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Friday, November 15, 2013 9:55 PM


The Allen County Council on Aging, Inc., Senior Citizens Association of Bluffton, Inc., Senior Citizens Services, Inc., and Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc. thank the voters of Allen County for the passage of an elderly service replacement levy. The passage of this levy insures the above four agencies can continue to provide vital services to all Allen County’s senior residents.

These agencies working together provide a multitude of services. As this segment of our population grows, the demand for services to meet their needs increases.

On behalf of these agencies, boards, staffs and participants, we thank the Allen County Commissioners and voters for their continuing support of services that benefit Allen County’s elderly.


Diane Bishop, Executive Director

Allen County Council on Aging

Betsy Winget, Executive Director

Senior Citizens Services, Inc.

Joyce Hale, Director

Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc.

Tonya Meyer, Director

Senior Citizens Association, Inc., of Bluffton

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Friday, November 15, 2013 9:55 PM


City of Delphos Citizens:

It has come to our attention that the dispatching of our police, fire and EMS is being considered by the Council as non-essential to the operation of the city. The cost of three dispatchers, their benefits and insurance supposedly could help balance the budget. As a former dispatcher, I hope the citizens of this community realize what this, in essence, means to their safety and well being.

One: If your home catches on fire and your 9-1-1 call is dispatched, do you want to risk having a delay calling out our fire department should there be an event or crisis in Lima where your call will be coming from to our fire department? Likewise, do you want having a heart attack, accident or life-threatening emergency with one of your family to be held for even seconds because there is no longer anyone in our city’s police department to page out a squad?

Two: How is it that this can take place? Were we told, beyond saying that cuts would have to be further made if the levy didn’t pass but nothing about the disbanding of our dispatch department was ever stated beyond getting no replacement for those police officers retiring? Will the cost of doing away with these officers and dispatchers really warrant the savings supposedly reflected versus the problems created by doing without them? Why are these the only options given to us because as former dispatchers, we have seen what can and does happen when you have to rely on a larger entity that is NOT familiar with your streets and roads in paging out police or fire or EMS.

Three: I would like to know who among you would be allowed to run up a water bill the way the company in the industrial park ran up a $400,000 bill? Why were they allowed to get away with this with no stopping them? That should never have happened and now you as taxpayers are going to lose because you didn’t vote for the levy or so we are told but wait, was this the plan all along? How can this be when you the taxpayers weren’t made aware of the full ramifications of not voting for this levy? Interesting, isn’t it, that the fact that it was to be the employed and not the retirees who are on limited income already who would have to pay for the levy? Time to ask our council men who’s idea this was and why as a community we will seriously lose if this taking away of our dispatch center is implemented????

Retired Dispatchers

Mary Grothause

Karen Wiechart

Mary Lou Wrocklage

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Sunday, November 03, 2013 8:00 PM


November is COPD awareness month. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. It is marked by a chronic cough producing increasing amounts of phlegm, and gradually worsening shortness of breath. Unfortunately, the symptoms of COPD do not appear until significant lung damage has been done, at which point the damage cannot be fixed. Nine out of 10 people who have COPD are currently or have been smokers. The single most effective way to prevent COPD is to quit, or, better yet, never start smoking. Working in pulmonary rehab for 14 years has exposed me to some of the worse cases of COPD in the area. Watching the fun-loving, big-hearted people ever so slowly file into the room for exercise was heart-breaking. If I had a dime for every time one of them told me “I wish that I had never started smoking. I would be a rich woman.” Decades ago when these patients were teenagers, they were much like the teenagers today. They just wanted to “try it” or they would “quit when I get older.” What they don’t realize at the tender age of 16 is just how addictive the tobacco companies make their products. Their best customers are dying off at the rate of 443,000 per year.

Almost everyone in the community can play a part in decreasing the devastating effects of this debilitating disease. Tobacco users can go to or call 1-800-quit-now to get support for quitting. Parents can make their homes and vehicles completely smoke-free and make it explicitly clear to their children that they have a zero-tolerance policy for tobacco use. Retailers can be sure to check photo ID of any customer purchasing tobacco products who looks 26 years old or younger and not sell a tobacco product to anyone under the age of 18. It’s the law and there are ramifications for anyone breaking it. Employers can establish and enforce no-tobacco-use policies during work hours. Health care providers can ask every patient at every visit if they use any tobacco products and strongly encourage them to quit and give them the resources to do it. Community leaders can enact smoke-free outdoor public spaces in parks and outdoor fairs/festivals and increase the tax on any tobacco product. Seventy-three percent of current smokers want to quit, so let’s make it easier for them!

