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BY JENNIFER RUNYON For the Daily Call COVINGTON — The five-year forecast for Covington Exempted Village School District has the district showing negative $1,933,506 by fiscal year 2016. According to board of education Vice President Brad Hall, voters may see a levy on the ballot as early as March.

State of the School Address set COVINGTON — The Covington Exempted Village School District will be conducting a State of the School Address at 7 p.m. today in the commons of Covington High School. The administration and board of education will update the community on issues of academic performance, facilities and finances. Everyone in the Covington community is invited. “We’re facing some challenging financial times,” Superintendent David Larson said. Like many other districts, Covington finds itself in this situation due in large part to state cuts. In 2004, legislation was approved to phase out the Tangible Personal Property Tax. Revenue from the state’s new Commercial Activity

Tax was supposed to provide Ohio with a dedicated revenue stream to replace these funds through 2017. However, the state’s current budget immediately eliminated this reimbursement for Covington, which amounts to $111,000 for fiscal year 2012. Also, the state is using The Bridge Model to fund schools as

an interim until a final model can be determined. The Bridge Model funds schools based upon the amount per-pupil it received in FY11. For Covington, that translates into a per-pupil amount of $3,740 for FY12. However, preliminary enrollment estimates show a decrease of 26 students, which equates to a reduction in funding of $97,700 for each year beginning with this year. The decrease is due to a small kindergarten class and more students attending the Upper Valley Career Center. Also in the five-year forecast, FY14 estimates a decline in enrollment by 23 due to a large

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Piqua Halloween parade tonight

TROY — A convicted rapist and tier III sex offender found himself in a familiar place o n Monday afternoon CRUEA — facing sexual molestation charges in the same courtroom he was convicted of rape in back in 2004. Michael S. Cruea, 49, of Piqua, was released from prison in June and by September, police say he had allegedly already committed at least one sexual offense involving a 10-year-old girl. Cruea, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of gross sexual imposition, a felony of the third-degree. If convicted as charged, Cruea faces between 12 to 60 months

PIQUA — The 55th annual Kiwanis Club Halloween Parade will be held today, with judging at 6:15 p.m. in the parking lot of Unity National Bank, downtown Piqua. Judging will be followed by the parade at 7 p.m. The 2011 MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO grand marshal will be FOR PHOTO REPRINTS, GO TO WWW.DAILYCALL.COM Marijo Poling, 2011 Ki- Crews from the city of Piqua and Barrett Paving put the final layer of blacktop on Water Street (U.S. Route 36) on Tuesday morning. wanian of the Year. Prior to costume judging, downtown businesses will participate in a Trick or Treat from 5-6 p.m., sponsored by Mainstreet Piqua. Look for the businesses displaying “Plans are ter Relay. The Survivor Lap and special Halloween stakes. under way to have team laps will be highlighted durthis year’s Relay ing the relay, too. A brunch is being Lottery at the Miami planned early Saturday for the surCounty Fairvivors. “We want to focus on our FOR THE DAILY CALL CLEVELAND (AP) — grounds but the survivors and make sure Relay is a The following are Tuesday’s time to celebrate,” said Agenbroad, MIAMI COUNTY — The Ameri- days for the Relay winning lottery numbers: can Cancer Society has announced are being changed,” said co-chairs a cancer survivor herself. Night Drawings: A new feature this year will be a the theme and several changes for Joyce Kittel and Kathy Agenbroad. ■ Rolling Cash 5 For 2012, the relay will begin concert on Saturday night. Like all the 2012 Relay For Life of Miami 7-21-24-31-39 County. This year’s theme is Rockin’ mid-day on Saturday and end early the Relay events, the concert is open ■ Pick 3 Numbers and Rollin’ at Relay For Life, and Sunday morning. The change allows to the public. “We can’t announce 1-5-1 the Relay will include a concert by a more time for relay favorites like ■ Pick 4 Numbers Ms Relay, and Little Miss and MisSee Relay for Life/Page 2 See Court/Page 2 popular area band. 3-7-0-8 Day Drawings: ■ Pick 3 Midday 0-6-7 ■ Pick 4 Midday 9-6-6-8 PIQUA — Recipes are now being acIndividuals may enter one recipe per cepted for the 2011 Miami County category. Recipes will be reviewed and Index Cookbook. The deadline for submis- three from each category will be sesions is Monday, Nov. 14. lected to participate in the annual cookClassified ...............10-12 Categories for the 2011 cookbook are: off, which will be held at 10 a.m. Comics ..........................9 PIQUA — A community invited candidates with • Kids in the Kitchen (children ages Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Upper Valley Entertainment ...............5 education forum featuring opposition who are run- 5-12 may submit Career Center (JVS) in Golden Years .................6 state and local issues and ning in the Nov. 8 election recipes) Piqua. Include your Health ............................7 candidates in the Novem- including city of Piqua • Baker’s Best (cookmailing address and Horoscopes...................9 ber election affecting mayoral candidates ies, breads, muffins, phone number with Local ..........................3, 8 Piqua area residents will Robert Anspach and in- cakes, pies) each recipe submission, Obituaries......................2 be held at 7:30 p.m. cumbent Lucy Fess; 5th • Meat Lovers along with the complete Opinion ..........................4 Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Ward Commission candi- (meats, meat dishes) recipe title, list of ingreSports.....................13-16 YWCA Piqua. The evening dates Robert Anspach, in• Lunch Bunch dients and directions on Weather .........................3 is organized by the YWCA cumbent Lucy Fess and (lunch favorites, sandwiches, salads) making the recipe. Public Policy Committee. Gary Michael Koenig. • Appetizers/Meal Starters (finger Email recipes to editorial@dailyInterested citizens are inLocal issues that will be foods, hors d’oeuvres) or mail typed recipes to Piqua vited to attend the forum, on the ballot and have • Pastabilities (pasta dishes) Daily Call, Attn.: Cookbook, 310 Spring which is free and open to representatives invited to • Holiday Favorites (anything you’d St., Piqua, OH 45356. For more inforthe public. serve at a holiday meal/party) mation, call 773-2721. 6 2 See Election/Page 2 This event will feature 7 4 8 2 5 8 2 1 0 1

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011




Rita Sue Shoopman DEGRAFF — Rita Sue Shoopman, 65, of DeGraff, passed away at 12:44 p.m. Mond a y , Oct. 24, 2011, in the Springfield R e gional Medi c a l Center. SHOOPMAN Born Sept. 2, 1946, in Piqua, Rita was a daughter of the late William Park and Laura Mae (Fitzpatrick) Whitlow. She married Roy Eugene Shoopman on June 20, 1964, and he survives. She also is survived by three children, Kathryn (SFC Michael) Bacon of Butlerville, Ind., Donald E. (Sherry) Shoopman Sr. of Toledo and Christina S (Major Kevin) Kupferer of San Antonio, Texas. She was a loving grandmother to her grandchildren, SGT Gregory Shoopman of Ft. Carson, Colo., SGT Daniel Bacon of Columbus, Amanda Bacon of Degraff, and Nicole, Ashley and Matthew Kupferer, all of San Antonio, Texas. She also is survived by four sisters and three brothers, Wanda Weymer of Piqua, Marie Edwards of Arizona, Ruth (Meredith) Shaffer of Piqua, Linda (Garice) Stevens of Piqua, Robert Whitlow of Piqua, Dean Whitlow of Piqua,

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and Dale Whitlow of Franklin; and many nieces nephews and extended family members. In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by four brothers, William P. Whitlow Jr., Charles E. Whitlow, John W. Whitlow and Donald E. Whitlow; and three sisters, Henrietta “LaMerle” Wimer, Sena Mae Vanhorn Glasscock and Patricia Eilene Karnhem. Sue was a 1964 graduate of Piqua Central High School and a member of the Fletcher United Methodist Church. She assisted at the church as a secretary and was formerly employed by Drackett of Urbana and was a senior proof reader for the Piqua Daily Call. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Fletcher United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andy Perry presiding. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. Visitation for family and friend will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the Fletcher United Methodist Church, 205 S. Walnut St., Fletcher. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fletcher United Methodist Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at w w w. s h i v e l y f u n e r a

Relay for Life Continued from page 1 the name of the group yet, but we are very excited to have them coming to Troy,” Kittle said. “This band has played many well known events in the Dayton area.” The relay will end early Sunday morning with a sunrise service. “Changing days to Saturday and Sunday will give everyone more time to set up and still be able to attend all the special moments of Relay. We want to make sure we have time to prepare the luminaries and make that a very special ceremony,” Agenbroad said.

Also planned is a chili cook-off early in 2012 where teams will prepare their own recipes and everyone can vote for their favorite. Dates and times will be announced soon. Feb, 20, President’s Day, is the date of the Relay For Life Kick Off Down Under luncheon at Outback Restaurant in Troy. Tickets for this popular event will go on sale in early January. For more information send an email to: or check out the Relay For Life of Miami County website at:

Court Continued from page 1 in prison. According to his indictment, Cruea allegedly committed the offense on Sept. 4 at a Troy residence. A pretrial conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. According to the state database for convicted sex offenders, Cruea was charged with the aggravated sexually oriented offense of rape Nov. 5, 2004. Court officials said additional molestation charges

Election Continued from page 1 attend the event include: city of Piqua (5 Charter Amendments); Piqua City School District, (bond issue and tax levy additional); Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health

could be filed against Cruea in the near future. First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jim Bennett said that additional charges are “possibly coming.” Cruea remains behind bars at the Miami County Jail on a $25,0000 bond. As a tier III sex offender, Cruea must register as a sex offender routinely each year for the rest of his life in the county where he resides, works or receives an education.

COVINGTON — Ned Louis Watson, 95, of Covington, died in h i s daught e r ’ s a r m s and surrounded by his loving careg i v e r s WATSON on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Crestline Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 29, 1915, in Kosciusko County, to his parents Fred and Elsie (Brant) Watson. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy in 2004; and his sister, Elizabeth Armstrong in 1994. He will be missed by his daughter, Mary Wright of Crestline; and his sisters, Susie Kessler of Covington and Jeanette Landes (Harold) of Bradford. Ned graduated from Covington High School and later attended The Ohio State University. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving with the 2nd Armored Division from October 1941-1945, where he was awarded a Purple Heart and Silver Star. On Dec. 24, 1945, he married Dorothy (Hershey) and together they lived in the Covington area for the

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majority of their lives. Ned owned and operated several milk trucks for Westerville Creamery, worked as a Railway Mail Clerk for the U.S. Railway Post Office (RPO) and retired from Leo E. Rasor Plumbing and Heating, Bradford, in 1980. Ned also was a local farmer and a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Covington. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, mushroom hunter and talented woodworker. He would often say “We were put on this earth for one reason… to help other people,” and he lived by that. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 East Bridge St., Covington. Pastor Steve Nierman will officiate with interment following at Miami Memorial Park Cemetery, Covington. The family will receive friends from 11-1 p.m. Thursday at the church. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church or Oakland Lutheran Church, 2045 Olivesburg Rd, Mansfield, OH 44903. Online memories may be left the family at for

Helen Marie Mays Stevens PIQUA — Helen Marie Mays Stevens, 100, who lived in Piqua before moving to Covington in 2005, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at her home. Helen was born in Marysville on Aug. 9, 1911, to the late Chester and Daisy Maude (Hill) Mays. She married Carl J. Stevens on Dec. 29, 1930, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1974. She was a member of the Covington Church of the Brethren. Helen was a homemaker, a loving mother and an amazing grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Ed Smith; and grandson, Joe Hitchcock. Helen is survived by her son, Bill (Bonnie) Stevens

of Germantown, Tenn.; two daughters, Lucille (Major) Mays of Covington and Ruth Smith of Suffolk, Va.; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 21 g r e a t - g r e a t grandchildren; and special friends B.J. and Zeke. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the BridgesStocker-Fraley Funeral Home, Covington with Pastor Michael Yingst officiating. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Saturday until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County or Covington Church of the Brethren. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Death notices SIDNEY — Florence M. Shine, 105, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney. A memorial service will be held Thursday at Amos Chapel at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home, Sidney, is handling the funeral arrangements.

SIDNEY — Goldie Merle Burkholder Teets, 90, of Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Dorothy Love. Funeral services will be held Friday at Trinity Church of The Brethren with the Rev. Brent Driver officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Point Cemetery in Pasco. Services (tax levy, reCromes Funeral Home, Sidney, is in charge of newal). arrangements. For more information, stop at the YWCA at 418 SIDNEY — Sharon L. Waldsmith, 66, of Sidney, N. Wayne St., call 773- passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Miami Valley 6626, or e-mail info@yw- Hospital in Dayton. The YWCA is Funeral services will be held Friday at Cromes handicap accessible. Funeral Home, Sidney, with the Rev. Eileen Hix officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney.

PIQUA — James Albert McKnight of Piqua was called h o m e Oct. 24, 2011. James w a s born to James M c K night and Ann (Ather- MCKNIGHT t o n ) McKnight on Feb. 7, 1944. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his loving wife of 40 years, Judith A. (McCoy) McKnight. James is survived by two sons, Darrin and Teresa McKnight of Piqua and Matthew McKnight of

John Charles Thomas TROY — John Charles Thomas, 76, of Troy passed away 3:38 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at Upper Va l l e y Medical Center. H e w a s b o r n March 1 5 , THOMAS 1935, in Piqua, to the late William and Gwendolyn (Dizzelle) Thomas. John was married to Cynthia (Hill) Thomas, who preceded him in death in 1999. Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Morgana Thomas and Selma and Bill Sherman, all of Piqua; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Robert Duncan of Columbus; brother, Ralph

PLEASANT HILL — Janey (Lybarger) Overholser-Hayes, 60, of Pleasant Hill, passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at Upper Valley Medical Center. She was born Aug. 15, 1951, in Dayton, to her parents Raymond and Leona (Wagner) Lybarger. Janet graduated from Newton High School Class of 1969. Following her training, she worked as a paramedic in Tipp City, and later retired from Riverside of Miami County as a bus driver. She enjoyed many activities throughout her life especially crocheting and bowling. She was preceded in death her mother, Leona. She is survived by father, Raymond; daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Gradie Mitchem of Pleasant Hill; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Dawn Overholser II;

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grandchildren, Bryan Brock, Tyler Overholser, Lacey Overholser, Gradie Mitchem II; sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlotte and Dennis Burns Sr. of Tipp City, Cindy and Scott Riffle of Greenville; significant other and companion, Stephen Turowski of Pleasant Hill; step daughter, Donnita Gehm of Coldwater. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Jackson-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 1 S. Main St., Pleasant Hill. Interment will follow at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, New Carlisle. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. If so desired memorial contributions may be made to Riverside of Miami County. Online memories may be left for the family at

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be no school for morning WEST MILTON — Susan Jane Jeffery, 76, of and afternoon kindergarten students on Thurs- West Milton, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at day, Nov. 3. Covington Covington Care Center, Covington. Arrangements are pending at the Hale-Sarver Schools will not be in sesFamily Funeral Home, West Milton. sion Friday, Nov. 4.

