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Sidney, Ohio

December 7, 2011

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Dec. 7, 1941 70 years later, survivors return to Pearl Harbor after their deaths





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HONOLULU (AP) — Lee Soucy decided six years ago that when he died he wanted to join his shipmates killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Soucy lived to be 90, passing away just last year. On Tuesday, seven decades after dozens of fellow sailors were killed when the USS Utah sank on Dec. 7, 1941, a Navy diver will take a small urn contain-

ing his ashes and place it in a porthole of the ship. The ceremony is one of five memorials being held this week for servicemen who lived through the assault and want their remains placed in Pearl Harbor out of pride and affinity for those they left behind. “They want to return and be with the shipmates that they lost during

the attack,” said Jim Taylor, a retired sailor who coordinates the ceremonies. The memorials are happening the same week the country observes the 70th anniversary of the aerial bombing that killed 2,390 Americans and brought the United States into World War II. A larger ceremony to remember all those See PEARL/Page 11A

Fewer traffic crashes noted last year in county • A two-year trend toward fewer alcohol-related traffic crashes continued in Shelby County in 2010. 1B

Barhorst re-elected mayor

DEATHS Obituaries and/or death notices for the following people appear on Page 3A today: • Ralph E. Pickering Sr. • Harold L. Zimmerman • William “Bill” Cameron • Imalders Metzler • Leona A. Steinemann • Jacob Lewis Limbert • Agnes B. Francis


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Follow the leader A herd of sheep crosses a bridge over a rain-swollen Rush Creek at Rush Creek Christmas Tree Farm near Sidney Tuesday. A total of 1.84 inches of rain has fallen in the area in two days, leading to high rivers and creeks and water standing in fields and yards.

Stanfield named Trooper of the Year

TODAY’S THOUGHT “War is the unfolding of miscalculations.” — Barbara Tuchman, American historian (1912-1989) For more on today in history, turn to Page 3B.

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18 days until Christmas A snowman holds up a giant snowflake in preparation for the Christmas season at 1624 Willow Place. A Santa stop here also helps promote the holiday season. There are 18 days until Christmas and the birth of Christ.

PIQUA — Trooper Nathan D. Stanfield, a four-year veteran of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, has been selected as the Piqua Post’s 2011 Trooper of the Year. F e l l o w troopers and supervisors asStanfield signed to the Piqua Post chose Stanfield for the honor based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of See TROOPER/Page 4A

Following a second interview with a final Sidney City Manager candidate during a Tuesday evening executive session meeting, city council elected a new mayor and vice mayor. The city Barhorst hopes to formally appoint a new city manager at its Dec. 19 legislative meeting. The chosen candidate would take office by Jan. 30, 2012, succeedMilligan ing Steve Stillwell, now village manager of Granville. Council re-elected Mike Barhorst for another term as Sidney’s mayor and also reelected Mardie Milligan, 1st Ward, as vice mayor. Also during the public session, new at-large city councilmen Barhorst, Rufus “Rick” Sims and Jeff Hewitt received their oaths of office for new four-year terms on council. Sims is a former Sidney councilman and vice mayor and newcomer Hewitt defeated challenger G.P. “Scott” Haver for the third at-large seat. Oaths were administered by Clerk Joyce Goubeaux, as wives held the Bible during ceremonies. Prior to adjournment Tuesday, Council adopted resolutions electing Barhorst and Milligan to office.

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Police log MONDAY -9:12 p.m.: theft. Michelle R. Moffitt, 240 Williams St., told Sidney police a diamond wedding band, necklace and an earring, all valued at a total of $2,248, had been stolen from her residence. -3:44 p.m.: theft. Police charged Tanya Wray, 33, no address given, with the theft of makeup items from Walmart, 2400 Michigan St. -3:42 p.m.: domestic Kristina violence. Britney Walker, 1326 Sixth Ave., told police she had been assaulted at her residence. -11:14 a.m.: burglary. Dawn E. Lentz, 821 Arrowhead Drive, reported the theft of a quantity of Clonzepam prescription medication and a $500 money order from her residence. -10:56 a.m.: administrative report. Police issued an incident report on a rental auto that had been had been returned to the leasing agency at 173 S. Stolle Ave. with 980 miles on the speedometer and smelling of garbage. -3:21 a.m.: theft. Waffle House, 317 Folkerth Ave., reported suspects had left the restaurant without paying for their food. SUNDAY -4:04 p.m.: possession of drugs. Sidney police charged David P.S. Wade, 31, no address given, with possession of drugs and criminal tools following an incident at 31 1/2 W. Poplar St. -9:10 a.m.: criminal damaging. Tiffany Sue Johnson, 301 E. Court St., told police someone had thrown a rock through a window on the west side of the residence. There were no suspects. -2:56 a.m.: OVI. Police charged Carol A. Killian, 45, of 226 S. Wayne St., Piqua, with driving while under the influence following a traffic stop at 1529 Michigan St. -1:08 a.m.: theft. Jayne K. Smith, 584 E. Hoewisher Road, reported the theft of four grapevine deer yard ornaments valued at $140. SATURDAY -9:16 a.m.: criminal damaging. William R.

Smith, 214 Doorley Road, Apt. G, told police his parked vehicle had been damaged by vandals. -8:46 a.m.: burglary. Annette M. Mullins, 220 E. South St., Apt. A, reported a laptop computer valued at $750 had been stolen from her apartment. -8:28 a.m.: theft. Saundra J. Baungardner, 11636 State Route 119 West, Anna, reported her Huntington Bank Card and check book had been stolen and the used without her permission. -1:36 a.m.: burglary. Ashley N. Nielsen, 848 1/2 Fielding Road, told police items valued at a total of $4,683, including wrapped Christmas presents. had been taken after her residence had been damaged by an intruder. -1:27 p.m.: criminal damaging. Phyllis A. Jones, 517 Campbell Road, reported someone had damaged a driver’s side window of her vehicle by pushing it down to the door. FRIDAY -3:35 p.m.: theft. Amberley N. Gainer, 217 Cherokee Drive, reported the theft of items valued at $450, including operator’s license and bank and credit cards from her parked vehicle. The vehicle was not damaged by the thief. -12:23 p.m.: theft. A Kroger representative told police a DVD player valued at $213 had been shoplifted from the store at 2100 Michigan St. -8:13 a.m.: warrant. Police charged Kaitlyn Davis, 19, at large, with contempt of court.

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RECORD call in the 100 block of Tranquility Court. MONDAY -4:46 a.m.: medical. Sidney Paramedics responded to a medical call in the 200 block of Doorley Road. -2:35 a.m.: medical. Paramedics were dispatched to a medical call in the 1300 block of Tully Drive. 12:17 a.m.: medical. Medics responded to the 600 block of Westover Street for a medical call. SUNDAY -7:20 p.m.: fire alarm. Firefighters responded to a fire alarm in the 100 block of Doorley Road. -4:04 p.m.: medical. Paramedics were dispatched to a medical call in the 200 block of West Poplar Street. -1:54 p.m.: medical. Medics responded to the 100 block of Clay Street for a medical call. -1:10 p.m.: medical. Paramedics responded to a medical call in the 1500 block of Spruce Avenue. -9:22 a.m.: medical. Medics were dispatched to a medical call in the 400 block of Elm Street.

Sheriff’s log TUESDAY -2:07 p.m.: burglary. A deputy responded to 7108 State Route 705 in McLean Township on a report a home was broken into overnight.

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RECORD elderly woman’s possible stroke. -9:25 a.m.: medical. Perry-Port-Salem Rescue responded to the 200 block of West Main Street for a man who was ill. MONDAY -9:14 p.m.: medical. Anna Rescue was dispatched to the 12500 block of Meranda Road in Franklin Township for a man with chest pain. -3:24 p.m.: medical. Jackson Center Rescue responded to a medical call in the 400 block of East Pike Street for a woman who was ill. -10:38 a.m.: medical. Jackson Center Rescue responded to the 200 block of South Linden Street for a young

woman who was unconscious. -10:04 a.m.: medical. Anna Rescue was dispatched to the 100 block of East South Street for a man experiencing a seizure. -6 a.m.: medical. Anna Rescue responded to the 13500 block of State Route 29 for a man with chest pains. SUNDAY -11:03 p.m.: medical. Anna Rescue was dispatched to the 400 block of Mill Street for a child with difficulty breathing.


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Accidents Sidney police charged Shanna E. Sarver, 39, 1540 Spruce Ave., with a stop sign violation following an accident Friday shortly before 7:15 p.m. Friday on Hoewisher Road at Broadway Avenue. Officers said Sarver traveling east on Hoewisher stopped at the intersection and proceeded on believing the intersection was a four-way stop. Her vehicle collided in the intersection with a van operated by Edward J. Ellis, 41, 12183 Dorothy Drive, Minster. Both vehicles were heavily damaged. • Vehicles driven by Charles R. Livingston, 89, 632 Folkerth Ave., and Ted J. Detrick, 51, 8818 Murphy Road, Versailles, were involved in a crash at 1550 Michigan St. shortly before noon Thursday. Police cited Livingston for following too closely after his vehicle struck the Detrick car that had stopped in traffic. Both vehicles received disabling damage.




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DEATH NOTICES Ralph E. Pickering Sr. NEW BREMEN — Ralph E. Pickering Sr., 77, of New Bremen, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at the Kindred Hospital, Lima. Funeral services will be held Thursday at St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen. Arrangements are under the direction of Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen.

Harold L. Zimmerman PIQUA — Harold L. Zimmerman, 77, formerly of Drake Road, Piqua, died at 6:32 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at the home of his son in Piqua. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Dec. 9 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Piqua. Arrangements are under the direction of Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua.

William ‘Bill’ Cameron PIQUA — William “Bill” Cameron, 91, of 1430 Stockham Drive, died at 5:17 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Piqua Manor. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, at Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua.

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Imalders Metzler, 71, of New 4850 Haven Drive, Cridersville and formerly of Sidney, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at her home. She was born Jan. 14, 1940 in Valley Creek, Tenn., the daughter of the late Bill and Lula (Fultz) Jones. On Sept. 21, 1963, she married Harry L. Metzler, who survives along with one brother, Homer Jones of Sidney; three sisters, Barbara Marlow and Mrs. Kenneth (Gay) Hickman, both of Sidney and Wilma Dudley of Mount Gilead. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Inia Ruth Bell Carolyn and Billings;and two brothers, Roger Jones and Donald Jones. Mrs. Metzler was a homemaker and a mem-

ber of the Lima Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. from the Funeral Cromes Home, 302 S. Main Ave. with Pastor Terry Brock officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Point Cemetery in Pasco. The family will receive friends today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Lima Missionary Baptist Church in Imalders Metzler’s memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the Metzler family at the funeral home’s website,


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Leona A. Steinemann MINSTER — Leona A. Steinemann, 92, of 02725 M i n s t e r- Fo r t Recovery Road, died at 6:49 a.m. Monday at Elmwood Nursing Center in New Bremen. She was born Jan. 26, 1919, in Fort Loramie, the daughter of John and Anna (Schlater) Borchers. On Jan. 31, 1940, she married Carl “Jim” in St. Steinemann Michael Catholic Church in Fort Loramie and he preceded her in death Aug. 30, 2007. She is survived by her children, Karen and Ben Dwenger, Connie and Rich Bergman, Ann Stucke and Kevin and Bonnie Steinemann, all of Minster; 17 grandchildren; and 27 greatgrandchildren. A son-in-law Delbert Stucke, is deceased. Also surviving are two sisters Agnes Winner, of New Bremen and Mary Lou and Homer Bornhorst, of Fort Loramie; two sisters in-law Luella Borchers and Henrietta and Sam Dosek, both of Fort Loramie. Deceased are six brothers Clarence, Herbert, Anthony, Louie, John and Al Borchers;

and four sisters Martha Hilgefort, Mildred Barhorst, Emma Kaiser and Helen Barga. Leona was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster. She was Bereavement coordinator for the parish for 20 years and a member of the Resurrection Choir of the church. She was also a member of the American LeAuxiliary of gion Minster, the Farm Bureau Council Advisory Council and a homemaker who enjoyed playing in many card clubs. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2001, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, by the Rev. Rick Nieberding. Burial will follow at St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 until 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 until 9:30 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster. Memorial donations may be made to The Glenmary Missions or Elmwood Nursing Center Activity Fund.

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VERSAILLES — Agnes B. Francis, 93, of Versailles, passed away at 11:35 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Versailles Health Care Center. Agnes was born July 14, 1918, in Shelby County, the daughter of the late John and Anna (Gaier) Aselage. Agnes is survived by her sons and daughtersin-law, Ralph and Beverly Francis, of Bellbrook and Richard and Sherry Francis, of Versailles; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; sisters, Viola Dietz, of Botkins, Esther Dietz, of Botkins, Clarissa Barhorst, of Russia, and Dorothy Poeppelman, of Sidney; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Francis Sr. on June 17, 2000; brothers, Henry, Paul

and Bernard Aselage; and sisters, Josephine Doseck, Marie Francis and Hilda Poeppelman. Agnes was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles by the Rev. Fr. David Vincent. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to Versailles Emergency Medical Services. Condolences for the family may be expressed through Editorial

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Jacob Lewis Limbert MINSTER — Jacob Lewis Limbert, was stillborn, 3:55 a.m., Sun. Dec. 4, 2011, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. He was the son of Scott and Julie (Fullenkamp) Limbert, who survive in Minster. Other survivors include, a sister, Makaylee Limbert; his grandparents, Dan and Beck Fullenkamp, Maria Stein, Ray and Mary Ann Limbert, Botkins; his greatgrandparents, Nancy Vehorn, New Bremen, Othmar and Mary Fullenkamp, Maria Stein, and Eileen Welsch, St. Anthony. He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Marie Limbert. He was a member of

the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, McCartyville. Private family services were held today at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Ohio 501, Wapakoneta, with the Rev. John Tonkin officiating. Burial is to follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Botkins. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Peace Bear Project. Condolences may be expressed at

BOE opposes HB 136 BY MELANIE Emerson Elementary SPEICHER School. Both will retire at the end of the year. A resolution opposThe board approved ing House Bill 136 was a motion to hire Megan approved by the Sidney Mummery on a oneCity Schools Board of year limited contract. Education Monday She will replace Stienight during its work necker as the middle session. school math teacher. The bill, said Super- The job is effective Jan. intendent John Scheu, 3 and she will receive a deals with vouchers for prorated salary of students to attend a $19,565 for the remainprivate or parochial der of the school year. school. The bill was in- Mummey is currently a troduced in March by long-term substitute State Rep. Matt Huff- teacher for the district. man, R-Lima. In other business, The current voucher the board: system, said Scheu, al• Employed three lows students to attend teachers at $25.29 per a school of their choice hour and three aides at if their home school is $11.36 per hour for the on academic emergency 21st Century Grant with a rating of “D” or After-School Program. “F.” The one-year limited The new bill would supplemental contracts allow the student to at- were effective Nov. 15. tend any school regard- Teachers hired were less of the school’s Jan Abbott, Teresa Ceperformance on the gledy and Kathy Keith. state report card. Aides hired were AbiThe new bill would gail Bowman, Kelly allow a $4,500 voucher Harris and Kay Straper student if the fam- man. ily makes less than • Employed Rebecca $95,000 per year. If it Lenhart on a one-year costs less for the stu- limited, as-needed condent to attend the tract as a substitute school, then student aide at $10.22 per hour. would retain the extra • Approved the refunds. quirements for eligibilScheu said he has ity to receive and wear discussed the bill with FCCLA honor cords at state Rep. John graduation. Adams, R-Sidney, and • Approved an outSen. Keith Faber, R- of-state trip to WashCelina. ington, D.C., for eligible It was estimated eighth-grade students. around 600 students in The trip will be from the Sidney School Dis- June 3-8. Approxitrict attend a school mately 168 of the 250 other than Sidney’s, eighth-grade students such as Lehman met the eligibility reCatholic High School, quirements for the trip. Holy Angels and Chris- Approximately 70 stutian Academy School. dents will be going on Two employees with the trip, which will inthe district were hon- clude a stop in Philadelored by the Board of phia. Education on their up• Agreed to convert coming retirements. the Board Scholarship Georgeann Stie- Fund to a true scholarnecker, middle school ship for qualifying Sidmath teacher, received ney graduates a clock from the board attending college or for her 18 years of serv- technical school. The ice to the district. She fund is currently set up has been a teacher for as a loan scholarship 24 years. which must be repaid Her one request of by the student. More inScheu: One more snow formation on the guideday before her final day lines for the scholarship of teaching. will be discussed at a Also recognized was later meeting. Pat Minick, a custodian The board’s next for 26 years with the meeting will be Dec. 19 district. He has spent at 6 p.m. at the Board of most of his career at Education Building.

Sell files candidacy Timothy S. Sells, 613 E. McClosky School Road, has filed a declaration of candidacy with the Shelby County Board of Elections as a March 6 candidate for the office of Shelby County Prosecutor. Sell has filed as a Republican candidate for the office term commencing Jan. 7, 2013.


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Animals may have new home COLUMBUS (AP) — State and federal regulators have inspected a potential new home for six creatures kept at the Columbus zoo since their suicidal owner released dozens of exotic animals that were subsequently killed by authorities, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press. Three leopards, two primates and a grizzly bear that survived the hunt near October Zanesville are being cared for at the zoo under a state-issued quarantine order. It’s unclear where they’ll end up if the order is lifted and they’re returned to the owner’s widow. “We kind of know that’s coming, but right now we’re kind of just focused on making sure that the animals are healthy,” said Erica Pitchford, an Ohio Department of Agriculture spokeswoman. Terry Thompson freed bears, lions, endangered Bengal tigers and other animals on Oct. 18 before killing himself. Emails sent by state officials show they initially believed Marian Thompson planned to take the surviving animals to Stump Hill Farm near Massillon in northeast Ohio, which cares for and exhibits native and exotic animals ranging from tigers to coyotes to parrots. In anticipation of that move, regulators visited the 8-acre farm on Oct. 24 and asked it to address several problems, including needed repairs on animal enclosures and perches and gaps below gates in the perimeter fencing, according to inspection records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which enforces the federal Animal Welfare Act. Cyndi Huntsman, who operates Stump Hill with her family, said she knew the Thompsons for years, had cared for some of their animals at her farm and had helped rebuild cages and clean up the Thompson property three years ago. She said she had offered to take the surviving animals in October, but Marian Thompson decided she’d rather take them back to Zanesville instead.

