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Joshua Allen, 29, of Piqua, was the victim of a Saturday night stabbing at Piqua Sports Grille on East Ash Street. He was initially transported to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment of a stab wound to the neck and later transferred to a Dayton Hospital.

PIQUA — A Piqua man was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital for surgery after being violently attacked at a Piqua bar on Saturday. Piqua police responded to Piqua Sport Grille, on East Ash Street shortly before 10 p.m. on the report of a man stabbed in the throat. Officers arrived to find Josh Allen, 28, bleeding heavily JOYNER and bar patrons holding

down his alleged attacker. Allen was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center before beingtransferred to the Dayton facility. Police took Jeffrey Scott Joyner, 48, of Sidney, into custody. A charge of felonious assault is to be brought against Joyner, according to Lt. Marcos Rodriguez of the Piqua Police Department. On Sunday evening, hospital personnel indicated that Allen had been released.

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A century of memories roots to the Western Ohio Fair Association. Founded in 1874, the organization leased land hosted the city’s first fair. A one-mile race track was laid out and horse races attracted crowds to the fair’s grandstand. The fair in 1875 was much larger, according to local historian Jim Oda, and also featured numerous agricultural and craft displays, athletic events and improved horse races. After fair attendance continued to dwindle, only horse races were held at the park for a few years before the operation ceased. Following the turn of the century, the city purchased the property for use as a park, with the cause being boosted first by the Fortnightly Club and then the City Federation of Clubs. The latter raised funds for park improvements, including a wading pond, playground apparatus and bandstand. The city also undertook landscaping projects, such as fountains and walkways, to beautify the park. A major boost AMANDA ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO in Fountain Patterned after old Crosley Field in Cincinnati,Hardman Field in Fountain Park has Park’s popularity been a popular baseball park for more than 50 years.The Piqua High School baseball team is shown at bat during a recent game. Piqua High School, Piqua AmeriSee Memories can Legion Post 184 and Piqua Acme teams play at Hardman Field. /Page 9 Editor’s note: This is the first there for more than 50 years. of an eight-part series on the Another Piqua resident, city of Piqua’s parks. The stoDick Alberts, can’t recall a ries will appear each Monday summer since he finished a through July 23. stint in the military when he wasn’t playing whatever inBY TOM MILLHOUSE strument was needed to round News Editor out the sound of the Piqua Civic Band concerts held at Hance Pavilion in Fountain PIQUA — Whether the ocPark. casion was a family reunion, While Piqua High School band concert or just a place for and Piqua American Legion kids to have fun, for more than Post 184 games draw crowds a century, Fountain Park has to watch “The Boys of Sumprovided countless memories mer” at Hardman Field, there for Piqua residents. was a far different type of For Charles Nishwitz, of sporting event in the 1800s on Piqua, memories of Fountain the grounds that Park, located at the intersecnow make up Fountain tion of Forest Avenue and Echo Park. Lake Drive, are associated The local park can trace its with the family reunions held

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PHILADELPHIA (BUSINESS WIRE) — An affiliate of Versa Capital Management, LLC (Versa) has announced the completion of its acquisition of four community newspapers from Freedom Communications Inc.: The Telegraph in Alton, Ill., The Journal-Courier in Jacksonville, Ill., The Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia, Mo., and The Lima News in Lima. “We are pleased to welcome them into our growing community newspaper portfolio in the Midwest,” said Gregory L.Segall, Versa CEO and founder. These four publications are an important part of their communities and are

well-recognized as valuable sources of local news and information. We are pleased to welcome them into our growing community newspaper portfolio in the midwest.” AmongVersa’s portfolio companies is Ohio Community Media, which owns and operates 14 daily newspapers and 30 weeklies serving communities in northern and western Ohio, includes the Piqua Daily Call, which is part of OCM’s I-75 Newspaper Group, along with the Troy Daily News and Sidney Daily News. Versa also recently acquired the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader See Versa /Page 2

1. Armory Park 2. Das Park 3. Echo Hill Golf Course 4. Fountain Park 5. French Park 6 Goodrich Giles Park 7. Heritage Green 8. High Street Park 9. Hollow Park 10. Kiwanis Park 11. Linear Park

12. Lock Nine Riverfront Park 13. Mote Park 14. Piqua Community Pool 15. Pitsenbarger Sports Complex 16. Public Square 17. Roadside Park 18. Robert M Davis Memorial Parkway 19. Shawnee Park 20. Veterans’ Park

A park’s beginning BY TOM MILLHOUSE News Editor PIQUA — Much like the Fort Piqua Plaza, Fountain Park was an outgrowth of the bitter rivalry between Piqua and Troy. While Fort Piqua Plaza was built to reflect Piqua’s stature as a city following the loss the “courthouse war” of the 1800s, Fountain Park has its roots in a competition with Troy over hosting a county fair. “It’s (Fountain Park’s founding) all part of the PiquaTroy rivalry,” said Piqua historian Jim Oda. An agreement was reached in the 1840s for Troy to have a fair one year and Piqua would have it the next. This sticking point was after Piqua had the fair one year and it shifted to Troy the next, “it never came back to Piqua,” Oda said, noting that “Piqua residents were quite upset.” Looking to recover from the slight, Piqua businessmen formed the Western Ohio Fair Association in August 1874 and leased land on the west edge of the city. It was then off to the races for the fair as a one-mile horse race track was laid out, complete with grandstand. The fairgrounds also entailed outbuildings and a caretaker’s house. Oda said while the races were the most popular feature, the fair also offered an exhibit area for the bounty of produce to be shown. “The first year there was a pretty good fair and in 1875 it wasn’t too bad, but then things began to decline,” Oda said. Horse racing was the only focus of the 1876-77 fairs

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Rev. Fr. Charles B. Rohrkemper CARTHAGENA — The Rev.Fr.Charles B.Rohrkemper died Thursday May 31, 2012, at S t . Charles Center in Cathagena. Born in Dayton, a graduate of Chamin a d e ROHRKEMPER H i g h School, Father Charles completed seminary studies at St.Gregory and Mt.St.Mary, and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati by Archbishop John T. McNicholas in 1943. Following ordination, Father Rohrkemper was named assistant at St. William Parish, Cincinnati, with teaching duties at Elder High School. In 1948 he was assigned to St. Augustine Parish on Bank Street, Cincinnati, while continuing to teach at Elder. A 1951 transfer to St. Vivian’s Parish, Cincinnati, as assistant pastor and faculty member at Julienne High School. In 1956 he was named chaplain to the Sisters of Notre Dame atVilla Julienne,Dayton, and continued teaching at the high school. In 1961, Father Rohrkemper received his first pastorate, St. John Fisher, in Newtown, Cincinnati, with mission at St.Ann, Williamsburg. Four years later he was appointed pastor of St. Francis de Sales, Lebanon. In 1968, he received the call to be pastor of St. Boniface, Piqua.There he remained until 1976, when he was asked to assume the pastorate of St. Mary Parish, Greenville. Two years later, in 1978, Father Rohrkemper

was called to be pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, McCartyville, where he served until his retirement in 1987. Active in retirement, Father Charles continued to serve the Archdiocese, offering Mass and administering the Sacraments on a regular basis at St. Patrick Parish in Troy, and in other parishes where his services were welcomed. Father regularly offered Mass at several local nursing homes. At Lehman High School he also occasionally presided at Masses for the students. Father Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Helen Rohrkemper; and by his three sisters, Mary Shultz, Sister Alberta Rohrkemper and Cecelia Benezra. He is survived by seven nieces and nephews, Helen and Robert Alig, Cecelia and Robert Grewe, David and Tina Benezra, Michael Benezra, Mary Ann Messing, Katherine and Michael Jenkins,and Elizabeth and Ronald Warnock; and a number of great nieces and nephews. Reception of the body will take place at St. Patrick Church, Troy, at 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr as Celebrant. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Charles Nursing Center, Cathagena. Also a special thank you to the staff at St. Charles Nursing Center for taking wonderful care of Father Charles. Arrangements are being handled by Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster. Condolences may be made at

Deborah Loree Eisele MASON — Deborah Loree Eisele, 58, of Mason, formerly of Pleasant Hill, passed away Friday morning, June 1, 2012. She was born May 25, 1954, in Dayton, to her parents, Grover Eaton and Martha Jane “Marty” (Schlechty) Eisele. She was preceded in death by her father, Grover; brother, David Brent Eisele; and grandparents, Grover and Florence Eisele, Gary and Martha Schlechty. She will be missed and remembered by her mother Marty of Pleasant Hill; brothers, Christopher Kevin

(Lisa) Eisele of Tipp City and Gary Eaton Eisele of Winona, Minn.; nieces and nephews, Dustin Eisele, Hunter Eisele, David Brent Evans. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 1 S. Main St., Pleasant Hill. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Online memories may be left for the family at

Death notices SIDNEY — Kimberly Rose Peters, 44, of Sidney, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the Kettering Medical Center In keeping with Ms. Peters’ wishes, her body will be cremated. A memorial gathering in celebration of Kimberly’s life will be held at a later date at the convenience of her family. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home & Crematory, Sidney. LAURA — Jacqueline Marie (Richmond) Haney, 60, of Laura, passed away on Friday,June 1,2012, at the Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday at the Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy. Arrangements are being handled by the HaleSarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton.

TROY — Mary Sue Carlson, 78 of Troy, died Sunday June 3, 2012, at her residence. Services are pending at Baird Funeral Home, 555 N. Market St. Troy PIQUA — John T. Carpenter, 89, of Piqua, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday June 3, 2012, at the Piqua Manor Nursing Home. His funeral arrangements are pending through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home.

BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer PIQUA — The city is one step closer to beginning work on the area surrounding the former power plant as commission will discuss a resolution for part of its revitalization Tuesday evening. In an amount not to exceed $104,040, a request for payment to Brownfield Restoration Group LLC will be made for work in accordance to the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund Grant received by the Board of Commissioners of Miami County. In 2011, Miami County Commission received a grant of $1.4 million for remediation, demolish and development behind the power plant located at 919 S. Main St. As the city of Piqua could not legally be an applicant for the grant, the county has become a cooperative in a project that will see to the eventual demolition of the power plant for a water front park. Piqua City Commissioners also will review a resolution involving the Community Development Block Grant. Passage will allow for development program manager Bill Lutz


to apply for funds from the Ohio Department of Development. These monies will contribute to proposed projects such as the purchase and demolition of commercial property located at 650 Wood St., at the corner of Gordon Street, Wood Street and Covington Avenue. While the second will vacate a right-of-way on Wood Street, between Gordon and Covington. These projects will fall under the allocated $95,000 for the 2012 fiscal year with a percentage of the funding, as required by ODOD, to be used for fair housing and administrative expenses. A resolution of intent to vacate a public right-of-way will also be brought to commission for portions of Fountain Boulevard and Lake Street, along with a determination of a time and place for a public hearing on the proposed 2013 city tax budget for the county. Commission will also discuss awarding a contract for purchase of ornamental street lights for the East Ash Street project, and the canal and Wayne Street streetscaping, followed by a request to sublease canal land to Vectren Energy

Delivery for installation of new gas lines. Elaine Barton, human resources director, will give an update on her department to bookend the first commission meeting of the summer with a special presentation to be given by Jim Oda, Piqua library director, for the 1913 Flood Committee Activity and Lorna Swisher, director of Mainstreet Piqua, for tourism committee efforts at the start of the session. Commission meetings are held every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the commission chamber on the second floor of the Government Municipal Complex. For those seeking a more informal opportunity to speak with their city leaders, a commission work session is being offered once a month in the commission chambers starting at 7:30 p.m. The next work session is scheduled for Thursday, June 14. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Meeting agendas are available both online at and at the government complex.

Hospital, city and schools work together on former hospital reuse TROY — Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) is partnering with the city of Piqua and the Piqua City Schools on making reuse of the former Piqua Memorial Medical Center site a reality. The property on Park Avenue currently is owned by the city of Piqua and will be sold to the school district for $1 once the site has been cleared. The city is using a $2 million Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant to remediate and demolish the structures on the site. That work should be completed by the end of the year. The school district plans to build a new intermediate school on the site — one of three new district buildings scheduled for construction beginning in 2013. A construction bond issue was approved by district voters last November. To help in creating the

school site, UVMC has agreed to sell the Nicklin Medical Building adjacent to the hospital property to the city of Piqua for $1. Additionally, UVMC will finance razing of the building and preparations to make that site ready for redevelopment by Piqua City Schools. The city, in turn, will add the property to the former hospital land for transfer to the schools. The city has been instrumental in facilitating the potential acquisition of additional property for the project. “The city is looking forward to the new school playing a major role in the redevelopment of this neighborhood and the community,” said Piqua City Manager Gary Huff. “The added land from UVMC will help the schools with better placement of the new intermediate school on the property, said Rick

Hanes, superintendent of Piqua City Schools. It also will enhance space for playground, green space and parking. “On behalf of the Piqua City Schools, we would like to extend a huge thank you to Upper Valley Medical Center for the donation,” Hanes said. “UVMC is pleased to assist the city and school system in moving forward with development of the property,” said Tom Parker, UVMC president and CEO. “It is exciting to see that the site will be transformed into a wonderful asset to the community.” The 20,000-square-foot Nicklin building currently houses a number of medical and dental offices. Work is under way to relocate those building tenants to other office facilities in the community.

More Brukner Events Discover Ohio’s Magnificent Moths at Brukner Nature Center’s Monthly Night Hike 9 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Have you ever seen a luna moth lazily floating in the evening air? Did you know that adult luna moths have no mouthparts? Their sole purpose is to find a mate and create the next generation. And they find each other by scent. How amazing is that? Come join us as we search for caterpillars and moths on a warm summer night’s adventure. Public Star Gaze at BNC 10 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Join the Stillwater Stargazers as they explore the starry night sky above BNC. Members will have

their telescopes set up and will be available to answer questions. This program is free and open to the public. Please meet in the parking lot following the night hike. Come Learn Birds at View from the Vista 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Come discover BNC’s vista birdlife, enjoy a homemade cookie and a hot cup of bird-friendly coffee and join members of the BNC Bird Club as you learn to identify our feathered friends. Although the scarlet tanager feeds mainly on insects, we can often hear his distinctive ‘chick-burrr’ call as he searches the nearby trees. His drab mate is probably tending to a nest full of young nearby.

Summer Soltise Concert at BNC featuring “Pat’s Band” 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21. Come celebrate the new season with wine, nature and song in the beautiful, candlelit Heidelberg Auditorium and enjoy the father and son duo of Pat Carine Sr. and Pat Carine Jr., with a fun mix of music and vocals from bluegrass to folk to americana. Also with Storm’s Creek, Pat Carine, Sr. is excited to have the opportunity to play with his son, an aspiring new artist. Bring your family and friends for an enjoyable and relaxing evening of good family fun at BNC. Admission is just $5 for BNC members and $10 for non-members, wine and

re- freshments included. Summer Nature Art Gallery at BNC featuring Ray photographer, Mueller 8 p.m. Exhibit opens Thursday, June 21. BNC invites you to meet Ray and enjoy his images of wildlife and local natural areas in our summer art exhibit in the Heidelberg Auditorium following the Summer Solstice Concert. The exhibit will also be open to the public during Interpretive Center hours and will run through Sunday, Sept. 16. A percentage of the sales of these works will support the mission of BNC. For more information, please visit

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Community spotlight Temperatues remain normal

Center to host exhibit ‘All Over The Place’

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The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will be host to mixed media art by Mike Behr, Mark Nafziger and Rita Steffenson starting today through July 22.

TROY — Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibit All Over The Place at 7 p.m. today. This exhibit will feature the mixed media of Mike Behr, pottery by Mark Nafziger and art quilts by Rita Steffenson. The Hayner will host an opening reception to the public from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2012. In conjunction with the opening, Troy downtown restaurants, La Piazza and The Caroline, will be offering discounts for Hayner guests that evening. Discount coupons will only be available at the opening. Come to Hayner for the art and stay downtown for dinner. The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is located at 301 W. Main Street, in Troy. The exhibit will run through July 22. The mixed media pieces created by Mike Behr are a unique combination of at least four or up to as many as fifteen differenct materials that could include but are not limited to acrylic, oil, tempera, enamel, and water colored paints, color pencils, Gesso, pastels, toothpicks, balsa wood, colored tissue paper, carpenter’s caulk, rubber cement, magic markers, Elmer’s and Gorilla glue, foam insulation, charcoal, graphite pencil, clear gloss media, illustration board, corrugated cardboard, copper piping, paper towels with texture, grouting and wood filler. Besides designing mixed media

art pieces, Mike also creates the beautiful frames using materials ranging from scrapes of leftover kitchen tiles to stained glass for each piece. He estimates six steps are involved in each painting from the conceptual phase to the final layer of varnish. Mike states “My mission is to explore the outer limits in mixed media while demonstrating the power of the principles and elements of design. The excitement of extreme mixed media involves pushing the limits of design by incorporating groups of materials into a pleasing composition that artistically comes together to achieve unexpected visual results.” Mark Nafziger will be displaying his beautifully designed and functional pottery that include vases, plates, bowls and jars. Some are salt-fired, some carved stoneware, with the vast majority being sliptrailed stoneware. Motifs in his work include fish, fans, and lattice. The decorations on Mark’s pottery are breathtaking. He is a craftsman of the highest order. Mark established his business, Brush Creek Pottery, after college and has continued as a self-employed resident potter at the Sauder Village since. His ceramics have been featured in “Ceramics Monthly,” as well as on display in the Toledo (Ohio) Museum of Art, the Cincinnati (Ohio) Crafts Affair and the Pennsylvania Crafts

Guild. He has also received numerous awards, including from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen. Mark states, “For me a successful piece is when the design and form come together to create a cohesive whole. My goal is to make work that is not just used, but ultimately produces an aesthetic experience.” Rita Steffenson will be displaying art quilts from both her nature and abstract quilt series. Each nature quilt represent a small fragment of the abundant beauty nature provides. The quilt makes the viewer feel that they are right there in the middle of the scene. Rita will also be displaying abstract quilts from her “Mindscapes” series. These quilts represent the fascinating progression of ideas and how they draw us in, until we’re lost in the depths of our minds. Rita is an award winning quilt artist whose work has been exhibited in many national and international shows, including the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio. Her works are all original designs, drawn and developed from her own photographs and drawings, and often take months and years to evolve the design and construction of each work. She hand-dyes all her own cotton fabric, occasionally embellished with paint. In conjunction with the exhibit, Rita will be holding a two-day invisible machine appliqué workshop at Hayner

from 9-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23. She will be teaching a fast and precise appliqué without using fusible webs. Clean turned edges are sewn down with machine stitching, creating a truly invisible appliqué. This is the method Rita uses in making her quilts. This easy technique is suitable for both beginners and advanced quilt makers. The cost for the class is $110 plus supplies. Each student must have a working zigzag machine. For more information or registration information, please view website at our The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is proudly supported by the citizens of the Troy City School District through a local tax levy and generous gifts to the Friends of Hayner. Open hours of the Center are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 1 p.m. -5 p.m. on Sundays. The Center is closed during holidays. For more information, please visit our website at WWW.TROYHAYNER.ORG or call at 339-0457. Nancy Hutchins Exhibit Coordinator Troy-Hayner Cultural Center

TIPP CITY - Dysinger & Associates, LLC has announced that Samuel D. Patry has joined its practice. Patry’s experience stems from trial advocacy and prosecution, having served three years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. As a prosecutor, he was awarded with an award of recognition from the Allen County Family Abuse Prevention team for his successful prosecution of domestic violence cases and earned a reputation as an aggressive trial attorney. Patry is bringing his

INFORMATION Regional Group Publisher - Frank Beeson Executive Editor - Susan Hartley Advertising Manager - Leiann Stewart ■ History Established in 1883, the Piqua Daily Call is published daily except Tuesdays and Sundays and Dec. 25 at 310 Spring St., Piqua, Ohio 45356. ■ Mailing Address: Piqua Daily Call, P.O. Box 921, Piqua, OH 45356. Postmaster should send changes to the Piqua Daily Call, 310 Spring St., Piqua, OH 45356. Second class postage on the Piqua Daily Call (USPS 433-960) is paid at Piqua, Ohio. E-mail address: ■ Subscription Rates: EZ Pay $10 per month; $11.25 for 1 month; $33.75 for 3 months; $65.50 for 6 months; $123.50 per year. Newsstand rate: 75 cents per copy. Mail subscriptions: in Miami County, $12.40 per month, unless deliverable by motor route; outside of Miami County, $153.50 annually.

