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Obama calls for smaller-scale deal Latest plan faces uncertainty in Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has throttled back his ambitions for a sweeping budget bargain with Republicans. Instead, he’s calling for a scaled-back measure sufficient to prevent the government from careening off the “fiscal cliff” in January by extending tax cuts for most taxpayers and fore-

stalling a painful set of agency budget cuts. In a White House appearance Friday, Obama also called on Congress to extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that would otherwise be cut off for 2 million people at the end of the year. Obama’s announcement was a

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Town inundated with gifts NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown’s children were showered with gifts Saturday, but they only a portion of the tokens of support from around the world for the city in mourning. See

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INSIDE TODAY Announcements ...........B8 Business.....................A12 Calendar.......................A3 Crossword ....................B7 Dates to Remember .....B6 Deaths ..........................A6 Cleonne Rose Jackson Pamela S. Stephenson Mac K. Johnson Roger Ray Weidel Michael Spaugy Clara Wingfield Movies ..........................B5 Opinion .........................A4 Property Transfers ........B8 Sports...........................A7 Travel ............................B4

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It’s been an another amazing year for all of us here at the newspaper — one filled with its share of highs and lows. But rather than focus on the negatives, we have decided to accentuate the positives. We share our staff’s favorite memories from the year that was — for some of us, it wasn’t easy picking out just one. See Valley, Page B1.

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recognition that chances for a larger agreement before year’s end have probably collapsed. It also suggested that any chance for a smaller deal may rest in the Senate, particularly after the collapse of a plan by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to permit tax rates to rise on million-dollarplus incomes.


Miami County Health Partners Executive Director Justin Coby discusses patient education with Program Manager Debbie Danielson Thursday at the clinic. Coby joined Health Partners as the executive director Dec. 10.

Serving the community Coby steps up as executive director of Miami County Health Partners BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer The fulfilling experience of helping others at the Miami County Health Partners Free Clinic “flipped the script” in Justin Coby’s life by using his talents as a pharmacist to help others in need in the community. Coby, a pharmacist since 2007, was tapped as executive director of the Health Partners Free Clinic on Dec. 10 after former executive director Deb Miller stepped down to became the coordinator of the Ohio Association of Free Clinics. Coby, 30, of Troy, began his relationship


WANT TO VOLUNTEER? Are you a nursing or pharmacy student, medical assistant or someone looking for a new volunteer opportunity? Are you looking for more field experience while you are pursuing a medical-related career? Contact Health Partners Free Clinic at 332-0894 for more information on how to contribute to the health mission of the clinic in the

with the free clinic as the clinic’s first volunteer pharmacist to serve the un-insured and underinsured population of Miami County. “I had just graduated from Ohio Northern University with my doctorate in pharmacy and started at Health Partners to help set up and sort the clinic’s samples,” Coby said. “It’s been great to be part of the community, which just has been first he said he wanted to pursue a career in the field of engineering as awesome to work with us.” Coby found his love of chemistry a Polar Bear at ONU. while a high school student at Graham Local Schools, where he • See DIRECTOR on A2 graduated in 2001. Coby admits at

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ann Christopher says she feels a little like Santa Claus, handing out all this money so close to Christmas. Some charities have been stunned by the amounts. Frankly, so has she. “She was never somebody who wanted attention,” Christopher said of the woman whose money she’s giving away. “She was very down-to-earth, very polite.” She also was worth more than a lot of people knew. When retired schoolteacher Zelma Thatcher died last year at age 95, she left behind a small fortune to her family, friends and as they’re finding out local charities. By year’s end, Christopher, a longtime friend of Thatcher’s, will have sent more than $700,000 to five organizations in Ross, Delaware and Franklin counties. The amount is staggering to the Ross County Humane Society, which was overjoyed by a recent $2,500 donation from a poker run. Thatcher’s gift will be more than 100 times that amount and slightly less than the organization’s annual budget. “If you had moved the decimal (back) one space, we would have been thrilled,” said Cindy Adkins, president of the Humane Society board. Friends say Thatcher was the kind of woman who would spend her morning elbows-deep in the soil of her organic garden before heading inside for lunch on white linens and fine china. She drove a stick shift well into her 80s. She preferred history books to television. She found a best friend in a dog named Eve. Thatcher was born in 1916 in Ross County. She died last year in

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Stump taking class at Ohio State in January Accident victim ‘unstoppable’ BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer Four months after being severly injured when she was hit by a drunk driver, Troy High School graduate Rachel Stump is back working at Piqua Country Club, fitness training at La Bella Viaggio and, come Jan. 7, taking a class at Ohio State University. Her mother Karen 1 Hoagland, said Rachel’s

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unresponsive,” Hoagland said, becoming emotional. “Yes, I was scared when I first looked at her. But you know you have to be strong — that she’s counting on us. And you have your faith in God, and I knew he was going to heal her. And he did. He healed her body, her mind, her pain. After the coma, she was on pain medication for only a couple days. She’s a tough kid, she is.” In August, Rachel will

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Director • Continued from A1 “I had the heart for chemistry and then my mom made the statement ‘You know? You’d look good in a white coat,’â€? Coby said. “For me I just love the chemistry and the science of it all. Then later the love of service came with it.â€? Coby said it was the commitment of the staff at Health Partners which he said “filled me upâ€? during his time at the clinic. “It gave me a lot more than I gave it — I’m just filled up by the folks here,â€? Coby said. He said it was his mentor Deb Miller who encouraged him to apply for the executive director position as she broke the news that she was moving forward in her career. Coby credits Miller’s mentorship as the strong foundation that will help him to move the clinic forward in the future.

“Deb Miller was a huge influence in my life,� Coby said. “All the staff and these folks are doing the real hard work with happiness you can’t find in the private sector — it blows my mind.� Coby said funding is always “a basic struggle� despite the overwhelming support from community contributors and the United Way. Coby said he plans to move the clinic’s mission forward by using social media and other forms of communication to spread the word of the services provided by the clinic’s 10 part-time staff members and two nurse practitioners and other volunteers. “We need to educate the community as much as possible,� Coby said. “We are servicing 20,800 individuals who fit our mission.� Coby said the majority of the initiatives of the Affordable Care Act will not go in effect until 2017.

Despite the changes the ACA will make around the country, Coby said clinics such as Health Partners still will serve more than 10,000 in the community. Coby shared how he learned a great deal about himself as well as health services around the world while he embarked on two mission trips — one to Haiti and one to Columbia. “It really makes you appreciate what you have access to in the United States,� Coby said. “I went to Columbia (this past summer) on a medical mission trip and it really was an uplifting thing. The clinic we had set up had people who walked hours and so many miles to be seen just on that one day we were there.� Coby also plans to reach younger residents, expanding services as well as recruiting more educated volunteers, such as medical assistants, nursing and

pharmacology students and people with other medical backgrounds to add to the staff. “How can we get their impressionable minds to see what we do here before they go out in the field?� Coby said. “I want them to see what we do before they are just about to go on their own and see what they will be dealing with in this field.� Coby also maintains his pharmacology skills at a local pharmacy as well as being co-owner of Practice Crossfit gym in Troy. He recently celebrated his first anniversary with his wife Mindy, a secondgrade teacher at Newton Elementary School. To learn more about Health Partners Free Clinic, to volunteer or learn more about the services it provides, visit The clinic is at 1300 N. County Road 25A, Troy.

to drive or anything — so I basically watched Netflix in bed,� Rachel recalled. “In November, I had surgery to put part of my skull back in my head, and then I left (the hospital) three days later. I had some restrictions after the surgery where I wasn’t allowed to go outside, couldn’t lie on my back or bend ever, couldn’t be in the car for more than 40 minutes and wasn’t allowed to lift anything heavier than half a milk jug. They don’t want you to put pressure on your brain.� Rachel passed a cognitive learning and driving test earlier this month, meaning she could get her driver’s license back and sign up for a class — a food science course that counts as a gen ed for her market-

ing major. She will be commuting to OSU this winter, and then this summer hopes to take a full course load. With all her credits transferred from Edison Community College, Rachel likely will be right on track with everyone else come August. Her father Matt Stump said he’s valued spending time with his daughter while she recovered in Troy, alternating time between his home and her mother’s. “It’s been real nice having her home all the time, because at that age, you’re normally not home as much. She’s always been a super busy kid, and you’d never see her,� Stump said. Yet he understands that Rachel is eager to get back with her friends. “She’s trying to get ready to go back to school. That’s where she wants to be,� he said. Having so much downtime was a rough adjustment, Rachel said, as the

former cheerleader and honors student was used to being busy. But with school on the horizon, many changes will be in store. “I’m excited to not be bored out of my mind, because I’m used to doing a million things like working and going to school and everything, so I’m definitely excited to do what I normally do — just being with my friends in my environment. I love OSU,� she said. Rachel even received a call from Gordon Gee two days after her surgery in November. Hoagland said Gee reassured her daughter that all her scholarships were still in place and not to worry about anything upon her return. “He is truly a genuine guy and really concerned about Rachel. He told her that OSU has a lot of love for Rachel, and they are flattered and excited for her return,� Hoagland said, adding, “She’s been unstoppable.�

Stump • Continued from A1 return to OSU full-time, living in an apartment that is located coincidentally only a few blocks from the scene of the accident on North High Street near Chittenden Avenue, during her first weekend as an OSU student. She’ll be living with her friend Isely Riley of Troy and one of her friends. Rachel said she doesn’t remember the accident or much of her stay at the hospital from Aug. 19 through Sept. 21. Since her release, Rachel said she’s been taking life day by day. “I just keep getting better. In September and October, I wasn’t allowed to do much — wasn’t allowed

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Deal • Continued from A1 “In the next few days, I’ve asked leaders of Congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class Americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million Americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction,â€? Obama said. “That’s an achievable goal. That can get done in 10 days.â€? Maybe, maybe not. The latest plan faces uncertainty at best in the sharply divided Senate. GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who wields great power even in the minority, called Friday for Senate action on a House bill from the summer extending the full menu of Bush-era tax cuts. He promised that it will take GOP votes for anything to clear the Senate, where 60 votes are required to advance most legislation. Democrats control 53 votes. Earlier, Boehner said Obama needs to give more ground to reach an agreement and that both he and Obama had indicated in a Monday telephone call that their latest offers represented their bottom lines. “How we get there,â€? he added, “God only knows.â€? Congress shut down for Christmas and Obama flew to Hawaii with his family for the holidays. But both men indicated they’d be back in Washington, working to beat the fastapproaching Jan. 1 deadline with an agreement between Christmas and New Year’s. Obama announced his plans after talking by phone with Boehner and meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who had previously pinned his hopes on an Obama-Boehner agreement and is wary of dealing with McConnell. At the White House, Obama projected optimism despite of weeks of failed negotiations. “Call me a hopeless optimist, but I actually still think we can get it done,â€? he said.

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• BREAKFAST SERVED: Breakfast will be offered at the Pleasant Hill VFW Post No. 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, from 8- 11 a.m. All breakfasts are made-to-order and everything is a la carte. MONDAY • CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: Full Gospel Community Church, 212 S. Mulberry St., Troy, will offer a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. The event will include music and fellowship. For more information, call (937) 570-5273.


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• SPAGHETTI DINNER: The Troy Post No. 43 baseball will offer an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 3:30-7 p.m. at 622 S. Market St., Troy. The meal also will include salad bar, rolls, dessert and soft drink or coffee. Meals will be $6.75 for adults and $4 for children under 12. JAN. 8

THURSDAY • DISCOVERY WALK: A morning discovery walk for adults will be from 89:30 a.m. at Aullwood Audubon Center, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. Tom Hissong, education coordinator, will lead walkers as they experience the wonderful seasonal changes taking place. Bring binoculars. • FEEDERWATCH: Project Feederwatch will be offered from 9:3011:30 a.m. at Aullwood, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. Count birds, drink coffee, eat doughnuts, share stories and count more birds. The bird count contributes to scientific studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Check out the Cornell web site at for more information. FRIDAY • FRIDAY DINNER: The Covington VFW Post No. 4235, 173 N. High St., Covington, will offer dinner from 5-8 p.m. For more information, call 7531108. • SEAFOOD DINNER: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post No. 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, a threepiece fried fish dinner, 21-piece fried shrimp, or a fish/shrimp combo with french fries and coleslaw for $6 from 67:30 p.m. Frog legs, when available, are $10. • FISH DINNER: The Sons of AMVETS will offer an all-you-can-eat fish dinner with fries, coleslaw and bread from 5:30-8 p.m. for $8 at the AMVETS Post No. 88, 3449 Lefevre Road, Troy. • FEEDERWATCH: Project Feederwatch will be offered from 9:3011:30 a.m. at Aullwood, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. Count birds, drink coffee, eat doughnuts, share stories and count more birds. The bird count contributes to scientific studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Check out the Cornell web site at for more information. • FULL MOON WALK: A full moon walk, under the Big Winter Moon, will be offered from 6:30-8 p.m. at Aullwood, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. • FISH DINNER: The American Legion Post No. 586, Tipp City, will offer all-u-can-eat fish and fries or sausage and sauerkraut from 6-7:30 p.m. for $7. SATURDAY • KARAOKE NIGHT: The Tipp City American Legion, North Third Street, will offer Papa D’s Pony Express Karaoke from 7 p.m. to close. The event is free. DEC. 30 • BREAKFAST SERVED: Breakfast will be offered at the Pleasant Hill VFW Post No. 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, from 8-11 a.m. All breakfasts are made-to-order and everything is a la carte. • BREAKFAST SET: The Legion Riders of American Legion Auxiliary, 377 N. 3rd St., Tipp City, will present an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Items available will be eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, french toast, hash browns, toast, cinnamon rolls, fruit and juices. Meals will be $6. DEC. 31 • YEAR END: Elizabeth Township will have a special year end meeting at 10 a.m. at the township building. JAN. 2 • ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING CHANGED: The Elizabeth Township Trustees have rescheduled the Jan. 2

• LITERACY COUNCIL MEETING: The Troy Literacy Council, an all-volunteer organization, will meet at the Hayner Cultural Center in Troy at 7 p.m. Adults seeking help with basic literacy or wish to learn English as a second language, and those interested in becoming tutors, are asked to contact our message center at (937) 6603170 for further information. JAN. 9 • KIWANIS MEETING: The Kiwanis Club of Troy will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Miami County YMCARobinson Branch. Jim McMaken, YMCA executive director, will offer a brief overview of the YMCA’s operations, followed by a tour of the facility. A boxed lunch will be provided for $10. For more information, contact Donn Craig, vice president, at (937) 4181888. JAN. 13 • TURKEY SHOOT: The Troy VFW Post No. 5436, 2220 LeFevre Road, Troy, will offer a turkey shoot with signups beginning at 11 a.m. The shoot will begin at noon. An all-you-can-eat breakfast, by the auxiliary, will be available from 9 a.m. to noon for $6.

City announces holiday closings Troy City offices will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year’s on Monday, Dec. 24, Tuesday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 1. The city refuse collection and curbside recycling program will be on schedule Monday, Dec. 24. Refuse collection and the curbside recycling program will then be delayed one day starting Dec. 25, with Tuesday’s collection on

TROY continuing Wednesday, through the week, with Friday’s collection on Saturday, Dec. 29. For the following week, the city refuse collection and the curbside recycling program will be on schedule Monday, Dec. 31. Refuse collection and the curbside recycling program will then be delayed one

day starting Tuesday, Jan. 1, with Tuesday’s collection on Wednesday, continuing through the week, with Friday’s collection on Saturday, Jan. 5. Refuse and recycling is to be placed out for pickup no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection. Questions may be referred to the Central Maintenance and Service Facility at 335-1914.

Merger improves museum’s finances CINCINNATI (AP) — A museum merger has meant a brighter outlook for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The long-struggling museum and information center on Cincinnati’s riverfront united in July with the Cincinnati Museum Center. That has helped save money on shared operating costs, and the center also has seen more community and outside support. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that attendance is up, finances are solid, and the center is now looking at plans for improvements and expansion. “The community really rallied around us,” said Kim Robinson, the executive director. More than a dozen companies helped out with donated or deeply discounted services, including lending accountants, architects, marketers and others. “People really wanted to help this place,” said Maria Beatriz Rodriguez, a Procter & Gamble Co. executive loaned by the Cincinnati-based consumer

Medical Center for injuries from a fall. They say he then assaulted a deputy products company to be the Freedom Center’s chief and three hospital staff members as he tried to growth officer. make a run for it. Police Combining finance, human resources, informa- say they pepper-sprayed tion technology and visitor him outside the hospital. He was treated at the services saved some emergency room, then $570,000, while job cuts returned to jail. meant another $340,000. Police say he has been All together, some $1.3 million in savings is projected charged with four counts from the merger, after a of assault and one count of $1.5 million budget short- escape. No other informafall a year ago had led to tion was available immedidire predictions that the ately other than that he center might have to close. remained in jail Saturday. The merger has also helped finances for the Racino step Cincinnati Museum Center, which includes closer to reality arts, cultural and historiLEBANON — A compacal organizations at the ny planning to build a Cincinnati Union Terminal. $175 million racino in southwest Ohio has moved a step closer to its goal. Inmate tries Miami Valley Gaming & to escape Racing announced Friday that it purchased harness SPRINGFIELD — Authorities in Springfield racing licenses and other assets from the Lebanon say a jail inmate tried to escape after being treated Trotting Club Inc. and Miami Valley Trotting Inc. at a hospital. The new facility is Clark County Sheriff’s expected to open in officials say 22-year-old Jayvon Hutchins received Lebanon in Warren treatment Friday night at County in the first quarter Springfield Regional of 2014.


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• ANNUAL INVENTORY: Elizabeth Township will have its annual inventory meeting at 7 p.m. at the township building. JAN. 16 • KIWANIS MEETING: The Kiwanis Club of Troy will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Troy Country Club. Dave Pinkerton will give a demonstration of handbell ringing with information on its history and manufacturing. For more information, contact Donn Craig, vice president, at (937) 418-1888. JAN. 23 • KIWANIS MEETING: The Kiwanis Club of Troy will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Troy Country Club. Lindsay Woodruff, outreach coordinator of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley will speak about her work and the program in Miami County. For more information, contact Donn Craig, vice president, at (937) 418-1888. JAN. 30 • KIWANIS MEETING: The Kiwanis Club of Troy will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Troy Country Club. Steve Skinner, curator of the Miami Valley Veterans Museum in Troy, will give an overview of the museum’s mission and offerings. For more information, contact Donn Craig, vice president, at (937) 418-1888. FEB. 2 • SPAGHETTI DINNER: The Troy Post No. 43 baseball team will offer an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 3:30-7 p.m. at 622 S. Market St., Troy. The meal also will include salad bar, rolls, dessert and soft drink or coffee. Meals will be $6.75 for adults and $4 for children under 12. FEB. 10 • TURKEY SHOOT: The Troy VFW Post No. 5436, 2220 LeFevre Road, Troy, will offer a turkey shoot with sign ups beginning at 11 a.m. The shoot will begin at noon. An all-you-can-eat breakfast, by the auxiliary, will be available from 9 a.m. to noon for $6.



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EDITORIAL ROUNDUP The Express-Times, Easton, Penn., on electronic device use on commercial flights: You’re a businessperson on a tight schedule who can’t afford much down time. You’re a mother trying to keep a bored and active 6-year-old occupied. You’re a son rushing home to visit — perhaps for the last time — a seriously sick parent. All these situations — and more — would be easier to handle in the confines of an airplane if passengers could use cellphones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices during takeoff and landing. Now, the Federal Communications Commission is pushing for that to happen. The FAA announced in August that it would take another look at its policy banning the use of electronic devices. The review with the Aviation Rulemaking Committee — which includes the FCC, pilot and flight attendant groups, airlines and passengers associations — is expected to take six months. Virgin Airlines has allowed limited cellphone use on some of its airplanes since May and other international carriers allow cellular connectivity as well. According to an FAA study in June, none of the carriers have experienced any safety or behavior-related problems associated with use of cellphones. Allowing broader use of personal electronic devices on commercial airlines is overdue. As long as they pass critical safety tests, the FAA should allow use of these devices in a world where most people are lost without them. However, even if the FAA changes its policy, don’t expect it to happen soon. The experts estimate it could take up to two years to adequately test each personal electronic device on each type of plane to ensure safety is not at stake. So, in the meantime, make sure to pack plenty of books, magazines or non-electronic games and gadgets to keep occupied during takeoff, landings — and those unexpected delays on the tarmac. Happy traveling. Chicago Sun-Times on the “new” Obama: We like this new President Barack Obama. Assured and direct, Obama is refusing to yield to Republicans on a core idea he ran — and won — on: increasing the tax rate for America’s top earners. Though Obama scored a relatively narrow victory on Nov. 6, he can claim a clear mandate in this area. No one could have missed Obama’s simple message over the last year on the Bush-era tax cuts: Let them expire for just the wealthiest top 2 percent of taxpayers. All who earn below $250,000 would carry on at a lower rate. Failure to strike a deal will result in a tax hike for all and severe spending cuts that could trigger a new recession. Both Obama and the GOP also propose spending cuts as part of any long-term deficit-reduction plan, though there is no agreement on particulars. Raising tax rates on top earners is Obama’s starting point in the fiscal cliff negotiations. And apparently, he’s willing to make it his end point as well. Reinvigorated after the vote, Obama is taking a new tack with the Republicans, who get credit for coming around to the notion that any deal will require new tax revenue. Instead of endless negotiations, Obama has drawn his line in the sand and is standing firm on tax rates for top earners. He’s doing the same with Republican attempts to gain leverage by potentially refusing to raise the government’s debt limit next year. Last time that happened, in 2011, Congress brought the U.S. to the brink of default. After Obama was re-elected, we said our nation desperately needs a grand bargain, one that combines increased tax revenues with bold spending cuts. That is what Obama ran on, and he now has every right and obligation to fight to the end to get it.

THEY SAID IT “I just wanted to show the families that we cared and send something to them.” — Troy High School student Hena Brucia, on getting together with classmates to send a signed card to Newtown, Conn. “I thought it was a great opportunity to see maps and ask questions one-on-one with the city engineer and her staff. I’m surprised more people didn’t take advantage of it, but maybe they didn’t have many questions.” — Troy City Councilwoman Robin Oda, on the revealed planned improvements to Market Street “I wanted to bring local businesses together so everybody is on the same page with alcohol. It’s not because of any ongoing problems but we just want to be as proactive as we can and make businesses more responsible as well.” — Troy Police Department officer Joel Misirian, on the department’s Alcohol Server Knowledge class at the Crystal Room in Troy

Snow? It’s man’s best friend’s best friend It’s hard to argue with a dog. Even when they’re making you miserably cold. I can’t say this strongly enough: I. Hate. Snow. As a lifelong resident of this state, I have never been able to tolerate cold weather, and snow just means it’s as cold as it gets. It gets in your shoes, it soaks your socks and makes it impossible to stay warm even when you get inside and it’s just a general nuisance. And then you drive. Snow takes everyone who gets the wheel of a car, chops their IQ into five pieces and throws four of them out the window. If they’re not driving 20 miles-per-hour too fast and driving themselves into ditches, they’re driving 30 milesper-hour too slow and forcing everyone else to drive themselves into ditches. And that’s when they’re lucky enough not to hit each other — or you. Snow is terrible, and people who get excited over it are terrible (yes, I’m talking about you, half of my Facebook friends!). And then there’s my dogs. After the year’s first truly horrendous snow Thursday night, I took Splinter and Ghost outside to

Josh Brown Sunday Columnist do their business Friday morning. Now, Splinter — a nearly twoyear-old, 16-pound schnauzerYorkshire terrier mix named after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ rat sensei, who he looks just like — has lived through one winter already, so he kind of knows what snow is all about. But for Ghost, it was his firstever encounter with the evil White Death. Should have known he’d love it. Ghost isn’t even a year old yet, but already he’s bigger than a child. He is a white wolf. Well, a samoyed-husky mix, which gives him his very wolf-like features and fluffy pure white fur. He’s a shade over 3-feet tall and weighs close to 60 pounds already, and

he’s named after the character Jon Snow’s dire wolf runt from the Game of Thrones novels (in fact, I’m positive that they used this specific breed mix for Ghost in the first season of the HBO show based on the books). Winter is coming? Bring it on, he says. After his initial “what is this?” confusion (he is, after all, incredibly stupid), Ghost decided that snow was the best, most fun thing he’d ever seen. He tore off running every which direction, nearly yanking my arm out of its socket and wrapping me up in his leash like a Christmas present. He bounded around in the snow like a gigantic white rabbit, stopping every once in a while to plunge his front paws and face into the massive mounds — just to make sure that our yard was still under there, I assume. It was the happiest moment of his life. Other than a few minutes earlier when he’d swiped what was left of my chicken sandwich off the coffee table while I wasn’t paying attention. Or earlier that week when he got hold of Mandie’s favorite bra

and chewed it to pieces while we slept. Or every night when we get home from work. It was so infectious that even Splinter got in on the snowy fun. He did his best to bound over the mounds of snow like Ghost did — only he’d completely disappear under the snow, only to re-emerge a short ways away from where he’d gone in. And they decided to chase each other around the yard, too, which was surreal to watch given their size difference — and made it even harder on me to keep from getting tangled up in their leashes. I couldn’t help but smile, laugh and have fun just watching them. So for at least a few minutes, even I had fun in the evil White Death. Well, until I remembered why we were outside — something they didn’t remember until I nearly had frostbite. Dumb dogs. How do they win every time? TDN Sports Editor Josh Brown appears Sundays. He is a knight of summer. “Winter is coming? Winter can bite me.”


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the official fund for donations had $2.6 million in it Saturday morning. Others sent envelopes stuffed with cash to pay for coffee at the general store, and a shipment of cupcakes arrived from a gourmet bakery in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Postal Service reported a six-fold increase in mail in town and set up a unique post office box to handle it. The parcels come decorated with rainbows and hearts drawn by school children. Some letters arrived in packs of 26 identical envelopes one for each family of the children and staff killed or addressed to the “First Responders” or just “The People of Newtown.” One card arrived from Georgia addressed to “The families of 6 amazing

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called, I think from the West Coast, and he did the same thing for $2,000.” At the town hall building, the basement resembled a toy store, with piles of stuffed penguins, dolls, games, and other fun gifts. All the toys were inspected and examined by bombsniffing dogs before being sorted and put on card tables. The children could choose whatever they wanted. “But we’re not checking IDs at the door,” said Tom Mahoney, the building administrator, who’s in charge of handling gifts. “If

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Sandy Hook Elementary, and Lauren Minor, who works at U.S. Foodservice in Norwich, came from Calvary Chapel in Uncasville with a car filled with food donated by U.S. Foodservice. But they were sent elsewhere because the refrigerators in Newtown were overflowing with donations. “We’ll find someplace,” Gillespie said. “It won’t go to waste.” In addition to the town’s official fund, other private funds have been set up. Former Sandy Hook student Ryan Kraft, who once babysat Lanza, set up a fund with other alumni that has collected almost $150,000. It is earmarked for the Sandy Hook PTA. Rabbi Shaul Praver of Congregation Adath Israel is raising money for a memorial to the victims. He said one man wrote a check for $52,000 for that project..



