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Paulding County Progress May 15, 2013

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OAKWOOD – TheCooper Community BranchLibrary, branch of thePaulding County CarnegieLibrary, is hosting an after-noon event for girls ingrades 6-12 from noon-4p.m. Friday, May 24.Participants are asked tobring their own hairbrushand fingernail polish.Members of the library’sT.A.B. (Teen AdvisoryBoard) have some very cre-ative braiding techniquesand awesome ideas on fin-gernail designs to share andare anxious to learn somenew ideas from those at-tending. It will be a fun af-ternoon; be sure to register for the event by Wednesday,May 22.“The members of theT.A.B. have done a wonder-ful job planning this event,”stated Sue Thomas, branchmanager. There will be foodand the Wii will be set up.Watch for more eventsthroughout the summer justfor middle school and highschool patrons.
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PAULDING – ThePaulding County CarnegieLibrary system will close at5 p.m. on Thursday, May 16so that the staff might assistwith the William Meyer Holocaust speaker event.The system will reopen nor-mal hours Friday, May 17.
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 VOL. 138 NO. 38PAULDING, OHIO 419-399-4015www.progressnewspaper.orgWEDNESDAY, MAY 15,2013ONE DOLLARUSPS 423620
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By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer
When Paulding Countyres-identRichard Nickols fol-lowed theadvice hisfamilydoctor,Dr. JosephKuhn,tohave his colon checked, hewasshocked todiscover thatthere was a substantial amountof cancer that would requiresix months of chemothera py.That was in 2003, just threeyears before he andhis wife,Janice, werehoping to cele-bratetheir 50th wedding an-niversary.Janice canstill r e-member her one r equestto physicians caring f or her hus-band.“I ask ed the doctor to do allthat hecouldto giveus afewyearsso we could celebrateour 50thanniversary,” saidJanice. “We had beenmarr ied47 years at the time. He did agoodjob;he kepthimaroundfor a lot longer time than that.”The Nickolshavenow beenmarried for 56 year s.But things got tougher thanhewould haveimagined at thebeginning of the cancer f ight.Com plications developed atthehospital andhe ended u pstayingat a Defiancehospitalfor two week s. Six months of chemotherapy followed.The bout with her husband’scancer wasn’t thefirst timethat Janicehad co ped with it.She wasa bitfamiliar withcancer  procedure because her mother hadalso suf feredfromtheillness.Unfor tunately, eight year safter Nickols hadsufferedthrough thecoloncancer , theuglydisease knockedat hisdoorsteponceagain,this timein theform of prostate cancer.“Ihad abloodtest;I felt
fine, I didn’t feel anything andI didn’t expect anything, butwhen the report came back,they came back and recom-mended treatment,” Nickolssaid.This time Nickols, who had been employed at LafargeCorporation for over 40 years,underwent a procedure he re-ferred to as “cyber knife,” aform of radiation treatment.This time his treatment oc-curred at Parkview North hos- pital.Although there were no sideeffects from the treatment,four gold seeds that had been placed in the prostate to meltdown during his treatmentgave him more pain than hehad imagined.“I’m not sure I would havethat done again,” said Nickols.“It was very uncomfortable. Iknow of people that say that itdidn’t bother them, but theyhad a difficult time killing my
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at the Paulding Chief parkinglot at 10:45 a.m.All Paulding County citi-zens are encouraged to at-tend this event. This is an op- portunity to meet and greetour hometown heroes whohave so valiantly served inour nation’s military. Theyhave done so much for us;help show our appreciation.Refreshments will be avail-able, freewill donation.Please bring a canned fooddonation for the local food pantry.PAULDING – In observa-tion of Armed Forces Day,the United Way of PauldingCounty will be co-hosting anevent with the PauldingChief Supermarket from 11a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May18. All military personnel,men and women, active andretired, are cordially invitedto attend this event.UWPC and Chief would be honored to have as their guests anyone who hasserved or is currently servingin the military. Please arrivefelony.Ricky A. Girod Jr., 24,Paulding, one count each il-legal processing of drugs,second-degree felony, and il-legal assembly or possessionof chemicals for the manu-facture of drugs, third-degreefelony.Raymond L. Webster,73, Paulding, one count felo-nious assault, felony of thesecond degree.Julian M. Zamora Sr.,62, Paulding, one count do-mestic violence, third-degreefelony.Donald L. Smith, age57, address unknown, onecount menacing by stalking,fourth-degree felony.Teresa R. Eaton, age 44,of Defiance, one count theft,fourth-degree felony.A Paulding County grand jury returned indictmentsagainst seven persons onThursday.The individuals will be ar-raigned in Paulding CountyCommon Pleas Court. Thoseindicted were:Kenneth D. Potter, age34, Paulding, one count eachillegal processing of drugs,first-degree felony; illegalassembly or possession of chemicals for the manufac-ture of drugs, second-degreefelony; endangering chil-dren, third-degree felony.Ricky A. Girod Sr., age51, Paulding, one count eachillegal processing of drugs,second-degree felony, and il-legal assembly or possessionof chemicals for the manu-facture of drugs, third-degree
