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Austin Seipel Third grade Springcreek Concert, Cookie Walk set Sunday PIQUA — The Piqua Music Program will host its Annual Holiday Concert and Cookie Walk starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Piqua High School, 1 Indian Trail. Join in on the Christmas spirit, sharing time with family and friends, purchasing cookies for the holiday, and enjoying the school’s talented band and choirs. There will be two concerts, one at 2:30 p.m. and the second at 4:30 p.m.

Free community meal planned PIQUA — God’s Table, a communitywide free lunch, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 325 W. Ash St. The meal will be ham, creamy potatoes, green beans, applesauce and desert. Everyone is welcome to come share this lunch.

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Cheryl Svec stands among the hundreds of decorations, trees and ornaments that occupy a large portion of the second floor at the Piqua Senior Apartments building in Piqua. Svec and her husband, Roger, set up the Christmas display to share with other residents of the senior community in the building.

Couple’s love of Christmas aglow at Senior Apartments BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer broyer@dailycall.com

and traditional lights, a sled, and not so much a Christmas village but a metropolis, and much, much more. IQUA — On the second “That’s one thing we have floor of the Piqua Senior in common, a love of ChristApartments is a true mas,” said Cheryl Svec, the labor of love and dedication, owner of the immense holiday not to mention holiday spirit, collection with her husband of that’s been 40 years in the 42 years, Roger. making. It consists of over a However, the display is not dozen fully decorated Christ- so much a testament to the mas trees, holiday wreaths, couple’s penchant for all figurines of Santa Claus, things Christmas as it is snowmen, and penguins. about spreading holiday cheer Other features include white to the others, especially the

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other residents in the apartment complex. “A lot of people that are in here, they don’t get out,” said Cheryl of the fellow residents. “It gives them some holiday spirit, that’s what it is all about.” This is the first time in 11 years that the Svecs have displayed such a large part of their Christmas collection, as Cheryl continued on how the previous year’s attempt was See Christmas/Page 2

The second floor of the Piqua Senior Apartments building in Piqua is decorated for the Christmas season thanks to Cheryl Svec and her husband Roger.

County seeks to improve branding BY NATALIE KNOTH Civitas Media nknoth@tdnpublishing.com MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Visitors Bureau and the cities of Troy, Piqua and Tipp City are collaborating with a leading community branding company to help enhance branding of the county and in turn drive economic growth. Based in Nashville, Tenn., North Star Destination Strategies specializes in economic development marketing and tourism strategies for small to mid-size destinations. County residents are encouraged to share their perceptions of the county by filling out a survey available at http://bit.ly/MiamiCo. The survey focuses on public perception of Miami County “as a place to live, visit or conduct See Branding/Page 2

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TROY — An accused bank robber waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Miami County Municipal Court. Eric W. Smith, 32, of Piqua, stands accused of aggravated robbery in the Dec. 4 incident SMITH at a Piqua MainSource Bank branch. Police say Smith walked into the MainSource Bank, 126 W. High St., just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, waited in line and handed a teller a note. He claimed to be armed and fled the bank on foot with “a couple thousand dollars.” According to police, the handwritten note stated he had a gun and “wanted all of the money.” Smith was captured later that day in Huber Heights. In waiving his hearing, Smith agreed to be bound over to Miami County Common Pleas Court on the felony charge. His bond was continued at $250,000. Smith remains incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.

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No budging as fiscal cliff talks stall Boehner says ‘serious differences’ remain BY ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republicans aren’t budging on tax rates, and Democrats are resisting steps like raising the eligibility age for Medicare. Negotiations on averting a year-end fiscal train wreck combining big automatic tax hikes and

sweeping spending cuts again appear stalled. There are less than three weeks before the government could careen off this “fiscal cliff,” but the chief GOP negotiator, House Speaker John Boehner, ROhio, said Wednesday that “serious differences” remain between him and President Barack Obama after an exchange of offers and a pair of conversations this week. See Fiscal cliff/Page 10

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Branding Continued from page 1 business,” according to a press release. Feedback will be used to gauge where marketing dollars should be invested to best serve county residents. Visitors Bureau Executive Director Diana Thompson said the purpose of the branding project is to create a more uniformed, cohesive marketing effort that businesses, residents, local governments, tourism companies and community groups can utilize. Level of participation in the program will be tiered, she added, allowing individuals and groups to adopt the methods as they see fit. “Hopefully through this branding project, we will be able to create a better message out in the workplace and have more recognition,” Thompson said. “The main purpose is for economic development, and tourism is a part of

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that.” By improving marketing efforts, the county could boost the economic base, poverty values, scope of employers, visitor attraction and citizen retention. The visitors bureau has conducted surveys in the past, but this one is targeted at residents. “It’s truly a community survey,” she said. “We already did a vision survey that was meant for business leaders and political leaders, and that was some time ago.” The survey must be completed in one sitting and can be accessed only once on each computer. “I encourage people to give it a good 15 minutes to complete. If you don’t have 15 minutes, don’t start it till you do,” she said. North Star has launched marketing initiatives in 35 states, with places in Ohio including Lima, Dublin and Greene County.

Elizabeth ‘Louise’ Hirt BETHEL Twp. — Elizabeth “Louise” Hirt, 93, of Bethel Township, formerly of Piqua, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. She was born Dec. 28, 1918, in Piqua, to Ray and Golda (Large) Hardesty. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lawrence Hirt in 1991 and two brothers. She is survived by brothers, Guy Hardesty and Richard (Lois) Hardesty, son; Jerry Hirt, daughter; Jenny and her husband Ron Dickensheets; three grandchildren, J.L. (Missy) Hirt, Rob O’Dell and Belinda (O’Dell) Meuller; five

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great-grandchildren, Justin Hirt, Matt Bush, Benjamin Meuller, Alex and Anna O’Dell. Louise was a member of the Brandt UMC where memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers contribution may be made in memory of Louise to the Brandt United Methodist Church Debt Retirement Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.fringsandbayliff.com,

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Ventriloquist reflects on career Fator will perform at Hobart Arena on Friday BY JIM DAVIS Civitas Media davis@tdnpublishing.com TROY — Las Vegas entertainer Terry Fator recently spoke with the Troy Daily News in anticipation of his upcoming performance Friday at Troy’s Hobart Arena. His 8 p.m. show is co-sponsored by the I-75 Newspaper Group and Hobart Arena. The following is a sampling of topics touched on by the multi-talented ventriloquist, singer and author. Q: You said you had your eye on performing in Las Vegas long before you landed your multi-year engagement at The Mirage. Now that you’re there — and have had one of the strip’s most successful shows the past few years — what keeps you on the cutting edge of the entertainment world? A: “I always wanted to play Vegas, but I didn’t want to get trapped in a black hole of being a Vegas performer. That’s why I am continuously traveling. I just want to make sure I continue to expand and do new things. We have tons of other things on the horizon, like we’re working on an album … and we have a DVD coming out in the spring. The last one came out four years ago and I refused to release another one until I felt like it was ready and that it was going to be the best product. And that’s what my show is all about — giving people their money’s worth. “I work very hard to make sure people go away saying ‘Wow, that’s the best show I’ve seen in my life,’ and that’s what people are going to get when they come out to the show.” Q: You recently signed a second

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Multi-talented entertainer Terry Fator — shown here with Wrex the Safety Expert — will return to Troy for an 8 p.m. performance Friday at Hobart Arena. long-term deal to continue entertaining fans at The Mirage. That has to be exciting: A: “It’s just been phenomenal. My head is still kind of spinning a bit. But I keep myself writing and working. I don’t have time to think about it. My goal is on that audience. We have 1,300 people that come out to each show (at The Mirage) and my focus is on them. When I come to Troy, it’s going to be all about Troy.” Q: You were 42 and had been working for years doing county fairs, corporate events and small venues when your America’s Got Talent win put you in the national spotlight. Does the fact that you had to struggle for years to get to where you are now make your current success that much sweeter? A: “I have heard people say that (it happened overnight), and I always correct them. It looks like it was overnight, but I promise you I worked for it. I was 42 when I went on (America’s Got Talent). When I was 11, I wanted to be a professional ventriloquist, and when I was 14 I made the commitment to be the best. I worked hard. I put my money where my mouth was. I worked tens of thousands of hours

before that lucky break happened.” Q: You have a large cast of “costars” — that share the stage with you. Do you have a favorite puppet? A: “There are two that are my favorites. Walter T. Airdale is my first professional puppet. My mom had saved her money for three years, and for my 18th birthday she gave me Walter. It took me several years to get his character down, but he’s been with me ever since. My other favorite would be Winston the Impersonating Turtle. He clearly won America’s Got Talent. He knows it and even mentions it in the show.” Q: Considering the fact that you do such a wide range of characters and voices in your show, does that ever have a negative impact on your vocal chords? A: “It does occasionally affect my voice. I’m like anybody else. But if I do get sick, sometimes I have to take a few days off. I’d rather take a few days off and be able to continue my career for another 10 years. The main thing about Vegas is, it’s very dry here, so I have 40 percent humidity in my house. I keep a professional humidifier in my house, so anywhere I go in my house, I have 40 percent humidity so my throat doesn’t dry out.” Q: What keeps you motivated to continue entertaining audiences around the world? A: “My family, without a doubt. I have a gorgeous, incredible wife (Taylor Makakoa). She is my assistant and we travel together. We haven’t spent a night apart since we started dating seriously, and that makes it all worth it. I was so lonely when I was on the road … and now I have my soul mate to share it with.” • To obtain tickets for Friday’s show, call the Hobart Arena box office at 339-2911 or visit the arena website at www.hobartarena.com. • To learn more about Terry Fator, go to www.terryfator.com.

Christmas Continued from page 1 limited due to Roger suffering a serious, lifethreatening heart condition. “We’re really blessed cause last year he came so close to death, we didn’t think he’d be home for Christmas, none of the doctors did,” said Cheryl of her husband’s congestive heart failure. It resulted in a helicopter ride to a Dayton hospital, broken ribs, a number of surgeries, time spent in a nursing home for rehabilitation, pneumonia, and

yet another stay in the hospital on life support. “No one thought he’d make it, to see him doing this well, and being able to be around all this, it’s absolutely unreal,” she said. Though Roger is still healing, the Svecs have much to be thankful for, and with the help of family, friends and fellow residents, they are sharing their thanks through the Christmas display. It took a month to set up the display, which inspired other residents to either add to

the collection or create displays of their own, as evident by a number of decorated doors. Even the front lobby of the apartment building was decorated for the first time this year, complete with a Christmas tree tucked into one corner and snowflakes hanging from the ceiling. “All these people were working in harmony and having a joyous time,” said Cheryl of residents decorating the first floor lobby. “It’s going to be an annual event, I’m sure of

Houston grad to appear on TV BY PATRICIA ANN SPEELMAN Civitas Media pspeelman@sdnccg.com DAYTON — Sidney native Ashley (Adams) Sylwestrak, now of Dayton, will make Friday a bit sweeter for people who tune in to watch Fox 45’s morning news show. The 2002 Houston High School graduate will do a chocolate demonstration

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with television h o s t Meghan Mongillo at 8:45 a.m. Sylwestrak SYLWESTRAK h a s opened Simply Sweet Chocolates, through which she provides handmade chocolates and candies.

Homemade caramels, gourmet chocolate-covered pretzel rods, molded chocolates, chocolate lollipops and chocolate creations for any celebration are all made by Sylwestrak and marketed through her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SimplySweetChocolates. Sylwestrak also takes orders by phone at (937) 475-3665.

PIQUA — The Rev. Leon William Mindt, a resident of Piqua Manor, f o r merly of Eng l e wood, went to h i s heave n l y home Dec. 8, 2 0 1 2 , MINDT followthe effects of ing Alzheimer’s. He was born Nov. 21, 1926, in Blue Grass, N.D. to William E. and Sophie (Ballinsky) Mindt. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and one sister. One sister, Violet Dittus of Washington and brother, Clifford Mindt of Montana, survive. Leon was married to Esther (Mindt) Mindt on Nov. 27, 1947. The couple was able to celebrate 65 years of marriage. She survives, along with their three daughters, Cynthia and the Rev. Floyd Sollenberger of Camp Hill, Pa., Sylvia and Ray Daniels of Wabash, Ind., and the Rev. Dr. Arlys and Jerry Fogt of Piqua. They share the wonderful memories of a life well lived. His legacy continues with seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He served in the Army after World War II ended during the occupation, stationed in Korea from 1945-1946 and upon his honorable discharge became an apprentice blacksmith and welder. He felt the call to Christian ministry and began college at General Beadle in Madison, S.D., while serving a small church in Ramona, S.D. He continued his college education and graduated in 1064, from Kearney State in Kearney, Neb., while serving churches in Elm creek, Neb., Taylor, Neb., Almena, Kan. and in Scotia, Neb. After graduation he moved his family to Dayton to begin seminary

training at United Theological Seminary and continued serving various student pastorates in Lebanon, Eaton and Sidney. He graduated with a M.Div. from UTS in 1968, and was ordained in the Dakota Conference of the former Evangelical United Brethren Church and choosing to stay in Ohio he accepted a call to serve the United Church of Christ in West Milton. Although he served carious churches in different denominations, he always felt his calling was to be a shepherd to everyone in any community in which he lived. He spent 10 years as an instructor in carpentry at the former Miami Valley Joint Vocational School. Leon spent many ours building and delivering his specially designed storage barns of all sizes. After formally retiring, he continued to substitute both in the pulpit and the classroom. His passion was doing small wood projects for people as gifts and creating something out of materials others threw away. He also enjoyed serving the VFW Post 7741 as a life member and chaplain for many years on the local, county and district levels. Funeral services will be officiated by the Revs. Floyd Sollenberger and George Sidwell at Englewood United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. today. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial, with military honors, will be at Piqua Forest Hill Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Englewood United Methodist Church, 107 N. Walnut St., Englewood. Donation envelopes will be available at the service. All arrangements are in care of the staff at the Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, West Milton.

