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  Contestants in Ohio HasTalent! at 7 p.m. Saturdayat the Niswonger PerformingArts Center will have more tocompete for.Besides the $500, $250 and$100 offered in prize money,representatives from the OhioIdol contest in Columbus willbe on-hand to choose a singerto be instantly qualified forits top 100 and a chance towin $10,000 and a recordingcontract.Steve Wise, CEO of OhioIdol and In Tune Promotions,LLC, of Mt. Vernon, con-tacted the organizers of Ohio LEE KINSTLE GM SALES AND SERVICE BIG    VALUE ã BIG    SAVINGS ã BIG    SELECTION BIG     TRADE-IN ALLOWANCES ON NEW & USED VEHICLES $2000 MINIMUM TRADE ON SELECT: Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet HHR, PONTIAC G6 Lee Kinstle is the only GM Certifed used Car Dealer in Van Wert  County!  (Mention this ad & get FREE tank of gas with the purchase of one of these cars.) GAS ANDGO 650 West Ervin Road ã Van Wert, OH 458791 419-238-5902 ã 866-LEEKINSTLE ã LEE KINSTLE.COM  Have your old concrete restored REPAIR ANY DAMAGED CONCRETE YEAR AROUND. CALL COREY HENSONFOR A FREE QUOTE RE-DECK OF NORTHWEST OHIO CONCRETE REPAIR& SEALING,SLAB JACKING,EPOXY FLOORING.WE ALSO OFFERACID STAINING,PRESSUREWASHING & NEWCONCRETE SEALING 3660 C.R. 10 ã ADA, OH 45810 www.redeckonwo.com 419-549-5762 NEVER WORRY ABOUTREPLACING CARPETING IN AFLOODED BASEMENT AGAIN. Monday, March 26, 2012 D ELPHOS H ERALD T he 50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869 UpfrontSports Forecast Obituaries 2AState/Local 3APolitics 4ACommunity 5ASports 6-7AAnnouncements 8AClassifieds 2BTV 3B Index SunnyTuesday; highin upper 50s.See page 2A. www.delphosherald.com Host familiesneeded forGerman students The Delphos/VerlFriendship Link is looking forfamilies to host young highschool exchange studentswho are scheduled to be inDelphos from the middle of August to early December.They can attend eitherDelphos school. Interestedfamilies can view the studentprofiles at www.egwerther.de/delphos2012/ or contactRick Hanser at 419-695-1876 or friendshiplink@wcoil.com; or contact GingerDenman at 419-695-1502or gkdenman@yahoo.com. Parks takingsoftball sign-ups Delphos Parks andRecreation is accepting regis-trations for the men’s Fridaynight softball league. Entryfee is $100; no umpires;use strike mats; beginslate May or early June.The Tuesday nightmen’s league entry feeis $300 per team; beginslate May or early June.Contact parks at 419-695-5712 or 419-235-4634. Leavea message for what night theteam would like to play. Wife defendssoldier accusedin rampage SEATAC, Wash. (AP) —The wife of a U.S. soldieraccused of killing 17 Afghancivilians says her husbandshowed no signs of PTSDbefore he deployed, and addsthat she doesn’t feel like she’llever believe he was involvedin the killings.Karilyn Bales defend-ed her husband, Staff Sgt.Robert Bales, in an interviewwith Matt Lauer for NBC’s“Today” show that aired onMonday.The Washington statewoman said her husband joined the Army after the ter-ror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,to “protect his family, friendsand country. He wanted to dohis part,” and added that herhusband is “very brave, verycourageous.”Officials say Bales wan-dered off base in southernAfghanistan earlier this monthand killed eight Afghan adultsand nine children.The wife of the Joint BaseLewis-McChord soldier saidthe accusations are “unbeliev-able to me.”“He loves children, he’slike a big kid himself,” shesaid. “I have no idea whathappened, but he would not... he loves children, and hewould not do that.”He was formally chargedFriday with 17 counts of pre-meditated murder and othercrimes.She said he never hadnightmares or other signsof PTSD and she feels likehe was mentally fit when hewas deployed. She also saidhe never told her about atraumatic brain injury he suf-fered while in Iraq, until hereturned home.“He shielded me from alot of what he went through.He’s a very tough guy.”U.S. investigators havesaid they believe Bales killedin two episodes, returning tohis base after the first attackand later slipping away tokill again. He is reported tohave surrendered without astruggle.The 38-year-old mar-ried father of two from LakeTapps, Wash., is being held ata U.S. military prison at FortLeavenworth, Kan. Afghan killings Wurst uses music to make others happy BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com DELPHOS—When15-year-old Emma Wurstauditioned for Ohio HasTalent!, she had srcinallyplanned to just play the piano.When she got up in front of the judges, she changed heract spontaneously.“I was there playing thepiano for people when some-one came in and said theyhad a spot to fill and asked if I wanted to go next,” Wurstsaid. “I was srcinally justgoing to play the piano butI ended up singing, too. Itwas all very ‘on the spot.’ Ididn’t really have time to benervous.”Wurst, a freshman atJefferson, has taken bothvoice and piano lessons andis no stranger to perform-ing.“I’ve been playing thepiano for about three and ahalf years, almost four,” shesaid. “I’m in choir and I’vebeen singing for a long timebut it’s been within the lasttwo and a half years that Istarted really taking it seri-ously.”“I’ve been performing inthe school talent show wedo here every year and I’vedone Blue Ribbon Festivalsfor piano,” she continued. “Ireally enjoy performing, Ithink it’s fun. I like makingothers happy, making themsmile.”Wurst had more than onereason for auditioning forOhio Has Talent!