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Paulding Progress April 23, 2014

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AroundPaulding County 
Lunch at thecourthouse
PAULDING – Everyoneis welcome to have lunchfrom 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.Wednesday, April 30, in thebasement of the PauldingCounty Courthouse.The menu will be hotchicken sandwiches, potatosalad, chips, pickles, bottledwater and homemade cook-ies. The cost is a free willdonation with all proceedsgoing to a local PauldingCounty resident to assistwith medical needs for adisabled child that insurancewill not cover. Carry out will be avail-able. Call 419-786-9427with any questions.
Transportationplanning meetset in Paulding 
PAULDING – MaumeeValley Planning Organi -zation (MVPO) will hold apublic meeting on the devel-opment of a Rural LongRange Regional Transporta -tion Plan for the five coun-ties of Defiance, Fulton,Henry, Paulding and Will -iams. The public meetingfor Paulding County will beheld on Tuesday, April 29 atthe Paulding CarnegieLibrary in Paulding. Doorswill open at 6 p.m. with apresentation at 6:30 p.m.followed by a question andanswer period.The public is encouragedto attend this public meetingto learn more and provideinput into the Rural Trans -por tation Plan, MovingTogether 2040. Topics to bediscussed include existingtraffic volumes, crashes,bridge conditions, rail cross-ings and train characteris-tics, environmental issues,recreational trails, popula-tion areas including age andenvironmental justice areasand other areas pertaining totransportation and planningfor the region.The public is also encour-aged to visit the MVPOwebsite, www.mvpo.org, for updated information to theplan and to provide com-ments during the planningprocess, or provide writtencomments to MaumeeValley Planning Organi -zation, 1300 E. Second St.,Defiance OH 43512.
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 VOL. 139 NO. 35PAULDING, OHIO 419-399-4015www.progressnewspaper.orgWEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 ONE DOLLARUSPS 423620
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By JOE SHOUSECorrespondent
This year, National Book -mobile Day was celebrated onWednesday, April 16.Recently, I decided to make acouple of stops along one of their routes and quickly dis-covered it was a happening place for all ages. Actually,those who take advantage of the Paulding County CarnegieLibrary’s Bookmobile when itcomes to their communityrange in age from preschool to just over 100 years old.My first stop was in Latty.On any given Tuesday, therewill be 10-15 patrons who willshow up. The Latty folks whocome out are consistent, ac-cording to Bookmobile man-ager Kathy Heffley.“Some of our regulars thatwe can count on seeing eachweek are in Latty,” saidHeffley.After sharing that little sta-tistic it wasn’t but a couple of minutes when Darl Stoller drove up and made his way in-side. Stoller is one of the regu-lars.“This is great for a smalltown like Latty. I come in justabout every Tuesday to pick upsome videos, and my wifelikes to read, so she is alwayslooking for book to read,” saidDarl.Darl’s wife, Iva, wasn’twith him, but he was instruct-ed to pick up a couple of  books for her.“She likes inspirational books and I like the movie se-lection they have here.”On the warm Tuesday after-noon, Kathy Habern had justleft the library on wheels whenI showed up. Habern was plac-ing her 6-month-old grand-daughter, Aylah, in her stroller and was anticipating a stroll back home.“She (Aylah) loves her  books. Having the Book -
County confers with stateofficialsabout EMA 
By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer