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Thomas of Portland, Ore.; grandchild, Ashleigh Sherman; two special friends, Charlie and Sue Smith of Piqua. John was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathryn Brannam, two brothers and one sister. John retired as a maintenance worker for Dinner Bell Foods, Troy after 32 years of service A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Freedom Life Ministries, 9101 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua with the Rev. Charles Smith officiating. Contributions may be made to the family at 1550 Edge St., Piqua, OH. enArrangements trusted to Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Parent-teacher conferences set COVINGTON — Parent/Teacher conferences will be held at Covington Schools from 1:30-9 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 3. Parents are encouraged to call the high school at 473-3746 and the middle school at 473-2833 for conference appointments. Elementary parents should have received a request from their child’s teacher for a conference time. If parents did not receive information from a child, call the elementary at 473-2252. Covington students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. There will

Versailles; b r o t h e r, Dwain and P a u l a McKnight of Freemont; several half brothers and sisters of Dayton; seven beautiful grandchildren; nine wonderful great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. James served his country from 1967 to 1974. Upon his request, there will be no services. Arrangements entrusted to Newcomer Funeral Home & Crematory, 4104 Needmore Road, Dayton. To send a special message to the family, please visit 333 West High Street • Piqua 773-3161



Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Community spotlight

Rain, cooler temps in forecast Another cold front arrives today with the chance of more rain and cooler temperatures. We could see some heavier rain tonight followed by a chilly day on Thursday. More frost is possible come Friday morning. Cool temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. A warming trend is expected early next week with the high reaching 60 on Tuesday. High: 62 Low: 54.





Braving the raindrops and cold weather, students from High Street and Nicklin Learning Center help post 60 percent of the United Way Community Campaign. From the left, Caleb Lyons, Brooke Smith, Kayla Perry, Talon Johnson, Gracie LaPointe, Wyatt Marrs and Emma Pierron. Jim Monnier, High Street guidance counselor and Clint Bostick, Nicklin guidance counselor, are holding the tally board.

Teacher of the Year to be honored at annual event Editor’s Note: This is the third of a three-part series on the history of the Piqua Education Foundation and its upcoming Celebration of Education dinner. PIQUA — The Piqua Education Foundation will hold its annual Celebration of Education dinner, Jerseys and Jeans, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Piqua Country Club. This yearly event will honor the Piqua City School Teacher of the Year as well as recognizing the accomplishments of many of its students. The Piqua Education Foundation (PEF) was initiated in 1984, and granted non profit status in 1985. The original members wanted to establish scholarships for Piqua high school students to hep pay for higher education. The Piqua Education Foundation (PEF) is a non-profit organization that seeks contributions to benefit students in Piqua City Schools. It provides scholarships for deserving students and gives education grants to encourage teacher and student creativity and achievement. Piqua Education Foundation is proud to have given more than $220,000 to 161 students in 2011. “It is a very rewarding experience to be able to re-

view the applications of so many deserving students,” said Sam Robinson, PEF treasurer. “There is so much talent, that it makes decisions very difficult.” One of the largest donors is from the Jacob Schmidlapp Trust Fund. Jacob Schmidlapp was born in Piqua in 1849, one of six children of German immigrants. The family lived above the family grocery store where he worked to help support his family In the 1870s, Mr. Schmidlapp moved to Cincinnati where he founded Union Savings Bank, which merged with Fifth Third Bank in 1919. In 1890, he donated his family store and home at 509 N. Main St. for the erection of the Schmidlapp Free School Library, which soon outgrew this facility. It was then moved to the corner of Greene and Wayne becoming the Flesh Public Library. In 1903, Mr. Schmidlapp established a trust to help improve lives by funding arts, health and human services, education and community development initiatives. A second Schmidlapp Trust was established in 1919. Mr. Schmidlapp was a man of great force, with ability to plan and the power to execute that plan. He was instrumental in erecting the

Union Trust Building in 1901, Cincinnati’s first skyscraper. He was a major force behind the Blue Cross Hospital plan. At the time of his death in 1919, a prominent Cincinnati resident remarked that “there is one outstanding fact beside which all other evidences of Mr. Schmidlapp’s greatness seem dwarfed, and that is the manner in which he was able to take command of himself in the fare of overwhelming domestic tragedies.” While he, his wife and one of his daughters were traveling on a railroad train, the train crashed killing his wife and daughter. Later his second daughter was killed in an automobile accident. In 2006, Fifth Third Bank, a trustee representing the Jacob F. Schmidlapp Trust, presented the Piqua Education Foundation with a grant of $500,000 to be used for scholarships. A Celebration of Piqua Education is an evening to promote the positive accomplishments of the students and staff from Piqua and a way to say “Thank You” to the loyal supporters of the PEF. Your support will allow the PEF to continue to provide financial assistance to deserving high school graduates to help ensure their colle-

Parade participants invited to Trick-or-Treat PIQUA — The Mainstreet Piqua organization and the downtown Piqua merchants invite all the participants in the annual Kiwanis Halloween parade to come and trick or treat today on Main Street prior to the annual Kiwanis Parade. From 5-6 p.m. today all those merchants with “Halloween stakes” directly in front of their business invite all the costumed Halloween Parade participants to come in for a Halloween treat. Businesses participating include, in the 300

block Knobby’s, Rocket Cleaners, Hand to Hand Consignment, and Barclays Men’s Women’s Clothiers. In the 400 block of North Main Street businesses that will be handing out candy include Readmore’s Hallmark, the Piqua Arts Council, New 2 U, Dobo’s Delights, Jerry Anthony’s Edward Jones office, and the law office of Stephanie Gunter. From the 200 block of North Main Street, Kat’s Apparel and Rusty Surber’s Edward Jones office will also be participating along with The Gathering Place

on Greene Street and Liberty Tax Service in the 500 Block of North Main Street. Questions about the downtown Trick or Treat may be directed to Mainstreet Piqua at 7739355. The Kiwanis Halloween Parade will start at the intersection of Main and Market Streets at 7 p.m. It will go north on Main Street to Ash Street, west on Ash Street to Wayne Street, south on Wayne Street to High Street and west on High Street to the YMCA where the prizes will be awarded.

giate pursuits. Reservations for Jerseys and Jeans may be made by contacting Mindy Greggerson at 773-4321 or The cost is $50 per person. The event will be from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Piqua Country Club. Dress is casual and all are encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey or other sports apparel. Proceeds from this event are donated to the Piqua Education Foundation, PEF a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to selected graduating seniors and post-graduates, educational grants to teachers, and supports special activities for Piqua City School students.

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Cameron Wirrig Age: 12 Birthdate: Oct. 26, 1999 Parents: Scott and Melissa Wirrig of Hilliard Grandparents: Mike and Ursula Brandewie of Fort Loramie and Bill and Keytha Rouse of Piqua Great-grandparents: Dorothy Brandewie of Fort Loramie

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Piqua grads support school issue To the Editor: We are writing to share our reasons for supporting the school levy and to encourage our friends to consider this important opportunity. Both of us have lived in Piqua all our lives, as well as our parents and grandparents. We have raised three children who have benefitted from the Piqua school system. We now have two grandchildren enrolled at High Street and Nicklin School. We have reached retirement age and it would be easy for us to say that we have paid our dues during our lifetime and that we don’t want any more taxes. However, our lifetime of support and encouragement from our ancestors has determined our vote for the future of our Piqua children. Regardless of anyone’s feelings about administration, teachers, busing, sports, curriculum, the bottom line is the future of Piqua — the children. They deserve to be educated in contemporary and safe buildings. We were educated in the same buildings that our parents were schooled in — and those buildings are still being used by our current students. We know

that when our parents and grandparents voted to build new elementary buildings in the 1950s that they did not have extra money and they did not get the deal we are being offered either. Our parents and grandparents did not have and could not have paid for all the extra gadgets that we currently consider necessities. They had gardens to survive, not to eat organic. They invested their money in us and it is our turn to invest ours in the next generation and beyond. We have recently attended events at Versailles and Graham Schools and realized how fortunate we would be to have a new facility such as theirs. We, as Piqua taxpayers, have paid for other school system upgrades through our state income tax. It is time for us to receive some of that back in the form of the 47 percent state assistance. It isn’t easy to say yes to more expenses — but this time “yes” should be the only answer. Please prayerfully consider your responsibility to the children of Piqua and their future and join us in voting for the tax levy on Nov. 8. —Jim and Sherry Heath Piqua

Readers say vote ‘yes’ for Fess To the Editor: My wife and I want the best for Piqua and we know that the person who serves as mayor is a primary force in determining the safety and prosperity of our city. For those reasons, we commend to every voter the merits of our present incumbent, Mayor Lucy Fess. Mayor Fess has proven herself in so many ways that it is difficult to resist crediting her with a catalogue of virtues. Even those who are not familiar with de-

tails of her fine career can confirm a good deal about her simply by watching the periodic Piqua City Commission meetings, which she chairs. We who live in Piqua can do ourselves and our neighbors a huge favor by reelecting Mayor Lucy Fess. When she has won, we won’t ever have reason to be sorry. Vote “yes” for Fess. —Bill and Noralie Brower Piqua

Letters to the Editor

‘No’ vote urged on Issue 2 To the Editor: What does “union” mean to you? If you are vulnerable to intense Republican supported corporate propaganda you will now think of unions as something negative. You’ve been brainwashed. The truth is that unions are truly the most “American” organization that ever developed — a purely grass roots movement from an intense dire need. Americans died in the streets at the beginning of the 20th century fighting for the right to collectively bargain — for better working conditions and fair pay. At the beginning of the industrial revolution, America was just like a “third world country.” The flaw in our system was unencumbered robber-baron greed — the drive for unlimited profits – profits at all costs. And the cost was at the expense of the workers. Without rules or regulations, even children were worked for 12 hours a day. “Slave” wages prevailed. You could be fired on a whim. You had no breaks or vacations. You had no right to complain and could make no demands of any kind. And the work place was highly dangerous. The history of unionization is as American as apple pie. It is what a free people can do with their free speech and right to assemble. Unions are the most honorable part of our American civiliza-

tion. Unions created our middle class. It was the finishing touch to “our land of opportunity.” Freedom without justice can be a stagnant liberty—– the freedom to flounder — and any opportunity was often by hook or crook. Unions brought justice and security to the workplace to permit a standard of living that allowed the poor to advance with the dignity of fair play. The children of the poor could finally afford higher education — and that “lands” opportunity. Unions truly advanced our American civilization. It is pure propaganda that unions have “too much power.” Bargaining is always a two-sided fair negotiation. Union workers have given up much from the threat of offshore out-sourcing. Our civil servants and teachers simply fight for a living wage (as we all should). The fight to eliminate unions is surely a “corporate world” sponsored movement and there’s no patriotism there. And, remember, wise employers value the stability that mutual agreements bring. Unions work for everyone. Must we fight for basic rights again? I don’t think so. Remember from whence we came and why. Solidarity is America. On pure principle, vote “no” on Issue 2. —Patty and Bill Vogt Piqua

Residents dedicated to education ‘Empty-nesters’ support Piqua levy To the Editor: As lifetime residents of Piqua, we are excited for the opportunity we have to better our community. With the state paying 47 percent of our bill for new school buildings, I can’t imagine why we would not want to jump on this opportunity. Even though our three daughters have graduated from Piqua City Schools, we want to give this gift to our community. We know that schools are one of the first criteria for new families as they

move to this area. We believe with new buildings we can not only save money on fixing up old buildings, but we can show future Piquads our dedication to education and our children. We have proven that we can better our scores and have the dedicated administration and staff to thank for a job well done. Please join us in voting “yes” on Nov. 8. —Rob and Julie Alexander Piqua

To the Editor: We moved to Piqua in 1992. Our two daughters, Kari and Kate, graduated from Piqua High School. Both hold graduate degrees and are successful personally and professionally. We believe Piqua Schools contributed significantly to their success. We are appreciative of that contribution. We are now happy empty-nesters and will continue to support our school district and public education. We think it is our civic duty to support the education of school children as those in the past supported our children. On Nov. 8 we have an “opportunity of a lifetime” to vote in favor of new school facilities for our school district. We know we had about twice that amount. I see this as very exciting news and so passage of this bond issue will make should everyone that enjoys these waters. Thank you for your persistence it putting trash in its place. Keep up the great work and continue to “Keep It Clean” for all. —T. Lange POWW (Protecting Our Water-Ways)

Clean Sweep organizers say thanks To the Editor: The 8th Annual Clean Sweep of The Piqua Hydraulic Canal, Echo Lake and Frantz Pond was done by POWW (Protecting Our Water-Ways) volunteers on Saturday morning, Sept. 10. We collected approximately 100 pounds of trash out of the waters. This is a reduction from just a year ago when

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Election letter deadline set Oct. 28 The Piqua Daily Call will accept election letters to the editor through Friday, Oct. 28. Letters concerning candidates or issues on the Nov. 8 ballot will be published through Saturday, Nov. 5. All letters must be sent by email to in order to be published. Letters must be 400 words or less and include the letter writer’s name, address and a phone number for verification purposes. Letters that do not follow our policy will not be published. We will not accept form letters or letters signed

by groups. Letters should reflect the personal, individual opinion of the writer. Letter writers will be limited to one letter per subject matter. We also will not print letters or guest columns written by individual candidates. Each candidate will have the opportunity to be interviewed by a reporter for a profile story. Candidates are welcome to contact our advertising department at 440-5252 to purchase space for additional election-related space.