Death notices DAYTON — Georgia Dix, of Dayton, formerly of West Milton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Hospice of Dayton. Funeral services will be held Friday at Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton, with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery, West Milton. SIDNEY — Evelyn Ilean Rose, 85, of Sidney, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Fair Haven Nursing Home. Graveside services will be held Friday at Cedar Point Cemetery in Pasco, with the Rev. Barbara Staley officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney.

BOTKINS — Anna Marie Kies, 106, of Botkins, passed away at 1:56 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Fair Haven Shelby County Home. Graveside services will be held Friday at Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson, with the Rev. Tim Bartee officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes it.” Cheryl went on to say Funeral Home, Sidney. how the holiday activity BURNSIDE, Ky. — Rodney Stephens, 48, of Burncreates a unified, community spirit within the side, Ky. and formerly of Sidney, passed away at 12 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at his residence. building. Funeral services will be held today at the Cromes “Then it doesn’t feel Funeral Home & Crematory, Sidney, with the Rev. like it’s ours,” said Cheryl of the collaboration be- Tim Bartee officiating. tween residents and the couple making the collection not so much her and her husband’s but everyCOLUMBUS (AP) — expected before the sesone’s. “That way it be- State lawmakers were di- sion’s end this week. longs to all of us.” The legislation calls for vided Wednesday over Ultimately, the Svecs’ whether a bill switching developing a letter grade goal is generational, em- schools to an A through F scale for school districts, phasizing not so much ranking system was the school buildings, commuthe gift side of the holiday best thing for students, ed- nity schools, STEM but the celebration of ucators and families. schools and college family and creating memboarding A bill requiring the preparatory ories with their daughter, switch cleared the state schools based on more two granddaughters and Senate on a 27-6 vote, with than a dozen performance House approval of changes measures. two great-grandsons.

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Upper Valley Career Center Horticulture and Landscape Management program will be offering poinsettias for sale now through Dec. 20. Red, pink, maroon, and white plants are available in six-, seven, and eight-inch pots are priced respectively at $6, $11 and $15. The Horticulture and Landscape Management students cultivated 300 of the plants from starters in the school’s new automated greenhouse. They currently care for nearly 800 plants available through this sales as part of their career and technical program. Above, Amber Stambaugh, of Piqua High School, cares for nursery stock as part of her lab experience in the Horticulture and Landscape Management Program.

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NASA supports Wright Bros. monument Addiction clinic opens Center plans to run tests on a computer model of the 250-foot-tall monument using NASA simulation codes that vary wind speed, direction, temperature and air density, Lugo said. Lugo said the model also could be tested using NASA codes for ice formation on airplanes to determine the effects of winter weather. It will be done under the umbrella of a Space Act Agreement, which is a legal agreement between NASA and a private entity, Lugo said. The agreement will be framed in the coming months, he

said. The cost of the testing has not been determined, but it’s expected to be less than $100,000. The proposed Wright Monument is an oversized replica of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 1905 Wright Flyer III atop a pedestal. It was first proposed in 2005 by the Wright Image Group, a local nonprofit organization. The monument would be visible to motorists in more than 52 million vehicles each year and identify Dayton with the Wright brothers and the birth of

aviation, officials said. About $1 million has been raised toward the project’s estimated $12 million cost, including private donations and inkind contributions, said group spokesman Curt Nelson. Nelson said a physical scale model of the monument was successfully tested earlier this year by University of Dayton students using a small wind tunnel. Ohio State University Aerospace Engineering students also will perform computer analysis of wind effects on the proposed monument.

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anticipating the landmark Steve Beshear said the birthday since they read a two had a follow-up disnewspaper story about a cussion in July in which CINCINNATI (AP) — boy turning 10 on the president indicated he wanted to get the project The University of Cincin- 10/10/10. going. nati is ready to kick off a major fundraising drive to Announcement Man gets 15 upgrade its football stato be made on dium. years to life in School officials hope to new N. Ky. bridge toddler’s death raise $60 million to $70 COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) million to add private — The governors of KenDAYTON (AP) — An suites and make concestucky and Ohio are sched- Ohio man accused of abussion stand and other imuled to join with U.S. ing and killing his girlprovements to the Transportation Secretary friend’s 2-year-old son has 35,000-seat Nippert Sta- Ray LaHood in Covington been sentenced to 15 years dium on campus. The for an announcement re- to life in prison. drive comes on the heels of garding funding for a new A jury found 27-year-old the surprise weekend Ohio River bridge linking Joe Watson IV guilty last signing of veteran major- the two states. month of murder and conference coach Tommy A news release says the three counts of child enTuberville (TUHB’-ur-vil) officials will announce a dangering. He was sento lead the Bearcat foot- study on the $2.4 billion tenced in Dayton on ball team. plan to replace the Brent Tuesday. Cincinnati officials are Spence Bridge, which Watson was arrested in still hoping to land a berth links downtown Cincin- December 2011 following in the Atlantic Coast Con- nati and Covington. The the death of Levi Barrett. ference, and the new coach Interstate 75 bridge is Police said Watson took and a stadium improve- considered functionally the child to the hospital, ment could make the obsolete and over capacity where he died as the reBearcats more attractive. for traffic. sult of blunt force trauma. The Cincinnati EnPresident Barack Watson apologized in quirer reports that details Obama visited the half- court and told the judge he are still being worked out century-old double-decker “didn’t mean to hit him on the contract for the for- bridge last year, using it as that hard.� mer Texas Tech and a backdrop for a speech The child’s mother, 23Auburn coach. pressing for infrastructure year-old Michelle Mooty, is improvements. charged with permitting Triplets turn 12 Obama proclaimed the child abuse. She’s due in bridge needed to be re- court next week. on 12/12/12 placed, and Kentucky Gov. Judge Frances McGee MOUNT GILEAD (AP) — Hanna, Hayes and Ryan Bentley have been looking forward to this birthday for years. The INFORMATION Ohio triplets are turning Regional Group Publisher - Frank Beeson ■ Editorial Department: 12 on 12/12/12. (937) 773-2721 The Mansfield News Executive Editor - Susan Hartley FAX: (937) 773-4225 Advertising Manager - Leiann Stewart Journal reports that the ■ History E-mail: editorial@dailycall.com trio of Mount Gilead sixth- Established in 1883, the Piqua Daily Call Human Resources — Betty Brownlee graders didn’t know what is published daily except Tuesdays and ■ Circulation Department — 773-2725 their parents have in store Sundays and Dec. 25 at 100 Fox Dr., Circulation Manager — Suite B, Piqua, Ohio 45356. for their special birthday ■ Mailing Address: Piqua Daily Call, Cheryl Hall 937-440-5237 Wednesday. But they Postmaster should send changes to the Assistant Circulation Manager — Young 937-773-2721 ext. 202 know they’ll be making a Piqua Daily Call, 100 Fox Dr., Suite B, Jami ■ Office hours Piqua, OH 45356. Second class postage weekend trip to a resort in 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. on the Piqua Daily Call (USPS 433-960) Sandusky to celebrate this is paid at Piqua, Ohio. E-mail address: Saturdays and Sundays at 335-5634 (select circulation.) weekend. editorial@dailycall.com. ■ Advertising Department: The triplets were born ■ Subscription Rates: EZ Pay $10 per Hours: 8 .am. to 5 p.m., month; $11.25 for 1 month; $33.75 for 3 Dec. 12, 2000, at The Ohio Monday - Friday $65.50 for 6 months; $123.50 To place a classified ad, call State Medical Center in months; per year. Newsstand rate: Daily: $1.00 844-8385. Columbus. They have a per copy, Saturday: $1.25. Mail subscrip- (877) To place a display ad, call tions: in Miami County, $12.40 per younger brother who’s 6. (937) 440-5252. FAX: (937) 773-4225. Hanna said she’s “al- month, unless deliverable by motor outside of Miami County, $153.50 VISA and MasterCard accepted. ways been looking forward route; annually. A division of Civitas Media to this birthday and how About Us... cool it is.� The Piqua Daily Call uses Their mother, Traci soy inks and prints on recycled paper. Bentley, said they’ve been

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BY ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS AP Legal Affairs Writer PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A new for-profit, cash-only drug clinic that uses medicine to treat painkiller addicts is raising concerns in a county known as an epicenter of Ohio's prescription painkiller epidemic. Kentucky-based SelfRefind opened the clinic this fall in Portsmouth in southern Ohio, its first in the state. Selfrefind also has 11 clinics in Kentucky and one in Tennessee. The clinic provides prescriptions to Suboxone, a medication that treats addicts' withdrawal symptoms and blocks brain receptors to counter the effect of craving for narcotics like heroin or oxycodone. Critics say Suboxone clinics keep people on the drug too long without the extensive counseling needed to break an addiction. They also worry such clinics contribute to the illegal sale of Suboxone, which is rising in Ohio and around the country. Company officials, aware of the community's concerns, are taking extra steps to assure residents they are not a pill mill in disguise. SelfRefind has met with local business and health care leaders and with the state's top addictions officials to explain their mission. “We're a treatment program,� said SelfRefind spokeswoman Michele McCarthy. “We don't just write a prescription and take money and move along.�

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his article was to be the second one on Internet shopping. I have been shopping on eBay for many years and their screens have stayed the same. Then they changed them the week after I started describing them with their uses. Then they changed the screens again the next week. Then they went back to the old screens in a few more days. I called eBay and explained how their herky-jerky changing of their screens at this time was making these articles impossible to write and that I would like to know where their programmers were going to land after their seizures. They said: “… or press 9 if none of these options have anything to do with your problem and you can just go away.” She did have a pleasant voice. I’ll go back to Internet shopping after I’m sure eBay has settled down. So let’s talk about Christmas and what presents I know you can expect to get this year. And the beauty is that no one needs to shop for them or pay for them or wrap them or even worry if you will like them or not. You will like them. Your family will. The first will happen during Congress’ Christmas break — and I mean more than the good thing of Congress merely not being in session and so not doing lots of things … very loudly. During this time a man will finally get JACK ROBINSON fired and if you have a Columnist mortgage that is greater than your home’s market value, this can give you hope for relief. The man is Ed DeMarco who’s head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. This man has resisted all attempts, all directives, all pleadings to agree to reduce the principles on the “underwater” mortgages in Freddy and Fannie-Mac. He could have saved foreclosures and reduced payments of many of those who saw the value of their homes plummet through the banking debacle. This would have given a large boost to the economy by cutting down on home foreclosures and also given these home owners more spending money, which is a present for all of us. You may ask why someone in Obama’s administration would do this and why they didn’t fire him before. Well, he was a Bush appointee who could not be replaced because Republicans threatened to not approve any replacement for him. Obama will fire him and replace him by a “recess appointment.” Without the need for congressional approval. Merry Christmas. There are all kind of good things that you can use and enjoy in the coming years. Let’s start with health care, or Obama Cares as I like to call it. OK, children are already being covered with existing illnesses and young adults are being covered until age 26. In another year everyone with a pre-existing illness will have to be covered, coverage will be extended to 30 million more people, harmful insurance practices will be controlled, a floor on benefits will be controlled and people in poverty and those making 300 percent of poverty will be helped with the payments or have it paid through Medicaid. If you are a small businessman you will have help with the health plan payments and you have already been privy to government expansion of loans. If you are a GI or were one, or are related to one, you already have the GI Bill for education, the Electronics Record Act and the Veterans Healthcare Plan. Plus the Veterans Administration has already received $4.6 billion to correct the previous medical neglect of our returning troops. For you farmers you have Sen. Sherrod Brown reelected to still represent your interests in the Agriculture Committee. We all received the avoidance of the depression looming when Obama first took office and his guiding America away from the failed European plans of austerity. All of us with relatives in Sandy’s path should be grateful for Obama’s reconstructing FEMA from its pitiful shape during Katrina. We all should be thankful for the $2,000 in savings in the payroll tax, and in addition should anticipate the continued federal tax cut next year — unless you’re a millionaire that is. We all should be thankful for the judges Obama will appoint — judges who will represent the 99 percent of Americans. For all of this, thank those you know who voted for Obama. Merry Christmas. You’re welcome.

