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Donning Valentine’s Day hats, preschoolers at Kids Learning Place carried nonperishable food donations out to an awaiting cargo carrier Thursday morning — the concluding chapter in their holiday service project for First Place food pantry in Troy. With more than 1,235 pounds collected, the children had to carry out the food box by box and wheel out boxes on bright red scooters, as their teachers helped. What began as a project in late January for staff grew to an effort with children at the center and their families. For added motivation, the class collecting the most was slated to win a cookie party. The project became a lesson on the importance of donating to those less fortunate.

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A threat to almond supply In an almond orchard in California’s Central Valley, bee inspector Neil Trent pried open a buzzing hive and pulled out a frame to see if it was at least two-thirds covered with bees. Not enough bees covering a frame indicates an unhealthy hive and fewer working bees to pollinate the almond bloom. See

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history. One model of that firearm, the Ruger .223 caliber Mini-14, is on the proposed list to be banned, while a different model of the same gun is on a list of exempted firearms in legislation the Senate is considering. The gun that would be protected from the ban has fixed physical features and can’t be folded to be more compact. Yet the two firearms are equally deadly. “What a joke,” said former FBI agent John Hanlon, who survived the 1986 shootout in Miami. He was shot in the head, hand, groin and hip with a Ruger Mini-14 that had a folding stock. Two FBI agents died and five others were wounded. Hanlon recalled lying on the street as brass bullet casings showered on him. He thought the shooter had an automatic weapon. Both models of the Ruger Mini-14 specified in the proposed bill can take detachable magazines that hold dozens of rounds of

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Could the next pope come from the U.S.? NEW YORK (AP) — Conventional wisdom holds that no one from the United States could be elected pope, that the superpower has more than enough worldly influence without an American in the seat of St. Peter. But after Pope Benedict XVI’s extraordinary abdication, church analysts are wondering whether old assumptions still apply, including whether the idea of a U.S. pontiff remains off the table. Benedict himself has set a tone for change with his dramatic personal example. He is the first pontiff in six centuries to step down. Church leaders and canon lawyers are scrambling to resolve a

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Education Service Center Friday. State Reps. Richard Adams (R80th District), Jim Buchy (R-84th District) and Roland Windburn (D43rd District) and Sen. Bill Beagle fielded questions and concerns from school superintendents from

Miami, Darke and Preble counties about the discrepancies in the newly proposed budget worksheet released to school administrators on Wednesday. The discussion was kicked off when Adams recited the promise Kasich made to school superintendents about his “Achievement Everywhere” education plan. • See SCHOOL FUNDING on A2


It’s a sweet time of year for Covington residents Braden Fisher, 24, and Nathan Sink, 23. More specifically, it’s time to collect sap and make some maple syrup. For the past four years, the two friends and business partners have tapped trees for sap in three different woods, and produce syrup using a process that seems complex for such a simple pancake topping. See



“He said, and I quote, if you’re poor, you’re going to get more. If you are rich, you’re going to get less,” Adams said. “And it wasn’t the case for all of you. The ones that are quiet are of course the ones who received increases.” Adams said he, too, just received the education budget on Wednesday along with a 300page budget bill summary of the


litany of dilemmas they had never anticipated, such as scheduling a conclave without a funeral first and choosing a title for a former pope. The conclaves that created the last two pontificates had already upended one tradition: Polishborn Pope John Paul II ended 455 years of Italian papacies with his surprise selection in 1978. Benedict, born in Bavaria, was the first German pope since the 11th century. “With the election of John Paul, with the election of Benedict, one wonders if the former boundaries seem not to have any more credibility,” New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said, discussing

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Emergency personnel and bystanders check out the scene of a crash in the 800 block of McKaig Avenue in Troy early Saturday morning. Troy Police attempted to stop a vehicle near downtown around 12:15 a.m. when the driver attempted to flee. The chase wound through the area of Race, Grant and McKaig when the female driver lost control of her car and crashed into parked vehicles and a utility pole, snapping it and bringing the pole and wires down. The driver refused treatment by Troy Fire Department medics. No officers or bystanders were injured. Several vehicles sustained damage in the crash. Troy police are continuing their investigation. 2367051


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School funding ■ CONTINUED FROM A1 4,206-page budget bill. “We, like some of you, were excited,” Adams said about the education funding reforms the governor unveiled Jan. 31, “Achievement Everywhere.” Adams also said he was puzzled about the governor’s plan, in which claimed no school funding would be cut for any school district. Yet after the numbers were released, seven of the nine public school districts in Miami County were flat funded. In Miami County, only Piqua City Schools and Troy City Schools were projected to receive increases of approximately 17 percent in funds. Overall, 60 percent of Ohio’s 612 school districts would be flatfunded. “It’s not higher, that’s for sure,” said Dr. Todd Rappold, superintendent of Miami East Local Schools. “Frustrating would be a good adjective.” The education budget bill will undergo many changes in the House and Senate before the June 30 deadline, Adams said. He said the budget is still in its premature stages. “I’m withholding final judgment until I can see the final simulations,” Adams said. Many superintendents said decisions such as levies and staffing must be decided in the next few weeks and can’t wait for the final funding projections to plan for the next school year.

Many superintendents said they’ve cut multiple positions in their schools and also have reached their limit for community support for levies on the ballot. “I have a 1.75 percent income tax already,” said Jim Atchley, Ansonia Local School superintendent. “I can’t ask for any more.” Atchley said his district has cuts positions and still has achieved Excellent on the state report cards four of five years. out “Obviously we are doing something right,” Atchley said. Miami East’s Rappold said what alarms him is the spreadsheet does not correctly reflect recent school enrollment. Rappold said the budget sheet estimates the district’s student count at 1,164, when enrollment is closer to 1,300. “We tried to see how they came up with that number two to three different ways,” Rappold said. “Even how they came up with our student enrollment doesn’t make any sense to us.” Rappold also said he has yet to figure out the definitions of the budget categories such as “Core Opportunity Aid.” Bradford Exempted Schools Village Jeff Superintendent Patrick said the term “Achievement Everywhere” was a joke. Bradford Schools also is projected to have 0 percent increase in 2014. “You guys say you are listening to us, but you aren’t hearing us,” Patrick

Tom Dunn, superintendent of the Miami County ESC, said under the proposed budget, ESCs like Miami County would undergo a 25 percent cut and funding for services would be sent to the school district themselves, which could mean higher costs for schools. Educational service centers assist local schools in providing classroom aids, substitute teachers, curriculum support and special needs services. “I thought it was about shared services — that’s what we do,” Dunn said. “It’s going to end up costing schools even more than it did before.” Many superintendents also expressed frustration with the lack of a funding formula to see how the funding was determined in the simulation. “Where in the heck is the formula?” asked Dr. John P. Kronour of Tipp City Schools. “This would all be real easy to understand if we had formulas.” Buchy said he believed the metropolitan school systems were monopolizing the majority of the funding. Kronour also expressed his frustration with the state’s voucher and charter school system and the special interest lobby groups for the education alternative, which Kasich has increased funding in the education budget. “It doesn’t feel like it’s a level playing field,” Kronour said. “I just see what it appears to me … that all the mandates flow to us.”


■ CONTINUED FROM A1 “We had to explain it on their terms,” said Amy Esser, early childhood service coordinator. “They got to decorate the boxes, and we talked about it. With our curriculum, naturally around Valentine’s Day you’re talking about feelings and caring for other people.” Kids Learning Place staff members were so impressed by the amount

of food collected that they decided to reward all the children with a Valentine’s Day party. Parent Dee Anna Peck, who is a part of the Army National Guard’s 1487th unit, volunteered the use of a troop cargo carrier to transport food to First Place. Staff Sgt. David Witt and Spc. John Lewis also helped load food on the truck. “We try to do events to help the community, since we’re based in

Piqua,” Peck said. Her daughter Brooklyn said she was happy and excited to help. “We like to give people food,” she said, recalling what she donated with her mom. “We brought in corn and fruit snacks and cherry-pie filling and green beans.” Staff members selected First Place because it serves a large number of families, about 500 a month.

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■ CONTINUED FROM A1 ammunition. “I can’t imagine what the difference is,” Hanlon said. President Barack Obama has called for restoring a ban on militarystyle assault weapons and limiting the size of ammunition magazines. A bill introduced last month by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. would ban 157 specific firearms designed for military and law enforcement use and exempt others made for hunting purposes. It also would ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Yet there are firearms that would be protected

According to projections, Kettering would receive a 25 percent increase in funding of approximately $2.4 million for 2013-2014. According to reports, a 5.9mill levy was pulled from the ballot due to the increased funding projection for the district. The levy would have raised $7.1 million for the district. “That’s a shame because what if it changes?” Herman said. Herman said the whole problem could easily have been avoided had projections not be released at all. “They hurried up and gave us numbers and it’s a rough run of numbers,” Herman said. “While we appreciate their effort to get us something to work with, we have more questions than answers than before.” Herman said the meeting with legislators is important to “send a signal and be involved.” “We are all there for the same reason, which is to help out our kids,” Herman said. Rappold also said the meeting, while frustrating, was fruitful. “I believe feedback from three counties of superintendents of what we think about this budget was expressed to our state repRappold resentatives,” said. “I get that everybody needs to tighten their belts, but quit asking us to do additional stuff and dial down the mandates.” For a look at the first proposed budget for Miami County schools, visit

■ CONTINUED FROM A1 Benedict’s decision this week at SiriusXM’s “The Catholic Channel.” The election also follows a pontificate that featured Americans in unusually prominent roles. Cardinal William Levada, the former San Francisco archbishop, was the first U.S. prelate to lead the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s powerful guardian of doctrine. Cardinal Raymond Burke, the former St. Louis archbishop, is the first American to lead the Vatican supreme court. And Benedict appointed others from the U.S. to han-

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Janet Shanley dle some of his most pressing concerns, including rebuilding ties with breakaway Catholic traditionalists and overseeing the church’s response to clergy abuse cases worldwide. But as Christopher Bellitto, a historian at Kean University in New Jersey who studies the papacy, said, “There’s a big difference between letting somebody borrow the car and handing them the keys.” “The American church,” he said, “comes with a lot of baggage.” Among the negatives is the clergy sex abuse scandal, which has affected every U.S. diocese and bishop.


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said. “Why would we continue to give our input when no one even listens — we are the people in the fields, we are the experts.” Adams suggested working more closely with public education groups, which many voiced they already have done. Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman said his administration isn’t “banking on” the budget as it has been proposed. “This is going to change multiple times before it’s all settled,” Herman said. “The only thing I’m certain of is that it’s going to change.” Herman acknowledged that his fellow colleagues were not too happy with the proposal and budget. Herman also said he agreed that seeing a formula used to determine the state funding Troy City Schools or any school will receive would be helpful. “We don’t have any idea how they got the numbers, so a formula on how they find the numbers would be nice,” Herman said. Herman said for districts around the state, knowing the amount of state funding is important, and more so for districts with levies on spring and summer ballots. “I feel sorry for districts with a May levy because it could be enough or too much (community funding),” Herman said. Herman said Kettering Schools removed a levy issue after the projections on Wednesday, due to an increase in funding.


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the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ, 10 W. Monument • BREAKFAST St., featuring OFFERED: Breakfast will Berachah Valley. be offered at the Pleasant • HISTORY Community Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 DAY: The comW. Fenner Road, Ludlow Calendar bined Bradford Falls, from 8-11 a.m. Railroad Made-to-order breakfasts CONTACT US Museum, will be offered and everyBradford thing is a la carte. Historical Society • VIEW FROM THE and the Bradford VISTA: Come discover Call Melody Public Library Brukner Nature Center’s will host a Vallieu at vista bird life, enjoy a Bradford History 440-5265 to homemade cookie and a Day at the cup of hot bird-friendly coflist your free Bradford fee and join members of Community Club calendar the BNC Bird Club from 2from 1-4 p.m. items.You 4 p.m. as participants Come to the learn to identify our feathcan send event and enjoy ered friends. Club memyour news by e-mail to sharing of the bers will identify each stories, artifacts species and get a count and the history on the number of each of Bradford. seen at one time. All this Learn of the data will be entered into resources availProject FeederWatch, a national bird population survey coordinated by the able for learning more about the history of Bradford and the information Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology to track population changes. This winter available for geneology research. Bring artifacts and pictures to share. is promising to be an exciting one, For more information, call Sue with lots of northern species predictVickroy at (937) 448-2844. ed to move into the area. All levels • SUGAR BUSH WALK: A sugar of birders are invited. bush walk will begin at 2:30 p.m. at • DOG SOCIAL: The Miami the Aullwood Farm Building. County Park District will have its Experience the sap flow of the monthly dog social from 1-3 p.m. at maple and discover the wonder of Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 food making in green plants during Ross Road, south of Tipp City. If the walk to the sugar house to your dog is nice and plays well with observe the boiling of sap and others, bring them to the park. Last week was Valentine’s Day for people drawing off of warm maple syrup.



this week it’s for the dogs. Give your pooch a heart-shaped doggy treat found along the trail. Remember owners are responsible for their dogs and must clean up after their pet. Meet at the entrance next to the parking lot. Pre-register for the program online at www.miamicountyparks, e-mail to or call (937) 3356273, Ext. 104. • BREAKFAST SET: The American Legion Post No. 586, Tipp City, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8-11 a.m. for $6. Items available will be eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, french toast, hash browns, toast, cinnamon rolls, juices and fruit. • OLD TIME GOSPEL: Old time gospel will be offered at 10 a.m. at

MONDAY • REUBEN SANDWICHES: The American Legion Post No. 586, Tipp City, will serve reuben sandwiches for $5 beginning at 6 p.m. • DOLLAR NIGHT: Dollar menu night will be from 6-8 p.m. at Troy Eagles, 225 N. Elm St. Dollar menu items include hamburger sliders, sloppy joe, hot dog, grilled cheese, french fries, onion straws, cup of soup, ice cream and more for $1 each. Civic agendas • Monroe Township Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. at the Township Building. • The Tipp City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Government Center. • The Piqua City Commission will

meet at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.• The Troy City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the meeting room in Council Chambers. • The Staunton Township Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Staunton Township building. • Covington Board of Public Affairs will meet at 4 p.m. in the Water Department office located at 123 W. Wright St., Covington. • The Miami County Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet at 5 p.m. at 2000 W. Stanfield Road, Troy.

TUESDAY • TEAM MEETING: The next Miami County Relay For Life will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Miami Valley Centre Mall conference room, Piqua. • TINY TOTS: A Tiny Tots program will be offered from 1-1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. This interactive program is for children birth to 3 and their parents or caregivers. • BOARD MEETING: MiltonUnion Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. • SPEAKER SET: The Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St. The speaker for the evening will Fletcher resident, author and lecturer Scott Trostle. On this years 100th anniversary of the 1913 flood, he will be recounting events from the flood from his newest book, “And Through the Black Night of Terror.” All of Trostle’s books will be available after the program. The program is free. For more information, email or call (937) 3077142. • BOARD MEETING: The Miami County Park District will hold its next board meeting at 9 a.m. at Lost Creek Reserve Cabin, 2645 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. For more information, contact the Miami County Park District at 335-6273. • ROUNDTABLE MEETING: The Stillwater Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, Troy. Dr. Warren Kaebnick will talk about fellow Ohioan Clement Vallandigham, a U.S. Representative for Ohio and a Peace Democrate. He was an out spoken critic of Abraham Lincoln and aginst the Civil War.

Edison’s Mehaffie named to state board of education From local teacher to Ohio State Board of Education member, Darryl Mehaffie is a well-respected individual who serves as a key supporter of the region. A member of the Edison Board of Trustees for 14 years, Mehaffie recently was appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to serve on the Ohio State Board of Education. Mehaffie will serve the remaining two years of an atlarge member from Delaware. M e h a f f i e MEHAFFIE retired in 1996 after teaching fifth and sixth grade students at Northmont City Schools in Englewood for 30 years. Mehaffie felt the need to give back to the community and has since served on many boards and committees throughout the years. He is active in politics and serves as the Ohio Republican State Central Committeeman for the Fifth District, serving Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Darke counties. During a recent interview, Mehaffie noted that current Ohio Association of Community College members are taking a different attitude when approaching the governor for support. “We approached him not with our hands out asking for money but out to shake his hand, saying, “Governor, what can we do in our community college systems to help create jobs?’” he said. “We have a good working

PIQUA relationship with the governor’s office and his staff.” Mehaffie feels as though Edison is taking the appropriate steps to provide students with the opportunity to obtain quality careers throughout the region. “Edison is doing exactly what needs to be working done; with Upper Valley Career Center, area high schools, and workforce develo p m e n t , ” Mehaffie said. He believes that Edison’s president, Dr. Cristobal Valdez, is working hard to turn programs around to make them more effective for students. Mehaffie and Valdez recently attended a FUTURES conference in Orlando, Fla. The weeklong conference dealt primarily with work force development and taught participants how to become good trustees for community colleges. By partnering with local employers in the region, Mehaffie feels that Edison is ahead of the game and is serving as an educational leader. Mehaffie is proud to be a part of Edison, stating, “The college has great leadership, outstanding faculty and tight reins on the budget.” With a passion for Edison, the arts, and teaching Mehaffie hopes to continue being a vocal supporter for the community.

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Question: Do you think President Barack Obama did a good job or bad job in his State of the Union address? Watch for final poll results

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Results: Yes: 17% No: 83% Watch for a new poll question in next Sunday’s Miami Valley Sunday News.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” — First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

EDITORIAL ROUNDUP Chicago Sun-Times on a presidential-bid condition for New Jersey Gov. Christie: If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants to run for president in 2016 — and we hope he does — he had better figure out now what to say and do about his considerable extra weight. Gov. Christie can’t have it both ways. He can’t laugh off the matter of his obesity one day, as he did on David Letterman’s show recently, and snarl about it the next, as he did later when he told a former White House doctor who mentioned his weight to “shut up.” More than that, here’s hoping Christie actually slims down, as he says he’s trying to do. The doctor who annoyed him, Connie Mariano, was speaking the simple truth when she pointed out that the presidency is a highly stressful job and all those extra pounds could kill him. Americans presume that a president’s health is their business. They don’t want any big secrets, as there were for FDR and JFK. That’s why later presidents have made public the results of their annual physicals. Presidents are also, like it or not, role models for good health or bad. President George W. Bush set a good example with is regular jogging; President Barack Obama set a bad example with his covert smoking — let’s hope he’s quit. About a third of all Americans are obese, carrying an extra 35 pounds or so. If Christie goes for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, we can expect a primary battle that is far more honest and intelligent than what we saw last year. And Christie would give any Democrat in the general election, even one named Clinton, a real run for the money. But if the governor is of a mind to run, he would be wise to start now, beginning with a slow jog. The Greenwood (Miss.) Commonwealth on job loss trends: The Associated Press recently moved a provocative series about the changing landscape for jobs in the United States. It made a good case that middle-class jobs eliminated by technology and the recession aren’t coming back. This is not the first time to hear such dire warnings. Imagine the fuss in the horse carriage industry 100 years ago as it tried to compete with the fledgling automobile. More recently, the typewriter vanished after being conquered by the personal computer. Generally, a disruptive improvement such as the automobile winds up creating more jobs than it eliminates. Historically, such changes have been good for the economy. However, the AP report indicates that this time may be different — due to the rapid improvement in computer software that allows machines to do more jobs with greater accuracy. Another difference is that a lot of the jobs being eliminated, such as an accountant or office manager, involve a college degree. So far, the recent improvements in technology are eliminating more jobs than they are creating. The statistics bear out this argument. The United States lost 7.5 million jobs in the recession that started in late 2007. So far, only 3.5 million jobs have been created, but few of them in the so-called “midskill, mid-pay” category. Most new jobs are in lower-paying, lower-skill categories. The AP report is informative because it addresses a subject that politicians were unwilling to in last year’s elections. It’s easy to say that all the jobs are going to China, but a more accurate answer is that some of them are not going anywhere. They’re just disappearing.

THEY SAID IT “I think the future of what we can offer will be extremely beneficial to the regular classroom children as well. There’s nothing we do that can’t be done in a regular classroom to benefit all students.” — Troy City Schools Coordinator of Gifted Services Leigh Ann Fish “Lent is not a glorified to-do list. It’s not all about what I give up. This is a time we focus on Christ.” — St. Patrick Catholic Church Pastor Jim Duell “We got the police involved right away. We are going to be investigating this incident. We have plans in place and will follow proper safety procedures.” — Tipp City Schools Superintendent John Kronour, after a threatening note was found at Tippecanoe High School

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Next gen may force gamers to live in past The times, they are a-changing. Gamers may actually finally be doing what they should have done all along — and voting with their wallets. Rumors are flying in the next generation of video game console wars, with the first truly official data likely to be announced this Wednesday by Sony. But with Nintendo’s supposedly-next gen console, the Wii U, already being greeted with a very resounding “meh” from consumers after months on the market, and with Microsoft and Sony’s next offerings rumored to block or limit secondhand games in some fashion — as well as a number of upstart challengers joining the fight — the Big Three may find themselves yearning for the glory days of the current generation. Nintendo may have scored a massive hit with the Wii, but the console was merely a gimmick (motion controls) and not even worthy of being called a current gen console thanks to its dated graphics and horrifically substandard online capabilities. But since the casual audience bought the console in mass quantities — Nintendo largely ignored core gamers when

Josh Brown Troy Daily News Columnist it came to the Wii, and gamers responded in kind — Nintendo was prematurely declared the winner of that gen. So Nintendo decided to get the jump on Sony and Microsoft this time around, rushing out another gimmicky machine that finally joined the current gen in graphics but still lags behind online. And sales of the Wii U, which was supposed to be Nintendo’s apology to core gamers, have reflected their attitude — you didn’t care about us then, we don’t care about you now. A tablet for a controller? No thanks. We all already have smartphones. And then there’s Microsoft, whose XBox 360 just keeps selling

and selling. The rumor mill around the XBox 720 has been going crazy, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. First off, the XBox 720 will, according to rumor, require a constant connection to the Internet to function at all. This already has been tried with select PC games as a way to deter piracy — and, unfortunately, no matter how much gamers complained, they still bought them instead of punishing those companies by withholding their cash. The 720 will also require that users install all games — even physical games on discs — likely so they can be tied to a user account and can’t be sold to the second-hand market. Also, the 720 will come with the Kinect — Microsoft’s motion-sensing video camera of a controller add-on — as a mandatory feature. So you’ll always have a video camera with facial recognition technology connected to the Internet watching you. If that thought doesn’t make you uncomfortable, I don’t know what would. And Sony? Well, it’s actually scheduled to make a big announcement on Wednesday, likely the Playstation 4. The latest rumor on

it is that it will be able to stream PS3 games over the Internet — which, to gamers, just says that there won’t be any backwards compatibility. Want to play games you already own on the new machine? Buy them again. Oh, and the same rumors about blocking secondhand games apply, as well. A recent survey by GameStop said that 60 percent of gamers would not buy a next-gen console that limited pre-owned games. So it looks like we should all hang onto our XBox 360s and Playstation 3s for now — unless maybe a hackable, open source, Android-based console that only costs $99 like the upcoming Ouya sounds enticing. Or maybe Valve’s in-development Steam Box, whatever form it ends up taking. Gamers will appear to have more choices than ever before in the next generation. And many — like me — will probably prefer to live in the past. As in the current generation. TDN Sports Editor Josh Brown appears Sundays. Here’s hoping that rumors stay rumors and the truth is something a lot less limiting.


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FUNERAL DIRECTORY • Ernest L. Vagedes TROY — Ernest L. Vagedes, age 71, of Troy, Ohio, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Hospice of Dayton. Services are pending through Baird Funeral Home, Troy. • Danni A. Amick TIPP CITY — Danni A. Amick, 54, of Piqua, Ohio, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Services are pending at Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, Tipp City.