“I actually decided to doit when I saw a sign-up sheetin the choir room,” she said.“I thought it would be reallyfun and interesting to do it.I figured it would be a goodexperience. Also, I think mydad will really enjoy it. He’sleaving for Afghanistan inMay, so this will be some-thing special I can do for himbefore he leaves.” It’s My Passion TUESDAY Baseball (5 p.m.): O-Gat Ottoville; Spencervilleat Parkway; Lincolnviewat Ft. Recovery; ColumbusGrove at Elida; St. Marysat Van Wert (WBL).Softball (5 p.m.): Jeffersonat Van Wert; Ottoville atWayne Trace; Waynesfieldat Spencerville; MarionLocal at Lincolnview.Track and Field (4:30p.m.): Shawnee at St. John’s;Jefferson at Allen East tri; Celinaat Spencerville; Leipsic/P-G/C-R at Columbus Grove; FortJennings/Elida at O-G, 5 p.m. Wurst Stakes raised inOhio Has Talent! See TALENT, page 2See KILLINGS, page 2A “He loves chil-dren, he’s like abig kid himself. Ihave no idea whathappened, but hewould not ... heloves children, and he wouldnot do that.” — Karilyn Bales, wife of accused shooter Dena Martz photos Students compete in amateur show Many students participated in the annual amateur show at Jefferson MiddleSchool Auditorium Saturday evening. Above: First-grader Cody Bailey busts propsduring his karate performance.Below, in no order, first-graders Gwen Teman, Macy Poling, Elyse North andEmma Kill performing a dance to “Firework.” They were also gold medal winners.   HAPPY HOUR     IS BACK AT PAT’S!  662 Elida Ave., Delphos 419-692-0007 Open 5 a.m.-9 p.m.   2-5 PM Monday-Friday 75¢ a SCOOP OF HARD DIP ICE KREME  Limit 5 per customer St. John’sPreschool OpenHouse andRegistration for the 2012-2013 School Year  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Wednesday, April 11 St. John’s Annex722 S. Jefferson St., Delphos Give your child the opportunity to begin their schoolexperience in a comfortable environment withcaring teachers who utilize innovative teaching toolsto prepare students for kindergarten whileemphasizing Christian values. For information, call 419-692-9806 Licensed by the Ohio Department of Education ã We welcome children 3 to 5 years oldã Pre-K classes and Latchkey availableã Registration fee $25 v / v // v Get a FREE Curves membershipwith the SilverSneakers  ® Fitness Program! Minimum 12 mo. cd/eft program.Through 3/28/12 2012 v / v // v 419-692-23881875 E. Fifth St.Delphos POND BLUING ENZYME MAGIC $ 28 $ 30 gal.gal. Longer Lasting Safelybreaks downmuck anddeadvegetation. 419-230-3552 Craig Byrne Delivery Available Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholars of the Day areSamanthaBonifas andDevin Fisher.Congratulations Samanthaand Devin!Jefferson’s Scholars of theDay are RyanKerby andJoshua Culp.CongratulationsKerby and Joshua! Scholars of the Day 2A – The Herald Monday, March 26, 2012 For The Record www.delphosherald.com O BITUARY B IRTHS L OTTERYL OCAL PRICES W EATHER P OLICE R EPORT The DelphosHerald Vol. 142 No. 215 Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany Brantley ,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published dailyexcept Sundays, Tuesdays andHolidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $1.48per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833 Delphos mancited followinghit-skip crash Delphos weather ST. RITA’S A boy was born March 18to Danielle Herron and NickEdwards of Delphos.A boy was born March22 to Sara Gilbert and KeithClark of Delphos. Aggressive parents forceegg hunt cancellation Talent Man arrested onMercer CountywarrantDriver chargedwith improperbackingPlate takenfrom mopedHomeownerreports break-in,damageGas siphonedfrom vehicle March 23, 1925-March 25, 2012 Pauline A. Geise, 87, of Landeck, died at 7:20 p.m.Sunday at her residence.She was born March 23,1925, in Landeck to Anthonyand Theresa (Scharf) Kill,who preceded her in death.On Oct. 26, 1946, she mar-ried John Geise Sr. who diedon April 9, 1997.Survivors include sonsDouglas (Dorothy “Dot”)Geise, Richard (Barb) Geiseand John (Beth) Geise Jr. of Delphos; daughters Jeanne(Bob) Arnts of Chapel Hill,N.C., Sandra McDonnell of Delphos and Suzanne (Bill)Humpert of Union, Ky.; sis-ters Alma (Joe) Dampf of California and LaDonna(Virg) Birgen of Nevada;grandchildren Eric (Beth)Geise, Melissa (Norm)Knippen, Nicole (Mike)Kill, Jay Niemeyer, Shaun(Michelle) Niemeyer, LeslieGeise, Patrick (Samantha)Linder, Evan McDonnell,Caleb, Rebekah and MollyGeise and Tyler, Lauren andKelsey Humpert; and 14great-grandchildren.She was also preceded indeath by a son, Greg; sistersMargaret Ellerbrock, LillianVent, Alfreda Gerdeman andBeatrice Bockey; and brothersLinus, Vernon and George Kill.Mrs. Geise was a housewife and member of St. Johnthe Baptist Catholic Church,Landeck, the Catholic Ladiesof Columbia, Trim TrendsRetirees, Autumn YearsChoraliers, Allen CountyRight to Life. She volunteeredat Daily Bread soup kitchen,Interfaith Thrift Shop andVancrest Healthcare Center.She donated blood for 30years with the American RedCross and her most cherishedactivity was babysitting hergrandchildren. She enjoyedreading, gardening and play-ing cards with her sister-in-laws Helen Kimmett, Bea(Bob) Geise and Norma (Leo)Geise. She took great joy inbeing surrounded by her chil-dren, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. She enjoyedattending local theatre perfor-mances with her brother-in-law, Hubert Youngpeter, formany years.Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 11 a.m. Wednesdayat St. John the BaptistCatholic Church, the Rev.Jacob Gordon officiating.Burial will follow in thechurch cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Tuesday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherethe CLC service is at 7 p.m. andthe parish wake is at 7:30 p.m.Memorials are to NationalRight to Life or Mass inten-tions.A Delphos man wascharged with leaving the sceneof an accident following asingle-vehicle crash reportedat 10:06 a.m. Sunday.A Delphos Police reportindicates Jamie Richardson,23, was driving through aneast-west drive off 1000 blockof South Clay Street whenhis vehicle left the roadway,striking a wooden fence anda metal pole. Richardson thenleft the scene without report-ing the accident.The fence and pole were inthe yard of property owned byJoe Scharf.The high temperatureSunday in Delphos was 68 andthe low was 48. A year agotoday, the high was 52 and thelow was 33. The record highfor today is 78, set in 2007and the record low of 8 wasset in 2001.COLORADO SPRINGS,Colo. (AP) — Organizers of anannual Easter egg hunt attendedby hundreds of children havecanceled this year’s event, cit-ing the behavior of aggressiveparents who swarmed into thetiny park last year, determinedthat their kids get an egg.That hunt was over in sec-onds, to the consternation of egg-less tots and their own par-ents. Too many parents had jumped a rope set up to allowonly children into BancroftPark in a historic area of Colorado Springs.Organizers say the event hasoutgrown its srcinal intent of being a neighborhood event.Parenting observers cite thecancellation as a prime exam-ple of so-called “helicopter par-ents” — those who hover overtheir children and are involvedin every aspect of their chil-dren’s lives — sports, school,and increasingly work — toensure that they don’t fail, evenat an Easter egg hunt.“They couldn’t resist get-ting over the rope to help theirkids,” said Ron Alsop, a for-mer Wall Street Journal report-er and author of “The TrophyKids Grow Up,” which exam-ines the “millennial children”generation.“That’s the perfect meta-phor for millennial children.They (parents) can’t stayout of their children’s lives.They don’t give their childrenenough chances to learn fromhard knocks, mistakes.”Alsop and others say theparenting phenomenon beganin earnest when Baby Boomerswho decorated their cars with“Baby on Board” signs in the1980s began having children.It has prompted at least twoNew York companies to estab-lish “take your parent to workday” for new recruits as par-ents remain involved even aftertheir children become adults.Last April’s egg hunt, spon-sored by the Old Colorado CityAssociation, attracted hun-dreds of parents and childrenand experienced a few tech-nical difficulties, said MazieBaalman, owner of RockyMountain Chocolate Factoryand sponsor of the event.There was no place to hidethe plastic eggs, which werefilled with donated candy orcoupons redeemable at nearbybusinesses. So thousands of eggs were placed in plain viewon the grass. A bullhorn tostart the event malfunctioned,so Baalman, master of cer-emonies, used a public addresssystem that was hard to hear.“So everybody thinks yousaid ‘Go,’ and everybodygoes, and it’s over in seconds,”Baalman said. “If one parentgets in there, other parents say,‘If one can get in we all can getin,’ and everybody goes.”Jennifer Rexford used tolive near the park and nowlives in Galveston, Texas. Shesaid she used to participatein public Easter egg huntswith her three boys, ages 3, 8,and 14. She doesn’t anymorebecause of “pushy parents” sheexperienced at hunts in Floridaand Texas.“It just seems to be themindset. People just want thebest for their kids,” Rexfordsaid.Lenny Watkins, who livesa block away from BancroftPark, took his friend’s then4-year-old son to the hunt in2009.“I just remember having awonderful time, him with hisEaster basket” Watson said,adding that he can understandwhy a parent would step in.“You have all these eggs just lying around, and parentshelping out. You better believeI’m going to help my kid getone of those eggs. I promisedmy kid an Easter egg hunt andI’d want to give him an evenedge.” (Continued from page 1A) Has Talent! about the collabo-ration. Ohio Idol is a state-wide singing competition forvocalists age 12 and older,offering the chance to com-pete for $10,000, a year-longstatewide tour and a recordingcontract.Ohio Idol begins on June9 with an open audition at theColumbus Convention Center.The top 100 from the openaudition will compete on June16-17 in front of a live, publicaudience. The top 50 will per-form during Columbus’ Red,White & Boom! FireworksFestival on July 3. The finalswill be July 28, with the top 10contestants performing at theOhio State Fair on the CelesteCenter stage, where the win-ner will be announced.The singer selected by OhioIdol representatives at OhioHas Talent! will be entered inthe top 100 performances onJune 16-17 at the conventioncenter in Columbus.At 10:55 a.m. on FridayDelphos Police were calledto the 700 block of NorthWashington Street in refer-ence to a verbal argument inthat area.Upon officers’ arrival,they observed a male subjectwalking from that area, uponspeak-ing withthe maleit wasfoundthat hehad anactivearrestwarrantissued forhim outof MercerCountyfor a failure toappear violation.As a result William Estle,25, of Delphos, was arrestedand later turned over to depu-ties from Mercer County.At 3:41 p.m. on Thursday,an traffic accident occurredwhen the driver of a vehiclebacked into a stop sign.Brandon Carder, 21,of Delphos, was headedsouthbound on North CanalStreet when he approachedthe stop sign at West ThirdStreet. Carder failed to stopat the stop sign and beganturning westbound on ThirdStreet when he observed apolice car. He stopped inthe intersection and beganbacking up, striking thestop sign at Third and Canalstreets.There were no injuries.Carder was charged withimproper backing.At 11:30 a.