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David Trinko: My TV is on the web

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I think our new TV might be surfing the Internet while we’re asleep.We recently purchased a new flat-screen television, replacing an older model we bought just before our second-grader was born. It had a full, interesting life, watching everything from baby programs to murder mysteries in the years since we purchased it.Toward its end, it started doing some strange things. It would always turn off, but it wouldn’t always turn back on. We resorted to leaving the TV on while turning off the cable box.It started deciding to turn itself off, usually near the cliffhanger ending of a show. When it decided to turn itself off, that TV was out for the count.


Barbara and Walter Paxson

HARROD — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Paxson, of Harrod, celebrated 50 years of marriage Aug. 23, 2014. Their children have planned an open house from 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 30th at the Harrod Community Center. The couple celebrated earlier with a trip to Australia and New Zealand.Paxson and the former Barbara K. Wiley were married Aug. 23, 1964, at Zion Lutheran Church in Portland, IN by the Rev. Richard Kraus.They are the parents of five children: Marcus Paxson, of St. Marys, ...

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Linda and Bill Baker

WAPAKONETA — Mr. and Mrs. William “Bill” Baker, of Wapakoneta, will celebrate 50 years of marriage Sept. 19, 2014. An open house is planned from 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 31st, at the Wapakoneta Country Club. The couple request that gifts be omitted.Baker and the former Linda Sunderland were married Sept. 19, 1964, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, by the Rev. Herman Weber.They are the parents of two daughters, Lisa (Nick) Heitz, of Wapakoneta and Kerri (Rev...

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Applause for business achievements

AWARDSSollmann Electric Co. apprentice skilledJared Heitkamp, of Versailles, employed by Sollmann Electric Company, in Sidney, competed in the Ohio SkillsUSA TeamWorks competition. Heitkamp was one of a four member team that won the gold medal and was rated the top team in the state. The team went on to compete at the National SkillsUSA Competition in Kansas City, Missouri, and received fourth place out of 31 teams.The teams o...

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Ohio’s senators split on Social Security

WASHINGTON — If you want to see the deep divisions in Washington on how to salvage Social Security, look no further than Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Sen. Rob Portman.If Brown had his way, payroll taxes would be raised on wealthier Americans and benefits would increase for many low-income beneficiaries. If Portman had his way, the rate of growth in Social Security spending would be restrained.The stark contrast between the two Ohio lawmakers is a mi...

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Mention the term Hamas to the average American and the reaction may be one of puzzlement. Ask the same question of any Israeli and the reaction will be anything but.On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens were kidnapped in the West Bank by suspected members of Hamas, a terrorist off-shoot organization affiliated with the radical Muslim Brotherhood. Israel then launched a massive search operation, arresting hundreds of suspected Hamas members. Despite denials by Hamas of any involveme...

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Pitts column: Using the courts as weapons

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo.That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is … not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence and seriousness of purpose.Gazing on that photo, one cannot help but suspect that a transparently political...

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Regional Roundup: Lima woman sings at Michigan music festival

LIMA — Hannah Beck, 19, of Lima, was among the performers of the 2014 Unity Christian Music Festival in Michigan.The United Christian Music Festival has been underway for 14 years and this year’s 65,000 attendees set a new attendance record. Beck was one of six independent musical bands to be invited to sing.Beck is the daughter of Dan and Jennifer Beck, of Lima. She has been singing professionally since the age of 16 and is preparing to record her third prof...

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McCough column: Government policy cause of feeble recovery

With the release of the minutes from the latest meeting of the policy committee of the Federal Reserve, we learn that there are policy makers who think it is time to start raising interest rates while others contend that the economic recovery is too fragile.

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Land transfers

The trend of the real estate market in Allen County is shown by the following report, for the week running Aug. 14 to Aug. 20. Figures reflect the selling price of the property, along with the address or lot number of same and are courtesy of Allen County Recorder Mona Losh’s Office.Last year Last week This weekDeeds 62 84 70Mortgages 76 71 65Mortgage cancellations 75 52 109...

