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Therapy dogs: A little fur goes a long way
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM
Animal handler Mike Nichols of Cairo interacts with Sophie and Sky, his therapy dogs that travel to hospitals, schools and nursing homes around the Tri-County area. He is registered with Pet Partners that sponsors the dogs. (DHI Media/Andrew Cohen)


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DELPHOS —They can lower blood pressure and calm a crying child in the emergency room. They aren’t found on a doctor’s prescription pad; they come packaged with four paws, fur and warm brown eyes. They are Sophie and Sky, Mike Nichols’ therapy dogs.

Nichols, of Cairo, is a retired animal handler who takes care of Sky and Sophie. They are a black Labrador/German Shepherd mix and will turn 8 years-old this November. He found the dogs at the Kenton Animal Shelter located in Kenton. Surprisingly, his son picked them up and put them under the tree Christmas morning. Nichol’s said they were a wonderful addition to the family.

All types and ages of people can get therapy dogs. Nichol’s travels all around with them, including to schools, nursing homes, hospitals and even assisted living facilities. The dogs are sponsored through an organization known as Pet Partners. Formally known as the Delta Society, Pet Partners is an organization which encourages the use of therapy dogs in the respective communities. According to its mission statement, the agency encourages positive human-animal interaction. According to Nichols, he wanted therapy dogs because he liked the concept of dogs helping other people and has enjoyed the experience so far.

Ohio Farm Bureau AGGPAC names Kasich ‘Friend of Agriculture’
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM

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COLUMBUS – Gov. John Kasich has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (AGGPAC).

“Friend of Agriculture” is an official designation that identifies elected officials who have supported the public policy goals of Farm Bureau.

“Throughout his first three and a half years in office, Governor Kasich has clearly demonstrated his appreciation of the importance of agriculture to Ohio’s economy and quality of life,” said John C. (Jack) Fisher, Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president and treasurer of AGGPAC. “He has steadfastly supported policies that are good for Ohio’s largest industry.”

In deciding to designate Kasich a Friend of Agriculture, the farmer-leaders of the committee cited several specific actions by Kasich that are extremely helpful to Ohio’s farm community.

ODOT releases weekly road construction report
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM



The following is the weekly report concerning construction and maintenance work on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.

For the latest in statewide construction visit Please contact us at 419-999-6803 with any information needs.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Week of Aug. 25, 2014

Allen County

Interstate 75 Reconstruction Project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County, please visit

Ohio 81 east of Roush Road will be restricted through the work zone for drainage repairs. Work is being performed by the Allen County ODOT maintenance garage.

Representative Jim Jordan makes Van Wert appearance
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM
Rep. Jim Jordan (right) of Ohio’s 4th Congressional District was the featured speaker of the Van Wert County Republican Party on Friday at the Wassenberg Art Center. Above, Jordan answers questions while county G.O.P. Central Committee Chairman Martin Burchfield watches. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)


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VAN WERT — It isn’t often that a political party in Van Wert County will come together to hear a political speaker who doesn’t represent the area, but Rep. Jim Jordan brought in nearly 200 people to hear his ideas about Republican House objectives, the future of health care, and the strength of the country.

Jordan told the crowd a story about Scott O’Grady, the U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down over Bosnia and spent almost a week behind enemy lines in 1995, recalling the pilot’s words after his rescue.

“In three short statements, this young man has summed up what this country is about,” Jordan declared. He went on to talk about O’Grady’s statements highlighting faith, family, and freedom, focusing on the current administration’s positions on the first and second amendments.

Tri-Moraine Audubon Society sets September events
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM

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LIMA — Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will feature “The Glaciers are Back! — Creating the Ice Age Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in the meeting room of OSU-Lima’s Visitor and Student Services Center, 3900 Campus Drive. Take the Mumaugh Road entrance to the campus. It’s the first building to the left (first left turn). The program is free and open to the public.

Welcome the Ohio Historical Society’s new curator of natural history, David L. Dyer, for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how a major museum exhibit is created, from research to final installation. See how the empty Union Terminal Building in downtown Cincinnati was transformed into the Ice Age landscape of Ohio over a period of four years.