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there is a child from another town who comes in need of a toy, we’re not going to turn them away.” Many people have placed flowers, candles and stuffed animals at makeshift that have memorials popped up all over town. Others are stopping by the Edmond Town Hall to drop off food, or toys, or cash. About 60,000 teddy bears were donated, said Ann Benoure, a social services caseworker who was working at the town hall. “There’s so much stuff coming in,” Mahoney said. “To be honest, it’s a bit overwhelming; you just want to close the doors and turn the phone off.” Mahoney said the town of some 27,000 with a median household income of more than $111,000 plans to donate whatever is left over to shelters or other charities. Sean Gillespie of Colchester, who attended


NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown’s children were showered with gifts Saturday tens of thousands of teddy bears, Barbie dolls, soccer balls and board games but only a portion of the tokens of support from around the world for the city in mourning. Just a little over a week ago, 20 children and six school employees were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, attacked the school, then killed himself. Police don’t know what set off the massacre. Days before Christmas, funerals were still being held Saturday, the last of those whose schedules were made public, the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association said. A service was held in Utah for 6-year-old Emilie Parker. Others were scheduled in Connecticut for Josephine Gay, 7, and Ana Marquez-Greene, 6. All of Newtown’s children were invited to Edmond Town Hall, where they could choose a toy. Bobbi Veach, who was fielding donations at the building, reflected on the outpouring of gifts from toy stores, organizations and individuals around the world. “It’s their way if grieving,” Veach said. “They say, ‘I feel so bad, I just want to do something to reach out.’ That’s why we accommodate everybody we can.” The United Way of Western Connecticut said


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PAMELA S. STEPHENSON HOUSTON — Pamela S. Stephenson, 59, of Houston, died at 9:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at her residence. She was born June 12, 1953, in Miami County to the late Samuel T. and Helen L. (Weymer) Stephenson. Survivors include a son, Rodney D. Stephenson of Houston; two daughters, Renee A. (Scott) Helman of Bradford and Samantha N. Slover of Houston; five grandchildren, Maria Louise, Brant, Noah, Avery and Landon; four brothers; and two sisters. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert D. Stephenson. Pam obtained her nursing degree from Edison Community College and was working as a Registered Nurse for the E.R. Department of Wilson Hospital, Sidney. She previously worked at the


In this Nov. 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama is accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio as he speaks to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, as he hosted a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and economy in Washington.

In a tough spot 'Fiscal cliff’ talks leave Boehner a wounded speaker Republicans. “It’s very hard for him to negotiate now,” said Sarah Binder, a George Washington University political scientist, adding that it’s premature to judge if Boehner’s hold on the speakership is in peril. “No one can trust him because it’s very hard for him to produce votes.” She said the loss weakens his ability to summon support in the future because “you know the last time he came to you like this, others didn’t step in line.” Boehner, 63, faces unvarnished hostility from some conservatives. “We clearly can’t have a speaker operate well outside” what Republicans want to do, said freshman Rep. Tim Huelskamp, RKan. Huelskamp is one of four GOP lawmakers who lost prized committee assignments following previous clashes with party leaders. That punishment was an anomaly for Boehner, who is known more for friendly persuasion than arm-twisting. He said Boehner’s job would depend on whether the speaker is “willing to sit and listen to Republicans first, or march off ” and negotiate with Obama. Conservative Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said one of the tea party’s lasting impacts would be if Boehner struggled to retain his speakership due to the fight over the fiscal cliff, which is the combination of deep tax increases and spending cuts that start in early January without a bipartisan deal to avert them. “If there’s a major defeat delivered here, it could make it tough on him,” King said. “He’s in a tough spot.” Defenders say Boehner has been dealt a difficult hand. They say that in nearly two years as speaker, he’s been field general over an unruly GOP majority confronting a Democratic president and Senate, steering them to the best outcomes possible. House Republicans won some spending cuts early on. But they were faulted by the public for nearly causing a federal default in a 2011 fight over extending the government’s debt limit, and lost a later battle over renewing a payroll tax cut. This year, they’ve suffered in the polls for resisting the extension of wide-

CLEONNE ROSE (SUMAN) JACKSON TROY — Cleonne Rose (Suman) Jackson, age 90, formerly of Troy, Ohio, and more recently of Woburn, Mass., died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at her residence in Massachusetts. Cleonne was born April 9, 1922, in Quincy, Ill., to the late Harold C. and Esther Marie (Peterson) Suman. She was married to JACKSON Allin Mosher Jackson, who preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1990. She resided in the Kansas City area for many years prior to moves to Wisconsin, Virginia and Alabama, finally moving to Troy in 1977. Cleonne is survived by her sons and daughtersin-law, Barry Allin Jackson of Nashua, N.H., Craig Edward and Margaret Weisslitz Jackson of Bedford, Mass., and Kevin Douglas and Songo Thai Jackson of Andover, Mass.; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann Jackson of Madison, Wisc., Amelia Marie Jackson of Bedford, Mass., and Carl Thai Jackson of

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• Michael R. Spaugy SIDNEY — Michael R. Spaugy, age 54, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Sidney, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Dec. 27, at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Sidney. The Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, is in charge of arrangements.

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DEATH OF INTEREST • Lee Dorman SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Coroner’s officials say Lee Dorman, bass guitarist for the 1960s psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, died of natural causes. A statement from the Orange County coroner’s office says Dorman was under the care of a physician when the 70-year-old was found dead in his car Friday at his home in Laguna Niguel.

Yet another Senate race on the horizon in Massachusetts BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters weary from one of the nation’s costliest and most divisive U.S. Senate races are all but certain to find themselves thrown back into another tumultuous election now that President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry for secretary of state. If confirmed by the Senate, as expected, Democrat Kerry would have to resign the seat he’s held for nearly three decades, meaning a special election that will be the state’s third Senate contest since 2010. Jockeying already is well under way. The big question is whether Republican Sen. Scott Brown will go for the seat after losing his last month to Democrat Elizabeth Warren. He kept the door wide 2343490

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Boehner is a bloodied House speaker following the startling setback that his own fractious Republican troops dealt him in their “fiscal cliff” struggle against President Barack Obama. There’s plenty of internal grumbling about the Ohio Republican, especially among conservatives, and lots of buzzing about whether his leadership post is in jeopardy. But it’s uncertain whether any other House Republican has the broad appeal to seize the job from Boehner or whether his embarrassing inability to pass his own bill preventing tax increases on everyone but millionaires is enough to topple him. “No one will be challenging John Boehner as speaker,” predicted John Feehery, a consultant and former aide to House GOP leaders. “No one else can right now do the job of bringing everyone together” and unifying House Republicans. The morning after he yanked the tax-cutting bill from the House floor to prevent certain defeat, Boehner told reporters he wasn’t worried about losing his job when the new Congress convenes Jan. 3. “They weren’t taking that out on me,” he said Friday of rank-and-file GOP lawmakers, who despite pleading from Boehner and his lieutenants were shy of providing the 217 votes needed for passage. “They were dealing with the perception that somebody might accuse them of raising taxes.” That “somebody” was a number of outside conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America, which openly pressured lawmakers to reject Boehner’s bill. Such organizations often oppose GOP lawmakers they consider too moderate and have been headaches for Boehner in the past. This time, his retreat on the tax measure was an unmistakable blow to the clout of the 22-year House veteran known for an amiable style, a willingness to make deals and a perpetual tan. Congressional leaders amass power partly by their ability to command votes, especially in showdowns. His failure to do so Thursday stands to weaken his muscle with Obama and among House

ranging tax cuts unless the wealthiest earners were included, which Obama opposes. They saw their House majority whittled by eight seats in last month’s elections. “He’s doing a good job in a tough situation,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a Boehner friend. He said the speaker’s challenges include “independent individuals” among House Republicans and the increased willingness of outside conservatives to pressure GOP leaders, not defer to them. Portman said he didn’t know if Boehner’s tax bill debacle would weaken him. “It proved to the president what he’s been saying, that there are limits to how far he can go” in making concessions in fiscal cliff bargaining, said Portman. “But a win would have improved chances for an agreement” by demonstrating that Boehner could deliver votes. “His own Republican team let him down and that always hurts a leader,” said veteran Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. Republicans watching closely for overt or subtle moves by would-be challengers to Boehner said Friday they’d detected none, though such moves are notoriously secretive. The entire House elects its speaker by majority vote on the first day of the new session. Because the 201 Democrats will probably all back Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for the job, a GOP effort to depose Boehner would have to occur internally and before the full House votes so Republicans with 234 seats elect one of their own as speaker. Possible candidates to replace Boehner, according to GOP lawmakers and aides, include Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, third-ranking Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Rep. Tom Price of Georgia. Cantor was at Boehner’s side Friday as both men met with reporters. Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan lobbied colleagues for Boehner’s tax-cut bill, giving Republicans angry over the measure little reason to turn to them as alternatives. “I recognize why these questions are getting asked,” conservative freshman Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., said about whether Boehner was in trouble. “I see nothing giving any evidence to that end. It was not a vote of no confidence on John Boehner. It was a legislative defeat, not a personal defeat.”

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open to another run during a farewell address on the Senate floor, declaring that both victory and defeat are “temporary” things. “Depending on what happens, and where we go, all of us, we may obviously meet again.” Perhaps as soon as next year. Brown would be a formidable candidate. He has a statewide political organization and more than $400,000 left in his campaign account. He remains popular and demonstrated an ability to raise millions of dollars in campaign donations. But he would still have to contend with all the hurdles facing any Republican in Massachusetts. Still, he’d probably have a clear path to the GOP nomination. “The candidacy is his for the asking,” said Rep. Brad Jones, the Republican leader in the Massachusetts House. “If he runs, then get out of the way and put your oar in the water and row in the same direction.” Should Brown opt out, former Gov. William Weld, former gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker and Richard Tisei, who lost a narrow race to Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney, are among the Republicans

waiting in the wings for a possible run. Democrats don’t have a clear front-runner, given that Gov. Deval Patrick doesn’t plan to break his pledge to serve out the last two years of his term. He still could play a pivotal role. Patrick could use his sway in the party to clear what looks like a potentially crowded Democratic field. His backing of Warren was seen as giving her a critical edge by helping energize Democratic voters. On Friday, however, he said he’d probably not endorse anyone in a Democratic primary. Attorney General Martha Coakley, who lost to Brown in the 2010 special election, pulled her name out of contention on Friday. Several Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation have said they would seriously consider running, including Reps. Michael Capuano, Edward Markey, Stephen Lynch, and Niki Tsongas. Most of those House members would begin a campaign with a financial edge. Markey has one of the largest war chests with more than $3.1 million. Capuano has nearly half a million dollars in his account.




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• COACHING SEARCH: Troy Christian Schools has two coaching positions available. It is looking for a head varsity softball coach and is accepting applications until Jan. 16, 2013 for the position, as well as a head varsity volleyball coach with an application deadline of Feb. 20, 2013. Applications can be found on the Troy Christian Schools website at Application.pdf. A resume and references should be attached with the applications. For more information, contact Athletic Director Mike Coots at or (937) 339-5692. • COACHING SEARCH: Newton High School is looking for a reserve and varsity volleyball coach for next year (2013). If interested, please contact Bob Huelsman or Larry Powell at Newton High School at (937) 6765132, or by e-mail at or • BASKETBALL: The Tippecanoe basketball team will be honoring the 1973 SWBL champions on Jan. 19. The Red Devils face Versailles that night at 7:30 p.m. Any member of the team, cheerleaders or coaches need to contact Dale Pittenger at for more information. • BASEBALL: Extra Innings Troy is hosing a two-day Pro Player Camp from noon-5 p.m. Dec. 29-30. The staff for this camp will include Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, along with former Reds players Jeff Shaw and Jeff Branson. Other members of the instructional staff are local professional baseball players. For more information, contact Extra Innings at (937) 3393330 or at • SUBMIT-A-TIP: To submit an item to the Troy Daily News sports section, please contact Josh Brown at or Colin Foster at



TC’s Zawadzki sets pair of school records Staff Reports SPRINGFIELD — To paraphrase Troy coach Tim Miller after Friday night’s loss to Butler, when things aren’t going your way, unfortunate things just keep happening. Saturday left the Trojans still looking for a way to turn their luck around. Springfield Shawnee’s Jaelin Williams capped off a huge night by scoring on a fast break after a missed Troy free throw, propelling the Braves to a 55-54 victory and handing Troy its third straight loss.



Troy’s Morgan Taylor is fouled by Greenville’s Haleigh Luce on her way to the hoop during Saturday’s 47-42 Trojan win at the Trojan Activities Center.

Troy had three players in double figures the night after having none in a 33-29 loss to Butler. Jalen Nelson scored 17 points, Tyler Miller added 16 and Tre Hudson scored 12 to put the Trojans in a good position. But Williams, who entered the game averaging 18.4 points per game, scored 30 Saturday, leading Shawnee (5-1) back into the game after Troy held the lead for most of it. The Trojans (1-8) led by three at the half and doubled that lead by the end of the third quarter — but were outscored 15-8 in the game’s final eight

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Plenty of clutch plays in 47-42 Trojan win

WEDNESDAY No events scheduled THURSDAY Boys Basketball Tippecanoe at Troy (7:30 p.m.) Piqua Holiday Classic Lehman vs. Russia (5:30 p.m.) Piqua vs. Covington (8:30 p.m.) Girls Basketball Tri-Village at Miami East (7 p.m.) Newton at National Trail (7 p.m.) Piqua Holiday Classic Lehman vs. Russia (4 p.m.) Piqua vs. Covington (7 p.m.) Bowling Graham at Troy (10 a.m.)

BY JOSH BROWN Sports Editor

Bigelow’s 299 leads Troy to ‘W’

Forced to play much of its Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division opener without star point guard Kristen Wood, Troy did what champions tend to do. Find a way. The Trojans got clutch contributions from up and down their young roster Saturday as Wood had to sit most of the second and third quarters in foul trouble,



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Wood came back in for the fourth and hit 11 free throws and Courtney Mazzulla made the game-sealing play in the final 10 seconds, grabbing a defensive rebound and nailing a pair of free throws as Troy held on for a 47-42 over the Green Wave at the Trojan Activities Center. Wood — the third-leading scorer in the GWOC North, averaging 15 points per game entering Saturday’s game — was held to only four first-half

Staff Reports Last season, A.J. Bigelow shot a 300 game against Beavercreek to help the boys to a win over the Beavers. Saturday morning at a packed and loud Troy Bowl, lightning almost struck twice. Bigelow rolled a near-perfect 299 game that helped rally the Trojans past Beavercreek again, 2,464-2.389.


Troy’s Mackenzie Schulz passes the ball during Saturday’s win

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After stringing the first eleven strikes, Bigelow left a 10-pin on the final ball of the second team game. Bigelow began the match with a 245 to finish with a 544 series – the third best two-game series in team history behind only Jared Sierra’s 558 and Erik Canan’s 546. However, Bigelow had plenty of help in the pivotal second game as Andrew Spencer started out with the first eight strikes of his own and went on to finish

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Not without a fight Vikings battle back, fall 51-43 Buckeyes fall at home to No. 9 KU It’s not supposed to be this easy for a kid playing his first collegiate road game. Kansas’ Ben McLemore, a redshirt freshman surrounded in the starting lineup by seniors, didn’t let the raucous crowd, the travel or sleeping in a strange bed bother him. McLemore scored 22 points and No. 9 Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating seventh-ranked Ohio State 74-66 on Saturday. See Page A8.

BY COLIN FOSTER Associate Sports Editor When Anna opened Saturday’s game against Miami East on a 19-0 run, it looked as if the Rockets were going to have their way with the Vikings — just as they did in last years Division III Regional championship game. Some people in the stands STAFF PHOTO/COLIN FOSTER may have been thinking, “Oh, Miami East’s Madison Linn pulls up for a jumper Saturday against here we go again.” In that regional final, Anna Anna.

ANNA opened up an 18-4 lead by the end of the first quarter. In strikingly similar fashion, the Rockets led 19-3 after one quarter on Saturday. But the Miami East players — most of whom played in that season-ending game last year — weren’t about to let this one get out of hand without a fight. Miami East cut the deficit to 10 by halftime, then had the lead

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Sunday, December 23, 2012


Buckeyes go down to Jayhawks, 74-66 AP PHOTO

Cincinnati guard JaQuon Parker (44) goes up for a basket against Wright State forward Cole Darling (22) during a game Saturday in Cincinnati.

No. 11 Cincy beats WSU Parker scores 16 of 21 in 2nd half, Bearcats win 68-58 CINCINNATI (AP) — Wright State wasn’t going let any of Cincinnati’s top scorers have their way, instead forcing someone else to become the leader. JaQuon Parker sensed it would have to be him. Parker scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half Saturday, and No. 11 Cincinnati remained unbeaten by overcoming another poor start for a 68-58 victory over the Raiders. The Bearcats improved to 12-0 for the eighth time in school history and the second time in three seasons. Cincinnati won its first 15 games in 2010-11. For the second game in a row, the Bearcats struggled in half-court offense and scored only 22 points in the first half. Parker scored Cincinnati’s first eight in the second half, sparking a 23-6 run that put the Bearcats in control. The 21 points matched his season high. Wright State (8-4) set its defense to prevent Sean Kilpatrick and point guard Cashmere Wright the Bearcats’ top two threats from getting open shots. Parker saw the Raiders trying to pre-

vent Kilpatrick from getting the ball and figured somebody else had to take advantage of the openings. “I kind of sensed that,” Parker said. “I saw they were basically denying SK the whole game. That made the driving lanes easier for us.” When Parker’s shots started falling, he got confidence and took more of them. “When you’re feeling like that, it’s kind of crazy,” said Parker, who finished 8 of 15 from the field. “You don’t want to force nothing. You want to take good shots for all of them to fall.” Wright State’s strategy was to force one of Cincinnati’s complementary scorers to step up. “We were going to make other guys beat us than Cashmere Wright and Sean Kilpatrick,” coach Billy Donlon said. “JaQuon Parker stepped up. He big-bodied our guards down the lane. He was the difference. He stepped up and won them the game.” Titus Rubles added 11 points and nine rebounds. Justin Jackson had nine points, seven rebounds and two of Cincinnati’s 10 blocked shots.

COLUMBUS (AP) — It’s not supposed to be this easy for a kid playing his first collegiate road game. Kansas’ Ben McLemore, a redshirt freshman surrounded in the starting lineup by seniors, didn’t let the raucous crowd, the travel or sleeping in a strange bed bother him. McLemore scored 22 points and No. 9 Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating seventh-ranked Ohio State 74-66 on Saturday. “This was great. It was my first time playing in an away game,” McLemore said with a slight smile. “You go up and down the court a little bit, and you get into the game. I kept my intensity, I just played my game.” For that matter, none of the Jayhawks had yet played a true road game this season. Kansas, which has won nine in a row since losing to Michigan State 67-64 on Nov. 13 in Atlanta, came in 7-0 at home, with two other games played before friendly fans in nearby Kansas City. They had barely heard a boo all season. No wonder coach Bill Self was a little worried. “I had concerns, for sure,” Self said. “Our seniors are good and quality and they’ve been through some things, but against a team that pressures man-to-man and you’re playing with one primarily (ball) handler? That was my biggest concern.” But the Jayhawks (10-1) weathered a 14-0 run by the Buckeyes (9-2) in the first half that turned the volume up in Value City Arena to 11 on a scale of 10. Then, down in the second half, they held cold-shooting Ohio State without a field goal for more than 10 minutes to take control. The Buckeyes, who were led by Deshaun Thomas’ 16 points and a career-best 15 by Shannon Scott, hit just 9 of 36 shots from the field in the final 20 minutes. For the game, they ended up making only 31 percent of their shots from the field. No wonder coach Thad Matta looked so stunned when he spoke after the


Ohio State’s DeShaun Thomas (1) drives against Kansas’ Jeff Withey (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday in Columbus. game. “There was one point in the second half where I turned to the bench and I said, ‘Hey, let’s call a play where we score,’” he said, heavy on the irony. “A lot of it just comes down to you’ve got to put the ball in the basket in a game like this and we couldn’t do it. It became contagious.” Sixty percent of the starting lineup star defender Aaron Craft, usually reliable Lenzelle Smith Jr. and post man Evan Ravenel was a combined 5 of 24 from the field. Credit the Jayhawks, who play withering man-toman defense and then are backed up by the incredible wingspan of 7-foot Jeff Withey underneath. Or blame the Buckeyes, who

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frequently were all alone when they bricked a shot off the rim. But no matter the reason, Ohio State couldn’t buy a bucket for most of the second half. It was the third victory for the Jayhawks in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year’s NCAA semifinals. “Today’s probably the best we’ve played against Ohio State in the three games,” Self said. “We were really good except for about a 3-minute stretch in the first half when they went on a (14-0) run. Other than that stretch, that was a pretty good 35 minutes we played out there.” Withey added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Elijah Johnson

had 13 points and Travis Releford 11. They weathered Ohio State’s first-half tear by relying on the seniors. “We have a good group of vets and we’ve been in tough situations before,” Withey said. “We just bounced back. We just had to kind of breathe a little bit.” Ahead 56-52 with 7 minutes left, Kansas pulled away thanks to its McLemore. He hit a pair of foul shots and then flipped in a 15-foot jumper that bounced not once, not twice, but three times before falling through. Off an inbounds pass, McLemore then came off a back pick and dunked to push the lead to 62-52 with 5 minutes left. The Buckeyes never got closer than six points again.

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Temple upsets No. 3 Syracuse 83-79 Dayton snaps By the Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Syracuse had trouble making shots at one line and behind the other. The combination of poor free throw shooting and a weak effort on 3-pointers turned into the first loss of the season for the thirdranked Orange. Temple used the insideoutside combination of Khalif Wyatt and Anthony Lee to beat Syracuse 83-79 on Saturday in the first Chevrolet Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden. The Orange (10-1) finished 19 of 34 from the free throw line and 2 of 12 on 3s. “They made free throws, we didn’t,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “You don’t like to say it comes down to that, but when you miss 15 free throws it’s tough to win any game.” Point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who was 7 of 15 at the free throw line, took the heat. “If I make free throws we win the game,” he said. Temple won because of free throws. The Owls (9-2) were 29 of 26 at the line with Wyatt going 15 of 15 and Lee 11 of 14. The Orange led by two at halftime but never took a lead in the second half even though there were four ties, the last at 59-59 with 10:23 to play. C.J. Fair had a careerhigh 25 points for Syracuse, which had its 52-game regular-season nonconference

winning streak snapped. Boeheim remained at 900 wins, two behind Bob Knight for second place alltime among Division I men’s coaches. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski has 938 wins. No. 12 Missouri 82, No. 10 Illinois 73 ST. LOUIS — Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 12 Missouri over No. 10 Illinois 82-73 in the annual Braggin’ Rights game on Saturday. Alex Oriakhi added 13 points and 14 rebounds as Missouri (10-1) won its fourth straight in the 32year-old series. Jabari Brown had 18 points and Phil Pressey handed out 11 assists. No. 15 G-Town 65, American 48 WASHINGTON — The boxscore says American committed only seven turnovers against No. 15 Georgetown, including just one after halftime. That’s where the numbers can be deceiving. Knowing they needed to play a near-perfect game to have a chance, the Eagles shot poorly and made untimely mistakes in Saturday’s 65-48 loss to their D.C. neighbors. No. 18 SDSU 80, San Fran. 58 HONOLULU — Chase Tapley made six 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 33 points Saturday to lead No. 18 San Diego State to an 80-58 victory over San Francisco in the first round of the Diamond Head

Classic. The Aztecs (10-1) won their 10th straight game since a season-opening loss against Syracuse, and it was their seventh win this year over a California school. San Diego State will play Indiana State in the semifinals today. No. 19 Butler 75, Evansville 67 INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Smith and Rotnei Clarke each scored 20 points, leading the Butler Bulldogs team that took down then-No. 1 Indiana a week earlier past pesky Evansville 75-67 on Saturday — a game that was every bit as challenging as any of those the Bulldogs have played against higher-profile opponents this season. No. 20 MSU 67, Texas 56 EAST LANSING, Mich. — For Derrick Nix, who hasn’t always had it easy at Michigan State, it was a good time to have a great day. The senior who lost 70 pounds and overcame an arrest to become one of the Spartans’ captains had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 20 Michigan State surge past Texas 67-56 on Saturday. No. 23 UNC 97, McNeese St. 63 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — McNeese State’s streak of good shooting came to an end. So did its streak of winning. P.J. Hairston scored a

Murray State road win streak Flyers pull away late, win 77-68


Temple’s Khalif Wyatt (1) drives to the basket between Syracuse defenders Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. career-high 20 points to help No. 23 North Carolina beat McNeese State 97-63 on Saturday. No. 24 Okla. State 78, Tenn. Tech 42 STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State’s defense was far too much for Tennessee Tech. The Golden Eagles turned the ball over 20 times in a 78-42 loss to the 24th-ranked Cowboys on Saturday. No. 25 N.C. State 92, St. Bonnie 73 RALEIGH, N.C. — St. Bonaventure didn’t get much out of its two best players — not nearly what North Carolina State’s top player gave the Wolfpack. C.J. Leslie scored a career-high 33 points against the Bonnies in No. 25 N.C. State’s 92-73 win on Saturday.