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

Piqua City Schools facilities better for learning, cheaper to maintain and serve as source of community pride. We think accomplishing this with the State of Ohio paying 47 percent of the cost is something this generation of voters must do. We are very hopeful the voters of Piqua will make the financial sacrifice to pass this bond issue. We owe it to current and future school children and out of respect to voters of many years ago who made the sacrifice to build our older buildings. Please join us in taking our turn to do the right and smart thing by passing this bond issue. —John and Barb Forsthoefel Piqua

■ William Vogt, 2nd Ward Commissioner,, 773-8217 ■ Joe Wilson, 3rd Ward Commissioner,, 778-0390 ■ Judy Terry, 4th Ward Commissioner,, 773-3189 ■ Interim City Manager William Murphy,, 778-2051










Effort to rebuild CBS News focuses on morning DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer NEW YORK — David Rhodes plucks a cassette tape from a cart in the CBS newsroom. It’s an “On the Road” segment by Charles Kuralt that aired in 1971. A classic, no doubt, and one that CBS News has stored digitally. So what is it doing there? What possible purpose does a 40-year-old tape serve in a newsroom undergoing renovation in 2011? Rhodes, a half-year into his new job as CBS News president, shakes his head. It’s one of the small things he encounters in his effort to turn around a news division steeped in tradition (a gold plaque on the door to “CBS Evening News” producer Patricia Shevlin’s office a few steps away identifies it as Edward R. Murrow’s old office) yet has fallen into disrepair. After a reboot of the evening newscast under Scott Pelley, Rhodes and his boss, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, are devoting much of their attention to the network’s cellar-dwelling morning show. “We do think what we’re cooking up is remarkable,” said Rhodes, 37, who worked at Fox News Channel and Bloomberg before coming to CBS News. That’s a tease, since only outlines of what they’re working on are known. PBS interviewer Charlie Rose told Newsweek that he’s talked to CBS about hosting the show, although no decisions have been made. CBS News hired Chris Licht, former executive producer of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and he sits next to Rhodes at a horseshoeshaped desk in the middle of the CBS newsroom. Veteran newsman John Miller was just hired as a correspondent. The future of the current on-air team of Chris Wragge, Erica Hill and Jeff Glor is murky. National weather forecasts, and forecaster Marysol Castro, were cast aside for local reports. The timing of a full-fledged relaunch is unclear, partly dependent on the physical renovation and construction of a new studio. “We’re building a facility and office that will be the envy of the industry,” Licht said. “Imagine how important that is to a staff that is working in what can only be described as the scent of Barney Miller.” Licht’s hiring led many in the industry to assume CBS wanted to create its version of “Morning Joe,” perhaps even the real thing if Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski became available. Rhodes said it was less what Licht did at MSNBC that was as important as the fact that “it was different and it was successful. That’s what we want.”


In this May photo released by CBS, “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, is shown. After a reboot of Scott Pelley’s evening newscast, CBS News president David Rhodes and his boss, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager are devoting much of their attention to the network’s cellar-dwelling morning show. The show’s tenor is already clear. Much like the evening news, “The Early Show” has become a more serious newscast, upping the percentage of overseas and political news while leaving the makeup hints and rock concerts behind. Rhodes recalled seeing a karaoke contest on “The Early Show” shortly after he started at CBS. He wondered, “Tell me how this is news, exactly?” On the wall of his office, Rhodes has a chart that tracks viewership of NBC’s “Today” show, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CBS’ show. The first two are almost mirror images: when one goes up a little, the other goes down. CBS, well behind, seems immune to the others’ fluctuations. He doesn’t see the point in trying to copy them. “CBS has finally come to understand what people have been saying for years: You’ll never beat the ‘Today’ show by trying to be the ‘Today’ show,” said Beth Knobel, a Fordham University journalism professor who worked at CBS News from 1997 to 2006. The show now is “more reflective of CBS News values,” Rhodes said. “A lot of people might say, ‘It’s not going to work, a harder news approach.’ But we think there are a lot of people who are encouraged by that, want something like that and can’t find it anyplace else.” Logic would seem to dictate doing something different than two more successful competitors. But even in third place, “The Early Show” has been profitable for CBS. Change puts that at risk.

After only a few weeks on the job, Rhodes wrote a tough memo to producers of “The Early Show,” angry that one morning’s program had done nothing to follow up on a newsworthy report made on “60 Minutes” the previous night. The oversight had hit on two pet peeves: not being aggressive in reporting and not having CBS newscasts work together to advance one another’s good stories. The memo became public. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, since it delivered the message that there’s a new sheriff in town. That doesn’t make Rhodes the bad cop to Fager’s good one. Fager is a CBS News lifer who knows every corner of the building and everyone in it. He’s eager to set a direction for the news division but didn’t want to leave his job producing “60 Minutes.” Rhodes, who brings another perspective after working at different news divisions, said the day-to-day management is what he signed on for. CBS News has strengths beyond “60 Minutes.” ”Sunday Morning” is doing well in the ratings and “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer is up in the ratings this fall while its NBC and ABC rivals are down. The evening and morning shows have been down so long it’s possible they are locked into permanent third place positions. What’s important to the new leaders is that CBS News has a clear identity that reflects its history. If you’re the type of person who thinks too much fluff has seeped into network news, then CBS is your place. There’s a long-gone swagger that has returned in recent months, epitomized by a promotional ad that touts CBS’ reporting and emphasis on substance. “Hey, it’s not like we invented original reporting on television,” the narrator says. “Oh, wait,” he says, as the “60 Minutes” stopwatch ticks behind him. “Yes, we did.” Knobel notices an improved morale when she sees some of her former colleagues. “People are really happy that serious news guys are in charge at CBS,” she said. “They really understand the zeitgeist of CBS, what makes CBS News tick. And it’s not soft news.” When Pelley replaced Katie Couric as the division’s top anchor this spring and moved across West 57th Street from the “60 Minutes” office (even though he’s continuing to do his full slate of stories at the newsmagazine), he immediately turned off the row of TV sets that displayed for the newsroom what the network’s competitors were doing. There was no mistaking the intent: CBS News is going its own way.

Man’s possible Michelangelo on display in Rome BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A possible 16th-century Michelangelo painting that hung for years in a New York family’s home is being displayed in Rome as part of an exhibit of Renaissance art, a development its owner calls a major milestone as he works to have it accepted by the art world. Scholars disagree on whether “La Pieta With Two Angels” was painted by Michelangelo or by one of his collaborators. For now, the 19-by-25-

inch work is described as “Michelangelesque” in a show sponsored by the philanthropic Rome Foundation, which transported the painting from the Buffalo area to Rome and funded its restoration over the past six months. It will be one of 170 pieces on display from Tuesday through Feb. 12 as part of “The Renaissance in Rome: A Token to Michelangelo and Raphael.” The circa 1545 painting, which shows Mary

with her arms open over the body of Jesus, whose arms are held by angels, has been restored “to near its original splendor,” said owner Martin Kober, who was in Italy for the opening. “It’s a major milestone for the painting to be included in an exhibit of this caliber and hang beside generally acknowledged works by Michelangelo, Raphael and other major Renaissance painters,” Kober said.

The painting was the subject of a book, “The Lost Pieta,” by Italian art historian Antonio Forcellino, who’s convinced it’s a Michelangelo. The book was published last year, around the time Kober went public with the family heirloom and his efforts to see it take its place in art history. For many years, the painting hung at the Kober family home, where it was affectionately known as “The Mike.”

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Couple clashes over bringing sex offender home for holidays DEAR ABBY: My husband recently asked how I would feel about him buying a plane ticket for his brother “Jake” to visit us and his parents over the holidays. I told him I wouldn’t like it — not because my husband would be paying for the ticket, but because Jake is a registered sex offender. My husband is now upset with me, saying Jake “served his time.” I understand that, but the underage girl he messed around with was his niece. My daughter is 10 and starting to develop. She’s also affectionate with family. I don’t want her hugging Uncle Jake. My husband and I are now not speaking. He told me that if his family isn’t welcome in our house, he will start treating MY family badly. Am I wrong for not wanting Jake sleeping under the same roof as my daughter? — PROTECTIVE MOM IN THE MIDWEST DEAR PROTECTIVE MOM: No, you’re not wrong. That your husband would try to blackmail you into allowing a registered sex offender to sleep in the same house as your adolescent daughter is deplorable. Your daughter is old enough to be told that Uncle Jake has a problem with young girls, and that if he ever makes a move on her, you want to know immediately. It isn’t like Jake did time for bank robbery. Sex offenders are usually prohibited from having contact with minors. The man has a sexual impulse disorder that shouldn’t be ignored, and your husband should not allow any risk that your daughter might be molested. DEAR ABBY: My son accidentally hit my neighbor’s car with his bike. We immediately went over, told him to get an estimate, and I said I would gladly pay the cost of repair. Three days later, our neighbor came over with the estimate and I wrote him a check. As time went on, I noticed the car wasn’t fixed, so one day when I saw him outside I asked him about it. He told me his wife needed some things, so he gave her the money I had given him. He said he wasn’t really that concerned about the car. Since I gave him the money to fix the car, shouldn’t he have used it


Advice for that purpose? My husband says once I gave our neighbor the money, it was his to do with as he liked. I feel I did the right thing and he took the money knowing he was never going to fix the dent. What do you think? — TOO GOOD A NEIGHBOR IN OHIO DEAR TOO GOOD: I don’t think a person can ever be “too good” a neighbor, and I agree with your husband. DEAR ABBY: My husband of two years, “Cash,” can’t fall asleep or stay asleep unless the TV is on — any show, any channel, even infomercials. I am the opposite. The noise keeps me awake, and I have heard it’s not good to have a TV in the bedroom. We compromised by getting a remote with a timer. I can give up the 60 or 90 minutes he needs to fall asleep. But he frequently wakes up in the middle of the night and turns the TV back on, or moves to the couch to watch the TV there. I asked Cash if he’d remove the TV from our bedroom. His response was, “Well, I guess I’ll be sleeping on the couch a lot.” I’d love to keep my husband in bed, but I’d also like to get some rest. Advice, Abby? — SLEEP-DEPRIVED IN CALIFORNIA DEAR SLEEP-DEPRIVED: Yes. There must be a reason for your husband’s irregular sleep habits. He should discuss with his doctor the fact that he can’t sleep through the night. He may have a physical problem or a sleep disorder. In order for BOTH of you to function in your waking lives, it’s important that you are well-rested. 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.

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The killing shift rest of the tricks. West would have stopped the contract had he shifted to his singleton club at trick three, which would have made it impossible for South to score 10 tricks. If declarer won the club in his hand and led a trump to dummy’s queen, he would have no safe way to return to his hand to draw trumps. Nor would he be any better off if he won the first club in dummy. That this is the case should not be difficult for West to see. Assuming only the strong probability that East has the ace


of hearts, West should realize that if he shifts to his singleton club, declarer will not be able to overcome his inability to get back and forth to draw trumps. In fact, if South wins the club return in his hand, which is the normal thing to do, he has to play the A-K and another trump to hold himself to down one. If he tries some other approach in an effort to make the contract, he might easily wind up down two.

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The familiar voice and the warm greeting, “Granny?” was the clue. I knew something else was coming. It was quite a story and I fell for it, of course the granddaughter presented me with a deal she thought would be irresistible: If I’d let a kitten live here for a couple weeks, she’d do any household chores I asked of her. (To save space, she’ll be referred to as Gr.D.) This cat tale is about a search to replace her friend’s pet cat who had died. They’re inclined to do that sometimes and while it’s sad, it’s inevitable; we all do it. Online, my Gr.D. found an image that closely resembled the deceased tabby, so she and the friend went shopping at the shelter. On arrival they learned that the featured yellow cat had already been adopted. As they left, the friend got too close to the cages and one very small feline orphan reached out to grab the jacket sleeve. They weren’t far down the road when they stopped, turned around, and went back to rescue the kitten who had chosen them. Gr.D. hadn’t yet moved into her new home and

Dear Grandparenting: I have gotten off to a bad start taking care of my granddaughter little Melanie who is about 15 months old. I get her three days a week when my daughter works. I do not know what to do when Melanie has a screaming fit because she doesn’t get her way. Can you see how I get frustrated when she yells and screams and says she wants her mommy? It drives me nuts! Then I get angry, and that doesn’t help me at all. To be quite honest, I am out of practice taking care of little ones. I am also a little afraid. Can you imagine how bad it would be if something happened that wound up hurting my grandchild? I never ever thought I would wind up babysitting this much. It just kind of happened. Our own children just assume we can care perfectly well for their little children because we’re old hands who did it before. I’m here to tell you it’s not as easy as just rolling out of bed. How can I get my grandchild to do more what I want her to We had a thunderstorm do? during the night but it Glenny, Waynesboro, now turned out to be has PA a beautiful sunny day. It Dear Glenny: Yours is is now sunny and breezy a good question. We sus- and temperatures reachpect many grandparents ing the 60s, perfect find themselves in this weather for drying launsame grandbaby bind. The dry outside! We have our old infant care skills aren’t laundry washed and on what they used to be, and the line now. Beautiful grandparents naturally sunny days like this are are a little nervous about numbered before the cold the childcare responsibil- weather is here. Last ity that’s been thrust upon week we spent time pickthem. Perhaps they be- ing a lot of potatoes from come timid about being too a few fields after the pickforceful, and may turn to ers were done. We now jelly when it comes to met- have more than enough ing out discipline – or for this winter. They are the “russet worse yet, over-react and storage potatoes,” so they become too punishing. keep really well in our Discipline need not involve punishment and cool basement. We sure anger, which teach chil- are thankful to be able to dren to be afraid of you be- get these potatoes since sides elevating your stress ours didn’t do so well. levels. By raising your Right now we are drying voice, you also teach them out, these potatoes grandchildren to ignore do real well in storage. your normal voice level. Our family enjoys potaGood discipline means re- toes and there are so peating simple rules like many different ways of “no throwing” and stop- preparing them. One

CAROLYN STEVENS Columnist she couldn’t take one more refugee into her parents’ home, so she phoned “the enabler.” I agreed to foster the kitten for a couple weeks and was firm about that; we’ve had too many of our childrens’ pets remain as permanent guests. (And I thought of what chore here that she could choose by way of restitution!) When she brought the urchin into the house, it was the most miserable looking creature I’d seen for a while — but, believe me, that baby cat was smiling. She was said to be four to five months old, weighing about three pounds, a pound of which was vermin. A “street girl,” too young to fend for herself; we guessed at what she may have tried to eat. Since separated from her mother, she’d been as vulnerable as a feather in the wind. Her

fur was trash — can white and literally alive with crawling things. The tiny tramp tolerated flea baths and obviously enjoyed being held and stroked. A health check by a veterinarian indicated she was anemic from being host to several kinds of parasites, from her ears to her intestines. She patiently tolerated the necessary treatments. Each bath removed clumps of hardened dirt and revealed even whiter fur — every eyelash, every whisker. Remembering that white cats are said to be deaf, we were relieved to learn her hearing was acute. Once she got cleaned up, we saw that the insides of her ears are shell pink, as well as her little nose. There are various shapes of cat heads and hers is unusual. From the tips of her over-size ears to her pointed chin, the shape is sharply triangular. Her eyes are quite remarkable, one being blue and the other being blue with brown at the top. Now that she’s filling out, she’s a very pretty kitten. A remarkable feature is her tail, which is incredibly long. She carries it arrow-

straight when she walks and the last couple of inches work independently, curling into a question mark that moves in a beckoning gesture When she sits, she slowly wraps that tail around to cover her feet, like a miniature lap robe. She has an air of dignity and composure, giving the impression of elegance. Her adoptive mother was reminded of a fluffy white cloud and named her “Nimbus.” or “Nimby.” I see her as having been transformed from Cinderella to a princess, with the attitude of a Diva. She’s a natural blonde with long limbs and a slim body, the epitome of Princess Grace, and that’s what I call her. As you know, our Westie (The Earl of West Highland ) is the royalty in this household, and the next thing was to introduce them. Earl was delighted! He thought we’d gotten him a toy! She didn’t allow much examination the first couple days, hissing and slapping at him but he didn’t take it personally and persisted until she gave in. Sometimes he lets her sit in his chair and sometimes they share it. They have a rousing game of tag

around the couch, but their ball game is unique. Earl would rather play ball than eat; that is true. He has a favorite ball that he lays at the feet of anyone who’ll stay grounded for a few minutes. He drops it so it can be heard, the message that a game should begin. She likes to play with a ball, too, so when he dropped it in front of her, she swatted it across the room and she was in the game. The sad part will come in a few days, when she goes to her new home. These two are such good friends and playmates that there will be a separation issue; we’ll have to arrange for visits. They’ll be just a block apart but neither of them is allowed outside alone. I could ride my scooter there, although I don’t know how well Earl might accompany me when he’s on a leash. Gr.D. knows she can bring Nimby-Princess Grace here any time — but has to bring her own porta potty. We need to get that kitten out of here before she starts calling me Granny! You can contact Carolyn Stevens at

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ping the action or removing the object when there’s a violation. Distraction and prevention techniques are instrumental for instilling discipline. Distraction involves a substitute toy or activity that engages and separates the grandchild from the problem at hand. Prevention is often as basic as removing the child from a situation they can’t handle, or removing the situation from the child. Prevention also involves monitoring a child for hunger and fatigue, which can make anyone irritable. Many caretakers use a “quiet chair,” a place for the child to sit when they need calming. Don’t make the chair seem like punishment; station it nearby you, but give them some space.

