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Vol. 121 No. 256

Sidney, Ohio

December 24, 2011

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Pros expect stocks up in ’12 Big risks, big unknowns as experts try to predict the unpredictable BY BERNARD CONDON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The good news is that Wall Street experts think stock prices will rise more than 10 percent next year. The bad news is that they expected big gains in 2011 and got nearly zero instead. It’s forecasting time on Wall Street, and once again the pros are trying to predict the unpredictable. History suggests their target price for

stocks by the end of 2012 will prove too high or too low. They might even get the direction wrong — predicting a gain when there’s a loss. As Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” In typical times, guessing where stocks will end up in a year is difficult. There are many assumptions about economic growth, inflation and consumer spending that go into the calculation. Now, forecasting has be-

come nearly impossible. Big unknowns hang over the market as rarely before. Will the euro break up? Will China slow too sharply? Will squabbling in Washington scuttle the economic recovery? “Normally, you wonder, How will sales do? How are managements doing?” says Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at Standard & Poor’s, which puts out its own forecasts. “Now there are so many high-level issues that affect the market.”

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Silverblatt’s firm says the S&P 500 index should rise to 1,400 by the end of 2012, up more than 10 percent from Friday’s close of 1,265. That figure is an average of expectations from investment strategists, economists and other big thinkers. More bullish yet are stock analysts focused on individual companies. Add up their price targets for each stock in the index, and they see it rising to 1,457, up 15 percent. See STOCKS/Page 5A

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WAPAPAKONETA — St. Marys optometrist Douglas Jay Wine, 52, was sentenced to 15 months in prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting an elderly female relative in his home in 2009. The prison term — three months shy of the maximum sentence for the crime of sexual imposition — was handed down by Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Judge Frederick Pepple. The judge had the option to send Wine to the local jail, but he chose the state prison in Orient. Pepple labeled Wine a Tier 1 sex offender, which requires him to register his address annually with the county sheriff for 15 years. He must also pay a $5,000 fine and serve five years probation upon release from prison. Wine’s optometry license See WINE/Page 3A

Obituaries and/or death notices for the following people appear on Page 3A today: • Sharon Flaugher • Bernard Muhlenkamp • Judith A. Liess

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Soldier away from home for holidays

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TODAY’S THOUGHT Thought for Today: “Christmas comes, but once a year is enough.” — American proverb.

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Last-minute shopping Kriztynah M. Negron (l-r), 1, grasps a candy cane as she helps her parents Andres Negron and Arlene Maldonado, all of Sidney, finish some last-minute Christmas shopping at Walmart Friday.

BY WILL E SANDERS Ohio Community Media PIQUA — A family will celebrate Christmas this year a world apart, but their love transcends distance and geography — and even war zones. One of the approximate 110 Wilson soldiers with the Ohio National Guard Post, Bravo Battery, 1/134th Field Artillery, who were de-

ployed to Afghanistan earlier this month is Staff Sgt. Doug Wilson. Wilson, 42, of Piqua, is a veteran military man, but he’s is also a veteran father and loving husband who says that not being home for Christmas this year will be difficult, but so will the entire year he is away. “It’s hard to put into words what is it like being away from your kids and family,” Wilson said. “Skype (online video chat) helps fill in the gaps, but you still miss so much.” His wife Karina, who is due to have a baby later this sum-

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mer, will celebrate Christmas without Wilson this year, as will his three children, Brianna, 18; Kaylee, 4; and Jayden, 6 months. “By the end of this deployment, I will have a daughter graduate high school, a daughter starting kindergarten, my son’s first birthday, and the birth of my fourth child,” Wilson said during an interview from Afghanistan. “It is very possible that I may miss all of them.” Born in Sidney and a 1988 graduate of Houston High School, Wilson said he loves military service despite missing his wife and children and

is currently on his fifth deployment in his military career, which includes deployments to three different combat zones. He has been stationed in Texas, Florida, aboard ships and has been to Germany twice through his service to his country. Prior to joining the Ohio National Guard, Wilson spent seven years on active duty and said his primary reason for joining was so he could have more of a home life and serve his country. Wilson, along with the rest of Bravo Battery, left the Piqua area in September folSee SOLDIER/Page 3A

Girl helps shelter animals BY MELANIE YINGST Ohio Community Media

Sammi Marcum, a fifthgrade student at Troy Christian Elementary, on Friday TIPP CITY — The animals donated more than $170 of at the Shelby County Animal blankets, toys, treats and food Shelter received a big gift from to the shelter after being ina little girl with a big heart. See SHELTER/Page 2A

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It’s Christmas Eve A large Nativity scene is displayed in front of St. Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna. Only one day remains before Christmas Day.

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Students and staff at Sidney Middle School recently worked together in an effort to spread some holiday cheer around the area. A drive for food items like canned goods and other holiday fare was held at the school over the past few weeks. Homeroom students worked to gather and wrap boxes in wrapping paper, filling each box with food for a holiday meal. Each box was then delivered to local families in need so

they could have a meal for the holiday season. In total 40 boxes were prepared and delivered to local families last weekend. Collecting food and putting together holiday boxes has become an annual tradition at Sidney Middle School. For the last 5 years, students and staff have joined together for a worthy cause: making sure a wholesome meal is possible for area families.

Lockington Dam foundation project completed Miami Conservancy directors District learned at their December meeting the District’s Lockington Dam foundation grouting project has been successfully completed. During a November conference call between conservancy staff and the contractor, all parties agreed the original goals of reducing seepage through bedrock and glacial outwash sections of the foundation and the sealing of voids between the dam’s silty clay core and its bedrock foundation have been met. The project began last month as the district

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awarded a $3.6 million contract to Environmental Barrier LLC of Monroeville, Pa., to design, prepare plans and specifications, and complete the project. Environmental Barrier operates under the trade name Geo-Con MWH Americas Inc. Geo-Con completed drilling and grouting of more than 625 grout holes through the dam last month, creating four grout curtains, or rows of grouted holes across the dam. Two parallel grout curtains spaced six feet apart extend approximately 1,350 feet east from the spillway wall

and two additional parallel grout curtains six feet apart extend approximately 1,300 feet west from the spillway wall. During the weeks of Nov, 21 and Nov. 28, GeoCon drilled and water pressure tested nine verification holes. The holes were located at various points along the grout curtains, testing the extent and effectiveness of the project. The final task of drilling and installing five new piezometers, two in the dam centerline and three along the downstream toe, was completed on Dec. 3.

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“I’m an outdoor girl, so I enjoy taking the dogs to the dog park in Tipp City,” she said. Marcum also shopped for the animals and was able to secure more items by asking for a discount at the SuperPetz store in Troy. “That was very nice of the store to do that for these animals,” Marcum said. Marcum said she hopes to give back to the shelter again during the Easter holiday season. “I really like to spend time with the dogs when I can,” she said. Shannon Johnson, a family friend of Marcum’s, brings her to the shelter during volunteer hours. “I usually help walk them. We’ll do little things to come out and we’ll bring more supplies.” For a listed of suggested donations, visit www.animalshelter.org for a list of local animal shelters in the area or Miami County Animal Shelter at www.co.miami.oh.us/she lter.

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DEATH NOTICES Bernard Muhlenkamp COLDWATER — Bernard “Ben” Muhlenkamp, 84, of 523 E. Plum St., Coldwater, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Arrangements are by Hogenkamp Funeral Home-Coldwater.

Judith A. Liess FORT LORAMIE — Judith A. Liess, 69, of Kazier Road, Fort Loramie, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. arrangeFuneral ments are pending at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie.

Sharon Flaugher PIQUA — Sharon E. Flaugher, of Piqua, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at Upper Valley Medical Center. arrangeFuneral ments are pending through Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua.

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The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office swore in 16 individuals on Tuesday. Sheriff John Lenhart confirmed reports that among them were two reserve officers — Tim O’Leary and Joanie Henry — both of whom were lieutenants and retired when former Sheriff Dean Kimpel took office in 2008. When asked about rehiring of the former lieutenants, Lenhart disputed that they were “hired.” “The word ‘hired’ is a strong word,” said Lenhart. “They get paid nothing.” However, they are

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ANNA — Village council will consider four ordinances when it meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. Legislation scheduled for final readings and action will: Amend water ordinances, accept personnel policy amendments, provide fiscal 2012 appropriations and contract for wastewater plant engineering services. Scheduled for first reading and adoption as an emergency measure

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general fund,” said Francis. “They work only a few hours, but they do get paid.” Henry may work at the courthouse, but according to Lenhart it is unlikely O’Leary would be working there. O’Leary supervised the department’s road command and was formerly a jail administrator. Henry had 27 years of law enforcement experience. She was promoted to administrative lieutenant in March of 1999 by thenSheriff Mark Schemmel. She began with the department working as a dispatcher and later as a road deputy and jail administrator. Lenhart declined to identify the others who were sworn in but noted they were sworn in to be able to cover things that happen in the county without worrying about liability issues. He said some serve on a tactical team with the Sidney Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff ’s Office and Piqua Police Department.

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RUSSELLS POINT — Logan County Sheriff ’s deputies and Russells Point Police executed a search warrant Thursday and arrested Roger Coleman, 52, for crimes against minors. Law enforcement representatives searched the Point Village Apartment complex where Coleman resides, recovering evidence of the production, transmission and dissemination of pornography involving minors. After receiving a tip, Point police had been inFrom Page 1 vestigating Coleman since February. He has been charged with illegal use of minors in from his wife and chilnudity-oriented material, pandering sexually-oridren. ented matter involving a minor, and unlawful sex“National Guard solual conduct with a minor. diers seem to have more Coleman was lodged in the Logan County Jail. home support than active duty soldiers,” Wilson said. “We have received a lot of care packages from VFWs, elementary schools and churches.” While he said he will miss spending Christmas with his family this year — and all of the other parts of life he will be missing out on — he said his sense of pride in country and accomplishDustin Watkins, 11 ment make it worth it. son of Dustin Watkins and But, he added, it is Kimberly Hughes sometimes tricky to Sidney “Giving” manage everything in his life when it comes to his service. “It is very difficult to manage a civilian Marilyn Hemsworth lifestyle, a civilian emWelcome Center staff ployer and being a partSidney time solider,” Wilson “It means the birth of Jesus said. “It takes a special and celebrating God’s gift to us.” mindset to manage them all efficiently and effectively.” But, he said, when he Victoria Adkins comes home — even if YMCA preschool teacher it’s next Christmas — he Sidney said he will be elated to “Jesus is the reason for the see his entire family, inseason.” cluding his newborn baby who is to be born in June. Tentative military Kenedee Gallimore plans call for the unit to daughter of Stephanie and arrive back stateside Mike Gallimore some time in late 2012. Sidney “What Christmas means to me is giving not receiving. It’s not about the presents.”

SOLDIER lowing a Call to Duty ceremony held at the Piqua High School and after training at Camp Shelby, Miss., the unit was deployed overseas to Afghanistan. They are currently assigned to the western part of the wartorn country. There, Bravo Battery is a part of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a part of the International Security Assistance Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Wilson said it is always difficult to spend such a prolonged time away from his family, but said the unit’s camaraderie is so helpful. “The camaraderie with my unit is hands down the best I have ever seen to include my active duty time,” he said. “My platoon members’ ages range from 18 years to 46 years, and to see us interact with each other as well as operate in combat missions, you wouldn’t know the difference. We work extremely well together and are always looking to help the next man out when needed.” And of course, there is the support he gets from back home, which he says means so much to him when he is away

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unteers and on a annual basis they probably volunteer 10,000 hours at various functions,” said Kleinhans. “They might be called on a natural disaster, to transport a prisoner, on a manhunt and to handle visitation at the jail. That’s all volunteer work and when you put it together, they volunteer more hours at no charge than they’re probably paid on special duties. That is a big plus. Those people volunteer their time and keep the community safe and there’s no charge to the community.” Some of the special duty assignments covered by the reserve deputies include Country Concert, the Shelby County Fair and security at the Shelby County Courthouse. Shelby County Chief Deputy Auditor Deb Francis said money for special duty assignments goes through the Sheriff ’s Office, except for the security for the courthouse. “Courthouse security gets paid through the

WINE expires Dec. 31, and he is contesting revocation action by the Ohio Optometry Board. Prior to Wednesday’s court action, he had continued his practices in St. Marys and Oakwood. The victim in the case, who was not present Wednesday, is a 69-yearold Florida woman who claimed Wise raped her — by means other than sexual intercourse — while she cared for his children.

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Logan Vance Cashier Sidney “To me, Christmas means my family and the coming of Christ.”

Sara Koogler YMCA daycare teacher Sidney “Christmas means meeting with family and friends, and the birth of Jesus.”

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It’s gotta be the shoes SEATTLE (AP) — Scuffles broke out and police were brought in to quell unrest that nearly turned into riots across the nation Friday following the release of Nike’s new Air Jordan basketball shoes — a retro model of one of the most popular Air Jordans ever made. The mayhem stretched from Washington state to Georgia and was reminiscent of the violence that broke out 20 years ago in many cities as the shoes became popular targets for thieves. In suburban Seattle, police used pepper spray on about 20 customers who started fighting at the Westfield Southcenter mall. The crowd started gathering at four stores in the mall around midnight and had grown to more than 1,000 people by 4 a.m., when the stores opened, Tukwila Officer Mike Murphy said. He said it started as fighting and pushing among people in line and escalated over the next hour.

Ending on a high note WASHINGTON (AP) — On a political high, President Barack Obama capped a bruising year by securing a tax cut for millions of Americans — an achievement that overshadowed Washington’s deepening dysfunction and the slow progress of the economy on his watch. The White House has ended a year with a political victory before. This time around the stakes are higher, and the president is by no means assured of carrying the momentum deep into an election year. Addressing reporters before heading to Hawaii on Friday, Obama looked like a president in command of the stage again, for now. He left the capital after presiding over a twomonth extension of a payroll tax cut — about $40 per paycheck for someone making $50,000 a year — that came when House Republicans caved on demands for a longer deal. Yet on this issue, like many, enormous work remains for Obama after the new year, just when voters begin choosing a Republican nominee to try to oust him from his job. Obama initially had pushed for a year-long extension of both the Social Security payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. He got only two months on both because Congress could not agree on how to pay the bill for more without gutting their own political priorities.

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Thief goes back to beer PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his beer. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says 52-year-old John Robin Whittle was arrested at the Hayloft Bar in Port Richey on Thursday afternoon. Deputies say he’s the man who robbed a Wells-Fargo bank branch earlier, but not before stopping off at the Hayloft for a brew. A bartender there says Whittle ordered a beer, disappeared for about 30 minutes and then returned to his beer. Deputies say they arrested him at the bar about 10 minutes after he left the bank. Whittle remained in jail early Friday on $10,000 bond. No attorney was listed for him.