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were contactedby a resident who stated that afamily member had a mopedlicense plate taken while thevehicle was parked in the 900block of Wildcat Lane.At 12:23 p.m. on Friday,Delphos Police were called toa residence in the 700 blockof East Second Street in refer-ence to a breaking and enter-ing complaint.Upon officers, arrival, thehomeowner stated someonehad forcibly gained entry intothe residence and had causeddamage to the residence.At 2:53 p.m. on Thursday,Delphos Police were calledto the 200 block of HollandAvenue in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated that someone hadtaken gasoline from a motorvehicle parked in that area. WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT : Mostly clearin the evening then becom-ing partly cloudy with areasof frost through the night.Lows in the upper 20s. Eastwinds5 to 10 mph. TUESDAY : Mostlysunny. Highs in the upper50s. Southeast winds 10 to20 mph. TUESDAY NIGHT :Partly cloudy with a slightchance of showers and stormsin the evening. Then most-ly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstormsovernight. Warmer. Lows inthe lower 50s.Southwest winds 15 to 20mph. Chance of measurableprecipitation 40 percent. EXTENDED FORECASTWEDNESDAY: Partlycloudy in the morning thenclearing. Warmer. Highsaround 70. West winds 15to 20 mph with gusts up to30 mph. WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THURSDAY : Mostly clear.Lows in the lower 40s. Highsin the lower 50s. THURSDAY NIGHT :Mostly clear. Lows in themid 30s. FRIDAY : Mostly sunnywith a 20 percent chance of showers and storms. Highsin the upper 50s.Corn: $6.43Wheat: $6.54Beans: $13.44 COLUMBUS (AP) — Hereare the drawings from Sundayevening: Pick 3 Evening 4-9-2 Pick 4 Evening 6-2-0-0 Rolling Cash 5 02-23-29-32-37 Ten OH Evening 02-07-08-15-18-29-31-36-40-41-44-48-52-54-58-61-66-67-69-72 Estle Pauline A. Geise March is also consideredNational Umbrella Month. Today and Tuesday  AVAILABLE FOR RENT: ã 15, 12 and 8 passenger Chevrolet Express Vans ã 7 passenger Chevrolet Express Conversion Van ã 7 passenger Chevrolet Uplander Regular& Extended Minivans ã 6 passenger Chevrolet Impala, HHR Sport Wagon,Malibu, Cavalier and Pontiac G-6 Sedans ã Full-size GM Pickup Truck w/8’ bed ã Chevrolet Express 12’ Box Truck w/appliance ramp ã Vehicle Tow dolly w/brakes and lights 602 W. 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A spokesman saysthe company objects to thearrow, because families andchildren would see it.A health departmentspokesman says losing thearrow would dilute the mes-sage. It’s seeking out othercompanies to post the ad.The $20,000 campaignis funded by federal moneyaimed at preventing sexuallytransmitted diseases.It will also use radio spots,print ads, bar coasters, busi-ness cards and social mediasites. Information submitted Planning for this sum-mer’s annual Rib Fest hasmoved into high gear withlots of great entertainment andplenty of fun activities beingplanned for the whole family.Details of these events will bereleased in the near future.The Rib Fest PlanningCommittee had a surprisevisitor at its last meeting ...a new volunteer who wantsto help make this the best ribevent in the area. “Pig,” as heintroduced himself, explainedhe recently run away from oldMcDonald’s farm outside of Victor, New York, “becauseI felt I wasn’t appreciated.”He said, “I had a lot of ideasfor improving the lives of local swine and the image of pigs in general but old farmerMcDonald wouldn’t listento any of my suggestions. Icame to Van Wert hoping tobe of help in your efforts.”After conferring withthe Planning Committee,Convention and VisitorsBureau President, DaveRoach, welcomed “Pig” as amember of the committee. Itwas felt that a more friend-ly name should be given to“Pig,” but the committeecouldn’t agree on better one,and so it was decided to havea Name The PigContest and invitethe public to sub-mit names.Entry formsmay be picked upat the Van WertArea Conventionand VisitorsOffice at 136 E.Main St. or down-loaded at http://visitvanwert.org/documents/NamethePigEntryForm.pdf.Deadline for sub-mitting names isMarch 30. Thewinning name willbe chosen by theRib Fest PlanningCommittee fromthose submitted.If there are mul-tiple entries withthe same name,the winning entrywill be drawn ran-domly from thosewith like names. The winnerwill receive a prize packagevalued at over $50. So getyour creative juices runningand let us hear your ideas. The Rib Fest Planning Committeeneeds help finding a name for its new-est member. Entries in the Name thePig contest should be turned in byMarch 30. Pictured with the pig is CVBPresident Dave Roach. Photo submitted Rib Fest Planning Committeewelcomes new member Standing up for women By U.S. SenatorSherrod Brown  Women in Ohio – andthroughout the United States – deserve leaders who arewilling to fight for them.Yet, a vital law that pro-tects women has expired.Domestic violence affectswomen, families, and com-munities in major cities, smalltowns, and rural communitiesin our state.More than 70,000 Ohioansmade domestic dispute callsin 2010 – and 74 percent of the callers were women.That is why the ViolenceAgainst Women Act(VAWA) is so important.VAWA – which is typicallyreauthorized with bipartisansupport every five years –provides resources for localand state organizations tocombat domestic, sexual,and psychological violenceagainst women. But last year,the law expired. And criti-cal efforts that help womenand their children protectthemselves from domesticviolence, stalking, and cyber-threats continue only on ashort-term basis.Failure to reauthorizeVAWA would have devastat-ing consequences for women,law enforcement, and com-munities in Ohio.For women, VAWAresources mean the differencebetween struggling in silenceand beginning the long roadto emotional recovery withhelp from a strong supportnetwork. Women’s sheltersand domestic violence centerswould have trouble existingwithout VAWA. These are thevery organizations that con-nect women with legal help,emergency housing, transpor-tation, and lock services.Ohio Alliance to EndSexual Violence StateDirector Katie Hanna recent-ly shared a story with mefrom a woman who said, “assomeone who was sexuallyabused I wish I had a pro-gram or someone to turn tobesides being left to just dealwith it.”VAWA has also improvedthe criminal justice system’sability to keep survivors safeand hold perpetrators account-able. Reauthorizing VAWAwould invest in state grantprograms – like the Grantsto Encourage Arrest Policiesand Enforcement ProtectionOrders program – that helplaw enforcement respond tosexual assault crimes. Forlaw enforcement officialslike the 2011 Summit CountyDetective of the Year VitoSinopoli, a Bath Townshippolice officer, VAWA reau-thorization means havingthe resources needed to trainmore than 850 police officersthroughout Ohio and 20 pros-ecutors who are often amongthe first responders to domes-tic violence survivors.Communities should nothave to confront this nation-al problem without nationalsupport.That’s why I’m fightingto reauthorize VAWA in theSenate. The bill has biparti-san support, but it remainsstalled in the Senate becausesome Washington politicansrefuse to bring it to a vote.As a husband and father of daughters – and your Senator – I find this blatant inactionunacceptable.Reauthorizing VAWAnow would provide toolsfor law enforcement, survi-vor service providers, andcourt personnel to betteridentify and manage highrisk offenders – and preventdomestic violence homicides.Immediate VAWA reautho-rization would help with pri-mary prevention programs sochildren grow up learning theimportance of healthy andsafe relationships.Reauthorizing VAWA islong overdue. YW offers new aqua ftness classes The Van Wert CountyYWCA welcomes two newaqua fitness classes to theVan Wert community. AquaZumba and Aqua Boxingwill now be available.Known as the Zumba®“pool party,” the Aqua Zumbaprogram gives new meaningto the idea of an invigoratingworkout. Splashing, stretch-ing, twisting, even shouting,laughing, hooting and hol-lering are often heard dur-ing an Aqua Zumba class.Integrating the Zumba for-mula and philosophy withtraditional aqua fitness disci-plines, the Aqua Zumba classblends it all together intoa safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning,and most of all, exhilaratingbeyond belief. Aqua Zumbawill be taught Wednesdaynights at 6:15-7 p.m. startingMay 9 by Holly Vaughn.Vaughn, a YWCA fit-ness instructor, is a certi-fied Zumba instructor witha dynamic education. Shehas been certified in ZumbaBasic Level 1 & 2, ZumbaGold, a senior focused pro-gram, Zumbatomic, a kidsprogram, and most recentlyAqua Zumba.She has also put instrong efforts to expand herZumba repertoire by attend-ing Zumba JAM sessions orchoreography trainings regu-larly.Aqua Boxing is a highenergy, vigorous workoutfor those looking for a new,up-tempo way to get fit andhealthy. By using all of thetraditional boxing movesin the water, you’ll stretch,exercise, and reinvigoratemuscle groups out of theirwinter lull. This specialtycourse is designed for alllevels of fitness and involvespowerful boxing and kickingmovements in water. Youwill experience strong pur-poseful movements buildingyour confidence, strengthand exuding positive energy.Aqua Boxing will be taughtMonday nights at 6:15-7 p.m.starting April 2 by AngieHatfield.Hatfield has been teachinga variety of fitness classes forover 13 years. She is certi-fied to teach Zumba, ZumbaGold, PiYo, Kick Boxing,Spin and many others. Sheis also a certified personaltrainer.Participants do not needto be a YWCA member.General operating hoursare 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.Monday – Thursday; 6:30a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.The YWCA is a UnitedWay and Van Wert CountyFoundation funded agency.For more information con-tact Program Director DanniChiles at 419-238-6639.  “I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.” -- Robert Frost I T WAS NEWS THEN 4A — The HeraldMonday, March 26, 2012 P OLITICS www.delphosherald.com Moderately confused One Year Ago ã The JETS Team from Fort Jennings High School recentlycaptured first place in the Junior Engineering TechnologySociety (JETS) at Ohio Northern University in Ada. Teammembers include Heather Hofstetter, Alyssa Piasecki, KristaBaldauf, Ethan Schimmoeller, Kegan Sickles, AndrewHuntsman, Nolan Kaverman and Lacy Hittle. 