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Cheryl Parson: Prepare for Old Man Winter

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Did you know the first day of autumn is Monday? With the way the weather has been lately, you probably already thought autumn was here. The days and nights have been rather cool but great fall sports weather. Now, I like fall, leaves changing, cooler weather, but I can do without raking leaves and knowing colder weather is to follow.If you are a regular reader of this column, you know we are all about protecting your hard-earned money. Old Man Winter can be compared to a sneaky swindler, taking a huge toll on the value of your biggest investment, your home.Here are the top 10 things you should do, while it is still warm, to prepare your home against his attacks.


Legal-Ease: Steps to starting a new business

This week, in addition to advising others as they start new businesses, I am starting my own business. After 12 years working for other attorneys, I am establishing my own law firm. As I have gone through this process, I have been able to recognize the importance of doing the right things, and in the right sequence.First, I worked to ensure no hard feelings with my previous employer. Direct and honest communication usually does the trick in this context, and my communication about ...

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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 Sept. 11 to Sept. 17. 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 79 84 84Mortgage 76 68 65Mortgage cancellations 66 56 70...

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Carolyn and John Gilgenbach

NEW BAVARIA — Mr. and Mrs. John Gilgenbach, of New Bavaria, are celebrating 40 years of marriage today, Sept. 21, 2014. They are planning a camping trip and a dinner with their children.Gilgenbach and the former Carolyn Verhoff were married Sept. 21, 1974, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in North Creek.They are the parents of four children, Brad (Julie) Gilgenbach, of New Bavaria, Brian (Jill) Gilgenbach and Stacy (Ryan) Knueve, both of Leipsic and Nick (Ali) Gilgen...

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1940 Plymouth Sedan Delivery

CAIRO — In 1940, Plymouth advertised all their cars with the same line: “The Low Priced Beauty With the Luxury Ride.” Plymouth produced a sedan delivery from 1935 until 1941. This sedan was based on the Roadking chassis, and sold for $720. The sedan delivery would become one of the rarest of all Plymouths. These vehicles were built and sold as work vehicles, and that is the way they were treated. Therefore, most were ran until the only fit place for them was the trash heap....

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1964 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray

OTTAWA — The second generation Corvette was the 1963 through 1967 Sting Ray, not to be confused with the third generation 1968 through 1982 Stingray, which was just one word.If people liked the 1963 Sting Ray, they loved the 1964. Chevrolet needed to make only evolutionary changes to the 1964 Corvette. The coupe’s back window was changed and the two air intakes were eliminated from the hood, though their indentations remained. Sales of the 1964 Sting Ray reached 22,229, which was ...

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Home loan rates

Rates for 30-year and 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages with zero points as of noon, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.30 YR / 15 YR RATE %First Federal Bank4.125 / 3.25 %The State Bank & Trust4.25 / 3.375 %Union Bank4.125 / 3.25 %Superior Federal Credit Union4.125 / 3.125 %First National Bank, Pandora4.2...

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Editorial: Football as a business

Its reputation mired by a plethora of personal fouls and its branding efforts suffering one interception after another, you would think the business of football would be punting right now from deep within its own end zone.Guess again.When the television ratings came out for the week of Sept. 14, the National Football League held the top three spots. How important is this? Let’s just say national TV ratings are the ultimate scorecard when big-money advertisers decid...

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Golf hall dinner, induction Oct. 4

LIMA — Former Shawnee Country Club pro Bill Hughes, longtime coach Dan Reinicke and club pro and owner Floyd Young will be honored as the newest members of the Lima-Allen County Golf Hall of Fame during a dinner and induction Oct. 4 at Hawthorne Hills Golf Club.The event will begin with a social hour and cash bar at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. The awards presentation will be at about 8 p.m.Dinner is $20 per person and for more information and reservation...

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NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest Saturday in Columbus Grove

An NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Columbus Grove High School football practice field. The competition is open to boys and girls ages 6-15. Participants must sign up online at and look for the Columbus Grove site. Bring a birth certificate Saturday.

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Editorial: Saving the grapes for chick flicks, not action movies

Looks as though John McClane will have to add a few more to his kill list.What the star of the “Die Hard” series deftly did 72 times with a Beretta 92 and assorted weapons, a few explosions and throws from buildings and even a well-placed icicle, his movies did through caloric intake.A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine finds that people who watch action-packed movies are prone to eating twice as man...

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Spartans steamroll Fremont Ross

FREMONT — Fremont Ross’ defense came out gearing to stop all-everything Lima Senior running back Juniel Liles.No problem.Lima Senior quarterback Darius Gordon fired the ball down the field to one of many open wide receivers.Lima Senior shell shocked Fremont Ross early and went on to post a convincing 41-17 victory Friday at Don Paul Stadium.“We’re not done, but it’s great,” Gordon said.Gordon ended up c...

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Cardinals beat Reds 2-1

ST. LOUIS — John Lackey powered back into the St. Louis postseason rotation picture with 7 2-3 dominant innings, and Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday hit consecutive homers in the first inning of the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.The NL Central leaders had only five hits but maintained a 2 1-2-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates with eight games remaining. Their magic number is seven for clinching a second straight division title and ...

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O-G shuts out Shawnee

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Traditionally, Ottawa-Glandorf has thrived on running the football.So much for tradition.This season, O-G has demonstrated it can also do some damage by throwing the football.In Friday’s Western Buckeye League matchup at Shawnee, O-G went to the air often, en route to a convincing 45-0 victory over the Indians.O-G quarterback Zac Unterbrink picked apart the Shawnee secondary, completing 18 of 31 passes for 303 yards an...

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LCC buckles down at Grove

COLUMBUS GROVE — Lima Central Catholic was a different team offensively in the second half of its 38-17 football win over Columbus Grove than it was in the first half.But both of those teams looked good in their own way for the Thunderbirds (3-1) when they handed Columbus Grove (3-1) its first loss of the season.LCC struck for two touchdowns in the first 2 minutes, 55 seconds of the game on big plays.Then, after taking a 24-17 lead into the locker room a...

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St. Marys picks up win

ELIDA – The only way to describe the game was outstanding and unbelievable.St. Marys came into Elida Friday night on a 20-game Western Buckeye League losing streak and walked away with a hard-fought 47-46 over-time win.The game was rather pedestrian for the first three quarters as the Roughriders held a 21-14 lead entering the final period of play.But the Bulldogs would explode for 26 fourth quarter points and looked to have put the game away when they g...

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Wapakoneta remains undefeated

WAPAKONETA – Wapakoneta’s timing was spot on Friday.Whenever the Redskins needed a big play at a key time they found it in a major way, beating Bath 38-6 in a Western Buckeye League game at Harmon Field.The game started promising for Bath (1-3, 1-1), which took the opening kickoff and drove 59 yards on 14 plays to the Wapakoneta 18-yard line. But a dropped pass on fourth-and-2 killed the drive.“We started exactly how we wanted,” Bath co...

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Party in Delphos

DELPHOS — It is the premier social event of the year in Delphos, and this year’s Canal Days lived up to its billing with crowds filling the city’s downtown.“We come out every year,” Delphos resident Amy Hoehn said. “It’s something the kids enjoy doing, plus it’s nice to see everybody. I love it when it’s this kind of weather.”Event chairman Derek Sterling has been very pleased with how smoothly the festivities h...

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