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Survey Twin suicide bombs helps shed kill 44 in Syrian capital light on BY BASSEM MROUE Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two car bombers blew themselves up Friday outside the heavily guarded compounds of Syria’s intelligence agencies, killing at least 44 people and wounding dozens more in a brazen attack on the powerful security directorates, authorities said. State-run TV said the alQaida terrorist network was possibly to blame for the first suicide car bombings in the nine-month uprising against authoritarian President Bashar Assad. The opposition, however, immediately questioned the government’s account and hinted the regime itself could have been behind the attack, noting it came during a visit by Arab League observers investigating Assad’s bloody crackdown of the popular revolt. The government has long contended that the turmoil in Syria this year is not an uprising but the work of terrorists and foreign-backed armed gangs. Syrian officials said a suicide attacker detonated his explosives-laden car as he waited behind a vehicle driven by a retired general who was trying to enter a military intelligence building in Damascus’ upscale Kfar Sousa district. About a

minute later, a second attacker blew up his SUV at the gate of the General Intelligence Agency, the officials said. Government officials took the Arab League observers to the scene of the explosions and said it supported their accounts of who was behind the violence. “We said it from the beginning, this is terrorism. They are killing the army and civilians,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad told reporters outside the headquarters of the General Intelligence Agency, where bodies still littered the ground. Alongside him, the head of the Arab League’s advance team, Sameer Seif el-Yazal, said, “We are here to see the facts on the ground. … What we are seeing today is regrettable, the important thing is for things to calm down.” Such attacks are rare in Syria, although security agencies have been targeted in the past. The impact is also powerful because Damascus is home to the presidential palace and headquarters of security and military bodies. Although the uprising has spread through many parts of Syria, Damascus has been relatively quiet amid the tight control of ruthless security agencies loyal to Assad. The General Intelligence Agency has been taking a major part in the crackdown against the uprising. In recent months, dissident

soldiers have broken from the military to side with peaceful protesters and have attacked government forces. But Friday’s attack was qualitatively different, adding new and ominous dimensions to a conflict that has already brought the country to the brink of civil war. Omar Idilbi, a member of the Syrian National Council, an anti-regime umbrella group, raised doubts over the authorities’ version of events and suggested the regime was trying to make its case to the observers. The explosions “very mysterious because they happened in heavily guarded areas that are difficult to be penetrated by a car,” Idilbi said. He stopped short of accusing the regime of the bombings, but he said authorities wanted “to give this story” to scare observers from moving around the country and send a message that “Syria is being subjected to acts of terrorism by members of al-Qaida.” Hilal Khashan, a political science professor at the American University of Beirut, said it is highly unlikely the regime was behind the attacks because the blasts harmed its image. “The regime could blow up a military hospital or a supermarket and then say ‘look at what they are doing.’ The regime would not blow up its security headquarters,” Khashan said.

Britain’s Prince Philip hospitalized BY CASSANDRA VINOGRAD Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s husband has undergone treatment for a blocked coronary artery, British royal officials said Friday. Buckingham Palace said Prince Philip, 90, was taken Sandringham, the from queen’s sprawling estate in rural Norfolk, to the cardiac unit at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge earlier Friday for “precautionary tests” after suffering chest pains. The palace refused to confirm if Philip had suffered a heart attack, saying only that tests at the hospital showed a blocked coronary artery was causing Philip’s discomfort. “This was treated successfully by the minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting,” the palace said in a statement. “Prince Philip will remain in hospital under observation for a short period.” Doctors said Philip could have suffered a heart attack, but without more information it was impossible to know for sure. Coronary stenting is standard procedure both to fend off a heart attack or save a patient already in the midst of one, said Dr. Allan Schwartz, chief of cardiology at New York-Presbyterian, Columbia

AP Photo / Torsten Blackwood, Pool, file

Britain’s Prince Philip arrives at Government House in Canberra, Australia, in this Oct. 21 file photo. Queen Elizabeth II’s husband has been taken to the hospital after experiencing chest pains, British royal officials said Friday. University Medical Center. “It is a big spectrum, there’s no way of knowing what applies to him,” Schwartz said. “Saying you’re taken to the hospital with chest pain is like saying you’re taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. It could be a grazing shot that’s not significant or it could be something that’s serious. Either way with the right treatment, you’re O.K.” Schwartz said Philip’s trim figure and athleticism bode well for his recovery.

Dr. Jonathan Tobis, director of interventional cardiology at UCLA, said coronary stenting is much less invasive than surgery because it is typically done through a catheter method, inserting a balloon down a blocked artery, blowing it up to open the blockage, then putting in a stent to keep the artery wall open. Tobis said that any procedure carries risks, but advances in coronary medicine over the past 30 years means the procedure can be done “remarkably safely — even in people in their 90s.” “Nowadays, patients typically go home the next day,” Tobis said. A spokeswoman for the palace would not say if other members of the royal family were Philip, who is also known as the Duke of Edinburgh. She spoke on customary condition of anonymity. A hospital spokeswoman referred all calls to the palace. Papworth Hospital’s website says it is the U.K.’s largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital and the country’s main heart and lung transplant center, offering services such as cardiology, respiratory medicine and cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation. Philip had been at Sandringham since Monday for the royal family’s Christmas festivities, Buckingham Palace said.

STOCKS There’s plenty of reason to think stocks will rise fast in the coming year. U.S. companies are generating record profits. Americans are spending more than expected and factories are producing more. The job market finally appears to be healing, too. The odds of the U.S. slipping into another recession have fallen since the summer, when the economy had slowed. Stocks seem attractively priced, too. The S&P 500 is trading at 12 times its expected earnings per share for 2012. It typically trades at 15 times, meaning stocks appear cheaper now. Binky Chadha, chief strategist at Deutsche Bank , says the S&P 500 could hit 1,500 by the end of 2012, a gain of more than 18 percent. Still, there is worry amid the bullishness. Michael Hartnett, chief

ash borer BY MICHAEL FELBERBAUM Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Triangular, purple kite-like contraptions placed in trees across the country are helping state and federal agriculture officials learn more about a deadly beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada and threatens countless more. The 61,500 traps installed in 48 states are part of a survey led and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to track the emerald ash borer, a species native to China and eastern Asia that was first detected in the U.S. in 2002. The invasive pest likely arrived inside wood packing material from Asia and has since been detected in 15 states through the national survey using the purple traps that has been done annually since 2008. Currently the USDA has quarantined West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and the lower peninsula of Michigan. Certain areas of other states, like Virginia, also have quarantines, which means that ash trees, logs or nursery trees cannot be transported out of that specific area. The 2011 survey shows the tiny, green beetle hasn’t been detected outside of the states where it’s already known to exist, but the bug has been found in about 60 more counties in those states, said Sharon Lucik with the USDA’s emerald ash borer program. Some states have not yet completed their reports. “I don’t know that we can say no news is good news, because we know that the beetle in low populations is difficult to detect,” Lucik said, adding that the most important aspect of the survey is that they are learning more about the emerald ash borer. “With each new survey year we are acquiring a better understanding of where the pest is. … We are fine-tuning how it spreads naturally.” The danger to all 16 native species of ash trees comes from the bug’s larvae, which tunnel beneath the bark, disrupt the tree’s ability to take food and water and eventually starve and kill it. The agricultural impact to states where the beetle has been detected could be substantial and other effects include decreasing property values, losing the ash wood supply and decreasing air quality, Lucik said. The unusual, 2-foot-tall traps that resemble a wayward kite are placed in trees during the spring and summer months, and are then taken down in the fall. The traps’ outer walls are smeared with glue. Inside hangs a plastic bag of pungent manuka oil, broadcasting the scent of a distressed ash tree to insects.

From Page 1 global equity strategist at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, expects the S&P to close next year at 1,350, up 6.7 percent from Friday’s close. He thinks the U.S. will avoid recession and U.S. companies will generate decent profits. What could wreck that prediction is a worse situation in Europe than he is expecting. If European leaders move too slowly to solve their government debt crisis, the region could fall into a deep recession and throw the U.S. into one, too. If Europe tanks, profits will drop sharply and push the S&P down to 1,000, he says. That would be a sharp drop of 21 percent from Friday’s close. The frightening part is that Hartnett gives this “bear” case four-in-10 odds. Similarly, Barry Knapp, strategist at Barclays Capital, predicts the S&P will rise to

1,330 next year. But he expects Europe’s struggles with its debt and Washington gridlock could lead investors to sell before they buy. He says the S&P could fall to 1,150 by the middle of the year before rising to his target. It could drop sooner. In the first three months next year, Italy needs to sell national bonds to raise money to pay holders of $172 billion worth of old ones coming due. The risk is that investors will demand high interest rates to buy the new bonds, and that will spread fears of a possible default. After Italy was forced to pay unexpectedly high rates in a bond auction earlier this month, stocks fell hard around the world. “The crisis could become systemic,” says Athanasios Vamvakidis, head European currency strategist at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. “That would threaten not only Eu-

rope, but the whole global recovery.” One solution is to invest in companies selling goods that people need in both good times and bad, such as drugs and food. If the economy falls into recession, profits of these companies are less likely to collapse. In 2011, these so-called defensive companies bucked the flat market. Stocks of utility companies have risen almost 15 percent through Friday. Healthcare and consumer staples were each up 10. Standouts include insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc., which has risen 42 percent, and Kraft Foods, up almost 20 percent. Then again, you might do better investing in the opposite kind of companies, like makers of toys and other consumer discretionary goods. Their profits tend to zoom up and down with the economy.


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Today • Agape Mobile Rural Food Pantry Distribution, in Lockington, 9 a.m. to noon. • Agape Mobile Rural Food Pantry Distribution, in Pasco, 12:30-3:30 p.m. • The Sidney-Shelby County Chess Club, Checkmates, 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.

Sunday Evening • The Narcotics Anonymous group, Never Alone, Never Again, meets at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 320 E. Russell Road.

Monday Afternoon • Sidney Rotary Club meets at noon at CJ’s Highmarks. For more information on activities or becoming a member, contact Scott Barhorst at 4920823. • The New Knoxville Community Library hosts Storytime for children 3, 4 and 5 and not yet in kindergarten from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Monday Evening • The Narcotics Anonymous group, Vision of Hope, group meets at 7 p.m. at Russell Road Christian Center, 340 W. Russell Road. • Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step program for anyone desiring to stop eating compulsively, meets at 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1505 S. Main St., Bellefontaine. • Sidney Boy Scout Troop 97 meets at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. All new members are welcome. For more information, call Tom Frantz at 492-7075. • TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 7 p.m. at Faith Alliance Church, New Knoxville Road, New Bremen.

Tuesday Morning • Local 725 Copeland retirees meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. at Clancy’s. Retirees and spouses are welcome.

Tuesday Afternoon • The Narcotics Anonymous group, Addicts at Work, meets at noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 W. Water St. • Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 2 p.m. at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. For more information, contact Michelle at (419) 394-8252.

Tuesday Evening • Head, Neck and Oral Cancer Support Group for patients and care givers meets at St. Rita’s Regional Cancer Center in the Garden Conference Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (419) 227-3361. • The Narcotics Anonymous group, Living the Basics, meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Apostolic Temple, 210 Pomeroy Ave. • Minster Civic Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Wooden Shoe Inn, Minster. • The Brain Injury Support Group meets at 7 p.m. in conference rooms A and B at the Upper Valley Med Center, North Dixie Highway, Troy. This group meets to support the caregivers and see the progress of survivors. For more information, call Shirley Whitmer at (937) 339-0356 or Margie Luthman at (937) 394-8681. • An hour-long support group for families who have a child with a life-threatening illness meets from 7 to 8 p.m. at Auglaize County Health Department. • K.I.D.S (Kids Illness and Disease Support) meets from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Auglaize County Health Department. For more information, contact Judy Strauer at (419) 738-7386. • The Miami-Shelby Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Greene Street UMC, 415 W. Greene St. at Caldwell Street. All men interested in singing are welcome and visitors are always welcome. For more information, call (937) 778-1586 or visit www.melodymenchorus.org. • The Al-Anon Sidney Group, for friends and relatives of alcoholics, meets from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on the corner of North Street and Miami Avenue. All are welcome.

Wednesday Morning • The Sidney Kiwanis Club meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Moose Lodge. Lunch is held until noon, followed by a club meeting and program.

Wednesday Evening • The MS Support Group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in St. Rita’s Rehab Outpatient Conference Room, in the basement of the 830 Medical Office building on West North Street, Lima. • The A.J. Wise Library in Fort Loramie offers baby time for babies 3 and under at 6 p.m. • The Narcotics Anonymous group, Labor of Love, meets at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 320 E. Russell Road. • Stokes Lodge 305, Free and Accepted Masons, meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Jefferson Lodge, Port Jefferson. All Master Masons are welcome.

Thursday Afternoon • The Narcotics Anonymous group, Addicts at Work, meets at noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 W. Water St. • The Amos Memorial Public Library offers Homework Help from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Friday Morning • A.J. Wise Library in Fort Loramie hosts storytime for children 3 1/2 and older at 10:30 a.m. To register, call 295-3155.

Friday Afternoon • Sidney Gateway Hi 12 Club No. 482, meets at noon at the Sidney American Legion on Fourth Avenue. All Master Masons are invited.

6th annual Visit a Nursing Home Week begins today COLUMBUS — Nursing home visitation is not limited to friends and family, nor is it limited to the holiday season. Visits help residents maintain connections with their communities and have a high quality of life. The Ohio Department of Aging has declared Dec. 24-31 as the sixth annual Visit a Nursing Home Week in Ohio and encourages all Ohioans to use the time between Christmas and New Year’s Day to continue a tradition or develop a new habit of sharing their time and compassion with residents all year long. “All over the country, nursing homes’ approaches to care are transforming in some very positive ways,” added Bonnie KantorBurman, director of the department. “Facilities throughout Ohio are embracing person-centered care, which honors and respects the voices of residents and those working closest to them. Nobody gives up the right to request and receive visitors in order to receive the care they need, nor should they.” Any time of year, a visit from a family member, friend or a kind stranger can brighten someone’s day and offers the opportunity to contribute to another person’s well-being. An estimated 60 percent of nursing home residents have no regular visitors, a situation that can contribute to feelings of iso-

lation and loneliness. These feelings can be amplified during the holiday season as their thoughts drift toward family who have gone before them and holiday celebrations and traditions that are only fading memories now. A visit from a loved one, or a relative stranger, can help alleviate the loneliness. Contact your local nursing homes and ask for social services, activities or administration staff to inquire about residents who would welcome a visit. Or, ask if the facility would welcome a visit or presentation by your place of worship, school, youth or civic group. Learn about visiting hours, gift or food restrictions and their policies on children and pets. Find facilities by visiting the Longterm Care Consumer Guide at www.ltcohio.org. The local long-term care ombudsman’s office also can help plan a visit and can answer questions about residents’ rights. Ombudsman staff can explain how to become more involved in ensuring quality, personcentered care by becoming a volunteer ombudsman associate. Call the Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman at (800) 282-1206 to learn more. Tips for visitors: • Call ahead to schedule your visit at a time that is convenient for the facility residents.

• A resident’s room is her home; please approach it with that in mind. Knock before entering, introduce yourself and ask before sitting on her bed or chair. • Tell the resident about your own life or ask easy questions to get the conversation started, such as: “Did you ever play football?” or “Do you like dancing?” • Don’t worry if you run out of things to say or if your visit is short — it still is appreciated. • Residents with dementia may not be able to talk to you, but they still appreciate the sound of another person’s voice telling stories, reading to them or just sitting with them. • Some residents may mistake you for someone else; consider it a compliment and don’t bother correcting them. • If asked for help with water, food or assistance moving around the room, get a staff member. Tips for nursing homes: • Reach out to community groups who may want to visit. These include places of worship,senior centers, scout troops and high school theatre and music groups. • Identify residents that might enjoy a visit so you’re ready with suggestions when visitors call. • Identify a staff member or resident to be an official greeter for visitors.

• Instruct visitors on anything they should know about facility rules and the resident or residents they’re visiting. • Plan activities or crafts that visiting children can to do with the residents. • Help residents get ready to receive a visitor; they may want to look extra nice. • Have some token of appreciation for the visit. It can be as simple as coffee and cookies in the lobby or a thank you card signed by the resident or residents. • Add visitors to your family or community newsletter. Give them an activity calendar and invite them to attend. • Thank visitors and invite them to come back. The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. It works with state agencies and community partners, including area agencies on aging, to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Its programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. i s i t V www.aging.ohio.gov.