DAYTON (AP) — Vee Sanford scored a careerhigh 23 points and Kevin Dillard had 18 points and 10 assists as Dayton defeated Murray State 77-68 Saturday. The Flyers (9-3) outscored Murray State 4127 in the second half to snap a nation’s-best streak of 16 consecutive wins for the Racers (9-2) on opponents’ home courts. Their only other defeat this season came against Colorado in Charleston, S.C. Dillard, whose status had been doubt after he suffered back spasms in Dayton’s loss to Illinois State on Wednesday, logged a team-high 37 minutes and scored 13 of Dayton’s final 20 points. A layup by Dillard gave Dayton a 59-57 lead with 6:17 left. Dexter Fields answered with a 3-pointer to give Murray State its final lead, but Khari Price’s 3-pointer put the Flyers back on top to stay. Wofford 56, Xavier 55 CINCINNATI — Karl Cochran scored 20 points and Wofford overcame a 14point deficit to edge Xavier 56-55 Saturday and win for the fourth time in five games. After the Musketeers

tied it at 55 with 8 seconds left on Brad Redford’s 3pointer, Lee Skinner hit 1 of 2 free throws a second later. Xavier’s last possession ended with a turnover. The Terriers (6-6), who trailed 30-16 at the 4:47 mark, opened the second half with an 18-6 run to tie it at 40 with 12:59 remaining. However, Wofford didn’t pull ahead until Spencer Collins’ 3-pointer made it 49-47 with 3:10 left. Spencer finished with 17 points. Ohio 93, Md. East Shore 57 ATHENS — D.J Cooper tied a season high with 14 assists and six Ohio players scored in double figures in a 93-57, nonconference routing of winless MarylandEastern Shore Saturday. Cooper added nine points, with Walter Offutt (15 points), Travis Wilkins (14), Reggie Keely (12), Ivo Baltic (12), Kadeem Green (10) and Jon Smith (10) reaching double digits in points. Miami 82, Ill.-Chicago 70 OXFORD — Will Sullivan scored a careerhigh 16 points and Miami (Ohio) snapped a fourgame losing streak to beat Illinois-Chicago 82-70 on Saturday.



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Bowling Troy takes on Graham ■ CONTINUED FROM A7 with a 267. Coupled with in non-league action on a first game 215, Spencer Thursday at Troy Bowl. BOYS finished the match with a BCreek 1,011-973-199-206— 482 series. Troy (6-1, 2-0 GWOC 2,389 Troy 989-1,111-204-160— North) shot a team total 2,464 of 1,111 in the second BCreek: Christain Litteral game to erase a 22-pin 181-189, Cody Merideth 236Beavercreek lead and go 191, Cole Merideth 204-184, Suber 212-186, Ben up comfortably by 116 Chris Thomas 178-223. pins heading into baker Troy: Cameron Hughes 189play. The Trojans closed 190, A.J. Bigelow 245-299, the match with a total of Andrew Spencer 215-267, 2,464 to pin the first loss Michael Barkett 175-182, Corey on the Beavers this sea- Shiltz 165-173. GIRLS son. BCreek 876-972-188-169— Meanwhile, the Troy 2,205 Troy 782-692-148-169— girls (3-4, 2-0 GWOC North) had a tough outing 1,791 BCreek: Shane Ewing 203and fell handily to the 201, Erin Harley 167-212, Beavers. Troy turned in Colleen Hines 183-188, their lowest output of the Maranda Kelley 172, Lindsey season as Beavercreek Klein 166-199, Megan Powers claimed a 2,205-1,791 vic- 157. Troy: Rachel Darrow 157tory. 164, Courtney Metzger 155-115, Rachel Darrow led the Allie Isner 160-139, Natalia girls with a 164 game and Sainz 166-152, Rachel Wagner 321 series. 144-122.

Miami East’s Trina Current pulls up for a short jumper Saturday at Anna. ■ CONTINUED FROM A7 down to eight in the third. That, however, was the closest the Vikings would get. In the end, the 19-0 hole proved to difficult for Miami East to climb out of as Anna came away with a 51-43 victory. “How many shots do they miss in the first quarter?” Miami East coach Preston Elifritz said. “And we go 0 for 10 in the paint. After that, take the first quarter out and I think it’s 40-33. But I’ll give it to them, they put us down 19. You can’t spot a team 10 points, let alone 19. “But I’m very proud of our kids for battling back. We cut it to eight early in the third quarter, then our next eight possessions, I think five of them are turnovers. You can’t do that and expect to win.” Trina Current’s layup early in the third quarter made the score 26-18. Following that, the Anna pressure kicked into gear, forcing East into those uncharacteristic turnovers. Moments later, the Vikings found themselves down 3522 after Anna canned three straight 3s. Miami East just could never get over the hump. Any time Miami East gained momentum, Anna had different players step up and make big plays. In the first quarter, Cayla Bensman had two triples and scored all 10 of her points. Natalie Billing — the reigning Division III Southwest District Player of the Year — led the team in scoring with 16, point guard Erica Huber had three 3s and finished with 11 points. Freshman Avery Bensman had her big moment in the third, hitting consecutive triples to spark the Anna run. She finished the game with eight points.


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Miami East’s Abby Cash drives around a trio of Anna defenders for a layup Saturday at Anna High School. “They didn’t really surprise us with anything,” Elifritz said. “I sat in a zone too long and let them put up 19 (points) before I made an adjustment. I told the girls that’s my fault. That’s on me. But I thought the girls battled back very, very aggressively.” The Vikings got themselves back in the game early in the second quarter by going inside to Trina Current. Current had trouble converting layups in the opening period, but she tallied eight points in the second and six in both the third and fourth quarters. She finished with a gamehigh 20 points. Abby Cash added nine points in Vikings’ first loss of the season. If everything goes

according to plan, Elifritz said after the game he expects to have another rematch with Anna in the tournament. And maybe the third time could be the charm. “If we do what we’re supposed to, if we do what we can, if we play like we are capable of, I think we will definitely see them again,” Elifritz said. “Our kids know that. They are looking forward to that. “I just like when people say this game doesn’t mean anything to us — because we battle for wins every day. We don’t go out just to play a game. It’s disappointing, but at the same time, I think they showed some weaknesses and we are going to have to make some adjustments. I think we learned some

stuff about ourselves that will help us out in the long run.” That potential third time around, though, the Vikings will have to fight for the full 32 minutes — especially in the first three. Miami East — 43 Leah Dunivan 3-0-6, Angie Mack 0-0-0, Trina Current 10-020, Abby Cash 4-1-9, Madison Linn 2-0-6, Ashley Current 1-0-2, Tori Nuss 0-0-0, Renee DeFord 00-0. Totals: 20-1-43. Anna — 51 Natalie Billing 6-4-16, Erica Huber 4-0-11, Sydney Rioch 0-0-0, Kayla Blankenship 2-2-6, Cayla Bensman 4-0-10, Avery Bensman 2-2-8. Totals: 18-8-51. Score By Quarters ME ........................3 16 26 43 Anna ...................19 26 40 51 3-point goals: Miami East — Linn 2. Anna — Huber 3, C. Bensman 2, A. Bensman 2. Records: Miami East 8-1. Anna 7-1. Reserve Score: Miami East 38, Anna 30.

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has had a record-breaking night. Johnson surpassed Jerry Rice’s single-season yards receiving record of 1,848 with his 10th catch in the fourth quarter Saturday night. That put Johnson over the 200-yard mark in the game against the Atlanta Falcons. He needed 182 to surpass the mark Rice set in 1995 with the San Francisco 49ers. Johnson had more than

100 yards receiving for an eighth straight game, breaking an NFL record set by Charley Hennigan in 1961 and matched by Michael Irvin in 1995. Johnson broke another league mark with 10 receptions in a fourth game in a row. It was Johnson’s 11th game with 100 yards receiving this season, tying Irvin’s NFL mark. Atlanta led Detroit 3118 with 1:21 left in the game at time of press.

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Cavs snap skid MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dion Waiters scored 18 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a sixgame losing streak with a 94-82 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. C.J. Miles added 16 points and Kyrie Irving had 15 for the Cavaliers, playing without starting center Anderson Varejao for the third straight game because of a bruised right knee. Monta Ellis had a season-high 37 points for

Milwaukee. The Bucks won the previous nine games against the Cavaliers. Both teams played Friday night, with Cleveland falling to Indiana 99-89 at home, and Milwaukee beating Boston in overtime on the road. After Milwaukee cut it to 82-72 with 6:32 left in the fourth, Tyler Zeller made two free throws and Miles added a jumper to give the Cavaliers an 8672 lead.

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Roundup ■ CONTINUED FROM B1 minutes. Jaden Greenwood — who had only hit three 3-pointers all season — hit four and added 12 points for Shawnee. Troy returns from Christmas break Thursday night, hosting non-league rival Tippecanoe. Troy — 54 Manis 0-0-0, Nelson 6-5-17, Michael 0-0-0, Super 0-0-0, Hudson 6-0-12, Miller 5-4-16, Cascaden 1-24, Kinnel 2-1-5. Totals: 20-12-54. Spr. Shawnee — 55 Tincher 2-0-5, Barnett 1-0-2, Greenwood 4-0-12, Williams 12-430, Nelson 3-0-6. Totals: 22-4-55. Score By Quarters Troy ........................16 28 46 54 Shawnee.................12 25 40 55 3-point goals: Troy — Miller 2. Spr. Shawnee — Tincher, Greenwood 4, Williams 2. Records: Troy 1-8. Spr. Shawnee 5-1.

ME 56, Lehman 42 CASSTOWN —Playing at home for the first time this season, the Miami East Vikings picked right up where they left off last year, beating Lehman 56-42 Saturday. Luke House led the Vikings in scoring with 17 and sophomore Nick Beard added a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. “Nick Beard had a real solid effort for us tonight,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “He came out and scored eight in the first quarter. He had two 3s in that quarter.” The Vikings had three 3s in the first, then three more

in the second. Brandon Mack knocked down two of those triples in the second quarter. During the second quarter, the Vikings outscored the Cavaliers 16-4 to take a 32-16 lead into half. “We had a great first half,” Mack said. “We came out and kind of set the tone. We shot the ball very well. We had most of our 3s in the first half..” Miami East finished the game 7 for 11 from the perimeter and went 19 for 38 in total. Miami East (5-0) plays against Brookville at the Versailles Holiday Tournament Friday at 6:30. Lehman — 42 Hall 5-0-10, Frantz 3-3-9, Richard 2-1-7, Spearman 3-0-7, Westerheide 2-0-6, Goins 1-0-2, Jacobs 0-1-1. Totals: 16-5-42. Miami East — 56 House 7-2-17, Beard 4-4-14, Mitchell 3-1-7, Villella 2-0-6, Mack 2-0-6, Hellyer 0-3-3, Hickman 1-0-2, Donaldson 0-1-1. Totals: 19-11-56. Score By Quarters Lehman..................12 16 27 42 Miami East............16 32 38 56 3-point goals: Lehman — Spearman, Westerheide 2, Richard 2. Miami East — Mack 2, Beard 2, House, Villella 2. Records: Lehman 3-3. Miami East 5-0. Reserve Score: Miami East 51, Lehman 34.

M-U 60, Brookville 58 WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs are really starting to like their new home. Milton-Union improved to 3-0 in its new gymnasium and 4-2 on the season with a 60-58 win over a tough Brookville team Saturday night in Southwestern Buckeye League crosssover

action. Caleb Poland had 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Trevor Klosterman also had 19 points in the win. “Trevor played a tremendous floor game,” MiltonUnion coach Rusty Berner said. “He had a very complete game offensively and defensively. “We defended real well in the first half, held them to 17 points. We lost our focus a little bit defensively in the second half, but we still were able to pull out the win. This was a very balanced win.” Brookville — 58 Day 3-2-9, Landis 4-3-12, Childers 2-2-6, Zellers 3-0-6, Kurk 2-3-7, Brisco 7-1-18. Totals: 21-1158. Milton-Union — 60 Poland 8-3-19, Stelzer 2-4-8, Klosterman 5-9-19, Newman 0-1-1, Dickison 1-0-2, Albaugh 1-0-2, Brady 3-3-9. Totals: 20-20-60. Score By Quarters Brookville.................6 17 36 58 M-U.........................12 28 42 60 3-point goals: Brookville — Day, Brisco. M-U — None. Records: Brookville 2-4. Milton-Union 4-2.

TC 72, MV 54 UNION CITY — Troy Christian coach Ray Zawadzki saw one thing he really wants the team to work on Saturday at Mississinawa Valley. Fortunately for the Eagles, Grant Zawadzki had everything else working. The sophomore point guard set school records for points and steals in a single game and had a hand in 21 of the Eagles’ 28 field goals, leading Troy Christian to a 72-54 victory … all after a rough start to the game

defensively. Troy Christian trailed 22-20 after the first quarter but held Mississinawa Valley to two second-quarter points to take control, 35-24 by halftime. “That’s one thing we’ve got to figure out. We gave up 24 points in the first 8:23, then we didn’t give up any for the next 7:37,” Zawadzki said. “You look at that second part and think, well that’s getting it done. But then there’s the other side of it where you think, how’d that happen? We’ve got to figure out our inconsistencies on defense.” But Grant Zawadzki consistently worked throughout the game, scoring 36 points and stealing the ball 10 times for a difficult doubledouble to snare. He hit five 3-pointers and was 14 for 22 from the field — and added seven assists. “When school records happen, it’s an individual record, but everyone else plays a part, too,” Ray Zawadzki said. “They were finding him. The kids were smart enough to know he had the hot hand, so they kept feeding him the ball.” Christian Salazar added a career-best 16 points and Spencer Thomas chipped in eight. Troy Christian — 72 Coots 1-1-3, Varvel 1-0-2, Thomas 3-2-8, Kirkpatrick 2-0-5, Scott 1-0-2, Salazar 6-4-16, Zawadzki 14-3-36. Totals: 28-1072. Mississinawa Valley — 54 Stump 6-0-13, Blumstick 5-011, Delgado 3-2-8, Cox 7-0-14, Armstrong 4-0-8. Totals: 25-2-54. Score By Quarters

TC ...........................20 35 59 72 MV ..........................22 24 38 54 3-point goals: Mississinawa Valley — Stump, Blumstick. Troy Christian — Kirkpatrick, Zawadzki 5. Records: Troy Christian 5-1. Reserve score: Mississinawa Valley 50, Troy Christian 38.

Bethel 59, NT 45 NEW PARIS — The Bethel Bees continued their hot streak Saturday night despite being snowed out on Friday, topping National Trail 59-45 on the road in Cross County Conference action. Fairlawn 78, Bradford 66 BRADFORD — Four Bradford Railroaders turned in double-digit games Saturday night, but a 20-10 third quarter by Fairlawn proved to be their undoing in a 78-66 loss. Brandon Wysong led Bradford with 22 points, Eric Swabb added 17, Josh Hoelscher scored 12 and Brandon Wirrig had 10. • Girls Newton 34, Covington 26 COVINGTON — It was a special night for the Newton Indians Saturday as they captured their first-ever win over Covington, 34-26 in front of a packed house at Covington High School. Covington (6-3, 4-2 Cross County Conference) had won the previous 42 meetings between the neighboring rivals. And it was a steady dose of pressure defense that sparked Newton (6-4) to the big victory as it held Covington to just two points in the opening frame and a

total of seven points at the half. Tipp 50, Shawnee 36 SPRINGFIELD — Erica Comer tossed in 16 points, Carly Clodfelter scored 10 and Halee Printz added eight as the Tippecanoe Red Devils (4-5) defeated Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Springfield Shawnee by a score of 50-36 Saturday. TC North 52, M-U 45 WEST MILTON — Milton-Union put together one of its best games of the season for three quarters. But Tri-County North was able to get by on the strength of just one. The Panthers (7-1) put together a 19-6 performance in the third quarter, overcoming a halftime deficit and holding off the Bulldogs 52-45 Saturday. Brooke Falb hit three 3s and scored 16 points, adding four steals, four rebounds and three assists to lead the Bulldogs (1-7), while Jordan Pricer added 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and hit two more 3s. Tri-County North — 52 Johnson 7-8-22, Vanover 1-0-2, Schriever 1-2-4, Marshall 7-2-16, Whitaker 3-0-8. Totals: 19-12-52. Milton-Union — 45 Busse 0-2-2, Swartztrauber 1-02, Falb 6-1-16, Pricer 5-0-12, Stine 1-2-4, Swartz 0-3-3, Courtright 3-06. Totals: 16-8-45. Score By Quarters TCN ........................15 22 41 52 M-U.........................17 26 32 45 3-point goals: Tri-County North — Whitaker 2. Milton-Union — Falb 3, Pricer 2. Records: Tri-County North 71. Milton-Union 1-7. Reserve score: Milton-Union 33, Tri-County North 22.


Sunday, December 23, 2012



■ Girls Basketball

■ College Football


No. 20 Boise State tops Wash., wins Las Vegas Bowl

Troy’s Courtney Mazzulla hits two free throws in the closing seconds to seal the Trojans’ win Saturday. ■ CONTINUED FROM A7 points after getting her third foul early in the second quarter, putting the rest of the Trojans (4-6, 1-0 GWOC North) on the spot. “It was only a matter of time before she got in foul trouble in a game, and we knew other kids would have to step up. And that’s what happened,” Troy coach Nathan Kopp said. “Not only did they have to handle them trying to pressure us, they had to play defense, too.” Troy held Greenville (36, 1-0 GWOC North) scoreless in the first quarter, and without Wood running the show, the Trojans turned to fellow senior Morgan Taylor — starting only her second game after returning from an injury. And Taylor was more than up to the task, burying a pair of 3s and knifing her way to the basket for a layup for eight first-half points to lead Troy to a 1710 lead. “Morgan was putting her head down and getting to the rim,” Kopp said. “We’re all guards if you look at our roster, and we did a nice job of taking care of the basketball today.” Mazzulla hit a 3 in the third quarter, Mackenzie Schulz — playing in only her second game back from an injury — hit a pair of free throws and Taylor drove and dished to Maddy Taylor for a layup, and Troy’s lead grew to 12 at 27-15 late in the third — and the Trojans went into the final quarter up 28-17. But Greenville simply wouldn’t give in. “Their girls played hard,” Kopp said. “We blew the lead up to 10 or 12 a couple of times, but they just kept pushing back. They didn’t go away.” When Sierra Besecker hit Todda Norris (seven points) for a finish on a fast break, Troy led by nine at 37-29. But moments later, Norris — Troy’s best defender — fouled out with 4:04 remaining, and the lead began to erode. A Megan Galloway putback made the score 38-32, and the Wave traded one Wood free throw for either a basket or two free throws on three consecutive trips to make it a 4138 game with 1:31 to go. Schulz hit two more free throws, but a 3 by Tara Guillozet made it a twopoint game. After Wood and Jessica Kerg traded a free throw apiece to keep it within two points, Wood dribbled the ball to kill off time until Galloway was finally forced to foul her on the perimeter to stop the clock — her fifth of the game — and Wood hit one to make it 45-42 with 17.8 seconds left. Galloway fouled out with 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots —


Troy’s Todda Norris tries to drive around Greenville’s Megan Galloway Saturday.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After last-minute losses in Washington’s last two games, coach Steve Sarkisian didn’t have to look far to find out what ails the Huskies. Not being able to finish off a game tops the list. Washington had another lead late, but was unable to hold it Saturday, falling 28-26 to No. 20 Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on a 27-yard field goal by Michael Frisina with 1:16 left. Combined with a regularseason ending loss to rival Washington State, it was a disappointing end to what had been a promising season for Washington. “Our inability to finish is pretty blaring,” Sarkisian said. “Obviously, it will be a point of emphasis for us on the offseason.” Washington (7-6) had taken the lead for the first time on a 38-yard field goal by Travis Coons with 4:09 left when Boise State (11-2) got a big kickoff return by freshman Shane Williams-Rhodes to the Washington 42. Joe Southwick guided the team to the 12 before Frisina hit the winning kick. It was the kind of game Sarkisian envisioned, just not the kind of ending he liked. “We knew that it would come down to the last possession or two of the game,” he said. “To their

credit, they found a way to win the ball game in the end.” To do that, the Broncos had to overcome a huge game by Bishop Sankey, who started fall practice No. 3 on the depth chart before developing into an offensive star. Sankey rushed for 205 yards against the normally stingy Boise State defense. Sankey also had 74 yards receiving, giving him 279 of Washington’s 447 yards from scrimmage. Despite being on the losing team, he was the game’s MVP. “There’s a lot of mixed emotions going on,” said Sankey, who rushed 30 times, caught six passes and scored a touchdown. “The MVP doesn’t mean so much when you come out a loser.” Washington will play Boise State again in its next game when the Huskies open their renovated stadium in August against the Broncos. It was the third straight Las Vegas Bowl win for Boise State, but the Broncos had to work hard for this one after blowouts in the other two. The win wasn’t sealed until the 5-foot-5 Frisina hit the game winner. It left them feeling good about a game and a season when, unlike the last two years, there was hardly any talk about Boise State being in a BCS game.

■ College Football

La.-Lafayette wins New Orleans Bowl, beats ECU 43-34 Troy’s Sierra Besecker dribbles around a Greenville defender Saturday. throw line despite being visibly hampered in the fourth. The win was Troy’s third in its last four games as it looks to defend its GWOC North title. “These three or four days off are going to be huge for us,let us get some rest, get off our feet,” Kopp said. “And this put us in a really good spot to start off GWOC North play. We’ve got everyone back now. Now it’s time to let them rest up and get ready for a tough stretch, Troy’s Kristen Wood goes for a layup in front of where nine of our last 12 games are GWOC North Greenville’s Erin Albright Saturday. games.” two of which helped fuel game from the free throw Greenville — 42 Jessica Kerg 1-1-3, Haleigh Greenville’s momentum in line, with Wood going 11 for 18 in the fourth quarter Luce 1-1-3, Tara Guillozet 3-4-11, the fourth quarter. Tester 1-0-3, Jenna “We did that a few times alone. She scored 12 of her Paige Fisherback 0-0-0, Rachel Foreman as a team, got to the rim, but team-high 18 points from 0-0-0, Megan Galloway 6-8-18, we needed to utilize more the line. Ashton Kester 1-0-2, Erin Albright “Courtney’s long and 0-0-0. Totals: 13-14-42. ball fakes and get Galloway Troy — 47 athletic,” Kopp said. “She hit up in the air,” Kopp said. Mackenzie Schulz 0-4-4, Sierra Without either of its scor- a big 3 for us, and she hit Besecker 1-0-2, Todda Norris 3-1-7, ing threats on the floor — two really big free throws at Morgan Taylor 3-1-9, Cristina 0-0-0, Courtney Guillozet also fouled out the end. And Kristen did a Dennison with 11 points — Greenville great job of controlling the Mazzulla 1-2-5, Maddy Taylor 1-02, Kristen Wood 3-12-18. Totals: had to look somewhere else. basketball in the fourth 12-20-47. But after a missed jumper quarter and keeping it out Score By Quarters on the baseline, Mazzulla of their hands.” GVille ......................0 10 17 42 Troy .........................7 17 28 47 Taylor finished with nine snared the rebound with 3-point goals: Greenville — less than 10 seconds to go points and six rebounds, Kerg, Luce. Troy — Taylor 2, and buried both of her free Mazzulla added five and Mazzulla. Schulz scored four, going a throws to wrap things up. Records: Greenville 3-6, 0-1. Troy was 20 for 32 in the perfect 4 for 4 from the free Troy 4-6, 1-0.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Terrance Broadway wasn’t projected as LouisianaLafayette’s starting quarterback heading into this season. Now he’s a bowl game MVP. Broadway passed for 316 yards and ran for 108, helping LouisianaLafayette repeat as winners of the New Orleans Bowl with a 43-34 victory against East Carolina on Saturday. Alonzo Harris rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns for the Ragin’ Cajuns (9-4), who briefly squandered a three-touchdown lead before moving back in front for good on Broadway’s 14-yard scoring pass to Javone Lawson late in the third quarter. Brett Baer added his second and third field goals in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Broadway, who took over as starter after senior Blaine Gautier’s injury in late September, also ran for a 12-yard score. Shane Carden passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns for East Carolina (8-5) but was intercepted in Cajuns territory by Jemarlous Moten in the fourth quarter as ECU drove for a potential tying or go-ahead score. The Pirates’ Reggie Bullock rushed for 104 yards and

two touchdowns. Carden’s touchdowns went to Justin Hardy for 19 yards and Danny Webster for 16 yards. Hardy finished with five catches for 59 yards. East Carolina’s Andrew Bodenheimer had five catches for a team-high 65 yards, but could not secure a crucial fourthdown pass in the final minutes as defensive back T.J. Worthy ripped the ball away in ECU territory. That allowed the Cajuns to run the clock down to 15 seconds before setting up Baer’s final field goal from 40-yards out. Jamal Robinson had six catches for 116 yards for ULL, while Lawson finished with four catches for 71 yards. The Cajuns carried a 37-31 lead into the fourth quarter after Lawson for a 14-yard score in which the receiver juggled but secured the ball for a sprawling, rolling catch. The point-after kick failed, however, and East Carolina pulled to 37-34 on Warren Harvey’s 26-yard field goal. Broadway’s lone interception on a tipped pass then gave East Carolina the ball on the Cajuns 39, but Moten was able to step in front of Carden’s long pass over the middle to help preserve the slim lead.

■ National Football League

Steelers, Bengals starting postseason early PITTSBURGH (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants the league to consider expanding the playoffs. Consider the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals a litmus test. The official postseason doesn’t start for another two weeks, but the AFC North rivals are getting an early start on Sunday in what amounts to an elimination game. The Steelers (7-7) need two wins to play into January while the Bengals

(8-6) need at least one more victory to assure themselves a rare second straight playoff berth. Cincinnati hasn’t made consecutive postseason appearances since 1981-82, or before all but five players on the current roster were even born. “We can’t control the past,” wide receiver A.J. Green said. Maybe, but the Bengals control the present. They’ve won five out of six — the only loss coming on a last-second

field goal loss to Dallas — and can still capture the AFC North title with victories over the Steelers and Ravens and a little help. Heady territory for a franchise that has spent most of the last two decades serving as both a national punching bag for its two main rivals, though the Bengals are downplaying the chance to make a statement against teams considered part of the NFL’s elite. “It’s not as much about Pittsburgh as it is about us,”

left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “We’ve got an opportunity to go to the playoffs.” Amazingly, the Steelers do too, despite their secondworst stretch in coach Mike Tomlin’s six years on the job. Pittsburgh has dropped four of five, including baffling losses to Cleveland and San Diego. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been nursing a sprained shoulder and the nagging perception he and offensive coordinator Todd Haley won’t be

exchanging Christmas cards. Roethlisberger vented about the direction of the offense after a 27-24 overtime loss to Dallas last weekend, though he backtracked a few days later and Tomlin insisted his franchise cornerstone and his fiery coordinator are on the same page. Maybe, but the latest dust-up offered another chapter in an increasingly long series of melodramas that have evaporated the sense of optimism following a 24-20 victory over the New

York Giants on Nov. 4 that appeared to cement the notion the Steelers were back after a slow start. Receiver Mike Wallace, in the midst of a contract season, was booed lustily after poor play against the Chargers, a loss running back Rashard Mendenhall didn’t even bother to show up for after being made inactive. Tomlin suspended Mendenhall a game for conduct detrimental to the team, though the mercurial back hardly seemed remorseful upon his return this week.


