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Each year, The Herald takes a look back at the stories and photos of the year. Here is the second of four 2013 wrapups.


April 1

Hundreds of local children flocked to Stadium Park Saturday afternoon for the annual Optimist Easter Egg Hunt. The Optimists stuffed more than 3,000 eggs with candy and a few slips of paper for bigger prizes.


April 3


The Cass Street water line bid was accepted. Delphos City Council approved legislation naming All Purpose Contracting, Inc., the contractor for the project. The bid came in at $34,828, nearly $10,000 under the projected project cost. Safety Services Director Greg Berquist said the work should be completed within 60 days.

April 4

Eight young ladies were set to compete for the title of Queen Jubilee XXXVIII at the Peony Pageant at Marsh Auditorium. Each will perform a special talent, respond to an impromptu question and compete in formal wear. They are Courtney Gorman of Lincolnview High School, Alexis Ford of Parkway High School, Corinne Metzger of Jefferson High School, Savannah Roughton of Paulding High School, Chelsea Critchfield of Wayne Trace High School, Jordan Rex of Spencerville High School, Karissa Place of Van Wert High School and Kate Bauer of Crestview High School.


April 6

Corinne Metzger of Delphos Jefferson was named first runner-up in the 2013 Peony Pageant held at Marsh Auditorium on Friday night. She performed a flag and rifle routine to the song “Move” by Mercy Me in the talent competition.

April 8

The Delphos FFA held its 63rd annual Parent and Member Banquet Sunday evening. Advisor Scott Elwer presented FFA Star Chapter Awards to Sophie Wilson, Caitlin Landwehr, Wes Roby and David Leathers.

St. John’s High School Principal Don Huysman was honored with the Honorary Chapter FFA degree at the 63rd annual FFA Banquet Sunday. “Huysman is a 41-year veteran of education who will be retiring after this school year. This was a tribute to him,” Scott R. Elwer, Agriculture Education instructor/ FFA advisor Delphos City Schools said. “Huysman has always been a supporter of our program in Delphos and works hand in hand to benefit both school communities and my FFA members. He has always been all about the kids, has a true passion for education and will truly be missed by the Delphos community. Our organization felt that because of his support, compassion and true heart behind education and the support of the program, he was overly deserving of this award at our banquet.”

April 10

After three long years, the search is finally over: Delphos City Schools has a new superintendent. Current Ayersville High School Principal Kevin Wolfe was hired to oversee the district and caught the board’s attention during his interviews.

April 11

Auglaize River floods Fort Jennings Park. The Auglaize River left its banks in Fort Jennings and flooded the park. Flood warnings were extended for the Auglaize River near Fort Jennings until Sunday evening and the river was expected to fall below flood stage by Saturday night.

April 13

The Delphos Fire Association recently purchased new hydraulic couplers for the Jaws of Life, Cutter and Ram equipment carried on the trucks. President of the Delphos Fire Association Jamey Wisher says that the old couplers involved four hoses and 30 seconds to hook up and the new method takes 2-3 seconds and just one hose. “Every second counts,” Wisher explained. “The more efficient we are, the better.” Proceeds from 300 Club tickets, the Delphos Fire Convention and steak suppers funded the $1,700 expense.

April 15

The Delphos Police Department was hard at work training for an “Active Shooter Response,” a training hosted at St. John’s Schools — due to the complex nature of the layout of the structure. Patrolman Chad Cupples of the Bluffton Police Department conducted the class which included a Power Point presentation and 4-5 hours of live scenario training with student volunteers.

April 17

As part of National Library Week, the Delphos Public Library held a “Family Night” where library patrons of all ages enjoyed the magical stylings of 14-year-old magician Tyler Nygren, who performed magic tricks and created balloon animals for younger audience members.

April 18

Ottoville received one of the numerous Ohio Boards of Education Community Service awards during the Northwest Regional Spring Conference held at the Penta Career Center in Perrysburg.The school received the award for the Go-Getters After-school Program “Pocket Flags.” Children participating in the program learned to properly fold a flag and sent pocket versions to troops overseas.

April 20

Retired Police Sergeant Bev Cross-McNeal was honored for her service to Delphos and its police department at Monday’s city council meeting. Cross-McNeal was on the force for 33 years starting in June 1979 as a dispatcher. She began on the auxiliary force in August 1979 and joined the department full-time on Nov. 4, 1979, making history as the first full-time female police officer in Delphos. In 1988, she was promoted to sergeant, the first female police supervisor Delphos had seen.

April 24

Cancer survivors make “Purple Glove” video. Cancer survivors and their caregivers raise purple gloves Tuesday night during the annual Relay for Life of Delphos Cancer Survivor Dinner at the Delphos Eagles Lodge. A “Purple Glove” video was made of the group and will join team videos prepared to send to the American Cancer Society. More than 100 were in attendance for the event that celebrates those who have survived cancer.