25 Years Ago — 1987 ã The March meeting of the Frills and Frogs, Ohio ChildConservation League, began with the club meeting at churchfor a short talk by the Rev. John Shanahan. The group thenmoved to Marie Ricker’s. Election of officers was held withthe following results: president, Lois Grone; vice president,Pam Cook; secretary, Sandi Von Sossan; and treasurer, LindaGasser.ã Members of the Delphos Chapter of Office EducationAssociation were recently honored with having their chapteractivities yearbook selected as the second best in thestate in a competition held at the Ohio Center and HyattRegency Hotel in Columbus. Brian Fetzer, historian of the junior chapter, accepted the trophy at the banquet held in the ballroom. ã Hands That Rock the Future Chapter of Ohio ChildConservation League met at the home of Elaine Ulm withDarlene Moenter co-hostess. Devotions were given by Ulm,followed by a short business meeting. Plans were finalized forMay 9 as a husbands’ party and progressive dinner. 50 Years Ago — 1962 ã The bands from both Delphos Jefferson and DelphosSt. John’s high schools and the choir and girls glee clubfrom Jefferson all received high ratings in district musiccontests held Saturday in Kenton and Bluffton. All threeunits from Jefferson received ratings of superior and willcompete in the state contest to be held in Ada next month. St.John’s band, competing for the first time, received a rating of good.ã Marie Unterbrink of Cincinnati, daughter of Mr. andMrs. Roman (Helen Kaverman) Unterbrink, has been noti - fied by the National Red Cherry Institute that she is one of 53 finalists in the National Red Tart Cherry Recipe for 1962.The Unterbrinks are former residents of Delphos. Marie is thegranddaughter of Cecelia Kaverman, South Clay Street.ã William Buschor, son of Florence Buschor of Delphos,is a member of a team of University of Detroit architec - ture students helping to design a proposed United NationsUniversity. The ten-man U. of D. team working on designsfor the International education institution is cooperating with aUniversity of Michigan student faculty project. A proposal forsuch a university is currently before the United Nations. 75 Years Ago — 1937 ã Glenn Dalton of Columbus, area director of the EmergencyPeace Campaign, will give a lecture Monday night at JeffersonHigh School. The lecture will be sponsored by the DelphosBand Mothers Association. The Band Mothers are urgingthat members of the Kiwanis and Civic Club and the variouschurch organizations attend the lecture.ã Mrs. Albert Evans will head the Ladies Aid Society of thePresbyterian Church during the ensuing year, it was decided ata regular monthly meeting of the society held Wednesday atthe church. The remaining officers are: Mrs. Harry Mills, firstvice president; Mrs. Robert Reul, second vice president; Mrs.Earl Scott, secretary; and Mrs. Frank Peltier, treasurer.ã Another good time is in store for members of the DelphosAerie, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and their families Saturdaynight. At the request of the members, Brown’s Old TimeFiddlers will furnish the music for the round and square danc - ing. A chicken fry will be a feature. WASHINGTON (AP) —Far from home if not awayfrom election-year politics,President Barack Obamais returning to the threat toAmerican security that hecalls the gravest of all: ter - rorists getting material for a nuclear bomb. In South Korea, whereObama is headed, the presidentwill join a massive gatheringof world leaders whose unitedgoal is to secure nuclear mate - rial and prevent it from beingsmuggled to states or groupsintent on mass destruction.Right across the borderbut not participating: nuclearNorth Korea, labeled by theWhite House as “the odd manout.” It is brinksmanship withNorth Korea and Iran, anothernation not invited to the sum - mit, that has dominated much of the nuclear debate and that will cast an unquestionableshadow over talks in Seoul.Obama’s mission over threedays in the South Korean cap - ital will be to show progress— in pressuring North Koreato change its rogue ways andin approaching a lofty goal of locking down nuclear materialaround the globe by 2014.For a president up for re-election, this will be a rareAsia trip devoted to just onecountry, built around a nucle - ar security summit that carrieshis imprint. Obama held thefirst one in Washington twoyears ago. This one is con - sidered a status check and atime for nations to offer newand tangible pledges, but nobreakthroughs are expected.Up first on his agenda: hisfirst visit to the most fortifiedborder in the world.Obama’s symbolic visit tothe Demilitarized Zone sepa - rating the Korean peninsulawill be the fourth by a U.S.president. The others wereRonald Reagan, Bill Clintonand George W. Bush; otherU.S. officials regularly go tothe DMZ. About 60 years after the Korean War ended with anarmistice, hundreds of thou -sands of troops stand ready on both sides of the border zone,which is littered with landminds and encased in razorwire. Obama officials said thegoal is to thank U.S. and SouthKorean military members andshow U.S. resolve from “thefront line of democracy” onthe peninsula.The United States has morethan 28,000 troops in