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Couple to rehab ‘spooky’ house WORTHINGTON (AP) — A house where a “ghosthunting” teen was shot over six years ago is finally getting a makeover. The home known as the “spooky house” has been empty since 2009. It sold for $39,000 last month at a sheriff’s auction. Mike Wilson and his fiancee Emma Rousculp are just starting to fix it up while learning more about its past. “It seems like a real sad story,” Wilson said. “It seems terrible.” What happened in 2006 hasn’t been forgotten in the suburban neighborhood just north of Columbus. A 17-year-old girl and her friends were sneaking around outside his house while on a ghost hunt when a man who lived there with his mother shot the girl in the head. She was seriously injured, but survived. Allen Davis was sentenced to 19 years in prison. He has said he didn’t mean to hurt anyone but considered the girls trespassers for sneaking around and maintained he was defending his home. The shooting left residents around Columbus torn. Many felt Davis overreacted to teen antics while others saw the girls as picking on Davis and facing no legal consequences for trespassing.

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Legal aid for Ohio veterans seen as possible model CINCINNATI (AP) — After the warehouse where he worked for nearly three decades closed and he faced the prospect of losing his unemployment benefits, Steve Brannan didn’t know where to turn for legal help. An Army veteran, he had no money for a lawyer. “I didn’t know where to turn, and I had to go to a lot of places before I found help,” said Brannan, 53, of Wilmington. He eventually resolved the problem with help from the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, but now, Brannan and other veterans will have help just for them. A call center to open this month in central Ohio will pair low-income veterans, active military personnel and their families who can’t afford attorneys with volunteer lawyers providing free representation in non-criminal cases. It’s part of what legal experts and others say it a growing effort across the United States to meet the legal needs of those who have served their country, including programs in Maine, Georgia and Oklahoma. “We need to make sure those who have given so much to our country receive the help they need,” said former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton, who retired from the court last year to devote much of her time to helping veterans with mental health and legal issues. Spearheaded by Stratton, the Columbusbased center is a joint project of the Ohio Military/ Veterans Legal Assistance and Capital Project University Law School. It will provide referral service in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties, and officials hope it eventually can be expanded across Ohio and perhaps become a model for other areas. To be eligible for legal aid, the income of the veterans and others seeking help can’t exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. “The end goal is to make sure no veteran or service


Army veteran Steve Brannan poses in the entrance to his home Jan. 28 in Wilmington. Brannan didn’t know where to turn for legal help when he faced losing his unemployment benefits over a technicality and had no money to pay a lawyer. A call center scheduled to start soon in central Ohio will help financially strapped veterans and active military personnel and their families find free legal assistance. member is denied the opportunity for legal assistance,” OMVLAP Director Mike Renner said. There are no data on how many veterans and service members may need legal assistance in the U.S. But demand will only increase as more service members return to civilian life, said retired Army Col. David Sutherland, who heads the Washingtonbased Dixon Center, which works to address needs of veterans, military service members and their families. “About 1,000 service members are leaving the military or being demobilized each day,” said Sutherland, and his organization estimates that about 1 million will leave over the next three years. Though some free assistance for veterans and service members was available through legal aid agencies and other organizations in Ohio, Stratton said she worried that “agencies didn’t always know about each other.”

“I would like to see all of the state organizations together in one pro bono program,” said Stratton.” Established partly with Columbus Foundation funding, Ohio’s center will offer help for problems including foreclosures, divorces and landlord-tenant and creditor-debtor issues. About 40 lawyers have volunteered so far. The center joins similar projects developed by bar associations, law schools and other groups in a few states. More such projects are showing up every few months, said Nan Heald, executive director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Maine, a statewide organization that provides free, civil legal assistance to lowincome people. Pine Tree also helped create Stateside Legal, a website highlighting unique legal needs of veterans, military personnel and their families and resources to help solve those problems. Special laws have been designed to protect veterans,

service members and their families, but lack of knowledge about those laws can actually create headaches. “A military family can come home and find their house has been foreclosed on, even though there’s a law that says that’s not supposed to happen,” she said. Stateside Legal works to increase awareness of those laws. The State Bar of Georgia’s Military Legal Assistance Program has helped connect more than 900 people with lawyers since 2009. About half are family law issues such as divorce and child support, said Norman Zoller, the program’s coordinating attorney. “With multiple deployments, it’s not surprising that many service members face these types of issues,” Zoller said. As part of Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes program, about 500 volunteer lawyers have helped nearly 1,200 clients since 2010, said Deborah Reheard, former president

of the Oklahoma Bar Association, which runs the program. Reheard, now executive director of the Pros 4 Vets support organization, plans to establish an online clearinghouse to inform bar associations nationwide about existing legal assistance programs and encourage others to start them. Former Army Capt. Stuart Sparker and Steve Lynch, the only fulltime civilian attorney assigned to provide legal assistance to active military personnel in Ohio, welcome the state’s new call center. Sparker, a law student at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University, says he knows of other veterans faced with child custody questions or divorce, and “without financial resources to hire an attorney, they’re stuck.” Lynch says he gets calls frequently from those who need representation and can’t afford it. “I do what I can, but there is no way I can help everyone,” he said.

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BETHEL (AP) — They knew nothing about treekilling bugs. They’d never organized a grassroots campaign. Heck, they hardly knew each other. But more than a year ago, faced with the possibility that their rural landscape could be drastically altered for decades to come, seven Clermont County residents banded together to pursue a common goal: save healthy trees. The group, which includes a winemaker, a teacher, an artist and a human resources consultant, formed the Bethel ALB Citizens’ Cooperative. They began researching, lobbying, fundraising and educating others about ALB, which

15,000 trees a year, en route to taking down almost 70 percent of the trees around here.” That was essentially the strategy outlined by USDA officials at a November 2011 public meeting: removal of all host trees the 13 varieties on which the beetle feeds within one-quarter mile to one-half mile of infested trees. At the time, agriculture officials touted that aggressive strategy as the most effective way to eliminate the pest. It still remains an option, but not the preferred one. “From day one, people were saying, ‘You’re going up against the federal government. It’s a lost cause,’” said Denae Bowen. “But we weren’t going to accept that.” Instead, the core group divvied up tasks. Bill Skvarla became the group’s primary spokesman. As owner of Harmony Hill Vineyards, he was able to tap his political and media contacts. His wife, Pat Hornak, put her organizational skills to use as group secretary. Thelma Bennett agreed to handle the group’s

finances. Simmons became the legal liaison. Early on, the group raised $5,000 to retain the Cincinnati law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl. When the group outgrew its Facebook page, Nancy McCarthy, an artist, created a website, www.bethelalb. com. Paul Barbick, a human resources consultant, headed the environmental assessment committee. Bowen, a teacher who home schools her children, devoted herself to public outreach. It was her idea to tie blue ribbons around host trees to help residents visualize what the community would be like without them. The group’s relationship with the USDA has often been rocky. Still, Phil Baldauf, the agency’s Amelia-based ALB eradication project manager, complimented the members for raising awareness of the beetle. “Even if they’re agitated or upset when they have addressed the program, I roll with it,” he said. “I step back and try to remove the emotions from it, and see what the major concern is.” Emotions have run high. So far, about 9,100 infested


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Make exercise a routine part of your day A fitness plan to help get your habit started BY SALLY ANDERSON Tampa Bay Times Including physical activity in your life can be one of the best things you can do for yourself, both physically and mentally, regardless of age. But the reality is that it’s easier said than done. Generally, it takes about three weeks to develop a new habit — but only five or six days to break it. If you are really serious about moving and stretching out those tired and unused muscles, it pays to have a plan, one that is both realistic and flexible. Here are a few fitness facts that could help prevent fitness failure and some tips to help you get moving in the right direction. MYTH 1 Ab exercises will remove abdominal fat: Don’t count on any spot exercises to remove body fat on top of the ab muscle. The only way to successfully lose abdominal fat is through cardio and strength training for the whole body, not just a body part, and, of course, a healthy low-calorie diet. That will help you reduce your overall body fat, but genetics will pretty much dictate where you will lose the fat. MYTH 2 You should be sore after every workout: This has never been validated by any scientific research, but persists because of the mistaken macho belief that a workout needs to make you feel really sore to be effective. Workouts need to be challenging and your muscles may be slightly sore when you first start to exercise, but you should not evaluate the success of workouts by how sore you feel after the workout. MYTH 3 Aerobic workouts will increase metabolism for hours after a workout: This is actually only half a myth. The caloric burn is minimal: 20 extra calories a day.

MYTH 4 Strength Training will bulk up women: Testosterone is a key player when it comes to building muscle size, and women generally do not have enough of it to build large bulky muscles. Men have 20 to 30 times more testosterone than women. Tips to get started 1. Create a good attitude: Think positive. Think of exercise time as an opportunity to regain energy you may have lost; give you some time to yourself; reduce stress; gain mental and physical health benefits; lose weight; and firm up. 2. Keep it simple: Longterm goals may act as a good motivating tool, but tend to be a little overwhelming. While you never want to lose sight of your major goal, as you progress, introduce smaller weekly goals; monitoring goals and successes in a journal can be very helpful. 3. Enjoy: Bringing along a friend might help to keep you motivated; you can create your own personal biggest-loser competition. Your choices are many: walking or jogging, gym workouts (many gyms will give a free orientation); have a certified personal trainer set up a home program for you to follow; try a cardio dance class or just a night of fun dancing. Exercise doesn’t have to be running until you drop! 4. Mix it up: When you continue to perform the same exercise routine all the time, your body adapts to the exercise and can begin to lose its effectiveness. Challenge your body by varying the routine. Your muscles will thank you for more stimulation, preventing a plateau. And a big plus: You will prevent becoming bored and dropping out. 5. Reward yourself: When you reach your personal mini-goals, treat yourself to a little some-


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der-width apart, extend arms overhead holding ball or weight; abdominals contracted. Moving hips to the back, lower into squat position while lowering ball to right foot with straight arms, elbows slightly relaxed. Pushing through heels, return to original position. Continue to alternate sides for 10 repetitions per side.

• The Birddog Strengthens muscles around spine, abdominals and gluteal muscles, and helps to improve balance and stability. Begin in a hand-knee position, abdominals contracted and back parallel to floor, knees under hips and hands under shoulders. Keeping head in a neutral position with eyes looking downward, extend

one arm shoulder-height while extending opposite leg hip-height, parallel to floor. Hold a few seconds, then release. Complete 10 repetitions, repeating 10 more reps with opposite arm and leg. • Squat and Balance Strengthens thighs and improves balance. Holding both arms in front of chest, balance on right leg, lifting left leg several inches from floor. Maintaining a straight back, slowly bend right leg; lower hips slightly to the back and keep knee over ankle. Hold for a count of four. Press into heel to return to standing. • Pretzel Stretch Stretches hips, gluteals and lower back, and is very relaxing. Lying on back, cross left foot just above bent right knee, clasping hands behind right thigh. Gently bring leg in toward chest while opening left knee to further the stretch. Hold 15 to 20 seconds, repeating on opposite side. Note: If you are 50 or older and have not been exercising, check with your physician before beginning any exercise program.

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Still selling cars, talking sports at 92 Indiana man has been in auto business for more than 50 years BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Drop in at Hayes Motor Sales on South Walnut Street, and you’ve dropped into a sports museum. The south office wall is plastered top to bottom with sports pictures and pictures of sports personalities. There is a huge black-and-white blow-up on the opposite wall of the 1952-53 basketball Hoosiers, a champion’s logo behind the team. A set of golf clubs well used but definitely not museum pieces leans against the wall just behind the big desk that serves as a sort of counter. There’s lots of IU crimson. Some days, there’s also a living, breathing IU football legend remembering back to the time that made him so. And there’s Amos Hayes, the 92-year-old curator of this museum and owner of Hayes Motor Sales for the past 50 some years, gently rambling through the clutter of a lifetime, famous names from many sports baseball, football, basketball, golf, college, professional, amateur, youth, senior popping up like uncovered popcorn over the stove. Hayes, born and raised in Bloomington, played basketball and baseball at Bloomington High School, then baseball for the Bloomington Bobcats semi-pro team, The Herald-Times reported ( ). A little later, he’d play for the Tomcats in Bedford, a somewhat better team, for $15 a game. He carried a lifetime batting average of .343, an average that tops that of the great and recently departed Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals. He saw Stan play in a World Series game in St. Louis, he remembers. … Sat behind the backstop and there in the seat next to him was Musial’s wife, Lillian. He offered to fetch some refreshments for her, an offer she graciously declined. As a youth sports coach, he took his 1952 Little League allstars to the brink of the Little League World Series, losing only in the Midwest regional, one step from the finals. He finally quit playing the game himself at age 38, and turned to golf for the first time, despite his opinion then that it was a game for softies, with no head-first slides into home or crashes into the outfield wall. He’s changed his mind over


Amos Hayes, 92, talks about sports and cars in the office of his Hayes Motor Sales lot in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday,. Hayes has been selling cars for more than 60 years and has his walls covered with photographs of sports personalities and related memorabilia. time, playing well enough to be inducted into the H-T City Golf Hall of Fame in 1987. Oh, and the cars? Well, on this day, only two sit on the lot, both late model Toyotas. The place is officially closed for vacation, Hays points out, but come opening day April 1, there will be a nice selection from which to choose. Not that he will be out there pressing a hard sell. That’s not Amos Hayes. His business is based on longstanding friendships and repeat customers. One is Indiana football legend George Taliaferro, who so far has purchased 22 cars from Hayes. Many days, you might find the two in the dealership office, sharing stories, some from the distant past and others that address current IU sports matters. Hayes points to a picture of himself with nine teammates on the 1951 Bloomington city champion baseball team. Everyone in the picture is black except Hayes, and he says Taliaferro, who faced racism headon as an IU player, tells him to never lose that picture because it’s such a rarity from that time nine black players and one white on the same team. Sports was and is Hayes’ life, and the car lot has been integral to that. Back in the day, he’d sometimes loan a car to an IU player for a special occasion, or to get home for the holidays when campus was empty, as he did once for Hallie Bryant, 1952 Indiana Mr. Basketball, IU player and longtime Harlem Globetrotter. He remembers another time when IU

Amos Hayes, 92, talks about sports and cars outside the office of his Hayes Motor Sales lot in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday. basketball star Bobby Leonard, whose game-winning free throws secured the ‘53 NCAA championship for Indiana, came to him saying he’d found “a real goodlooking girl” who he wanted to ask out, and could he borrow a car? Hayes found a suitable vehicle. “Bob,” he cautioned, “don’t have a wreck.” Hayes got into car sales in 1950, starting his first job on Jan. 1 of that year, and has operated his own sales lot since 1955. He was a regular at IU basketball practices, watching from the stands, until Bob Knight’s arrival. An assistant came up to him to tell him he was awfully sorry but Knight had closed the practices. That changed for Hayes some time later. Knight, a golfer, too, asked through an intermediary if Hayes could join his foursome for a round. He remembers stopping to eat in Morgantown, in the

restaurant’s back room, of course, so Knight wouldn’t be swamped, and they got better acquainted. “He was a prince after that,” Hayes says, and a friendship built. Today, Hayes opens a Texas Tech basketball yearbook Knight had sent along a few years ago when still coaching, with a personal letter enclosed. Ironically, a few years earlier, even as then-IU Foundation President Bill Armstrong was working to recruit Knight for the Indiana job, Hayes was trying to get another up-and-coming college coach of the time, Al McGuire, whose team had just whipped Kentucky, to take the job. As it has turned out, it may be golf rather than basketball that’s won a larger part of his heart over the years. Hayes would volunteer at Augusta for the Masters just to be on the course, and actually got to play it twice, shooting a 78 both

times on the par-72 course. He’s gotten golfing tips from Gary Player. A picture of him standing with Jack Nicklaus at Augusta is a treasured memento. Names like that Bing Crosby, Kent Benson, Knight, Don Schlundt, Bobby Leonard float into the conversation, without boast but with perhaps a touch of the awe a kid today might have for LeBron James. While he has seen an awful lot of good in the sports he’s followed, he’s seen some of the bad. Taliaferro, the first black football player ever drafted into the NFL, was not the only AfricanAmerican to feel the ugliness of some racial attitudes of mid-20th century America. He remembers IU’s first black basketball player and huge star Bill Garrett fouling out of a crucial game as a result of some questionable calls. A few years later, the man who’d made the calls apologized to Hayes. “I did a bad thing,” he admitted, shamefaced. “I didn’t like blacks, and I fouled him out.” But mostly, it is good memories, and Hayes says he gave a lot — about all there was to give — to sports in all the ways he could. “How could you be any more sports-minded than hitching a ride in the trunk of a car 200 miles to Notre Dame to sell (football) programs for 25 cents,” making a princely nickel on each sale? That was when he was 18 and, he remembers, it was bitter cold that day at the stadium. “No wonder I’m a salesman,” Hayes chuckles.

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keep weight down and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. 7. Manage stress. Excessive stress increases your blood pressure and heart rate. Take time to relax. Exercise helps reduce stress, too. 8. Get regular screenings. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes all increase your chances of developing heart disease. Regularly monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol level, and have a blood glucose

test every few years. 9. Learn the warning signs. Alert your doctor to any symptoms of chest pain or discomfort or shortness of breath. Other symptoms of heart disease may include pain first appearing in arm, shoulder, back or jaw; lightheadedness; fatigue; or abdominal pain. 10. Have a cardiac disease risk assessment. Consult your doctor about your personal risk for heart disease and stroke, and follow his or her

advice for health tests, lifestyle changes and therapies. This information is provided by the health care professionals of Upper Valley Medical Center. It is intended for educational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for the care of a physician. Contact your doctor for specific advice and treatment of health conditions. If you need a new doctor, call CareFinders at (866) 6083463.

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■ Girls Basketball

• COACHING SEARCH: Troy Christian Schools is looking for a head varsity volleyball coach, with an application deadline of Feb. 20. Applications can be found on the Troy Christian Schools website at n.pdf. A resume and references should be attached with the applications. For more information, contact Athletic Director Mike Coots at or (937) 339-5692. • RUNNING: Milton-Union High School will host the First Annual Snowshoe Shuffle Relay at 1 p.m. Feb. 23. Runners can compete in either a two-person relay or as an individual. The entry fee is $15 as an individual or $20 per team. Race-day entry is available for the same price. Proceeds will benefit the Milton-Union High School cross country and track programs. Online registration is available at • BASEBALL: Troy High School will host a baseball clinic for ages 10-14 from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Troy High School auxiliary gym. The cost is $25 if registered by Feb. 16. For more information, contact Ty Welker at or at 332-6710, ext. 6232. • POKER: The Troy Football Alumni Association will host a Texas Hold ’Em Tourament at 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the St. Patrick's Parish Center, located at 409 E. Main St. in Troy. The tournament is limited to the first 100 registered players. Registration begins at 3:15 p.m. the day of the tourament. Participants may pre-register by sending an email request to Checks or money orders may be mailed to P.O. Box 824, Troy, OH, 45373. Entrants also may pay at the door. There is a $50 entry fee, with profits from the event going toward the Troy Football Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. The Troy Football Alumni Association is a non-profit organization. • RECRUITING: Troy Christian High School will host a college recruiting seminar, presented by Dynamite Sports and designed to help prepare parents and student-athletes for the process of being recruited to play college athletics. The hour-long presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 25, but interested participants are asked to come early to receive handouts and watch a pre-program video.

All good things …

SPORTS CALENDAR TODAY No events scheduled MONDAY Girls Basketball Division I Sectional at Lebanon Piqua vs. Butler (7:30 p.m.)

Eagles’ season ends in first round BY JOSH BROWN Sports Editor From two wins two years ago to 18 this year. A share of the Metro Buckeye Conference championship and a No. 6 seed in the postseason. The Troy Christian Eagles have enjoyed a massive turnaround this season. But all good things must come to an end. A 12-0 run to start the second quarter by fifth-seeded Botkins turned the tables on the Eagles STAFF PHOTO/JOSH BROWN Saturday, and the Trojans rode Troy Christian’s Amanda Benjamin fights for an offensive rebound their height advantage and the Saturday against Botkins in the Division IV sectional tournament. strength and touch of Logan

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WEDNESDAY Girls Basketball Division II Sectional at Tecumseh Tippecanoe/Graham vs. Eaton/Spr. Shawnee (7:30 p.m.)

Pitts in the paint to a 64-43 victory in the first round of the Division IV sectional tournament at Sidney High School. Even after the season ended at 18-5, though, Troy Christian coach Dick Steineman only could think of the steps forward the program took and what lies in store in the future. “We started back on October 26, and I came in as these seniors’ fourth coach in the last four years,” Steineman said. “I asked them to believe in themselves, to believe in God, and they bought

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Troy’s Tre Hudson goes up for a layup during a game against Minster Saturday in Troy.


Covington’s Brian Olson won his first Division III sectional title Saturday at Lehman High School.

History made Buccs win 1st sectional title since 1986

TUESDAY Boys Basketball St. Marys Memorial at Lehman (7:30 p.m.) Girls Basketball Division III Sectional at Tippecanoe Miami East vs. Dunbar (7:30 p.m.) Girls Basketball Division IV Sectional at Brookville Covington vs. Mississinawa Valley (7:30 p.m.)


BY COLIN FOSTER Associate Sports Editor Covington won its first Division III sectional title since 1986 Saturday at Lehman High School.

Troy comes back for 51-47 OT win BY JOSH BROWN Sports Editor Troy’s regular season couldn’t have ended any other way. The same way it began — in overtime. But it also gave the Trojans a chance to show how far they’ve come since an opening-night loss at Centerville.

TROY Troy rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit against Minster, with Tyler Miller hitting a gametying 3-pointer with 42.8 seconds to go to force overtime at 46-46. The Trojans then got the lead early in the extra period and never let it go, winning their third straight to end the season 51-47 Saturday night at the Trojan Activities Center. It was the fifth overtime game Troy (6-16) had played this season, including one double-overtime

SIDNEY And if you ask coach Tom Barbee, who was coaching at Covington when it won the sectional back then, the way the Buccaneers did it was strikingly similar. “Some of these guys, like Mike Hagan, his stepson Daniel Jennings wrestled today, and guys like (Brian) Olson (Sr.)

Fitting ending

Troy Christian’s Garrett Hancock (top) competes against Miami

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Trojan horses McGraw wins, 5 head to district BY ROB KISER Civitas Media

Harvick wins in debut of new Gen-6 car Kevin Harvick won the first race of Speedweeks, dominating the final two segments of the exhibition Sprint Unlimited in the debut of NASCAR’s new Gen-6 car. “I’m glad we got Speedweeks started off the right way,” said Harvick, who won Saturday night’s non-points race at Daytona International Speedway for the third time in five years. See Page A11.

TROY — Kevin McGraw made it look easy. Alex Dalton had a big win. And Mason Perkins, Logan Schlosser and Andrew Kostecka made it five Troy wrestlers heading to next week’s Fairfield Division I district wrestling tournament Saturday at Centerville High School. Troy finished eighth in the CIVITAS MEDIA PHOTO/MIKE ULLERY Troy’s Alex Dalton grapples with Springfield’s Aaron Crosby team standings with 84.5 points. Saturday during a semifinal match at the Division I sectional tour“We didn’t quite make the top nament at Centerville High School. five (in the team standings) like

MIAMI COUNTY we had talked about,” Troy coach Doug Curnes said. “But to get those five guys out, it was definitely a good day.” All five had advanced to the semifinals on Friday. McGraw (182 pounds) lived up to the top seed, capping a perfect weekend by pinning Braden Olzewski of Miamisburg in 2:35 in the semifinals and dominating Fairmont’s Drew Plumlee in the finals, recording a 15-4 major decision.

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Troy’s Luke Manis pulls up for a shot Saturday against Minster.


Troy Christian’s Meredith Haddad tries to control the basketball after a steal Saturday against Botkins.