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THE HOMe of convicted serial murderer Anthony Sowell is demolished Tuesday in Cleveland. The home, where Sowell dumped the remains of the 11 women he murdered, was torn apart in a move that neighbors and victims’ relatives said would help bring closure and stop gawkers from seeking out what some have dubbed a “house of horrors.”

House comes down where bodies found CLEVELAND (AP) — The home where a serial killer dumped the remains of the 11 women he murdered was torn apart Tuesday by a demolition crew, a move that neighbors and victims’ relatives said would help bring closure and stop gawkers from seeking out what some have dubbed a “house of horrors.” Heavy equipment began clawing at the former home of Anthony Sowell just before dawn, a day after family members of those who died were hand-delivered letters notifying them of the demolition. Video from WEWS-TV showed that the work commenced as several people stood across the street, chanting “Tear it down!” and “Hallelujah!” By late morning, the home was almost completely leveled, and the crew was hauling away the remnants in a huge dump truck. Razing the house will help the families move forward, said Frances

Webb-Speed, the sister of victim Janice Webb. “A lot of the families still live in the neighborhood and it will be good for it to be gone,” WebbSpeed told The Plain Dealer. “The place is an eyesore and some people have tried to use things from the home for personal gain.” The city condemned the three-story house in September because of numerous issues, including problems with the roof, plumbing, heating, electricity and water supply and roach, flea, termite and rodent infestations. Sowell, 52, has been sentenced to death for the killings and is appealing his conviction. Prosecutors said he lured women to his home by promising them alcohol or drugs. The murdered women began vanishing in 2007. Police discovered 10 bodies and a skull at Sowell’s house in late 2009 after officers went there on a woman’s report that she had been raped at the home.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas woman who for months was unable to qualify for food stamps pulled a gun in a state welfare office and staged a seven-hour standoff with police that ended with her shooting her two children before killing herself, officials said Tuesday. The children, a 10year-old boy and a 12year-old girl, remained in critical condition Tuesday. The shooting took place at a Texas Department of Health and Human Services building in Laredo, where police said about 25 people were inside at the time. Authorities identified the mother as Rachelle Grimmer, 38, and children Ramie and Timothy. Laredo police investigator Joe Baeza said Grimmer had recently moved to the border city from Zanesville, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Columbus. Grimmer first applied

for food stamps in July but was denied because she didn’t turn in enough information, Texas Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said. Goodman said it wasn’t immediately clear what information the mother was missing. “We were still waiting, and if we had that, I don’t know if she would still qualify or not,” Goodman said. Goodman said the Grimmer’s last contact with the agency appeared to a phone call in mid-November. When the family entered the Laredo office on Monday shortly before 5 p.m., Goodman said Grimmer asked to speak to a new caseworker, and not the one whom she worked with previously. Shortly thereafter, Goodman said, Grimmer was taken to a private room to discuss her case.

She said it was there the mother revealed a gun and the standoff began. Police negotiators stayed on the phone with Grimmer throughout the evening, but she kept hanging up, Baeza said. She allegedly told negotiators about a litany of complaints against state and federal government agencies. Despite those complaints, Baeza said it wasn’t clear what specifically triggered the standoff. “This wasn’t like a knee-jerk reaction,” said Baeza, adding that Grimmer felt she was owed restitution of some sort. She let a supervisor go unharmed around 7:45, but stayed inside the office with her children. After hanging up the phone around 11:45, police heard three shots, and a SWAT team entered the building. Inside, they found Grimmer’s body and her two wounded children.

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Sidney Daily News,Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Obama sets campaign theme: Middle class at stake


Settlement reached BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — In the biggest settlement ever reached in a U.S. mining disaster, the new owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men were killed in an explosion agreed Tuesday to pay $210 million over a tragedy the government blamed on the ruthless pursuit of profits ahead of safety. The money will go to compensate the grieving families, bankroll cuttingedge safety improvements and pay for years of violations by Massey Energy, owner of the Upper Big Branch mine at the time of the April 2010 blast. Under the deal, Alpha Natural Resources — which bought Massey earlier this year — will face no criminal charges in the explosion as long as it abides by the settlement, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA waves to the crowd after speaking at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kan., Tuesday. Obama was in Kansas to deliver a major speech on the economy.

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. (AP) — Declaring the American middle class in jeopardy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined a populist economic vision that will drive his re-election bid, insisting the United States must reclaim its standing as a country in which everyone can prosper if provided “a fair shot and a fair share.” While never making an overt plea for a second term, Obama’s offered his most comprehensive lines of attack against the candidates seeking to take his job, only a month before Republican voters begin choosing a presidential nominee. He also sought to inject some of the long-overshadowed hope that energized his 2008 campaign, saying: “I believe America is on its way up.” In small-town Osawatomie, in a high school gym where patriotic bunting lined the bleachers, Obama presented himself as the one fighting for shared

sacrifice and success against those who would gut government and let people fend for themselves. He did so knowing the nation is riven over the question of whether economic opportunity for all is evaporating. “Throughout the country, it’s sparked protests and political movements, from the tea party to the people who’ve been occupying the streets of New York and other cities,” Obama said. “This is the defining issue of our time,” he said in echoing President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous speech here in 1910. “This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class,” Obama said. “At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home and secure their retirement.” For Obama, saddled with a

Lawyer reads letters CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys admitted Tuesday for the first time that the former Illinois governor is guilty of corruption, saying at his sentencing hearing that he accepts the verdicts against him but the prison term requested by prosecutors is too harsh. Those comments are in stark contrast to Blagojevich’s public statements, in which he adamantly maintained his innocence through two trials since his arrest three years ago. Attorney Sheldon Sorosky told Judge James Zagel that it was illegal for Blagojevich to ask for a job for himself in exchange for his naming of a replacement for President Obama in the U.S. Senate.


Thieves target T.P. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico restaurant employee says he's now seen it all, after three men left his diner with rolls of toilet paper and were nabbed in the parking lot by police. Burgers, Dogs and Wings employee Josh FlanneryStewart tells KOAT-TV in Albuquerque that he was immediately suspicious of the men when they came in Saturday because they weren’t talking and appeared “messed up.” The three went into the bathroom and emerged carrying about a dozen rolls of toilet paper. They got in a car in the parking lot, but didn’t get far. Albuquerque police apparently already had the trio under surveillance and quickly surrounded the car and arrested them.

weak national economic recovery, the speech was a chance to break away from Washington’s incremental battles and his own small-scale executive actions. He offered a sweeping indictment of economic inequality and unleashed his own brand of prairie populism. He spoke for nearly an hour to a supportive audience, reselling his ideas under the framework of “building a nation where we’re all better off.” Billed as an important address that would put today’s economic debates in context, Obama’s speech seemed a bit like two packaged into one. The first was that of the campaigner, full of loft and reclamation of American values. The second was the governing Obama, who recited his familiar jobs agenda, his feud with Congress over extending a Social Security tax cut, even his fight to get his consumer watchdog confirmed.

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FFA chief resigns WASHINGTON (AP) — FAA administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Tuesday as head of the Federal Aviation Administration following his arrest over the weekend on charges of drunken driving. Babbitt was about halfway through a fiveyear term. Deputy FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator. Industry officials and lawmakers said they expect Huerta to continue in the post through next year since the White House probably will want to avoid a possible nomination fight before the presidential election.

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REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event, Tuesday in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Allies urge Romney to get tough WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s above-the-fray campaign style kept him atop the Republican presidential field for months, but it’s raising concerns among his supporters now that Newt Gingrich has surged to challenge him. Some Romney backers say their candidate must mix it up more aggressively, with Gingrich and with reporters, to prove he has the moxie to be the GOP challenger to President Barack Obama. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, particularly caused concerns with his prickly responses in a recent Fox News interview. He needs to show more toughness and willingness to field questions, party insiders say. The message seemed to resonate with his campaign Tuesday. Romney said he will appear on Fox News Sunday on Dec. 18, his first national Sunday talk show in nearly two years. He also fielded questions from reporters covering his Arizona visit, marking his third such “press

availability” in four days. The moves make sense to Rich Galen, a GOP strategist and former Gingrich aide who is neutral in the current race. “The lack of engagement strategy has served Romney pretty well,” Galen said. “Now I think they’ve got to alter course and get him out there more.” Numerous Romney supporters had expressed concern over reports of him dodging reporters and in-depth questioning. “It remains a mystery why Mitt Romney has done relatively few interviews,” Jennifer Rubin, a conservative blogger for The Washington Post who often praises Romney, wrote on Monday. The much-discussed Nov. 29 Fox interview, she said, might have gone better “had it been one of dozens of TV interviews he’d given during the campaign. … He’s been the least interviewed candidate in the race.” In his 15-minute exchange with Fox News’ Brett Baier, Romney bristled at questions about his changed views on abortion, climate change, im-

migration and gay rights, all of which are widely discussed in political circles. Romney acknowledged rejecting his pro-abortion-rights stand of the 1990s, although he did not explain why. Otherwise, he told Baier, “Your list is just not accurate.” Romney suggested the questions were inspired by “Democratic ads” that label him a serial flip-flopper. Asked about his Massachusetts health initiative, which required residents to obtain medical insurance, Romney said he had answered the question “many hundred times.” He added: “This is an unusual interview.” The questions were typical of those that many mainstream news organizations would ask, with no surprises or oddball queries. Except for Fox, which has several conservative hosts and is a favorite stop for GOP candidates, Romney rarely gives extended interviews to TV networks or national newspapers and news magazines. That seems unlikely to change soon.

Obama, Clinton warn world GENEVA (AP) — The Obama administration bluntly warned the world against gay and lesbian discrimination Tuesday, declaring the U.S. will use foreign assistance as well as diplomacy to back its insistence that gay rights are fully equal to other basic human rights. In unusually strong language, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton compared the struggle for gay equality to difficult passages toward women’s rights and racial equality, and she said a country’s cultural or religious traditions are no excuse for discrimination. “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,” she said. “It should never be a crime to be gay.” Clinton’s audience included diplomats from Arab, African and other nations where homosexuality is criminalized or where brutality and discrimination against gay people is tolerated or encouraged. Many of the ambassadors in the audience responded with stony faces and rushed out of the room as soon as Clinton finished speaking. President Barack Obama directed the State Department and other agencies to make sure

U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote gay rights and fight discrimination. But there are no specific new consequences for poor performers, meaning the directive is more of a challenge to other governments than a threat. In announcing the policy the U.S. did not point to individual countries with specifically poor records on gay rights, although an annual State Department accounting of global human rights has cited abuses against gays by such friends as Saudi Arabia. The White House said Tuesday’s announcement marked the first U.S. government strategy to combat human rights abuses against gays and lesbians abroad. The speech in Geneva, home of the United Nations’ human rights body, is also part of the Obama administration’s outreach to gays and lesbians, a core Democratic constituency at home. Since taking office, Obama has advocated the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members — now accomplished — and has ordered the administration to stop defending a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In Afghanistan’s first major sectarian assault since the fall of the Taliban regime a decade ago, a suicide bomber slaughtered 56 Shiite worshippers and wounded more than 160 others Tuesday outside a Shiite shrine in the capital. The body of a woman, clutching a dead child in each arm, was sprawled along a dirt road littered with shoes, bloodstained clothing, hats and body parts after the blast, which took place as a bombing killed four Shiites in the northern city of Mazar-iSharif. A loudspeaker at the shrine blasted a recitation of the Quran as ambulances with loud sirens rushed in to carry away the dead and wounded. Outside a hospital in Kabul, a man sobbing with other relatives cried out “Mother! My mother!” The Taliban condemned the attack, which was reminiscent of the wave of sectarian bloodshed that shook Iraq during the height of the war there. Suspicion centered on militant groups based in neighboring Pakistan where Sunni attacks on minority Shiites are common. A man who claimed to be from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Pakistan-based group that has carried out attacks against Shiite Muslims, called various media outlets in Pakistan to claim responsibility for the bombing in Kabul. The validity of the claim could not be determined. Until now, the decade-long Afghan war has largely been spared sectarian violence, where civilians are targeted simply for their membership in a particular religious group. Tuesday’s attack suggests that at least some militant groups may have shifted tactics, taking aim at ethnic minorities such as the Hazara who are largely Shiite and support the Afghan government and its Western partners. The Afghan Taliban, who are mostly ethnic Pashtuns and nearly all Sunni Muslims, had been attempting to diversify their ranks, expanding to areas outside their southern homeland, recruiting some Tajiks and others and forging an alliance with Uzbek militants in the north in an attempt to present themselves as a national resistance movement. Unlike some Iraqi militant groups — who consider anybody from the rival community a legitimate target — the Taliban have generally refrained from mass attacks against purely civilian targets.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011



This Evening • The Narcotics Anonymous group, Labor of Love, meets at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 320 E. Russell Road.

Thursday Morning • The New Bremen Public Library will hold Storytime at 10:30 a.m. for all ages. • Heritage Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Minster offers free bingo and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon • The Narcotics Anonymous group, Addicts at Work, meets at noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 W. Water St. • Shelby County Toastmasters meets at noon at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA. Guests are welcome. For information, call Ed Trudeau at 498-3433 or visit or • The Amos Memorial Public Library offers Homework Help from 3:30 to 5 p.m. • The Amos Memorial Public Library offers ‘Tween Zone, for children in grades 3-5, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Drop-in activities.

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Red Cross poll: Americans still give TROY — Even as the nation weathers an economic downturn for a third straight holiday season, the majority of Americans are more committed than ever to charitable giving, according to a new American Red Cross poll. A telephone survey of 1,020 adults conducted earlier this fall found that even though 67 percent of Americans didn’t think the economic downturn would last this long, they still want to give to charities, with more than seven out of 10 saying they expect to donate more or about the same this holiday season as they did last year. “No matter their personal financial hardships, Americans still want to give,” said R. Scott Miller, executive director. “Rather than giving a gift someone won’t use, people want to give meaningfully and know their gift is making a difference.” Other key findings include: • Four in five (80 percent) of respondents felt their finances are either the same or worse than

they were last year. • Sixty-eight percent of Americans believe that because of the economy, it’s important to give something to charity. That’s a 10 percentage point increase over the 58 percent who felt that way last year. • More than half (55 percent) of Americans say they feel bad about spending money on gifts people might not use. • Four in five (79 percent) agreed that they would rather have a charitable donation in their honor than get a gift they wouldn’t use. • About one in five (19 percent) of respondents plan to give blood this holiday season. Despite the tough economy, the survey shows that Americans still feel very charitable during the holidays. Nearly six in 10 (57 percent) plan to give to charity between Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition, four in five Americans agree that helping someone less fortunate is an important part of their holiday tradition. However, of those who

• The Amos Memorial Public Library hosts Babies, Books and Blocks for babies 1 to 3 1/2, with a parent or caregiver, at 6 p.m. • Recovery International, a self-help mental health group for adults of any age, meets from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Troy Miami County Public Library, 419 w. Main St., Troy. (937) 473-3650 or • Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 7 p.m. in the Emmons Conference Room at Dorothy Love Retirement Community. For more information, call Lu Ann Presser at 497-6542. • The Narcotics Anonymous group, All in the Family, meets at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Poplar St. Enter on Miami Avenue. • Shelby County Coin Club meets at 7:15 p.m. at First Church of God on Campbell Road. Meetings are open to anyone interested in coin collecting. D e a r pour out the reThere is a business session, program, awarding of maining liquid attendance prizes for members, refreshments and a Heloise: When planning holiuntil there is coin auction. meals day nothing but the Friday Morning liquid stock re• Amos Memorial Public Library hosts Tales for where the main maining. I seaTwos at 9:15 a.m. for children 2-3 1/2 with a par- course is a turkey, I always son to taste and ent or caregiver. make sure to store in glass • Amos Memorial Public Library hosts Preschool canning jars in Storytime at 10:15 a.m. for children 3 1/2-5 with a buy celery, carHints rots, onions and the freezer or reparent or caregiver. cheesecloth for frigerator to use from • A.J. Wise Library in Fort Loramie hosts storythe day after as needed. I can time for children 3 1/2 and older at 10:30 a.m. To Heloise add my favorite the meal so I register, call 295-3155. make Heloise Cruse noodles and cutcan Friday Afternoon turkey stock. up vegetables for • Sidney Gateway Hi 12 Club No. 482, meets at I strip the meat off a quick, hearty soup on a noon at the Sidney American Legion on Fourth Av- the bones and place cold day. — Lynn D., via enue. All Master Masons are invited. them in a large con- email Friday Evening tainer with the juice PAN STORAGE • Hope in Recovery, similar to traditional “12- from the turkey pan and Dear Heloise: I have Step” programs to confront destructive habits and a little meat. I store this drawers in my kitchen, behaviors, meets at the First Presbyterian Church, in the refrigerator until and one contains pots 114 E. 4th St., Greenville, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For the following morning, and pans. When my nonmore information, call (937) 548-9006. then fill a large stockpot stick frying pans are • The Narcotics Anonymous group, Staying with water and add the nested in the drawer, Clean for the Weekend, meets at 7 p.m. at First turkey, cut-up celery, car- they get “scuffed” and United Methodist Church, 230 E. Poplar St. Enter rots and onions, poultry lose the nonstick surface. on Miami Street. seasoning and some salt I also have a collection of • Maplewood Grange will sponsor a euchre card and pepper. seasonal and holiday hot party at Maplewood Grange Hall at 7:30 p.m. The I place the lid on the pads. I layer them bepublic is welcome, and refreshments will be served. pot and bring the ingre- tween the frying pans, dients to a boil. I let it and problem solved. Saturday Morning • Agape Mobile Rural Food Pantry Distribution, simmer, stirring occa- They keep the pans from sionally, for the next six getting scratched, and in Botkins, 9 a.m. to noon. to eight hours. The water the hot pads also are Saturday Afternoon • Agape Mobile Rural Food Pantry Distribution, will turn to a thick, handy when I need an golden-colored liquid extra one. — Carolyn L., in Anna, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. when done. San Antonio Saturday Evening I strain out the bones, WAFFLE HINT • Shelby County Deer Hunters holds its monthly meat and vegetables Dear Heloise: I have Saturday Night Trap Shoot at 7988 Johnston-Sla- with a slotted spoon enjoyed reading your gle Road beginning at 6:30 p.m., 10 birds. Program until the biggest pieces mother’s column in our starts at 8 p.m., 50 birds, long run, handicapped are gone from the liquid. (Youngstown, Ohio) Vinand Lewis class. Open to the public. Then I line a strainer dicator, and now your • The Sidney-Shelby County Chess Club, Check- with cheesecloth and column. I appreciate all mates, meets at 7 p.m. at the library at the Dorothy Love Retirement Community. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, call 497-7326. • The Narcotics Anonymous group, Saturday Night Live, meets at 8 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 W. Water St.

would not be donating to charity, most say they either can’t afford do it or they have already given their charitable gifts for the year. More than a third (36 percent) of people say they are not planning to make a financial donation this holiday season, and nearly half of them (49 percent) say it’s because they can’t spare the money right now. This is the third year the Red Cross has conducted a holiday-giving national survey, and this new survey shows that people continue to cut back on their holiday spending in a number of areas. The 2011 survey found that 45 percent were planning to cut back on spending for travel and for holiday decorations, 40 percent were reducing spending on parties, and more than a third (35 percent) were cutting back on gifts. The area seeing the smallest reduction was charitable donations, as about a quarter (26 percent) said they were planning to cut back in this area.