April 26

This past March, Wesleyan Church voted in its newest senior pastor, the Rev. Rodney Shade, who has been the interim pastor for the church since June 2012. Shade was saved in October 1974 and was sanctified in the Wesleyan Church in Bradford in 1975. Throughout his 30 years of ministry, Rev. Shade has remained in Ohio.

Sarah Brotherwood enjoys her position as the new clerk at the Delphos Public Library.

April 27

The Ottoville chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 16 new members. They are Chelsey Boecker, Megan Lambert, Haley Landwehr, Elizabeth Luersman, Morgan Beining, Anna Bendele, Courtney VonSossan, Robyn Turnwald, Melissa Burgei, Ryan Kimmet, Andrew Horstman, Tyler Roby, Alex Justel, Annie Lindeman, Joseph Van Oss and Trent Miller.

April 28

Fifty St. John’s High School seniors left for their class trip to New York City. The students will stay in New Jersey and travel into the city for three days of sightseeing. The itinerary includes seeing the Broadway play “Spiderman,” visiting and touring the Today Show studio, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, 911 Memorial, Central Park and China Town. The students were looking forward to spending some fun, quality time together.



Rob Van Winkle, known around the world as rapper Vanilla Ice, was in Van Wert County in May shooting a portion of his reality show, Vanilla Ice goes Amish. (Times Bulletin file photo)May 1

Miami Erie Canal Corridor Association Executive Director and facilitator of the committee, Neal Brady led a discussion with a presentation outlining the ‘Strategic Plan to Restore the Miami and Erie Canal in the Greater Delphos, Ohio Area’ on Monday night.

May 2

Westrich Home Furnishings has expanded its storeroom capacity by 14,500 square feet, which has created economic growth in the form of job creation. With the new addition, the company gained more than 150,000 square feet of space and has utilized it for merchandise storage. Future endeavors may include expanding the showrooms.

Heath Troyer, construction worker from Alexander & Bebout, Inc., works on magging the edges of the concrete flooring of the new warehouse. The process smooths out and covers the stones in the concrete after power troweling.

May 2

Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA) advisor Josiah Stober led Jefferson High School students and faculty members in the 62nd National Day of Prayer. The annual event is held each year on May 2.

May 6

Cory Fischer and Jacob Turnwald of Ottoville joined the likes of Astronaut Neil Armstrong and President Gerald Ford Sunday as they earned their Eagle Scout designation. Fischer and Turnwald, both seniors at Ottoville High School, completed their projects this past year. Fischer chose the entrance to Ottoville Park, removing the trees, bushes and shrubs and replacing them with landscaping, rock and a new sign. Turnwald installed a new flag pole at the Putnam County Airport Terminal Building in Ottawa.

May 8

Delphos voters have spoken and Andrew Knueve and Del Kemper will appear on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot. Ballots lifted Knueve over Andrew Daley 126 to 100 for the 1st Ward nod and Kemper beat out Greg Etgen for the 4th Ward.

City council members voted unanimously to allow Safety Service Director Greg Berquist to enter in to a two-year contract with Champion Energy, LLC, for 25 municipal accounts that do not qualify under the city’s electrical aggregation plan. The city will realize $217,000 in electrical cost savings (36 percent) each of the two years at .05785 cents per kilowatt hour on just the Water and Wastewater Treatment plants, which use approximately 6,577,200 kilowatt hours per year in electricity.

May 10

The bodies of two of the three teen boys thought to be kidnapped from an Ottawa trailer park Thursday morning were located. Investigators found the bodies after the third teen, who was discovered in Columbus Thursday afternoon after a statewide Amber Alert was issued, told officials their location.

Police and fire and rescue assisted with St. John’s SADD Mock Crash on May 9. The scenario presented high-schoolers a sobering reality check on drinking and driving just prior to the school’s prom. (Herald file photo)Police and fire and rescue assisted with St. John’s SADD Mock Crash. The scenario presented high-schoolers a sobering reality check on drinking and driving just prior to the school’s prom on Saturday.

May 13

Boy Scout A.J. Siefker and his crew were busy at Suever Park using a Bobcat to haul and place the sand on the newly-excavated trail.

May 16

St. John’s High School students celebrated May Day on Wednesday by participating in co-ed kickball, dodge ball and other games.

Fort Jennings High School principal and school board members handed out 35 diplomas during the school’s commencement ceremonies in the high school gymnasium. Speakers included: Valedictorian Kaitlin Stechschulte, Salutatorian Sara Miller and honor students Rachel Krietemeyer and Alex Von Lehmden.