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami-Shelby Ostomy Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Conference Room A on the lower level of the Upper Valley Medical Center, 3130 N. County Road 25A, Troy. The Ostomy Support Group’s meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month except January and July. Programs provide information and support to ostomates and their families, and are beneficial to health care professionals as well. Please note the location of the meetings has been changed. For more information, call (937) 440-4706.

City Schools invited the community to attend a district building project update at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19. The meeting will be held in Room 124 at the high school. Guest speaker will be Curt South, architect for Fanning-Howey.

Celebrate dairy month Versailles — It’s official. Summer is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a mouth-watering scoop of ice cream. Farm Credit is excited to honor the dairy industry during National Dairy Month this June. Founded in 1937 as “National Milk Month,” the an-

nual Dairy Month tradition focuses on the dairy industry and its many contributions to American society. The celebration was first established to help stabilize dairy demand during peak production, but over time has grown to showcase the greater use of dairy products. In recognition of National Dairy Month, the Farm Credit Office in Versailles will be interviewing and submitting bios on local dairy farmers around the area. We will be submitting these bios and pictures of their farms once or twice a week for the month of June. Look for your local dairy farmers and customers of Farm Credit during June! Don’t forget to thank a dairy farmer this month for all that they do.

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All About Strawberries! STRAWBERRY HISTORY The Name Strawberry was derived from the berries that are "strewn" about on the plants, and "strewn berry" eventually became "Strawberry". They are from the Rosaceae family, and are of the Fragaria genus. They are not berries or fruit at all, but enlarged ends of the plant's stamen. Strawberry seeds are on the outer skin, instead of in the inner berry, There are about 200 seeds per berry. The berries are non-fat and low in calories, rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, fiber, and vitamin B6. Over history the strawberries have been used in medicines. They have been used for sunburn, discolored teeth, digestion, and gout. As far back as the 13th century, the Strawberry was used as an anaphrodisiac. Strawberries were served at medieval state events, they symbolized prosperity, peace, and perfection. The most famous public eating of strawberries is at Wimbledon each year, when strawberries and cream are consumed between tennis matches by properly attired English. It is also known that Russian empresses also loved them. American Indians allegedly invented Strawberry shortcake, mashing berries in meal to make bread the colonists enjoyed--but they must have used wild strawberries since strawberries have been cultivated in America only since 1835. The Hoveg variety was imported into Massachusetts from France in 1834 The Fraser clan in Scotland derived its name from French immigrants named Strawberry (Fraise) who came with William the Conqueror in 1066. There are references to the strawberry as far back as ancient Rome. • The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.

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• To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals. In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

Place one large plain chocolate candy bar in a microwave safe dish. Microwave for 15-30 seconds and stir well. If not completely melted, microwave 15 seconds longer. Stir in chopped nuts if desired. Wash strawberries and cut off tops. Poke a strawberry on a fork and dip in chocolate. Eat and enjoy!

• Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the court of the Emperor Napoleon, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 22 pounds per basin. Needless to say, she did not bathe daily. • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring. • There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.

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Strawberry Mobile You will need: Red Cardboard Glue stick Red glitter Green tissue paper Cord Hole punch Sticky tape Instructions: Cut out strawberries. Use the glue stick to make dots of glue all over the strawberries. Sprinkle the glitter over the top. Shake off any excess. Turn the strawberries over and repeat on the other side. Punch a small hole in the top of one of the strawberries. Slot the strawberries together and tape along the joins.

Cut leaves from the tissue paper and glue to the top of the strawberry. To finish, tie a piece of cord through the hole at the top to hang your mobile.

Strawberries are a member of the In France, Strawberries were rose family. thought to be an aphrodisiac. A soup made of strawberries, Ninety-four percent of US house- thinned sour cream, borage, & holds consume strawberries. powered sugar was served to Americans eat 3.4 pounds of newlyweds. fresh strawberries each year plus another 1.8 pounds frozen per Over 53 percent of seven to ninecapita. year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit. Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic Eating strawberries, which are acid, potassium rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the Strawberries, as part of a 5 a day muscles by 7%. This prevents fruit & vegetable program, can muscle fatigue, making exercise help reduce the risk of cancer & easier. heart attacks. In a test, subjects who ate nitrate In medieval times, strawberries rich foods like strawberries, before were served at important funcexercising burned 100 more calotions to bring peace & prosperity. ries than those who did not. Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.

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Written by Bill Bailey Illustrated by Michelle Duckworth Chapter 10 Donnie and Felix join forces STORY SO FAR: Feeling that Jake has endangered Donnie with his space alien stunt, Holly makes her son quit his new job at The Times. Upset that Felix has not come to his aid, Donnie gets into a heated exchange with the voice of the ghost. Donnie then meets the source of the voice - a well dressed, pipe-smoking old man. Donnie thinks Jake has paid the man to impersonate Felix LaBauve. When Donnie accuses him of being a fraud, the Frenchman draws his sword and prepares to attack. He raised his sword high above me and brought the blade down fast and hard. When I opened my eyes, the sword had gone from the top of my head all the way through me to my feet. But I had felt nothing. It was like the blade was made of air. I was still alive but a little confused. "Perhaps my sword ees a bit dull, no?" he said, as if reading my mind. He began to roar with laughter, like he'd said the funniest thing ever. I was too stunned to say anything. "Please to excuse my leetle prank," he said, shoving his sword back into its scabbard. "Let us make up and be friends." He offered to shake hands. I reached out to shake, but my hand went right through his. I looked at my hand in amazement. This really tickled his funny bone. But I was beginning to realize he didn't have any bones. He erupted with the biggest belly laugh I'd ever heard. "You have been bamboozled," he said. "I think Americans these days call eet 'punked'." Even though I had believed in Felix before, seeing him in person for the first time was really freaking me out. I tried to speak. "You're... you're... you're..." "Your vocabulary ees quite limited, no?" he said, his eyes twinkling. I jabbed a shaky finger toward him. "You're the real thing. An actual ghost!" "That I am, dear fellow. I would have thought that was obvious long before now. My, but you are a slow learner." He made a deep, sweeping bow. "Felix LaBauve, at your service. Ze greatest journalist ze world has ever known." "Also, the most modest," I said, taking a chance at humor myself. "You should show me ze proper respect," he said proudly. "Though perhaps your irreverence ees not all bad. Eet shows ze fighting spirit. Eet will come in handy, no?" "You do know that I don't work for the newspaper anymore, right?" I said. "My mom made me quit," "I am quite aware of that," he said. "Still, theese nincompoop of an editor needs our help." "I thought you said Jake was a loser, and you weren't risking your freedom for him," I said. "That was before I found out a deadly leetle secret," he said. "Now I have no choice. But I will require your asseestance, because ghosts have certain restrictions. There is only so much ze great LaBauve can do alone, n'est pas?" The last time I said yes to a plan without

knowing what I was getting into, I had found myself in a space suit, fighting off an attack of killer fruits and veggies. "I wouldn't have to pretend to be a spaceman, would I?" I asked. "Definitely not," he said. "That's a relief." "But perhaps eet ees similar," he added. Even though I wasn't in my alien costume, my antenna went up. "There's no flying, is there?" "Maybe a wee bit," he said. "Forget it. No way." "Perhaps eef I show you something, eet weel change your mind," said Felix. "Come. Your despicable sheriff has called a meeting with his leetle posse for tonight." "How do you know that?" I asked. "There ees not much that happens in ze old courthouse that I do not know about," Felix said. "I visit eet often. That ees how I deescovered ze sheriff's secret meeting room. He can hear anyone climbing ze concrete stairs. So we must take another route." Going with a ghost to spy on the sheriff sounded pretty dangerous, so I took Humpty over to the gazebo and hid him under a bench. "Hey, buddy, I'm leaving you here where it's safe." "Don't try to sugar coat it," he said. "You're ditching me in favor of someone more exciting." Humpty looked so sad that I felt a little guilty. But Felix needed my help. Felix and I crept toward a tall oak tree near the French Castle courthouse. It was the same tree Jake and I had used for the space alien stunt. A light shined from a round window halfway up the clock tower. Above the window was the big clock I mentioned earlier. According to the story that was passed down, it had been stuck at 5 o'clock ever since the Matlocks killed Felix long ago, Felix pointed toward a limb that stretched toward the window. Then he threw an arm around my shoulder and gave his goatee a tug. I couldn't feel his arm, but the next thing I knew I was flying through the air up to the overhanging limb. As I gripped the tree trunk, I could hear voices coming from a room in the tower. "Look closely," Felix whispered. "A good journalist uses his powers of observation. I have noticed that yours are excellent. Now, you must use them on Sheriff Matlock." From our perch on the tree limb, I looked through the window at the sheriff. His loose jowls reminded me of a

