover image released by Henry Holt shows “The Guns at Last Light,” by Rick Atkinson. hower’s struggle to manage a war while coping with the egotism and insubordination of British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and the insufferably vainglorious Charles De Gaulle, leader of the Free French. The many generals profiled by Atkinson range from the courageous and beloved paratroop commander James Gavin to the parsimonious and universally reviled logistics chief John Lee. The author’s talent as a military historian shines brightest, however, when the reader is put in the midst of battle and the book provides a sense of what it was like for the

GIs and Tommies to take on the vaunted Wehrmacht. There is courage and endurance aplenty, from sniper-laden the hedgerows of Normandy to the rugged, wintry terrain of the Ardennes. It was there that U.S. troops withstood Adolph Hitler’s last-roll-of-the-dice attack in what became known as the Battle of the Bulge. Atkinson captures the sights, sounds and smells of the battlefield. The odors that drifted over Normandy, for example, combined cordite with the stink of dead cows. The vicious cycle of atrocities and reprisals begins soon after D-Day when an SS Panzer unit methodically

DEAR ABBY: I am a divorcee with college-aged children. I love my children, and I thought I loved my ex. However, after my divorce I wonder if I’m capable of loving anyone other than my children again. Two years after the divorce I started a relationship with a man who is 10 years older. He had recently ended a long-term dating/living together relationship. I wasn’t particularly drawn to him, but he was very persistent. We finally, jokingly, agreed to be “exclusively casual” and began dating. My children don’t dislike him; they are indifferent to him. We have been dating for six years. I do not love him. He, however, professes to adore me and wants us to spend our lives together. I do NOT want this to go on any longer. I have some serious health issues and I’m not interested in having him as my caretaker. He has already made plans for us to be together for this. I don’t want him doing this for me. He’s a good man. He deserves someone who wants the devotion he is so willing to give. How do I tell him to move on? I’m financially stable. He’s not after my money; he’s very comfortable on his own. I need to force him to go find a woman who needs or wants him. Many of his friends think I take advantage of his feelings. I don’t want to be in this position any longer. Any advice you could offer would be a gift. — DRAGGING MY FEET IN TEXAS

slaughters scores of Canadian prisoners. British troops responded in kind, with a platoon commander’s daily orders noting, “NPT below rank major”: no prisoners to be taken below the rank of major. ABIGAIL VAN BUREN Atrocities culminated in Advice the Malmedy massacre a week before Christmas in you can find a woman who the Ardennes, but never will love you the way you approached the scale that deserve to be loved. Sadly, that’s not me — but I wish was routine on the Eastyou well and … goodbye.” ern Front. Do not expect him to Non-battle casualties welcome this dose of realtake a crushing toll, ity, but those are the whether from trench foot words that will set you — and combat exhaustion and him — free. (formerly known as shell shock) to desertion and DEAR ABBY: I am a the rising incidence of veteran and while I have venereal disease that inspent this past year in evitably followed the isschool, I can’t seem to consuance of 48-hour passes nect with any of the to Paris. younger students there. Atkinson’s accounts of It’s disheartening, to be the war’s final days and honest, and I feel it’s part its aftermath are emotionof the reason I can’t enjoy ally gripping, from the libschool at my age (23) after eration of concentration all my experiences in comcamps to the repatriation bat. of more than 82,000 dead I can’t decide whether soldiers whose families to drop out and join a prielected to have their revate security company, or mains brought back to tough it out and deal with America; the personal efthese kids who don’t take fects of the fallen also education seriously. I miss were carefully tended to work at the same time. and delivered to loved Any thoughts? ones. — TORN IN The history detailed in MILFORD, CONN. this book has been recounted many times, from DEAR TORN: The stuCornelius Ryan’s mardents you describe are at a velous accounts of D-Day very different level of maand Operation Market turity than you — and I Garden to more recent don’t mean chronologiworks by historians Max cally. After having experiHastings and Anthony enced combat, you have a Beevor. More is sure to be different perspective on written, but it’s hard to what’s important in life imagine a more engrossthan someone who hasn’t ing, dramatic, fair-minded been tested. You have DEAR DRAGGING EARNED the right to a and elegantly written account of these 11 months YOUR FEET: The longer college degree, so please that changed the course of you put this off, the harder don’t waste the opportuit will be, and if you don’t nity. If you complete your history. open your mouth you are education, you will have going to find yourself in more career options than exactly the position you if you quit now. If you feel Qajar, the shah of Persia say you don’t want to be. you want to go into secufrom 1909 to 1925 and the The magic words are: rity work after gradualast ruler of the Qajar dy- “‘John,’ I have enjoyed tion, that option will still nasty. Its sale for nearly $3 your friendship, but I’m be open. Others may not million set both an auction not in love with you. I had be. record and a record price hoped that as time passed Dear Abby is written by per carat — an eye-popping I would fall in love with you, but it hasn’t hapAbigail Van Buren, also $40,061 per carat — for a as Jeanne Phillips, known pened and now I realize it fancy yellow diamond. and was founded by her isn’t going to. I want to Among other items aucmother, Pauline Phillips. with my health isdeal tioned off was Barcelona sues on my own. I don’t Write Dear Abby at star Lionel Messi’s Audeor want you to be my care- mars Piguet No. 10 Royal taker. What I DO want is P.O. Box 69440, Los AngeOak Chronograph wristto end our relationship so les, CA 90069. watch, which sold for $81,850 to raise money for Solve it the four-time FIFA player of the year’s foundation. After the auction, Lollobrigida said her jewels had brought her much pleasure for many years but she hopes that “selling them Complete the will raise awareness of stem grid so every row, cell therapy, which can cure column and 3 x 3 so many illnesses.” box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.

Geneva auction sells nearly $5M of actress’ jewels BY JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — A diamond jewelry collection belonging to Italian screen actress Gina Lollobrigida fetched $4.9 million at auction, some of which she plans to donate to stem cell research, Sotheby’s said Wednesday. The auction house said eight bidders fought for Lollobrigida’s pair of diamond and natural pearl earrings, which finally sold for more than $2.3 million and set a new auction record for such an item. It was among the highlights in a collection of 23 jewels that the 85-year-old actress, who starred opposite Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra and other top actors in the 1950s and


This is May 7 file photo of a model holds a yellow 74.53 carat diamond from the late 19th century during an auction preview at Sotheby’s in Geneva, Switzerland. 1960s, was selling partly to fund an international hospital for stem cell treatment. Lollobrigida’s jewels were the top draw at an auction of hundreds of

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can defeat me?” Had South followed that rule in this deal, he might have found the winning line of play. A 5-1 diamond division is certainly not probable, but since it is possible, some effort should be made to guard against it. After taking the club lead and cashing the ace of diamonds, South should play the deuce of diamonds at trick three! This guarantees 12 tricks whether the diamonds are divided 3-3, 4-2 or 5-1. In the third and critical case, South can later ruff the


When you’re declarer in a slam, it is surely right to give the play more careful consideration than if you were in, say, a partscore contract. South neglected

to do that in the present case, and it wound up costing him 1,530 points. He won the club lead with the ace and played the A-K of diamonds, planning to ruff the third round of diamonds high in dummy. Unfortunately, East ruffed the king of diamonds and returned a trump, and South later had to lose a diamond trick to West for down one. The deal illustrates the type of reasoning required when a contract seems easy to make. In such cases, declarer should stop and ask himself, “What


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Pope Francis gives church hundreds of new saints Mark your calendar GREGORIO BORGIA/AP PHOTO

SIDNEY — The Sidney First Church of the Nazarene will host a Celebrate Recovery (CR) meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. CR is a recovery program to help people deal with hurt, habit or hang-up, including from divorce, rejection or betrayal. Habits may include gambling, drugs, pornography or alcohol. Hang-ups may include depression, negativity or anger. The program is open to anyone age 18 and above and is offered free of charge. The CR program focuses on the future, not the past. Participants are encouraged to accept responsibility for their actions. Growth in the context of small groups is emphasized. At CR meetings, music and messages all dealing with the various issues of recovery. The leaders of CR have numerous years experience in song leading and public speaking. Those interested in more information on CR, may go or email questions to

‘Neighbor to neighbor’ community meal FLETCHER — The Fletcher United Methodist Church invites the public to its free “Neighbor to Neighbor” community meal from 57 p.m. Tuesday. This month’s menu includes a Taco Bar.

A special visit PIQUA — Bishop McKinley Young and his wife, Dr. Dorothy J. Young, Episcopal Supervisor, visited Cyrene A.M.E. Church in Piqua on Monday. Young presides over the Third District, which includes churches throughout Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Youngs were ac-

companied by the Rev. Jermaine Covington of St John A.M.E. Church of Worthington and presiding elder, the Rev. Dr. Betty Holley of Central Chapel, Yellow Springs.

