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Arlington's Tyler Richard slides into an outfield puddle to make a play during Tuesday's 10-1 nonconference baseball win over Riverdale. (Photo by Matthias Leguire)

Arlington’s Tyler Richard slides into an outfield puddle to make a play during Tuesday’s 10-1 nonconference baseball win over Riverdale. (Photo by Matthias Leguire)

ARLINGTON — Zachary Durliat singled twice, drove in two runs and picked up the win on the mound as Arlington topped Riverdale 10-1 in a nonconference baseball game on Tuesday.
The Falcons led 1-0 before the Red Devils plated six in the fourth inning.
Nick Affholder hit a triple, a single and drove in two runs, while Jordan Freed and Logan Speyer each added two singles and an RBI for Arlington (2-2).
Tristan Davis recorded a pair of singles for Riverdale (0-3).

Riverdale 010 000 0 — 1 5 1
Arlington 000 604 0 — 10 12 1
WP — Durliat (1-0). LP — Frey. top hitters: (Riv) Davis 2-1B. (Arl) Affholder 1B, 3B, 2 RBI; Freed 2-1B, RBI; Speyer 2-1B, RBI; Durliat 2-1B, 2 RBI; McDowell 2-1B; Starr 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Riverdale 0-3, Arlington 2-2.
BASCOM — Brandon Bell drove in four runs with a pair of two-run singles, Ross Adolph doubled, tripled and scored three times and Van Buren turned nine walks and four Hopewell-Loudon errors into a ton of offensive opportunities in Tuesday’s 15-3 nonleague win over the Chieftains.
Payten Whitticar added a pair of singles as Van Buren improved to 3-1 on the young season and handed Hopewell-Loudon (3-1) its first loss. Jameson Jacobs got the win, allowing one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Alex Brock took the loss, giving up eight runs, seven of them earned, in 11/3 inning.

Van Buren 544 20 — 15 10 3
Hopewell-Loudon 101 10 — 3 4 4
WP — Jacobs. LP — Brock. top hitters: (VB) Adolph 2B, 3B; Sexton 1B, RBl; Whitticar 2-1B, RBI; Bell 2-1B, 4 RBI; Irving 2B, 2 RBI. (H-L) Imes 1B, RBI.
records: Van Buren 3-1, Hopewell-Loudon 3-1.
PANDORA — Pandora-Gilboa jumped to a quick 5-0 lead and Jacob Basinger limited Fort Jennings to two hits over five innings as the unbeaten Rockets (3-0) opened Putnam County League play with a 5-2 win over Fort Jennings.
Basinger also singled in two runs and Alex Osborn and Dustin Rieman doubled for P-G. Osborn also pitched a scoreless two innings to get the save.

Fort Jennings 000 020 0 — 2 2 2
Pandora-Gilboa 320 000 x — 5 5 4
WP — Basinger (2-0). LP — Rau. top hitters: (FJ) Rau 1B, RBI; Wallenhorst 2B. (P-G) Osborn 2B, RBI: Rieman 2B; Basinger 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Fort Jennings 1-2 overall, 1-1 Putnam County League; Pandora-Gilboa 3-0, 1-0 PCL.
NEW RIEGEL — Trevor Solether pitched four strong innings to get the win as Elmwood stopped New Riegel 5-1 in a nonconference baseball game.
Jake Wise doubled and Jacob Firsdon and Tyler Stone both singled for the Royals, who scored five runs on just three hits.
Michael Kirian had a pair of singles and a double for the Blue Jackets (1-3).
Elmwood 110 002 1 — 5 3 0
New Riegel 000 010 0 — 1 6 1
WP — Solether (1-0). LP — Dryfuse. top hitters: (Elm) Wise 2B; Firsdon 1B; Stone 1B. (NR) Reinhart 1B, 2B; Kirian 2-1B, 2B; Bouillon 2B.
records: Elmwood 3-0, New Riegel 1-3.
ADA — McComb took advantage of Ada mistakes and scored its runs in bunches en route to a 14-1 nonconference victory on Tuesday.
The Panthers (1-1) mustered only five hits, but scored six runs in the third inning and added seven in the sixth frame to blow the game open.
Mitch Schroeder went 3 for 4 and stole three bases to lead McComb.
Cory Kellum drove in the lone run for the Bulldogs (1-1).

