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Allen County Agriculture Hall of Fame inducts 2014 class
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Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM



LIMA — The Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce has inducted Louis Harrod and Ray Whetstone into the 2014 Allen County Agricultural Hall of Fame during the Aug. 22 monthly Wake Rattle & Roll breakfast program at the Allen County Fairgrounds. According to the Chamber’s agri-business committee chair Beth Seibert, “our goal with the Hall of Fame is to annually recognize local agriculturalists that have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture in Allen County, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally-related field. Both of our 2014 inductees truly reflect the award’s purpose of honoring and giving public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions, and whose community involvement has served as a stimulus to others.”

From the Archives — August 25, 2014
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Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM

One Year Ago

Delphos FFA member Jake Horstman, son of Todd and Nichole Horstman will bring home two blue ribbons from the Allen County Fair this year. The seven-year show veteran earned Grand Champion Born and Raised Steer and Champion Senior Beef Showman and fellow FFA member Justin Siefker is the Champion of Champions Beef Showmanship winner.


25 Years Ago – 1989

In the 1989 Allen County junior fair poultry show Chris Trentman, 17, a senior at St. John’s High School, won two trophies and rosettes. He showed the grand champion meat chicken and captured the senior poultry showmanship award. An eight-year member of the Delphos Rulers of Tomorrow 4-H Club, Chris is the son of Jim and Janet Trentman of Delphos.

Mary Friedrich, manager of Effortless Figure Salon, 113 N. Main St., presented a check for $552.60 to Diane Stevenson, emergency medical technician-ambulance. The money was raised by the salon from a recent exercise-a-thon and will go to the Delphos Emergency Medical Service new ambulance fund. Participants in the exercise-a-thon got pledges for the time spent on each exercise table.

In the majorette squad and baton/flag corps competition Wednesday afternoon, the squad from St. John’s took second place. They are junior Jenni Fischer, senior and captain Tracey Miller and junior Jenny Osting. Tracey also competed in the featured twirlers part of the show and brought home the third-place award.

Therapy dogs: A little fur goes a long way
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Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM
Animal handler Mike Nichols of Cairo interacts with Sophie and Sky, his therapy dogs that travel to hospitals, schools and nursing homes around the Tri-County area. He is registered with Pet Partners that sponsors the dogs. (DHI Media/Andrew Cohen)


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DELPHOS —They can lower blood pressure and calm a crying child in the emergency room. They aren’t found on a doctor’s prescription pad; they come packaged with four paws, fur and warm brown eyes. They are Sophie and Sky, Mike Nichols’ therapy dogs.

Nichols, of Cairo, is a retired animal handler who takes care of Sky and Sophie. They are a black Labrador/German Shepherd mix and will turn 8 years-old this November. He found the dogs at the Kenton Animal Shelter located in Kenton. Surprisingly, his son picked them up and put them under the tree Christmas morning. Nichol’s said they were a wonderful addition to the family.

All types and ages of people can get therapy dogs. Nichol’s travels all around with them, including to schools, nursing homes, hospitals and even assisted living facilities. The dogs are sponsored through an organization known as Pet Partners. Formally known as the Delta Society, Pet Partners is an organization which encourages the use of therapy dogs in the respective communities. According to its mission statement, the agency encourages positive human-animal interaction. According to Nichols, he wanted therapy dogs because he liked the concept of dogs helping other people and has enjoyed the experience so far.

Ohio Farm Bureau AGGPAC names Kasich ‘Friend of Agriculture’
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Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM

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COLUMBUS – Gov. John Kasich has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (AGGPAC).

“Friend of Agriculture” is an official designation that identifies elected officials who have supported the public policy goals of Farm Bureau.

“Throughout his first three and a half years in office, Governor Kasich has clearly demonstrated his appreciation of the importance of agriculture to Ohio’s economy and quality of life,” said John C. (Jack) Fisher, Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president and treasurer of AGGPAC. “He has steadfastly supported policies that are good for Ohio’s largest industry.”

In deciding to designate Kasich a Friend of Agriculture, the farmer-leaders of the committee cited several specific actions by Kasich that are extremely helpful to Ohio’s farm community.

ODOT releases weekly road construction report
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Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM



The following is the weekly report concerning construction and maintenance work on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.

For the latest in statewide construction visit Please contact us at 419-999-6803 with any information needs.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Week of Aug. 25, 2014

Allen County

Interstate 75 Reconstruction Project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County, please visit

Ohio 81 east of Roush Road will be restricted through the work zone for drainage repairs. Work is being performed by the Allen County ODOT maintenance garage.