By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer
In the last week of April,Paulding County OSU Exten-sion advisor Jim Lopshire hadhis concerns as only one per-cent of the corn and soybeancrop had been planted, due toexcessive April rains.These days, Lopshire looksout across the farmland andsmiles. As of this past week-end, Lopshire estimated that60-70 percent of the corn had been put in the fields and 30-40 percent of the beans had been planted. Wheat is still upfor grabs, said the extensionagent, but has a good chanceof being at least a good aver-age crop.“The only thing we neednow is for it to warm up,” saidLopshire. “If things continue,quite a few of the guys couldhave their seeds sown by theend of this week. Now weneed to have the ground towarm up so the seeds can startto grow. I wouldn’t be sur- prised but what we might seesome of the earlier corn and beans starting to break through the ground by the endof this week.”Lopshire said that PauldingCounty farmers have reportedthat the ground is workingwell for sowing. Other areafarmers, he said, such as thosein Van Wert County, havefound their ground to be a lit-tle drier, a little harder thanthey would like it.“Around here there has not been much tillage this spring.
Richard and Janice Nickols enjoy their rural PauldingCounty country estate these days, thanks to God’s grace andNickols’ ability to defeat cancer twice. Richard is among thehonorary survivors for this year’s annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life. He will help lead the Survivor Lap onMay 31 to open the two-day event.Area farmers got the break in the weather they needed the past several days. Large machin-ery has been busy putting this falls crop in the ground.
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From Staff Reports
PAULDING – Not everyone ishappy with the Paulding Countycommissioners’ plans to dissolve thecounty Emergency ManagementAgency agreement and put the EMAunder the jurisdiction of the sheriff’soffice.President of the Ohio Fire ChiefsAssociation, Bruce Moritz, said thatthe association was not in favor of themove and would not be until it wasvetted and discussed in a publicforum.Moritz said that it would open up a“whole new can of worms” and hewould like to know the reasoning be-hind the commissioners’ decision.Moritz also said that the BuckeyeState Sheriff Association had told hisagency that they had been approached by the Ohio County CommissionersAssociation who asked them to takeover the EMA duties in PauldingCounty.With regards to the PauldingCounty Emergency ManagementAgency (EMA), commissioners areurging members of the group’s mem- ber municipalities to dissolve thecountywide executive EMA boardand allow the agency to be restruc-tured under their direction.Commissioners are making visitsto each village council and townshipmeeting to get each one to sign off and dissolve Paulding County’s cur-rent EMA board.The document that townships andvillages are being asked to sign isonly two sentences long. It gives noexplanation, other than “...it has be-
State entities disapprove of EMA changes
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Nice weather lends a hand to spring planting 
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The monarch butterflies need our help
I’ve talked about the monarch but-terflies a few other times in this col-umn, so regular readers know thatI’m one of their biggest fans. It won’tbe long before we’ll be seeing themin our gardens again. The humming-birds have returned from their win-tering grounds and the monarchsaren’t far behind, having been sight-ed as far north as Kentucky.Our recent cold weather may slowthem down a bit, because they can’tfly at temperatures below 50°F, butan even bigger factor is the presenceof milkweed. The caterpillars of themonarch butterfly feed exclusivelyon plants in the Asclepias genus.The thought of growing milkweedin your gardens might not appeal toyou, but the monarchs are in troubleand they depend on milkweed for their survival. Their habitat is dwin-dling due to spraying and while I un-derstand why farmers don’t want itin their fields, roadside mowing,among other factors, is also con-tributing to the lack of food sources.There are many kinds of milk-weed you can grow other than com-mon milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)that are quite attractive. Commonlyknown as butterfly weed, A. tuberosais a beautiful perennial plant withclusters of bright orange blooms. Itcomes in yellow as well.Swamp milkweed (A. incarnata), just one of the varieties that is nativeto Ohio, is a taller, branching typethat the monarchs seem to prefer inmy garden to the other milkweeds Igrow. It has a pretty pink bloom andthe leaves are much smaller and thin-ner than those of common milkweed.I also like to grow the annual trop-ical milkweed, also known as scarletmilkweed. It has a really pretty redand yellow bloom and I’ve foundthat the monarchs choose to lay their eggs on its leaves almost as much ason those of the swamp milkweed.