McComb 106 007 0 — 14 5 0
Ada 100 000 0 — 1 5 3
WP — Abbott. LP — Gray (0-1).
records: McComb 1-1, Ada 1-1.
NORTH BALTIMORE — Josh Petersen homered, doubled and drove in three runs as Patrick Henry dropped North Baltimore 11-3 in nonleague play on Tuesday.
Logan Ziegler tossed five innings and gave up two earned runs on eight hits to pick up the victory.
Joe Nickels singled four times and drove in two runs and Kyle Seemann added two singles and an RBI for the Patriots (2-1).
North Baltimore (1-2) was led by Sean Watson’s double and two RBIs, while Zach Stewart recorded two singles and an RBI.

Patrick Henry 510 014 0 — 11 13 0
North Baltimore 200 000 1 — 3 10 4
WP — Ziegler. LP — Frost. top hitters: (PH) Petersen HR, 2B, 3 RBI; Spence 1B, RBI; Ziegler 2-1B; Nickels 4-1B, 2 RBI; Seemann 2-1B, RBI; Breece 1B, RBI. (NB) Stewart 2-1B, RBI; Watson 2B, 2 RBI; Hollinger 2B; Trumbull 2-1B.
records: Patrick Henry 2-1, North Baltimore 1-2.
ottawa-glandorf 6
St. marys 3
GLANDORF — Tanner Schimmoeller settled down after a shaky start and his Ottawa-Glandorf teammates gave him the lead with a three-run rally in the fifth inning as the Titans opened Western Buckeye League play with a 6-3 win over St. Marys Memorial.
Isaac Fitzgerald’s RBI double helped stake St. Marys to a 3-0 lead after three innings. Schimmoeller blanked the Roughriders the rest of the way, though, allowing five total hits, just one earned run and striking out seven in handing St. Marys (4-1, 0-1 WBL) its first loss of the season.
Tyler Zender and Ben Dietering rapped RBI doubles as O-G (2-1, 1-0) rallied for two runs in the fourth inning, then went ahead with a three-run rally in the fifth.

St. Marys Memorial 102 000 0 — 3 5 5
Ottawa-Glandorf 000 231 x — 6 7 2
WP — Schimmoeller. LP — Wilker. top hitters: (StM) Fitzgerald 2B, RBI. (O-G) Zender 1B, 2B, RBI; Dietering 2B, RBI; Kersh 2-1B, RBI; Schierloh 1B, RBI.
records: St. Marys Memorial 4-1 overall, 0-1 Western Buckeye League; Ottawa-Glandorf 2-1, 1-0 WBL.
OTTOVILLE — Joshua Verhoff doubled twice, singled, drove in three runs and earned the victory on the mound for Columbus Grove in a 6-4 Putnam County League win against Ottoville on Tuesday.
Verhoff gave up three earned runs on five hits, while striking out 10 and walking one in 41/3 innings for the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 PCL).
Joel Beining had a pair of singles and two RBIs, Luke Schimmoeller added two singles and an RBI and Brandon Boecker singled and drove in a run for the Big Green (0-3, 0-2).

Columbus Grove 121 020 0 — 6 8 4
Ottoville 000 040 0 — 4 7 3
WP — Verhoff. LP — Schimmoeller. top hitters: (CG) Verhoff 2-2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Brinkman 2B; Utendorf 2B. (Otto) Schimmoeller 2-1B, RBI; Boecker 1B, RBI; Beining 2-1B, 2 RBI.
records: Columbus Grove 2-1 (1-0 PCL); Ottoville 0-3 (0-2 PCL).
MILLER CITY– Jordan Jettinghoff had two of Delphos Jefferson’s three hits, including a third-inning triple that accounted for the only run of the game in the Wildcats’ 1-0 nonleague baseball win over Miller City.
Delphos Jefferson improved to 3-2 with the win. The loss was Miller City’s first in three games.

