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sheriff’s deputy accused of seven felony counts of using deception to obprescription tain painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone. Joshua D. Adkins, 34, of Tipp City was senTROY — A judge rejected an tenced to six months in in-lieu of conviction motion Mon- prison during the hearday for a former Miami County ing Monday afternoon ADKINS


in Miami County Common Pleas Court. Judge Robert Lindeman said Adkins’ ongoing prescription drug abuse is a major health concern that could not be rectified with an intervention program that had been devised by his attorney, Jose Lopez.


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“There’s no monitoring process here,” Lindeman said. “The court will find you have not been entered into a meaningful plan.” Lopez countered that he could prepare a more structured intervention program in the coming week, but Lindeman said eight weeks should have been plenty of See Ex-deputy/Page 7

Judge sets trial date for adoptive dad Proceedings to begin Oct. 2 FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS TROY — Miami County Common Pleas Judge Robert Lindem a n h a s scheduled a trial Oct. 2 for an adoptive fat h e r , BRANDT K enneth H. Brandt, suspected of raping three boys in his care. Lindeman set the new

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Benefit garage sale set this weekend PIQUA — A garage sale benefit will be held for Brandon Burnside from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fountain Park, Piqua. Brandon was diagnosed with leukemia at the end of his eighth grade year. After coming out of a coma in May, Brandon is going through rehab to help regain his strength and ability to communicate. Donations for the garage sale may be made by contacting organizers by email at



Meka Free presents a check for $700 to the Piqua VFW Post on behalf of the Amber Detrick Memorial Fund last week. The proceeds are from the Amber Detrick 5K Memorial Run that was held in May. The VFW has ear-marked the funds for Mission: Vets to D.C. Detrick was a Piqua resident killed in a car crash on County Road 25-A four years ago. Pictured l-r are Meka Free, Joyle and Larry Smith, Detrick’s parents and VFW canteen manager, Keith Foster.

State rakes in $417M from casinos

CLEVELAND (AP) — Gamblers bet more than $417 million in the first full CLEVELAND (AP) — month in business at The following are Tuesday’s Ohio’s two casinos, and opwinning lottery numbers: erators paid out more than Night Drawings: $371 million in winnings, ■ Rolling Cash 5 the Ohio Casino Control 02-04-13-17-23 Commission reported ■ Pick 3 Numbers Tuesday. 0-4-6 The commission detailed ■ Pick 4 Numbers 5-7-3-5 Day Drawings: ■ Pick 3 Midday 7-6-3 ■ Pick 4 Midday 2-1-0-8


the 89-percent payout in the first report on revenues at the Horseshoe casino that opened May 14 in Cleveland and the Hollywood Toledo casino that opened two weeks later. The casinos’ share after payouts was more than $46 million. In Cleveland, the Horse-

date Monday after a pretrial conference with the prosecutor and the defendant’s new attorney. Veteran Dayton attorney Nick Gounaris recently replaced a public defender. Brandt also is accused of arranging for two other men to rape one of the boys. He also faces charges in Montgomery County. Gounaris said he has just taken over the two cases and is trying to go through all the pretrial materials and other documents. He said he anticipates filing some motions as the defense moves ahead.

Miami East BOE acts on tax levy Board takes first step to place renewal on ballot

BY MELANIE YINGST shoe casino took in $42.9 Ohio Community Media million at table games in June and $159.6 million at CASSTOWN — The the slots. The casino’s share Miami East Board of Eduafter winning payouts was cation took its first step $26.1 million. toward placing its renewal Toledo players bet $19.6 of its five-year, 3.5-mill opmillion at table games and erating levy on the No$195.6 million at slots. The vember ballot. In the six-minute meetcasino’s after-payout share ing, Miami East Local was $20.4 million.

Schools’ treasurer Lisa Sahncke said the next step for the resolution will be after the county auditor certifies the renewal to go to the board of elections. The board must file the second resolution to proceed by Aug. 8 to be filed with the board of elections to be placed on the November ballot. Board member Mark Davis said with the economy and funding, local school boards have no alternatives — “We have to See Miami East/Page 3

Local veterans to serve fellow veterans Stapleton, Wendel train to staff county office

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BY MELANIE YINGST Ohio Community Media MIAMI COUNTY – For years they served their country, yet after their honorable discharges from their branches of service, they returned home to once again serve their military families and veterans. Whether it’s helping with veteran affairs paperwork to driving veter-

ans to chemotherapy appointments at the VA, assistant service officers in training Matthew Wendel and Jeffrey Stapleton continue to serve their country well after their formal military service has ended. Wendel and Stapleton are currently completing their assistant service officers training program to help serve all Miami County veterans, their spouses and dependents, at their new office: Miami County Veterans Service Office located at the Hobart Center for County See Veterans/Page 7

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M. Lorraine Melcher PIQUA — M. Lorraine Melcher, 87, of Port Orange, Fla., formerly of Piqua, died at 2 : 0 7 p . m . Tuesd a y , July 3, 2012, at Port Orange Nursing and MELCHER Rehab Center, Port Orange, Fla. She was born in Kragon, Ky. on Sept. 30, 1924, to the late Miles S. and Marie (Myers) Turner. On April 7, 1947, at St. Marys Church, Portsmouth, she married Louis W. Melcher. He preceded her in death Jan. 7, 2002. Lorraine is survived by one daughter, Mary Lou Millhouse of Pt. Orange, Fla.; and two granddaughters, Cassandra (Jason) Rhodes and Lisa Millhouse, both of Pt. Orange, Fla. and numerous nieces and nephews and a multitude of cousins. She was preceded in death by one brother, J. Miles Turner, Melbourne, Fla. Lorraine graduated from St. Marys High School, Portsmouth. She then attended The College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. Lorraine was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, in Piqua, where she was active in the Altar Society and Daughters of Isabella. Lorraine worked as an assistant leader with the girl scouts in Piqua, and was a member of St. Margaret’s Auxiliary, the Piqua Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and the Piqua Lions Auxiliary. She also worked as a book-

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keeper at Miami Citizens Bank for several years. Lorraine and her husband, Louis, purchased Groven Funeral Home, in Piqua in 1956, changing the name to Melcher Funeral Home. Together they owned the business until 1987, when the firm was sold, becoming MelcherSowers Funeral Home, and Lorraine and her husband entered into semi-retirement. Lorraine was a very active part of the business operations as well as an active member of the community. Lorraine enjoyed traveling with Lou, visiting multiple countries on their trips. She also enjoyed painting, playing cards with friends, and watching TV with her family. Lou and Lorraine moved to Florida permanently in 1998, where they continued to be active in multiple organizations, including St. Vincent DePaul and the Council of Catholic Women at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Lorraine was known by many people and considered a friend by many more. A Service of Christian Burial will be held at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, with the Rev. Fr. Angelo Caserta officiating. Friends may call from 9:30–11:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Tr, Port Orange FL 32129. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Hal A. Langdon GREENVILLE — Hal A. Langdon, 56 of Greenville, passed away at 2:15 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2012, in the Good Samari t a n Hospit a l Dayton. H a l w a s b o r n Oct. 2, LANGDON 1955, in Greenville, the son of Nancy A. (Dunson) Langdon of Greenville and the late Frank A. Langdon. Hal retired following 30 years of employment from Hittle Pontiac-Buick-GMC of Greenville. He played golf and was an avid car mechanic building and restoring many cars over the years. He also enjoyed Harley Davidson Motorcycles and all types of racing, including NASCAR. Hal was a 1974 graduate of Greenville Senior High School. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother Nathan Langdon, March 2008. Policy: Please send obituary notices by e-mail to or by fax to (937) 773-4225. Deadlines: Notices must be received by 6 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Friday, and by 4 p.m. on Monday for Tuesday’s online edition. Questions: Call Editor Susan Hartley at (937) 7732721, ext. 207 if you have questions about obituaries.

Hal’s survivors, including his mother, are his son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Amy Langdon of Arcanum; grandchildren, Sean, Tyler and Riley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Francy and Estel Shaw of Greenville and Jill and Dan Weaver of Versailles; brothers and sister-in-law, Steve Langdon of Springfield and Tom and Carol Langdon of Milford; also numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Pastor Leo Cuningham officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of the services in the funeral home. It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to a college fund for Hal’s grandchildren in care of Chad Langdon 6913 Delisle-Fourman Road, Arcanum, Ohio 45304. Condolences for the family may be expressed through

PIQUA — Paul R. Wack, 65, formerly of Piqua, died at 2 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2012, at Zusm a n H o s pice of Columbus. H e w a s b o r n May 9, 1 9 4 7 , WACK i n Piqua to the late Carl and Hazel (Putnam) Wack. Survivors include a daughter, Heather E. Wack of Bexley; a son, Joseph F. Wack of Columbus; a sister, Kathryn Elaine (George) Kramer of Xenia; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Wack and Steven Wack. Mr. Wack attended St.

