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Paulding County Progress July 10, 2013

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Chicken BBQAug. 3 at JPHS
PAULDING – The JohnPaulding Historical Societywill be hosting its annualChicken BBQ and AntiqueTractor show on Saturday,Aug. 3. Serving and/or pick-up will begin at 4 p.m.and continue to 7 p.m.Pre-sale tickets are avail-able at the museum onTuesdays from 10 a.m.-4p.m. or from any director.You may also call AngiePollock at 419-393-2876 or Patti Boundy at 419-399-4120 to purchase tickets.Tickets are $7 for a half chicken dinner and $4 for aquarter chicken dinner.The Flat Rock Gas &Steam Association and theBlack Swamp Tractor Clubwill be displaying some of their antique tractors. If anyone is interested inshowing an antique tractor,call Dave Stouffer at 419-670-3869 or RandyGoyings at 419-399-2889.
Diggin’ for Dinos:Summer reading program finale
PAULDING – Is your child or grandchild di-nosaur crazy? We are! Jointhe Paulding CountyCarnegie Library’s YouthServices department for our summer reading programfabulous, fantastic finale!Join Dr. T. Rex as he un-covers how we know whatwe know about dinosaurs,even though they’ve beenextinct for millions of years. You’ll be a REALpaleontologist in no timewhen you meetBrachiosaurus, Stegosaurus,and Triceratops and learnwhat dinosaurs look likefrom the inside out. And, of course, you’ll meet the kingof all dinosaurs, the gigan-tic Tyrannosaurus Rex!This animated, fun-filled,dinosaur extravaganza isappropriate for all Summer Reading Club participants.It is free and no registrationis required. The event willbe held at 4 p.m. Tuesday,July 16 at the YouthLeadership Building,Paulding CountyFairgrounds.Call 419-399-2032 for more information.
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HAVILAND – TheWayne Trace Board of Education meeting normal-ly scheduled for MondayJuly 8 has been moved toTuesday July 16 at 6 p.m.in the Lecture Room atWayne Trace High School.
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three days a week withRassman while continuing histraining as dispatcher.Eventually he will take callsover the weekend and fill infor the dog warden on other days off.“Between Brandon and Iand the sheriff’s office, wewill make the kennels a placePaulding County people will be proud of. That’s our goal,”said Rassman.At this point, there are no
By BILL SHERRYCorrespondent
GROVER HILL – Grover Hill will be hosting their an-nual summer fest on July 20-21 at Welcome Park.There will be great food,Lions Club homemade icecream and fun and games allweekend.Saturday events includethe royalty crowning at 9a.m. followed by a publicauction and horseshoes at 10a.m.There will be inflatablesand face painting beginningat 11 a.m.At 2 p.m. the fire and EMSdepartments will holddemonstrations and a pork dinner beginning at 4 p.m.A silent auction is sched-uled for 6 p.m., a car rally at8 p.m., t-ball under the lights begins at 9 and a softball co-ed tourney will commence at10 p.m.On Sunday morning at 10a.m., there will be a commu-nity worship service at the park with Grover Hill areachurches coming together inthe Welcome Park outdoor “amphitheater in the trees”for a community worshipservice. This year, the MorseFamily Singers will minister in song. Bring your lawnchairs to the service.Following church servicesthere will be a chicken dinner at 11:30 and a cake auction at12:30.At 2 p.m. there will bemusic by the group “Stayingthe Course.” Also there will be a baseball tournament at 2 p.m.Summerfest is made possi- ble by a group of local citi-zens consisting of the Grover Hill Park Board, the Grover Hill Lions Club, the Grover Hill Ball Association, Grover Hill Area MinisterialAssociation and numerousGrover Hill area residentswho have worked on theevent.call hours.Rassman is a 14-year veter-an of the department as a roaddeputy.Shuherk is a departmentnewcomer. He applied for afull-time position with them inJune and has been training as adispatcher since early lastmonth. He passed his OhioPeace Officer Training examJune 26 and was commis-sioned as a reserve deputy fol-lowing.According to Sheriff JasonLanders, Shuherk will train
By DENISE GEBERSProgress Staff Writer