Delphos Jefferson 001 000 0 — 1 3
Miller City 000 000 0 — 0 4
records: Delphos Jefferson 3-2, Miller City 2-1.

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Arcadia built a 5-3 lead through four innings, then broke loose for five runs in the sixth in rolling up a 13-3 win over Liberty-Benton in Tuesday’s Blanchard Valley Conference softball opener.
Courtney Cramer (2B, 2-1B, RBI), Alisha Baird (2-2B, 1B 2 RBI) and Ashley Baird (2-1B, 2B, 3 RBI) had three hits each and combined for eight stolen bases. Maddie Mock drove in three runs and Abbie Dauterman two. Lizzie Coward added a double and a single as Arcadia pounded out 14 hits, six of them for extra bases.
Ashley Baird also limited L-B to three hits as she raised her record, and Arcadia’s, to 3-0.
Samantha Johnson and Shaye Rodesky had RBI singles for Liberty-Benton (0-2, 0-1 BVC).

Arcadia 120 205 3 — 13 14 1
Liberty-Benton 100 020 0 — 3 3 1
WP — As. Baird (3-0). LP — Pape (0-2). top hitters: (Arc) Cramer 2B, 2-1B, RBI; Al. Baird 2-2B, 1B, 2 RBI; As. Baird 2B, 2-1B, 3 RBI; Mock 1B, 3 RBI; Coward 2B, 1B; Dauterman 2B, RBI. (L-B) Johnson 1B, RBI; Rodesky 1B, RBI
records: Arcadia 3-0 overall, 1-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Liberty-Benton 0-2, 0-1.
BASCOM — Van Buren scored all of its run in the final four innings to pull away from Hopewell-Loudon for an 11-4 victory in a nonconference game.
Erin Neall singled twice and drove in three runs, Brylie Rampe added a single and three RBIs and Olivia Sattler recorded a single and an RBI for the Black Knights (3-1).
Shelbi Sauber hit a pair of singles for Hopewell-Loudon (1-3).

Van Buren 000 214 4 — 11 8 3
Hopewell-Loudon 000 040 0 — 4 7 4
WP — Fultz (2-0). LP — Coppus. top hitters: (VB) Neall 2-1B, 3 RBI; Rampe 1B, 3 RBI, Sattler 1B, RBI. (H-L) Sauber 2-1B.
records: Van Buren 3-1; Hopewell-Loudon 1-3.
NEW RIEGEL — Taylor Arbogast hit a two-run home run in the first inning and added an RBI double in the fifth as New Riegel dropped Milan Edison 6-2 in nonleague action.
Taylor Kirian allowed one earned run on six hits in seven innings, while adding two singles and an RBI in improving her record and the Blue Jackets’ to 4-0.
Gabby Stoll and KayLee Fox each singled twice for Edison (3-1).

Edison 000 020 0 — 2 6 2
New Riegel 211 020 x — 6 7 2
WP — Kirian (4-0). LP — Schmidt (3-1). top hitters: (Ed) Stoll 2-1B; Fox 2-1B; Imus 1B, RBI. (NR) Kirian 2-1B, RBI; Arbogast HR, 2B, 3 RBI; Scherger 1B, RBI; Zoeller 2-1B.
records: Edison 3-1; New Riegel 4-0.
ADA 13
ADA — Ada plated seven runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 13-2 nonconference thrashing of McComb in five innings on Tuesday.
Ashley Sumner earned the win in the circle and also helped her own cause at the plate with three singles, a double and two RBIs.
Kaylee Spangler singled twice and drove in three runs, Megan Simon added a pair of singles and two RBIs and Alexis Gonzaga tripled, singled and drove in a run for the Bulldogs (4-0).
Bridgette Swartz and Brooke Metzger each finished with a single and an RBI to lead McComb (1-3).

