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David Trinko: Pondering cheese, change and moving forward

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They moved my cheese. At a minimum, they moved my cheesy mug shot.The Lima News reorganized its printed paper this week. Today marks the first day my column appears on the Lifestyle cover instead of its old home on the second page of the front section.I can assure you that based on feedback, some people weren't too happy we moved things around in the newspaper this week. They weren't too thrilled when we unveiled tweaks to our website later in the week either. Change can be a scary thing. Dr. Spencer Johnson covers this in his well-known book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” This book resonates on so many levels this week, especially the line, “I want things to be the way they were.”

 

Debating the words of Robert Frost

Former English teacher John Grindrod (”Looking at life from both sides of the fence,” 07-23-14) attributes proverb “Good fences make good neighbors” to poet Robert Frost, but Frost’s point in “Mending Wall” is that he does not subscribe to that philosophy. It’s the world-view of “an old-stone savage armed,” Frost says. It’s the philosophy of someone who “moves in darkness…, not of woods only and the shade of trees.&...

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The trend of the real estate market in Allen County is shown by the following report, for the week running July 17 to 23. 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 72 92 80Mortgages 62 57 63Mortgage cancellations 49 41 71...

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Applause for business achievements

AWARDSKaleidoscope Farms honored at Ohio State FairKaleidoscope Farms in Hancock County was selected as this year’s grand champion Christmas tree at the Ohio State Fair.Kaleidoscope entered one tree this year, and it was selected for the top prize.The tree was also the champion spruce in the competition of trees submitted from around the state.The Grand Champion Christmas Tree from Kaleidoscope Farm...

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Home loan rates

Rates for 30-year and 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages with zero points as of noon, Friday, July 25, 2014.30 YR / 15 YR RATE %First Federal Bank4.125 / 3.125The State Bank & Trust4.125 / 3.125 %Union Bank4.125 / 3.125 %Superior Federal Credit Union4.125 / 3.125 %First National Bank, Pandora...

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1953 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

LIMA — The Chevy 3100 Pickup was the first major development after World War II and was one of the most popular trucks on the market. Chevy researched consumers before coming out with the 1948 Chevy 3100 truck. The research suggested that people wanted comfort, convenience and style. And that’s just what Chevrolet gave the buying public in 1948 when they came out with their 1948 “Advanced-Design” truck. The restyled “Advance-Design” trucks were longer and w...

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Jordan column: IRS investigation serious, far from over

In their wisdom, the founders sought to protect certain fundamental freedoms in the First Amendment to the Constitution. One of the most important is the freedom to speak out against the policies of your government.That is why the IRS scandal should outrage Americans across the political spectrum. It is chilling to think that any American could be singled out and targeted by their government simply for opposing the policies of the president.Some in Washington say this is...

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Pitts column: Selfies in Auschwitz — and why it’s wrong

In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.And the Internet exploded.The image the Alabama teenager captured of herself at Auschwitz, an earbud in one ear, has gone viral in the month since she posted it on Twitter. She’s been harshly criticized. She’s been called vile names. And yes, she’s endured that ac...

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Share your vintage car photos

The Lima News publishes photographs of vintage cars, 20 years or older, free of charge in Real Wheels. To share a photo of your car with our readers, send a picture to Real Wheels, Newsroom, The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, OH 45807.Include the following information: Year of car, make and model, how many years you have owned vehicle, car's history, best memory of car, your name, address and telephone number (the phone number will not be published).If you have furthe...

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1956 Ford Thunderbird

NEW KNOXVILLE —Ford’s sales brochure for its personal luxury car, the Ford Thunderbird read, “The new Thunderbird for ‘56 … You’ll go places as you’ve never gone before.” The 1956 Ford Thunderbird was similar to the 1955 model with some notable exceptions. Portholes were offered as an option with the hardtop, which became a distinctive feature of this Thunderbird and the spare tire was relocated to the exterior of the car above the newly extende...

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Accord’s latest is most fuel efficient

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan doesn’t amaze and daze with its mainstream looks, nice cloth seats and pleasant ride. Its “wow” factor is, simply, how few times a driver may need to stop at a gasoline station in a year.This most fuel-thrifty Accord four door - the first with an electric plug - is propelled by stored electric power on most short trips of up to 13 miles.It carries along a 141-horsepower, four-cylinder engine for when trips go l...

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Margaret and Robert Ramsdail

LIMA — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ramsdail, of Lima, will celebrate 60 years of marriage July 31, 2014. A family dinner is planned for a later date. The couple request that gifts be omitted.Ramsdail and the former Margaret Potter were married July 31, 1954, in Liberty, IN.They are the parents of one son, James (Melanie) Ramsdail, of Dacula, GA; and one daughter, Judith (Randy) McCullough, of Fremont. One son, Robert (Deanna) Ramsdail II is deceased. They have seven grandc...

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96th Birthday: Virginia L. Pifer

HOLLAND — Virginia L. Pifer, of Holland, formerly of Lima, will celebrate her 96th birthday Aug. 5, 2014. She enjoys cards and greetings, so as part of her celebration, the family is requesting a card shower. Please send cards to: Virginia Pifer, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Road, Holland, OH 43528.She was a graduate of Arlington High School. On June 18, 1937, she married her high school sweetheart, Harold A. Pifer. They were married 48 years, when he passed away on Jan. 5, 1985....

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Joyce and William Nichols

ELIDA — Mr. and Mrs. William Nichols, of Elida, are celebrating 68 years of marriage today, July 27, 2014.Nichols and the former Joyce Laeufer were married July 27, 1946, by the Rev. William Cranshaw.They are the parents of one son, Craig (Peg) Nichols, of Whitehouse; and one daughter, Cheryl (Jack) Miller, of St. Marys. They have four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.Nichols is retired from Ford Motor Company. His wife is a homemaker.

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Jane and Judge Hollon

LIMA — Mr. and Mrs. Judge Hollon, of Lima, celebrated 40 years of marriage May 25, 2014. A trip to Outer Banks, Nagshead, NC was taken.Hollon and the former Jane Burkholder were married May 25, 1974, at Grace United Methodist Church by Dr. Ewart Turner.They are the parents of one son, Jeffrey Hollon, of Kitty Hawk, NC; and two daughters, Rachel (Nathan) Kaser, of Wapakoneta and Denise (Thomas) Johnson, of Mt. Airy, MD. They have six grandchildren and one great-gran...

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Norma and Edgar Vance

VAUGHNSVILLE — Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Vance, of Vaughnsville, will celebrate 60 years of marriage July 29, 2014. A family get together is planned.Vance and his wife were married July 29, 1954 in Angola, IN.They are the parents of four sons, Scott Vance and Jeff (Lisa) Vance, both of Columbus Grove, Philip (Tami) Vance, of Ottawa and Kevin (Gloria) Vance, of Pandora. They have eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one step-grandson and two step-granddaughters....

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Wilma and Alfred Kramer

FORT JENNINGS — Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kramer, of Fort Jennings, will celebrate 50 years of marriage Aug. 1, 2014. A family celebration will be held at their home on Aug. 2nd.Kramer and the former Wilma Duling were married Aug. 1, 1964, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, by the Rev. Aloyosius Friederich.They are the parents of two daughters, Lois (Tony) Miller, of Fort Jennings and Sharon (Brad) Goodman, of Lima. They have three grandchildren.Kramer i...

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