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Sweden) arguably are as his is a peculiar seafree as we are. son in American poli• Have the legal definitics. The big game is tion of “entitlements” and over, the score is in the the popular meaning of the record book, yet there are word been so confused that more innings to be played. A we are on a path to ecolame-duck Congress and an nomic disaster? exhausted president cannot Tens of millions of aged leave the field. This is the eighth time DAVID SHRIBMAN and infirm Americans are legally entitled to Social Sesince the Nixon years ConColumnist curity and Medicare benegress has gone into overfits as currently time to address pressing budget issues. Each time the crisis was constituted. But just because these sodescribed as the worst ever, though cial benefits are called “entitlements,” rarely has that been true. But with so does that mean everyone has to be entimuch at stake, so much contention in the tled to them or that they have to be dispolitical system and so few easy options, tributed at current levels, even if the ratio of money being diverted into the it may actually be the case this time. Yet there is a sense of unreality sur- system already is out of whack with the rounding the pas de deux in which the money pouring out of it? Medicare has not strayed much from principals are engaged, much like the ones the Prince and the Sugar Plum its 1965 moorings. And it is not surprisFairy are undertaking in holiday pro- ing that, with the population aging and ductions of “The Nutcracker” this medicine advancing, Medicare costs are growing. But these costs can be conmonth. For now, the White House and the Re- tained — by adjusting reimbursement publican House are playing to the wrong formulas and eligibility requirements. audience. They are behaving as if they Changing conditions require changed are trying to win an election, rather than regulations. Social Security is a slightly different sculpt a solution. The beginning of wisdom in this crisis is that neither side matter, though Democrats are chary of should win. The goal is political resolu- acknowledging that. Its role in American life has changed substantially since tion, not political absolution. Maybe this is the time to take a deep 1935. It was designed as an income supbreath and dig deep into the fiscal Cliff plement, not a pension, though today Notes, using this sober time of reckoning that difference has been lost. During the to take on the vital national questions salad years, the country was happy to igwe almost always skirt. For we need to nore that distinction. Now, the notion recognize that even after the election, that Social Security is an entitlement in the big national questions have not been any way other than in the legal sense answered. In fact, they have not been needs a full debate. If nothing else, the country needs to asked. Since this is going to be a wrenching season anyway, here are some ques- recognize that if it were permissible to tions we would prefer to evade but enhance these entitlements, as they have been with cost-of-living adjustshouldn’t: • Should the budget be framed as a ments, then it’s also possible to reduce moral balance sheet or a financial bal- them. • Has our political rhetoric so perance sheet? This question prompts important de- verted our political system that our bates about income inequality, social mo- words get in the way? We have just completed a presidential bility, financial rectitude and national economic health. The greatest dodge in campaign in which the Democrat emAmerican civic life is the facile view that ployed the most virulent class-warfare good economics are good politics. How do language of any major-party candidate we know that will be true in the current at least since Franklin Roosevelt, percase — not a garden-variety con- haps since William Jennings Bryan. tretemps but a raging crisis — even in Obama partisans inevitably will argue the unlikely event that it was true in the that the high pitch of the president was promoted by a shocking, dangerous level past? Elements in both parties believe the of income inequality in the country. Pertax system should be an expression of haps so. But the Republicans — especially the American values, but they have vastly different values. Some liberals believe — new-style, middle-class conservatives, though they deny this is their view — who have nothing in common with the that the purpose of the tax system is pri- malefactors of great wealth that marily to foster fairness. Some conser- Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, devatives believe — they’re in denial, too plored in 1907 — aren’t the economic — that the tax system should be de- royalists that FDR, a Democrat, designed only to create jobs and foster en- plored 29 years later. Obama needs to trepreneurship. Again, neither side sound like a president looking for a solution to a crisis, not a candidate seekshould win, or lose, completely. • Is the tax system designed to raise ing votes in a campaign. Obama was not alone in excess. His revenue or shape economic behavior? This question is seldom raised, never opponents described him as a European answered, in part because the pugilists social democrat if not an outright socialwant to answer one way some of the ist, which would be news to real socialtime, the other way the rest of the time. ists, who would instantly dismiss Some want to use the tax code to Obama as a feckless, spineless moderate shape behavior, whether to conserve en- with a hopelessly innocuous petit-bourergy or encourage home ownership, al- geois outlook. So, first step: We need to clean up the most always with phony arguments that distort the economy but please powerful language before we can clean up the ecointerest groups. Others want to use the nomic mess. Then tackle these questax system to spur growth or, while low- tions. ering rates, to promote freedom — alDavid M. Shribman is executive editor though four of the five nations with the highest tax rates as a percentage of in- of the (Pittsburgh) Post-Gazette and a Jack Robinson of Piqua is a University of Akron come (Belgium, Germany, France and veteran political columnist. graduate who over 25 years worked his way up from the factory floor to a senior materials management position with General Tire. After the Akron plant closed, he worked at numerous companies, most of which either Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free went broke or moved to Mexico. Contact him at piqua- exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the peojack@yahoo.com. ple peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Don’t bet on a crackdown this year on gambling operations known as Internet cafes. The Ohio Senate won’t act before the session ends this month on a proposal that amounts to a virtual ban on the game parlors. Senate President Tom Niehaus said members of his Republican caucus had a number of concerns with the bill and not enough days left to fully vet the measure. The Senate aims to finish its work for the year by Thursday. “We were simply running out of time,” Niehaus told reporters, as he acknowledged that he wouldn’t be bringing the measure to a vote. The bill was approved by a 2-to-1 margin in House earlier this month. It would shut down nearly all of the estimated 800 sites by narrowly defining what counts as a sweepstake. Opponents say the Internet cafe computer games that operate like slot machines with cash prizes amount to illegal gambling. Customers pay for Internet time or phone cards and use them to bet points on computers loaded with games such as poker. Operators say they sell legitimate products with a chance to win a prize. Niehaus said lawmakers questioned the impact the bill could have on “legitimate” businesses that offer sweepstakes games, such as McDonald’s. Legislators had thought the House-passed version of the bill exempted those businesses. But he said, “Some concerns were raised just in the last 12 hours that maybe it didn’t.” The announcement of the proposal’s demise this session came on the heels of a packed Senate hearing on the issue. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has led the push to get rid of the businesses. He told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the amount of cash flowing through the operations made them ripe places for money laundering, organized crime and drug dealings. Plus, he said cafes offered the chance for consumers to be scammed. “We don’t know what the payout is to the people who go into these Internet cafes,” he said.

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Ravi Shankar dies at 92 BY MUNEEZA NAQVI AND RAVI NESSMAN By Associated Press NEW DELHI — With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over nearly a century. From George Harrison to John Coltrane, from Yehudi Menuhin to David Crosby, his connections reflected music’s universality, though a gap persisted between Shankar and many Western fans. Sometimes they mistook tuning for tunes, while he stood aghast at displays like Jimi Hendrix’s burning

guitar. Shankar died Tuesday at age 92. A statement on his website said he died in San Diego, near his Southern California home with his wife and a daughter by his side. The musician’s foundation issued a statement saying that he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery last week. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also confirmed Shankar’s death and called him a “national treasure.” Labeled “the godfather of world music” by Harrison, Shankar helped millions of classical, jazz and rock lovers discover the centuries-old traditions of Indian music. “He was legend of legends,” Shivkumar Sharma, a noted santoor player who

performed with Shankar, told Indian media. “Indian classical was not at all known in the Western world. He was the musician who had that training ... the ability to communicate with the Western audience.” He also pioneered the concept of the rock benefit with the 1971 Concert For Bangladesh. To later generations, he was known as the estranged father of popular American singer Norah Jones. In 1979, he fathered Norah Jones with New York concert promoter Sue Jones, and in 1981, Sukanya Rajan, who played the tanpura at his concerts, gave birth to his daughter Anoushka. He grew estranged from Sue Jones in the 80s and didn’t see Norah for a decade, though they later reestablished contact.

He married Rajan in 1989 and trained young Anoushka as his heir on the sitar. In recent years, father and daughter toured the world together. The statement she and her mother released said, “Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as part of our lives.” When Jones shot to stardom and won five Grammy awards in 2003, Anoushka Shankar was nominated for a Grammy of her own. Shankar himself won three Grammy awards and was nominated for an Oscar for his musical score for the movie “Gandhi.” His album “The Living Room Sessions, Part 1” earned him his latest Grammy nomination, for best world music album.

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In this Dec. 19, 2002, Indian Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, right, and daughter Anoushka Shankar smile during a press conference in Calcutta, India. Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who became a hippie musical icon of the 1960s after hobnobbing with the Beatles and who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over an eight-decade career, has died. He was 92. Despite his fame, numer- when they opened the Conous albums and decades of cert for Bangladesh by world tours, Shankar’s twanging their sitar and music remained a riddle to sarod for a minute and a half. “If you like our tuning so many Western ears. Shankar was amused much, I hope you will enjoy after he and colleague Ustad the playing more,” he told Ali Akbar Khan were greeted the confused crowd, and with admiring applause then launched into his set.

Vindication for Rock Hall inductees Tooth fairy’s treasure Randy Newman’s glad he didn’t have to do anything drastic to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The members of Rush are choosing to let bygones be bygones. And Quincy Jones, well, he’s still mad. All were among inductees announced Tuesday by Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers at a news conference in Los Angeles. For most of this year’s inductees, inclusion was a long time coming. “I’m very happy,” the 69year-old Newman said Monday from his home in Los Angeles. “I thought I’d have to die first, but I’m glad I’m around to see it.” Newman is joined in the 2013 class by the eclectic group of rockers Rush and Heart, rap group Public Enemy, “Queen of Disco” Donna Summer and bluesman Albert King. Jones and his friend Lou Adler will enter the hall as Ahmet Ertegun Award winners for their contributions to rock beyond performance. They will be inducted into the hall of fame April 18 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will mark the end of a long wait for fans of five of those six acts, who’ve been eligible for entry for some time. Pub-

lic Enemy was inducted on its first ballot appearance, swelling the ranks of hiphop entries. In many ways, the 2013 class balances the scales, though not nearly soon enough for some new members. “Well, it’s about time, man,” Jones said late Monday night in an interview from his home in Los Angeles. “But I promise you I’m not sitting around worrying about it.” Summer, who passed away at age 63 in May, gains entry after six years as a nominee. King, a deep influence on Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn who died in 1992, now takes his place alongside all the other legendary blues guitarists in the hall. Rush, one of the mostplayed staples of classic rock radio, gained entry following its first appearance on the ballot. But the Canadian trio became eligible in 1998 and was repeatedly left off the list, to the great consternation of its legion of fans who cried bias against prog rock. Heart also waited a decade to make it on the ballot, gaining entry during its second appearance. After years of disappointment, then disinterest, Rush’s Alex Lifeson said the band now feels “wonderful” about its

entry into the hall and is especially happy for its followers. “First of all it’s all water under the bridge and it was a very tiny bridge,” the 59-year-old guitarist said in a phone interview from his home in Toronto. “I think our fans are more upset than we were because they feel a real bond to this band and it’s been an important part of their lives in some form, and to be snubbed was snubbing them at the same time. ... Perhaps there were times when I thought if this ever happens I’m not going to bother going, or who cares or whatever, but at the end of the day positive karma is an important thing and this is an important thing to a lot of our fans and people we know.” Jones was less forgiving of the long wait he had. The 79-year-old entertainment icon’s fingerprints are all over the hall of fame. He pops up often at key moments in rock ‘n’ roll history and was even Ray Charles’ presenter during the soul singer’s induction at the inaugural 1986 ceremony. He never expected to wait so long for his own entry. “I was pissed off about it at first because I saw how it was going down and who was going in and who wasn’t,” Jones said with a deep laugh. “But I’m used

to it, man. I’ve been around a long time, and I know how it works, you know. It’s still an honor, man.” The 2013 class also continues the process of opening the hall of fame’s doors a little bit wider. In many cases, the delayed entry of this year’s inductees had to do with a debate among its membership over the hall of fame’s direction. The rock ‘n’ roll family sits under a big tent, but just how big it should be has been a matter of debate for the Cleveland, Ohio, institution. The class may signal a new direction. “That is an eclectic group,” Newman said. “Well that’s nice. It seems like they’re broadening what they think rock ‘n’ roll is. That’s good. There’s no point being doctrinaire about music. ... People get awful strict. It’s a hell of a thing to get strict about, isn’t it?” There was clearly no debate among the hall’s membership about Public Enemy, which gained membership on its 25th anniversary. The openly militant, always angry group helped elevate and define nascent rap in the 1980s and ‘90s. MC Chuck D said the group’s induction is about more than simple membership.