McComb 000 20 — 2 6 5
Ada 715 0x — 13 14 1
WP — Sumner. LP — Gomez. top hitters: (McC) Swartz 1B, RBI; Metzger 1B, Metzger; Puck 2-1B. (A) Sumner 3-1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Simon 2-1B, 2 RBI; Windle 2B, RBI; Spangler 2-1B, 3 RBI; Gonzaga 1B, 3B, RBI; Guagenti 2-1B, RBI; High 1B, RBI.
records: McComb 1-3; Ada 4-0.
KALIDA — Sam Nagy struck out six, allowed no earned runs and got the victory Tuesday as Kalida defeated Pandora-Gilboa 2-1 in a Putnam County League softball game.
Nicole Recker had three hits, Laine Laudick two hits and Katelyn Kortokrax drove in the winning run for Kalida (2-2, 1-0 PCL).
Megan Maag had two hits as Pandora-Gilboa fell to 0-3, 0-1 PCL.

Pandora-Gilboa 001 000 0 — 1 3 1
Kalida 100 010 x — 2 9 1
WP — Nagy. LP — Maag. top hitters: (P-G) Maag 2-1B; Alt 1B. (Kal) Recker 3-1B, RBI; Laudick 2-1B.
records: Pandora-Gilboa 0-3, 0-1 Putnam County League; Kalida 2-2, 1-0.

COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove scored all five of its runs in the first two innings and held off Ottoville down the stretch for a 5-3 victory in the Putnam County League opener for both teams.
Hope Schroeder (1-0) allowed three earned runs on five hits in seven innings to earn the victory in the circle, while also adding a single and three RBIs at the plate.
Kyrah Yinger and Micah Stechschulte each contributed a single, a double and an RBI for the Bulldogs (1-0).
The Big Green (0-2) were led by Haley Landwehr’s triple, single and two RBIs.

Ottoville 000 020 1 — 3 5 2
Columbus Grove 320 000 x — 5 8 2
WP — Schroeder (1-0). LP — Von Sossan (0-1). top hitters: (Otto) Landwehr 1B, 3B, 2 RBI; Bergei 1B, RBI. (CG) Yinger 1B, 2B, RBI; Stechschulte 1B, 2B, RBI; Schroeder 1B, 3 RBI.
records: Ottoville 0-2, 0-1 Putnam County League; Columbus Grove 1-0, 1-0 PCL.
NORTH BALTIMORE — Alison Imbrock homered twice, drove in three runs and earned the victory in the circle as Patrick Henry banged out 18 hits in a 19-6 win against North Baltimore in a nonconference matchup on Tuesday.
Rachel Nye added a home run, two singles and three RBIs and Kristin Bostelman contributed five singles and drove in two runs for the Patriots (3-0).
Hanna Brian singled four times and drove in a run, Rachel Peters recorded two singles and two RBIs, while Haleigh Fleck and Kelcie Bean added a pair of singles a piece for North Baltimore (1-2).

Patrick Henry 531 130 6 — 19 18 3
North Baltimore 100 300 2 — 6 13 5
WP — Imbrock (2-0). LP — Hernandez (1-2). top hitters: (PH) Bostelman 5-1B, 2 RBI; Imbrock 2-HR, 3 RBI; Nye HR, 2-1B, 3 RBI. (NB) Brian 4-1B, RBI; Peters 2-1B, 2 RBI; Fleck 2-1B; Bean 2-1B.
records: Patrick Henry 3-0; North Baltimore 1-2.
BLOOMDALE — Miranda Benschoter tossed a one-hitter and Elmwood scored all three of its runs in the third inning for a 3-0 nonleague victory against Sylvania Southview on Tuesday.
Benschoter struck out 11 and walked four in seven innings in the circle, while also adding a single and driving in a run at the plate.
Olivia Myers singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Royals (2-1).

Southview 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
Elmwood 003 000 x — 3 6 0
WP — Benschoter. LP — Kwiatkowski. top hitters: (Elm) Myers 1B, 2B, RBI; Benschoter 1B, RBI.
records: Elmwood 2-1.