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bulldog. He chewed on a fat cigar as he glared across a desk at a man and a woman. "I saw those two with the sheriff when I was on the courthouse roof," I said. "Yes. They are fat as thieves," said Felix. "I think you mean thick as thieves," I said. "Enough of theese correcting ze Frenchman," he said. "Eet ees I who ees teaching you. Speaking of which, ze man in ze plaid leisure suit - he ees named Clint Ratchett. He ees a used car salesman and part time sheriff's deputy." I tried using my powers of observation on Mr. Ratchett. He had thick, jetblack hair that tilted to one side. "He's wearing a wig," I said. "Good eye," said Felix. "I prefer ze French word for eet - toupée. Now, let us have a leetle fun." He waved his finger in a circular motion toward the window, and a crank on the inside slowly opened it. Then he placed his palms beside his mouth and blew. A gust of wind blasted through the open window, lifting Clint's toupée off his head and onto the floor. "Eek!" screamed the dark-haired woman, leaping onto her chair. "A rat!" Felix wiggled his finger, and the hairpiece flew off the floor toward her mouth. "Bon appétit!" he said. Her eyes grew huge, thinking she was about to swallow a rat. She batted away the

black wig with such force that it slammed into the wall before it slid to the floor. Her loud shriek almost shook me from the tree. "Allow me to introduce your esteemed Justice Court Judge, Lulu Roberts," Felix said. I jammed my hand over my mouth to stifle my laughter. Judge Roberts calmed down when she saw Clint's bald head, as he bent over to pick up his toupée. "Oh my goodness," she said, fanning herself. "It's not a rat after all. It's your, uh... hair." Still a bit unsteady, she eased herself back into her chair. Clint slapped the wig onto his head. "I don't appreciate your calling my hairpiece a rat. It is finely woven, human hair, Lulu. And it cost me a small fortune." "I'm so sorry," she apologized. "It's my rat phobia. Just the thought of the nasty little beasts is terribly upsetting." "Clint, the next time that fur piece comes flying off your head, I swear - I'm gonna shoot it and cook it for dinner," the sheriff said. That did it. Trying to muffle a laugh that had been building, I finally let out a sound like a strangled hyena. The sheriff's posse all jerked their heads in our direction. "What was that?" asked Clint. They raced to the window, searching the darkness outside. The sheriff lifted a flashlight and shined a beam of light on the ground. It began to move up the tree. "Uh-oh," I said to Felix. "We're dogmeat!" "I'm afraid eet ees you who ees ze meat of ze dog," said Felix. "I am inveesible to them." "Thanks a lot!" I said, as the circle of light climbed up the tree toward me.

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Shouldn’t emphasis always be on quality?

Gary Ogg is a retired elementary school principal. He lives south of Casstown with his wife of 40 years, Kathy, along with two Dachshunds, Cinder and Ella. Ogg received a bachelor’s degree in family/child development from The Ohio State University, a master’s in school administration from the University of Cincinnati and a masters’ in counseling from the University of Dayton.

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“So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33 AKJV)

ave you ever read something that made sense consciously but which bubbled up later from your subconscious in a slightly different way? That happened to me recently when I read the following headline in an area newspaper … “Anthem Puts Emphasis On Quality.” The article reported how Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be encouraging primary care doctors to provide better quality care using financial incentives by emphasizing preventative care in an attempt to lower overall costs. Doctors of patients who get better and avoid costly procedures and hospital stays will receive a 10 percent increase in their fee schedule. My first reaction was Great! This makes sense. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? Later in day as I was tossing the paper into the recycling bin, the headline caught my eye again and something clicked at a deeper level. Prior to retiring, my health insurance company for 25 years was Anthem or Blue Cross/Shield or some combination thereof. The question that suddenly made a resounding appearance in my frontal lobes was this … does putting an emphasis on and rewarding quality medical care NOW mean that quality has been taking a back seat up to this point? Have doctors NOT been practicing an ounce of prevention with patients? One might draw that conclusion when looking at health care statistics in America. We spend a bigger percentage of our Gross DoGARY OGG mestic Product (GDP) on medical care than any other Columnist country and yet rank lower than most in any measure of health. High cost. Low performance. And it’s been that way for decades and decades. I applaud Anthem for taking this novel approach (sarcasm intended). But better late than never, I suppose. So doctors may be making more depending on results. One thing is for sure. CEO compensation certainly is up. They are now earning an average of $9.6 million per year. It would take the average worker hundreds of years to do that. It is argued that you have to pay enough to attract the best talent available in today’s global marketplace and I find that hard to disagree with. But if that’s true, doesn’t it stand to reason that the same argument should be accepted when it comes to paying well to attract the best teachers and government workers? In the rush to balance budgets without raising taxes by slashing workers, pay scales and pensions, aren’t we cutting off our collective noses to spite our collective faces by impacting the people who actually make government work? Yes. Waste exists in any human activity including government. But don’t we need first rate talent to teach our kids to compete globally, first rate talent to meet global and local threats, first rate talent working at the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Commerce Department, the State Department, the Department of Energy, the Patents and Trademark Office and the Department of Defense, to name a few? Publicly employed scientists have been responsible for enormously important inventions from microchips to the Internet and bar codes. Do we want to cripple the agencies in charge of food and drug safety or degrade the services of the National Institutes of Health or the Center for Disease Control? Don’t we need to recruit and retain the very best to compete successfully with China, India, and others? A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows the number of students planning to work in the public sector has dropped 40 percent. Add to this the fact that 25 percent of current federal employees are eligible for retirement and you can see what would happen to this country if a large chunk of our most experienced walked out the door. Many seem to welcome this and think we would be better off to just get rid of all those overpaid government workers. The fact is, there are fewer executive branch civilian employees today than there were when Richard Nixon was president. My parents taught me an old adage … you get what you pay for. Put another way, you won’t get what you don’t pay for. And speaking of paying, I just applied for my early Social Security mentioned in a former article. I will begin receiving $222 dollars monthly at the end of September although I have worked private jobs long enough to qualify for $650. As also explained earlier, my benefit is rolled back 66 percent due to the Windfall Exclusion Provision (I just love that name) because I receive a public pension. When asked for my banking information to begin direct deposits, I gave them my Cayman Islands bank routing numbers so I can park that 222 bucks right next to Romney’s millions and avoid taxes as well.

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Obama, Rubio birthers should read the law does that also mean they irtherism — the beare “natural born citizens” lief that Barack in the constitutional sense? Obama was born in “My conclusion would be Kenya, not in the United that if you are a citizen as a States — pretty much died consequence of your birth, last year when the White that’s a natural-born citiHouse released a copy of the zen,” says Theodore Olson, president’s long-form birth the former Bush solicitor certificate showing he was BYRON YORK general who defended John born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, Columnist McCain in a 2008 lawsuit 1961. After that, the numalleging McCain was ineliber of Americans who gible to be president. Mcdoubted Obama’s place of Cain was born in the Panama Canal birth dropped dramatically. But not to zero. In recent days, there Zone in 1936 while his father served in has been a mini-resurgence of birther the U.S. Navy there. Even though the talk, from Arizona, where the secretary area was under American jurisdiction of state questioned Obama’s eligibility to and both McCain’s parents were U.S. citbe on the ballot, to Iowa, where some Re- izens, some Democrats alleged McCain publicans want to require presidential was ineligible to be president. McCain candidates to prove their eligibility for won the case, if not the presidency. The law is really quite lenient, espeoffice. The talk has gone beyond Obama, cially for those born outside the United with some buzz on the Internet suggest- States. If a child were born today in, say, ing that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Kenya, to a Kenyan father and an Amerleading Republican vice presidential ican citizen mother who had lived in the contender, is not a natural-born Ameri- United States for at least five years, at least two of them over the age of 14 — can citizen. The two cases are different. Birthers that child would be a “citizen of the questioned whether Obama was, in fact, United States by birth” and be eligible born in the United States, while they for the White House. But what about Rubio? What about a claim Rubio, indisputably born in Miami, is not eligible because his par- child born in the United States to noncients were not citizens at the time of his tizen parents? “I am not aware of anyone who has contended that someone could birth. The one thing that characterizes both be born in the United States and be a arguments is an ignorance of the law citizen by virtue of the 14th Amendment and nevertheless still not be a naturalconcerning citizenship. The Constitution specifies that a pres- born American citizen,” says Washington ident must be a “natural born citizen” of lawyer Matthew McGill, who worked the United States, but it does not define with Olson on the McCain case and did the term. The Supreme Court has never extensive research into the law and hisclarified the issue, but there is a law, 8 tory of citizenship. “If he is born in the U.S. Code 1401, that spells out in detail United States, his parentage is not of consequence.” who is a citizen. But some do contend that Rubio is not The law uses the phrase “citizens of the United States at birth” and lists cat- eligible for the presidency. (The eligibilegories of people who fit that descrip- ity requirement for vice president is the same as president.) “Rubio is, quite simtion. First, there are people born inside the ply, not a ‘natural born citizen’ by the acUnited States. No question about that; cepted legal, English-language standard their citizenship is established by the as it has been known throughout American history,” wrote WorldNetDaily 14th Amendment. Then there are the people who are founder and editor Joseph Farah in Febborn outside the United States to par- ruary. “He was born in Florida to two ents who are both American citizens, non-U.S. citizen parents.” But according to the law, Rubio is a provided one of them has lived in the U.S. for any period of time. And then “citizen at birth,” and the most reasonthere are the people who are born out- able reading of the law and the Constiside the United States to one parent who tution is that an American is a is a U.S. citizen and the other who is an natural-born citizen if he or she is a citalien, provided the citizen parent lived izen at birth. There might be complaints in the United States or its possessions about that in coming months, but that’s for at least five years, at least two of the way it is. them after age 14. Byron York is chief political correSince they are all “citizens of the United States at birth,” the question is, spondent for The Washington Examiner.