PAULDING – Veteran roaddeputy and dog lover, Mark Rassman, has been appointedto the post of dog warden ef-fective July 6. His part-timeassistant is Brandon Shuherk.The pair replaces former warden Georgia Dyson andher assistant, Ken Huckabaa.Dyson was relieved of her du-ties on July 1
(see related  story)
when she was confront-ed by commissioners aboutthe conditions at the kennel.Huckabaa was informed earli-er last month his last daywould be June 30.Shuherk was appointed in-terim dog warden July 1 untilRassman took over Saturday.Rassman took on his re-sponsibilities over the week-end, in an on-call capacity,while also feeding and admin-istering medication to dogs inthe county’s kennel. His firstcall came on Saturday after-noon, a loose dog complaint. Now under the supervisionof the sheriff’s office, the dogwarden’s initial regular hourswill be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday in a salaried position. He will also have on-
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New personnel are managing the Paulding County dog warden’s office as of July 1. Mark Rassman (right) is the new wardenwhile Brandon Shuherk is his assistant. Both men, employed by the county commissioners, are supervised by the sheriff’s office.They are currently tackling the task of cleaning up the kennels and office areas in addition to regular duties of the dog warden.
From Staff Reports
HAVILAND – A Paulding County man re- portedly remains hospitalized after being shotlast week by a deputy following a brief standoff and exchange of gunfire.James Fleenor, age 42, was transported toLutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. No conditionreport is available.Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers andAllen County (Ohio) Sheriff Sam Crish spoke ata press conference on Wednesday, July 3.Landers read the following statement:“Thank you for coming this morning. I think it is important this morning to let the citizens of Paulding County know all law enforcement of-ficers and bystanders are safe as a result of thismorning’s incident. Unfortunately, unforeseencircumstances arouse last evening that resultedin one man being shot by a deputy sheriff who isa member of the Allen County Ohio TacticalTeam.“At approximately 9:11 p.m. on July 2, 2013,deputies were dispatched to a residence on Road95 south of Road 60 in Blue Creek Township Northwest of Haviland, for a suicidal subjectarmed with a gun. The gunman is 42-year-oldJames Fleenor of Paulding County.“Upon deputies’ arrival, they were ap- proached by Mr. Fleenor in the driveway of thehome, and Mr. Fleenor presented a firearm. Thecircumstances changed when Fleenor barricad-ed himself in a room within the house withfirearms. The Allen County Ohio Sheriff’sOffice Tactical Team was called for mutual aid.“After more than four hours of negotiations,Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish and I made thedecision to enter the room to secure Mr. Fleenor.Mr. Fleenor presented a firearm and fired shotsfrom a rifle at deputies. One member of theTactical Entry Team returned fire, striking Mr.Fleenor twice.“This incident is being investigated as a crim-inal offense where charges are being reviewed by the Paulding County prosecutor against Mr.Fleenor. The investigative portion of this inci-dent is being worked by the Van Wert County
Deputy involved in shooting 
Rassman named new dog warden
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Paulding County Progress
Allen County (Ohio) Sheriff Sam Crish (left) and Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers ad-dress questions at a press conference last Wednesday. Both sheriff’s departments respondedto a call involving a suicidal subject with a gun, who reportedly fired shots at deputies and thenwas struck by return fire.
Dog warden fired again
From Staff Reports
PAULDING – Just hours after dog warden Georgia Dysonwas scheduled to begin her duties under supervision of thesheriff’s office, the Paulding County commissioners voted toterminate her employment, and appointed an interim dogwarden.The commissioners took the action on Monday, July 1.Brandon Shuherk, who on June 26 had been appointed asthe new assistant dog warden effective July 1, was immedi-ately named as interim dog warden. Then later last week, thecommissioners appointed Deputy Mark Rassman as the dogwarden.Contacted for comment, Dyson did not return email mes-sages.