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TOLEDO — Toledo St. Francis came out on top in two three-set matches and handed Findlay High’s boys tennis team a 3-2 setback in both schools’ Three Rivers Athletic Conference opener at Ottawa Park on Tuesday.
St. Francis wins at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles were pivotal.
At No. 2 singles, Louie Filipiak outlasted Findlay’s Max MacDonald 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The Knights earned a near identical win at No. 2 doubles where Lucas Kasper and Javier Gomez held off Logan Sullivan and Hyunchul Lee 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.
St. Francis also took the No. 3 singles match in its season opener, with Alec Huss beating Brent Gorman 6-4, 6-1 in straight sets.
Findlay’s wins came at No. 1 singles, where Reid Teatsorth got past Tyler Gargas 7-5, 6-2, and at No. 1 doubles, where Jake Elbin and Ian Laird swept past Tommy Manahan and Ethan Bevington 6-1, 6-2.
Findlay, 1-2 overall, will host Lima Shawnee today and Toledo Central Catholic on Thursday at the FHS Courts.

Swick/Swick (Fin) def. Kravetsky/Grstalder, 8-7; Devaney/Devaney (SF) def. Graves/Hoban, 8-5; Price/Hoffman (Fin) def. Cavese/Joeffey, 8-4; Kurtz/McGee (SF) def. Seitz/Sharma, 7-6; Sharma/Atkins (Fin) def. Kujawa/McCauley, 8-2; Price/Schofield (SF) def. Bowlin/A. Sharma, 8-7.
BG beats baseball
BOWLING GREEN — Bowling Green scored a single run in each of the first three innings, then got to Findlay starter Connor Curlis for five runs in the bottom of the fourth in posting a 10-3 nonleague win over the Trojans on Tuesday at Carter Field.
Clark Mayberry’s two-run doubled sparked the fourth-inning rally that turned Bowling Green’s 3-2 edge into a commanding 8-2 lead. Ricky Riggs added two hits for the Bobcats.
Ryan Golden and Michael Roche had two hits each for Findlay. One of Golden’s hits was a clutch two-out, two-run single that tied the game 2-2 in the top of the third inning.
Findlay (0-2) will open Three Rivers Athletic Conference play today at Lima Senior.

bowling green 10, findlay varsity 3
Findlay 002 000 1 — 3 8 2 Bowling Green 111 502 x — 10 8 1
WP — Schallee. LP — Curlis (0-1). top hitters: (Fin) Golden 2-1B, 2 RBI; Roche 2-1B. (BG) Riggs 2-1B; Mayberry 2B, 2 RBI; Cohen 2B.
records: Findlay 0-2.
bowling green 6, findlay jv 4
Bowling Green 001 104 0 — 6 13 0 Findlay JV 020 001 1 — 4 7 3
WP — Furnas. LP — Elchert (0-1). top hitters: (BG) Schiable 3-1B, 2 RBI; Brown 1B, RBI; Furnas 3-1B, RBI. (Fin) Elchert 201B; Coleman 1B, RBI; Morris 1B, 2 RBI; Cosiano 1B, RBI.
records: Findlay JV 1-1.
Softball falls to Jackets
PERRYSBURG — Perrysburg answered Findlay’s small rally with two bigger ones in chalking up an 8-3 nonleague softball win over the Trojans on Tuesday.
Freshman catcher Mickey Schmitz was 1-for-1 at the plate with two walks and drove in a run for Findlay, which jumped on top 2-0 in the top of the second inning. Perrysburg scored five times in the bottom of the third, though, and added three runs in the fifth.
Perrysburg pitcher Adrianne Ruen limited Findlay (0-3) to three hits. Tori Ziegler had two hits and drove in a run for the Yellow Jackets.

Findlay 020 010 0 — 3 3 5 Perrysburg 005 030 x — 8 8 1
WP — Ruen. LP — Bowling (0-2). top hitters: (Fin) Schmitz 1B, RBI. (Per) Ziegler 2-1B, RBI.
records: Findlay 0-3.