Boniface Catholic School, Piqua and graduated Chaminade High School of Dayton He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and worked as an automobile sales representative for the Byers Auto Dealership of Columbus. He enjoyed football and was an avid Cleveland Browns fan. A service to honor his life will begin at 12 p.m. Thursday, at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with the Rev. Fr. Thomas J. Grilliot officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11-12 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences to the family also may be expressed through

G. Agnes Gross SIDNEY — G. Agnes Gross, 91, of 2901 Fair Road, Sidney passed away at 12:18 p . m . Mond a y , July 9, 2 0 1 2 , GROSS at the Fair Haven County Home. She was born on March 2, 1921, in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Earl and Lauretta (Mc Evoy) Vander Horst. On July 4, 1942 she married Paul R. Gross, who survives along with one son, Stephen Gross of Delta; and one daughter, Mrs. John (Deborah) Minniear of Sidney; three grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; one brother, Charles Vander Horst of Alvordton; and two sisters, Mary Lou Toska and Geraldine Leganik, both of Lakeland, Fla. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Jack, Lawrence, Raymond and James Vander Horst; and four sisters, Marion

Daniel, Helen Werling, Dorothy Hardison and Rosalyn Vander Horst. Agnes was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, the Alter Rosary Sodality and was a member of the Schoewstatt Movement. She retired as a cook from the Sidney City Schools and work as a custodian in the city of Sidney Municipal building. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Daniel Schmitmeyer officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. Friends may call from 58 p.m. Wednesday at the Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney. The family suggest that memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association West Central Ohio Chapter, 892-A South Cable Rd., Lima, OH 45805 in memory of Agnes Gross. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the Gross family at

Doris A. Weatherhead TROY — Doris A. Weatherhead, 84, of Troy, passed away Monday, July 9, 2012, at the Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. She was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Troy, to the late Art and Elsie (Hansford) Anderson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. Weatherhead on July 7, 1996. She is survived by her daughter, Beth Ann Weatherhead of Troy; two grandchildren, William “Cody” and Bryce “Joey” Weatherhead; three siblings, Emil Anderson of Troy, Emmett Anderson of Piqua and Shirley Shiltz of Troy; and other family and friends. In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Weatherhead was preceded in death by four siblings, Donald, Douglas and David Anderson, Mar-

garet Miller, and Janet Newman. Doris was a graduate of Troy High School. She retired from Hobart Manufacturing Company in 1969 after 20 years of service. She was a former member of the Sertoma Ladies Auxiliary. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy, with interment to follow in Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Ohio Southwest Region, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206 or the Alzheimer’s Association, Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Summit Glen Drive G100, Dayton, OH 45449. Friends may express condolences to the family through

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Glenn F. Kueterman TROY — Glenn F. Kueterman, 82, of Troy, went to be with the Lord at 8:28 a . m . Mond a y , July 9, 2012, a t Upper Va l l e y Medi c a l Center, KUETERMAN Troy. He was born in Darke County, on June 8, 1930, to the late Fred S. and Alma (Brown) Kueterman. In April 1953, he married Patricia Helman. She preceded him in death on April 1, 1978. Glenn is survived by one daughter and son-inlaw, Jeanie and Mark Wilson of Piqua; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Rebecca Kueterman of Piqua, Douglas and Vicki Kueterman of Christiansburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Colette Kueterman of Versailles; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Charlie Snider and Wanda and Robert Lenehan, all of Tipp City; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph, Kenneth and

Harold; three sisters, Mild r e d Studebaker, Eileen Bigham and Velma Shoemaker; and one great-grandson, Bradley David Kueterman. Glenn graduated from Versailles High School. He was a member of Piqua Apostolic Temple, Piqua. Glenn proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany. Glenn also was a member of AMVETS Post 88, Redmen’s Club and Tonquas 222, Troy. He retired from Container Corp./Sunoco as a die setter. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Piqua Apostolic Church 830 Covington Ave, Piqua, with the Rev. Dan Hathaway officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. Full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. Calling hours will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, at Piqua Apostolic Church. are Arrangements handled by being Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Ron E. Leak SPRINGDALE — Ron E. Leak, 56, beloved husband of Nancy Baker; devoted friend of Lou Moran; dear nephew of Marcella (Gene) Fite of Mesa, Ariz.; cousin of Donald Spaulding, Carol Brown and Roberta Kessler; son of the late Earl Frank Leak and Kathleen Joan (Ruby) Leak, passed away July 6, 2012. Ron was vice president of operations at Miami Valley Steel Services in Piqua. Previous employers

included Edgecomb, MacSteel, Interstate and Samuel. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Vorhis & Ryan Funeral Home, 11365 Springfield Pike, Springdale. Additional visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 12 p.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the American Heart Association. Condolences to

See more obituaries on Page 3. Marlin Eugene Schaurer COVINGTON — Marlin Eugene Schaurer, 54, of Covington, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2012, at his home. He was born March 4, 1958, in Troy, to his parents Ralph J. and Lois LaRue (Cottrell) Schaurer. Marlin worked in agriculture marketing at Roger’s Grain and was a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, New Conference. He will be missed and remembered by his loving wife, Charlene Sue (Brubaker); son and daughter-in-law, Jarrod and Candi Schaurer of Pleasant Hill; daughters and sons-in-law, Jessilyn and Anthony Reece of Peterstown, W.Va., Joelle and Jay Kuntz of Covington; grandchildren, Chloe and Carter Reece, Conner Kuntz and Payton Schaurer; brothers and sistersin-law, Rodney and Jerilyn

Schaurer of Covington, Dennis and Sherri Schaurer of Hughson, Calif. and Kenneth and Kathy Schaurer of Piqua; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marilyn and Harlan Holsinger of New Carlisle, Arlene and Keith Brubaker of Eaton and Jenny and Jason Brubaker of Modesto, Calif.; and inlaws, Everet and Wilma Brubaker of Brookville. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, at the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, 6360 W. Farrington Road, Covington . Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, Covington. The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Jackson-Sarver Funeral Home, 10 S. High St., Covington. Online memories may be left for the family at

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Chance of rain later this week The warm and dry weather continues across the Miami Valley. Temperatures will cool at night into the 60s but rise into the upper 80s during the day. It will remain dry for the next two days but finally some much needed rain may pop late Thursday. There’s a chance for scattered showers through the end of the week and stretching into the weekend. High: 86 Low: 62.


Ticon Paving of Piqua is shown applying asphalt to Tomahawk Trail and Indian Trail as part of Piqua City Schools summer Permanent Improvement Projects. Employees and guests alike are asked to use the entrance from Troy-Sidney road to access the high school and junior high through the end of this week.



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Barbara E. Smith COVINGTON — Barbara E. Smith, 59, formerly of Bradford and Piqua, passed away Monday, July 9, 2012, at the Covington Care Center, Covington. Barbara was born in Darke County on Sept. 28, 1952, to the late Edmund and Blanche (Alexander) Poindexter. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Collins in 2002; one sister, Gloria and one brother, Charles. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Shawn and Diana Smith of Bradford and Shane and Michelle Smith of Piqua; grandchildren, Ryan and Victoria Smith and other family and friends.

Barbara was a former active member of the AMVETS Post 66, Covington. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the Stocker-Fraley Funeral Home, Covington. Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery, Covington. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Unverferth House, 190 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201 housing for cardiology patients and families at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Condolences may be made to the family at

David E. Gehret FT. LORAMIE — David E. Gehret, 60, of North Street, (Newport) Ft. Loramie, was found at his residence, presumed to have passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012, of natural causes. He was born Feb. 24, 1952, at Sidney to Clem and Juliana (Giere) Gehret. He is survived by one brother Donald and Connie (Shawler) Gehret of Troy; several nieces and nephews, Andrew and Becky Gehret of Livingston, Ky., Stacy and John Hendry of Fletcher, Sarah Gehret of Waxahachie, Texas, and Rachel and William Mauntler of Oakwood; and five greatnieces, Briana, Madison, Annabelle, Autumn, and

Grace; uncle and aunt, Eddie and Jeanette Giere of Maria Stein; as well as numerous cousins. David was preceded in death by both parents and numerous uncles and aunts. Mr. Gehret had been self employed primarily as a finishing painter. A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, at Gehret Funeral Home in Ft. Loramie, with the Rev. Fr. Steven Shoup presiding. Friends may call Thursday from 1 p.m. until the hour of services. Memorials may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Church Building Fund. Condolences may be expressed at

Miami East Continued from page 1 do this,” he said. Miami East Local Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold said the levy is a renewal, with no new additional taxes. The 3.5-mill generates $380,723 a year for its general operating fund. It was first passed in 1985 and is collected at a reduced rate due to an increase in district population and housing. The Miami East Local

School District currently still is under the Ohio Department of Education’s financial eye and has been listed as such for approximately a year. Rappold said the ODE approved the district’s financial plan to bring itself back in the black and balance its books, although the district may be listed in for one more year. The board’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the high school.

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Glenna Mae Caldwell TROY — Glenna Mae Caldwell, 78, of Troy, passed away at 9:35 a.m. Tuesd a y , July 10, 2012, a t Upper Va l l e y Medi c a l Center, Troy. S h e CALDWELL w a s born on May 26, 1934, in Pleasant Hill, to the late Glenn M. and Edna Laura (Wilson) Hershey. Her husband of 60 years of marriage, Joseph William Caldwell survives. She is also survived by her daughters and sonin-law, Kathee J. Caldwell; Michelle A. Caldwell; and Laura and W. David Simons all of Troy; brother and sister-in-law, James and Jeri Hershey of Troy; six grandchildren William E. (Erica) Elliott of Troy; Jayne E. (David) Osborne of Casstown; Emily J. Simons of Cincinnati; Brianna M. Simons of Troy; Bradley R. Pottebaum of Troy; and Julianna C. Pottebaum of Troy; and greatgrandchildren, Madysen N. Osborne of Casstown; Delaney M. Osborne of

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Hailey Elaine Cremeens Age: 9 Birthdate: July 9, 2003 Parents: Chad and Tiffany Cremeens of Piqua Siblings: Andrew and Kylee Cremeens Grandparents: Fred and Donna Fisher of Piqua, Rex and the late Janet Tucker of Tipp City Hailey Elaine Cremeens and the late Frank Cremeens of Piqua

Vivian Kay Hulme Age: 3 Birthdate: July 9, 2009 Parents: Mike and Christine Hulme Siblings: Lydia and Savannah Hulme Grandparents: Jim and Linda Jonsson and Vivian Kay Hulme Doug and Susan Hulme Great-grandparent: Kay Phillips

SIDNEY — Louise Agnes Carey, 92, of Sidney, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012,. at her residence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Daniel Schmitmeyer officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney, is in charge of arrangements. ENGLEWOOD — Pastor Alvin Cook, 84, of Englewood, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Hospice of Dayton. Funeral arrangements are pending through the Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton. GREENVILLE — Wilma Irene Carey, 98, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at the Brethren Home, Greenville. Services will be held Friday at the Greenville Brethren Home, Greenville. Interment will be in Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Funeral arrangements being handled through the Stocker-Fraley Funeral Home, Covington.

