|A look back at 2013 — October-December|
|Monday, December 30, 2013 9:00 PM|
Each year, The Herald takes a look back at the stories and photos of the year. Here is the final 2013 wrapup.
City administration announced three service department employees were given their 14-day notice for layoffs. Delphos Mayor Michael Gallmeier said two employees from the maintenance department and one custodian will be laid off effective Oct. 14.
St. John’s and Jefferson seniors were treated to the Delphos Rotary Club’s 2013 Senior Tour, a rigorous agenda filled with visits to a multitude of historic landmarks in the city. Students began the day with a café-style breakfast, then broke into groups to tour the locks of the canal, Canal Commission Museum, Old City Building, Hotel Ostendorf, Dienstberger House and many other sites.
Jefferson senior Rileigh Stockwell was crowned the 2013 Jefferson Homecoming Queen Friday night. Jefferson beat Crestview 34-21.
Two full-time firefighters and a full-time police officer received lay-off notices. Delphos Mayor Michael Gallmeier said delivery of paperwork to an additional full-time firefighter is pending. The three who received notices today will be laid off Nov. 4. The pending lay off will be 30 days from the date it is delivered.
A special council session yielded an ordinance to reduce the salaries of the Delphos safety service director and department supervisors by 7.5 percent. The ordinance takes effect with the next pay period.
St. John’s Homecoming Queen Jessica Koverman reigned over her court Friday evening during the school’s Homecoming game against Fort Recovery. The Blue Jays won 28-8.
More than 60 zombies gathered in Delphos to search for food (brains) on Sunday. A donation of canned goods for humans got a zombie in the event and all proceeds from a 50-50 drawing and various raffles benefited the Delphos Interfaith Thrift Shop.
The Delphos American Legion held its annual Flag Disposal Ceremony Monday. Hundreds of flags from military gravesites and those turned in by residents were properly disposed of with the VFW and Veterans Council participating in the function.
Buildings on the Allen County Fairgrounds will get much needed facelifts before the 2014 Fair. PotashCorp donated $300,000 to the Allen County Agricultural Society to make major improvements to the four commercial buildings on the north side of the fairgrounds.
St. John’s Elementary School held its annual Children’s Festival. Students, parents and grandparents spent some quality time together playing games like Plinko, Ring Toss, Bean Bag Toss and Fish Pond.
It’s going to be harder to shop locally for those living in Paulding and Paulding County. ALCO Stores Inc. announced it soon will close its store in Paulding. Beginning Monday, the store will mark down prices on many items prior to its closing date, which is anticipated by Jan. 26.
Spencerville Police Chief Darin Cook told village council Monday of resident sightings of coyotes prowling around in the daytime and one was close enough to a house to eat from a dog food bowl. He said seeing them in the daytime is alarming and they will attack small dogs and cats.
Eleven St. John’s High School juniors were inducted into National Honor Society Thursday and include Elizabeth Winhover, Colleen Schulte, Samantha Kramer, Alyssa Martin, Megan Fish, Tara Vorst, Evan Hays, Alex Odenweller, Samantha Wehri, Austin Heiing and Zach Gable.
Kiwanis and Stadium Club members came out in full force Saturday morning and braved the blustery weather to work to complete phase one of the landscape installation at Waterworks Park.
City Auditor Tom Jettinghoff had good news for Delphos City Council at Wednesday’s special meeting. Loan payments totaling nearly $1.5 million were deferred for six months. The Ohio Water Development Authority granted the deferment to extend the loans out six months past the scheduled last payment, keeping $525,000 in the Water Fund and nearly $900,000 in the Sewer Fund.
While it stormed outside, Trick-or-Treaters went begging for candy at Trinity United Methodist Church’s Trunk-or-Treat night held indoors.
The Museum of Postal History held a fundraising Gala Art Auction presented by Marlin Art of New York, which drew an intimate crowd of close to 100 people vying for the purchase of fine art.