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Findlay High School junior Rasheed Ajala won four events as the Trojans’ boys track and field team opened its season by sweeping a triangular from Liberty-Benton and McComb Tuesday at L-B.
Ajala won the 100 (10.97) and 200 (23.07) and was on the winning 400 (48.3) and 800 (1:36.9) relays to help the Trojans outscore Liberty-Benton’s “B” team 106½-52½ for first place in the boys meet. McComb was third with 15 points.
Marquis Ramsey was a double winner for Findlay taking the 110 high hurdles (16.3) and running on the winning 800 relay. Isaiah Gaines and Boden Fisher both won a pair of events. Gaines won the 1,600 (4:50.33) and Fisher finished first in the 800 (2:13.0). The two also were on Findlay’s winning 3,200 relay (8:41.9) team.
Liberty-Benton’s Michaela Butler was a triple winner in the girls meet as the Eagles outscored Findlay 100-49 for first place. McComb was third with 24 points.
Butler swept the 100 (12.16), 200 (26.3) and 400 (1:03.5). Rachel Myers won the long jump (15-7¾) and 300 hurdles (51.0) and was on the winning 1,600 relay team (4:28.4) and Megan Bartel captured the 1,600 (5:35.7) and 3,200 (12:07.0).
Kate Baumlein was on the winning 3,200 (10:28.3) and 1,600 relay teams. Leah Recker was also on both relays and picked up a third victory in the 800 (2:34.0).
Findlay had three double winners as Kyia Gray, Taylor Lavely and Mikaela Ramsey were all on the Trojans’ winning 400 (53.4) and 800 (1:53.3) relay teams.
McComb’s Molly Leppelmeier swept the shot put (38-9) and discus (125-11) to lead the Panthers.
Boys Track
SHOT — Calkins (Fin) 41-11. DISCUS — Boyd (L-B) 123-2. LJ — Lamb (Fin) 18-4¼. HJ — Dickey (Fin) 6-0. PV — Eyerly (Fin) 11-0. 3,200 RELAY — Findlay (Misamore, Breen, Gaines, Fisher) 8:41.9. 110 HH — Ramsey (Fin) 16.3. 100 — Ajala (Fin) 10.97. 800 relay — Findlay (Jones, Ajala, Ramsey, Bonnoront) 1:36.9. 1,600 — Gaines (Fin) 4:50.33. 400 relay — Findlay (Jones, Ajala, Bonnoront, Lamb) 48.3. 400 — Dysert (McC) 54.5. 300 ih — Snook (L-B) 42.0. 800 — Fisher (Fin) 2:13.0. 200 — Ajala (Fin) 23.07. 3,200 — Dufek (Fin) 11:22.7. 1,600 relay — Liberty-Benton (Conkle, Garver, Boehme, Snook) 3:38.3.
Girls Track
SHOT — Leppelmeier (McC) 38-9. DISCUS — Leppelmeier (McC) 125-11. HJ — Haas (Fin) 4-10. LJ — Myers (L-B) 15-7¾. PV — Dobbins (L-B) 7-0. 3,200 RELAY — Liberty-Benton (Baumlein, Thomas, Recker, Miller) 10:28.3. 100 IH — Peplinski (L-B) 17.8. 100 — Butler (L-B) 12.16. 800 relay — Findlay (Gray, Lavely, Ramsey, Kovaleski) 1:53.3. 1,600 — Bartel (L-B) 5:35.7. 400 relay — Findlay (Gray, Lavely, Ramsey, Blair) 53.4. 400 — Butler (L-B) 1:03.5. 300 Lh — Myers (L-B) 51.0. 800 — Recker (L-B) 2:34.0. 200 — Butler (L-B) 26.3. 3,200 — Bartel (L-B) 12:07.0. 1,600 relay — Liberty-Benton (Hyre, Myers, Baumlein, Recker) 4:28.4.