Concert May 19 PIQUA — Southern gospel group Souls Harbor will be in concert at 7 p.m. May 19, at Trinity Church, 622 Gordon St., Piqua. Souls Harbor consists of Ron Brown (baritone) and his wife Charlene Brown, their son David Brown (tenor) and his wife Joy Brown (lead vocalist). Also traveling with the group are David and Joy’s two boys, Ronnie and Troy. For more information on Souls Harbor and their ministry, For more information concerning the concert, call Trinity at 937-5708896 The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken for GROUP.

Silent auction, dinner PIQUA — Piqua Christian Church, located at 3969 W. State Route 185, will be hosting a Silent Auction and Dinner this Saturday, May 18, with proceeds to benefit the youth and teens of the church to attend camps, mission trips and conferences. The dinner will consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, potato salad and a drink. The silent auction will be going on simultaneously. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. to preview all the auction items and bidding and dinner will begin at 5 p,m. Dinner and bidding will close at 6 p.m. with winners being announced immediately. Winners must be present to win, cash and checks will be accepted at that time. Call the church at 7738143 or Chantel Ganger at 418-4356 for more information.

BY FRANCES D’EMILIO and just development of the country.” Associated Press He also canonized another VATICAN CITY (AP) — Latin American woman. Pope Francis on Sunday Maria Guadalupe Garcia gave the Catholic Church Zavala, a Mexican who dedinew saints, including hun- cated herself to nursing the dreds of 15th-century mar- sick, helped Catholics avoid tyrs who were beheaded for persecution during a governrefusing to convert to Islam, ment crackdown on the faith as he led his first canoniza- in the 1920s. tion ceremony Sunday in a Also known as Mother packed St. Peter’s Square. Lupita, she hid the GuadalaThe “Martyrs of Otranto” jara archbishop in an eye were 813 Italians who were clinic for more than a year slain in the southern Italian after fearful local Catholic city in 1480 for defying de- families refused to shelter mands by Turkish invaders him. Francis prayed that the who overran the citadel to renew Mexican saint’s internounce Christianity. Their approval for saint- cession could help the nation hood was decided upon by “eradicate all the violence Francis’ predecessor, Bene- and insecurity,” an apparent dict XVI, in a decree read at reference to years of bloodthe ceremony in February shed and other crime largely where the former pontiff an- linked to powerful drug trafficking clans. nounced his retirement. Francis told the crowd Shortly after his election in March, Francis called for that the martyrs are a source more dialogue with Muslims, of inspiration, especially for and it was unclear how the “so many Christians, who, granting of sainthood to the right in these times and in so martyrs would be received. many parts of the world, still Islam is a sensitive subject suffer violence.” He prayed for the church, and Benedict that they receive “the stumbled significantly in his courage of loyalty and to rerelations with the Muslim spond to evil with good.” The pope didn’t single out community. any country. But Christian The first pontiff from churches have been attacked South America also gave in Nigeria and Iraq, and Colombia its first saint: a nun who toiled as a teacher and spiritual guide to indigenous people in the 20th century. With Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos among theVIPS,theArgentine pope held out Laura of St. Catherine of Siena Montoya y Upegui as a potential source of inspiration to the country’s peace process, attempted after decades-long conflict between rebels and government forces. Francis prayed that “Colombia’s beloved children continue to work for peace

Catholics in China loyal to the Vatican have been subject to harassment and sometimes jail over the last decades. Christians in Saudi Arabia must worship out of the public eye because the ultraconservative kingdom does not officially permit churches and non-Muslim religious sites. Francis, the first pope from the Jesuit order, which is known for its missionary zeal, praised the Colombian saint for “instilling hope” in the indigenous people. He said she taught them in a way that“respected their culture.” Many Catholic missionaries over the centuries have been criticized for demanding natives renounce local traditions the outsiders viewed as primitive. The pope also hailed the Mexican saint for renouncing a comfortable life to work with the sick and poor, even kneeling on the bare floor of the hospital before the patients to serve them with “tenderness and compassion.” Mother Lupita’s example, said Francis, should encourage people not to “get wrapped up in themselves, their own problems, their

own ideas, their own interests, but to go out and meet those who need attention, comprehension, help” and other assistance. After shaking hands with the prelates and VIPS in the front rows at the end of the Mass, Francis shed his ceremonial vestments.Wearing a plain white cassock, he climbed into an open white popemobile to ride up and down the security paths surrounding the crowd of more than 60,000. He stopped to pat children on the head, kiss babies and bantered in his native Spanish with some at the edge of the crowd. Francis noted that the crowd included participants in an anti-abortion march of several thousand people,who walked a few kilometers (miles) from the Colosseum, crossing a bridge over the Tiber river to end near the Vatican while Mass was being celebrated in St.Peter’s Square. He drew attention to a signature-gathering drive in many Italian churches to push for a European initiative to “guarantee legal protection for embryos, protecting every human being from the first instant of existence.” 40065372

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Pope Francis greets the faithful at the end of canonization mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 12. The Pontiff canonized, Antonio Primaldo and his companions, also known as the Martyrs of Otranto, Laura di Santa Caterina da Siena Montoya of Colombia, and Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala of Mexico.

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Senior Week happens at PHS BY CARA LONG Staff Writer PIQUA — As May comes to an end, the seniors at Piqua High School are getting ready for graduation. To get ready, this week has been designated as Senior week. To celebrate, each day this week students are asked to dress up for the theme. The themes for this week were Monday — Dress like a teacher day, Tuesday — 70s Day,

Wednesday — Toga Day, Thursday — Thrift Shop Day, and Friday — Beach Day. Senior Megan Jones said, “On Friday I am going all out. I am sporting the most tropical getup that Piqua High School has ever seen.” During Friday’s lunch, all senior students are invited to a Senior Picnic located on the football field. Students can either pack a lunch or they can buy a pizza with their friends


for a charge of $7 dollars per pizza. During the lunch, students will be able to play with hula hoops, play football, write with chalk on the sidewalks, and just talk with friends. “I’m really excited for dressing up all week and being able to just spend the last moments of high school with all of my friends before we all leave and get on with our lives,” said senior Eric Craft. “It’s all really bittersweet.”

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Students to participate in Hug the Earth Day BY MICHAEL COMPTON Staff Writer PIQUA — Piqua High School students have volunteered to go to the annual Hug the Earth Day. PROVIDED PHOTO Hug the Earth Day is on Friday, Senior Robby Bloom dresses May 17, and is held at Stillwater up as the “basic teacher” for Prairie. Students from the high Monday’s Dress Like a Teacher school will be leading activities for Day during Senior Week. the area third-graders from Fa-

vorite Hill, Spring Creek and High Street Elementary. Activities include: singing songs and dancing about the environment, fossil finding, rock climbing, tree climbing, and zip lining. In the past, even the Columbus Zoo has brought in animals for the younger students to learn from. When asked what he hopes

students will learn from Hug the Earth, Piqua High School assistant principal Darrel Hite said, “I hope the high school students will see the opportunity that is being given by working with the younger students and leading them through fun and educational programs dealing with confidence building and the environment.”

3rd grade students will host the annual Third Grade Shine Night on May 20, at 5 p.m. All parents and relatives of third grade students are invited to see displays of student work. • The Piqua High School Drama Department invites everyone to attend the play “Thirteen Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview” on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Piqua High

School. Tickets are $3 and are available at Piqua High School in the main office. • Springcreek Primary School staff and students would like to say “Thank You” to PHS Spanish Teacher Karen Horvath and five of her students (Katie Allen, Emily Wenrick, Kaili Ingle, Justin Younce and Jared Younce) for their time and presentations for the Right-To-

PHS sells carnations for mothers BY KAYLA E. BOWERMASTER Staff Writer PIQUA — As Mother’s Day approached last week, everyone was rushing to get the perfect present to show their love and

gratitude to their moms. PHS helped with this by selling carnation flowers for $1. This is the first year that students have sold flowers on Mother’s Day, the only other time is for Valentine’s Day. “I think the students were ex-

cited for the sale,” said Rita Potter, the teacher who led the sale. “It was an easy and cheap Mother’s Day, and they could buy several flowers for almost a better price than at a store.” More than 120 flowers were sold during the week that they


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PIQUA — The McDonald’s student of the week for May 13-17 is sophomore Lexi Low. Low is the daughter of Mindie Levering and Nathan Low. Elizabeth Rehlinger nominated Low and had this to say about her: “Lexi is just wonderful. She is kind, responsible, on task, a role model, interested, dynamic, caring, trustworthy, and likes learning for the sake of learning.” After high school, Low wants to become a respiratory therapist. She is still undecided on which college to choose. Low’s hobbies include photography, and she enjoys being part of the color guard at PHS. Low is just one of the many students who exhibits Piqua’s strong character.

were available, being sold during lunchtime and delivered on Friday for loving students to give to their mothers. There was no actual goal for the sale, but the money being made was the goal. Students from FCCLA qualified for nationals, and the extra money from the flower sale was collected to help to fund their trip.