This year ’s migratingmonarchcount is way down from thatof pastyears. Cold weather, landslides, andother factors at their overwinteringgrounds in Mexicohave wiped outlarge numbers of the migratingmon-archs in the last several years andthe
drought we experienced last year re-duced their habitat.Like every other living thing onthe earth, the monarchs have a spe-cific role they play in the cycle of life. Each kind of plant has specific pollinators they rely on to keep theiown species going. It’s why the cur-rent problems our honeybees arehaving is of great concern, too. All of life has a symbiotic relationship – each depends on the other to keep anenvironmental balance.It’s important to grow an assort-ment of blooming plants to providenectar for adult butterflies, but I hopeyou’ll consider adding even just a lit-tle bit of milkweed to your gardensthis year too. You’ll not only enjoyseeing the beautiful monarch butter-fly in your gardens, you’ll have thesatisfaction of knowing that you are playing an important part in theisurvival.Last summer, my husband and Itook a walk down our road to thecorner, not even half a mile, and Ichecked the small milkweed plantsthat I saw in the shallow ditch alongthe way, for monarch caterpillars. I brought home six of them, in variousstages of development, and placedthem on the milkweed in our gar-dens. The very next day, the road-sides were mowed.This reminded me of the story of the young girl who threw the starfish back into the sea and someone saidto her, “How can throwing onestarfish back possibly make a differ-ence, with all the hundreds of starfishthere are in the sea?” She replied, “Itmade a difference to that one.”
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the current equipment at $1,400. A new two-year lease with two year warranty would cost$1,350 per year or $2,700 for the two-year lease.Council unanimously agreed to sign a two-year lease for new equipment at a cost of $2,700.Payne resident Mike Denning came beforecouncil seeking permission on a trio of commu-nity endeavors.On Aug. 10, Denning and the Good TimesSaloon will host the annual 5K charity run.Denning also approached the council about hav-ing a portion of Main Street closed one Wednes-day night each month to have a cruise-in.Thirdly, he is planning to improve the garagelocated behind the saloon in hopes of making itinto a “drive-around” that would be open duringearly morning hours and evening hours for the purpose of selling soft drinks, coffee and a vari-ety of snacks. After hearing his proposals thecouncil encouraged Denning to move forwardon his plans.Village resident Nancy Speice informedcouncil of many lawns near her home that have been neglected and therefore are in need of  being mowed.“The grass is tall and there are some yardsthat have old tires and junk in them and it’s areal mess,” said Speice. Mayor Smith assuredher that he will contact the police chief.
