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Curator's Corner — Visiting the Ohio State Holocaust and Liberator’s Memorial
Written by Gary Levitt   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Joy

As we travel through this thing we call life, every once in a while we experience something that affects us deeply. Last month, I had one of those experiences. My wife and I joined with a group of about 2,000 people at the Ohio Theater in Columbus to witness the dedication of a new memorial that sits in the southwest corner of Capitol Square. The memorial was erected as a remembrance of the millions of people who lost their lives during the Holocaust and to the liberators who fought to end the rule of Nazi Germany.

I thought it was appropriate to write this column for this holiday weekend when we are celebrating our freedom. I know many of us realize just how precious that freedom is and to what lengths we will go to protect everyone’s freedom. We look back at that dark period of the incredible loss of life with the thought “never again.” How I wish that were true. I find it difficult to read the international news and to come to terms with the hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering under the tyranny of military dictatorships and genocide, often with the impedance that it is a religious mandate.

But that freedom we enjoy doesn’t rule out the conflicts we encounter, especially when we cannot select who will and who won’t enjoy total freedom. Case in point is some of the comments related to the erection of this memorial. As you might expect, there was a significant amount of controversy in both the government and the citizenry concerning the religious connection being made between the State of Ohio and the Jewish community. Unfortunately, we even heard of the organizations and individuals who insist it never happened.

As we watched the proceedings and listened to all the speakers, I realized the profound effect that bigotry and hatred have on all the nations of the world. As a faithful reader of this column, I am sure you remember my articles concerning the government (USPS) and the religious communities in the issuance of U.S. stamps. Stamps have honored many of the holidays of the world’s various religions and celebrated numerous historic milestones without trampling on any one individual’s or group’s rights.

There were numerous people who played a part in bringing this memorial to fruition. But regardless of your politics, regardless of your feelings for our state administrators, the push for this project came directly from Governor Kasich and his genuine desire to remember the sacrifices made by all during World War II. As several people spoke about the journey that was taken to bring this memorial to fruition you could see the emotion that filled everyone who touched this project.

At this point you may be asking yourself “Is this about postal history or just another editorial?” As we look back to 120 years of the issuance of commemorative stamps in America, it truly is a fresh look at the history of the world.

Vancrest’s Art Therapy promotes sensory and fine motor skills
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM
The reception for the First Annual Vancrest Art Exhibition took place on Thursday afternoon with residents, family members and staff members delighting in the art pieces each have crafted through the past four months. Resident’s enjoyed refreshments in the dining room decked out in red, white and blue. Talking art were, from the left, resident Rose Sever, Vancrest Activities Director Kelly Gladish, resident Diane Carder, mixed media artist Anna Fisher and resident Rosemary Bensman. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)


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DELPHOS — The reception for the First Annual Vancrest Art Exhibition took place on Thursday afternoon with residents, family members and staff members spending quality time together delighting in the art pieces each have crafted through the past four months.

Vancrest’s Activities Director Katie Gladish said the classes have been designed to give the long-term care patients guidelines for completing projects with a sample project to visualize. The therapeutic benefits of the projects focuses on fine motor and sensory skills. She said the participants work on a variety of art projects with different mediums.

“The classes promote fine motor skills like picking up and painting with a brush and the up-and-down or side-to-side strokes of painting,” she detailed. “They also stimulate sensory skills by utilizing a variety of mediums including clay and materials like lace.”

Delphos Area Art Guild (DAAG) Director Shauna Turner-Smith said according to the Art Therapy Association, art therapy is utilized in a wide array of settings to promote well being, socialization, communication and healing; ease stress, pain and loss; improve cognitive and motor skills; and empower through end-of-life and transition concerns.

“DAAG is always proud to help support any community endeavor and Vancrest is a local nursing care facility that is especially close to our hearts,” she said.

Gladish said the residents have been really excited about their family members coming to the facility to see their art. They really enjoy and love working with Anna Fisher, who is a local mixed media artist.


Sentencing date set for one in Grube murder case
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Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM


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CELINA — One of two persons charged in the home invasion shooting deaths of Robert and Colleen Grube near Fort Recovery will be sentenced on July 17. Trevin Sanders faces a possible life sentence for his part in the killings of 70-year-old Robert Grube and his 47-year-old daughter, Colleen. The sentencing date was set earlier this week.

Sanders, who is now 20, was 17 at the time of the November 2011 murders, cannot face the death penalty due to his age. The same cannot be said of the other man charged in the deaths. Bryant Rhoads, 23, Union City, Indiana, who would be eligible for the death penalty if found guilty in court. Rhoads will next appear in a Mercer County courtroom on July 15.

Rhoads is charged with obstruction of justice, aggravated murder, murder, involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, burglary, and theft.

Van Wert County website getting a face lift
Written by Ed Gebert   
Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM


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VAN WERT — Van Wert County will soon be getting a new look, but it will not be visible to the naked eye, no matter where in the county you live. The update will be online.

Van Wert County’s website, vanwertcounty.org, is in the midst of an overhaul. The new look of the website is coming soon.

“We’re 80-85 percent ready,” said Van Wert County Economic Development Director Sarah Smith. “I’m thinking that if we can get everything that we need, we can launch it in the next week.”

The new site will give a fresh look to the site which has been basically unchanged for the past several years.

“The goal is being more modern, more user-friendly. It does have added information, especially as an economic development tool, you have to showcase your county, what we have, quality-of-life items, community photos, so people can come to a website that is going to get them everywhere they need to go,” explained Smith.

The decision to update the county’s site goes back prior to February. The county commissioners began meeting with potential vendors about the change in February. Maverick Media of Delphos and Lima were selected, and meetings with that company began in March. Since that time, design work for the site has been ongoing, and each county office has been questioned about changes in content for the update. It will be a one-stop shop for anyone wanting information about the county from near or far. Some of the departments will have pages on the site itself with information. Other departments will have links to their current sites which are already tied in to the information to be provided.

According to Smith, there will be pages or links to pages for county offices, townships, villages, and services. Near to Smith’s heart is the chance to put all helpful information about Van Wert County in one place. That will help with economic development efforts for businesses out of the immediate area. Also to be linked is the soon-to-debut Van Wert Works website, which will list local jobs for those looking for employment.

ODOT releases weekly road construction report
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Friday, July 04, 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 www.ohgo.com. Please contact us at 419-999-6803 with any information needs.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Week of July 7, 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 www.odotlima75.org.

Ohio 309 (Elida Road) between Pioneer Street and Eastowne Road will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the Allen County ODOT maintenance garage.

Ohio 81 between Bentley Road and the Hardin County line is now open following a culvert replacement.

U.S. 30/Ohio 309 near Delphos may be restricted to one lane at times through the work zone for culvert work. Work is expected to be completed in late July. Work is being performed by Platinum Painting, Boardman.