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Advice DEAR ABBY: As I was cleaning out my father’s dresser, I found an envelope with a drawing that I had done in kindergarten and another envelope containing a tooth and a note to the Tooth Fairy written in my childish hand. Imagine how touched I was when I found it — knowing he had kept these things for nearly a half a century. I think putting the teeth in an envelope for “Always’” son to find later on would be a lovely thing to do. — SISSY IN LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

DEAR ABBY: I’d like to comment about what to do with those baby teeth. The original reasoning behind the tooth under the pillow custom was to keep witches from getting ahold of them and casting a spell on the child. The traditional disposition of those teeth was straight into the fire! — LADAWN IN WISCONSIN

DEAR ABBY: My favoriteTooth Fairy memory is when my 6-year-old daughter asked if she would hear the“Tooth Fairy’s wings flapping” when she came to collect the tooth that had been placed under her pillow.Kids do say the darnedest things, and yes, I still have her teeth and the notes she wrote to the Tooth Fairy. — KARIE’S MOM IN ENCINO, CALIF. DEAR ABBY: I had a neighbor with five children. DEAR ABBY: When my She also kept their baby teeth and was inspired to use daughter did a science fair them to make a present for project on tooth decay, I let her father. At the time, we her have the jar of saved were into casting things in teeth for her experiments. plastic, so she bought a mold She did a thorough research for a toilet seat and embed- job and a beautiful presentaded all the teeth neatly into tion, earning a blue ribbon. — JANICE IN it. Her father refused to use ROCHESTER, WASH. it because he said it would be like sitting in a shark’s DEAR ABBY: When I mouth. — CAROLE IN married, my mother-in-law GILFORD, N.H. gifted me with my husband’s baby teeth and first curl of DEAR ABBY: My son hair. It sounds weird, but it passed away. His girlfriend gave me a warm, fuzzy kick was pregnant and had the to receive them. It also was a baby four months later. We bonding moment with my had a DNA test done using “new mom.” — KERRY IN his baby teeth, which I had WICHITA FALLS, saved. It proved he was the TEXAS father, and the baby, our grandson, is now 10 years Dear Abby is written by old. Also, with this information, the boy was able to get Abigail Van Buren, also Social Security benefits for known as Jeanne Phillips, survivors. It was a bit of a and was founded by her struggle, but well worth it. mother, Pauline Phillips. How’s that for a good use for Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. baby teeth? — GRANDMA IN Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA NEWBURGH, N.Y. 90069.

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Consider this deal played in a team-of-four match.The contract at both tables was three spades, but at one table the contract was made, while at the other table declarer went down one. At the first table,West led the K-Q-A of hearts and continued with another heart. Declarer ruffed with dummy’s king, played a low trump to his queen and led the five of clubs. Had West gone up with the ace of clubs, South would have made the contract eas-

ily, scoring five trump tricks in his hand, the heart ruff in dummy, two club tricks and the ace of diamonds. But West correctly played the nine of clubs on South’s five, and dummy’s queen won the trick. Declarer then cashed his remaining trumps, reducing his hand to the Q-8 of diamonds and king of clubs. West’s holding at this point was the K-J of diamonds and ace of clubs, while dummy had the A-7 of diamonds and six of clubs.South now exited with the king of clubs, endplaying West to make the contract. At the second table, the play started the same way when West also led the K-QA of hearts. But here the play varied dramatically when East realized that his partner might eventually get endplayed if left to his own devices. So at trick three, East ruffed his partner’s ace of hearts (!) and returned a

DEAR ABBY: I must respond to “Always His Mom” (Sept.26),who asked what to do with her grown son’s baby teeth. She can contact the college of dentistry close to her and ask if the school would like to have the baby teeth the Tooth Fairy collected. When I was in dental school, we used deciduous teeth (baby teeth) to study the dental anatomy of children. It’s rare to have a complete set from one person, which would make these a good learning aid for students. When I was in school, the deciduous teeth were nearly smooth because of the number of students who had handled them, making them very difficult to identify. — DOUG FROM SOLON, IOWA

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Quickie weddings on the rise Just not in Vegas Mark your calendar Advent/A.C.E. project PIQUA — St. Boniface and St. Mary Catholic parishes are implementing the Advent and Christmas Evangelization Project (A.C.E.). A.C.E. is a joint project from the Cincinnati Archdiocesan Offices of Evangelization & Catechesis and Stewardship, and is a direct response to the call for New Evangelization in the Year of the Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI, which began in October. The A.C.E. project involves two major evangelization projects being implemented during this Advent and season. Christmas Through Catholic Come Home (www.CatholicComeHome.org) videos on local television stations are being aired. Personal invitations through local parishes are being sent to inactive Catholics to attend Sunday and Christmas Masses and an open forum meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at St. Boniface or Jan. 9 at St. Marys. As part of the Dynamic Catholic Parish Book Program each household will receive a copy of the book Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly at all Christmas Masses.

Christmas services and programs FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church has planned the following Christmas season services and programs: • Sunday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. Unity Sunday Church Service; Christmas Cantata from 2-4 p.m. Pastor Andy and Wendi’s Christmas Open House at the Parsonage; 6 p.m. “Sing a Song of Christmas” Children’s Musical • Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 5-7 p.m. Community Free Meal at the Church (baked steak and chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes/gravy, dessert) • Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Vacation Bible School for children ages 3 through 6th grade. Stories, games, songs, and crafts in the church basement (lunch will be provided) • Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. — Christmas Eve services

BY HANNAH DREIER Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas, land of the quickie wedding, is in the midst of a serious love recession, and chapels in a city accustomed to playing the numbers aren’t about to let the latest moneymaking opportunity pass — Dec. 12, 2012. They are hoping the lure of a wedding license stamped with a once-in-acentury 12-12-12 will help boost revenue. Sin City’s share of the weddings business has fallen by a third since 2004 as cities from New Orleans to New York have gotten into the elopement industry. “From a marketing perspective, it’s a very big deal. Numbers are associated with Vegas,” said Ann Parsons, marketing director for Vegas Weddings, which runs four chapels in town. “Unfortunately, it’s the last date like that we’ll have.” Chapels from the rundown courthouse area to the ritzy Strip are jumping at the chance to sell 12-12-12 packages at three times the normal price for weekday ceremonies during the wedding offseason, from November to April. In the absence of any obvious symbolism — like 7-7-07, which gamblers will recognize as the numbers for a lucky slot machine winner— chapels are turning to Chinese numerology. “One is considered a yang number, while two is considered a yin number. Combining the two can offer new couples balance,” the marketing firm Back Bar USA said in a press release announcing its $1,212,120 wedding package that includes the use of a private jet, watches and earrings for the wedding party, and dinner at a Michelin-rated restaurant. Triple digit wedding dates have become a lifeline for struggling chapels, said Joni Moss, a longtime Las Vegas wedding planner and founder of the Nevada Wedding Association. “Everything has declined,” she said. “The small facilities here are really worried and figuring out how to market themselves.” Over the years, the city has become known for such nuptial innovations as drive-thru weddings, over the top themes, and Elvis look-alikes playing minister. The boom in competition means real heartache for the city of lights, where weddings are the second largest industry after

gambling, and newlyweds bring in about $800 million annually, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, issued a third fewer wedding licenses for Nov. 11, 2011, which attracted a large share of veterans and fell on a Friday, than it did for July 7, 2007. The county captured 5.7 percent of the U.S. wedding market in 2004 compared to 4.4 percent in 2010, the last year the stats are available. Overall, speedy weddings and destination ceremonies are more popular than ever, according to The Wedding Report, an online market research firm. More people are getting married at ages when they no longer need a gift registry to fill their kitchens or a “Big Day” to mark the transition to adulthood, said Linda Waite, a sociology professor at the University of Chicago. And with budgets tightening and wedding costs spiraling ever upward, the stigma is falling away from getting hitched on the cheap. As a result, businesses and cities across the country are looking to attract couples fleeing the wedding industrial complex. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg turned the Manhattan Marriage Bureau into a gleaming 24,000-square-foot wedding palace in 2009, saying he was setting out to give Vegas a run for its money. “Not everybody particularly likes Vegas,” said Carolyn Gerin, co-author of the Anti-Bride Guide. “There are all sorts of business that have sprung up to cater to brides that want to do it differently. It’s like, why would they leave money on the table.” The lure of getting married in Las Vegas has long been tied to the state’s streamlined wedding laws, which allow couples to skip blood tests and waiting periods. In recent years, other states have also hit the accelerator on their marriage license process. Mississippi enacted a

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Preparing for her December 12 wedding day, Bethany Wood of Jackson, Mich., tries on a wedding gown Tuesday at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. These “once-in-a-century” wedding dates have become more important each year as people increasingly look outside of Vegas for nontraditional wedding. Once known as the wedding capital of the world, Vegas’ share of the U.S. wedding market has fallen by a third since 2004. “quickie marriage” law this year to attract visitor and similar legislation is under consideration in New Jersey. New Orleans saw a jump in marriage tourism after eliminating

ers Vegas. I’ve just never liked it that much; it’s tacky,” said Nina Baltierra, 27, who eloped in 2010 after spending months planning an increasingly elaborate 200-

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Stafffor this week: Michael Compton, Makylie Killian, Eric Craft, and Summer Littlejohn. Adviser:DebbieAllen

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It’s a sing-song Christmas at PHS BY SUMMER LITTLEJOHN Staff Writer PIQUA — On Dec. 16, Piqua High School will be holding their Christmas concerts at the high school at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Piqua Show Choir “The Company,” and the eighth-grade choir, which will only be at the second concert, will also be performing

their Christmas shows during the concert. The annual Cookie Walk will be going on during the holiday concert, starting at 1 p.m. and through the second concert. Director Tom Westfall stated that the Cookie Walk is a “chance for the community to come out and get their cookies for the holiday.” The cookies are $4 per pound,

and they consist of homemade treats, cookies, fudge, and all things festive. The concert is free and open to the public. “The concert is a great way to start off your holiday season,” Westfall said. Special guests David Broerman, organist, Paul Hrivnak, violinist, Gothan City Brass Quintet, and a hand bell chorus, will be taking part in this

holiday concert. Piqua Show Choir “The Company” has one all day tour on Dec. 21, caroling to all the primary buildings, which will be Favorite Hill, Springcreek, High Street, downtown Piqua, Upper Valley Centre Mall, and the Piqua Public Library. The band will hold their annual concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

High school student council gives back BY ERIC CRAFT Staff Writer PIQUA The Piqua High School student council is sponsoring a family in the Piqua community by buying them Christmas presents. This is an annual event for the student council. The student council works with an organization by the name of Neighbors helping Neighbors to sponsor the family.

The students went to the local Wal-Mart on Dec. 4 and bought gifts for each person in the five-member family. Then on Wednesday, students wrapped the gifts so that they would be ready for the family. While the students wrapped gifts, they had their own little Christmas party to celebrate the holiday season. This event started seven years ago by helping kids who had their information on

the angels on the Angel Tree at the mall. Then Robin Phipps, former PHS counselor, got the student council involved with Neighbors helping Neighbors. Deborah Allen, current student council adviser, said, “The event has grown over the years, because the kids really enjoy helping people.” Michael Compton, senior class treasurer said, “It warms my heart to know that I am helping someone this holiday season.”

Interact sponsors annual toy drive BY MAKYLIE KILLIAN Staff Writer PIQUA — Interact Club is a service-based group supported by the local Rotary in Piqua. Rotary is a group of prominent business people who help others in who work within our community. Interact Club is cur-

rently hosting its fourth annual toy drive, and will be accepting toys that are gently used and in good condition. Cardboard boxes were placed in every classroom for students to bring in old toys, books or stuffed animals. In the past the goal for donated toys was 500, but Interact Club has

helped raise more than 600 toys this year, surpassing their set goal. This number will continue to grow until Dec.17, when the toy drive ends.The class that donates the most toys will receive special order of Chipotle for lunch, paid for by the Rotary. Donating these gently used items is all about giving to others who are

less fortunate, even when those people who give don’t have much themselves. “It’s nice being able to aid parents who want to be able to give to their children for Christmas, even when they have nothing,” said Rob Dickerson, Piqua Interact Club.“In only two weeks, six hundred toys have been donated by strangers who give with generosity, even in hard economic times.”

Piqua City Schools news briefs PIQUA — The following programs and events are taking place in Piqua City Schools: • Holiday Break for the Piqua City School District begins Monday, Dec. 24. Classes resume on Wednesday, Jan. 2. • The Piqua High School Holiday Choir Concert and Cookie Walk will be held at

2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. • Springcreek Primary School third grade students will perform a musical program on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Springcreek Primary. • High Street Primary School will host a Christmas Family Night at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18. Students, staff and family members will gather at High Street then depart in groups to sing Christmas Carols in the High Street neighborhood. This will be followed by hot chocolate and cookies at the school. • High Street Primary second-grade students will travel to area nursing

homes on Wednesday, Dec. 19, to sing Christmas carols and deliver handmade Christmas ornaments. • On Dec. 18, High Street Primary third-grade students will participate in an assembly called “Kids on the Block.” The program talks to students about understanding and accepting students with disabilities

and special needs. • Forty-eight Wilder Intermediate School students have survived the first round of the Wilder Spelling Bee. They will compete during a schoolwide assembly to be named Wilder Intermediate School Spelling Bee Champion at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21.