However, this cost cutting comes with some guilt: 43 percent of Americans reported feeling badly about spending less on gifts for friends and family. American Red Cross Holiday Catalog Offers Gifts As Americans look for more meaningful ways to give this holiday season, the Red Cross is offering its 2011 Holiday Giving Catalog, which includes a variety of symbolic gifts, donations that support Red Cross programs. Donors can help vaccinate an entire village, provide food and shelter to a disaster victim, help purchase phone cards and supplies for members of the armed forces or help supply basic necessities to families in desperate need in countries across the world. Catalog purchases also come with greeting cards to show support during the holidays. The purchase of each gift item is a tax-deductible contribution and provides support to the mission of the Red Cross.

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Luthman, Wells wed MCCARTYVILLE — Brooke Ann Wells and Caleb Luthman, both of Anna, were united in marriage July 9, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in McCartyville. The bride is the daughter of Bill and Missy Wells, of Anna. Her grandparents are Bill and Doris Wells and Bill and Bonnie Elsass, all of Anna, Marie Elsass, of Botkins, and Helen Wells, of Sidney. The bridegroom is the son of Jon and Jane Luthman, of Botkins. His grandparents are Melvin and Agnes Luthman and Ester Winner, all of Anna, and the late Orville Winner. The Rev. John Tonkin and Pastor Chuck Moeller performed the ceremony. Sonia Phillips was the organist and Kate Berning was the vocalist. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory-colored dress featuring Schiffili lace over net, lace tank straps, a sweetheart neckline, an inverted V, beaded band at the empire waist and lace appliques scattered throughout the gown. It had a chapel-length train. Elizabeth Wells, sister

of the bride, was maid of honor. Emily Vaubel, cousin of the bride, was matron of honor. Rachel Wells, sister of the bride, was the miniature bride. were Bridesmaids Leah Koenig and Riley Luthman, sisters of the bridegroom, Elizabeth McCauley, Nicole Heitman, Lauren Roth, Kathy Buehler and Tiffany Blair. Eleanor Koenig, goddaughter of the bridegroom, was the flower girl. The attendants wore caspian blue, silk taffeta, J. Crew, knee-length dresses highlighted with dramatic, twisted, self bows on the bodices. Ian Luthman served as this brother’s best man. Josh Wells, brother of the bride, was the miniature bridegroom. were Groomsmen Phillip Wells and Jordan Wells, brothers of the bride, Adam Koenig, brother-in-law of the bridegroom, Josh Berning, Kyle Schmerge, Brent Bergman, Brandon Greve and Aaron Berning. Tyson Vaubel, cousin of the bride, was the ring bearer. The bride’s mother wore a platinum, iridescent taffeta, floor-length dress with a strapless, ruched bodice over an A-

Mr. and Mrs. Luthman line skirt. The dress featured a ruched wrap closed with a beaded applique. The bridegroom’s mother wore a vintageinspired, floral lace dress in silver, wrapped at the waistline with satin ribbon. A reception at the Winner Harvest Barn in DeGraff followed the ceremony. The couple honeymooned in Jamaica and reside in McCartyville. The bride is a 2007 graduate of Anna High School and a 2001 graduate of University of where she Dayton earned a degree in early childhood education. She is employed by Jackson Center Schools. The bridegroom graduated from Botkins High School in 2006 and from University of Northwestern in 2008, with an Associate Degree in applied sciences HVAC/R. He is self-employed.

Dammeyers mark 50 years children and eight greatgrandchildren. Carl is the son of the late Wilford and Adella Dammeyer. He has a brother, Gene Dammeyer, of Covington, and a sister, Joyce Schultz, of Florida. Sandra is the daughter of Mary and the late Harold Bell. She has a sister, Teresa Ward, of DeGraff. Another sister, Dixie Rowe, is deceased. Sandra is employed by Holloways. Carl is employed by Dammeyer Excavating/Barn Source. They enjoy gardening,

Dorothy Love Retirement Community will host the annual Rainbow Garden Club’s Christmas flower show, titled “A Christmas Carol of Characters” Tuesday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Amos Community Center on the Dorothy Love campus. The show is open to all residents and the public at no charge. The Rainbow Garden Club of Shelby County accepts entries in the following categories: Class 1, Ebenezer Scrooge — The miserly accountant who learned the true meaning of Christmas, using five or fewer items in the design. Class 2, Bob Cratchit — Humble and dedicated employee with a large family; all materials must begin with a B (for Bob) or C (for Cratchit). Class 3, Tiny Tim — The youngest, handicapped son of Bob Cratchit who sees the good in everyone; a design, no taller than eight inches in height or width. Class 4, Jacob Marley — A ghost in chains who was once Ebenezer’s greedy business partner;

Mr. and Mrs. Dammeyer attending fairs and festivals, time with family, Michigan watching sports, and their dog, Duke.

Michael VollmarGrone, director of Technical Services for Shelby County Libraries, will present the program. Attendees who have ebook readers should take

them to the workshop. The program will also help people decide which ebook reader is right for them. Attendees will learn how to download free ebooks and audio

PIQUA — Cooks from Sidney and Versailles captured category prizes in the Troy Daily News/Piqua Daily Call cooking contest Saturday. Deb VanDine, of Sidney, submitted barbecue chip chicken and won the Meat Lovers category. Kay Mangen, of Versailles, won the Appetizers and Starters category with a peanut butter cheese ball. The grand prize was won by Lori Nickell, of Casstown. Her easy eclair dessert also won the Dessert category.

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Marian Moeckel, of Troy, will judge the entries and award ribbons, but all visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite floral arrangements as well. The People’s Choice award will be given to the arrangement that garners the most votes from the public. The Christmas Flower Show will include a holiday boutique featuring decorations, ornaments, cards, tabletop trees, cookbooks, and edible goodies for sale. Guests can also fill out a door prize ticket for a chance to win a holiday floral surprise. Free refreshments will be offered. Attendees are welcome to take photos of the arrangements. In lieu of exchanging Christmas gifts with each other, club members are making donations of cash and/or nonperishable food items to FISH. Donations from the public will also be gratefully accepted. For more information, call 497-6542.


Library offers program on ebook readers The Amos Memorial Public Library, 230 E. North St., will offer a free technology showand-tell program about ebook readers Tuesday at 1 p.m.

containing metallic materials or items. Class 5, The Ghost of Christmas Past — A who takes ghost Ebenezer on a tour of his past; antique container or items in arrangement. Class 6, The Ghost of Christmas Present — A raucous ghost who shows Ebenezer how people today celebrate Christmas; design suggests a gift-wrapped present. Class 7, The Ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Come — The eerie ghost who shows Ebenezer what his future might be if he doesn’t change his ways; designer’s choice. Class 8, Fezziwig — Jovial merchant with whom young Scrooge apprenticed; features yellow or gold colors Class 9, Fannie Scrooge — Ebenezer’s younger sister whom he very much; loved angel(s) in the design. Class 10, Christmas Goose — When he begins to make up for past transgressions, Scrooge presents a huge Christmas goose to the Cratchit family; food item(s) in the design (Fruit, candy, cookies, veggies are accepted. Meat is not.).

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ANNIVERSARIES QUINCY — Carl and Sandra Dammeyer, of Quincy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 13, 2011, at a party for family and close friends, hosted by their children, at Whitmore House. Carl and the former Sandra Bell were married Nov. 17, 1961, in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Sidney. They have five children: Dave Dammeyer, Cheryl Dammeyer, Vickie Anderson, Lori Longbrake and Darrell Dammeyer. They have 12 grand-

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Sock and Buskin presents “Rent” THE CHORUS of homeless, Lower East Side New Yorkers laugh at the passing scene. “Rent” is, at its core, a musical about youth, their travails, their dreams, their disappointments and their loves.

Sock and Buskin community Theater presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, “Rent,” by Jonathan Larson, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Historic Sidney Theatre, 120 W. Poplar St. Due to the adult nature of the show, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door. “Rent” is loosely based on Puccini’s opera, “La Boheme.” According to Wikipedia, “it tells the story of a group of impov-

erished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. “The musical was first seen in a limited threeweek workshop production at New York Theatre Workshop in 1994. This same New York City offBroadway theatre was also the musical’s initial home following its official Jan. 25, 1996, opening. Larson, died suddenly the night before the offBroadway premiere. The

production was a hit. The musical moved to Broadway’s larger Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996. “On Broadway, ‘Rent’ gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among other awards. The Broadway production closed on Sept. 7, 2008, after a 12year run and 5,124 performances, making it the ninth-longest-running Broadway show by that time.” The Sock and Buskin production has been directed by Kevin FrazierJones, of Anna.

JOANNE, THE lawyer, (Ann Grisez, of Fort Recovery) plots a protest for her lover, Maureen.

BENNY, THE landlord, (Sean Williamson, of Sidney) contemplates a call to his girlfriend.

THE COMPOSER, Roger (Josh Marks, of Sidney), performs a soliloquy in song, “One Day,” about his dreams of future glory.

TWO HIV-positive lovers, Angel (Rob Holloway, of Sidney) (left), and Collins (Ryan Hurley, of Sidney) (center) sing and dance their hopes to move to Sante Fe as filmmaker Mark (Austin Lavy, of Piqua) (right) videotapes their exuberance.

IN “LA Boheme,” Mimi dies of tuberculosis. In “Rent,” she dies of AIDS. Here, she (Mykie Delligatta, of Sidney) listens as her lover, Roger, who also suffers from the disease, sings of his love for her.

JOANNE (LEFT), and Mark dance a “Tango for Maureen.” Joanne is Maureen’s current lover. Mark is her past lover. During the number, Mark warns JoAnne that if Maureen calls her “Pooky,” it means that Maureen has been with someone else. At the end of the number, Maureen phones JoAnne and says, “Hi, Pooky.”

Photos by Luke Gronneberg THE YOUTHFUL chorus in “Rent” are street people, usually cold, always hungry, often sick, but ever hopeful. For photo reprints, visit


Contact Fort Loramie reporter Tom Barnett with story ideas and press releases by phone at (937) 498-5961; email,; or by fax, (937) 498-5991.

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FFA chapter places 2nd FORT LORAMIE — The Fort Loramie FFA Chapter recently placed second in the sub-district Advanced Parliamentary Procedure competition. After placing second at sub-districts, the team moved on to compete at districts. Parliamentary Procedure is a leadership contest which consists of members conducting an organized meeting by following proper rules and procedures. The advanced Parliamentary Procedure team consisted of president, Katelyn Seger; vice president, Meghan Bruns; treasurer, Taylor Broerman; secretary, Amy Holthaus; sentinel, Taylor Timmerman; re-

porter, Hailey Wray; student adviser, Andy Meyer; and member, Matt Langenkamp. The chapter also sent two Greenhand teams to compete in the Greenhand Parliamentary Procedure Contest. The Greenhand contest is for first year FFA members. Team A members were president, Amanda Seger; vice president, Sara Bornhorst; secretary, Lindsey Pleiman; treasurer, Bailey Koverman; reporter, Hailey Wray; sentinel, Thomas Meyer; student adviser, David Holthaus; and member, Elizabeth Kunkler. Team A placed third in the Greenhand Parliamentary Procedure contest. Team B in-

cluded president, Lacey Johnson; vice president, Tara Holthaus; secretary, Jordan Meyer; student adviser, Rachael Marchal; sentinel, Stephen Marsteller, and member, Morgan Fortman. The sub-district contest was held at Houston High School and district was hosted by the Ansonia FFA at Ansonia High School. The team members along with their adviser, Sarah Heilers, were proud of their accomplishments and hope to continue even further in next year’s competitions. The Fort Loramie Agricultural Education program is a satellite of Upper Valley Career Center.

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Colonial Christmas Attending the Fort Loramie Historical Association’s Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Dinner are (l-r) Marty Schaadt, Reta Schroeder, both of Celina, and Linda Pulskamp, of Ostrander. The dinner was held at the Wilderness Trail Museum in Fort Loramie.

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Fire training exercise More than 40 firefighters from Fort Loramie, Minster, New Bremen and Darke County and certified instructors participated in a fire training exercise at Lake Loramie State Park Sunday. The building was located on Ohio 362 near the Auglaize/Shelby County line. Following the training, the condemned structure was burned to the ground.



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Holiday programs planned at library FORT LORAMIE — The A.J. Wise Public Library in Fort Loramie has announced several holiday programs. A Christmas story time will take place at the library Dec. 12 for preschool children 3 1/2 and older. The 45minute program will begin at 6 a.m. and include finger plays, crafts, music and games. Registration is required by calling 2953155. Third and fourth graders are invited to an after-school party Dec. 14. Snacks, music , crafts, games and Christmas stories will be included. The party will end at 5 p.m. The library will have craft materials available throughout the holiday season. Children will be able to make age-related crafts and take them home.

ing snacks and a Christmas classic movie will be shown at American Legion Hall. At St. Michael’s there will be games and crafts including ornament making, Christmas cookies, punch and hot chocolate, music and singing. The celebration will again feature Las Posadas, a Spanish and Mexican Christmas tradition in which children dress as Joseph and Mary, travelers or animals, to re-enact the Holy couple’s travel to

FFA members attend food science competition FORT LORAMIE — Fort Loramie FFA members have been working to prepare for numerous Career Development Events (CDE). Recently, members competed in the Food Science and Technology CDE. The FFA sent two teams to the District 5 contest. Team A consisted of Elizabeth Kunkler, Hailey Wray, Amanda Seger and Bailey Koverman, and placed fourth overall in the contest. Team B consisted of Lindsey Pleiman, Austin Barlage, Alyssa Campbell, Laura Poeppelman and Jordan Meyer, and placed 12th in the contest.

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Bethlehem on the first Christmas. Youngsters will make pinecone and peanut butter bird feeders, Christmas cards for soldiers in Iraq and participate in face painting. Participants may also take photos in the stable at Bethlehem and see the generosity of the community in a display of Giving Tree gifts. A handbell concert will be featured from 3:30 to 4 p.m. St. Michael’s Hall is located at 33 Elm St.


FORT LORAMIE — The village’s annual Family Christmas celebration will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael’s Hall, the American Legion and the Wilderness Trail Museum. Santa Claus will be at St. Michael’s from 1 to 4 p.m. for the children and there will be many activities stations for both young and old. All events are free of charge. The historical museum will be displaying a train exhibit and offer-

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Pop’s journey has happy ending When Pop the hunt actuWalker ally took more sneaked out form. Two guys the kitchen started up at door the other Jasper’s place day, it affected and worked all of us. He’s down the road. Home been a resident and Dud Country Steve of the Rest of both went Slim Randles horseback and Your Life retirement home for sev- started from the edge of eral years now. town. He still remembers Steve found him. Pop who said what during was sitting and shivercombat in Europe, but ing under a tree high has a hard time remem- up on a ridge. Steve bering if he’s had used the cell phone to breakfast. let us know he was all The call went out right, then built a fire down at the Sheriff ’s of- and wrapped a blanket fice around 10 p.m. that around Pop. Pop had slipped Pop wouldn’t go back through the enemy until Steve told him lines, meaning the Jasper was down at the kitchen staff, and was home, waiting for him. on the loose. One of the And Steve let him ride deputies called Doc, in the saddle, too. But who was a friend of his before that happened, since forever, and Doc Steve ducked off behind alerted the rest of us. a rock and made anPop is one of our other phone call, to be own, of course. A couple sure Jasper would be of years ago, he took his there. coffee black and his phiTwo hours later, losophy straight at the everyone had coffee and philosophy counter at doughnuts back at the the Mule Barn. home, and they fixed It was cold, and they the lock on the kitchen found his heavy coat door. We have to be still in his room, so this careful with those who wasn’t good. have problems. We can’t The deputies checked afford to lose beautiful out the interstate and people like Pop. volunteers hit the allnight diners to see if The writer is a vethe’d checked in there. eran newspaperman No luck. and outdoorsman who The cook at the home is a registered outfitter was crying, and she and guide. He has writsaid Pop had been talk- ten novels and nonficing about going to see tion books based on his buddy, Jasper, rural living and he has again, and did we know also been an awardsomeone named Jasper? winning columnist for Sure. Jasper the largest daily newsBlankenship, up at the papers in Alaska and cabin in the mountains. New Mexico. He lives in When we heard this, Albuquerque.



Mammogram BY EDNA WISE Today I went to the hospital and had a mammogram. The nurse asked me, if about this I was going to write a poem again. I told her, “probably not,” but then I thought about it. Why not write a poem about a mammogram that women should get? I don’t know my results yet, but I’m hoping they will be good. Women, please take one hour of your time and get this done like you should. Husbands, be assertive and talk to your wife. You never know, this may even save her life. I’ve had family and friends who found cancer when they did get this done, And others who were very happy when they found none. Ladies, get your mammogram now and if they find something, hopefully it will be small. With the medical knowledge we have now, they may cure it all. I wasn’t going to write about this, but maybe some lives can be saved Just by getting a mammogram with the decision that you made. The writer lives at 155 N. Main St., Minster.