LOVINA EICHER The Amish Cook night I made homemade French fries with the potatoes which everyone seemed to really enjoy. I have been using up the frozen fish from husband Joe‘s summer fishing. Before we know it they will be ice fishing and there will be fresh fish to eat again. Fish and homemade fries are a good meal. Daughter Elizabeth, 17, made four batches of oatmeal cookies last week. We took some to the church services yesterday, but she made enough that we had plenty to eat ourselves. The children always enjoy cookies and milk when they come

home from school. Seems cookies don’t last long around here. October 1 has made it nine years now that I have been penning this column. Sometimes I think what life would be like if mother were still here to write it. But God had other plans so we must make the best of everything when situations in life changes. Our oldest child, Elizabeth, was only 8 years old while Joseph was our youngest at just a few months old when mother passed away. Where has all the time gone so fast? Joe finally did end up starting a fire in our coal stove after some cold nights. Makes it a lot more comfortable to wake up to a warm house in the morning. But on days like today we can have some windows open when it warms up. Kevin, 6, likes the chore of gathering eggs each day. Although he

still doesn’t trust that rooster yet so he has one of the older boys stay close by. Kevin brings them in and sometimes like to wash the eggs at the kitchen sink while he chatters away. Once in awhile he’ll break an egg but most of the time he is pretty careful with them. Last night he found a horseshoe out in the field which he brought in to show us. Horseshoes are expensive and sometimes when the horses lose a shoe out in the pasture field we can still find it. This isn’t the case if one of the horses loses their shoe along the road. Unless you hear the shoe come off when it hits the road you usually don’t discover until it is too late to know where it flew off at. Joe always tells the children to always check to see if a horse has all their shoes on before harnessing them up. It can wear their hooves down fast to use them without

shoes. This is a recipe from my mother. My father must have really liked this dessert, since she called it “Ben’s Bars.” BEN’S BARS 1 package (18.25 ounces) of chocolate cake mix 2 eggs 1/3 cup oil 8 ounces cream cheese 1 /3 cup sugar 1 cup chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, mix cake mix, oil, and one egg by hand until the mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 cup for topping. Pat remaining crumb mixture into ungreased 9x13-inch pan. Bake 15 minutes. Cool slightly. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and egg until fluffy. Spread over baked layer. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and reserved crumb mixture and bake 15 minutes more.

Support for union law grows as vote nears COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. John Kasich says he and other supporters will keep working to persuade voters to keep an Ohio law that limits the bargaining rights of 350,000 public workers, while a new poll suggests that’s going to be hard work. With just two weeks before the vote, the Quinnipiac University poll found that 57 percent of registered voters want to repeal the law, while 32 percent want to keep it. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percent. Kasich is undeterred. “We’re going to keep working. We think this is the right thing to create an environment for cities to be able to be successful;

we’re giving them the tools,” he said. Supporters will make their case again Tuesday night, when a debate on Issue 2 — the ballot question on the collective bargaining law — airs on NBC affiliates statewide. The event begins at 7 p.m. The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,668 registered voters by phone last week. The percentage of respondents opposing the law has almost doubled since a Sept. 27 Quinnipiac poll. The most recent poll

found GOP voters more supportive of union limits, 59 percent to 32 percent. However, majorities of Ohioans in numerous other categories don’t want the law, according to the poll. They include both men and women, whites and blacks, those making more than $100,000 and those making less, and both those with and without college degrees. Kasich said the poll — which also showed a widening margin of disapproval with the job he's doing — will not get him down.

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Divide over when to use cholesterol tests BY LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press WASHINGTON — For heart health, you’re supposed to know your numbers: Total cholesterol, the bad LDL kind and the good HDL kind. But your next checkup might add a new number to the mix. More doctors are going beyond standard cholesterol counts, using another test to take a closer look at the bad fats a count of particles that carry LDL through the blood. Cardiologists are divided over the usefulness of that approach. Proponents contend it might help them spot at-risk patients that regular checks might miss, or get more information about how aggressively to treat them. But so far, guidelines from major heart organizations don’t recommend these extra tests. They’re pricier than regular cholesterol exams, although Medicare and many other insurers pay for them. And it’s not always clear what the results mean. “I see a lot of people being confused,” says Dr. Nieca Goldberg of New York University Langone Medical Center and the American Heart Association. Especially when they’re used on lower-risk people, “you don’t know how to make sense of the

information.” Yet up to half of patients diagnosed with heart disease apparently had normal levels of LDL cholesterol, and some doctors say particle testing might help find some of them sooner. “For most people, the standard lipid profile is fine,” says Dr. Michael Davidson of the University of Chicago. But “I get referred people who said, ‘My cholesterol was fine, why do I have heart disease?’ We’re showing them, well, because your particle number’s sky high and they were not aware that was a problem.” Davidson chaired a committee of the National Lipid Association which this month called the extra tests reasonable to assess which at-risk patients might need to start or intensify cholesterol treatment. That committee’s meeting was paid for by a grant from eight pharmaceutical companies, including some makers of particle tests. Cholesterol isn’t the only factor behind heart disease. High blood pressure, smoking, obesity, diabetes or a strong family history of the disease can put someone in the high-risk category even if their cholesterol isn’t a red flag. Some doctors also are testing for inflammation in arteries that may play a role, too. On the cholesterol front, doc-

tors have long focused on three key numbers: Total cholesterol should be below 200. An LDL or “bad” cholesterol level below 130 is good for healthy people, but someone with heart disease or diabetes should aim for under 100. For HDL, the “good” cholesterol that helps control the bad kind, higher numbers are better 60 is protective while below 40 is a risk. Where do particles come in? Scientists have long known that small, dense LDL particles sneak into the artery wall to build up and narrow blood vessels more easily than larger, fluffier particles. While overall LDL levels usually correlate with the amount of particles in blood, they don’t always, just as a beach bucket of sand may weigh the same as a bucket of pebbles but contain more particles. Only in recent years have commercial tests made particle checks more feasible although there’s no standard method, and different tests measure in different ways. The tests add another $100 to $150 to regular cholesterol checks. But is knowing about your particles really useful, and if so when? That’s where doctors are split. A study published last spring

used one particle test, from Raleigh, N.C.-based LipoScience, to analyze a database of more than 5,000 middle-aged people whose heart health was tracked for five years. Most people’s overall LDL and particle counts correlated pretty well. But people had a higher risk of heart disease when their particle count was much higher than their LDL predicted and, conversely, a lower risk if their particle count was lower than expected, says lead researcher Dr. David Goff Jr. of Wake Forest University. “We could be treating some people who don’t need to be treated … and we may be missing some people who should be treated,” Goff says. “But I’d also say that we haven’t done all the research that needs to be done to prove that this will lead to better patient outcomes.” Many of those higher-risk patients could be caught by a closer look at standard tests “for no additional charge,” says Dr. Roger Blumenthal of Johns Hopkins University and the American College of Cardiology. Triglycerides, another harmful fat, are a good indicator, Blumenthal says. You’re at risk despite a low LDL if your triglycerides are over 130, not to mention a low HDL, he said. People who are obese, diabetic of

borderline diabetic also are at greater risk, because they often have higher LDL particle counts. Another way to measure without an added test: Just subtract HDL from your total cholesterol number. The resulting bad-fat total should be no higher than 30 points above your recommended LDL level and if they are, it’s time for serious diet and exercise, adds Dr. Allen Taylor of Washington Hospital Center. Still, even some doctors who don’t think particle testing is for the masses say they use it sometimes to tip the scales on a borderline patient. Others use it to guide therapy. Consider Denny Fongheiser of Santa Monica, Calif. At 52, his usual 3-mile-a-day walk suddenly left him panting, but his insurer wouldn’t pay for a stress test because his cholesterol was normal. A month later, chest pain sent Fongheiser to the hospital where he needed a stent to unclog an artery. It turned out he had high particle levels, which his cardiologist now aims to get below the LipoScience-recommended level of 1,000 with cholesterol-lowering drugs. “I was basically a time bomb,” Fongheiser says. He welcomes “being able to test this and know what’s going on.”

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Vickie Baird, center, of Sidney discusses single-site surgery with Dr. Patrick Larreategui, left, and Dr. Chris Grove, right.

Advantages of single site surgery now available locally TROY — Single-site surgery offers patients all of the results of traditional surgery, except for the scar. The single site surgery approach now is available at Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) through Christopher Grove, M.D., and Patrick Larreategui, D.O., of Miami County Surgeons. “It is surgery that used to be done through three, four or five incisions that now can be done through a single site,” Dr. Grove said. The surgery also is referred to as minimally invasive surgery. “People sometimes think you have to go to the big city to get this,” Larreategui said. He and Grove began offering the single site procedure after attending specialized training in Chicago and Tampa, Fla., respectively. “We were among the first in this area to do it. It is really nice for patients because instead of having multiple scars all over, you can hide the scar in the belly button. Once they heal, within about six weeks, it is not even noticeable anymore,” Larreategui said. The most common procedure using the single site method has been gallbladder surgery followed by appendectomies and some right colon surgeries. Grove said any pain associated with the surgery is about the same, but the most attractive offering of the surgery is the cosmetic result. With the equipment used in the surgery, “we tend to dilate the tissue, rather than cut

it,” he said. “That makes, theoretically, less risk of a hernia.” There are no additional complications posed by the single-site method, Larreategui said. “It is the same surgery done through one tiny incision,” he noted. The surgery is accomplished using a gel-point disk that allows the surgeon to put several small instruments through one incision. A new camera created for single-site surgery and obtained recently by UVMC enhances the ability to perform the procedure. Not everyone is a candidate for single-site surgery. If the method is selected, but cannot be used once the procedure begins, the surgeon can proceed with traditional laparoscopic surgery, Larreategui said. When Grove suggested single-site surgery for Vickie Baird’s gallbladder removal, she was more than happy to consent to the procedure.

She’s glad she did. “I was helping my husband with the mowing two days after the surgery,” said Baird, a Sidney resident. Baird was referred by her family physician to Grove and Miami County Surgeons. The surgery was performed in early September at UVMC. “Dr. Grove was a blessing,” Baird said. “He explained everything. I like a doctor to listen.” She was told she could have one incision or up to four if the single site approach was not the best option once her surgery began, and she ended up with the single-site procedure. The benefits of single site surgery include shorter operating room time and shorter recovery times for the patient — “therefore huge for patient satisfaction,” said Terry Fry, RN, BSN, MA, director of surgical services at UVMC. To learn more about single site surgery, contact Miami County Surgeons at 773-4123.

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When we think of liver, most of us turn up our noses, make a face, and say something like “yuck.” Most people do not like liver. But most people also take their own liver for granted. The liver is the second largest organ in our body (the skin is the largest) and is located under the rib cage on the right side. It weighs about three pounds and is shaped like a football that is flat on one side. It is a vital organ that performs a wide array of functions. It plays a major role in metabolism including glucose production and storage, protein synthesis, hormone production, chemical production to aid digestion and detoxification of many substances. It produces bile to help digest fats for energy use. The various functions of the liver are carried out by the liver cells called hepatocytes (medical terms referring to the liver usually start in “hepato” — or hepatic”). the liver is thought to be responsible for 500 separate functions usually with other organs and systems. Liver function tests help your doctor check your liver’s healthy and detect liver damage. These blood tests measure the levels of certain proteins and enzymes in your blood. Proteins are large molecules that are needed for our overall healthy Enzymes are protein cells that help important chemical reactions to occur in your body. Liver function tests may be done for many

JAMES BURKHARDT Columnist reasons. I will sometimes order these tests as part of a regular checkup. Other times, I may use liver function tests to screen patients who are at risk for liver disease. I will also use them to monitor a person’s liver disease to check if treatment is working. Certain medicines can affect the liver (cholesterol medicines can do this) so I will check liver function tests to ensure that the medicines are not creating any liver damage. Below are the most common liver enzyme tests: • Alanine Transaminase (ALT) is an enzyme mainly found in your liver. The ALT test measures the level of ALT in your blood. Consistently high levels of ALT in your blood can be a sign of liver damage. • Aspartate Transaminase (AST) is an enzyme found in large amounts in your liver, bile ducts, and other parts of your body. The ALP test measures the level of ALP in your blood. High levels of ALP can be a sign of liver or bile duct damage. • Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) is an enzyme found in large amounts in your liver, bile

ducts, and pancreas. The GGT test measures the level of GGT in your blood. High levels of GGT can be a sign of liver or bile duct damage. There are several common diseases of the liver. One out of every ten Americans is affected by liver disease. Liver disease is one of the top ten causes of death in the United Sates. There are several types of hepatitis infections. • HEPATITIS A is caused by hepatitis A Virus (HAV), it is the least serious hepatitis infection and does not usually lead to chronic liver disease. • HEPATITIS B is caused by hepatitis B Virus (HBV), it can lead to long term liver disease and cirrhosis and liver cancer. • HEPATITIS C is caused by hepatitis C Virus (HCV) it can cause the liver to swell and lead to cirrhosis. Hepatitis B and C are more serious. There is a vaccine for Hepatitis B and a vaccine for Hepatitis C. There are also other common liver diseases. Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the build up of fat in the liver. There should be no fat in the liver, it should be like a very lean piece of meat. Once fat begins to invade the liver, it will make the liver function less efficient. That may cause swelling of the liver and eventually cirrhosis. For more information about your liver and risk of liver disease, you should talk to your family doctor.