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Murdoch steps up visibility in U.S. politics BY BETH FOUHY NEW YORK (AP) Rupert Murdoch has never been shy about voicing a political opinion, using his worldwide empire of television and newspaper outlets to promote conservative causes. Now, with a raft of complaints about Republican Mitt Romney, the billionaire media baron is signaling that he intends to boost his visibility in U.S. politics_even if it comes at the expense of the man conservatives hope can defeat President Barack Obama. Murdoch is the founder and CEO of the global media conglomerate News Corp. (NYSE:NWS) which owns several outlets popular with conservatives in the U.S., including Fox News Channel, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. Until now, Murdoch has been far less influential in U.S. politics than he has in his native Australia and until recently in England, where a phone hacking scandal involving several Murdochowned newspapers has shaken his status as a fearsome power broker. The hacking scandal forced the departure of many Murdoch’s deputies, peeling away a protective layer around him while also liberating him to take such risks as openly criticizing Romney, some who know him say. Murdoch, 81 and a naturalized U.S. citizen, chose to launch his critique of Romney on Twitter, the social networking site where information is exchanged in 140character blasts known as tweets. “When is Romney going to look like a challenger? Seems to play everything safe, make no news except burn of Hispanics,” Murdoch tweeted from his iPad on June 24. “Easy for Romney to spell out restoration of the American dream and bash incompetent administration. But not a word!” he said later that day. “Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless (Romney) drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful,” Murdoch tweeted on July 1. On Monday, Murdoch appeared to acknowledge his tweets might be causing consternation for the Romney campaign. “Romney people upset at me! Of course I want him to win, save us from socialism, etc but should listen to good advice and get stuck in!” The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page followed Murdoch’s lead Thursday, unleashing a surprisingly harsh attack on the Romney campaign’s response to the Supreme Court’s affirmation of President Barack Obama’s health care law. News Corp. purchased the Journal in 2007 and the paper’s editorial page is viewed as an authoritative voice among conservatives. The Journal responded to mixed messages from the Romney campaign about whether the mandate to buy health insurance constituted a tax as the court suggested, calling the confusion “politically dumb.” The paper also urged Romney to shed staff and offer more detailed policy proposals. And it dinged him for playing into Democrats’ “rich-guy” caricature by jet-skiing this week at his New Hampshire lakeside retreat. “Mr. Romney promised Republicans he was the best man to make the case against President Obama, whom they desperately want to defeat. So far Mr. Romney is letting them down,” the Journal said. The former Massachusetts governor couldn’t even catch a break in The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine Murdoch launched. “Is it too much to ask Mitt Romney to get off autopilot and actually think about the race he’s running?” asked Bill Kristol, the magazine’s editor. Romney advisers have taken note of Murdoch’s public comments, though they decline to discuss them publicly. “Gov. Romney respects Rupert Murdoch and also respects his team and has confidence in them.” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.


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When was the last time “I think if I went,” Mcyou said, “I’ve got to Caskill said, “those same watch this political conRepublican operatives vention from the opening that are criticizing me for gavel to the closing renot going, would say she marks?” I don’t think a thinks party honchos are national convention from more important than either party has decided Missourians.” She’s got major issues, or had any that right. DONNA BRAZILE suspense about who Three West Virginia ofwould be nominated, ficeholders are skipping Columnist since the 1980s. Even the Democratic conventhen, major figures stayed home or went tion. They owe their offices to voters who home early. Former New York Gov. Mario gave 40 percent of their 2012 primary Cuomo flew home after he delivered the votes to a white Texas felon who ran keynote address that made him famous against President Obama from his jail at the 1984 Democratic National Con- cell. West Virginia voted for McCain in vention. Cuomo started a trend. More 2008. Silliness. On the Republican side, and more officeholders attend a day or a little digging turned up several officetwo, and then fly back home to attend to holders or campaigners who are skipother duties. ping out on the Tempest in Tampa. Gone are the days when the TV net- There are also at least two people the works covered everything (and I do Republicans hope won’t show. One is formean everything) at the national nomi- mer Florida Republican Party Chairman nating conventions. Everybody wanted Jim Greer, who is on trial for stealing to be there. Not anymore. The Christian $100,000 from the party. Greer has said Science Monitor quotes Jennifer Duffy of he won’t hesitate to reveal the party’s the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, dirty laundry during his defense, which who says officeholders skipping their will helpfully conclude just before the party’s national convention “is some- party convention begins. thing that’s been sort of happening The other person the Republicans slowly over the years.” Duffy also points would just as soon skip their Florida out that the conventions are so close to convention is Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Election Day this year that candidates who has the current distinction of being feel pressured to sandwich the conven- America’s most unpopular governor. His tion in among campaign appearances. standing in the polls is only at 39 perThis is the “silly season.” So it’s no cent. There’s talk that Hawaii’s GOP surprise Republicans and Democrats are senatorial candidate Linda Lingle may trying to make a big deal out of no-shows also skip the gathering. at the other’s convention. The RepubliAs for the growing trend of no-shows, cans keep their convention skippers the Republicans have some high-profile under wraps, so it’s harder to find out candidates who don’t mind staying away who among the GOP’s “who’s who” will from Romney’s nomination. Nevada’s be there, and who will not be. But the Sen. Dean Heller, who was appointed to Democrats, who first fight each other be- fill the office when Republican John Enfore they fight the Republicans, are open sign resigned in disgrace, will come only about which of their glitterati are at- if he gets a prime time slot on television. tending. “If Dean Heller is offered a prime time So far, 12 Democratic officeholders speaking role, he’ll be there,” said and/or candidates, out a total of 5,556 Heller’s campaign manager, Mac delegates, have decided to stay home Abrams. “If not, he has a campaign to and campaign. There’s no surprise in run.” that. The re-nomination of a sitting One-half of the Florida delegates will president has less suspense than when not be attending, having been tossed out he first won. So there’s less publicity because they violated party rules by value in being at a convention where moving the state’s primary into January. the outcome is known, and less news. The Florida Republicans knew the risk This is also the first election year of un- they were taking, and apparently didn’t limited campaign spending. These consider losing half their voting strength super PACS are new. Their potential in Tampa that great a disappointment. impact, with saturation mud-slinging In a perfect bipartisan pairing, Montana commercials, is an unknown. That’s Rep. Denny Rehberg is skipping the ReBeth Fouhy covers politics for The Associated Press. why Rep. Steve Israel, the House Dem- publican convention in August to camocratic campaign chairman, told candi- paign against incumbent Sen. Jon dates to stay home: “If they want to win Tester, who is missing the Democratic an election, they need to be in their dis- convention in September to focus on detricts.” feating Rehberg. That’s what Sen. Claire McCaskill of As I said, it’s the silly season, and Missouri is doing. She was not up for re- there are good reasons not to attend the election in 2008 when Obama was first conventions. It’s a trend. nominated, and was seen everywhere promoting him. However, this year she Donna Brazile is a senior Democratic has four strong would-be challengers strategist, a political commentator and from the Republican ranks, including contributor to CNN and ABC News, and one sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of a contributing columnist to Ms. MagaCommerce. zine and O, the Oprah Magazine.

The latest anemic U.S. jobs report is keeping the nation’s economic woes firmly atop the list of voter anxieties and presidential campaign issues. President Barack Obama positioned himself before Friday’s report to make the best of another dose of bad economic news. He was on the second day of an Ohio-Pennsylvania bus tour, two hard-hit Rust Belt battleground states that have made some recent economic advances and have jobless rates nearly a percentage point below the national average of 8.2 percent. Romney found himself in a less optimal place for talking about healing a still-sick economy. He spoke from a hardware store in the New Hampshire summer resort town of Wolfeboro, close to his sprawling $8 million estate on Lake Winnipesaukee where he’s been vacationing this week with his family. Romney called the new report showing an unchanged jobless rate in June another “kick in the gut,” the fourth consecutive month of disappointing job growth. Asked by a reporter about his vacation time, Romney said: “I hope more Americans are able to take vacations.” They will be, he suggested, if he’s elected and produces more jobs. His case for capturing the White House rests on his experience as a successful businessman. But Romney recently has struggled to stay on message amid distracting tangles with some Republican conservatives over health care and other issues. Obama said Friday in Poland, Ohio, that the modest net addition of 80,000 jobs last month only about half of what’s needed to keep pace with working-age population growth was “a step in the right direction.” “It’s still tough out there,” he said. “We can’t be satisfied.” No president since Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression has been re-elected with unemployment over 8 percent. __ Tom Raum covers politics for The Associated Press.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012


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DEAR VEGGIE: No, it isn’t. Good manners dictate that you graciously thank the giver and then, if you wish, give the gift a respectful, private burial

Advice or regift it to a carnivore. DEAR ABBY: My exhusband is remarrying. We have always tried to be civil toward each other because of our daughter, who is 16. I try to be the bigger person in dealing with him in order to set a good example for her. He called her last night after not having called her in several weeks and told her that if she wants to be in his wedding, I (meaning me) should purchase her dress. I thought it was inappropriate for him not only to tell her that, but also to expect me to pay for it. When I remarried years ago, I never would have dreamed of asking him for money for her attire. My daughter even thinks this is unrealistic. I usually try to keep things positive when it comes to situations with him, but I don’t think I’m giving in on this one. Do you agree? — EX IN ILLINOIS DEAR EX: You said you try to keep things positive to set a good example for your daughter. While I agree your ex’s demand that you pay for the dress is petty (and cheap), be the bigger person one more time and buy it for her if she wishes to participate rather than argue about it. Then cross your fingers and hope it’s his last wedding. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

For Cumming’s Macbeth, a mad, mad world indeed JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In these days where celebrity divorce is in the headlines, you’ve gotta tip your hat to the enduring and iconic marriage of Macbeth and his Lady. He’s got the ambition, she’s got the boundless nerve, and together, they can achieve the unthinkable. But wait — what if they were simply two parts of the same person? That’s the head-spinning — or should we say, head-splintering — question raised by the newest “Macbeth” to hit New York, with the charismatic Scotsman Alan Cumming as both Mr. and Mrs. McB. But the production, which comes from the National Theatre of Scotland via the Lincoln Center Festival, doesn’t stop there. Cumming also plays Macduff, and King Duncan, and Banquo... oh, and the three witches, too. He plays all the main characters, and they’re all parts of a shattered personality, belonging to an unnamed man who’s committed an unnamed crime and is now in a mental ward. Yes, it’s a very cool concept, and one that sounds well-nigh irresistible when combined with the undeniable talents of Cumming, a Tony winner for 1998’s “Cabaret,” and his directors — John Tiffany, fresh off a Tony win for the musical “Once,” and Andrew Goldberg. But while the production is handled with great skill and has plenty of riveting moments, the concept often seems to limit rather than enhance both the accessibility and the sheer drama of this famous Shake-

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is filled, and Cumming gets wet more than once) to differentiate between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. A mirror is a clever device to reflect a conversation between characters. Other useful props include a small boy’s sweater, to indicate the ill-fated son of Macduff, and a black raven that comes to a pretty disgusting end. A doll is used as a stand-in for Malcom, Duncan’s son; it even gets a little curtain call at the end, aided by Cumming. Myra McFadyen and Ali Craig, as the attendants, speak only late in the play, and their contribution, especially when setting up Lady Macbeth’s “Out, damned spot!” speech, is welcome. Music by Max Richter, sound by Fergus O’Hare, and lighting by Natasha Chivers all add to the sinister nature of the proceedings. But the production’s best asset is Cumming, who is even called on, during what one could call an intense marital discussion, to have sex with himself. Cumming has said that an initial idea for the production, later jettisoned, was to have him play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in alternate performances, switching off with an actress. That would also have been interesting, and perhaps a way to explore this terrific actor’s versatility while mining a bit more of the inherent drama in the play. In the end, due to its creative but challenging guiding concept, this “Macbeth” is more chilling and spooky than tragic or terrifying.