He knew every Recently last detail of while examining those cars and a small green was more than Tootsietoy happy to share “Roadster,” a his interest with vintage die-cast anyone willing metal car from to listen. It was my youth, I bea hobby that came curious would stand the and decided to Other test of time. look it up on voices “I have two of eBay to see if it Matt Clayton these roadsters” had any colleche said. “You tor value. As I may have one if you like.” typed the proper info into the search bar, I enPriceless visioned myself sporting Without hesitation I a bogus look of surprise took the little car — and with mouth agape and though it’s not worth eyes bugging out as the much today on eBay, to host on “Antiques Road- me it’s priceless in more show” told me it was rare ways than one. as hen’s teeth and worth As I lingered awhile at least a hundred thou- longer in the corner of sand bucks or more! my mind, I found myself Identical match playing with my sisters One tap of the “enter” and cousins on a rope key and there it was; an swing tied to the old identical match to my car sugar maple in Grandpa’s front yard. As right down to the worn paint job and pale green we noisily jostled for the color. My little car was of- “next turn” on the swing, fered at $2.99 plus a cou- I recalled seeing a small head sticking up above ple bucks for shipping. the front seat in GrandWith no takers thus far after being listed for sev- dad’s car. His hands eral days, it was obvious I tightly gripping the wouldn’t be on “Antiques steering wheel, a young Roadshow” anytime soon. boy was “driving” along some imaginary highway While taking a last in the old 1957 Buick look at the little car, my Special parked near the mind drifted back to a simpler time in the life of barn. a child and the young Peculiar boy who gave me that As we took turns car. Turning the front swinging, fighting and tire with my index finger, tattling on each other, my thoughts wondered my cousin Mark was to the front yard of my busy adjusting the Grandma and Grandpa rearview and side mirClayton’s house next to rors, as well as turning the DT&I railroad cross- and pushing every knob ing south of Maplewood or button the dashboard sometime in the mid had to offer. Though 1960s. There I saw my deemed somewhat pecufirst cousin Mark Clayliar by the other kids for ton sitting on the edge of his lack of interest in the a cement porch. He had a rope swing, perhaps the fondness for model cars biggest difference beand was meticulously tween us and him was placing his collection just the fact that Mark was so in a small plastic car- quite a bit sharper than rying case with rows of all the other tacks in the compartments made es- box. pecially for that purpose. While I was busy try-


realize our time was not “well spent”? We need to be careful in considering where we invest our time and attention; the clock is ticking and there are no second chances. Knowing we can’t go back and relive the past should encourage us to be more thankful for the present as today’s experiences will become tomorrow’s memories. We’ve much to be thankful for today, and how we choose to spend our time weighs heavily on the rewards we will reap now and in the years to come. Memories A short time ago I atMany years have tended the funeral of my passed. I recently traveled by the former home uncle, James Talmage of my grandparents, Tal- Clayton. After the funeral service and a trip mage and Bertha Clayto the cemetery, my wife ton. While the house is and daughters gathered still standing, little remains of the picturesque a few roses at graveside country setting I remem- and we headed back home. ber except for the precious memories that Deep breath reside in the hearts of That night a lot of old those who knew them as memories came to mind Grandpa and Grandma. and I was saddened by I’m so thankful for the the fact I would no times spent at that little longer see Uncle Talhouse south of Maplemage this side of heaven. wood and for all the spe- However, as I turned out cial memories created the lights and secured there; it was truly some the house before going to of the best of times! bed, I paused by the kitchen table and picked Appreciation up the vase holding the Sometimes I regret beautiful red roses. I not having the level of closed my eyes and holdappreciation I could or ing the vase close to my should have had for the nose took a long deep situations at hand; this includes the present. The breath, savoring the years have been good to aroma. That moment of me in terms of attaining recognizing the beauty of wisdom (at least I think something as simple as a flower and being thankthey have). I have ful for the ability to enjoy learned to be more appreciative of the good in it helped to take the edge off the cares of the day. my life. Dwelling on Somehow I don’t think grief, whether from the sleep would have come so past or present, accomeasily that night had I plishes little except to promote sorrow or bitter- not taken time to smell the roses. ness in one’s life and Don’t forget to smell makes others resent our presence. Why is it we so the roses ... today! often “pay” too much atThe writer lives at tention to the problems in our daily living only to 17987 Herring Road.

ing to figure out how to con my sister Julie or one of the younger kids into extra time on the swing, Mark was studying the DC circuitry in the old car, tracing wires to see how all the “bells and whistles” worked. Though at times we found him boring in conversation due mostly to our ignorance or lack of understanding, we still respected his wisdom, especially when we wanted to know how far way the planets were or why our flashlight didn’t work.


Public invited to dinner To the editor: On behalf of the Community Christmas Dinner Committee and volunteers, I would like to extend an invitation to all residents of Shelby County to attend the 30th annual Community Christmas Dinner Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to be held in the EMA building (also known as the Civil Defense Building) located at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. There is no charge for the dinner. Homebound-disabled adults who are unable to attend the event can arrange to have meals delivered to their home by calling 4928074, ext. 6, and making reservations with Adult Day Services at Fair Haven. Reservations for home-delivered meals must be made no later than noon today. After that date, no further registrations or call-ins will be accepted. People wishing to volunteer the day of the event can call me at 4921746. Some volunteers have a long history with the dinner. It is really exciting to see volunteers come back year after year to help with

the event. We are fortunate to have volunteers dedicated to our community. Live Christmas music will be provided by the Anna Jazz Band. It really puts you in the mood for the holidays. The dinner is intended as a time to bring the community together to have fellowship and a good meal regardless of financial status. A number of sponsors are donating supplies and/or financially supporting this year’s dinner. We will also be receiving a visit from Santa, who will be standing by to pass out candy and treats, and listen to the wish lists from the children. The sharing of a holiday meal and festivities are coordinated and prepared in the spirit of the season. Everything is free! We invite and encourage all to attend. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and wish you happiness during the holiday season! Rodney Kerns Volunteer Coordinator Community Christmas Dinner

Group notes support To the editor: The Sidney American Legion Auxiliary Unit 217 would like to express our appreciation to Mayor Mike Barhorst for proclaiming Nov. 10,11 and 12 as “Poppy Days.” We are especially grateful to Sidney Foodtown, Kroger and Walmart for allowing our members to stand at their doors to accept donations. Also to Clancy’s, The Perfect Touch and The Alcove for letting us place donation cans at their places of business. To all the people of Sidney and the surrounding area who donated to our veterans, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

For our volunteers who gave their time to collect donations, your service is also appreciated. To all who received the small red poppy, please wear this flower with pride. Remember our veterans who have helped to keep alive the kind of patriotism that’s so necessary in this great country of ours. All funds derived from the distribution of poppies are used exclusively for rehabilitation of veterans and assistance to their families. Joan Spence Poppy Chairwoman Sidney American Legion Auxiliary Unit 217

Dismiss this case To the editor: My wife had been having trouble with her bladder for about a year. She was treated by two different doctors who had her on pills. We went to a third doctor finally and he determined she had cancer of the bladder, kidneys and lung and bowel problems. He said she had about three months to live. He started a treatment plan right away. She went into the hospital and had her bowl, kidney and bladder removed. While in the hospital we received notice to vacate our home for parking on the grass. This was not an eviction offense. A person would find a “cure and fix” motion for that. However, the hearing date was scheduled and I filed a motion to have it continued but the judge turned that down. My wife was released the day of the hearing, brought by ambulance and put into a hospital bed. I told the judge we couldn’t continue because she wasn’t there. He said yes we can, you are evicted, be out in 10 days. I have a signed form from her doctor noting that having to move would endanger my wife’s life. We can’t move. My heart’s ejection factor is around 25. I am 65 and she is 70. I asked the court for time to find a place and move. He refused. If money was owed, that would be one thing, but our rent is always paid on time. This case should have been dismissed because this is a “cure and quit motion,” not an eviction of a terminally ill patient. Dr. Danny P. Sell 745 Buckeye Ave.

LOCAL NEWS who perished will be held Wednesday just before 8 a.m. Hawaii time — the same moment the attack devastating began. Most of the 12 ships that sank or were beached that day were removed from the harbor, their metal hulls salvaged for scrap. Just the Utah and the USS Arizona still lie in the dark blue waters. Only survivors of those vessels may return in death to their ships. The cremated remains of Vernon Olsen, who served aboard the Arizona, will be interred on his ship during a sunset ceremony Wednesday. The ashes of three other survivors are being scattered in the harbor. Soucy, the youngest of seven children, joined the Navy out of high school so he wouldn’t burden his parents. In 1941, he was a pharmacist mate, trained to care for the sick and wounded. He had just finished breakfast that Sunday morning when he saw planes dropping bombs on airplane hangars. He rushed to his battle station after feeling the Utah lurch, but soon heard the call to abandon ship as the vessel began sinking. He swam to shore, where he made a makeshift first aid center to help the wounded and dying. He worked straight through for two days. The Utah lost nearly 60 men on Dec. 7, and about 50 are still entombed in the battleship. Today, the rusting hull of the Utah sits on its side next to Ford Island, not far from where it sank 70 years ago. Soucy’s daughter,

Margaret, said her parents had initially planned to have their ashes interred together at their church in Plainview, Texas. But her father changed his mind after visiting Pearl Harbor for the 65th anniversary in 2006. “He announced that he wanted to be interred on the Utah. And my mother looked a little hurt and perplexed. And I said, ‘Don’t worry Daddy, I’ll take that part of your ashes that was your mouth and I’ll have those interred on the Utah. And you can then tell those that have preceded you, including those that were entombed, what’s been going on in the world,’” Margaret Soucy recalled saying with a laugh. “‘And the rest of your remains we will put with mother in the church gardens at St. Mark’s.’ And then my sister spoke up and said, ‘Yes, then mother can finally rest in peace,’” she said. The family had longed kidded Soucy for being talkative —they called him “Mighty Mouth” — so Margaret Soucy said her father laughed and agreed. “He just thought that was hilarious,” she said. “So that is what we are doing. We’re taking only a portion of his ashes. It’s going to be a small urn,” she said. Soucy’s three children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren — 11 family members altogether — will be attending the sunset ceremony on Tuesday. His wife died earlier this year. Sunset Tuesday was 5:49 p.m. in Honolulu, with light winds and temperatures in the 70s,

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IN THIS undated photo provided by the National Park Service, Pearl Harbor survivor Vernon Olsen is seen. Olsen's ashes will be interred on his ship, the USS Arizona, in Pearl Harbor this week in accordance with his wishes. with a repeat set for Wednesday. An urn carrying the ashes of Vernon Olsen, who was among the 334 on the Arizona to survive the attack, will be interred in a gun turret on the Arizona on Wednesday. Most of the battleship’s 1,177 sailors and Marines who died on Dec. 7 are still entombed on the ship. Five months after Pearl Harbor Olsen was on the USS Lexington aircraft carrier when it sank during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

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Judge James F. Stevenson granted a continua n c e Monday in the c a s e against Michael J . Blankenship, 30, a Port Jef- Blankenship ferson police officer. The jury trial, previously scheduled to begin Dec. 29, has been continued to Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. Blankenship, whose address is listed as 100 Spring St. in the village, is charged with improper handling of a firearm, a fourth-degree felony, and inducing a pain and vandalism, both fifth-degree felonies. The charges, filed Sept. 12, stem from an incident in which Blankenship allegedly damaged a police car and filed a false report with sheriff’s deputies. Blankenship allegedly called sheriff ’s dispatch reported an incident in which the driver of a passing car pointed a gun at him on Ohio 47 outside Port Jefferson and he had given chase, had been shot and returned fire through the cruiser’s windshield. He reportedly also said he had been involved in a crash and was injured, More than a dozen deputies, state troopers and rescue personnel responded to his calls and he was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital. After deputies interviewed Blankenship, it was determined his reports had been fabricated. No one pointed a gun at him, he had not been a target of gunfire and the Port Jefferson police cruiser had been damaged in a collision with a guardrail somehow. Blankenship, who has been on unpaid administrative suspension pending the outcome of the charges, has been a parttime police officer in the village for five years.


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Cold, flu differences noted DR. DEAR Young children, DONOHUE: who have had You’ll think I’m less experience an overprotective, with cold viruses, helicopter mom, are not as imbut I am never at mune. ease when one of Rhinoviruses my three young constitute a large children has viral family that what I think is To your is the most frejust a cold. I have quent cause of good no idea if they colds. There are health more than 100 need to see a doctor for something Dr. Paul G. different strains that could be of this viral famDonohue more important. ily. That’s one reaCan you give me some son it has been so pointers on how to tell a frustrating trying to desimple cold from some- velop a cold vaccine. thing that requires medTypical symptoms of a ical treatment? — J.K. common cold are dripANSWER: Your ques- ping nose, sneezing, a tion isn’t silly. Most peo- mild cough, nasal congesple wonder if their cold tion and a raw, slightly symptoms are indicative sore throat. One of the of something more seri- most important signs ous, but they don’t want separating a cold from a to run to a doctor unless more dangerous respirathey are. tory infection is the lack Adults can have as of a fever. A cold lasts many as four colds a year. from four to nine days. Children have even more, People usually stay someand older people have what active with a cold, fewer. Older people are and that includes kids. more immune to cold Influenza, on the other viruses because they hand, always produces a have been exposed to fever. Its cough is hacking many of them during and quite constant. Mustheir lives. They have de- cle pain and headache veloped antibodies and are present. People with are somewhat immune. the flu, including chil-

dren, are not active. They A diagnosis is made by want to lie down and for- having a person like you get about the rest of the swallow some barium world. and then have an X-ray taken. The barium finds DEAR DR. DONO- its way into the diverticHUE: I am an 86-year- ulum. Doctors with speold woman with a cial scopes also can swallowing problem. uncover one. Food catches in my throat You need to see an ear, and makes me cough. An nose and throat doctor. hour to two later, it dislodges and finds its way DEAR DR. DONOback into my mouth. It HUE: I felt a lump in my smells bad. right breast. My doctor My doctor has looked examined it and sent me into my mouth and to a surgeon, who ordered throat, and says he sees a mammogram. After the nothing wrong. He ad- mammogram, he did a vises me to eat only soft breast biopsy. The report foods and to drink lots of said I had a fibroadewater when I eat. I’m con- noma. The surgeon said it vinced something is isn’t cancer, but wants me wrong. What do you think to have a repeat mammois going on? — B.W. gram in three months. ANSWER: Your com- Why? — E.D. plaint has the trappings ANSWER: Fibroadeof Zenker’s diverticulum. nomas are not cancer. It’s a pouch that has The lump they produce formed in the back of the feels rubbery and can be throat. People with a moved around with ease. Zenker’s diverticulum Cancers are usually hard have great difficulty and fixed in place. swallowing due to the The follow-up mamkinds of symptoms you mogram was ordered to describe. Liquids go down be absolutely certain that with ease; solids don’t. the lump is not changing, The Zenker’s diverticu- something that should lum entraps them and give you even greater asejects them later — most surance than you now of the time. have.

Dec. 7, 1911 Last evening someone broke into the packing house near the Big Four river bridge and stole a lot of geese and chickens. A pane of glass was broken to gain entry but just how many fowls were taken is not known. ––––– Keen interest is being shown in the musicale which will be given tomorrow evening in Saxauer’s Hall under the auspices of the Business Girls Association. Miss Maude Haslup is arranging the program which will include numbers by Miss Helen Graham, Miss Helen Moore, Miss Bertha M. Wiley, Miss Hazel McCune, Miss Stella Taylor, Miss Elsie Spence.

75 years Dec. 7, 1936 Tommy Kerrigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Kerrigan, celebrated his eighth birthday yesterday and in honor of the event a party was given at the Kerrigan home on Mound Street, to which 25 of his youthful friends were invited. ––––– George Gauthier, head football coach at Ohio Wesleyan University, will be the speaker at the annual Sidney High School football banquet next Tuesday. Seventeen players and one manager will receive wares from Coach Woolweaver. ––––– The spirit of Christmas which pervades the community will take on added impetus next Monday afternoon when jolly old Santa Claus with his reindeer and Alaskan dogs will drive into Sidney immediately after lunch and set up his igloo in the public square. He will spend the afternoon here entertaining the boys and girls of the community. ––––– A rather copper-looking young fellow, well dressed, and with a brief case under his arm, giving the impression that he was a bond salesman, walked up to the counter of the Citizens National Bank at Covington about 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, pointed a sawed-off shot gun and led a $1,500, four-man holdup of the bank and made a complete getaway.

50 years Dec. 7, 1961 New officers of the DoSi-Do Western Square Dance Club are Paul Jenkins, president; Nelson Rousch, vice president; Virginia Stanley,

secretary; Roxy Patterson, publicity; and musical directors, William Mohn and Robert VanBuskirk. ––––– Jerry “Jaws” Knoop, who has rolled one of only two perfect 300 games in Sidney, almost duplicated the feat Tuesday night as only one frame stopped the young kegler. Knoop missed in the first frame, but went on to string 11 straight strikes for a tremendous 279 game and finished with a 647 series to pace front-running White Front to a 6-2 victory over Rhees in the Major league at Bel-Mar Lanes. Jerry will receive a sterling silver plaque for his achievement.

25 years Dec. 7, 1986 An obstetric-gynecological crisis sits on the for Shelby horizon County mothers, but the Wilson Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and medical staff are working together to resolve the problem before it develops. The developing crisis has caused one local doctor to stop delivering babies and could force several others from offering obstetric-gynecological services. Dr. Edward A. Link, a veteran Shelby County physician, cited “the rise in malpractice premiums yearly and the national wide trend where more and more family doctors are quitting obstetrics,” including 25 percent of the obstetricians in the country. ––––– William Dietz, grand knight for the Sidney Knights of Columbus, is pictured congratulating Holy Angels student Becky Kohlhorst for submitting the top entry in a recent prolife essay contest. Looking on is Susan Francis, language arts teacher at Holy Angles School. ––––– These news items from past issues of the Sidney Daily News are compiled by the Shelby County Historical Society (498-1653) as a public service to the community. Local history on the Internet!