By JOE SHOUSECorrespondent
PAYNE – An update concerning the PauldingCounty EMA situation, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) resurfacing projects,and a new lawn mower lease were part of theagenda at the Payne Village Council meeting onMonday night.Prosecuting Attorney Joe Burkard sharedwith the council about the emergency manage-ment agency and the changes it is taking in newleadership and coordination through the sher-iff’s department. After discussion, followed by atime for questions and answers, Burkard gavethe council a resolution template detailing thenew plan in hopes the council would at least in-form him what their vote would possibly beconcerning the new plan. However, council de-cided to table any kind of vote until further un-derstanding and clarification be made in the re-lationship between the new EMA plan and theVillage of Payne.Mayor Terry Smith informed the council thatODOT resurfacing scheduled for 2014 has beenmoved to 2015. When done in 2015, the projectwill include Ohio 49 inside the village limits andOhio 613 west of the corporation limits to 49.The lawn mower lease the village has withHomier and Sons expired with a new lease on pain.”“The first time they told usthat the cancer was very closeto breaking through hiscolon,” said Janice. “He didn’teven feel anything.”Concerning his post-colonsurgery, Richard said, “It’sokay except it keeps me kindof close to the house, in case Ihave to use the bathroom.”These days, Nickols is back to the fields. Although he is re-tired from Lafarge, he still hasa few acres around the familyfarm that are his responsibility,Three Bibles sitting on thekitchen table define the faiththat has strengthened their family over the years and brought Richard through hiscancer fights.“This Bible is his and hereads certain things out of it.This one is mine and I readcertain things out of it,” ob-served Janice. “The third oneis ours and we read out of thatone together every day. It isour source of strength for allthat we’ve gone through over the years.”mainly in planting beans. Nickols lives on ground thatwas part of his family heritage.In fact, he met Janice whenshe came from Defiance dur-ing the summer to visit rela-tives “over there across theroad.”“Eventually, he started com-ing into to Defiance to see meand we got serious,” saidJanice, who noted that theywere married on June 9, 1956.During their 56 years, the Nickols have been blessedwith four girls and one boy.amendment to Ohio HouseBill 59 that would have al-lowed county commissionersto hand over control of theEMA directorship to control of the sheriff’s department.“One size does not fit all,”she said. “This has to be an in-formed local decision. Theremight be counties where itmay be easier for the sheriff tohave control.”She emphasized, however,that local control requires“input from everyone in the process.Fought audibly gaspedwhen she learned PauldingCounty commissioners hadthe local EMA board vote todisband itself with no prior conversations of the entitiesinvolved.“What I would recommendto our members is to ask ‘Why?’ Are there issues withthe board? Will there be a costsavings? Has there beenwrongdoing?’ If there is no ra-tionale, is this change worthit?” she said.“Why is the change neededand why do they want con-trol?”She noted that not only didher agency not support the proposed amendment, butother agencies opposed it aswell, including the OhioAssociation of Chiefs of Police, Ohio Fire Chief’sAssociation and the OhioEmergency ManagementAssociation of Ohio.come necessary to change themethod” of providing EMAservices. No plan for a pro- posed new organization has been issued. It is not clear whether local entities wouldhave any input or controlwhatsoever in how the EMA isoperated.Moritz said, “People need to be informed of the change andwhat it will entail. They shouldnot sign anything until theyunderstand any repercussionsand basically what is going tohappen. It is going to effecteach police and fire depart-ment.”The county commissionersreported there are supervisionissues within the EMA. Theysee the current board’s over-sight of the director as inter-mittent rather than ongoingand would like to see achange, according to a discus-sion held last Monday morn-ing in their office.They would also like to seethings done in what they calleda “timely fashion.”Commissioner TonyZartman said the commission-ers have been approached bycitizens and first respondersabout an “ongoing situation,” but refused to elaborate, say-ing he could not discuss whatwas said in executive session.“We have our reasons for making a change,” said FredPieper, chairman of the boardof commissioners. However,no reason was given.Paulding County EMA di-rector Randy Shaffer was ad-vised in a meeting that hecould retire, resign or get fired.The commissioners said lastweek that “we laid out all theoptions to him.”On May 9, the
 pre-sented the commissioners witha request pursuant to the OhioRecords Law, Ohio RevisedCode, 149.43, for copies of any and all complaints re-ceived by the county regardingEMA service or activities over the past 12 months. Thiswould include written com- plaints, emails, phone logs,meeting minutes and any other written or electronic docu-ments.At press time Tuesday, norecords of any kind had beenreleased to the
.Shaffer is also unsure thatthe actions currently beingtaken by the commissionersare legal, stating that law doesnot exempt nor specify that theEMA director be under theauspices of the sheriff, but of either an EMA board or thecommissioners.Also concerning him is whothe director would be respon-sible to, the commissioners or the sheriff, as both are electedofficials.Shaffer is not only in chargeof the local EMA, but also thelocal LEPC and HAZMAT re-sponse team.Heidi Fought, director of thegovernmental affairs branch of the Ohio TownshipAssociation, told the
on Friday that her agency op- posed a recent proposedThose farmers (Van WertCounty) had to do some tilling before planting,” observedLopshire. “With no or reducedtillage, we are able to save themoisture for the crop.“Time-wise, it’s a goodtime for planting. What wedon’t need is many more 34degree nights,” Lopshire said.“The forecast is for muchwarmer weather near the endof the week. That will make a big difference.”Concerning area wheat,Lopshire said that plants arestill in the joint stage, so thereis still plenty of time for de-velopment.“I would think that there is potential for a good averagecrop,” Lopshire said.Long range forecasts arecalling for a slight change inthe weather pattern, with the6-10 day forecast calling for awarm-up and an increase inmoisture. The 8-14 projectionis for normal temperatures, but still above normal precipi-tation for the end of themonth.“One thing I think mostfarmers are feeling is hownice it would be to have amore normal-like summer again, more tranquil,” saidLopshire. “The last two sum-mers have been so extreme. Ithink that most of us wouldlike to have a normal growingseason. Higher grain priceshave been our savior for the past two years.”