The Pulmonary and Sleep Center at 528 West Market St. in Lima will offer a Free Lung Screening from 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 15. We will do a simple spirometry test and you can also have a finger stick done to test for Alpha 1- antitrypsin deficiency (ATT), an inherited disorder that results in lung damage and shortness of breath. The screenings are free, however, we would like to get a count of how many people may be coming. RSVP to 419-221-5035.


Nancy Bonifas, RN, BSN

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Allen County Tobacco Free Coalition

Last Updated on Friday, November 01, 2013 8:21 PM
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Sunday, November 03, 2013 8:00 PM


I am writing to encourage my neighbors from the south end of town to attend the city council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday. Not only will we be supporting our fireman, medics and EMTs but it is my hope also that the subject of the condition of the canal can be addressed as was brought up by councilman Mark Clement at the last meeting.

I realize the canal is owned by the state of Ohio but I would love to know who we go to for help? The Department of Natural Resources? This is a huge part of Delphos history; the residents themselves simply cannot clear all the brush and help with water flow. We’ve raised our kids by the canal, they grew up fishing, catching frogs and snakes and feeding the ducks.

We have not been able to fish for the past few years. We can still feed the ducks but the poor things have to walk through mud and muck to get to the food.

We need help. This causes a huge problem with bugs and really smells most of the time. There are so many issues right now, we as residents of Delphos need to be there to voice our concerns if we want to make any positive changes!


Amy Musser


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Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Putnam County Voters:

I am writing to lend my support for the PCEMS levy and ask you to support it also. Back in 1974 I was one of the original squad members making runs when Putnam County EMS began. Being a squad member for over 10 years I got to see the dedication, training, and compassionate care given to patients all around the county. I also know of the stress experienced by EMS personnel as they try to relieve the pain and suffering of those in need.

On Nov.26, 2008, I experienced being on the “other side of the fence” when my heart stopped without any warning. If not for the quick actions of my wife beginning CPR and the quick response of EMS personnel, I might not be here to ask for your support. Their talent along with those of dispatch, fire, and police, all were part of the chain of survival that allows me to write this.

Knowing the levy will provide supplemental help for the volunteers to reduce response times, and provide community training in the form of CPR and First Aid, give me the confidence to ask you to join me in supporting this levy.

Seeing the EMS from both sides has made me realize that we cannot take that resource for granted. We need to strengthen Putnam County EMS to guarantee this vital service is available to answer the call. Please vote “YES” on Nov. 5.

David J. Odenweller




Dear Editor:

On Nov. 5, the voters of Putnam County have the opportunity to strengthen the medical well-being of the county. Putnam County EMS is asking the residents to approve a 0.65 mill levy that will provide supplemental help for the volunteers.

The squads are a vital link to medical care in Putnam County. Hundreds of patients are transported to and from our facility every year by our local EMS units. It has been very reassuring to the patients and staff, that compassionate quality care is available locally.

As a primary partner to the EMS, we at the Ambulatory Care Center see the unwavering dedication shown by the squads. We also get a first hand view of the strain put on the volunteer system due to increasing run volumes, additional training hours, and reduced availability. The passage of this levy will provide relief to a system that has been a source of dependable care and compassion for almost forty years.

Please join me in support of the Putnam County EMS levy by voting YES on Nov. 5.

Karen Vorst RN, Director

St. Rita’s Putnam County

Ambulatory Care Center



Dear Putnam County Voters:

Of all the worthy issues up for a vote this November, none is more important to our Village and Township residents than the EMS levy. We are fortunate that we are home to one of Ohio’s most successful EMS services. Recognized in 2011 as “Ohio’s Volunteer Service of the Year”, PCEMS has provided comfort and care to residents for almost 40 years. This service has touched many lives and has helped to form a solid base for the continued growth of our communities. It is truly a great asset to our county.

In service since 1974, Putnam County EMS has grown to meet the needs of the residents and have seen the number of runs nearly double to over 3000 since 1977. That increase and the modern day requirements of job and family commitments have greatly depleted the availability of these volunteers, in Putnam County and the entire state.

Your vote will fund supplemental full and part-time help for the volunteers, to ensure emergency medical response is not delayed. Along with that help the volunteers will receive a reimbursement increase for their time on EMS runs. Lastly these funds will provide community support in the form of CPR and first aid classes for residents, as well as continuing education opportunities for the PCEMS personnel.

Putnam County EMS has a significant impact on our community’s quality of life, so we encourage you to vote YES on Nov. 5 in support of the EMS levy.

Robert L. Heidenescher,

Putnam County Mayors Assn.


David R. Wieging

Putnam County Township Trustees Assn.



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