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A star is born in Maryland
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:00 AM

Friday was the usual during the week Jay is in Ocean City, Md. Work, work, work. Get everything done. Then watch Lotus dance on the live feed.

 
Letter to the Editor
Written by Information submitted   
Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 AM

DEAR EDITOR,

The Summer Reading Program 2013 has come to an end and I want to take this opportunity to share some highlights of our last eight weeks here at the Delphos Public Library. First of all, I invite all Facebook users to “like’” our library page where you can view loads of wonderful pictures of the children enjoying library adventures. We also welcomed Sarah Brotherwood to our children’s staff this spring. Sarah brought a lot of enthusiasm, computer expertise and creativity to the mix.

This year, we had 348 children and teens join: 216 kindergarten through fifth-graders, 101 preschoolers and 31 members of the Teenread book club. Of the 247 school-age members, 170 completed the program by reading at least 90 minutes a week for six weeks. Total attendance for all 34 events was 1,880.

As part of our programs, we reveled in the antics of David Kaplan, magician and comedian; at the Family Night, the children were able to climb on and experience several large vehicles, including tractors, a garbage truck, a fire truck and grain wagons; and they also got to dig in the mud and play with worms, compliments of our friends at Allen County Soil and Water Conservation. These are just a sample of the different activities that went along with the theme “Dig into Reading.”

Of course, none of this would be possible without the back-up of the whole library staff and a team of volunteers. Our 2013 volunteers were Sally Kiggins, Sue Wildermuth, Sharon and Sarah Closson, Teresa and Kayla Pohlman, Jessica Recker, Jennifer and Jason Ditto, Holly Dellinger, Makayla Herron, Adam Schneer, Emily Buettner, Claire Sensibaugh, Erin Pohlman, Madison Spring and Ryan Dickman. These folks gave a valuable service to the library this summer and we appreciate them very much.

As the Children’s Librarian, I want to compliment and thank the families for bringing the children to our summer activities as they are a joy to spend time with and serve. We’ve enjoyed their curiosity, enthusiasm and zest for life.

Sincerely,

Denise Cressman

Children’s Librarian

Delphos Public Library

 
Letter to the Editor
Written by Information submitted   
Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

I am responding the Michael Wrasman’s Letter to the Editor dated July 6 regarding wind turbines. Obviously, Mr. Wrasman has not done his homework regarding the problems wind turbines create not only for the people that have to live around them but also for the animals.

First, I would like to tell Mr. Wrasman Saint Francis of Assisi is the protector of animals and he would not approve of wind turbines. Most people love to see migrating birds, Canadian geese, Sandhill cranes and the local birds. The wind turbines have and will continue to kill these birds as they fly into the turbines, according to the National Wildlife Foundation.

Wind turbines are incompatible with farming. A farmer testified he will never be able to spray his field by air again because he can’t get insurance. Farming and living in a peaceful rural community are gone once turbines come. Also, there will be a loss of property value, ruined landscapes, noise, blade flicker, interference with the use and enjoyment of property and red flashing lights all night that can affect mental, physical and emotional health. Some people will be forced to move from their homes because of the bad effects turbines create. Some people are able to relocate; many are not because of money issues, it would cost too much. These are the things everyone should know about turbines.

Mr. Wrasman also states that wind turbines are a great resource to generate energy in remote locations, such as the remote countryside. The area where the company wants to put these turbines is not remote. Yes, have the wind turbines in remote areas where people don’t live so people don’t have to endure the bad effects that turbines create on people.

There are many beautiful homes in this area. Most people that live in the country don’t want to look out their window 24/7 and see these wind turbines flying around. They want to see the beautiful countryside, not a bunch of “whirly birds”, as you call them.

Wind turbines are not a win-win proposition for all involved. It is only a win for the large corporations that get individuals to lease their land to them. These people don’t have to live around turbines. Do your own research.

On March 29, the Wisconsin Ag Connection reported that Wisconsin Sen. Frank Lasee plans to introduce legislation that would give families that have been physically, emotionally or financially harmed by industrial wind turbines the legal right to sue for damages.

If I understand correctly, Sen. Lasee’s bill will enable anyone who is harmed by industrial wind turbines the ability to sue both the wind tower owner and the owner of the land on which the tower is located for loss of property value, cost of moving, cost of medical expenses, pain and suffering, attorney fees and any other loss as a result of the industrial wind turbine that is too close to their home or property.

Sen. Lasee states, “It is unconscionable for a family that has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in their home that they have lived in for years to be forced to move because an industrial wind tower is built nearby or wish that they could move but just can’t afford it.”

It has been reported by Fox News the Cape Cod Community of Falmouth, Mass., is considering taking down their wind turbines at the community’s expense because of the adverse health effects on those people in the area.

In closing, I would like to say wind turbines for the corporations that provide them and the subsidies that they get from the government are all about big bucks for them. Forget about the people who may live in proximity to the wind farms. Forget about the birds and animals. Forget about how everything is linked together. Once this is “done,” it’s almost impossible to get it “undone.”

