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On the Other Hand - There's still time
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:22 AM

A little rain can’t keep Delphos down. It rained before and during the Toast on Thursday and still, the Social Tent was packed, the illusionist was great and fun was had by all.

The sun rose on Friday and the day was beautiful until about 3 p.m. when the clouds and rain came. Boo, I say.

Even though the Friday’s main event, the Battle of Businesses, was postponed to 6 p.m. today, the Social Tent was hoppin’ in the evening and the band was great.

Today’s schedule is packed with activities for all ages, including a pancake and sausage breakfast, bingo, the sidewalk art contest, Basket Bingo, the bake sale and art show at the bank, the ArtFest exhibit, the pet parade (one of my personal favorites), kiddie tractor pull, water ball, disc golf, tractor show, cruise-in and more. Whew! That’s a lot.

I usually take a breather Saturday while I gear up for Sunday’s events: the 5-K walk/run, parade and the Big Ticket Drawing.

Canal Days is a lot more than what you can do. It’s also about who you see. It’s great to find old friends and reminisce while enjoying a carnival atmosphere. New friends are also a possibility.

However it turns out, supporting Canal Days is supporting your community. Checks to various groups and charities around October are the evidence of all the hard work it takes to bring an event of this size together. A lot of organizations count on the festival’s bottom line for theirs.

So while Mother Nature was a little stinker Thursday and Friday, today and Sunday promise to be perfect weather for a little fun, friends and celebrating Delphos.

Canal Days has been brought back to its former glory and far surpassed it. It seems to be the place to be the third weekend in September. It is, after all, the last premier festival of the year right here in your front yard!

There’s still time.


Editor’s note: Many of you many have noticed a new message in the information underneath pictures. The Herald has a photo gallery of many local and area events at www.delphosherald.com.

The newest additions are sports galleries. Miss the game or have a favorite player?

The Toast to the City photos are already up and the rest of this weekend’s offerings will soon follow.

So visit the website, click on the photo gallery and have a look. You might be surprised on who you see; it might even be you!

On the Other Hand — Four words
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:00 AM

I don’t often click on videos, etc., in Facebook posts because I hate waiting for them to come up and the last couple times I did, there was no video, just sound.

One caught my eye early Friday morning as I was avoiding doing something else.

Everyone’s comment on the video was positive and what caught my eye was “thank you so much for saying what I can’t.”

I felt compelled to check it out.

On the Other Hand — The plagues of Michigan
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 10, 2013 2:12 PM )

I know you guys are going to think I’m a big whiner. The last two times I have gone to Michigan, bugs were involved.

We spent Labor Day weekend by the lake and no, it wasn’t fishflies — it was sand fleas.

I know, I know; I shouldn’t be such a baby but I was the only one they bit. I’m serious. I had like a hundred (perhaps a light exaggeration) bites from my knees down and no one else had a single nibble.

I even doused myself with insect repellent and they were still biting me. I put socks on. The little buggers just chewed a ring around my ankles above the socks.

The bites just look like little red dots until you get the skin’s reaction to the sand flea slobber. Yes, I said slobber.

Sunday morning the itching started. I’m not sure how many of you have had poison ivy but the sensation is similar. No matter how much you scratch, you still itch. Itch — scratch. Itch — scratch. It becomes maddening ­— all-consuming.

I can remember a summer from long ago when Kristen Macwhinney Ulm and I were at our cottage with our parents. We took the John boat to the beach a lake over and sunned ourselves and swam and had a wonderful afternoon.

We made our way back to the cottage and had supper and when we were settling in for bed, the itching started. You know, the slobber thing.

Kristen, who is a bit taller than I, had, and this is no exaggeration, more than 100 bites on her legs; we counted them and gave up at more than 100. (We had lain in the sand for hours that afternoon and the sand fleas had a feast!)

I had quite a few, too, but she got it much worse.

Guess where this said cottage was. Give up? Michigan!

This past weekend I put up with the itch and went about celebrating.

On Monday, I was pretty much over the whole thing and ready to set my legs on fire. I showed them to Jill and she pretended to be concerned but I saw the humor in her eyes.

She quickly set about leafing through a file she keeps with helpful hints such as what to put on insect bites. She found one that recommended Crest tooth paste. It didn’t just say tooth paste, it was very specific.

Jill dug around and came up with several travel tubes of the stuff and I quickly slathered up. In no time, the itch was gone. It was replaced with a pleasant tingling and minty freshness. Why had I not said something Sunday?

When we got home Monday I quickly went to the drug store and bought some cortisone cream. Ice packs worked nicely, as well. Monday night after work, I iced the tops of my feet and they haven’t itched since. The rest took a little longer.

I guess the moral of the story is: Michigan bugs have it out for me.

Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, September 07, 2013 12:24 AM


September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Gold in September stands for kids with cancer. An opportunity is available to you to raise awareness and support for these special kids.

An organization called CureSearch holds an event called CureSearch Walk to raise money and awareness. This is a nonprofit organization that funds life-saving research through the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). There are more than 200 children’s cancer centers across the U.S. Some of these centers include Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, Toledo Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s Hospital. CureSearch is a research organization that is strictly dedicated to research of children’s cancers. Ninety-six percent of all money raised goes directly to research. Several individuals who partner with CureSearch are the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and major league baseball player Craig Breslow’s Strike 3 Foundation.

There are several walks to be held in the next few weeks. Today, one is being held in Toledo and one is taking place on Sunday in Fort Wayne. Dayton is hosting a walk in mid-September and Columbus will offer one on Oct. 4 in conjunction with an evening at the zoo. For a complete list of walks or to donate, please log on to www.curesearchwalk.org.

In memory of my granddaughter, Alivia, who passed at the age of 3 in 2011, I have donated to CureSearch. Won’t you join me in raising money and raising awareness for the need to find cures for children’s cancers?


Betty Shobe


Another year ...
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:26 AM

A birthday gift to myself this year is to rerun this column originally published on Sept. 1, 2012.

Another year has passed and another candle was added to my cake. I don’t mind. I still enjoy birthdays and look forward to them. The alternative is just no good. Not reaching the next birthday, I mean.