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By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer
PAYNE – Edie Mills hasnever gotten used to the con-cern she feels when a closefamily member waits for amedical diagnosis that remote-ly seems like it could be ALS(amyotrophic lateral sclerosis),also known as Lou Gehrig’sDisease.Over a lifetime, the Paynewoman has lost her husband,George, daughter, Georgie, brother-in-law, Ludwell, niece,Tina Mills Rodriguez, andnephew, Brent Mills, to thedreaded illness. In addition, ason, Bob, is suffering from aslower moving form of the dis-ease and is being honoredthrough a fundraiser.This Saturday, July 13, thoseassociated with the illness will be recognized in a day of events held at the AmericanLegion in Payne. All moneyraised will go towards ALS re-search.Other area residents beingmemorialized in Saturday’sevent include Ruth Brown,Robert L. Bowsher Sr., JohnThomas, Craig McCloud,Esther Woods, Philip Perl,James E. Wright Sr., BlakeIsaacs, Peggy Lorden, RobinMerriman, Norm Roughtonand Myrna Snyder.This year’s event will becentered out of the PayneAmerican Legion, with a bike/car/truck poker run begin-ning at 10 a.m. and awalkathon beginning at 11a.m. Registration for eachevent will take place one hour  before it begins.Food will be available on adonation basis. There will also be a bake sale, silent auctionand raffle items. In addition, T-shirts, sweat shirts and hoodedsweatshirts will be sold.I recently spent a week inSan Francisco, touring amaz-ing public and private gardens,as well as seeing the usualtourist hot spots. With Ohiotemperatures hovering aroundthe 95-degree mark when Ileft, the Mediterranean cli-mate of San Francisco waslooking mighty fine to me.As luck would have it, the bay area was experiencing anunusual heat wave and as weroamed around this gardenand that one, I felt like I’d jumped from the frying paninto the fire. But unbelievable beauty was all around me,with an abundance of plantsthat I was unfamiliar with, duein part to San Francisco being blessed with so many micro-climates.Our little pocket of Ohio isin USDA Zone 5b, meaningthat we can grow perennialsthat have been listed as hardyto temperatures of -15°F. Mostof the state is listed as Zone 6under the new maps, but if you are in Paulding or any of the surrounding counties,don’t count on that. Of course,temperature is only one part of the plant success equation, butit’s a good starting point.We all have those areas inour gardens where a few plants grow, defying logic ac-cording to the rules of horti-culture. There are reasons wehave this, and it has little to dowith the plant or luck.Because of specific loca-tion, such as being on thesouth or east side of the house,in a corner, on the east side of a hedge, in a depression or valley, or near a stone or brick wall, we many times can getaway with growing plants thatare typically too tender for our winters. These factors mayoffer some protection from thewind and some raise the over-all temperature to a level a lit-tle higher than normal. Nearly every garden hasone or more of these microcli-mates and once you findyours, you can take advantageof it and grow plants listed as being hardy to Zone 6, possi- bly even Zone 7, if you’relucky.Because of its location nextto the Pacific Ocean and the bay, as well as the hills andmountains, and the varyingwinds, San Francisco has anabundance of microclimates.Seventeen of them have beenidentified there, so dependingon where you live in the bayarea, your garden could bevastly different from friendswho live as close as 10 milesaway.Half Moon Bay, on thecoast, has an average Julytemperature of 64°, yet WalnutCreek, just 25 miles inland hasan average of 87°. We don’thave that wide of a variationhere, but minor ones exist andcan be created using other  plantings or structures in a protective manner.In my own garden, I havefound that I can grow a fewZone 6 plants in an area on thesouth side of our house. It hasseveral factors that work in the plants’ favor. Besides facingsouth, there is a row of yewsthat protect it from westerlywinds and because those yewsrun fairly parallel to the side of the house, it traps the warm air there.Gardeners like to push thezone envelope, because we’relike everyone else – we wantthat which we cannot have.With the wonder of microcli-mates, perhaps you can havewhat you didn’t think youcould. Look around your gar-dens and your yard to see if you might have one of theseareas, or can create one, and plant something “iffy” to seehow it does. You may be pleasantly surprised!