Voters turned down a .25-percent income tax increase Tuesday 799-571. The city was looking to increase revenue in the General Fund to help minimize a more than $860,000 loss in the Water and Sewer funds that was left by the closure of Reser’s Fine Foods in September.
The city will need to fill the safety service director position soon. Greg Berquist announced his intent to retire with Nov. 29 his last day. The news came during Monday’s council meeting after a 25-30-minute executive session.
Allen County voters supported the .3-mill, 5-year replacement Senior Citizen Services levy on the ballot Tuesday night.
The Canal Days Core Committee has announced the profit from this year’s event was down about $4,000 from last year. The weekend festival totaled $37,879.
The Jefferson High School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 16 new members on Wednesday during a candlelight ceremony held in the high school gymnasium. New members included Libby Spring, Taylor Sheeter, Kelli Kramer, Desteni Lear, Emma Wurst, Kelsie Gerdeman, Katie Berelsman, Lucas Miller, Carter Mox, Harrison He, Gaige Rassman, Austin Carder, Jacob Hamilton, Chase Getz, Brenton Erman and Ross Thompson.
Delphos Herald reader Tom Odenweller sighted a bald eagle on Sunday. The eagle was first observed landing in a nearby field, apparently hunting for something to eat.
Loyal patrons filled the dining room in the basement of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck and kept the carry-out line busy Sunday during the parish’s annual sauerkraut and sausage dinner.
Nearly two dozen veterans attended the program at Ottoville Schools Monday.
Delphos residents and veterans braved the cold, windy weather to commemorate all who served the country during the Veterans Day ceremony held at Memorial Park.
Delphos Public Library Director Kelly Rist announced library personnel have the facility ready to become the newest training site for DigitalWorks, an initiative of Connected Nation, Inc., the parent organization of Connect Ohio. The DigitalWorks training program includes five gates: recruitment, screening, training, placement and mentoring; and focuses on customer service representatives and computer programming.
Van Wert Police were still looking for a shooting suspect at press time Thursday night. The suspect was identified after two persons were shot at a residence in Van Wert. One victim was pronounced dead of injuries just before midnight. Police received a call just after 6 p.m. Thursday that two persons had been shot at 223 S. Fulton St. in Van Wert. The suspect was said to be a family member of the two victims. That person left before police arrived at the scene. A man and a woman were taken to Van Wert County Hospital for treatment. One of the victims was taken by helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital.
The legal case against Tamara K. Menke in the shooting death of Barbara Robinson began with an initial appearance in Van Wert Municipal Court. Judge Jill Leatherman ordered Menke held on a $1 million bond. Menke was apprehended just before 10 a.m. Friday morning in a barn on her property on Brittsan Road. She had managed to elude law enforcement since shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday when she allegedly shot her mother in the chest and her father in the thigh before fleeing their South Fulton Street home with an empty .22-caliber rifle.
National and state officers from the Fraternal Order of Eagles visited Delphos for the local lodge’s 110th anniversary celebration.
The front entrance of St. Barbara’s Church was the only wall standing after an F2 tornado leveled the church. The Holy Family shrine and the St. Barbara statue were still intact in the back with votive candles still burning. St. Barbara’s Catholic Church rectory was badly damaged by major storms that hit the small community Sunday evening.
Vancrest Healthcare Center held its Thanksgiving dinner for residents and their family members Thursday night. Dinner for 400 was served and included turkey and all the trimmings.
Susan Wagner will serve as the Spencerville Elementary principal. Wagner was hired at Thursday’s board of education meeting. Wagner accepted the position beginning on Wednesday for a two-year, 8-month contract.
City Administrative Assistant Sherryl George can add another plaque to her desk for a while. Mayor Michael Gallmeier named George the city’s temporary safety service director.
Twelve days after two storms left destruction in their wake, Putnam County was on the road to recovery. The poster child for this recovery is the small village of Cloverdale, ground zero for one storm cell which spawned a Category EF2 tornado on Nov. 17. Four families who rode out the storm in the Cloverdale Community Club made the Oak Haven Residential Care Center, at 152 Main St., Cloverdale, their home for a few days after their own homes were lost.