“They loved that they qualified, and they were really happy to get the extra money towards it,” Potter said. Hopefully, next year the FCCLA students can qualify for nationals again and be able to sell more carnations for the students who might still need to get a great present next Mother’s Day.

PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL BRIEFS PIQUA —The following activities and programs are taking place in Piqua City Schools: • Piqua High School Academic Signing Day will be held Wednesday, May 22 at 9:15 a.m. in the CPA at Piqua High School. The public is invited to attend to celebrate the academic success of Piqua High School students. • High Street Primary School


Read Week Celebration. • A reminder to parents of incoming seventh grade students for the 2013-2014 school year: It is required by the state of Ohio, Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3313.67 and 3313.671, that your son/daughter receive a booster immunization (Tdap) before starting seventh grade. Parents

Reporters: Alec Greve Emily Hoersten Alyx Meyers Adviser: Elaine Schweller-Snyder

Issue #32 ---- May 16, 2013

Looking for Limelighters BY: EMILY HOERSTEN With the end of the year approaching, some Lehman groups are already looking towards next year. One group in particular is the Show Choir. Lehman’s Show Choir, the Limelighters, has been around for generations. Led by Lehman alum Mrs. Jaquelyn Jenkinson, the Limelighters are trying to keep their tradition of excellence alive. This is why the Show Choir needs you. Auditions to be a part of next year’s Show Choir will be held the Monday of exam week, May 20, afterschool beginning at 3:30 p.m. To be in the Show Choir, you must sing and dance and have at least two free mods in your schedule to take the class. Depending on your vocal range, you choose one of four predetermined songs to sing for auditions. There is a soprano or alto song for girls and a tenor or a bass song for boys. In addition to one of those songs, you do part-singing in a group. For the dancing portion, a dance will be taught the day of auditions. After everyone learns the dance, it will be performed in small groups for the judges. The judges then consider each person’s dancing and singing audition. After determining who would be the best additions to the Show Choir, a list is posted of all the new members. Returning members go through the auditions for the experience but they are guaranteed a spot. It may seem like a stressful experience, but it is worth it in the long run for those who make it. If you have ever considered joining but were too afraid, you are encouraged to try out this year. The show choir would love fresh, new talent to replace the wonderful seniors who will be graduating.

Stats girls BY: ALEC GREVE Any baseball player might have trouble finding a girl who is as much of a baseball fan as he is, but here at Lehman, we have two girls who go above and beyond just being fans. Juniors Taylor Lachey and Samantha Grise follow the Cavaliers around to every game to keep stats for Coach King and the baseball team. Grise is doing stats for the first time. “I love it,” she said. “It’s Grise harder than I thought it would be at first, but I’m getting better every game. My favorite part is always being at the games to cheer on the guys.” The girls not only keep the basic stats that everyone sees - hits, runs, errors - but also how each out or hit unfolds, who caught or threw the ball to make the out, who took a base, runners who scored or were left on base, runs batted in, and statistics on the Lachey pitchers. A returning statistician, Lachey said, “I’m glad I came back and did it again this year. I really enjoy watching the games and helping the team.”

Puddles What is reality? His sentence was fatality. Taken all too soon High up pass the moon. My eyes brimming with tears This was one of my worst fears. Now is the time to be strong for others For his friends, family, brother, and mother. This loss can never fill the empty spaces now in our hearts Taking each day in parts. Sometimes it’s hard to breathe Nothing seems to set me at ease. Except knowing that you are with God now We try to imagine how. You were taken so suddenly from us But in God’s plan we must trust. It all seems too tragic and unfair I just wish that we had had more moments to share. He will always be with us even though he has passed We will all miss his smile and laughter which are gone so fast. He was a friend to everyone and so kind He had a very bright mind. I cannot remember a time when he wasn’t smiling And through all the tears and crying, We each remember the amazing moments that we spent with you Even though they may have been few. We cherish each smile exchanged, and laugh shared, Each day we will have sadness to bear But we are all blessed to have you in our lives. Even if it was only for a short time, your memories survive. We know you will be with us all along Because we are Lehman strong. - Poem by Alyx Meyers The Crier Staff offers its sympathy to the Pudlewski Family for the loss of Patrick, a junior at Lehman, who died in an automobile accident on April 28. We also ask for continued prayers for Mr. Pudlewski who remains hospitalized.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

LEHMAN HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL SIDNEY — The following students earned third quarter honor roll recognition at Lehman High School: • Seniors receiving first honors include Allison Bergman, John Copella, Nick Cummons, Dan Davis, Louis Gaier, Tharon Goins, Jacob Haller, Nick Haussman, Michael Jacob, Samantha Neumeier, Connor Richard, Zachary Taylor, Andrea Thobe, Ellie Waldsmith, and Emily Wildenhaus. • Juniors receiving first honors include Allen Armstrong, Karly Baird, Gabriel Berning, Patrick Blenman, Lindsay Bundy, MaKenna Cabe, Ellie Cain, Millie Cartwright, Noah Dunn, Bryce Eck, Madeline Franklin, Lauren Goettemoeller, Julia Harrelson, Katie Heckman, Rob Heckman, Emily Hoersten, John Husa, Grace Jackson, Abigail Kramer, Jenna Kronenberger, Adam Link, Kevin McElroy, Brad Montgomery, Abigail O’Connell, Erica Paulus, Patrick Pudlewski, Erik Rodenburgh, Meghan Safreed, Marla Schroeder, Olivia Sehlhorst, Josh Smith, Elaina Snyder, Alia Whitney, and Grace Winhoven. • Sophomores receiving first honors include Katie Adams, Sam Dean, Elizabeth Edwards, Kaitlin Gillman, Grant Gleason, Alec Greve, McKenna Guillozet, Erik Jackson, Brooke Jones, Jennifer Kaeck, Katie Karr, Ben Montgomery, Maria Pannapara, Rachel Remencus, Ellie Sargent, John Schmiesing, Ava Schmitz, Dylan Sherman, Olivia Slagle, Jake Watkins, and Josh West. • Freshmen receiving first honors include Jared Brandt, Michelle Duritsch, Kendal Eck, Claudia Fatone, Diana Gibson, Caroline Heitmeyer, Cassidy Hemm, Kassandra Lee, John Meyer, Stephen Monnin, Nick Neumeier, Emily Anne Reinhart, Adriana Sehlhorst, Connor Thobe, Adam Vanderhorst, and Ana Vazquez. • Seniors receiving second honors include Hayley Baker, Mitchell Bosse, Lauren Bosway, Emilie Cavinder, Keaton Cole, Ryan Edelen, Ethan Jock, Brad Kaeck, Dylan Long, Stephany McEldowney, Emilee Proffitt, Kathryn Rossman, and Sarah Titterington. • Juniors receiving second honors include Seth Bensman, Stephen Blenman, Madilyn Brown, Erick Collier, Jordan Emrick, Grace Frantz, Sarah Gravunder, Allison Larger, Quinn Monnin, Morgan Neal, Joe Simpson, Paxton Spicer, and Sonja Wolf. • Sophomores receiving second honors include Margo Baker, Samantha Comer, Thomas Covault, Aaron Hemmelgarn, Cole Proffitt, Allison Schmidt, Joseph Skelton, and Travis Thornton. • Freshmen receiving second honors include Sophia Dunn, Janelle Gravunder, Colin Greve, Marianne Hissong, Michael Largent, Olivia Leece, Emma Simpson, Ian Smith, Madeline Smith, Robb Susnik, and Christopher Trahey.

of 6th grade students ARE REQUIRED to have their children vaccinated with the Tdap booster before starting in the seventh grade at the junior high. Please schedule an appointment with your family doctor, the Miami County Health Department or the Piqua Health Department Immunization Clinic, to have your child vaccinated before the start of the 2013-2014 school year. If your child has already received this vaccine, please send documentation to the school



Big 4 cellphone carriers unite on anti-texting ads It BY PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The country’s four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T’s “It Can Wait” slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile will be joined by 200 other organizations backing the multi-million dollar ad campaign. The campaign is unusual not just because it unites rivals, but because it represents companies warning against the dangers of their own products. After initially fighting laws against cellphone use while driving, cellphone companies have begun to embrace the language of the federal government’s campaign against cellphone use by drivers. AT&T and Verizon have run ads against texting and driving since 2009. In 2005, Sprint Nextel Corp. created an education program targeting teens learning to drive. “Every CEO in the industry that you talk to recognizes that this is an issue that needs to be dealt with,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview. “I think we all understand that pooling our resources with one consistent message is a lot more powerful than all four of us having different messages and going different directions.” Beyond TV and radio ads, the new campaign will stretch into the skies through displays on Goodyear’s three blimps. It will also include store displays, community events, social-media outreach and a national tour of a driving simulator. The campaign targets teens in particular. AT&T Inc. calls texting and driving an “epidemic,” a term it borrows from the federal Department of Transportation. The U.S. transportation secretary has been on a self-de-