Making vanilla extract at home Dear Heloise: As you use Can you please the extract, you provide the can replace the home recipe for liquid by adding making vanilla more vodka or extract? — rum. Once the Cindy, via email flavor is not as Yes, I can, strong, use and it’s a fun what is left and Hints project to do, make a new too! This is batch. Enjoy from fairly easy to this added flaHeloise vor in your make. Start with a 1-liter Heloise Cruse baked goods or bottle of either morning coffee. vodka or white rum and — Heloise two vanilla beans, which PET COLUMN you can find in most Dear Heloise: I have stores. The vanilla flavor read your column in varcomes from the seed, not ious newspapers in the the bean! cities we’ve lived in and To expose the seeds, have very much enjoyed carefully cut open each your pet hints. They vanilla bean lengthwise. were very interesting If they are hard to cut, and informative. I soak them in the vodka or rum until they become soft. Next, put them in the rum or vodka, seal the bottle and let the mixSCHEDULE SATURDAY 12/24 ONLY ture cure for at least 30 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: TIN 2-D ONLY (PG) 4:45 days. Then taste to see GHOST PROTOCOL (PG-13) 11:45 3:40 7:00 SHERLOCK HOLMES 2: A GAME OF SHADOWS if it is strong enough. If THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (R) (PG-13) 12:15 3:20 6:15 7:30 not, let it sit for a few 11:20 3:00 6:30 THE ADVENTURES OF TIN ALVIN AND THE CHIPmore days until you are TIN 3-D ONLY (PG) MUNKS: CHIPWRECKED 11:10 2:00 7:45 (G) 11:30 12:30 1:50 2:50 satisfied with the fla- WE BOUGHT A ZOO (PG) 4:10 5:15 6:45 7:55 12:00 3:55 7:15 NEW YEARS EVE (PG-13) vor. THE ADVENTURES OF TIN 12:40 3:30

learned a lot about animals. Because I am a dog lover, the dog hints were especially useful. I am very disappointed that you have discontinued this column. Please start featuring these hints again for all of us pet lovers. — Barbara Fearn, Baraboo, Wis. Barbara, thanks for the feedback. I didn’t really discontinue the column; the pet hints are now sprinkled throughout the weekly column. The Saturday column

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College financial help rip-offs conditions or strings attached. Get all refund policies in writing — before you pay any money. 2. “You can’t get this information anywhere else.” Untrue. There are many free lists of scholarships. Check with your school or public library before you decide to pay someone to do the work for you. 3. “May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?” Don’t give these numbers over the telephone without getting information in writing first. It may be a setup for an unauthorized withdrawal. 4. “We’ll do all the work for you.” Don’t be fooled! There is no way around it: You must apply for scholarships and grants yourself. 5. “The scholarship will cost you some money.” Don’t pay anyone who claims to be “holding” a scholarship or grant for you. Free money shouldn’t

cost a thing. 6. “You’ve been selected by a national foundation to receive a scholarship” or “You’re a finalist” — in a contest you never entered. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Before you send any money for scholarship information, contact the Better Business Bureau for a reference. Also, contact your guidance counselor. A good rule of thumb would be: If the service costs money, don’t use it! It is better to be safe than sorry!

You know what your fair share should be, and you’re going to stick by this. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Conversations with partners and close friends are clear, intelligent and lively today. That’s because the Moon is strongly lined up with fiery Mars. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) You can accomplish a lot at work today. You have the motivation, energy and enthusiasm to do something. Roll up your sleeves and get busy! VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Flirtations, social inromance, teractions, parties and fun times with sports all will appeal to you today. You have a strong energy to go out and have a good time! (Cool.) LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) This is a good day to clean up where you live and make little repairs or improvements. You

have the energy to get better organized at home. It’s a good day for home businesses. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) All your communications are unusually energetic and clear today. That’s why this is a great day for those who sell, market, teach, act, write or communicate for a living. (Ditto for those of you who drive for a living.) SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) You have clear ideas about what you want to do with your money today. This probably involves a major expenditure. However, it could include ideas about how to boost your income. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) You feel invigorated and energetic today! The Moon is in your sign, dancing with Mars. This is a great day to be physically active with others. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Work alone or behind

the scenes to accomplish a lot today. You feel private about what you’re doing, but you have lots of energy to get things done! PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Relations with female members, espein group cially situations, will be dynamic and invigorating today. Join forces with others to get things done. YOU BORN TODAY You’re very serious about your personal development. You want to evolve and grow in this lifetime. Because of this, many of you explore mysteries and exotic philosophies. You have a great respect for tradition, and yet personally, you can be unorthodox and very original (a curious combination). A lovely, social year ahead awaits you. Relationships are especially blessed. Birthdate of: Sissy Spacek, actress; Annie Lennox, singer; Carlos Castaneda, author.

BY FRANCIS DRAKE Just find out what it is, and smooth over these What kind of day will troubled waters. Monday be? To find out LEO what the stars say, read (July 23 to Aug. 22) the forecast given for Something unusual your birth sign. regarding your health could occur today, possiFor Monday, Dec. 26, bly a minor accident. Do 2011 be careful. Your job routine likely will be interARIES rupted as well. (March 21 to April 19) VIRGO Expect surprises (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) today, especially surThis is a mildly acciprises that occur in a dent-prone day for your rather public way. People children, so keep your will see that you’re sur- eyes open. Know where prised, or perhaps they they are at all times, and will be the source of your do what you can to resurprise! move potential hazards. TAURUS LIBRA (April 20 to May 20) (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Travel will be the Slow down and take it source of a few surprises easy at home to prevent and changes today. You minor breakages. Neversuddenly might have a theless, small appliances chance to go somewhere, might break down. Oh or your plans might be dear — it’s one of those changed or canceled. This days. same uncertainty can SCORPIO apply to legal matters (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) and higher education. Think before you GEMINI speak today, because (May 21 to June 20) you’re inclined to blurt Check out what’s hap- something out. By doing pening with inheritances so, you may say someand shared property, be- thing you later regret. cause something unpre- (Forewarned is foredictable could take place armed.) today. Be on your guard. SAGITTARIUS CANCER (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) (June 21 to July 22) Keep an eye on your Be patient with part- money scene today. Esners and close friends pecially guard your postoday. They might be sessions against loss or upset about something. theft. Stay in touch with

your bank account. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) You feel restless today, and that’s OK. But think before you decide to do something, because impulsive activities could lead to minor accidents. (Nobody wants that.) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) It’s a restless day! Just recognize that this is happening, and give yourself a little time to calm down. Don’t push the river. Be patient, and get all the facts first. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Friends, especially in group situations, probably will catch you off guard in some way today. Try to be prepared

for this. Don’t overreact. Whatever happens might cause you to change your goals. YOU BORN TODAY You want to get the most out of life, and you’re brave about doing so. A big part of how you do things, of course, is organization and attention to detail. You leave no stone unturned. Essentially, you are a seeker, but you’re careful about it. Your year ahead will challenge you beautifully because you are destined to learn or study something important. Birthdate of: Henry Miller, author; Beth Behrs, actress; Carlton Fisk, Baseball Hall of Famer.

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Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. Email him at rwallace@galesburg.net. To find out more about Dr. Robert Wallace and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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BY FRANCIS DRAKE What kind of day will tomorrow be? To find out what the stars say, read the forecast given for your birth sign. For Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) People will notice you today, no matter how briefly, especially bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs. Be aware that you’re in the public eye. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You have a strong drive today to do something different. You want to learn something new. You’re hungry for adventure. (At least, do something you’ve never done before.) GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You have clear ideas about how something should be divided today.

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SUZANNE CLINE, of Altrusa, and John Scheu, president of the Shelby County United Way, add books to the shelves at the juvenile court. The books were donated by the Altrusa Club and made possible by a United Way Special Projects grant.

Books donated Altrusa International of Sidney was recently awarded a $985 special projects grant by the United Way to fund a project in conjunction with the local courts. The “book nook” project will provide a book shelf and books for the Municipal Court and books for the Juvenile Probation Office located in the courthouse. “It is our hope that the books will provide some benefit and exposure to literature for the children and young adults who are in court for whatever purpose,” said Missy Naseman, Altrusa member. Altrusa International, a service organization with a focus on literacy, has clubs located throughout the world. Sidney Altrusa has 30 members whose projects

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include offering scholarships for continuing education, handing out books to children attending the annual fall festival, providing the canteen for an annual blood drive, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, providing items for distribution at Hospice and calling bingo at Fair Haven Nursing Home. Altrusa offers a luncheon seminar speaker series and adult spelling bee in the spring as a means of raising money to support the projects. To learn more, contact Ann Roller at 497-6500. Shelby County United Way provides Special Project grants on a quarterly basis, however, applications may be submitted at anytime. For information, contact Bob Parker, executive director, at 492-2101.

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Holiday Schedule The YMCA will close at 3 p.m. today and New Year’s Eve, and be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Holiday Tumbling Children ages 5 and up can attend a special holiday tumbling session. Monday and Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. Fees are $25 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Winter Break Bash Children grades K-6 will be able to participate in organized sports activities, trips, crafts and swimming. A snack and a T-shirt will be provided. Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fees are $50 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Volleyball Clinic Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., children ages 8-14 can learn all the basics of volleyball: passing, setting, serving and hitting. The fee is $25. New Year’s Eve Overnighter To provid a safe environment for children grades 1-6 on New Year’s Eve, the YMCA will offer games, open swim and fun activities. Pizza and drinks will be provided along with doughnuts and juice in the morning. Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Jan. 1. Fees are $40 for members and $55 for nonmembers. Kids Night Out Kid’s Night Out will be held Jan. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Kinetics Gym. Games, jumping on the trampoline, arts, crafts and movies are all part of this event for children ages 5-11. Fees are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers $15. Leagues In January, youth and adult leagues will begin at the Y. See fliers for more details. For more information on these or any other Y event, contact the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA at 492-9134. Register for programs online at www.sidney-ymca.org.

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Feds say Cleveland’s vote- Inmate freed counting scanners flawed after 20 years CLEVELAND (AP) — Vote-counting scanners used in Ohio’s most populous county since 2008 are defective and sometimes miss votes, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission said after a 20-month investigation. The agency began the investigation after an April 2010 story in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported that one in 10 machines failed certification tests required by federal law. The findings were released this week. The Cuyahoga County elections board director, Jane Platten, told the newspaper that the scanner counts for all elections are accurate. She said the board has created safeguards to work around problems. “The system works,”

Platten said. “There are definitely problems that need to absolutely be fixed. … We verify so we are confident in that in every single election.” The manufacturer, Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb., said it’s cooperating in the review. “ES&S continues to appreciate the value and the important role of the EAC certification process,” the company said in a statement. “As we have stated many times, our mission is to maintain voter confidence and enhance the voting experience.” ES&S is working on a system upgrade. A company spokeswoman, Kathy Rogers, said in an email Friday that, in addition to the one Ohio jurisdiction,

the software in question is used in a few jurisdictions in Wisconsin. ES&S offices were closed Friday and the Wisconsin locations weren’t disclosed. An ES&S statement on the issue said using the original questioned software “does not compromise the election or election results.” The elections board spent $12 million on scanners to replace a $21 million touch-screen system that crashed twice during the 2007 general election. Cuyahoga County found scanner problems in tests in November 2009 and April 2010, Platten said. In the first test, officials found that when a ballot was placed into the machine at an angle,

the scanner didn’t pick up votes in the corner of a 17-inch ballot. The county now uses only 14inch ballots to avoid the problem, Platten said. In the second test, the machines shut down. Now, if scanners freeze during elections, the scanners are tagged and brought to the board, where workers audit the precinct to make sure no voters were lost. In April, ES&S provided an upgrade meant to correct the problem. The commission had certified the fix, but it didn’t work, Platten said. installed it, “We tested it, found the freeze problem wasn’t fixed and then reverted back to the earlier version,” she said. “We won’t use the version they gave us as the fix.”

LONDON (AP) — An Ohio inmate freed after 20 years on a judge’s order has celebrated with family and supporters at a bowling alley near the prison. Roger Dean Gillispie, of the Dayton area, left the London Correctional Institution in central Ohio Thursday night. The Dayton Daily News reports his mother said it was the best Christmas present the family could have or need. Gillispie said getting

Court doesn’t stop courthouse demo

TIFFIN (AP) — People trying to save a more than 125-year-old Ohio courthouse are counting on local judges now that the state Supreme Court has declined to take emergency action. The Ohio Supreme Court gave no reason earlier this week when it ruled 6-1 not to order a temporary halt to demolition work on the ers, known as trusties, Seneca County Courtfor various jobs at the house in northwest Ohio. State Police compound The Blade of Toledo when Wedgeworth and Pierce escaped. They had been working as groundskeepers there and were able to get keys to a van and drive off, authorities said. Wedgeworth was ST. CLAIRSVILLE serving time for armed robbery, and Pierce for (AP) — Police say a attempted second-degree bomb scare that closed murder. Before they es- part of an eastern Ohio mall for caped, Wedgeworth was shopping set to be released in hours was caused by a 2023 and Pierce in 2024. busted cell phone being Authorities said the mailed back to the commen were caught after pany. Belmont County crashing a pickup truck in Memphis. Police said Sheriff Fred Thompson that before their capture, tells multiple media outthe men tied up a county lets a maintenance park worker in Jackson, worker heard a beeping Tenn., and stole a gov- or ticking Thursday ernment truck with morning coming from a markings for the Madi- mailbox outside the Ohio son County, Tenn., parks Valley Mall. department.

Trial set for 2 charged with kidnap, murder of Ohio man JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a November trial for two men charged with kidnapping and killing an Ohio businessman in Mississippi after escaping from an inmate work program at a Louisiana police compound. Ricky Wedgeworth and Darian “Drake” Pierce could face the death penalty if convicted of kidnapping resulting in death. They’re also charged with carjacking, conspiracy and transporting a stolen vehicle. They were indicted in September and pleaded not guilty the next month in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Miss. U.S. Magistrate Linda R. Anderson in Jackson set their trial date in a court order Thursday. The trial is scheduled to

take place in Natchez, Miss. Wedgeworth’s attorney, George Lucas, had no comment on the case. Pierce’s lawyer, Aafram Sellers, didn’t immediately respond to a message. Authorities say the inmates kidnapped 53year-old David Cupps of Sunbury, Ohio, from a Vicksburg, Miss., hotel after escaping from a Louisiana State Police compound in Baton Rouge on March 4. Investigators said Cupps was beaten and strangled and his body dumped in Bessemer, Ala. The inmates were captured March 14 in Memphis, Tenn. Authorities have said Cupps was in Mississippi to inspect the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant south of

Vicksburg at the time Wedgeworth and Pierce attacked him for his rental car. The men pleaded not guilty during a hearing in October. Wedgeworth, who had a short hair and a teardrop tattoo on his right cheek, told the judge he has a 10th grade education and once worked as a Merchant Marine. Peirce, who wore a goatee and has a tattoo on the back of his neck, said he completed 30 hours of college and once had construction jobs working with iron and asphalt. He told the judge he was treated for mental problems as a young teenager, but didn’t elaborate. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety said it was using about 160 inmate work-

and this is one of the slowest ones we’ve ever had,” said George Kun, of George Kun Travel. “Certainly, the problems this season and this last piece of negative news are going to put a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.” Travel agents are lamenting lost bowl travel revenues that are usually a big part of their annual business. And next year, there will be none at all, because of the one-year bowl ban imposed recently by the

NCAA because of a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal that led to a coaching change. “Typically, a bowl game is 25 to 30 percent of my annual revenue,” said Ike Reynolds of Reynolds Travel. He said he usually would have 140 travelers or more for a bowl trip, but so far has only 50 committed. The Columbus Airport Authority says there are six chartered airplanes — four of them carrying the team and

reports a wrecking firm expects to start tearing down the 1884 building on Jan. 3. Asbestos removal started this week. An attorney who filed a taxpayers’ lawsuit with the state’s highest court and the head of a courthouse redevelopment group both say county common pleas judges still time to act and are the building’s best hope. The judges have not taken sides publicly on the issue.