PAULDING – PauldingCounty commissioners metMonday with Richard Lauffer, Northwest Ohio EmergencyManagement director, andAndrew Elder, PreparednessGrants branch chief, to discussfilling the position of former EMA director Randy Shaffer.Shaffer was fired by com-missioners last week follow-ing an ongoing dispute over reports involving grant financ-ing and various other organi-zational disagreements.Monday, the commissionersdiscussed various options, both temporary and perma-nent, in filling the EMA posi-tion.“We want you to help guideus through this whole processof filling this position in a waythat will benefit the entirecounty,” said Commissioner Tony Zartman. “Our end goalis to put the right person on the job.Elder told commissionersthat they have 90 days to fillthe position, with a one-timeoption of an extra 30 days. “The key is that you don’tlose any funding,” saidLauffer. “Randy did get in allof the fourth and fifth quartersand a lot of the sixth quarter.When I look things over, nor-mally there are a few clarifica-tions that are needed.“I don’t have enough paper-work. I need some documen-tation,” continued Lauffer.“Grants have gotten a lot morecumbersome. They look for  bills and proof of purchase ineverything.”Zartman raised the questionof possibly sharing a director with another county. Lauffer responded that one of the diffi-culties of such an arrangementis the need for the EMA direc-tor to build local relationshipswith all of the agencies en-gaged. “If they aren’t from thisarea, they may not know thisarea as well,” said Lauffer. Zartman asked if there wereany examples of such anarrangement in the state andElder replied that Mont -gomery (Dayton) and Greene(Xenia) had disbanded their 
Until the cowscome home
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There was a bit of a rodeo inPaulding Township on Monday after part of a herd of cattle escaped their enclosure, possibly during an unload-ing procedure. This group of 14bovines was kept off Ohio 500 bypassersby until the owners could col-lect them. Additionally, a handful of steers could be seen from afar, gath-ered outside nearby woods. At left, anunidentified man who helped keep theanimals off the roadway made friendswith one of the more curious animals.
Antwerp vs.Wayne Trace in theParkview Sports MedicineBaseball Series
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ParkviewField, downtown Fort Wayne
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Bookmobile inspires both youngand old
By JOE SHOUSEProgress Sportswriter
FORT WAYNE – The first-ever Parkview Sports Medicine BaseballSeries showcasing 28 area high school baseball teams begins this week and willcontinue over the next three weeks.Fourteen games will be played atParkview Field, home of the Fort WayneTinCaps, with the May 8 double-header featuring the Antwerp Archers playingWayne Trace Raiders. The 4:30 p.m. starttime for the Paulding County match-upwill be followed by the Leo and Woodlangame.The Archers and Raiders are the onlytwo Ohio teams playing in the inauguralevent.The game will be a fundraising oppor-tunity for the high schools playing.Tickets are $5 and, according to Antwerpathletic director Drew Altimus, Antwerptickets can be purchased at the highschool at this time with other ticket out-lets being available soon.“This is an exciting time for our base- ball program. Tickets are $5 and we get tokeep $4 from the sale of each ticket. We plan to filter the money back into the baseball program for various improve-ments,” said Altimus.The price of the ticket is good for bothgames that are played that evening.The baseball series, the first of whatwill be an annual event, gives area teamsand players a unique opportunity to playin a top-rated minor league ball park. Thesponsorship by Parkview SportsMedicine makes it possible for each teamto participate without any ball park rentalcosts and allows each team to sell ticketsto the game as a fund raiser for their indi-vidual school.Teams will experience much of thesame as the TinCaps. They will have useof the batting cage and on the field warmups, and even their names announced andheadshots on the Parkview Field video board as they step up to the plate for their at bats.Wayne Trace has been selling ticketsfor the last month and students can con-
 Archers, Raiders to play at Parkview Field
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One young reader finds a place to rest while propping her book up on her left foot. Readersof all ages look forward to the bookmobile when it comes to their community.