Eagles ■ CONTINUED FROM A9 into it. “We were the co-champs of the MBC, we won 18 games, and we really turned a corner in the program. I’m thankful for the seniors and all they did, pointing us in the right direction and changing the future of Troy Christian basketball.” The Eagles closed the first quarter on an 11-2 run — including 3s by Jordane Varvel and Amanda Slone — to take a 12-11 lead, but that would be the last time Troy Christian was in the game. Botkins (11-10) caught the Eagles slow to get back on the court after the quarter break, running a quick play after the whistle blew to Pitts inside to give the Trojans the lead for good. Troy Christian didn’t recover from the shock of that for the entire quarter, going scoreless for more than five minutes and falling behind 33-16 at the half. “That second quarter, we only scored four points,” Steineman said. “In two of the first three quarters, we outscored them. But we just fell apart in that second quarter. We didn’t rebound the ball well.” Botkins outrebounded Troy Christian 34-26 in the game, and the Eagles never found the answer on defense for Pitts. Pitts piled up a game-high 29 points and eight rebounds, including going 9 for 12 from the free throw line. As a team, Botkins was 23 for 29 from the line. The Eagles’ three seniors led the team in scoring on the day. Amanda Benjamin scored all seven of her points in the second half, Katie Poteet scored all seven of hers in the third

quarter off the bench and added five rebounds and Slone pitched in seven points. Sarah Campbell had six points and three assists, Morgan Haddad had five points and six rebounds and Lydia Demmitt scored four points. It was still a far cry from the last two seasons — a 91-18 loss and a 93-16 loss, both to Fort Loramie in the first round. “We’re learning,” Steineman said. “With the kids having the success they had this year, it will help to build on that next year. And we have the majority of the squad coming back, too. They’ve just been great kids to coach and be with the whole year. I love them and appreciate all of their hard work this year. “We’re going to have a good summer and build some consistency. But I’m delighted with how this season went. The kids exceeded my expectations.” All good things, however, must end. Botkins — 64 Hannah Koch 2-5-11, Mackenzie Brown 0-2-2, Kayla Heuker 1-0-2, Claire McCullough 1-4-6, Emily Brown 0-0-0, Michaela Kramer 2-2-6, Casie Bergman 2-1-6, Natalie Ambos 00-0, Caitlin Lane 1-0-2, Jill Schneider 0-0-0, Logan Pitts 10-929, Jocelyn Counts 0-0-0, Andrea Goettemoeller 0-0-0. Totals: 1923-64. Troy Christian — 43 Sarah Campbell 3-0-6, Morgan Haddad 2-1-5, Lydia Demmitt 2-0-4, Jordane Varvel 10-3, Becca Lybarger 0-2-2, Amanda Slone 3-0-7, Meredith Haddad 0-2-2, Katie Poteet 3-1-7, Amanda Benjamin 3-0-7. Totals: 17-6-43. Score By Quarters Botkins.................11 33 49 64 TC.........................12 16 36 43 3-point goals: Botkins — Koch 2, Bergman. Troy Christian — Varvel, Slone, Benjamin. Records: Botkins 11-10. Troy Christian 18-5.

■ CONTINUED FROM A9 contest. The Trojans were 2-3 in those games. “Tonight was kind of a microcosm of the whole season in that regard,” Troy coach Tim Miller said. “It was nice to finally get to come out on top in another one here. We’ve been finding a way here lately.” After Friday night’s emotionally-charged Senior Night victory over Piqua, though, the early question became just how much energy Troy would have left. Luckily for the Trojans, the Wildcats (13-8) had just finished a drainingyet-satisfying victory over Division III powerhouse Versailles the night before, as well. Troy held a slim 15-14 lead at the half, but Minster was able to use its brute force and size inside to pull ahead 31-24 after three. “Big games for both of us last night, and the energy level showed that,” Miller said. “It was all about who was going to be able to find more energy, and they seemed to gain some momentum late.” And a lot of that was thanks to Ethan Wolf. Wolf scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half and added 12 rebounds, scoring four times on putbacks in the third quarter alone and helping the Wildcats build a lead as big as 10 at 41-31 halfway through the fourth quarter. “We just had no answer for him,” Miller said. “He’s a big, physical, athletic kid. We tried to put bodies on him, but with his size alone and then you throw in athleticism and a nice skill set and his strength … he gave us fits.” But he also got into foul trouble, and he fouled out with 3:14 to play and Minster up by eight. The Trojans decided to take a risk with their own foul trouble and begin utilizing full-court pressure — and it gave their own energy level a big boost.” “When we started


Troy’s Jalen Nelson glides in for a layup Saturday night against Minster at the Trojan Activities Center. pressing, we wer able to create some turnovers and get some easy looks at the basket,” Miller said. “We’d thought about going to it earlier, but we had some guards in foul trouble and were limited for a while in what we could do presswise. But it really got us going. “The kids kept battling all night and kept it close enough to where we were within striking distance at the end. You can’t ask for more than that.” After Wolf fouled out, Jalen Nelson fought hard for a putback to cut the lead to 41-35, then Dylan Cascaden drove and kicked to a wide-open Nelson for 3 to close to within three with 2:53 to g0. Minster answered, but Miller scored on a putback in transition to cut it to three again with 2:09 to play. Minster built the lead back to six at 46-40 with a minute to go, but Miller found Dylan Cascaden — who hit the game-tying 3 that forced overtime on opening night against Centerville — for 3 to make it 46-43, and the

Trojans called timeout with 53.5 seconds to go. On the ensuing inbounds play, Minster attempted to throw a bomb pass to mid court, but Nelson intercepted the ball and got it to Miller, who canned a 3 with 42.8 seconds left to knot things up. Minster tried to play for the last shot, but Troy forced a turnover and the game went to OT. Cascaden hit a pair of free throws to start overtime, but a free throw by Devon Poeppelman — who led all scorers with 17 points — pulled the Wildcats to within 48-47. Taren Kinnel hit a free throw to make it a twopoint game with 35 seconds left, then Cascaden sealed the win by stealing the ball, drawing an immediate foul and burying both free throws — and the Wildcats’ hopes — with 12.4 seconds left. “We’ve done that probably half a dozen times this year, but we didn’t come out on the successful end of it,” Miller said, referring to the number of close games the Trojans have played.

This team could easily be .500 right now.” Cascaden led Troy with 13 points — one of four Trojans in double figures. Miller added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Tre Hudson had 10 points and seven rebounds and Nelson had 10 points and six rebounds. Troy, the No. 17 seed, now gets a week to prepare for its Division I sectional opener tournament against No. 3 Northmont. Minster — 47 Jacob Stechschulte 0-2-2, Brandon Hoying 1-2-4, Andrew Knapke 0-0-0, Adam Niemeyer 00-0, Devon Poeppelman 5-7-17, Kurtis Thobe 0-0-0, Vince Brown 2-0-4, Ethan Wolf 5-3-13, Eli Wolf 2-3-7. Totals: 15-17-47. Troy — 51 Luke Manis 0-2-2, Jalen Nelson 4-0-10, Connor Super 0-00, Tre Hudson 5-0-10, Tyler Miller 5-0-12, Dylan Cascaden 4-4-13, Seth Perdziola 0-3-3, Taren Kinnel 0-1-1. Totals: 18-10-51. Score By Quarters Minster ............7 14 31 46 47 Troy..................8 15 24 46 51 3-point goals: Minster — none. Troy — Nelson 2, Miller 2, Cascaden. Records: Minster 13-8. Troy 6-16. Reserve score: Minster 47, Troy 29.

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Buccs top Vikings, Devils close with win Staff Reports


CASSTOWN — Miami East coach Allen Mack gave all the credit to the Covington’s defense Saturday night. The Buccaneers forced 21 turnovers and held the Vikings to just 10 total points in the second and third quarters — and the result was a 53-43 victory in Casstown. The Vikings finish the regular season at 14-8, 75 in Cross County Conference play. The Buccs concluded the year with a record of 14-8, 102 in the CCC. Cole Owens led the way for Covington with 15 points and also added two blocks. Ryan Craft added 12 points, six rebounds and three steals, Troy Cron had nine points and four steals. Conner Hellyer tied his career high with 13

Snodgrass. Records: Covington 14-8, 10-2. Miami East 13-9, 7-5.

points to lead the charge for East. A.J. Hickman added 11 points and five rebounds, while Nick Beard was a perfect 5 for 5 at the line and finished with seven points. Miami East will face the winner of CarlisleAnna on Feb. 26 to open Division III sectional play. Covington will play Waynesville on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Both teams play at Tecumseh High School.

Tippecanoe 72, Greenon 55 ENON — Tippecanoe finished off the regular season Saturday with a 72-55 win on the road against Greenon in Central Buckeye Conference crossover play. Nick Fischer led the Red Devils with 17 points, Cameron Johnson added 14 and Jared Ervin added nine. Tippecanoe finished the game with eight 3-pointers. Tippecanoe (17-5) opens Division II sectional play against Kenton Ridge Saturday at 6 p.m. in Springfield.

Covington — 53 C. Owens 6-2-15, Craft 5-212, Cron 4-0-9, Angle 2-2-6, Benedict 2-0-5, D. Owens 1-1-4, Lefeld 0-2-2. Totals: 20-9-53. Miami East — 43 Hellyer 4-2-13, Hickman 33-11, Beard 1-5-7, House 2-0-5, Snodgrass 1-0-3, Donaldson 1-02, Villella 1-0-2. Totals: 13-1043. Score By Quarters Cov ...................16 26 40 53 ME ...................13 19 23 43 3-point goals: Covington — C. Owens, Cron, Benedict, D. Owens. Miami East — Hellyer 3, Hickman 2, House,

Tipp — 72 Fischer 7-0-17, Hughes 2-28, Ford 1-2-4, Stucke 3-2-8, Johnson 6-0-14, Landwehr 1-24, Donahay 1-0-2. Totals: 21-872. Greenon — 55 Carpenter 6-1-13, Stockton 0-4-4, Gray 5-1-11, Colletti 5-9-

19, Wetsel 3-0-8. Totals: 19-1555. Score By Quarters Tipp 21 37 57 72 Greenon 18 32 42 55 3-point goals: Tipp — Fischer (3), Hadden (2), Ervin, Johnson (2). Greenon — Wetsel. Records: Tippecanoe 17-5.

• Girls Division II Sectional Tippecanoe 62, Graham 40 NEW CARLISLE — Halee Printz scored 19 points, Erica Comer and Carly Clodfelter each added nine as the Tippecanoe Red Devils rolled past the Graham Falcons by a score of 6240 Saturday in the opening round of the Division II Tecumseh sectional. The Red Devils outscored the Falcons 3918 in the middle quarter’s, entering the fourth with a 48-26 lead. Tipp (13-10) advances to play Eaton Wednesday. Division IV Sectional Covington 54,

Bradford 48 BROOKVILLE — The Covington Buccaneers built a 25-11 lead at the half and withstood a second-half rally by Bradford Saturday, holding on to defeat the Railroaders 54-48 in the opening round of the Division IV sectional tournament in Brookville. Jessie Crowell did the heavy lifting for the Buccs (15-8), scoring a game-high 31 points. Jackie Siefring added nine. Brooke Dunlevy hit four 3s and led Bradford (9-14) with 17 points. Covington advances to face Mississinawa Valley Tuesday in the second round. Newton 48, Bethel 23 BROOKVILLE — The Newton defense held Bethel to one first-quarter point and rode a bal-

anced offensive attack to a 48-23 victory over the Bees to open the Division IV sectional tournament Saturday at Brookville High School. Trista Lavy led Newton (11-12) with 17 points, Megan Rutledge added seven and Madison Mollette and Marissa Kleman each scored six. Breanne Whetstone scored seven to pace the Bees (1-22). Newton takes on Catholic Central Thursday in the second round. Mechnicsburg 71, Lehman 43 SIDNEY — Secondseeded Miamisburg (20-3) jumped out to a 23-8 lead after the first quarter Saturday over Lehman and never looked back, sending the Cavaliers to a 71-43 defeat in the first round of the Division IV sectional tournament at Sidney High School.



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Division III ■ CONTINUED FROM A9 were around back then,” Barbee said. “I coached them. Some of them were telling me when we won it then, we had 12 out of 13, and today, we had 11 out of 12 we took in. It’s kind of back to the same way it was. “It was a good turn for us. The kids wrestled well. They gave everything they had and did what they needed too. I’m very proud of them.” The Buccs led entering Saturday and never relinquished their lead, winning convincingly with 228.5 points. The next closest team was Versailles with 183. “I wasn’t really expecting to win it,” said Brian Olson Jr., who won his first individual sectional title at 195. “I think we were kind of just going here with the mindset to do the best we can. It turned out really great. I’m really proud how the guys did. I think we’ve got everybody going on to district except for one guy. That’s phenomenal.” Olson pinned Versailles’ Kyle Dieringer in the finals. Ryan Ford (126) and Daniel Jennings (145) also captured sectional titles. Ford defeated West-Liberty Salem’s Trevor Anderson in the final by a 13-5 decision. Jennings won his class with a first-round pin on Adam Tilley. Kyler Deeter was just seconds away from holding off Mechanicsburg’s Max Erwin, who was picked as the preseason favorite to win state at 160. Deeter led 4-1 halfway through the third round of the finals, but Erwin took control, pinning Deeter with little time to spare. Deeter, however, may get another shot next week at Erwin next weekend at district. Also advancing to district for the Buccs were Brock Smith (138), Ben Miller (170), Justin Daniel (220), A.J. Ouellette (182), Jake Sowers (152), Connor Ryan (106) and Jordan Wolfe (285). After falling in the semis, Smith fought his way into the third-place match, but fell to Anthony Decarlo by a 2-1 decision. Miller was defeated by National Trail’s Zach Sullivan in the 170 final. Daniel defeated Northeaster’s Drey Williams to place third at 220. Wolfe won his semifinal match against Chad Demaree on a 3-1 decision, then lost to Versailles’ Andrew Smith 7-1 in the


Troy’s Andrew Kostecka wrestles during the semifinal round Saturday at Centerville High School.

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Troy Christian’s Jarred Ganger was one of four Division III sectional champions for the Eagles Saturday at Lehman High School.

Covington’s Kyler Deeter tries to spin away from his opponent Saturday at Lehman High School. finals. • Usual Suspects The usual suspects came away with sectional titles for the Troy Christian Eagles, which finished fourth as a team (161.5). Defending state champions Jordan Marshall (152) and B.J. Toal (182) both won their classes, as did Jarred Ganger (113) and Garrett Hancock (120). Toal and Marshall each had Covington wrestlers standing in their way in the finals. Toal scored a pin with 44 seconds left in the third round against Ouellette in the finals, and Marshall pinned Sowers in the first round. “It feels good to win,” said Toal, who won his second sectional title in as many tries. “Right now we have eight matches left, I’m just going to stay focused and be ready to go next week.” Ganger came out aggressive from the start, scoring five points in the first 20

seconds before pinning Jake Guiterrez as time winded down in the first round. Hancock, however, had a tougher time in his finals matchup against Miami East’s Allen Seagraves, who, like Hancock, has wrestled at state before. It was a rematch of last year’s sectional final, where Hancock escaped with a one-point win. And Saturday, it was another close match for the two. Seagraves tied the match at 3-3 midway through the final round, but Hancock responded with three points late to win 6-3. Both wrestlers advanced to district. Troy Christian’s Zach Davie (106) dropped a heartbreaker to Versailles’ Nathan Henry in the finals, falling 4-3. Levi Sims was ousted by Mechanicsburg’s Dillon Hurst in the consolation semifinal, then defeated Colton Booth to place fifth overall at 170.

Even after a fourth-place finish at sectional, most Eagles agreed, it’s state team title-or-bust with the group they have this season. “We all want to win state,” Ganger said. “That’s our goal, and our goal is to win state as a team. Pretty much if we don’t win state, we’re pretty much going to be down again. If we get runner-up again, we’re not going to feel like we pushed each other hard enough to get it done.” • Viking Horde Seagraves was the only Viking to make finals, but a bevy of others earned their way to district by making it in the top four. As a team, Miami East hung with the best of them, placing fifth with a total of 137.5 points. The Vikings were one of only six teams to score over 100 points at the tournament. Miami East’s Josh Morrow (106) is moving on to district after placing third overall. Morrow defeated Covington’s Connor Ryan by a 5-3 decision. Matthew Amheiser (113) also placed third in his class with an 82 decision. Austin Rush pinned Troy Christian’s Chase Mayhabb in the third round to placed third overall. Both wrestlers move on to district. Mack Rose placed fourth at 145, falling to Johnny Dean by a 6-2 decision. Ben Ferguson pinned Chad Demaree to finish third. The Division III district tournament kicks off Friday at Fairmont High School’s Trent Arena.

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Harvick gets exhibition win DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Harvick won the first race of Speedweeks, dominating the final two segments of the exhibition Sprint Unlimited in the debut of NASCAR’s new Gen-6 car. “I’m glad we got Speedweeks started off the right way,” said Harvick, who won Saturday night’s non-

points race at Daytona International Speedway for the third time in five years. But with only 19 cars in the field at the start of the race — and that was whittled down to 12 after an early accident — there wasn’t a great feel for what the Feb. 24 season-opening Daytona 500 will look like with a full 43-car

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field. “We’ll have to wait a week and see what the weather is like,” Harvick said. “There’s still a lot to learn with a full pack of cars.” There wasn’t a chance for that in the 75-lap exhibition race, which was split into three segments. Fans got to vote on the format and decid-

ed on 30 laps, 25 laps then a 20-lap sprint to the finish. But several big names were knocked out a mere 15 laps into the race. Tony Stewart was running second when he cut across the front of Marcos Ambrose, making slight contact that turned Stewart sideways and required a save to keep from crashing.

“Kevin (McGraw) came in a little heavy,” Curnes said. “We will have some discussion about weight issues next week. But, he never lost energy out on the mat. He wrestled great.” In the championship match, McGraw had four quick takedowns for an 8-2 lead by the middle of the second period and he continued the domination throughout the match. “Kevin (McGraw) came out and wrestled strong,” Curnes said. “There was never any time in the match where he put himself in any kind of danger. It is always nice to have a sectional champion.” Dalton (285) may have finished second — but his biggest match of the tournament arguably came in the semifinals. He was facing returning state qualifier Aaron Cosby of Springfield and won a 3-2 thriller in overtime. “You don’t get a lot of chances to beat a guy like that,” Curnes said. “He is a guy we felt like we could beat — and had come up short against twice this year. It was great to beat him this week — it would be even better to beat him next week (at district).” Dalton faced Jacob Burton of Lakota East in finals. Burton was a state-placer at 220 last year. After getting in a 5-1 hole, Dalton got a takedown to get within 5-3, before losing 8-4. “The kid (Jacob Burton) bumped up from 220 last year,” Curnes said. “He is a strong kid. Alex (Dalton) wrestled him tough.” Perkins (126) continued to celebrate his birthday weekend. After losing a 14-5 major decision to Ryley Regan of Miamisburg in the semifinals, Perkins defeated Steven Lewis of Butler 12-6 in the go-to district match and pinned Lucas Bowen of Stebbins in 2:20 in the thirdplace match. “Mason (Perkins) continued to wrestle well,” Curnes said. “It is great to see him going to district.” Kostecka (220) joined him with a third-place finish. After being pinned in 1:32 by Devin Nye of Springfield in the semifinals, Kostecka rebounded in impressive fashion. He pinned Cody Ball of Fairmont in 3:55; and recorded a 14-1 major decision over Ryan Durham of Lakota East. “Like Mason (Perkins), Andrew (Kostecka) just continues to wrestle well,” Curnes said. “He had a great tournament.” And the biggest smile on

saved for the 160-pound Schlosser, who finished fourth. After losing his semifinal by a 15-0 technical fall to Jacob Globke of Middletown, Schlosser rebounded in his go-to district match with a 95 win over Justin UnserBaumann of Lakota East. And a heartbreaking 7-6 loss in to Scott Hartmann of Fairmont in the third-place match didn’t change what he accomplished. “He is my only senior,” Curnes said. “So it is great for him to be going to district. He is my first senior. When I took over, he was a freshman. So this pretty special for me — to see him get back down to district.” And Curnes felt great about what the team accomplished as well. “We had some freshman come down here and win matches in some of the other weight classes,” Curnes said. “That is great experience for them.” And just another reason for Curnes and the Trojans to feel good about the weekend. • Division II T I P P C I T Y — Tippecanoe freshman Jack Peura (138) won a Division II sectional title, defeating Ben Logan’s Russ Hites in the finals Saturday in Tipp City. Mitchell Poynter (120), Gabe Callicoat (145), Austin Robbins (160), Brandon Arndts (170), Shane Dodd (195) and Chip Flohr (220) will be joining Peura at district. Poynter placed third, Callicoat placed second to Monroe’s Colin Wilson, while Robbins placed third and Arndts finished fourth. Poynter defeated Ben Logan’s Bryce Gray in the conso final, Robbins beat Valley View’s Sean Evans for third, Dodd beat Carroll’s Ian Czanik, Arndts lost to Ben Logan’s Alec Felty to finish fourth and Flohr beat Franklin’s Kelly Laforce for third. As a team, the Red Devils placed sixth with 111 points. Barely missing the cut for the Red Devils was Jordan Brown (126) and Logan Ferrell, both of whom finished fifth. Matt Bracci (285), who finished third overall, was the only district qualifier from Milton-Union, though, several Bulldogs placed fifth. Bracci defeated Monroe’s Matt McKinney in the consolation final to earn a district berth. Milton-Union’s Canaan Berry placed fifth at 132, as did Kaleb Rue (138), Sam Hemmerick (145), Taylor Heys (182) As a team, Milton placed ninth with 35 points.

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Trojans’ season IWF head quits after wrestling snub ends in OT defeat Staff Reports


The Troy Trojans were forced to battle all season long. And in their final two games of the season, they came up just short. After being ousted from the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League tournament last week in an overtime loss, the Trojans took on rival Centerville at the IceHaus in Columbus, and even though they were able to force overtime once again, they fell 5-4 in the opening round of the state tournament. Troy finished 19-15 on the season. “There were a lot of well-fought battles in there,” Troy coach Larrell Walters said. Jake Eldridge stopped

29 shots in goal as the Trojans were outshot 34-27 on the night. Logan Tiderington got the scoring started for Troy with a slapshot from the point, then Clay Terrill scored on an assist from Andrew Stang. Alex Smith then set up Will Schober for a short-handed goal late in the first period that gave Troy a 3-2 lead. The Elks scored a pair of goals in the second quarter to take the lead, but Michael Walter evened things up with 11 minutes to play on assists from Terrill and A.J. Noll. But 3:21 into overtime, Centerville scored the game-winner and ended Troy’s season.

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — The president of the international wrestling federation quit Saturday in the wake of the IOC’s decision to remove the sport from the 2020 Olympics. Raphael Martinetti’s resignation was announced at the FILA executive committee meeting in Phuket. The Swiss had been in the position since 2002. On Tuesday, the executive board of the IOC dumped wrestling from the list of 25 sports guaranteed a berth in future Summer Olympics, meaning it must compete with other fringe sports for a spot on the 2020 program. FILA member Nenad Lalovic, who has assumed an interim presidency role, confirmed at a news conference that Martinetti’s resignation was because of the International Olympic Council’s decision.

