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Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies
Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:07 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point.

 
Five local Scouts earn Eagle
Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:05 PM
Boy Scouts from Delphos Troop 65 earning their Eagle Scout rank include, from left, Clark Etzler, Nicholas Bockey, Anthony Siefker, Bradley Klausing and Jackson Donley. (Submitted photo)

BY NANCY SPENCER

DHI Media Editor

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DELPHOS — Five Scouts from Delphos Boy Scout Troop 65 attended a recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Nicholas Bockey, Jackson Donley, Clark Etzler, Bradley Klausing and Anthony Siefker earned their Eagle Scout Awards.

Bockey, son of Mark and Karen Bockey, built cat trees and benches for the Allen County Humane Society. While in Scouts, he earned 28 merit badges and held the following leadership positions: Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Senior Patrol Leader. He is a recent St. John’s High School graduate.

 
Curator's Corner — Musical performers
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, July 18, 2014 6:49 PM )

BY GARY LEVITT

A group of us were discussing our music favorites as we watched the band “Nashville Crush” set up for the Music in the Park series last Sunday. It was a great day for an outdoor concert and by the looks of the crowd several hundred others felt that way also. As you can imagine, everyone had their favorite genres and were very committed to following numerous artists in each. My favorite is jazz and specifically musical pieces that lean towards the blues. My tastes go back to the 1920s and 30s – Jelly Roll Morton, Satchmo, Duke Ellington, and the list goes on. At the museum this coming Friday, July 25, we are going to introduce some cool jazz featuring Chuck Sommers and his trio. This highly versatile saxophonist and his crew will take you from Hotlanta to Cool Jazz and the Big Band sound. He’s a self-taught musician who has an excellent following in Northwestern Ohio.

 
Thursday night incidents keep officials busy
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Saturday, July 19, 2014 2:00 PM )

BY ED GEBERT

DHI Media Editor

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VAN WERT — Law enforcement stayed busy Thursday night dealing with a shooting northeast of Van Wert and a police standoff near Grover Hill.

At 5:25 p.m. the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a domestic situation on Road 151 in the Grover Hill area. A female caller advised her husband, Daniel L. Nantz, 56, had a gun and had threatened her, and she was locked in a room. The responding deputies at the scene were able to remove the woman out an upstairs window, using a ladder. With the woman out of danger, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team took over as additional manpower and resources were called in from Van Wert and Allen counties. The scene was treated as a barricaded subject with a firearm.

After about four hours of attempting to make contact with Nantz, he finally began communication and agreed to surrender himself to law enforcement. Nantz was arrested without incident and was taken to Paulding County Jail and was charged with domestic violence. He later posted bond.

 
Luersman learns nonverbal signs from horses as equine massage therapist
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, July 18, 2014 6:42 PM )
Katie Luersman massages her horse, Tinley. The horse is cocking her right back leg indicating she is relaxed. (DHI Media/Erin Cox)

BY ERIN COX

DHI Media Staff Writer

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DELPHOS — Licking their lips, putting their heads down and cocking their legs are all good signs from Katie Luersman’s clients; it means the horses are enjoying their massages.

Luersman, 20, of Delphos is an equine sports massage therapist.

“Just like humans get massages, horses can too,” Luersman said. “Horses can become sore from people riding them or tripping on a rock or laying down and rolling on something. A massage will help them not be sore just like it would humans.”

Luersman graduated from Delphos St. John’s High School in May 2013. By the end of June, she was enrolled at NE Indiana Equine Sports Massage and Rehab Facility in Decatur, Indiana.

“I’ve always wanted to do something with animals, especially horses. I have a passion for horses,” Luersman said. “Every girl has a phase where she wants a horse, I just never grew out of mine.”

When she had an experience with a horse that had behavioral problems, she learned that an equine sports massage therapist career existed.

“The horse’s attitude completely changed after the massage,” she said.

Now Luersman is certified nationwide as an equine sports massage and rehab therapist.

Before each massage, she gives the horses an evaluation to see what may be causing the pain and where. She checks different pressure points for signs from the horse to indicate pain, like pinning its ears back or kicking its legs.

“If a horse is in pain, there’s a reason,” Luersman said. “I can tell what’s wrong with it and see if a massage will help or if a chiropractor is needed.”

 
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