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The adult monarch lays each tiny egg singly on a milkweed leaf. About four days later, thecaterpillar hatches out and munches on milkweed for about two weeks. It then forms achrysalis, where it takes about 10 days to metamorphose into an adult monarch butterfly. Theadult will live anywhere from 2-6 weeks, except for the last generation of the summer, whichlives 6-8 months. These will fly to Mexico where they will enter diapause for the winter, then re-turn to the southern U.S., mate, and lay eggs the following spring. They die shortly after and thenext generation continues the spring migration northward.This two-sentence resolution is one that the Paulding County commissioners are asking thecounty’s 11 villages and 12 townships to sign in an attempt to dissolves the county’s currentEMA board and place it under the sheriff’s jurisdiction.
Payne tables EMA decision
PAYNE – Wanda E. Wan-nemacher, 92 of Payne, passedaway Tuesday, May 7 at VanWert Inpatient Hospice.Wanda was born on July 6,1920 in Zainesville, Ind., adaughter of the late Jess andGrace (Johnson) Tobias. OnJune 22, 1940, Wanda mar-ried John A. Wannemacher,who died Dec. 30, 1994.Wanda will be sadlymissed by her children,Harold of New Haven, Di-anne (George) Heymann of Orlando, Fla., Marsha(Michael) Baldea of Van Wertand Keith (Lisa) of Payne; asister, Doris Heckelman of Antwerp; nine grandchildren,25 great-grandchildren; and11 great-great-grandchildren.Wanda also was precededin death by her stepfather,Perry Jackson, and a sister,Rosalie Koenn.Wanda’s Mass of ChristianBurial was celebrated Tues-day, May 14 at Divine MercyCatholic Church, Payne. Shewas laid to rest at St. John theBaptist Catholic Cemetery.Dooley Funeral Home,Payne, was in charge of arrangements.Memorials are to Commu-nity Health Professionals,1155 Westwood Drive, VanWert, OH 45891.Condolences and fond mem-ories may be shared atwww.dooleyfuneralhome.com.
PAYNE – Frederick H.Black, 83, of Payne, passedaway Friday, May 10 at hisresidence.Fredwas bornon Feb.17, 1930in VanWert, ason of thelateGertrudeMae (Tomlinson) and DonBlack. He proudly served inthe U.S. Army and The Na-tional Guard. He worked atBF Goodrich for 33 years, re-tiring in 1994. He was amember of Payne AmericanLegion Post 297. On Oct. 1,1955, he married JeanetteHoersten.Fred will be sadly missed by his wife, Jeanette; chil-dren, Susan Black and Julie(Ed) Stuart, both of Payne,Jeff (Kris) Black of FortWayne and Laura (Steve)Cox of Marysville; siblings,Charlotte (Gordon) Morganof Van Wert and Dean(Diane) Black of ColoradoSprings, Colo.; grandchil-dren, Emily, Jason and AdamBlack, Mina Cox and Eli Stu-art.Mass of Christian Burial is10 a.m. today, May 15 at Di-vine Mercy Catholic Church,Payne, with calling from 9-9:30 a.m. at Dooley FuneralHome. He will be laid to restat St. John the BaptistCatholic Cemetery.Memorials are to Masses,or Divine Mercy School or Payne EMS.Condolences and fond mem-ories may be shared atwww.dooleyfuneralhome.com.