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Upper Valley Career Center Student Senate officers Roni Eilerman, left, and Dustin Shackelford display a few of the more than 100 coats collected during this year’s Carl’s Coats for Kids drive at the Piqua career center. This is the eighth year that the student senate has participated in the drive according to advisor Jennifer Weaver. Eilerman is from Ft. Loramie and is a member of the Teacher’s Academy while Shackelford, from Piqua, is an Electronics Tech student.

Piqua man pleads guilty to charges in Shelby Co. SIDNEY — A Piqua man pleaded guilty to amended charges on Monday in Shelby County Comm o n Pleas Court. Jermaine Jelks, 3 8 , 1 2 2 6 JELKS Chevy Lane, Piqua, was to appear for a jury trial on

Thursday for one count of aggravated burglary, attempted rape and kidnapping, all felonies of the first degree. The aggravated burglary charge was amended to burglary, a felony of the third degree and the attempted rape charge was amended to aggravated assault, a felony of the fourth degree. In pleading guilty, the kidnapping charge was dismissed according to court documents. On July 28, Jelks allegedly entered 509 S.

Miami Ave. and attempted or threatened to inflict physical harm on an 11 year old. In the original document it stated that he also allegedly attempted to engage in sexual conduct with the child and restrained the child by physically grabbing her right upper arm, throat, face and mouth during the commission of an attempted rape. According to the indictment, Jelks is a repeat offender. His sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

Romney steers clear of Ohio issues TERRACE PARK(AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney avoided weighing in Tuesday on Ohio ballot campaigns on union bargaining and President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul as he focused on trying to win a state that he acknowledges is pivotal. Romney visited a Republican Party center in the Cincinnati suburb of Terrace Park, where volunteers have been making phone calls in support of Nov. 8 ballot issues to up-


hold legislation restricting collective bargaining for public employees and on whether to exempt Ohioans from the Obama plan’s individual insurance coverage mandate. Romney told Republican officials he wasn’t there to endorse those issues, leaving them up to Ohioans. He instead used his visit to promote his campaign with Republican activists. No Republican in modern times has won the presidency without carrying Ohio.

“I know that Ohio plays kind of a special role in selecting the president of the United States,” Romney said. “If you don’t win Ohio, it’s real hard to become president of the United States. So if I’m fortunate enough to become our nominee, I intend to win Ohio with your help.”

PIQUA — No arrests were made following an unusual circumstance late Sunday afternoon that involved an apparent drug deal gone wrong. Police responded to the 200 block of Kienle Drive after it was reported that an adult male was “allegedly being held in his vehicle by three black males from Dayton” after an argument about drug money started, police reports indicate. The three men claimed the victim did not pay them for a drug transaction, authorities said. Once the police arrived, officers ordered the three males out of the vehicle at gunpoint and each one was detained. Upon further investigation, police spoke with the victim, who was behind held captive by the men, and he claimed he let the men borrow his vehicle “in exchange for drugs,” but then the men wanted “$150 more for the drugs.” The victim in the case claimed the men did not threaten him. A search of the vehicle did not turn up any drugs. No charges are being pursued at this time, but the three suspects were warned for trespassing at the victim’s residence.

Driver gets 25 years in death LEBANON (AP) — A judge has ordered a man to spend 25 years to life in prison after a jury convicted him of killing a deputy during a highspeed police chase in southwest Ohio. Twenty-three-year-old Marcus Isreal was convicted late Monday of murder and other charges in the May death of Warren County sheriff ’s Sgt. Brian Dulle.

Continued from page 1 graduating class. In the five-year forecast, $185,214 is calculated in for FY12. This money comes from federal “Ed Jobs” dollars and is not expected to be repeated. “Ed Jobs” money is being used to fill gaps left by elimination of the stimulus funds. These dollars help supply wages and benefits to retain staff members. Last year, the stimulus funds, known as ARRA grants, provided $257,000 for Covington.

Income tax The economy also has adversely affected Covington through income taxes. In FY10, the district saw a 6 percent decrease in income tax receipts and no change in FY11. The fiveyear forecast assumes a 2 percent increase in FY12 and FY13, 3 percent in FY14 and FY15, and a 4 percent increase for FY16.

Proactive The district has taken steps to be proactive during the financial crisis. Salary freezes are in effect for FY12 and FY13. While increases beyond FY13 have to be negotiated, the projection includes a 2 percent place holder for the three remaining years. The district has reduced its staff by one and a half teachers and one aide through attrition with the forecast allowing for 10 retirements in FY13 through FY16. Through changes in medical insurance, Covington has saved $130,000. No major capital projects or bus purchases are included and a two percent increase in supplies is calculated in the forecast. The purchased services category of the forecast accounts for a wide variety of expenses incurred by the district including utilities, the cost of students openenrolling to other districts and community schools, repairs and maintenance costs, copier leases and services purchased from the Miami County Educational Service Center. A 5 percent increase has been calculated for these in the forecast. This category includes an annual reduc-


tion of $28,000 per year. These savings come from energy conservation measures made with House Bill 264. The project was funded with a $118,000 loan, with principal and interest to be paid with the savings, resulting in a four year payback period. The payback on this loan began this year. “It’s going to save the district money in the long run,” Treasurer Carol Forsythe said.

Positive areas Two areas that positively affect Covington in the five-year forecast are open enrollment and real estate taxes. While there is little growth in real estate taxes due to decrease in the housing market and declining property values, an increase in agricultural values brought a 3 percent increase for Covington resulting in a net gain of $50,000. Open enrollment for students coming into the district continues to be favorable for Covington schools. In FY11, the net gain was $132,000. Projections have been made assuming the open enrollment numbers will remain constant during the next five years.

Action required Changes loom in Covington’s future, school officials say. Be it at the hand of voters or through cuts, the financial situation requires action. “With great uncertainty at the state level, our future educational funding is seriously threatened as indicted in our five-year forecast. The district’s expenditures exceeded revenues in fiscal year 2011, for the second year in a row. Deficit spending also is projected for the current year and beyond. State law requires schools to operate with positive cash balances; therefore, additional revenue and/or expenditure reductions will need to be considered in order to balance the budget,” Forsythe said. Finances will be discussed during the State of the School address scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Covington High School.


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TROY, 3185 Eldean. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm. Sirius boom box, HP printer, antique drop leaf table, maple rocker, 3 tier table, candles, high chair, toys, child's kitchen, medicine cabinets, Dirt Devil sweeper, miscellaneous clothing.

655 Home Repair & Remodel

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TROY, 2899 W. Main (First Lutheran Church corner of Rt. 41 & Washington Road). Friday 9am-5pm. Saturday 9amnoon. Rummage sale! Clean clothing, baby, children, ladies, men's, bedding, shoes, purses, books, crafts, glassware, lots of miscellaneous,

TROY, 2715 Piqua-Troy Rd. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8am-6pm. Star Wars and Star Trek collectibles, cookbooks, girl's clothing (2-3T), craft books, toys, dishes, music boxes, dog cages, scrapbooks, some adult clothing, baby furniture.

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PIQUA, 704 Young, Friday thru Sunday, 10am-5pm. Moving Sale! Refrigerator, patio set, gas grill, dressers, TV's, clothes, knick knacks, lots of miscellaneous.

PIQUA, 7858 FesslerBuxton Rd. Wednesday 1pm-?, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am-?, Barn, Garage & Storage clean out sale! Adult movies & diapers, Ninja swords, China Items, baby furniture, curio cabinets, Fisher speaker, end tables, books, clothes, houseware, grill, miscellaneous

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PIQUA 205 Maryville Dr. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-? ESTATE GARAGE SALE. Machinist tools, hunting items, ladies clothing, appliances, housewares, furniture, jewelry, and fishing equipment.

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PIQUA, 1704 Dover, Thursday & Friday 9am-5pm, Homemade jewelry, glassware, clothes, furniture, something for everyone! no early birds!

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305 Apartment

PIQUA, 1317 Camaro Court. First month rent free. 2 bedroom with garage, appliances, $550. (937)570-3288

PIQUA, 1811 Parkway, 2 bedroom townhouse with stove, refrigerator and washer/dryer hookup. Very clean. Small patio with off-street parking. Water/trash paid. $475 month plus deposit. No pets. Non-smoking environment. Call (937)441-3921.

PIQUA, Parkridge Place. Roomy 2 bedroom, 1.5 baths, central air, washer/ dryer hook-up. $500. (419)629-3569.

PIQUA, 2 bedroom carpeted, in Parkridge, A/C, stove, fridge, $400 month, $400 deposit. NO PETS! Call (937)418-6056.

PIQUA, apartment in downtown. 2 bedroom, all a p p l i a n c e s . (937)974-6333 PIQUA, LARGE 1 bedroom, upstairs, appliances, w/d hookup, utilities included, no pets, (937)339-0969.

PIQUA, large, clean, one bedroom, basement with washer, dryer hookup, enclosed back porch, $350. (937)773-7311

TIPP CITY 3 bedroom, deluxe duplex, 1.5 car garage, CA, gas heat, 2 full baths, all appliances, $820 + deposit. (937)216-0918

TROY, 1 & 2 Bedrooms, appliances, CA, water, trash paid, $425 & $525 month. $200 Deposit Special! (937)673-1821

TROY, townhome, new carpet, freshly painted, 2 bedroom, 1.5 remodeled baths, washer/ dryer hook-up. $525 monthly. Available immediately, (937)272-0041.

WEST MILTON Townhouse. 2 Bedroom 1.5 bath. $475 month, Lease by 11-1, FREE GIFT, (937)216-4233.

310 Commercial/Industrial

RETAIL Store for rent, 16 North Market, Troy, $650+ deposit, references. ( 9 3 7 ) 7 7 8 - 8 4 2 7 (937)214-3200 Available 10/1/2011

320 Houses for Rent

2 BEDROOM house for rent. Appliances included, freshly painted, new flooring throughout. No pets. $500 monthly $500 deposit. $35 application fee. Available November 1st. (937)301-1276

HOUSTON, St. Rt. 66, 1 bedroom, clean, nice, no pets. $325 monthly, $325 deposit. (937)295-2235

PIQUA & BRADFORD, 1&3 Bedroom houses, and apartments for rent, (937)773-2829 after 2pm

PIQUA, 2 bedroom, full basement, washer, dryer hookup, $450 mo., $450 deposit. No pets. (937)214-0689

PIQUA, 3 bedrooms, CA, fenced yard, 1.5 car garage, $795 month, deposit, lease, (937)778-9303 (937)604-5417.

TROY, 2 Story Corporate/ Executive home. 3300 sq ft., 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath. Concord schools. $1800. (937)552-9517

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40th Anniversary Special, dark cherry, 185,000 miles, sunroof, leather bucket seats, good tires, very clean. $2500 OBO.

18 ft., 165 OMC Inboard Outboard, runs great. $3000 OBO. (937)524-2724 (513)509-3861

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Silver, 18-inch wheels, classic, good running condition, needs some cosmetics. $3500 OBO. (937)778-4078 1997 NEWMAR 38' DUTCH STAR


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Silver/black with chrome package, 12" aluminum wheels, high lift kit, electric / charger. $4200. (937)935-1472

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PIQUA, 9 rooms, 2 full baths. Full basement. Outside city limits, remodeled, $1150 month plus deposit. Hardwood floors, wrought iron fixtures, quartz countertops! Very well insulated, LOW HEAT BILLS! Central air, fenced yard, heated floors. Discount if rent paid on time. (937)524-2061

TROY For rent 2506 Inverness. 3 bedroom 1 bath, fenced yard, AC, Rent $700 monthly. For sale $88,900. Payment $700 per month. Owner financing. Will Co-Op. 1263 Lee Rd. 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, $710. (937)239-1864 Visit

325 Mobile Homes for Rent

IN COUNTRY near Bradford, 3 bedroom mobile home, $350. (937)448-2974

330 Office Space DOWNTOWN SIDNEY across from courthouse, professional office space, 3 offices, handicapped bathroom, 1260 sq. ft., AC, large reception area, $550 month, (937)489-9921

500 - Merchandise

CUPBOARD, corner, 2 piece, Chippendale, 3 claw feet, $600 or best offer. (937)773-3542

520 Building Materials

LUMBER, large quantity 2x6, 2x8, 2x4. 10' to 18' Lengths. Old doors (some with glass), windows, wood stair steps. 100 Sheets metal siding. (937)726-0586

545 Firewood/Fuel

SEASONED FIREWOOD $160 per cord. Stacking extra, $130 you pick up. Taylor Tree Service available (937)753-1047

KITTENS, gorgeous! Tabbies, long haired and short haired. Charcoal and silver stripes. Also, black & white and white & orange, 10 weeks old, friendly and litter trained, $15 each. (937)473-2122

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560 Home Furnishings

84" COUCH and matching lounge chair, neutral color, good condition. $100. (937)773-1794

577 Miscellaneous

CRIB, cradle, changing table, Pack-N-Play, basinet, Porta-Crib, swing, walker, saucer, playpen, car seat, blankets, clothes, gate, potty, dolls. (937)339-4233

METAL. Wanting anything that contains metal. Will haul away for FREE. Call (937)451-1566 or (937)214-0861.

STOVE PIPE 6 inch ceiling support kit with stainless steel pipe (6 inch). 2 pieces of 2 foot and 2 pieces of 3 foot. (937)295-3688 WHEELCHAIR, walker, tub/shower benches, commode chair, toilet riser, canes, wall grabber, lamp, table, glider rocker, Elvis items, Disney phones. (937)339-4233

CONSOLE PIANO, Yamaha 42", very good condition. Tuned, $1100, (937)339-8022.

583 Pets and Supplies

KITTEN, female, 5 months old, black and white, housebroken, very lovable. Free to good home. (937)451-0806 after 3pm.