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spearean play. The biggest challenge are the transitions from character to character — as absorbing as Cumming is to watch, and even though the play has been trimmed significantly, following these transitions demands a lot of focus and concentration from the audience. And if you’re not very familiar with the play, you’ll likely get hopelessly lost trying to figure out who is who, since the character shifts are inevitably subtler than usual, with no costume changes, set changes or indeed personnel changes to announce them. Theatergoers be advised: It’s essential to brush up on that Shakespeare before attending. The stage at the Rose Theater, normally home to Jazz at Lincoln Center, has been transformed into a cold and antiseptic hospital ward. In a silent beginning, Cumming’s mental patient arrives and is processed by two attendants who remove his clothes and take swabs of DNA. Kudos to set designer Merle Hensel: This ward is a spooky place indeed, all tiled and sickly green, with only a cot, a bathtub, a sink and mirror, a big chair and a table to spruce up the place. There’s a window high above the patient, through which his keepers monitor him — and a closed-circuit TV system with three large screens that show his rantings. Those screens are especially effective when Cumming plays the three witches. Also effective is the way he uses a mere towel, after one bathtub moment (yes, the bathtub

No doubt one of the more tiresome admonitions for the aspiring bridge player is to “count your tricks at notrump.” But until that advice is heeded on every occasion, it cannot be repeated often enough. Today’s deal provides a case in point. West led a heart against three notrump, and South won the queen with the ace. Without giving the matter much thought, declarer then crossed to dummy with a diamond, led the jack of clubs and let it ride, losing to the king.

West returned a low heart to South’s ten, whereupon South cashed the ace of clubs, disclosing the 4-1 club division. From this point on, the situation continued to deteriorate. With only eight tricks in view, declarer first tried cashing two more diamonds, but the suit failed to divide evenly. He then tried a spade finesse, but East won, cashed the jack of diamonds and returned a heart to put the contract down two. It is hands like this that have driven many a dummy to drink. After the heart lead, South had nine ironclad tricks. All he

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DEAR ABBY: I have been a vegetarian and anti-fur advocate for many years, and most of my friends and family know it. I feel strongly that wearing fur and leather is cruel and unnecessary, but I don’t lecture anyone who doesn’t ask my opinion. What would be the proper response when someone gives me an item with real animal fur or genuine leather? It has happened before, and while I appreciate that someone has bought me a gift, I’m horrified and heartbroken seeing what’s inside the box when I open it, and disappointed knowing that the person has contributed to the unkind and atrocious fur industry. I find it difficult to bring myself to say “thank you” for something I find so morally abhorrent. What is the appropriate response in this situation? Is it acceptable for me to use this as an opportunity to educate the person on the horrors of fur fashions? — VEGGIE IN NEW YORK



LONGING DEAR FOR MORE: By all means, ask him to formalize your relationship. After 16 years and two children, you deserve to know where the relationship is going. And when you do, mention that you’d like him to go to the altar WILLINGLY — before the boys are big enough to hog-tie and drag him there to make an “honest woman” of their mother.


These undated theater images released by National Theatre of Scotland shows Alan Cumming in “Macbeth.” In the play, Cumming appears as a patient in a white-tiled mental hospital for whom the plot of “Macbeth is sort of a schizophrenic nightmare. The production, which started in Scotland in mid-June before coming to New York for the next few days as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.


DEAR ABBY: I have been in an on-again/offagain relationship with a man for 16 years — more on than off. We have two boys together. He recently moved back in, and things are going well. We’re in our 30s, and I’m ready to be more than girlfriend and boyfriend. I’d like to ask this special man in my life to marry me, but I’m not sure if a woman should ever propose marriage to a man. Should I go ahead and do it, or just be patient and hope that one day he will ask me to take the next big step? — LONGING FOR MORE IN TEXAS

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Testing tiny apartments SAMANTHA GROSS Associated Press


LOVINA EICHER The Amish Cook Loretta’s birthday.Joe barbecued chicken and hot wings and I made a pizza casserole in the crockpot. We also had cupcakes and ice cream in honor of Loretta’s birthday. I never used a crock-pot before but I really liked it.While we were there I made a roast, wet burrito casserole, pizza casserole,breakfast casserole, and bean dip in it on different days. It was nice to put something in there and be done with the cooking part. Everyone loved the bean dip. Joe took care of the grilling and one night we made baked potatoes on the grill. They tasted good with butter and some of the children wanted ranch dressing on theirs. Loretta thought her muscles felt a lot more relaxed being in the lake water last week. At first she needed help coming out of the water but by the end of the week she could come out by herself. Since we were at the cabin we didn’t make it to the wedding in Berne of Joe’s cousin LuAnn an Joe.We wish them God’s blessings as they start their lives together.LuAnn is Jacob’s youngest sister so Emma had a lot of sewing to do for the wedding. Last week we received a wedding invitation from nephew Albert Jr and Louanna. Their wedding will be Aug. 16. I would like to go get material to sew for the wedding. I also have to help cook and wear a hunter green color. I will share the bean dip recipe with you for the one who have Crockpots BEAN DIP 2 pounds Velveeta 2 pounds hamburger 1 quart salsa 1 package taco seasoning 1 /2 cup chopped onions 2 16 ounces cans of refried beans In a frying pan over medium heat brown hamburger with onion and drain. Mix everything together and put into the crockpot on low. Heat thoroughly.

Repairs require huge scaffold BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Repairs to the Washington Monument will require massive scaffolding to be built around the 555-foot obelisk and may keep it closed into 2014 after it was damaged by an earthquake last year, the National Park Service said Monday. A damage assessment by engineers who inspected the stone structure by rappelling from the top last September found scaffolding is necessary to provide workers access to the top of the monument, said park service spokeswoman Carol Johnson. The engineers determined the heaviest damage is between 475 feet and 530 feet on the structure, but panels are damaged from top to bottom. “It is difficult to get to, and it’s difficult to repair,” Johnson said. “Panels stressed during the earthquake will have to have an-

chors installed.” The park service offered the $15 million project up for bids from contractors on June 29. The agency hopes to award a contract and begin mobilizing the work in September. From there it will take 12 to 18 months to complete the repairs. Robert Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, said the $15 million price tag remains a firm estimate for the repair project. Reopening the monument as soon as possible remains a top priority for the park service, he said. “We’re pretty much on track and trying to keep it moving as fast as it can,” Vogel said. “We obviously will have some greater clarity on the timeframe as soon as the contract is actually awarded in September.” The monument usually has about 700,000 visitors a year who take turns riding an elevator or climbing stairs to the top.

NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe it’s the urban dwelling of the future: studio apartments measuring no more than 300 square feet. New York City planners believe the tiny units could be the answer to a growing population of singles and two-person households. And in a nation that’s becoming increasingly populous and increasingly urbanized — and where people more frequently are creating a family of one — such downsizing may not stop here. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday invited developers to propose ways to turn a Manhattan lot into an apartment building filled mostly with what officials are calling “micro-units” — dwellings complete with a bathroom, built-in kitchenette and enough space for a careful planner to use a fold-out bed as both sleeping space and living room. If the pilot program is successful, officials could ultimately overturn a requirement established in 1987 that new apartments here be at least 400 square feet. City planners envision a future in which the young, the cash-poor and empty nesters flock to such small dwellings — each not much bigger than a dorm room. In a pricey real estate market where about one-third of renter households spend more than half their income on rent, it could make housing more affordable. Manhattan is the U.S. capital of solo living, with 46.3 percent of households consisting of one person, according to the 2010 census. City officials estimate that 76 percent of residents on the island live alone or with one other person — and such households are growing faster around