To the Editor: Candidates push the idea that credit expansion and reckless spending help America. This is false. The failure of Greece, Italy and Portugal, which pursued such policies, leaving their people with unemployment, barren job markets and massive debt, should warn America of the risks of similar economic policies. Keynesian economics, pushing “fake” money out the federal reserve and treasury, cannot better lives. This just implies the economy is strong, building up a house of cards that inevitably collapses. Look no farther than the pre-Depression 1920s and housing bubble, among many examples. Though appearing to help short-term, it always leads to debt, recessions, barren job markets, or economic collapse. Those criticizing loose money policy predicted nearly every recession since the 1800s. Yet these theories are ignored by government because they mean an end of government exploitation of our money. Since we went off the gold standard, the government has debased the value of the dollar by 98 percent, printing money to pay for programs and debts, an extra, unnoticed tax on us of the amount of money printed per year. Opponents say the gold standard lacks liquidity, but this is easily solved by yearly adjustment of currency denominations. What helps our economy is policies that increase production of goods, not monetary manipulation. This betters lives by lowering costs and increasing wages. Government jobs (minus infrastructure improvements), monetary manipulation, and redistribution provide no economic improvements, as every dollar paid is taken from taxpayers. “Experts” such as Krugman and Bernanke, after failing to predict 2008’s recession, support the same policies that created it while ignoring experts who predicted it. Only in government can someone who has failed miserably retain their position, decry those who were correct, and be allowed to implement the same policies. This is neither directed at Obama’s administration or endorsing Romney. This is not an issue of “1 percent” vs “Occupy Wall Street” mentalities, and is not D vs R. We elect talking heads whose skill set ends where policy begins. Each party wins election by telling the electorate policies that sound good, and then following through for re-election at the expense of our welfare. This has gone past corruption into a failure of our political mindset. Only through overcoming our apathy can we refuse to elect leaders pushing policy that failed in the depression, failed in Europe, and will fail us now. —Jacob Meyer Sidney, Ohio

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Woman searches for recourse to public abuse DEAR ABBY: I’m divorced with a young son. My ex-husband and I share joint custody, and for the most part it has worked well. My problem is that my ex is very bitter about our divorce and the fact I have moved on with my life. He constantly makes derogatory comments to me in front of our son and others. It is bad enough that my son must witness this, but my ex has taken it a step further. He is the editor of a small newspaper and is now making disparaging comments about me in his column. He is trying to improve his image at my expense; however, I am unable to respond because he won’t print a rebuttal in his paper. The abuse continues despite the divorce, but now the audience is wider. Is this ethical journalism, and how can I put a stop to it? — FRUSTRATED EX


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DEAR DISGUSTED: I have said in the past that a JOHN BAZEMORE/AP PHOTO thank-you note anytime is In this Thursday, April 19, file photo, Gospel singer Jason Crabb reacts after winbetter than none at all. Howning the Dove Award for male artist of the year during taping of the Gospel Music ever, good manners dictate Association Dove Awards at Atlanta’s Fox Theater. that thank-you notes should follow within three months JONATHAN LANDRUM JR. Hollywood” because of its flourishing Awards took place at the popular Fox at the latest, and preferably R&B and hip-hop scene, an evolving Theatre in Atlanta for the second Associated Press within one month — regardtelevision market, a variety of Chris- straight year. The show, which celeDEAR FRUSTRATED less of whether the giver has ATLANTA (AP) — Christian rapper tian and gospel record labels, and a brates Christian and gospel music, had EX: Using a newspaper col- been thanked verbally. Lecrae first came to Atlanta as a plethora of mega churches. Some of the all the glitz and glamour of a high-proumn to continue a personal teenager for a youth conference in vendetta over a failed marDEAR ABBY: I work in 1999, but what ultimately convinced industry’s best, such as Francesca Bat- file awards show, with more than 250 tistelli, the group Casting Crowns, media outlets on the red carpet. riage is not ethical journal- the medical field and have him to lay down roots here was its Chris Tomlin and Dottie Peoples, reThe rising support of the genre in ism, although it may make recently learned about a thriving gospel music scene. side in the city or in the suburban Atlanta is what convinced Gospel for titillating reading. You do campaign that was launched “Atlanta is just a musical hub,” said areas. Association organizers to move Music not have to tolerate his pub- in England. It urges people to “Atlanta is becoming like the new the Doves to the city in 2011. The cerlic sniping. Take the offensive store the word “ICE” (In Case the 32-year-old, who moved from clippings to your lawyer and of Emergency) in their cell- Houston three years ago. “There are a Los Angeles,” said Sapp, the chart-top- emony started in Memphis and was ask him or her to write a phone address book, along slew of producers, engineers, artists ping gospel singer from Grand Rapids, held in Nashville, Tenn., for more than four decades. strong letter to the publisher with the phone number of and writers. There’s a wealth of outlets Mich. “Everybody and their momma are GMA board chairman Mitchell Soof the newspaper — because the person you would want here, and it’s a community of artists who are here as well. That’s a major shooting all types of films here,” he larek said organizers felt Atlanta has THAT’S who will be liable if contacted. added. “It’s becoming a regular hotbed a larger media reach with more radio there are grounds for a lawIt’s such a simple idea, but reason why I came here.” Atlanta has become a key place of for the entertainment field. And be- and television outlets to support the suit. it could be extremely helpful for many of the heavyweights business cause of that, gospel is coming here as show. With GMC — formerly the in an emergency situation. It DEAR ABBY: My hus- would save ambulance crews in gospel and Christian music, like well. People are connecting. It’s becom- Gospel Music Channel — based in Atband and I attended a wed- and hospital staff precious Marvin Sapp, Mary Mary, Kirk ing a very viable place for gospel artists lanta, Solarek called the move a “no ding in September of last time and ensure that a pa- Franklin and Jason Crabb. They flock to excel and be successful musically.” brainer.” The network aired the awards Recently, the 43rd annual Dove in April. year. We purchased expen- tient’s loved ones are con- to the city known to some as “gospel’s sive crystal for the bride and tacted as quickly as possible. groom, which cost us nearly If you agree the idea is $600. This was separate from worthwhile, please mention the bridal shower gift we it in your column and help to gave them in May. We have get this initiated in the West (Edgar Kaplan) a diamond, and Kay played exceptionally well. not received thank-you notes United States. Often, this is because the made the normal lead of ruffed to put the contract — TANYA F., MIAMI for either of these gifts. same result has been the jack of clubs, and East down one. My husband told me that achieved at both tables, (Norman Kay) realized DEAR TANYA: The idea you have said it’s appropriate This sparkling defense yielding no gain to either that straightforward deto send thank-you notes up is certainly worth considerlater duplicated at was fense probably would not side. to one year after the wed- ing; however, I would offer a second table by the the Here is one such deal produce more than three ding. My mother taught me minor adjustment. I would Italian East-West pair, recommend that it be infrom the U.S.-Italy match tricks (two clubs and a to send them as quickly as dexed under “Emergency in 1967. When Benito spade). possible. Walter Avarelli and GiorHe therefore overtook gio Belladonna. They deGarozzo and Pietro ForMy sister had her wed- Contact” rather than an obquet were North-South the jack of clubs with the feated four spades in ding thank-you notes out in scure heading such as “ICE.” for Italy, they got to four queen and shifted to his three weeks, and I had mine exactly the same manner, Dear Abby is written by out in two weeks. My sister spades as shown. It was a singleton jack of diathe deal proved to be and and I both worked and were Abigail Van Buren, also sound contract that ordi- monds. Declarer won with a complete washout. dummy’s queen, led the setting up new households known as Jeanne Phillips, Most deals played in narily would have been and was founded by her with our husbands, but we made, but Forquet ran jack of trumps, which felt it was a priority. We mother, Pauline Phillips. the annual world champi- into a combination of bad held, and continued with Tomorrow: You have to wanted to ensure that our Write Dear Abby at onship receive limited luck and very good de- a trump, won by Kay with give to receive. family and friends knew how or P.O. publicity, even though fense — and went down the ace. Continuing with the much their thoughtfulness Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA they may have been bid or one. 90069. plan he had formulated at was appreciated. Solve it the start, Kay now underled his A-K of clubs, Kaplan winning with the ten. Kaplan then returned PETER SANTILLI again. 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FT. LORAMIE — Brian Miller, manager of both Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Loramie state parks, told the Lake Loramie Improvement Association’s May meeting a $2,300 PlantA-Tree program grant will provide replacement trees at the local campground. The new trees will replace some of more than 100 ash trees that have been removed following damage by the Emerald Ash Borer. Miller also reported the lake is about one-quarter inch above the spillway and has been stocked with 90,904 fingerling saugeye. He said a new Lake Loramie spillway is being studied, and the park is atop the list for the replacement. Dredging is taking place north of the Luthman Road bridge this summer. Miller also said signs are being posted around Ohio’s lakes showing problems that could occur if pollutants affect the waters. The signs are being placed for educational purposes. He said he hopes people will recognize “duck weed” or pond scum that often occurs on the lake is a healthy vegetation on which ducks and geese feed. Lynn Smith led a presentation on a 24-by-36-

foot shelter to be constructed in the Daniels area near the new restrooms and park office. The new building would have a concrete floor, treated wood support posts, laminated wood trusses, a tongue-andgroove wood ceiling and green metal roof. It is designed to eliminate roosting by birds. LLIA members agreed to budget $16,000 toward the project. Ohio Department of Natural Resources personnel would construct the shelter.

