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Shelter issue addressed
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:00 PM

To the editor,

At this time, Shelter Pets of Van Wert would like to let everyone know that we have and had no idea on the conditions of the inside of the shelter. Neither Carole or myself (Tammy) were ever inside the actual shelter part of the building. For our adoption events, dogs were placed in the outside kennels for us to come, pick up and take to the events, or the dog warden would transport some of them to us on occasion.

 
Summer reading program a success
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:00 PM

To the editor,

The Delphos Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, Fizz! Boom! Read! has drawn to a close, ending with our very popular pool party on a glorious, warm summer night.

Ninety out of 140 eligible swimmers attended and brought their families along, too. In order to be eligible, the kindergarten through fifth graders had to read 100 minutes a week for five weeks or a total of 500 minutes.

 
Acts of kindness praised
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:00 PM

To the editor,

We took our grandchildren to see the fine fireworks at Delphos Stadium park on July 4. When we returned to our car parked on Clay Street, there was a note on the windshield. Someone had observed our car being sideswiped and was able to get the license number.

 
It’s the journey, not the destination
Written by Byron McNutt   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, July 27, 2014 7:41 PM )

What if you could see into the future and you could preview your life for the next five years? Would you really want to know what’s going to happen to you and your family in advance?

Before you say yes, ask yourself if it would depress you to know the bad things that were going to happen. Wouldn’t you feel cheated missing the delightful surprise of the good things that are bound to happen?

The thought of predicting the future fascinates many of yes. We can make educated guesses, but the fact is, no one knows for sure what will happen in the future.

In a similar vain, American author Dorothy Fisher once wrote, “It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.”

When a new year begins, experts attempt to predict the trends. Some do it for pure entertainment. Others are paid big bucks to give investors and business leaders a head start. Many pregnant couples opt to wait to find out the sex of their child, adding to the excitement.

If fortune tellers were legit, they would all be rich…winning all the big lottery jackpots. We want to believe there is a pot at the end of the rainbow. Life is full of mysteries and unexpected surprises.

Medical researchers may offer the best hope of peeking into the future. They are finding ways to predetermine if people are predisposed to serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and other life-altering ailments.

People must decide. Do they want to know their future? The answers may be good, or bad. Part of the beauty of life is the uncertainty.

Would you read a 500-page mystery novel if you knew the secret ending in advance? Are movies as good when you have already seen the ending? Would you pay $2,000 to attend a major sporting event if you knew who was going to win?

The present is the gift. It’s not the destination that thrills us, it is the journey getting there. What we really crave, and what keeps us motivated is the excitement and the suspense of tomorrow. What’s just around the corner.

 
A world champion in the family
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:00 PM

We have a world champion in the family!

My husband has spent this week in Virginia Beach with our niece, Lotus, his sister and her husband and dozens of Dancesensations Dance Center dancers at nationals.

On Wednesday, my Lotus Leaf was named Miss Teen StarQuest, the highest StarQuest honor! She won every one of her categories and racked up the hardware and other prizes. I have to tell you, next to her parents, you couldn’t have found anyone prouder than Jay and I. He was so stoked he was actually there to see the performances that led up to this prestigious award.

We were worried when she hurt her knee last fall and had to have surgery. Sometimes even the littlest injury can end a career. She came back better, stronger and more determined than ever rise to the top and be the best. That is one little girl with her eye on the prize and her gaze never wavers.

 
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