FOOTBALL National Football League All Times EDT AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-New England10 3 0 .769 472 274 6 7 0 .462 245 306 N.Y. Jets 6 8 0 .429 264 279 Miami Buffalo 5 9 0 .357 306 402 South W L T Pct PF PA 12 2 0 .857 394 280 y-Houston Indianapolis 9 5 0 .643 309 358 Tennessee 4 9 0 .308 271 386 Jacksonville 2 12 0 .143 219 383 North W L T Pct PF PA 9 5 0 .643 348 307 x-Baltimore Cincinnati 8 6 0 .571 355 293 7 7 0 .500 302 291 Pittsburgh Cleveland 5 9 0 .357 280 310 West W L T Pct PF PA y-Denver 11 3 0 .786 409 274 5 9 0 .357 299 312 San Diego Oakland 4 10 0 .286 263 402 Kansas City 2 12 0 .143 195 367 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Washington 8 6 0 .571 381 350 8 6 0 .571 327 338 Dallas N.Y. Giants 8 6 0 .571 373 304 Philadelphia 4 10 0 .286 253 375 South W L T Pct PF PA 12 2 0 .857 371 259 y-Atlanta New Orleans 6 8 0 .429 389 379 Tampa Bay 6 8 0 .429 354 349 5 9 0 .357 296 319 Carolina North W L T Pct PF PA y-Green Bay 10 4 0 .714 344 292 Minnesota 8 6 0 .571 319 308 8 6 0 .571 321 240 Chicago Detroit 4 10 0 .286 330 380 West W L T Pct PF PA San Francisco 9 3 1 .731 316 184 9 5 0 .643 350 219 Seattle St. Louis 6 7 1 .464 258 315 5 9 0 .357 224 302 Arizona x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Thursday's Game Cincinnati 34, Philadelphia 13 Sunday's Games Green Bay 21, Chicago 13 New Orleans 41, Tampa Bay 0 Minnesota 36, St. Louis 22 Houston 29, Indianapolis 17 Atlanta 34, N.Y. Giants 0 Washington 38, Cleveland 21 Miami 24, Jacksonville 3 Denver 34, Baltimore 17 Carolina 31, San Diego 7 Arizona 38, Detroit 10 Seattle 50, Buffalo 17 Oakland 15, Kansas City 0 Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 24, OT San Francisco 41, New England 34 Monday's Game Tennessee 14, N.Y. Jets 10 Saturday, Dec. 22 Atlanta at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 Tennessee at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Kansas City, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Dallas, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Houston, 1 p.m. Oakland at Carolina, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. New England at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. San Diego at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Chicago at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. College Football FBS Bowl Glance Subject to Change All Times EST Saturday, Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Arizona 49, Nevada 48 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Utah State 41, Toledo 15 Thursday, Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego BYU 23, San Diego State 6 Friday, Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. UCF 38, Ball State 17 Saturday, Dec. 22 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 43, East Carolina 34 Las Vegas Bowl Boise State 28, Washington 26 Monday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU (6-6) vs. Fresno State (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Central Michigan (6-6) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Washington Bowling Green (8-4) vs. San Jose State (10-2), 3 p.m. (ESPN) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Duke (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Baylor (7-5) vs. UCLA (9-4), 9:45 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 28 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. Louisiana-Monroe (8-4) vs. Ohio (8-4), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Rutgers (9-3), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Meineke Car Care Bowl At Houston Minnesota (6-6) vs.Texas Tech (7-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 29 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth,Texas Rice (6-6) vs. Air Force (6-6), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco Arizona State (7-5) vs. Navy (7-4), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN2) Pinstripe Bowl At New York Syracuse (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Texas (8-4) vs. Orgeon State (9-3), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

At Tempe, Ariz. Michigan State (6-6) vs. TCU (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 31 Music City Bowl At Nashville,Tenn. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. N.C. State (7-5), Noon (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso,Texas Georgia Tech (6-7) vs. Southern Cal (7-5), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis,Tenn. Iowa State (6-6) vs. Tulsa (10-3), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta LSU (10-2) vs. Clemson (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At DallasPurdue (6-6) vs. Oklahoma State (7-5), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. State (8-4) vs. Mississippi Northwestern (9-3), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Georgia (11-2) vs. Nebraska (10-3), 1 p.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. South Carolina (10-2) vs. Michigan (84), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Orange Bowl At Miami Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Florida State (11-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Florida (11-1) vs. Louisville (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 3 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Kansas State (11-1) vs. Oregon (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl At Arlington,Texas Texas A&M (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (102), 8 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Mississippi (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 6 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Kent State (11-2) vs. Arkansas State (9-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At Miami Notre Dame (12-0) vs. Alabama (121), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 19 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 26 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, TBA (NFLN) NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoff Glance All Times EST First Round Saturday, Nov. 24 Wagner 31, Colgate 20 Coastal Carolina 24, BethuneCookman 14 South Dakota State 58, Eastern Illinois 10 Stony Brook 20, Villanova 10 Second Round Saturday, Dec. 1 Wofford 23, New Hampshire 7 Georgia Southern 24, Cent. Arkansas 16 Old Dominion 63, Coastal Carolina 35 Illinois St. 38, Appalachian St. 37, OT North Dakota State 28, South Dakota State 3 Sam Houston State 18, Cal Poly 16 Eastern Washington 29, Wagner 19 Montana State 16, Stony Brook 10 Quarterfinals Friday, Dec. 7 Sam Houston State 34, Montana State 16 Saturday, Dec. 8 Georgia Southern 49, Old Dominion 35 North Dakota State 14, Wofford 7 Eastern Washington 51, Illinois State 35 Semifinals Friday, Dec. 14 North Dakota State 23, Georgia Southern 20 Saturday, Dec. 15 Sam Houston State 45, Eastern Washington 42 Championship Saturday, Jan. 5 At FC Dallas Stadium Frisco,Texas North Dakota State (13-1) vs. Sam Houston State (11-3), 1 p.m.

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct New York 19 7 .731 Brooklyn 13 12 .520 Boston 13 13 .500 Philadelphia 13 14 .481 Toronto 9 19 .321 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 18 6 .750 Atlanta 16 9 .640 Orlando 12 14 .462 Charlotte 7 19 .269 Washington 3 22 .120 Central Division W L Pct Chicago 15 11 .577 Indiana 16 12 .571 Milwaukee 14 12 .538 Detroit 9 21 .300 Cleveland 6 23 .207 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Memphis 18 7 .720 San Antonio 20 8 .714 Houston 14 12 .538 Dallas 12 15 .444 New Orleans 5 22 .185 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 21 5 .808 Minnesota 13 11 .542 Denver 14 13 .519 Portland 12 12 .500 Utah 14 14 .500 Pacific Division

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SPORTS ON TV TODAY MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Diamond Head Classic, semifinal, teams TBD, at Honolulu NFL FOOTBALL 1 p.m. CBS — Regional coverage FOX — Regional coverage, doubleheader 4 p.m. CBS — Regional coverage 4:25 p.m. FOX — Regional coverage, doubleheader game 8:20 p.m. NBC — San Francisco at Seattle

MONDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL 8 p.m. ESPN — Hawaii Bowl at Honolulu, Fresno St. vs. SMU

TUESDAY MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Diamond Head Classic, third place, teams TBD, at Honolulu 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Diamond Head Classic, championship, teams TBD, at Honolulu NBA BASKETBALL Noon ESPN — Boston at Brooklyn 3 p.m. ABC — New York at L.A. Lakers 5:30 p.m. ABC — Oklahoma City at Miami 8 p.m. ESPN — Houston at Chicago 10:30 p.m. ESPN — Denver at L.A. Clippers Pct GB W L 20 6 .769 — L.A. Clippers Golden State 18 9 .667 2½ L.A. Lakers 12 14 .462 8 Phoenix 11 15 .423 9 8 18 .308 12 Sacramento Friday's Games Philadelphia 99, Atlanta 80 Toronto 93, Orlando 90 Milwaukee 99, Boston 94, OT Chicago 110, New York 106 Indiana 99, Cleveland 89 Detroit 100, Washington 68 Memphis 92, Dallas 82 San Antonio 99, New Orleans 94 Golden State 115, Charlotte 100 L.A. Clippers 97, Sacramento 85 Saturday's Games Atlanta 92, Chicago 75 Detroit 96, Washington 87 Miami 105, Utah 89 Houston 121, Memphis 96 Indiana 81, New Orleans 75 Cleveland 94, Milwaukee 82 Charlotte at Denver, 9 p.m. Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Sunday's Games Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 3 p.m. Minnesota at New York, 5 p.m. Utah at Orlando, 6 p.m. Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Portland at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Saturday's College Basketball Scores EAST Boston College 71, Providence 68 Boston U. 70, Cornell 57 Bryant 79, Dartmouth 66 Drexel 69, Davidson 58 Elon 70, Columbia 69 Fairfield 60, Saint Joseph's 57 George Washington 76, VMI 67 Georgetown 65, American U. 48 Hartford 56, Marist 46 Harvard 72, Holy Cross 65 La Salle 100, Sacred Heart 71 Loyola of Chicago 54, St. Peter's 49 Maine 84, Florida Gulf Coast 78 N. Kentucky 55, Navy 46 NJIT 71, CCNY 43 Princeton 79, Bucknell 67 Rhode Island 65, Georgia St. 60 Seton Hall 89, LIU Brooklyn 58 South Carolina 63, Manhattan 57 St. Francis (NY) 73, Colgate 61 Temple 83, Syracuse 79 Tulane 83, Hofstra 62 UMass 88, East Carolina 81 Vermont 76, Fairleigh Dickinson 62 Villanova 83, Monmouth (NJ) 56 West Virginia 72, Radford 62 MIDWEST Butler 75, Evansville 67 Cincinnati 68, Wright St. 58 Cornerstone 63, Alma 56 Dayton 77, Murray St. 68 DePaul 69, UMBC 61 Drake 74, E. Illinois 56 Green Bay 72, South Dakota 55 Illinois St. 83, Austin Peay 57 Indiana-East 87, Mich.-Dearborn 77 Iowa 80, Coppin St. 50 Kansas 74, Ohio St. 66 Kansas St. 67, Florida 61 Kent St. 73, Arkansas St. 69 Lawrence 72, Adrian 52 Marquette 84, LSU 80 Miami (Ohio) 82, Ill.-Chicago 70 Michigan St. 67, Texas 56 Minnesota 75, Lafayette 50 Missouri 82, Illinois 73 Oakland 59, E. Michigan 57 Ohio 93, Md.-Eastern Shore 57 Rockford 85, Blackburn 55 SE Missouri 66, UMKC 65 Saint Louis 65, Loyola Marymount 44 Valparaiso 79, Purdue-Calumet 51 W. Michigan 87, Mount St. Mary's 66 Wichita St. 59, Southern Miss. 51 Wis.-River Falls 57, Pacific Lutheran 54 Wis.-Whitewater 75, Edgewood 48 Wofford 56, Xavier 55 SOUTH Appalachian St. 78, Presbyterian 70 Coll. of Charleston 60, Coastal Carolina 51 Florida St. 79, Charlotte 76 Gardner-Webb 83, Spalding 54 George Mason 67, Richmond 64 Georgia 64, Southern Cal 56 Georgia Tech 73, The Citadel 41 Jacksonville 65, Furman 53 Kentucky 82, Marshall 54 Lebanon Valley 82, Medaille 81 Louisiana-Lafayette 91, Duquesne 79 Mercer 66, Alabama 59 Mississippi St. 79, Cent. Arkansas 72 NC State 92, St. Bonaventure 73 North Carolina 97, McNeese St. 63 Old Dominion 63, Virginia 61 Rhodes 89, Kalamazoo 68 South Alabama 77, UALR 62 Transylvania 80, Thomas More 71 Wake Forest 84, UNC Greensboro 70

Winthrop 74, Auburn 67 SOUTHWEST Arizona St. 77, Texas Tech 62 Arkansas 95, Alabama A&M 68 FIU 48, Texas Southern 45 Houston 79, Chicago St. 57 Oklahoma St. 78, Tennessee Tech 42 Southern U. 53, Texas A&M 51 TCU 65, Rice 63 Texas-Pan American 80, NebraskaOmaha 72 Tulsa 72, Oral Roberts 68 FAR WEST Air Force 61, UC Riverside 53 California 85, Prairie View 53 E. Washington 57, Idaho St. 54 Georgia Southern 63, MVSU 52 NC Central 73, Utah Valley 67 North Florida 80, CS Bakersfield 70 Oregon 91, Houston Baptist 50 S. Dakota St. 70, New Mexico 65 UC Davis 82, Nicholls St. 71 Virginia Tech 66, Bradley 65, OT Washington 67, N. Illinois 57 TOURNAMENT Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational First Round Nebraska 89, Cent. Michigan 75 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Class First Round Indiana St. 87, Mississippi 85, OT San Diego St. 80, San Francisco 58 Saturday's Women's Basketball Scores EAST Bucknell 69, St. Peter's 62, OT Dayton 91, Siena 53 Delaware 82, Monmouth (NJ) 53 George Washington 60, George Mason 52 La Salle 60, Fairfield 50 Memphis 65, Seton Hall 58 Northeastern 78, UMass 51 Northwestern 73, Mississippi 69 Providence 78, Rhode Island 52 Quinnipiac 75, St. John's 72 UConn 102, Hartford 45 MIDWEST Butler 56, Indiana St. 45 Calvin 84, Olivet 47 Cleveland St. 58, New Hampshire 47 Detroit 90, Madonna 43 Hope 75, Ohio Wesleyan 53 IPFW 71, Rochester (Mich.) 59 Ill.-Chicago 66, N. Illinois 61, OT Loyola of Chicago 81, Chicago St. 43 SOUTH Auburn 85, Jacksonville 49 Clemson 63, Samford 51 Florida St. 93, UNC-Greensboro 63 Gardner-Webb 54, NC Central 32 Southern Miss. 53, Cent. Arkansas 44 Stanford 73, Tennessee 60 Tennessee Tech 67, Marshall 60 Tulane 73, North Texas 62 Tulsa 75, Grambling St. 62 UAB 56, UT-Martin 51 UALR 49, South Alabama 40 UCF 60, Florida Gulf Coast 53 Vanderbilt 69, Coll. of Charleston 44 Virginia Tech 73, Wake Forest 52 SOUTHWEST Arkansas St. 77, Louisiana-Lafayette 53 Creighton 91, South Florida 74 Houston 74, Texas St. 61 Miami (Ohio) 62, Nevada 49 Oklahoma St. 90, Texas-Arlington 54 TCU 73, Texas-Pan American 37 Wichita St. 61, SMU 59 FAR WEST Arizona St. 62, Longwood 50 Boise St. 52, South Dakota 50 Cal St.-Fullerton 60, San Jose St. 59 Colorado 81, Utah Valley 45 Duke 75, Southern Cal 60 E. Washington 61, Idaho St. 55 Montana 82, Sacramento St. 55 Montana St. 69, N. Arizona 52 N. Colorado 53, North Dakota 41 Portland St. 74, Weber St. 60 UC Davis 71, CS Bakersfield 59 Saturday's Scores Boys Basketball Andover Pymatuning Valley 61, Cortland Lakeview 41 Apple Creek Waynedale 72, Wooster Triway 67 Arlington 53, Lima Temple Christian 40 Aurora 52, Streetsboro 50 Barberton 50, Carrollton 44 Beaver Eastern 80, Oak Hill, W.Va. 41 Bellaire 63, Bellaire St. John 47 Bellevue 69, Milan Edison 43 Berlin Hiland 51, Hannibal River 42 Bloom-Carroll 60, Ashville Teays Valley 30 Botkins 55, DeGraff Riverside 53 Canal Winchester 52, Circleville 40 Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 65, Lancaster Fisher Cath. 53 Carey 54, New Washington Buckeye Cent. 52 Casstown Miami E. 56, Sidney Lehman 42 Chillicothe Huntington 67, Jackson 43

Sunday, December 23, 2012 Cin. Clark Montessori 47, Hamilton Badin 41 Cin. Finneytown 56, Hamilton Ross 52 Cin. Hughes 65, Cin. Indian Hill 54 Cin. Mariemont 63, Felicity-Franklin 24 Cin. Moeller 55, Middletown 36 Cin. Oak Hills 57, Lebanon 53 Cin. Walnut Hills 77, Cin. Elder 57 Circleville Logan Elm 52, Cols. Hamilton Twp. 42 Cle. VASJ 83, Parma Padua 51 Cols. Africentric 83, Peebles 57 Cols. Brookhaven 92, Portsmouth 49 Cols. East 64, Cols. Briggs 59 Cols. Grandview Hts. 67, Millersport 26 Cols. St. Charles 42, Logan 39 Cols. Watterson 52, Cols. Bexley 51 Columbus Grove 54, Hamler Patrick Henry 31 Creston Norwayne 61, Fredericktown 40 Cuyahoga Falls 48, Tallmadge 30 Defiance Ayersville 62, Pioneer N. Central 50 Delaware Buckeye Valley 48, Marion Elgin 40 Delphos St. John's 60, Celina 53 Dresden Tri-Valley 58, Pataskala Watkins Memorial 46 Dublin Coffman 90, Tol. Waite 50 Dublin Scioto 48, Westerville S. 43 Elida 62, Coldwater 38 Findlay Liberty-Benton 97, Sherwood Fairview 40 Ft. Recovery 49, Lima Shawnee 41 Gahanna Christian 64, Granville Christian 63 Gahanna Cols. Academy 70, Hebron Lakewood 40 Garfield Hts. 100, Cle. Collinwood 49 George Washington, W.Va. 66, Cols. Centennial 56 Gibsonburg 73, Arcadia 56 Gnadenhutten Indian Valley 63, Magnolia Sandy Valley 51 Greenfield McClain 44, LynchburgClay 32 Hamilton 55, Oxford Talawanda 34 Haviland Wayne Trace 72, Miller City 53 Jamestown Greeneview 61, Cin. Madeira 56 Leipsic 68, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 38 Lexington 83, Jeromesville Hillsdale 38 Lima Cent. Cath. 56, New Bremen 51 Lima Perry 67, Ft. Jennings 57 Malvern 50, Minerva 39 Marietta 64, Zanesville Rosecrans 46 Marion Harding 76, Mansfield Madison 55 McGuffey Upper Scioto Valley 62, Harrod Allen E. 59 Minster 57, Anna 56, OT Mogadore 71, Rootstown 35 N. Can. Hoover 85, Akr. North 27 N. Ridgeville Lake Ridge 76, Bettsville 15 N. Robinson Col. Crawford 58, Bucyrus Wynford 49 Nelsonville-York 55, Reedsville Eastern 45 New Albany 43, Lewis Center Olentangy 38 New Concord John Glenn 70, Zanesville W. Muskingum 48 New Knoxville 62, Ada 48 New Riegel 79, Mt. Blanchard Riverdale 57 Newark Cath. 53, Alliance Marlington 44 Northwood 59, N. Baltimore 28 Norwalk 63, Ontario 39 Norwalk St. Paul 53, Castalia Margaretta 45 Oak Hill 76, Wellston 67 Ottawa-Glandorf 68, Kalida 47 Parma 64, Fairview 48 Perrysburg 46, Sandusky Perkins 43 Plain City Jonathan Alder 45, Utica 44 Pomeroy Meigs 61, Wahama, W.Va. 55 Powell Olentangy Liberty 72, Millersburg W. Holmes 63 Richmond, Ind. 43, Cols. Upper Arlington 28 Richwood N. Union 75, Sparta Highland 24 Rittman 56, Greenwich S. Cent. 55 Sandusky St. Mary 54, Monroeville 47 Shelby 51, Upper Sandusky 34 St. Clairsville 53, Uhrichsville Claymont 41 St. Henry 56, Ft. Loramie 36 St. Marys Memorial 46, Maria Stein Marion Local 34 Stow-Munroe Falls 57, Cle. E. Tech 47 Sylvania Southview 84, Sandusky 37 Thornville Sheridan 43, Cols. DeSales 36 Tipp City Bethel 59, New Paris National Trail 45 Tol. Whitmer 51, Defiance 24 Tree of Life 80, Marion Cath. 39 Troy Christian 72, Union City Mississinawa Valley 54 Tuscarawas Cent. Cath. 39, Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley 24 W. Liberty-Salem 59, Spring. Kenton Ridge 58, OT Wheelersburg 69, Albany Alexander 32 Willard 62, Galion 40 Wilmington 61, Harrison 37 Ironton Tournament Portsmouth Notre Dame 61, Wesley Christian, Ky. 44 Open Door Hoilday Tournament Championship Kingsway Christian 50, Elyria Open Door 31 Romulus Tournament Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy, Mich. 78, Tol. Rogers 73 Saturday's Scores Girls Basketball Akr. Hoban 71, Chardon NDCL 49 Anna 51, Casstown Miami E. 43 Arcadia 70, Attica Seneca E. 51 Arlington 54, Tiffin Calvert 48 Ashland 56, Cols. Watterson 48 Bay Village Bay 49, N. Olmsted 38 Beachwood 64, Garfield Hts. 25 Bellevue 48, Shelby 40 Beloit W. Branch 58, Salem 23 Berlin Hiland 87, Magnolia Sandy Valley 21 Bloomdale Elmwood 54, Kansas Lakota 31 Bluffton 40, Van Buren 37 Brecksville-Broadview Hts. 43, Strongsville 25 Bucyrus Wynford 53, Bucyrus 28 Cambridge 48, Zanesville 42 Can. Timken 54, Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley 46 Castalia Margaretta 47, Sandusky St. Mary 33 Cin. Anderson 47, Cin. Oak Hills 41 Cin. Glen Este 69, Seton 43 Cin. Madeira 82, Cin. Finneytown 13 Cin. Mariemont 37, Cin. Indian Hill 26 Cin. Mercy 43, Cin. St. Ursula 32 Cin. Western Hills 48, Cin. Walnut Hills 37 Clyde 71, Port Clinton 45 Cols. Bexley 74, Cols. Whetstone 33 Cols. Eastmoor 71, Fremont Ross 31 Cols. Hartley 55, Utica 53 Cols. Ready 50, Worthington Christian 42


Convoy Crestview 47, Kalida 37 Copley 57, Akr. Firestone 51 Cortland Maplewood 41, Burton Berkshire 23 Crooksville 74, Corning Miller 35 Crown City S. Gallia 51, Willow Wood Symmes Valley 36 Cuyahoga Falls CVCA 45, Massillon Tuslaw 36 Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 84, Cle. Hts. Beaumont 19 Chaminade-Julienne 47, Day. Middletown Fenwick 26 Delaware Christian 66, Madison Christian 35 Dublin Scioto 59, Westerville S. 52 Fairfield Christian 56, Grove City Christian 25 Fairview 54, Cle. St. Martin De Porres 40 Findlay 65, Defiance 26 Fredericktown 40, Baltimore Liberty Union 34 Ft. Jennings 66, Haviland Wayne Trace 51 Ft. Loramie 47, Minster 39 Gahanna Lincoln 53, Youngs. Ursuline 40 Garrettsville Garfield 55, Warren Champion 49 Gnadenhutten Indian Valley 66, Akr. Manchester 46 Goshen 56, Loveland 39 Granville Christian 29, Lancaster Fisher Cath. 26 Hamilton 68, Middletown 57 Hamilton Badin 35, Cin. McNicholas 31 Harrison 40, Cin. Mt. Healthy 36 Hudson 59, Chagrin Falls Kenston 50 Jackson 55, Logan 45 Kettering Alter 48, Day. Carroll 40 Kings Mills Kings 62, Cin. Aiken 14 Lakewood 66, Brunswick 54 Lebanon 83, W. Carrollton 51 Lewis Center Olentangy Orange 89, Delaware Hayes 51 Liberty Twp. Lakota E. 60, Fairfield 43 Madison 58, Chardon 56 Maple Hts. 53, Bedford 44 Mason 67, Cin. Colerain 23 Mayfield 73, Painesville Harvey 31 McComb 71, Bascom HopewellLoudon 61, OT Mentor Lake Cath. 50, Parma Padua 38 Middletown Madison 66, Waynesville 44 Milan Edison 53, Huron 46 Mt. Blanchard Riverdale 65, New Washington Buckeye Cent. 37 N. Baltimore 70, Northwood 20 N. Royalton 40, Chagrin Falls 33 New Concord John Glenn 53, Zanesville W. Muskingum 48, OT New Madison Tri-Village 68, New Bremen 32 New Philadelphia 61, Dover 47 New Riegel 46, Ada 42, OT Newark 75, Ashville Teays Valley 55 Oak Hill 65, Wellston 49 Ottoville 43, Ottawa-Glandorf 26 Oxford Talawanda 57, Morrow Little Miami 25 Parma Hts. Holy Name 53, Cle. Cent. Cath. 29 Philo 37, Dresden Tri-Valley 34 Poland Seminary 54, New Middletown Spring. 47 Richfield Revere 72, Streetsboro 32 Rockford Parkway 66, Union City Mississinawa Valley 65, 3OT Russia 45, New Knoxville 39 Sandusky Perkins 46, Oak Harbor 44 Shenandoah 67, Sarahsville Newcomerstown 43 Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown 50, Cin. Princeton 40 Solon 84, Warren Howland 39 St. Henry 53, Bradford 36 Stow-Munroe Falls 61, Can. Glenoak 45 Trenton Edgewood 62, Cin. NW 28 Twinsburg 63, Middleburg Hts. Midpark 33 Union City, Ind. 45, Ansonia 35 Upper Sandusky 67, Galion 38 Ursuline Academy 53, Cin. McAuley 42 Vienna Mathews 68, Niles McKinley 44 W. Liberty-Salem 46, Spring. NE 34 Warren Harding 49, Warrensville Hts. 29 Warsaw River View 57, Uhrichsville Claymont 22 Waynesfield-Goshen 73, Miller City 60 Westlake 78, Parma Hts. Valley Forge 5 Willard 46, Norwalk 32 Williamsport Westfall 75, Washington C.H. 68 Wilmington 35, Fremont Ross 22 Wilmington 35, Hamilton Ross 22 Windham 55, Dalton 43 Wooster 64, Medina Highland 62 Wooster Triway 49, Navarre Fairless 40 Youngs. Mooney 52, E. Liverpool 25 Holiday Tournament Piketon 53, Waverly 48

TRANSACTIONS Saturday's Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Assigned RHP Pedro Beato outright to Pawtucket (IL). HOUSTON ASTROS — Assigned 3B Brandon Laird and OF Che-Hsuan Lin outright to Oklahoma City (PCL). BASKETBALL National Basketball Association HOUSTON ROCKETS — Recalled G Scott Machado from Rio Grande Valley (NBADL). SACRAMENTO KINGS — Suspended C DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team. FOOTBALL National Football League HOUSTON TEXANS — Signed S Eddie Pleasant from the practice squad. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Placed S Dwight Lowery on injured reserve. Activated LB Daryl Smith from injured reserve. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Placed PK Dan Carpenter on injured reserve. Signed PK Nate Kaeding. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Waived TE Allen Reisner and G Mark Asper. Activated CB Chris Cook from injured reserve. Signed DE George Johnson from the practice squad. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed WR Kamar Aiken from the practice squad. ST. LOUIS RAMS — Signed CB Quinton Pointer from the practice squad. HOCKEY American Hockey League WORCESTER SHARKS — Returned D Denny Urban to Reading (ECHL). ECHL ECHL — Suspended Lake Erie C Mitchell Heard two games.


