Each year, The Herald takes a look back at the stories and photos of the year. Here is the third of four 2012 wrap-ups.
Despite high temperatures and a third of Delphos still being without power due to the large storm in June, Fourth of July festivities were a success. Several events were canceled, including pedal boat races due to a large tree taking up residence in the Miami-Erie Canal after the storm. The Kiwanis were thankful for community support. “All in all, I would say the Fourth of July went even better than expected with what everyone was facing and the heat,” Kiwanis member Jamey Wisher said.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources drained the canal to complete three projects, including the repair of the canal wall at Lock 23. While the draining of the canal was necessary, it resulted in the death of hundreds of fish. Wildlife officers were in town to count the fish and record the species.
A week after the worst summer storm the region had ever seen, local residents began returning to daily habits. Safety Service Director Greg Berquist announced that while there were still some isolated power outages, most of the community had been restored. Berquist reported that the community spent approximately $20,000 per day on diesel fuel and other resources to operate generators, a necessary measure to prevent raw sewage from spewing into homes connected to the system.
The Allis-Chalmers Tractor Ride Caravan came through town around noon, making its way down Lincoln Highway, turning onto State Street and then taking Third Street to the canal parking lot. The caravan started in Grand Rapids, Mich., and went on to finish up in Plain City. Delphos residents Fred Calvelage and Dick Heitz were among the riders.
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