In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, file photo, a driver uses an iPhone while driving Wednesday, in Los Angeles.The country’s four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T’s “It Can Wait” slogan to blanket TV and radio during the summer of 2013. scribed “rampage” against cellphones since his term began in January 2009. Stephenson said that “texting while driving is a deadly habit that makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.” The figure refers to a 2009 government study of bus and truck drivers. It isn’t based on crashes alone, but on the likelihood the drivers showed risky behavior such as lane drifting or sharp braking, sometimes culminating in a crash. The unified ad campaign comes as some researchers are starting to say that while texting and driving at the same time is clearly a bad idea, it’s not contributing measurably to an increase in traf-

fic accidents. The number of accidents is in a longterm decline, and the explosion of texting and smartphone use doesn’t seem to be reversing that trend. In the 2009 government study, texting, email and surfing on the cellphone was a factor in about 1 percent of crashes, well below epidemic levels. “There’s no question that phone use is causing crashes. But so far it doesn’t appear to be adding to the overall crash problem,” says Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, which is funded by the insurance industry. The institute’s analysis is based in part on comparing accident rates before

and after states enact bans on hand-held cellphone use while driving. Most states ban cellphone use at least for some drivers; 39 states and the District of Columbia ban text messaging for all drivers. James Sayer, a research scientist at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, has suggested that the debate over driver distraction “needs to address far more than cellphones. Only addressing the ‘new’ forms of distraction will have limited impact in terms of total lives saved.” Sayer made the remarks in a presentation to the National Transportation Safety Board. Nonetheless, the cellphone industry and the

federal government have focused their attention on cellphones. The government’s site singles out cellphones as the greatest danger among all sources of driver distraction. In an interview last year with The Associated Press, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that in 2010, 3,092 lives “could have been saved if someone had the sense to put down their cellphone.” That figure is based on a misunderstanding of the department’s statistics, which showed that 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving distractions of all kinds, including eating, drinking, fiddling with the car stereo and talking to passengers. The number of deaths in 2010 that the Department of Transportation attributes to cellphone use was 408, or 1.2 percent of the total traffic death toll. That figure could be an undercount, though, as it’s hard for police to figure out after a crash if a cellphone was involved. Sayer suggested that the real share of traffic deaths caused by cellphones is 3.5 percent. In campaigning against the use of their products, cellphone companies are in the company of liquor makers, which include discrete reminders not to drink and drive in their advertising. However, drunk driving remains a far bigger killer than cellphone use, accounting for 10,228 traffic deaths in 2010, or 31 percent of the total. “We have people using our technology, and when they use our technology it has some rather traumatic impacts on society,” Stephenson said in the interview. “I think it’s a logical place for us to engage.” The four-way industry collaboration around the “It Can Wait” campaign will last until September, Stephenson said, but it could continue if the partners agree.

Board urged not to arm teachers BY JULIE CARR SMYTH AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Top state law enforcers urged members of Ohio’s state school board on Tuesday not to support arming untrained teachers with guns in response to recent school shootings, including at a northeast Ohio high school and at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary. “I hope you don’t give guns to teachers in schools,” Public Safety Director Tom Charles told the Ohio State Board of Education during a half-day school-safety briefing. “More guns aren’t the

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nurse. • Registration for the 2013-2014 school year is now in progress. Forms are available online at Contact the board of education office at 773-4321, extension 0501 if you have any questions regarding this process. • The Last Day for Students is Thursday, May 30. There will be a twohour early dismissal. Graduation for the Class of 2013 will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Alexander Stadium.

answer.” Lawmakers especially in Republican-dominated states responded to the Sandy Hook tragedy, in which 26 children and staff were killed, with bills allowing teachers to carry hidden guns in schools to boost selfdefense. The bills followed calls by the National Rifle Association for armed guards in schools. In the wake of emotional public debate, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told the board Tuesday that he tries to remind the public that schools are still among the safest places children can be — compared statistically to, say, riding in a car. He urged the school board to arm educators with information — not firearms. “This is up to the local schools, but I would never, if I was on a school board, have anybody who is untrained with a gun in that school,” he said. DeWine said training required to obtain an Ohio con-

cealed-carry permit is not enough. “That’s not the kind of training I’m talking about,” he said.“I would want someone who had been in the military or who has been a police officer or who has taken some extensive courses, that’s beyond a 12hour course.” DeWine’s office has distributed a training video to school districts across the state designed to help educators identify the warning signs in a potential future shooter and advising them on the latest response techniques. Kenneth Hinkle, president of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, said locking schools down during attacks is no longer considered the wisest approach to keeping children safe. He pointed to 4½ minutes during the Columbine High School tragedy during which the shooter was outside the library and those inside might have escaped.

DeWine said his video gives teachers and administrators such information, so they can make informed decisions. “If the shooter’s at the other end of the building and you’re on the first floor and you get a window open, you probably want to get those kids out of there,” he said. “A lockdown waiting until that guy gets in your room to kill everybody is probably not what we want to be doing.” Board President Debe Terhar said she was relieved to hear opinions on lockdowns is shifting. “It’s wonderful to hear that we’re moving away from the idea of shelter-inplace as the only option,”Terhar said. “As a former teacher being in charge of 24 3- to 6-year-olds, I always thought that it was totally illogical to have those children as sitting ducks. That just didn’t make sense.” State Sen. Frank LaRose, an Akron-area Republican, told the board a school-safety

working group he’s led is coalescing around four policy proposals: establishing an anonymous reporting system for suspicious activity; standardizing the format of school safety plans filed with the state; requiring schools to set up and regularly convene a committee on school safety; encouraging local police to make regular unannounced visits at schools. He said random police visits are a way to thwart potential criminal activity at less cost than hiring fulltime armed guards at every school, as the National Rifle Association has recommended. LaRose, who spent time in the U.S. special forces, agreed with DeWine, Charles, Hinkle and other presenters that arming teachers isn’t the safest way to go. He said individuals without significant training can have poor aim and uneven target identification skills — meaning they risk shooting the wrong person in a crisis.

OH House widens pool of 3rd-grade reading teachers BY JULIE CARR SMYTH AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio House is ready to approve proposed changes to a new state program that requires

students to be proficient readers before leaving third grade. Responding to concern among school districts, representatives agreed to changes in committee Tuesday. Those changes include revised qualifications for teaching under

the Third Grade Reading Guarantee that are intended to expand the eligible pool of participating teachers. A floor vote on the revised measure was set for Wednesday. That would send the bill back to the Senate.

School districts and teachers had expressed concern over meeting the mandate with existing staff and resources. Under the program, students must meet a proficiency target in reading before moving on to fourth grade.

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


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IN BRIEF ■ Awards

Buccs awards set for May 28 Covington will whold its spring sports awards program on May 28. Special awards will be presented in the high school gym at 6:30 p.m. Boys track will meet in the commons at 7:15 p.m., while girls track will meet in the band room, softball will meet in the library and baseball will meet in the gym.

■ Website

WPTW to air Troy-Sidney WPTW will broadcast the Troy-Sidney baseball game today at 5 p.m. on 98.1 FM and 1570 AM.

INSIDE ■ Piqua duo nets two wins at sectional, page 10. ■ Local diamond teams advance, page 11.

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013

Piqua JH speed camp in June Third annual PROD golf outing set for May 27 The Football/Strength Staff at Piqua High School have announced times and dates for the third annual Junior High Speed and Conditioning camp. The camp will begin Monday, June 3 and run through July 11. Camps will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. Brochures will be passed out at Piqua Junior High and Washington/Bennett and Wilder. They are also available at Piqua High School. Cost of the camp is $90. Checks should be made payable to Piqua Football and can be sent to Bill

Nees, Head Football to the pin competitions, Coach, Piqua High School, along with a $10 skin 1 Indian Trail, Piqua, OH game. Late registration is $65. 45356. Sign-in and late registration begins at 2 p.m., PROD at Echo The third annual PROD with a 3 p.m. tee-off. (Prmoting Recognition of Anyone interested in Diversity) golf outing will making a donation who be held at Echo Hills on can;t play, can mail those May 27. payable to PROD to 1836 Players are encouraged Springwood Drive, Piqua, to pre-register for the OH, 45356. event by sending a check Anyone with questions for $60 to 1836 Spring- should email wood Drive, Piqua, OH, 45356. Players will play their Piqua hoop camps The Piqua Lady Indiown ball, with pizes for low gross, handicp and ans Youth Basketball Camp (grades 4-6) will be seniors. There will also be held June 10-13 from 10 longest drive and closest a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost is

$35. The Piqua Lady Inidnas JH camp (grades 7-8) will be held June 10-13 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and cost is $35. Camp forms are available at Piqua High School, Piqua Junior High and the intermediate buildings. For more information, email

Echo Junior Camp Echo Hills Junior Golf Camp will be held every Wednesday for six weeks beginning June 12. The camp is for ages 1017 and will run from 8-11 a.m. depending on age. The cost is $30.