SouthKorea, a legacy of the KoreanWar six decades ago.North Korea plans tolaunch a long-range rocketnext month, which the U.S. and other powers say would violate a U.N. ban on nuclearand missile activity becausethe same technology could beused for long-range missiles.On top of that, the U.S. has warned that a deal to resume stalled food aid to the Northcould be jeopardized if NorthKorea goes ahead.North Korea has built andtested nuclear devices and isconsidered a suspect in thespread of nuclear know-how and weapons of mass destruc- tion to other countries.The planned missile launchappears part of a long pat -tern of steps forward but then backward in U.S. dealingswith North Korea and playsinto Republican claims thatObama is being played the fool. JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press WASHINGTON — TheSupreme Court’s ruling on theconstitutionality of PresidentBarack Obama’s health careoverhaul is likely to shake thepresidential election race inearly summer but the winnersin the court will not neces - sarily be the winners in thepolitical arena.No doubt, a decision tothrow out the entire law would be a defeat for Obama. His judgment and leadership,even his reputation as a for - mer constitutional law pro - fessor, would be called intoquestion for pushing througha contentious and partisanhealth insurance overhaulonly to see it declared uncon - stitutional by the court.It would not spell certaindoom for his re-election. Infact, it would end the GOPargument that a Republicanpresident must be elected toguarantee repeal of the law.It also could re-energize lib - erals, shift the spotlight ontoinsurance companies andreignite a debate about howto best provide health care. If the court upholds the law, Obama would be vin - dicated legally. Republicanconstitutional criticisms would be undercut because five of the nine justices werenominated by Republicanpresidents.Opposition would inten - sify in the political world.Without legal recourse,Republicans would gain newenergy to argue that the onlypath to kill the law would beto elect a Republican presi - dent and enough GOP can - didates to control the Houseand Senate. They might bewary of promising overnightrepeal because a filibuster-proof Senate majority seemsbeyond their reach in theNovember election.Central to the dispute overthe law is a provision thatrequires individuals to havehealth insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. Polls show that this mandate is opposed by3 of 5 Americans. AmongRepublicans, calls for itsrepeal are a surefire applauseline. Of the four federal appeals courts that have ruled, twoupheld the law, one struckdown only the insurance man - date and one punted, sayingan obscure tax law makes itpremature to decide the meritsuntil the main coverage provi - sions take effect in 2014.With the court hearingarguments today throughWednesday, operatives fromboth parties have been playingout the potential outcomes.It’s a calculation complicatedby the intensely polarizedpublic attitudes toward thelaw, by the still unsettled racefor the Republican nomina - tion and, most important, bythe range of potential deci - sions by the court.“A lot of the argumentsthat are being made against itright now are that they violatebasic constitutional rights andprinciples,” said Tad Devine,a veteran consultant of Democratic presidential poli - tics. “If the Supreme Court,controlled by Republicans,doesn’t agree with that, Ithink it’s going to be hard tomake that argument.”“If they strike down themandate,” he added, “it takesaway a lot of the attackagainst the president on thatissue.”White House and Obamacampaign officials would notpublicly discuss the optionsahead, worried they would beperceived as trying to influ -ence the court. But the Obama campaign has begun to drawattention to the benefits of the law, hoping to counterthe beating the law has takenfrom the GOP presidentialcandidates.This past week, it posteda new health care app onlinewhere users can find out how the health care law affectsthem. It also launched a web- site that features testimonials about the law. The campaign’s ObamaTwitter account drew atten - tion Thursday to that “Facesof Change” website and to thelaw’s second anniversary, aday after White House spokes - man Jay Carney dismissedany observance of the bill’ssigning as something “thatonly those who toil inside the Beltway focus on.” CONNIE CASSAssociated Press WASHINGTON — Arewe there yet? Not quite. MittRomney’s two steps forward,one flub back campaign con - tinues its tantalizing progresstoward a total victory that always seems just ahead. Still, the Republican presi - dential race has got to endsometime, whether it’s Aprilor August. Here are five waysto settle this thing: The likeliest route :Romney pulls off a clean winby the time the last state votesin June.Sure, he’s cutting it closerthan he’d like, but if Romneykeeps up his current pace hecan win the necessary major - ity — 1,144 delegates — byJune 26, if not sooner. Last-chance Utah, where Romneyis embraced by a large pop - ulation of fellow Mormons,would make a poignant wrap- up. After Louisiana’s primary Saturday, 21 states and the District of Columbia have yetto vote, and Romney’s abouthalfway to the magic number,according to The AssociatedPress delegate count. If he hitshis mathematical mark — orif his only rival within shout - ing distance, Rick Santorum,drops out — Romney