 Read Kylee Baumles blog,Our Little Acre at www.ourlit-tleacre.com and on Facebook awww.facebook.com/OurLittle Acre. Contact her at  PauldingProgressGardener@ gmail.com.
 bee hives, and old woodenframe spacers for honey col-lection, bee protection suit,and many other interesting ar-tifacts from the early days of  beekeeping.Iva Stoller, an accomplishedartist, has several porcelain plates on display that presentsher artistic touch.Stoller Honey Farms startedin the early 1920s by Darl’s fa-ther, Irwin Stoller. Irwin andhis wife Marie (Laukhuf) hadfour children, Wayne,
By JOE SHOUSECorrespondent
PAULDING – When your family business is successfuland it’s all you know from anearly age, you appreciateeverything it resembles. Andfor Darl and Iva Stoller, youcould say that honey runs intheir veins. The honey busi-ness has brought them full cir-cle and today Darl and hiswife are excited about the lat-est edition at the JohnPaulding Historical Museumdepicting in part the history of Stoller honey.While working for the fam-ily business delivering honey,Darl would have opportunityduring his travels to stop at an-tique shops and malls andwould purchase items that hada history tied to honey. Anarray of collectables includinghoney tins, dishes, honey pots,books, and most anything thatdepicts the name “honey” ison display.Also on display are itemsmore personal to the Stoller name including feature arti-cles from the American BeeCulture magazines written byStoller, wax foundations for Christine, Darl and Gale. BothDarl and Gale became activein the beekeeping businessafter returning from duty dur-ing the Korean War.“Dad purchased the oldLatty School building when itwas condemned, probablyaround 1952, and we installedthe necessary equipment for the bee business,” said Darl.In the early stages of the business, the Stollers had beesin Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana,Ohio, and in the winter, beeswere transported to Georgiaand Florida. The family busi-ness has changed over theyears with various familymembers involved in the oper-ation.Today, Darl’s son, Kirk isthe president of the company.With a laugh, Darl said, “Kirk is the president, CEO, leader,and owner. He is the one incharge.” Kirk and his work force now operate out of anew building recently con-structed off of U.S. 127, eastof LattyThe business has becomemore localized as far as beesand honey production.According to Darl, bee hivesare in Van Wert and Pauldingcounties, with a few inIndiana. One interesting twistto the Stoller bee population isthe transporting of some 1,200 bee hives each fall toCalifornia.“We transport three-fourthsof our bees to California inOctober in order for them to pollinate with the almondgroves. It takes three semitrucks to send the bees outwest and they return in earlyspring,” said Darl.The added edition to themuseum is a wonderful dis- play of Paulding County histo-ry and how hard work and per-sistence leads to quality andsuccess. After being in the beeindustry for all these years,Darl knows the secret to thesuccess of the family business.“It’s God’s. It all belongs toHim.”The museum is open eachTuesday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.and the first Saturday of eachmonth from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.For more information, visit thehistorical society website atwww.johnpauldinghistorical-society.org or on Facebook atfacebook.com/jphsmuseum.set hours for the kennel to beopen, but Rassman said theywill be set as soon as possible.In the meantime, the build-ing is getting a thoroughcleaning according toPaulding County Commis-sioner Fred Pieper. He said nu-merous maintenance mattersneed tending.Contractors are being calledin to replace crumbling doors,do electrical work and repair the plumbing. An extermina-tor has been called to deal withthe rodent problem.Servicemaster will come in for a final sanitizing. Nearly a dumpster full of  junk had been removed fromthe structure by Monday after-noon.The dog warden’s truck isalso in need of attention; thesheriff said there was a lack of maintenance that will be ad-dressed as soon as possible.Sheriff Landers said a typi-cal day for the dog wardenwill start in the office check-ing for messages with followup before heading to the ken-nels. Dog calls will be priori-tized during off hours. If it isnot an emergency, the matter will be addressed the follow-ing morning.Rassman would like to im- plement several changes at thekennels which would includethe assistance of volunteer groups. He said he would loveto work with a group thatwants to interact with thedogs.