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Saturday, July 06, 2013 12:37 AM


The Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to thank everyone who helped make the centennial celebration of the Lincoln Highway last week so successful.

The events were well organized by our committee members: Kirk Dougal, Warren Kramer, John Marshall, Adam Ries, Gary Showalter, Sarah Smith, Larry Webb and Jeanne Zeigler. The new informational kiosk in Fountain Park is the result of work done by Larry Webb, Adam Ries, Ty Coil and Greg Boley. The kiosk is a reality thanks, in part, to contributions from the Van Wert County Foundation, Eaton Corp and Iberdrola Renewables. Gary Showalter spent countless hours putting together a Lincoln Highway Tour Guide for Van Wert County, which will be available to the public in late July.

The Van Wert Historical Society prepared a picnic lunch for the official Lincoln Highway Association Centennial Tour, which arrived in town at noon on Wednesday. Jeanne Zeigler coordinated this project and thanks go to her, the Society and to the First United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their facility as rain threatened to put a damper on the day.

Despite early rain on Friday, the concert in Fountain Park by the Toledo Jazz Orchestra was great. Thanks to Paul Hoverman and the Van Wert County Foundation for making this concert possible. Warren Kramer and John Marshall deserve a big thanks for all the work they did on the Centennial Car Show held that night in conjunction with the concert.

On Saturday, a bus trip organized by the Van Wert Convention and Visitors Bureau and led by Larry Webb took a group of area residents on a nostalgic journey along the Lincoln Highway from Convoy to Bucyrus, making several stops along the way. We want to thank everyone who went along on this trip.

Larry Lee,

Executive Director

Van Wert Area Convention

and Visitors Bureau

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Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:02 AM


I oppose so-called “right to work” legislation because it’s misguided and harmful to workers and the middle class. The same CEOs and corporate interests who brought you Senate Bill 5 are supporting these dangerous attacks on workers. Just like SB 5, these policies put profits before people and are an unsafe, unfair attack on us all.

The far-reaching consequences of these policies are clear: in states where workers’ rights are denied, workplace fatalities are 36 percent higher and household incomes are $6,437 a year less than other states. Our everyday heroes like firefighters, police officers, teachers, nurses and many others deserve fair wages and safe working conditions, not policies that will lower their pay and compromise their safety.

So-called “right to work” is wrong — don’t trust it.

Mike Edelbrock


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Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:01 AM


I am writing today to update everyone on things happening in Congress that will affect the Postal Service and its customers.

My last letter I urged everyone to contact their congressmen concerning the harmful effects H.R. 2309 would have on the Postal Service and also our customers.


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Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:48 AM


This is a letter of thanks and praise for two young ladies from Delphos St. John’s.

Maddie Burgei and Alicia Buettner visited my home every Tuesday morning as part of a project for their religion class.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:47 AM


State leaders shirk responsibility to clean up the Grand Lake St. Marys

State Senator Faber and State Rep. Buchy need to do some basic research before making claims that Grand Lake St. Marys (GLSM) has cleaner water coming into the lake than before and that the lake is cleaner. The facts do not support this position. The Heidelberg University water quality monitoring station located on the Big Chickasaw River indicates Phosphorous levels are higher than ever before. In fact levels have now reached 40 times higher than acceptable levels. The levels monitored in August, September and October 2012 were some of the highest since the “Distressed Watershed” regulations came into effect.


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