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Husband is aging too well for worrying wife to handle We have had a great life DEAR ABBY: together up until the last 10 When I married years or so. Mason is aging my husband, gracefully, and there’s “Mason,” 30 something about him now years ago, I was that every woman is sudthe only girl he denly interested in. They all could get. He was treat him like he’s a new a great catch by my standards — toy. They fawn over him and Dear and still is. But I become invisible. back then nobody We don’t get out much, Abby else wanted him and I used to think I Abigail but me, which wanted to go out more — Van Buren but now I just want to stay was fine with me. I don’t like competition. home and hide my husband

inside. The real problem is, Mason loves the attention. It could be what he always wanted. I don’t know how to handle this without getting my feelings hurt, pouting and being incredibly jealous. He gives me no reason to think he’ll be unfaithful, but I can’t help but worry. Help! — WIFE OF A LATE BLOOMER DEAR WIFE: Congratulations. You are now a member of a “club” comprised of

spouses living in the shadows of actors, politicians, moguls, etc. However, your self-esteem issues could create real problems for you and your husband if you don’t learn to deal with them. You weren’t the “only woman Mason could get” — you’re the woman Mason CHOSE to spend his life with. The sooner you accept that, the better off both of you will be. If you can’t do it on your own, counseling could help be-

cause hiding is not the answer. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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Trojans go 3-0 with 59-55 win The Botkins Trojans, fresh off winning the Ben Logan Tip-Off Classic last weekend, made it three wins in a row, invading Fairlawn and holding off the Jets for a 59-55 win in County boys basketball action Tuesday night. The Trojans take their 3-0 mark back home for the first time, hosting Houston Friday night. Fairlawn was playing its season opener Tuesday, and travels to Jackson Center Friday. Fairlawn coach Derek Alexander didn’t pull any punches after the game, heaping praise on the winners. “Make no mistake, they just outplayed us and outhustled us,” he said. “They got to every loose ball, and they deserve all the credit in the world. It’s disappointing for us. We didn’t come out ready and we didn’t perform.” The Trojans led by just a point at the half at 28-27, but opened up a nine-point lead after three periods. The lead reached 11 in the early stages of the final period on two Trevor Barhorst free throws, but the Jets climbed back in it. Trey Everett scored after a Botkins miss to cut the lead down to 47-42, then with just

over a minute remaining in the game, he hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to 54-52. Josh Schwartz got a big stickback for Botkins to make it 56-52, but Ben Brown drained a three for the Jets to cut it to 56-55. Botkins wasn’t interested in pulling the ball out, though, and Ethan Zimpfer scored on a drive to the bucket to make it 58-55 with :30 left. Seth Hoying added a free throw with :16 left, and the Jets were unable to answer. Botkins had four players in double figures. Zimpfer had 13, Hoying 12 and Schwartz and Heath Geyer 11. For Fairlawn, Anthony Gillem had 22 and Travis Wells 12. Botkins (59) Zimpfer 5-2-13; Cisco 1-0-2; Egbert 2-3-8; Geyer 5-1-11; Hoying 3-312; Schwartz 4-3-11; Barhorst 0-2-2. Totals: 20-14-59 Fairlawn (55) Everett 3-1-7; Hughes 2-0-4; Brown 2-0-5; Gillem 7-6-22; Wells 60-12; Cummings 0-5-5. Totals: 20-1255. Score by quarters: Botkins..........................13 28 43 59 Fairlawn........................14 27 34 55 Three-pointers: Botkins 5 (Hoying 3, Zimpfer, Egbert); Fairlawn 3 (Gillem 2, Brown). Records: Botkins 3-0, Fairlawn 01. Reserve score: Botkins 51, Fairlawn 31

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SIDNEY’S PRESTON Heath puts up a shot while surrounded by Bellefontaine players in boys basketball action at Sidney Tuesday night. The Jackets lost to the Chieftains 55-41.

Jackets drop 55-41 verdict to Chieftains Sidney managed just 13 points in the first half, and that resulted in a deficit to big to overcome in losing 55-41 to Bellefontaine in non-league boys basketball action at the high school Tuesday. The Jackets drop to 0-2 with the loss and head to Troy for a Greater Western Ohio Conference North game Friday night. Bellefontaine is now 1-1. “There were a lot of things we need to improve on,” said Sidney coach Greg Snyder. “We didn’t defend as well as we should have, and there were other things as well. But what it really came down to was the fact that we had a bunch of shots that just wouldn’t go in. The truth of the matter is we have to get

better in all phases of the game.” Bellefontaine took a 12-8 lead after one quarter, then took total command in the second period, outscoring the Jackets 17-5 to open up a 2913 halftime bulge. “It looked like we were on the verge of making a couple of runs, but we couldn’t string together enough baskets,” said Snyder. “Bellefontaine did a good job of maintaining control and a good job of taking care of the lead.” The Jackets got an eightpoint quarter from Preston Heath in the third period, but were able to outscore the Chieftains by just two in the second half. Sidney had three players in double figures, with Dezmond

Hudson and Tyree Manley each getting 11, and Heath finishing with 10. “I thought Dezmond played a real solid game,” said Snyder of Hudson. “I thought he did a good job of sticking with it. He was solid on offense and solid on defense.” Bellefontaine (55) Gump 3-4-10; Gorham 1-0-2; Dyer 5-4-14; Mitchell 3-0-6; Tillman 1-2-4; Dunn 1-4-6; McClure 5-0-13. Totals: 19-14-55 Sidney (41) Heath 4-2-10; Hudson 4-1-11; Manley 4-1-11; White 2-0-6; Echols 10-3. Totals: 15-4-41. Score by quarters: Bellefontaine.................12 29 41 55 Sidney .............................8 13 27 41 Three-pointers: Sidney 7 (Hudson 2, Manley 2, White 2, Echols); Bellefontaine 3 (McClure 3). Records: Sidney 0-2, Bellefontaine 1-1. Reserve score: Minster 51, Lehman 16.

Houston girls suffer 1st loss HOUSTON — Houston suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday in high school girls basketball action, losing to unbeaten Tri-Village 53-37. The Lady Wildcats are now 4-1 with Jackson Center coming to town on Thursday. TriVillage is 5-0. Houston gave up eight three-pointers in the game, and all eight came in the first half by the Lady Patriots, leading to a 35-26 lead at the break. Houston got the lead as close as 10 points in the second half, but Tri-Village put it away at the free throw line. Houston had two in double figures, led by Kristi Elliott with 13, including 7-for-9 from the free throw line. Allison Roeth added 11 points. Tri-Village (53) Brown 1-0-3; Faulknor 2-0-4; Richards 2-2-7; Thomas 2-5-11; Bruner 3-0-9; Linkous 6-4-19. Totals: 17-11-53. Houston (37) Holthaus 0-2-2; Elliott 3-7-13; Roeth 5-0-11; Reister 1-1-3; Stang 20-4; Booher 2-0-4. Totals: 13-10-37.

Score by quarters: Tri-Village.....................18 35 42 53 Houston...........................8 26 31 37 Three-pointers: Tri-Village 8 (Linkous 3, Bruner 3, Brown, Richards); Houston 1 (Roeth). Records: Houston 4-1, T-V 5-0. Reserve score: T-V 45, Houston 27.


Minster edges Lehman 41-35 Lehman gave highly-touted Minster all it could handle in girls basketball action on Saturday at Lehman, the Lady Wildcats holding on for a 4135 victory. The win keeps Minster unbeaten on the year at 2-0 with a big game coming up Thursday night at home against backyard rival Marion Local. Lehman lost its second game in a row to an unbeaten team, and is now 2-2 on the year. The Lady Cavs’ next game is also against Marion Local, on Tuesday. Minster threatened to blow the game open in the early going, leading 12-5 after one

quarter, with Bridget Geiger getting half those points. It became a 20-11 lead at the half, but Lehman wouldn’t go away and outscored Minster 13-10 in the third quarter to cut the lead down to five. But Minster held the lead the rest of the way. Kayla Wuebker led Minster with 12 points, Geiger had 10 and Tara Clune added nine. Lindsey Spearmman again scored well for Lehman, finishing with a game-high 18. She was 5-for-5 from the line. Minster (41) Hoelscher 1-0-2; Richard 1-2-4; Fischer 1-0-2; Geiger 5-0-10; Wuebker 4-3-12; Dahlinghaus 1-0-2; Clune 4-19. Totals: 17-6-41. Lehman (35) Yannucci 0-1-1; Harrelson 3-1-7; Slagle 0-2-2; Spearmman 6-5-18; Hatcher 1-0-2; Sargeant 2-1-5. Totals: 12-10-35. Score by quarters: Minster..........................12 20 30 41 Lehman ...........................5 66 24 35 Three-pointers: Minster 1 (Wuebker); Lehman 1 (Spearman). Records: Minster 2-0, Lehman 22. Reserve score: Minster 51, Lehman 16.

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FAIRLAWN’S TRAVIS Wells puts up a one-hander over Josh Schwartz of Botkins in County boys basketball action at Fairlawn Tuesday. Botkins won to go 3-0, 59-55.

Lady Jacket bowlers open season with win The Sidney High girls opened the season on a good note, beating Northmont and Springboro in a three-team match at Thunderbowl Tuesday. The Lady Jackets had 2,121 to post an easy win. Northmont had 1,637 and Springboro 901. For Sidney, Michelle Abbott had a 212, Shelbie Anderson 209 and Ashleigh Harris 208. In the boys match, Northmont finished on top with 2,300, Sidney was second with 2,153 and Springboro third with 1,968. Jacob Blankenship rolled a 236 game, Kegan Latimer 223 and Trent Knoop 208 for the Jackets.

“The boys had a total of 19 open frames in the regular game round in addition to a couple washouts and a couple splits in the second games,” said coach Angie Mentges. “Our goal this year is to hit the pocket and make spares. We’ve got to do this to win matches. It appeared that as the oil transitioned, we didn’t adjust quick enough. The shot was a bit dryer and shorter than our normal house shot, and if you got the ball too far to the right it came back across the lane.” Sidney travels to West Carrollton on Thursday, then competes in the holiday classic in Cincinnati Saturday.


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Bengals at a crossroads BOWL LINEUP

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CINCINNATI BENGALS quarterback Andy Dalton (14) stands with head coach Marvin Lewis during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday. The young Bengals prided themselves on standing up to each opponent so far and taking every game down to the fourth quarter. This one was over by halftime, when the Steelers led 28-7. They haven’t had to recover from something like this. “Not all is lost,” receiver Andrew Hawkins said. “We’re still in control of our own destiny.” The Bengals are essentially tied with three other teams for the other wild card. Oakland and Denver are tied atop the AFC West at 7-5. The New York Jets and Tennessee Titans also are 75 and trailing in their divisions. The Bengals’ schedule is convenient. They play at home on Sunday against Houston (9-3),

which is down to rookie quarterback T.J. Yates because of injuries. The Texans also had leading receiver Andre Johnson aggravate his left hamstring during a 17-10 win over Atlanta on Sunday, their franchisebest sixth victory in a row. Then, they play their final road game at St. Louis (2-10), which is tied with Minnesota for second-worst record in the NFL. Cincinnati finishes with home games against Arizona (5-7) and Baltimore, which may be in position to rest some of its starters for the playoffs at that point. The question is how they’ll handle the pressure of a playoff run. “Football gets tough in December,” Hawkins

said. “Everybody wants to put their best foot forward.” Coach Marvin Lewis is telling his team that things are no different than they were in October or November. “I think we’ve been in this situation for a while,” Lewis said on Monday. “I don’t think anything has changed over the last seven or eight weeks. I think the approach has been that — that all of these games are important. Just the way everyone else is around us, that’s the way it was. “There is no distance (among the wild card contenders), so we have been approaching it that way. We have to approach it that way as we put things together.”

Botkins competes in pentathlon

Lehman recently honored its volleyball participants with an awards night, and junior Andrea Thobe walked away with the Most Valuable Player award. There were several other special awards presented. The offensive player of the year award was shared by Morgan Schmitmeyer and Ellie Waldsmith. The defensive player of the year was won by Erica Paulus for the second year in a row. Senior Lindsey Spearman won the award for serving, and the Coaches Awards went to Paxton Hatcher for the varsity and Ellie Sargent for the junior varsity.

30th, P. Cooper 32nd, Brown 33rd, Schnippel 35th and Josie Weatherhead 38th. In the 50-fly, E. Cooper was 22nd, P. Cooper 26th, Kara Bertsch 32nd and R. Cooper 34th. Maurer was 35th and Schnippel 36th. Botkins had two girls qualify in the top 24 in E. Cooper and Maurer. Overall, Cooper was 16th and Maurer 17th in the 100 IM. For the boys, Logan Bauer was fifth in the 50 breaststroke, 22nd in the 50 backstroke and ninth

in the 50 fly. It qualified him for the 100 IM, where he placed seventh overall. Teammate Cody Buehler was 51st in the free, 41st in the breaststroke and 36th in the backstroke. Bauer, the state runner-up in diving last year, will compete on Saturday at Ohio State in the Ned Reeb Invitational. All the Trojans will then visit the SidneyShelby County YMCA on Sunday to compete against Lehman and Sidney in a tri-meet.

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Thobe MVP for Lehman volleyball

Maurer placed ninth and Elleah Cooper 10th. Paige Cooper was 34th, Bailey Schnippel 42nd, Kara Bertsch 43rd and Rachel Cooper 45th. In the 50 breaststroke, Elleah Cooper had the top finish, taking sixth, with Maurer finishing 10th, Rachel Cooper 20th, Heather Brown 26th, P. Cooper 32nd, Kaitlin Underwood 40th and Schnippel 50th. In the 50 backstroke, Maurer was the top finisher in 22nd place followed by E. Cooper in

Wake Forest (6-6), 6:40 p.m. (ESPN) Insight Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma (9-3) vs. Iowa (75), 10 p.m. (ESPN) —— Saturday, Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl At Houston Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Northwestern (6-6), Noon (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco UCLA (6-7) vs. Illinois (6-6), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Virginia (8-4) vs. Auburn (75), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) —— Monday, Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl At Dallas Penn State (9-3) vs. Houston (12-1), Noon (ESPNU) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Nebraska (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Georgia (10-3) vs. Michigan State (10-3), 1 p.m. (ABC) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Florida (6-6) vs. OHIO STATE (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN2) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (11-2), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma State (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) —— Tuesday, Jan. 3 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Michigan (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) —— Wednesday, Jan. 4 Orange Bowl At Miami West Virginia (9-3) vs. Clemson (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) —— Friday, Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Kansas State (10-2) vs. Arkansas (10-2), 8 p.m. (FOX) —— Saturday, Jan. 7 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. SMU (7-5), Noon (ESPN) —— Sunday, Jan. 8 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (10-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN) —— Monday, Jan. 9 National Championship At New Orleans LSU (13-0) vs. Alabama (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)


Botkins opened its swimming/diving season by competing in the Troy Pentathlon on Saturday. The meet was held at Trotwood High School. There were ten teams and over 130 swimmers participating. In the pentathlon, each swimmer swims a 50 of each stroke, and the top 24 averages qualify to swim a 100 individual medley at the end of the meet. Seniors Elleah Cooper and Logan Bauer had outstanding meets. In the 50-free, Rachelle


CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals’ most lopsided loss in two years leaves them at a crossroad. A 35-7 drubbing in Pittsburgh on Sunday essentially eliminated Cincinnati from the AFC North race and left the Bengals (7-5) in a crowded field trying to get the second wild card berth. There’s no room for another stumble, let alone a face-first landing like the one in Pittsburgh. “The pressure’s on,” defensive lineman Frostee Rucker said on Monday. “It’s been on since day one. We’re fine. We know what’s at stake.” Everything was at stake on Sunday for the AFC North race. The upstart Bengals counted it as their best test of the season. They played by far their worst game of the season, a clunker that ranks among the worst in their Ohio River rivalry. They hadn’t lost by so much since a 37-0 drubbing by the Jets in the final regular-season game of 2009, when they rested a lot of their regulars to get ready for the playoffs. There was a lot of resting in this one, too, but it had nothing to do with getting ready for the playoffs. Both teams rested some of their starters in the fourth quarter, with Pittsburgh in control at 35-7. The loss pushed the Bengals two games behind Baltimore and Pittsburgh — both 9-3 — with four to play, leaving the division title up to those two teams. The one that finishes second is in line for a wild card. “We knew there was a sense of urgency going in there playing a big division game,” Rucker said. “But we’ve got to move on.” Can they?

College Football Bowl Glance The Associated Press Subject to Change All Times EST Saturday, Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Wyoming (8-4) vs. Temple (8-4), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Utah State (7-5) vs. Ohio (94), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) vs. San Diego State (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN) —— Tuesday, Dec. 20 Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Marshall (6-6) vs. FIU (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) —— Wednesday, Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego TCU (10-2) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) —— Thursday, Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl At Las Vegas Boise State (11-1) vs. Arizona State (6-6), 8 p.m. (ESPN) —— Saturday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Nevada (7-5) vs. Southern Mississippi (11-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) —— Monday, Dec. 26 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. North Carolina (7-5) vs. Missouri (7-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN2) —— Tuesday, Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Western Michigan (7-5) vs. Purdue (6-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina State (7-5) vs. Louisville (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN) —— Wednesday, Dec. 28 Military Bowl At Washington Air Force (7-5) vs. Toledo (84), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Texas (7-5) vs. California (75), 8 p.m. (ESPN) —— Thursday, Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Florida State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN) —— Friday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Dallas Tulsa (8-4) vs. BYU (9-3), Noon (ESPN) Pinstripe Bowl At Bronx, N.Y. Rutgers (8-4) vs. Iowa State (6-6), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi State (6-6) vs.