Cell phone in mailbox causes scare at mall

OSU fans not biting on Gator Bowl trips COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University football fans are cool to the idea of visiting Florida in early January for the Gator Bowl, following a dismal year for the program. Travel pros in the Columbus area tell The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/tdEJZ6) that business is slow for charters and other package deals for the Jan. 2 game against Florida in Jacksonville. “This is our 29th year of selling bowl packages,

out was “unbelievable.” He was convicted of rape, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in 1991. A federal judge ruled that Gillispie should be freed on supervised release while prosecutors appeal the judge’s earlier finding that the man did not get a fair trial. The judge has ordered the state to retry Gillispie by July 1 or let him go. The Ohio attorney general’s office is appealing.

OSU band — booked to fly to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl. There were 10 last year for the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and 28 the previous year to fly to Los Angeles for the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes had a lackluster season on the field and head to a bowl match-up of two 6-6 teams. It’s a rematch of sorts of the BCS title game won five years ago by Florida, then coached by OSU’s new coach Urban Meyer.

Authorities were summoned, including a bomb squad that had to come from Columbus, about 110 miles west of the mall in St. Clairsville. A section of the mall was off limits at least five hours. The bomb squad opened the mailbox and found the package making the sound. Thompson says it was the phone. He says the beeping was because the owner left in the battery and it was getting low.

Meth lab cleanup costs Ohio more than $500,000 AKRON (AP) — Numbers from Ohio officials indicate the cleanup of labs that make the illegal stimulant methamphetamine cost the state and local communities more than half a million dollars in 2011. Ohio attorney general’s spokeswoman Eve Mueller tells WEWS-TV of Cleveland for a Friday report that more than 300 labs were broken up in 2011, and that each costs roughly $1,800 to clean up.

The state spent about $80,000 to $100,000 budgeted for cleanup, and local communities had to fund the rest. Akron police Lt. Brian Simcox says that city alone spent more than $40,000. The drug is made with household chemicals that can become toxic when mixed. Cleanup includes disposal of those chemicals WEWS reports that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency had helped with funding until February.

BY LISA CORNWELL helped preserve it. Associated Press The plan initially was to auction off the cake loCINCINNATI (AP) — cally, but Chaney said A 1941 fruitcake has publicity about it resulted sold for $525 to an Ari- in calls from all over the zona man in an online country and from Great auction and the money Britain, Japan and Auswill be used to benefit tralia. A day after the the homeless in south- auction ended, people still west Ohio. were making offers, some Elite Estate Group of $1,000 or more, sold the cake in an auc- Chaney said. tion on its website that The cake was made ended Thursday night. and sold in 1941 by The Company owner Larry Kroger Co. in the CincinChaney said the man nati area, Chaney said. who bought the cake It was returned to a asked that his name not Kroger store in 1971 be released. with a note saying it was “I believe he probably one of six purchased by bought it as an invest- the man who signed the ment,” said Chaney, note. The signature apadding that he doubts pears to be that of an anyone would eat a 70- E.F. Helbling. year-old fruitcake even The note said the cake though it was vacuum traveled thousands of packed and contained miles “during its 30 rum that probably years of life” and was

“subjected to all types of climatic conditions and shocks.” The note said the cake’s owner was moving again and wanted to return it to its original owner, Kroger. The Kroger store apparently didn’t want the cake, and store manager Frank Bates took it home. Bates, now 86, kept the cake until recently when his son was helping him get rid of some things and gave the cake to Chaney. The $525 will go to a church outreach program that provides food and other items for homeless people in Clermont County. “We’re very glad that the proceeds are going to help a great cause,” said Keith Dailey, spokesman for the Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.

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STATE DIRECTOR for Experience Works Kent Kahn (left), of Lima, talks with Detailed Machining employee Robert Harford, of Indian Lake, during an Experience Works ceremony honoring Harford as the 2011 Ohio’s Outstanding Older Worker Tuesday.

Harford recognized Experience Works, the nation’s largest organization serving older workers through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), recognized a 59-year-old Detailed Machining employee Tuesday in Sidney as Ohio’s 2011 Outstanding Older Worker. Robert Harford, of Logan County overcame

S&L rated 5-star VERSAILLES — BauerFinancial Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm has recognized Versailles Savings and Loan Company as a Superior 5Star rated bank. A 5-Star rating denotes that Versailles Savings and Loan Company is one of the best in the nation in terms of its overall financial performance. In fact, Versailles Savings and Loan Company has earned this 5-Star Superior rating for the last 94 consecutive quarters putting it in an even more elite group of “Sustained Superiority Banks.” Only 1 percent of the nation’s banks can claim this distinction. “The recent uproar against big banks has shed a whole new light on community banks and for good reason,” observes Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “While the primary focus of the big banks is dividend payments, smaller banks tend to be locals and therefore more in tune with the communities they service. This community focus has paid off as Versailles Savings and Loan Company has earned Bauer’s highest 5-Star rating for strength and stability.” Established in 1887, Versailles Savings and Loan Company has served its local communities for 124 years. It currently operates through conveniently located offices on East Main Street in Versailles and can be found on the Internet at www.versaillessavingsbank.com.

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a number of obstacles to begin a new career with the help of the SCSEP after many attempts to find work proved unsuccessful and his meager unemployment checks barely paid the bills. To make matters worse, his wife lost her job due to health issues. State Director Kent Kahn said that Harford on-the-job received training as a participant assistant for Experience Works, where he helped others, like himself, who were trying to re-enter the workforce. Although the training was initially out of his comfort zone, Harford embraced every opportunity to learn and encourage others. His persistence and dedication paid off when he landed a job as a design engineer for Detailed Machining in Sidney. “I could never have done this without the program,” he said. “It feels great to be working again, knowing I can now provide for my family.” “Mr. Harford is a role model for older workers,” said Kahn, “His success reflects the effectiveness of the SCSEP and how it helps individuals get jobs,

even in this difficult economy.” Currently, more than 400 older workers are being served by Experience Works in Ohio. The SCSEP helps out of work, low-income seniors who have nowhere else to turn. The program provides immediate employment for participants who earn minimum wage while they provide needed services to their communities and upgrade their job skills. participants “Our spend their paychecks in their local communities for basic necessities, including food and shelter,” Kahn said, “The SCSEP is a stepping stone to employment. “Unfortunately, federal budget cuts have decreased the numbers of people who can be helped and waiting lists are growing. In the months ahead, we hope policy makers will recognize the extreme value of the SCSEP and spare it from the chopping block so older workers like Mr. Harford can continue to find employment with age and dignity,” said Kahn. For more information visit www.experienceworks.org.

STOCK MARKET Listed are Friday’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...............8.86 -0.04 (PF of Alcoa Building Products, Stolle Machinery) -0.03 Appld Ind. Tech..35.12 BP PLC ADR......43.28 +0.32 Citigroup ............27.46 -0.19 +1.11 Emerson Elec. ....46.29 (PF of Copeland Corp. Division) Griffon Corp. ........9.30 +0.11 (PF of Clopay Corp.) H&R Block Inc...16.08 +0.18 Honda Motor .....30.26 +0.30 Ill. Toolworks .....47.72 +0.75 (Parent company of Peerless) JC Penney Co.....35.66 +0.47 (Store in Piqua) JP Morgan Chase33.57 +0.12 (Former Bank One, Sidney) Kroger Co. ..........24.48 +0.32 (PF of Kroger) Meritor .................5.78 +0.09

More than spirits are being lifted this holiday season. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, an estimated $1.8 billion in merchandise will be shoplifted this year, according to The Global Retail Theft Barometer, a survey of retailers worldwide. That’s up about 6 percent from $1.7 billion during the same period last year. “They shoplift for Christmas gifts, they steal for themselves, for their family,” says Joshua Bamfield, executive director of the Centre for Retail Research and author of the survey. Sticky fingers are common during the holidays. The crowded stores and harried clerks make it easier to slip a tablet computer into a purse or stuff a sweater under a coat undetected. But higher joblessness and falling wages have contributed to an even bigger rise this year. People steal everything from necessities (think food) to luxuries they can no longer afford (think electronics or Gucci purse). “It’s really a question of need versus greed,” says Joseph LaRocca, senior adviser of asset protection for the National Retail Federation trade group. “People will rationalize what they are stealing: ‘Oh, I’m feeling the economy. I lost my

job.’ But it’s hard to make the argument you need a $900 handbag.” Some experts say the economy’s influence is largely a cop-out. They say shoplifters are stealing for myriad reasons this holiday season that have nothing to do with economic turmoil. Among them, some do it for a rush or thrill. For others, it’s about filling a void. Still others are trying to relieve anxiety, boredom or depression — all emotions that are particularly common during the holidays. “Shoplifting is generally a crime of opportunity— and opportunities abound at the holiday,” says Barbara Staib, a spokeswoman for the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, a nonprofit that provides shoplifting prevention education programs. “The stressors that come with the holiday will certainly help them rationalize their need for bad behavior.” Shoplifting is surprisingly common. An estimated one in 11 Americans shoplift, according to the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention. It bases its information on academic research and information from those who are ordered or choose to enter its counseling programs for shoplifters. About 75 percent of shoplifters are adults — equally men and women — while kids make up about 25 percent of them.

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More than 70 percent of shoplifters say they did not plan ahead to steal and they acted spontaneously. It adds up to billions of dollars in losses for retailers. Theft of all kinds — including shop lifting, organized retail crime, employee theft and vendor fraud — cost retailers more than $119 billion worldwide in the 12 months ending in June, up nearly 7 percent from the same period in 2010. That’s the biggest increase recorded by the Global Retail Theft Barometer since it began the survey in 2007. In the four weeks leading up to Christmas, retailers in the U.S. are expected to lose $5 billion in theft and other crimes. About 36 percent of those losses come from shoplifting. Employee theft represents about 44 percent. Vendor theft and administrative error make up the remainder. The National Retail Federation says big merchants are spending about $11.5 billion a year to fend off losses. They’re trying to improve their technology, such as surveillance methods and tagging of merchandise with security devices. They also are working with competitors and law enforcement agencies more than ever by sharing more information, such as what criminals are taking and how they are targeting individual merchants.

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Helping the needy Students at New Bremen Elementary/Middle School collect a truckload of items to donate to the local Agape Center. Student Council representatives organized, collected, sorted and delivered the items — everything from canned goods, to boxed items to toiletries. The students were very generous in their giving, said Student Council leader Nita McKinney. Shown (l-r) are Ben Schwieterman, Austin Verhoff, Mitchell Brown, Tyler Bertke and Nita McKinney.

Rotary Club unloads items for playground NEW BREMEN — Members of the New Bremen-New Knoxville Rotary Club recently unloaded a semi-trailer full of playground equipment to be installed in the special-needs Sunshine Playground in 2012. The playground will be located in Bremenfest Park in New Bremen and is the only special-needs playground for within a 70-mile radius. The playground is slated to be open in August. “We’re so excited that the equipment is here,” said Kristin Hough, club president and Sunshine Committee chairwoman. “We’re so close to making this dream come true for special-needs kids all over western Ohio and eastern Indiana. Getting the equipment purchased this early in the process helped us save on costs and will enable us to build the playground ahead of schedule.” The equipment is being stored in donated warehouse space until the project breaks ground in the spring. “We’re about $20,500 away from reaching our fundraising goal of $250,000 in funds and in-kind services,” said Hough. “The response from residents, companies and service organizations has been phenomenal. Folks are really excited to see this project completed and to see kids on the playground.” To help raise the remaining funds, the New Bremen-New Knoxville Rotary Club is selling brightly colored

butterfly-shaped aluminum panels. The butterflies will be attached to the fence at the front of the playground. People purchasing the butterflies can have them inscribed with their name or a saying, and the club will choose the color of each butterfly to coordinate with the playground décor, and install them during construction. “The colorful butterflies will be a welcome sight as children enter the playground area to enjoy a day of play with their families,” said Hough. “For many families, this playground will be the first time their special-needs kids can actually have a normal day of play outdoors. The butterfly fundraiser is a great way for people to be involved in helping to build the Sunshine Playground.” The butterflies come in three different sizes and prices: $50 (6-by-8 inches), $60 (10-by-6 inches) and $70 (5.6-by-12 inches). To purchase a butterfly, see a New Bremen-New Knoxville Rotarian or send a check to the New Bremen-New Knoxville Rotary Club, P.O. Box 101, New Bremen, OH 45869. Note “butterfly” in the memo line. Send an email to rotarysunshineproject@ymail.com. For more information about the Sunshine Project and the Sunshine Playground, visit www.rotarysunshineproject.org, or search for “Rotary Sunshine Project” on Facebook. A butterfly order form can be found on the Facebook page.

Celina Flying Sportsmen Club plans annual swap meet CELINA — On Jan. 8, the Celina Flying Sportsmen Radio Control Club will hold its 25th annual swap meet in the Celina High School gymnasium. More than 80 vendors tables will display the array of RC vehicles. Included will be the newest in RC presented by a number of hobby shops and numerous used items for sale at bargain prices by RCers from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, club officials said. The world of RC has

been changing at a dizzying pace, with the development of new technologies driven by by the microchip technologies found in computers, club officials said. These developments include micro-aircraft and helicopters, many of which weigh less than an ounce, but fly with a precision that was undreamed of only a few years ago. Giant-scale aircraft with wingspans in excess of 8 feet occupy the opposite end of the size spectrum.

Also included in the show will be RC cars and trucks in a wide range of prices as well as RC race boats. Like the computer world, these developments have been accompanied by a rapid decline in prices so that getting into RC costs much less than ever before, club officials said. The swap meet opens for the public at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $3, with women and children under 10 free. Food and drinks may be purchased at the food stand.

Minster resident joins Alpha Phi ASHLAND — Alyssa Bornhorst, of Minster, is a member of the Alpha Phi sorority at Ashland University. Bornhorst is majoring in political science. She is a 2008 graduate of

Minster High School. The purposes of the Alpha Phi sorority are to uphold high ideals of womanhood, scholarship and service. Activities include dinners, family events, the annual

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— WAPAKONETA The Board of Trustees of the Auglaize County Public District Library System has selected Beth Steiner as the system’s new director. Steiner replaces previous director Jo Derryberry, who retired from the library system in September 2011. “We are excited and very pleased to have selected Beth to lead our libraries,” said Pat Block, board member and chair of the system’s search committee. “Beth has the training and experience we need and the enthusiasm to move us forward.” Steiner, a native of Auglaize County, was one of more than 30 applicants for the position. She has a Master of Science in library science from Clarion University (2009), Master of Arts in organizational management from Bluffton University (2004) and Bachelor of Business Administration/Marketing

from the University of Toledo (1999). During the past five years she has directed the Youth Service Department for the library system. “Beth has energized our youth programs,” Block said. “She has extensive experience in management, customer service and marketing. We believe, after a very thorough search process, she is definitely the ideal choice for the position.” The library board selected Corbus Library Consultants in August to assist with the director search. Established in 1989 by Lawrence Corbus, the firm has assisted more than 30 public libraries across the country with director searches. “We chose Larry Corbus because of his library experience and thorough approach to the search process,” Block said. “He used a collaborative process that involved staff input to the board that assisted us in our

decision-making. We believe it was very helpful in making the final selection. This was likely one of the most important decisions a library board will make. We wanted to do it well.” Corbus initially met with the board to help develop a profile of the ideal director, met with the staff in all six libraries to determine staff expectations for the new director and prescreened the 30 applicants to fit the profile. He scheduled and participated in five finalist interviews with the board and staff and provided reference and background checks for each candidate. “It was a remarkably thorough and inclusive process,” Block said. “In addition, Larry will provide consulting service for Beth as she transitions into the director’s We were position. pleased with his help throughout the entire selection process.”