tinue to purchase tickets fromCoach Zach Boyer in Room206 at WTHS.The general public can pur-chase tickets by contacting a player or coach before May 6.Athletic director Jim Linder reminds all Raider fans thattickets will also be availablethis Saturday, April 26 duringthe tri-way baseball gamewith North Central andAntwerp.“The baseball team will beusing the money from theParkview game to pay for thetwo new pitching mounds thatwere purchased in the winter.“These new mounds will
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By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer
PAULDING – A renewal of a taxlevy covering current operating ex- penses for Paulding County CarnegieLibrary will be appearing on the May6 Primary Election.The operating expenses rate is notto exceed 2.17 mills for each one dol-lar of valuation, which amounts to$0.217 for each one hundred dollarsof valuation for five years, com-mencing in 2014 and first due in cal-endar year 2015.Library director Susan Pieper saidrecently that the State of Ohio PublicLibrary Fund for 2014 is projected toinclude another cut of over $25,000for Paulding’s library system.“State funding has steadily de-clined over 25 percent in the lastdecade,” said Pieper. “PauldingCounty citizens approved an operat-ing levy in 2009 for the library. Thislevy is a renewal levy of the 2009levy for a five-year-period.“This levy means no new taxesand no increase in taxes,” continuedPieper. “The amount a propertyowner is paying for the library now iswhat they will continue to pay, evenif their property values rise.”The total items borrowed in 2013was 162,235, including 27,027 fromAntwerp Branch Library, 14,976from Bookmobile, 23,535 fromOakwood Branch Library, 76,528from Main Carnegie Library inPaulding and 20,169 from PayneBranch Library.Pieper said that library materialsand services include access to an up-dated collection of fiction and nonfiction; large print; romance, mys-tery, Westerns, science fiction and in-spirational titles; popular movies andtelevision programs in DVD format;e-books; high-speed internet accesson public computers; Wi-Fi hotspot; books recorded on CD; booksrecorded on Playaway and movies inthe Playaway View format.Also, award-winning children’s programs, historically important andinspirational guest speakers and au-thors, summer reading programs for all ages, test proctoring, genealogyand local history collections, accessto thousands of authoritative onlinedatabases, and participation inLibrary for the Blind and PhysicallyHandicapped.“Books remain the number oneitem loaned at the public library,”said Pieper. “And, over 5,000 e- books were borrowed from the li- brary’s collection in 2013.“For many years, the State of Ohio provided the funds for Ohio’s publiclibraries,” continued Pieper.“However, with the 2004 decision tocut the state income tax by 21 per-cent, the downturn in the economyand the recent decision to cut the in-come tax another 10 percent, it isclear that the message from the stateis to turn more of the responsibility of maintaining our public libraries back to the local level.“Ohio’s public library communityis again working hard to prevent an-other decrease in state funding,”added Pieper.Pieper noted that in addition to thefunding received through the PublicLibrary Fund from the state, over 50 percent of the library’s fundingcomes from a property tax levy ap- proved by voters in 2009 and frommiscellaneous revenue such as fines,fees, copies, book sales and other small item funds.“The library receives zero dollarsfrom the county budget,” said Pieper.“The library is considered a ‘freecounty library’ and is governed by aseven-member board of trustees ap- pointed by the judge of the CommonPleas Court. The board is a politicalsubdivision unto itself.”
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choices on books for 1-year-old Kendyl and 8-year-oldKyla, Shawn selected a DVDhe knew he and his wife wouldenjoy together.“Having this Bookmobilecome to Haviland is a big dealfor our little community. I amcertainly in favor of anythingthat will benefit the kids andthis certainly does,” Hurd said.While one Hurd family wasready for their three-block  journey home, another Hurdrelative slipped inside theBookmobile with her daugh-ter, Emma.“Emma loves the Book -mobile and although she isonly 3, she enjoys getting her favorite books and videos.This week, the Chipmunk movie is her favorite. And for me, I love the convenience of having the Bookmobile com-ing to our community,”Tiffany said.Young or elderly, it doesn’tseem to matter; there is some-thing for everyone at theBookmobile. And each time itstops in one of PauldingCounty’s quaint little commu-nities, both Heffley and her as-sistant and Bookmobile driver Tawnya English are alwaysexcited to greet you.For many, the Bookmobilehas become more than a placeto check out books or get thelatest movie releases. It’s a place to get better acquaintedwith your neighbors and totake a short walk with your family. It’s an outlet where youcan watch excited faces lightup when they have opportuni-ty to latch on to a book thatwill enable them to grow anddevelop a deeper understand-ing about the world aroundthem. A world that quite possi- bly was introduced to them bythe Bookmobile. books and you don’t have torent them or buy them,” hesaid.Bailey Adams, a 10-year-old fourth grader, and his 12-year-old sister, Madison, wereenjoying the Bookmobile as itmade its stop in Haviland. Thefamily duo obviously had dif-ferent interests. Bailey likesthe book series titled
 I Survived 
