April 24, 2014

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Students hope to ‘belt’ their peers
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:55 PM
St. John’s senior Quinn Wise works on a possible logo for the Delphos Seat Belt Campaign while Jefferson senior Gabrielle Pimpas sets up a Twitter account for the effort during Wednesday’s meeting. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)


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DELPHOS — Charged with encouraging their peers to wear seat belts, local high school students are putting their heads and social media skills together to address the issue of lower-than-county-average use of the safety device by younger drivers in Delphos.

St. John’s seniors Quinn Wise and Mikhaila Scirocco and Jefferson seniors Gabrielle Pimpas and Ross Thompson, four of the 16 student ambassadors (two from each high school grade at each school), met with Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission representative Evelyn Smith Wednesday to discuss their strategy.

Jefferson to present ‘Nonesense in the North Woods’
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:55 PM
Under the direction of Musical Director Michael Stearns, Jefferson High School students perform “Nonsense in the North Woods” for their parents and family members Wednesday night. It’s musical mayhem at Moose Bottom Lake when Bigfoot appears! The story about a local resident being kidnapped by Bigfoot in “The National Divulger” may be a fabrication by handyman Pete of Lost Loon Lodge but Birch and Pine, assistants to the worst congressman in history, take advantage of the rumored sighting of Sasquatch as an excuse to get their boss out of the office. After all, they are pros at hiding the inept congressman so he won’t speak in public about his ludicrous ideas, such as turning the Grand Canyon into a giant lake! With reporters hot on the congressman’s trail and lunatic guests pursuing Bigfoot, things get even hairier (and funnier) when Pete decides the guests really should get a chance to see Bigfoot! In the scene above, Bigfoot, played by Kyle Williams, is captured by Pete the Handy Man, played by Nathan Aldrich, and drug before the group of onlookers in the camp lounge. The play will be performed by cast members at Jefferson Middle School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $6 at the door. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Ohio Gov’s staffer meeting with VW businesses
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:54 PM

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VAN WERT — With Governor John Kasich’s priority on new job creation, Chase Eikenbary, the NW Ohio Regional Liaison to Governor Kasich, is making her way around northwest Ohio meeting with businesses to learn more about them and to express the Governor’s priority on new job creation.

Earlier this week, Chase visited National Door & Trim to tour the newly completed showroom expansion and Advance Biological Marketing (ABM) to learn about their growth and future plans in Van Wert. During the visit with ABM, company representatives shared that the company was founded by farmers, agronomists, and agricultural consultants dedicated to pushing the limits of technologies available to the agricultural community. ABM is focused on the farmer, both domestically and internationally, and dedicated to increasing the output and profitability of the land.

Patrol pushing motorcycle safety from riders and others
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:54 PM


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VAN WERT — After a long winter, motorists are seeing more motorcyclists on the highways. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is cautioning drivers of motorcycles and other types of vehicles to concentrate on safety on the roadways to help avoid potential tragedies.

“You have to be very defensive when you ride a motorcycle,” cautioned Trooper Chad Spallinger of the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Spallinger has been riding motorcycles for 21 years, putting more than 200,000 miles on various bikes. “Most car/motorcycle accidents are caused by either cars pulling out in front of a motorcycle or someone turning left. You always have to assume that car is going to pull out in front of you or turn left in front of you. They do not see you. If I’m coming up on a bike to an intersection where I don’t have to stop and the other way does have to stop, if I see a car there, I just start slowing down and getting ready because chances are they are going to pull out in front of me, and I just go with that assumption. Now, nine times out of 10 they don’t but if they start to go, I’m already slowing down, getting ready for what could happen.”

Spallinger noted that visibility is the biggest problem of motorcycles. Drivers of cars and trucks must remember that they share the highways with motorcycles.

Sheriff to dispose of residents’ unwanted prescription drugs
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:53 PM

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VAN WERT — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has announced his office will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.

The Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency to give Van Wert County residents their eighth opportunity in the last three years to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs while also helping prevent pill abuse and theft.

Residents can bring their pills or patches for disposal to the office at 113 N. Market St. on Saturday at any time. This is a free service and residents can remain anonymous when dropping off medications, no questions asked.