Mr. Wrasman, please don’t ruin other people’s lives because you and your wife like to see the “whirly birds,” as you call them (wind turbines), doing their thing.

Nancy Luebrecht

Delphos

 
Revitalizing our communities by redeveloping Ohio brownfields
Written by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown   
Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 AM

BY US SENTOR

SHERROD BROWN

 

Last year, I met with members of the Shefton family of Cleveland. They lived near a former lead smelter site, but had to move when one of their sons was diagnosed with high-lead levels in his blood. No Ohio family or business should be forced to relocate because of hazardous materials or contaminated properties in its neighborhood. But unfortunately, this happens all too often in our state.

In Ohio, parcels of land known as brownfields are left behind after a commercial building or factory has been demolished or abandoned. These brownfields can be found in big cities and small towns in all parts of the state. In fact, by some estimates, Ohio has thousands of potential brownfield sites.

These brownfields don’t belong in neighborhoods where children walk to school, and they don’t belong in communities looking to attract new businesses.

We need to redevelop these sites to make way for new investments. That’s why I’m co-sponsoring legislation to clean-up, re-invest in and re-develop these properties. The Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act would overhaul the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) existing Brownfields Program.

We know that by providing targeted funding and allowing increased flexibility, we increase the likelihood that more sites are cleaned up. That’s why the BUILD Act would increase clean-up grants and more than double the funding ceiling for remediation grants. The legislation would also allow the EPA to award multi-purpose grants, which means federal resources could be used for multiple elements of a project, including site inventory and planning and remediation for one or more brownfields.

In order to increase flexibility further, the bill also lets more nonprofits qualify for site-assessment grants. Right now, nonprofits can only apply for site clean-up grants, but we know that local organizations and community development groups have the capacity to do so much more, especially in smaller communities.

Finally, the BUILD Act maintains current funding levels through Fiscal Year 2016. Simply put, this means it would not be subject to partisan fights during the next presidential election.

The BUILD Act is a perfect example of a public-private partnership. By cleaning up previously used sites for redevelopment opportunities, we can attract private capital back to our cities. If we can incentivize developers and businesses to locate in our towns, we can increase local tax revenue and protect our green spaces from continued development.

The BUILD Act and the Brownfields program play an integral role in revitalizing vacant or abandoned properties to meet environmental and public health challenges while spurring economic development in Ohio.

We must do everything we can to ensure the brownfields around our state are cleaned up and are no longer eyesores in their communities.

 
Ensuring Ohio workers have the skills needed to fill open jobs
Written by Sherrod Brown   
Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:02 AM

BY US SENATOR

SHERROD BROWN

 

Last week, I heard from Daniel Brewer, a Navy veteran from Cincinnati who could not find a good paying job after returning from Afghanistan. Though Daniel had substantial training in the Navy, moving home to Ohio, he had trouble translating his skills into the civilian workforce.

Daniel’s experience is all too common. Time and time again I’ve heard similar stories throughout Ohio: biotech firms, high-tech manufacturers, and small businesses are hiring for open positions, but can’t find the workers with the right skills to fill these job openings. With too many Ohioans still unable to find work, we should be doing all that we can to ensure that our workers are qualified to fill Ohio jobs.

Since 2007, I’ve convened more than 215 roundtables across Ohio’s 88 counties, listening to community and business leaders, workers, and entrepreneurs on ways to strengthen our economy. A theme that developed early on was that despite high unemployment, employers are having a hard time finding workers with the skills necessary to fill the available jobs. As a result, job openings in high-growth industries, like healthcare, clean energy, and biosciences, and even the manufacturing sector, are going unfilled.

According to Forbes, Ohio ranks 10th per capita in the nation among states expecting the biggest looming skilled labor shortage – due, in part, to an aging population and limited workforce training resources.

The skills gap exists – especially for careers in high-tech fields. This gap denies workers new opportunities they deserve and undermines our nation’s economic competitiveness. It also limits our state’s ability to attract new jobs and businesses.

In response to the stories I heard during my early roundtables throughout Ohio about the need to close the skills gap, I first introduced the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) in 2008. Last week, I reintroduced it with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).

The SECTORS Act creates partnerships between educators, industry, and workforce training boards to ensure that workers have the right skills to get hired in high-tech, emerging industries with good-paying jobs. If we’re going to attract new employers, we need to ensure that local workforce development efforts support the needs of local industries. That’s what this bill does.

It means community colleges, whether it’s Cincinnati State, Tri-C, Zane State, and Sinclair State or Rhodes State, and workforce investment boards, industry, and labor, working together to serve local needs.

We know economic development and workforce skills training go hand-in-hand. We’ve seen this in Youngstown with NAMII. When the skilled workers are there, more investments follow. It’s not only good for businesses; this legislation is also important for Ohio families.

America has a unique opportunity to address the skills gap that prevents hardworking Americans—like Daniel Brewer—from finding good jobs and prohibits eager-to-grow companies from hiring the skilled workers needed to expand. We close the skills gap by going directly to the source of Ohio’s economic might: our skilled workers and innovative businesses.

 
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