Passport to fishing Julie Stueve reported Kid’s Passport to Fishing for boys and girls ages 6 to 16 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 13.. The association will donate $100 to provide snacks and water for participants. Each participant will receive a rod and reel, and a tackle box, as well as instruction for baiting, casting, fish identification and habitat. Dale Armstrong will bring a fishing boat and demonstrate its use. A Women’s Passport to Fishing will be held Sept. 7. Doug Winner announced this year’s boat parade theme will be “A Day at the Zoo” on July

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Memories Continued from page 1 came with the city hosting Chautauqua festivals. The first was held in 1912. The festivals continued to gain popularity, with a milestone being achieved in the early 1920s with the construction of the current Hance Pavilion. (For more on the history of Fountain Park, see a story elsewhere on this page.) Although the pavilion, named for longtime Piqua Civic Band leader Robert Hance, fell victim to the Blizzard of 1978 when tons of snow led to the collapse of the roof, the landmark was rescued through a community fund drive led by the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The pavilion remains a vital part of Fountain Park’s role in Piqua’s cultural offerings, playing host not only to Piqua Civic Band concerts, but also performances by the Music Warehouse and other groups. Hance Pavilion has a special place in Alberts’ heart. While he also plays in civic bands in Troy, Sidney and Greenville as well as performing with the Ohio Valley British Band,the Piqua Civic Band is his favorite summer musical outlet. Alberts said practicing for the concerts requires dedication. “But when you see the enjoyment the people get out of the concerts, it’s all worthwhile,” said Alberts, a veteran of more than 50 years in the local band. He also has a deep appreciation for Hance Pavilion. “It absolutely is a great venue for concerts,” Alberts said.“It’s one of the last facilities of its nature in Ohio.” Fellow Piqua Civic Band member Jim Vetter also sings the praises of the pavilion. “Hance Pavilion outdoes anything you will ever find in this part of the world,”Vetter said, explaining how the design of the facility results in high quality sound reproduction. The pavilion also provides shelter from the weather, something lacking at many


summer band venues. Having played in the band for two stints — the current one is more than 30 years — Vetter said he qualifies for the “old farts club.” Vetter said he enjoys playing in the band, which he says “is the best band from Dayton to Lima.” The first of four Piqua Civic Band concerts will be held at 7 p.m. June 28. Family reunions are another popular use of Fountain Park. Doug Harter, superintendent of the Piqua Parks Department, said the dining hall and shelters are usually booked solid during the summer. “It absolutely is a great place for family reunions,” Harter said, pointing to the dining hall, abundance of shade and playground equipment. “It makes a good place for families to get together,” he said. Robert Nishwitz of Piqua,

Sunday in July. Some family members have traveled from as far away as Wyoming to attend the gathering. The performances of the Piqua Civic Band aren’t the only sounds filling Fountain Park each summer. For more than a decade, the Music Warehouse has showcased local musical talent of a younger variety. Large crowds turn out long before the curtain goes up in order to secure seats for the popular shows. SenaAlberts,MusicWarehouse treasurer, said the MusicWarehouse,founded in the mid 1990s and directed by Tom Westfall, has grown through the years from 75 children to about 275 performers.To accommodate the growth, a tent is set up outside for performers to change costumes and the stage is expanded to allow more performers on stage at one time. “Hance Pavilion is a great

Piqua and there is no better ballpark in the area than Hardman Field, located at the north end of Fountain Park. Named for the late Jim Hardman,legendary coach of Piqua High School and Piqua American Legion Post 184 teams,Hardman Field is

would agree with Harter’s sentiments. “It’s especially good for young families,” he said, noting that those attending the Combs-Nishwitz Family Reunion has been flocking to Fountain Park for reunions since the 1940s or ’50s. “We’ve really enjoyed the park over the years.” Anywhere from 35 to 75 people attend the reunions, held every year on the fourth

place for Music Warehouse,” Alberts said.“It’s a great outdoor venue. We really pack them in.” Some people begin lining up at 2 p.m.on the day of performances to secure a seat, adding that even dress rehearsals have been known to draw a crowd, she added. This year, the performances will be heldAug.11-12. Baseball has long been a popular summer pastime in

patterned after Crosley Field, once the home of the Cincinnati Reds.Like Crosley Field, Hardman Field has an unusual outfield terrace, which can be problematic for visiting teams. For many years following Hardman’s retirement, Rick Gold was the coach of the Piqua High School and Post 184 teams. Hardman Field was one of the reasons that attracted Gold to the Piqua

park property. The women of the Fortnightly Club wanted to see that change, so they approached the city to buy the land for a park. The Fortnightly Club was joined by the Piqua Federation of Women’s Club to take on the park as a community project. The city agreed to buy the land and paid for the landscaping. Decorative ponds and fountains were created at the park.“The Fortnightly Club provided a wading pool, playground equipment and a bandstand,” Oda said. “This was a time when strolling was very popular,” Oda said, noting how people enjoyed leisurely walks through the park.Boating on the nearby Hydraulic Canal also was part of the local recreational scene. Fountain Park got a huge boost in August 1912 with the opening of the city’s first Chautauqua festival.The annual festivals drew such large crowds for speeches and other events that the local electric railway added special runs to accommodate the visitors. To provide better acoustics and seating for the Chautauqua events, what would eventually be called Hance Pavilion in honor of longtime

Piqua Civic Band leader Robert Hance was constructed in the early 1920s. Although the pavilion fell victim to the Blizzard of 1978 when tons of snow led to the collapse of the roof, the landmark was rescued through a community fund drive led by the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chautauqua glory days ended for Fountain Park in the 1933 with the final festival. It is believed the dining hall, which is still used at Fountain Park, was constructed for the Chautauqua festivals. The 1930s also saw a new era for the park when workers with the Depression-era WPA work program constructed a fish hatchery on land that is now Hardman Field. The state of Ohio raised fish at the hatchery to be stocked in lakes around the Buckeye state. Oda said the fish hatchery was later phased out and, although he hasn’t been able to pinpoint a date, what was to become Hardman Field was developed in the late 1940s or early ’50s. Many future Major League players, including Miami East grad Rich McKinney, have played at Hard-


Stephanie Kiser, Beth DeWeese-Metcalf, Kyna Congdon and Klya Manson, along with their children gather for a picnic at Fountain Park in Piqua on Sunday afternoon in 2011. The four ladies met in elementary school, became best friends and were all members of the Piqua Class of 1983. They continue to meet regularly to catch up and visit. Picnicking is a popular summer activity at Fountain Park. coaching position. “When I was at Miami East, we always enjoyed playing there (Hardman Field). One of the reasons I left Miami East was for the chance to coach there every day. It’s a terrific atmosphere with all the trees,” he said, noting an added bonus was the music from nearby Hance Pavilion when American Legion games coincided with Piqua Civic Band concerts. Gold also pointed out that the field was a source of pride for Jim Hardman. “I remember him cutting the grass on his little lawn tractor,” Gold said. Hardman Field is owned by the city and leased to the Piqua City Schools For decades, Fountain Park has been the site for Piqua’s hometown Fourth of July Celebration. Current Fourth of July Committee President Diane Miller said the park is an ideal location for the holiday celebration. “I think it’s a great place for the celebration,” Miller said. “You have parking and it is within walking distance for a lot of people.” Miller said the park has plenty of trees for shade,with the city trimming some of the trees to improve the appearance. “It’s really starting to look pretty. This year’s celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Churches and organizations will again be selling a variety of foods at the park. Miller

said a kiddie tractor pull and penny scramble are among the children’s activities being planned. The celebration will wrap up with the popular fireworks display. “We have one of the best fireworks shows around,” Miller said. Kathy Oda, Piqua Parks Board chair, said Fountain Park is the most widely-used park in the city “because of all the things to do.” She pointed out there are basketball, volleyball and tennis courts at the park,along with the pavilion, dining hall, picnic shelters and Hardman Field. A popular improvement made at the park a few years ago was the installation of new playground equipment at both ends of the park.The equipment at the south end of the park replaced the former wading pool. On a recent pleasant evening there were many people enjoying the park, ranging from children playing on the playground equipment and a young woman receiving a tennis lesson to a Post 184 baseball team practice and people walking along the walkways in the park. Linda Littleton was pushing her 7-month-old granddaughter Emma’s stroller through the park. “It’s really nice to see all the families out here together,” Littleton said. “I come here quite a bit, it’s a very nice park.”

Beginnings Continued from page 1 and the following year the organization was dissolved. While the fair was a failure, with the opening of the Hydraulic Canal,located just west of the park, and the completion of Echo Lake and Franz Pond for recreational boating and canoeing, the park area took on a different look. By the mid-1880s, Oda said, water was piped from the Hydraulic Canal for small ponds and fountains, thus the name Fountain Park. In 1885, the Fountain Park Co.purchased the property with aspirations of recreating the horse racing complex.However,that event didn’t take hold and the land was sold again in 1887, this time to the Piqua Improvement Co. The new venture platted the area for the sale of lots for new houses. While lots were sold on the east side of Forest Avenue, Oda said “fortunately, none were sold on the west side,” which was the park property. Although Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) units often used the property for military reunions, nothing much happened at the future


Above is a scene from the 1913 Chautaqua festival at Fountain Park.The festivals were quite popular at Fountain Park for about two decades. man Field over the years. Piqua High School,American Legion Post 184 and Acme teams play their home games at Hardman Field, which is owned by the city and leased to Piqua City Schools. Through the years, Fountain Park also hosted religious revivals.

In the 1930s and in the 1950s followingWorldWar II, the Piqua Playground Committee organized events for city children. Also after the war, the Elks Band — and later the Piqua Civic Band — presented summer concerts at Hance Pavilion, a tradition that continues today.

The 1960s saw the addition of tennis courts at the park, which are still popular among local tennis players. The wading pool was located at the south end of the park,but it has since been replaced by playground equipment for the many children who come with their families to Fountain Park.