Volunteers prepared meals during the annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Knights of Columbus who delivered the meals to people around the community on Thanksgiving morning.
St. John’s High School Alumni Association inducted its 10th class to the Hall of Fame Sunday. Inductees included Cyndi Kemper (accepting for the late Jerry Kemper - Service to Mankind), Fran Voll — Service to St. John’s, Barney Altman — Arts/Athletic Achievement and Bob Kill — Professional Achievement.
Next year will be a little better for local non-profits and those they serve after the Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation doled out $315,000 in grants. This was the 16th annual distribution of money raised from investments held by the not-for-profit foundation headquartered in Delphos. With Tuesday’s awards, the foundation has topped $3.6 million in grants.
On Wednesday, Trinity United Methodist Women and a multitude of volunteers got busy in the church kitchen preparing for the annual church bazaar. This year, church volunteers have prepared enough beef, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and pies to serve over 700 dinners. Proceeds from the bazaar will be used for outreach programs.
Sherry Subler learned her 16-month-old Neapolitan Mastiff Carlisle was accepted to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club 138th annual Dog Show, which takes place Feb. 10-11.
Santa Claus and his reindeer arrived in Delphos Friday to officially light the Christmas tree and hear local children’s wishes. The Delphos Kiwanis Hometown Christmas drew a crowd to East Second Street as festivities got underway, including an ice sculptor; dancing elves; warm refreshments, and of course, visits with Santa.
Unverferth Manufacturing announced it expects to add 15-20 new jobs as the result of a 70,000-square-foot expansion to the Delphos facility. The facility was chosen for expansion after an agreement was finalized with AEP Ohio for relocation of a section of subtransmission that crosses the west side of the Unverferth property, which is where the addition will be located. New machinery and equipment will be added in the expanded area.
Fort Jennings Superintendent Nicholas Langhals announced at Wednesday’s school board meeting that all nine Putnam County school superintendents are now connected via Ohio MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communications) radios, which is a high-tech statewide system that allows first-responders to easily talk to any agency with the radios.
Jefferson and St. John’s students braved the cold rain and volunteered their time to assist with the Delphos Community Christmas Project by delivering gifts and food baskets to residents in the city. Project Coordinator Edna Fischer said private individuals and businesses responded to the needs of the residents and donated enough of everything to provide 148 families and 352 children with toys, bikes, clothing, food and paper goods. In addition, 136 fruit plates were delivered to home-bound Delphos residents.
Zulama will be the new buzz word at St. John’s High School for the second semester of this school year. The school will add the online program which engages students with a topic they love — video games. Zulama’s online program for middle- and high-schoolers was created by faculty who teach these subjects to master’s students at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. The semester-long courses are delivered through a browser right into the classrooms. Zulama provides in-depth teacher training to ensure their success teaching the relatively new and largely-unfamiliar areas of game design, programming, 3-D art and digital storytelling.
Legislation flew off city council’s agenda Monday night during a special meeting called to address contract negotiations and finances. Council passed four ordinances, including fire and rescue protection for Marion and Washington townships, the police union contract and fund transfers to address interest due on deferred loan payments from the water and sewer funds.
Cintas Corp. moved forward with the demolition of the former Van Dyne Crotty building at the corner of Fifth and Main Streets. In 2006, Cintas Corporation of Cincinnati purchased Van Dyne Crotty and maintained the local facility. Not long after the acquisition, the Delphos location was closed. The property will remain in the possession of Cintas.
The Cloverdale Recovery Fund received a big boost from KMI Manufacturing, Inc., in Kalida. The major Putnam County employer presented Cloverdale with a check for $10,000 to aid the village in tornado recovery efforts.
Spencerville said adieu to Superintendent Joel Hatfield who is retiring. Hatfield marked 35 1/2 years with the district.
Millie Spitnale and John Nomina were named the 2013 Tri-county Woman and Man of Year.