“It was difficult for a president who was in power for 11 years when the IOC decided to eliminate his sport from the Olympic Games,” said Lalovic, adding the new president will soon be elected at an extraordinary congress. Lalovic said the bid to restore wrestling to the Olympic program would begin immediately. “Everyone of us will have a duty. We have only one goal that is to be back on the Olympics. Lobbying is very important, but it’s not something that you can’t determine in advance,” Lalovic said. “We have to prepare a serious presentation that must be prepared by professionals to present the real picture of our sport. This sport has been practiced by millions of people. We will use this fact in order to promote our sport.” Now that wrestling is no

longer a core Olympic sport, it must compete with seven other contenders baseball and softball, squash, wakeboarding, sport climbing, roller sports and the martial arts of karate and wushu in lobbying to earn the last spot on the program for the 2020 Olympics, which have yet to be awarded to a host city. The IOC executive board will meet in May in St. Petersburg, Russia, to choose which sports to propose for inclusion in 2020. The final vote will be made at the IOC general assembly in September in Buenos Aires, Argentina. USA Wrestling executive director Rich Bender paid tribute to Martinetti, but said his departure could boost wrestling’s chances of getting back on the Olympic program. “This decision provides international wrestling with

an opportunity to change and improve,” Bender said in a statement on USA Wrestling’s website. “The sport will now be able to create a fresh new relationship with the International Olympic Committee and address some of the pressing challenges and opportunities facing wrestling.” Alexander Mamiashvili, the head of the Russian wrestling federation, wants the FILA extraordinary congress to be held in Moscow in May and said President Vladimir Putin had ordered a committee be formed to contest the IOC decision. “The group will coordinate and analyze the situation to prove wrestling is worthy of staying in the Olympic movement,” Mamiashvili told the ItarTASS news agency of a committee that will include the sports minister and all three Russian IOC members.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

BASEBALL Baseball Calendar Feb. 4-21 — Salary arbitration hearings, Phoenix. Feb.15 — Mandatory reporting date for WBC players not participating in Asia. Voluntary reporting date for position players not participating in the WBC. Feb.20 — Mandatory reporting date for players not participating in the WBC. March 2-11 — Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players. March 2-19 — World Baseball Classic. March 13 — Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days. March 27 — Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2013 salary. March 31 — Opening day, Texas at Houston. Active rosters reduced to 25 players. June 6 — Amateur draft. July 12 — Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign. July 16 — All-Star game, Citi Field, New York. July 28 — Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y. July 31 — Last day to trade a player without securing waivers. Sept. 1 — Active rosters expand to 40 players. Oct. 23 — World Series begins.

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division Pct GB W L 32 18 .640 — New York Brooklyn 31 22 .585 2½ Boston 28 24 .538 5 22 29 .431 10½ Philadelphia 21 32 .396 12½ Toronto Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 36 14 .720 — 29 22 .569 7½ Atlanta 15 36 .294 21½ Washington Orlando 15 37 .288 22 Charlotte 12 40 .231 25 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 32 21 .604 — 30 22 .577 1½ Chicago Milwaukee 26 25 .510 5 21 33 .389 11½ Detroit Cleveland 16 37 .302 16 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Pct GB W L 42 12 .778 — San Antonio 33 18 .647 7½ Memphis 29 26 .527 13½ Houston 23 29 .442 18 Dallas 19 34 .358 22½ New Orleans Northwest Division Pct GB W L Oklahoma City 39 14 .736 — 33 21 .611 6½ Denver 30 24 .556 9½ Utah 25 28 .472 14 Portland Minnesota 19 31 .380 18½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB 38 17 .691 — L.A. Clippers Golden State 30 22 .577 6½ 25 28 .472 12 L.A. Lakers 19 35 .352 18½ Sacramento 17 36 .321 20 Phoenix Thursday's Games Miami 110, Oklahoma City 100 L.A. Clippers 125, L.A. Lakers 101 Friday's Games No games scheduled Saturday's Games No games scheduled Sunday's Games East vs. West, 8 p.m. Saturday's College Basketball Scores EAST Albany (NY) 75, Hartford 49 Army 56, Navy 55 Bentley 69, S. New Hampshire 46 Butler 68, Fordham 63 Canisius 68, St. Peter's 59 Colby-Sawyer 78, Castleton St. 73 Colgate 64, Lehigh 60 Concordia (N.Y.) 81, Philadelphia 80, OT Cornell 69, Brown 66 DeSales 85, Eastern 74 Dominican (NY) 89, Goldey Beacom 69 Evangel 79, Culver-Stockton 78, OT Felician 94, Chestnut Hill 83 Harvard 69, Princeton 57 Hobart 77, St. Lawrence 60 Ithaca 76, Nazareth 69 Johns Hopkins 68, Washington (Md.) 67 Keystone 94, Centenary (NJ) 69 King's (Pa.) 71, Wilkes 62 LIU Brooklyn 92, Fairleigh Dickinson 67 La Salle 76, Saint Joseph's 64 Lafayette 63, Bucknell 62 Loyola (Md.) 80, Siena 57 Maine 64, Binghamton 60 McDaniel 75, Gettysburg 50 Misericordia 75, Manhattanville 70 Monmouth (NJ) 73, St. Francis (NY) 64 Mount St. Mary's 89, CCSU 80 NJIT 63, Utah Valley 55 Penn 67, Dartmouth 57 Penn St.-Harrisburg 104, Penn St.Abington 73 Providence 71, Notre Dame 54 Quinnipiac 71, St. Francis (Pa.) 55 Regis 59, Daniel Webster 42 Rhode Island 67, Duquesne 62 Robert Morris 68, Sacred Heart 63 Sage 98, Old Westbury 96, 2OT Sciences (Pa.) 80, Bloomfield 75 Slippery Rock 70, Edinboro 60 St. John Fisher 82, Stevens Tech 73 St. Rose 71, Pace 61 Susquehanna 79, Merchant Marine 73 Syracuse 76, Seton Hall 65 Temple 83, UMass 82 Thiel 82, Grove City 52 Towson 57, Hofstra 50 Utica 88, Elmira 84 Villanova 70, UConn 61 W. New England 69, New England 47 Wagner 89, Bryant 75 West Virginia 66, Texas Tech 64 Wilmington (Del.) 81, Caldwell 73 Yale 75, Columbia 56 SOUTH Alabama 68, South Carolina 58 Alabama A&M 72, Alcorn St. 65 Alice Lloyd 71, Indiana-East 68 Arkansas St. 87, Louisiana-Monroe 54 Augusta St. 52, Ga. Southwestern 43 Barton 100, Lees-McRae 62 Benedict 86, Clark Atlanta 59 Bridgewater (Va.) 78, Guilford 75 Campbell 87, VMI 78 Charleston Southern 73, UNC Asheville 65 Christian Brothers 84, Shorter 69

Coll. of Charleston 69, Georgia Southern 60 Cumberland (Tenn.) 66, Rio Grande 60 Cumberlands 83, Shawnee St. 79 Davidson 72, The Citadel 57 Delaware St. 57, Coppin St. 43 E. Kentucky 80, Jacksonville St. 67 Elon 80, W. Carolina 73, OT FIU 87, W. Kentucky 82 Flagler 87, Armstrong Atlantic 85 Florida 83, Auburn 52 Florida A&M 46, Howard 45 Florida St. 69, Boston College 66 Freed-Hardeman 93, Mid Continent 78 Gardner-Webb 70, Coastal Carolina 63 Georgetown (Ky.) 104, Bluefield 100 Georgia St. 78, George Mason 60 Georgia Tech 57, Wake Forest 56 Hampden-Sydney 82, Emory & Henry 61 High Point 73, Liberty 68 Indiana-Southeast 85, Asbury 70 Jackson St. 77, Grambling St. 38 Kentucky St. 111, Lane 80 King (Tenn.) 91, Mount Olive 58 LSU 80, Mississippi St. 68 Lenoir-Rhyne 71, Brevard 60 Limestone 70, Pfeiffer 56 Lipscomb 84, Florida Gulf Coast 74 Livingstone 68, Johnson C. Smith 56 Longwood 76, Radford 61 Loyola NO 61, Faulkner 43 Maryland 83, Duke 81 Memphis 71, Marshall 59 Mercer 71, ETSU 54 Morehead St. 65, Tennessee Tech 63 Morgan St. 87, Md.-Eastern Shore 55 NC State 90, Virginia Tech 86, OT North Carolina 93, Virginia 81 Northwestern St. 84, Nicholls St. 79 Nova Southeastern 75, Tampa 52 Oakland City 76, Trevecca Nazarene 70, OT Park 69, Hannibal-LaGrange 61 Pikeville 77, Campbellsville 75 Presbyterian 64, Winthrop 57 Randolph-Macon 70, Randolph 52 Richmond 83, St. Bonaventure 80, OT SC State 72, NC A&T 70 SC-Upstate 79, Kennesaw St. 67 SE Louisiana 54, Stephen F. Austin 50 SE Missouri 96, UT-Martin 74 Samford 64, Furman 53 Savannah St. 44, NC Central 36 Shaw 83, St. Augustine's 77 Southern Miss. 86, East Carolina 82, OT Southern U. 58, Alabama St. 49 Stetson 62, N. Kentucky 46 Tenn. Wesleyan 110, Reinhardt 106 Tennessee 88, Kentucky 58 Transylvania 83, Bluffton 72 Tulane 78, SMU 67 Tusculum 72, Catawba 52 UAB 80, Rice 57 UNC Wilmington 73, Northeastern 67 Union (Ky.) 78, Bryan 58 Union (Tenn.) 101, North Alabama 99 VCU 84, George Washington 57 Vanderbilt 63, Texas A&M 56 West Liberty 103, Fairmont St. 99 William & Mary 74, Old Dominion 62 Wingate 120, Mars Hill 72 Wofford 78, Chattanooga 58 Xavier (NO) 68, Southern NO 66 MIDWEST Adrian 60, Albion 51 Akron 67, Bowling Green 50 Ark.-Monticello 53, S. Nazarene 52 Augsburg 71, St. Mary's (Minn.) 60 Austin Peay 83, SIU-Edwardsville 71 Baldwin-Wallace 89, Muskingum 58 Bemidji St. 63, Mary 56 Bethany Lutheran 82, Crown (Minn.) 66 Bethel (Minn.) 77, Macalester 60 Bradley 80, Indiana St. 68 Buffalo 79, Miami (Ohio) 71 Calvin 86, Olivet 60 Capital 61, Ohio Northern 47 Carleton 75, Hamline 59 Carroll (Wis.) 95, Knox 61 Chicago St. 82, Urbana 74 Concordia (Mich.) 69, Lawrence Tech 66 Concordia (Moor.) 69, Gustavus 62 Creighton 71, Evansville 68 Dayton 70, Xavier 59 DePaul 75, Rutgers 69 DePauw 68, Wooster 41 Detroit 84, Valparaiso 74 E. Illinois 79, Murray St. 70 E. Michigan 56, Ball St. 50 Findlay 67, Lake Erie 41 Heidelberg 60, Otterbein 54 IPFW 64, South Dakota 51 Indiana 83, Purdue 55 Iowa St. 87, TCU 53 John Carroll 74, Marietta 68 Kalamazoo 80, Trine 68 Kansas St. 81, Baylor 61 Lawrence 114, Grinnell 106, OT Loyola of Chicago 69, Ill.-Chicago 60 Madonna 76, Aquinas 67 Malone 90, Ohio Dominican 66 Marquette 79, Pittsburgh 69 Michigan St. 73, Nebraska 64 Minn. Duluth 74, Minn. St.-Moorhead 66 Minn.-Morris 94, Martin Luther 66 Minot St. 88, Minn.-Crookston 55 Mount Mercy 69, Viterbo 63 N. Arizona 74, North Dakota 72, OT N. Dakota St. 75, IUPUI 39 N. Iowa 71, Drake 64 North Central (Minn.) 79, Northland 66 Northwestern (Iowa) 84, St. Scholastica 66 Northwestern Ohio 82, Marygrove 61 Northwood (Mich.) 60, Grand Valley St. 52 Oakland 86, UMKC 74 Ohio 78, Kent St. 75, OT Ohio Wesleyan 67, Denison 64 S. Dakota St. 64, W. Illinois 55 S. Illinois 62, Missouri St. 54 Saint Louis 76, Charlotte 58 St. Cloud St. 78, Northern St. (SD) 62 St. John's (Minn.) 79, St. Olaf 76 Toledo 73, Cent. Michigan 64 W. Michigan 66, N. Illinois 58 Wayne (Neb.) 77, Sioux Falls 57 Winona St. 75, Minn. St.-Mankato 64 Wis.-La Crosse 83, Wis.-Superior 79 Wis.-Parkside 74, Bellarmine 72 Wis.-Stevens Pt. 68, Wis.-Eau Claire 34 Wis.-Stout 49, Wis.-Oshkosh 47 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 73, Missouri 71 Houston Baptist 52, Texas-Pan American 48 Mary Hardin-Baylor 87, Sul Ross St. 61 McNeese St. 69, Lamar 62 Oklahoma St. 84, Oklahoma 79, OT Prairie View 80, MVSU 77 Rogers St. 74, Wayland Baptist 59 Sam Houston St. 80, Cent. Arkansas 75 Texas Southern 75, Ark.-Pine Bluff 69 Tulsa 101, Houston 92, 3OT



SPORTS ON TV TODAY AUTO RACING 1 p.m. FOX — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Daytona 500, at Daytona Beach, Fla. 8 p.m. ESPN2 — NHRA, Winternationals, at Pomona, Calif. (sameday tape) GOLF 9 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Africa Open, final round, at East London, South Africa (same-day tape) 1 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Northern Trust Open, final round, at Pacific Palisades, Calif. 3 p.m. CBS — PGA Tour, Northern Trust Open, final round, at Pacific Palisades, Calif. TGC — LPGA, Women's Australian Open, final round, at Yarralumla, Australia (same-day tape) 7 p.m. TGC — Champions Tour, ACE Group Classic, final round, at Naples, Fla. (same-day tape) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1 p.m. CBS — Ohio St. at Wisconsin ESPN — Louisville at South Florida 10 p.m. FSN — Southern Cal at California MEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE 1 p.m. NBCSN — Doubleheader, Penn St. vs. Denver and Ohio St. vs. Jacksonville, at Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field) NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. TNT — All-Star Game, at Houston NHL HOCKEY Noon NBC — Pittsburgh at Buffalo 3:30 p.m. NBC — Los Angeles at Chicago 6 p.m. NBCSN — Washington at N.Y. Rangers WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1:30 p.m. FSN — West Virginia at Iowa St. 2:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Teams TBA 3:30 p.m. FSN — Texas at Texas Tech 5 p.m. ESPN2 — Teams TBA

MONDAY AUTO RACING 7 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Whelen All-American Series, at Daytona Beach, Fla. MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — Notre Dame at Pittsburgh NBCSN — Hofstra at Drexel 9 p.m. ESPN — West Virginia at Kansas St. WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 — Kentucky at Texas A&M 9 p.m. ESPN2 — Baylor at UConn UTSA 73, Texas St. 62 FAR WEST Colorado St. 89, Air Force 86 E. Washington 86, S. Utah 72 Gonzaga 71, San Francisco 61 Long Beach St. 75, UC Riverside 35 Oregon 79, Washington St. 77, OT Saint Mary's (Cal) 61, Loyola Marymount 50 UCLA 88, Stanford 80 Wyoming 55, Fresno St. 51, OT Women's Top 25 Fared Saturday 1. Baylor (24-1) beat TCU 78-45. Next: at No. 3 UConn, Monday. 2. Notre Dame (23-1) did not play. Next: at Marquette, Sunday. 3. UConn (24-1) beat Rutgers 65-45. Next: vs. No. 1 Baylor, Monday. 4. Stanford (23-2) did not play. Next: at No. 15 UCLA, Sunday. 5. Duke (23-1) did not play. Next: vs. Wake Forest, Sunday. 6. California (22-2) did not play. Next: at Southern Cal, Sunday. 7. Maryland (20-4) did not play. Next: at Virginia, Sunday. 8. Penn State (21-3) did not play. Next: vs. Illinois, Wednesday. 9. Kentucky (22-3) did not play. Next: at No. 11 Texas A&M, Monday. 10. Louisville (20-5) did not play. Next: vs. DePaul, Sunday. 11. Texas A&M (20-5) did not play. Next: vs. No. 9 Kentucky, Monday. 12. Tennessee (19-5) did not play. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Sunday. 13. Georgia (20-4) did not play. Next: at Florida, Sunday. 14. North Carolina (23-3) did not play. Next: at No. 19 Florida State, Sunday. 15. UCLA (19-5) did not play. Next: vs. No. 4 Stanford, Sunday. 16. South Carolina (20-5) did not play. Next: at Mississippi, Sunday. 17. Dayton (21-1) did not play. Next: vs. Duquesne, Monday. 18. Purdue (19-5) did not play. Next: vs. Iowa, Sunday. 19. Florida State (19-5) did not play. Next: vs. No. 14 North Carolina, Sunday. 20. Delaware (21-3) did not play. Next: at William & Mary, Sunday. 21. Colorado (19-5) did not play. Next: at Arizona State, Sunday. 22. Oklahoma (18-6) did not play. Next: at Kansas, Sunday. 23. Syracuse (21-3) beat Pittsburgh 80-39. Next: vs. Rutgers, Tuesday. 24. Iowa State (18-5) did not play. Next: vs. West Virginia, Sunday. 25. Oklahoma State (18-6) beat Kansas State 80-45. Next: at TCU, Wednesday. Saturday's Scores Boys Basketball Akr. SVSM 71, Youngs. Ursuline 60 Antwerp 50, W. Unity Hilltop 46 Attica Seneca E. 57, N. Robinson Col. Crawford 43 Batavia Amelia 56, Georgetown 55 Beaver Eastern 64, Portsmouth Sciotoville 51 Bellbrook 84, Beavercreek 77 Bellefontaine 71, Lewistown Indian Lake 42 Bellevue 53, Clyde 33 Bloom-Carroll 40, Granville 38 Brookfield 64, New Middletown Spring. 57 Can. Glenoak 61, Berlin Hiland 50 Canal Winchester 58, Chillicothe 53 Chesapeake 39, Proctorville Fairland 31 Cin. NW 57, Cin. Mt. Healthy 54 Cin. Seven Hills 61, Cin. College Prep. 31 Cin. St. Xavier 51, Cin. Oak Hills 38 Cin. Western Hills 68, Day. Jefferson 42 Cin. Wyoming 64, Beechwood, Ky. 54 Cle. Hay 71, Day. Ponitz Tech. 57 Cle. Max Hayes 56, Cle. Hts. Lutheran E. 51 Cle. St. Ignatius 70, Cle. VASJ 55

Cols. DeSales 48, Arlington 35 Cols. Northland 55, Cols. Africentric 53 Cols. St. Charles 59, Spring. Cath. Cent. 27 Columbus Grove 67, Miller City 56 Convoy Crestview 60, New Knoxville 36 Defiance Ayersville 39, Stryker 37 Defiance Tinora 51, Continental 38 Delaware Buckeye Valley 62, Milford Center Fairbanks 37 Detroit Consortium, Mich. 81, Day. Dunbar 44 Edgerton 67, Pioneer N. Central 48 Findlay Liberty-Benton 75, Hamler Patrick Henry 33 Ft. Jennings 59, Pandora-Gilboa 44 Ft. Recovery 69, Union City Mississinawa Valley 55 Gates Mills Gilmour 79, Gates Mills Hawken 47 Greenfield McClain 55, Southeastern 54 Harrison 60, Lawrenceburg, Ind. 35 Harrod Allen E. 82, WaynesfieldGoshen 70 Haviland Wayne Trace 79, Ada 45 Hudson WRA 57, Linsly, W.Va. 49 Kalida 63, Van Buren 54 Kenton 54, Shelby 49 Kingsway Christian 72, Massillon Christian 45 Lancaster Fisher Cath. 67, Grove City Christian 50 Leipsic 55, Ottoville 52 Lima Bath 52, Delphos St. John's 49 Lima Cent. Cath. 77, Celina 62 Lima Perry 52, Botkins 43 Lima Temple Christian 49, CoryRawson 45 Logan 45, Lancaster Fairfield Union 40 Lorain 66, Westlake 56 Maple Hts. 47, E. Cle. Shaw 45 Maria Stein Marion Local 49, Russia 46 Mason 47, Cin. Hills Christian Academy 30 Massillon Washington 61, Ashland 47 McGuffey Upper Scioto Valley 71, Dola Hardin Northern 46 Miamisburg 67, Cin. Colerain 57 Millersburg W. Holmes 74, Bellville Clear Fork 66 Minerva 63, Hanoverton United 42 Mt. Blanchard Riverdale 57, Crestline 44 Mt. Orab Western Brown 69, Batavia Clermont NE 36 N. Baltimore 61, Arcadia 51 New London 57, Mansfield St. Peter's 47 New Washington Buckeye Cent. 68, Lucas 47 Norwalk 76, Huron 54 Oak Harbor 61, Lakeside Danbury 31 Ontario 67, Bucyrus Wynford 40 Ottawa-Glandorf 58, Perrysburg 50 Parma Padua 72, Parma Hts. Holy Name 67 Paulding 58, Bryan 38 Piketon 73, Peebles 51 Port Clinton 62, Fostoria 51 Portsmouth W. 55, Frankfort Adena 44 Sandusky St. Mary 75, Fostoria St. Wendelin 57 Spencerville 53, New Bremen 44 Sycamore Mohawk 88, Vanlue 33 Troy 51, Minster 47 Upper Sandusky 52, Bucyrus 21 Urbana 64, Riverside Stebbins 45 Versailles 68, Greenville 43 Vincent Warren 58, Portsmouth 47 Wadsworth 67, Orrville 51 Wapakoneta 63, Coldwater 51 Wauseon 56, Pettisville 43 Westerville N. 60, Zanesville 47 Willard 70, Mansfield Madison 43 OVAC Tournament Class 4A Championship St. Clairsville 62, Steubenville 58 Class 3A Championship

MIAMI VALLEY SUNDAY NEWS • WWW.TROYDAILYNEWS.COM Magnolia, W.Va. 75, Lore City Buckeye Trail 53 Class 2A Championship Wheeling Central, W.Va. 52, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 50 Saturday's Scores Girls Basketball Bellevue 72, Sandusky 45 Burton Berkshire 42, Mantua Crestwood 38 Cle. Hts. 53, Geneva 45 Cols. Eastmoor 84, Cols. South 13 Euclid 55, Bedford 37 Liberty-Benton 47, Findlay Whitehouse Anthony Wayne 32 Green 50, Youngs. Ursuline 34 Greenwich S. Cent. 54, Sullivan Black River 39 Lorain 32, Warren Harding 25 Mansfield St. Peter's 58, New London 22 Massillon Tuslaw 34, E. Can. 20 Norwalk 50, Tiffin Columbian 28 Orrville 79, Bellville Clear Fork 25 Pandora-Gilboa 40, Columbus Grove 37 Rocky River Magnificat 52, Akr. SVSM 42 Shelby 64, Willard 59 Sycamore Mohawk 53, Upper Sandusky 52 Division I Ashville Teays Valley 68, Hilliard Bradley 54 Centerville 82, W. Carrollton 22 Cin. Oak Hills 66, Cin. Woodward 14 Cin. Princeton 83, Cin. NW 13 Cle. St. Joseph 78, Cle. Lincoln W. 36 Cols. Upper Arlington 45, Pickerington Cent. 42 Dublin Scioto 56, Lancaster 47 Gahanna Lincoln 67, GroveportMadison 11 Grove City Cent. Crossing 49, Dublin Jerome 32 Hamilton 48, Cin. Hughes 39 Harrison 50, Cin. Turpin 48 Hilliard Davidson 54, Canal Winchester 27 Huber Hts. Wayne 54, Wilmington 46 Kings Mills Kings 34, Cin. Walnut Hills 29 Lakewood 67, Berea 42 Lewis Center Olentangy 67, Hilliard Darby 19 Lewis Center Olentangy Orange 83, Cols. Whetstone 40 Lorain 32, Olmsted Falls 25 Miamisburg 52, Riverside Stebbins 32 Morrow Little Miami 65, Liberty Twp. Lakota E. 21 Mt. Vernon 41, Westerville Cent. 37 N. Olmsted 67, Grafton Midview 35 New Albany 41, Thomas Worthington 30 Powell Olentangy Liberty 57, Grove City 22 Reynoldsburg 105, Cols. Franklin Hts. 11 Twinsburg 79, Youngs. East 28 Westerville N. 58, Worthington Kilbourne 33 Westlake 58, N. Ridgeville 26 Youngs. Boardman 52, Austintown Fitch 42 Zanesville 70, Logan 37 Division II Amanda-Clearcreek 49, Delaware Buckeye Valley 37 Bethel-Tate 41, Cin. Indian Hill 34 Caledonia River Valley 49, Cols. Mifflin 37 Chardon NDCL 63, Conneaut 32 Chillicothe Unioto 40, Greenfield McClain 38 Clarksville Clinton-Massie 44, Franklin 29 Cols. Brookhaven 67, Cols. Linden McKinley 8 Cols. DeSales 66, Pataskala Licking Hts. 51 Cols. Hamilton Twp. 57, Cols. Independence 47 Cols. Hartley 64, London 23 Day. Chaminade-Julienne 74, Day. Ponitz Tech. 32 Day. Thurgood Marshall 55, Day. Oakwood 40 Eaton 70, Spring. Shawnee 36 Granville 61, Plain City Jonathan Alder 45 Jackson 64, Gallipolis Gallia 45 Kettering Alter 87, Day. Stivers 23 Lancaster Fairfield Union 54, McArthur Vinton County 48 Mogadore Field 53, Canal Fulton Northwest 35 Navarre Fairless 55, Alliance Marlington 35 New Richmond 50, Cin. Wyoming 35 Peninsula Woodridge 58, Akr. Buchtel 43 Perry 51, Jefferson Area 36 Richfield Revere 68, Warrensville Hts. 24 Tipp City Tippecanoe 62, St. Paris Graham 40 Utica 72, Sparta Highland 19 Washington C.H. Miami Trace 66, Hillsboro 40 Division III Andover Pymatuning Valley 60, E. Palestine 38 Baltimore Liberty Union 39, Marion Elgin 27 Beverly Ft. Frye 75, Bellaire 22 Centerburg 53, Johnstown Northridge 39 Cin. Madeira 63, Cin. Shroder 36 Cin. Mariemont 43, St. Bernard Roger Bacon 16 Cin. Summit Country Day 58, Cin. Taft 37 Cols. Grandview Hts. 33, Howard E. Knox 32 Cols. Ready 52, Cardington-Lincoln 31 Crooksville 35, Albany Alexander 20 Felicity-Franklin 58, Waynesville 44 Gates Mills Hawken 57, Shaker Hts. Laurel 44 Georgetown 55, Blanchester 17 Girard 52, Leavittsburg LaBrae 48 Hamilton Badin 71, Cin. Deer Park 33 Ironton 46, Lucasville Valley 34 Jamestown Greeneview 82, Lees Creek E. Clinton 36 Johnstown-Monroe 79, Gahanna Cols. Academy 24 Kirtland 47, Independence 45, OT Martins Ferry 45, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 28 McDermott Scioto NW 54, Seaman N. Adams 53 Middletown Madison 100, Cin. Purcell Marian 35 N. Bend Taylor 57, Cin. Oyler 31 Oak Hill 62, Chillicothe Zane Trace 34 Peebles 50, Lynchburg-Clay 25 Portsmouth W. 53, Wheelersburg 48 Proctorville Fairland 47, Chesapeake 26 Reading 39, Carlisle 33 W. Lafayette Ridgewood 61, Uhrichsville Claymont 43 Warren Champion 66, Orwell Grand Valley 48 Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley 56, Lore