KITTENS, 7 weeks old, little angels. (2) Blondes, (2) red heads, (1) yellow. Good, inside homes ONLY! Never been outside. FREE. (937)676-3455 SHIH-TZU's, 3 family raised, males. $300-$400. (567)279-3795

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2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER XL1200C Custom, white pearl/gold, 2400 miles, detachable windshield, excellent condition. $6800. (937)332-1461 or (937)271-9639


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MINI DACHSHUND PUPPIES, AKC registered, health guaranteed, shots are UTD, wormed. Long coated, 2 reds, 2 chocolates and 1 black/silver dapple. Males $200. Females, $275. (937)667-1777, (937)667-0077 PITBULL PUPPIES, (4) Red nose females, 9 weeks old, shots & wormed, call (937)710-2992 if interested

YORKSHIRE TERRIERS, 1 golden female $650, 1 male $400. Vet checked. 2 male Maltese, $350 each. 1 female extra extra small $500. CASH ONLY! (937)332-1370 or leave message.

592 Wanted to Buy WE PAY cash for your old toys! Star Wars, GI Joes, He-Man, Transformers, and much more. (937)638-3188.

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850 Motorcycles/Mopeds 1995 HONDA CBR F3, bright yellow, 23,177 miles. 599cc, fast, runs great, new tires. $1500. (937)308-7226

899 Wanted to Buy CASH, top dollar paid for junk cars/trucks, running or non-running. I will pick up. Thanks for calling (937)719-3088 or (937)451-1019 Wanted junk cars and trucks. Cash paid and free removal. Get the most for your junker call us (937)732-5424.

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580 Musical Instruments

505 Antiques/Collectibles

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INFORMATION Call ROB KISER, sports editor, at 773-2721, ext. 32, from 8 p.m. to midnight weekdays.


Piqua Daily Call •

INSIDE ■ Hemm named Player of the Week, page 14. ■ Lady Vikings win D-III sectional, page 14.



■ D-I Girls Soccer

IN BRIEF ■ Wrestling

Youth signups are tonight Piqua Youth Wrestling signups will be held tonight in the Piqua High School commons. Signups will be from 67:30 p.m. You need to bring a birth certificate if it is your first time signing up. Cost will be $75. First practice in Nov. 14 and ages 5-13 are eligible. For more info, contact Dan Young at 773-0337 or

■ Radio

WPTW to air Piqua game WPTW 1570 AM will air the Piqua at Fairborn football game Friday night. Air time is 7 p.m.

■ Soccer


Piqua goalie Kelsey Deal makes one of her 33 saves against Beavercreek Monday night as Erin Belak (4) reacts.

Dayton Premier soccer sessions

End of special season

The Dayton Premier Soccer Club is being premier and collegiate soccer sessions to Dayton this fall and winter at Hara’s newly retrofitted North Hall. For more info, go to or call (937) 901-9345.

Lady Indians lose in sectional final

■ Baseball

Rangers take 3-2 Series lead ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — When C.J. Wilson walked off the mound during the sixth inning in what could have been his last start for the Rangers, they were down by a run. This time, his outing was good enough for Texas. Despite another erratic performance against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wilson kept his team close in a second World Series matchup with ace Chris Carpenter. "He was getting in trouble and getting out, and I was certainly hoping for the one inning when he could go out there and find his rhythm," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Holly Black beats two Beavercreek players to the ball Monday night. "It was a battle for him all night. ... He kept us in the ■ Piqua Volleyball ballgame even though it wasn't a C.J.-like type game." The Rangers tied the score in the bottom of the sixth, took the lead in the eighth and are one win from their first title after a 4-2 victory.

BY ROB KISER Sports Editor SPRINGBORO — The Piqua girls soccer team had its season ended with a 4-0 loss to Beavercreek in a Division I sectional final Monday night at Careflight Field. But, that result didn’t reflect — or change — how important this season was for the Piqua program or what seniors Cheryl Bell, Holly Black, Kelsey Deal, Maddie Hilleary, Lauren McGraw and Kassie Yohey meant to the program. The emotion in the eyes of Karen Horvath said as much. The Lady Indians finished 106-1, the second best record in the program’s history and the team had the leading scorer (Bell) and leader in saves (Deal) in the See PIQUA/Page 16

Standing ‘strong’


Reinke, Monroe are senior leaders for Piqua

former Q: What New York Yankee had four mutiple RBI games in one World Series?

BY ROB KISER Sports Editor


Mickey Mantle

QUOTED "I just don't think any manager will allow Albert to swing the bat to beat them." —Ron Washington on Albert Pujols

Piqua volleyball seniors Brooke Reinke and Hayley Monroe know they have plenty of classmates who played volleyball. They have the pictures from the eighth grade championship team to prove it. And while, only Reinke and Monroe remain — the championship part hasn’t changed. The Lady Indians won the GWOC North title this year, last week won their third straight sectional title and will play Mount

Notre Dame, the secondranked team in the state, for the district title Saturday. “There are just the two of us,” Reinke said in talking about the seniors on the Piqua volleyball team. “I have pictures from junior high that I look back at — I guess only the strong stick around.” And while Reinke and Monroe bring very diverse volleyball resumes — but both are critical elements to Piqua’s success again this season. Reinke has rewritten the record book for hitters See SENIORS/Page 16


Piqua’s Brooke Reinke hits the ball against Vandalia-Butler Saturday.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

■ D-III Soccer


Tournament Schedule


Lady Vikings in D-III district final East blanks Lehman 2-0 BRANDT — For the first time since 1998, the Miami East girls soccer team is going to be playing in the district finals. They held off Lehman for a 2-0 win in the D-III sectional finals Monday night. East will play Catholic Central at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wayne High School. "We played Lehman nine days ago and lost that one,” Miami East coach Emalie Carson said. “Obviously, I was a little disappointed in the result. But I figured we would be getting another shot at them in the tournament and that was the one that mattered. So I didn't dwell on it. “But I did make the girls watch about 20 minutes of the game film from the first time we played them." And East new what to expect. Though Sarah Titterington did not play for Lehman the first goaround, the Vikings were prepared for her this time. Chelsea Sherman switched from her usual right outside mid to left so that she could mark Titterington. "Sarah has a lot of speed and is leading their team on assists,” Carson said. “ A lot of their offense runs through her. “And Sherman did a very good job of taking her out of that equation." Abby Ciriegio is Lehman's top forward, and East's Anna Snyder had the task of marking her. "Anna is always solid on defense,” Carson said. “But she stepped up big and really shut down Ciriegio.” The rest of the Vikings' defense only allowed seven shots on goal. East got on the board early, just 4:16 into the game. Lindsey Roeth chased one to the endline that she dropped back across the goal mouth. It slipped past a Lehman defender to the foot of Taylor Mitchell, who calmly placed it back in the opposite direction, making it hard on


Lehman's keeper to get back to it. With 25:31 left until the break, East keeper Kelly Rindler made a big save that kept Lehman from tying things up. To start the second half, Lehman kept possession and took it straight to the goal and got a shot off, but it was wide of the mark. "We weren't quite ready to start the second half,” Carson said. “Lehman getting so close right off the bat was a bit of a wake-up call though. “Our intensity level really picked up and we ended up only allowing a few shots the second half." After the scare to start the half, the Vikings got an insurance goal 5:28 in. They won the ball in the midfield and dropped it to sweeper, Stevee Hazel. Hazel sent one back up the middle to Beckman, who deflected it past a Lehman defender and into the path of Sherman. Sherman one-touched it into the back of the net. "The second goal helped us relax a little bit,” Carson said. “We started to put more pressure on them after that, but were unable to get a third one in." Less than ten left to play, Rindler came up big again as she made a diving save that would have allowed Lehman back in it. As it was, she finished the game with seven saves and her 13th shutout of the season. She, and the team, tied the school record for shutouts in a season. That record was set in 1995, when Carson was a senior on the team. "Kelly was huge again tonight,” Carson said. “I can't say enough about her. “It's difficult to keep sharp when you don't see the ball much, even more so when it is cold out. But she has been solid for us back there. "Everyone played well tonight. Kendra and Tay did a great job controlling the middle of the field and distributing the ball. But the win was definitely a team effort." East is now 13-3-2.

VOLLEYBALL SATURDAY SPRINGBORO D-I DISTRICT FINAL Piqua vs. Mount Notre Dame-Kings winner, 4 p.m. TIPP CITY D-III DISTRICT FINAL Miami East vs. Taylor, 4:30 p.m. TROY D-IV DISTRICT FINALS Russia vs. Jackson Center, Noon Lehman Catholic vs. Seven Hills, 3 p.m. BOYS SOCCER SATURDAY DIVISION III DISTRICT FINAL AT BELLBROOK Newton -Dayton Christian winner vs. Greeneview-Yellow Springs winner, 2 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER THURSDAY DIVISION III DISTRICT FINAL AT WAYNE Miami East vs. Catholic Central, 7 p.m. REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SATURDAY AT TROY BOYS DIVISION II, 2 p.m. Local Individuals: Caleb Pumphrey, Graham DIVISION III, 1:15 p.m. Local Teams: Versailles, Russia Covington. Local Individuals: Seth Pemberton, Miami East; Josh Ewing, Miami East. GIRLS DIVISION I, 12:30 p.m. Local Individuals: Kaele Snapp, Piqua. DIVISION III, 11 a.m. Local Teams: Versailles, Russia, Covington Local Individuals: Allison Roeth, Houston; Nicollette Holthaus, Houston.



■ College Scene

Hemm has big game Kiefer named EMU captain ADRIAN, Mich. — Justin Hemm had a big game in helping the Adrian College football team to another win Saturday and was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Offensive Player of the week. former Piqua The standout caught seven passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-21 win over Kalamazoo. touchdown Hemm’s catches were from 61 and 34 yards out respectively. Hemm is Adrian’s leading receiver for the season with 35 catches for 663 yards and seven touchdowns. This is the first year the Bulldogs have been ranked in the AFCA Division III coaches poll and they are currently ranked 16th in the nation. The Bulldogs are now 70 overall and 3-0 in the MIAA. They have a big home game Saturday with Al-



bion, who is 4-0 in MIAA.

Kiefer EMU captain Ypsilanti, Mich. — Piqua native and former standout Lehman Amanda Kiefer has been selected as a captain for the Eastern Michigan University women’s swimming team. Kiefer is coming off an outstanding junior season and EMU will open the season Friday against Ohio University. Kiefer is coming off a junior season where she earned second team AllMAC honors in both the 100 backstroke (54.90) and 200 backstroke (2:00.24), surpassing pool records in both events in finishing fourth.

High School Football Computer Ratings DIVISION I Region 1 1. Mentor (9-0) 29.0278, 2. Solon (8-1) 23.7111, 3. Cle. St. Ignatius (7-2) 23.4175, 4. Lakewood St. Edward (7-2) 22.7029, 5. Cleveland Heights (8-0) 21.3118, 6. Willoughby South (7-2) 20.6333, 7. Cle. John F. Kennedy (8-1) 17.2313, 8. Boardman (6-3) 16.0051, 9. Eastlake North (7-2) 13.9, 10. Brecksville-Broadview Hts. (5-4) 12.9278, 11. Mayfield (5-4) 12.6333, 12. Austintown Fitch (6-3) 11.5613 Region 2 1. Canton GlenOak (8-1) 26.7222, 2. Sylvania Southview (8-1) 25.1389, 3. Tol. Whitmer (9-0) 24.6989, 4. Hudson (8-1) 24.1222, 5. Wadsworth (8-1) 22.35, 6. Findlay (8-1) 21.5556, 7. Canton McKinley (7-2) 21.4293, 8. Avon Lake (7-2) 20.05, 9. Massillon Jackson (6-3) 19.5889, 10. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (7-2) 19.3167, 11. Massillon Washington (7-2) 18.1793, 12. North Ridgeville (8-1) 17.2111 Region 3 1. Hilliard Davidson (8-0) 24.4306, 2. Troy (7-2) 23.6889, 3. Dublin Coffman (81) 21.1869, 4. Westerville Central (7-2) 20.6056, 5. Pickerington Central (6-2) 20.1111, 6. Gahanna Lincoln (7-2) 20.0147, 7. Lewis Center Olentangy Orange (7-2) 18.6444, 8. Upper Arlington (72) 18.197, 9. Pickerington North (7-2) 16.3636, 10. Westerville South (6-3) 16.3, 11. Lewis Center Olentangy (4-5) 13.2167, 12. Reynoldsburg (6-3) 12.7944 Region 4 1. Middletown (8-1) 28.2278, 2. Cin. St. Xavier (7-2) 27.2177, 3. Cin. Colerain (8-1) 25.6859, 4. Cin. Archbishop Moeller (7-2) 23.8081, 5. Cin. Sycamore (8-1) 21.9333, 6. Cin. Walnut Hills (7-2) 19.1667, 7. Cin. Princeton (7-2) 17.6111, 8. Cin. LaSalle (63) 17.5657, 9. Mason (6-3) 17.4, 10. Lebanon (6-3) 16.8833, 11. Centerville (63) 15.1689, 12. Loveland (4-5) 14.55 DIVISION II Region 5 1. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (7-1) 21.0794, 2. Madison (7-2) 18.9167, 3. Tallmadge (7-2) 18.6889, 4. New Philadelphia (7-2) 18.6061, 5. Warren Howland (9-0) 18.596, 6. Aurora (8-1) 18.2611, 7. Canfield (6-3) 17.0, 8. Kent Roosevelt (8-1) 16.1222, 9. Chagrin Falls Kenston (6-3) 14.7944, 10. Chesterland West Geauga (63) 14.7611, 11. Copley (5-4) 14.75, 12. Louisville (5-4) 12.9444 Region 6 1. Avon (9-0) 27.3778, 2. Maple Hts. (80) 22.3666, 3. Tol. Central Cath. (7-2) 20.6389, 4. Sandusky (8-1) 19.2778, 5. Medina Highland (6-3) 17.2278, 6. Perrysburg (6-3) 16.1278, 7. Olmsted Falls (6-3) 15.8889, 8. Fremont Ross (5-4) 14.8611, 9. East Cle. Shaw (5-3) 14.2216, 10. Tiffin Columbian (7-2) 13.9, 11. Maumee (6-3) 13.2111, 12. Grafton Midview (7-2) 12.1 Region 7 1. Cols. Marion-Franklin (9-0) 26.7222, 2. New Albany (7-2) 22.0051, 3. Dresden Tri-

