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A gasoline leak into the basement

On August 28, 2009, after a heavy rainfall, the smell of gasoline arose in the basement of the home shared by Alessandra Riscatti, Elisabetta Riscatti, and Laszlo Beres. Worse yet, later that day, flames erupted from the sewer and spread through the house. Alessandra and Laszlo battled the fire while waiting for the Parma Fire Department. By the time they escaped their home, each had inhaled smoke that contained toxic substances, and Alessandra required treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning...

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The joy of giving

It’s been some time since the last article about an interesting individual here at Forest Hill Cemetery, with the weather changing we have been preparing and focusing on the upcoming mowing season. So let’s look at two names that have come up.Some of you may have heard of a gentleman here in town by the name of Albert “Doc” McKnight.Old “Doc” was born in 1855 and died on March 11, 1935, at the age of 80. He was always seen around town ...

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Aquatic therapy right here in Piqua

At the Hahn Hufford Center of Hope one of the programs we offer is the Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center, where we are proud to offer Aquatic Therapy. Studies have shown aquatic therapy can build upper and lower body strength, improve balance, coordination, mobility, and muscle tone. That’s just a few things aquatic therapy can improve. In water a person’s body weight is reduced, making it possible to achieve results unattainable with land-based exercises.

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Creating a clear path to the Middle Class

In Ohio, we know manufacturing can create a path to the middle class. But during the Great Recession, that path became turbulent as plants across the country shuttered their doors and devastated local communities that depended on their jobs.But today, due to smart investments and a renewed effort in manufacturing, we are adding jobs in that sector for the first time since the 1990s. Since December 2009, the manufacturing sector has added more than 300,000 jobs to the economy. This ...

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Voter impressed with Piqua Schools

To the Editor:Dear Piqua Voters: I urge you to vote yes for the renewal levy for Piqua City Schools. I am consistently impressed by the standards our school system operates. In addition to high academic standards, Piqua City Schools offers a wonderful variety of activities that provide exceptional opportunities for a multitude of interests; sports, music, theater, vocational, art, astronomy, writing, science, recycling and technology are the few I can quickly name. Many schools lim...

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Mom expresses gratitude to PCS

To the Editor:I wish to express my gratitude to the teachers, staff, and administration of Piqua City Schools. My son attends first grade at Favorite Hill Primary School and I couldn’t be more pleased with the school’s effort in educating our youth. As a parent and an educator myself, I do not always agree with every decision the school makes, but I do know one thing – they care! As a supportive community, we must focus on the positive aspects of the schools in wh...

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Vote ‘Yes’ for renewal levy

To the Editor,As a parent of a student who attends the Piqua City Schools and a resident of the city of Piqua, I am writing this letter, supporting the renewal of the school levy that will be presented on the May 6 ballot. The Piqua City Schools are asking the voters of Piqua to renew the 1.8 mill Permanent Improvement Levy, which has allowed the Piqua Board of Education to generate the much needed revenue used to maintain the various school buildings and purchase new school buses ...

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Nothing quite says spring like baseball does

The barefoot boys with cheek of tan aren’t barefoot here. They are shod in cleats and ready for action.Those cleats carry their wearers onto a personal field of dreams—a field of storied players, a field of opportunity, a red dirt-rimmed field full of promise of the spring to come. For a few fevered weeks, the old Cleveland Indians stadium in Winter Haven, Florida comes back to life with the splendid sound of baseball.In a constantly changing pattern of arriv...

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The window that wouldn’t work

What goes up usually comes down. I say “usually” in this instance because most objects that go up come down, from flipped coins to my bank account. That’s the self-correcting function of gravity (and economics) for you. But the tired old adage of, “What goes up must come down” obviously does not apply to my driver’s side power window.Two years ago, my power window bit the big one. It was having problems going down and struggled mightily to go bac...

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Calling the kettle black

To the Editor:Dear Judge Gutmann, As the chairman of the Miami County Democratic Party, I invite you to join our Party. It has become apparent that you are no longer welcome in the Republican Party. You know as well as I do that what they are accusing you of has been standard operating procedures of the Bud O’Brien’s Miami County Republican Party. Now that you’re on the outs with the three wise men we will accept you with open arms.

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Catch Watch 2014

The new digs appears to be the spot for wandering, homeless critters whether it is skunks, squirrels, birds, raccoons, possums, chipmunks, enormous toads or a cat. The latter finding its way to our back doorstep several weeks ago and won’t leave. It may have something to do with the munchkins having fallen under the stray’s spell. Which is an easy thing to do considering she is this button of a thing with gray, black and white fur, nose the color of clay, and a pathetic meow...

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Help on your taxes

When you read this, we will only have four days left to do our taxes. Shame on you. Shame on me. This being the case, and in my case a terrible case of malingering, I thought we could do them together. I have some tips for all groups of tax payers.THE “JOB DOERS” who make minimum wageI would recommend you do your taxes for starters. You will probably get back all or most of the taxes you paid and, if you made very little and have dependents, you may be able t...

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