Sunday, December 23, 2012 • A12


GM boosts truck deals to shed inventory DETROIT (AP) — With Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks piling up on dealer lots, General Motors is offering generous deals to thin the stock. It’s matching or beating discounts from rivals Ford and Chrysler, offering up to $9,000 off remaining 2012 models and close to $4,500 off 2013s. That, plus low interest rates, sweet lease deals and abundant financing, is good news for people in the market for a truck. “They’re all very competitive with each other right now,” said Russell Barnett, who owns dealerships around Winchester, Tenn., southeast of Nashville, that sell GM pickups as well as the Ford FSeries and Chrysler’s Ram. “The manufacturers are putting a big emphasis on it, and there’s a lot of people in the market.” Last month, the Ram led the way with an average of $4,800 in discounts, followed by GMC and Ford at $3,700, according to industry statistics from J.D. Power and Associates. GM dropped incentives on the Silverado to just under $3,700. Dealers say GM has boosted its offers in December, while the others have either held steady or raised incentives on certain models. Barnett said the incentives run from $4,500 to around $5,000, although the discounts vary with model year and options on the trucks. That means there’s good deals on Ford’s F-Series pickup, the top-selling vehicle in America, as well as the Silverado, which ranks second. Together, the Detroit Three control 83 percent of the U.S. full-size pickup truck market. The three automakers have been vying for truck business all year as the market continues a slow rebound from the Great Recession. Chrysler led the way on incentives most months, sometimes exceeding $5,000. GM also topped $5,000 earlier in the year. But in November, the company cut discounts on the Silverado and Sierra by about $400, falling almost $1,200 below the Ram and $100 below Ford. The cut came just as the pickup truck rebound accelerated, costing GM sales and forcing it to respond this month. As a result, Silverado sales fell


Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks are seen on a dealer's lot in Troy, Mich., Monday. General Motors is offering generous deals to clear a growing inventory of Chevy and GMC pickup trucks. It’s matching or beating deals offered by Ford and Chrysler. That, plus low interest rates, sweet lease deals and abundant financing, is good news for truck buyers. 10 percent last month, while sales of the Sierra, its near-twin, dropped more than 3 percent. At the same time, Ford truck sales rose 18 percent and Ram leaped 23 percent. So Silverados and Sierras began stacking up on dealer lots. At the end of November, Chevy dealers had more than 169,000 Silverados nationwide, enough to supply them for 138 days at the current sales rate, according to Ward’s AutoInfoBank. By contrast, Ford had a 90-day supply of F-150s, and Chrysler had 106 days’ worth of Rams. Automakers consider a 60-day supply to be optimal to give buyers enough selection, although they run a little higher on pickups because there are so many different versions. GM executives said in November that they were following a strategy to keep incentives down so people buy cars and trucks on their merits, not because they’re cheap. But GM’s trucks, which haven’t been redone since 2007, are at a disad-

Through the year, the Ram has led the way in deals most months, followed by the GM trucks, according to J.D. Power. Ford has been below the other two most of the year. The Ram has led the way because Chrysler traditionally has offered big discounts and buyers expect them, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for LMC Automotive, a Detroit-area firm that tracks auto sales trends. GM has been in the middle, and Ford has been able to keep discounts down due to the popularity of its turbocharged six-cylinder “Ecoboost” engine that can tow loads yet still gets decent gas mileage, Schuster said. Although most pickups sold in the past have had more powerful eight-cylinder engines, half of Ford’s sales this year have been equipped with V-6s. At Serra Chevrolet in Southfield, Mich., north of Detroit, truck sales have been strong all year, but December is shaping up to be a great month because of the incentives, said Greg Brown, gen-

vantage to newer trucks from Chrysler and Ford. The Ram was new in 2008 and updated earlier this year, and the F-Series, new in 2009, got four new engines last year. So GM was forced to offer bigger discounts this month. “We went harder because we missed on November,” Mark Reuss, GM’s North American president, said last week as he unveiled new trucks that will hit showrooms late next spring. “The incentive loads are competitive, so we’re off to a good start,” said Reuss, who wouldn’t reveal by how much GM had reduced its truck inventory. GM plans to temporarily close its truck plants in the coming months to help deal with inventory problems and to switch over to new models. It also added at least a week of down time at car factories in Lordstown, Ohio, and Kansas City, Kansas, for maintenance and to control supplies. The Ohio plant makes the Chevy Cruze compact, while the Kansas factory makes the Chevy Malibu midsize car.


eral manager. “I’m selling every one I get,” he said. “I think the incentives are phenomenal on them. It’s driving traffic in here.” And GM promises to remain competitive with discounts for the foreseeable future, said Don Johnson, head of Chevrolet sales. “We want to make sure we get our unfair or fair share,” he said. But he added that the company won’t go into “liquidation mode” to sell trucks. Schuster said GM made too many trucks for the market and then decided to cut discounts at a bad time. He said it’s a great time to buy, but the deals may not last long, especially as GM gets closer to selling its revamped trucks. The housing industry is coming back, and that always increases truck sales. And the average age of pickup trucks on the roads approaching 11 years, so companies and individual buyers are replacing them, Schuster said. That means there will be demand that could cut into supply and increase prices, he said.

Christmas comes slowly to Europe PARIS (AP) — Across Europe, holiday “shoppers” this season are doing more browsing than buying. Retailers remain hopeful for a last-minute burst of Christmas consumerism, and some governments are encouraging it by allowing stores to open on Sunday. But with economies across the region slowing and unemployment soaring, analysts say holiday spending in Europe is bound to disappoint for the fourth year in a row. In Rome, some shopkeepers say holiday sales are down 20 percent from last

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Dec. 5, the eve of St. Nicholas day and the last night of their “Sinterklaas” celebration. In Spain, many children tear open presents on Jan. 6, when tradition has it the Three Wise Men brought gifts to the baby Jesus. In Britain, France and most of Europe gifts are exchanged on Dec. 25. As the 17-country eurozone slips back into recession, this festive season may mark a new normal for Europe, analysts say. Gone are the heady days when every holiday season meant a new record breached for sales.

year. In Paris, second-hand toys are attracting buyers. And in Spain, which has Europe’s highest unemployment rate, some families are contemplating whether to give gifts at all. As in the U.S., holiday shopping is vital to many businesses: British non-food retailers can make up to 50 percent of their profits in the end-of-year push. In Germany, holiday business accounts for 30 percent of annual toy sales. But the arc of the holiday shopping seasons is a little different in every country. The Dutch open presents on





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D Wk Wk YTD Chg %Chg %Chg

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Stock Footnotes: g = Dividends and earnings in Canadian dollars. h = Does not meet continued-listing standards. lf = Late filing with SEC. n = New in past 52 weeks. pf = Preferred. rs = Stock has undergone a reverse stock split of at least 50 percent within the past year. rt = Right to buy security at a specified price. s = Stock has split by at least 20 percent within the last year. un = Units. vj = In bankruptcy or receivership. wd = When distributed. wi = When issued. wt = Warrants. Mutual Fund Footnotes: b = Fee covering market costs is paid from fund assets. d = Deferred sales charge, or redemption fee. f = front load (sales charges). m = Multiple fees are charged. NA = not available. p = previous day’s net asset value. s = fund split shares during the week. x = fund paid a distribution during the week.Gainers and Losers must be worth at least $2 to be listed in tables at left. Most Actives must be worth at least $1. Volume in hundreds of shares. Source: The Associated Press. Sales figures are unofficial.

52-Week High Low 13,661.72 5,390.11 499.82 8,519.14 2,509.57 3,196.93 1,474.51 15,432.54 868.50 4,190.81

11,735.19 4,781.35 435.57 7,129.84 2,164.87 2,518.01 1,202.37 12,618.11 707.83 3,408.16



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+.42 +2.97 +1.45 +1.31 -1.84 +1.67 +1.17 +1.42 +2.93 +1.18

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.9611 1.6160 .9941 .7590 84.23 12.9465 .9168

.9537 1.6284 .9874 .7552 84.42 12.7442 .9119

British pound expressed in U.S. dollars. All others show dollar in foreign currency.


Total Assets Obj ($Mlns) NAV IH 58,216 52.73 WS 46,323 37.05 LG 55,933 34.33 MA 57,663 18.05 LB 44,809 30.20 LV 39,998 31.33 LG 59,112 77.58 LG 12,023 73.16 HY 536 10.36 CA 41,548 2.24 LG 1,310 32.53 WS 778 46.83 CI 174,658 11.34 LV 4,197 14.85 LG 2,848 55.86 LB 59,368 131.69 LB 67,435 131.76 LB 48,578 131.77 LB 58,956 35.71 LB 77,180 35.70

Total Return/Rank 4-wk 12-mo 5-year +2.4 +13.1/B +1.1/C +4.1 +20.3/B -0.6/C +3.4 +21.7/A +1.0/C +2.3 +13.1/C +3.2/B +3.0 +17.4/B +0.8/C +3.0 +14.3/D +1.5/B +2.3 +17.3/B +1.9/B +2.7 +19.1/B -3.6/E +3.1 +18.7/A +7.4/D +3.8 +14.8/A +4.4/B +3.9 +18.0/B +1.4/C +6.8 +19.9/B -2.2/D +0.6 +10.9/A +8.5/A +4.7 +20.4/A +0.2/C +3.9 +17.7/B +1.2/C +3.1 +17.6/B +1.5/B +3.1 +17.6/B +1.5/B +3.1 +17.6/B +1.5/B +3.4 +17.9/B +2.1/A +3.4 +17.7/B +2.0/A

Pct Min Init Load Invt 5.75 250 5.75 250 5.75 250 5.75 250 5.75 250 5.75 250 NL 2,500 NL 2,500 4.00 2,500 4.25 1,000 NL 2,500 NL 2,500 NL 1,000,000 5.75 0 5.75 0 NL 10,000 NL 5,000,000 NL200,000,000 NL 10,000 NL 3,000

CA -Conservative Allocation, CI -Intermediate-Term Bond, ES -Europe Stock, FB -Foreign Large Blend, FG -Foreign LargeGrowth, FV -Foreign Large Value, IH -World Allocation, LB -Large Blend, LG -Large Growth, LV -Large Value, MA -Moderate Allocation, MB -Mid-Cap Blend, MV Mid-Cap Value, SH -Specialty-heath, WS -World Stock, Total Return: Chng in NAV with dividends reinvested. Rank: How fund performed vs. others with same objective: A is in top 20%, E in bottom 20%. Min Init Invt: Minimum $ needed to invest in fund. Source: Morningstar.





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Partly cloudy High: 37° Low: 25°

Windy with a.m. snow/ freezing rain High: 34° Low: 28°

Snow showers High: 30° Low: 21°

Chance of rain/snow High: 39° Low: 28°

Sunday, December 23, 2012 forecast for daytime conditions, low/high temperatures


Pt. Cloudy


Youngstown 37° | 23°

Mansfield 34° | 21°


Jan. 11 Jan. 18 Dec. 28

Cleveland 36° | 28°

Toledo 36° | 23°

National forecast Forecast highs for Sunday, Dec. 23





Sunrise Monday 7:56 a.m. ........................... Sunset tonight 5:17 p.m. ........................... Moonrise today 2:06 p.m. ........................... Moonset today 3:37 a.m. ........................... New


Sunday, December 23, 2012




40° 21°


Columbus 37° | 23°

Dayton 39° | 23°

Today’s UV factor. 2 Fronts Cold

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10+ Minimal




Very High

Air Quality Index Moderate


Main Pollutant: Particulate




Peak group: Weeds

Mold Summary 1,791




Top Mold: Ascospores Source: Regional Air Pollution Control Agency

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Cincinnati 45° | 27° Portsmouth 46° | 23°

Low: -27 at Kremmling, Colo.

NATIONAL CITIES Temperatures indicate Saturday’s high and overnight low to 8 p.m.

Pollen Summary 0


Yesterday’s Extremes: High: 76 at Mcallen, Texas




Warm Stationary

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REGIONAL ALMANAC Temperature High Yesterday .............................30 at 4:31 p.m. Low Yesterday............................24 at 12:06 p.m. Normal High .....................................................36 Normal Low ......................................................23 Record High ........................................62 in 1941 Record Low........................................-20 in 1989

Precipitation 24 hours ending at 5 p.m................................0.0 Month to date ................................................2.81 Normal month to date ...................................2.20 Year to date .................................................31.63 Normal year to date ....................................40.13 Snowfall yesterday ........................................0.00

TODAY IN HISTORY (AP) — Today is Sunday, Dec. 23, the 358th day of 2012. There are eight days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1972, in what became known as football’s “Immaculate Reception,” Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers caught a pass thrown by Terry Bradshaw and scored a touchdown after the ball had been deflected during a collision between Jack Tatum of the Oakland Raiders and the

Steelers’ John Fuqua the Steelers won the game (and an AFC divisional playoff) 13-7, despite controversy over the exact circumstances of the play. On this date: In 1788, Maryland passed an act to cede an area “not exceeding ten miles square” for the seat of the national government about 2/3 of the area became the District of Columbia. In 1823, the poem “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” was

published anonymously in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel the verse, more popularly known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” was later attributed to Clement C. Moore. In 1928, the National Broadcasting Company set up a permanent, coast-to-coast network. In 1972, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Nicaragua, destroying most of the capital, Managua the disaster claimed some 5,000 lives.

Bird counts give scientists climate clues MAD ISLAND, Texas (AP) Armed with flashlights, recordings of bird calls, a small notebook and a stash of candy bars, scientist Rich Kostecke embarked on an annual 24-hour Christmastime count of birds along the Texas Gulf Coast. Yellow rail. Barn owl. Bittern. Crested Cara-Cara. Kostecke rattled off the names and scribbled them in his notebook. His data, along with that from more than 50 other volunteers spread out into six groups across the 7,000-acre Mad Island preserve, will be analyzed regionally and then added to a database with the results of more than 2,200 other bird counts going on from midDecember to Jan. 5 across the Western Hemisphere. The count began in 1900 as a National Audubon Society protest of holiday hunts that left piles of bird and animal carcasses littered across the country. It now helps scientists understand how birds react to short-term weather events and may provide clues as to how they will adapt as temperatures rise and climate changes. “Learning the changes of habit in drought could help us know what will happen as it gets warmer and drier,” said Kostecke, a bird expert and associate director of conservation,


Rich Kostecke, a bird expert and associate director of conservation, research and planning at the Nature Conservancy in Texas, writes down his findings during an annual 24-hour Christmastime ritual to count birds along the Texas Gulf Coast in Mad Island, Texas, Monday. The data collected, with the help of more than 50 other volunteers spread out into six groups across the 7,000-acre Mad Island preserve, will be regionally and nationally analyzed, landing in a broad database that includes results from hundreds of other bird counts going on nationally during a two-week period. research and planning at the Nature Conservancy in Texas. Scientists saw birds change their habits during last year’s historic drought that parched most of Texas. Some birds that normally winter on the coast such as endangered whooping cranes arrived and immediately turned back when they couldn’t find enough food. Other birds didn’t

even bother flying to the coast. Snowy owls, who sometimes migrate from the Arctic to Montana, suddenly showed up as far south as Texas. There has been some rain this year, but Texas still hasn’t fully recovered from the drought and many areas remain unusually dry. Wetlands, a crucial bird habitat, have been damaged. Trees

and brush are dead or brown. There are fewer flooded rice fields, prime foraging grounds for birds. And sandhill cranes, for the second winter in a row, are staying in Nebraska. An initial report on the 24hour count that began midnight Monday and ended midnight Tuesday included 233 different species a drop of 11 from last

year when 244 were counted on Mad Island. While the area likely still has one of the United States’ most diverse bird populations, the species that were missing raise questions. Where are the wild turkeys? Why were no black rails found? What about fox sparrows and the 13 other species that are commonly counted on the preserve? Where have they gone? “There are several possibilities,” Kostecke surmised. “Conditions may be better in the east, like Louisiana. Some may still be north, because it’s been mild, and they tend to follow the freeze line.” With weather in the north still relatively warm, some birds might choose to stay put and conserve energy for the nesting season, Kostecke added. Similar changes in bird behavior could be seen this year in the Midwest and parts of the South, areas that have been gripped by a massive drought that covered two-thirds of the nation at its height. The drought’s severity is unusual, but scientists warn that such weather could become more common with global warming. Birds as well as other animals will have to adapt, and the data collected in the Christmas count gives crucial insight on how they might do that.

Low-water rivers offering up glimpse of history ST. LOUIS (AP) — From sunken steamboats to a millennium-old map engraved in rock, the drought-drained rivers of the nation’s midsection are offering a rare and fleeting glimpse into years gone by. Lack of rain has left many rivers at low levels unseen for decades, creating problems for river commerce and recreation and raising concerns about water supplies and hydropower if the drought persists into next year, as many fear. But for the curious, the receding water is offering an occasional treasure trove of history.

An old steamboat is now visible on the Missouri River near St. Charles, Mo., and other old boats nestled on river bottoms are showing up elsewhere. A World War II minesweeper, once moored along the Mississippi River as a museum at St. Louis before it was torn away by floodwaters two decades ago, has become visible rusted but intact. Perhaps most interesting, a rock containing what is believed to be an ancient map has emerged in the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri. The rock contains etch-

ings believed to be up to 1,200 years old. It was not in the river a millennium ago, but the changing course of the waterway now normally puts it under water exposed only in periods of extreme drought. Experts are wary of giving a specific location out of fear that looters will take a chunk of the rock or scribble graffiti on it. “It appears to be a map of prehistoric Indian villages,” said Steve Dasovich, an anthropology professor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. “What’s really fascinating is that it shows village sites we don’t yet know about.”

Old boats are turning up in several locations, including sunken steamboats dating to the 19th century. That’s not surprising considering the volume of steamboat traffic that once traversed the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Dasovich said it wasn’t uncommon in the 1800s to have hundreds of steamboats pass by St. Louis each day, given the fact that St. Louis was once among the world’s busiest inland ports. The boats, sometimes lined up two miles deep and four boats wide in both directions, carried not only people from town to town but goods and

supplies up and down the rivers. Sinkings were common among the wooden vessels, which often were poorly constructed. “The average lifespan of a steamboat on the Missouri River was five years,” Dasovich said. “They were made quickly. If you could make one run from St. Louis to Fort Benton, Mont., and back, you’ve paid for your boat and probably made a profit. After that, it’s almost like they didn’t care what happened.” What often happened, at least on the Missouri River, was the boat would strike an

underwater tree that had been uprooted and become lodged in the river bottom, tearing a hole that would sink the ship. Dasovich estimated that the remains of 500 to 700 steamboats sit at the bottom of the Missouri River, scattered from its mouth in Montana to its convergence with the Mississippi near St. Louis. The number of sunken steamboats on the Mississippi River is likely about the same, Dasovich said. Steamboat traffic was far heavier on the Mississippi, but traffic there was and is less susceptible to river debris.


Sunday, December 23, 2012


The Miami County Sr./Jr. Fairboard Would Like To Thank The Following Buyers For Making Our 2012 Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Possible 4W Feed Supply A & L Plumbing Accurate Construction Equipment Accu-Tool Inc Al's BP / Sweet Treats Ice Cream Alvetro Orthodontics Amvets Post 88 Apple Farm Service B & B Ag-Vantages B & B Miller Home Improvement Baird Funeral Home BAJAP Services Bambauer Fertilizer. & Seed Inc. Barnhart Construction Barrett Paving Barton Trucking Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering Bell Insurance & Financial Solutions Bel-Mar Farms, Mark & Deb Bell Ben Gustin Jr. Bensman Enterprises Blackie’s Excavating Bonita J. Kipling, DDS, LLC Bowman & Wray Paving Brad Hare Brad Havenar, Auctioneer Brenda Wolf Brown Twp. Trustees & Fiscal Officer Buggy Wrench Farms – Ernie & Mary Lou Hageman Campbell Family Cartwright Farms LLC Castle Roofing C-Burg Feed & Supply Cecil Jackson Family Chad & Shanda Gostomsky Channel Seed, Ty Hissong Chuck & Lora Johns Clark’s Show Pigs Coach Tool & Die Combined Technologies Group, Inc Congressman John Boehner Conover Lumber Co. Contractors Supply of Dayton, Inc Cornerstone Veterinary Clinic Covington Eagles Covington Plumbing Inc Cowboy Corner Cron Excavating Crop Production Service CSC Contractors Custom Garage Doors Ltd. D & J Kenworthy Farms D & L Plumbing Services Inc. Dan Hemm Automall Dave Campbell Insurance John Friedline, Agent Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Dave Paulus DeWeese Farms Diamond R Farms Dick's Paint & Body Shop Inc. Don & Patti Gostomsky Duck Wagon Duff Hog Farm Dull Homestead, Inc. Dwayne Taylor E. L. Lavy & Son Ed & Karen McMaken Elvin & Becky Elifritz Ernie & Mary Lou Hageman Erwin Chrysler – Dodge- Jeep Excellence in Dentistry Farm Credit Services, Versailles Fennig Homan Agribusiness Fetters Farms Fiebiger Family Farms Fiebiger’s Seed Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home Francis Farms & Kropp Family Francis Furniture of Troy Galbreath Realty Garden Gate Realty Garden Stone Greenhouse Garry Brown Family Gary & Jackie Holfinger Gearhardt Family Gerlach’s Homemade Ice Cream

Goodall Lumber Supply Co. Gordon Murphy Orthodontics Graves-Fearon Agency (Nationwide Insurance) Green & Green Farms Greenview Acres Greenville National Bank Hageman Trucking Hamler-Gingrich Insurance Hart’s Automotive Towing & Recovery Inc. Harvestland Harvestland Co-Op Heritage Cooperative High Output Genetics High Tec Industrial Services Hill’s Show Pigs Honda Powersports of Troy In Memory of Tony Fessler Industrial Heating Solutions, LLC J & L Wood Products Inc. J & M Tire LLC Jackson- Sarver & Hale-Sarver Funeral Home Jason Hitchcock Trucking LLC JAZ Team, Ltd. JD Equipment, Wilmington Jeanne Hill Jerry Stichter, Auctioneer Jim & Arlene Snider Jim & Lois Starry Jim & Pam Sutherly Jim & Vicki Francis Jim Routzahn Joe & Cheryl Jackson Joe Johnson Chevrolet John & Deb Weikert John & Melissa Beal John Friedline Insurance John W. Yingst Jon Comer Investment Management Jones Septic Service Jud Thompson Family K & B Molded Products K & K Transportation Kalmbach Feeds/ John Friedline Katie Lehman Keller Grain & Feed Inc. Kenny & Jenni Kirby Kevin Kauffmann & Tricia Bishop Kevin Mote Petroleum Kinnison Excavating, Inc. Kirk Nichols Agency – American Family Insurance KJB Farms Koverman Dickerson/ Buckeye State Kroger – Piqua Kroger - Troy Laura Lions Club Lena Ag Center Lois Kauffmann Loughman Precision Grinding Madison & Tyler Clark Main Source Bank Mark Knupp Muffler & Tire Matt Gearhardt & Family May Farms McCarroll Farm Miami Ag. Drainage Miami Co. Farm Bureau Miami Co. Republican Party Miami County Township Association Miami Valley Feed & Grain Co. Miami Valley Fertilizer & Seed Michael Henniger Mike Stueve of Edward Jones Mike’s Barn & Yard Connection & High Noon Feeds Millmark Construction / Milcon Concrete Minster Bank Mobile Sanitation Solutions Morton Buildings Inc. Mullen’s Firestone Mumford Farms NAPA Auto Parts of Troy/Piqua New Tech Plastics Next Generation Builders LLC North Star Hardware & Implement Northside Machine & Mold Inc. Oak Tree Services Oakley Chiropractic LLC

Odyssey Show Panera Bread, Troy Paul Sherry Chrysler Dodge Jeep RV PAWLS, LLC Payne Financial Forensics Peak Foods, LLC Pfledderer Family Piqua Chamber of Commerce Piqua Materials Piqua Winnelson Plain View Farm Poor Farmers RV Productive Electric, Inc. Pullins Drainage Quality Landscape and Fence R.D. Dewitt & Associates Ralph & Nikki Walters Ray’s Tune-Up Realty 2000 Group Reliable Electrical Mechanical Ressler Farms, Laura Richard Gump Crop Insurance Ring Container RJ Benham Robert & Lolita Zeller Robinson Concrete Rogers Grain Inc. Royer Farms Rudy, Inc. S2K Excavating/ Scott Paulus Schirbyz Party Scott & Shannon Clark – Dealers of Show Rite Feeds Scott Construction Select Arc Inc. Serena & David Martin Shively Funeral Homes Sidney Electric Company SK Mold & Tool Skinner Painting & Restoration Smith & Assoc. Insurance Agency Sonja Baker Springcreek Township Trustees & Fiscal Officer Springer Farms Stacy Geuy State Representative Richard Adams State Senator Bill Beagle Sterling House of Troy Steve & Valerie Mullikin Steve Zell Farm Equipment Stewart Seeds Stillwater Technologies Inc. Stocker-Fraley Funeral Home Strawser Farms Stull Woodwork Sugarhill Farm Superior Paint & Body Shop Swallow Family T & R Livestock TC Holzen Excavating Team Johnson Club Lambs Terrence Allemang DDS Inc. The Hawes Family Tinkler / Neuenschwander Tom Freeman Tony Jackson Tri-Ag Products Troutwine Auto Sales Troy Concrete Troy Elevator Troy Kiwanis Club Troy Rotary Club Trupointe Cooperative Unity National Bank US Bank Vandalia Rental Vannus Innovative Printing Waag Family Wallace Family Farms LLC Wappoo Wood Products Washington Twp. Trustees & Fiscal Officers West Milton IGA & Virginia Brinker Wheaton Family Winco Industries Inc. Winners Stockyard - Osgood Wise Choice Farm Wise Lawn Care Zimmerman Family

From the Sr./Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Committee, The Miami County Agricultural Society and Miami County Fairgrounds


2013 Miami County Fair August 9 - August 15

Troy, Ohio



B1 December 23, 2012


Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the Troy Daily News editorial staff: front row, from left, Natalie Knoth, David Fong and Anthony Weber; and back row, from left, Melody Vallieu, Kathy Ording, Dana Wolfe, Melanie Yingst, Jim Davis, Colin Foster and Lindy Wagner.