New Knoxville residents to pay more for refuse pickup NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville Village Council at its recent meeting voted to increase monthly refuse charges for village residents, effective in January. Council members agreed to raise the monthly fee $1 from the current monthly rate of $2.06. Council also heard second readings of a number of ordinances, including the establishing of 2012 annual app r o p r i a t i o n s , transferring $15,266.22 from the water operating

fund to the debt service fund, transferring $52,300 from the general fund to the sinking fund for industrial park debt, 2012 pay ordinances and allocation of 2012 income tax revenue. Village Solicitor Jason This will be the village solicitor for the next two years as a result of council action. New Knoxville residents may need to go the Internet to find out village business. Mayor Keith Leffel asked council to consider replacing the Village Voice with the village website.

Village Administrator Rex A. Katterheinrich announced that Dave Stroh had worked at the industrial park to remove pine trees that block the view; the electric department has put up decorations; storm sewer issues at the Bielefeld and South Walnut intersection are being studied; and Gary Katterheinrich had removed a shed at German and Mill streets. There will be a special year-end council meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The next regular council meeting is Jan. 10.

Health fair set at YMCA CELINA — Grand Lake Health System will present “Winter Family Health Fair” on Jan. 7 at the Auglaize Mercer Family YMCA, Ohio 703. The health fair will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. and will offer various free health screenings such as osteoporosis, blood pressure, foot, skin cancer, Dermascan, glucose, body composition, peripheral vein screen, chair massages and reflexology. Participants also will

be able to sign up for the Grand Health Challenge; a weight-loss challenge for a team of four people, and families can join the Family Challenge. A variety of blood tests will be available at nominal fees as follows: • CBC-complete blood count — $10. • A1C-hemoglobin A1C for diabetics — $25. • CMP-chemistry panel (includes glucose) — $25. • PSA screening — $35.

• THY-thyroid screening — $40. • Iron-total iron — $10. • Lipid-lipid cardiovascular risk assessment — $20. • CRP-C-reactive protein (high sensitivity) — $20. • VitD-vitamin D screening — $35. For more information on the health fair and/or blood tests, contact Anne Larger, community outreach coordinator, at (419) 394-3335, ext. 1128.

Employees give to Christmas for Kids CELINA — Midwest Electric employees and trustees recently donated $2,536 to SOURCES Community Network Services, Celina, to help buy Christmas gifts for children in Mercer and Auglaize counties. The donation will help fund the Angel Tree program in Mercer County; Mercy Unlimited’s Miracle Meal at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds; and Agape Ministries in St. Marys, for the purpose of giving Christmas presents to area children. Midwest Electric employees and members have contributed $33,000 to Christmas for

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MUTTS

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HOROSCOPE TODAY IN HISTORY Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 Conditions in Saturday, general lookDec. to be24, exToday is tremely encouraging in the year the 358th day of 2011. There ahead, but you’re likely to be reare seven days left in the warded the most when you’re able to year. Thisthat is Christmas Eve. do things everybody else has Today’s given up on. Highlight in HisCAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — tory: JustOn because acquaintance to Dec.an 24, 1814, theasks War borrow something, it doesn’t mean of 1812 officially ended as the you have to loan it out. If it’s someUnited States and Britain thing you greatly value, think twice signed the of Ghent. before you sayTreaty yes. On this (Jan. date:20-Feb. 19) — Be AQUARIUS sure■theIn objectives set for yourself 1524,youPortuguese represent what you truly If you navigator Vasco da want. Gama — want to make this day special, don’t who had discovered a sea waste your time getting caught up in route onerousaround tasks. Africa to India — died (Feb. in Cochin, India. PISCES 20-March 20) — Be careful assuminglegendary any new re■ about In 1809, sponsibilities. If youfrontiersman get caught up in American something you don’t know how to do, Christopher “Kit” Carson it could ruin the day for you and was born in Madison County, everyone involved. Ky. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Examine■inIndetail proposal or idea 1851,a fire devastated brought to you ofbyCongress someone with the Library in whom you’ve never had contact previWashington, D.C., destroying ously. It might work better in theory about than in 35,000 practice. volumes. TAURUS 20) —veterSome■ In (April 1865,20-May several one new whom you partner up with ans of the Confederate Army for holiday purposes might not share formed a private social club the same objectives as you, yet when in Tenn., called the youPulaski, start pulling together, the results Ku Klan. couldKlux be dynamic. GEMINI (May 1871, 21-June 20) — Just be■ In Giuseppe cause your careful“Aida” plans get bogged Verdi’s opera had its down is no reason to experiment with world premiere in Cairo, something totally untested that you Egypt. know you normally wouldn’t enjoy. ■ In(June 1943, CANCER 21-July President 22) — Don’t take a gamble uncertain of Franklin D.if you’re Roosevelt apthe outcome Gen. and howDwight it might affect pointed D. others. If possible, stick close to what Eisenhower supreme comyou’ve always done in the past. mander of Allied in LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) —forces Major deciEurope part of Operation sions that as affect the entire household should not be made independently. Overlord. You■could really In overlook 1951, something Gian Carlo important if you act without input Menotti’s “Amahl and the from your kin. Night Visitors,” the first VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Be exopera written specifically for ceptionally careful when working with unfamiliar toolsfirst or materials. television, was broadRead by theNBC-TV. directions carefully and cast don’t pull switches or push buttons if ■ In 1961, the you don’t know what the Houston results will Oilers won the second Amerbe. LIBRAFootball (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — ChamIf you’re ican League contemplatingGame, buying something expionship defeating pensive that the family will have to the San Diego Chargers, 10live with for a long time, do a lot of 3. comparison shopping before making a ■ In 1968, the Apollo 8 aspurchase. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.the 22) moon, — You tronauts, orbiting could easily throw the entire read passages from thehouseOld hold in disarray by trying to gratify Testament Book of Genesis your own priorities without checking during a Christmas Eve teleto see if they interfere with anybody cast. else’s. Check with the clan first. SAGITTARIUS 23-Dec. 21)re— ■ In 1980,(Nov. Americans Usually you’rethe pretty goodhostages at keeping membered U.S. secrets, but what you know might be in Iran by burning candles too exciting to keep to yourself. Don’t or shining lights secruin something fun forfor the417 others. onds — one2011 second forFeature each COPYRIGHT United Syndicate, Inc. day of captivity.

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100 years Dec. 24, 1911 The Piqua Mills and Elevator company sold and delivered yesterday Wednesday Thursday 5,000 pounds of flour to Today Tonight Sunday Monday Tuesday LOCAL OUTLOOK W.H. Persinger, of Sidney, to be distributed to the needy of the city as a Christmas gift. Mr. Mostly Mostly Partly Mostly Partly Partly Partly Lots of sun is on tap Persinger said today, sunny. clear. cloudy. sunny. cloudy. cloudy. cloudy. Christmas Eve. the flour is stored in the for SouthSouthwest High: 40° High: 39° High: 41° High: 41° High: 41° Christmas First Presbyterian west winds Low: 29° Low: 31° Low: 30° Low: 30° Low: 30° D a y church, the grocery of winds 5around 10 l o o k s H.N. Dickensheets, and 10 mph. mph. nice as the Miami Valley Grain High: 39° Low: 29° well but company’s office. The with a distribution will be few more made under the direcclouds tion of Miss Culp, the a n d g u s t y Methodist deaconess, wind. and the charity commitSunrise/sunset tees of the different Tonight’s sunset.........................5:15 p.m. Sunday sunset...........................5:16 p.m. churches in the city. Sunday sunrise .........................7:57 a.m. Monday sunrise .........................7:58 a.m. ––––– Shortly before 9 Temperatures and precipitation for Thursday Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday o’clock last night the fire will appear in Wednesday’s edition of The Sidney Daily News. For regularly updated department was called weather information, see The Sidney Daily News website on the Internet, www.sidneydailynews.com. out on account of a big blaze in the rear of L.C. Yeager’s bakery on National forecast City/Region Poplar Street. While Forecast highs for Saturday, Dec. 24 Sunny Pt. Cloudy Cloudy High | Low temps Forecast for Saturday, Dec. 24 firemen were returning to the station, another MICH. call was received to the Cleveland Mutual Manufacturing Toledo 40° | 29° Co. along the Big Four 40° | 25° tracks, east of North Youngstown 38° | 22° Miami Avenue. There Mansfield PA. are indications that 38° | 25° both fires were of incendiary origins. ––––– Columbus Dayton T.M. Miller, who has 40° | 27° 38° | 25° been the successful superintendent of the Fronts Pressure Cold Warm Stationary Low High Cincinnati Methodist Sunday 43° | 27° school for the past four years, has resigned, his Portsmouth -10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s resignation to take ef43° | 29° W.VA. fect Jan. 1. Mr. Miller KY. © 2011 Wunderground.com has met with much sucShowers Rain T-storms Flurries Snow Ice cess during the past ThunderIce Flurries Cloudy Showers And Thunderstorms In South storms four years, the school Partly A low pressure system that brought heavy snow to Colorado and Rain Showers Snow Cloudy having grown until it New Mexico will advance eastward over Texas. This system will now has a membership spread rain across the state, with scattered showers and Weather Underground • AP thunderstorms likely along the Gulf coast. of over 700. Mr. Miller Weather Underground • AP AccuWeather.com forecast for daytime conditions, low/high temperatures also teaches the Unity Bible class of the Sunday school, which class has a membership of 286.

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Back to basics of walking

DEAR DR. off to you. DONOHUE: Walking is lifereading After extending, heartyour article on saving and walking, I went blood-pressureout for my daily lowering. The mamorning walk terials I’m come with two pedomequoting ters on my waist. from reputable When I returned To your journals edited by home, one peprofessionals, so I good dometer showed think they can be 10,090 steps, and health taken as true. the other, 9,971. Dr. Paul G. Walking nine The pace of the miles a week lowDonohue walking was 125 ers the death rate steps a minute. I am 5 feet by 22 percent. Walking 30 5 inches tall, weigh 137 minutes a day lowers the pounds and am 81 years risk of heart-artery disold. ease by 18 percent. WalkWhen you say 100 ing three hours a week steps a minute is the goal reduces the risk of heart for walking, I think it is attack by 35 percent, and much too low a target for stroke by 34 percent. average American males, Walking time is only who are taller and heavier one aspect that influthan I. — A.A. ences health. The pace of ANSWER: You must walking is equally imporbe an engineer. Few would tant. Most authorities approach this investiga- cite a pace of 100 steps a tion with such precision minute as constituting and with readings from brisk walking, the kind of two pedometers. My hat’s walking that provides

health benefits. A.A. undoubtedly is correct. Every walker covers a different distance with each step, so the guidelines are imprecise estimates. They do, however, have enough bases from testing to give people a general approach as to the distance and speed of walking. One hundred steps a minute burns, on average, 100 calories — another generalization. No one is going to count steps. It would drive people crazy. Like A.A., people should consider a pedometer to keep track of how many steps are taken. Pedometers are not expensive. It takes most people 2,000 steps to cover a mile. The best walking form is done with chin up, eyes forward, shoulders squared, back straight, belly flat and arms bent at the elbows. Initiate the step by pushing off with the toes, and end it by landing on the heels.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read that more heart attacks occur in winter than in summer. Why? If you dress warmly, does that protect you? — N.C. Cold ANSWER: weather is a stress on the body and the heart. The heart has to work harder to keep the body warm by pumping more blood than it ordinarily does. That extra effort is too much for hearts not in the best of shape. Dressing warmly lessens the risk. Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Readers may also order health newsletters from www.rbmamall.com.

Wife demurs advances made by men from past DEAR ABBY: I call men who have been happily send me their married for more than numbers. 20 years. I joined an Most of online social network them then to keep in touch with drop further attempts at family, friends and my kids who are in colcommunicalege. tion; others I love the convendo not. Dear ience, but I’m in a My probAbby quandary. lem is it conAbigail A number of men tinues to from my past (some I Van Buren happen. I dated and some not) don’t rememhave contacted me online ber being that popular with their phone num- when I was young, so it bers and asked me to call has caught me off guard. them. I was flattered at I suspended my account first, but now I think several times, but reactiphone communication vated it because I miss would be inviting trouble. the connection with exI politely inform tended family and friends who push the friends. issue that I’m happy to I’m getting turned off catch up online, but out of to responding to any respect for my husband “friend” requests anyand my marriage I don’t more because it seems

that most men just want to recapture some youthful fantasy. How do I handle this? — BLAST FROM THE PAST DEAR BLAST: You are handling it very well just the way you are. DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, “Ian,” and I are in our 30s. Although we have been together for seven months, his family is not yet over his ex-wife. They invite her for dinner, share weekend visitation with Ian’s daughter with her, and remind him constantly that they are disappointed with his decision. Ian has moved on. He would like to cut all ties with his ex, but his family won’t allow it. He’s

afraid if he puts his foot down it will destroy the already strained relationship he has with them. My family accepts Ian, but his refuses to admit I exist. How do we deal with this? It’s Ian’s life, and he has the right to choose who he spends it with. — INVISIBLE WOMAN IN PHILLY DEAR INVISIBLE WOMAN: Toughen up, grit your teeth and continue the relationship. Remember, because a child is involved, Ian cannot completely move on. As for his parents, accept that their grandchild’s mother will always be a part of their lives so get used to it. If this romance leads to the altar, you will meet Ian’s family at some point.

75 years Dec. 24, 1936 The visit of Capt. Earl Hammond, the noted explorer of Nome, Alaska, to Sidney yesterday afternoon proved to be a success in every particular. The captain, with his reindeer and sleigh, Alaskan dogs and sleds made his headquarters in the public square and entertained school children and adults all afternoon. Captain Hammond took children for rides over the snow in the court yard. ––––– The Sidney Battery Shop, operated by Charles A. Dunson, has been moved to a new location in the building at the rear of the Sidney Fire Department. The shop has been conducted for some time by Mr. Dunson on East Court Street.

50 years Dec. 24, 1961 Dreams of a white Christmas came to life in the Sidney area today

with a nearly 3-inch snow that created traffic hazards and sent thousands of shovelers into action. Included among the shovelers were 79 crews of Division Seven of the State Highway Department, eight from the county road department, as well as city street employees. By noon all main highways had been plowed, sanded and salted, but they remained snow-spotted and safe only for careful drivers. ––––– Nearly 400 students at Fairlawn high and elementary schools were heard in a Christmas musical program Tuesday evening with Paul Workman, the director.

25 years Dec. 24, 1986 Sidney Mayor James Humphrey found a seat in Santa Claus’ lap at the Toys For Tots party Sunday afternoon at the Moose Club. Humphrey was among those attending the event held to give presents to needy children. For children not attending the event Sunday, toys were also to be distributed Monday and today from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Kaufman building in downtown Sidney. The local Toys For Tots campaign was conducted by the Terry F. Katterhenry Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. ––––– Shelby County Regional Planning ComPresident mission Thomas Kinninger told Shelby County Commissioners Monday afternoon that he is concerned the proposed expansion of the county landfill south of the existing site on Ohio 47 could threaten Sidney’s groundwater supply. Commission President Adolph “Sonny” Meyer assured Kinninger that water was also a “prime concern” of commissioners and that commissioners will protect citizens. “We’re not trying to invoke something detrimental to Shelby County,” Meyer said. ––––– 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! www.shelbycountyhistory.org

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Contact Sports Editor Ken Barhorst with story ideas, sports scores and game stats by phone at (937) 498-5960; e-mail, kbarhorst@sdnccg.com; or by fax, (937) 498-5991.