Holbrook aces hole at Echo

Scramble Friday WOTVC will hold a golf scramble Friday at Echo Hills Golf Course. Entry fee is $50 per person or $200 per team. It will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start and the $50 entry fee per person includes hamburgers and hot dogs. Entry forms are due May 10 and can be sent to WOTVC, Piqua TV Channel 5, 1973 Edison Drive, Piqua, OH, 45356. For more information on the tournament, call (937) 381-1546.

Piqua falls to Lakota East

When a group of retired teachers from Centerville played golf at Echo Hills, it turned into a memorable day. After 30 years of golf, Ron Holbrook had hi sfirst hole-in-one. He used a 3-hybrid on the 154-yard 15th hole. Witnessing the ace were Dave Charves, Chuck Woolery nad Chris Woolery.

BY ROB KISER Call Sports Editor

Finkes cards 41 at Echo Sandy Finkes was low gross with 41 in the Ladies League at Echo Hills Tuesday in regular nine-hole play. Kathy Knoop was second with 53. Cindy Pearson was low net with 35, while Amie Rinaldi finished second with 37. Kathie Isenhouer was low putts with 13, while Karen Nickol was second with 15.


The Upper Valley Disc Golf Club held itsfirst night of Random Draw Doubles. Brent Everman and Kevin Thayer took first with a score of seven-under par. Doug Lowe and Seth Walton won a three-way playoff for second with four-under par. The closest-to-the-pin winner on hole two was Steve Orlando.

For more info, call Chip at 778-2086.

Shocking ending

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Doubles team shoots 7-under


Assistant coach Darrin Payne and Kaity McCawley (2) congratulate Haley Dotson (8) after a home run.

It wasn’t reflective of how the Piqua softball team had played all season. And the result was an end to the Lady Indians best season in years — and the amazing careers of Brandi Baker, Kaci Cotrell, Alex Cox Haley Dotson and Kaity McCawley. A Piqua team that had been sharp on defense all season — committed errors in six of seven innings — the result was the No. 4 seed Lady Indians season ending a t 21-5 with an 11-4 loss to No. 6 seed Lakota East. “You can’t make those kind of mistakes,” Piqua coach Rick Claprood said. “You do that against a good team like Lakota East and you are going to get beat. We just didn’t play good defensively tonight and it cost us.” The game had started out well for the Lady Indians — after Lakota East See PIQUA/Page 10

Piqua Cometes At GWOC North Meet


How many Q: LPGA wins did new NBC golf announcer Dottie Pepper have during her career?



QUOTED "They said there was no question we'd be working together. She's a legend." —Dottie Pepper on Judy Rankin


Piqua’s Maddy Evans throws the discus (left), while Alex Nees (right) runs in the 100-meter dash. For reults and more photos, see Friday’s paper.

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TROY — The Piqua doubles team of Luke and Josh Hanes had a strong showing at the Troy D-I sectional doubles tournament. They came up one match short of qualifying for district. “I think they have had an impressive showing,” Piqua coach Deb Retman said. “To play as well as they did at the GWOC and then to make the top eight at sectionals.” They opened with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Devon Knisley and Matthew Thomas of Wayne and followed that with a marathon 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-1 win over Neal Dev and Oakk Wynn of Sidney. “That was a grudge match from earlier in the season,” Retman said. In the go-to-district match, they ran into third seeds Jacob Belcher and Michael Keller of Tippecanoe and lost 6-1, 6-0. “They still played a great match,” Retman said. “That was just a really tough team.” Also in doubles, Jarod Haney and Layne Patrizio lost their opening match. In singles, Andrew Lamphar, Joye Hsiang and Devon Parshall all lost their opening matches.

Pepper returning Will work for NBC (AP) — Dottie Pepper is returning to golf broadcasting, signing a deal with ESPN that she calls a perfect fit of TV work and promoting junior golf. Pepper retired from NBC Sports in December after eight years because she was weary of the travel and wanted to devote her time to getting more juniors involved in golf. She joined the PGA of America as one of its board members. "It's the dream fit," Pepper told The Associated Press. "I love what I do, and now I can do enough of it and still have a life. It's just the major championships, and next year I'll work eight events. It's fabulous." Pepper will start work next month at Merion for the U.S. Open, and she has already been to the golf course. ESPN televises the weekday rounds of the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women's Open and the U.S. Senior Open. ESPN has full coverage of the British Open, Senior British Open and Women's British Open. She already had planned to be at the Women's British Open because it's the final qualifying event for the Solheim Cup. Pepper is an assistant captain. Next year, she will be part of the ESPN's weekday coverage of the Masters and Friday coverage of the Ryder Cup. Pepper, a 17-time winner on the LPGA with two majors, will work on the course and in the booth during live play for ESPN. She also will be an analyst during the network's golf coverage on SportsCenter and write occasionally for the website. She was a contributing columnist for Sports Illustrated when she worked for NBC.

Cribbs' eight kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied with Leon Washington for the most in NFL history. He also has three punt returns for scores. While he has made his biggest marks on special teams, Cribbs also has contributed on offense when called upon. Cribbs has 107 receptions for 1,161 yards and seven touchdowns and has rushed for 753 yards and two TDs in his career. He

also is 4-for-12 passing for 45 yards and one interception. Cribbs wrote on Twitter that "I am blessed to have the opportunity to prove myself yet again! Fresh start, New team, New chip on my shoulder!!!" He added that he loves Cleveland and posted a photo of an animated player with his likeness in a No. 16 Raiders uniform on Instagram and signed "Team Cribbs."

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Piqua second baseman Alex Cox makes a tag as Kadey Astrop slides into second base.

Piqua Continued from page 9 got a run in the top of the first on a walk to pitcher Lea Buckenmyer and a double by Taylor Fair — Piqua answered with two runs in the home first. Megan Anderson started a three-hit inning with a single and stole second. On a line out, the throw to try and double up Anderson went into right field and she came around to score. Cotrell and McCawley followed with doubles to give Piqua a 2-1 lead. “We came out swinging the bats,” Claprood said. “But, after the first inning, we just didn’t hit the ball.” Despite the shaky defense, Dotson was able to keep the 2-1 lead until the top of the fourth. That’s when an error and five hits led to a fiverun inning for the Thunderhawks and a 6-2 Piqua deficit. “If we don’t have the mistakes in that inning, it is a whole different inning,” Claprood said. “And when you get down like that against a good team, it is hard to come back.” Lakota East added two more runs in the sixth — which included a dropped fly ball — to make it 8-2, before Piqua finally broke the hitless streak. Cotrell drilled her second double into the leftfield corner and Dotson hit a towering home run off the scoreboard behind centerfield. “Kaci (Cotrell) hit the ball all game,” Claprood said. “And Haley (Dotson) had long home run. But,

Janise Hummel makes a catch in leftfield Wednesday for Piqua. we just really didn’t hit the ball after the first inning.” Lakota East added three runs in the seventh and Buckenmyer finished off a five-hitter in the home seventh to end Piqua’s season. “There is no question this has been an amazing season,” Claprood said. “I don’t know what we are going to do without those seniors. “You look at what Al (Alex Cox), Haley (Dotson), Kaci (Cotrell) and Kaity (McCawley) did. They all batted .400 in league and outside of league. It has been a long

time since Piqua has had a 20-win season.” And Claprood is hopeful the young players will learn from what the seniors brought to the program. “We have two juniors on this team — I hope they will learn from what the seniors did this season,” Claprood said. “Will the freshman learn from this — I sure hope so. I think we took a big step forward this year.” He just didn’t want to see it end that way — or that soon.