Park events Fountain Park facilities: Park comprises 35 acres, which includes Upper Fountain Park located west of the Hydraulic Canal. Hance Pavilion, venue of band concerts and other music events. Fountain Park Dining Hall for family reunions and other gatherings. Hardman Field, baseball field that is home of Piqua High School, Piqua American Legion Post 184 and Piqua Acme baseball teams. Picnic shelters, tables, grills for picnics.

Playground equipment for young children. Boat launch and fishing platform at Upper Fountain Park. Tennis courts, basketball court and volleyball court. Fountain Park summer events: Civic Band concerts (7 p.m. starting time) June 28 July 12 July 19 July 26 Music Warehouse:

Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Aug. 12, 8 p.m. Piqua American Legion Post 184 home games: June 6, TROY, 7 p.m. June 12, LIMA, 7 p.m. June 18, SPRINGFIELD, 7 p.m. June 19, LIMA, 7 p.m. June 29, SIDNEY, 7 p.m. July 3, HILLSBORO, 6 p.m. July 9, WARHAWKS, 6 p.m. Miami Valley Corvette Club Car Show and Cruise In 2-6 p.m., with registration beginning at 1 p.m. Music will

be by Phonics DJ Service. Car show proceeds benefit Miami Valley Hospice and the Bethany Center. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Boy Scout Troop 76, Young Life of Miami/Shelby Counties and the Lockington Fire Department. The Piqua Heritage Festival fundraiser is from 7-9:30 p.m. the same day with music by the Gas Pump Jockeys (Gates open at 6 p.m.) Tickets to the Gas Pump Jockey show are $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Piqua Heritage Festival.



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Lady Tigers Win D-III State Title

Astros end losing streak HOUSTON (AP) — Jordan Lyles pitched seven strong innings and pinchhitter Justin Maxwell had a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, snapping a season-worst eightgame skid. Zack Cozart hit a tworun homer off Lyles in the third inning, but the Reds couldn't get anything else going against the 21 year old. He allowed five hits and struck out three in his longest start of the year. It's the first win of the season for Lyles (1-1) and his first since last Aug. 20.

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Johnson wins at Dover again DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson dominated again and won for the seventh time at Dover International Speedway. Johnson matched Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most career victories on the 1-mile concrete track. Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.


The Versailles girls track and field team and coach Mike Goubeaux (center) react to the team’s second Division III state championship in the last three years Saturday at Jesse Owens Stadium. For more on the Lady Tigers, see page 14.

Leaving no doubt Prakel sweeps distance races at D-II state meet BY ROB KISER Sports Editor

COLUMBUS — If there were any doubts before the Division II state track and field meet at Jesse ■ Golf Owens Stadium — and there were few — Versailles High School junior Samuel Prakel erased any doubts that few can parallel him as a high school DUBLIN (AP) — Tiger distance runner in Ohio. Woods picked the right After winning the Diviplace to match Jack Nick- sion III state cross country laus for career PGA Tour title in the fall, he doubled wins, and with a shot that Saturday by winning the even left Nicklaus amazed. 1,600 and 3,200 — after Two shots behind with anchoring the Tigers boys three holes to play, his ball to a second-place finish in in an impossible spot bethe 3,200 relay on Friday. hind the 16th green, And if that was not Woods holed a flop shot enough — he not only ran from 50 feet away that turned bogey into birdie and sent him on his way to a stunning comeback Sunday in the Memorial. Woods made three birdies on his last four holes for a 5-under 67, matching the lowest score of the final round, and he finished in style. He hit 9iron to just inside 10 feet, and made the putt.

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PRs in both races — he defeated the defending 1,600 state champion Steve Weaver — in the 3,200 for good measure. “I am in disbelief that I was able to do that,” Prakel said after winning both distance races with about an hour break inbetween. “I didn’t really expect to be able to do that. And to run PRs in both races, I am very happy with what I was able to do today.” It started in the 1,600. Prakel ran on the shoulder of Chillicothe Unioto’s Adrian Ross for the second and third laps, before sprinting to the lead early in the final lap and never See BOYS/Page 15


Versailles’ Sam Prakel crosses the finish line in the 1,600 Saturday.

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COLUMBUS — Russia sophomore hurdler Jackie Siefring saw the glass as half-full — well, more like filled to the rim — after making two trips to the podium Saturday in the Division III girls state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Stadium. Siefring followed a seventh-place finish in the 100 hurdles, with a thirdplace finish in the 300 hurdles. “There are so many great runners over here,” Siefring said. “To be third (after finishing fifth a year ago) is great. I have to thank my mom (Carmen), coach Stevens and everyone at F.A.S.T.. I wouldn’t be here without all of them. I just want to keep climbing higher on the

podium — maybe I can eventually get to the top.” Siefring looked more like herself in the 300 hurdles — running a 45.95 — after running a 47.13 in prelims Friday. “I was really worried that I didn’t make the finals,” Siefring said. “Then, when I talked to my mom, she pointed out I was running in a lake (in the prelims). She was right — you could see how all the water had just funneled to lane three.” The only problem was it left her in lane eight for the final — running out in front of everyone. “I hate being in lane eight,” she said. “You can’t see anyone. I could kind of see a couple of people out of the corner of my eye — but it all worked out.” Siefring had started the




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Lady Tigers bring home top prize Versailles girls win D-III state championship BY ROB KISER Sports Editor


Versailles’Tammy Berger (right) and Russia’s Emily Borchers run in the 1,600 Saturday. that,” Berger said. “I am a Buckeye now. It is hard to believe it (her high school career) is over. You know, back in eighth grade, if someone had told me the team and I were going to have all these amazing accomplishments, I never would have believed it. It has really been amazing. “To run in four events at state was incredible. Coach told us, this was like two different meets. Waynesfield-Goshen was in different events than us. All we could do was control what we did.” The four seniors left an amazing legacy — four


Gwen Keihl hugs Taylor Winner Saturday after Versailles won the D-III state title. third. She was huge. Without a doubt, we couldn’t have won this without her.” Berger’s second in the 1,600 came only because of a career race by West Liberty-Salem junior, Meghan Vogel. “I mean, she broke five minutes (4:58.31),” Berger, who seems to bring out the best in other runners, said. “She gave me a big hug afterwards and told me she couldn’t have done it without me. I guess I don’t realize what a big inspiration I am to other runners at times. “I would have really liked to have won the 1,600, because I hadn’t won it before. But, Meghan ran a great race. I knew the points were important, and at Versailles, it is all about the team.” Another great example of that was the Versailles 800 and 400 relays, who both far exceeded expectations at state. “Just incredible,” Goubeaux said. “To get a second from the 800 relay and sixth from the 400 relay — both of those were huge.” The 800 relay (Lauren Bohman, Barlage, Taylor Winner, Amanda Winner) was second in 1:46.19; while the 400 relay

(Bohman, Gwen Keihl, Megan Hemmelgarn, Barlage) was sixth in 50.54, after barely making it to state at regionals. “It is just amazing,” Barlage said. “This just made all the hard work pay off. I never expected to accomplish this.” And the caring side of Barlage came out in the 800 relay — Amanda Winner was running third near the finish line when Garfield Heights Trinity’s Ericka Hicks, battling for the win, fell at the finish line, leading to the team being disqualified. “I was standing right next to Garfield Heights third runner,” Barlage said. “When I saw the girl fall down, I didn’t even think about second place — it’s not a good way to finish second — I just felt so bad for their team.” Grillot, who finished 13th in the 3,200 relay in 11:51.15, then watched the 1,600 relay team give her what she wanted — a team title. “I can’t think of anything better than this,” she said. And Berger summarized an end to her amazing career — where a new one will start next year at Ohio State. “I am excited about

straight top four team finishes at state, two championships and two runnerup finishes. “You know, you can’t lose athletes like that and not have it make an impact,” Goubeaux said. “But, the goal will be the same next year — whether we can accomplish it or not, that remains to be seen.” But, on Saturday, Barlage was relishing the top prize — in fact, when the team posed for a picture in the infield, she still had the championship trophy firmly in her grasp. “I didn’t want to let go

of it,” she said with a laugh. And a Versailles program that is one — from the coaches to the athletes — were enjoying the fruits of their labor. “Tammy (Berger) has had an amazing career,” Goubeaux said. “She has won state titles in the past — but I don’t think she left here disappointed.” Her smile and emotion after the meet said he was right. Because Berger and the Lady Tigers were leaving with the top prize — the only title that really mattered to them.

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COLUMBUS — The Versailles girls track and field team left Jesse Owens Stadium Saturday with the big prize. And provided a fitting end to the careers of seniors Abby Barlage, Tammy Berger, Natalie Grillot and Jacquie Moorman. “Words really couldn’t describe it,” Barlage said as she led the Lady Tigers on a victory lap with the Division III state championship trophy in her clutches. “Yes, we did say that (that they were coming back to win it this year after finishing second last year). But, to do it took a lot of hard work. It is an amazing feeling. This is just so cool.” And in a state meet that was different from the start in many ways — it came down to the last event, the 1,600 relay — for Versailles to outlast the Waynesfield-Goshen sister duo of Ivy and Megan Horn. Between them, they combined for 34 points in the seven events they competed. “You have to give them a lot of credit,” Versailles coach Mike Goubeaux said of the sisters. “They were a two-girl wrecking crew all weekend.” Versailles had 33 points going to the 1,600 relay — and while the foursome of Taylor Winner, Berger, Moorman and Amanda Winner had the fastest qualifying time and needed just a seventhplace finish to secure the team title — Goubeaux was taking nothing for granted. “There were so many strange things that had happened in this meet,” Goubeaux said. “Like the girl falling down in the 800 relay and moving us up from third to second. I told the girls, ‘Don’t drop the baton, don’t run out of your lane, don’t run over anyone.” And freshman Taylor Winner admitted she fought some negative thoughts before the race started. “I was thinking about (the possibility of) false starting,” she said. “I just had to block that out and run my race.” She put the Lady Tigers in third place and they held that position the rest of the race. “It is completely different from my freshman and sophomore years, when I was an alternate at state,” Moorman said. “To be a part of it and scoring points, it is pretty special. This was a unified team. We were all so close.” And Amanda Winner had no negative thoughts on the final lap. “I don’t really think that way,” the sophomore anchor said. “It is pretty neat to score the winning points. I saw a lot of our girls smiling as I was coming to the finish line. It was a great team effort.” And for Berger — someone who has always been so focused on the team — it was a fitting end to an amazing career. After being on the 3,200 relay team (with Grillot, Chloe Warvel and Hannah Wenig) that finished second Friday, Berger was second in the 1,600 (5:01.21), third in the 800 (2:15.15) and on the 1,600 relay team that was third. “Tammy didn’t win any state championships like she has the last couple years,” Goubeaux said. “But, look at what she did — she had a second, a third, a second and a