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Fewer bees a threat to almond supply TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — In an almond orchard in California’s Central Valley, bee inspector Neil Trent pried open a buzzing hive and pulled out a frame to see if it was at least twothirds covered with bees. Trent has hopped from orchard to orchard this month, making sure enough bees were in each hive provided by beekeepers. Not enough bees covering a frame indicates an unhealthy hive and fewer working bees to pollinate the almond bloom, which starts next week across hundreds of thousands of acres stretching from Red Bluff to Bakersfield. “The bloom will come and go quickly,” said Trent, who works for the Bakersfield-based bee broker Scientific Ag Co. “The question is: Will the almond seeds get set? It depends if you have enough of a workforce of bees.” That has growers concerned as nomadic beekeepers from across the country converge on the state with their semi-trucks, delivering billions of bees to the orchards for the annual pollination. Most almond trees depend on bees to transfer pollen from the flower of one tree variety to the flower of another variety before fertilization, which leads to the development of seeds. It’s a daunting task: California’s orchards provide about 80 percent of the global almond supply. And with almond acreage increasing steadily in recent years, the bees must now pollinate 760,000 acres of trees. The number of bees needed is expected to increase as almond demand grows and orchards continue to expand.

time fulfilling my obligations to all the growers.” But at least he still has bees, Sundberg said. Some colleagues were not as lucky: they lost 75 percent or even 99 percent. Traynor, the bee broker, said he’s been fielding phone calls from desperate beekeepers and growers who are short several thousand colonies but he has no more good bees to offer them. The shortage will only get worse in the future, he said, as almond acreage grows. Having strong hives is critical, Traynor said, especially during rainy seasons, because bees have a short period of flight time when it’s dry enough to pollinate. Fewer bees may not be able to reach all the blooms in time. In recent years, the Board of Almond California, which represents more than 6,000 growers, has poured $1.4 million into bee health research. The group also worked on alternatives to reduce growers’ reliance on honeybees, said Bob Curtis, associate director of agricultural affairs. One is the so-called “selfcompatible” almond tree, which can set nuts using pollen transferred among its own flowers, thereby needing fewer bees. The group also is urging growers to plant forage to help sustain bees before and after almond pollination. And it’s exploring using blue orchard bees, which are solitary bees that do not live in hives but nest in small cavities, to augment the honeybee workforce. But building up those alternatives will take time. “It’s tenuous right now,” Curtis said.

Bee inspector Neil Trent of Scientific Ag Co. says some bee hives in California have weak colonies of bees, spelling a bee shortage in time for almond bloom. Already, more than half of the country’s honeybees are brought to California at the end of February for almond pollination, which requires about 1.5 million hives from out of state, and another 500,000 from elsewhere in the state. Honeybees are preferred for commercial-scale pollination, because they are social, build larger colonies than other bees, and their hives can easily be moved. Bee brokers, beekeepers and almond growers around the state say there’s a shortage of healthy honeybees for this year’s pollination, especially after colony collapse disorder took a higher toll this winter. The disorder, in which honey bees suddenly disappear or die, wipes out thousands of colonies each year. The shortage has some growers scrambling for bees even sub-performers as trees are about to bloom, driving up bee prices again this year, to an all-time high of more than $200 per colony. “There’s definitely a shortage of strong bee colonies,” said Joe Traynor,

owner of Scientific Ag, which connects growers with beekeepers. “There is a problem covering all the acres of almonds in the state.” Since it was recognized in 2006, colony collapse disorder has destroyed colonies at a rate of about 30 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before that, losses were about 15 percent a year from pests and diseases. No one has determined its cause, but most researchers point to a combination of factors, including pesticide contamination, poor nutrition and bee diseases. This year, experts say, the die-off has been as high as 40 to 50 percent for some beekeepers. “We have smaller populations in the hives and higher winter losses,” said Eric Mussen, a bee specialist at the entomology department of University of California, Davis. “Bees across the country are not in as good a shape as last year. When you stress them far enough, the bees just give in.”


Bee inspector Neil Trent of Scientific Ag Co., inspects a frame of bees to assess the colony strength Tuesday near Turlock, Calif. Not enough bees covering a frame means an unhealthy hive, and fewer working bees to pollinate California’s almond bloom, which starts midFebruary. This year, Mussen said, many bees did not get enough nutrition because a Midwest drought reduced forage. Conversion of pasture land to corn production for ethanol also reduced the number of flowers producing nectar. To compensate for forage loss, beekeepers fed bees more high-fructose corn syrup and other supplements. But such substitutes don’t provide all the nutrients pollen does, Mussen

said. Malnourished bees are more susceptible to diseases. Lance Sundberg, a beekeeper who hauled his hives for almond pollination from Columbus, Mont., lost 40 percent of his bees this winter due to the drought and mite problems. “You have to buy bees elsewhere to pick up your losses, and not everything we have remaining after the loss is very strong,” said Sundberg. “I had a tough


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Sunday, February 17, 2013



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TODAY IN HISTORY (AP) — Today is Sunday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2013. There are 317 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1913, the Armory Show, a landmark exhibit of European modern art, opened in New York City. (One work in the exhibit that stirred much controversy was “Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2),” an abstract painting by French artist Marcel Duchamp.) On this date:

In 1863, the International Red Cross was founded in Geneva. In 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union. In 1959, the United States launched Vanguard 2, a satellite which carried meteorological equipment. In 1964, the Supreme Court, in Wesberry v. Sanders, ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be roughly equal in population.

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon departed the White House with his wife, Pat, on a historic trip to China. In 1993, a ferry carrying some 1,000 people sank off Haiti; at least 700 of the people on board drowned. One year ago: Congress voted to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and to renew unemployment benefits for millions more.

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CHELYABINSK, Russia (AP) As a small army of people worked to replace acres of windows shattered by the enormous explosion from a meteor, many joked on Saturday about what had happened in this troubled pocket of Russia. One of the most popular jests: Residents of the meteor were terrified to see Chelyabinsk approaching. The fireball that streaked into the sky over this tough industrial city at about sunrise Friday was undeniably traumatic. Nearly 1,200 people were reported injured by the shock wave from the explosion, estimated to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs. But it also brought a sense of cooperation in a troubled region. Large numbers of volunteers came forward to help fix the damage caused by the explosion and many residents came together on the Internet first to find out what happened and soon to make jokes. Chelyabinsk, nicknamed

Tankograd because it produced the famed Soviet T-34 tanks, can be as grim as its backbone heavy industries. Long winters where temperatures routinely hit minus-30 Celsius (minus-22 Fahrenheit) add to a general dour mien, as do worries about dangerous facilities in the surrounding region. In 1957, a waste tank at the Mayak nuclear weapons plant in the Chelyabinsk region exploded, contaminating 23,000 square kilometers (9,200 square miles) and prompting authorities to evacuate 10,000 nearby residents. It is now Russia’s main nuclear waste disposal facility. A vast plant for disposing of chemical weapons lies 85 kilometers (50 miles) east of the city. “The city is a place where people always seem bitter with each other,” said music teacher Ilya Shibanov. But the meteor “was one of the rare times when people started to live together through one event.” “For most people, it’s a good excuse for a joke,” he

said. It also is why Shibanov quickly concocted a rap video that got wide Internet attention, including the lines: “”Pow, pow, pow everything flew and factory windows crumbled. This Friday the bars are going to be full, so be ready for the aftermath.” But for many, it’s been a reason to roll up their sleeves and get to work repairing the more than 4,000 buildings in the city and region where windows were shattered, or to provide other services. More than 24,000 people, including volunteers, have mobilized in the region to cover windows, gather warm clothes and food, and make other relief efforts, the regional governor’s office said. Crews from glass companies in adjacent regions were being flown in. Gov. Mikhail Yurevich on Saturday said that damage from the high-altitude explosion believed to have been as powerful as 20 Hiroshima bombs is estimated at $33 million.

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Braden Fisher discusses a tubing system that runs to about 300 taps recently near Covington.


RIGHT: Braden Fisher taps a tree recently at a farm near Covington.

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Friends produce, sell maple syrup BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer

t’s a sweet time of year for Covington residents Braden Fisher, 24, and Nathan Sink, 23. More specifically, it’s time to collect sap and make some maple syrup. For the past four years, the two friends and business partners have tapped trees for sap in three different woods — one by Fisher’s home — and produce syrup using a process that seems complex for such a simple pancake topping. Fisher, who learned the process from one of his peers, started the business of making Sugar Grove Maple Products NATHAN SINK about two years before collaborating with Sink. Sap is collected into storage tanks from wooded areas using a tubing system with a vacuum pump. The actual sap constitutes only about 2 percent of the contents. Using reverse osmosis and an evaporator as part of a larger process, the water is boiled out of the sap. When it reaches 218 to 220 degrees, the liquid is considered syrup. The product is filtered before it is poured into jugs. “The hot syrup is pumped through the filter press to take out any sugar sand,” Fisher said. “We can make about 10 gallons of syrup per hour. Forty gallons of sap equals about a gallon of syrup. That’s about a gallon every six minutes.” The season for maple syrup production usually begins in February and lasts four to six weeks. “We’re still making syrup,” Fisher said. “Of course it depends on the weather, but we should be making it for two to three more weeks.” Every day except Sunday, the syrup is sold at Fisher’s residence, which has a sign outside notifying passersby. It is also sold at the Covered Wagon Farm Market in Union and Market on the Miami, an “eat local, buy local” market the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at the Tin Roof Restaurant in Troy. Fisher’s sugarhouse, which is next to his family’s home, will be included in the


Sap drips from one of numerous sugar maple trees.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013



Earning and yearning for the reward of spring I can be disgustingly gullible sometimes. All it took recently was a patch of yellow wildflowers shimmering like newly-minted coins beside the trail … and suddenly, my poorly winterized heart was besotted with a longing for spring. What would my Grandfather Williams have thought about such shocking naiveté? Would he understand this aching desire that seared through my system like a runaway flame? Grandpa was the one who first told me how, among country folks of his generation and before, it used to be said a man had to “earn” spring. The meaning, he explained, was quite clear — that once December ushered in winter, and after the old year had passed and the new one begun, January and February still had to be plodded through before a fellow could look up and ahead and think about an eventually arriving spring. I know what you’re thinking: How utterly quaint! Given today’s current urbanized comforts and expected standards of ease, such an attitude does seem laughable, a sort of echo best befitting the Puritans. An outmoded belief infused with

No question — they were strangely different thoughts for strangely different times. Spring was viewed as a reward; a benign grace. Not a gift. It came for those who paid the price. You earned your right to bask in vernal sunshine. Let’s suppose you dropped an Ohio farmer from the 1850s into today — right smack in the here Jim McGuire and now, southwestern-Ohio, Troy Daily News Columnist mid-February — and gave him time to look around. The world he saw, from society to technology, would doubtless blow him the old-fashioned notion that a worthy goal necessitated a period away, appearing so different as to be unrecognizable. And his of penance, if not a certain immediate impression would degree of suffering. likely be peppered with such Yet what do most moderns babbled adjectives as weird, marreally know of genuine country ways? Especially the rural man- velous, bizarre, thrilling, frightners and thinking of yesteryear? ening, exciting, appalling — and probably a whole bunch more. How many today can truly appreciate some antiquated pre- More than a few otherwise brave men would doubtless begin begcept suggesting that to get to ging desperately to be sent back. spring, a fellow ought to chop And those who paused long enough firewood, labor lengthily and mightily shoveling snow and enough for a good look around would at least expect the weathbreaking ice, and endure sufficient shivering misery while car- er to be familiar. Which makes ing for the stock and keeping up me wonder how such oldsters with the wealth of necessary out- would reconcile the unseasonably mild winters we’ve had these door chores of farm living, to honestly merit a seasonal change last couple of years? Winters worthy of earning spring? Or for the better?

unnatural failures that meant we practically stole the subsequent spring? Or might they read more into the mildness — an anomaly designed to lull us into forgetting what a Buckeye winter hereabouts can really dish out? While it’s true 2013 has not been quite so unseasonably mild as the practically nonexistent winter of 2012 — yet it’s certainly nothing close to the severity of winters I experienced while growing up a few miles from where I now live. Winters of severe and protracted weather — the sort of winters which continued during my 20s and 30s. And yes, I’ve reviewed the records from those decades and the winters I remember weren’t merely a revisionist’s illusion of imagined harshness. Nor does it mean I’m wholeheartedly on board with the theory of humaninduced global warming, either. History records numerous weather cycles throughout the centuries — periods, often decades long, of warmer or colder trends. Maybe these past couple of winters reflect a milder upswing. Or perhaps we’ve just been lucky. They were gentle, enjoyable

winters, nevertheless, regardless of their cause. And whether I’ve earned it this time around or not, I’m now ready — in spite of what the almanac says — to move on to spring. I’m anxious for all the wildflowers and birdsong, croaking frogs, warm sunshine, greening grass and leaves … and fishing. Truth is, I’m desperate for spring. So don’t bother with a warning, though thanks, anyway. I’m sure you mean well. But it’s already too late for caution. I may know better than to allow myself to adopt such a foolish mood, but unfortunately, knowing and preventing are two entirely different things. I blame those winter aconites for setting me off. Not true native wildflowers, but garden imports gone wild many generations ago. Escapees who went over the fence and into the woods and given a few mild February days, couldn’t help but burst into glorious golden bloom. Just as I, seeing their unexpected but joyous color, didn’t care whether or not I’d earned spring this time around … because my heart had filled with yearning.

Tracing ancestry a formidable task for African-Americans Ron Jackson wove the threads of names and dates he pulled from census data, marriage records, and the family Bible to reconstruct lost history. His quest unraveled details of his family’s background and revealed a few surprises. Jackson, 71, of Toledo, Ohio, began his research around 2000, and participates in Journey, a program of the African-American Legacy Project of Northwest Ohio that connects and supports genealogists. The former Toledo police deputy chief of investigation knows how to follow clues, but this search was personal. “It’s a tremendous mystery, and the information is probably just as hard, if not harder, to uncover as … a very difficult, intense investigation, especially with minority families,” he said. African-Americans who have delved deep into their family’s past said the research, while sometimes difficult, provides important perspective and gives future generations a sense of their history. “One obvious observation is that AfricanAmericans being descendants of slaves in this country and having ancestors coming to this country against their will gives us kind of a strange relationship or a strange understanding of our place in the community,” said Gary Franklin, an active member of the Journey group who researched his family back to the mid-1700s. Franklin, the son of the late Lucas County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Franklin, Jr., said

it’s especially key for African-American youths to know their genealogy because it gives them “a sense of their ancestors’ contributions.” “We had a communal and legal system that was designed to keep AfricanAmericans marginalized, yet the growth and expansion of this country was largely dependent on the work of those very same people,” he said. Death records, census data, court documents, and city directories offer valuable troves of information. But roadblocks can frustrate researchers trying to tie together family history from sparse, difficult-todecipher, or sometimes nonexistent documentation. That can be especially true for African-Americans researching their roots. A search of early Toledo death records kept on microfilm in the Local History and Genealogy Department of the ToledoCounty Public Lucas Library illustrates the obstacles. One handwritten listing for the July 1859 death of a 40-year-old African-American laborer lists the man’s name only as “Bart.” Shirley Green, deputy mayor for public safety and personnel, earned her doctorate in history from Bowling Green State University and has encountered such “brick walls” while researching. “You can tell if a person was a person of color by the fact that some information was missing,” said Green. Old marriage records for a black bride and groom may not list the couple’s parents’ names, a customary step for those of European descent, she said. Slavery-era records may

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omit last names, and in later years AfricanAmericans may have changed their names. Jackson said his family didn’t talk about their history, so his search started with the basics. He learned he had a half-brother who lived in Indianapolis. Jackson was able to get to know him before his halfsibling’sdeath. Jackson also traced his family’s arrival in Toledo to 1925. historical Through sleuthing, hunch following, talking to family, and traveling to the locations where documents are kept, he tracked his grandmother as she moved from Paducah, Ky., to Michigan City, Ind., and then to Toledo’s east side more than 80 years ago. Street directories and school records provide important dates, but don’t fill in all the gaps. Jackson isn’t certain what brought his grandmother and her children to northwest Ohio. He assumes, like many African-Americans who migrated north around that time, her move was workrelated. Jackson was able to go back even further into his family’s history, finding information about his great-grandfather Anderson McClure, who was born before the Civil War, in 1846. He worked for the railroad, and Jackson found documentation listing him as a Tennessee voter in 1891 but has been unable to obtain a death certificate. A family Bible includes information that backs up some of the other details he had gathered from other records. The Journey group members support each other in their searches and share helpful tips, Jackson said. Franklin’s advice to those who want to track their genealogy is simple: Start with yourself. “Document yourself, your parents, your grandparents and as far back as you can go that way,” he said.

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Ric Sorrell measures snowfall and precipitation in his backyard in Delta Twp.for the National Weather Service on Jan. 31.

Retired hydrologist is snowfall observer TOWNSHIP, DELTA Mich. (AP) — As a kid, Ric Sorrell would set his alarm to wake him up in the middle of the night during a snowstorm so he could see how fast the flakes were falling. A tornado watch to him is a time to set the camera, not take shelter in the basement, a fact his wife, Rhonda, notes with mock exasperation. (If the skies turned gloomy enough, he promises, “I’d take the normal precautions.” Rhonda doesn’t even have to look up from the couch to correct him: “No, he didn’t.”) Weather, to Sorrell, is just that important, the Lansing State Journal reported. A childhood fascination with meteorology snow, in particular led to an interest in science, a career as a state hydrologist and now, after a stroke several years ago led him into retirement, a contract gig as Lansing’s official snowfall observer for the National Weather Service. A human weather observer used to gather snow totals at Capital Region International Airport to complement automated readings on temperature and wind speed already taken there. But the Federal Aviation Administration recently lowered the DeWitt Township airport’s weatherreading status after determining it didn’t have the air

traffic volume to support a permanent weather spotter. The weather service in Grand Rapids uses local airport readings as part of its official climate record keeping. But detailed snowfall measurements can’t always be confirmed by computer, and meteorologists feared Lansing would no longer be able to keep the records they have been logging for more than a century. So they hired Sorrell. On days it snows, he’s busy. At five different times during the day, he walks to the collection gauge in his Delta Township backyard and scoops a sample for testing. He crouches to the ground and makes small slits with a measuring stick in the fresh snow atop a set of specialized boards. Anything less than a halfinch is reported as a trace amount. Later, he traps a sample inside a plastic rain gauge with a yellow fly swatter so he can measure the amount of moisture in the snow. In general, an inch of water is roughly equivalent to 10 inches of snow. Forecasters use that data to predict flood patterns. “Knowing how important this type of observation is, I was more than willing to do it,” Sorrell said. “Trying to forecast it without any real data is nothing more than a bad guess.” All airports record data

such as temperature, wind speed and dew point on a computer, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said. At larger, busier airports, the FAA also uses contracted weather observers to go outside and record snowfall to supplement those automated readings. But at smaller ones, like Lansing, the agency now trains air traffic controllers to monitor weather conditions because there aren’t as many flights to warrant a full-time observer, Cory said. Which airport gets a fulltime weather spotter, and which ones don’t, is based on a formula that accounts for daily air traffic, the number and type of aircraft flying through an airport and hours of service. Capital Region International Airport’s status was downgraded last month. “When you live in an environment that we’re all living in right now, we all have to look at an efficient use of taxpayer dollars,” said Cory, who said she did not know the estimated cost savings of ending Lansing’s contract. “If that level of service is no longer needed, then you look at other ways to meet the need.” Brandon Hoving, a Grand Rapids-based meteorologist, searched a list of volunteer observers before deciding on Sorrell.


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For kindergartners, communication is just a hop, Skype and jump away BY MEGAN ERBACHER Scripps Howard News Service MOUNT VERNON, Ind. — Among the nearly 20 pupils in her Marrs Elementary School kindergarten class, Reece Bowen was the only one who had previously used Skype, the Internet video service that allows users to talk face-to-face over their computers. The experience was new to everyone else one recent afternoon as Regina Russell’s class at Marrs communicated via Skype with a sixth-grade class at Mount Vernon Junior High School, about eight miles away, for Digital Learning Day. The effort came from the Metropolitan School District of Mount Vernon encouraging staff to “Try One New Thing!” in educational technologies. The event is a nationwide movement that celebrates innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a personalized educational experience. Russell’s students instantly perked up in their seats and leaned around one another to get a good look at Julie Kissinger’s sixth-grade class, where students read “The Little Mouse, The Red-Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear” by Don Wood and used a puppet to enhance the reading. Also, the two classrooms “shared” trays of sugared strawberries. Bowen, 6, who often plays “Starfall” on her home computer and sometimes reads books online, said, “I had fun, because there were strawberries.” Russell said using technology for learning, like the long-distance learning with Skype, is a real-life experience for her students because they often see their parents using technology such as iPads, computers and smartphones. “You can access so much information so quickly,” she said. “And so really it keeps their attention and works with the real word much better, and it keeps them engaged because it’s geared for a lot of games, which gives them an opportunity to practice over and over.” Russell said sometimes technology has glitches and when used for teaching lessons, the plan may not go as intended, but


Students in Dawn Bowen’s Marrs Elementary School kindergarten class cheer the kids in Julie Kissinger’s sixth-grade class at Mount Vernon Junior High School after they had read “The Little Mouse, The Red-Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear” by Don Wood. for learning, the positives outweigh the few negatives. Ashlyn Crow, 6, doesn’t have a computer at home, but plays a variety of three video games. “I liked Skyping because it’s so exciting, and I’ve never done it before,” she said. Russell hopes she can continue using Skype with other local schools, and perhaps across cultures by Skyping with her niece, who lives in China. Principal Greg Marrs DeWeese said at his K-5 school the third- and fourth-graders all use iPads for lessons, and the fifth-graders will be included next year. “It is such a digital world for these kids now,” DeWeese said. “And to have these kinds of experiences, these kids are learning to use technology that we didn’t even dream of … The things those teachers do on iPads will blow your mind. It is so much fun to watch what they do.”