Lakota East: Fair, Callihan (2), Buckenmyer, Manning. Piqua: Cotrell (2), McCawley. HRPiqua: Dotson. Records: Lakota East 19-8, Piqua: 21-5.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh's firm has been hired by trucking companies suing Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's company, Pilot Flying J. Pilot Flying J, the nation's largest diesel fuel retailer, has been alleged to have bilked customers out of rebates. Plaintiffs attorney Mark Tate confirmed to WBIR-TV in Knoxville and to the Plain Dealer in Cleveland on Wednesday that Freeh has agreed to work on the lawsuit filed after federal agents raided Pilot's headquarters last month. Jimmy Haslam bought the Browns last year. He is the brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The FBI alleges members of Pilot's sales team deliberately withheld rebates to boost Pilot profits and pad sales commissions. No criminal charges have been filed. A Knoxville judge last month rejected a claim in the civil lawsuit that Jimmy Haslam was tampering with potential witnesses by contacting trucking companies and offering to reimburse them for any unpaid rebates. Haslam was scheduled to speak at a transportation conference in Indianapolis on Thursday. Haslam was expected to take questions from the audience, but not from the media.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed free agent kick returner and wide receiver Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract Wednesday, giving the team a versatile player that could boost the offense and special teams. Cribbs' agent, John Rickert, confirmed the deal but declined to disclose financial terms. He

compete in the division, and I think it's a great fit for everybody." Cribbs, who turns 30 next month, had been with the Cleveland Browns since signing as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2005. He averaged 27.4 yards on kick returns and 12 yards per punt return last season but did not have a touchdown. He also had seven receptions for 63 yards.



said Cribbs drew interest from several teams and felt the Raiders were the right fit after a visit to the team's headquarters last Monday. "I think Josh felt they could utilize his skillset the best, both as a returner and a receiver," Rickert said by phone. "Josh was just really comfortable with the coaches and the opportunity. He views them as an upstart team that has a chance to



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Choo powers Reds past Marlins 4-0 Cincinnati outfielder homers twice


Lehman’s John Copella takes a throw as Christian Hoskins dives back in.

Local teams advance in sectional baseball Lady Vikings play ‘D’ in softball SIDNEY — Lehman coach Dave King breathed a sigh of relief after getting past what he knew would be a tough game, 11-5 over the Botkins Trojans in Division IV Sectional Tournament play Wednesday at Lehman. The Cavaliers, 19-6, will play the Riverside Pirates next Wednesday in the sectional finals at Botkins at 5 p.m. “It was a good high school baseball game,” said King. “It was tough. Coach Groves (Botkins) has his team playing well and there are some tough outs in the top of that lineup that we didn’t really have an answer for. But we hung in there and got it done.” Botkins scored three times in the top of the first, but the Cavs answered with three in the bottom of the inning. After the Trojans took a 4-3 lead in the second, the Cavs struck for three in the bottom of the third and didn’t trail again. John Copella had a single, two doubles and scored four times for Lehman. Drew Westerheide had two singles and drove in four, Max Schutt singled, doubled and drove in two, and Joe Skelton had a two-run single. For Botkins, Christian Hoskins was certainly one of those “tough outs” King was referring to, finishing with a single and two doubles. Alex Roberts singled, doubled, scored twice and walked twice, and Zach Greve had a double.

Russia wins 2-1 RUSSIA — The top seed in the D-IV baseball sectional narrowly avoided a big upset Wednesday. Russia had to go eight innings to defeat Covington 2-1. Russia will play Fort Loramie at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hardman Field. With Austing Angle pitching a nine-hitter for Covington and Treg Francis pitching a five-hitter for Russia, runs were hard to come by. Russia scored in the second and Covington tied it in the sixth inning. In the home eighth, Brad McMaken singled and Brad Schafer sacrificed him to second. Treg Francis was intentionally walked. After a passed ball, they were on second and third with two outs. On a 2-2 pitch, Trevor Sherman drilled a gamewinning single to end it. Treg Francis had a double for Russia, while Bryton Lear had a double for Covington.

Roaders fall LEWISBURG — The Bradford softball team lost third-seed Tri-County North 11-4 in Dayton DIV action Wednesday.

Tigers post win VERSAILLES — The Versailles baseball team

MIAMI (AP) — ShinSoo Choo hit two homers and four pitchers combined on an 11-hit shutout Wednesday night to help the Cincinnati Reds extend their winning streak to a season-best five games by beating Miami 4-0. Choo hit solo homers in the fourth and sixth inning, giving him nine this season. The multihomer game was his second in eight days and ninth of his career. Mike Leake (3-2) went 6 2-3 innings and pitched around nine hits. The Marlins had 14 baserunners but stranded 12 and hit into two double plays. That gave the crowd of 14,866 little to cheer about, and the biggest roars came when highlights of the Miami Heat's playoff victory over the Chicago Bulls two miles away were shown on the video scoreboard. AP PHOTO Alex Sanabia (2-6) took Shin-Soo Choo is congratulated after a home run. the loss.

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Russia’s Treg Francis fires a strike Wednesday. blanked Anna 7-0 Wednesday in D-III action. The Tigers will play West Liberty-Salem in the sectional finals at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Tippecanoe Middle School. The Tigers scored six runs in the first inning and Kyle Niekamp pitched a five-hitter for the win. Lee Ruhenkamp led Versailles six-hit attack, going 2-for-3.

East wins 10-0 CASSTOWN — Miami East couldn't have started the postseason in better fashion. The Vikings tallied seven runs in the first inning Wednesday against Northwestern, scoring all the runs they'd need in the first two frames in a 10-0 run-rule victory to start the Division III sectional tournament. The Vikings will play Triad in the sectional final at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Urbana. "We talked about being ready to play, coming prepared to play from the start," Miami East coach Barry Coomes said. "The kids came out and hit the ball well. You could tell they were very serious about the game." Michael Fellers was 2for-3 with a double and a triple, Braxton Donaldson was 2-for-2 and Garrett Mitchell doubled as the Vikings plated 10 runs on seven hits, making the most of their chances. Mitchell took that and ran with it on the mound, striking out three, walk-

ing two and giving up only three hits in a shutout. "Garrett threw well, and we turned a couple of nice double plays behind him," Coomes said. "The defense was solid."

MIAMI (AP) — A fast start and faster finish were enough to send the Miami Heat back to the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the Heat rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 94-91 on Wednesday night and close out their secondround series in five games. Chris Bosh scored 12 points and Udonis Haslem added 10 for Miami, which

SOFTBALL East girls win CASSTOWN — They say defense wins championships … if that’s the case, Miami East is on the right track. Viking’ ace Paige Kiesewetter found a groove on the mound after Milton-Union scored an unearned run on a pickoff attempt at third base in the first inning, holding the Bulldogs scoreless over the final six innings as the Vikings grinded out a 3-1 win in the second round of Division III sectional play Wednesday in Casstown. Miami East will play Versailles, a 12-9 winner over West Liberty-Salem in nine innings Wednesday, at 5 p.m. Monday at Brookville in the sectional final. Lindsey Brookhart and Christine Bowling had RBI singles for East.

Patty blanks Bees In regular season action, Bradford blanked Bethel 12-0. Patty pitched a no-hitter, striking out 10 and walking three. For Bradford, Erika Hart was 2-for-3, Kylie Miller was 2-for-3 with a doubl eand Brooke Brower had a double. Bradford plays at Fort Loramie today in D-IV action

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ran out to a 22-4 lead, then was outscored by a whopping 29 points over the next 27 minutes before recovering. The Heat outscored the Bulls 25-14 in the fourth. Carlos Boozer finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who were without Derrick Rose for the 99th straight game. Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler missed potential tying 3-pointers on the final possession of the season for Chicago, which

dropped the last four games of the series. Robinson scored 21 points, Butler had 19, and Richard Hamilton 15 for the Bulls. And there was drama, all the way to the end. Robinson's 3-pointer with 1:43 left got the Bulls to 94-91, and Butler knocked the ball away from Chris Bosh for a turnover on the ensuing Miami possession. But Boozer missed an open 15footer.


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ROME (AP) — The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects. The Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilized food for people, livestock and pets. A 200-page report, re-

leased at a news conference at the U.N. agency's Rome headquarters, says 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects, which are high in protein and minerals, and have environmental benefits. Insects are "extremely efficient" in converting feed into edible meat, the agency said. On average, they can convert 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of feed into 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of insect mass. In comparison, cattle require 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds)

of feed to produce a kilo of meat. Most insects are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases, and also feed on human and food waste, compost and animal slurry, with the products being used for agricultural feed, the agency said. Currently, most edible insects are gathered in forests and what insect farming does take place is often family-run and serves niche markets. But the U.N. says mechanization can ratchet up insect


UN says to eat more insects

Bug season? BY FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press

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farming production. The fish bait industry, for example, has long farmed insects. Insect farming is "one of the many ways to address food and feed security," the food agency said. "Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly," the agency said, adding they leave a "low environmental footprint." They provide high-quality protein and nutrients when compared with meat and fish and are "particularly important as a food supplement for under-

nourished children," it said. Insects can also be rich in copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc, and are a source of fiber. The agency noted that its Edible Insect Program is also examining the potential of arachnids, such as spiders and scorpions, although they are not strictly speaking insects. University biologists have analyzed the nutritional value of edible insects, and some of them, such as certain beetles,

ants, crickets and grasshoppers, come close to lean red meat or broiled fish in terms of protein per gram (ounce). But are they tasty? The report noted that some caterpillars in southern Africa and weaver ant eggs in Southeast Asia are considered delicacies and command high prices. And some people who might not entertain the thought of consuming insects might already be eating them. Many insects are ingested inadvertently.