 by author JakeMaddox while his older sib-ling was holding on to a book to check out that was about themusical band One Direction.“I like to read and it’s excit-ing to have the Bookmobilecome here so we can have achance to pick out what wewant to read,” said Madison.Often times, parents will ac-company their children inorder to help them select books while at the same timelooking for a recently releasedDVD to watch. That was thecase when Shawn Hurd, a sev-enth grade social studiesteacher, brought two of hisdaughters to the Bookmobile.Shawn and his wife live three blocks from where the rollinglibrary parks each week.“To be able to get out andwalk with your kids is great.This is the only time we get tothe library,” said Hurd. “Withthree kids and after workingall day, it’s hard sometimes toload the family up in the car and go to the library inPaulding. I know its only eightor so miles, but this works outwell for our family.”After making a couple of mobile here in Latty is greatfor the kids. They have achance to get books andDVDs and it will only helpthem in the long run,” saidHabern.Jose Aguilar, a sixth grader,looks forward to the Book -mobile coming to his neigh- borhood. He was filling up hisgreen plastic library tote with books and movies.“I like the action-typemovies and today I found aWorld War II movie. I usually pick out two or three books. Ikeep my eye out for new books. It’s great getting these
StykemainChevroletto hostopen house
PAULDING – StykemainChevrolet will be holding agrand opening event from 11a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 26at the new dealership locatedat 1255 N. Williams St.During the grand openingevent there will be a car show,door prizes every half hour, fa-cility tours, food, drinks, discjockey, a bounce house for kids and carnival games.In addition, at 6 p.m. therewill be a grand prize give-away, which will either be a2014 Chevrolet Spark or $10,000 cash. To be eligible toregister for the grand prize, en-trants must be at least 18 yearsof age. Need not be present towin.There will also be a car show during the celebration.Registration for the car showis at 11 a.m., judging will be at1 p.m. and prizes will beawarded at 3 p.m. The judging categories for the car show include: best inshow, first runner up, secondrunner up, longest drive, mostradical, and outstanding in thefollowing: accessories,Chevrolet, engine, Ford, inte-rior, modified, paint, stock andoutstanding workmanship.United Way will also be onsite and accepting donations.For more information, seethe Stykemain advertisementon page 14A of today’s
.individual directors andmerged several years ago.“The administrative respon-sibilities of such an arrange-ment are almost impossible,”added Elder. “It’s not a viableoption.“Where do you locate the di-rector in such an arrangement,”continued Elder. “If he is notlocated in the local county, willthe constituents be satisfied?”“We want the best person for the job,” said Com mis sioner Roy Klopfenstein. “Ideally wewould like to have that personfrom Paulding County. Wedon’t know at this time.”Elder said that there is no re-quirement that the director hasto live in the county that heserves, or even the state, in ref-erence to the possibility of hir-ing someone from AllenCounty, Ind.“We provide all of the re-quired training,” Elder said. “Ittakes about three years to getsomebody comfortable and upto speed. There is a code thatrequires certain training.”Lauffer said that there areseveral sections in require-ments that the EMA director isresponsible for. He noted thatin order to share the best train-ing, his office will send spe-cialized trainers for each sec-tion.According to Lauffer, it isimportant that, due to financiallimitations in most situations,the EMA director developmenta network of county supportincluding jobs and family serv-ices, county engineer, healthdepartment, law enforcement,first responders and other spe-cialized agencies.“The matter of a team player is absolutely essential,” saidLauffer. “He must have goodcommunication and the abilityto quickly rally all entitiesneeded in the case of an emer-gency.”“The key is getting the right person,” said Commissioner Fred Pieper.“You have to have an idea of what you want your programto look like,” noted Elder. “Youare the visionaries for thecounty, for what you want your  program to be.Elder added that dependingon the market of available per-sonnel and what the commis-sioners are looking for, secur-ing an EMA director can takefrom a few weeks up to sever-al months. He noted that the120-day period allowable for securing a director begins withthe termination of the previousdirector, so several days of search time have already beenlost.Zartman said that commis-sioners are aware that there arecertain investments that needto go into the department, in-cluding the purchase of a dif-ferent vehicle.Sheriff Jason Landers, whowas also present at the meet-ing, said that it is his opinionthat commissioners should hiresomeone that can step into theoffice and get going from dayone.The sheriff added that hisdepartment is prepared to re-spond to certain emergenciesuntil the EMA director positionhas been filled.replace the wooded (2x4’s and plywood) mounds that have been in use for over 20 years.Any additional money will gotowards the purchase of anoutdoor batting cage to be placed by the baseball field inthe future,” said Linder.Parkview Field andParkview Sports Medicine isexcited about hosting thisyear’s event and the 28 teamsthat will be participating.“This area is filled with tal-ented high school baseball players and teams who de-serve a shot to showcase their skills in a big league environ-ment,” said Julie Fleck, COO.
