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Estimates of the number of American Civil War casualties are growing – from the conventional 618,222 to something closer to 750,000 – as demographic historians deploy increasingly sophisticated computer models. Similarly, estimates of the number of North Vietnam/Viet Cong soldier and civilian deaths in the Vietnam war vary considerably, but are generally placed at about 1 million or more. The American death toll is put at 58,315. Which side won the Vietnam War?

1. – North Vietnam won. It drove Americans from the field of battle.

2. – Don’t know.

3. – It was a stalemate, something along the lines of the War of 1812, which ended largely because a distracted super power got tired.

4. – America won. It left on its own terms, not those of Vietnam.


Top stories: Teed off: Denton’s disc golf decision angers some; The day in RHS sports: Jennings scores OT game-winner vs. Wabash.

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Teed off
Recent actions by Rochester Mayor Ted Denton have apparently resulted in the city park board president contemplating her resignation and a South Bend resident, formerly of Rochester, saying the mayor violated Indiana's Open Door Law.

A new disc golf course at Rochester City Park is at the root of both matters.

On Aug. 14, the Rochester Park Board unanimously approved a contract with Todd Brooks, of Professional Concrete, for installation of 18 concrete tee pads at the course. Cost: $7,200.

However, Park Board President Kendra Chudzynski tells The Sentinel the mayor overrode the board's decision.

The board also reportedly heard at its meeting from Bryce Hardesty of Split Road Media, who presented a mock-up sign he had created that included an overhead view of the hole, the hole number, yardage and par.

Throughout the summer, disc golf enthusiasts and beginners alike have been met with confusion on how to play the course due to a lack of signs and tee pads.

Chudzynski said Hardesty wanted to solicit sponsorship offers from companies interested in attaching their name to the signs.

But again, Denton purportedly had other ideas.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Local news
Chas's Wall OK'd
Tennis enthusiasts will be happy to know Chas's Wall is coming to the Rochester High School tennis courts.

Named after the late Charlie Rathburn, a four-time sectional winning tennis coach, the hitting wall will be at the southwest corner of the RHS courts, inside the fence, said Mike Marrs.

He gained Rochester School Board approval for the wall Monday. Chad Leap, Skyline Builders, will construct the wall, slated to be 10 feet high and 20 feet long and painted dark green. Work could begin soon.

About $800 of the $1,200 needed for materials has been raised, Marrs said. Anyone can make a contribution by writing a check to the Rochester Tennis Club - a not-for-profit organization - and getting the check to Mike Marrs, Joe McCarter or RHS girls tennis coach Jesse Atkinson.

The wall will help beginning players of all ages develop hand-eye coordination and basic skills, Marrs said.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Health Dept.: West Nile virus tests positive here
Three pools of mosquitoes tested by the Indiana State Department of Health came back positive for West Nile virus in Fulton County, according to a Fulton County Health Department press release.

Local health officials are reminding residents to stay vigilant in protecting themselves from the virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

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Monday, August 21, 2017
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Monday, August 21, 2017
See: All will benefit
The registration deadline for a two-day Bridges Out of Poverty workshop, which offers a comprehensive look at poverty, is fast approaching.

The workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 in the Community Building at the Fulton County 4-H Fairgrounds, is made possible through a partnership of the Fulton County Service Providers, members of the faith community and the Fulton County Purdue Extension Office.

It is provided as part of a community conversation series, also hosted by service providers and the faith community. Speakers will include certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainers Karen Hinshaw, Annette Lawler and Nancy Manuel.

The cost, which includes the Bridges Out of Poverty book, is $40 for the first day and $25 for the second day. Participants must attend the first day to register for the second day. Lunch is on one's own.

The cost to register increases after Wednesday to $85 for both days.

Jason See, chaplain at Woodlawn Hospital, said the workshop offers something for everyone. He has been leading a task force, comprised of service providers and members of the faith community, which aims to increase awareness of poverty among the public and increase available resources for families and residents of Fulton County.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017
Sewer plant work soon
The Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety on Thursday awarded a contract to Kleenco Maintenance & Construction for $793,000 worth of improvements at the city's wastewater treatment plant.

The project, slated to begin in September, is aimed at reducing phosphorus discharge to meet limits required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which handles many federal environmental rules.

Until recently, IDEM has not limited phosphorus. Ahead of applying for a new discharge permit last year, the city became aware that limits were expected to tighten. An extension on that permit was eventually granted, while a plan to meet the new state and federal regulations was put into place.

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Friday, August 18, 2017
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The day in RHS sports: Jennings scores OT game-winner vs. Wabash

Rochester 2,

Wabash 1 (OT)

Jordan Jennings scored with 4:57 left in the second overtime period off a Sarah Schaller assist to give the Rochester girls soccer team a 2-1 win over Wabash at the Brent Blacketor Memorial Sports Complex Tuesday.

Adriann Shepherd also scored for the Lady Zs. Her goal with 21:39 left in the second half was the game-tying goal after RHS trailed 1-0 at halftime.

Siera Weathers made a slide tackle on a potential Wabash shooter who looked to have a point-blank look at a shot on RHS goalkeeper Emily Tyler with 30 seconds left in the overtime.