Christmas greetings from the TDN staff


erry Christmas and happy holidays to all of our loyal Troy Daily News readers! It’s been an another amazing year for all of us here at the newspaper — one filled with its share of highs and lows. But rather than focus on the negatives, we have decided to accentuate the positives. Listed below are our staff’s favorite memories from the year that was — for some of us, it wasn’t easy picking out just one. We hope that all of you have had as great a year as we have and hope for even bigger and better things in 2013! David Fong (Executive Editor): Most of my favorite moments of 2012 revolve around my children — my son Max’s continued strides in his battle against Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sophie’s gymnastics meets, cheerleading competitions, dance recitals and Troy Pop Rocks performances — but I already talk about them enough in this newspaper. So I’ll focus on one of my favorite memories of 2012 that doesn’t involve my children. One of my two best friends on this planet is Hughes. He has a first name — Eric — but I’m pretty sure his parents are the only ones who actually call him by his first name. We have been friends for nearly 25 years now — and he probably knows more about me than some of my family members. And I am certain I know more about him than almost all of his family members. We haven’t lived in the same state since we both left for college in 1992 — which means we don’t get to see much of one another very often. If we see one another twice a year, we are lucky. Not that it matters. When we do see one another, it’s like nothing has ever changed. We could go years without seeing one another and still pick up our friendship immediately. This July, Hughes came to town and we spent the entire weekend at the Country Concert in Fort Loramie. Under the blazing sun, we drank more than a few root beers, swapped old stories of our youth and took in all the sights that only County Concert can provide. Also, we heard country music. I guess. To be honest, we weren’t paying much attention to the stage — we were too busy enjoying one another’s company. Melody Vallieu (City Editor): I don’t know what else to say about 2012 other than it was a great year. My family is safe and happy moving in to 2013, and everything else good in my life is a bonus. My entire family — including my sisters, brother-in-law, nephew, and most importantly my mom — took a Caribbean cruise in March. It was a special time for my children to spend with their grandma. The trip included standing on the highest mountain and swimming in the ocean with my 82-year-old mom in St. Thomas, cruising the island of St. Martin and visiting the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. We ate our way through the ship, gambled away our souvenir money and saw a bunch of great shows — although I’m not sure the Blue Man group was on my mom’s bucket list. Ha ha. My college-age daughter, Ashliegh, who transferred from UK back to Ohio, was accepted into nursing school at Kettering Medical School this summer and just finished her first semester. It’s been her lifelong career dream and it’s coming true. Her clinical teacher reviewed her as one of the best students she has ever work with. So, everything continues to fall in place in her life, which makes me and my husband Todd very happy. My son, Caleb, also had a pretty good year. My lifelong soccer player, a freshman at Piqua High School, decided to try out as the kicker for the high school football team, too. He made the varsity football team — something we absolutely did not expect, and enjoyed his few minutes on the field each week. He also made the varsity soccer team. So, although our fall was incredibly busy, it was rewarding to watch him do the things he loves most. I’m looking forward to the new year and the hope and renewed spirit it brings. Happy holidays everyone!

• CHRISTMAS GREETING continued on B2


Sunday, December 23, 2012



Christmas greetings from the TDN staff â&#x20AC;˘ Continued from B1 Kathy Ording (Weekend Editor): My Uncle Ralph Ording wrote a book this year about his childhood. He wanted to put his memories in print for his children. He also shared copies of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Story of a Boyâ&#x20AC;? with me and my siblings. The book includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;family treeâ&#x20AC;? information and other facts and figures Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure he thought we would enjoy knowing. What Uncle Ralph maybe didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know is how little my self-deprecating father ever shared with us about his childhood in St. Henry. Because my Uncle Ralph was the youngest child in his family and my dad was second youngest, the book includes many recollections that include his brother Eddie. For me, at least, the book was a revelation. My perception was my dad had grown up poor, hungry and surely always sad about his bleak existence. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true they maybe struggled a bit, Uncle Ralphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book paints a picture of a family that managed to get by with hard work and resourcefulness. He tells of many fun things he and my dad did together, how they made their own toy guns with scraps of wood and rubber bands, and how my dad fastened a salvaged metal hoop from a barrel on the barn so they could play basketball. Uncle Ralph even tells of my father getting a bicycle when he was 14 years old. Who knew my dad ever had such a luxury? Shortly after we received the books this summer, my sister Ruth and I had the opportunity to spend a fun afternoon sitting with Uncle Ralph and Aunt Aggie and going through the piles of old photos heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d used in compiling his book. It was the first time I could recall ever seeing photos from my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childhood. The big, loving family in those photographs couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, surely? Oh, but it is my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family, and the bit of sorrow I carried in my heart that my dad had to live such a hard life is gone. It has been replaced by the knowledge I gained reading Uncle Ralphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, and happiness that my dad did know joy in his early days. Thanks, Uncle Ralph, that is quite a gift. Anthony Weber (Chief Photographer): It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the person who would rather not hear about my faith or the one who suggested I pray to myself so the person across from me at a restaurant did not begin to feel uncomfortable that made my most memorable moment list. No â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

Kathy Ordingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uncle, Ralph Ording, left, pictured with her father, Ed Ording, when they were boys in St. Henry. they are the ones who are a part of what boosted my most memorable moments throughout the year. They are the people who Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be praying for and wish they could experience God and have as much a joyful lifestyle. Those moments Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remember, but they are not as memorable as talking to a homeless woman about God near the Market Street bridge or the police officer who was nearly crushed by a falling tree during a recent storm. Just a few words can ignite a conversation about God and His spirit. And you can usually gauge quickly if a person is a believer or unsure of where he or she may stand in their beliefs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that sort of assertive approach thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made my most memorable moments throughout my daily walk in 2012 stand out and worthy of sharing. Discussions reflecting our Lord, with so many throughout the year, including Pastor Ric Barnes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or the Fairbands in the middle of the fairgrounds during the fair or chatting in a back yard of a strangerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home with Dave Denoyer while on assignment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will not fade. All of these have lifted me up, but a memory that I consider a sign, or rather a kite in the form of a sign, was with Jeff Sabins, who was flying his (kite board) kite uncontrollably on the street where I live. I had to swerve recklessly out of its way so that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plow over it. Truth is, I have a deep desire to learn to kite board. I am sure He wanted me to stop and talk to Jeff about his faith that day and I feel Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with God is deeper since then. Then when my grandfather was suffering from congestive heart failure in October, I was able to find out whether or not he was a believer. Although I knew he was not a church-goer and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend time in

prayer, I boldly discussed Jesus with him, and since I brought it up, we talked about our favorite God moments. He is no longer with us, but I am confident in his opportunity for eternity. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reality and I can no longer hold back, especially from what is real. If I am told I should not pray aloud it will only make me more bold. In Galatians 2:20, it reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.â&#x20AC;? His spirit is everywhere, we just need to recognize it. Each memory has made me richer than I was a year ago. These memories will help me start a legacy with my children for years to come. Enjoy each other â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Merry Christmas everyone! Jim Davis (Copy Editor): Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to forgive me if I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember any lifealtering events that rocked my world this year. The fact that I still wake up every day and get to walk the planet is pretty cool in-andof-itself. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned not to take the simple pleasures in life for granted. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say that nothing happened. I did stash a couple of mental memories in the vault, the first of which came in early June when my son Spencer graduated from high school. My daughter Marrissa graduated from college the previous year, so my â&#x20AC;&#x153;little manâ&#x20AC;? is the last of my kids to receive his diploma. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great kid with a bright future and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m privileged to be his father. He just turned 19 earlier this month and, since heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taller than me, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m waiting for the day he tells me to stop calling him â&#x20AC;&#x153;little man.â&#x20AC;? From a less-significant standpoint, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll definitely remember the Detroit

Tigers finally making it back to the World Series. I have been a rabid Tigers fan since I came into this world: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m certain I cheered for Detroit when they beat Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968 (even though I was just a year old), and I whooped and hollered with the rest of Michigan when Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris and Lance Parrish put a hurtinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the San Diego Padres in 1984. This year, I tried to remain reserved as Miguel Cabrera â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on his way to an an MVP and a Triple Crown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; joined Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder to help lead the Tigers back to the big dance. As it turned out, the San Francisco Giants hammered Detroit and took the crown. But for anyone whose ever been a Tigers fan, it was a season to remember. Melanie Yingst (Reporter): My favorite memory of 2012 has got to be the day I adopted my dog Shorty. I recruited both bosses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Melody and David â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as our then new reported Natalie, to go with me to check out the dogs at the Miami County Animal Shelter. I had my eye on a little black and white miniature border collie dog for several days and finally, Melody Vallieu said we should go and check the dog out. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love at first sight. At first I was alarmed how big of a bark this little guy had and thought maybe it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a good fit if he was too â&#x20AC;&#x153;yappy.â&#x20AC;? And I was ready to make that my excuse not to take a closer look. Luckily Melody pushed me to get the dog out of the kennel and away from the others and take him out to the new dog run fence recently installed in front of the shelter. Outside in the fresh air I watched Shorty retrieve a ball and enjoy the outdoors and be a totally different dog. I never knew dogs could smile but this one could. I had every excuse not to go home with a dog that day. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have food prepared or saved up quite enough for pending vet bills, but I immediately

knew he was the dog I needed to rescue and give him a country home. So we signed the papers and Shorty was ours. Now my house is covered with dog fur. I have bones littered all over the yard. This dog is so magical that he even makes my dad smile. Shorty likes to jump up in everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lap. You can blame his begging problem on Grandma Norma Jean for feeding him her famous cookies and Cavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dried beef. Evan will lay on the floor with the dog and tells Shorty his troubles when he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share them with his mom. Shorty goes with us each morning to drop Evan off at school and he faithfully watches Evan slowly (and I mean slowly) walk into school and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relax until he gets to the door. This dog faithfully follows me everywhere I go. I vowed I would never let a dog stay in the house, but now Shorty occupies the bottom right-hand corner of my bed every night. I totally get â&#x20AC;&#x153;dog peopleâ&#x20AC;? now. I am one. Cheers to 2013! Natalie Knoth (Reporter): Oh my goodness, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to say! How can you possibly capture a year in a few paragraphs? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll try. This was a year of big changes for me. In March, I moved from NYC back to Ohio. I was absolutely delighted to get the job in Troy (not to sound like a schmoozer) yet of course I left New York with a bit of a heavy heart, since I had built a life there. But it was the absolute best decision for me, and here in Troy Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met so many kind, influential people and have enjoyed developing my skills as a reporter. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had many life-changing experiences. Moving back to Ohio has also allowed me to reconnect with my high-school and college friends, and through them Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met even more friends. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve enjoyed many concerts together, including Gavin DeGraw, Justin Bieber and Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen for the Brothers of the Sun tour. Maroon 5 is coming up in February. (Interesting music taste, eh?) Some of my favorite

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memories include hiking in Yellow Springs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; always a giggle fest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and spending holidays and special occasions with my family, which I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to do when I lived states apart. I had missed my family terribly, though I must admit, I sometimes take them for granted now. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned this year, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that geographical distance doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t determine emotional closeness. It sounds soooo cheesy, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve realized that phone calls and letters and Skype work wonders when it comes to maintaining valuable friendships. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to a fabulous 2013! Lindy Wagner (iN75 Editor): I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to think too hard to come up with my favorite memory of 2012. On Oct. 6, I walked down the aisle toward the most incredible man I know. I am the typical girl who grew up dreaming about her wedding day, and I was all over it from the minute I got engaged. The part I always looked forward to most was the dress, and it lived up to my expectations. Shopping for it was beyond fun, and even though it was hard to make the final decision, I will never regret my choice. After I found the dress, it became about the location, the invitations, the decorations, the candy bar, etc., etc., etc., and I loved every minute of it. But my best memory of 2012 isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any of that stuff. You never dream about saying your vows when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a little girl, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about. Saying the words and hearing him say them to me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that was my favorite part. Joyell Nevins (Weekly Record Herald Editor): This summer I became â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;house momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to a group of four teenagers. Think of me as Mrs. Garrett off of the old TV show â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Facts of Lifeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; except instead of attending an academic boarding school, these 18and 19-year-olds are engaged in a yearlong Christian leadership training called Fellow Laborers with God, through Tipp Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christian Family Fellowship Ministry. In October, I went out of town for the weekend and got a call Saturday night from one of the girls wondering â&#x20AC;&#x153;what time would I be home the next day?â&#x20AC;? The people I was with were convinced the Fellow Laborers were throwing a party and wanted to know how much time they would have to clean the house! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll admit, the more they talked, the more nervous I becameâ&#x20AC;Ś But instead, when I got home Sunday night, I was greeted by four very warm hugs and smiles and a line of post-its from the front door all the way to my bedroom. Then in my bedroom, post-its covered the walls and were scattered on the furniture. Each square sticky had an encouraging note to me, of something they missed about me, something they liked about me, and snippets of Scripture. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine the time and thought it must have taken to write all those notes. The post-its are still in my room (at least the ones that havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost all of their stickiness), and when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a reeeeeally long day, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a great reminder to me of the goodness of God and the fact that I am loved. I hope you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re loved, too, readers. And a very Merry Christmas to you!

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A time of faith, hope, light and celebration Well, the solstice has passed and we’re now officially into winter. Of course, that’s a technical distinction you likely grasped already while scraping snow off your walkways and windshield. Still, we all know seasons keep to their own mysterious and highly variable schedules. All the calendars and almanacs, scientific checkpoints and mathematical calculating in the world won’t change their comings and goings by a single millisecond. Some years Ohio’s version of winter arrives in November and lingers until April; other years it waits until January and barely hangs around a month. However, you’ve got to admit, this season’s debut was uncommonly accurate. The winter solstice is just a manmade reckoning point of the sun’s ecliptic; a recurrent signpost on earth’s looping solar journey. Yes, it’s based in science, but it is still only a timekeeping contrivance … which isn’t to say it lacks practical value — albeit news less dramatic nowadays than was the case long, long ago. Man has always lifted his eyes to the heavens for answers.

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The relationship between stars and season has been an endless source of awe and wonder. But it’s usually overlooked that within their understanding grew the seeds of hope and belief, and the oft difficult challenge of maintaining one’s faith. In fear and trembling the ancients watched as the sun appeared to receded farther and farther south, waning daily in light and warmth. Doubtless, the oblivion of utter darkness seemed imminent. Frankly, we can’t begin to imagine their desperation. For them, one terror reigned paramount — did this indicate their demise would come soon amid freezing darkness? Those who’d previously wit-

nessed the sun as it followed a similar track into an increasing cold night might have recalled how it eventually turned around and returned, bringing with it a re-greening world. Doubtless they would have shared their experience — not only to help quell their own fears, but those of their shivering companions. If it happened once, might not the scenario repeat and their lives be spared? Faith and hope were born amid the darkness of a winter’s night. Faith which engendered a spark of hope that flickered fitfully, as precious and tentative as a tallow candle holding back the fearful darkness of a cave. By learning to track the sun’s seeming progression, those earliest skywatchers saw how its southward retreat eventually slowed, as if the entire universe were on the cusp of a great decision. Then the sun stood still. Solstice! The watchers held their breath. And … almost imperceptibly … the light began creeping back — the sun climbing up, scribing ever higher arcs across the southern horizon. The watchers breathed a collective sigh; hope’s

spark became faith fulfilled, a bright new flame of promise — for with light comes spring, and with spring comes life. Is it any surprise that for centuries — nay, millennia — the winter solstice was seen as an annual miracle? Though the brunt of winter lay ahead, as it always does with the passage of the solstice, it could now be endured. For the secret to coping with any hardship rests with the certainty of better times coming. We may grumble about the cold, rail at ice which coats our windshields, bemoan every snowfall which buries our driveway. But winter is a natural necessity — a time to balance the accounts; pay-back for those long, sweltering days of midsummer. For me there’s a clarifying aspect to winter that seems absolutely fundamental to the completeness of the seasonal cycle. Winter may have just begun, but with the passing solstice our days began lengthening. We’re already starting on that journey toward the green of spring. Green has symbolized life since ancient times. In a world filled with swirling snow, glitter-

ing ice, and skies of sepulchral gray, what could better renew ones belief in life beyond winter than a promissory display of pine or spruce or fir? Indeed, what could be more natural, more reassuring? When we decorate our homes with evergreens, we practice a small but telling ritual — an affirmation of faith more eternal than science, a renewal of hope more convincing than a calendar. Even if you view it as nothing more than a secular holiday, faith, hope, and light form the heart of Christmas. And for those of us whose Christmas celebrates a Divine Birth, the story begins one wintry night some 2,000 years ago. On a rocky hill near the humble village of Bethlehem, heralding angels proclaimed the good news amid a heavenly light, to certain poor shepherds keeping watch over their flocks. The solstice passes, a new season has begun, and it is still a miracle — a renewing of faith and light beyond darkness, warmth beyond cold, living green beyond a shroud of white … and the sacred gift of promised hope in life beyond. Merry Christmas!

Boomers ‘on collision course’ with heart disease BY ANITA CREAMER Sacramento Bee At 61, Les Finke has recently returned to work as executive director of a senior residence community after open heart surgery and a six-way bypass early in October. “It blew everyone’s mind that I was going in for open heart surgery,” said Finke, of Sacramento, Calf. “But the experience really put me in touch with these residents.” He likes to kid people now that he’s part of the frail elderly population, too. But what’s no joke that heart disease remains the nation’s top killer — and the second-highest cause of death of the baby boom generation. Over time, according to National Institutes of Health figures, at least one in three Americans will develop cardiovascular problems. For male baby boomers in par-

ticular, the heart attack risk past age 50 can be high. Think Bill Clinton, who underwent quadruple bypass surgery at age 58 in 2004 and another procedure in 2010, and broadcaster Tim Russert, who died of a massive heart attack at 58 in 2008. Or singer Davy Jones, dead this spring at 66. Even so, research suggests that baby boomers don’t take cardiovascular disease as seriously as they should. The age-related illnesses that boomers fear most are cancer and dementia, according to a recent survey. “This cardiovascular story is way overlooked,” said Dr. David Roberts, medical director of the Sutter (Calif.) Heart and Vascular Institute. “The focus for the past 10 years has been on raising women’s awareness, and that’s great. “But as a group, cardiovascular disease has always affected

men earlier and in greater numbers.” Medical advances of the past four decades — in particular, the development of effective medications to control cholesterol and hypertension — have decreased Americans’ incidence of death from heart disease by half. At the same time, both for better and for worse, lifestyles have changed. Medical experts know that baby boomers are less likely to smoke than their parents’ generation and more likely to go to the doctor on a regular basis. But boomers are also less likely to exercise, and far more likely to be overweight or obese. Women’s estrogen levels, which typically don’t decline until menopause, keep most from developing heart problems in their 40s and 50s, researchers have found. On the other hand, men with a family history of heart disease — especially those with another risk

factor, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure — are prime candidates for early heart disease, Roberts said. “The most important thing is family history,” he said. “If everyone in the family has coronary disease, the question isn’t if but when you’re going to get it.” Unless the entire baby boom generation embraces the benefits of moderate diet and exercise, medical experts say, more than 40 percent of Americans will have heart disease by 2030, when the youngest members of the boomer generation hit age 66. So dire are those projections that the American Heart Association says the baby boom generation is on a collision course with heart disease. “The problem is the way we’re going in terms of exercise and diet, ” said Dr. Diane Sobkowicz, a cardiologist and heart association spokesman “Medication puts a Band-Aid on it, but it doesn’t take

care of the problem.” While increased longevity raises the possibility of the eventual development of cardiac problems — older hearts simply weaken over time — recent heart association research shows that active, healthy adults in their 40s and 50s today can generally expect to delay the onset of heart disease by seven years. Finke has long been dedicated to exercising and eating right. But the weight of heredity proved a bigger factor. Now he’s on a daily dose of aspirin and medication to stabilize his arteries, and he goes to cardiac rehab class three days a week in addition to resuming other exercise. “I can’t say my lifestyle has changed,” Finke said. “I’ve always had a good lifestyle. I see people in cardio class, and they’ve smoked or they’re dealing with obesity. Everything you read about.”

DNA code of Christmas No more extra-loud TV commercials allowed dicated spots, as well as “Loud television com- into paying attention.” BY MARIA SCIULLO tree being revealed The Commercial local ads. Cable operators mercials that make conPittsburgh Post-Gazette sumers run for the mute Advertisement Loudness also are responsible for NEW YORK (AP) — To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster. We’re talking about the conifer, the umbrella term for cone-bearing trees like the spruce, fir, pine, cypress and cedar. Apart from their Yuletide popularity, they play big roles in the lumber industry and in healthy forest ecosystems. Scientists would love to identify the billions of building blocks that make up the DNA of a conifer. That’s called sequencing its genome. Such analysis is a standard tool of biology, and doing it for conifers could reveal genetic secrets useful for basic science, breeding and forest management. But the conifer genome is dauntingly huge. And like a big price tag on a wished-for present, that has put it out of reach. Now, as Christmas approaches, it appears the conifer’s role as a genetic Grinch may be ending. In recent months, scientific teams in the United States and Canada have released preliminary, patchy descriptions of conifer genomes. And a Swedish team plans to follow suit soon in its quest for the Norway spruce. “The world changed for conifer genetics,” said David Neale of the University of California, Davis. It’s “entering the modern era.” What happened? Credit the same recent technological advances that have some doctors predicting that someday, people will have their genomes sequenced routinely as part of medical care. The technology for that has gotten faster and much cheaper.

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This Nov. 19 file photo shows U.S. President Barack Obama touring the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar is on many lists as a hotspot for travel in 2013, including the U.S. Tour Operators Association, whose active members ranked the country No. 1 on a list of “off the beaten path” destinations for the new year.

Ireland, Myanmar on 2013 travel list Gettysburg marking 150 years since battle NEW YORK (AP) — Myanmar, Marseille, New Zealand and Gettysburg are all on the travel radar for 2013 thanks to new tours, events and anniversaries. But the best pitch for travel in the new year might just be coming from Ireland, which is running ads “calling all Flynns, O’Malleys and Schweizenbergs” to the Emerald Isle for a unique grassroots homecoming called “The Gathering.” Here are details on these and other places, events and travel trends for 2013. • IRELAND’S THE GATHERING “It’s a citizen-led initiative to attract people who are Irishborn, Irish-bred or Irish in spirit to join us in 2013,” said Bernard McMullan of Tourism Ireland. “It’s almost become a competition where one county, town or village tries to have as quirky a gathering as the next.” More than 2,000 events are already planned, including events for redheads and lefthanders as well as reunions based on family names and clans. Arabella Bowen, executive editorial director of Fodor’s Travel, is one of more than 44 million Americans (including President Obama) with an Irish ancestor in the family tree. “There are Irish people all over the world,” she said. “It will be great fun being able to connect with others going back for this event. It’s like an entire year of St. Patrick’s Day parties.” • MYANMAR President Barack Obama’s historic recent visit to Myanmar the first ever by a sitting U.S. president is adding to already heated-up interest in the country, which has only fully opened to tourism in the last few years. Fodor’s Bowen says it’s especially attractive to people who are already well traveled and are seeking that next unknown destination. Many tour companies are adding Myanmar trips due to demand and the U.S. Tour Operators Association’s active members named Myanmar No. 1 on a list of “off-the-beaten path” countries they foresee becoming popular in 2013. • NEW ZEALAND New Zealand received a


This Nov. 19, 2012 file photo shows director Steven Spielberg, left, greeting members of "The President's Own Band," a musical group of Civil War re-enactors, during a ceremony to mark the 149th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address at Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., Nov. 19. Gettysburg is expecting an increase in visitors in 2013 as the town marks 150 years since the famous Civil War battle with a variety of events. huge boost in tourism from fans of “The Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy, and the release of the new movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is focusing attention on the destination once again. All four of the movies were filmed in New Zealand. • MARSEILLE The French port city Marseille is one of two European capitals of culture in 2013, along with the Slovakian city of Kosice. Fodor’s Bowen says Marseille “has been overlooked in the past” by a lot of travelers heading to the lavender fields and wineries of Provence, but she believes it’s ripe for a “renaissance” with AP PHOTO/NICK PERRY, FILE new hotels, art galleries and Some of the costumes, props and memorabilia created for the culinary hotspots. XL Airways “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies are displayed France is launching direct in a mini-museum at Weta Cave in Wellington, New Zealand. flights from New York in late Tourism to New Zealand soared following the release of films in May. “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and some observers are expect• ANNIVERSARIES ing the country to be a hotspot in 2013 as well, thanks to the Several important anniversaries take place in 2013, with new movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Dealey Plaza, Nov. 22, 12:25 take place June 28 to July 7, exhibits and events to mark but there will be activities and p.m. The ceremony will begin them. Gettysburg, Pa., is marking programs throughout the year. with church bells tolling and a moment of silence, followed by On July 1, the new Seminary 150 years since the famous a reading of Kennedy’s speechRidge Museum opens in a Civil War battle, which took place July 1-13, 1863. The town building that was used as a sol- es, songs, prayers and a military flyover. Special programdiers’ hospital. Union Gen. will also mark the sesquicenming is also planned by many John Buford also used the tennial of President Abraham other sites, from the Newseum structure’s cupola to scout the Lincoln’s brief but brilliant countryside on the battle’s first in Washington, D.C., to the 272-word speech, the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, day. Gettysburg Address, which he Dallas plans a ceremony to located in a building where a delivered Nov. 19, 1863 at the mark 50 years since the assas- sniper’s nest and rifle were battlefield cemetery. found following the shooting. Marquee events for the bat- sination of President John F. Saratoga, N.Y., is planning a Kennedy, at the exact time and tle commemoration, including May to September celebration place where shots rang out: reenactments and tours, will

with festivals and concerts marking the 150th anniversary of the race course, where watching the horses remains a fun and popular pastime. The town is also known for upscale eateries and lodging along with Saratoga Spa State Park, with its beautiful pools and natural springs. New York City’s Grand Central Terminal kicks off its centennial Feb. 1 with a rededication of the landmarked Beaux Arts station. Performances, lectures, exhibits and tours are planned throughout the year. Florida is marking the state’s 500th anniversary of European discovery and exploration, with events in all 67 counties. • THEME PARKS Next summer will see the popular 3-D ride based on the “Transformers” movies opening at Universal’s theme park in Orlando. “Transformers: The Ride 3D” previously opened this past May at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles. At Disneyland in California, spring will see the opening of Fantasy Faire, located at Fantasyland and dedicated to Disney heroes and heroines. At Disney World near Orlando, Fla., a new attraction called Princess Fairytale Hall, where guests can meet Disney princesses, is also scheduled to open in 2013. Princess Fairytale Hall will be located at the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland, which opened in early December, doubling the size of the original Fantasyland. Both parks are offering weekly surprises for guests as part of a yearlong 2013 program called Limited Time Magic. • THE BEACH, POSTSANDY Superstorm Sandy destroyed beaches, boardwalks and waterfront attractions all along the mid-Atlantic coast. Many communities on the Jersey shore, the beloved pier in Ocean City, Md., and elsewhere are hoping to have infrastructure rebuilt by summer. On Coney Island, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the landmark Cyclone and Wonder Wheel rides are in good condition along with other amusement park attractions and are expected to reopen in spring as usual, along with the famous hot dog eatery Nathan’s and the home stadium for the Cyclones minor league baseball team. The New York Aquarium at Coney has been closed due to damage from flooding but hopes to reopen some if not all exhibits by summer.



