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DAAG names upcoming events
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM

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DELPHOS — The Delphos Area Art Guild has announced its upcoming events and workshops:

Art in the Park for all ages will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m on Thursdays in July at Stadium Park in Delphos.

Qi Gong with Laura Conrad yoga with Amy Urton will happen in the gazebo. Please bring a yoga mat.

Art Project will happen in shelterhouse with graffiti art, pottery and more.

This class asks for a donation.

Draw with Me! Summer Camp for ages 7 and up will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. July 14-16.

Sarah Pohlman will instruct in cartoon, manga and graffiti.

The cost is $50.

A Flip Flop Pottery class will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday and at 8 p.m July 22.

Join local ceramicist Sherry Kahle in this summer fun pottery class. This is another great parent and me class.

Students will build their own set of ceramic flip flops that are cheeky summer fun with hooks for hanging beach towels or items in a bedroom or utility room. Then the following week they will glaze them. Sherry will have them ready for pick up two weeks later.

Kids Summer Art ‘Fun’damentals Summer Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 21-24 for ages 8-14.

Awakening Minds Art set to collaborate with art guild
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM
Awakening Minds Art (AMA), a Findlay based non-profit organization, is set to collaborate with the Delphos Area Art Guild (DAAG) this fall to bring therapeutic and educational programming to people of all ages and abilities in the Tri-county area. AMA students participating in a group painting program at the Central Christian Church in Lima display their artistic achievements. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)


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LIMA — Since Awakening Minds Art’s inception five years ago — when Executive Director Sarah Crisp began working from the trunk of her vehicle presenting her vision to administrators of nursing homes — her dreams of providing therapeutic and educational programming to people of all ages and abilities in the Tri-county area has come to fruition.

The Findlay-based non-profit organization serves children with special needs who experience challenges participating in group activities, as well as people who may have dementia, cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome.

“We are excited to announce that we are collaborating with the Delphos Area Art Guild (DAAG) and expanding our program into Delphos,” Crisp said proudly. “There has been a lot of interest in the community.”

Vantage refinancing saving $4.1 million
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM
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VAN WERT — It is always good news when financing arrangements can be changed to save money. For Vantage Career Center, refinancing bonds is saving the district approximately $4.1 million and will enable the district to shave seven years from the time needed to pay off the debt.

In June, the Vantage Board of Education approved the refinancing of the districts outstanding 2010 School Improvement Build America Bonds to take advantage of current conditions in the bond market. Closing for the new bonds was completed on July 9.

“The Board of Education wants to take every opportunity to reduce taxes to our constituents, and with the favorable bond market conditions, utilizing this refunding provided substantial savings for the district,” stated Vantage District Treasurer Lori Davis.

The amount refinanced was just under $16 million. This is from the money approved by voters to complete the $35 million renovation and expansion project which added 67,000 square feet to the school, bringing it to 187,000 square feet, as well as modernizing the labs and classroom facilities.

On the Banks of Yesteryear ... The 100th anniversary of the ‘War to end all wars’
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, July 11, 2014 6:38 PM )
Liberty Day Parade in Delphos on April 6, 1918, at the corner of Main and Third streets. (Photo submitted)


It all began with a single shot. Nearly 100 years ago on July 28, 1914, Serbian Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on a back street in Sarajevo. Austro-Hungarian demands of Serbia were refused and their subsequent invasion of Serbia started a domino effect between allies on both sides that quickly drew all of Europe into war.

While Europe suffered through a horrific and bloody stalemate, the United States maintained a strict non-interventionist policy. While not actively participating in the War, the United States was an important supplier to the United Kingdom and other Allies. In 1917, Germany, in an effort to turn the tide of the war, declared unrestricted submarine warfare. They hoped to disrupt supply lines to England and starve them out of the war before United States, angered by attacks on American ships, joined the war. However, England held out and the United States, furious over hostile acts by Germany, declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

When war was declared on April 6, the United States had a small, ill-equipped army but a draft was implemented and soon nearly three million new soldiers swelled the ranks of the American military. Back home in Delphos, the local boys flocked to recruiting stations to join the fight. Those who passed their physical were soon off to camp to train, some leaving from the Delphos train station. Camp Sherman in Chillicothe was one of the largest military training camps in the nation and trained more than 40,000 soldiers before the war ended.

Limaland Comedy festival to bring laughs in honor of Diller
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM
Phyllis Diller (1917-2012), born and raised in Lima, opened the door for female comedians in the 1960s. (Submitted photo)


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LIMA — Before well-known female comedians like Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, there was Phyllis Diller. Diller, born and raised in Lima, opened the door for female comedians in the 1960s and Limaland Comedy will host Lima’s Funniest Lady Comedy Festival starting Wednesday to celebrate this comedy icon.

“She was the first real female comedian and the first female comedian that became a household name,” Limaland Comedy owner Gina Chiappazzi said. “She was groundbreaking for women in comedy and for women in general because she broke the glass ceiling. It’s awesome that someone from Lima did that.”

Born July 17, 1917, Phyllis Ada Driver attended Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago before transferring to Bluffton University. In 1939, she married Sherwood Diller and they eventually moved to California where Diller became a secretary at a San Francisco television station. The local television hosts heard her stand-up act and invited her on their show in 1955. From there, her popularity spread.