Typically, games that are even after the two 40-minute halves are declared a draw, but this game needed two seven-minute overtime periods to determine a winner due to it being a Three Rivers Conference game.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Shepherd, Melanson score TDs, but Valley drops opener to Bremen

Bremen 41, Tippecanoe Valley 13 (Friday): Tanner Trippiedi threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Shepherd, and Wes Melanson had a 7-yard touchdown run, but the visiting Vikings lost to Bremen Friday.

Bremen led 14-13 at halftime before outscoring Valley 27-0 in the second half.

Nathan Mullen ran 16 times for 239 yards and four touchdowns, and Jacob Wunder added 85 yards rushing and a score on 11 carries for Bremen. Mullen also led the Lions in receiving yards with 40.

Alex Morrison led Valley with 56 yards on 13 carries. Melanson also had three receptions for 21 yards.

Valley has lost their last three meetings against Bremen and five of the last six. Valley hasn't beaten Bremen since a 21-7 win at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Aug. 25, 2012.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Wood lifts RHS to win
WABASH - Corbyn Wood loves football too much for some leg cramps to keep him out of the Rochester football team's game with Wabash Friday.

And there he was, just moments after needing help to get off the field, returning a punt 42 yards for a touchdown with 9:45 left in the game. Fullback Bryce Abbott willed the pile forward past the goal line for a 2-point conversion, and the Zebras beat the Apaches 8-0 to snap their 13-game losing streak.

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Monday, August 21, 2017
8 is enough: Wood's punt return helps RHS end 13-game grid losing streak

WABASH -- Rochester's 13-game football nightmare is over.

Corbyn Wood shook off cramps that forced him from the game earlier to return a punt 42 yards for a touchdown with 9:45 left and give the Zebras an 8-0 win over Wabash Friday.

The win was RHS' first since a 17-10 win over Tippecanoe Valley on Oct. 2, 2015. They lost their last three games of that season and lost all 10 by an average margin of 38 points last season.

The win was also Brian Hooker's first in his first game as Zebra coach.

Ironically, moments before the RHS-Wabash game went final, North Miami polished off Maconaquah 16-6 in Denver to give coach Joe Grant his first win as a varsity coach. Grant coached RHS last year before resigning in June and taking the North Miami job.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017
Despite knee pain, RHS' Adley scores twice in boys soccer win over Caston

RHS 4, Caston 1

FULTON - Rochester boys soccer player Trey Adley's knee hurts a lot. Out of the 160 minutes the team has played through two games this week, he's played in less than half of them.

But when he has been on the pitch, he's helped the Zebras to a 2-0 record.

Adley scored twice against Caston on Thursday to give RHS a 4-1 win. Skylar Razer scored on a rebound, and Alex Andrianov scored the only goal of the second half on a direct kick set piece assist from Will Thonn.

Bryan Hernandez scored the lone Caston goal with 34:27 left in the first half, but that was the only goal Dalton Heishman allowed in his first career start in goal.

RHS coach Trevor Brown was unimpressed with his team and added that Caston and coach Narciso Sanchez were more prepared.

"Honestly, the first 34 minutes, they were by far the better team," Brown said. "They outpossessed us. They had better opportunities. They were more cohesive. Tons and tons of credit to coach Sanchez. I'm always amazed at how much he maximizes his talent. Just a lot of respect for him. ... I don't know how much we deserved it, but we'll take it."

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Friday, August 18, 2017
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Peggy J. Luedtke
Peggy J. Luedtke, 90, Rochester, died Tuesday at home. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
'Peanut' Flenner
Infant "Peanut" Flenner, Rochester, was stillborn at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Betty L. Steininger
Betty L. Steininger, 82, Rochester, died Tuesday at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include her husband, Ken, Rochester; a daughter, Melody Sweeny, Rochester; her son, Dave Steininger, Rochester; and three brothers, Paul Rynearson, Rochester, Frank Rynearson, Columbus, Ohio, and Larry Rynearson, Kouts.

Her funeral service is 1 p.m. Friday at New Life Church. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Nada Jo Alspaugh
Mrs. Nada Jo Alspaugh passed away on Aug. 19, 2017, at the age of 94. She was born on July 22, 1923, to Frederick and Amanda Murphy in Akron and was the youngest of four daughters. Jo married her high school sweetheart, Foster D. (Joe) Alspaugh. Upon his retirement, they moved to Watkinsville, Ga., where they resided for almost 30 years.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Brian Winters
Brian Winters, 76, died peacefully in his home on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Breaking News
Jerry Lewis dies at the age of 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.

Monday, August 21, 2017
Trump blames 'many sides' for violent Virginia clashes
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed "many sides" for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia and contended that the "hatred and bigotry" broadcast across the country had taken root long before his political ascendancy.

Monday, August 14, 2017
Trump blasts NKorea over new report
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump warned North Korea that it could face "fire and fury" after a new report Tuesday said U.S. intelligence believes Pyongyang has successfully produced a nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Scaramucci out of White House job
WASHINGTON (AP) - Firmly taking charge in an unruly White House, former Gen. John Kelly moved in Monday as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff and immediately made sure that Trump's profanity-spouting new communications director was shown the door, ignominiously ousted after less than two weeks on the job.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
White House: Pass health bill now or else
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House stepped up demands Sunday for revived congressional efforts on health care and suggested senators cancel their entire summer break, if needed, to pass legislation after failed votes last week.

Monday, July 31, 2017
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