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McDonald’s Student of the Week BY MICHAEL COMPTON Staff Writer PIQUA — This week’s selection for student of the week goes to Senior Tyler Billet. Billet lives in Piqua with his mother, Kendra Billet. Billet was nominated by Dustin Hornbeck. He was nominated for his willingness to help and his positivity. Billet is in Hornbeck’s Ohio Northern history class, which is a college level class. “Tyler has an excellent attitude,” Hornbeck said. “He is always willing to rise to any challenge set before him.” Billet also is going to be attending Bowling Green State University next year. He would like to go for computer science classes. He not only excels in school, he also practices Taekwondo in his free time. Billet has taken the steps to become a wellrounded individual, which makes Piqua High School a better place. Congratulations to Tyler Billet on being Dec. 10-14 Student of the Week.

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BY EMILY HOERSTEN That time of year has come again for Christmas music to fill the air. On the radio, on TV, and in shops and stores, we cannot escape the sounds of the season. The musically talented of Lehman are doing their part to add to the hustle and bustle of the holiday. On Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., the Limelighters, the Cavalier Choir, and the Band are coming together to perform the an- Junior Rob Heckman gets in the Christmas spirit as he practices his nual Christmas concert. trumpet for the concert. The show choir has been working on dances choreographed by junior Millie Cartwright and senior Millie Wildenhaus, and memorizing a musical medley called “Cool Yule” in preparation for their performance. Sophomore Dylan Sherman said, “I’m really excited about our show. It puts a fun spin on some classic Christmas songs!” The Cavalier Choir is also memorizing their music. Junior Rob Heckman said, “My favorite song is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. It should be a pretty good show.” The Band is spending class time playing through their music over and over. We are playing all different types of music with many different sounds. “Selections from the Nutcracker Suite” is my personal favorite. The concert should be a great experience. All are welcome to attend. The Music Department would really appreciate your support for all of the time and effort they have put into the show. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

BY JULIA HARRELSON This year’s Lehman swim team is looking to have another great season. With a recent 3rd out of 6 placing and many medaling bronze, silver and gold at a meet in Lima, the swim team is already off to a great start. The boys and girls teams this year each have ten members. The boys are freshmen Nate Bosway, John Meyer, and Alex Weisman; sophomores Kyle Caufield, Dave Kruse, and Travis Thornton; junior Rob Heckman; and seniors Mitchell Bosse, Nick Cummons, and Ethan Jock. The girls are freshmen Caroline Heitmeyer and Cassidy Hemm; sophomore Ally Schmidt; juniors Lindsay Bundy, Katie Heckman, and Elaina Snyder; and seniors Hayley Baker, Lauren Bosway, Sloane Glover, and Stephanie Ulbrich. Senior Sloane Glover is looking to end her last year with a bang. “I want to reach districts for the fourth year in a row as an individual. But I also want our team to become a family like last year, especially with the new people.” Sophomore Kyle Caufield feels the same way. “I want to grow closer to the team, but I also want to break some personal times, and definitely go to districts in a relay or maybe in the breaststroke!” Most swim meets are away from the area, but consider attending because the atmosphere at a meet is awesome. All attendees cheer loudly so that the swimmers can hear them when they are underwater. We wish our swim team the best of luck this season as they are on the road to districts. Go Cavs!

The fundamentals of art BY LEXI STEINEMAN The art exhibits in the hall by the art room are constantly changing. These are the works from the various art classes, but the ones on display now were made by the Art Fundamentals students. In Art Fundamentals, students learn things such as the principles of art and the elements of design. They learn many different techniques to use in painting, drawing, and ceramics. Some of the students in this year’s class include freshmen Diana Gibson, Caroline Heitmeyer, Allie Hall, Nate Bosway, and CJ Trahey. Gibson, Heitmeyer, Hall, and Bosway all agreed that their favorite part about art is getting to draw and sketch, whereas Trahey said that he likes to draw, but also loves to paint. All of these students agreed that they enjoyed the pencil value study project the best out of the projects introduced so far. These students all enjoy the class immensely as it is a break in the day from the norm of textbooks and taking notes. Some students stated that Art Teacher Connie Grant is one of the most encouraging teachers in school and she helps them enjoy making art. All of these students hope to pursue art at least another year. “I would love to go into Studio Art, where I would get to choose my own projects,” said Bosway. If you have always wondered if you may enjoy art in some way, go ahead and try it. Art is a great way to express yourself in your work and it is a great stress reliever. Who knows, you may become a famous artist who enjoys making art.

Senior Ethan Jock: Mr. Talented BY EMILIE CAVINDER You may have heard his glorious voice at Mass on Fridays, or you may have seen him swimming laps in the pool. Either way, Ethan Jock is a friendly guy at Lehman who everyone knows. Jock is the senior class president and is a busy man, participating in a variety of Lehman Ethan Jock, far left, leads the sports and activities. Jock serves as president Praise and Worship group of Cavs 4 A Cure and is also an active member of the Pro-Lifeguards. He spent the fall involved in Academia and working as a student leader preparing for the Kairos senior retreat. This year, Jock brought the Praise and Worship group to Lehman. This new student-run group has gotten more students involved in music ministry. Jock shows off his other musical talents (other than his voice) by playing the tuba for marching band, playing the French horn for concert band, and sometimes playing the piano. He is also looking forward to participating on stage in the musical again this year. But music and clubs are not the only things taking up Jock’s time. He is also involved in athletics as a member of the swim team and the boys tennis team. Next fall, Jock plans to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville with a biology major and going into the pre-vet program. He also is going to minor in sacred music and plans to play intramural volleyball for fun. Overall, Ethan Jock is a person who is very involved in his school. He is a friend to everyone, so give him a “hey!” the next time you pass him in the hallways.


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Piqua Catholic school happenings December News The kindergarteners are reading units from now until Christmas all about foods. They will try new foods and graph how they like it, a lot or not at all. In math class they are working on shapes. The students will begin working on the Nativity Sets using cardboard boxes. The third-graders have been visiting the Covington Care Nursing Home and its residents. This started in when one of the third-grade teachers took a class about sharing “Across the Generations.” A tradition began where a third-grader was paired with an older student (this practice continues as this year, third-graders are paired with sixth-graders) and these students meet a resident with the idea to follow them throughout the school year. This is as much as an outreach/service project as it is a learning device about what life was like years ago. Each month the third-graders come prepared with a list of questions to ask the older resident. The older child is instructed to assist the younger child with spelling and writing down the residents’ answers. They then spend the next few weeks taking the answers to his questions and writing a story about the resident. The 4-8 grades spent a day at Lehman for Vocation Awareness. All of the northern region Archdiocesan schools were in attendance. A total of 700 students participated in Mass, shared a meal, toured Lehman, heard from several seminarians, and then had a few small basketball games between the seminarians and teams from each of the schools. The sevent- grade math is working on identifying similar figures and will then go into the chapter on graphing. They will be graphing the nativity scene for practice. Eighth-grade algebra students are in the chapter on linear functions. The eighthgrade science class just got back from a trip around the solar system. They stopped at planets in the solar system to see what their weights were on each of the planets and also how old they would be. The Junior Optimist are selling dog licenses at the Miami Valley Centre from 6-8 p.m. Fridays and from 12-2 p.m. Saturdays throughout the months of December and January. This is a service project for the Junior Optimist. The licenses are $12.75 each with $.75 from each dog license going to the Junior Optimist. The Junior Optimist also is busy planning a Christmas party, another one of their annual events, for the Headstart students and this year it will be Dec. 18. The students are supplying Christmas gifts to more than 200 children that attend Headstart. The Columbian Squires were inducted Sunday during a ceremony held at the Caserta Center. This is in combination with St Patricks and Holy Angels. A total of nearly 50 young men were officially commissioned into the Squires program. All of the Piqua Catholic athletes performed well in their first games of the season. Basketball teams won their respective games and the Lehman Junior High wrestling team placing third in a large meet against nine other schools. The music students have been preparing for the annual Christmas program, to be held at 7 p.m. today, in the Caserta Center at Downing Street Campus. A variety of seasonal music will be performed by the third-grade recorder ensemble, 58th grade bands, the Junior High choir, and all music students grades K-8. As an added feature, the eighth-grade class will be selling delicious homemade cookies after the concert to help raise money for their annual Washington, D.C. trip.

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Santa Claus, who is portrayed by Jerry Keister, waves to mall-goers last week from the set at the Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua. (Right) Juliet Boos, 9, and Brooklynn Shaeffer, 7, discuss ideas for Christmas with Santa Claus recently at Miami Valley Centre Mall. Children who meet with Santa can visit and receive a coloring book. BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer nknoth@tdnpublishing.com PIQUA — In “Miracle on 34th Street,” Kris Kringle says to a skeptical Natalie Wood, “Now wait a minute, Susie. Just because every child can’t get his wish, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a Santa Claus.” Anyone donning the plush red suit and full white beard can probably relate. For mall Santas, reacting to a child’s Christmas list is a delicate matter. Do you smile and say the North Pole helpers are finding that unicorn right now? Gently encourage the child to think more realistically? Send the mother or father a sympathetic glance after hearing about the astronomically priced technology item desired? Jerry Keister, one of a few mall Santas at Miami Valley Centre Mall, said he thankfully hasn’t had to answer any requests completely out of his realm, such as asking for divorced parents to reconcile. But some kids have asked for gifts that may be out of parents’ price range. “These days 5-year-olds ask for iPads,” said Keister, who is working as Santa for the first time this season. “I’ve had maybe eight to 10 kids under 8 all ask for an iPad.” He’s had a few kids ask for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which would likely be unwelcome in most households because of the violence, mature language and adult content. A few other little ones have asked for a Playstation 4 — which has yet to be released. The launch date is tentatively planned for 2013.

“I tell them I’m working on that, and I’ll have to check in the shop,” Keister said with a smile. He quickly added that some children ask for more traditional time-honored favorites like “Thomas the Choo Choo Train.” Santa said he tends to be warmly received by children old enough to not be scared but young enough to still be enchanted by the whole Christmas story. As expected, some infants and toddlers get quite upset when they see the whitebearded man. (He said he has not, in fact, ever been peed on, though.) “My first one today, probably 1 years old, grip-locked his mom and started bawling. We finally got him to sit on my lap,” he said.”There are a few times (kids) are scared of me and don’t want to get too close, but we still give them a coloring book.” Keister almost lost his beard after one photo-op. The mother picked up her child and accidentally grabbed a hold of the beard too. Keister said he quickly put the disguise back in place. While teenagers tend to completely ignore him, Keister said middle-aged adults occasionally get a kick out of seeing the jolly fellow. “When I’m bored, I try to get people to wave at me,” he said. “I once had a couple older ladies say they

wanted a Ferrari. They said, ‘I’ve been nice,’ and then I said, ‘Oh I bet you have.’” But Santa not only cheeses with local people. The mall also set aside a day in December for residents to get a photo of their pets with Santa. Keister said he didn’t volunteer for that job, though, because he was concerned “some people would bring their tarantula.” But he added, “I think most are cats and dogs or hamsters.” The one downside to playing Santa, he said, is the “very hot” costume; sometimes his glasses even fog up. But all in all, Keister said he enjoys partaking in a holiday pastime. “It is pretty fun,” he said, “some of the stuff you hear.”

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In this image made from video, displays show the Unha-3 rocket launch at North Korea’s space agency’s General Launch Command Center on the outskirts of Pyongyang on Wednesday. The rocket launch will enhance the credentials of leader Kim Jong Un at home a year after he took power following the death of his father Kim Jong Il. council resolutions adopted missile technology and ex- test that takes North gram. U.S. Ambassador Susan after North Korea’s nuclear pressed its determination Korea one step closer to tests in 2006 and 2009 and to take action in the event being capable of sending a Rice said that no matter nuclear-tipped warhead as how the North Koreans a ban on “any launch using of another launch. “Members of the Secu- far as California. North choose to describe the ballistic missile technolrity Council will continue Korea officials say the launch it violates two counogy.” The U.N.’s most powerful consultation on an appro- rocket is meant to send a cil resolutions and shows body recalled that after the priate response … given satellite into orbit to study that the country “is deterNorth’s failed launch in the urgency of the matter,” crops and weather pat- mined to pursue its ballismissile program April it demanded that Py- the council statement said. terns, and Pyongyang tic The successful rocket maintains its right to de- without regard for its inongyang halt any further launches using ballistic launch is widely seen as a velop a civilian space pro- ternational obligations.”