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Browns prep for Steelers BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Quarterback Colt McCoy used the handrail as he gingerly walked down the steps Monday, the lingering result of a weekend encounter with

AP Photo/Amy Sancetta

CLEVELAND BROWNS quarterback Colt McCoy (12) heads to the sideline after not converting on third down against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday in Cleveland. The Ravens lost the game 24-10. Baltimore’s merciless defense. McCoy’s right knee is sprained. The Browns, on the other hand, appear broken. One day after being flattened by the Ravens, who rushed for 290 yards in a 24-10 thumping of Cleveland that wasn’t nearly that close, the Browns (4-8) began assessing the extensive damage from a defeat at the hands one of the AFC North’s co-leaders. There’s little time for review. The Pittsburgh Steelers, undoubtedly smelling brown and orange blood in the water, are next — on Thursday. “It’s quick,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said of the short turnaround. It won’t be painless. “It’s going to be real tough,” cornerback Sheldon Brown said. “Both are physical football teams and you know they’re going to have a physical presence throughout the contest.” Shurmur did not sugar coat Sunday’s rout, which dropped the Browns to 3-18 inside their division the past three years and prompted wide receiver Josh Cribbs to conclude that there’s “a big gap” in talent between Cleveland and the North’s top teams. That already may have been evident, but the drubbing may have left a collective mark on the Browns’ organization and fans. The Browns couldn’t stop the run, and they couldn’t run it themselves. They dropped five more passes, increasing their league-leading total to 35. And, they once again had a special teams breakdown as Baltimore’s Lardarius Webb returned a punt 68 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter to put the Browns out of their misery. Still, Shurmur insisted he believes his young team is growing, and he’s determined to help them develop. “It’s just like everything you do, you just keep plugging ahead,

and this thing will turn when we least expect it,” he said during his weekly news conference. “We just keep pushing, you just keep pushing.” Shurmur noticed there were some among the assembled media doubting his message to Browns fans. “I saw eyes roll in here, so I can tell that that maybe doesn’t sink in real well,” he said. “But I will say this, all you do is keep pushing. And I don’t have the memory of what’s happened before. I do know this, though, I’ve been around teams that have won and have built winners, so I think you just be patient.” That’s easy for Shurmur to say. He’s been in town for less than a year while Clevelanders have had to endure more than a decade of dreadful football. With Sunday’s loss, the Browns fell to 14-43 inside their division, and unless something miraculous happens over the next few weeks, the club is destined for its 10th season with double-digit losses since 1999. After playing at Pittsburgh this week, the Browns will visit Arizona before concluding the season with back-toback games against the Ravens and Steelers ‚Äî a brutal doubleheader and no way for anyone to spend the holidays. Away from the microphones and cameras, Shurmur may fear the worst. But publicly he’s putting on a brave front. “I’m still excited to lead these guys and help pull through what it takes to win games,” he said. “I’m excited and energized by the challenge that we have ahead. I’m not discouraged — not one bit.” There’s a chance the Browns may have to face the Steelers without McCoy, who was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. was McCoy backpedaling to throw a screen pass when he was hit low by Ravens defensive end Arthur Rhodes. McCoy fell awkwardly, and for a moment, appeared to be in bad shape. He limped to the sideline, but only missed one play before coming back and finishing the game. Shurmur said McCoy does not have any structural damage and believes he will be able to play against the Steelers. “He’s probably just sore,” Shurmur said. And he has every right to be mad at a few of his teammates. McCoy, who is 0-7 in games against division opponents, isn’t getting much help from his receivers. They can’t hang on to the ball, and the biggest offender is rookie wide receiver Greg Little, who has had six drops in the past two weeks and has 11 this season. “You can’t drop balls,” Shurmur said, repeating himself several times. “You just can’t do it, especially when they’re catchable.” The drops aren’t helping McCoy’s chances of keeping his job beyond the next four weeks. The Browns are using these final games to complete their evaluation of the second-year QB and decide whether to bring him back as their starter or maybe use one of their two first-round draft picks on a quarterback.

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SCOREBOARD 8. Xavier . . . . . . . . 6-0 1,133 11 9. UConn . . . . . . . . . 7-1 1,120 8 10. Missouri . . . . . . 7-0 1,009 13 High school 11. Marquette . . . . . 7-0 982 16 12. Florida. . . . . . . . 5-2 923 10 High school sports 13. Kansas. . . . . . . . 5-2 833 15 TONIGHT 9 14. Wisconsin . . . . . 6-2 665 Girls basketball 15. Pittsburgh . . . . . 7-1 660 17 Vandalia at Sidney 16. Alabama . . . . . . 7-1 635 12 —— 17. Mississippi St. . 8-1 493 21 THURSDAY 18. Georgetown . . . . 7-1 491 — Girls basketball 19. Creighton . . . . . 7-0 352 — Botkins at Russia 20. Michigan . . . . . . 6-2 312 14 St. Henry at New Knoxville 21. Memphis . . . . . . 4-2 216 22 Riverside at Fairbanks 22. Texas A&M . . . . 6-1 199 25 Marion Local at Minster 23. Gonzaga . . . . . . 5-1 197 19 Parkway at Versailles New Bremen at Fort Recovery 24. Illinois . . . . . . . . 8-0 193 — 25. Harvard. . . . . . . 8-0 191 — Jackson Center at Houston Others receiving votes: Anna at Fairlawn UNLV 188, Vanderbilt 141, MichiBowling gan St. 135, San Diego St. 50, VirSidney at West Carrollton ginia 26, Saint Louis 25, Stanford —— 23, Purdue 12, California 11, FRIDAY Cleveland St. 9, Florida St. 7, Boys basketball Kansas St. 6, Arizona 5, Indiana 4, Sidney at Troy Christian Academy at Grand Murray St. 2, N. Iowa 2, Oregon St. 2, UC Santa Barbara 1. Lake Christian —— Waynesfield at New Knoxville USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll Lima Catholic at New Bremen Record Pts Pvs Houston at Botkins 1 1. Kentucky (19) . . . 8-0 763 Fairlawn at Jackson Center 2. Ohio State (11) . 8-0 754 2 Fort Loramie at Anna 3. Syracuse (1) . . . . 8-0 713 3 Girls basketball 6 4. Louisville. . . . . . . 7-0 654 Christian Academy at Grand 4 5. Duke . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 611 Lake Christian 6. North Carolina . . 6-2 594 5 Wrestling 8 7. Baylor . . . . . . . . . 7-0 582 Versailles at Indian Lake 8. Xavier . . . . . . . . 6-0 538 11 —— 9. Connecticut . . . . . 7-1 533 10 SATURDAY 10. Missouri . . . . . . 7-0 511 13 Girls basketball 11. Marquette . . . . . 7-0 468 16 Wayne at Sidney 12. Florida. . . . . . . . 5-2 419 9 Russia at Fort Loramie 13. Kansas. . . . . . . . 5-2 385 14 Riverside at Jackson Center 14. Pittsburgh . . . . . 7-1 359 17 Versailles at Arcanum 15. Alabama . . . . . . 7-1 326 12 Boys basketball 16. Wisconsin . . . . . 6-2 306 7 Newton at Lehman 17. Creighton . . . . . 7-0 222 22 Minster at Russia 18. Mississippi State8-1 208 24 New Knoxville at Anna 19. Michigan . . . . . . 6-2 164 15 Jackson Center at Riverside 20. Memphis . . . . . . 4-2 154 21 Versailles at Covington 21. Georgetown . . . . 7-1 136 — Fort Loramie at St. Henry 96 — 22. Illinois . . . . . . . . 8-0 Mississinawa at Fairlawn 22. Gonzaga . . . . . . 5-1 96 18 Bowling 24. Harvard. . . . . . . 8-0 95 — Sidney at Ohio Classic 79 — 25. Texas A&M . . . . 6-1 Wrestling Others receiving votes: Sidney at London Inv. UNLV 62, Vanderbilt 61, California Lehman at Lancer Inv. 32, San Diego State 30, Michigan Swimming/diving State 29, Indiana 23, Saint Louis Alter at Sidney 18, Murray State 8, Northwestern St. Marys, Fort Recovery vs. 8, Stanford 7, Kansas State 4, PurNew Bremen due 4, Saint Mary's 4, Virginia 4, —— Cincinnati 3, Cleveland State 3, SUNDAY Washington 3, Arizona 2, Tulane 2, Swimming/diving George Mason 1, Northern Iowa 1. Botkins, Lehman at Sidney —— The Women's Top Twenty Five ASKETBALL Record Pts Prv 1 1. Baylor (39) . . . . . 8-0 975 College rankings 2. UConn . . . . . . . . . 7-0 928 2 3. Notre Dame. . . . . 7-1 895 3 The Top Twenty Five 5 4. Stanford . . . . . . . 6-1 855 The Associated Press 6 5. Maryland. . . . . . . 9-0 792 The top 25 teams in The Associ6. Duke . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 750 7 ated Press' college basketball poll, 8 7. Tennessee . . . . . . 4-2 729 with first-place votes in parenthe8. Texas A&M . . . . . 6-1 698 4 ses, records through Dec. 4, total 9 9. Miami . . . . . . . . . 6-1 671 points based on 25 points for a first10. Kentucky. . . . . . 8-0 597 12 place vote through one point for a 11. Rutgers . . . . . . . 8-0 595 11 25th-place vote and previous rank12. Purdue. . . . . . . . 7-1 554 13 ing: 13. Ohio St. . . . . . . 7-0 449 17 Record Pts Prv 14. Georgia . . . . . . . 7-1 430 15 1 1. Kentucky (47) . . . 8-0 1,606 15. Louisville. . . . . . 7-2 428 10 2. Ohio St. (18) . . . 8-0 1,575 2 16. Texas Tech. . . . . 7-0 395 19 4 3. Syracuse . . . . . . . 8-0 1,491 17. Penn St.. . . . . . . 6-2 324 16 5 4. North Carolina . . 6-2 1,328 18. North Carolina . 5-1 287 14 6 5. Louisville. . . . . . . 7-0 1,325 19. Georgetown . . . . 7-2 267 20 7 6. Baylor . . . . . . . . . 7-0 1,283 20. DePaul. . . . . . . . 6-1 211 22 7. Duke . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 1,264 3 21. Green Bay . . . . . 7-0 194 23



22. Delaware . . . . . . 6-0 156 24 23. Vanderbilt . . . . . 9-0 155 25 24. Oklahoma . . . . . 3-2 154 18 87 21 25. Texas . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Others receiving votes: Michigan 17, Nebraska 14, Southern Cal 13, LSU 12, Florida St. 9, Virginia 9, California 8, Arkansas 5, Arizona St. 3, Tulane 3, Georgia Tech 2, Gonzaga 2, Northwestern 2.

High school Tuesday's Scores The Associated Press Boys Basketball Beavercreek 59, Troy 41 Bellefontaine 55, Sidney 41 Cin. Mariemont 52, Batavia 47 Cin. Sycamore 46, Milford 44 Cin. Winton Woods 59, St. Bernard Roger Bacon 53 Day. Carroll 49, W. Carrollton 45 Day. Meadowdale 72, Day. Christian 57 E. Cle. Shaw 64, Green 55 Fairfield 46, Cin. St. Xavier 36 Findlay 65, Bowling Green 47 Franklin 88, Day. Oakwood 33 Garfield Hts. Trinity 68, Brooklyn 48 Hamilton Ross 76, N. Bend Taylor 44 Middletown Fenwick 60, Oxford Talawanda 28 Milford Center Fairbanks 64, Bellefontaine Benjamin Logan 43 New Concord John Glenn 54, Crooksville 38 Norwood 67, Cin. Deer Park 45 Piqua 50, Tipp City 46 Spring. NW 54, S. Charleston SE 47 St. Paris Graham 44, W. Liberty-Salem 28 W. Chester Lakota W. 56, Cin. Oak Hills 47 —— Girls basketball Tuesday’s scores 64, Cin. Cin. Sycamore McAuley 48 Delphos St. John's 44, Van Wert 37 Hilliard Darby 39, Worthington Kilbourne 37 Middletown 41, Monroe 39 Milton-Union 56, Twin Valley S. 33 New Madison Tri-Village 53, Houston 37 Xenia Christian 60, Day. Stivers 48

FOOTBALL College rankings AP Top 25, FBC The Associated Press The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 3, total points based on 25 points for a firstplace vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. LSU (60) . . . . . . . 13-0 1,500 1 2 2. Alabama . . . . . . . 11-1 1,418 3. Oklahoma St. . . . 11-1 1,400 3 4 4. Stanford . . . . . . . 11-1 1,283 9 5. Southern Cal . . . 10-2 1,179 8 6. Oregon . . . . . . . . 11-2 1,170 6 7. Arkansas . . . . . . 10-2 1,148 8. Boise St. . . . . . . . 11-1 1,107 9 9. Wisconsin . . . . . . 11-2 1,038 15 10. South Carolina. 10-2 946 14

11. Kansas St. . . . . 10-2 829 16 12. Michigan St.. . . 10-3 733 11 13. Michigan . . . . . 10-2 707 17 14. Clemson . . . . . . 10-3 663 21 15. Baylor . . . . . . . . 9-3 656 19 16. TCU . . . . . . . . . 10-2 632 18 5 17. Virginia Tech . . 11-2 591 18. Georgia. . . . . . . 10-3 566 12 19. Oklahoma . . . . . 9-3 386 13 20. Houston . . . . . . 12-1 370 7 21. Nebraska. . . . . . 9-3 363 20 22. Southern Miss.. 11-2 336 24 23. West Virginia . . 9-3 199 22 24. Penn St.. . . . . . . 9-3 129 23 49 25 25. Florida St. . . . . . 8-4 Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 23, Cincinnati 22, Arkansas St. 18, BYU 12, Georgia Tech 7, N. Illinois 7, Missouri 5, Virginia 5, Tulsa 2, Louisville 1. —— USA Today Top 25 Poll Record Pts Pvs 1. LSU (59) . . . . . . . 13-0 1,475 1 2. Alabama . . . . . . . 11-1 1,399 2 5 3. Oklahoma State. 11-1 1,367 4 4. Stanford . . . . . . . 11-1 1,286 5. Oregon . . . . . . . . 11-2 1,232 7 8 6. Boise State . . . . . 11-1 1,128 7. Arkansas . . . . . . 10-2 1,112 10 8. Wisconsin . . . . . . 11-2 1,085 12 9. South Carolina. . 10-2 971 13 10. Kansas State . . 10-2 878 15 3 11. Virginia Tech . . 11-2 835 12. Michigan . . . . . 10-2 789 16 9 13. Michigan State 10-3 735 14. Clemson . . . . . . 10-3 657 21 15. TCU . . . . . . . . . 10-2 631 17 16. Baylor . . . . . . . . 9-3 599 18 6 17. Houston . . . . . . 12-1 542 18. Georgia. . . . . . . 10-3 538 14 19. Oklahoma . . . . . 9-3 437 11 20. Nebraska. . . . . . 9-3 402 19 21. Southern Miss . 11-2 366 23 22. West Virginia . . 9-3 278 20 23. Penn State. . . . . 9-3 189 22 94 25 24. Cincinnati . . . . . 9-3 25. Florida State . . . 8-4 68 24 Others receiving votes: Brigham Young 20; Northern Illinois 14; Missouri 11; Georgia Tech 10; Arkansas State 9; Notre Dame 9; Virginia 5; Louisiana Tech 2; Rutgers 1; Texas 1. —— Harris Top 25 Record Pts Pvs 1 1. LSU (115) . . . . . . 13-0 2,875 2. Alabama . . . . . . . 11-1 2,723 2 3. Oklahoma State. 11-1 2,654 5 3 4. Stanford . . . . . . . 11-1 2,504 5. Oregon . . . . . . . . 11-2 2,372 7 6. Boise State . . . . . 11-1 2,236 8 9 7. Arkansas . . . . . . 10-2 2,163 8. Wisconsin . . . . . . 11-2 2,060 13 9. South Carolina. . 10-2 1,833 14 10. Kansas State . . 10-2 1,733 15 4 11. Virginia Tech . . 11-2 1,498 12. Michigan . . . . . 10-2 1,447 16 13. Michigan State 10-3 1,428 11 14. Clemson . . . . . . 10-3 1,351 20 15. TCU . . . . . . . . . 10-2 1,245 17 16. Baylor . . . . . . . . 9-3 1,228 18 6 17. Houston . . . . . . 12-1 1,132 18. Georgia. . . . . . . 10-3 1,095 12 19. Oklahoma . . . . . 9-3 933 10 20. Nebraska. . . . . . 9-3 717 19 21. Southern Miss . 11-2 711 23 22. West Virginia . . 9-3 522 21 23. Penn State. . . . . 9-3 383 22 24. Cincinnati. . . . 9-3 172 NR 25. Florida State . . . 8-4 130 24 teams receiving Other votes: BYU 45; Notre Dame 43; Georgia Tech 35; Arkansas State 22; Northern Illinois 22; Auburn 15; Virginia 13; Missouri 12; Louisiana Tech 6; Louisville 6; Texas 6; Rutgers 4; Tulsa 1.



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Fewer traffic crashes noted last year in Shelby County BY TOM BARNETT

“Enforcement slows folks down and we find they’re using more designated drivA two-year trend toward ers,” Lenhart said, “but I befewer alcohol-related traffic lieve the biggest factor is the crashes continued in Shelby high price of fuel. Traveling No. of No. of No. of AlcoholCounty in 2010, statistics the interstates, most drivers from the Ohio Department are driving the speed limit. crashes injured deaths related of Public Safety confirm. Before, at 65 mph, they were There were 45 alcohol-recrashes just whizzing by.” lated crashes in 2010 comData from area counties 407 5 45 1,343 pared to 52 in 2009. includes: Drunken-driving crashes in • Auglaize: 1,065 crashes 1,065 339 6 46 2008 totaled 60. with six fatalities and 46 inTotal crashes in the juries; 46 alcohol-related county also decreased. There crashes. 793 263 4 48 were 1,343 accidents coun• Champaign: 793 tywide in 2010, compared to crashes with four fatalities 398 7 70 1,252 1,408 in 2009. Traffic deaths and 363 injuries; 48 alcoholdecreased from six to five. related crashes. 373 16 70 1,386 Sheriff John Lenhart said • Darke: 1,252 crashes the Sheriff’s Office investiwith seven fatalities and 827 335 8 34 gated 398 accidents in 2010, 398 injuries; 70 alcohol-reresulting in 97 injuries, four lated. 702 10 125 2,635 of them fatal, and only one • Logan: 1,386 crashes crash was alcohol-related. with 16 fatalities and 373 Source: Ohio Department of Public Safety There were eight entrapinjuries; 70 alcohol-related. ments and five people were • Mercer: 827 crashes ejected in 2010 county with eight fatalities and 335 as of Dec. 1. a $46,286 traffic safety driving and aggressive driv- injuries; 34 alcohol-related. crashes. Efforts to reduce alcohol, grant received in 2010 to ing, the sheriff said. A grant Lenhart said, however, • Miami: 2,636 crashes drug or distracted-driving pay for enforcement officers’ of $36,485 has been received with 10 fatalities and 702 deputies have investigated eight fatal accidents in 2011 crashes have benefited from overtime targeting drunken for 2011. injuries; 125 alcohol-related.

2010 county traffic crashes

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Traffic statistics for villages reported The following information about traffic crashes in area villages is provided by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The information includes the name of the village, its U.S. Census population figure, number of crashes, number of deaths and number of injuries. There were no traffic fatalities in any of the 12 area villages. • Anna — 1,319; 14 crashes; three injuries. • Botkins — 1,205; nine crashes; three injuries. • DeGraff — 1,212; 12 crashes; three injuries. • Fort Loramie — 1,344; four crashes; one injury. • Jackson Township (includes Jackson Center) — 2,346; 23 crashes; 19 injuries. • Minster — 2,794; 38 crashes; two injuries. • New Bremen — 2,909; 34 crashes; 10 injuries. • New Knoxville — 891; one crash; no injuries. • Port Jefferson — 321; three crashes; two injuries. • Quincy — 734; one crash; no injuries. • Russia — 551; three crashes; one injury. • Versailles — 2,589; three crashes; three injuries.