This Feb. 20, 2008 photo provided by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows insects for sale at a market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects. The Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday, May 13, 2013, hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilized food for people, livestock and pets. A 200-page report, released at a news conference at the U.N. agency's Rome headquarters, says 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects, which are high in protein and minerals, and have environmental benefits.

Conn. chef: Feast!

UN: Eat more insects; good for you, good for world BY FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press


This photo provided by the University of Connecticut, shows a cicada in Pipestem State Park in West Virginia on May 27, 2003. Any day now, cicadas with bulging red eyes will creep out of the ground after 17 years and overrun the East Coast with the awesome power of numbers. Big numbers. Billions. Maybe even a trillion. For a few buggy weeks, residents from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered by 600 to 1. Maybe more. And the invaders will be loud. A chorus of buzzing male cicadas can rival a jet engine. NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut chef Bun Lai is already known for his Mexican grasshopper dish and his fried rice with meal worms and crickets. But he might soon also be recognized as the cicada chef. Lai, owner of Miya's Sushi, tells the New Haven Register that he plans to fill a big freezer full of Brood II cicadas, once the red-eyed bugs' 17-year life cycle brings them above ground for about five weeks. "I'm going to catch a whole bunch of them and preserve them for future eating," he said. "I plan on eating a whole bunch of them myself." Lai said cicadas,and insects in general have great nutritional value and are "healthier for our bodies than eating meat." He plans to feature the cicada in some theme dishes, steaming some of the bugs and boiling others, with the appropriate spices and herbs. "I don't want to take something that's inherently nutritious and deep fry it," he explained."If I'm going to interrupt this amazing, 17-year life cycle, I'm going to honor it and respect it." Lai tells the Register that he sees it as a challenge to take something that's abundant and nourishing and make it appealing, not to mention tasty. "I'm not trying to gross people out," he said. "I'm not running a frat house. I respect the cicada."

ROME (AP) — The latest weapon in the U.N.'s fight against hunger, global warming and pollution might be flying by you right now. Edible insects are being promoted as a low-fat, high-protein food for people, pets and livestock. According to the U.N., they come with appetizing side benefits: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and livestock pollution, creating jobs in developing countries and feeding the millions of hungry people in the world. Some edible insect information in bite-sized form: WHO EATS INSECTS NOW?

Scientists who have studied the nutritional value of edible insects have found that red ants, small grasshoppers and some water beetles pack (gram-per-gram or ounceper-ounce) enough protein to rank with lean ground beef while having less fat

Other popular insect foods are bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, locusts and crickets. Less popular are termites and flies, according to U.N. data.

money-maker. In Africa, four big water bottles filled with grasshoppers can fetch a gatherer 15 euros ($20). Some caterpillars in southern Africa ECO-FRIENDLY and weaver ant eggs in Southeast Asia are considInsects on average can ered delicacies and command high prices. Insect-farms tend to be 17-year cicadas coming small, serving niche marA noisy hatching season approaches for 17-year cicada kets like fish bait busibrood. Billions of the red-eyed critters will populate the Carolinas to Connecticut as part of their mating ritual that occurs nesses. But since insects every 17 years. thrive across a wide range Male cicadas vibrate a of locations — from unique body part called a tymbal just underneath deserts to mountains — their wings to create their familiar loud noise, which and are highly adaptable, is primarily used as a mating call. Here are experts see big potential some more fun facts for the insect farming inabout cicadas. dustry, especially those Tymbals farming insects for animal There are more than 1,500 species of cicada. feed. Most edible insects Some cicadas produce are now gathered in noisy calls that can be heard up to 1 mile forests. away.

Two billion people do, largely in Asia, Africa and Latin America, the Romebased U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday as it issued a report exploring edible insect potential. Some insects may already be in your food (and this is no fly-in-my-soup joke). Demand for natural food coloring as opposed to artificial dyes is increasing, the agency's experts say. A red coloring produced from the cochineal, a scaled insect often exported from Peru, already puts the hue in a trendy Italian aperitif and an internationally popular brand of strawberry yogurt. Many pharmaceutical companies also use colorings from insects in their pills. PACKED WITH PROTEIN, FULL OF FIBER

All cicadas may sound similar to humans, but the insects use different calls to attract mates or express alarm.


The estimated 30 billion cicadas to hatch would reach the moon and back if laid end to end. They’re about an inch long each.

* U.S. Map shows approximate region of this year’s hatchings SOURCES: National Geographic;

per gram. 1 Bored with bran as a source of fiber in your diet? Edible insects can oblige, and they also contain useful minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and zinc. WHICH TO CHOOSE? Beetles and caterpillars are the most common meals among the more than 1,900 edible insect species that people eat.


convert 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of feed into 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of edible meat. In comparison, cattle require 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) of feed to produce a kilogram of meat. Most insects raised for food are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases than livestock, the U.N. agency says. DON'T SWAT THE INCOME Edible insects are a

A 3 million euro ($4 million) European Unionfunded research project is studying the common housefly to see if a lot of flies can help recycle animal waste by essentially eating it while helping to produce feed for animals such as chickens. Right now farmers can only use so much manure as fertilizer and many often pay handsome sums for someone to cart away animal waste and burn it. A South African fly factory that rears the insects en masse to transform blood, guts, manure and discarded food into animal feed has won a $100,000 U.N.-backed innovation prize.

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Simpson testifies in bid for new Las Vegas trial LAS VEGAS (AP) — His leg shackles rattling as he shuffled to and from the witness stand, O.J. Simpson made his own case Wednesday for a new trial on armed robbery charges with testimony that he relied on the advice of his trusted attorney when he tried to reclaim mementos from his football glory days. “It was my stuff. I followed what I thought was the law,� the 65-year-old former NFL star and actor said. “My lawyer told me I couldn’t break into a guy’s room. I didn’t break into anybody’s room. I didn’t try to muscle the guys. The guys had my stuff, even though they claimed they didn’t steal it.� Simpson said he took the advice of his longtime lawyer, Yale former Galanter, and didn’t testify in his Las Vegas trial at which he was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison. His fall from long-ago fame and fortune was on display as a grayer, bulkier Simpson made his way through the courtroom. The Heisman Trophy college running back and NFL record-setter once made TV commercials running through airports. As Nevada prison inmate No. 1027820, he’s been handcuffed and chained at the ankles during a hearing on his claim that he was poorly represented by his attorney during the trial. His physician, Henry Johnson, watched and said Simpson appeared to be in

good health. H. Leon Simon, attorney for the state, conducted a brief cross-examination that focused on some of the same details Simpson attorney Patricia Palm raised about advice Simpson received from his trial lawyers, Galanter and cocounsel Gabriel Grasso. “Mr. Galanter advised me not to testify,� Simpson reiterated. “You made a decision to follow Mr. Galanter’s advice, rather than Mr. Grasso’s, and not testify?� Simon asked. “Yes,� Simpson said. Simpson did acknowledge that he didn’t have a legal right to take some things from the Palace Station hotel room where he and five men confronted two sports memorabilia dealers including baseballs signed by Pete Rose and Duke Snyder and lithographs of football great Joe Montana. Simpson said he thought those items would be returned later. He said he didn’t remember taking a hat from one of the dealers. Earlier, under detailed questioning by Palm, Simpson seemed to describe every minute of a weekend that began with plans for a friend’s wedding and ended with him under arrest. He said he knew the memorabilia dealers, had no fear of them and certainly didn’t need guns. “There was no talk of guns at all,� he said. Simpson declared he never even saw guns during the confrontation. During the trial, two former co-defendants who

testified for the prosecution said they had guns. Simpson’s bid for freedom hinges on showing that Galanter had conflicted interests and gave him bad trial and appellate advice. Galanter, of Miami, is due to testify Friday. He has declined comment ahead of that appearance. “He was my guy,� Simpson said of his long friendship and professional relationship with Galanter. He said Galanter told him he was within his legal rights to take back possessions as long as there was no violence or trespassing. Grasso has said it was Galanter who convinced Simpson not to testify. While the trial prosecutor testified earlier that there were preliminary discussions with Galanter about a plea bargain, Simpson testified he was never told a bargain was under consideration and that he did not remember any offer being given to him at trial. Asked by Palm if he knew he could have gotten as little as 30 months in prison if he pleaded guilty to robbery, Simpson said no, and that he would have considered it if he had known. Simpson also said Galanter led him to believe he could not be convicted on the charges. “If you understood you could be convicted on the state’s evidence, would you have testified?� Palm asked. Simpson said yes. Dressed in a drab blue

prison uniform, Simpson spoke clearly as he recounted events leading to the hotel room where the dealers had the memorabilia. His voice cracked a bit as he told of recognizing items on the bed, including framed photos that used to hang on the wall of his Los Angeles home. “Look at this stuff. Some of the stuff I didn’t really realize was gone. These were things I hadn’t seen in 10 years,� he said. “You know, you get a little emotional about it.� There is no jury in the hearing and Simpson’s fate will be determined by District Judge Linda Marie Bell. It remained unclear Wednesday whether the judge plans to make an immediate ruling or issue a written order later. While Simpson’s previous court cases were media events, including his 1995 acquittal in the Los Angeles killings of his ex-wife and her friend, there were empty seats in the Las Vegas courtroom for the first two days of the hearing. But on Wednesday, the courtroom was full, with Simpson family members and friends in the second row. A marshal turned people away, sending them to an overflow room where video was streamed live. Still, the scene was much tamer than in the past. “This is less hoopla than I expected. It’s real toned down,� said Wyatt Skaggs, a retired defense attorney visiting from Laramie, Wyo.