Edith L (Devers) Grimes isfinally home and resting inthe loving arms of Jesus. Her  journey home started May 28,1921 and ended 91 years 11months and 13 days later onSaturday, May 11, 2013.Preced-ing her onthe waywas her father andmother,Elmer andStella(Keck)Devers; her loving husband,Verlin Grimes; her sistersDonna in infancy, Irene(Mott) Bashore, Helen Bisselland Ruby Zartman; and her  brothers, Ronald “Tuffy”,Roy, Paul “Ray”, Charles“Chuck”, James “Pete” andHerb Devers.Those remaining to cele- brate her life as well as re-member her many letters of encouragement and laughter are her many friends and fam-ily of two brothers, Glenn(Nick) Devers of Piqua andRichard (Dick) Devers of Cleveland; two sisters, Dene(Carter) Wilson of Port Char-lotte, Fla. and Norma Jean(Peg) Brown of Anacortes,Wash.; as well as her chil-dren, Nancy (Dave) Druley of St. Louis, Barbara (Bill) Ha-rader of Cape Coral, Fla. andBill (Margaret) Grimes of Defiance; her eight grandchil-dren; 13 great-grandchildren;and her two great-great-grandsons.Edith was a long timemember of the Zion UnitedMethodist Church of Grover Hill, the Cornerstone Churchof God, and the First Churchof God on Carter Road. Her works in the church and inlife were many and varied.But from starting as a nurse-maid and cleaning girl at theage of 13 for her grandfather,owning a restaurant, to retir-ing as a licensed practicalnurse at the Paulding Hospi-tal, she was faithful and per-sistent. All who knew her were touched in a specialway.Visitation will be at theSchaffer Funeral Home inDefiance on Friday, May 17from 3-7 p.m. and one hour  prior to the service on Satur-day.A homecoming celebrationand memorial service will beheld at the First Church of God on Carter Road on Satur-day, May 18 at 11 a.m. withthe Rev. Rick Rufenacht offi-ciating.Thank you to all for re-membering our mother. Me-morial donations may bemade to the Zion MethodistChurch of Grover Hill or totheFirst Church of God of De-fiance.Online condolences may bemade at www.schafferfh.com.
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The Amish Cook
By: Lovina Eicher
souls, started following in-structions for baptism, so wewent in Jerry’s honor.We had surprise visitorsMonday evening. Our friendsTerry and Mary from Plain-field, Ind. stopped by to visit.They had their friend, Lor-raine, along who is a faithfulreader of this column. It wasa pleasure to meet her and toalso visit with Terry andMary again.My sewing machine andalso daughter, Elizabeth’s,were sold to us by Terry. Heis our fix-it man when weneed tune ups or repairingdone. In fact, while Terry washere, Elizabeth had him giveher machine a tune-up.Dandelion blooms arestarting to pop up here andthere which will soon put anend to the dandelion greensuntil next year. Once theflowers are blooming thegreens taste too bitter to use.Asparagus, rhubarbs andstrawberries will be the nextgoodies we look forward to.We have been having winter onions already. The horserad-ish is coming up nicely andalso we can see the tea plantscoming through the soil.Last night daughter Loretta,12, decided she will grill themeat for our supper. Son Ben- jamin, 13, helped her get the7 a.m. and the children justleft for school. My husband,Joe, has been at work severalhours already and daughter,Elizabeth, left for her job at5:15 a.m.Joe tilled part of the gardenlast night. Daughter Susan,17, and I, want to get somegarden planted today. Springis such a lovely time of theyear, but has a lot of work in-volved. Susan mowed our grass on Saturday for the firsttime this year. Last year wewere mowing in March al-ready due to the early springwe had.Congratulations go tonephew Noah and Ruby.They have set their weddingday for June 11. I have to helpcook at their wedding. Lookslike more sewing, but that’sone way of getting moredresses sewed for me which Ineed anyway.Ruby’s mother, Lydia, is mycousin, so it will be nice tovisit and work with somecousins at this wedding. Noahis Joe’s oldest sister MaryAnn’s son.Last week our horse Ginger gave birth to twin foals. Wewere disappointed that noneof them lived. We are anx-iously waiting on Itty Bit todeliver hers any day and hop-ing everything will be OK.Tomorrow night the fourthgraders will have their portfo-lio presentations and meetwith the middle school teach-ers. It is so hard to believeJoseph will be in middleschool next term. That willonly leave our 2 youngest :Lovina, 8, and Kevin, 7, in el-ementary.A reminder to us that timedoes not stand still. May weuse our time wisely in a waythat is pleasing to God andnot self.We attended church serv-ices in Indiana on Sunday. It’salways interesting to visitother communities and meetnew people. Joe is friendswith Jerry, one of the boys inthat church district. Jerry,along with four other younggrill going. Loretta grilled hotwings and hamburgers. I mademacaroni and cheese to go withthat. We also had homemade bread and cinnamon rolls that Imade earlier in the day. AlsoVerena, 15, made chocolatechip cookies and Loretta made peanut butter cookies after school.The sun is shining in theeast. Looks like a perfect day to plant the garden. I enjoy plant-ing and can go bare-footed inthe soft soil. The ground had been too cold so far. Lots of strawberry varieties to enjoythis time of year, perfect for this pie.