Hannah Martin, center, leans in to get a better look at the sixth-grader in Julie Kissinger’s Mount Vernon Junior High School class reading “The Little Mouse, The Red-Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear,” by Don Wood. Martin, and her classmates at Marrs Elementary School were being read to in a “Skype” session over the Internet.

SCHOOL MENUS Monday — No school. Tuesday — Tenderloin on a bun, carrot sticks, celery sticks, applesauce, milk. Wednesday — Chicken tetrazzini, garden spinach salad, green beans, fruit mix, milk. Thursday — Maidrite on a bun, sweet fries, corn, pineapple, milk. Friday — Stuffed crust pizza, Romaine salad, peas, orange, milk. • COVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Monday — No school. Tuesday — Tenderloin on a bun, carrot sticks, celery sticks, applesauce, fruit cup, milk. Wednesday — Chicken tetrazzini, garden spinach salad, green beans, fruit mix, raisins, bread stick, milk. Thursday — Maidrite on a bun, sweet fries, corn, pineapple, pears, Goldfish, milk. Friday — Stuffed crust pizza, Romaine salad, peas, orange, applesauce cup, milk. • MIAMI EAST SCHOOLS Monday — No school. Tuesday — Chicken patty sandwich, baked beans, pears, orange sherbet, milk. Wednesday — Soft taco, taco sauce, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, orange, Teddy Grahams, milk. Thursday — Ham, green beans, potatoes, corn muffin with butter, cheese stick, peaches, milk. Friday — Cheese pizza, carrots with dip, pineapple, grape sherbet, milk. • MILTON-UNION SCHOOLS Monday — No school. Tuesday — Chicken quesadilla with salsa, chopped romaine, green beans, fruit, milk. Wednesday — Sausage patty with roll, french toast

with syrup, smiley potatoes, broccoli, fruit, milk. Thursday — Rockin’ burger on a whole grain bun, baked beans, sliced tomato, fruit, milk. Friday — Big Daddy Sicilian cheese pizza, corn, carrots, fruit, milk. • NEWTON SCHOOLS Monday — No school. Tuesday — Hot dog on a whole grain bun, baked beans, diced pears, juice, milk. H.S. only — crackers, coney sauce. Wednesday — Chicken fryz, whole wheat dinner roll, salad, diced peaches, apples, milk. H.S. — juice, crackers. Thursday — BBQ Pork Rib, whole grain bun, french fries, pickles, mixed fruit, juice, milk. Friday — Bosco sticks, pizza dipping sauce, broccoli, green beans, applesauce, banana, milk. H.S. — juice. • PIQUA CITY SCHOOLS K-8 Monday — No school. Tuesday — General Tso’s chicken broccoli bowl, fruit, California blend, milk. Wednesday — Cheese pizza,

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• BETHEL GRADES 1-5 Monday — No school. Tuesday — Ravioli with cheese stick, peas and carrots, fruit, milk. Wednesday — Tacos on whole grain tortilla with cheese, lettuce, corn, black beans, salsa, sour cream, fruit, milk. Thursday — Asian chicken, rice, broccoli and carrots, fruit, milk. Friday — Meatball sub on a whole grain bun with mozzarella cheese, salad, fruit, milk. • BETHEL GRADES 6-12 Monday — No school. Tuesday — Dominos pizza, peas and carrots, fruit, milk. Wednesday — Tacos on whole grain tortilla with cheese, lettuce, corn, black beans, salsa, sour cream, fruit, milk. Thursday — Asian chicken, rice, broccoli and carrots, fruit, milk. Friday — Meatball sub on a whole grain bun with mozzarella cheese, salad, fruit, milk. • BRADFORD SCHOOLS Monday — No school. Tuesday — French toast sticks, egg cheese omelet, sausage patty, Yummy Yogurt, fruit salad, hash browns, applesauce, fruit juice, milk. Wednesday — Hot dog on a bun or peanut butter bars, baked beans, green beans, banana, pineapple tidbits, pudding, milk. Thursday — Chicken alfredo or chef salad, broccoli, corn, apple, fruit cup, bread stick, milk. Friday — Grilled cheese sandwich, fish sandwich, Yummy Yogurt, fruit salad, chili soup or tomato soup, carrot sticks with dip, pears, milk. • COVINGTON ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL


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Lines blur between fiction and real life When in London, take a page from a favorite book LONDON (AP) — Walking toward the George Inn on a drizzly evening, yellow light from its bustling Parliament Bar spilling out on wet cobblestones, it’s easy to imagine the ghostly footsteps of the past. Is that a double-decker bus rumbling down the Borough High Street? Or a four-in-hand carriage sweeping into the inn’s cobbled yard? And those commuters hurrying toward London Bridge could one be an anxious Nancy bravely spiriting Oliver Twist to safety? London is the kind of place where past and present, fiction and real-life swirl together in an everchanging kaleidoscope. Which is why a fun way to explore the nooks and crannies of this sprawling city is to take a novel approach and look for places featured in your favorite books, or for the real-life hangouts of writers you admire. Your choices are as varied as the many authors linked to London, but here are a few suggestions to get you started. • Look up a lexicon legend “If a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” wrote author, critic and lexicographer Samuel Johnson, whose many pithy quotes also include “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” But did you know that Johnson worked as a hack writer to support himself before making it big with “A Dictionary of the English Language” in 1755? You’ll learn about that and more including his fondness for cats at Dr. Johnson’s House, a small but charming museum set in the 300-year-old townhouse where he lived. A statue of one of Johnson’s cats, Hodge, sits in the courtyard in front of the house, while inside the collection includes 18th and 19th century prints as well as paintings, several manuscripts and porcelain from the period. If you are in need of refreshment, stroll around the corner to the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub on Fleet Street. Don’t be thrown off by the name, which sounds a little like the kind of place you might find in the food court of an American mall. This is the real deal: A tavern has been on the property since 1538, and what’s there now was rebuilt after the previous one burned down in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It’s associated with several literary figures, including Dickens. • Dickens of a time Charles Dickens might be the quintessential London author. He lived here, worked here, campaigned for social justice here and set many famous scenes here.

A good starting point is 48 Doughty St., the house where Dickens lived and wrote from 1837 to 1839. His first two children were born here and this is where he wrote “Oliver Twist” and “Nicholas Nickleby.” The house, near the Russell Square Underground station, is now home to the Charles Dickens Museum, which recently reopened after a major renovation. There are audio guides, a learning center and cafe and numerous artifacts, including the author’s writing desk and chair. About a 20-minute walk from Doughty Street is St. Paul’s Cathedral, mentioned in several books and the place where David Copperfield took Clara Peggoty to show her the view of London from the top. Renovation work is closing the Golden Gallery at the top of the dome from Jan. 7 to March 28, but you can climb as far as the Whispering Gallery and try out its famous acoustics. You can get here by the Tube, taking Russell Square to St. Paul’s, which requires a change from the Piccadilly to Central line at Holborn. From St. Paul’s it’s about a 15-minute stroll to London Bridge, which spans the Thames River. In Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” Pip crossed the bridge in great despair after learning that Estella was to be married to Drummle. In “Oliver Twist,” Nancy met with Mr. Brownlow on the bridge to conspire for Oliver’s safety. Of course, if you want to stand on the actual bridge from the 1830s, you’ll have to go to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where it was relocated, piece by piece, more than 40 years ago. The current London Bridge dates back to ye olde 1973. Finish up your tour by crossing the bridge to the George Inn, which Dickens visited when it was a coffee house and mentions in “Little Dorrit.” This building, the last remaining galleried coaching inn in London, is a replacement, too, built after a fire destroyed the previous inn. But in this case the “new” building was put up in 1676. • See the final chapter The Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey memorializes many of British literature’s greatest names. It’s a tradition that started out slowly. Geoffrey Chaucer was buried in the abbey when he died in 1400 because he had been Clerk of Works to the palace of Westminster, not because of his “Canterbury Tales.” But more than 150 years later, a bigger monument was erected to honor Chaucer, and in 1599, the poet and author Edmund Spenser was buried nearby.


• CHARLES DICKENS MUSEUM: 48 Doughty St., Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, 8 pounds ($12.40 U.S.). • ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL: St. Paul’s Churchyard, Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (last admission, 4 p.m.) Adults, 15 pounds ($23.40). • GEORGE INN: 77 Borough High St., http://www.nationaltrust.or MondaySaturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sundays, noon10:30 p.m. • DR. JOHNSON’S HOUSE: 17 Gough Square, From October-April, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. MaySeptember, MondaySaturday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Closed Sundays. Adults, 4 pounds, 50 pence ($7). • YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE: 145 Fleet St., MondayFriday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon11 p.m. • WESTMINSTER ABBEY: . Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. (last admission 3:30 p.m.) and until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays (last admission 6 p.m.) Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 AP PHOTO/SANG TAN, FILE People walk across a snowy Millennium Bridge near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London p.m. (last admission 1:30 on Jan. 18. For visitors on a literary tour of London, the view of the city from the top p.m.). Sundays, worship of the cathedral was shown by David Copperfield to Clara Peggoty in Charles only, no tourists. Adults, 18 pounds ($28). Dickens’ “David Copperfield.”

A blue plaque is seen on the exterior of Charles Dickens’ home, part of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. Other writers buried here include poets John Dryden, Lord Alfred Tennyson and Robert Browning, and authors Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Hardy. A number of other writers are buried elsewhere but commemorated at Poets’ Corner including John Milton, Percy Bysshe Shelley, T.S. Eliot, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. Some writers had a tougher time than others making it into the corner. Dr. Johnson’s House on Gough Square, Fleet Street, Shakespeare was buried at London, London, England. Stratford-upon-Avon in

1616, but didn’t get a monument until 1740. And the poet Lord Byron, a scandalous figure of his time, died in 1824 but didn’t get a memorial until 1969. Two of the graves are a fitting end to your literary tour. Johnson, who died in 1784 at age 75, is buried here, his grave marked by a plaque and a bust. And Dickens’ grave is also here, marked, at his instructions, only by a simple plaque inscribed with his name and the dates of his birth and death, Feb. 7, 1812, and June 9, 1870.

Play your (credit) cards right for a free vacation NEW YORK (AP) — A free vacation could be in the cards. Banks are competing fiercely for new credit card users especially those with good credit. To entice new customers, several major banks are throwing in enough frequent flier miles for two free tickets anywhere in the U.S. Charge the groceries, a night out at a restaurant and the kids’ new spring outfits and you might even earn enough rewards to also get a free hotel or car rental. But don’t rush out to get an American Airlines credit card because you like its new logo, make sure that the airline and

the type of card best suit your vacation needs. The first thing to do is start with a travel goal, says Gary Leff, who has been giving advice about free travel and credit cards since 2002 on his blog View from the Wing. See which airlines fly to the city you want to visit. If, for example, Southwest is the only airline, get its card. The other option is to get a credit card with flexible points that can be transferred to several airlines. American Express Membership Reward points can be transferred to 15 airline and five hotel partners. Chase Ultimate

Rewards can be transferred by cardholders to four airline and three hotel partners. The most flexible transfer option, however, might be through Starwood hotels and its American Express card. The company, which includes the Sheraton and Westin chains, allows points to be transferred to 29 airline partners. Several banks are currently offering bonuses of 25,000 to 50,000 miles for spending anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 in the first few months of having a card. Domestic coach tickets start at 25,000 miles while tickets to Europe are usually 60,000 miles. Business class tick-

ets generally require twice as many miles. “There’s no better, easier, quicker way to get free flights than signing up for a couple of strategic credit cards,” says Leff, who is paid a commission when somebody applies for a card through links on his site. “It really seems like the banks want us to fly around the world in a premium class of service pretty much for free.” That might be want the banks want, but the airlines aren’t always so charitable. Airlines limit the number of seats available to travelers using miles. During holidays and other peak travel periods there might not be any seats

open for mileage redemption. In some cases, miles aren’t even the best option. If you want to fly domestically in coach the best bet isn’t an airline card but one offering cash back. (Those looking for in international business class seats should still stick to miles.) Fidelity has an American Express card that gives a 2-percent rebate. Priceline has a Visa that offers 2 percent cash back, which can be used to pay your credit card bill. With airline cards typically offering one mile for every dollar charged, it would take $25,000 to

earn enough miles for a free flight. With a 2-percent cash back card, that same amount of spending would earn a $500 rebate, enough to purchase most domestic flights and without any of the hassles of trying to redeem miles. Additionally, you will be able to earn miles for the flight. (Reward tickets don’t earn miles.) “Cash trumps free anything because you can do anything with it,” says Tim Winship, publisher of, an advice site for travelers. So instead of saving miles for that dream Hawaiian vacation, just get enough cash back to pay for it yourself.



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For ‘Django’ producer, an unexpected Oscar ride NEW YORK (AP) — Reginald Hudlin, director of films like “Boomerang” and “House Party,” never expected to be going to the Oscars as a best-picturenominated producer of a slavery-era spaghetti Western by Quentin Tarantino. “I didn’t think it was happening when it was happening,” Hudlin says, laughing. The wide-ranging career of the 51-year-old filmmaker has included a three-year stint as President of Entertainment for BET, executive producing TV shows like “The Boondocks,” writing the Marvel comic book “Black Panther” and directing episodes of “Modern Family” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” So when Tarantino called up Hudlin to ask if he wanted to

help produce “Django,” he was stunned. “Quite frankly, I just didn’t believe him,” Hudlin recalled in a recent phone interview from his home in Los Angeles. But Hudlin had long known Tarantino, who told him that a conversation they had had years earlier about Hollywood’s depictions of slavery (or lack thereof) helped lead Tarantino to write “Django Unchained.” A week later, Hudlin was in Louisiana scouting locations for the film that would eventually land five Academy Awards nominations and gross more than $340 million worldwide. He shares the best picture nomination with producers Stacey Sher (who produced Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”) and Pilar Savone (who

has risen in Tarantino’s productions since being the director’s assistant on “Kill Bill”). Hudlin is the most prominent African-American behind the scenes of the hit film, which courted the black community ahead of its release and mostly won its support. Spike Lee was one notable exception. (He refused to see it, saying “American slavery was not a Sergio Leone spaghetti Western. It was a holocaust.”) And a limited-edition line of action figures of the film’s characters including slaves and slave-owners drew protests and eventually the dolls’ withdrawal from sale. “We knew from the beginning that we were working with nitroglycerin,” says Hudlin. “Was there a tremendous amount of

discussion and conversation and analysis to make sure we were calibrating this thing exactly right? Absolutely. It was explosive material, but I always had confidence that as a team, we would deliver the right movie.” For Hudlin, “Django” represents the kind of film he’d like to see more of: original movies with multi-ethnic casts that don’t reuse well-trod genre tropes. “Django” goes against the conventional thinking that neither films starring black actors nor Westerns can find large audiences abroad. It’s been a huge success internationally, taking in more than $187 million. “If those historical models were always correct, we wouldn’t be talking right now,”

says Hudlin. “Those films travel because the world is represented in those films. The audiences are voting with their dollar saying: We want more diversity.” The success of “Django” has already spawned much chatter about a possible sequel, which Hudlin grants he’s had “extensive conversations” with Tarantino about. But for now, he’s planning to just enjoy the Oscars, which he’ll attend with his wife and mother. With Ben Affleck’s “Argo” the generally accepted front-runner, Hudlin says he’s not “polishing my acceptance speech,” but proudly going as only the fourth black best picture nominee. “Hopefully,” he says, “there will be a day soon where we don’t count anymore.”


Latest ‘Die Hard’ movie simply won't BY CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Film Reviewer It’s supposed to be a parody of itself, right? That’s the only way to explain the ridiculously over-the-top, repetitively numbing fifth film in the “Die Hard” franchise, the clunkily titled “A Good Day to Die Hard.” John McClane used to be a cowboy. Now, he’s a cartoon character specifically, Wile E. Coyote, given how many times he should be seriously injured and/or killed in this movie. He’s shot at, involved in several serious car accidents, crashes through glass windows and ceilings and plummets through floor after floor of high-rise scaffolding. The most he suffers is a scratch here and there, and then he’s ready to pop back up again with a bemused twinkle in his eye and a wry quip. Part of the charm of this character, which was crucial in defining Bruce Willis’ career, was the regular-guy, Reagan-era resourcefulness he represented; now, he’s weirdly superhuman. But as charismatic as Willis ordinarily is in the role, even he can’t fool us into thinking he’s actually enjoying himself this time. Essentially, this is an opportunity for Willis to show off how great he still looks in a tight T-shirt at age 57; even the obligatory “yippee-ki-yay” line feels phoned in. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is pointless and joyless, a barrage of noise and chaos, an onslaught of destruction without the slightest mention of consequence. Dozens of people should be dead from one lengthy car chase alone; “Die Hard” keeps on driving. Director John Moore (“Behind Enemy Lines.” ”Max Payne”) mistakes shaky-cam and dizzying zooms for artistic finesse in his action sequences. This is a film that has not one

but two scenes in which helicopters just sit there, hovering in the sky, firing countless high-powered rounds into buildings. But the most obnoxious element of all in Skip Woods and Jason Keller’s script may be the hastily wedged-in father-son feelgoodery that occurs in the midst of all this madness. You see, Willis’ unstoppable New York cop has traveled to Moscow to track down his bitter, estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), whom he believes to be in some sort of criminal trouble. It turns out Jack is actually a spy working undercover to protect a government whistleblower named Komarov (Sebastian Koch), and dad has arrived just in time to ruin his mission. So now the two McClanes must team up to keep Komarov from being kidnapped by generically menacing Russian bad guys; Komarov’s heavily lipsticked daughter, Irina (Yuliya Snigir), is also involved somehow, with wavering alliances. They all want Komarov to lead them to a hidden file it sounds so Cold War, it may as well have been microfilm but of course the file is the MacGuffin. It probably isn’t even really a file. McClane picks up whatever weapon is nearby and solves every problem that comes their way but he also finds time to nag his son for calling him “John” instead of “dad.” Whether this is intended as comic relief in the heat of the moment or genuine sentiment, it clangs and feels too cute. McClane also repeatedly laments “I’m on vacation!” just as things are about to get hairy. We’d all be better off if Willis took a vacation from this character for good. “A Good Day to Die Hard,” a 20th Century Fox release, is rated R for violence and language. Running time: 97 minutes. One star out of four.


This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Bruce Willis as John McClane, left, and Jai Courtney as his son Jack in a scene from "A Good Day to Die Hard."


This film image released by Relativity Media shows Julianne Hough, right, and Josh Duhamel in a scene from "Safe Haven."

‘Safe Haven’ is routine romantic thriller BY STEPHEN FARBER and on a whim gets off in a small seaside comAP Film Reviewer munity in North Carolina. There she LOS ANGELES (AP) —It’s easy to understand meets a sensitive widower, Alex (Josh Duhamel), why Hollywood loves raising two young childoing business with dren on his own. author Nicholas Sparks. His books are huge best- Because of their trousellers, and several of the bled histories, they approach each other films adapted from his warily, but there’s little novels “Message in a doubt about where their Bottle,” ”The Notebook,” relationship is headed. and “Dear John” have Before long, however, a achieved impressive box office grosses. The latest nasty blast from Katie’s Sparks adaptation, “Safe past arrives to threaten her newfound bliss. Haven,” will probably The first problem continue his winning streak, especially with its with the film is that the burgeoning romance is Valentine’s Day opening too flat to generate pegged to lure female intense audience empafans. A thriller element that has not been present thy. Alex’s daughter, who in earlier Sparks movies barely remembers her is designed to draw reluc- mother, warms to Katie tant male viewers to see immediately, but her older brother has a the picture, but they harder time with his won’t respond with the father’s new relationsame enthusiasm as his ship. Still, this complicacore audience of woozy tion isn’t especially well romantics. developed in the screenThe mystery plot play by Dana Stevens recalls a 1991 Julia Roberts movie, Sleeping and Gage Lansky. In addition, the two main with the Enemy, in characters are such which the heroine fled an abusive husband and paragons that there are tried to re-invent herself no real psychological in a brand new commu- impediments to their union. To jack up the nity. In this case our heroine, Katie (Julianne tension, director Lasse Hough), runs away from Hallstrom (who also helmed the film “Dear a toxic marriage in John”) keeps intercutBoston, boards a bus,

ting scenes of a grim, hard-drinking Boston cop (David Lyons) determined to track Katie down. But the gauzy romantic interludes prove to be something of a yawn. When her nemesis finally arrives in North Carolina, the film does develop some effectively suspenseful moments. But the drama is a long time coming. A related problem is the casting. The best Sparks movie, “The Notebook,” had the strongest cast, with talented newcomers Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams balancing seasoned veterans James Garner and Gena Rowlands. To put it as charitably as possible, the actors in “Safe Haven” are not in the same league. Hough, better known as a singer and dancer than a dramatic actress, is likably spunky, but Duhamel fades into the background, and there are no lively supporting players in the ensemble. Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that Hallstrom, who burst into prominence with his fine direction of child actors in the Swedish film “My Life as a Dog,” fails to draw vivid performances

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from the two actors cast as Alex’s children. Hallstrom’s direction is generally lackluster. The picture is certainly competent, but a dozen other journeyman directors could have executed this piece just as efficiently. It’s hard to see much evidence of the talent that brightened “My Life as a Dog,” ”The Cider House Rules,” or even “Chocolat.” The seaside locations are tenderly evoked by cinematographer Terry Stacey and production designer Kara Lindstrom, but the film isn’t visually memorable or dramatically vibrant. It does, however, have one sentimental surprise at the end that testifies to Sparks’ storytelling shrewdness. This last-minute twist is shameless and stupefying, but it demonstrates why Sparks has an army of fervent readers. His fans will no doubt swoon over this tear-jerking finale, even while critics stare at the screen with jaws open in disbelief.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013



