|A look back at 2013 July - September|
|Sunday, December 29, 2013 9:00 PM|
Each year, The Herald takes a look back at the stories and photos of the year. Here is the third of four 2013 wrapups.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the state’s $62 billion state spending plan into law Sunday after vetoing an attempt by legislators to block his administration from expanding Medicaid to additional low-income residents — but left in place a new requirement that doc-tors inform pregnant women seeking abortions of any fetal heartbeat. In an evening ceremony at the Statehouse, the Republican governor praised the two-year operating budget that kicks in today for continuing his efforts to improve Ohio’s economy through an income-tax cut, business incentives and new ways of funding education.
Delphos City Council will face some tough decisions in the coming months after approving the preliminary 2014 Budget presented by Auditor Tom Jettinghoff, which includes $2.7 million in revenues to cover $3.4 million in expenditures. The preliminary budget must be filed with the county by July 15. Finance Committee Chair Joe Martz asked that city administration prepare the fund breakdowns in preparation for a committee meeting in early August.
With last year’s late-June storm putting a damper on the 2012 Fourth of July festivities, the Delphos Kiwanis knew this year’s celebration could only be better. Record crowds and a sold-out chicken BBQ were more than enough confirmation that indeed, the 2013 event was a huge success.
With five weeks of the 2013 pool season under her belt, Delphos Municipal Swimming Pool Manager Lois McLennan can see what a difference the weather makes. McLennan said last year at this time it was in the 100s and we were packed and this year, the temperatures are cooler and we’ve had the threat of rain every day for weeks, so attendance is a little down from last year at this time. The pool averages 200 visitors per day and 400-500 trips down the slide. The busiest day of the season so far was June 23 with 485 guests. The guards at the top of the slide stairs ticked off 1,906 trips down the structure. The second-busiest day was June 22 with 400 guests and 1,183 trips down the slide.
Doug Westrick, Ottawa, will fill the open Jefferson Middle School principal opening. The Delphos City Schools Board of Education chose Westrick from a field of 24 applicants, eight of whom were interviewed. Middle school teachers Larry Lindeman, Kay Gossman and Tammy Wirth were on the committee as well. Westrick was most recently assistant high school principal at Bryan City Schools and had been dean of students of Swanton Middle School.
Fifty-five years of serving in the church and Delphos community led to Dr. Earl Morris receiving “The Footprint Award” at Trinity United Methodist Church. Morris said it was a surprise and he didn’t think he deserved an award for the activities he had done and helped with because it was a committee or a group who did the work with him. Trinity United Methodist Church created The Footprint Award to recognize service and dedication, the Rev. Dave Howell said.
Reser’s Fine Foods Inc. announced its plans to close the Delphos facility on Sept. 18. The decision will leave 104 people without jobs and nearly a $1 million hole in the city’s utilities collections. Reser Risk Management Director Linda Stock said the decision was based on economics at the specific location. She said this was a difficult decision for the company to make and the company values the contribution the Delphos team has made.
Auditor Tom Jettinghoff presented a picture of the city’s ending budget for Dec. 31, 2014, on Monday. Working with his own figures and those of Safety Service Director Greg Berquist, Jettinghoff’s tallies for 2014 came in at a $266,000 shortfall compared to preliminary figures of $700,000 in the red. The figures did not include carryover or grant revenue. Jettinghoff let council know he felt some measure on the ballot would be required to address the 2014 budget shortfall and beyond. City administration will continue to work with the budget to find cuts to bring it in line. This news came on the heels of council learning Reser Fine Foods at 1600 Gressel Drive will leave Delphos on Sept. 18. The food-processing plant uses nearly $400,000 in utilities and 104 employees will lose their jobs.
One of the men wanted in connection with the July 10 “home-invasion-style” robbery in the 400 block of South Canal Street in Delphos was arrested on an active warrant by Lima police Saturday morning. Andrew J. Miller, 27, of Fort Jennings was the passenger in a vehicle police stopped for a routine traffic stop. Miller was taken into custody and turned over to Delphos officers a short time later. Miller was transported to the Van Wert County Jail and is being held without bond on the robbery charge.
Veterans of Foreign Wars posts 3035 of Delphos and 5803 of Van Wert and their Ladies Auxiliaries were the recipients of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Community Service Post Award at the VFW’s National Convention in Louisville, Ky., on July 22 during an invitation-only reception. Criteria to receive the award are set by the VFW State Headquarters for recognizing a post’s community service work in their local areas. This year, 68 VFW posts from across the nation received this national award. The posts are outstanding examples of the more than 11.9 million hours of community service valued at over $263 million performed by VFW volunteers last year.
A small crew of volunteers gathered at the Habitat for Humanity construction site Wednesday morning and were busy cleaning up the interior and finishing some exterior work. Roger Calvert said the roof is ready for the shingles, the electrical and plumbing are in progress now and the duct work will begin next week. He said after all that work is complete, the house will be ready for its first Energy Star inspection.
The Marbletown Festival Committee planned to honor military, police, fire and EMS, past and present, during the annual festival Aug. 9 and 10. This year’s theme is “To those who serve.
Julie Smith-Wiley and Jerry Siefker made plans for the Fort Jennings Fort Fest set Aug. 16-18. Many events enjoyed at the village’s Bicentennial Celebration will return this year, including the 1812 re-enactment camp, Huey helicopter rides and more.
Gary Strayer was looking forward to being the parade grand marshal for this year’s Marbletown Festival but he passed away May 19. Now, his wife, Helen; his brother, Michael; and his sister, Marilyn Louth, will ride in the parade in honor of him and his family. Michael will act as the Marbletown Festival Parade Grand Marshal in honor of his and his brothers’ service.