“If some people would liketo exercise or groom the dogs,that would be great,” he said.Volunteers could also assistwith driving dogs, makingcalls, doing building or land-scape maintenance to name afew.He said he is looking for  both volunteers and sugges-tions at the kennel. He is alsohoping for help from commu-nity service workers throughthe court system for painting,cleaning gutters and other su- pervised work.Rassman and Sheriff Landers agreed guidelines for volunteer involvement willneed to be established.Persons who wish to help outcan call the dog warden at419-399-9728, the sheriff’soffice at 419-399-03791 or email mrassman@pauldin-gohsheriff.com or jklan-ders@pauldingohsheriff.com.Pieper said there is no activehumane society in the county.He noted one is not requiredfor dog rescues, and that vol-unteers could be coordinated by the dog warden to do so.“We already have a lot of  people who have stepped for-ward to help,” said Rassman.“I would like to see ... peoplecome together to best care for the animals. We have a lot of fences to cross to get there, butwe have good people here inPaulding County.”a member of the departmentsince 2005 and a member of the tactical team since 2011.Crish declined to commenton the types or number of firearms found in Fleenor’s possession.On Tuesday, a spokesmanfor the Van Wert CountySheriff’s Office said their por-tion of the investigation is stillcontinuing and had no further updates.Ohio Sheriff’s OfficeDetective Bureau, and thecrime scene is being investi-gated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’sCrime Scene InvestigativeUnit. This investigation con-tinues.”Sheriff Crish then spoke onhis office’s involvement dur-ing this incident.Crish said that the decisionwas made to gain entry andtake control of the suspect. Adeputy returned fire andFleenor was struck in theupper torso. He was taken to aFort Wayne hospital, where hewas initially listed in “serious”condition.Sheriff Crish said that any-time an officer is involved in ashooting, they are placed onadministrative leave pendinginvestigation. He identified theofficer as Deputy Gary Hook,
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Darl Stoller (above) and his wife Iva are displaying their collection of honey-related collecta-bles, memorabilia and handpainted china at John Paulding Historical Society Museum.
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The Amish Cook
By: Lovina Eicher
Tonight we fried the fish for our supper along with hash browns and potatoes, cheese,ice cream and strawberries.Today on our “to do” listwas mop the floors, makestrawberry freezer jam, andweed the garden. Seemed wewere done early. When all thechildren pitch in to help, thework goes faster. It’s nice to be done early and have along, relaxing evening.Corn detasseling should bestarting sometime after theFourth of July. Next week,Joe and daughter Elizabeth, both have the week off for their annual vacation. I’msure that week will go waytoo fast for them. So far, wedon’t have any special plansfor the week.On Monday, July 1, daugh-ter Loretta was 13. Wow. Our fifth teenager in the house.We as parents sure cannotcomplain though. They are allgood children and we prayGod will always be their guide through life.Son, Benjamin, will be 14on July 14 and son, Joseph,will be 11 on July 24. ThenJoe and I will have our 20thanniversary on July 15. Themonth of July always bringscake and ice cream.Sister Emma will be 40 onJuly 19 and her youngest son,Steven, will be 6 in July. Oneyear after another passes byand all at once we stop tothink, “Where has all the timegone?”We are having thunder-storms most of the evening.Our rain gauge shows that wehave had over two inches of rain already. I do think wehave more, because the windis blowing the rain, so itmight not be quite the accu-rate amount going in.We also had a thunder-storm last night and receiveda half inch of rain. We were inneed of rain, so we decided towater the garden. I told the boys maybe if we water thegarden we will get rain. Therain clouds all seemed to goover us, but soon after thegarden was watered, the rainand storms arrived.My husband, Joe, and sons,Benjamin and Joseph, spentthe day fishing on the nearbylake on Saturday. They camehome with around 50 bluegill, perch, and crappies.Jacob and Emma’s oldestdaughter, Elizabeth, age 16,will be having surgery onThursday in a hospital about3 hours away. She has to stayovernight, so their 4 other children plan to come hereuntil they are back home.Hopefully, everything willgo ok. They can be back byFriday night. Son Kevin, 7, isso excited about his cousin,Steven, coming for the night.He has all kinds of plans onwhat they can do.This is now Wednesdaymorning. We received an-other inch of rain through thenight making a total of 3-1/2inches of rain this week sofar. The wind blew my sweetcorn over. I’m hoping it willstand back up. Otherwiseeverything looks ok, except,there are a few branches hereand there. Try this hot dogsauce recipe at your Fourth of July picnic!