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Tarantino unchained: Quentin unleashes ‘Django’ NEW YORK (AP) — Quentin Tarantino enters a West Village Italian restaurant through the back, a quiet arrival for a filmmaker who is anything but stealthy. More than most any other director working today, Tarantino’s movies are propelled by a ceaseless urge to entertain, both the audience and himself. In richly comic dialogue, gleefully splattered violence and vibrant bombastic color, they announce themselves brashly. His latest, “Django Unchained,” a kind of Spaghetti Western set in the antebellum South, is brazen even by Tarantino standards. Starring Jamie Foxx as a slave taken under the wing of a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), the film’s strange mix of surrealist comedy, bloody action and brutal depictions of slavery make “Django” arguably Tarantino’s

most audacious movie yet. “There is a committed showman aspect to my film that I relish in,” says a sweatshirt-clad Tarantino as he settles in behind a table. “I want the audience to have a wild experience at the movies and know that they left their house and did something with their night. I like torturing them from time to time, but also getting them off.” “Django Unchained” not only plunges Tarantino back into the racially sensitive territory that has brought him criticism in the past, it essentially explodes it. The n-word is used more than 100 times in the film. Two especially violent scenes of slavery one a Mandingo brawl, the other involving a dog even Tarantino calls “traumatizing.” It’s a revenge fantasy that, depending on your perspective, makes this either the rare film to honestly present the ugliness

of slavery, or one that treats atrocity as a backdrop for genre movie irreverence. It’s probably both. “If the only purpose of this movie was to make a shocking expose about slavery … that would be well and good. You could definitely do that,” says Tarantino. “But this movie wants to be a little more than just that.” It’s ironic that Tarantino is now unleashing a movie boasting of historical realism after his last film, “Inglourious Basterds” (the hit of his career, with global box office of $321.5 million and eight Oscar nominations) rewrote history by killing Hitler. “Django,” similarly revels in the catharsis of seeing the evildoers of history get their comeuppance. “With black audiences, they laugh, they just get it,” says Tarantino. “Part of the humor is stemming out of: ‘We were afraid of these idiots?’”

Tarantino’s two-part “Kill Bill” and “Death Proof” were also revenge tales, only for women hunting patriarchal stereotypes. Yet from the banter of “Pulp Fiction” to the romance of “Jackie Brown,” race has clearly emerged as a dominant theme in Tarantino’s films. “It’s the most important subject in America, both from a historical perspective and in our day to day lives,” says Tarantino. “There are a whole lot of white filmmakers that might wish to venture into this area but they’re afraid. They’re afraid of being criticized.” Tarantino was memorably chastised by Spike Lee after the n-word laden “Jackie Brown” for being “infatuated” with the expression. Tarantino says he was “done wrong” by Lee, and that while he doesn’t care what Lee thinks of “Django,” liking it would be “a nice olive branch.”

“Django Unchained,” which the Weinstein Co. will release Tuesday, has made an effort to reach out to the black community. Three of the film’s stars Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio (who plays a villainous Mississippi plantation owner) and Kerry Washington (Django’s wife in need of rescue) grace the cover of a recent issue of Vibe magazine. Oprah Winfrey has endorsed it, though she also called it “provocative” and “twisted.” Tarantino is prepared for any coming controversy. “Not to sound too full of myself, but I guess I have the shoulders to carry it,” he says. “You just have to be able to walk the walk and carry it. I’ll take the stones that come my way for it. There might be some controversy right now but then that goes away. Frankly, it’s a very short amount of time in the course of a life of a movie.”



‘Les Miserables’ is relentless BY CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Film Reviewer


In this undated publicity photo released by The Weinstein Company, from left, Jamie Foxx as Django and Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candle star in the film, “Django Unchained,” directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Tarantino sheds same old blood in ‘Django’ For his latest blood fest, “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino largely replays all of his other blood fests, specifically his last flick, “Inglourious Basterds.” In that 2009 tale of wickedly savage retribution, Allied Jewish soldiers get to rewrite World War II history by going on a killing spree of Nazis. In Tarantino’s new tale of wickedly savage retribution, a black man (Jamie Foxx) gets to rewrite Deep South history by going on a killing spree of white slave owners and overseers just before the Civil War. Granted, there’s something gleefully satisfying in watching evil people get what they have coming. But “Django Unchained” is Tarantino at his most puerile and least inventive, the premise offering little more than cold, nasty revenge and barrels of squishing, squirting blood. The usual Tarantino genre mishmash a dab of blaxploitation here, a dollop of Spaghetti Western there is so familiar now that it’s tiresome, more so because the filmmaker continues to linger with chortling delight over every scene, letting conversations run on interminably and gunfights carry on to grotesque excess. Bodies bursting blood like exploding water balloons? Perversely fun the first five or six times, pretty dreary the 20th or 30th. Tarantino always gets good actors who deliver, though, and it’s the performances by Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson that make “Django Unchained” intermittently entertaining amid moments when the characters are either talking one another to death or just plain killing each other. Foxx’s Django starts literally in chains, part of a line of slaves on their way to the auction block. Genteel bounty hunter King Schultz (Waltz, an

Academy Award winner for “Inglourious Basterds”) turns up searching for Django because the slave can identify three elusive overseers with a price on their heads. Next thing you AP PHOTO/UNIVERSAL PICTURES, LAURIE SPARHAM, FILE know, Django’s apprenticThis undated publicity image provided by Universal Pictures shows Russell Crowe ing as a bounty hunter, as Javert, center, in a scene from the motion-picture adaptation of “Les Miserables,” forming a partnership with directed by Tom Hooper. King that takes them deeper south in hopes of freeing whether they’ll ever see Django’s wife, Broomhilda each other again. Thieving (Kerry Washington). innkeepers Monsieur and The trail leads them to Madame Thenardier (Sacha a plantation owned by Baron Cohen and Helena Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), Bonham Carter, garishly a dandy who trains slaves over-the-top even by the for barbarous Mandingo characters’ standards) wonfighting. der when their next unsusThere are morbidly pecting victim will come funny moments as Django along. And Jean Valjean and King infiltrate the wonders whether he’ll ever plantation posing as buytruly be free. ers, the two sharing twistHow you feel walking ed exchanges with the out of this film two and a flamboyantly creepy half hours later will depend AP PHOTO/UNIVERSAL PICTURES, JAMES FISHER Candie and his chief house a great deal on what you This film image released by Universal Pictures shows slave and Uncle Tom gone Eddie Redmayne as Marius, left, and Amanda Seyfried brought into it going in. psycho, Stephen (Jackson, Maybe you listened to the as Cosette in a scene from “Les Miserables.” Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack fanatically in co-star). in rock bands for years, he’s high school and still know Jean Valjean adopts, had Tarantino mostly lets all the words to “On My vocally overmatched here, already proven she can sing them prattle on to such Own.” Perhaps you were which strips the character in “Mamma Mia!” but hits lengths that whatever tenthrilled to see the show on some freakishly high notes of the menace that defines sion was building is stage during a vacation to him. Seeing him sing oppohere which isn’t always a defused. A scene in which a New York (and there’s a site Jackman makes you good thing. Eddie Redposse of Klan forerunners nice little cameo from Colm wish you could watch these mayne is a lovely surprise (led by Don Johnson) Wilkinson, the original same actors having these as the love-struck revoludebates the difficulties of Jean Valjean from the same conversations with, tionary Marius. And of seeing out of their white London and Broadway prolike, actual words. But course, Samantha Barks hoods is hilarious for a few ductions). You will probably again, it’s hard not to gives an effortless performmoments. But then they be in far better shape than appreciate the effort, the ance as the lonely and talk the gag into the someone coming into this risk it required to take on doomed Eponine everyone ground, and keep on talkcold. the role. here is doomed, it’s “Les ing. You may even cry when For the uninitiated, Miserables” a role she’d perThe humor co-exists key characters die, even Javert hunts for Valjean formed on the London uneasily and often clumsily against the backdrop of the though you know full well stage. alongside a story so And then there’s Russell Paris Uprising of 1832. what fate awaits them. charged with racial enmity. Adorable street urchins, Crowe as the obsessed lawTarantino’s solution to sassy prostitutes and virile man Javert, who has pur“Les Miserables,” a everything is to put guns subversives band together sued Jean Valjean for Universal Pictures release, and dynamite into people’s to build barricades, and to decades for breaking his is rated PG-13 for suggeshands, and while that parole and insists he’s still sing on top of them, until tive and sexual material, might be good escapism in they are gunned down by a dangerous man, despite violence and thematic elea gangster story, it feels French troops. The the pious and prosperous ments. Running time: 158 flimsy and childish here. adorably smitten Cosette life Valjean has forged. minutes. Two and a half It is reasonable to ask and Marius wonder Although Crowe has sung stars out of four. why we find a Tarantinostyle body count so enterTOP ITUNES taining that he can keep doing the same thing over Lewis, Macklemore and over, and we keep pay- Top Songs: 9. “Gangnam Style,” PSY 1. “Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars ing to see it. 10. “Die Young,” Ke$ha 2. “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift SCHEDULE SUNDAY 12/23 ONLY JACK REACHER (PG-13) HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED Top Albums: 3. “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers “Django Unchained,” a 12:15 4:00 7:25 10:30 JOURNEY 3-D ONLY (PG-13) MONSTERS INC. 11:35 3:15 7:00 10:40 1. “12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy 4. “Stupid Boy,” Cassadee Pope Weinstein Co. release, is 3-D ONLY (G) RISE OF THE GUARDIANS 1:35 4:15 6:50 9:20 3-D ONLY (PG) 11:20 7:10 Relief,” Various Artists 5. “Scream & Shout (feat. 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Tom Hooper’s extravaganza, big-screen telling of the beloved musical “Les Miserables” is as relentlessly driven as the ruthless Inspector Javert himself. It simply will not let up until you’ve Felt Something powerfully and repeatedly until you’ve touched the grime and smelled the squalor and cried a few tears of your own. It is enormous and sprawling and not the slightest bit subtle. But at the same time it’s hard not to admire the ambition that drives such an approach, as well as Hooper’s efforts to combine a rousing, old-fashioned musical tale with contemporary and immediate aesthetics. There’s a lot of hand-held camerawork here, a lot of rushing and swooping through the crowded, volatile slums of Victor Hugo’s 19th-century France. Two years after the release of his inspiring, crowd-pleasing “The King’s Speech,” winner of four Academy Awards including best picture, Hooper has vastly expanded his scope but also jettisoned all remnants of restraint. But he also does something clever in asking his actors sing live on camera, rather than having them record their vocals in a booth somewhere as is the norm, and for shooting the big numbers in single takes. The intimacy can be uncomfortable at times and that closeness highlights selfindulgent tendencies, but the meaning behind lyrics which have become so wellknown shines through anew. You’d probably heard “I Dreamed a Dream,” the plaintive ballad of the doomed prostitute Fantine, sung countless times even before Susan Boyle unfortunately popularized it again in 2009. An emaciated and shorn Anne Hathaway finds fresh pain and regret in those words because her rendition is choked with sobs, because it’s not perfect. That’s definitely part of the fascination of this version of “Les Miserables”: seeing how these A-list stars handle the demands of near-constant singing. Hugh Jackman, as the hero and former prisoner Jean Valjean, is a musical theatre veteran and seems totally in command (although the higher part of his register gets a bit nasal and strained). Amanda Seyfried, as Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, whom


Sunday, December 23, 2012



DATES TO REMEMBER available. For more information, call 339-2699. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 11 N. Third St., Tipp City. New members welcome. For more information, call 335-9721. • Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at the Tin Roof restaurant. Guests welcome. For more information, call 478-1401. • Weight Watchers, Westminster Presbyterian, Piqua, weigh-in is at 5 and meeting at 5:30 p.m. • Parenting Education Groups will meet from 6-8 p.m. at the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, 16 E. Franklin St., Troy. Learn new and age-appropriate ways to parent children. Call 3396761 for more information. There is no charge for this program. • Narcotics Anonymous, Hug A Miracle, will meet at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren, 1431 W. Main St., Troy, use back door. • Narcotics Anonymous, Inspiring Hope, 12:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. • Sanctuary, for women who have been affected by sexual abuse, location not made public. Must currently be in therapy. For more information, call Amy Johns at 667-1069, Ext. 430 • Miami Valley Women’s Center, 7049-A Taylorsville Road, Huber Heights, offers free pregnancy testing, noon to 4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 236-2273. • Pilates for Beginners, 8:309:30 a.m. and 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 Celeste at 669-2441. • Next Step at Noon, noon to 1 p.m. at Ginghamsburg South Campus, ARK, 7695 S. County Road 25-A, one mile south of the main campus.

bal 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 3396761 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. 010528, 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. • The Knitting Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Bradford Public Libary, 138 E. Main St., Bradford. All knitters are welcome or residents can come to learn. • 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 440-1269 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.

• Men’s Anger/Rage Group will meet from 6-8 p.m. at the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, 16 • DivorceCare seminar and supE. Franklin St., Troy. Issues port group will meet from 6:30-8 addressed are physical, verbal and p.m. at Piqua Assembly of God emotional violence toward family Church, 8440 King Arthur Drive, members and other persons, how Piqua. Child care provided through to express feelings, how to commuthe sixth-grade. nicate instead of confronting and • COSA, an anonymous 12-step how to act nonviolently with stress recovery program for friends and and anger issues. Call 339-6761 for family members whose lives have more information. been affected by another person’s • A Domestic Violence Support compulsive sexual behavior, will Group for Women will meet from meet in the evening in Tipp City. For 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Family Abuse more information, call 463-2001. Shelter of Miami County, 16. E. • AA, Piqua Breakfast Group will Franklin St., Troy. Support for batmeet at 8:30 a.m. at Westminter tered women who want to break Presbyterian Church, corner of Ash free from partner violence is and Caldwell streets, Piqua. The offered. There is no charge for the discussion meeting is open. program. For more information, call • AA, Troy Trinity Group meets at 339-6761. 7 p.m. for open discussion in the 12 • Narcotics Anonymous, Step Room at the Trinity Episcopal Inspiring Hope, 12:30 p.m., Trinity Church, 1550 Henley Road, Troy. Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset • AA, open meeting, 6 p.m., Road, Troy. Westminster Presbyterian Church, • Children’s Creative Play Group corner of Ash and Caldwell streets, will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Piqua. Alley entrance, upstairs. Family Abuse Shelter of Miami • AA, Living Sober meeting, County, 16 E. Franklin St., Troy. open to all who have an interest in School-age children will learn a sober lifestyle, 7:30 p.m., appropriate social interactions and Westminster Presbyterian Church, free expression through unique play corner of Ash and Caldwell streets, therapy. There is no charge for this Piqua. program. More information is avail• Narcotics Anonymous, able by calling 339-6761. Winner’s Group, will meet at 5 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous, 7:30 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. p.m., Spirit of Recovery, Church of Dorset Ave., Troy. Open discussion . the Brethren, 1431 W. Main St., • Narcotics Anonymous, Poison Troy. Free, 7 p.m., First United Methodist • Overeaters Anonymous will Church, 202 W. Fourth St., third meet at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Calvary floor, Greenville. Lutheran Church, 9100 N. Main St., • Narcotics Anonymous, Never State Route 48, between Meijer Alone, Never Again, 6:30 p.m., First and Samaritan North. For other Christian Church, 212 N. Main St., meetings or information, call 252Sidney 6766 or (800) 589-6262, or visit the • Teen Talk, where teens share Web site at their everyday issues through com• Miami Valley Women’s Center, munication, will meet at 6 p.m. at 7049-A Taylorsville Road, Huber the Troy View Church of God, 1879 Heights, offers free pregnancy testStaunton Road, Troy. ing, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more • Singles Night at The Avenue information, call 236-2273. will be from 6-10 p.m. at the Main • A Pilates Beginners group TUESDAY Campus Avenue, Ginghamsburg matwork class will be from 5:30Church, 6759 S. County Road 256:30 p.m. at 27 1/2 E. Main St., WEDNESDAY • Deep water aerobics will be A, Troy. Each week, cards, noncomTipp City. For more information, call offered from 6-7 p.m. at Lincoln petitive volleyball, free line dances Tipp-Monroe Community Services Community Center, 110 Ash St., • Skyview Wesleyan Church, and free ballroom dance lessons. at 667-8631 or Celeste at 669Troy. Call 335-2715 or visit www.lcc6995 Peters Road, Tipp City, will Child care for children birth through offer a free dinner at 6:15 p.m. Bible 2441. fifth grade is offered from 5:45-7:45 for more information and • Safe People, 7-8:30 p.m., programs. study will begin at 7 p.m. p.m. each night in the Main Ginghamsburg Church, SC/DC • A teen support group for any • An arthritis aquatic class will Campus building. For more inforgrieving teens, ages 12-18 years in be offered from 8-9 or 9-10 a.m. at 104. Find guidance for making safe mation, call 667-1069, Ext. 21. choices in relationships, from the greater Miami County area is Lincoln Community Center, Troy. • Baseball bingo will be offered friendships to co-workers, family or offered from 6-7:30 p.m. on the sec- Call 335-2715 or visit from 7 p.m. until games are comromance. Learn to identify nurturing ond and fourth Tuesday evenings at for more informaplete at Sunset Bingo, 1710 W. people as well as those who should the Generations of Life Center, section and programs. High St., Piqua. Refreshments will ond floor, 550 Summit Ave., Troy. • The “Sit and Knit” group meets be avoided. Call Roberta Bogle at be available. Proceeds help the 667-4678 for more information. There is no participation fee. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at youth baseball organization, a non• Boundaries, 7-8:30 p.m., Sessions are facilitated by trained Tippecanoe Weaver and Fibers profit. Ginghamsburg Church, ARK 200. A bereavement staff and volunteers. Too, 17 N. 2nd St., Tipp City. All 12-week video series using Crafts, sharing time and other grief knitters are invited to attend. For MONDAY Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and support activities are preceded by a more information, call 667-5358. Dr. John Townsend. Offers practical light meal. • The Milton-Union Senior help and encouragement to all who • Christian 12 step meetings, • Quilting and crafts is offered Citizens will meet the second and seek a healthy, balanced life and “Walking in Freedom,” are offered at from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday fourth Wednesday 1 p.m. at 435 practice in being able to say no. For 7 p.m. at Open Arms Church, 4075 at the Tipp City Seniors, 320 S. Hamilton St., West Milton. Those more information, call Linda Tipp Cowlesville Road, Tipp City. First St., Tipp City. Call 667-8865 interested in becoming members Richards at 667-4678. • An arthritis aquatic class will for more information. are invited to attend. Bingo and • The Troy Lions Club will meet be offered from 8-9 or 9-10 a.m. at • Mothers of Preschoolers, a cards follow the meetings. at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Lincoln Community Center, Troy. group of moms who meet to • Grandma’s Kitchen, a homeWednesday at the Troy-Hayner Call 335-2715 or visit unwind and socialize while listening cooked meal prepared by volunCultural Center. For more for more informa- to information from speakers, meet teers, is offered every Wednesday tion, call 335-1923. tion and programs. the second and fourth Tuesday from 5-6:30 p.m. in the activity cen• A free employment networking • An evening grief support group from 6:15-8:30 p.m. Single, marter of Hoffman United Methodist group will be offered from 8-9 a.m. meets the second and fourth ried, working or stay-at-home Church, 201 S. Main St., West each Wednesday at Job and Family Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the moms are invited. Children (under Milton, one block west of State Generations of Life Center, second 5) are cared for in MOPPETS. For Route 48. The meal, which includes Services, 2040 N. County Road 25A, Troy. The group will offer tools to floor, 550 Summit Ave., Troy. The more information, contact Michelle a main course, salad, dessert and tap into unadvertised jobs, assissupport group is open to any griev- Lutz at 440-9417 or Andrea drink, for a suggested donation of ing adult in the greater Miami Stapleton at 339-8074. $6 per person, or $3 for a children’s tance to improve personal presentation skills and resume writing. For County area and there is no partici• The Miami Shelby Chapter of meal. The meal is not provided on more information, call Steven Kiefer pation fee. Sessions are facilitated the Barbershop Harmony Society the weeks of Thanksgiving, at 570-2688 or Justin Sommer at by trained bereavement staff. Call will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Greene Christmas or New Year’s. 440-3465. 573-2100 for details or visit the Street United Methodist Church, • The Kiwanis Club will meet at website at 415 W. Greene St., Piqua. All men noon at the Troy Country Club, THURSDAY • AA, Big Book discussion meet- interested in singing are welcome 1830 Peters Road, Troy. Non-meming will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity and visitors always are welcome. bers of Kiwanis are invited to come Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset For more information, call 778-1586 meet friends and have lunch. For • Dedicated Rescue Efforts for Road, Troy, in the 12 Step Room. or visit the group’s Web site at more information, contact Bobby Animals in Miami County will meet The discussion is open to the pub- Phillips, vice president, at 335at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday in lic. • Divorce Care, 7 p.m. at 6989. April and May at the Troy-Hayner • AA, Green & Growing will meet Richards Chapel, 831 McKaig Ave., • The Troy American Legion Post Cultural Center, at at 7 p.m. the at 8 p.m. The closed discussion Troy. Video/small group class No. 43 euchre parties will begin at fourth Thursday in June, July and meeting (attendees must have a designed to help separated or 7:30 p.m. For more information, call August at the Tipp City Library. desire to stop drinking) will be at divorced people. For more informa- 339-1564. • Deep water aerobics will be Troy View Church of God, 1879 Old tion, call 335-8814. • The Toastmasters will meet offered from 6-7 p.m. at Lincoln Staunton Road, Troy. • AA, women’s meeting, 8-9 every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Community Center, 110 Ash St., • AA, There Is A Solution Group p.m., Dettmer’s Daniel Dining American Honda to develop to help Troy. Call 335-2715 or visit www.lccwill meet at 8 p.m. in Room. participants practice their speaking for more information and Ginghamsburg United Methodist • AA Tuesday night meeting, 7 skills in a comfortable environment. programs. Church, County Road 25-A, p.m., Troy Church of the Brethren, Contact Eric Lutz at 332-3285 for • An open parent-support group Ginghamsburg. The discussion 1431 W. Main St., Troy. more information. will be at 7 p.m. at Corinn’s Way group is closed (participants must • AA, The Best Is Yet To Come • AA, Pioneer Group open disInc., 306 S. Dorset Road, Troy. have a desire to stop drinking). Group will meet at 11 a.m. in the 12 cussion will meet at 9:30 a.m. Enter • Parents are invited to attend • AA, West Milton open discusStep Room at Trinity Episcopal down the basement steps on the the Corinn’s Way Inc. parent supsion, 7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. north side of The United Church Of port group from 7-8:30 p.m. each Lutheran Church, rear entrance, The discussion is open. Christ on North Pearl Street in Thursday. The meetings are open 1209 S. Miami St. Non-smoking, • AA, Tipp City Group, Zion Covington. The group also meets at discussion. handicap accessible. 8:30 p.m. Monday night and is Lutheran Church, Main and Third • Tipp City Seniors gather to play • Al-Anon, Serenity Seekers will streets at 8 p.m. This is a closed wheelchair accessible. cards prior to lunch every Thursday meet at 8 p.m. in the 12 Step Room discussion (participants must have • AA, Serenity Island Group will at 10 a.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. a desire to stop drinking). meet at 8 p.m. in the Westminster City. At noon will be a carry-in lunch Dorset Road, Troy. The discussion • Al-Anon, 8:30 p.m. Sidney Presbyterian Church, corner of Ash and participants should bring a covmeeting is open. A beginner’s Group, Presbyterian Church, corner and Caldwell streets, Piqua. The ered dish and table service. On the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. North and Miami streets, Sidney. discussion is open. third Thursday, Senior • Alternatives: Anger/Rage • AA, 7 p.m. at Troy Church of • AA, 12 & 12 will meet at 8 p.m. Independence offers blood pressure Control Group for adult males, 7-9 the Brethren, 1431 W. Main St., for closed discussion, Step and and blood sugar testing before p.m., Miami County Shelter, 16 E. Troy. Open discussion. Tradition meeting, in the 12 Step lunch. For more information, call Franklin St., Troy. Issues addressed • An Intermediate Pilates class Room, Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 667-8865. are physical, verbal and emotional will be from 9-10 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. S. Dorset Road, Troy. • Best is Yet to Come open AA violence toward family members at 27 1/2 E. Main St., Tipp City. For • AA, open discussion, 8 p.m., meeting, 11 a.m., Trinity Episcopal and other persons, how to express more information, call Tipp-Monroe Westminster Presbyterian Church, Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. feelings, how to communicate Community Services at 667-8631 corner of Ash and Caldwell streets, • AA, Tri-City Group meeting will instead of confronting and how to or Celeste at 669-2441. Piqua. Use the alley entrance, take place 8:30-9:30 p.m. in the act nonviolently with stress and • Women’s Anger/Rage Group upstairs. cafeteria of the former Dettmer anger issues. will meet from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays at • Al-Anon, Trinity Group will Hospital. The lead meeting is open. • Mind Over Weight Total the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami meet at 11 a.m. in the 12 Step For more information, call 335Fitness, 6-7 p.m., 213 E. Franklin County, 16 E. Franklin St., Troy. Room at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9079. St., Troy. Other days and times Issues addressed are physical, ver- 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. • 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 3320894 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 910 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 6672441. • 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, 5:30-6:45 p.m. at The Avenue, Room 504, at Ginghamsburg Main Campus, 6759 S. County Road 25A. • 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.