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Nearly 30 patrons stopped at the Bookmobile in Haviland on a recent Tuesday. Looking over their selections were a trio of readers including Madison Adams, Kyla Hurd and Bailey Adams.
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Darl Stoller, one of the reg-ulars who stops by the book-mobile most every week,looks over the latest selectionof DVDs.
VICKI LONG1944-2014
OAKWOOD – Vicky RaeLong, 69, of Oakwood, diedat 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April19 at her residence.She was born Sept. 6, 1944in Paulding to the late Dorrisand Myrtle (Wilcox) Steele.She married Leonard Jack Feeney, who preceded her indeath. On July 5, 1975, shethen married Fred W. Long,who survives in Oakwood.Vicky was an EMT for theOakwood EMS. She was amember of Mount ZionUnited Methodist Church,Oakwood Village Council,and a volunteer for the Pauld-ing Senior Center. She wasactive in the Wayne TraceWrestling Club.Survivors also include her children, Jeff (Loretta)Feeney of Defiance, Rick Long of Jackson, Mich., andJerry (Kelly) Feeney, Rob(Karisa) Long and Chad(Holly) Long, all of Oak-wood; 10 grandchildren,Leonard Jack Feeney III, Jeff Feeney Jr., Shauna (Sean)Marsee, Nichole Hornish,Robert Long, Taylor Long,Hunter Long, Jacob Long,Chad Long, and MaddieEgnor; four great-grandchil-dren, Kaiden Feeney, KaleMarsee, O’Koner Feeney,Kaine Marsee, and one on theway; two sisters, Grace Mar-shall of Dayton and LeAnnBoyd of Van Wert; a brother,Dennis Steele of Defiance;and three dear friends, DianeClemens, Sue Barron andSherri Friend.She was preceded in death by a son, Leonard Jack Feeney Jr.; a sister, KateFlint; and a brother, RaySteele.Funeral service will beginat 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24at Heitmeyer Funeral Home,Oakwood, with Pastor DavePrior officiating. Burial willfollow in Riverside Ceme-tery, Defiance.Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, April 23 and onehour prior to the serviceThursday at the funeral home.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the family.Condolences may be ex- pressed at www.heitmeyerfu-neralhome.com.
PAULDING – DavidWayne Ziegler, age 53, diedTuesday, April 15 at thePaulding County Hospital.He was born Dec.6, 1960 inHenryCounty,the son of Kent andAlberta(Fouts)Ziegler. On Feb. 14, 1995, hemarried Wanda M. Miller,who survives. He was em- ployed by Custom Assembly,Haviland, and was a member of Paulding Eagles #2405. Heenjoyed canoeing, birdwatching and nature.He is survived by his wife,Wanda Ziegler, Paulding;children, Jamie (Greg) Lam-mers, Paulding, Lindsey Las-siter, Cincinnati, and HannahTunis, Paulding; grandchil-dren, Taylor, Greg Jr., Oliviaand Calvin; mother, Alberta“Bert” Smith, Defiance; andsiblings, Debbie (Walter)Kauser, Paulding, Keith(Sharon) Ziegler, Texas andTammy (Shane) Wilson, De-fiance.He was preceded in death by his father, Kent Ziegler, a brother, Kenny Ziegler; ma-ternal grandparents Albertand Esther Fouts, and pater-nal grandparents Kenneth andCharlotte Ziegler.Funeral services were Sat-urday, April 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.Donations may be made toAmerican Cancer Society.Online condolences may besent to www.denherderfh.com.