1 pound hamburger 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons cumin3 teaspoons paprika1 tablespoon minced onion1 teaspoon oreganoSalt and pepper to taste1 can tomato sauce1 can water 1/4 cup ketchupBrown hamburger in enoughwater to cover bottom of the pan. Break up meat as it cooks.Add remaining ingredients.Simmer for 1 hour. Serve over hot dogs.
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The Paulding County Progress providesa public forum through “FORUM Reader Opinion” Letters to the Editor for area res-idents to express their opinions and ex-change ideas on any topic of publicinterest.All letters submitted are subject to thePublisher’s approval, and MUST include anoriginal signature and daytime telephonenumber for verification. We won’t print un-signed letters.Letters should be brief and concise.Letters must also conform to libel law andbe in good taste. Please limit letters to nomore than 500 words. We reserve the right to edit and to correct grammatical errors.We also reserve the right to verify state-ments or facts presented in the letters.The opinions stated are those of thewriter, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.Where to write: Letters to the Editor,Paulding County Progress, P.O. Box 180,Paulding OH 45879; or drop them off at the office, 113 S. Williams St. The deadlineis noon Thursday the week prior to publi-cation.
A history of the art of art
Dear Editor,Thank you for the articlere: the history of several of our families addicted to art.
(‘All the Mommies Would Go Painting,’ Progress, July3.)
The book has been do-nated to each PauldingCarnegie Library branch, aswell as the John PauldingHistorical Society.The book is their story andI simply put it together like ascrapbook, but without theglue and bumps of embell-ishments! My hope is thatothers will do somethingsimilar for the artists thatthey knew directly fromtheir childhood.The cost of the hardbound book is $15 plus AllenCounty sales tax (0.65%) =$.98 for a total of $15.98. Iapologize for the [price]confusion from my end.And again I thank the
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for thecoverage on the history of the art of art in PauldingCounty, Ohio.Alice Gerber Spencerville, Ohio
Son able tobe ‘just likeeveryone else’
Dear Editor,I want to say a big thank you to the Hench Family andthe staff of the Hench Sum-mer Program. My son at-tended the three-week  program that just ended atno expense to our family. Heenjoyed all of the activitiesthat were planned. Bill espe-cially liked that he was ableto meet people just like himthat have Asperger’s Syn-drome and understood whathe goes through each day.He was provided trans- portation from Paulding toDefiance College every day by bus, and food and activi-ties cost us nothing. Billcame home with storiesevery day of what they haddone and he was able to tellme names of the kids he hadin his groups. Talking to oth-ers and remembering namesis hard for him, but not withthese kids. He met peoplethat understood and did notmake fun of him.Bill attended early inter-vention due to delays untilhe was 3 years old. Enteringkindergarten we were giventhe diagnosis of PDD-NOS(autism but without a spe-cific level). The doctor fi-nally specified Asperger’s asBill entered high school ashe is at the upper end of theautism spectrum. None of these kids are scary andweird as some people havecalled Bill. They just want to be treated like a typical per-son. That is what these threeweeks did – Bill was justlike everyone else.Darla SmithPaulding
Citizen supportsdog warden
Dear Editor,In regards to the PauldingCounty commissioners, Imust say how disgusted I amof how they have handledthis entire situation with thedog warden.This is obviously a witchhunt aimed specifically atGeorgia Dyson. Georgia has been the dog warden since2010 and has done a verygood job. She has operatedthe shelter under budget andwent almost a year without putting down a single dog.When the commissionersdecided to put her positionunder the sheriff’s office,she was told she would not be eligible for the position because her husband was asupervisor at the sheriff’s of-fice, which is a conflict of interest. We, the citizens of Paulding County, fought back against this travestyand they finally offered her the job under the sheriff after he was able changethings around so her hus- band would never be her di-rect supervisor.When they offered her the job, I said at that time theywould find any reason theycould to fire her. Well