300 for Willoughby BY MATT ZIRCHER HOUSTON — Houston coach John Willoughby received an early Christmas gift Friday here night as the Wildcats presented him with his 300th win, pulling away in the second half to defeat the Fort Loramie Willoughby Redskins 50-36. The third time was the charm for Willoughby as Houston improves to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the County. Loramie is now 1-4 and 1-3. But just as the offenses were heating up, they quickly cooled as the squads combined for 15 points in the second quarter, with the Wildcats tying the game at 20 in the final seconds on a driving layup by Adam Mullen. Threes by Houston’s Brandon Clack and Loramie’s Kyle Miracle kept the game tied until the Wildcats took the lead for good on a Ryan Curl layup and three Clack free throws. Seth Guillozet cut the deficit to two with a threepoint play, only to see Houston close the period with an 8-2 run, six coming from Jesse Phlipot. The Redskins came as close as six on two occasions early in the fourth quarter on a pair of Jake Cordonnier baskets, but the Wildcats put the game SDN Photo/Luke Gronneberg out of reach by scoring 10 of BRYCE RITTENHOUSE of Russia goes under the arm of the final 13 points. “We faced a similar situaAnna’s Jay Meyer for a shot Friday night at Russia. tion tonight last week against Jackson when Phlipot was in foul trouble and we hung close for a half,” said Willoughby.

Raiders come from way down to beat Rockets

RUSSIA — Russia got a big fourth quarter from Corey Bremigan off the bench, and overtook the Anna Rockets for a 6455 win in County boys basketball action here Friday. The win puts Russia at 4-1 in the league and Bremigan 6-1 overall heading into the Piqua Holiday Tournament starting Thursday. The Raiders will play Covington in the first game. Anna is now 2-2 in the league and 3-3 overall and is back in action Thursday against Miami East in the Versailles Holiday Tournament. Russia played from behind the entire night after Anna scored the first 12 points of the game. The Rockets led by as many as 16 points in the first half before the Raiders started clawing their way back. Russia cut it to seven and had a chance to slice the lead further. But Anna’s leading scorer, Jay Meyer, saddled with foul trouble much of the period, re-entered the game with under a minute to play and keyed a 5-0 run with a three-pointer to end the quarter. Russia cut the lead down to one in the late stages of the third quarter, but again Anna answered the call with four straight after two Russia turnovers. Treg Francis hit a threepoint play to make it 47-45, but Nick Reier came up with back-to-back steals that resulted in five straight points to push the lead back to 52-45. But that’s when Bremigan took over. He hit a three-

pointer to cut the lead to 5248, then was fouled on a three-pointer and hit all three shots to cut the lead to 52-51. Meyer and Francis traded buckets to make it 54-53, but Bremigan nailed another three to give Russia its first lead of the game at 56-54. Anna couldn’t answer and Bremigan got free inside and took a pass for another bucket, his 10th and 11th points of the quarter, to make it 58-54. Two Trevor Sherman free throws upped the lead to 6054. Bremigan went on to finish with 14 points off the bench for the Raiders. “Anna came out and hit a lot of shots and got us back on our heels,” said Russia coach Paul Bremigan. “Our kids kept fighting and kept fighting, and they deserve a lot of credit. “We got the ball to Brandon inside in the third quartrer and that opened things up,” he added. “Corey and Treg both had big fourth quarters and that was huge for us.” Francis finished with 19 points, seven of those coming in the final period, and Wilson also had 14. For the Rockets, Reier had 21 points and Meyer finished with 15. Anna (55) Seger 2-1-6; Reier 7-7-21; Williams 2-1-5; Meyer 6-1-15; Long 4-0-8. Totals: 21-20-55. Russia (64) Francis 6-7-19; Bremigan 4-3-14; Sherman 2-4-9; Schafer 1-0-2; Wilson 4-6-14; Monnin 3-0-6. Totals: 20-2064. Score by quarters: Anna..............................20 34 43 55 Russia .............................7 22 42 64 Three-pointers: Anna 3 (Meyer 2, Seger); Russia 4 (Bremigan 3, Sherman). Records: Russia 6-1, Anna 3-3. Reserve score: Anna 43, Russia 24.

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FORT LORAMIE’S Kyle Miracle (23) collides with Houston’s Gary Phipps going for a loose ball Friday at Houston. “Last week, Jackson pulled away in the second half, but we learned from that and handled it better tonight. Gary Phipps did an excellent job in the second quarter with his defensive presence and really helped us stay in it.” Willoughby becomes the third coach to record 300 wins at a Shelby County League school, joining Anna’s Bob Anderson and Russia’s Paul Bremigan. “It says a lot of things about the program,” said Willoughby in talking about the 300 wins. “I’m grateful for the players I’ve coached over the years and it was great to see a lot of them back here tonight. A lot of them have helped me coach as

well and that makes it even more special.” Houston had just 30 shot attempts the entire game but made the most of them by making 18, including 10 of 15 after halftime, to shoot 60 percent for the game. Loramie, after having six field goals in the first quarter, had just eight the rest of the way in shooting 38 percent. “We’re trying to improve defensively and that’s been one of our points of emphasis in practice,” said Willoughby. Three Wildcats scored in double figures as Jake Braun had 12 and Phlipot and Curl 10 each. See 300/Page 14

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ETHAN ZIMPFER of Botkins tries to get around Alex Meyer of Jackson Center in action at Botkins Friday night.

Tigers run mark to 5-0 BOTKINS — Jackson Center remained in sole possession of first place in the County boys basketball standings after they went on the road and handed Botkins its second straight loss, 57-43, in action Friday. Elchert Botkins goes to 1-2 in the County and 3-2 overall and plays at Minster Friday. Jackson Center remained unbeaten at 4-0, four of them County games. The Tigers re-

turn to the floor on Friday at Indian Lake. Jackson Center started fast thanks to the play of Troy Elchert. He hit three threepointers and had 11 points in the opening period to lead the Tigers to a 21-13 margin after one. They stretched it to a 3017 lead at the half and held off the Trojans over the final two periods. Elchert finished with 19 points to lead the Tigers, and wound up with four threepointers. Teammate Andy Hoying finished with 18. He had nine in each half, but all nine in the

second half came at the free throw line in 12 attempts. Botkins also had two players in double figures. Josh Schwartz finished with 16 and Heath Geyer addd 12. Jackson Center (57) Opperman 2-0-5; Meyer 2-2-6; Elchert 7-1-19; Mabry 0-2-2; Hoying 4-10-18; Ryder 3-1-7. Totals: 18-1657. Botkins (43) Cisco 0-1-1; Zimpfer 2-2-6; Egbert 1-1-3; Geyer 5-1-12; Schwartz 5-4-16; Barhorst 2-1-5. Totals: 15-10-43. Score by quarters: JC ..................................21 30 42 57 Botkins..........................13 17 31 43 Three-pointers: JC 5 (Elchert 4, Opperman); Botkins 3 (Schwartz 2, Geyer). Records: JC 5-0, Botkins 3-2.


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Raterman earns Wrestlers rout Ridge, Lake all-tournament team honors The University of Dayton fell short of winning the Las Vegas Holiday Classic in women’s basketball last weekend, but Versailles grad Justine Raterman put on quite a show. Raterman was named to the All-Tournament Team, and for good reason. In games against Illinois in the semifinals and Gonzaga in the championship, she totaled 47 points and was a combined 17-for-26 from the field, 65 percent, and 10-for-11, 91 percent, from the foul line. She had 22 points, seven rebounds, four steals and was 5-for-6 from the foul line against Illinois. She then had 25 points, six rebounds and was 5-for-5 from the line in the championship game. She leads the 6-4 Lady Flyers in scoring at 14.8 and rebounding at 5.8. She is shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 88 percent from the line. Amanda Francis, Fairlawn Francis had a huge week for Northwestern Ohio in women’s basketball, leading her team to a pair of wins. She had 27 points, six rebounds and was 13-for-16 from the foul line in a 72-69 win over Malone, and 22 points, three assists and was 5-for-5 from the line in a win over Taylor. She leads the Lady Racers in scoring at 17.0, is second in rebounding at 5.6, is hitting 69 percent from the line and a healthy 49.7 percent from the field. Jon Slagle, Lehman Slagle, a freshman at Northwestern Ohio, had a big game for the Racers this week againt OSULima. He finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. Jessica Slagle, Lehman Jessica, sister of Jon at Northwestern Ohio, continued her outstanding play for Bowling Green this week with two solid outings. She

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had nine points in action against Creighton, and followed that up with 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and 5-for-6 free throw shooting against Madonna. Brad Piehl, New Knoxville Piehl scored 20 points on 9-for-10 field goal shooting, and added seven rebounds for Findlay in a win over Ohio Dominican. Scott Schnelle, New Bremen Schnelle put together good back-to-back games for Ohio Northern this week, getting 10 points and eight rebounds in an upset of No. 9 Marietta, and then adding 12 points and seven rebounds against Wittenberg. Derek Billing, Anna Billing had 10 points and handed out eight assists for Lake Superior State in a win over Saginaw Valley. LeAnn Topp, New Bremen Topp had 12 points for Wilmington in the championship game of the Fred Raizk Memorial Tournament against DePauw, who won by five. Mark Frilling, Fort Loramie Frilling continues to be a dominant rebounder for Findlay. This week against Ohio Dominican, he pulled down nine to go with six points. Joanna Snyder, Fort Recovery Snyder is from outside the Daily News area, but she is the sister of Sidney High School head boys basketball coach Greg Snyder. And in action this week against Capital, she finished with 11 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

TROY — The Sidney High wrestlers made the short trip down the interstate to take part in the Troy Super Tri Thursday, and came away with two impressive wins. The Jackets defeated Kenton Ridge 46-25 and Indian Lake 53-24. “We looked probably the best we have since the Vandalia dual,” said head coach Jim Mc“Matchups Cracken. seemed to favor us in both duals. Our kids battled and picked up some great third-period pins. I think our overall conditioning level is improving and made the difference in many situations.” Kenton Against Ridge, Rhett Rosengarten at 132 started it off with a 3-0 decision and after Ridge got a pin at 138, Mason Calvert at 145 won in overtime. Sidney got a pin in 5:21 from Derek Spangler at 170, a pin from Maurice Ickes in 2:48 at 285, a 12-3 decison from Alex Willman at 106, and a pin in 4:36 from Jacob Sharp at 113. “Jacob was in the lineup for the first time this season and gave us a big boost,” said Mc-

Calvert as the Wrestler of the Week. Sidney’s wrestlers return to action starting Thursday in the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Coaches Holiday Tournament at the Nutter Center.

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SIDNEY’S 285-POUNDER Maurice Ickes (top) wrestles in action at Troy against Kenton Ridge’s Seel Thursday night. Ickes won this match with a pin in 5:15 and also pinned in a match against Indian Lake. Cracken. “Both Kenton Ickes at 285, Willman at Ridge and Indian Lake 103 (:45), and Sharp at have good Division II 113 (3:06) to make it 41programs with some 18. quality kids, and both “In the Indian Lake are ranked in the Day- match, the overtime ton area.” wins of Calvert and PenAgainst Lake, Sidney ley were huge,” Mcfell behind 6-0 at 138 be- Cracken said. “That’s a fore Calvert again won 12-point swing that in overtime at 145. Ryan builds momentum. Penley then won 6-4 in “The match between OT at 152 and Spangler Cody Davis and Bowsher won a tech fall 19-4 at of Kenton Ridge was a 160. great one,” he added of a A pin by Lake at 195 bout won by Bowsher 8gave it the lead at 18-17, 2. “Both kids are top but Sidney got consecu- quality and it was closer tive pins from Jacob than the score.” Lochard at 220 (4:29), McCracken tabbed

Sidney 46, Kenton Ridge 25 106 pounds: Willman, S, decisioned Armstrong 12-3; 113: Sharp, S, pinned Townsend 4:32; 120: Cochran, KR, dec. Tangeman 16-4; 126: Bowsher, KR, dec. Davis 8-2; 132: Rosengarten, S, dec. S. Cochran 5-2; 138: Sowards, KR, pinned Blosser 3:07; 145: Calvert, S, dec. Ryan, OT; 152: Sidney by forfeit; 160: Sidney by forfeit; 170: Spangler, S, pinned Mounts 5:21; 182: Day, KR, pinned Straman 1:12; 195: Dillo, KR, pinned Findley 2:48; 220: Sidney by forfeit; 285: Icke, S, pinned Seel 5:15. Sidney 53, Indian Lake 24 103: Willman, S, pinned C. Nadeau 1:45; 113: Sharp, S, pinned T. Nadeau 3:06; 120: Sidney by forfeit; 126: Sidney by forfeit; 132: Dye, IL, pinned Rosengarten 5:52; 138: Lange, IL, pinned Blosser 1:38; 145: Calvert, S, dec. Henderson 6:18 (OT); 152: Penley, S, dec. Davis 6-3; 160: Spangler, S, tech fall over Golden 19-4; 170: Indian Lake by forfeit; 182: Sidney by forfeit; 195: Lemaster, IL, pinned Findley 2:59; 220: Lochard, S, pinned Harford 4:29; 285: Ickes, S, pinned Dolan. Reserve match: Slagle, S, won by pin

Jackets shelled by Miamisburg MIAMISBURG — Sidney played well at the start, but was unable to stay with Miamisburg after the first period in losing 84-41 to the Vikings in Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover boys basketball action here Friday night. The loss leaves the Jackets still looking for their first win of the season as they fall to 0-7 on the year. They will return to action Friday at Northmont. Miamisburg goes to 32 on the year. The Jackets fell behind 26-16 after a quarter, then managed only five points in the second period to trail 42-21 at the half. Things didn’t get any better in the second half, the Jackets getting outscored 26-10 in the third quarter to make it a 37-point deficit. Sidney had just one player manage double figures in Dezmond

Hudson with 11. Sidney (41) Barnes 1-0-2; Fox 0-1-1; Heath 2-0-5; Herd 2-1-5; D. Hudson 3-4-11; P. Hudson 2-04; Manley 1-3-5; Milligan 1-0-2; Rosengarten 0-2-2; White 2-04. Totals: 14-11-41. Miamisburg (84) Brown 4-2-10; Chambers 40-9; A. Giles 6-0-12; J. Giles 61-16; Hall 1-0-2; McCoy 2-3-7; Randolph 1-0-2; Stewart 1-0-2; Stroud 5-0-11; Williams 5-3-13. Totals: 35-9-84. Score by quarters: Sidney ................16 21 31 41 Miamisburg .......26 42 68 84 Three-pointers: Sidney 2 (Heath, D. Hudson); Miamisburg 5 (J. Giles 3, Chambers, Stroud). Records: Sidney 0-7, Miamisburg 3-2.

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Minster falls in two OTs SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville got a turnaround jumper in the lane to go with :03 remaining in the second overtime to edge the Minster Wildcats 55-53 in non-league boys basketball action Friday night. The loss left the Wild-

cats at 1-4 on the year Houston is off until with Botkins coming to going to Botkins on Jan. town Friday. 3 for a makeup game. Fort Loramie (36) Adam Niemeyer and Guillozet 2-2-6; Miracle 4-0Devon Poeppelman had 12; Albers 2-0-4; Cordonnier 218 apiece for the Wild- 0-4; Luebke 3-0-6; Fullenkamp cats. 0-1-1; Benanzer 1-1-3. Totals:

Minster (53) Knapke 1-0-2; Niemeyer 73-18; Poeppelman 7-4-18, R. Hoying 1-0-3; Wolf 2-0-4; B. Hoying 3-0-8. Totals: 21-5-53. Spencerville (55) Bower 5-7-19; Cook 1-0-3; Corso 2-0-4; Roberts 2-0-5; Binkley 3-0-7; Goecke 6-2-15; McCormick 1-0-2. Totals: 20-9-55. Score by quarters: Minster...12 20 29 47 51 53 S’ville......15 26 35 47 51 55 Three-pointers: Minster 4 (B. Hoying 2, Niemeyer, R. Hoying). Spencerville 6 (Bower 2, Goecke, Binkley, Roberts, Cook). Records: Minster 1-4, Spencerville 3-3. Reserve score: Minster 51, Spencerville 47 (OT).