Economy, fuel prices cited in decline of auto crashes BY TOM BARNETT

crashes with 142 injuries and two deaths, according to police records. Sidney recorded 678 traffic Statistics compiled by the accidents in 2010, resulting Ohio Department of Public in 118 injuries and two fatali- Safety vary from the Sidney ties. Officers issued 468 traf- Police Department’s. Accordfic citations, according to ing to the state, the city had a Sidney Police Department total of 577 crashes in 2010, records. with 154 injuries. There were Police made a total of 88 two deaths and 22 alcohol-realcohol-related arrests during lated crashes. The state’s the year, but Police Chief 2009 stats for Sidney were Kevin Gessler said the figure 600 crashes, 142 injuries, no includes all alcohol-related deaths and 20 alcohol-related arrests made by the departcrashes. ment, “not just ones related Both 2010 fatal accidents to traffic accidents.” involved motorcycles in In 2009, there were 698 which the operator was killed and one crash involved alcohol. “The trend from last year QUESTION OF THE WEEK is rather constant,” the chief said, “but over the past five years the frequency of accidents is down.” Gessler said he believes economic conditions and inTo participate, visit the site at creases in fuel prices are tors in the downturn in the This week’s question: frequency of accidents. Who will be the Republican nom“But there are still too inee for president? many accidents attributable Results of last week’s to distracted drivers,” he said. poll: How much do you ex“Cell phones and texting and pect to spend on this year’s other inattention-to-driving holiday shopping? issues are the problem. We need to pay more attention to More .........................12% our driving.” Less..........................50% In a presentation to Sidney About the same ........38% City Council earlier this year,

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Gessler had listed three main types of distractions: visualtaking eyes off the road; manual-taking hands off the wheel; and cognitive-taking your mind off what you’re doing. “While all distractions can endanger driver safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction,” he said. Gessler said police have worked with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol in enforcement efforts. Data from area cities includes: • Bellefontaine: 339 crashes with 61 injuries and no deaths; 21 alcohol-related crashes. • Greenville: 320 crashes with 89 injuries and no deaths; 11 alcohol-related crashes. • Piqua: 492 crashes with 129 injuries and one death; 24 alcohol-related crashes. • St. Marys: 162 crashes with 40 injuries and no deaths; four alcohol-related crashes. • Troy: 644 crashes with 152 injuries and one death; 24 alcohol-related crashes. • Wapakoneta: 161 crashes with 32 injuries and one death; five alcohol-related crashes.

Crashes increase statewide in 2010 There were 300,164 total traffic accidents in Ohio in 2010, an increase of 1,518 over 2009, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Public Safety. There were 298,646 traffic crashes in 2009. Deaths rose moderately, with 1,080 killed in 985 accidents compared to 1,022 in 2009. Fatal crashes involving alcohol remained about the same, with close to 40 percent alcohol-related crashes in 2010 compared to 38 percent in 2009. Statewide, law enforcement agencies continue to focus on reducing the number of alco-

hol-related fatal crashes. There were 74,427 injury crashes in 2010 and 221,597 property-damage-only crashes. Nonfatal injuries totaled 108,758. A total of 498,186 drivers were involved in 2010 crashes and 12,904 crashes involved alcohol-impaired drivers. There were 324,616 passenger vehicles involved in 2010 crashes, 87,804 of them SUVs. Also figuring in 2010 traffic crashes were 82,669 trucks, 9,793 heavy trucks and 4,559 motorcycles. A total of 431 people were killed in 13,037 alcohol-related crashes that also injured 7,714.

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Business opens new location BY PATRICIA ANN “We’ve been in busiSPEELMAN ness more than 20 years,” said Janie Pohlman. “We had an ofPiles of lumber and a fice on Dingman-Slagle new concrete slab at the Road. Now we have an site of the former Cooper office, a mechanical shop Auto Sales at 935 N. and a storage building in Vandemark Road indi- St. Marys.” cate new business activJim Pohlman, presiity there. dent of the firm, said Pohlkat Inc., a com- that the business gets pany that specializes in contract work from muthe beneficial use of nicipalities and induswaste water and lime tries throughout Ohio. products, has opened an “We haul water treatoffice there and is build- ment and waste water ing a storage facility. treatment residuals,”

he said. The company cleans lagoons and ponds of lime, and transports the lime to farms where Pohlkat Inc. spreads it on fields to balance acidic soils. “We take it out of the water and put it on the fields,” Jim said. “You can’t stockpile lime. It’s called ‘dumping.’ Cities have to file a sludgemanagement plan with the Environmental Protection Agency.” Farmers do not pay

for the lime. Jim said they “find us by word of mouth.” “We serve the city and the farm,” Janie said. According to the firm’s website,, it offers bio-solid solutions, spent lime solutions, and lagoon and pond solutions, including municipal and industrial removal and disposal, digester cleaning, tank cleaning, cake and liquid lime removal and disposal, and silt removal.

Banas joins Realty 2000 Group Robin Banas, a career real estate agent, h a s joined Realty 2 0 0 0 G r o u p Inc. Banas is involved in local and Banas state real estate boards. She is the 2011 Midwestern Ohio Association of Realtors president and serves on the board for the Ohio Association of Realtors. She

pursues legislation that encourages and promotes rights of home ownership. “The economy has made purchasing and selling a home a more tedious venture than it was previously, it is my intention to provide my buyers and sellers with options that meet the challenges they may face. Real estate is a many-faceted business; people need an agent who is informed, knowledgeable and current with today’s market. I feel I am that agent,”

Banas said. In addition to providing her clients with the most current real estate practices, Banas is an accredited home staging specialist and can assist clients in the sale of their homes by professionally doing a staging and styling makeover. Banas provides this free to sellers who welcome the service. “Buyers have options in today’s market — you want to make sure your home stands out. Studies show staged

homes sell faster and for more money,” Banas said. She has more than 20 years experience in the field and is also an expert at organization. Realty 2000 Group is a locally owned and operated real estate company. Realty 2000 Group is located in the Courtview Center, 100 S. Main Ave., Suite 101. For more information visit the website at www.realty2000group.c om or call 492-8055. Banas may be reached at 726-6084.

State launches InvestOhio for small business job creation

Anna graduate appointed TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Daniel S. Anderson, a 1977 graduate of Anna High School, has been appointed the new director of the Division of Insurance Fraud in Florida. A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration and an expert in global criminal investigations, Anderson will begin his new duties next month. He is a 1981 graduate of Tiffin University with a degree in criminal justice and received a master’s degree in education in 1994 from the University of Virginia. He began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a police officer in Broward County, Fla., and joined the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1986 as a special agent where he has served until his current appointment as Division of Insurance Fraud director. Anderson will be responsible for supervising 155 sworn law enforcement officers, managers and administrators, and 48 non-sworn civilian support staff members.

expected to generate $1 billion in new investments in Ohio small businesses. “Valuable capital has been sitting on the sidelines far too long and InvestOhio helps get these dollars into the game to help Ohio’s small businesses take advantage of the emerging economic recovery,” said Christiane Schmenk, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “Governor Kasich and his team are pursuing innovative jobs-creation strategies like InvestO-

hio to recreate a jobsfriendly climate that will help get Ohio moving again in the right direction.” InvestOhio encourages investments of up to $10 million in eligible small businesses in exchange for a 10 percent income tax credit for investments held for two years. Eligible small businesses must have less than $50 million in assets or less than $10 million in annual sales. Pre-registration for InvestOhio began on Nov. 14 to allow in-

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Terry DeVelvis, of Sidney, has announced a grand opening Friday for his new lounge in Sidney, but it will be a grand opening for a place without a name. “I’ve been kicking around a name for a while, but I’m not telling anyone what it is until I’m sure that’s it,” he said recently. The lounge, at 111 Ohio Ave., is known informally as “the bar next to Lee’s Chinese,” DeVelvis said. It has been open for several months, but he has just completed a performance area at the rear of

the establishment — reason enough to celebrate a grand opening Friday. In honor of the occasion, the bluegrass band, Night Flyer, will perform beginning at 9 p.m. Opening acts were still to be arranged at press time. The stage area seats about 50 people. “The whole place holds 98,” DeVelvis said. There is a small dance floor and he books live music most weekends. The lounge without a name is open Monday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

STOCK MARKET Listed are Tuesday’s stock market prices at closing for firms in the Sidney-Shelby County area traded on the major markets. NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE This Chng. Week Alcoa Inc...............9.92 -0.08 (PF of Alcoa Building Products, Stolle Machinery) -0.11 Appld Ind. Tech..34.68 -0.01 BP PLC ADR......43.56 Citigroup ............29.75 -0.08 Emerson Elec. ....51.97 -0.16 (PF of Copeland Corp. Division) +0.13 Griffon Corp. ........9.31 (PF of Clopay Corp.) +0.24 H&R Block Inc...15.13 +0.03 Honda Motor .....31.66 +0.16 Ill. Toolworks .....47.19 (Parent company of Peerless) JC Penney Co.....33.30 -0.22 (Store in Piqua) -0.28 JP Morgan Chase33.23 (Former Bank One, Sidney) +0.04 Kroger Co. ..........23.72 (PF of Kroger) -0.16 Meritor .................5.98

NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE This Week Chng. -1.10 Lear Corp ...........41.34 (PF of C.H. Masland) +0.66 McDonalds Corp.96.01 -0.16 Radio Shack .......11.20 Sherwin-Wllms ..86.30 +0.70 -0.04 Sprint ...................2.61 -0.02 Thor Industries..23.89 (PF of Airstream Inc.) Time Warner Inc.34.72 +0.15 (PF of Time Warner Cable) +0.27 U.S. Bancorp ......26.21 (Former Star Bank of Sidney) Walgreen Co.......34.01 -0.36 Walmart Stores .58.78 +0.44 +0.21 Wendy’s Int. Inc. ..5.31 +0.24 YUM! Brands.....57.33 (PF of Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut) OVER THE COUNTER +0.10 Bob Evans ..........33.19 -0.24 Fifth Third ........12.32 Peoples Bank .......8.05 -0.65

A - Refers to Affiliated With PF - Refers to Parent Firm Closing Dow Jones Industrial Averages: This Week: 12,150.13 Change: +52.30 (Quotes courtesy of the Sidney offices of Edward Jones, Erroll Broud, Vance Stewart, Danielle Gilroy-Sielschott and DiAnne Karas, registered investment advisers.)

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Part-Time 2nd and 3rd Shift Positions Available Piqua Manor is seeking team oriented, professional, caring Nursing Assistants to be a part of our team. We offer: ✔Perfect Attendance Program ✔Weekend and Shift Differentials ✔FREE Meals ✔FREE Uniforms ✔401K Program ✔Affordable Health, Vision and Dental Insurances ✔Paid vacation, Double Time Pay for Holidays If interested, please stop by and fill out an application or call:


IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Mig Welders/ Fabricators, CNC Operator, Manufacturing Engineer, Assemblers, Construction. Valid DL & HSD/ GED required, pass background check. BarryStaff (937)726-6909 or (937)381-0058 EOE

TravelCenters of America in Wapakoneta is now hiring experienced diesel mechanics and service techs. We offer flexible schedules with openings on all shifts. Please apply in our shop department @ 1775 Bellefontaine St Wapakoneta, OH

Jenni Bauman FULL-TIME GENERAL LABORER Steel machining shop in need of full-time general laborer for first shift. Hours are MondayFriday 7:30am - 4pm Please send resume/ application with references to: Dayton Superior Products 1370 Lytle Road Troy, OH 45373

No phone calls please


Piqua Manor 1840 West High St Piqua, OH 45356


Phone: (937)773-0040

Need a full time job? Jobs being filled in: • PIQUA • SIDNEY • GREENVILLE


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CNC MACHINISTS Crane Pumps & Systems has multiple openings for CNC Machinists on 2nd shift.

SIDNEY WALKING ROUTES Walking Routes Deliver Newspapers: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

s a m t s i r h C t s r i F s ’ Baby e Memory of Your

ANY AGE welcome to apply! SDN1022 – 16 papers East Ave, Kossuth St, N Miami Ave

SDN1002 – 22 papers Canal St, East Ave, N Main Ave, Shelby St, Washington St, E North St

FAX: (937)615-3561 EMAIL: aoverman@

Jason at 937-498-5934 Bailey Louise Hamblin Love, Daddy, Mommy, Grandpa and Grandma

If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message with your name, address, phone number and SDNM number that you are interested in. Your phone call will be returned in the order in which it is received.



MOTOR ROUTES Motor routes are delivered Saturdays, Holidays and on an as needed basis by independent contractors.

Meyer Electric is now accepting applications Send resumes to: P.O. Box 521, Sidney or stop in at: 837 St. Marys Avenue for applications

REQUIRES: Reliable transportation, working phone and state minimum insurance is required. You must also be at least 18 years of age. 2221942

Sidney Daily News Attn: Baby’s First Christmas PO Box 4099, Sidney, Ohio 45365

Send resume including salary history to: Crane Pumps & Systems, Inc. Attn: Ashley Overman 420 Third Street Piqua, OH 45356

If interested, please contact:

November 11, 2010

Twins are handled as two (2) separate photos

Competitive wage and benefit package including 401(k).

SDN2092 – 23 papers Dartmouth St, Doorley Rd, Purdue Ave, University Dr


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t Christma aily call on D a u iq P Baby’s Firs d s an Daily New y ro T , s w e N r 19, 2011 Merry Christmas e b m e c e D 11 Monday, mber 9, 20 e c e D , y a d Fri Deadline is


SDN1042 -18 papers Bon Ar Dr, Kossuth St, Norwood Dr, Port Jefferson Rd

Capture th irst Christmas! F iL ttle One’s s will be published in the Sidney Daily

Full Color 1col. x 3” block


Name of Baby: ________________________________________________________ Birth Date: ____________________________________________________________

SDNM150R – 129 papers – Anna, Botkins, Jackson Center Amsterdam Rd, Botkins Rd, Highland Kies Rd, Lochard Rd, Meranda Rd, Pasco Montra Rd, Sidney Freyburg Rd, St Rt 119 East, Wells Rd SDNM170R – 75 papers – Quincy/Maplewood area Ailes Rd, Co Rd 23N, Co Rd 34N, Herring Rd, Linker, Rd, Maplewood Rd, Meranda Rd, St Rt 119, St Rt 47E, St Rt 65, Wise Rd, Wones Rd

Class-A CDL Drivers

SDNM180R – 188 papers - Sidney/Maplewood area Baker Rd, Deweese Rd, Dingman Slagle Rd, Herring Rd, Lefever Rd, Pasco Montra Rd, St Rt 47, Tawawa Maplewood Rd

Regional Runs 2500-3000 mi/wk average Palletized, Truckload, Vans 2 years experience required Health, Dental, Life, 401k Call us today!

170 & 180 can be combined into one big route

Your Name: __________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________ City:_____________________ State:_____ Zip:________ Phone:_________________ J Please mail my photo back to me in the SASE provided. We cannot be responsible for photos lost in the mail. J I will pick up my photo after December 20, 2010.We only hold pictures for 6 months after publication. J Payment Enclosed J Check J Visa/MC J Discover J Cash J Am Express

Credit Card #:__________________________________ Exp. Date:_____________________________________ Your Signature:_________________________________

* There is limited space available for wording in these ads, please choose wording carefully, we reserve the right to cut wording if necessary, ad shown actual size (1x3) above.

SDNM210R – 173 papers – Houston, Russia, Sidney Dawson Rd, Hardin-Wapak Rd, Houston Rd, Johns Rd, Patterson Halpin Rd, Pangeline Rd, Redmond Rd, Smith Rd, St Rt 274, St Rt 48, St Rt 66, Stoker Rd, Wright Puthoff Rd SDNM290R – 66 papers – Sidney/Quincy Champaign Shelby Rd, Miami Shelby Rd, St Rt 29 E, St Rt 589, Tawawa Maplewood Rd, Tawawa St

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REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: 3+ years experience operating and set up of CNC mills and lathes Proficient with CNC Lathes/ Mills, Fanuc/ Okuma controls. Ability to edit and troubleshoot programs Ability to read blueprints and familiar with GD & T

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Diesel Tech Schindewolf Express, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Diesel Tech. Strong computer skills required. Fabrication ability required. Send resume to: 8291 State Route 235 South, Quincy Ohio

1 & 2 BEDROOMS, Botkins, appliances, air, laundry, patio, 1 level, no pets, $ 3 5 0 - $ 4 1 5 , (937)394-7265. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom, appliances, fireplace, secure entry. Water & trash included, garages. (937)498-4747 Carriage Hill Apts.

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1 BEDROOM, large, North end, ca, appliances, garage, lawn care. $395 deposit. (937)489-1222

1 BEDROOM, northend Sidney, appliances, air, some utilities, laundry facility, NO PETS. $365, (937)394-7265 113 EAST Water Street, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 car garage, appliances, no pets, $395 month. Call (937)498-8000. 1390 CAMPBELL, 1/2 double. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 car garage, 5 appliances. $775. (937)497-9749, (937)726-1455. 1520 SPRUCE. 2 bedroom apartment, $420 month, $200 Deposit. Air, laundry, no pets. Call for showing. (937)710-5075

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, spacious duplex, Sidney, appliances, air, laundry hookup, new carpet, no pets, $530, (937)394-7265 3 BEDROOM duplex, 2 baths, 2 car garage, all appliances including washer and dryer. 2471 Apache Drive. $695 + deposit. NO PETS, (937)726-0512. AMHERST COUNTRY VILLAS DECEMBER RENT FREE

2 BEDROOM, 1 bath. $375 per month. Metro accepted. (937)538-0647 2 BEDROOM apartment, Sidney, appliances, air, washer/ dryer hookup, trash paid, no pets, $450, (937)394-7265

2 bedroom appliances, most utilities paid Laundry room on site NO PETS! $495 month (937)489-9921

2 BEDROOM apartments, 413/425 Fairview, Sidney, (by High School), stove, refrigerator, ca, w/d hookup, $450 monthly plus deposit (937)248-4000

ANNA, Large 3 Bedroom duplex, attached garage, no pets Move in Special (937)538-6793

a t n a S Paws Remember your 4-legged or fine-feathered friend in full color this Holiday Season in all three I-75 Newspapers (Sidney Daily News, Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call)!

2 BEDROOM duplex, 1868 Shawnee Drive. Appliances, air, garage, lawncare provided. No pets, $575, (937)295-3325.

COUNTRY SETTING 2 bedroom townhouse. No one above or below! Appliances, washer & dryer, fireplace, garage, water & trash included.