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Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson discusses leadership at a presentation at the University of Findlay Tuesday. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

The Joe show.
It’s the name retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Joseph T. Anderson jokingly gave to his presentation on leadership Tuesday at the University of Findlay. The “show” covered topics ranging from community service to sexual assault to politics.
“I like to talk about all of them,” Anderson said. “I don’t think they can solve themselves.”
About 50 people gathered in the university’s Alumni Memorial Union to hear the retired Marine and former associate director of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum. Those are just two of more than a dozen titles Anderson has held in his life.
He kicked off his speech by thanking people who serve in the military, and said everyone should serve the United States through military or community service. Anderson said he sup

Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson discusses leadership at a presentation at the University of Findlay Tuesday. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

ports the idea of requiring people to serve at least two years through the military or a form of community service.
“This is a great country,” he said. “It shouldn’t be free to live here. It’s a privilege to serve the country.”
During his speech, Anderson talked about sexual assault in the military, an issue that has received national attention. Throughout his speech, he condemned sexual assault in the military.
“They’re supposed to be your teammate,” Anderson said. “You don’t do that to your teammate and you don’t let that happen to your teammate.”
While Anderson said reform is needed to try to end sexual assault in the military, he is against removing the disciplinary responsibilities of the military in favor of a system that would address such cases in civilian courts.
“I think that would undermine the military,” he said.
Although Anderson said he didn’t want to make his speech a political one, he did say the United States needs to stop threatening action in international conflicts without taking any. It’s a reference to the Obama administration’s approach in dealing with Syria and Russia, he said.
“We need to stop drawing red lines if we aren’t going to back them up,” Anderson said.
Anderson’s speech touched on several topics, but he said he wanted Findlay students to take just one thing away from his presentation — understanding. Anderson said there is a “chasm” of perception that exists between the military and civilians.
“There’s a divide, and the way you overcome it is by having things like this,” he said.
Katie Mehlow, a junior in animal science and biology, agreed there is often a misunderstanding of the military.
“We don’t all have a lot of exposure to this … it really makes you think,” Mehlow said. “Getting involved in the community like Joe is huge. It shows that people in the military are just like us.”
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The University of Findlay Student National Pharmaceutical Association and Studio M Salon and Spa hosted Waves of Hope on Tuesday, at which university students and members of the community could donate hair to help Children With Hair Loss.

Children With Hair Loss is a non-profit organization devoted to providing free hair replacement to children between the ages of zero and 19.

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A longtime Fort Wayne city employee and U.S. Air Force veteran is Findlay’s new human resources director.

Don Essex began working last week in a role that had not been filled since Jim Barker left two years ago. Hiring a replacement had been postponed until the city’s budget stabilized.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik said Essex was one of five who interviewed for the position during vetting that included face-to-face interaction with city department heads.

Essex, 47, rose to the top because of his work experience and personality, Mihalik and Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said.

Findlay’s two-page job description includes duties such as evaluating department management, development of best practices based on other cities’ successes, assisting administrators with maintaining fiscal stability, and supervision of health and life insurance programs.

Communication will be an additional component of the job. Essex will be assuming some duties that Mihalik had proposed last year when suggesting that a communication director be hired.

He has been tasked with:
• Working with the mayor to develop and implement external communication strategies that highlight city successes.
• Supporting city leadership efforts to increase civic engagement and grow innovative partnerships.
• Leading three internal and two external groups that will focus on improving communication within city government and throughout the community.
• Working with Mihalik and Schmelzer to manage sensitive and controversial issues.

Since 2008, Essex had supervised staffing and recruitment for Fort Wayne’s Human Resources Department. He had also been records bureau manager for that city’s Police Department from 1996 to 2004, and worked as a judicial assistant and jury manager for Allen County Superior Court in Fort Wayne.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources administration from Saint Leo University, Shaw Air Force Base Extension, in Sumter, S.C.; and a master of business administration from Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne.

Essex said he accepted the position here because he clicked with administrators and likes the community.

“I didn’t really know a lot about Findlay when I applied,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect. But when I came in to interview with the mayor and (Law Director) Don Rasmussen and Paul, I just liked the vibe, I liked how they were.”

Essex also enjoyed speaking with department supervisors, who told him about their organizational methods and departmental culture.

“I feel good about the people, about the ownership they take over their work,” Essex said.

He said Findlay “is like a smaller Fort Wayne” because of its primarily conservative politics.

The kicker for Essex, he said, was the friendly atmosphere. While waiting in line at the downtown Subway restaurant one day while he was in the midst of interviews, he said a customer in front of him randomly bought his sandwich. He regretted there was no one in line behind him so that he could “pay it forward.”