thathappened last Monday whenthey fired her for terribleconditions at the dog shelter.They stated there was is ahuge mouse infestation withfeces all over the place.Georgia had contacted thecommissioners about themice, to which they replied,“Buy a cat or put out poi-son.” What kind of answer isthat? They would not allowher to get an exterminator and wanted her to put down poison which could kill thevery dogs we’re trying tosave.They also stated there wasdog feces in all the pens andthey have pictures to proveit. I’ve seen the pictures aswell as two videos posted onYouTube by a made-up per-son who obviously had ac-cess to the inside of the dogshelter. They failed to tellanyone that Georgia had been out at the shelter on the previous Saturday to feedand water the dogs and cleanout their pens.I personally find it ex-tremely convenient that onthe following day, the very person they appointed to bethe interim dog wardentalked with Georgia on the phone and told her theywould take care of cleaningup the pens as well as water-ing and feeding them to saveher a trip to the shelter onSunday. Then on Mondaymorning, the commissionsget an “anonymous” com- plaint from a person, whohas access to the shelter,about the conditions at theshelter. They also just “hap- pened” to have the sheriff and a deputy, along with themedia, go out to “discover”the horrible conditions. Theyfired Georgia for these fabri-cated reasons on the veryday her position was to begin under the sheriff.My wife and I personallysat down with the sheriff onFriday, where he explainedto us what his plans for theshelter moving forward. Onething I found very interest-ing is they already broughtin a dumpster, have had acrew of people out therecleaning up, and they havealready scheduled an electri-cian, a plumber, and an ex-terminator to come out andtake care of all the issues.You have to ask yourself why these same things werenot afforded to Georgia.It is very obvious that theywanted her to fail andwanted to appear they hadvalid reasons to fire her. Wedeserve so much more thanwe have as commissioners,don’t we? They have be-trayed our trust in manyways and all three need to dothe right thing and resign.We the citizens need to callthem and demand their im-mediate resignation.Bob DuffeyCecil
In My Opinion 
 Sleep study isvery beneficial 
By Tom MelchorPaulding County Hospital
My name is Tom Melchor and I am a respiratory therapistwho was recently diagnosed with severe obstructive sleepapnea. The irony of this diagnosis is that I work with thesleep clinic at Paulding County Hospital. At the urging of mywife I finally had a sleep study that demonstrated I have adisordered sleeping pattern.I am grateful to the manyrequests from my wife tohave the sleep study. Shewas always telling me that Isnored loudly and wouldhold my breath to the pointthat she would wake me upso I would take a breath. The sleep study revealed that I washolding my breath so long that my oxygen saturation wouldgo as low as 67%. The normal oxygen range for sleeping is94% to 98%, so I was basically suffocating myself when Iwent to sleep.You can only imagine what this does to your system, espe-cially your heart when it is oxygen deprived. Your heart hasto work overtime and after years of this it leads to all sorts of  problems with your heart. I kept putting off the test, as Icouldn’t imagine having to wear some kind of mask at night just to sleep.After only a night or two of using the cpap machine I wasoff and running. My wife is also glad I finally gave in, be-cause she now is able to sleep without all the loud snoringand gasping. Prior to my sleep study, I would wake up 3 to 4times a night and I would tell my wife in the morning that Ifelt like I didn’t sleep much. Now I can sleep the whole night without waking up, whichare 6 to 7 hours of restful sleep. I feel that I have more en-ergy and have had co-workers comment that I don’t appear tired as I did prior to using the cpap machine. Studies showthat people with obesity have a higher incidence of sleepapnea, but I didn’t fall into that category since I am justunder 6 feet tall and weigh 174 pounds.If you have witnessed snoring, gasping for air, excessivedaytime sleepiness, I highly recommend that you speak toyour physician and discuss having a sleep study. If you haveany questions about sleep apnea or what happens during asleep study, please call Paulding County Hospital at 419-399-1133 for more information. I really wish that I had donea sleep study years ago.