■ Grandparenting Dear Grandparenting: I am really worked up about how my daughter Lindsay handled naming my grandchildren. I actually have two daughters and five grandchildren. My daughter Tara did it right. When Tara named her two children, she gave her first born a middle name from our side of the family and her second child a first name from her husband’s side of the family. To me, that seems so obviously the right thing to do to avoid causing any hurt feelings. Which brings me to my youngest daughter Lindsay. Lindsay was a difficult child. We’ve had our differences. She had three chances to pick one of our family names for her children, and she blew us off all three times. At the time, I didn’t want to pressure her and never said anything. I also assumed she would do right by us. That was then. Now I am mad about it. It makes me feel like “we’re not good enough” or something. I am afraid I’ll start a war if

the city than any other type of living situation. Officials attribute the trend in part to young professionals delaying both marriage and childbearing. Around the country, more people are living alone than ever before. The solo living rate rose to almost 27 percent in 2010, according to the census. In New York City, where long working hours can leave little time for home life, renters often sacrifice square footage to save money. The size of city apartments has been lampooned on television, with at least one sitcom showing characters living — literally — in a closet. Some New Yorkers, desperate for storage space and uninterested in the finer points of homemaking, turn their ovens into storage for clothes or other items. Especially alone, paying New York City rents can be a challenge — and officials said they hoped smaller apartments would help ease the financial burden on residents facing average market-rate rents of $2,000 per month for a studio and $2,700 per month for a one-bedroom. Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew Wambua said he expected the micro-units would rent for significantly less. Similar programs have been proposed in other cities. In San Francisco, developers are seeking permission to rent out apartments as small as 150 square feet. Ultimately, the New York City program could be expanded to outer-borough neighborhoods where the apartments could provide safer options to the lower-income residents who are most at risk from the dangers of illegal subdivisions. With only 1 million studio and one-bedroom apartments available for 1.8 million one- and two-person households, the

shortage is forcing low-income renters into illegal apartments that can become fire traps, Bloomberg said. In recent years, small homes have been celebrated by design aficionados who argue that minimal space, less clutter and simpler living is both financially and spiritually freeing, but the idea of towers of tiny units raises the specter of an era in which poor residents were crammed into unsafe tenements where they could afford the rent. City officials argued this proposal was utterly different from such wholesale warehousing of the poor. “The tenement problem was big families in very small (spaces),” Bloomberg said. “We’re not talking about that. We’re talking about one or two people who want something they can afford, and they don’t entertain or need big space.” Modern-day building codes and improved refrigeration and public health have changed what it means to live small, Bloomberg said. A typical mid-19th century tenement apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side might have been larger than one of the micro-units, measuring 325 square feet, but would have typically housed families with multiple children. The micro-units are to be leased only to one- or two-person households. As long as living conditions are good, housing advocate Kerri White said she had no particular concerns about the program. “The general attitude toward space and how we use space is very different in New York City,” said White, a director for housing advocacy group Urban Homesteading Assistance Board. “People are used to living in smaller quarters.”

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I confront her about why none of her children have a family name. How do I calm myself down? Link, Kingsport, Tenn.

parents in the unspoken competition for unique baby names. Bob and Sally and Barbara and John are so yesterday – many grandkids prefer more novel creations. According to LilSugar, a parenting and pop culture web site, a whopping 64 percent of respondents had Googled their baby’s name before deciding to use it. In your case, the horse is already out of the barn – if a family name was so meaningful, you should have spoken up. But all’s not lost – you can always use a family name as your special term of endearment for your grandchildren. And if your grandchildren share your enthusiasm for family names when they come of age, they can legally change their given name and grant your wish.

Dear Link: We’ve never been huge sticklers for given family names. There’s nothing wrong with this custom of course, and you seldom get much argument from elders who share the nomenclature. While there’s something to be said for the continuity that family names provide, we think it’s unrealistic to expect children to conform to our idea of what’s in a name, or to wish it on their newborn. Come parenthood, grandchildren naturally are looking ahead, not back to their ancestors. It’s their life, their child and their prerogative. Somehow we are not surprised that grandchildren are nowadays more GRAND REMARK inclined to make their seOF THE WEEK lection through digital technologies. Soon-to-be Grandy38 from Casa parents routinely turn to Google to vet baby names. Grande, Ariz. was trying A quick search can help to change the subject.

TOM & DEE HARDIE KEY KIDDER Columnists “How come you only want to talk about bugs and porcupines?” she asked grandson Alex, aged 6. “I just do,” said Alex. “My Dad says I like something he calls ‘wildlife.’” “Who needs bugs and porcupines?” said Grandy. “You’re all the wildlife this grandmother can handle.” Dee and Tom, married more than 50 years, have eight grandchildren. Together with Key, they welcome questions, suggestions and Grand Remarks of the Week. Send to P.O. Box 27454, Towson, MD, 21285. Call 410-9634426.





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t feels so much better to have cooler weather this morning. Last week temperatures were over 100 on some days. We had a nice week at the cabin by the lake. Children kept cool swimming in the lake. We had a great time, but I was glad to be back home again and I think everyone else was also. Joe took his boat along so they also did a lot of fishing. They caught a couple of meals’ worth of bass and bluegill. Benjamin had to stay out of the lake most of the time because he had stitches in his foot. Before we left for the lake, he was putting the water sprinkler in the garden and somehow one of the stakes that he pushed into the ground, he pushed between his toes. It was a deep wound so I took him to the doctor and had it cleaned and stitched. They gave him a tetanus shot and 10 days of antibiotics. The next day he had a high temperature and we took him back. He had an infection so they gave him a strong antibiotic shot. I had to take him back the next day so they gave him another shot, which seemed to help. Benjamin is always active and it was very difficult for him to keep it elevated the first few days. We put in our hay before we left last week and only had 74 bales in the field.This was a lot less than we usually get from the second cutting of a 4-acre field. The dry weather has kept the hay from growing. The field has hardly had much rain since the first cutting.My corn isn’t doing the best either with the heat and dry weather we have had. It is not very tall and it is tasseling already. Susan, 16, and Verena, 14, have started detasseling. I am not sure how Verena will be able to hold out but she wanted to be able to try it. I am glad for the cooler weather for the de-tasseling. Loretta had her 12th birthday on July 1 while we were at the cabin. She wanted cupcakes instead of a cake. We invited Jacob, Emma, and family to join us at the lake for a cook-out on




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Humorist, Marilyn Lanich, will be our guest speaker for Brunch Bunch on July 19, at 9:30 am in the Amos Community Center on the Dorothy Love Campus. Marilyn has performed in the US, England and on cruise ships.

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If you have any of the above, there are effective treatment options, covered by insurances.

Marilyn will astound you with the humorous and bizarre adventures that she has witnessed in her life time. Some of these include having a child attacked by an Orangutan, being locked in a bank vault and falling down a lighthouse. Strange and unique events seem to occur when Marilyn is around! Please come and enjoy a nice brunch and laugh the morning away!

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HEALTH/LOCAL Old-school style

Hearing loss after celebration Fireworks may leave lasting impression on the ears

TROY — Last week’s fireworks may have a lasting effect if safety precautions are ignored. The doctors of Audiology at Upper Valley Hearing and Balance Inc. urge all people to protect their hearing when enjoying the fireworks this 4th of July. The sound produced by the blast of a firework or firecracker at close range can cause permanent hearing damage. However, a few simple precautions can allow people to enjoy the festivities of the 4th of July holiday while still protecting their hearing. Two types of sound exposure can cause noise-induced hearing loss: prolonged noise exposure or a sudden, loud, single burst of sound like a bang from a firecracker. When exposed to loud sounds, the delicate hair cells lining the inner ear responsible for converting vibrations into sound can become damaged, resulting in hearing loss. According to the Better Hearing Institute’s (BHI) recommendation, people should enjoy fireworks displays from a comfortable distance and protect their ears with earplugs or other hearing protection. Hearing protection, such as earplugs, is readily available at pharmacies, hardware, and grocery stores. Disposable foam or silicone earplugs are an inexpensive practical solution because they provide hearing protection while still allowing users to hear conversation. The BHI recommends placing the earplugs in securely at the beginning of the fireworks display and leaving them in place for the entire show. Children in particular are at high risk for noise-induced hearing damage so parents should take precautions to make sure that little ears are well protected while enjoying the fireworks. “Noise exposure is one of the most common causes of irreversible hearing loss, but the good news is that it is preventable,” said Dr. Jane Rudy, audiologist and owner of Upper Valley Hearing & Balance Inc. “Exposure to noise over 85dB is unsafe and can cause damage. The sound produced by fireworks is much louder at about 140dB which is why hearing protection is so important when enjoying the display. Enjoy the show but be sure keep a safe distance and remember to pack hearing protection for the entire family.”

Silk joins Hyatt staff TIPP CITY — Jon B. Silk Jr., MD, has joined the team at Hyatt Family Care in Tipp City and the UVMC Medical Staff. Silk graduated from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton. He completed residency in family medicine at Wright State Family Medicine and an internship in psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati. He has served as a lecturer/trainer for workshops on nutrition and healthy eating and is a Health Justice SILK Member of the Gesundheit! Institute. He, his wife Stephanie (Baker) and their son reside in Troy. Silk joins Aaron Harju, MD; Anupama Kulkarni, MD; and Kathryn Lorenz, MD at Hyatt Family Care located in UVMC’s Hyatt Center / Suite 201-202, 450 N. Hyatt St., Tipp City.

Mom/Babies Support Group TROY — A Mom and Baby Get Together support group for breastfeeding mothers is being offered weekly at Upper Valley Medical Center. The meetings are 9:30-11 a.m. at the Farmhouse located northwest of the main hospital entrance. The meetings are facilitated by the lactation department. Participants can meet other moms, share about being a new mother and learn more about breastfeeding and their babies. The group will meet the following Fridays — July 13, 20 and 27. For more information, call 440-4906.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Staff asks for patience as new software is installed BY MELANIE YINGST Ohio Community Media MIAMI COUNTY — With a new software system in the works, Troy-Miami County Public Library will have to revert back to the “old-school” way of doing business. According to library director Rachelle Miller, the new computer system will have an “” type of feel, but will render the current system offline from July 7 through July 12. “We won’t be able to look at accounts up during this time frame — we’ll be old-school for a week,” Miller said. The new online catalog system is expected to go live Thursday. From July 7-12, patrons will need to have their library card in order to check anything out, so now is the time to stop by the library for a free replacement if necessary. “We are all still learning this new system — it’s a great system, but it will take a little while to get used to,” Miller said. “It will have an Amazon feel to it and is very user friendly.” Miller said Polaris, the new catalog, offers many of the same self-service features such as the

ability to renew online, request material, and search or browse the catalog for a particular author, keyword, series, and title in addition to many new features. The Polaris system will allow patrons to take more control of their library account. Patrons can choose to save your searches and receive a monthly email notice when new titles come in. Other new catalog features include being able to opt in to keeping reading history, which many patrons have requested. Patrons will also have the option of receiving a notification via text message when requested items are available. “People are going to like it, but we ask for everyone’s patience during this time,” she said. “It’s going to be great once we get used to it.” She said more than eight different systems were considered for the new software system. Miller said the Polaris system will also help create data reports to streamline staffing efficiency. Miller said during the transition, library patrons must have a library card to check out materials. Miller said E-books should function as usual, but users may

experience a few technical glitches during the service transition. To ensure a smooth migration, library patrons will experience temporary service interruptions: New requests to reserve materials, or for materials to be sent from one location to another will not be accepted July 7-11. The library will be unable to add new materials during this time. Online catalog functions are expected to be unavailable from July 7-11. Neither staff nor patrons will be able to access the catalog. But, patrons will be able to check items out and have them checked in as long as they have their library card. The self-check out stations will be unavailable July 7-11. Lines to check out may be longer than normal. Please be patient as staff gain experience with the new software, beginning Thursday. The check-out line may move more slowly than usual.

turned some of the pills, but Lindeman dismissed his explanation. “I don’t know how I can trust you,” Lindeman said. “You need to learn that you can’t do this anymore.” Adkins’ failure to quit using non-narcotic opium-based drugs since his indictment could lead to a host of health problems and even death, Lindeman added. In late May, Lindeman had issued a decision stating that due to previously holding a position of trust as a sheriff’s deputy, Adkins was ineligible for an intervention

program by lieu of conviction. However, Lindeman told the court he would reconsider. Adkins is still under investigation for a domestic violence incident involving his brother. Adkins said the dispute occurred over his brother allegedly purchasing pills online using his debit card. Adkins claimed the pills were not for his own use. Adkins can earn credit toward his six-month prison sentence through participating in substance-abuse programs.