Valley (8-1) 21.1389, 4. Sunbury Big Walnut (7-2) 20.4, 5. Cols. Beechcroft (8-1) 18.9141, 6. New Carlisle Tecumseh (6-3) 14.5, 7. Ashland (5-4) 14.1833, 8. Cols. Mifflin (8-1) 12.6333, 9. Ashville Teays Valley (4-5) 11.6111, 10. Canal Winchester (6-3) 11.4899, 11. Bellbrook (5-4) 11.2333, 12. Wooster (4-5) 10.2778 Region 8 1. Trotwood-Madison (9-0) 27.7667, 2. Kings Mills Kings (9-0) 27.2278, 3. Tipp City Tippecanoe (9-0) 22.0111, 4. Franklin (8-1) 21.6167, 5. Wapakoneta (9-0) 20.0889, 6. Cin. Turpin (7-2) 17.9278, 7. Vandalia-Butler (6-3) 15.3222, 8. Cin. Mount Healthy (7-2) 14.6556, 9. Hamilton Ross (7-2) 14.1056, 10. Cin. Northwest (63) 14.0944, 11. Harrison (6-3) 13.3333, 12. Cin. Anderson (4-5) 12.9056, 15.Piqua (54) 9.3167 DIVISION III Region 9 1. Chagrin Falls (9-0) 24.0722, 2. Mentor Lake Cath. (8-1) 21.3322, 3. Hunting Valley University School (8-1) 21.1722, 4. Ravenna (8-1) 20.3111, 5. Akron St. Vincent-St Mary (8-1) 19.4089, 6. Cle. Benedictine (7-2) 18.8485, 7. Ravenna Southeast (9-0) 17.8667, 8. Oberlin Firelands (9-0) 15.9, 9. Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Acad. (7-2) 15.2111, 10. Jefferson Area (7-2) 13.3222, 11. Cle. John Hay (6-3) 12.3283, 12. Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (5-4) 11.9556 Region 10 1. Cols. St. Francis DeSales (5-3) 17.9445, 2. Clyde (7-2) 17.4944, 3. Cols. Eastmoor Acad. (7-2) 16.5455, 4. Bellevue (7-2) 15.45, 5. Elida (6-3) 13.7389, 6. Urbana (7-2) 12.8389, 7. Napoleon (4-5) 10.5389, 8. Caledonia River Valley (6-3) 10.5222, 9. Port Clinton (5-4) 10.4944, 10. Bryan (7-2) 9.5944, 11. Cols. Independence (5-4) 9.4167, 12. Cols. Bishop Watterson (3-6) 9.2222, 24. Graham (2-7) 2.4667 Region 11 1. Steubenville (9-0) 28.1075, 2. Minerva (9-0) 23.8944, 3. Dover (8-1) 22.9222, 4. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (5-3) 21.7658, 5. Canal Fulton Northwest (7-2) 19.0505, 6. Wintersville Indian Creek (7-2) 17.6317, 7. Poland Seminary (6-3) 17.1389, 8. Thornville Sheridan (8-1) 16.6778, 9. Alliance Marlington (7-2) 15.7333, 10. Granville (8-1) 15.6167, 11. Newark Licking Valley (6-3) 13.65, 12. Cambridge (7-2) 13.5606 Region 12 1. Plain City Jonathan Alder (9-0) 23.5222, 2. SpringfieldShawnee (9-0) 22.0389, 3. Day. Thurgood Marshall (8-1) 21.8469, 4. The Plains Athens (9-0) 21.7222, 5. Circleville Logan Elm (9-0) 20.85, 6. Kettering Archbishop Alter (9-0) 19.7944, 7. Jackson (9-0) 16.8737, 8. New Richmond (7-2) 15.1722, 9. Cin. Indian Hill (6-3) 14.3, 10. Cin. Taft (6-3) 13.7971, 11. Gallipolis Gallia Acad. (6-3) 12.3444, 12. Eaton (7-2) 12.1722

DIVISION IV Region 13 1. Girard (8-1) 20.6556, 2. Orrville (6-3) 17.4833, 3. Creston Norwayne (8-1) 16.2278, 4. Sullivan Black River (7-2) 15.2056, 5. Brookfield (8-1) 13.9444, 6. Canton Central Cath. (8-1) 13.3039, 7. Akron Manchester (6-3) 11.8167, 8. Leavittsburg LaBrae (5-4) 11.7944, 9. Cle. Central Cath. (6-3) 11.2677, 10. Cortland Lakeview (5-4) 9.517, 11. Streetsboro (54) 9.4278, 12. Beachwood (6-3) 9.2667 Region 14 1. Cols. Bishop Hartley (8-0) 22.3125, 2. Kenton (9-0) 22.0778, 3. Pemberville Eastwood (9-0) 20.6944, 4. Genoa Area (9-0) 18.7889, 5. Richwood North Union (8-1) 17.1833, 6. Ottawa-Glandorf (7-2) 16.7333, 7. Huron (8-1) 16.2944, 8. Wellington (6-3) 13.95, 9. Ontario (8-1) 12.4111, 10. Oak Harbor (5-4) 9.55, 11. Galion (7-2) 8.7167, 12. Bellville Clear Fork (3-6) 7.8333 Region 15 1. St. Clairsville (8-1) 21.551, 2. Johnstown-Monroe (9-0) 19.9778, 3. Coshocton (7-2) 16.7653, 4. Amanda-Clearcreek (7-2) 16.2525, 5. Martins Ferry (7-2) 15.7, 6. Ironton (5-4) 13.9899, 7. Chesapeake (72) 13.2323, 8. Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (6-3) 11.7611, 9. Pomeroy Meigs (6-3) 9.3444, 10. Piketon (5-4) 8.0333, 11. Wellston (4-5) 7.8389, 12. Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley (4-5) 6.0333 Region 16 1. Waynesville (9-0) 22.5056, 2. Cin. Madeira (9-0) 18.5944, 3. Day. ChaminadeJulienne (7-2) 16.2879, 4. Williamsport Westfall (7-2) 16.1889, 5. Cin. Hills Christian Acad. (7-2) 14.8322, 6. West Milton Milton-Union (7-2) 14.5056, 7. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (7-2) 14.4222, 8. Cin. North College Hill (7-2) 13.197, 9. Brookville (6-3) 12.3944, 10. Lees Creek East Clinton (72) 12.1919, 11. Middletown Bishop Fenwick (7-2) 10.3667, 12. Cin. Finneytown (5-4) 9.8182 DIVISION V Region 17 1. Kirtland (9-0) 19.85, 2. Woodsfield Monroe Central (8-1) 17.1212, 3. Columbiana Crestview (8-1) 14.6722, 4. New Middletown Springfield (7-2) 13.5389, 5. Sugarcreek Garaway (7-2) 13.0167, 6. Campbell Memorial (7-2) 12.7833, 7. Cuyahoga Hts. (8-1) 12.5333, 8. Salineville Southern (8-1) 12.2222, 9. Columbiana (72) 11.9611, 10. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (5-4) 10.3152, 11. Barnesville (72) 9.9569, 12. Atwater Waterloo (6-3) 8.6717 Region 18 1. Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (9-0) 21.8278, 2. Liberty Center (9-0) 20.2778, 3. Lima Central Cath. (9-0) 18.7, 4. Northwood (8-1) 15.7833, 5. Hamler Patrick Henry (7-2) 14.1444, 6. Findlay LibertyBenton (8-1) 13.2611, 7. Hicksville (7-2) 12.9833, 8. Carey (7-2) 12.6565, 9. Archbold (7-2) 11.7278, 10. Spencerville (7-2) 11.1667, 11. Columbus Grove (6-3) 9.6556, 12. Defiance Tinora (7-2) 8.9889

Region 19 1. Bucyrus Wynford (9-0) 21.5056, 2. Lucasville Valley (9-0) 20.1222, 3. Nelsonville-York (9-0) 18.4833, 4. Grandview Hts. (9-0) 15.3222, 5. Portsmouth West (81) 15.2444, 6. West Lafayette Ridgewood (7-2) 15.1056, 7. Ashland Crestview (9-0) 15.0333, 8. Smithville (7-2) 14.3667, 9. Jeromesville Hillsdale (9-0) 14.35, 10. Centerburg (7-2) 12.6061, 11. Baltimore Liberty Union (8-1) 12.2222, 12. Wheelersburg (72) 11.6889 Region 20 1. Marion Pleasant (9-0) 19.4722, 2. West Liberty-Salem (9-0) 16.6056, 3. Frankfort Adena (8-1) 15.5944, 4. Covington (9-0) 14.9722, 5. Coldwater (7-2) 13.8444, 6. West Jefferson (7-2) 11.2222, 7. Versailles (7-2) 11.1222, 8. North Lewisburg Triad (7-2) 11.05, 9. Cin. Summit Country Day (6-3) 10.6443, 10. Miamisburg Day. Christian (8-1) 10.5964, 11. Milford Center Fairbanks (6-3) 9.9611, 12. Casstown Miami East (5-4) 9.2 DIVISION VI Region 21 1. Berlin Center Western Reserve (9-0) 15.4167, 2. Youngstown Christian (9-0) 13.2667, 3. Thompson Ledgemont (6-3) 13.24, 4. Shadyside (8-1) 14.8472, 5. Malvern (8-1) 12.4278, 6. Mogadore (6-3) 11.1333, 7. Warren John F. Kennedy (5-4) 8.0075, 8. Wellsville (4-5) 7.9556, 9. Strasburg-Franklin (5-4) 7.8111, 10. Cle. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (5-4) 7.2576, 11. McDonald (5-4) 6.7, 12. Toronto (6-3) 6.4242 Region 22 1. Delphos St. John's (6-3) 13.9444, 2. Leipsic (8-1) 13.9222, 3. Tiffin Calvert (72) 13.5404, 4. McComb (7-2) 10.6778, 5. Edgerton (7-2) 10.3333, 6. Edon (6-3) 8.596, 7. Tol. Ottawa Hills (6-3) 8.298, 8. Arcadia (6-3) 7.7944, 9. Convoy Crestview (4-5) 7.3278, 10. Norwalk St. Paul (5-4) 6.85, 11. Fremont St. Joseph Central Cath. (4-5) 5.7071, 12. Arlington (5-4) 5.5556 Region 23 1. Willow Wood Symmes Valley (8-1) 12.0253, 2. Beallsville (7-2) 11.7018, 3. Danville (6-3) 11.0, 4. New Washington Buckeye Central (7-2) 10.6444, 5. Crown City South Gallia (7-2) 10.3586, 6. Portsmouth Sciotoville (6-3) 9.2727, 7. Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (5-4) 9.197, 8. Portsmouth Notre Dame (7-2) 8.9674, 9. Hannibal River (5-4) 8.7273, 10. Glouster Trimble (6-3) 8.702, 11. Newark Cath. (4-5) 8.45, 12. Waterford (5-4) 6.4444 Region 24 1. Maria Stein Marion Local (7-2) 13.9399, 2. Fort Loramie (8-1) 13.6263, 3. Springfield Cath. Central (7-2) 13.0778, 4. Ada (8-1) 12.6444, 5. Lewisburg Tri-County North (7-2) 11.1944, 6. Cin. Country Day (6-3) 9.7801, 7. Minster (6-3) 9.1889, 8. Waynesfield-Goshen (6-3) 7.8889, 9. Lockland (6-3) 7.8838, 10. Ansonia (6-3) 7.75, 11. Arcanum (5-4) 7.4611, 12. S. Charleston Southeastern Local (4-5) 6.3778, 13. Bradford (4-5) 4.2111, 16. Lehman Catholic (3-6) 2.7323

■ College Football

Make or break week for OSU Buckeyes find themselves back in contention COLUMBUS (AP) — A funny thing happened to Ohio State during its bye week: The Buckeyes became a contender. Wisconsin's stunning last-second loss at Michigan State means that Ohio State, despite winning just one of its three Big Ten games, can still win its division. To do that the Buckeyes almost have to win out — starting with a showdown Saturday against the wounded 12th-ranked Badgers at Ohio Stadium. "Ultimately it comes down to us taking care of our own business," interim coach Luke Fickell said Tuesday. "Whether you need help, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel." Penn State (4-0), Wisconsin (2-1) and Purdue (2-1) still lie ahead on the Buckeyes' schedule. If

they were to somehow win their final five games, the Buckeyes — beset by NCAA problems, suspensions and injuries — could still represent the Leaders Division in the inaugural Big Ten title game on Dec. 3. They do need someone else to also beat No. 21 Penn State. But the Nittany Lions have a meatgrinder of a schedule that includes games at home against Illinois and Nebraska sandwiched around a bye week, and then closing on the road at Ohio State and Wisconsin. Defensive tackle John Simon said the Buckeyes (4-3, 1-2) got a boost from knowing that they no longer are dependent on several others to play for what matters the most. Just a short time after being 0-2 and headed nowhere in the conference,

now they have some hope. "It gave a lot of guys motivation," Simon said. But all of the talk of contention doesn't amount to a hill of horse-chestnuts if they don't beat the Badgers. "We have a lot of things to play for. We understand that," Fickell said of his players' reaction to Wisconsin's stunning 37-31 loss to the Spartans on a desperation heave that a video review confirmed as a touchdown. "Maybe it's another little something that our guys saw. Maybe they believe in themselves a little bit more. “Maybe they see vulnerability. I don't know what it is. “Whatever it is, it still comes down to us taking care of what we need to take care of." There are subplots aplenty in the game, start-

ing with how the Badgers (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) respond to the defeat in East Lansing, Mich. "I expect this group to bounce back, as they did late in the fourth quarter, and put everything in as preparation," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said on Sunday. "(This is) a great opportunity this week to go on the road, a night game, national stage against a traditional opponent that we all look forward to at Ohio State." The game time adds to the mix. "It should be pretty crazy. I know our fans will get up for it with a powerranked team, coming into Columbus," Simon said. "We're looking forward to the challenge. It's going to be a fun night." One other undercurrent See OSU/Page 16


Luke Fickell and OSU have a big game Saturday.



Wednesday, October 26, 2011


■ NFL Football

Bengals back from bye week Jones back at practice


Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has had a rough season so far.