DATES TO REMEMBER Miracle, will meet at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren, 1431 W. Main St., Troy, use back door. • DivorceCare seminar and support • Narcotics Anonymous, Inspiring group will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. at Hope, 12:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Piqua Assembly of God Church, 8440 Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. King Arthur Drive, Piqua. Child care • Sanctuary, for women who have provided through the sixth-grade. been affected by sexual abuse, loca• AA, Piqua Breakfast Group will tion not made public. Must currently be meet at 8:30 a.m. at Westminter in therapy. For more information, call Presbyterian Church, corner of Ash Amy Johns at 667-1069, Ext. 430 and Caldwell streets, Piqua. The dis• Miami Valley Women’s Center, cussion meeting is open. 7049-A Taylorsville Road, Huber • AA, Troy Trinity Group meets at 7 Heights, offers free pregnancy testing, p.m. for open discussion in the 12 noon to 4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. For more Step Room at the Trinity Episcopal information, call 236-2273. Church, 1550 Henley Road, Troy. • Pilates for Beginners, 8:30-9:30 • AA, open meeting, 6 p.m., a.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 27 1/2 E. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Main St., Tipp City. For more informacorner of Ash and Caldwell streets, tion, call Tipp-Monroe Community Piqua. Alley entrance, upstairs. Services at 667-8631 or Celeste at • AA, Living Sober meeting, open 669-2441. to all who have an interest in a sober • NAMI, a support group for family lifestyle, 7:30 p.m., Westminster members who have a family member Presbyterian Church, corner of Ash who is mentally ill, will meet from 7and Caldwell streets, Piqua. 8:30 p.m. the third Monday at the • Narcotics Anonymous, Winner’s Stouder Center, Suite 4000, Troy. Call Group, will meet at 5 p.m. at Trinity 335-3365 or 339-5393 for more inforEpiscopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Ave., mation. Troy. Open discussion . • Next Step at Noon, noon to 1 • Narcotics Anonymous, Poison p.m. at Ginghamsburg South Campus, Free, 7 p.m., First United Methodist ARK, 7695 S. County Road 25-A, one Church, 202 W. Fourth St., third floor, mile south of the main campus. Greenville. • Narcotics Anonymous, Never TUESDAY Alone, Never Again, 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 212 N. Main St., • Deep water aerobics will be Sidney offered from 6-7 p.m. at Lincoln • Teen Talk, where teens share Community Center, 110 Ash St., Troy. their everyday issues through commu- Call 335-2715 or visit nication, will meet at 6 p.m. at the Troy for more information and programs. View Church of God, 1879 Staunton • Hospice of Miami County Road, Troy. “Growing Through Grief” meetings are • Singles Night at The Avenue will at 11 a.m. on the first, third and fifth be from 6-10 p.m. at the Main Campus Tuesdays of each month, and 7 p.m. Avenue, Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 the second and fourth Tuesdays and S. County Road 25-A, Troy. Each are designed to provide a safe and week, cards, noncompetitive volleyball, supportive environment for the expresfree line dances and free ballroom sion of thoughts and feelings associatdance lessons. Child care for children ed with the grief process. All sessions birth through fifth grade is offered from are available to the community and at 5:45-7:45 p.m. each night in the Main the Hospice Generations of Life Campus building. For more informaCenter, 550 Summit Ave., second tion, call 667-1069, Ext. 21. floor, Troy, with light refreshments pro• A Spin-In group, practicing the art vided. No reservations are required. of making yarn on a spinning wheel, For more information, call Susan meets from 2-4 p.m. on the third Cottrell at Hospice of Miami County, Sunday at Tippecanoe Weaver and 335-5191. Fibers Too, 17 N. 2nd St., Tipp City. All • A daytime grief support group knitters are invited to attend. For more meets on the first, third and fifth information, call 667-5358. Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at the • Baseball bingo will be offered Generations of Life Center,, second from 7 p.m. until games are complete floor, 550 Summit Ave., Troy. The supat Sunset Bingo, 1710 W. High St., port group is open to any grieving Piqua. Refreshments will be available. adults in the greater Miami County Proceeds help the youth baseball area and there is no participation fee. organization, a nonprofit. Sessions are facilitated by trained bereavement staff. Call 573-2100 for MONDAY details or visit the website at • Dollar menu night will be from 6-8 • A children’s support group for any p.m. at Troy Eagles, 225 N. Elm St. grieving children ages 6-11 years in Dollar menu items include hamburger the greater Miami County area will sliders, sloppy joe, hot dog, grilled meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first and cheese, french fries, onion straws, cup third Tuesday evenings at the of soup, ice cream and more for $1 Generations of Life Center, second each. floor, 550 Summit Ave., Troy. There is • Christian 12 step meetings, no participation fee. Sessions are facil“Walking in Freedom,” are offered at 7 itated by trained bereavement staff p.m. at Open Arms Church, 4075 Tipp and volunteers. Crafts, sharing time Cowlesville Road, Tipp City. and other grief support activities are • An arthritis aquatic class will be preceded by a light meal. offered from 8-9 or 9-10 a.m. at • Quilting and crafts is offered from Lincoln Community Center, Troy. Call 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at the 335-2715 or visit for Tipp City Seniors, 320 S. First St., Tipp more information and programs. City. Call 667-8865 for more informa• AA, Big Book discussion meeting tion. will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal • The Concord Township Trustees Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy, in will meet at 10 a.m. on the first and the 12 Step Room. The discussion is third Tuesday at the township building, open to the public. 2678 W. State Route 718. • AA, Green & Growing will meet at • The Blue Star Mothers of 8 p.m. The closed discussion meeting America meet from 7-9 p.m. the third (attendees must have a desire to stop Tuesday at the Miami County Red drinking) will be at Troy View Church of Cross, 1314 Barnhart Road, Troy. God, 1879 Old Staunton Road, Troy. Meetings are open to any mother of a • AA, There Is A Solution Group member of the military, guard or will meet at 8 p.m. in Ginghamsburg reserve or mothers of veterans. For United Methodist Church, County more information, e-mail at Road 25-A, Ginghamsburg. The or cussion group is closed (participants by call (937) 307-9219. must have a desire to stop drinking). • A support group for people affect• AA, West Milton open discussion, ed by breast cancer meets on the third 7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Tuesday of each month. Sponsored by Church, rear entrance, 1209 S. Miami the UVMC Cancer Care Center, the St. Non-smoking, handicap accessible. group’s mission is to empower women • Al-Anon, Serenity Seekers will to cope with the day-to-day realities of meet at 8 p.m. in the 12 Step Room at cancer before, during and after treatTrinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset ment. The support group meets at the Road, Troy. The discussion meeting is Farmhouse, located on the open. A beginner’s meeting begins at UVMC/Upper Valley Medical Center 7:30 p.m. campus, 3130 N. Dixie Highway, Troy. • Alternatives: Anger/Rage Control Social time begins at 6:30 p.m., the Group for adult males, 7-9 p.m., Miami meeting, 7-8:15 p.m. Contact Chris County Shelter, 16 E. Franklin St., Troy. Watercutter at 440-4638 or 492-1033, Issues addressed are physical, verbal or Robin Supinger at 440-4820 for and emotional violence toward family more information. members and other persons, how to • The Miami Shelby Chapter of the express feelings, how to communicate Barbershop Harmony Society will instead of confronting and how to act meet at 7:30 p.m. at Greene Street nonviolently with stress and anger United Methodist Church, 415 W. issues. Greene St., Piqua. All men interested • Mind Over Weight Total Fitness, in singing are welcome and visitors 6-7 p.m., 213 E. Franklin St., Troy. always are welcome. For more inforOther days and times available. For mation, call 778-1586 or visit the more information, call 339-2699. group’s Web site at www.melodymen• TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran • Divorce Care, 7 p.m. at Richards Church, 11 N. Third St., Tipp City. New Chapel, 831 McKaig Ave., Troy. members welcome. For more informa- Video/small group class designed to tion, call 335-9721. help separated or divorced people. For • Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet more information, call 335-8814. at noon at the Tin Roof restaurant. • AA, women’s meeting, 8-9 p.m., Guests welcome. For more informaDettmer’s Daniel Dining Room. tion, call 478-1401. • AA Tuesday night meeting, 7 • Weight Watchers, Westminster p.m., Troy Church of the Brethren, Presbyterian, Piqua, weigh-in is at 5 1431 W. Main St., Troy. and meeting at 5:30 p.m. • AA, The Best Is Yet To Come • Parenting Education Groups will Group will meet at 11 a.m. in the 12 meet from 6-8 p.m. at the Family Step Room at Trinity Episcopal Abuse Shelter of Miami County, 16 E. Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Franklin St., Troy. Learn new and age- discussion is open. appropriate ways to parent children. • AA, Tipp City Group, Zion Call 339-6761 for more information. Lutheran Church, Main and Third There is no charge for this program. streets at 8 p.m. This is a closed discussion (participants must have a • Narcotics Anonymous, Hug A TODAY

desire to stop drinking). • Al-Anon, 8:30 p.m. Sidney Group, Presbyterian Church, corner North and Miami streets, Sidney. • AA, 7 p.m. at Troy Church of the Brethren, 1431 W. Main St., Troy. Open discussion. • An Intermediate Pilates class will be from 9-10 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. at 27 1/2 E. Main St., Tipp City. For more information, call Tipp-Monroe Community Services at 667-8631 or Celeste at 669-2441. • Women’s Anger/Rage Group will meet from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, 16 E. Franklin St., Troy. Issues addressed are physical, verbal and emotional violence toward family members and other persons, how to express feelings, how to communicate instead of confronting and how to act nonviolently with stress and anger issues. Call 339-6761 for more information. • Narcotics Anonymous, Just For Tuesday, will meet at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Ave., Troy. This is an open discussion. • Narcotics Anonymous, Unity Group, 7 p.m., Freedom Life Ministries Church, 9101 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua. Open discussion. • Public bingo, license No. 0105-28, will begin with early birds at 7 p.m. and regular bingo at 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge No. 833, 17 W. Franklin St., Troy. Use the Cherry Street entrance. Doors open at 5 p.m. Instant tickets also will be available. • Public bingo — paper and computer — will be offered by the Tipp City Lumber Baseball organization from 7-10 p.m. at the West Milton Eagles, 2270 S. Miami St., West Milton. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and concessions will be available. Proceeds will benefit the sponsorship of five Little League baseball teams. For more information, call 543-9959. • DivorceCare will be every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy Church of the Nazarene, State Route 55 and Barnhart Road, Troy. The group is open to men and women. For more information, call Patty at 4401269 or Debbie at 335-8397. • Christian 12-Step, 7-8:30 p.m. at Ginghamsburg South Campus, ARK, 7695 S. County Road 25-A, one mile south of the main campus.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, corner of Ash and Caldwell streets, Piqua. Use the alley entrance, upstairs. • Al-Anon, Trinity Group will meet at 11 a.m. in the 12 Step Room at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. • Men’s Anger/Rage Group will meet from 6-8 p.m. at the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, 16 E. Franklin St., Troy. Issues addressed are physical, verbal and emotional violence toward family members and other persons, how to express feelings, how to communicate instead of confronting and how to act nonviolently with stress and anger issues. Call 339-6761 for more information. • A Domestic Violence Support Group for Women will meet from 6:308:30 p.m. at the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, 16. E. Franklin St., Troy. Support for battered women who want to break free from partner violence is offered. There is no charge for the program. For more information, call 339-6761. • Narcotics Anonymous, Inspiring Hope, 12:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. • Children’s Creative Play Group will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, 16 E. Franklin St., Troy. School-age children will learn appropriate social interactions and free expression through unique play therapy. There is no charge for this program. More information is available by calling 3396761. • Narcotics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Spirit of Recovery, Church of the Brethren, 1431 W. Main St., Troy. • Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 9100 N. Main St., State Route 48, between Meijer and Samaritan North. For other meetings or information, call 252-6766 or (800) 589-6262, or visit the Web site at • Miami Valley Women’s Center, 7049-A Taylorsville Road, Huber Heights, offers free pregnancy testing, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 236-2273. • A Pilates Beginners group matwork class will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 27 1/2 E. Main St., Tipp City. For more information, call Tipp-Monroe Community Services at 667-8631 or WEDNESDAY Celeste at 669-2441. • Safe People, 7-8:30 p.m., • Skyview Wesleyan Church, 6995 Ginghamsburg Church, SC/DC 104. Peters Road, Tipp City, will offer a free Find guidance for making safe choices in relationships, from friendships to codinner at 6:15 p.m. Bible study will workers, family or romance. Learn to begin at 7 p.m. identify nurturing people as well as • An arthritis aquatic class will be those who should be avoided. Call offered from 8-9 or 9-10 a.m. at Roberta Bogle at 667-4678 for more Lincoln Community Center, Troy. Call information. 335-2715 or visit for • Boundaries, 7-8:30 p.m., more information and programs. Ginghamsburg Church, ARK 200. A • The “Sit and Knit” group meets 12-week video series using from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tippecanoe Weaver and Fibers Too, 17 N. 2nd St., Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Offers practical Tipp City. All knitters are invited to attend. For more information, call 667- help and encouragement to all who seek a healthy, balanced life and prac5358. tice in being able to say no. For more • Grandma’s Kitchen, a homecooked meal prepared by volunteers, information, call Linda Richards at 667-4678. is offered every Wednesday from 5• The Temple of Praise Ministries 6:30 p.m. in the activity center of will serve hot lunches from noon to 2 Hoffman United Methodist Church, p.m. on the first and third Wednesday 201 S. Main St., West Milton, one at 235 S. Third St., Tipp City. block west of State Route 48. The • A free employment networking meal, which includes a main course, group will be offered from 8-9 a.m. salad, dessert and drink, for a sugeach Wednesday at Job and Family gested donation of $6 per person, or Services, 2040 N. County Road 25-A, $3 for a children’s meal. The meal is Troy. The group will offer tools to tap not provided on the weeks of into unadvertised jobs, assistance to Thanksgiving, Christmas or New improve personal presentation skills Year’s. and resume writing. For more informa• An Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. the first and tion, call Steven Kiefer at 570-2688 or third Wednesday of every month at the Justin Sommer at 440-3465. • The Tipp City Seniors offer lince Church of the Nazarene, 1200 dancing at 10 a.m. every Wednesday Barnhart Road, Troy. The group is for at 320 S. First St., Tipp City. anyone dealing with dementia of a loved one. For more information, call THURSDAY the Alzheimer’s Association at (937) 291-3332. • The Dayton Area ALS • The Upper Valley Medical Center (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Lou Mom and Baby Get Together group Gehrig’s Disease) Support Group will will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Thursdays at the Farm House, locatthird Wednesday at the West ed northwest of the main hospital Charleston Church of the Brethren, entrance and next to the red barn on 7390 State Route 202 (3 miles north the UVMC campus. The meeting is of I-70). Bring a brown bag lunch. facilitated by the lactation department. Beverages will be provided. For more The group offers the opportunity to information, call (866) 273-2572. meet with other moms, share about • The Kiwanis Club will meet at being a new mother and to learn noon at the Troy Country Club, 1830 more about breastfeeding and the Peters Road, Troy. Non-members of baby. For more information, call (937) Kiwanis are invited to come meet 440-4906. friends and have lunch. For more infor• Deep water aerobics will be mation, contact Bobby Phillips, vice offered from 6-7 p.m. at Lincoln president, at 335-6989. Community Center, 110 Ash St., Troy. • Retirees of the Local 128 UAW Call 335-2715 or visit will meet the third Wednesday at for more information and programs. 11:30 a.m. for a hot lunch and short • The Generations of Life Center of meeting at the Troy Senior Citizens Hospice of Miami County will offer a 6 Center, 134 N. Market St., Troy. O’Clock Supper at local restaurants • The Troy American Legion Post on the third Thursday of each month No. 43 euchre parties will begin at at 6 p.m. The locations vary, so those 7:30 p.m. For more information, call interested parties can call the office at 339-1564. 573-2100 for details. This is a social • AA, Pioneer Group open discus- event for grieving adults who do not sion will meet at 9:30 a.m. Enter down wish to dine out alone. Attendees the basement steps on the north side order from the menu. of The United Church Of Christ on • An open parent-support group North Pearl Street in Covington. The will be at 7 p.m. at Corinn’s Way Inc., group also meets at 8:30 p.m. Monday 306 S. Dorset Road, Troy. night and is wheelchair accessible. • Parents are invited to attend the • AA, Serenity Island Group will Corinn’s Way Inc. parent support meet at 8 p.m. in the Westminster group from 7-8:30 p.m. each Presbyterian Church, corner of Ash Thursday. The meetings are open disand Caldwell streets, Piqua. The discussion. cussion is open. • Tipp City Seniors gather to play • AA, 12 & 12 will meet at 8 p.m. cards prior to lunch every Thursday at for closed discussion, Step and 10 a.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City. Tradition meeting, in the 12 Step At noon will be a carry-in lunch and Room, Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. participants should bring a covered Dorset Road, Troy. dish and table service. On the third • AA, open discussion, 8 p.m., Thursday, Senior Independence offers

blood pressure and blood sugar testing before lunch. For more information, call 667-8865. • Best is Yet to Come open AA meeting, 11 a.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. • AA, Tri-City Group meeting will take place 8:30-9:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the former Dettmer Hospital. The lead meeting is open. For more information, call 335-9079. • AA, Spirituality Group will meet at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Troy. The discussion is open. • Health Partners Free Clinic will offer a free clinic on Thursday night at the clinic, 1300 N. County Road 25-A, Troy. Registration will be from 5:30-7 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The clinic does not accept medical emergencies, but can refer patients to other doctors and can prescribe medication. Call 332-0894 for more information. • Narcotics Anonymous, NAIOU, 7:30 p.m., Church of the Brethren, 1431 W. Main St., Troy. • Preschool story hours will be from 10-11 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. at the Bradford Public Library, 138 E. Main St., Bradford. • Weight Watchers, 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, Tipp City. For more information, call 552-7082. FRIDAY • An arthritis aquatic class will be offered from 8-9 or 9-10 a.m. at Lincoln Community Center, Troy. Call 335-2715 or visit for more information and programs. • AA, Troy Friday Morning Group will meet at 11 a.m. in the 12 Step Room at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1550 Henley Road, Troy. The discussion is open. • AA, open discussion, 8 p.m. in the Salvation Army, 129 South Wayne St., Piqua. Use parking lot entrance, held in gym. • Narcotics Anonymous, Clean and Free, 8 p.m., Dettmer Hospital, 3130 N. County Road 25-A, Troy. Open discussion. Fellowship from 7-8 p.m. • A Pilates Intermediate group matwork class will be held from 9-10 a.m. at 27 1/2 E. Main St., Tipp City. For more information, call TippMonroe Community Services at 6678631 or Celeste at 667-2441. • Weight Watchers, 1431 W. Main St., Church of the Bretheren, Troy, at 10 a.m. For more information, call (800) 374-9191. • A singles dance is offered every Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Christopher Club, Dixie Highway, Kettering, sponsored by Group Interaction. The dance is $6. For more information, call 640-3015 or visit • Christian Worship Center, 3537 S. Elm Tree Road, Christiansburg, hosts a Friday Night Bluegrass Jam beginning at 7 p.m. each Friday. Homemade meals are available beginning at 6:30 p.m. Participants may bring instruments and join in. A small donation is requested at the door. For more information or directions, call 857-9090 or 631-2624. SATURDAY • Weight Watchers, 1431 W. Main St., Church of the Bretheren, Troy, at 10 a.m. For more information, call (800) 374-9191. • Recovery Too Al-Anon meetings are offered at 8:30 p.m. at Ginghamsburg Church, main campus, Room 117, S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City. • AA, Men’s Meeting will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the new First Lutheran Church, corner of Washington Road and State Route 41. The meeting is closed (members must have a desire to stop drinking). • AA, Troy Winners Group will meet at 8:30 p.m. in the 12 Step Room at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 1550 Henley Road, Troy for discussion. The meeting is open. • AA, Troy Beginners Group meets at 7 p.m. in the 12 Step Room at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 1550 Henley Road, Troy. This is an open discussion meeting. • Weight Watchers, Westminster Presbyterian, Piqua, meeting at 9 a.m., weigh-in at 9:30 a.m. • Pilates for Beginners (Introduction), 9:15-10:15 a.m. at 27 1/2 E. Main St., Tipp City. For more information, call Tipp-Monroe Community Services at 667-8631 or Celeste at 669-2441. • Narcotics Anonymous, Saturday Night Live, 8 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 W. Water St., Sidney. • Relapse Prevention Group, 5:306:45 p.m. at The Avenue, Room 504, at Ginghamsburg Main Campus, 6759 S. County Road 25-A. • The Next Step, a worship celebration for people on the road to recovery, 7 p.m. at Ginghamsburg Main Campus Sanctuary, 6759 S. County Road 25-A. • Yoga classes will be offered from 10-11 a.m. at the First United Church of Christ, Troy. The public is invited. • Baseball bingo will be offered from 7 p.m. until games are complete at Sunset Bingo, 1710 W. High St., Piqua. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds help the youth baseball organization, a nonprofit. • The Tipp City Seniors eat out at area restaurants (sign up at the center) at 4:30 p.m. Card cames will be offered at the center for a $2 donation.



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This publicity photo provided by Mulholland Books shows the cover of author Lawrence Block’s book, “Hit Me,” published by Mulholland Books.

Anti-hero Keller is back in ‘Hit Me’ BY BRUCE DESILVA AP Book Reviewer “Hit Me” (Mulholland Books), by Lawrence Block: When we last left Keller, Lawrence Block’s killer-for-hire anti-hero, he was on the run after being framed for a political assassination in the 2008 thriller, “Hit and Run.” Now, five years later, we find living him living in New Orleans with a new identity, Nicholas Edwards. He’s got a charming new wife named Julia, who knows about his past, and daughter Jenny makes three. Instead of poisoning, strangling, or shooting people, he’s making a living rehabbing and flipping houses. But the economy being what it is, there’s not much of a market for houses these days, so Keller is spending a lot of time hanging out with the family and working on his stamp collection. So when his old murder broker, Dot, gets in touch about a job, he’s ready to get back into the game. What Keller likes about the work is the meticulous planning that goes into each hit, so in the early chapters, that is what Block dwells on. The kills themselves are anticlimactic, each carried out with swift efficiency and without remorse. But as Block gets deeper into the story, the planning, too, takes a back seat to the killer’s obsession with his hobby. Keller spends most of his time and energy attending stamp shows, bidding at stamp auctions and negotiating the sale of a seductive widow’s extensive collection. In the last third of the book, his profession seems almost an afterthought. In the hands of a lesser writer, the philately passages would be insufferable, but Block makes them interesting in their own right as well a window into the soul of a hit man who can dispatch innocent bystanders without remorse but won’t cheat on his wife and insists on being scrupulously honest in the buying and selling of collectible stamps.

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Novel set in ad world offers laughs, lessons the contemporary world of New York advertising, and most of all, a lead character you’re glad you get to know, even if doing so becomes “Truth in infuriating at times. Advertising” Kenney, who spent (Touchstone), by John Kenney: A hilarious op-ed many years as an ad copycolumn on politics appeared writer, introduces us to in The New York Times as Finbar Dolan, a longtime the 2012 presidential elec- toiler in those same vineyards. Encouraged to tion was winding down in “make his mark” with proother words, just when we motions for assorted banal desperately needed comic products including the crerelief. The off-the-wall columnist was identified as ation of a Super Bowl ad John Kenney, “author of the for a “revolutionary” brand forthcoming novel, ‘Truth in of disposable diapers, which drives a central part of the Advertising.’” Better keep plot Dolan expresses an eye out for that book, I ambivalence. On the one figured. hand, he wants a promotion As expected, this debut novel reads at times like a and sometimes even catches a whiff of the creative laugh-out-loud standup rush that drew him to routine. What sustains it, though, is much more sub- advertising in the first place, but basically he’s a stantial: an engaging, 39-year-old who knows too believable plot, a fascinating if jaundiced view inside much, a realist even in the BY CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN AP Book Reviewer

midst of his natural escapism. “How do you see the world?” Dolan muses at one point. “Is there music underscoring scenes of your life? Do you slow things down for intensity and drama? Speed them up for comedy? Do you rewrite dialogue, if, say, you’ve had a fight with your boss or your wife or some jackass who cut the line at Dunkin’ Donuts? In the rewrites are you far wittier, far more bold? I do and I am. It makes life more interesting for me, gives me a wonderful sense of false empowerment. And yet I know I miss the far more interesting narratives, the narratives I will never know, of strangers …” Likable, clever, complex Fin Dolan a guy anybody would love to have in the office is also, we gradually

learn, dragging around a major demon: a shattering story of his family life growing up in Boston that he has been trying to leave behind for decades. It forces its way to the surface when he learns that his estranged father is dying and realizes that only he, among the man’s children, each damaged in a different way, feels anything like obligation to get involved. It’s a measure of Kenney’s writing talent that the regular gusts of delicious, smart-alecky ad agency banter among Dolan and his witty comrades and the painful-toread scenes depicting the toxic relations among siblings feel equally real. Another measure is the sophistication of Kenney’s commentary, through Dolan, on modern life. “I read somewhere,”

Dolan soliloquizes at one point, “that on average each of us is exposed to something like 5,000 advertising messages a day. If you sleep for eight hours that’s something like 312 messages commercials, print ads, web banners, T-shirt logos, coffee cup sleeves, sneaker swooshes an hour. … Logos everywhere. What do they mean? Is anyone listening? While you’re thinking about that, have a Coke and a smile.” Oh, and there’s a love story tucked into this novel, too. You like Phoebe as much as you like Fin, you root for them, and it drives you nuts when ... no, that would be telling too much. Suffice it to say that the progress of their relationship, like the other plotlines, encounters abrupt, unforeseen turns but ones you can believe.