Essex said he recognizes his job as a “balancing act,” necessitating careful hiring, targeted retention measures, strategic money-saving, and training that ensures optimal efficiency.

“There’s an art to it,” he said.

He said he also expects time will be needed to gain co-workers’ trust, particularly since he is a community outsider.

He said he expects to immerse himself in organizational involvement just like he did in Fort Wayne, where he was a Greater Fort Wayne YMCA board member, African-American Museum board member, and participated in other groups.

“I think it has a lot to do with his excitement to be a public servant, and with his excitement to be in Findlay,” said Mihalik. Some other job applicants indicated they’d be willing to commute, she said, but Essex expressed interest in moving to the city.

Schmelzer said he is impressed with Essex’s experience as an “HR generalist” who hasn’t just specialized in particular areas; with his military background, which “spoke to discipline and commitment to a goal;” with his longevity in past positions; with his desire to take on more responsibility; and with his demeanor.

Fort Wayne’s 2012 population was 254,555, making it the second-largest city in Indiana after Indianapolis. The city employs more than 1,500.

Essex will be paid $72,000 annually in Findlay, a significant increase compared to Barker’s negotiated $59,883 pay rate, which reflects Essex’s heavier workload and expertise.

Barker’s 2012 appointment was controversial because some decisions he had helped former Mayor Pete Sehnert make, while he was Sehnert’s safety director, were unpopular. In particular, renegotiated union contracts that resulted in pay and benefit changes, and reductions for safety forces in the wake of the Great Recession were not well received.

Mihalik initially stood by her decision to retain Barker, but two months later he resigned. Barker cited his lack of human resources experience as the reason. Mihalik blamed “philosophical and professional differences, which were unable to be resolved.”

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LIMA — An appeals court on Monday unanimously ruled a driver who was pulled over on Interstate 75 was not the victim of unlawful racial discrimination.
The 3rd District Court of Appeals, Lima, said a State Highway Patrol sergeant justifiably searched Marcus D. Coleman’s vehicle on Oct. 13, 2012.
Coleman, 40, of Cincinnati, had quickly passed a vehicle in Findlay without signaling, appeared nervous when speaking to law enforcement, and provided a false identification card, according to Sgt. Kurt Beidelschies’ testimony cited by the court.
Beidelschies discovered a grocery bag full of N-Benzylpiperazine, commonly referred to as BZP, in Coleman’s vehicle, according to the higher court.
The judges rejected Coleman’s claim of racial profiling. They ruled Coleman’s actions justified the stop and search.
Coleman argued he would not commit a traffic violation near a trooper, according to the court.
“If this court were to catalog the various foolish missteps of the convicted criminals appearing before it, much ink would be wasted,” according to the decision.
Judge Vernon Preston wrote the opinion and was joined by Judges Stephen Shaw and John Willamowski.
Coleman previously pleaded no contest in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to a first-degree felony charge of aggravated drug possession.
He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is accepting requests for marketing assistance loans and loan deficiency payments for eligible 2014 commodities.
The assistance loans and deficiency payments for the 2014 crop year are available to eligible farmers beginning with harvest/shearing season and extending through a specific commodity’s final loan availability date.
Both programs provide financing and marketing assistance for wheat, feed grains, soybeans, and other oilseeds, pulse crops, wool, mohair and honey. Assistance loans provide producers interim financing after harvest to help them meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows.
A farmer who is eligible to obtain a loan, but agrees to forgo the loan, may obtain a deficiency payment if such a payment is available.
For more information, contact the Hancock County Farm Service Agency, 7868 Hancock County 140, Suite C, or call 419-422-5438, ext. 2.

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ADA — Ohio Northern University outfielder Dan Belliveau has been named Ohio Athletic Conference baseball hitter of the week for his play in six contests last week.
The junior batted .524 (11 for 21) with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Belliveau currently leads the team in batting average (.427), hits (35), RBIs (24), runs scored (19) and homers (5).
ONU currently stands at 16-5 on the season and is tied for third in the OAC with a 4-2 mark.

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