The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not nec-essarily reflect that of the newspaper.
In MyOpinion
Guest Columnist 
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Property Transfers 
The term “et al.” refers to and oth-ers; “et vir.,” and husband; “et ux.,”and wife
Benton Township
Jerry W. and ArdisCoomer, et al., undivided9/10 interest to Rachel L.Laukhuf; Sec. 24, 119 acres.Warranty deed.Clarence A. Coomer, dec.,undivided 1/10 interest toRachel L. Laukhuf; Sec. 24,119 acres. Fiduciary deed.William H. and Christine J.Hartsock to Donald J. Kelble;Sec. 11, Lots 13 and 14, Shaf-fer Subdivision, 0.33 acre.Warranty deed.
Blue Creek Township
Amy and Jeff A. Cottermanto Jeff A. and Amy Cotter-man; Sec. 28, 1.913 acres.Warranty deed.
Brown Township
Sharon M. Doster, dec. toCharles A. Doster; Sec. 26,4.938 acres. Affidavit.
Carryall Township
Joseph C. and R. SuzanneMock to Joseph J. and Jen-nifer L. Clark; Sec. 25, 0.97acre. Warranty deed.Carl Clevinger, dec. toJeannette Clevinger; Sec. 25,Lots 1 and 2, Proxmire Allot-ment, 0.534 acre. Affidavit.
Crane Township
 Nolan G. and LaDonna K.Shisler to Michael J. Zielke;Sec. 4, 1.851 acres. Warrantydeed.
Emerald Township
Christine E. Laker, trustee,dec. to David Laker andBonita Nally, trustees; Sec. 5,120 acres and Sec. 6, 37.597acres. Affidavit.
Latty Township
Patricia Mosier, et al. bySheriff to The State Bank andTrust Company; Sec. 25, 0.96acre. Sheriff’s deed. Noel E. Thomas, dec. toEileen E. Thomas Life Estate,et al.; Sec. 35, 16.528 acres.Affidavit.
Paulding Township
Enoch and Theresa D.Shelton to Angela L. Buch-man; Sec. 11, Lots 21-23,Landrie Subdivision, 0.68acre. Warranty deed.
Antwerp Village
Phillip L. Helms, dec. toJudd P. Helms; Lot 3, JonesAddition, 0.2 acre. Certificateof transfer.
Haviland Village
Tim and Michelle R.Roberts to Red Clay Real Es-tate, LLC; Lot 22, OriginalPlat, 0.165 acre. Warrantydeed.Ronald C. and Deborah J.Klewer to Mark C. Klewer;Lot 105, Original Plat, 0.165acre. Quit claim.
Paulding Village
Jonathan Chesman to Gre-gory L. Reinhart; Lot 34,Original Plat, 0.15 acre. War-ranty deed.Rhonda L. Bakle, trustee toMichael E. and Marcy J. Iler;Lot 2, Cullen’s Addition,0.202 acre. Warranty deed.Claude Hale Miller toSteven and Pamela Miller;Lot 40, Dix’s First Addition,0.202 acre. Warranty deed.
Payne Village
Troy M. and Amanda Ger-ardot to Trent J. and AudreyM. Henning; Lot 6, Prox-mire’s Payne Allotment,0.412 acre. Warranty deed.Phillip L. Helms, dec. toJudd P. Helms; Lot 22, Block G, Outlots, 2.907 acres. Cer-tificate of transfer.

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