Police: Shooter used stolen rifle in deadly spree Oregon mall shooter kills 2, then himself BY RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Gunfire rang out in the m a l l f o o d court, i n stantly transforming a casual afternoon ROBERTS of holiday shopping into a nightmare. The shooter, armed with a rifle, was dressed in dark clothing and wore a hockey-style face mask. As panicked shoppers fled for cover, workers ushered some into hiding places within stores, or helped them to the exits. The first officers to arrive formed groups and rushed into the chaos, rather than waiting for the more heavily armed SWAT team. “If we would have run out, we would have ran right into it,” said Kaelynn Keelin, who saw a window get shot out and, along with other Made In Oregon co-workers, pulled customers into the store for shelter. The quick mobilization of mall workers and police reflects the reality that, while mass shootings are rare, they have forced authorities to rehearse for

such outbreaks of violence as if they are the norm. “This could have been much, much worse,” Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said. Roughly 10,000 people were inside the Clackamas Town Center on Tuesday afternoon, when police say Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, armed himself with an AR15 semiautomatic rifle he stole from someone he knew, and went on a rampage that left two people dead. The sheriff said the rifle jammed during the attack, but the shooter managed to get it working again. He later shot himself. The sheriff and Roberts are not related. As authorities tried to determine a motive for a shooting they said had no specific targets, details emerged about Roberts from acquaintances and neighbors. They described him as relaxed, friendly and outgoing. “He was like a rapper. He would rap all the time,” said Samantha Bennett, who said she went to middle school with him but wasn’t close to him until he moved in with a girlfriend across the hall from her at an apartment complex in summer 2011. Roberts broke up with the girlfriend about two months later, Bennett said, and later had several other girlfriends. He liked to play video games with Bennett’s boyfriend. He never seemed troubled, she said.

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“The initial statement out of the council is one of the swiftest and strongest if not the swiftest and strongest that this council has issued,” she said. “Members of the council must now work in a concerted fashion to send a clear message that its violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions have consequences.” She told reporters that the United States will be working with the council, South Korea, Japan and other countries in the international community “to pursue appropriate action.” The closed Security Council consultations were also attended by the five nations that will join the council on Jan. 1, including South Korea. South Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Kim Sook told reporters afterward that the launch was “a blatant violation” of council resolutions and “constitutes a very dangerous challenge to the security of the Republic of Korea and the security situation in Korean peninsula and northeast Asia.”


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125 Lost and Found LOST DOG Black and White Boxer named Sadie, Boone Street area, very lovable. Call (937)570-2920 or (937)570-8641. LOST: Female Jack Russell, approx. 10 mos old. Lost in area of Hardin Rd and Landman-Mill Rd. Goes by "Shorty". Had on shock collar. (937)606-0918 MISSING BOSTON TERRIERS (1) male, (1) female, male 32lbs, black, some white, brindle, Female 19lbs, black, some white, Brother & sister 2 years old, West Milton area, Reward offered (937)689-0880 MISSING CAT, Male Bengal with distinct black spots, weighs around 18lbs, answers to name George, Missing from Colleen Drive/ Eagles Nest area, Please call, (937)418-6001 or (937)606-2445

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CITY OF PIQUA REFUSE COLLECTOR The City of Piqua is accepting applications for the position of refuse collector. Work consists primarily of residential and commercial trash removal, and assisting in maintaining refuse trucks. Collectors may drive refuse truck on a temporary fill-in basis. Candidates must possess a valid Ohio Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Apply at City of Piqua Human Resources Department 201 west Water Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 or visit our website at: www.piquaoh.org to download an application. Application deadline is December 21, 2012. EOE DELIVER PHONE BOOKS Work Your Own Hours, Have Insured Vehicle, Must be at least 18 years old, Valid DL. No Experience Necessary!

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ELECTRICIAN NEEDED Journeyman industrial, commercial, residential service electrician. Full time with benefits. Apply in person at: Hiegel Electric 3155 Tipp-Cowlesville Road, Troy

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Send resume to: MIAMI COUNTY CHILDREN'S SERVICES Attn: Julie Holmes 510 W Water Street Ste. 210 Troy, OH 45373 EOE NOW HIRING: Companies desperately need employees to assemble products at home. No selling, any hours. $500 weekly potential. Info: (985)646-1700 Dept. OH-6011.

Experience the Joys and Rewards Of Being A Comfort Keeper ! Are you looking for a rewarding career? As a member of one of the most rapidly growing networks dedicated to senior home care, Comfort Keepers offers careers with personal and professional growth. Currently, we have caregiving positions available throughout the Miami Valley. To learn more about Comfort Keepers or to apply for this rewarding opportunity visit us at www.ComfortKeepersMi-

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Wings Sidney and Troy. Hiring a Manager with minimum of 3 years restaurant management experience, and experience managing a restaurant with a full bar is preferred. Join a team that is all about sports, great food and friends. To apply, fax resume to: (937)660-3300.

(937)216-5806 EversRealty.net 1273 CAMARO Court, 2 Bedroom, luxury apartment, garage, kitchen appliances. $600 Monthly, available now! (937)570-3288. 2 BEDROOM in Troy, Move in special, Stove, refrigerator, W/D, A/C, very clean, no pets. $525. (937)573-7908 2 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES, Piqua, all appliances including washer/ dryer, 1.5 bath (937)335-7176 www.firsttroy.com EFFICIENCY APARTMENT perfect for one person. Washer/ dryer, CA, appliances. $450 month. Absolutely non-smoking, no pets. Utilities paid. (937)524-9114.

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1, 2 & 3 Bedroom apartments with all the amenities The BEST in apartment living, Call Renee' for details, EHO

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Continental Express Inc, a leader in the transportation industry, is accepting applications for a working Supervisor in our Utility Dept. Ideal candidate must be dependable, have past supervisory experience and a steady work history. Experience operating or working around semi’s or large equipment a plus. Person will be responsible for supervising a crew that washes and fuels trucks. This is a day shift opportunity on Tuesday-Saturday schedule. We offer excellent pay & benefits, uniforms, and a clean work environment.

Whether posting or responding to an advertisement, watch out for offers to pay more than the advertised price for the item. Scammers will send a check and ask the seller to wire the excess through Western Union (possibly for courier fees). The scammer's check is fake and eventually bounces and the seller loses the wired amount. While banks and Western Union branches are trained at spotting fake checks, these types of scams are growing increasingly sophisticated and fake checks often aren't caught for weeks. Funds wired through Western Union or MoneyGram are irretrievable and virtually untraceable.

Apply at Continental Express, 10450 St Rt 47 Sidney,OH or contact Mark at 937/497-2100

If you have questions regarding scams like these or others, please contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office at (800)282-0515.

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325 Mobile Homes for Rent

TROY, 9600 sq ft use for storage, was complete machine shop, will rent, lease, or sell Serious inquiries only (937)552-7765

IN COUNTRY, Near Bradford, 2 bedroom all electric trailer, $400 plus deposit, (937)417-7111, or (937)448-2974

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PIQUA, Parkridge Place. Roomy 2 bedroom, 1.5 baths, CA, stackable washer/ dryer furnished, $525, no animals! (419)629-3569.

PIQUA, large 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, carpeted, appliances, utilities included, off-street parking, no pets, (937)552-7006.

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PIQUA. Pets welcomed, on Jill Ct. 2 bedroom, CA/ heat, washer/ dryer hook-up, appliances including dishwasher. $495/ month plus deposit. (937)418-1060.

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EXECUTIVE HOME, 3 bedroom. Custom built ranch with basement, pool & clubhouse, upscale with all amenities, 1341 Paul Revere, Troy, $1700 monthly, (937)335-6690, www.hawkapartments.net

For Sale 425 Houses for Sale PIQUA, 410 Cleveland Street, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, single family, 1116 sq.ft. Fenced yard, owner financing or cash discount! $1000 down, $289 month, (803)978-1539, (803)978-1607.

PIQUA, 8394 Piqua-Lockington Road, 2 bedroom, fenced in yard, detached garage, $600 + deposit, (937)206-7754

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TROY, 2 Bedroom Townhomes 1.5 bath, 1 car garage, $695

280 Transportation Pneumatic Trucking Company seeking individual to Wash and perform preventative maintenance on pneumatic semi-trailers. Full-time, Shift flexibility.

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TROY, duplex, walk to downtown, renovated 1 bedroom with addition, laundry, $500 + utilities (937)524-9093 TROY, 1142 Lee Road, 3 bedrooms, garage. $750 month + deposit. Available 1/1, (937)552-9644.

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NOTICE OF JOB OPPORTUNITY The Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services is accepting resumes for the position of CLERICAL SPECIALIST 3 within the Administration team. DUTIES: K First Backup for Receptionist. Excellent Customer Service. Answer telephone calls, Scan items brought by consumers to be distributed to the worker, Print and distribute receipts for items brought to the agency K Post outgoing mail K Process incoming mail; Open, date stamp, scan and distribute mail K Responsible for monthly and quarterly report distribution K Responsible to schedule maintenance of agency vehicles K Track JFS Expense requests K Assist Child Support Unit with clerical duties MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: K 1 year experience as a Clerical Specialist 2 K -or formal education in arithmetic that includes addition and subtraction, and reading and writing common English vocabulary along with Computer Skills-Excel, Word, Databases. Also requires one course or six months experience in typing or keyboarding and one course or six months experience in word processing. In addition, applicants must have an additional twelve months previous clerical experience in a position similar to a Clerical Specialist 2. Customer Service experience a must K -or education, training and/or experience in an amount equal to the Minimum Qualifications stated above. PAY FROM: $-10.01 to $15.84- per hour based on experience. FRINGE BENEFITS INCLUDE: • Work Hours: M,W,TH,F 7:30am- 4:00pm- Tuesday 7:30am-6:00pm • Health insurance available • Prescription drug card • Paid sick leave if leave available • Paid vacation (after 1 year of service) or after accumulated if applicant has prior countable service • OPERS pickup • Deferred compensation plans available Anyone interested should submit a resume and cover letter by December 14, 2012 to:

Remit to: Patricia Raymond-Administrative Supervisor Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services 227 South Ohio Avenue Sidney, Ohio 45365 Shelby County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

NOTICE OF JOB OPPORTUNITY The Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services is seeking a qualified applicant for a Fiscal Specialist. DUTIES: K Reviews, tracks and approves monthly foster care and adoption subsidy activity. K Reviews, enters and tracks manual claims and adjustments for subsidized child care. K Prepares, executes and monitors agency contracts and agreements. K Additional duties include; monitoring children’s services allocations and completing quarterly reports, procuring agency supplies, collecting payments for clients and maintaining agency RMS system. K Wage from $12.32 to $21.24 with supplements paid for education. This position is Classified, Certified Civil Service and may require passing a Civil Service Test. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: K Completion of undergraduate major core coursework in accounting or finance or similar field of study. K Or three courses or eighteen months experience in accounting, two courses or twelve months experience in finance, one course or six months experience in written communication for business, and one course or six months experience in typing, keyboarding or word processing that included generating a spreadsheet. K Or education, training, and/or experience in an amount equal to the Minimum Qualifications stated above. K Degree is preferred but not required. FRINGE BENEFITS INCLUDE: • Work Hours: M,W,TH,F 7:30am- 4:00pm- Tuesday 7:30am-6:00pm • Health insurance available • Prescription drug card • Paid sick leave if leave available • Paid vacation (after 1 year of service) or after accumulated if applicant has prior countable service • OPERS pickup • Deferred compensation plans available Anyone interested in this position should submit a resume and cover letter no later than, December 14, 2012.

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RIFLE, Winchester Model 94 SE, large loop lever, 30-30, 1987, never been fired, original box, saddle model. Barrels only 16". $600. (937)698-6362 STOVE TOP Frigidaire ceramic stove top, white $200. (937)698-6362 TV Sony, 36" HD tube TV. Grey. (Heavy) with black stand. $125. (937)773-3645 leave message

LONGABERGER BASKETS, Boyd's Bears, purses, dresses, leather jackets, Bratz dolls, lamps, remote control car, clocks, (937)773-9025

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CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES born November 7th. 1 male, 3 females. $100 each. (937)489-1866

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WEIMARANER PUPPY AKC, 8 weeks old, vet checked, tails, nails and have been wormed. First shots, ready for good homes. (1) Blue, (2) Silvers, (3) females, Parents on premises. $600. (937)658-0045

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72.239 acres Approx. 55 acres tillable Approx. 17.239 acres pasture/woods Taxes: $514.82 Parcel: H16-016100 TERMS: 10% down day of sale. Balance due in 30 days or on delivery of deed. Buyers to have financing approved prior to the sale date. Owners have the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Sale to be held in office, located at 525 N. Main St., Piqua, Ohio 45356.