Cook with year’s best books BY JANET K. KEELER Tampa Bay Times Some of the best cookbooks of the year: • “Bouchon Bakery,” by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel (Artisan, $50) I’ll go out on a very sturdy limb here and say this deliciously beautiful book will be a James Beard award-winner next spring. Legendary and revolutionary chef Thomas Keller turns his attention to his childhood favorites, if his childhood favorites were made by a four-star Michelin chef. • “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking,” by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubert (Gibbs Smith, $45) Here’s another cookbook that I predict will grab awards next year. Nathalie Dupree, the grand-mama of Southern cooking, has amassed some 750 recipes from what’s considered the only original American cuisine. This book represents nearly 30 years of Southern cooking experience. • “Pure Vanilla,” by Shauna Sever (Quirk, $22.95) If only you could lick the pages of this slim, one-subject volume. Bread pudding, cream pie, shortbread cherry squares and salted vanilla chip oatmeal cookies, oh my. • “Hungry Girl to the Max: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook,” by Lisa Lillien (St. Martin’s Press, $22.99) Lisa Lillien is a blogger who has jumped back old school to print and a TV cooking show, thanks to her Internet success at The Hungry Girl has put together a massive 650-recipe, paperback cookbook that promises recipes packed with flavor but light on calories. • “Tyler Florence Fresh,” by Tyler Florence (Clarkson Potter, $35) OK, so maybe it’s the photo of the hunky Food Network chef on the cover with a fuzzy little chick perched on his shoulder that drew me to this book. But the photos inside are just as luscious, though in a culinary way, most of them close-ups of sexy food arranged directly on shooting surfaces, no plates or anything. Very sensual. • “The Daily Cookie: 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life,” by Anna Ginsberg (Andrews McMeel, $24.99) Anna Ginsberg, yet another blogger (, has gathered a year’s worth of delicious and totally doable cookie recipes. Sandwiches, bars, drops, layered numbers and even frosted sweets are among the offerings. • “The Epicurious Cookbook: More than 250 of Our Best-Loved Four-Fork Recipes,” by Tanya Steel and the editors of Epicurious (Clarkson Potter, $27.99) Since the early days of recipes on the Internet, Epicurious has been a trusted, go-to source. The website mostly compiles recipes from Bon Appetit, Cooking Light and the now-defunct Gourmet, but a slew of reader reviews are one of its best attributes. The paperback cookbook collects 250 of the site’s best-loved recipes. Beautiful photography plus comments from home cooks about the recipes provide real-world suggestions.

Sunday, December 23, 2012




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‘Fifty Shades’ dominates publishing NEW YORK (AP) — The story of 2012 in publishing was the story of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” in more ways than one. EL James’ erotic trilogy was easily the year’s biggest hit, selling more than 35 million copies in the U.S. alone and topping bestseller lists for months. Rival publishers hurried to sign up similar books and debates started over who should star in the planned film version. Through James’ books and how she wrote them, the general public was educated in the worlds of romance/erotica, start-up publishing and “fan fiction.” But the success of James’ novels also captured the dual state of the book market the advance of ebooks and the resilience of paper. In a year when print was labeled as endangered and established publishers referred to as “legacy” companies, defined and beholden to the past, the allure remained for buying and reading bound books. James already was an underground hit before signing in early 2012 with Vintage Books, a paperback imprint of Random House Inc., the house of Norman Mailer and Toni Morrison, a house where legacy is inseparable from the brand. She could have self-published her work through, or released her books from her own website, and received a far higher percentage of royalties. “We had a very clear conversation back in January about the need for a very specific publishing strategy,” says Vintage pub-


This file combo made of book cover images provided by Vintage Books shows the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy by best-selling author E L James. EL James’ erotic trilogy was easily the year’s biggest hit, selling more than 35 million copies in the U.S. alone and topping bestseller lists for months. lisher Anne Messitte. “We talked about distribution, a physical format, publicity. And she was basically clear that she needed what we did as publishers to make that happen.” “Fifty Shades” began as an e-phenomenon, understandable since digital erotica means you can read it in public without fear of discovery. But according to Messitte, sales for the paperbacks quickly caught up to those for e-books and have surpassed them comfortably for the last several months. Everyone was in on the secret. The series sold big at, but also at Barnes & Noble and independents, at drugstores and airports. Publishers from several major houses agreed that ebooks comprise 25-30 percent of overall sales, exponentially higher than a few years ago, but not nearly enough to erase the power of paper. And the rate of growth is leveling off, inevitable as a new format

matures. Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said esales were up around 30 percent this year, less than half what she had expected. “We saw all these huge sales for tablets and huge sales for other machines coming out and assumed there would be a lot of new e-book readers,” Reidy says. “But in retrospect there were a lot of current e-book readers who were upgrading their machines. And tablet owners do not use ebooks as much as those with dedicated e-book readers” such as Amazon’s Kindle. “There are some people who think that print will go away, but ‘Fifty Shades’ is an indication of why that’s not going to happen,” says Messitte, who added that the books attracted many non-readers who don’t own e-devices. “You’re going to need a mix of ways to read.” The rise of e-books has shaken, but not broken the way books are published

and sold. Membership in the independent stores’ trade group, the American Booksellers Association, has increased three years in a row after decades of decline. Amazon is a draw for many self-published authors, but its efforts at acquiring and editing books “legacy” publishing have been mixed. An in-house imprint, headed by former Time Warner Book Group chief Laurence J. Kirshbaum, has so far landed few works of note beyond a memoir by Penny Marshall and an advice book on cooking by lifestyle guru Timothy Ferriss. Rival sellers have refused to stock Amazon’s books, limiting their sales potential. And if publishers suffer from their reputation often earned of being slow to adapt to technology, they benefit from a reputation often earned for being nice to their writers. “There certainly is the comfort factor, and part of that comfort factor is the

culture of old publishing, which is very collegial and warm and friendly,” says Richard Curtis, a literary agent who represents several writers publishing with Amazon. “Authors contemplating Amazon are concerned about a loss of that warmth.” Amazon, the acknowledged leader in e-book commerce, remains the dominant player in what could still become the dominant format, and two of the year’s major stories would never have happened without industry concern over the Internet retailer and publisher. In April, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Apple and five publishers for alleged price fixing of electronic books, a lawsuit originating from Apple’s 2010 launch of the iPad and iBookstore, which publishers hoped would weaken Amazon’s ability to discount works so deeply that no other seller could compete. In October, the corporate parents of Random House Inc. and Penguin Group (USA) announced a planned merger, widely believed as a way to counter Amazon. One of the publishers sued, HarperCollins, settled in the fall and prices for such new works as Michael Chabon’s “Telegraph Avenue” dropped from $12.99-$14.99, common under the Apple model, to Amazon’s preferred $9.99. But Chantal Restivo-Alessi, HarperCollins’ chief digital officer, said there was no noticeable difference in sales, adding that bargain hunters tend to seek out older books.


Sunday, December 23, 2012


REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Stephen Dellinger, Mary Kay Schieltz, Susan Spieker, two lots, $0. Penny Thompson, Stephen Theresa Tipton to Carl Thompson to Dalas Thompson, Brush, one lot, $0. Josephine Thompson, a part lot, Sue Jones to Gina Miller, $0. Owen Miller, one lot, $25,000. Inverness Group Inc. to Citifinancial Inc., Olympus James Filipiak, Stephanie Asset Management Inc., attorFilipiak, one lot, $171,000. ney in fact to Debra Gariety, Kelly Schaefer to Chelsea Michael Riley, a part lot, Harris, James Hobbs, one lot, $30,500. $79,900. John W. Neblett Jr., Victoria Jane Frances Kriesberg, Neblett to Shelley Baugh, a part Standford Kriesberg to Bradley lot, $36,000. Rohlfs, Natalie Rohlfs, one lot, Douglas Davis, Joele Carr $165,000. Davis to Shelley Baugh, a part Andreana Brown Scarberry, lot, $36,000. executor, Estate of Vernon Dale Frank Harris, Monica Harris Smith to AH4R-OH LLC, one to Brandon Voisard, three part lot, $135,000. lots, $65,000. Galen Urick to Adam Boaz, Lisa Kellis, Wallace Kellis to one lot, $72,500. Clinton Kellis, one lot, $49,500. Jennifer Gant, Michael Gant James Shepard, Rebecca to Amy Winner, Robert Winner, Shepard to Forrest Blythe, one lot, $189,500. Shirley Blythe, one lot, Hope Lykes, Robert Lykes $185,000. to Roger Lykes, one lot, $0. Christine Cooper, Christine 1159 Pond View Drive Land Copeland, Jeffrey Copeland to Trust, Susanne Mosier, trustee Christine Copeland, one lot, $0. to Corby Schoeder, Michelle Bac Home Loans Servicing Schoeder, one lot, $199,900. LP, Bank of America N.A., sucAmanda Asbury, a.k.a. Amanda Boltin, Andrew Patrick cessor to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, one Asbury to Amanda Asbury, $0. lot, $0. Chad Burns to Lisa May, Flossie Berry, James one lot, $134,600. Dotson, attorney in fact to Mark Ilene Allmond, William Allmond to Federal Home Loan Richard, Peggi Richard, two part lots, $23,500. Mortgage Corp., one lot, Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, $185,000. Kramer & Ulrich Co. LPA, Robert Leath to Federal Fannie Mae a.k.a. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., National Mortgage Association two part lots, $48,000. Angela Goldsboro to Fannie to Mark Allen, one lot, $77,000. Mae a.k.a. Federal National Estate of Mary R. Schulze to Mortgage Association, one lot, Wilfred Schulze, one lot, $0. $56,700. Jeanette Wagner to David Carl Dresback, Linda Bowers, Robbi Lynn Schwable, Dresback to Troy Re one lot, $0. Investments LLC, one lot, $300,000. TIPP CITY Kenneth Murray, Patricia Murray to Ronald Rickard Jr., Dorsey Arthur, grantor one lot, $184,900. trustee, Arthur Revocable Trust Anthony Detrick to Pamela to Dorsey Arthur, one lot, $0. Detrick, one lot, $0. Clifford Turner, Krista Turner HSBC Bank USA N.A., to James E. Hunt Jr., Rebecca Coleen Overbay, Gary Overbay Hunt, one lot, $236,000. to HSBC Bank USA N.A., River Park Farms LLC, trustee, Renaissance Home Tweed Investments LP to Equity Loan Asset-Backed Lawrence Riesser, four lots, four Certificates, one lot, $0. part lots, $514,000. Jason Hedrick to Kimberly Judith Riesser, Lawrence Haun, Kimberly Hedrick, one Riesser to River Park Farms lot, $0. LLC, four lots, four part lots, $0. Robert Holman, Violet PIQUA Holman to Richard Alexander, one lot, $125,000. Joseph Dellinger, P. Jean Rosewood Creek LLC to Dellinger, attorney in fact, Jeffrey Rayborn, Michelle Stephen Dellinger, attorney in Rayborn, one lot, $89,900. fact to James Dellinger, Federal Home Loan TROY


ANNIVERSARY Mortgage Corp., Lerner, Sampson & Rothfuss, attorney in fact to 25A Beverage and Deli Inc., a part lot, $42,500.


Knifes celebrate 70 years

TROY — Louis J. and Marjorie (Sutherland) Knife COVINGTON of Troy are celebrating their 70th wedSara Jane Harshbarger to ding anniversary. Christopher Harshbarger, two part lots, $0. They were married Estate of Blake Wayne Dec. 23, 1942, in Fisher, Melvin Fisher, heir to Anniston, Ala. Wells Fargo Bank N.A., a part They had three lot, $64,000. children, David (deceased, Kent of WEST MILTON Cleveland and Paul of Troy. They have Rachel King, a.k.a. Rachel 11 grandchildren Kraus, Sheldon King to John and 21 great-grandBodiker, one lot, $90,000. children. NEWBERRY TWP . Lisa Homan a.k.a. Lisa They are memParmelia, Mark Permelia to bers of First United Frederick William Drees, AH4R-OH LLC, one lot, Church of Christ in $130,000. trustee, Drees Family Gelena Schwind, Stephen Revocable Living Trust to Cheryl Troy. Schwind to Joey Ostendorf, one Drees, Mark Drees, one lot, He is retired from lot, $82,000. Hobart Corp. and $325,000. S & S Investments, J. Steven Esther Flora to Daryl Flora, Baird Funeral Home. She

Sarver, John Sarver to Sarver Investments LLC, one part lot, six lots, $0.

Jeffrey Frigge, Lisa Frigge to Jeffrey Frigge, Lisa Frigge, a part lot, $5,489 acres, $0 Cynthia Snipes, James Snipes to James David Snipes, Carol Spears, one lot, $0. Angela Karr, Patrick Karr to Angela Karr, co-trustee, Patrick Karr, co-trustee, Karr Family Revocable Living Trust, $0. John Enke, Mary Enke to Jill Gilfillen, Matthew Gilfillen, one lot, $275,000. Hidden Acres LTD to Jessica Low, Nathan Low, 3.199 acres, $115,000.

Eldon Flora, Kenneth Flora, $0. Barbara Sink, Judith Sink, Wayne Sink, Wilbur Sink to Robert Lavy, Sharon Lavy, 21.009 acres, $173,400. Robert Fantasia to John Osburn, Kathy Osburn, 21.001 acres, $377,900. Hobart Edwin Ely to Dennis William Ely, Rus Alan Ely, 81 acres, $0.


Ronnie Lee Short II, 29, of 309 Pinewood Ave., Piqua, to Maureen Kimberle McVay, 29, of Mandy Addison, Mark same address. Addison to Carol Cottrell, one Jordan Lee Jackson, 24, of 20 lot, $157,000. Laura Circle, Laura, to Chrysa Marie Spear, 25, of 2444 Luray HUBER HEIGHTS Drive, Troy. Michael Todd Gephart, 46, of 1519 Henley Road, Troy, to Marla Kristen Bailey, Paul Bailey to NEWTON TWP. Michelle Hall, 49, of same AH4R-OH LLC, one lot, address. $136,000. Estate of Robin Millhouse, Chris Thomas Striley, 26, of NVR Inc. to James Rowe II, Richard Millhouse, administrator 624 W. Walnut St., Tipp City, to Regina Rowe, one lot, to Daniel Warner, David Warner, Megan Amanda Black, 25, of $224,700. Dinah Warner, Margaret 7245 Singer Road, Dayton. Villas at Benchrock LLC to Warner,95.804 acres, $737,700. Robert Todd Daniels, 28, of Aloysius Berberich, Marlene 12076 State Route 363, Minster, Berberich, one lot, $209,000. MONROE TWP. to Reba Yvonne Smith, 28, of NVR Inc. to Irene Nutter, 10220 N. County Road 25-A No. Ronald Nutter, one lot, 46, Piqua. Nicholas Anderson to $274,700. Sean Matthew Johnson, 22, Federal National Mortgage of 125 3rd Ave., Stratton, to Olivia Association, $76,700. POTSDAM Ruth Anna Spoon, 22, of 1925 Elizabeth Eastman, Frank Fenner Road, Troy. Eastman to Paul Tate Jr., one BCAPB LLC Trust 2007Aaron William Cozatt, 31, of lot, $246,500. AB1, Deutsche Bank National 1920 Greenbriar Drive, Troy, to Fannie Mae a.k.a. Federal Alaina Lee Spurlock, 30, of same Trust Company, trustee, Wells National Mortgage Association address. Fargo Bank N.A., attorney in to JII Properties, one lot, Charles Anthony Halcomb, fact to Trent Groff, one lot, $107,500. 45, of 1320 Ginghamsburg$42,500. Frederick Road, Tipp City, to Angela Louise Hawkins, 45, of STAUNTON TWP. BETHEL TWP. same address. Todd Allen Simpson, 33, of 5 Kere Utz to Kere R. Utz Fifth Third Bank to Dec Land 1/2 Chestnut St., Laura, to Paula Revocable Living Trust, Cherie Co. I LLC, $0. Marie Ric, 37, of same address. Oda-Utz, co-trustee, Kere Utz Glenn Elden Schaaf, 73, of co-trustee, $0. BROWN TWP. 697 Reynard Ave., Cincinnati, to Kathleen Ann Jordan, 64, of 1841 UNION TWP. Kevin Williams, S. Gayle W. Parkway Drive, Piqua. Williams to Pamela Sager, Daniel Mark Anthony, 63, of John Ratajack to Adam Thomas Sager, 1.503 acres, 5734 Drake Road, Piqua, to Anita Simpson, 1.0 acre, $105,000. $174,000. Lynne Hensley, 53, of same


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address. Timothy Richard Cantrell, 29, of 536 Boone St., Piqua, to Elizabeth Ann Hypes, 32, of same address. Mackenzie Lee Snyder, 34, of 338 S. Harrison St., Covington, to Dana Marie Icenogle, 31, of same address. Larry Smith, 58, of 3919 Fenner Road, Troy, to Debra Faye Spurlock, 53, of same address. John Esta Falldorf, 56, of 765 S. Willow Glen Ave., Tipp City, to Tara Ellen Engel, 51, of same address. Milo Grove Oyler, 23, of 1486A Clayton Road, Brookville, to Carrie Lynn Boone, 21, of 9244 W. State Route 36, Covington. Jeff David Royer, 34, of 4488 E. State Route 41, Troy, to Christina Marie Banwart, 26, of same address. Robert James Rudisill, 18, of 3280 Lefevre Road, Troy, to Skie Elisa Davona Latoy Johnson, 19, of 1107 N. Mystic Lane, Troy. Steven Carter Stacy, 61, of 510 E. Spring St., Covington, to Angelia Kay Norbits, 55, of same address. John Howard Suber, 60, of 2875 Kensington Court, Troy, to Suzan E. Fox, 58, of same address. Lamar Osburn Ware, 62, of 6625 S. State Route 48, West Milton, to Helen Louise Covington, 59, of same address. Justin Michael Goins, 21, of 3445 Lilac Lane Apt. C, Troy, to Farren Nicole Fischer, 22, of same address.

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On New Year’s Eve, the stroke of midnight will find me in bed, fast asleep. But if I had the energy to celebrate late into the night, I would want to be at a grand and glorious outdoor fete like my friend David’s. Come peek in on his stunning winter soiree and be inspired to bring in the New Year in style at your home. When I saw David’s home dressed for a decadent midnight champagne and dessert celebration I wanted to disappear into this fairytale like setting. Those of us who live in colder climates shy away from hosting events outdoors this time of year. But if you’re in a part of the country that is more moderate, take the party outdoors on New Year’s. Illuminate your outdoor room with yards of twinkling lights. For romantic outdoor lighting, I also like to suspend votive cups from the branches of my shrubs and line my walkways with lanterns.


If you’re in a part of the country that is more moderate, take the party outdoors on New Year’s Eve. Illuminate your outdoor room with yards of twinkling lights. Even if it’s too cold and snowy in your part of the country to stay outdoors too long, don’t ignore the great potential of your outdoor rooms. If you have an outdoor hearth, set it with a blazing

fire and toss cuddly blankets your drinks. But if the thought of on your outdoor furnishings so guests can snuggle by the fire. trekking out into the cold is Can it get more romantic than completely abhorrent, treat that? You can also use your outdoor room for a bar service, • See DECOR on C2 eliminating your need to ice

Some trees put a natural glow on the season Try growing ‘self-igniting’ evergreens BY LEE REICH Associated Press artificial Some Christmas trees glow cheerily even without lights: The branches themselves softly glow, fading on and off in different colors at the tips. That got me wondering: Could you get the same effect from a real tree? If plain old green evergreens are too ho-hum for you, there’s a world of “self-igniting” evergreens awaiting. For example, consider growing a variety of yellow-leafed conifer, many of

which make good cut trees. The Aurea, Lutea and Rheingold varieties of arborvitae; the Aurescens variety of Japanese yew; the Gold Cone variety of common juniper; and the Gold Coast or Old Gold varieties of Chinese juniper all sport yellow foliage. Any of these conifers also have relatively dense, small needles, so the trees look full even when viewed up close, propped by the fireplace. Some evergreens even provide their own version of tinsel: silvery leaves. Try something like the

Glauca variety of Japanese white pine or the Argentea variety of Colorado blue spruce. The blue of evergreen needles results from a waxy coating, and that waxy blue is not far from silver, making the Angelica Blue, Blue Cloud and Blue Vase varieties of Chinese juniper also self-decorating, sort of. OK, let’s admit that while a yellow or silver conifer might look good among other plants out in the garden especially lighting up a shady area it could look sickly, boring and bereft of holiday cheer

standing alone in a living room. Nature has provided for us here also, though. For instance, Dragon’s Eye pine, a variety of Japanese red pine, has two yellow bands decorating each of its otherwise green needles. And the green needles of the Aureovariegata variety of arborvitae are randomly splotched with yellow. Still interested in tinsel? Grow Nana Variegata Japanese falsecypress for leaves that are both green and white. Like the artificial tree that glows at its tips, another variety of Japanese red pine, Alboterminata, glows pale yellow only at the tips of

the leaves. A couple of Hinoki falsecypress varieties ignite similarly. Mariesii glows white, and a tree of Crispii is a pyramid of green suffused with a glowing yellow surface. One more conifer worth mentioning is the Aurea variety of Scotch pine. It actually fades in and out of color like those artificial trees though not nearly as quickly. Young leaves emerge yellowish in spring, turn pure green in summer, then become yellowish again in cold weather. For anyone who wants their living tree to actually glow with light from within, British genetic

engineers have been working on techniques to use genes from luminescent jellyfish and fireflies to produce real holiday trees that glow without added lights. All of these real trees whether all yellow or silver, just so at their tips, or changing color have a place in the garden, and perhaps even cut as branches or whole trees indoors. None can offer the festive, dramatic contrasts that you get from a lush, green tree draped with shiny tinsel and brightly colored decorations. Then again, neither do those softly glowing artificial tree.


Five signs your agent is stepping out of line What to watch out for when discussing offers, paying contractors

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on at dusk every night without having to go out in the cold. Shake things up a bit by using fine indoor furnishings and trims outside. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so unexpected to find such luxury on the patio that it feels positively indulgent. David does this masterfully on his portico. His outdoor furnishings feature a mix of materials, all of which can handle the stinging Midwest weather and still look like a million bucks.

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5055 Walzer Rd. Russia, OH 45363

675 Pet Care

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• Roofing • Windows • Kitchens • Sunrooms

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937-451-0602 710 Roofing/Gutters/Siding

• Metal Roofing • Sales & Service • Standing Seam Snap Lock Panels

Mobile Veterinary Service Treating Dogs, Cats & Exotics

• Baths • Awnings • Concrete • Additions


32 yrs experience Residential & Commercial Wallpaper Removal • Insured • References Senior Citizens Discount


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• New Roof & Roof Repair • Painting • Concrete • Hauling • Demo Work • New Rubber Roofs


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Gravel Hauled, Laid & Leveled Driveways & Parking Lots

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• Carpet • Upholstery • Auto & More!


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645 Hauling

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Tammy Welty (937)857-4222



Roofing, Windows, Siding, Fire & Water Restoration



•Refrigerators •Stoves •Washers & Dryers •Dishwashers • Repair & Install Air Conditioning





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615 Business Services

670 Miscellaneous


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600 - Services

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500 - Merchandise

525 Computer/Electric/Office

COMPUTER SET, Windows XP, loaded, CDROM, DSL Internet, USB. 90 day warranty on parts, $100. Ask about laptops. (937)339-2347.

545 Firewood/Fuel

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

FIREWOOD, split, seasoned, delivered (local) $145 cord, $75 half. (937)559-6623. Thank you & happy holidays.

545 Firewood/Fuel

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

560 Home Furnishings

BEDROOM SETS (2), foosball table, love seat, 1 wool rug 8x10, and more call for price and details (937)332-9176

577 Miscellaneous

ARC WELDER, Sears 230 amp electric, new helmet, works good, $125 (937)552-7752

BERNINA sewing machine, good condition, make offer (937)251-9643

COUNTER CHAIRS: 4 oak kitchen counter chairs. High backs, swivel seats. One Captains chair, $125. (937)710-1186

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577 Miscellaneous

DOLLS, Cabbage Patch, Real Babies, Bratz, Barbies, My Size Barbie, doll furniture, Boyd and Care Bears, TY Buddies, animated Santa Claus and phones, movies, more, (937)339-4233

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EXERCISE EQUIPMENT Ab circle, $150 (NEW!) and A-frame, $40. (937)497-1018 SOFA BED, Serta, print, like new, Washer & Dryer, Homedic heated massager, used $75, (937)308-4986

Floral $350, $75, back twice,

LEATHER JACKET, Cleveland Browns, size XXL, $250. Serious inquiries only, (937)339-4608.

577 Miscellaneous

GOOD STUFF Cheap for Christmas, Lead Crystal Compote, plus and others; oil painting 32x27; new and used- mens Burberry coat, London Fog jacket, all weather, silk and cashmere scarves; womens cardigan and pullover pure wool sweaters, Lambskin short coat; Beautiful China 10 place settings plus; William Rogers silverware 12 place settings plus, Swiss blue Topaz AAA necklace 8.5 ct, earrings 2.5 ct. each, all items fraction of retail, details, pricing, appointment, cell (937)497-1929 evening or later

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

583 Pets and Supplies

LAB PUPPIES, 5 purebred black, vet checked, health papers, first shots, wormed, ready to go (937)670-0851

PUPPIES, Bishon Frise, Miniature Poodle, YorkiePoo, Morkie, males $275, (419)925-4339

YORKIE-POO PUPPIES. 1 female, 3 males. Small, non-shedding pups. Will be ready January 10th. Taking deposits now. $250, (419)582-4211.

592 Wanted to Buy

CASH, top dollar paid! Junk cars/ trucks, running/ non-running. I will pick up. (937)719-3088, (937)270-2649

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805 Auto

WE PAY cash for your old toys, antiques, and collectibles! Star Wars, GI Joes, Magic the Gathering postcards, pre-1980's comics, much more, (937)606-0405.

1994 JEEP Wrangler, 4x4, nice, clean, mostly redone, low miles, great on gas, 4 cycle, 5 speed manual, $4500 OBO cash only, no trades (937)776-9789 (Piqua) 1996 HONDA ACCORD LX Manual transmission, 156,000 miles. $2950. Call (937)214-2373

800 - Transportation

805 Auto

1989 FORD VAN club wagon, good condition, new parts, runs good, $1600 OBO (937)552-7752


Great gas mileage, sunroof, 144K miles, runs great, asking $3200

1993 HONDA Accord, 2 door beige sporty coupe, runs and shifts smoothly, automatic, $1500 (937)552-9986



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