Each year, The Herald takes a look back at the stories and photos of the year. Here is the second of four 2012 wrap-ups.
Members of Jefferson and St. John’s Junior Optimist clubs helped stuff 3,000-plus eggs with their adult counterparts for the annual Optimist Easter Egg Hunt.
Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos was ranked eighth in resident satisfaction by the Ohio Department of Aging. The overall score was 96.7 and Administrator Mick Murphy said it was based on questions regarding a variety of offerings. “They asked questions about different things and determined our residents are happy with our food, our nursing care, our nurse’s aid care and our activities,” he said.
The process was begun to hire a superintendent to head Delphos City Schools. School board members used an executive session following a short business meeting to review 11 applications for the position. Board President John Klausing noted the last time the board solicited resumes, they received 35.
Legislation approving $210,000 for the Elida Avenue widening and paving project was passed on third reading Monday during the rescheduled Delphos City Council meeting. A $165,000 Ohio Public Works grant has been applied for to offset the cost of the project, which entails widening Elida Avenue to three lanes from The Point west to Summers Lane and paving from The Point to Douglas Street. The balance of payment will come from the Motor Vehicle Permissive Tax Fund.
Dick Clark, TV and New Year’s Eve icon, died of a heart attack in a Santa Monica hospital at the age of 82. Clark served as a cultural touchstone for boomers and their grandkids alike and was ranked among the Forbes 400 of wealthiest Americans. His Dick Clark Productions supplied movies, game shows, beauty contestants and more to TV.
Officers Brandon Line and Kevin Klaus of the Delphos Police Department were honored as top officers by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) of Allen, Hardin and Putnam Counties. MADD appreciates the efforts of officers who understand the importance of enforcing drunk driving laws. Line has been an officer for five years and he had six OVI arrests in 2011. Klaus has served as an officer for 11 years and had five OVI arrests.
Ohio Treasurer and US Senate candidate Josh Mandel paid a visit to a Vanamatic Company for a brief summary and tour of the plant. He stated that politicians are to blame for job loss, including the manufacturing sector. “Unfortunately, over the past decade, Ohio has lost over half a million jobs and 3,500 factories,” he said. “Politicians in Washington have failed us. We need a new generation of leaders who are willing to take on the Republican establishment and the Democratic establishment to do the right thing for jobs of working families right here in Ohio.”
Hundreds of students from Delphos St. John’s and Jefferson elementaries walked North Pierce Street between Franklin and St. John’s for the Mini Relay for Life. Students played games, ate a sack lunch and learned more about cancer prevention tactics, such as wearing sunscreen. The proceeds went to benefit the Delphos Relay for Life.
Ottoville Local Schools held its annual Cancer Walk to raise cancer awareness. The goal of the event was to raise $5,000 so Ottoville Schools could earn a gold level at the Delphos Relay for Life in June. It was also Field Day for Ottoville Schools and many activities lined the track, including a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament and Pie-In-The-Face contest.
The 20th annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive was a huge success with over 2,700 pounds of food collected. All customers, both within the city of Delphos and the surrounding rural routes, were asked to place their non-perishable food donations, including baby and pet food, by their mailbox or at the place designated for their mail delivery. All donations were divided equally between the food pantries of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Interfaith Thrift Shop as well as First Assembly of God.
St. John’s celebrated the 100th birthday of its St. Joseph building. The cornerstone of the building, which houses St. John’s elementary, was laid on May 20, 1912. The building was closed in by Winter of 1912, with building starting again in 1913, later halting because of a flood. After floodwaters receded, work resumed and students took occupancy on October 21, 1913.
About 200 or so braved the heat to honor the fallen during a Memorial Day program at Veterans Memorial Park. New bricks were added to honor local men who were previously unrepresented in the park. Attention was brought to the year 2012 being the 50th anniversary of the beginning of United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War and the 10th anniversary of the Civil War.
The 2012 Van Wert County Peony Festival kicked off at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. The first Peony Festival in Van Wert was held in 1932 and drew massive crowds of people to the area to enjoy scheduled events. This year was no different, with three days worth of events that kept the city of Van Wert
A handful of vendors set up in the parking lot at the corner of Main and Third streets for the first weekend of My Town Farmers Market. Business partners Mike Betz, Ryan Warnecke and Gina Fritz were present to welcome customers. “This is just a small preview today,” Betz said. “We have a lot more vendors but a lot of them backed out today because we were anticipating bad weather. Next time will be bigger.”
Members of the Northwest Ohio Volunteer Firefighters Assoc. arrived in Delphos for the 138th annual NOVFA Convention. “This is a chance for area firefighters to get together and talk, share stories and relax,” Delphos Fire Assoc. President Jamey Wisher said. “We don’t always get to do a lot of that. It will be a great weekend.” The weekend included a parade, water ball tournament and a queen competition.
Fort Jennings Village officials, Bicentennial Committee members, Boy Scouts and the high school marching band participated in a ceremony to replace the U.S. flag at the village’s monument on Water Street with a replica of the U.S. flag flown in 1812. The village also participated in the Ring of the Bells for 1812 at noon, in commemoration of the beginning of the war.
Preparation began for the 10th annual Relay for Life of Delphos. Campsites offered food, raffle items and other fundraisers throughout the event to raise money to help fund cancer research. The event culminated with the “Balloons to Heaven,” which had the names of loved ones claimed by cancer written on them.
A storm with hurricane winds in excess of 80 mph swept through the Tri-county region, leaving behind what could be termed as a “war zone,” and leaving 600,000 without power. Delphos had more than half of its AEP customers down and nearly 90 percent of customers in Putnam and Van Wert Counties were without power. Aside from power lines, numerous trees were felled and various standing structures such as barns were blown over or severely damaged.