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State legislature addressing opioids and unemployment compensation
Written by Tony Burkley   
Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:00 PM

This summer, bipartisan study committees will be meeting to discuss two large problems our state is facing: opioid addiction and unemployment compensation debt. Hearings on these subjects will be held throughout the state this fall in August and September.

This summer’s committees are named:

- Law Enforcement Perspectives on the Drug Epidemic & Its Impact on Families Study Committee

- Unemployment Compensation Debt & Reducing Burdens on Businesses Study Committee.

 
Who’s your neighbor?
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:00 PM

A knock came at my door Friday morning. How odd, I thought. I wonder who it could be.

It was the neighbor lady asking if our vehicle was wrecked before or if it could have happened in the early hours of the day. She and her husband had heard a loud bang and wondered if it could have been someone hitting Sable. We had parked her in front of the house because my husband sprayed for weeds in both driveways on Thursday.

“No,” I told her. “Sable hasn’t been the same since she hit that herd of deer at Christmastime several years ago.”

We both laughed and took a few minutes to wonder what the noise could have been and then we went about our day.

Come to think of it, she never told me her name and I never asked or gave her mine. Shame on me.

There was a time when I knew everyone in my neighborhood for at least a two-block radius. I knew the parents, the kids and even the family pets.

I spent hours at the Schabbing house across the street, playing kickball, tag, hide ‘n’ seek and of course with dolls. They in turn spent many hours in my toy room. (I was a little younger than my siblings so I got to have my own toy room. Don’t hate, just accept.)

We also spent an inordinate amount of time behind the laundromat playing in the milk crates. I can’t explain the appeal they had now, but we spent hours rearranging them and making “rooms” and hideaways.

If we misbehaved, our parents heard it from the “neighborhood watch.” Now people just call the police so they don’t have deal with the parents. Sometimes that might be wise.

It was not uncommon for people to sit out on their front porch after supper and just visit.

Casseroles were delivered to sick or grieving families. Children were swapped for a special evening out or just to give a harried parent a break.

 
Shelter issue addressed
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:00 PM

To the editor,

At this time, Shelter Pets of Van Wert would like to let everyone know that we have and had no idea on the conditions of the inside of the shelter. Neither Carole or myself (Tammy) were ever inside the actual shelter part of the building. For our adoption events, dogs were placed in the outside kennels for us to come, pick up and take to the events, or the dog warden would transport some of them to us on occasion.

 
Summer reading program a success
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:00 PM

To the editor,

The Delphos Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, Fizz! Boom! Read! has drawn to a close, ending with our very popular pool party on a glorious, warm summer night.

Ninety out of 140 eligible swimmers attended and brought their families along, too. In order to be eligible, the kindergarten through fifth graders had to read 100 minutes a week for five weeks or a total of 500 minutes.

 
Acts of kindness praised
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:00 PM

To the editor,

We took our grandchildren to see the fine fireworks at Delphos Stadium park on July 4. When we returned to our car parked on Clay Street, there was a note on the windshield. Someone had observed our car being sideswiped and was able to get the license number.

 
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