Current Veteran Service Commission Office Director Herb Gragg, an Army Vietnam veteran himself, said service to veterans to obtain their benefits and entitlements is free to any and all members of the military. “We assist them with their claims and help them with anything from emergency benefits to dependents and getting their medical needs met at the V.A.,” Gragg said. Gragg has been the director of the Miami County Veterans Commission for 28 years. Gragg is also an Ohio Veteran Hall of Fame of Valor member. Gragg said Wendel and Stapleton have recently implemented a mobile service and communication to make veteran home visits and to help veterans in nursing homes. After Gragg’s pending retirement, Wendel and Stapleton will work with veterans, young and

old, to access their benefits. The mobile benefit service is expected to be held in various venues, including the Miami Valley Veterans Museum, Edison Community College, local nursing homes and other public events. “The accessibility has made it better for us to help,” Gragg said. “So many veterans are homebound and we need to get to them and it’s critical to get to nursing homes.” He said no veteran should pay anyone, including an estate planner, to gain access to their benefits since the Veterans Commission Office does all the paperwork for free. Gragg said an increase of more than $200,000 in emergency assistance was provided to veterans in recent years and other benefits are available as well. To make an appointment or for more information about veteran benefits, call 440-8126 or visit

Ex-deputy Continued from page 1 time to draft a better program. The judge also noted Adkins’ continued drug abuse since the incidents that led to his indictment. Adkins had obtained 870 pills between April 4 and May 19 and had visited six different doctors between April and June. “I realize the mistakes that were made after my surgery,” Adkins said. “Things got way out of hand with pain medications.” Adkins claimed that he had re-

Veterans Continued from page 1 Government at 510 W. Water St., Troy. Wendel, a retired Air Force member after 25 years of service, said he returned home from active service and knew this was the job for him. “I knew I wanted to help somewhere out in the community,” Wendel said. “I bleed blue so this job is very much in my element and it speaks to me as a veteran helping veterans.” Stapleton has worked at the Miami County Service Commission for almost year, mainly driving veterans to their doctors’ appointments at the VA Hospital in Dayton. “For me, the transition to the civilian sector was hard,” Stapleton said after serving in the Army for more than 25 years. ‘When this opportunity came up, to serve veterans, it was a perfect fit.”


The ad that ran on June 27th in the iN-75 mistakenly listed the class start date as Wednesday, July 13th. The correct start date is Wednesday, July 11th. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Basic Slow Dance, West Coast Swing, & Nite Club 2-Step classes starting

Wednesday, July 11th, 3 week course/$24 per person.

Bob & Rosie’s Dance Studio


No prior experience required.

Next Basic Ballroom, Intermediate & Silver classes starting Wednesday, September 5th.

Instructors: Bob & Rosie McCrady Troy-Hayner Cultural Center 301 W. Main St., Troy, OH 937-339-0457

To sign up call Rosie at 937-409-1465



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BY FRANCES DRAKE For Thursday, July 12, 2012 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Be on the lookout for new ways to earn money, because this is entirely possible today. You also might see new uses for something you already own. (Handy.) TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Take a realistic look in the mirror and ask yourself what you can do to improve your appearance. (Hey — you never get a second chance to make a first impression.) GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Research of any kind will go well today. If you’re looking for answers, dig deep, because this is the day to find them! CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might find yourself playing a new role in a group setting today. Alternatively, you might meet someone who is very powerful in a group. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Authority figures, including bosses and parents, might see you in a new light today. Don’t hesitate to show your best side, especially with respect to suggestions about how things can improve. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) You might refine your beliefs about something today. Or you might see new avenues in publishing, the media, medicine and the law. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Keep an open mind to how you can share something with others. You might be able to take an entirely new approach to something that is jointly owned. (It could benefit you more.) SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Sit down with partners or close friends and think about how you can improve your relationship. You both want it to be positive and successful, so what can you do to make it better? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) This is a good day to introduce reforms at work. Your suggestions about how to improve things will meet with approval. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Romance and flirtations are quite powerful today! Lots of high energy will encourage you to have fun or to excel in sports. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Look for ways to improve bathroom areas or anything related to plumbing, garbage and recycling. You also might see new applications for something you already own. (It’s a resourceful day!) PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) You can sell ice to the Eskimos today because you are so persuasive. The same mental energy will help you study or learn something new if you wish, because you have a very penetrating mind. YOU BORN TODAY You’re an excellent observer of the human condition. You’re committed to your ideals and persuasive in your arguments. This makes you an influential person within your family and your larger social sphere. You know how to use humor to win others over to your point of view. A lovely, social, friendly year awaits you that promotes good feelings in all your relationships. Birthdate of: Buckminster Fuller, architect/futurist; Gordon Pinsent, actor; Melissa O’Neil, singer. (c) 2012 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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or fax resume to 615 932 5071 (Attn Jack Robbins) EOE

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Semi-Trailer Mechanics Needed Shop and Mobile Trucks 2nd and 3rd Shifts

TROY, 2 bedroom townhomes, 1.5 baths, 1 car garage, ca, w/d hook up, all appliances, $695

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For Rent

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

255 Professional PUBLIC SAFETY SPECIALIST VANDALIA DIVISION OF POLICE The Vandalia Police Division is seeking communicators to join its team of Public Safety Specialists. The non-sworn post involves public safety dispatch communications and records/clerical work. Candidates must be 18 with high school diploma or GED and reside within Montgomery or an adjacent county. Advanced education is preferred. Pay range is $17-28, DOQ; outstanding benefits included. Details, important instructions and applications are available at the Vandalia Municipal Building, 333 James E. Bohanan Memorial Drive or at w w w. va n d a l i a o h i o. o r g . Materials due in person or by mail no later than 5 p.m. July 20. Applications NOT accepted electronically. Vandalia is an EOE and ADA compliant. City of Vandalia. (937)898-5891.

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WEST MILTON Townhouse. 2 Bedroom 1.5 bath. $475 monthly, (937)216-4233

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320 Houses for Rent 2 BEDROOM, Trailer in country, near Bradford, $350, call (937)417-7111

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Classified Sales Assistant

The Classifieds That Work classifieds department of the Sidney Daily News, Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call is seeking a Part Time Sales Assistant.

We are seeking an energetic team player who can work independently to provide support for our classified call center. This position is based in our Piqua, Ohio, office.

The qualified individual will have an advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint with the ability to accurately type 60 wpm. Qualifications will also include professional appearance, excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as prior knowledge of business office equipment. Sales experience required.

Must be at least 21 years of age. Minimum 2 years CDL driving experience required. ✦ Excellent Pay ✦ Excellent Benefits

LABOR: $9.50/HR CDL Drivers: $11.50/HR

High energy, motivated

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Floor Tech, prior experience required. Monday Friday, 5pm-1:30am. $7.50-$8.00 based on experience. Apply online and click on employment LaCosta. (847)526-9556.


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Send resume to: HR Recruiter 2001 Commerce Dr Sidney OH 45365

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



Summer DEAL


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LOST: Female dog, mix lab, white around mouth and eyes, also white on her chest, black tongue, collar had dog tags plus red heart with her name Shelby on it an my numbers on it. June 29 off of Looney Road around Edison and JVS. If seen or have please call. She is sadly missed by her family, (937)214-1110

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125 Lost and Found FOUND, BLACK female cat, on Route 36 between Piqua and Covington, very affectionate, declawed, and spayed, if not claimed will go to good indoor home, very sweet animal, (937)214-0000

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

400 - Real Estate For Sale 425 Houses for Sale BY OWNER, Fixer upper or tear down and build new, large lot, 219 West Pike Street, Jackson Center, nearly 3/4 acre, As is, $30,000 obo, (419)738-9142, (419)230-0312

500 - Merchandise

510 Appliances ELECTRIC RANGE, works good, $150. (937)418-4639 REFRIGERATOR FROST free, $200, good condition, (937)418-4639

535 Farm Supplies/Equipment PULLETS, Started Rhode Island Red approaching laying age. $10 each. (937)492-8482.

577 Miscellaneous AWNING CANVAS, New 21' awning canvas fits 21' frame asking 250. (937)394-7497 BEDROOM SUITES and sets, 5 available, full and queen size, 1 baby's, great condition, no mattress or boxsprings, $ 1 0 0 - $ 3 1 0 , (937)638-3212 HOSPITAL BEDS (new modern style) no mattress. Computer desk and chair, desk, and dresser. (937)710-4620 PLAYSTATION 3, with 2 year warranty, 2 wireless controllers with chargers, ear piece, two games, like new, $325, (937)570-9695 POOL, 15ft steel leg frame pool with cover, pump, and extra filters. Used only 6 weeks. Retails $300, asking $150. (937)622-0997

580 Musical Instruments UPRIGHT PIANO and bench, Everett, excellent condition. $1000 (937)440-9198.

583 Pets and Supplies BERNICE & Black Lab puppies, ready to go, $50. (937)448-0522 COLLIES, 2 female, sable and white, 10 weeks, vet checked, P.O.P, 1st shots, no papers, $100, (937)448-2970


583 Pets and Supplies

800 - Transportation

FREE KITTEN, (1) lonely short hair female tabby, all siblings found good homes, beautifully marked, 12 weeks (937)473-2122

805 Auto

KITTENS, FREE! 8 weeks old, grey/white, tiger/white, healthy, litter box trained, good with kids, (937)339-8552. KITTENS, free! 9 weeks old, 1 male, 1 female. Black with green eyes. Litter trained, so cute & fun! (937)541-9179. MALTESE, Free to good home. 9 year old male dog. Best with single woman who has time for love and attention. Neutered, hair kept short, very protective, good with cats. Please call or text (419)371-0751.

