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Gina Barreca: Ten truths about day jobs

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1. Never look down on somebody who holds a job and rides the bus to the end of the line. These are the people who labor their whole lives but are never rewarded with tangible success. Not every dog has its day; some simply work their tails off. My father was one of those guys: never missed a day, never missed a beat and barely made a dime. But he taught my brother and me how to get a job done. Old Italians would grab their kids and say, “The more you have in there,” pointing to our heads, “the less you have to put on there,” pointing to our backs. My brother and I benefited from my father’s integrity, his stamina and his gratitude for having a job.

 

Release the hounds

LIMA — Howls filled the air at the Allen County Fairgrounds Friday as dogs from across the country eagerly awaited their turn in the water during Max’s Flea Market and Dog Races, running through Sunday.“It gets bigger every year,” race organizer Roy Underwood said.Hundreds of people lined the pond at the fairgrounds to watch these dogs race through the water, some simply to enjoy a good race and others looking to make some money.“...

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UNOH purchases closed Cable Road restaurant

LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio is continuing its acquisition of properties along Cable Road.The university announced Friday that as of 12:30 p.m. that day, it had purchased the former Giovanni’s Restaurant building, formerly Burgundy’s, located at 1365 N. Cable Road. The property includes one acre of property, 70 parking spaces and a 4,500 square-foot building.

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Police calls

Police calls as of 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office.1500 block of Brookwood, Lima — A 68-year-old man reported that several people removed radiators from junk cars on his property.100 block of South Pine Street, Lima — A 63-year-old man reported that he was pushed to the ground by a black male who confronted him outside his vehicle.1101 East Kibby Street, Lima — The owner of AAA A...

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Seminar teaches grant writing to non-profits

LIMA — Financial and structural stability is the “golden key” when it comes to non-profits’ success, said Linda Butler, presidentof Butler Consulting Inc., at the quarterly grant writing seminar at United Way in Lima Friday.Admittedly, Butler said grant writing isn’t the best way to raise funds for a non-profit.“There’s a lot more money from individuals than there is grants,” Butler said of private donations. In any non-pro...

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Former Ottawa councilman charged in traffic deaths

OTTAWA — A former Ottawa village councilman was charged Friday with two counts of misdemeanor vehicular homicide over a crash that killed two women.Each charge against Alan “Jeff” Ducey is a first-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail. Ducey is scheduled for an arraignment Sept. 9 in Putnam County municipal court.Prosecutor Gary Lammers, who filed the charges, was unavailable for comment Friday. The charge alleges the d...

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Elida stresses importance of levy

ELIDA — Elida schools is receiving $1.6 million less than they should, Joel Parker, CPA, said at Elida’s annual financial luncheon on Friday.For fiscal year 2014, Elida should be getting an additional $1.6 million based on student enrollment and on their tax base according to the state formula. Elida has a higher tax base and so the state’s formula assumes that they should be able to raise money easier, Parker said.This is not the case for Elida, Parker...

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Don’t be foolish this weekend

If you’re one of the 34.7 million Americans who are planning to take that final excursion before the door slams shut on summer, you’ll be doing so in what is expected to be the busiest Labor Day weekend in six years, according to AAA travel.Our advice: Be extra careful and be ready to sit in traffic. It’s definitely going to take you longer to get where you’re going.

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Wearable defibrillator saves area patients

LIMA — When it comes to preventing sudden heart attacks, cardiologists now have another weapon in their arsenal.The “LifeVest” is a wearable defibrillator vest worn under the clothes at all times by patients at risk for sudden heart attacks. This offers a different approach to the internal defibrillator, which is implanted directly into the chest. This device continuously monitors the patient’s heart rhythms, delivering an automatic treatment shock to the pa...

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Births

Lima Memorial Health SystemAug. 27 — Jasmine Haithcox and Scott Sexton, Lima, boy.Aug. 28 — Alison and Wil Hedges, Lima, boy; Dawn and Jason Hunt, Ottawa, boy.St. Rita’s Medical CenterAug. 28 — Lindsey and Rodney Chapman, Lima, girl; Ashley and Jeffrey Rosebrock, Lima, boy; Erin and Ryan Kerner, Kalida, boy; Lisa and Joshua Bridges, Lima, gir...

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Women in Business to meet

LIMA — The quarterly meeting of Women in Business will focus on Changing Careers Not Character with keynote speaker Karen Grothouse, the 2014 Athena Award recipient.The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the City Club on the third floor of the Center for Business Services building, at 144 S. Main St. Tickets, which include lunch, are $25 for chamber members and $40 for non-members. Call the Lima chamber of commerce at 419-222-6045 or go online to www.limach...

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Group reminds drivers to drive sober

LIMA — The Lima Allen County Safe Community Coalition reminds drivers to “drive sober or get pulled over” over the holiday weekend. Local law enforcement and state and national partners will be out all weekend to enforce driving laws.Over Labor Day weekend in 2012, 147 people died and 38 percent of fatalities in 2013 involved one or more impaired drivers. The coalition tells drivers not to take risks, to choose a designated driver or to spend the night where the e...

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Enrollment still open at Pilgrim Christian

LIMA — Pilgrim Christian School is accepting applications for fall preschool and kindergarten. Classes have begun but new students can still enroll.Pilgrim Christian School is located at 2100 W. Breese Road in Lima. For more information or to schedule a visit, call Stephanie at 419-230-8935.

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New videos market city, county

LIMA — New videos on the We Are Lima Allen County website show community members discussing why they choose to live or locate their business in Lima/Allen County or what a visitor to the area can experience.The videos come from a partnership consisting of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, the Allen Economic Development Group and the Lima-Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau as an online resource to market Lima/Allen County. The website is www.WeAreLimaAllenCou...

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Real estate office to close for day

ALLEN COUNTY — The real estate department of the Allen County Auditor’s office will be closed Sept. 8.The real estate staff will be attending a conference in Dublin for training and legislative updates with their real estate software company, Thomas Reuters. This training will equip the staff to better serve the taxpayers of Allen County.If you have questions, contact Jane Wright,director of real estate, at 419-228-3700.

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Lincoln Highway bridge to close for 45 days

SUGAR CREEK TWP — On Tuesday, contractor R&I Construction will close the Lincoln Highway Bridge over Pike Run for replacement. This bridge is located between Gomer and Sandy Point roads in Sugar Creek Township and will be closed for 45 days.This is the last of three bridges to be constructed this year as part of the cooperative effort between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio’s County Engineers called the Ohio Bridge Partnership Program.For m...

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Girl Scouts looking for new members

DELPHOS — The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is holding two recruitment events for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. The organization is also looking for volunteers to be troop leaders.Recruitment events will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Delphos Public Library for those in Delphos schools and at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Spencerville Public Library for those in Spencerville schools.If a parent or girl is interested but unable to attend, contact Darcey Schneider...

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Lawrence S. Huffman: As good a partner as any

As a life-long dog lover, I have been very impressed with the K-9 animals now in general service with various law enforcement agencies. Their sophisticated extensive training makes them really professional performers. However, there have always been dogs whose instinctive need to protect their people and guard their territory are qualities for which no formal training is needed.Such a dog was owned by my wife and I when we lived in a neighborhood just south of the old Faurot School...

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