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CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Wondering how you will make room for all your new gifts this year? Get ready for Christmas by bringing us your items that you no longer use. We are currently accepting items for our new January auction. Contact Abby at 937.570.8179 for details or email a.hatley@ymail.com

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INSIDE ■ OSU cruises to easy victory, page 15. ■ Bengals not looking past Eagles, page 16.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012

IN BRIEF ■ Baseball

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Extra Innings-Troy will host a Pro Player baseball camp. This Pro Player Camp is a two-day event on Dec 29 and 30 from noon to 5 p.m. The staff for this camp will include Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, along with former Reds’ players Jeff Shaw and Jeff Branson. Other members of the instructional staff are local professional baseball players Craig Stammen of the Washington Nationals, Adam Eaton of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tyler Melling of the St. Louis Cardinals, Chris Peters of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Brian Garman of the Milwaukee Brewers. This camp will emphasize proper techniques and fundamentals. For more information, contact Extra Innings at 937-339-3330 or at www.extrainnings-troy.com

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Piqua eighth goes to 5-0 TROY — The Piqua eighth grade boys basketball team used strong defense to set the tone against Troy Wednesday and improve to 5-0. The Indians limited Troy to six first-half points and went on to win 45-23. Storm Cook had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Nathan Monnin scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Gage Smith also grabbed 10 rebounds. Piqua will host Springfield Monday. PIQUA SCORING Cook 13, Patton 4, Lawrence 2, Hecker 4, Hawk 8, Smith 4, Monnin 10.

Lady Indians rally for win Haley Michael poured in 12 points and the Piqua seventh grade girls basketball team pulled off an amazing comeback to beat Trotwood-Madison Wednesday. Piqua trailed 22-13 late in the third quarter, before scoring 17 straight points to rally for a 30-23 win. The Lady Indians pressure forced numerous turnovers, allowing Piqua to improved to 5-1. Grace Jennings and Mikayla Schaffner scored six points each. PIQUA SCORING Michael 12, Jennings 6, Schaffner 6, Magoteaux 4, Brown 2.

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Piqua has run the gauntlet in its first four games, with three of those teams (Wapakoneta, Tippecanoe, Springfield) unbeaten and Centerville having just one loss. And, while Indians coach Heath Butler knew that stretch was going to be doubly difficult with a young team, it fully expects it to begin to play dividends when Piqua travels to Vandalia-Butler Friday nigh to open GWOC North play. “No question about it,” Butler said. “We knew how tough those first four games were going to be. We have played four very different teams. Wapak was a great shooting team, Tipp is so disciplined, Centerville was a big, strong team and Springfield was a team that pushed the tempo in a different way than Wapak. This team has already showed a lot of mental toughness. This is a young team and that is not always a bad thing.” He saw that at practice Wednesday after a 79-49 loss to Springfield Tuesday night. “They just put that game Tuesday behind them,” Butler said. “This is a resilient group. They came in tonight and just started getting ready for Vandalia.” Vandalia-Butler comes into the game 1-5, but the slate will be wiped clean Friday night. “There is always a season within season,” Butler said. “No one has played any games in the GWOC North, so we are all 0-0. We are going down there confident we can come away with a win.” Freshman Colton Bachman leads Piqua, averaging 14.7 points per game. Senior post Josh Holfinger is in the top five in the GWOC with 10 rebounds per game, while junior point guard Xavier Harrison is second in the GWOC with 3.3 steals per game. Ryan Hughes and Erik Vondenhuevel both average more than eight points a game and Luke Karn is scoring more than seven points per game in a balanced attack. “We just want to come out Friday and shoot the ball with confidence,” Butler said. Butler, who plays a much slower

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The Piqua bowling teams swept West Liberty-Salem Tuesday. The boys won 2,4111,945. Brandon Devaudreiul led Piqua with a 432 series on games of 229 and 203, while Josh Homer had a 409 series with games of 154 and 255. Mike Haney rolled games of 176 and 182, while Brad Anderson had games of 176 and 147. “We bowled good in game one, but still missed a few spares we shouldn’t have,” Piqua coach Eric Wagner said. “We bowled better score wise in game with with Josh (Homer) having a 255. “We bowled alright in the Baker games but there is still a lot of work to be done.” The girls won 2,1761,964. Shae Doll led the Lady Indians with a 382 series on games of 150 and 232. Alaina Mikolajewski rolled a 168 game and Emily Wenrick had a 155 game. Kaili Ingle had games of 148 and 150, while Hayley Ryan and Haley Huebner rolled games of 146 each. Natalie Thobe added a 138. Piqua will host Vandalia-Butler Friday.

Cav swimmers Wild trade makes off to good start Indians stronger Lehman sweeps Sidney, Botkins SIDNEY — The Lehman boys and girls swim teams swept Sidney and Botkins Sunday night, with the boys meet with Sidney coming down to the final race. After winning the 100 backstroke, 1:06.65; and 200 IM in 2:16.26; and teaming with Dave Kruse, Mithcell Bosse and Nathan Bosway to wi nthe 200 freestyle relay, 1:44.43; Jock rallied Lehman in the final event, the 400 relay. Swimming the anchor leg, Jock overtook Sidney, combining with Bosse, Nick Cummons and Bosway for the win in 3:57.42. Also winning for the Lehman boys were Kyle Caufield, 100 breaststroke, 1:18.98; and the 200 medley relay (Cummons, Caufield, Bosse, Travis Thornton, 2:07.97. For the girls, Sloane Glover swept the 50 freestyle, 27.97; and 100 backstroke, 1:12.07; while Caroline Heitmeyer won the 200 freestyle, 2:25.37; and 500 freestyle, 6:43.08. Also winning for the Lady Cavs were Hayley Baker, 100 freestyle, 1;07.37; Cassidy Hemm, 200 IM, 2:46.89; the 200 freestyle relay (Baker, Hemm, Glover, Lauren Bosway), 2:00.68; and the 200 medley relay (Bosway, Ally Schmidt, Glover, Elaina Snyder), 2:18.69. Seniors Jock, Bosse, Glover and Bosway lead the two teams, who finished third in a meet at Lima Central Catholic earlier this season. BOYS Team scores: Lehman 129, Sidney 125; Lehman 149, Botkins 64.

Lehman Placers 50 Frestyle: 2.Nathan Bosway, 25.40; 6.Alex Wiseman, 41.44. 100 Freestyle: 2.Nathan Bosway, 59.0; 6.Alex Wiseman, 1:32.76. 200 Freestyle: 2.Rob Heckman, 2:29.01; 4.Nick Cummons, 2:47.55. 500 Freestyle: 2.Rob Heckman, 6:25.84; 3.Dave Kruse, 6:40.31. 100 Backstroke: 1.Ethan Jock, 1:06.65; 5.John Meyer, 1:25.56. 100 Breaststroke: 1.Kyle Caufield, 1:18.98. 100 Butterfly: 2.Mitchell Bosse, 1:09.99. 200 IM: 1.Ethan Jock, 2:16.26; 4.Kyle Caufield, 2:51.97. 200 Freestyle Relay: 1.Lehman (Dave Kruse, Mitchell Bosse, Nathan Bosway, Ethan Jock), 1:44.43; 4.Lehman B (John Meyer, Travis Thornton, Nick Cummons, Kyle Caufield), 1:55.40. 400 Frestyle Relay: 1.Lehman (Mitchell Bosse, Nick Cummons, Nathan Bosway, Ethan Jock), 3:57.42; 4.Lehman (John Meyer, Travis Thornton, Dave Kruse, Rob Heckman), 4:21.90. 200 Medley Relay: 1.Lehman (Nick Cummons, Kyle Caufield, Mitchell Bosse, Travis Thornton), 2:07.97; 4.Lehman (Dave Kruse, John Meyer, Rob Heckman, Alex Wiseman), 2:27.94. GIRLS Team scores: Lehman 156, Sidney 91; Lehman 154, Botkins 90. Lehman Placers 50 Freestyle: 1.Sloane Glover, 27.97; 4.Hayley Baker, 29.82. 100 Freestyle: 1.Hayley Baker, 1:07.37; 4.Elaina Snyder, 1:16.20. 200 Freestyle: 1.Caroline Heitmeyer, 2:25.37; 5.Katie Heckman, 3:10.35. 500 Freestyle: 1.Caroline Heitmeyer, 6:43.08; 3.Lindsay Bundy, 7:46.85. 100 Backstroke: 1.Sloane Glover, 1:12.07; 2.Lauren Bosway, 1:18.60. 100 Breaststroke: 2.Lindsay Bundy, 1:31.56; 3.Katie Heckman, 1:32.69. 100 Butterfly: 2.Cassidy Hemm, 1:23.63; 4.Ally Schmidt, 1:30.21. 200 IM: 1.Cassidy Hemm, 2:46.89; 3.Stephanie Ulbrich, 3:15.60. 200 Freestyle Relay: 1.Lehman (Hayley Baker, Cassidy Hemm, Sloane Glover, Lauren Bosway), 2:00.68; 4.Lehman B (Katie Heckman, Stephanie Ulbrich, Elaina Snyder, Ally Schmidt), 2:12.49. 400 Freestyle Relay: 2.Lehman (Katie Heckman, Ally Schmidt, Caroline Heitmeyer, Lauren Bosway), 4:59.41; 3.Lehman B (Elaina Snyder, Stephanie Ulbrich, Hayley Baker, Lindsay Bundy), 5:01.58. 200 Medley Relay: 1.Lehman (Lauren Bosway, Ally Schmidt, Sloane Glover, Elaina Snyder), 2:18.69; 2.Lehman B (Caroline Heitmeyer, Lindsay Bundy, Cassidy Hemm, Stephanie Ulbrich), 2:18.79.

Stubbs, Bauer key components BY KIM INGRAHAM Willoughby Herald Now that’s a trade. In a wild nine-player, three-team trade, the Indians on Tuesday acquired outfielder Drew Stubbs from Cincinnati and pitchers Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from Arizona. The Tribe traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, infielder Jason Donald and $3.5 million — the projected difference in the 2013 salaries of Choo and Stubbs — to the Reds and then traded pitcher Tony Sipp and minor-league first baseman Lars Anderson to Arizona. Cincinnati also sent minorleague shortstop Didi Gregorius to the Indians, who then traded him to Arizona. Got all that? The Indians get two players who were first-round selections in the deal. Bauer was the third overall pick in the 2011 June draft by Arizona, and Stubbs was the eighth overall pick in the 2006 June draft by the Reds. Bauer, a 21-year-old righthander out of UCLA, could conceivably be in the Indians’ opening-day starting rotation next year. “He has some development left, but he went through the minors exceptionally quickly,”

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said Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti. “We expect him to impact our majorleague team in 2013. Whether that’s from the start of the season or later in the year remains to be seen. But he’s not far away.” In a combined 22 starts at Class AAA Reno and Class AA Mobile last season, Bauer was 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA, while averaging 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He was called up by Arizona in the second half of the season — the first player from the 2011 draft to reach the big leagues — and in four starts was 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA. Prior to last season, Bauer was ranked as the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America. The speedy Stubbs is an excellent defensive center fielder, but has struggled offensively. In 2011, he led the National League in strikeouts with 205, and in 2012, he struck out 166 times in 493 atbats. He has been a center fielder exclusively in his professional career, and his acquisition could bump Michael Brantley from center to left field with the Indians. In 2012, the right-handed hitting Stubbs hit .213 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI. See TRADE/Page 16


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More than enough firepower Ohio State cruises past Savannah State COLUMBUS (AP) — Deshaun Thomas did most of his damage in the first half. By then, he was just about done, and so was Savannah State. Thomas scored all but one of his 22 points in the first 20 minutes and No. 7 Ohio State showed its firepower inside and out in beating Savannah State 85-45 on Wednesday night. "The past couple of games some of the first 3s I took weren't going in," Thomas said, referring to slow starts in lopsided wins over Northern Kentucky and Long Beach State. "Now my teammates are getting me open and I was ready to shoot. It just feels good out there, getting in that rhythm, getting the open spots and just knocking them down." Savannah State coach Horace Broadnax, a mainstay on the great Georgetown teams of the early 1980s, joked that his players lost track of Thomas. "I guess we didn't understand the scouting report on Thomas that he could shoot the basketball because we left him open a lot," he said. There were plenty of others who contributed. LaQuinton Ross added 13 points and tied a career high with nine rebounds, Shannon Scott had a career-best 12 points to go with four steals and three assists and Evan Ravenel chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds for the Buckeyes (7-1). Ravenel's revival was particularly encouraging to the Buckeyes. So far this season they have struggled to replace twotime All-American Jared Sullinger, who left after his sophomore season to jump to the Boston Celtics. Ravenel, Ohio State's only senior, along with sophomores Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, have played well in fits and spurts. But all had decent games against the Tigers, with Williams adding six points on a perfect shooting night to go with four rebounds and McDonald didn't score but had two blocked shots and two rebounds. The 6-foot-8 Ravenel met with the coaches recently and asked what he needed to do to produce more. Then he went out and did it.