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Jaycee Orr, center, prepares Valentine's Day helium balloons for a customer along with Taylor Wuorinen, right, on Wednesday at Party America in Casper, Wyo. A nationwide helium shortage has made keeping the gas in stock difficult for many gift shops and other retailers.

Krofft, Hussong to marry Boggs, Emerick exchange vows PIQUA — Rachel C. Boggs and R. Jordan Emerick were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 2013, at St. James Episcopal Church, Piqua. The bride is the daughter of Edward and Lee Anne Boggs of Covington. Billy Joe and Sharon Emerick and Charles and Mary Meggan Klein, all of Troy, are parents of the groom. The bride is a graduate of Covington High School

and the University of Cincinnati, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is a career adviser for the Sanford-Brown Institute. The groom is a graduate of Troy High School and The Ohio State University, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He is a territory sales representative for Hobart. They reside in Philadelphia, Pa.

PLEASANT HILL — The engagement of Katherine Raven Krofft and Emerson Mark Hussong is announced by her parents, Kordon and Brenda Krofft of Pleasant Hill. Mark Hussong and Jane Hussong, both of Pleasant Hill, are parents of the groom-to-be. The bride-elect is a

2012 graduate of Newton High School and a student at Wright State University. Her fiance is a 2012 graduate of Newton High School and a student at Wright State University. He is employed by Menards, Tipp City. An Oct. 5. 2013, wedding is planned.

Helium prices spike as worldwide supplies dwindle BY JESSIE HIGGINS Scripps Howard News Service

If you received a heartshaped, helium-filled balloon for Valentine’s Day, be sure to treasure it. This year, prices are starting to spike for helium balloons, and in years to come, they could become scarce. The helium that keeps those balloons afloat is a nonrenewable resource, and supplies worldwide are running low. “We’re running out of the stuff,” said Bo Sears, presiANNOUNCEMENT POLICY dent of Weil Helium LLC, a Dallas company that seeks untapped helium reserves Couples celebrating anniversaries, weddings or to mine. “I’m sure there are engagements wishing to have their announcements long-standing contracts all in the Troy Daily News may pick up information over the country getting forms at the newspaper office, 224 S. Market St., helium. But the businesses from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Troy Daily News without long-standing conannouncement forms must be filled out completely tracts are getting squeezed in order to be published. Information also may be out entirely. Here in Dallas, sent by e-mail to (subsome stores have it, some ject line: engagement, wedding, etc.) or filled out on don’t.” the form provided at In Evansville, Ind., TROY — Heather Laux the University of A glossy black-and-white or good quality color party and flower shops Smith and Kevin Croft Cincinnati. She is photo is requested. The Troy Daily News reserves were able to stock up on announce their engageemployed by Compass the right to judge whether photo quality is accepthelium in time for ment and plans to marry. Rock Real Estate. able for reproduction. Couples celebrating anniverValentine’s Day, which local She is the daughter of Her fiance is a 1983 saries may submit a wedding photo and a recent retailers call their biggest Mark Laux of Tipp City graduate of Torrence High occasion for helium balloon photo for publication. and Candise Snyder of School, and attended Photos may be picked up at the newspaper office sales, followed closely by Troy. He is the son of Oklahoma University. He graduation season and after they are used or returned by mail if they are Joyce Croft of Troy and is employed by Honda of New Year’s. accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envethe late Billy Croft. But local suppliers say America. lope. The bride-elect is a they’re beginning to feel a They plan a fall 2013 1989 graduate of Troy pinch from the worldwide High School and attended wedding. shortage. Helium now retails for $50 to $60 for MARRIAGE LICENSES tanks that hold 9 to 15 cubic feet. Balloons can range in price from 50 cents Nicole Jacomet, 36, of 1244 E. Mulberry St., Apt. 370, Troy, to James Kevin Richardson, 51, of to $10 or more, depending Garbry Road, Apt. 7, Piqua. Chelsea Lynn Hall, 24, of same 124 E. Main St., Troy, to Akemi Matthew Scott Cotrell, 30, of 604 on the size and shape. address. Lane, 45, of 549 Maplecrest Drive, “We’re limited in the Spring St., Piqua, to Jamie Lyn Dustin Craig Brodrick, 31, of Troy. amount of new business we 2864 Tillman Road, Arcanum, to Tori Jackson, 31, of same address. Ryan Douglas Boyd, 27, of 251 can bring in for helium because there is a shortage,” said Jeff Ademec, the branch manager at American Welding & Gas in n n Before I kiss you... Evansville. n you need to use this. Although helium is one of the most common elen n ments in the universe — second only to hydrogen — n helium supplies on earth n are extremely limited. The n planet’s helium was formed n nn billions of years ago by radioactive decay, and the gas is trapped in pockets 34 S.Weston Rd.,Troy • 937-335-8387 beneath the earth’s surface. Existing helium reservoirs are starting to dry up. “It’s in triage now,” Sears said. “Balloons are Offer Good Now Through February 28, 2013 Troy Animal Hospital and Bird Clinic Cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount. the first to go, they’re just

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wasting helium. When it comes out of the balloon, it is gone forever. It escapes the earth’s gravity and heads out to the outer regions of space.” Balloons account for only a fraction of the world’s helium consumption. In 2010, the most common use for helium in the United States was cryogenics, a branch of science that addresses the production and effects of very low temperatures. Helium is also used to pressurize and check for leaks in space-shuttle rocket engines, and to shield flammable operations from combustible materials during arc welding or semiconductor and fiber-optic manufacturing. Deep-sea divers mix helium with oxygen to prevent nitrogen from building up in their bodies. Hospitals and imaging centers use liquid helium to cool MRI magnets. St. Mary’s Health System in the Evansville area uses four MRI machines with liquid helium-cooled magnets. The helium shortage “is a concern for the hospital,” said Gerald McDowell, an imaging service engineer for the hospitals. “You don’t want to buy something that is going to be obsolete.” But it’s unlikely hospitals will run out. Helium distributors reserve supplies for the medical industry, scientific research and government contracts. The federal government manages the world’s highest-producing helium reservoir, near Amarillo, Texas. That field is in its declining phase. A second reservoir is owned by Exxon Mobil Corp. in Wyoming. Around the world, helium plants are located in Algeria, Australia, Poland and Russia, with more scheduled to come online, Hummel said. After that happens, supplies should stabilize — for the immediate future. Rockets will continue to launch, divers will head to great depths, doctors will take pictures inside the body, scientists will conduct groundbreaking research — and sweethearts will receive heart-shaped, floating balloons on Valentine’s Day.



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Thirty-year mortgage steady at 3.53 percent WASHINGTON (AP) — The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage was unchanged for a second week, remaining near historic lows. The average rate on the 15-year mortgage also stayed the same. Low mortgage rates are helping to strengthen the housing recovery. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year low stayed at 3.53 percent. That’s near the 3.31 percent reached in November, which was the lowest on record going back to 1971. The rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage stayed at 2.77 percent for a second week. The record low is 2.63 percent. The one-year adjustable mortgage was the only rate to change this week. It averaged 2.61 percent, up from 2.53 percent last week. Cheap mortgages are giving a boost to the slowly improving housing market. Increased sales have helped to push home prices up, which makes consumers feel wealthier and helps to boost consumer spending. In addition, the increased housing demand is boosting new home construction. Still, housing has a long way to go to achieve a full recovery. And many people are unable to take advantage of the low rates, either because they can’t qualify under stricter lending rules or they lack the money to meet larger down payment requirements. To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country on Monday through Wednesday of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount. The average fee for 30-year loans was 0.8 point, the same as last week. The fee for 15year mortgages was 0.8 point, up from 0.7 point last week. The fee for one-year adjustable rate mortgages was 0.3 point, down from 0.4 point last week. Freddie Mac said that the average rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages edged up to 2.64 percent this week from 2.63 percent last week. The fee stayed the same at 0.6 point.

BY MARY CAROL GARRITY Scripps Howard News Service I’m a firm believer that great design doesn’t have to be expensive. The key to getting the most for your decorating dollars is to know where to splurge and where to cheat. Let’s talk about how to pick key pieces for your rooms that maximize your look and suit your budget. Invest the greatest portion of your decorating budget in the room’s focal point, items that bring you bliss and pieces that don’t have lowercost substitutes. Then, use these cheats to stretch the remainder of your decorating funds: — Get creative with artwork — Repurpose old furniture — Accent with inexpensive accessories Now, let’s talk about how to pick the very best home furnishings to fit your budget, whether it’s an investment piece or a lower-cost cheater. Here are three examples: Occasional Tables From side tables to consoles to coffee tables, there is a wonderfully wide range of great-looking pieces to choose from that will give you a smart look for any budget. When selecting a lowercost occasional table, hunt for one that can play a support role in your furniture grouping. This piece won’t be the star of the room, so you don’t want anything that will distract from the space’s focal point. Less-expensive wood pieces can usually give you 10 years of great use, but aren’t pieces that will last a lifetime. So, it’s OK to go a bit trendier with these pieces, if you want. If you’re looking for a table that will be highly visible, you will want to take a step up in style and budget.


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owners to stay put until they find a home they want to buy. In low-inventory markets, offers made contingent on the sale of a buyer’s property have little chance of success, especially if there are multiple offers from buyers who don’t need to make a contingent sale offer.

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Tightwad’s tips for equipping a garden BY JOE LAMP’L Scripps Howard News Service Until recently, I’ve never really considered how much of what you need to start and maintain a garden can be acquired for free or nearly free. But a few years back I challenged myself to see if I could create an organic garden from scratch on a total budget of $25 or less. The premise was that I was acting as a brandnew gardener, with absolutely no gardening-related equipment in my possession. I was pleasantly surprised to discover just how far you can stretch that almighty dollar when you put your mind to it. Take starting seeds, for example. Rather than buying expensive commercial products, I learned to improvise using common household items, like reusing pizza boxes as seedstarting trays. So in celebration of another fast-approaching season of playing in the dirt, here is a partial list of ideas to get you started and keep you on track to your most frugal garden yet. Repurpose or recycle: When you start thinking creatively, you’ll be amazed at the amount of things you discover that can be used in place of store-bought items. For example, I just returned from two grocery stores. Both donated large clear plastic cake domes with a base. These make perfect mini-greenhouses (to fit over those pizza-box seed-starting trays), and they’ll last for years. If I purchased the real thing, I’d spend about $5 each. Social media: Facebook and, especially, Twitter have been a gold mine for me in sourcing goods for my $25 garden. I’ve tapped into a vast network of talented, giving people who want to help you succeed (or seed, in my case). I’ve had an outpouring of offers from seeds to supplies. One new Twitter friend even provided free hand-painted plant markers! I treasure them still. and These are the coolest online ways to find exactly what you need. Craigslist is like a giant virtual



When you start thinking creatively, you’ll be amazed at the amount of things you discover that can be used in place of store-bought items. garage sale where you can find just about anything you need, right near where you live. Some things are free but most are for sale at good prices. Freecycle, on the other hand, is all free. It’s all based on the idea of keeping things out of the landfill. You post online to give things away and look there for what you need that others are giving away. I have friends who have equipped their entire garden via Freecycle, from hoses and soil to bricks, seeds and plants. Garage sales: Just in case you’re not a fan of the online world, consider neighborhood garage sales. As much as you need a grow light or nice shovel, someone in your neighborhood is ready to make a deal. Local government: Many city, county or other municipalities offer free compost for the taking. Some offer rain barrels and helpful semi-

nars on gardening. These services are almost always free or well within even a cheapskate’s budget. Organize your own swap: Local events provide the ideal opportunity to swap seeds, tools, plants and supplies. Schools, churches and civic groups are great places to organize these events. Not only are you able to trade for free, you’ll meet some wonderful people and recycle many of those items you’re ready to part with. Online seed swaps: There are many organizations and groups across the country that facilitate seed-swapping. The National Gardening Association ( has a free online service for this, and is a worthy grassroots effort that exemplifies the spirit of giving and sharing as it continues to build a network of members.

Search online for “seed swaps” for more options. Agricultural bulletins and classifieds by state: Many regions or states have an online and/or printed version of their agricultural news. It includes a classified section that lists people willing to mail you seeds, merely for the price of a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). The offerings are amazing. Search online using the term “agricultural bulletins by state.” So little space, but so many more ideas to share. What are ways you save money in the garden? Please email me at and let me know. We can continue this conversation soon.

you can. There’s no way to know for sure until your home has sold and closed. Becoming a renter while you look for a new home allows you to wait until the right home comes on the market. You don’t feel pressured to buy a less-than-ideal home because you’re under the pressure of a time frame. One option when you sell first is to ask the buyers of your home to allow you to rent your home back for a period of time. The hope is that you will find a suitable home to buy in that time frame and won’t have to move to an interim rental. It’s a good idea to reserve the right to rent back for a while after closing. But, unless you think you can find a home to buy quickly, it

may be less expensive to move to a rental and take time finding the right long-term home to buy. Usually, sellers who rent back need to pay buyers an amount equal to the buyers’ principal, interest, taxes and insurance prorated on a per diem basis: the buyers’ cost of owning your home. This may be quite a bit more than you currently pay to own your home. Buyers who successfully negotiate a contingent sale offer usually have to pay a premium price for that privilege. You’re in a better position to negotiate a competitive price if your offer is contingent on the close, rather than contingent on the sale, of your current home, particularly if all contingencies have been removed from that contract.

In this case, if you have to pay for a few days or a week to rent your home from the buyers, a high per diem should be seen as a convenience fee. Make sure the purchase contract on your home allows you to notify your buyers when you’ll vacate the premises and have the rent prorated accordingly. THE CLOSING: Be aware that many lenders won’t allow a rent-back for more than 30 days following the closing.

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Hymer ■ CONTINUED FROM C1 In this situation, buyers need to sell first before they can make themselves competitive in order to buy in a neighborhood where they want to live. This usually means making a double move: first to an interim rental, then to their next home. This is inconvenient but necessary in the current home sale market where in many places there are fewer listings of homes for sale than there are buyers eager to buy. HOUSE HUNTING TIP: There are benefits to selling your home first other than being able to compete. One is that you know exactly how much money you have to put into the next house. You may find that you can afford to pay more or less than you think

Dian Hymer, a real estate broker with more than 30 years’ experience, is a nationally syndicated real estate columnist and author of “House Hunting: The TakeAlong Workbook for Home Buyers” and “Starting Out, The Complete Home Buyer’s Guide.”


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Pre-owned cars. Used books. Secondhand clothing. All of these goods can be smart, money-saving purchases. So what about used mortgages? The idea might sound ludicrous, but, in fact, a buyer can take over, or “assume,” a seller’s mortgage in some cases. The process isn’t easy, but both buyers and sellers should know what an assumable mortgage is, when it’s desirable and who can benefit. An assumable mortgage allows a buyer to assume the rate, repayment period, current principal balance and other terms of the seller’s existing mortgage rather than obtain a brand-new mortgage, according to James Hines, a spokesman at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Des Moines, Iowa. In theory, any type of home loan could be assumable. However, only two types of typical loans have this feature: FHA loans, insured by the Federal Housing Administration; and VA loans, guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Conventional loans typically are not assumable. Assuming an existing mortgage can be simpler, easier and less costly for the buyer than applying for a new mortgage, says Lemar Wooley, a spokesman at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The biggest potential advantage for the buyer is that the terms of the seller’s mortgage might be more attractive than the prevailing terms the buyer would be offered if he or she applied for a new mortgage. The interest rate is key, though other factors should be weighed, too. “An assumable mortgage can be very attractive if interest rates are on the rise or the current interest rates are significantly higher than the interest rate on the seller’s existing mortgage,” Hines explains. The catch is that the buyer must still apply for the loan and meet all of the lender’s requirements as if the loan were newly originated. Without the lender’s consent, the assumption cannot happen. That restriction limits the buyer’s choice of a lender to the seller’s loan servicer. An appraisal typically isn’t required. That might make the deal easier to close and save the buyer the appraisal fee, which could be several hundred dollars. The buyer might choose to obtain an appraisal independently of the lender to mitigate the risk of overpaying for the property. Another consideration should be the seller’s equity. A lot of equity means the buyer must come up









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Thomas Patrie, Wanda Patrie to Lee Homan, one Joseph Hart, Sue Hart to Joseph Hart, Sue Hart, lot, $126,500. Fannie Mae a.k.a. Federal National a part tract, 111.887 acres, $0. Mortgage Association to Mike Havenar, one lot, $38,800. Mark Larger, Vickie Larger to John Clark, one NEWTON TWP. lot, $0. John Clark to Vickie Larger, one lot, $0. John Staley to John D. Staley Revocable Trust, John D. Keneil Eileen Preston Blaho to Keba Hitzeman, Staley, trustee, one lot, $0. $0. Mary Ellen Alexander, executor, Estate of Carl Schultz to Gail Breisch, Scott Breisch, one lot, UNION TWP. $80,000. COVINGTON Cynthia Stacy, Lester Stacy to Garry Manson, a part lot, $95,000. TIPP CITY Michael Harwat, Amanda Reboulet to Michael Harwat, Amanda Reboulet, one lot, $0. Rosewood Creek LLC to Richard Hagan, Terri Hagan, one lot, $54,900. LUDLOW FALLS Estate of Thomas Maguire to Barbara Maguire, one lot, $0. BETHEL TWP. Jo Ann Lee to Jo Ann Lee Irrevocable Trust,

Pamela Jamison, Randall Jamison to Pamela Jamison, trustee, Randall Jamison, trustee to Jamison Family Revocable eTrust, 10.020 acres, $0. Estate of Rebecca M. Honeyman, Dave Honeyman, executor to Candi Hissong, Tyrone Hissong, 24.466 acres, $206,800. Estate of Rebecca M. Honeyman, Dave Honeyman, executor to Sharon Earls, trustee, Wayne Wertz Living Trust, Wayne Wertz, trustee, 24.466 acres, $206,800.

with a hefty down payment, Hines explains. An FHA or VA loan technically can be assumed without the property being sold. That might make sense in connection with a divorce, estate planning or gift of real estate, for example. For the seller, the primary advantage of an assumable loan is that it can make the house more desirable to buyers, especially if the loan has a low rate and the seller has little equity. Again, there’s a catch: The seller might still be responsible for the debt after the buyer assumes the loan. If the buyer doesn’t make the payments, the seller’s credit

2 BEDROOM, 1 bath, appliances, storage shed, A/C, $600 deposit/rent (937)339-7978

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could be negatively affected. “If the lender doesn’t release the original borrower from liability for the mortgage, and the assumptor defaults, then the original borrower suffers damage to his or her credit rating,” Wooley explains. Michael Frueh, director of loan guaranty services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, says VA loans have always been assumable because military service members tend to relocate often. The catch is that a VA loan must be associated with a veteran’s entitlement. Consequently, if the buyer isn’t a veteran or is a veteran who doesn’t have entitlement, the seller’s entitlement will

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remain attached to the loan after the assumption and the seller won’t be able to use that entitlement to obtain another mortgage. “The original veteran needs to be aware that their entitlement will be tied into that loan, unless a new veteran using (his or her own) entitlement buys the home,” Frueh says. Leaving an entitlement attached to an assumed loan also entails a risk that if the buyer defaults, the seller might not be able to reuse that entitlement in the future without a substantial cost. Remaining entitlement is complicated, so service members are advised to call the VA loan center at (877) 8273702 for assistance.

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MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Sidney, Ohio Norcold, Inc., recognized as the leader in refrigerator manufacturing for the RV, trucking and marine industries, is currently accepting resumes for a 3rd Shift Maintenance Technician at our Sidney, Ohio facility. This position requires all aspects of maintenance experience such as mechanical, fabrication, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical/ electronic skills. Duties will include maintenance of the manufacturing plant and equipment. We offer an excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, 401(K) and many others. For consideration, please forward your resume and salary history to:

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REFRIGERATION MECHANIC Continental Express Inc., a full service transportation company that specializes in hauling refrigerated food products is currently seeking an experienced Refrigeration Unit Technician for its Sidney terminal. Will perform installation, maintenance and repairs on Thermo King and Carrier refrigeration units. Candidates with prior knowledge and experience on refrigeration units strongly preferred. Must have own tools and be extremely dependable. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package, including uniforms. Apply at: Continental Express Inc. 10450 St Rt 47 Sidney, OH 45365

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CEMETERY VAULTS (2), at Miami Memorial Park in Covington, asking $800 each or both for $1600. (937)361-7004 CRIB, changing table, pack-n-play, doorway swing, swing, high chair, booster chair, travel bassinet, tub, clothes, blankets, movies, dolls, more (937)339-4233.

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Concentration on Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Law for over 15 years

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BU ILD ER SS E • Roofing • Windows RVI CE • Spouting • Kitchens S, INC • Metal Roofing • Sunrooms . • Baths • Awnings


(See Us For Do-It-Yourself Products)

SchulzeTax & Accounting Service

660 Home Services


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615 Business Services

Bankruptcy Attorney Emily M. Greer, Esq.

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TV, 46Inch, Mitsubishi, $200, excellent picture, Heater, 70,000BTU kerosene Pro Temp, thermostat $175, Reddy heater, propane, tank, regulator, $75, (937)570-5297

starting at $

for appointment at


660 Home Services


422 Buckeye Ave., Sidney

805 Auto 1982 CHEVY 1/2 ton truck. 6 cyl. 3 speed. $1000. 1991 CHEVY Silverado, 350 automatic $1200. (937)773-1817 (937)451-1638

PISTOLS/ AMMO, S&W 40cal, Model 4046, stainless steel, $595, S&W 9mm, Model 6906, compact, stainless steel, $525, H&R 32 auto, older gun, nice gun, works great, $395, Ammo, 30-30, 30-06, 7.62x54, 380 Auto, .223, Call (937)698-6362 Chuck

660 Home Services


HOSE BOX, Never Leak polyester sprinkle head & hose, $50. Stained glass pattern books, saved for 10 years, $5 each. Garden wagon for hauling, $50. Call Judy (937)552-7657.

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

600 - Services


577 Miscellaneous

BUYING: 1 piece or entire estates: Vintage costume or real jewelry, toys, pottery, glass, advertisements. Call Melisa (937)710-4603

To advertise in the Classifieds That Work Service & Business Directory please call: 877-844-8385


used $200,


HERITAGE GOODHEW • Metal Roofing • Sales & Service • Standing Seam Snap Lock Panels “WE REPAIR METAL ROOFS”

765-857-2623 765-509-0069


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Senior Homecare Personal • Comfort


592 Wanted to Buy CEDAR CHEST, wooden, Lane, (937)418-8195.

Ltd, Black, with Black interior, 91,000 miles. Rear, 4WD, V-8, Gas, Auto, Fully Loaded and in terrific shape. Leather with heated front seats, power 3rd row seats, Voice activated SYNC with NAV and Sirius, power running boards, keyless entry, programmable driver's seat and adjustable brake pedal, heated windshield, class III/IV trailer tow package, power moonroof, luggage rack. New battery and brakes. All maintenance performed for the life of the vehicle. Records available at local dealer. One owner, a non-smoker, with clean Car Fax $19,500. (937)441-3332


Service Business


560 Home Furnishings

2008 FORD Explorer Ltd V8/4WD


AR MAGAZINES, 4 USGI .223/5.56 30rd, 1 colt, 2 okay ind/colt, 1 unmarked all with green followers, excellent condition. $225 (937)492-9032.


HARDWOOD, Seasoned hardwood for sale. $125 a cord. Will deliver. (937)301-7237

586 Sports and Recreation


Seasoned a cord


FIREWOOD, Ash, $100 (937)335-3549

LAB PUPPIES, black 8 wks, 3 females and 1 male, 1st shots, $75 (937)339-9476


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

805 Auto


583 Pets and Supplies


545 Firewood/Fuel


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419.501.2323 or 888.313.9990 2364115

LIVE-IN NURSES AIDE to comfort clients in their own home, stays to the end. 20 years experience, references. Dee at (937)751-5014.


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Sunday, February 17, 2013

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