3 BEDROOM, 1.5 bath, electric heat. 1.5 Car garage. 710 S. Miami. $550 month, deposit. Metro accepted. Available 1 2 . 1 9 . 2 0 1 1 . (937)492-0777

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3 BEDROOM, 1.5 bath, garage, central air, new appliances, 12X20 building. No pets. 1527 Cedarbrook, $675 monthly plus deposit. (937)658-1329

DISCOVER PEBBLEBROOK Village of Anna. 2 & 3 Bedroom townhomes & ranches. Garages, appliances, washer & dryer. Close to I-75, Honda, 20 miles from Lima. (937)498-4747

IN SIDNEY, 4 bedroom house, 1.5 baths, basement, $550 month, (937)773-2829 after 2pm. Village West Apts. "Simply the Best"

PIQUA, 2935 Delaware Circle, 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, all appliances, No pets, $880 monthly, 1 year lease, (937)778-0524

FIRST MONTH FREE! 2 bedroom, upstairs, 210.5 Lane. Washer/dryer hookup. No pets! $395, deposit. (937)492-7625

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NO RENT Until February 1st Selected Apartments

JACKSON CENTER, 2 Bedroom, $465, Minster 1 Bedroom $299, no pets, 1 year lease, (419)629-7706

Sycamore Creek Apts.

866-349-8099 NEW DUPLEX, Botkins. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car, gas heat, central air, W/D room, appliances, well insulated, no pets. $750 month, (937)394-7144.

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NICE 2 BEDROOM near downtown. $325. Freshly painted, (937)489-6502. SIDNEY APARTMENT: 1 Bedroom, utilities included. $95 week, $190 deposit. (937)552-7914

WASHER and DRYER, Whirlpool Gold series. 3 Years old, like new, excellent condition! Paid $1600 selling set for $500. (937)552-7786

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Drivers Schindewolf Express, Inc. Hiring Drivers. Class-A- tank endorsement. Clean MVR record. Two years OTR. Must be able to get passport within 60 days. For consideration, send resume to SEI, 8291 ST RT 235 South, Quincy, Oh 43343 or call 937-585-5919.

* Limit of one pet per advertisement

DANCER LOGISTICS Services LLC, 900 Gressel Drive, Delphos, Ohio 45833. Truck Drivers Needed – OTR & Regional Drivers needed – New/ Modern Equipment. We also welcome Owner Operators to apply – Safety Bonus - Health, Dental and Vision benefits offered – Qualifications are a good MVR, Class A CDL and two years OTR experience – Call Shawn at (888)465-6001 ext. 806 for details or apply in person 10am thru 3pm.

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SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE REVISED CODE, SECTION 2329.25 NO. 11CV000355 The State of Ohio, Shelby County CitiMortgage, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Paolina Quafisi aka Paolina T. Quafisi, et al., Defendant In pursuance of an Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, in the second floor lobby of the Courthouse in the above named county, on Wednesday, the 14th day of December, 2011 at 10:00AM the following described real estate, situate in the County of Shelby and State of Ohio, and City of Sidney , to wit: Situate in the City of Sidney, County of Shelby and State of Ohio, and bounded and described as follows: Being Lot Numbered Six Thousand One Hundred Ninety-Three (6193) of the Quafisi Subdivision in the said City of Sidney, in said County and State aforesaid. Said Premises Located at 217 Oak Street, Sidney, OH 45365 Said Premises Appraised at $4,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount. TERMS OF SALE: 10% deposit Charles R. Janes, Attorney John Lenhart, Sheriff Shelby County, Ohio Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7 2236885

SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26 CASE NO. 11CV000089 The State of Ohio, Shelby County. CitiMortgage, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Jessica M. Pearson, Defendants. In pursuant of an Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, at the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Courthouse, in Sidney, in the above named County, on Friday, the 14th day of December, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock A.M., he following described real estate, situate in the County of Shelby and State of Ohio, and in the City of Sidney, to wit: Situated in the State of Ohio, County of Shelby and in the City of Sidney: Being Lot No. Two Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty-Two (2722) in Northlawn Subdivision of Ruth Drive, as the same is platted and recorded in the Recorder’s Office of Shelby County, Ohio, by instrument No. 33336 filed November 4, 1995. Subject to all terms, conditions and restrictions contained in the plat herein above referred to by number, except that no dwelling costing less than Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000) shall be permitted on the above described lot. Said Premises Located at: 440 E. Ruth St., Sidney, OH 45365 Said Premises Appraised at $105,000 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount. Terms of Sale: 10% down day of sale/Waive deposit of 10% if Plaintiff is successful bidder at sale. John R. Lenhart, Sheriff Shelby County, Ohio Erin M. Laurito (SC#0075531) Colette S. Car (SC#0075097) Attorneys for Plaintiff Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7 2236151

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FIREWOOD, $125 a core pick up, $150 a core delivered, $175 a core delivered and stacked (937)308-6334 or (937)719-3237

FIREWOOD, $50 Truckload, delivered, split, seasoned hardwood, (937)596-6544

FIREWOOD for sale. All seasoned hardwood, $150 per cord split/ delivered, (937)844-3756.

SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE REVISED CODE, SECTION 2329.25 NO. 11CV104 The State of Ohio, Shelby County Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Plaintiff vs. Jesse M. James, et al., Defendant In pursuance of an Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, in the second floor lobby of the Courthouse in the above named county, on Wednesday, the 14th day of December, 2011 at 10:00AM the following described real estate, situate in the County of Shelby and State of Ohio, and City of Sidney , to wit: Situate in the City of Sidney, County of Shelby, and State of Ohio: Being Lot Number 2186 in L.R. Wagner's Subdivision in said City, County, and State. Said Premises Located at 890 Spruce Ave, Sidney, OH 45365 Said Premises Appraised at $70,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount. TERMS OF SALE: 10% deposit John Lenhart, Sheriff Shelby County, Ohio Andrew C. Clark, Attorney Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7 2236886

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS SHELBY COUNTY, OHIO LEGAL NOTICE CASE NO. 11CV000365 JUDGE JAMES F. STEVENSON JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintiff vs. Tomas A. Mendiola, et al., Defendants Unknown Heirs (if any) of Thomas A. Mendiola, will take notice that on September 27, 2011, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association filed its Complaint in the Court of Common Pleas, Shelby County, Ohio, Case No. 11CV000365. The object of, and demand for relief in the Complaint is to foreclose the lien of plaintiff’s mortgage recorded upon the real estate described below and in which plaintiff alleges that the foregoing defendants have or claim to have an interest: Parcel number(s): 020-18-26-201-004, 01-18-26-201-004 Property address: 1351 6th Avenue, Sidney, OH 45365 The defendants named above are required to answer the Complaint within twenty-eight (28) days after the last publication of this legal notice. This legal notice will be published once a week for three successive weeks. Dec. 7, 14, 21 2241355


AWESOME DEAL!!! Only 110,500 miles. 3100 motor. All electric. A/C. Runs great! Very clean inside and out. Good gas mileage. NICE CAR!! $4500. (937)726-5605

2002 CHEVY SILVERADO Extended Cab

112K miles, tow package, power windows, power locks, air, CD player, bed liner. $9600. (937)498-4237


GREAT condition. 80,000 miles- mostly highway, recently detailed inside and out. Non-smoker and no accidents. All scheduled maintenance performed, $12,500. Call (937)773-2694 ask for Jennie

U-Cut Wreaths, Grave Blankets, Roping & Crafts also available Weekdays 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Noon-5 p.m.

TELEVISION, 36" Toshiba, picture in picture. Includes stand. $200. (937)778-0906

LEGAL NOTICE The Fort Loramie Local School District Board of Education hereby gives public notice that the financial reports of the district for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, are available for review at the office of the Treasurer, 575 Greenback Road, Fort Loramie, Ohio, during normal business hours. Dec. 7 2241396

LEGAL NOTICE The Shelby County Educational Service Center will hold a public hearing at 4:00 p.m., January 11, 2012, at the offices of the Shelby County Educational Service Center, located at 129 E. Court St. Sidney, regarding a retired guidance counselor seeking re-employment. Dec. 7

None Fresher than FULTONS! FREE Horse drawn wagon rides on weekends! You Cut Your Own. We provide saws, shake and net wrap

Nov. 23 - Dec. 23 10am-5pm Closed Thanksgiving

Our trees have been irrigated through the summer Market Open Fri, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm Enter South Cafe side St. Rt. 202 • SE of Troy, NE of Tipp City


AQUARIUM, 29 gallon, oak trim. Includes 30" oak trim deluxe hood, 29 gallon deluxe oak stand. All for $100. (937)552-7786

ADULT MOVIES, still in factory seal, great selection, $4 each. Call (567)356-0272.

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AMERICAN GIRL doll motor scooter, with horn, light, matching helmet, fits most American Girl dolls, like new $60, (937)623-9052 CHRISTMAS TREE 7 foot (GE Monroe) lighted with 550 multi colored lights. Dimensions 45"X15"X12" $25. (937)498-9822

SPA Hot Springs Sovereign Spa. 6 adults, 230W, 50AMP, 335 Gallon. New retractable vinyl cover bought in September. $2550. (937)492-2443

LEGAL NOTICE City of Sidney 2011 Water Treatment Chemicals Bids accepted until December 14, 2011. Details at www.sidneyoh. com or 937498-8116 Nov. 30, Dec. 7 22390647 LEGAL NOTICE The Shelby County Educational Service Center's and the Western Ohio Computer Organization's financial statements for FY 2011 are complete. Anyone wishing to review them can do so by contacting the Treasurer, Cathy Doseck, at 937-498-1354. Dec. 7 2241238

COUNTY : SHELBY PUBLIC NOTICE The following applications and/or verified complaints were received, and the following draft, proposed and final actions were issued, by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) last week. The complete public notice including additional instructions for submitting comments, requesting information or a public hearing, or filing an appeal may be obtained at: or Hearing Clerk, Ohio EPA, 50 W. Town St. P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216. Ph: 614-644-2129 email: APPLICATION RECEIVED FOR AIR PERMIT HONDA OF AMERICA MFG., INC. ANNA ENGINE PLANT 12500 MERANDA ROAD OH ACTION DATE : 11/30/2011 ANNA FACILITY DESCRIPTION: AIR IDENTIFICATION NO. : A0042762 This application is for the installation of (3) Carburizing Furnaces and (1) Parts Washer for the manufacture of automobile components. Dec. 7 2241310 SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26 CASE NO. 11CV000327 The State of Ohio, Shelby County. U.S. Bank, National Association, Plaintiff vs. Christopher R. Alexander, et al., Defendants. In pursuant of an Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, at the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Courthouse, in Sidney, in the above named County, on Wednesday, the 14th day of December, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock A.M., the following described real estate, situate in the County of Shelby and State of Ohio, and in the City of Sidney, to wit: Subdivision Number Four (4) of Outlot Number Forty-Two (42) in the City of Sidney, Ohio, being Fifty-Three (53) feet off the East end of the North half of said Outlot Number Forty-Two (42); beginning at the Northeast corner of said Outlot; thence West on the North line thereof Fifty-Three (53) feet; thence South parallel with the East line of said Outlot to the South line of said North half of said Outlot; thence East with said line to the East line of said Outlot; thence North to the place of beginning. Subject to legal highways, easements, conditions and restrictions of record. Said Premises Located at: 119-121 West Water Street, Sidney, Ohio 45365 Said Premises Appraised at $65,000 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount. Terms of Sale: 10% down day of sale. John R. Lenhart, Sheriff Shelby County, Ohio Joshua J. Epling (SC#0079568), Attorney for Plaintiff Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7 2236153

Malti-poms, Morkies, Pomeranians, Yorkie/Shihtzus, Chihuahua mix. Layaway now for best choice. Garwick's The Pet People (419)795-5711 ◆◆▲◆◆▲◆◆▲◆◆ JACK RUSSELL mix, 11 years old. Free to good home. Elderly owner no longer able to care for her. (937)526-4166 KITTENS, gorgeous! 3 months old. Tabbies, long haired and short haired. Charcoal and silver stripes. Friendly and litter trained, $10 each. (937)473-2122 MALTESE 6 months to 3 years, males and females $200 with papers also Golden Yorkshire Terriers $200 males young adults. Morkie $50, male 4 months. Cash only. (937)332-1370 PIT BULLS. 3 blue nose Pit puppies. 2 grey females. 1 fawn (light tan male), blue eyes, 9 weeks old. UKC registered parents, shots, $300 OBO. (661)492-6625 TOY POODLE, 2-3 years old, cream color, male. Needs groomed and TLC and patience. Free to good home only. (937)710-5730

CASH, top dollar paid for junk cars/trucks, running or non-running. I will pick up. Thanks for calling (937)719-3088 or (937)451-1019 COSTUME JEWELRY, old, one piece or full jewelry box. Clean out mom's or grandma's. Paying top dollar. (937)773-5653

2004 BUICK Le Sabre Ltd. 20,200 miles, white, navy blue cloth top. Loaded, front wheel drive, Leather interior, Immaculate. Florida car! $13,000 OBO. (937)492-1308

MOTORCYCLES, 1982 Kawasaki KZ44-D, runs good, approx. 36,000 miles, $500. 1978 Suzuki GS750EC, parts only $100. (937)368-5009

2000 CHEVY S10 Extreme. Black, 130k miles. Fair condition. $3000 OBO. (937)538-0714

Wanted junk cars and trucks! Cash paid! Get the most for your junker call (937)732-5424.

Tips on Caring for a Real Tree 1. Keep the tree in a cool, shady place like the garage or porch until ready to bring indoors to decorate. 2. Saw a thin disk (1/2 to 1 inch) off the trunk prior to placing the tree in a water-holding stand. 3. Make the cut perpendicular to the axis of the stem, NOT in a v-shape or at angles. The tree will “drink” its water through the layer between the bark and wood. If you shave the bark off of the trunk the tree will not be able to absorb water. 4. Place the tree in its water-holding stand within two hours after making the cut to the trunk. When a tree is cut it will naturally form a seal of sap over it’s stump to keep moisture in the tree. You must break the seal to allow the tree to once again “drink” the water needed to keep it fresh throughout the holidays. 5. Your stand must be able to hold enough water for the size of the tree. A good rule of thumb is a one-quart capacity for every inch of diameter of the trunk.



339-3681 524-7775

SLEEPER SOFA, mauve and blue floral, 7 foot. Good condition. $250. Oak double door TV cabinet, lots of storage, DVD player shelf. $150. (937)638-5591



4163 Walnut Grove Rd. Troy

LIVING ROOM Suite, 3 piece, matching couch, gliding loveseat & oversize chair, excellent condition, $450 obo (937)710-4657


Valley View Farm 5’ -14’

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, with Lighted bookcases, excellent condition, dark oak color, will deliver within Sidney, asking $1,000. Call (937)492-0494

HOLSTEIN CALVES, 14, Average 350 pounds. (937)492-3313.


SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE WWR #10074076 CASE NO. 11CV000309 (Foreclosure) IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS SHELBY COUNTY, OHIO GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC, Plaintiff vs. TRAGG R. COEY, et al., Defendants In pursuance of an Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, the Shelby County Courthouse, on the 2nd floor in the lobby, in Shelby County, on Wednesday, the 14th day of December, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., the following described real estate to-wit: Situate in the Township of Green, County of Shelby and State of Ohio and being a part of the Southeast Quarter of Section 4, T2, R12, B.T.M. Green Township, Shelby County, Ohio and being more fully described as follows: Commencing for reference at an iron pin in a monument box found in the Southeast corner of the Southeast Quarter of section 4, and being also the intersection of Champaign-Shelby Road and Miami-Shelby Road; thence North 89 degrees 21’ 47” West, 420.00 feet, along the South line of the quarter and centerline of Miami-Shelby Road, to the principal place of beginning of the tract herein conveyed passing for reference a P.K. nail found at 419.79 feet; thence North 89 degrees 21’ 47” West, 200.00 feet, along the South line of the quarter and centerline of MiamiShelby Road, to a P.K. nail set; thence North 00 degrees 08’ 38” East, 248.24 feet to an iron pin set, passing for reference an Iron pin set at 30.00 feet; thence South 89 degrees 21’ 47” East, 200.00 feet to an iron pin found in the Northwest corner of Tract “G” as recorded in Plat Volume 27, Page 180; thence South 00 degrees 08’ 38” West, 248.24 feet, along the West line of Tract “G”, to the principal place of beginning, passing for reference an Iron pin set at 218.24 feet. Containing 1.140 acres, more or less, with 0.138 acres, more or less, of same being in existing road right of way and all being subject to any legal highways and easements of record. The above description was prepared by Steven E. Bowersox, Ohio Professional Surveyor Number 7059, based on a survey performed under his direction dated April 8, 1999 with the bearings used for same being based on those shown in Plat Volume 27, Page 180. Plat of survey: Plat Volume 28, Page 211, and being known as Tract “K” therein. PPN: 17-28-04-400-019 Said Premises located at 21889 Miami Shelby Road, Sidney, OH 45365 Said Premises appraised at $70,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds that amount. Terms of sale: 10% of the purchase price down the date of sale with the remaining balance to be paid within thirty days from the date of sale. David W. Cliffe (0059537), Attorney for the Plaintiff Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7

Live Christmas Tree Directory Beautiful Canaan Fir Colorado Blue Spruce White Spruce

SEASONED FIREWOOD $165 per cord. Stacking extra, $135 you pick up. Taylor Tree Service available (937)753-1047

Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir, Norway Spruce $ $

40- 60

Precut trees available. Thousands to choose from!

Trees up to 15’!

Opening Nov. 26 At 10 AM, then Fri. 3-5, Sat. & Sun.10-5 (Go 5 miles south of Sidney on Co. Rd. 25A, turn east onto Kirkwood Rd. and go 1/4 mile)

Christmas TreeS George’s Dairy Bar Buy your REAL TREE where it grows! Come join us for our last year! Any tree – any size $24.95 Hrs: Fri•Sat•Sun 9-5 (937) 526-9460

Kringle’s Holiday Farm

14933 Kirkwood Rd., Sidney, OH

(937) 492-2215

3370 Miller Road • Russia 1 mile north of town

Corner of Spring & Ash, Piqua Fresh Cut Eco Friendly Scotch Pine Douglas Fir Fraiser Fir 5’- 10’ Boughs & Roping

Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-9 Fri-Sat-Sun10-9 2231189

Sidney Daily News, Wednesday, December 7, 2011


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