Google’s products dig even deeper into people’s lives SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Google CEO Larry Page, happiness is a warm computer. “Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life,� Page told a crowd of 6,000 software developers and entrepreneurs who flocked to San Francisco Wednesday for the opening day of Google’s annual showcase for its latest breakthroughs. In the latest display of its technological prowess and sweeping ambition, Google is rolling out another wave of products and services that will test how much more people want computers to control their lives and enhance their perceptions of reality. This year’s event mostly consisted of upgrades to existing Google services that have already become daily habits for millions of people one of Page’s main goals. The new features assume most people want to more help managing their lives from Google’s brainy engineers and the sprawling data centers that house its millions of computers around the world. Investors are increasingly becoming convinced that Google’s tentacles are going to grasp more moneymaking opportunities as its dominant search engine and ancillary services become more pervasive on the mobile devices. Google already has an enviable perch on the smartphones and tablets that have become people’s constant companions. Its Android software has been activated on 900 million devices worldwide. In the first quarter of this year, Android devices held a 74 percent share of the global smartphone market followed by the Apple’s iPhone at 18 percent, ac-

cording to the research firm IDC. Android also led the tablet market with a 56.5 percent share versus 40 percent for Apple’s iPad during the first quarter, according to another research firm, Gartner Inc. (NYSE:IT) Google’s products and services have also made major inroads among users of the iPhone and iPad, despite Apple’s recent efforts to cast aside some of Google’s products. In a show of Wall Street’s faith, Google’s stock surged past $900 for the first time Wednesday to propel the company’s market value beyond $300 billion for the first time. Google shares gained $28.79, or more than 3 percent, to close at $915.89. The latest milestone came less than three months after Google shares surpassed $800 for the first time. The stock has increased 55 percent since Page, Google’s cofounder, succeeded his mentor, Eric Schmidt, as CEO two years ago. In contrast, investors have become exasperated with rival Apple’s lack of breakthrough products since its visionary CEO Steve Jobs died in October 2011. Apple’s stock has plunged by nearly 40 percent since last September, leaving the shares at $428.85. Still, Apple’s market value remains nearly $100 billion higher than Google’s. Page, 40, seemed to share some of that frustration Wednesday in a rare 45-minute appearance that capped a three-andhalf hour presentation of Google’s latest products. His appearance came the day after he disclosed that both his vocal cords have been hobbled to the point that it makes it difficult to speak for extended periods

and sometimes breathe when exercising. Without mentioning Apple by name, Page said more companies need to develop products “outside their comfort zone.� It’s something that Page says he has also insisted on Google doing since he started the company with Sergey Brin in 1998. Some of the gambles, like expansions into digital mapping and email, have paid off. Others, such as creating an alternative to Wikipedia and a social networking service called Buzz, have been flops. “Every time we have tried to something crazy, we have usually made progress,� Page said. “So we have been emboldened.� The latest examples of audacious Google experiments that appear likely to become viable products include autonomously driven cars and Google Glass, an Internet-connected device with a builtin camera and small display screen that can be worn around a person’s face like a pair of spectacles. Several Google employees and developers who bought a test version of Google Glass were wearing the device as they walked around the conference Wednesday. Google Glass stole last year’s conference when a group of skydivers wearing the device were shown jumping from dirigible above the building where the meeting was being held. Their descent was shown live to the audience using the Google Glass camera. By comparison, this year’s conference was more sedate, though the features that were announced will have a more immediate impact. A virtual assistant

called Google Now will now be able to deliver reminders to pick up the milk when a person is in a grocery friend or call certain friends when visiting certain cities. Google Now also has been programmed to understand more spoken questions so it can be even more helpful. The technology is being expanded to work on Chrome Web browsers to it can be accessed on personal computers, extending its reach beyond smartphones and tablets. With the wider availability, the Google Now technology is likely to be used more frequently, enabling Google’s engineers to gain an even better understanding of human behavior. In turn, they can deploy artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to do a better job of anticipating users’ needs. Google Plus, the company’s social networking answer to Facebook, is getting a facelift. The new look will include several automated features that promise to figure out appropriate hash tags for each post on the service and identify the best photos uploaded by individual users. What’s more, Google Plus will offer to automatically touch up photos so users won’t have to bother. The alterations will include red-eye removal, the smoothing of wrinkles, and sharpening of landscapes. All of Google Plus’ automated tools can be turned off. Google Maps, which has become the world’s most trusted navigation system with more than 1 billion visitors each week, is adding even more tools, pictures, business ratings and discount offers from nearby merchants.


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PCS Continued from page 1 the “top district’s I’ve worked with. The district is truly doing these buildings for students.” The OSFC has been in existence since 1997, Thomas said, this year reaching the completion of its 1,000th school. By the time Piqua’s three buildings are complete in 2015, there will have been at least 100 more new school completed, with OSFC cofunding with local tax dollars. In 2011, Piqua voters passed a 4.92-mill bond issue in support of the district’s building project. Through the OSFC, the state is funding 47 percent of the cost, or $25,793,854. The bond issue will cover the remaining 53 percent, or $29,086,686. Also Wednesday, students who belong to the Kiwanis K Club from both schools were recruited to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and don hard hats and shiny shovels to help turn dirt at the end of each ceremony. Springcreek students included: • Reagan Sloan, 9, who has served the entire school year as president of her school’s K Club. Sloan said she found out Tuesday that she would be in the participating groundbreaking, so didn’t really have time to get nervous. • Jesse Furman, 9, who


At left, Piqua City Schools Superintendent Rick Hanes talks to students and guests assembled at Springcreek Primary School for the ceremonial groundbreaking on Wednesday.

Below left, officials from Piqua City Schools, students and invited guests met at Springcreek Primary School Wednesday to break ground for the new building to be built on the site.

is serving as the club’s vice president for the month of May. “It was fun,” Furman said of shoveling the dirt, noting that this was the second time he’d been involved in such a project. • Reygan Weaver, 9, who is serving as the club’s secretary-treasurer for the month of May. Weaver said turning dirt wasn’t new to her, either, although this was the first groundbreaking ceremony she’d participated in. “I usually help my mom with gardening,” she

said. Weaver also mentioned that she’ll be attending the district’s new intermediate building when it’s completed, on the site where her grandSue Swartz mother worked at the Piqua Memorial Hospital. Washington students who helped turn dirt were Lane fourth-graders Reedy, Kennedy Fashner, Aubri Cathcart, Colleen Cox, Haley Krogman, and Dylon Wintrow; and fifthgraders Garret Strevell, Gabe Finfrock, Kryzel McDade and RJ Bertini.


Shovels and hardhats used during the groundbreaking ceremony at Washington Intermediate on Wednesday lie in the grass just after breaking ground on the new building.

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Guidelines revised for teacher eligibility COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio House has unanimously approved a bill making more teachers eligible to participate in meeting Ohio’s new third-grade reading guarantee. In a 98-0 vote Wednesday, the House

adopted revised teacher eligibility guidelines and other changes to the program, which requires that students be proficient in reading before leaving third grade. House Education Chairman Gerald Stebelton said school districts and educators raised concerns about having adequate staff to help meet the guarantee. Only 4,200 of Ohio’s 34,000 licensed preschool-through3rd grade teachers would have qualified as program instructors under initial guidelines. Stebelton said lawmakers weren’t given enough time last year to anticipate all the problems with the program before it was approved as part of Gov. John Kasich’s midterm budget. House changes now

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Lawsuit filed in classroom brawl CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly helping her daughter beat up a female classmate is suing the Cincinnati school district and police. Authorities

say 31-year-old Precious Allen held the 15-year-old girl down in a Withrow High School classroom and told her 14-year-old daughter to hit the girl with a combination lock. Police say the victim suffered cuts and bruises in the Feb. 7 scuffle. A grand jury indicted Allen on misdemeanor assault and trespassing

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