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300 Miracle paced the Redskins with 12 points on four three-pointers, but no other Loramie player had more than six. Loramie hosts New Bremen on Friday while

14-4-36. Houston (50) Braun 4-2-12; Mullen 1-2-4; Clack 1-5-8; Phlipot 4-2-10; Curl 5-0-10; Ritchie 2-0-4; Phipps 1-0-2. Totals: 18-11-50. Score by quarters Loramie..............13 20 28 36 Houston..............12 20 36 50 Three pointers: Loramie 4 (Miracle); Houston 3 (Braun 2, Clack). Records: Loramie 1-4, Houston 3-3. Reserve score: Houston 43, Fort Loramie 31.

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Cavs lose by 4 VERSAILLES — Lehman fell to 3-2 on the season after a 54-50 loss to unbeaten Versailles in action Friday. No other details of the game were available by press time. Lehman is in the Piqua Holiday Tournament starting Thursday.

Lady Jackets 2nd in 3-team match CENTERVILLE — The Sidney High girls bowling team finished second to Wayne and the boys were third to Wayne and Miamisburg in high school action at Poelking Lanes in Centerville. The Lady Jackets had 1998 to 2081 for Wayne and 1905 for Miamisburg. “This was not the best performance of the year for either team,” said Sidney coach Angie Menges, referring to Wayne, which is now 8-0. “This was definitely a winning match. Spares killed us, and we can’t get five girls on at the same time. We need five

bowlers to rise to the top, to show consistency.” Wayne rolled an 880 first regular game to 803 for Sidney and 801 for Miamisburg. Sidney rallied in the second game behind Ally Kittle’s 212 for an 864, to 836 for Wayne and 791 for Miamisburg. Sidney was at a 49pin deficit heading to baker and rolled a 190 to 170 for Wayne in the first baker to cut the margin to 29 pins. But in the second baker game, the Lady Jackets missed five spares and couldn’t recover from it. The Sidney boys had 2252 to 2487 for Wayne

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Power rankings Based on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best ranking

(2010-2011 records)

S E A S O N

E A S T E R N

C e n t r a l

Boston Philadelphia New York New Jersey Toronto 56-26 41-41 42-40 24-58 22-60

3

3

5 4 4 4

5 5 3

2

2 3

Good (out of 20) Compressed schedule depth and balance might be to build biggest on last obstacle for season’s older team playoff seeking one more title run appearance

1

1

Unless they Believe can trade for a new Dwight commitment to defense Howard, they’ll will help have very little talent around them Deron contend with Williams top teams

3 3 3

5 4 4

1

16

New coach Dwane Casey brings a defensive mindset to a team that has played little recently

With Richard Hamilton in to address biggest weakness, they could be better than last year

3

David West a nice addition to a team that improved last season and reached the playoffs

4 2

12

Must score better to complement their strong defensive play

Orlando 52-30

4 4

17

Lawrence Cavs hope Frank now No. 1 pick Kyrie on the Irving bench for a team that gets their turnfeuded with around its coach last season started

1 4 3

4

2

16

Pieces are in place for another trip to the finals, perhaps with a different result

2 2

3 4 3

5

3

9

Atlanta Washington Charlotte 44-38 23-59 34-48

3

5 5 4

2

4 3

13

Miami 58-24

1 3

4

13

Cleveland 19-63

2 5

4

10

10

S o u t h e a s t

Indiana Milwaukee Detroit 37-45 35-47 30-52

3

3 3

4

14

Chicago 62-20

3 3

4

15

16

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TOTAL

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2

3

12

Hoping a Veteran team good record lost a key will convince piece to its Dwight success with Howard to departure of rethink his sixth man Jamal future in Crawford Orlando

11

10

John Wall expects improvement after slightly disappointing rookie season

Michael Jordan has told fans he’ll build a contender, but it won’t be this year

Key calendar dates

Lakers’ Andrew Bynum goes to the hoop as Clippers’ Mo Williams, right, Brian Cook, top, and Trey Thompkins, left, look on during the second half of a preseason game in Los Angeles Dec. 19, 2011.

DEC.

JAN.

FEB.

Dec. 24 Rosters set for opening day, 6 p.m. EST.

Dec. 25 The 66-game, 2011-12 NBA season begins

MARCH

Feb. 26, 2012 61st All-Star Game at the Amway Center in Orlando

APRIL

April 26 Regular season ends

MAY

April 28 Start of the NBA playoffs

JUNE

May 30 June 12 Draft NBA lottery Finals begin*

JULY

June 26 Last possible date for the finals June 28 NBA draft

*Possible move up to June 10

July 11 Teams may begin signing free agents

Net gain A

fter a long labor dispute that will ultimately cost fans 16 games, the owners and players made concessions that resulted in finally getting back on the court. Still, the lockout will have its repercussions. Teams and players have less time for preparation and transactions. And players switching teams will have less time to acclimate. Blockbuster moves like Chris Paul to Clippers, Lamar Odom to the defending-champion Mavs and Tyson Chandler to Knicks, thankfully have the focus back on basketball.

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(2010-2011 records)

C O N F E R E N C E

N o r t h w e s t Oklahoma City 55-27

5

Offense Defense Coaching Bench

TOTAL

Denver 50-32

5 4

5

3

14

Minnesota 17-65

14

Utah 39-43

1 3

4

12

L.A. Lakers 57-25

3

4 4 4 4

S o u t h w e s t

P a c i f i c

2

2

3 3

16

Portland 48-34

Teams ranked by AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney

11

(out of 20) Conference May be difficult So often hurt Ricky Rubio’s Lots of young arrival and by injuries, finalist last to duplicate talent, a group last season’s started this season, but of young season by balanced might be scoring with losing Brandon scorers make probably good not ready this an Roy for good so many enough to to win interesting because of players not go further returning knee problems team to watch with it yet now

15

5

4

3 3

13

Sacramento 24-58

1

1

3 3 3

3 New coach, changed roster, mean Lakers are no longer a sure thing

Golden Phoenix State 40-42 36-46

4

4 4 4

2 3 3

L.A. Clippers 32-50

12

4 4

3 1

11

Still fun They can Chris Paul’s to watch, score, and addition but Suns new coach makes them are no Mark not only an Jackson exciting team, longer a insists but maybe a contender in deep Warriors contending West will defend one

5

4

10

17

Young team has plenty of scoring from its backcourt, needs more defense up front

Many changes from team that won the NBA title, but still a strong contender

4 3

3 5

3 3

3 3

New San Antonio Memphis Houston Orleans 61-21 46-36 43-39 46-36

Dallas 57-25

4 4

5 3

16

15

5

1 5

2 3 3

13

3 2

11

Kevin Focused First-round Have higher McHale expectaton building loss after for the great regular ions after takes over team that future after finally season having had plenty of trading was not the offense, not All-Star playoff way Spurs enough D success Chris usually do last season last season Paul things AP/Ed DeGasero, Jake O’Connell

CLEVELAND (AP) — Byron Scott chooses his public comm e n t s a b o u t Kyrie Irving with great care. Cleveland’s coach doesn’t want to say what Irving he really t h i n k s about his talented rookie, the kid who may make the Cavaliers relevant again. Scott’s eyes give his feelings away. There’s an understanding look, an I’ve-seen-thisbefore manner from Scott, who knows a thing or two about point guards. After all, he was once one of Magic Johnson’s wing men in L.A., filling the lane as part of the Lakers’ Showtime extravaganza. Scott also twice coached the New Jersey Nets to the finals with Jason Kidd running the point and broke in Chris Paul with New Orleans. So, when Scott talks about Irving, listen and

take note. “Every day I see glimpses of what this kid can do,” Scott said. “Then maybe 10 minutes later, he’ll show me he’s still a rookie. It brings a smile to my face, though, because we’ve got a good one.” The Cavs are already Irving’s team. Although Scott and other members of the organization have been reluctant to adorn the 19-year-old before he attempts his first regularseason layup, it’s clear that Cleveland is counting on Irving to turn around a franchise that plummeted from championship contender to 63-game losers in its first season without LeBron James. The LeBron hangover has been a tough one to shake, but the Cavs — at least their players and coaches — have finally moved on. Now it’s up to Irving, the No. 1 overall pick whose career at Duke lasted only 11 games because of injury, to make sure there’s no relapse. So far, Irving has been

a rookie in title only. He carries himself with a confidence belying his age. He speaks with the composure of a seasoned veteran who has been through the grind. And his game, a blend of speed, smoothness and efficiency, appears equally refined. “He’s only 19, but he’s very mature,” said 35year-old forward Antawn Jamison. “You can tell that by being around him. I’ve seen kids who are older than he is who don’t have his maturity level. There’s a lot of pressure that goes with being the No. 1 pick, but he’s going to handle it.” Irving understands the responsibility that comes with high expectations. He isn’t shying away from the spotlight. In fact, he’s embracing its glare and heat. “Honestly, being the No. 1 overall pick is going to come with its pressure,” said Irving. “It’s inevitable. It’s something I’m going to have to embrace, which I’m doing.”

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BEL-MAR HONOR ROLL Bel-Mar Bowling Lanes Honor Roll Sidney MEN High game Dave Fogt.......................300 Joe Green.......................300 Brian Green...................300 Bob Elsner .....................300 Jon Abbott......................300 Josh Ludwig ..................299 Adam Hilyard................298 Dan Swiger....................290 Chris Joyce ....................289 Nathan McBride ...........288 High series Joe Green.......................799 Dan Swiger....................785 Josh Ludwig ..................784 Bob Elsner .....................782 Brian Green...................771 Curt Joyce......................758 Adam Hilyard................756 Fred Mertz.....................746 Tim Hutchinson ............745 High average Joe Green.......................232 Josh Ludwig ..................229 Bob Elsner .....................225 Dan Swiger....................225 Curt Joyce......................217 Tim Hutchinson ............215 Mike Knoop ...................214 Galen Collier .................214 WOMEN High game Haley VanHorn .............279 Angie Mentges ..............278 Megan Coffield ..............277 Jackie Maurer ...............253 Donna Gold....................251 Heather Dresback.........246 Melanie McBride...........244 Brenda Schulze .............236 High series Haley VanHorn ............721 Angie Mentges .............681 Cassie Latimer.............649 Jackie Maurer ..............630 Brenda Schulze ............624 Gerri Waldroop.............600 Joy Cippolloni...............598 Megan Coffield .............590 High average Angie Mentges .............193 Jackie Maurer ..............190 Cassie Latimer.............180 Sarah Allen ..................173 Donna Gold ..................173 Teresa McGrath ...........173 Haley VanHorn ............173 Joy Cippoloni................168 SENIOR MEN High game Jerry Smith ..................255 Mark Deam ..................252 Dick Tennery ................249 Ralph Abbott ................248 Marty Stapleton...........239 Bob Kritzer...................238 Richard Reading ..........237 Bill Johnson .................235 High series Ralph Abbott ................686 Mark Deam ..................631 Dick Tennery ................631 Tom Hill........................626 Willie Metz ...................610 Marty Stapleton...........610 Bill Johnson .................606 Jerry Smith ..................602 High average Tom Hill........................182 Ralph Abbott ................182 Dick Tennery ................178 Bill Johnson .................175 Jim Risk .......................173 Willie Metz ...................172 Richard Reading ..........169 Fred Bodenmiller .........168 SENIOR WOMEN High game Linda Limbert ..............234 Rose Ann Chaffins .......223 Jan Bensman ...............216 Dorothy Harford ..........206 Sue Dougherty .............205 Lois Metz ......................201 Mary Lou Wright .........196

Green rolls his fourth 300 Brian Green shot the sixth 300 game of the season at Bel-Mar and the fourth of his career in the Wednesday National League recently. He had games of 225, 300 and 246 for a nice 771 series. He is averaging 227. Also, Adam Hilyard came within two pins of perfection, rolling a 298 in the Major League. He had games of 193, 298 and 265 for a 756 series. Ruth Granger ...............194 High series Rose Ann Chaffins .......558 Linda Limbert ..............517 Sue Dougherty .............510 Diane Fleckenstein ......494 Dorothy Harford ..........492 Jan Bensman ...............491 Lois Metz ......................486 Mary Lou Wright .........484 High average Rose Ann Chaffins .......163 Linda Rumpff ...............147 Jan Bensman ...............145 Lea Muhlenkamp.........144 Sue Dougherty .............141 Lois Metz ......................140 Katie Helmlinger .........139 Gail Fogt.......................137 BOYS High game Trent Knoop .................300 Jacob Blankenship.......251 Jac Beatty.....................243 Kegan Latimer .............236 Luke Goubeaux ............235 Damon Huffman ..........233 Michael Barber ............223 Kyle Lloyd ....................223 High series Trent Knoop .................743 Jacob Blankenship.......655 Kegan Latimer .............593 Michael Barber ............580 Luke Goubeaux ............559 Josh Abbott...................557 Kyle Lloyd ....................555 Cameron DeMoss .........545 High average Trent Knoop .................220 Kegan Latimer .............183 Jacob Blankenship.......183 Luke Goubeaux ............174 Michael Barber ............171 Cameron DeMoss .........163 Josh Abbott...................158 Sean Holthaus..............157 GIRLS High game Bethany Pellman .........266 Shelbie Anderson .........244 Michelle Abbott ............223 Ally Kittle.....................209 Holli James ..................185 Tiffany Kies..................184 Autumn Emrick ...........169 Anna Frohne ................169 High series Bethany Pellman .........675 Shelbie Anderson .........581 Michelle Abbott ............557 Holli James ..................502 Ally Kittle.....................484 Tiffany Kies..................477 Austin Emrick..............429 Morgan Carey ..............421 High average Bethany Pellman .........184 Shelbie Anderson .........177 Michelle Abbott ............166 Tiffany Kies..................147 Holli James ..................139 Ally Kittle.....................137 Autumn Emrick ...........123 Jenna Beatty ................123

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Successful again Nine-year-old Olivia Monnin of Sidney wears a broad smile as she poses with the doe she shot with a muzzleloader on Sunday in Salem Township. It was her second doe of the year. She also got one on youth day in November.