Delphos City voters will decide on a 1/4-percent income tax increase on the Nov. 5 General Election Ballot. Council passed on third reading the ordinance and resolution necessary to place the income tax increase on the ballot at Monday’s meeting with Councilman Jim Knebel the lone “no” vote. If passed, the increase will generate approximately $400,000.
A crowd of shoppers perused through the items for sale along Lincoln Highway in Delphos during the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way sales. Vendors sold an array of electronics, clothing, crafts, food items, military-related items and lots of miscellaneous goods through Saturday afternoon.
It was gummy frogs and corn hole in Marbletown Friday as Marbletown Festival events got underway. More than 60 people packed Marble Hall at Delphos Wesleyan Church for the swearing-in of Mayor Bev Cross-McNeal by Delphos Mayor Michael Gallmeier. As soon as the oath was taken, 30-plus children garbed in chef aprons and hats slathered cakes with icing and placed carefully-chosen decorations in the Kids Cake Decorating Contest.
Ottoville Local Schools concentrated on safety prior to the district’s first day for students. Teachers, administrators and maintenance staff participated in ALICE Training conducted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Pandora Police Officer Scott Stant. The thrust of the training will be confronting and disarming an armed intruder.
Dan “Boomer” Bonifas and his wife, Janet, were ready for the visit from U.S. Representative Bob Latta Friday morning. They were joined on the family farm on Converse-Roselm Road by Dan’s parents, Richard “Bunny” and Dr. Jane Bonifas. The farm has been in the family for 142 years and six generations of Bonifases. They farm 400 acres and have 200 head of beef cattle. Latta said he was using August as a work period to get out and talk with those he represents in agriculture.
Kylie Fritz, daughter of Eric and Gina Fritz of Delphos, is the 2013 Allen County Fair Pork Princess. She is the Delphos FFA Chapter president this year and is also vice president of the Delphos Livestock 4-H Club.
Visitors taking part in the Fort Fest celebration in Fort Jennings over the past weekend were treated to a very special event: Huey helicopter rides, which drew a huge crowd. Civilians as well as veterans were given the opportunity to take “a spin in the whirlybird.”
The much-awaited new A-F state report cards for school districts were released Thursday. As soon as the results were available on the Ohio Department of Education website, the number of those attempting to access the system for the data proved to be too much and many had to wait to see how their district fared. Delphos City Schools received an A for meeting 24 of the 24 indicators and a B (85.9 percent) on the Performance Index. The district was “Excellent with Distinction” on the last Report Card and “Excellent” on the year’s before. The district received a pair of As for the graduation rate with 93.2 percent graduating within four years and 95.1 percent graduating within five years.
Halle Elwer took Champion Farrow to Finish at the Allen County Fair.
The Pathfinders of Delphos 4-H Club started off this year’s Van Wert County Fair with a huge prize. The group received the Champion Club Award.
After 44 years with the United States Postal Service, Supervisor Dan Smith retired from a job he truly loved. Delphos Postmaster Marilyn Mulholland said Smith began his “postal adventure” as a mail handler in 1970 after serving 19 months in the Army during the Vietnam War. Smith’s career encompasses a multitude of management positions, including: Postmaster of Jackson Center and Waynesfield, Customer Service Manager, Transportation Dock Supervisor, Dock Foreman and General Foreman of third shift.
The Fort Jennings High School Competition Cheer Team took first place in the senior team division at the Van Wert County Fair Cheer Competition Saturday.
The King and Queen and Junior King and Queen crowning took place during the opening ceremony of the 51st annual 2013 Ottoville Park Carnival on Saturday afternoon. Candidates vying for the title of king and queen sold a total of $6,219 worth of raffle tickets and the Junior King and Queen contenders raised $4,167. The top sellers are honored with the titles of Ottoville Park Carnival King and Queen. The 2013 King was Ryan Kemper; 2013 Junior King Trent Kortokrax; 2013 Junior Queen Miah Griner; and 2013 Queen Danielle Trenkamp.
Delphos native Brad Wannemacher announced he earned a spot on “The X Factor.”
Saturday morning, a crew of volunteers of all ages trudged through the muck and up and down the canal banks to clean up trash, weed-eat, trim and pull overgrown weeds from Third to Sixth streets.
The Delphos Public Library could be a future training site for DigitalWorks, an initiative of Connected Nation, Inc., the parent organization of Connect Ohio. Connect Ohio is a technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Ohions and raises awareness of the value of broadband.
Jefferson High School senior Tori Suever was crowned the 2013 Canal Days Queen Sunday evening during the annual pageant at Jefferson Middle School auditorium.
More than 500 people filled the Social Tent in downtown Delphos Thursday evening for the seventh annual “Toast to the City.” Attendance was a record. The theme was “Feel the Magic,” with performances by illusionist Paul Krendl and his crew. Krendl also emceed the event.
Mayor Mike Gallmeier and Safety Service Director Greg Berquist announced Tuesday that due to the economic and financial conditions of the city, operating hours for city departments will be reduced by three hours per week. Along with that, city employees at the city building, in the maintenance department and at the water and wastewater treatment plants will be furloughed three hours each per week.
The lower single railroad tracks on South Main Street in Delphos, which services Bungee and B & D Grain, received a revamping over the past few days with workers from CSX completing the project by week’s end.
Delphos Stadium Club members were busy this week setting forms and placing concrete at Waterworks Park. The concrete walkway from the new bridge south to Hunt Street includes two handicap parking pads which will make visiting the park and utilizing the shelterhouse much easier.
The Delphos Optimist Club celebrated its 25th year this month. Chartered on Sept.30, 1988, by the Lima Noon Optimists with 40-plus members, the club is still going strong with numerous projects that benefit Delphos youth.
|Last Updated on Monday, December 30, 2013 8:09 PM|