1995 OLDSMOBILE, 1 owner. 95,000 miles. Runs great! Good condition. (937)497-7220 1997 HONDA Civic EX, 4 door sedan, automatic 4 cylinder, 237,000 miles, new brakes, tires, A/C, sunroof, remote start, trailer hitch, $3,500, (937)789-8473

810 Auto Parts & Accessories WHEEL CHAIR LIFT, Ricon electric, hydraulic for full size van, used, asking $450 OBO (937) 216-2771

835 Campers/Motor Homes POODLES, Miniature, Multi-Poos, Morkies, Shichons, Non shedding, make good little house pets, (419)925-4339

1984 WILDERNESS, by Fleetwood, 24 foot, Good condition, new fridge, A/C, everything works, asking $3000, (937)726-5348

PUPPIES, 3/4 poodle, 1/4 Jack Russell pups. Nonshedding, small & very loving pups. 1st shots and wormed. One female and one male. Will make great pets, $200, (419)236-8749.

1983 KAWASAKI, 440 runs good, $500.00 (937)418-8727

PUPPIES, Black Lab mix 8 weeks old, female, have 1st shots, excellent with children, $50.00 (937)367-1313

2003 YAMAHA Blaster, Full FMF exhaust, ITP wheels and tires on rear, moose racing bars, low hours, $1,600 OBO, (937)773-9518

RAT TERRIER PUPS, 3 males, have shots and wormed. Ready to go. $150, (419)236-8749.

890 Trucks

850 Motorcycles/Mopeds

855 Off-Road Vehicles

POOL TABLE, 3/4" slate, $500.00, (937)418-8727

2008 FORD F150, Super crew cab, all power, back up camera, bedliner, sliding rollback cover, $17,000 obo, (937)498-0054, (937)726-6534

515 Auctions

515 Auctions

586 Sports and Recreation

Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM 13790 Infirmary Rd., Wapakoneta, OH CNC vertical machining centers, CNC vertical mill, vertical mills, lathes, rotary surface grinder, hand feed surface grinders, automatic surface grinder, cylindrical grinder, horizontal boring mill, power squaring shear, power press brake, ironworker, hydraulic shop press, hydraulic broach, plasma cutter, welders, welding positioner, vertical band saw, horizontal mill, radial drill, CNC 4th axis indexers, drill presses, miscellaneous machinery, straight truck, tooling, accessories & misc. shop items, steel

Thompson Auctioneers, Inc. 937-426-8446 Ohio License 63199566109

To advertise in the Garage Sale Directory Please call: 877-844-8385

555 Garage Sales/Yard Sales

555 Garage Sales/Yard Sales

COVINGTON, 429 South Pearl Street, Friday and Saturday 8am-6pm, MULTI FAMILY! Furniture, small appliances, Housewares, dishes, exercise bike, patio set, lamps, TV, tools, and much more!

PIQUA, 2108 Navajo Trail, Thursday, Friday, 8am-5pm, Saturday, 8amnoon, Second time, rain or shine. Boy/ girl twins 0-2T, swing, monitor, car seats, jumpers, bouncers, crib set, walker, toys, much more! tackle boxes, antique rocker, microwave

HOUSTON 5650 FesslerBuxton Rd. Thursday 5:30pm-9pm, Friday 9am-4pm. BIG GARAGE AND TENT SALE! Stove, refrigerator, kitchen sink, curio cabinet, arcade basketball game, ping pong table, retro Nintendo Sega system, XBox games, sports figurines, lodge decor, 3ft wooden bear, shelves, antiques, Schwinn bike, small block Edelbrock intake, 650 Holley carburetor, car spray gun, air tools, knickknacks and lots of miscellaneous. HOUSTON 6166 Houston Rd., Thursday 3pm-8pm, Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday, Sunday 8am-3pm, EVERYTHING For BABY! boys 0-3T, girls 0-4T, toys, Little Tikes items, toddler beds, stainless patio sink, desks, bakers rack, furniture, movies, video games/ console, household, much more! PIQUA, 115 Morrow Street, Wednesday Thursday Friday & Saturday 9am-?. 10x12 tent, Jewelry, household items, toys, lots of miscellaneous PIQUA, 1305 Fairfax Avenue, Friday 9am-4pm, ONE DAY ONLY!! Estate Sale! Everything must go!!! Brand new dryer, claw feet couch and chairs, 16 piece Courier Ives table setting, and many household items!!

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Pearson takes top honors Cindy Pearson carded a 47 to take low gross honors in Group A in Tuesday’s Ladies Golf League at Echo Hills. Linda Willis took low net honors in Group A with a 35. In Group B, Delma Grissom shot a 52 for low gross and Kathy Knoop had a 38 for low net. Judy Hornbeck shot 55 for low gross honors in Group C, while Ann Elliott’s 42 took low net. In match play, Pearson defeated Kathy Isenhouer 3 and 1 in Group A. In Group B, Willis defeated Knoop 2 and 1 and Marty Hemm defeated Clara Sowry 1 up in 12 holes. In Group C, Hornbeck defeated Ann Elliott 2 and 1 and Sue Dougherty defeated Linnea Thomas 1 up in 10 holes.


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Post 184 battles against Troy Piqua drops tourney opener BY JOSH BROWN Ohio Community Media

TROY — Piqua came through in the clutch again and again. Troy saw a pair of early rallies killed by lineout double plays. Still, Post 43 put together a four-run third inning — thanks to a bases-loaded three-run double by Nick Sanders — and built a 9-6 advantage through fourand-a-half innings Tuesday night at Duke Park against ■ Running rival Post 184 to kick of the District Legion Tournament. Troy Post 43 won the game 12-6. The two teams will meet again tonight in BRADFORD — The Troy. 2nd Annual Chad Nolan “Our defense just wasn’t Memorial 5K Run/Walk there tonight,” said Piqua will be held Saturday, Post 184 coach Jim Roberts. July 21. The event, which “We made five errors and begins and ends at the they killed us.” Bradford Football Field, In each of the first three innings, Piqua came up with will start at 8:30 a.m. a two-out RBI single that Packet pickup for advance registration is 7:30 drove a runner in from seca.m. Day of race registra- ond base. In the first, Reese Jones led off with an infield tion will begin at 7:30 double — hitting the ball a.m. Online registration down the third-base line and is available at drawing a throw from the Awards will be presented to win- third baseman after he’d alners in each age group and overall male and female winners.

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ready passed first base. After Troy starter Steven Blei struck the next hitter out looking and got a routine groundout for the second out, Tyler Zimmerman drove the ball into left to bring home the run — but was thrown out himself trying to stretch it into a double. A leadoff walk and a stolen base by Jacob Burk bit Troy in the second inning. Blei struck out the next two hitters, but Kyle Niekamp singled with two outs to score the run. And in the third, Ethan Bruns walked with two outs, stole second and came home on another Zimmerman RBI single. But that shot only tied the game up at 3-3, as Troy had been busy scoring itself. Dylan Cascaden and Nick Antonides hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the first, with the left fielder misplaying Antonides’ and allowing Cascaden to score. Antonides then scored on a pair of wild pitches to give Post 43 the lead. After Piqua tied it up in the top of the second, Troy took a 3-2 lead. Sanders led off with a double, and a single by Devin Blakely put runners on the corners.With one out, Garrett Mitchell popped a surprise bunt into the perfect place — just inside the first-base bag, where no one was covering

Piqua Post 184’s Tyler Zimmerman belts a pitch during Tuesday night’s American Legion tournament game against Troy Post 43 at Troy. to score the run. But a lineout to Niekamp at second led to a runner being doubled off, and that was all the damage Troy could do before Piqua tied it in the top of the third. In the bottom of the inning, though, Troy took control. Nealeigh and D.J. Hemm

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QUOTED “It’s like finding a Mona Lisa in the attic.” —Karl Kissner on finding a trove of precious baseball cards in an attic.


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eye. Piqua had a shot at its fourth straight inning with a two-out RBI, but reliever Reid Ferrell kept that from happening. Dominic Richard and Zach Niekamp singled to lead off the inning and chase Blei. Then Ferrell threw the lead runner out at third on an attempted sacrifice bunt, struck out the next hitter and induced a grounder to third to end the threat. Troy took that opportunity to tack on a couple of insurance runs, with Coomes and Sanders hitting backto-back RBI singles in the bottom of the fourth. A single by Blakely loaded the bases again, but Piqua reliever Brandon Wysong got the next hitter to line out to Zach Niekamp at short, who threw to third to double off the runner and end the inning. It turned out that Troy needed the insurance. Ethan Bruns doubled with one out in the Piqua half of the fifth and Zimmerman singled to put runners on the corners. Burk followed with an RBI single, and he and Zimmerman advanced to second and third on a popout in foul territory deep down the first-base line. Zach Niekamp made that sting, ripping a two-out, tworun single to cut the Troy lead to 9-6.