McCoy taking beating Browns quarterback keeps getting up for more BEREA (AP) — One day after his offense scored just six points, Browns coach Pat Shurmur was careful not to criticize Colt McCoy. His quarterback had taken enough hits. On Sunday, McCoy was sacked five times, roughed up several more after making throws and hit during runs when he tucked the ball and took off from pressure in Cleveland's 6-3 ugly win over the Seattle Seahawks. Shurmur had several players injured in the win. McCoy wasn't one of them. "He's fine," Shurmur said. "I was just with him and he looked good. I didn't see him run today, but he was walking straight." Now it's up to the Browns to keep him that way. McCoy has only been sacked 13 times in six games this season, but according to, he has been hit 38 times, a number both he and Shurmur want to keep from growing much larger. It's no coincidence that three teams whose quarterbacks have been hit most — St. Louis, Seattle and Miami — have been forced to play their backup QBs. Shurmur doesn't believe McCoy has taken an inordinate amount of punishment. In a violent

game where some players' only objective is to get to the quarterback, getting hit comes with the territory. Shurmur calls Cleveland's offensive plays, and does so with his quarterback's health in mind. "When you look around the league, in terms of quarterbacks getting hit, there are quarterbacks getting hit quite a bit," Shurmur said. "(McCoy) has avoided some sacks. I try to make sure I call keeps and nakeds (bootlegs) to make sure I get him on the run and every once in a while he'll take one there. "Yesterday, we had a couple of screen calls where he gets rid of the football and then it's kind of a glancing deal, so we try schematically to make sure we eliminate that." McCoy, who ran for 31 yards on eight carries, came up limping after completing a screen pass in the third quarter. He hobbled to the sideline, and for a second it appeared he might be seriously injured. But McCoy came right back in, and showed no obvious signs of being injured as the Browns (3-3) got to .500 after six games for just the third time since 1999. There's no doubt about McCoy's toughness. The rest of his game isn't so

certain. Not surprisingly, McCoy's play has been scrutinized to the tiniest detail this season. Every throw, every decision and every play have been analyzed ad nauseam. Such is the life of a quarterback, but especially in Cleveland, where fans have endured constant change at the vital position. Last week, Browns president Mike Holmgren was noncommittal when asked about McCoy's future beyond this season. He said McCoy has his full support and Cleveland's starting job for this year — only. The Browns will wait until after the season to evaluate McCoy and decide if he's the future. On Sunday, McCoy said he had no problem with Holmgren's plan. "I see that as a great thing," said McCoy, who improved to 5-9 as a starter. "I think that's how he sees every person on our team and if he wouldn't have said it, I would have said the same thing. I evaluate myself after every game and especially after every season. You have to go back and look at things that were good and bad. "You have to look at how you can improve." McCoy left plenty of room for that after his un-

even performance on Sunday. He completed 20 of 35 passes for 178 yards with one interception. McCoy did a nice job managing the game as the Browns controlled the ball for nearly 43 minutes. There were positive moments and a few sour ones. McCoy missed open receivers and threw behind them. Under constant pressure, he never got into a good rhythm, which has been a season-long problem. But perhaps his biggest knock was he failed to get the Browns into the end zone. Still, Shurmur came away pleased with his progress. "Colt's improving," he said. "I thought he battled yesterday. He scrambled once and got a first down, he got outside the pocket a couple of times and got yards and got out of bounds, and he did a lot of good things. “My focus — because it's become the focus of everybody in Northeast Ohio — is a fast start. So I look at the first two or three throws and I think we can still get better. I think that's something we can still do better. “But I do think he battled and he's part of the reason we found a way to win."

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones smiled broadly as he left the practice field and headed to the Cincinnati Bengals locker room, wearing his No. 24 jersey for the first time all season. At the end of an interview, he yelled, "Yeah!" Then, for effect, he yelled it again. "I'm smiling," he said, in case anyone hadn't noticed. Jones was cleared to resume practice Monday under a three-week roster exemption. He missed training camp and the first six weeks of the season while recovering from two surgical procedures on his neck to fix a bulging disc. The Bengals (4-2) could activate him at any time during the next three weeks. He's hoping to be back on the 53-man roster Sunday for a game at Seattle, Cincinnati's first coming off a bye week. "I would think they know I'm ready to play," Jones said. "For the most part, I feel good. I hope they feel the same way." They could activate him without having to cut a player. Running back Cedric Benson is suspended for the game in Seattle, serving his onegame penalty for violating the NFL's conduct policy. Benson served five days in jail in Texas before the season started, settling two misdemeanor assault cases. Benson's absence could have a bigger impact on the game than Jones' return. Cincinnati's defense has been its strong point during the surprising start, ranking first overall in the league for three of the last four weeks. The Bengals have relied on Benson's power running to take the pressure off rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. Benson ranks fifth in the league with 117 carries. He started all 16 games last season and all six this year.

With Benson unavailable, third-year halfback Bernard Scott is expected to make his third career start. Scott is more of an outside threat than Benson, who is at his best when running tackle-totackle. Scott has been playing a couple series each game and has 30 carries overall for 85 yards and one touchdown. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will use Scott, halfback Brian Leonard and fullback Cedric Peerman against a Seattle defense that ranks 10th against the run. "We'll try a little bit different things here, but we're going to be similar in how we attack," Gruden said Monday. "If that means opening up formations a little bit to do it, we'll try that. We're not going to stop running the ball because they're good." The Bengals had most of last week off because of their bye. They got the roster exemption on Jones before their practice on Monday. He returned kickoffs during practice in addition to covering receivers as the third cornerback, along with starters Leon Hall and Nate Clements. Jones' biggest challenge is refining the techniques he uses to cover receivers. He hasn't been able to do that while on the physically unable to perform list the last six weeks. "Physically, I felt I'm there," Jones said. "It's different when you get out there with the (play) calls. I feel I'm ready to go. The coaches have done a great job preparing me." MLB Rey Notes: Maualuga wore his pink cast on the left ankle while the rest of the team worked out Monday. A few hours later, he tweeted that he had the cast removed and he's "making progress." Maualuga severely sprained the ankle during practice and had to sit out a win over Indianapolis before the bye week. He's expected to miss the game in Seattle.

■ NBA Basketball

NBA’s labor problems remain unresolved League expected to announce postponement of more games soon posed adding a new salary cap exception, not eliminating the salary cap," Bass said. "It was the union that, in response, proposed eliminating the salary cap, a proposal that was even worse for the NBA than the union's prior proposals." Hunter speculated during the podcast that owners backed away from the idea of eliminating the salary cap because it had been implemented under Commissioner David Stern long ago. "And so I don't know whether there's any pushback because of that," Hunter said. "But we were prepared to pursue that whole idea of going into a different direction, where we would be able to, wouldn't have to worry about a cap. So the exceptions, salaries, all of that would be, there would be no limit with the exception of there being obviously a cap at the top, i.e., a quite heavy tax that teams would have to confront if they went above a certain number. "But what happened was the owners decided, at least the leaders of their delegation, decided they

had to take it back in a different direction. They said we don't want to address that." The NBA does not allow owners to comment on the negotiations. A person briefed on the content of the meetings said Cuban's actual proposal was much different than what Hunter suggested, and was surprised the union ignored it given that it would have met much of what players were seeking. The sides met for three days with a federal mediator before talks broke down after players said owners insisted they commit to a 50-50 split of revenues before any further discussions about the salary cap system could continue. Though staffs from the sides have met

since, no full bargaining sessions have been held and the NBA is expected to announce soon that more games will be canceled. Union officials were angry with the league's characterization of the breakdown of the talks Thursday. Now the league is unhappy with Hunter's portrayal of the negotiations, such as when he mentioned items like a hard salary cap and salary rollbacks that owners are no longer proposing. "In his podcast interview with Bill Simmons, Billy Hunter makes several misstatements and blatantly mischaracterizes the parties' negotiations, the financial benefit to players from the NBA's latest offer, and the benefits from the system

changes the NBA has proposed to improve team competitiveness," Bass said. Bass also said the union has proposed a 10-year collective bargaining agreement, with mutual opt-outs after years six and eight. Owners have been seeking a 10-year deal, but the union has repeatedly said it doesn't want to go longer than six years. The union would like players to get out from the rookie salary scale quicker than five years, with Hunter mentioning MVP Derrick Rose and Rookie

of the Year Blake Griffin on the podcast as players who are underpaid because they are still locked into their scale figures. "In response to the union's suggestion that top-performing rookies have an opportunity to get higher pay, we have proposed a new bonus pool for rookie scale players who earn designated league honors like MVP and AllNBA first, second, or third teams," Bass said. However, union spokesman Dan Wasserman said the league has never presented a dollar figure.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA players' association, not Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, proposed the elimination of the salary cap during negotiations aimed at ending months of labor strife, a league official said Tuesday. NBA senior vice president Mike Bass said union executive director Billy Hunter made "several misstatements" during an hour-long podcast with on Monday. Among them was the revelation of the salary cap plan, which Bass said was actually an exception to the cap, not the elimination of it. Hunter said that, during a meeting last week, Cuban proposed what he called a "game changer" — a plan to replace the salary cap with a heavy tax for teams that spent to a certain level. Hunter said the players were interested in discussing it further and that two or three other owners in the room were really excited about it, but then were told by the owners they wouldn't pursue it. "On behalf of the league, Mark Cuban pro-

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Piqua’s Kayla Schrubb (4) controls the ball against Beavercreek Monday night at Careflight Stadium.

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Continued from page 13 at Piqua. The 5-6 outside hitter now has 915 career kills — a school record — she has 316 this season, again leading the entire GWOC. Reinke also has 33 aces, 203 digs and 48 blocks, was named the GWOC North Player of the Year and District 9 Player of the Year and will represent District 9 and Piqua in the state all-star game in Wooster next month. So, while there is no denying what she bring on the floor, Piqua coach Chris Davis says that’s just a small part of what she provides the Lady Indians. “She leads by example,” he said. “But, she helps push the other players in practice to get better. Hopefully, the underclassmen will pick up on that and someone else will do that next year.” The leadership role comes natural for Reinke — this is her third year as captain — and when you watch the Lady Indians play, they often feed off her emotion on the floor. “I can say this,” Reinke said. “There were ups and downs the last two years. But, this year has been the best year for us chemistry wise. That’s important. We trust each other out there on the floor.” Monroe has had a breakout season after three years on the JV team, earning special mention All-GWOC North honors. The 5-10 rightside hitter has emerged this season with 83 kills, 17 blocks, 18 aces, 23 assists and 46 digs. “One of our fans came up to her at the Troy game,” Davis said. “That was the first match they had seen this year and said, ‘Who are you? You are not the same player you were last year.’ And they were right. “Hayley (Monroe) has come out of her shell this year. She has had a great season and done a nice job on the right side for us.” Monroe said she couldn’t have done it without her teammates. “They made it easy for me,” she said. “They all had my back. It means a lot to have a year like this as a senior.” And the Lady Indians have taken another step

District Volleyball SATURDAY DIVISION I At Springboro HS Piqua (19-6) vs. Mount Notre Dame (20-5), 4 p.m. DIVISION III At Tippecanoe HS Miami East (21-1) vs. Taylor (16-5), 4:30 p.m. DIVISON IV At Troy High School Russia (16-6) vs. Jackson Center (14-9), noon. Lehman Catholic (22-3) vs. Seven Hills (16-3), 3 p.m.

this year. After having their first winning season since Davis’s first year with the program in 2008 last year at 18-8, they will take a 19-6 record into Saturday’s match and are clearly a different team than last year. They have the first outright GWOC North title for Piqua in volleyball and first for the program since they played in the GMVC to show for it. “That definitely was (a big goal),” Monroe said. “Because we had shared it a couple times, but it had been awhile since we won it outright.” And if there was any doubt, they cemented by beating their biggest two challengers, Troy and Vandalia-Butler, a second time in the sectional tournament. “We talked about knocking down that barrier with Butler last year when we beat them in the tournament,” Davis said. “And you look at the matches with Lebanon, both of them went five sets and won one of them.” Davis knows what the Lady Indians will be up against playing the Cougars Saturday — but he said the Lady Indians have one ace in their hand. “This team seems to play better when they are underdogs,” he said. “I told them they are going to see speed and height when you play the southern (Cincinnati) schools. There is going to be a lot of opportunity to dig that ball. We just have to come out and get after it.” Reinke added one more element. “We are going to have fun with it,” she said. Just like they senior duo has been doing since they were winning championships in junior high.

GWOC. It also matched the deepest the Lady Indians had gone into the tournament. “This has been a record setting season,” Horvath said. “We have won more awards than we have ever won before. It has been a great year.” And it was particularly tough for Horvath to say goodbye to the six seniors. “They have a special place in my heart and always will,” she said. “They have been with me all four years. I am going to miss them.” As for the game Monday, it was close into the early stages of the second half, thanks to some spectacular play from Deal in goal, who finished with a whopping 33 saves to give her a total of 210 for the

season. “An MVP performance,” Horvath said. “Without a doubt. Kelsey had a phenomenal game. This game could have easily been 6-0 or 7-0 without Kelsey playing like she did. What a gutty effort.” While Beavercreek was constantly on the attack — with Piqua recording just three shots on goal all night — only a successful corner kick by the Beavers with 29:05 remaining in the first half found the net before the break. Piqua’s best chance came with 16 minutes remaining in the half when Dianna Burt snuck a thru ball past the Beavers defense and Bell nearly scored. “Beavercreek is a phenomenal team,” Horvath

said. “We were in the game for a long time, which is a credit to our team. “A 4-0 score — that is going to happen sometimes against a team like Beavercreek. “We didn’t get a lot going on offense, but you have to credit Beavercreek for some of that too.” And it was 13:50 into the second half, before another corner kick gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead — and Beavercreek would later add two more goals. And Deal’s goal kicks after the saves would consistently sail past midfield in the air — but Beavercreek won almost every one of those balls. “Sometimes, that’s what it comes down to — the 50-50 balls,” Horvath said.

“I hope this is something we are going to build on,” Horvath said about the season. “We definitely have some holes to fill. We are losing some very talented players — some special players.” And nothing that happened Monday night changed that.

would lead to the two teams tying for the Big Ten title with Michigan State. (That title and Ohio State's 12-1 mark in 2010 were later vacated by the university as part of its self-imposed NCAA sanctions for playing players who had accepted improper benefits.) Fickell stressed that last year's game is a distant memory. But, by the

same token, he didn't tell his team to just forget it. "This isn't redemption, this isn't repayment," he said. "You learn from losses. You learn how to react and respond. But you never forget the feeling. That's the one thing I reminded them of. We're not going to dwell upon last year. That was last year. We're focused on what we do, but don't for-

get the feeling." Wisconsin's loss has also reinforced to the Badgers that they still control their own destiny and, if they win out, can assure their own trip to the first Big Ten title game. "We explain to them that this week is a divisional game," Bielema said. "Four of our next five are. Those are big ones."

“Those were killing us tonight, but that is going to happen sometimes.” Horvath hopes down the road — with a talented group of young players returning — that this will be looked upon as the year things changed with the Piqua program. And if it is — the efforts of the six seniors over the last four years with Horvath will be a big part of that.

OSU Continued from page 14 .of the game is what happened the last time the teams met. On Oct. 16, 2010, Ohio State was enjoying its ascension to No. 1 in the latest Associated Press rankings when it came to Madison, Wis. The Badgers promptly rolled to a 21-0 halftime lead and then held off a second-half Buckeyes rally for a 31-18 victory. It

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