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Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:00 AM


I am writing as a supporter of the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board levy that will be on the ballot on November 5th. As a psychiatric nurse in our community I have first-hand knowledge of the success that results from treatment for mental health disorders. Our community has worked diligently to have passionate knowledgeable professionals, successful programs, and support systems in place for those with mental illness and also for their families.

Statistics show that one in four people experience some type of mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia in any given year. While that sounds staggering we also know that treatment works and people do recover.

Our local Mental Health & Recovery Services Board has been committed to funding needed services to help keep our local residents and their families healthy. Prevention services, treatment, and supportive services help to prevent many from being homeless, hospitalized, or incarcerated.

Please “Help Us Care” by voting YES on Nov. 5!


Mary Jane Mullenhour

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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:35 AM


Vote Yes for the EMS.

Putnam County EMS is placing a tax levy on the November ballot to help hire additional full-time EMTs and paramedics. Why, you ask? Because volunteer squads have all but gone away. Up until 1998, PCEMS was 100 percent volunteer. Recent changes in the economy and the aging of our volunteers has made it necessary to employ additional full-time EMTs and paramedics. PCEMS has been self-sufficient for many years and has never gone to the voters for operating monies, until now. The state requires hours and hours of continuing education which in turn puts a time crunch on the volunteer who tries to maintain a full-time job, family and social life.

Fifteen years ago, Putnam County EMS took a “leap of faith” and created the Medic 300 program. In 1998, Steve Odenweller, PCEMS Coordinator, was looking to the future for the improvement of emergency care for the people of Putnam County and he continues to enhance that idea every year since. I trust that Mr. Odenweller once again has the best interest of Putnam County when he asks the voters for money. Do yourself, your family and your friends a favor by voting YES for the EMS on Nov. 5.

Joann Gerdeman, The Original Medic 300

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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:35 AM


Putnam County:

Please vote YES for the Putnam County EMS levy. On Feb. 6, 2011, I became a survivor thanks in large part to Putnam County EMS. While passing through Columbus Grove, I experienced a sudden onset of cardiac arrest. My husband stopped at a local business where bystanders began CPR while Columbus Grove EMS rapidly responded to provide advance life support. All of these people played a part in the “Chain of Survival” that saved my life. If any one of those links would not have been there or been delayed in responding, my story would have a drastically different ending.

Unfortunately, not every cardiac arrest, stroke or accident can have a positive outcome like mine did. But we can make sure all the necessary tools are in place so more of those good outcomes are possible. The rapid response and trained bystanders were critical to my survival. Voting YES on the levy will help in both of those areas by: increasing EMS volunteer interest by giving a $2/hour raise for those on runs, hiring more full-time EMTs to help the volunteers and provide money for CPR and First Aid classes.

I spent several years as a member of Ottawa EMS working with caring EMTs all over Putnam County, but it wasn’t until my incident that I realized what an impact this wonderful EMS system can have in the lives of the residents in our county.

Please help keep Putnam County EMS strong by voting YES on Nov. 5.

Linda Llewellyn



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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:34 AM


Putnam County residents:

On Nov. 5, voters in Putnam County will have the opportunity to approve a levy to provide funds to Putnam County EMS. PCEMS provides a wide range of education and transportation services to local citizens, in addition to life-saving care for the seriously ill and injured. This service has touched many lives and has helped to form a solid base for the continued growth of our communities and is truly a great asset to our county.

Putnam County EMS has significant impact on our community’s quality of life, so we encourage you to vote YES on Nov. 5 in support of the EMS levy.

Robert Benroth, Auditor

Teresa Lammers, Clerk of Courts

Terrence Recker, Engineer

Gary Lammers, Prosecuting Attorney

Cathy Recker, Recorder

Michael Chandler, Sheriff

Tracy Warnecke, Treasurer

Travis Jerwers, Commissioner

John Love, Commissioner

Vincent Schroeder, Commissioner


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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:34 AM


I had an opportunity this past weekend to catch up with high school classmates and friends from the DJHS class of 1978 as we celebrated our 35th reunion. Those of you who were unable to attend missed out on a wonderful time. We talked about our changing lives and enjoyed a weekend full of activities. It was a joy to hear about all the children, grandchildren and what was going on in the lives of my friends and classmates.

I would like to thank the businesses and people that helped make our weekend a success. My parents, Gary and Louise Sroufe, opened their home to myself, Ronda Buettner Jenkins, Mel Stant Line and Beth Poling Bergfeld on Thursday evening for dinner. We prepared all the prizes for our raffle/auction and enjoyed an evening of food and fun.

Thanks to classmate Penny Pimpas Gerdeman and her family who provided a room where we enjoyed a nice visit and good food after the DJHS Homecoming Game on Friday. It was great to catch up and celebrate a Wildcat victory.

Saturday, we enjoyed a fabulous evening of cocktails and dinner. The kitchen and wait staff was top notch and our meal was fantastic! A big thank you to Cammy Miller who helped set up the evening for us. Our centerpieces were beautiful fresh flower arrangements designed by Jessica Casemier Rudasill. These arrangements were delivered to local nursing home at the end of the evening for the residents to enjoy.

Sunday morning, a few of us met for coffee and brunch. The food was great.

A big thank you to my partners in crime, Ronda Buettner Jenkins and Bonnie Hohlbein, for their efforts in putting together the reunion. It truly was a joint effort and we had fun doing it.

Thank you to all the Delphos businesses, classmates and everyone who helped make our weekend one to remember.

Terri Sroufe Christensen


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