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Kathy and Will Earl

CAIRO — Mr. and Mrs. Will Earl, of Cairo, celebrated 45 years of marriage Aug. 23, 2014. A family gathering is planned from 4 to 7 p.m., Aug. 30, 2014, at their daughter’s house on Hefner Drive.Earl and the former Kathy Alkire were married Aug. 23, 1969, at Cairo United Methodist Church by the Rev. Richard Smith.They are the parents of one son, Joe (Jenny) Earl; and one daughter, Lyn (Tim) Sprague, of Lima. They have four grandchildren.Earl retired...

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Connie and George Ricker

COLUMBUS GROVE — Mr. and Mrs. George Ricker, of Columbus Grove, will celebrate 50 years of marriage Aug. 29, 2014. A mass and reception was held for family and friends Aug. 23, 2014 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, in Columbus Grove.Ricker and the former Connie Renner were married Aug. 29, 1964 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, in Columbus Grove, by the Rt. Rev. C.J. Yeager.They are the parents of four sons, Robert (fiancee, Maggie) Ricker, Randall (...

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90th Birthday: Frances Clum

ADA — Frances Clum, of Ada, will celebrate her 90th birthday Sept. 1, 2014. A party is planned from 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 31st, at the Hog Creek Game Club on N. Hardin Road, in Harrod. The family request that gifts be omitted.She was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Lima, to Delmar and Lucille Everett. She married Jim Clum, and he died Nov. 12, 1992.Clum has four sons, Hugh Clum, of Kiowa, CO, Keith (Rachel) Clum, Bruce Clum and Paul (Rita) Clum, all of Lafayette. One son, Mark ...

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Odessa and Sammie Brown

LIMA — Mr. and Mrs. Sammie Brown, of Lima, celebrated 40 years of marriage Aug. 17, 2014. They took a trip sightseeing in the U.S. desert Southwest. The couple request that gifts be omitted.Brown and the former Odessa Stapleton were married Aug. 17, 1974, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, in Lima, by the Rev. Kevin Milton.They are the parents of one son, Phillip Brown, of AZ; and two daughters, Dr. Andrea Brown, of NV and Leah Brown, of Toledo. They have one grandchil...

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Tomato canning plant happy to call Ottawa home

OTTAWA — Tucked away in Ottawa’s industrial park on Williamstown Road is a regional plant, Hirzel Canning Company & Farms, the Toledo-based manufacturer of the Dei Fratelli brand of tomato products. Dei Fratelli includes a full line of tomato products, including peeled and diced tomatoes, pizza and pasta sauces, salsas and juices, along with the Silver Fleece brand of sauerkraut.Hirzel Canning traces its origins back to 1923 , with the business staying in the family for...

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Cheryl Parson: Beware timeshare hucksters

Ahhh… the siren allure of timeshares! Have you received a call offering you a timeshare? Just imagine, owning part of a condo or house in an exotic resort destination, and you just pay for the portion of the year you need it. Plus you can trade to use other people’s timeshares in other resort areas.What could be better, right?But be very cautious. Scammers have learned to rip people off when buying or selling a timeshare. Call the BBB to check out the company...

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Five generations: Dray family

WAPAKONETA — Five generations of the Dray family gathered recently.They include, front row, from left: Great-great-grandmother, Virginia Dray Hedrick, of Wapakoneta, holding her great-great-granddaughter, Maddisyn Grace Stechschulte, of Cridersville. Back row: Great-grandmother, Carol Dray Glasco, of Spencerville, great-granddaughter Ashley Stechschulte, of Cridersville and grandmother, Kim Glasco Stechschulte, of Spencerville.

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90th Birthday: Virginia Kemper Dray Hedrick

WAPAKONETA — Virginia Kemper Dray Hedrick, of Wapakoneta, celebrated her 90th birthday Aug. 7, 2014. A birthday party was held for her on Aug. 10th, at the Holiday Inn, in Lima with many friends and family in attendance.She was born in Alliance, OH on Aug. 7, 1924 to John and Mable Kemper. She attended Roundhead School from 1937-1943.On Sept. 30, 1944, she married Quincy Dray and he is deceased. On May 9, 1964, she married Charles Hedrick, and he died Jan. 10, 1995...

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