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field settled in behind him. Fast qualifier Brandon Oakley had other plans however as took the high line passing cars to make his way to second spot behind Parker. Oakley put pressure on Parker for several laps as they ran nose to tail and side by side before Oakley surged out front on lap 34. Oakley seemed to have the win well in hand, but he started slowing down at the five to go marker. Shawn Stansell and Jim Lewis Jr. had closed up right on his rear bumper, when the trio came upon a lapped car on lap 47. The ensuing shuffle saw Oakley spin down the front chute and collect the turn wall one wall. The crash put Oakley on the See SCEVA/Page 16


Lauren Francis and Allison Roeth run in the 3,200 Saturday at Jesse Owens Stadium.

Girls Continued from page 13 day with a time 16.07 in the 100 hurdles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after running a 15.99 Friday in a driving rainstorm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ran faster in the rain,â&#x20AC;? Siefring said with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even make the finals last year and I made it up on the podium this year. So, that was good.â&#x20AC;? Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Allison Roeth and Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lauren Francis couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been happier with the way their seasons ended in the 3,200. Roeth, a senior, ran in the top five the entire race, finishing fourth in 11:12.40. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am really happy,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went out faster than I normally would. I had to if I was going to stay with those girls up front. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided I was going to stay with them no matter what.â&#x20AC;? Roeth, who will run for Ohio University next year, was shooting for the podium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got higher on the podium than I thought I would,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am excited about next year. I just want to thank my family and friends for all their support and I thank God for giving me this great high school career.â&#x20AC;? Francisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a junior who was coming off a stress fracture to her third metatarsal in the off-season, was thrilled to finish eighth in 11:25.97 and make it on the podium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I lost track at the end,â&#x20AC;? Francis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the girl in front of me was

eighth and I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite get her. I had to do a lot of swimming and other things just to get back (healthy). I am very thankful to make it on the podium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year I ran the 1,600 and this year I ran the 3,200. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what I am going to run next year, but I want to get back over here and get on the podium.â&#x20AC;? Like Francis, Covingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tara Snipes wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure where she stood at the end of the 800 race â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but, she was able to get eighth in 2:19.13 and get a spot on the podium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I lost count of what place I was in,â&#x20AC;? Snipes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had the eighth fastest time coming in, so I wanted to be in the top eight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels great to make it on the podium.â&#x20AC;? Especially, considering how loaded the field was â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including two-time 3,200 state champion Tammy Berger of Versailles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I finished fifth at the regional last year,â&#x20AC;? Snipes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, originally, I thought I had a good chance this year. But, a couple people ran the race who hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run it before. So, I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure I was even going to make it out of district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The regional was really tough and I think that helped me.â&#x20AC;? Russia freshman Emily Borchers finished an impressive debut season, finishing 10th in the 1,600, 5:15.85.


Boys Continued from page 13 looking back. He won in 4:10.33, while Ross was second in 4:17.59. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to thank (Adrian) Ross,â&#x20AC;? Prakel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never could have run that without him setting a fast pace. When I saw my time, I said why couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t I break 4:10. My goal in high school for the 1,600 is to run under 4:10. But, that is OK.â&#x20AC;? Prakel had some apprehensions about the 3,200. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I would have the legs for it after the 1,600,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, after I did my jog down, I started feeling better. By, the time the race started, I was feeling 100 percent.â&#x20AC;? He needed to be for the next challenge. Weaver and Nate Orndorff both passed on the 1,600 to focus on the 3,200. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew those two guys were going to be fresh,â&#x20AC;? Prakel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just wanted to give it everything I had.â&#x20AC;? The trio ran in the front pack until the final lap. On the backstretch, Prakel again made his move, kicking past Weaver, who is known for a big kick as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got some speed,â&#x20AC;? Prakel said of Weaver. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, our fans do a great job of supporting us over here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I heard them roar clear over on the backstretch when I took the lead. That gave me a shot of adrenaline and I just rode that the rest of the way.â&#x20AC;? Weaver was no match for Prakel, who won going away in 9:16.14, more than six seconds in front of the Napoleon runner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ran a PR by eight seconds,â&#x20AC;? Prakel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like I said, I am in disbelief at what I was able to do today. It feels great.â&#x20AC;? It was strong showing by the Tigers all day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; leading to a third-place finish in the team standings with 33.5 points. Craig Pothast had the first points of the day for Versailles, tying for sixth in the high jump, clearing 6-4 on his second attempt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Placing at state was one of my goals at the beginning of the year,â&#x20AC;? Pothast said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would really like to get the school record (6-6) next year.â&#x20AC;? When Pothast cleared 6-4, he gave a fist pump. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is the height I wanted to get over here,â&#x20AC;?

he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew that would give me a good chance of placing.â&#x20AC;? T h e Tigers foursome of Mitchell Campbell, Pothast, Darren Subler and Chad Winfinner ished sixth in 3:25.53 after coming into the race with the n i n t h fastest qualifying time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never expected this (at the beginning the of year),â&#x20AC;? Campbell, running track for the first time, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, the MIKE ULLERY/CALL PHOTO coaches did a great job Covingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lane White, Bradfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dylan Canan in the 400. working with us and these three Justin Stewart both fin- pointed with his seventhished on the podium in the place finish in 50.17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; guys all ran great.â&#x20AC;? Winner was still ninth Division III 400 Saturday after finishing third at when he got the baton â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but had very different state year ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is good (to be on the but won a race down the feelings afterwards. White finished fourth in podium),â&#x20AC;? Stewart said. stretch to get sixth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have never seen such 49.59 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; edging out Troy â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, I never put the an intense race for sev- regional champion Zeke training in like I did last enth,â&#x20AC;? Winner said with a Young of Cedarville, who year to get my times down. It is definitely going smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want ran a 49.78. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great,â&#x20AC;? White to motivate me next year.â&#x20AC;? lane nine, but it was betBradfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dylan Canan ter than not running at said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, its important to keep improving. I was just missed placing in the all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to let us fresh today (one race). I 400, finishing ninth in finish ninth. Then a guy did (like his position in the 51.17. Covingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dustin let up in front of me and I race). I always run faster was able to get sixth. It is when I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run the 3,200 Fickert was 10th in the 1:57.26; while a good way to end the sea- relay. This (state) is a lot of 800, fun.â&#x20AC;? Lehman Catholicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joe son.â&#x20AC;? Stewart, like White a Fuller was 13th in Covingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lane White and Lehman Catholicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sophomore, was disap- 10:07.53.






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trailer ending his night. A post race inspection found a broken shock mount was the cause of Oakley slowing before the crash. On the restart Stansell took over the lead. Lewis Jr. had one chance to pass as he tried to get under Stansell but could only watch as Stansell took the checker and the $1,400 first-place money. The Dayton driver picked up the posted $1,200 plus a $200 bonus from Hot Rodz Classic Auto Sales in Dayton. The win was the biggest in Stansell's career. Parker was third, with Mathew Parsons fourth and Brad Coons fifth. Stansell also carried the checker for the dash, with Parsons taking home the heat race honors. The modified feature saw Buck Purtee out front at the drop of the green flag. A crash on that lap saw Shane Shirk, Chad Poole, Austin Troyer and Brad Yelton collected to bring out the red flag. All the drivers were uninjured, but only Yelton was able to continue. Purtee led the first eight counters after the restart before Mike Carroll of Kettering blew by on the high side in his McDonalds sponsored open wheeler. Carroll was able to open up a small lead, before Bill Burba narrowed the gap. Carroll was not to be denied his second win of the season however and Burba had to settle for second. Yelton came back from the crash to finish third, followed by fast qualifier Greg Stapleton and Purtee. Burba was the dash win, with Purtee and Joe Pequinot notching heat wins. The tuner class saw a new driver taste victory, as Maplewood driver Chad Small Jr won the 20 lapper to post his first career win. Small, a second generation driver led all the way in his Chad's Automotive Repair Honda. The win was far from easy however as Kelsey Flynn also thought that it would be a great night for her first win. Flynn started seventh and came up less than a car length short of her goal, having to settle for second. Matt Stone, Gary Eaton Jr, and Ethan Pope rounded out the top five. Stone was first to the checker in the dash, with Small and Ron Masters winning heat races. The 20-lap street stock feature saw 20 cars take the green flag. Troy's Rodney Rousch took advantage of his front row starting spot to jump out front. Rousch in his Rousch and Sons Racing Chevelle soon had his hands full as Steve Snapp settled in to second. It soon became clear the race would be decided between these two veteran drivers. The duo circled the oval with Snapp trying the high side about every lap to pass Rousch. Snapp ran out of laps as Rousch repeated his win of last Monday to take home first place money. Snapp was second, followed by Travis Diggs, Mike Snapp and fast qualifier Jeff Albright. Steve Snapp was the dash winner, with heat checkers going to Rodney Kreusch and Chad Brandyberry. The 10-lap compact main saw New Carlisles Matt Jackson put his Hanger 18 Racecars backed Chevy home first.


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