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Ball card discovery could yield millions Grandfather’s attic produces jackpot for Ohio man DEFIANCE — Karl Kissner picked up a sootcovered cardboard box that had been under a wooden dollhouse in his grandfather’s attic. Taking a look inside, he saw hundreds of baseball cards bundled with twine. They were smaller than the ones he was used to seeing. But some of the names were familiar: Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Honus Wagner. Then he put the box on a dresser and went back to digging through the attic. It wasn’t until two weeks later that he learned that his family had come across what experts say is one of the biggest, most exciting finds in the history of sports card collecting, a discovery worth perhaps millions. The cards are from an extremely rare series issued around 1910. Up to now, the few known to exist were in so-so condition at best, with faded images and worn edges. But the ones from the attic in the town of Defiance are nearly pristine, untouched for more than a century. The colors are vibrant, the borders crisp and white. “It’s like finding the Mona Lisa in the attic,” Kissner said. Sports card experts who authenticated the find say they may never again see something this impressive. “Every future find will ultimately be compared to this,” said Joe Orlando, president of Professional


Karl Kissner poses for a photo in front of the door to an attic in his grandfather's old home on July 10 where he and a cousin found a collection of century-old baseball cards in Defiance. The cards are from an extremely rare series issued around 1910 and the best of the bunch 37 cards are expected to bring a total of $500,000 when they are sold at auction in August during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore. Sports Authenticator. “They remained there Not knowing whether The best of the bunch 37 frozen in time.” the cards were valuable, cards are expected to bring After Hench and his wife the two cousins put the box a total of $500,000 when died, two of his daughters aside. But Kissner decided they are sold at auction in lived in the house. Jean to do a little research. The August during the Na- Hench kept the house until cards were at his office in tional Sports Collectors she died last October, leav- the restaurant he owns Convention in Baltimore. ing everything inside to her when he realized they There are about 700 cards 20 nieces and nephews. might have something. He in all that could be worth Kissner, 51, is the youngest immediately took them up to $3 million, experts and was put in charge of across the street and put say. They include such leg- the estate. His aunt was a them in a bank vault. ends as Christy Mathew- pack rat, and the house Still not knowing son and Connie Mack. was filled with three gener- whether the cards were Kissner and his family ations of stuff. real, they sent eight to exsay the cards belonged to They found calendars pert Peter Calderon at their grandfather, Carl from the meat market, Heritage Auctions in DalHench, who died in the t u r n - o f - t h e - c e n t u r y las, which recently sold the 1940s. Hench ran a meat dresses, a steamer trunk baseball that rolled market in Defiance, and from Germany and a through the legs of Boston the family suspects he got dresser with Grandma’s Red Sox first baseman Bill them as a promotional clothes neatly folded in the Buckner in the 1986 World item from a candy com- drawers. Series for $418,000. pany that distributed them Months went by before Calderon said his first with caramels. They think they even got to the attic. words were “Oh, my God.” he gave some away and On Feb. 29, Kissner’s “I was in complete awe,” kept others. cousin Karla Hench pulled he said. “You just don’t see “We guess he stuck them out the dirty green box them this nice.” in the attic and forgot with metal clips at the corThe cards are from what about them,” Kissner said. ners and lifted the lid. is known as the E98 series.

This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions of Dallas, shows a 1910 E98 Ty Cobb baseball card found in the attic of a house in Defiance, Ohio with about 700 others. The best of the bunch — 37 cards — are expected to bring a total of $500,000 when they are sold at auction in August during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore. It is not clear who manufactured them or how many were produced, but the series consists of 30 players, half of them Hall of Famers. The experts at Heritage Auctions checked out the family’s background, the age of the home and the history of the meat market. They looked at the cards and how they were printed. “Everything lines up,” said Chris Ivy, the company’s director of sports auctions. They then sent all the cards to Professional

Authenticator, Sports which had previously authenticated fewer than 700 E98s. The Ohio cards were the finest examples from the E98 series the company had ever seen. The company grades cards on a 1-to-10 scale based of their condition. Up to now, the highest grade it had ever given a Ty Cobb card from the E98 series was a 7. Sixteen Cobbs found in the Ohio attic were graded a 9 almost perfect. A Honus Wagner was judged a 10, a first for the series.

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Schmidt: All-Star game has problems but no easy solutions BY MIKE SCHMIDT For The Associated Press I was on 12 All-Star rosters, most as a legit AllStar deserving of the honor of representing the National League as one of that year’s best players. In 1980, I missed the game with a pulled muscle. And in 1989, I was voted to the team as a starter after I had retired. In each case the replacement was a player deserving and capable of carrying out the assignment in my place. His first-half body of work that season was rewarded. Back then, the fans picked the game’s starters. That’s all, the starters. The managers picked the remainder of the roster so that as the game progressed into the deciding innings, each league would have its best on the field. Every year, the fan voting is skewed to elect players based on popularity, not on production. That’s OK because the game has been labeled “for the fans.” This game for the fans, however, now carries a significant prize: World Series home field, which is why the field personnel must decide on the final roster. The All-Star game has

become the black sheep event of Bud Selig’s tenure as baseball commissioner. Try as he might, he can’t get it to where it once was. Back in the day, it was a game each league wanted to win. Willie Mays was picked for 24 All-Star games and played nine innings in many. When I started my run in the ’70s, reporting to the game meant joining Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Joe Torre, Lou Brock, Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Tony Perez, and others who demanded we play to win. Get this: Winning didn’t mean anything other than league pride. Mr. Selig is still hunting for the answer as to why the All-Star game these days has gotten away from that attitude. Maybe his game has given way in importance to other All-Star events, like the Home Run Derby? Maybe his player voting and selection system has created confusion. By placing the World Series homefield advantage on the game’s outcome while at the same time allowing fan voting to play the major role in roster selection he confuses not only baseball fans, but me, too.

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In this June 21 file photo,Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) works the ball against Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the first half at Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series in Miami. Durant and James will team-up for the USA in this summer’s Olympics. still be a great teammate, nals loss to the Boston Durant has had enough come out and play hard.” Celtics and get back out time to get over it by now. Kobe Bryant was in Du- on the court for the “But then again, I wasrant’s shoes four years Olympics. He said it’s nor- n’t playing on the Olympic ago, having to shake off mal to not want to play for team with, you know, Ray the disappointment of a fi- a few days, but figures Allen and Paul Pierce and

Paterno family: Late coach didn’t cover up STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno didn’t cover up for retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky when he was accused of molesting boys and didn’t act to hinder an investigation of him, Paterno’s family said Tuesday. Paterno’s family also called Sandusky, who was convicted last month of sexually abusing 10 boys, some on campus, a “master deceiver” in a lengthy statement released after former FBI director Louis

Freeh announced he would unveil the findings of his investigation into the scandal on Thursday. Freeh was hired to investigate by the Penn State trustees, who ousted Paterno days after Sandusky was arrested in November. Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted last month of 45 criminal counts. He maintains his innocence. Paterno’s family said Paterno “did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile.”

Garnett,” Bryant said. “He’s got to look at LeBron every day. I didn’t have to do that. So I don’t know if I could do that. I’d probably be trying to destroy him every single day in practice to try to, I don’t know, take a little of the edge off maybe.” James and Durant are actually friends, James inviting Durant to work out with him last summer in Ohio. That wouldn’t make much difference to Bryant, one of the NBA’s fiercest competitors. “Being the friends thing, I mean that’s fine,” Bryant said. “Once you start playing, I’d really, I’d have to go after him. There’s just no way.” James experienced the heartbreak of a finals loss last year, the Heat beaten by Dallas in their first season together. It was especially difficult on James, who played poorly in the fourth quarters of those games, adding a new level of criticism piled onto what he had already been facing since his departure

from Cleveland the previous summer. He hardly wanted to do anything in the days after that loss, and agreed that it would have bothered him if he had to play with then-Mavericks center Tyson Chandler last summer. So he knows what Durant must be feeling. “It bothers him,” James said. “I bet it bothers him and (Russell) Westbrook, you know, they probably don’t want to hear about it. It would bother me, it would bother anyone that you lose to someone in the finals, where everyone’s competing at the highest level and you want to win and then you have to team up with them not too long, not too far removed from the games.” There’s usually more time between the finals and the Olympics, but the lockout moved back the start of the NBA season and pushed the dates closer together this year. The finals ended June 22 and the U.S. opened its training camp on July 6.

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MLB Standings Major League Baseball At A Glance All Times EDT National League East Division W L Pct GB Washington 49 34 .590 — 46 39 .541 4 Atlanta New York 46 40 .535 4½ Miami 41 44 .482 9 37 50 .425 14 Philadelphia Central Division W L Pct GB 48 37 .565 — Pittsburgh Cincinnati 47 38 .553 1 St. Louis 46 40 .535 2½ 40 45 .471 8 Milwaukee Chicago 33 52 .388 15 Houston 33 53 .384 15½ West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 47 40 .540 — 46 40 .535 ½ San Francisco Arizona 42 43 .494 4 San Diego 34 53 .391 13 33 52 .388 13 Colorado ___ Monday's Games No games scheduled Tuesday's Games

All-Star Game at Kansas City, MO, 8:15 p.m. Wednesday's Games No games scheduled Thursday's Games No games scheduled American League East Division L Pct GB W New York 52 33 .612 — Baltimore 45 40 .529 7 45 41 .523 7½ Tampa Bay Boston 43 43 .500 9½ Toronto 43 43 .500 9½ Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 47 38 .553 — 44 41 .518 3 Cleveland Detroit 44 42 .512 3½ Kansas City 37 47 .440 9½ 36 49 .424 11 Minnesota West Division W L Pct GB 52 34 .605 — Texas Los Angeles 48 38 .558 4 Oakland 43 43 .500 9 36 51 .414 16½ Seattle ___ Monday's Games No games scheduled Tuesday's Games All-Star Game at Kansas City, MO, 8:15 p.m. Wednesday's Games No games scheduled Thursday's Games No games scheduled


WNBA Standings By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB 13 4 .765 — Connecticut Indiana 10 6 .625 2½ Chicago 8 7 .533 4 8 9 .471 5 Atlanta New York 6 11 .353 7 Washington 3 13 .188 9½ WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB Minnesota 14 4 .778 — 14 6 .700 1 Los Angeles San Antonio 11 5 .688 2 Seattle 8 9 .471 5½ 4 14 .222 10 Phoenix Tulsa 3 14 .176 10½ Monday's Games No games scheduled Tuesday's Games Connecticut 77, Washington 70 Indiana 84, New York 82 Minnesota 107, Tulsa 86 Los Angeles 90, Phoenix 71 Wednesday's Games San Antonio at Chicago, 12:30 p.m. Atlanta at Seattle, 3 p.m. Washington at Connecticut, 7 p.m. Thursday's Games Tulsa at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Los Angeles at Indiana, 7 p.m.

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