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Ohio State’s Evan Ravenel shoots over Arnold Louis Wednesday night. "Playing hard and playing with energy is what I need to do," he said. "It's not go shoot a thousand shots, it's not go do a million ballhandling drills — it's just playing hard. If I play hard, that's what happens. That's the type of player I am." The game served as another tuneup for the Buckeyes who are three games into an eight-game homestand that stretches all the way through the Big Ten opener against Nebraska on Jan. 2. They played three of their first five games on the road, including their only loss — a 7368 loss at No. 2 Duke on Nov. 28. The next big target game for the Buckeyes is a showdown Dec. 22 against No. 9 Kansas, the team that beat Ohio State 64-62 in the national semifinals last spring. "As crazy as it sounds, we're still a relatively young basketball team," coach Thad Matta said.

"The thing that we have been harping on these guys the most is we have to get better. Don't go back to (yesterday). Hopefully these things are in order and we can continue to progress forward. We've played with energy and enthusiasm. Our intensity level has been pretty good." Arnold Louis led Savannah State (5-5) with 14 points. The Tigers came in relying on their stingy defense. They were allowing only 53.0 points a game, with their opponents shooting 37.1 percent from the field. But the Buckeyes, averaging 78 points, dominated at both ends and scored in transition to pile up a big lead. They hit 10 of 19 shots behind the arc while shooting 48 percent from the field for the game. The Buckeyes made 7 of 10 3-pointers in the opening half to pull away to an

18-point lead. Thomas led the way, hitting 4 of 6 while scoring an almost effortless 21 points — three more than the Tigers accumulated. At one point, the Buckeyes had a 15-1 advantage on the boards. Ahead 5-4, Ohio State held Savannah State without a point for more than 5 minutes while running off nine points in a row. Lenzelle Smith Jr. got it started with a 3, Williams came in and flipped in a hook, Thomas hit a short jumper and Williams added two free throws. On the heels of that spurt, however, the Buckeyes took off again, scoring 13 of the next 17 points. Thomas tossed in a couple of quick-draw 3s with Ravenel scoring two buckets inside. Down 42-18 at the break, Savannah State scored seven of the first nine points of the second half.

If Robert Griffin III does not play for the Redskins on Sunday, the most surprised player in the Browns' locker room will be his former teammate at Baylor, defensive tackle Phil Taylor. "He's a tough kid," Taylor said after practice Wednesday. "If he doesn't play, he's really hurt. I know him to play through pain. That injury looked really bad. After he tore his ACL in college, he played a whole series." Colt McCoy is playing the role of Griffin in practice for the Browns defense. McCoy is quicker than Browns starting quarterback Brandon Weeden, but McCoy is no Griffin. Griffin has thrown 18 touchdown passes for the Redskins and rushed for six more while galloping for 748 yards. That is one more touchdown than the entire Browns offense has scored. His 104.2 passer rating is the highest in the league. On Tuesday, Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon told ESPN backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will start Sunday in the final home game of 2012 in Cleveland Browns Stadium. Before practice on Wednesday, Browns coach Pat Shurmur told his players not to pay any attention to any reports coming out of Washington — Garcon's bulletin included. That warning gained more validity after Griffin was limited in the Redskins practice because when Griffin met with reporters he sounded, as Taylor expressed, a tough quarterback determined to play. "It's getting better every day," Griffin told reporters. "Sunday night, I thought there was probably no chance I could play the next week. Then Monday morning I felt better about it. Yesterday I felt better about it and today I feel really good about it. I'm the happiest guy in the world right now." Shurmur said the Browns are preparing for the Redskins offense — not a specific quarterback because it could be that Griffin is the one throwing up a smokescreen. Griffin was injured late in the fourth quarter in the game against Baltimore last week after running for 13 yards. As he was being tackled, his right leg pointed toward the sky and Ravens defensive linemen Haloti Ngata dived across him hitting him in the thigh, and contorting Griffin's leg at a gruesome sideways angle. The Browns will show no mercy if Griffin does play. They want to hit first, ask questions later and do everything they can to make sure Griffin does not fake them out of their socks with his deft option plays. Because if Griffin does get around the corner in open space the Browns will be hardpressed to catch him. "Like my high school coach, Danny Hays, used to say, ‘You have to hit everything in the backfield,'" Taylor said. "You can't go wrong when you hit everything in the backfield. We have to fire off the ball and whip the offensive line's butt." Both teams have to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Browns are 5-8 and seeded ninth in the AFC. The Redskins are 76 and seeded seventh in the NFC, but if the Browns win Washington could tumble to ninth or

lower. Six teams in each conference make the playoffs. Browns rookie receiver Josh Gordon also played with Griffin. He caught 43 passes for 721 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010 when he and Griffin were at Baylor. Gordon has great respect for the way Griffin throws the ball. "He doesn't hesitate," Gordon said. "He reads the safeties and the cornerbacks. Even before the DB turns his hips, he'll throw the ball. He's really good at reading things before they happen." Griffin and the Redskins won't play in Cleveland again until 2020 because of the schedule rotation the NFL uses. The Browns were in the market for RG3 leading up to the draft last year but they did not trump the Redskins' offer to the Rams for the second overall pick in the draft. Washington traded its first-round pick in 2012, 2013 and 2014 plus its second-round pick in 2012 to the Rams for the second overall pick. The Browns, not knowing what the Redskins offered, were willing to trade their two first-round picks in 2012 (picks 4 and 22) plus their first-round pick in 2013. The Rams told both teams before the bidding started to make their first offer their best offer. The Browns did not get the chance to add a secondround pick to their offer. Instead of getting Griffin, the Browns drafted running back Trent Richardson and Weeden in the first round plus right tackle Mitchell Schwartz in the second round. All three are starters. They still have their first-round pick in April. ■ Sunday could be the last time Joshua Cribbs plays in Cleveland Browns Stadium wearing a Browns uniform. Cribbs, 29, is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent without a new one. The former Kent State Golden Flash, who made the Browns roster as an undrafted rookie in 2005, wants to be back with the Browns next year but says if that doesn't happen he'll continue his career elsewhere. "I've put a lot of thought into it," Cribbs said in the locker room Wednesday when asked about this being the end of the line. "I'm going to give it a little something extra special and try to put on a show. "I'm sure it will be (sad), but not yet. I want to end my career here. I've raised my family here, went to college here. If I were to go somewhere else it'd be foreign territory for me. I don't see myself having any other fans. It's just my second home, and really my first home — I've been here (in Northeast Ohio) my whole adult life." Cribbs grew up in Washington, D.C. He holds a share of the NFL record with eight career touchdowns on kick returns, but he hasn't found the end zone yet this season on punts or kicks and he has only six catches after catching 41 passes last year. He said there have been no contract talks between his agent and Browns CEO Joe Banner. "No, not at all. So, we all know what that means," Cribbs said. "I have three games left to show what I can do and how I'm still an asset to this football team and an asset to any football team."


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Bengals not looking past Eagles Cincinnati travels to Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A midweek trip to Philadelphia should keep the Cincinnati Bengals from focusing on another Pennsylvania team for a few more days. The Bengals (7-6) find themselves in a unique position where they're tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last playoff spot in the AFC, but a loss to the Eagles (4-9) Thursday night wouldn't ruin their chances. "This decides if we go to

the playoffs or not," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "We still have to take it one at a time. We've got to get a win this Thursday, and then we'll focus on the last two." Well, the next one is far more crucial. The Bengals visit the Steelers on Dec. 23 and finish at home against the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens. Win or lose against the Eagles, the Bengals have to beat the Steelers to get in the playoffs unless Pittsburgh loses both of its other games â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at Dallas this

week and vs. Cleveland in Week 17. "We want to finish these last three games 3-0 and see what happens after that," cornerback Leon Hall said. "You get to losing games obviously this late in the season, you kind of take destiny out of your own hands. You don't want to be part of that." Three wins â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or only two if they're against Pittsburgh and Baltimore â&#x20AC;&#x201D; guarantees the Bengals their second straight playoff appearance for the first time since 1981-82. They lost to Houston 31-10 in a

wild-card game last January. Coming off a last-second loss at home to Dallas, the Bengals had no time to dwell on a disappointing defeat in a short week. Coaches went right to game-planning for the Eagles immediately after that game and players were back at practice on Monday. "It's a quick turnaround, and that's probably a good thing for us," coach Marvin Lewis said. "We need to improve fundamentally on the things we're doing. Some of those

little things, the details of our work, ended up putting us in the position to lose the football game." The last time the Bengals played the Eagles ended in a tie on Nov. 16, 2008. Afterward, Donovan McNabb said he thought games couldn't end in ties and teams had to play to sudden death. McNabb took plenty of grief for that mental blunder, but the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback ended up leading the Eagles to the NFC championship game that season. They won a pair of road playoff

games before losing at Arizona. The Eagles haven't won a playoff game since and are headed for just their third losing season in Andy Reid's 14 years as coach. It doesn't make them a pushover for the Bengals. "To see the way they played last week shows they're not giving up," Dalton said. "They're still playing hard. For them to be in that situation, that's what you have to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We've got to come out and we've got to play our best.â&#x20AC;?

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Tate Honeycutt drives to the basket against Springfield Tuesday night.

Piqua Continued from page 14 tempo, comes in averaging 39.2 points per game. Drew Maklewicz, a 6-4 senior, averages 12.2 points and 6.8 rebonds per game, while 5-9 junior Anthony Owens dishes out 3.6 assists per game. Like Piqua, Butler had a close loss to Tippecanoe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They will play a slow tempo,â&#x20AC;? Butler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have switched from a man to a matchup zone.â&#x20AC;? And while the Student Activity Center can be a difficult adjustment with the size of the floor and different shooting background, Butler doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t but into that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both teams are playing on the same floor and the baskets are 10-feet high at both ends,â&#x20AC;? Butler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that

Boys Weekend Hoop Schedule FRIDAY Piqua at Vandalia-Butler Bradford at Tri-Village T.C. North at Covington Miami East at National Trail Newton at Franklin Monroe Lehman at Jackson Center Fairlawn at Houston Fort Loramie at Russia Versailles at New Knoxville SATURDAY Lehman at Riverside Bethel at Bradford Fairlawn at Newton

should be a factor.â&#x20AC;? Piqua will follow that up with a game Tuesday at home against 2-3 Stebbins. The Indians to the south are led by two players. Trent Lucas, a 6-3 senior, averages 18.6 points

and 6.0 rebounds; while 60 junior Malik Thurman averages 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. Piqua will follow that with a home game with Sidney and the B.I.G. WPTW Classic, where they will play Covington in the opening round. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We definitely see this stretch of games as winnable games,â&#x20AC;? Butler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel like all the GWOC North games are winnable games and we feel like we are playing against comparable teams in the holiday tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just want to go down to Vandalia and play with confidence.â&#x20AC;? And start reaping the benefits of the first four games.



He had a .277 on-base percentage and .333 slugging percentage. In four years with the Reds, he has a career batting average of .241. His best year was 2010, when he hit .255 with 22 home runs and 77 RBI. He has 100 stolen bases over the last three years and cannot become a free agent until after the 2015 season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very athletic center fielder with both speed and power,â&#x20AC;? said Antonetti. Asked if Stubbs would play center field for the Indians, Antonetti said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still working through that. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy with Michael in center field, but Stubbs is considered one of the best defensive center fielders in the game. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see how the rest of the offseason plays out before we make a decision on that.â&#x20AC;? Shaw, a 25-year-old right-hander, was a second-round pick by the Diamondbacks in the 2008 June draft. In 64 relief appearances for Arizona in 2012, Shaw was 1-6 with a 3.49 ERA. Albers, 29, split the 2012 season between the Diamondbacks and the Red Sox. In a combined 63 relief appearances, he was 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are both power arms that we think can contribute out of our bullpen,â&#x20AC;? said Antonetti, who said Indians scouts clocked Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fastball as high as 97 mph and Albers at 96. Choo, who can be a free agent after the 2013 season, has been on the trading block for that reason since the end of the 2012 season. He hit .283 with 16 home runs and 67 RBI for the Tribe last season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really tough to trade him,â&#x20AC;? said Antonetti. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a long conversation with him (Tuesday night), and I expressed my profound appreciation to him for what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to our

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Shin-Soo Choo is the Reds new centerfielder. team as a player and a person.â&#x20AC;? Donald hit .202 with two home runs and 11 RBI as a utilityman for the Tribe last season. Sipp appeared in 63 games in relief and was 1-2 with a 4.42 ERA. Anderson, 25, was acquired by the Indians last season in a minor-league trade with Boston. In a combined 396 at-bats between Class AAA Pawtucket and Columbus, Anderson hit .250 with nine home runs and 52 RBI.

Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big trade came and went with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera still a member of the Indians. Trade rumors, which started during last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter meetings, had him going to Arizona as part of a multi-team trade, but the Diamondbacks obviously preferred Gregorius as their shortstop instead of Cabrera. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still our shortstop,â&#x20AC;? said Antonetti, when asked about Cabrera. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If teams are interested in any of our players, we will listen.â&#x20AC;?

                



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