Reds get Marshall from Cubs CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds acquired left-handed reliever Sean Marshall from the Chicago Cubs on Friday for young lefty starter Travis Wood and two other players. It was the second time in a week that the Reds gave up several prospects for pitching help. They earlier sent four players, including Edinson Volquez, to San Diego for starter Mat Latos. The 29-year-old, 6foot-7 Marshall was 6-6 with a 2.26 ERA last season. He had five saves. The Reds have been in talks to try to resign closer Francisco Cordero, who became a free agent after last season. “Sean has been one of the best and most durable relievers in baseball the last couple of seasons,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in a statement. The 24-year-old Wood made 35 starts for the Reds over two seasons. He finished 6-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 2011, with a stint in Triple-A after struggling early in the year. The Cubs also get 24year-old outfielder Dave Sappelt, who batted .243 in 38 games with the Reds, and 19-year-old infield prospect Ronald Torreyes, who batted .356 in 67 games for Class-A Dayton. “Twenty-four-year old left-handed starters who

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CHICAGO CUBS pitcher Sean Marshall throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. The Reds have acquired Marshall from the Cubs for Travis Wood and two other players. have already had success Wood began last seain the big leagues don’t son in the Reds’ starting grow on trees,” Cubs rotation, made 10 starts president of baseball op- for Louisville, then reerations Theo Epstein turned to Cincinnati. He said. “We had to give up also had four relief apa great relief pitcher in pearances for CincinSean Marshall and nati. someone we were proud “He had a little bit of to call a Cub, but we a down year last year, a think to acquire Wood little bit of a sophomore and the two young guys, slump, but we still think it was worth doing.” all the ingredients are Wood made 17 starts there to make him an exfor the Reds in 2010, cellent starting pitcher going 5-4 with a 3.51 in the big leagues and ERA. He took a perfect you tend to not be able to game into the ninth in- get guys like that after ning against the their strong rookie Philadelphia Phillies be- years,” Epstein said. fore giving up a double “But sometimes you to Carlos Ruiz, and left have a chance to get after finishing the ninth them after they take a with the game scoreless. little bit of their lumps

on the learning curve.” Wood said he relied too heavily on his cutter last season and “lost the ability to really stick that four-seam (fastball) in there.” His control was off, but he also sees a shot at redemption in Chicago. “I think it’s a great opportunity for me,” he said. “The Reds do have a lot of depth in their rotation. ... Hopefully, I can get to Chicago and make a difference.” Besides the addition of Latos, the Reds return starting pitchers Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Homer Bailey and Bronson Arroyo. Aroldis Chapman, a left-handed reliever in his first two seasons, is also a possible starter next season. In another move, Cincinnati claimed reliever Josh Judy off waivers from Cleveland. The 25-year-old righthander pitched in 12 games over four stints with the Indians last season, with no record and a 7.70 ERA. He was 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 23 saves at Triple-A Columbus. Epstein said the Cubs could still use some more starting pitchers in their farm system and at the major league level. He also said they’re weighing ace Matt Garza’s trade value versus locking him into a long-term deal. The right-hander was tendered a contract last week and is eligible for arbitration.

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Christen Alexis Hensley 1/21/96 – 11/27/11 We would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone for their love, support, thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time for our families. Your kind gestures of food, cards, calls, generous donations, flowers, encouraging words and anything else contributed has meant so much to us. We truly have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support shown. Your hugs and fond memories shared about our precious Christen have touched our hearts in a way that will never be forgotten. Special thanks to our church staff and family at Only Believe Ministries; Cromes Funeral Home; Hardin Houston Staff & Students; Miami East Staff & Students; City of Piqua for allowing the candlelight vigil to be held downtown at the gazebo; Walmart for candle donations; Cassie Sink; Bethel Township EMS; Clark County Sheriff ’s Dept.; Deputy Joline Ahrns; Ohio State Highway Patrol / Springfield Post; Trooper Dixon; Maine’s Towing; Sidney Daily News; Sidney Flower Shop; Fox 45 / 22 News; and, named and anonymous funeral expense donors. Thank you again to everyone for all that you’ve done. God’s blessings to you and your families. Sincerely, Christopher, Ashlynn, Micalah, and Dylan Hensley; Jennifer Hodge; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins 2246055

In Memory of Ernest M. Fogt A heartfelt thank you to all who attended our Celebration of Life for my Honey. Hundreds of you filled the Greenview Church of Christ Plattsville Center. Our Pastor Jack Chalk from Hardin Methodist Church gave one of the most moving and memorable services I have ever heard. Thank you Pastor Jack. So many prayers from individuals and church congregations were sent to God to help the family get thru this very, very sad time. Thanks to all of you who took their time to pray for us. We appreciate it very much! We also want to thank Hospise (especially Cathy), Good Samaritain Hospital Doctors and Nurses and many others in the medical profession. All did everything they could possibly do for us. It was God’s call that took our precious man away from this earth. God must have needed an expert for His “Strawberry” garden in heaven.

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The City of Celina has an opening for a full-time Electric Line MAINTENANCE WORKER II/III Completion of technical education in electrical distribution, knowledge of high voltage transmission lines, and at least five (5) years experience in electric distribution, or equivalent, is required. Substation experience is preferred. Successful applicant must have a valid State of Ohio Commercial Driver’s License; pass a background check and pre-employment physical. SALARY: $20.25 - $25.68 per hour with benefits. Applicants may apply by submitting an application along with a resume citing qualifications in care of the Electric Distribution Superintendent, 426 W. Market Street. An application and position description is available at: www.celinaohio.org or at the Celina Municipal Utilities Office.

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Congratulations! To Our Christmas Coloring Contest Winners Thank You to all the following local businesses for helping to sponsor this year’s Christmas Coloring Contest.

Ages 4 and Under Abigail Barhorst, age 4, daughter of BJ and Lauren Barhorst, Anna

Great Clips Allison’s Custom Jewelry Barker Insurance Agency Sidney Body Carstar Francis Furniture Culver’s Buckeye Ford Goffena Furniture Continental Express Buffalo Wild Wings Mitchell Chiropractic Mutual Federal Edison Community College Bunny’s Pharmacy McDonald’s Belmar Lanes Arrowhead Village Furniture Express Plug & Play Home Computers The Spot Dorothy Love The Inn Between AAA Shelby County Sidney Chiropractic Center

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Ages 5 to 7 Redmond Berhold, age 7, son of Bruce and Audra Bernhold, Minster

Abigail Barhorst Lauryn Crim Janelle Siegel Olivia Burks Ava Graber Scarlett O'Keefe Kendall Tennery Tessa Boerger

AGES 5 TO 7 Alicia Barhorst Redmond Bernhold Kenton Fisher Gavin Kemper Cara Meyer Agnes Schmiesing Jared Baker Chloe Graber Ellen Frilling Jaret Scherer Kenyon Bargar Jim Trzaska Riley Heitkamp Ariel Heitkamp Ty Kemper Gus Schmiesing

Jillian Parsley Maddison VanDeGrift Jenna Batton Jenna Grieshop Alison Miller Andrew Miller Ryan Eley Carter Ingle Makayla Burch

AGES 8 TO 10 Liz Michael Erin Burdiss Maria Schmiesing Halle Rindler Aubrey Baker Abby Barhorst Kenna Knight Lane Frilling Derek Meyer Morgan Fairchild Becca Seger Katelyn Burden Victoria Roesser Ava Knouff Ella Doseck Jada Drees Harrison Fisher

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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.

2 BEDROOM, first month free! Upstairs, 210.5 Lane. Washer/dryer hookup. No pets! $395, deposit. (937)492-7625 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, spacious duplex, Sidney, appliances, air, laundry hookup, new carpet, no pets, $530, (937)394-7265

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WASHER, DRYER, Maytag, front loader, $500 or best offer. Frigidaire washer, heavy duty, $100. (937)658-2421

SEASONED FIREWOOD for sale. $135 delivered. (937)638-6950

FURNITURE, excellent condition, Lane plaid sofa/ loveseat, oak tables, sewing table for 2 machines, computer desk/ file, bar stools Troy, priced to sell. (937)552-7177

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

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

GREAT LOCATION, neutral decor, large rear yard, unfinished basement. Call today before it's gone! 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1.5 story, vinyl. $47,000. marciamoorer@yahoo.com. (937)233-4040.

Francis & Millet Collections Terms: Cash, GOOD Check, Visa MC Discover. 13% Buyers premium with a 3% discount for cash or checks. 2 forms of ID is required for checks if not known .

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

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Directions: We are located on the corners of ST RT 127 and ST RT 49 S in Greenville Ohio. Over 1800 Comics from 10 cent to current including: Marvel, D.C., Whitman. Titles include: Super Heros - complete set Star Wars - Spiderman - Superman - Wonder Woman - XMen Batman - Green Lantern - The Web - Captain America - Fantastic Four - XForce - Detective Comics - Hulk - Avengers Dynomutt - What if Spiderman - Thor - Wild Cats - Guardians FireStar - XFactor - Iron Man - Dark Hawk - Warlock - GI Joe Wolverine - Colossus - WeaponX - Shadow Hawk - Spawn Marvel Universe - Bugs Bunny - King Conan - Porky Pig - Road Runner - Porky Pig - Little Lu - Tom & Jerry - Dennis the Menace - Uncle Scrooge & Others. Several Wax pack Comic Cards...... 90% OF THE COMICS IN LIKE NEW CONDITION!!! This auction WILL NOT be on live auctioneers, you will need to be here.

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All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the federal fair housing act of 1968 which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference limitation or discrimination. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.

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YEAR END CLEAN UP Garage Door Auction WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 5:30 P.M. LOCATED AT: ALLEN CO. FAIRGROUNDS, 2750 HARDING HIGHWAY, LIMA, OHIO. TAKE RT. 75 TO EXIT 125 GO EAST 1 MILE TO 309 FOLLOW SIGNS TO FAIRGROUNDS.

Haas, Overhead and Shoff garage door sections. 1/2 hp. Genie and commercial garage door openers. Approx. 100 garage doors will be offered in this auction, one sided steel and insulated doors, several insulated doors w/sunburst glass tops, track, springs, trim, 300’ hanging metal and door hardware. 8x7, 9x7, 16x7, 10x8, 10x10, 12x12, 14’, 16’, 18’ wide commercial and other size doors available. For a different size or style door to be added to this auction call (614) 837-4710. Door installation available, bring a truck or trailer. Open for preview 2 hrs. before auction. All sales final & sold “as is”. Terms: Cash, charge card and check w/positive I.D. 10% buyers premium will be charged. Tax will be charged unless you have vendors number. All doors must be removed 2 hrs. after completion of auction. 2243638 2245968

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5239 ST RT 49 S Greenville, Ohio 45331 937.548.7835 or email us at office@jimwrodaauction.com Directions: We are located on the corners of ST RT 127 and ST RT 49 S in Greenville Ohio. We have thousands of coins for you! We have cataloged a little over 300 lots and the rest will be sold at random ( Approx 200 additional lots) AFTER the cataloged portion. This is NOT a consignment auction. This is a “2 LOCAL collectors” auction! RARE FUGIO 1787 cent slabbed F12; Morgans; Peace; Walkers; Franklins; Barber; Mercury; Roosevelt; Wheat; Indian Head; Buffalo's; currency; Foreign; Canadian; Proof sets; Proof SILVER sets; Flying Eagles; Mint Sets; Slabbed coins; Statehood coins; SBA; SAC; complete and partial books of coins including 5 franklin books; and LOTS more. Come on over and spend the day. This auction WILL NOT be on live auctioneers, you will need to be here. Listing for the first 300 plus lots available on our website.

Leedom & Millet Collections Terms: Cash, GOOD Check, Visa MC Discover. 13% Buyers premium with a 3% discount for cash or checks. 2 forms of ID is required for checks if not known .

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CEDAR CHEST, Lane, real nice $95, 2 antique sun dials, metal, celestial /terrestrial? $75 each. 2 antique plant hanger, metal, each has a bird in design, $35 each. (937)698-6362 RADIO, ANTIQUE, 1942 Philco floor model, AM/SW/police, $125 firm. 28" Schwinn balloon tire men's bicycle, 6 speed, $200. Overhead Projector, new condition, $75. Epson NX110 printer/ copy/ scan, like new $75. Toshiba 27" color TV, $50. Cash only. (937)773-7858

BEAGLE PUPPIES, AKC, Champion bloodline, males & females, great hunting dogs or pets, $200. Ready for Christmas. (937)473-3077. BICHON FRISE, Cairn Terriors, Yorkie, Shichons, Malti-poo, NonShedding. $100 and up. (419)925-4339 BOSTON TERRIER puppies, 8 weeks old. (2) Females $350 (937)726-0226 CATS: 4 month old companion pets, vet checks, litter trained for indoors, handles and easy temperament. Responsible pet parents only. (937)492-2563. CHIHUAHUA puppies. (2) Make great Christmas gift. Call for price. 1 male, 1 female. Born 10/16/11. (937)658-3478 KITTEN, 18 Week old grey/ white, male, litter trained, very friendly. (937)726-9490 MINI DACHSHUND PUPPIES, 2 red smooth coats, AKC, written guarantee, 1st shot , wormed. 1 Male $275. 1 Female, $325. (937)667-1777, (937)667-0077 MIXED BREED, Free adorable 10-lb lap dog, needs new home for Christmas, shots utd, owner entered nursing home, Minster Veterinary Service, (419)628-3532

MIXED BREED puppies for Christmas!!! Small, 3 males, 1 female. Ready now. (937)638-1321 or (937)498-9973. No calls after 6pm.

SIBERIAN HUSKY Pups, AKC, black/white, red/white, grey, pure white, blue eyes ready now or can hold, $500. Text or call Wes, wesleyaparker@gmail.com. (937)561-2267.

OFFICE TRAILER, 12 x 60. (3) Air conditioning units, bath with sink and toilet. $2500 OBO. (937)606-0918

2001 LINCOLN Towncar. Runs good. Looks good. 150,000 miles. With drive train insurance. $3000 OBO, (937)492-4349. 2003 DODGE, Short Van, 3 seats, clean. $4200 (937)473-2629

CAMPING MEMBERSHIP, Coast to Coast Lakewood Village, 2 generations membership, private campground, asking $2000 obo, (937)538-7491

2008 FALCON, 4 wheeler, 110 4 stroke, semi automatic with reverse, $550, (937)596-6622

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Silver, auto, 4 cylinder, great on gas, $7,300

(937)622-0262

Call after 4pm (937)622-1300

Greve Sales and Service 603 North Dixie Hwy. Wapakoneta, OH 45895

888-209-0014/419-739-1000

Sales: Mon. – Thurs. 8am – 8pm · Tues., Wed. & Fri. 8am – 6pm · Sat. 9am - 3pm Service & Parts: Mon. - Fri. 8am - 5:30pm

4x4’s S65 L167C L125A Y849A Y829 Y545A Y618 Y854 Y811 Y688A Y860 L163B

$ 4WD 1997 Ford F-250 .............................................. 5,495 $ 4WD 1997 Dodge 1500 ............................................ 6,995 $ 4WD 2007 Suzuki XL-7 ............................................. 7,904 4WD $10,688 2003 Chevrolet Silverado Z-71 ................... $ 4WD 2005 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab................ 13,795 4WD $16,995 2005 Dodge Ram 1500.................................. $ 4WD 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer ............................ 16,995 4WD $17,495 2007 Dodge Ram 1500.................................. 4WD $17,995 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.................... 4WD $18,995 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.................... 4WD $18,995 2010 Jeep Compass ........................................ 4WD $18,995 2004 Ford F-350 .............................................

West Central Ohio’s No Grief Car Dealer 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee - See Sales For Details 4WD $22,980 Y806 2011 Kia Sorento ............................................ 4WD $24,995 Y842 2009 Dodge Ram 1500.................................. 4WD $24,995 Y843 2008 Jeep Wrangler ....................................... 4WD $25,500 Y803 2008 GMC Sienna ........................................... 4WD $27,995 Y822 2009 Dodge Ram 1500.................................. 4WD $35,995 Y825 2011 Buick Enclave .........................................

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Bambo ~

Ajax ~ large female

large male

Herbie ~ male labrador

Pretty Girl ~ large female

Shelby County Humane Society 937-622-0679

2246149

BATHROOM VANITY, 36x18, large mirror, medicine cabinet, (2) light bars, $75. Will separate. (937)493-0537.

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Buckeye Ford Lincoln

2343 W. Michigan St. Sidney,Ohio 45365 866-470-6550 www.buckeyefordsidney.com

Payment is plus sale tax. Lease mileage is 10,500 miles per year. Mileage penelty of $.20 per mile for every mile over 34,125. With approved credit as determined by Lincoln Automotive Financial Services. Lease A.P.R. is 1%. Offer expires 12/31/2011 2243772

12/24/11  

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