May 17

Ottoville High School held its commencement for 49 graduates in the high school gymnasium. Top students and speakers included Abby Siefker, Audrey Rieger, Kara Hoersten and Logan Gable.

With a pretrial looming for the 17-year-old facing grand theft auto charges in conjunction with the recent deaths of two local teen brothers on May 9, officials are being tight-lipped about their investigation. However, on Wednesday, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department released the 911 call made by the mother of the two deceased teens and detail call sheet. Records show that upon Michelle Grothause’s arrival at her home on May 9 to check on her 14-year-old son, Blaine Romes, she discovered a large amount of blood and a handgun. Missing were Blaine, his brother, Blake Romes, 17, and a third teen who lived in the home, whose name has previously been released but is now being withheld.

May 18

Members of the VFW and other volunteers visited eight area cemeteries Saturday to place flags on the graves of those who served in the armed forces for Armed Forces Day.

May 22

The Village of Fort Jennings was honored by the Purple Heart Association as the first Purple Heart Village in America during a banquet held at Fort Jennings America Legion Post 715. Fort Jennings Mayor Jim Smith, Jim Dickman and many members of the community have worked diligently to honor local Purple Heart recipients, as well as all veterans from all branches of the service from any conflict. Smith spoke to the attendees and described the prestigious award as the oldest military decoration in the world in present use. It is awarded to veterans who have been wounded in combat from enemy contact. Smith said it was an honor for the village to be recognized by the Purple Heart Association members, which included Bud Hanna, Ron Cross, Ed Dameron and Dave Bower.

Seventy-five Spencerville seniors received diplomas on Sunday. Student speakers included Morgan Wireman (Welcome Speech), Rachael Kahle (Thank You Speech) and Bryce Ringwald (Farewell Speech). Kevin Sensabaugh gave the address and Judy Wells spoke on behalf of Apollo Career Center.

May 23

Elida High School administration and school board members handed out 172 diplomas on Sunday in the Elida Fieldhouse.

Commencement speakers included: Valedictorian Lindsey Wisher, Salutatorian Bethany Koch, Class Secretary/Treasurer Anthony Sumpter with the Student Opening, Lauren Greeley with the Bulldog Award and Class Vice President Quentin Poling with the Class Gift.

May 25

Cancer survivors, students, teachers, grandparents and parents attended the opening ceremony of the Mini Relay for Life Friday, where students performed the “Purple Glove Dance” to the song “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. After a brief presentation recognizing cancer survivors, the crowd cheered as they released purple, white and pink balloons into the air. Students from St. John’s, Landeck and Franklin schools and adults began a day of celebration remembering those they have lost to cancer, those who have survived, learning how to live healthy lives to prevent cancer and bonding with family and friends. The schools hosted a variety of presenters speaking on health-related topics, including skin cancer and prevention, oral cancer and dental health, drug awareness, bereavement and grief and healthy living.

St. John’s High School officials handed out 75 diplomas at commencement ceremonies in the Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium. A celebratory Mass was also held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Valedictorians included Jessica Recker, Katie Vorst and Tricia Warnecke.

May 28

The Delphos Veterans Council held Memorial Day services Monday at the Veterans Memorial Park at Fifth and Main streets. 1st Sgt. Paul A. Joseph was the featured speaker.

May 29

St. John’s High School bid farewell to a 41-year veteran this year in retiree Principal Don Huysman. Adam Lee, a 1999 alumnus, hopes he is up to the task of filling those shoes. Lee was announced as St. John’s new high school principal Sunday during the school’s commencement ceremonies.

May 30

Delphos Jefferson High School’s 138th Commencement was held Saturday in the Jefferson Middle School Auditorium. There were 75 members of the Class of 2013. Commencement speaker for the Class of 2013 was Clayton Osting, Attorney at Law. Trevor Thompson will deliver the Invocation and the Benediction. The Student Prayer will be delivered by Evan Stant. Jacob Violet and Seth Wollenhaupt will be addressing the assembly on behalf of the Class of 2013.

May 31

On May 7, a vote was held that resulted in the Delphos Fire Department hiring its first-ever female firefighter. Native Kelly Maas was informed May 13 that she would become part of the team. With three years experience as an EMT with Delphos, Maas is no stranger to the district. She says she’s wanted to get into the emergency services field for as long as she can remember.


June 1

Some people go to work everyday and some are fortunate enough to do what they love everyday. A lucky few get to do both. Friday was a bittersweet day for retiring St. John’s High School Principal Don Huysman. As the hallways emptied at the last bell of the school year, the 41-year veteran educator and administrator looked around his office at the array of mementos he amassed during his career. The back wall was lined with pictures of his graduating classes. The front outside edge of his desk was filled with cards wishing him well on his next endeavors and thanking him for his dedication.