4 cups strawberries1/2 cup confectioners sugar 1 cup water 1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch3/4 cup sugar To 3 cups of whole berriesadd confections sugar and letstand 1 hour.Crush 1 cup berries and cook with water about 20 minutes.Sieve.Mix cornstarch with sugar and stir into berry juice. Cook until clear,stirring constantly.Fill cooled baked pie shellwith 3 cups berries. Pour par-tially cooled sauce over berries.Refrigerate. Spoon whippedcream around the edge of pie before serving.
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Cooper Farms opens Fox Tail Sow Farm
HICKSVILLE – Cooper Farms is proud to announcethe completion of their newest addition, Fox TailSow Farm. The new farmwill be home to just under 2,500 mother pigs, whichwill give birth to approxi-mately 1,300 baby pigs eachweek.Fox Tail is Cooper Farms’first venture into DefianceCounty, one which will pro-vide at least 11 new full-time jobs and useapproximately 90,000 bushels of corn purchasedfrom local farmers eachyear.“We are pleased to be en-tering into DefianceCounty,” said Eric Ludwig,Cooper Farms director of corporate development.“This is a great area, withwonderful neighbors and astrong sense of community.Building a farm in this areais something we havewanted for many years, sowe are excited to finally be-come a part of it and gainteam members from thisarea.”Fox Tail is among the firstof its kind in the area, utiliz-ing group pen gestation for sow housing and an innova-tive electronic feeding sys-tem. This system allows thesows to have free movementin a group setting, while providing individualizedfeeding information abouteach sow. The electronictags will provide informa-tion about how much eachsow is eating and drinking,allowing the farm team tostill tend to sows’ individualneeds.“This new housing andfeeding system is an innova-tive step forward,” saidTerry Wehrkamp, Cooper Farms director of live pro-duction. “It provides a spa-cious environment for thesows, but still allows us tohave the individualized in-formation we need to ensurethat each sow is healthy andgetting the proper nutrition.We have spent several yearstrying different group hous-ing and feeding methods atour farms, so we know thisis the best-fitting system allaround.”Cooper Farms made a point to work predomi-nantly with local businessesand contractors for the con-struction of the farm. Over 40 contractors took part inthe construction, doing any-thing from pouring concreteto electrical work.“The Cooper family hasalways tried to do thingslocal and give back to thearea any way they can,” saidBud Koenig, Cooper Farmsdirector of facilities andmaintenance. “We work alot with local contractorsand business to maintain our current properties, so it isonly natural to work withlocal individuals when building a new farm.”To protect the health of the animals and the teammembers, Fox Tail is ashower in/out farm, mean-ing that anyone entering the barns must fully shower toenter or exit, washing awayany bacteria or viruses thatmay have been carried ontheir clothing or body.The farm sits on approxi-mately 25 acres and will beable to provide natural fer-tilizer for 165 acres of crop-land.
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VAN WERT – The Van Wert County Hospital is pleased to wel-come Javier Pere, M.D. to the Sleep Center. He will replace Dr.Chang as medical director.Dr. Pere is board certified in pulmonary, sleep, critical care, andinternal medicine and will be treating patients with sleep disordersin Van Wert County Hospital’s state-of-the-art Sleep Center facil-ity. His office will be located in Suite 109 of the Van Wert HealthCenter, and he will be available to meet with patients everyWednesday. For more information or to schedule an appointmentwith Dr. Pere, call 419-232-5281 or visit VanWertHospital.org.
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