instant - ly becomes the presumptivenominee and the general elec - tion race is on.But Santorum and NewtGingrich are trying to pre - vent that tidy Romney fin - ish by sticking in the con - test and drawing away votes.That strategy comes as manyRepublicans are eager tochoose a champion and turnthe party’s attention to defeat - ing President Barack Obama. Flying to the rescue :Superdelegates can speed upthe finish. They were empowered just for this sort of scenario. Allmembers of the RepublicanNational Committee automat - ically attend the nominatingconvention, and 117 of themare superdelegates whose stateparty rules leave them free tovote however they choose.So far most have stayedon the sidelines while the pri - mary plays out. Romney’s bigwin in Illinois and a grow - ing sense of inevitability maydraw more superdelegates toendorse him, allowing him toclaim the status of presump - tive nominee sooner than heotherwise could. If Romney comes up just shy in the state-by-state vot - ing, superdelegates couldpush him over the top beforethe Republican NationalConvention. They would haveplenty of incentive to cut tothe finale.The goal when the GOPmeets Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.,is four scripted days of televi - sion that play like a campaigncommercial for the nominee,not a reality show full of squabbling factions.“The Republicans under - stand the risks of taking thisfamily feud to the conven - tion,” said Democrat DonnaBrazile, who advised BillClinton’s presidential cam - paigns.Any public bicker - ing would be especiallypoorly timed this year: TheDemocrats’ meticulouslycrafted convention, showcas - ing a president who faced nochallengers within his party,comes the week after theRepublicans meet. A contested convention :Suddenly the long-windedroll call of the states getsinteresting.If Romney fails to snagthe necessary delegates,Republicans can buckle up fortheir most tumultuous con - vention since Ronald Reagannearly stole the nominationfrom President Gerald Fordin 1976.Ford, lifted to the presi - dency through RichardNixon’s resignation, hadaccumulated more delegatesthan the more conservative,charismatic Reagan. But Fordwas short of a majority, leav - ing the Kansas City conven - tion’s outcome in doubt. Arules fight launched and lostby the Reagan forces addedto the drama. The tensiondidn’t ease until the roll callvote: Ford eked out the nomi - nation, 1,187 votes to 1,070.Like Ford, Romney’s goalwould be to coax more peopleto his side for that crucial firstvote, when most delegatesare obligated by state partyrules to support the candidatechosen by the voters back home. If Romney doesn’t winthat first round, things couldget chaotic. Winning by losing:   Santorum grabs the chancehe’s been waiting for.This is the scenarioSantorum’s campaign ispushing to explain how hecould still get the nomina - tion after trailing in primaryvoting.If no candidate wins amajority in the first round,GOP rules require roll callafter roll call until one per - son emerges with a major - ity. After the first round, thedelegates are mostly free toback whomever they want,so bargaining can begin in earnest. Santorum lays out a visionin which Romney is weak - ened by his failure in thefirst roll call and the partyactivists, preferring a moreconservative candidate, beginmigrating to Santorum.“The problem with that inthe practical sense is it wouldmean disenfranchising themajority of the Republicanvoters who voted in the pri - mary process and picked Mitt Romney, to choose someone who got not only less del - egates, but far less votes,”said Steve Schmidt, whowas senior adviser to JohnMcCain’s 2008 presidentialcampaign.When delegates areunbound, there’s no tellingwhich way they’ll turn orhow long they’ll take.Democrats hold therecord: 103 roll calls. That’show many votes it took todismiss their two leading can - didates and dozens of othersin 1924 and settle on little-known West Virginia lawyerJohn Davis. He lost in a land - slide to Republican PresidentCalvin Coolidge.In a more fortuitous choice,Abraham Lincoln came frombehind to win the Republicannomination on the third rollcall in 1860. A brokered conven-tion: The powerbrokers tossout the candidates and draft someone new. It sounds crazy afterdecades of hermeticallysealed conventions. And it’scertainly a long shot. It wouldmean rejecting everyonewho’s received actual votesfrom the Republican faithful.But some delegates might seethat as a more appealing wayto compromise.The last time one of thetwo major parties drafted itsnominee — and the last con - vention to require more than one roll call — was when the Democrats turned to AdlaiStevenson in 1952.The closed conclave of party elders who elevatedWarren Harding to the frontof the pack at the contentious1920 Republican conventionis believed to be the srcinof the term “smoke-filled room.” The likeliest last-minutepossibilities this year, suchas New Jersey Gov. ChrisChristie and Indiana Gov.Mitch Daniels, insist theydon’t want the call.Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose name also has been bandied about, putthe kibosh on the idea byannouncing his endorsement.He said that “now is the timefor Republicans to unitebehind Gov. Romney.” Court’s health rulingmay shake fall elections 5 ways GOP could settle nomination Obama confrontsnuclear threats on world stage
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