Pat Rode, left, retired as cook at Landeck Elementary, hugs one of her students during a gathering in her honor at the school Thursday afternoon.

Delphos Public and Parochial students poured out of buildings early Friday afternoon, eager to start their summer vacation.

June 3

Each year, the current graduating class officers of Jefferson High School choose an Honorary Wildcat — someone who did not graduate from the district but they feel is a Wildcat all the same by their support to the class and school. During commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Ed Ulrich was announced as the 2013 Honorary Wildcat.

June 5

St. John’s High School Language Arts teacher Sue Knippen retired after 40 years in the classroom.

June 6

Village workers began setting up the new playground structures at Ottoville Community Park. The project was spearheaded by the Lady Otts. The club received a matching grant of $19,443.50 toward the purchase of the equipment and its installation. The equipment costs $26,231.38.

June 8

The city lost its convenient and friendly discount retailer. ALCO hung a banner announcing the store’s closure and offered discounts of up to 10 percent on merchandise.

June 10

Rick Miller (class of 1970) and Jim Stockwell were named to the Delphos City Schools “Hall of Honor” during the Jefferson Alumni Dinner.

June 12

Jefferson Middle School Principal Terry Moreo announced his retirement. Moreo has been with the district since 1984.

June 13

The closing of ALCO has been quite a shock to the community and will have a financial impact on city tax revenues. Mayor Michael Gallmeier said that from his under-standing, there was a problem with the lease and there seemed to be no other way to get the problem resolved. Unfortunately, it will greatly affect the 15 full- and part-time employees who worked there and the people who shopped there. It will negatively impact the community as a whole.

Ottoville hosted the 139th annual Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fireman’s Convention. Ottoville Fire Department welcomed hundreds of brethren to the village this weekend to celebrate the annual event. (Herald file photo)June 14

The skies may have been clear but water poured down in Ottoville Saturday afternoon during the Waterball Contest, part of the 139th annual Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fireman’s Convention.

Ottoville Fire Department welcomed hundreds of brethren to the village this weekend to celebrate the annual event.

June 19

Delphos’ seventh Habitat for Humanity home is underway at the corner of Tenth and Washington streets. Beining Contractors placed the footer forms earlier this week and poured the concrete for the home’s foundation on Tuesday. Habitat Construction Manager Roger Calvert said the structure will be the first Energy Star Habitat home in Delphos. The 26-by-50-foot home will be owned by Thomas Stanton Sr., his long-time partner, Melanie Young, and their three children: Samantha, 3, Leanne, 5, and Thomas Jr., 6.

The Fort Jennings Envirothon Team recently competed at the State Envirothon competition held at Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County. One hundred and twenty students from 17 different high schools, representing every part of the state, competed June 10-11.The annual event is an outdoor competition that tests student’s knowledge of soil, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues.

June 21

Last fall, the Ohio State University Forensic Anthropology Case Team (FACT) began a survey of the Old Fort site, which contains the gravesites of 12-14 soldiers who died in Fort Jennings during the War of 1812, the final phase of the Revolutionary War. On Thursday, the team of archaeologists and anthropologists returned to complete the survey of the site by using geophysics, the study of the Earth using quantitative physical methods. The team used ground penetrating radar (GPR) to digitally map out the site and underground disturbances in 3-D. This technology may provide the analysis to the outline the fort or the gravesites. The OSU Forensic Anthropology Case Team (FACT) uses radar to survey the fort and burial locations in Ft. Jennings.

June 22

With the more than $1,000,000 raised in less than 11 years, the 2013 Relay for Life of Delphos transformed the Community Track at Jefferson High School into a party this weekend.

The Delphos Bark For Life held at Leisure Park on Saturday was a huge success, taking in more than $7,000. Prior Bark For Life events have been held in Van Wert and Auglaize counties and in Lima. To date, the Delphos event has raised the second-highest amount of money donated to a Bark For Life in the state. There were 35 registrants signed up for the walk and 38 participated in the event. Delphos Animal Hospital’s Bonnie Jones, D.V.M. said the event went really well even though she really did not know what to expect.

June 25

Participants of the Delphos Public Library’s Summer Reading Program enjoyed “Touch a Truck or Tractor” Tuesday afternoon. Children’s Librarian Denise Cressman shared information on different types of tractors before allowing the young patrons to see the machinery for themselves.

June 27

The Lincoln Highway Association Centennial Tour made its way through the area Wednesday. The tour began in New York and stopped for an official lunch in Van Wert. The tour included 48 cars and approximately 100 people who gathered at Van Wert First United Methodist Church for an indoor picnic.

Last Updated on Sunday, December 29, 2013 9:01 PM

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