HAVILAND – VictoriaSue Gray, age 29, diedWednesday, April 16.She was born Sept. 5, 1984in Defiance, the daughter of Michael E. and Brenda L.(Hill) Sprow. She is survived by her father,Michael(Vicki)Sprow,Paulding;her mother,Brenda(Jerry)Smith,Paulding;two children, Zander and Bra-lynn; maternal grandfather,Paul Hill, Paulding; and sib-lings, Lisa (Rodney) Stevens,Temperance, Mich., AnnieSprow, Paulding, Shane (April)Litzenberg, Charie (Brad) Pe-ters and Alli (Joe) Beregzazi,all of Antwerp, Angie Doel,Massachusetts, Sara (Jason)Bullinger, Convoy, and Sam(Ashley) Smith, Paulding.She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother,Margie Hill, and paternalgrandparents, Elmer and KateSprow.Funeral services wereTuesday, April 22 at DenHerder Funeral Home, Pauld-ing, with the Rev. Ben Lowellofficiating. Burial was in LiveOak Cemetery, Paulding.In lieu of flowers, the fam-ily requests donations madeto a charity of the donor’schoice.Online condolences may beleft at www.denherderfh.com.
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ANTWERP – Bainbridge“Bing” Rasey, 77, of Antwerp, passed awayWednesday, April 16 at Hick-ory Creek Nursing Home,Hicksville.
LEONA TAYLOR 1917-2014
ANTWERP – Leona IreneTaylor, 96, of Antwerp, diedThursday, April 17 at her res-idence.
LESTER HART1928-2014
ANTWERP – Lester Hart,85, of Antwerp, passed awaySaturday, April 19 at TheGardens of Paulding.Lester was born in Pauld-ing County on Dec. 23, 1928,a son of the late Opal (Dot-terer) and Charles Hart.Lester served in the U.S.Army and was the owner of Hart’s Auto Parts, Cecil. OnMay 7, 1971, he marriedRuth Fetters. He thoroughlyenjoyed traveling and flyinghis own plane.He will be missed by hiswife, Ruth; children, Randy(Cali) Getrost of Decatur,Ind., Kathy (Kelly) Whitneyof Antwerp, Ronnie Getrostof Gaffney, S.C. and Barbara(Aaron) Butzin of Antwerp;10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death bytwo sisters and one brother.His funeral service will beat 11 a.m. today, April 23 atAntwerp United MethodistChurch with visitation onehour prior. He will be laid torest at Pleasant Grove Ceme-tery. Dooley Funeral Home isin charge of arrangements.Memorials are to the church.Condolences and fond mem-ories may be shared atwww.dooleyfuneralhome.com.
The Amish Cook
By: Lovina Eicher
evening to grill.The children are taking the ponies to exercise now that it iswarmer. Lovina and Kevin liketo drive Minnie the miniature pony. They can put her harnesson and hitch her to the ponywagon. It’s nice that they learnwith a smaller pony and getused to it. Daughter Elizabeth went toher friend Timothy’s house for supper last night. His parents,his brother and wife and hissister and family took supper infor Timothy. One of Timothy’shorses kicked back at one of his seven month old foals lastSaturday. It was hit in the headand died almost instantly. Themare that kicked is due to havea foal soon. It happened so fastand she must’ve hit just in thewrong place. It was disappoint-ing to Timothy as at sevenmonth old it was a nice size al-ready.Little Prancer, our miniature pony, turned a year old yester-day, April 9. Daughter Lovinasaid she thinks she should gotell Prancer it’s his birthday.The boys said they should givehim extra feed. It made melaugh. In another year he will be ready to train to drive the pony wagon.Jacob and Emma’s oldestdaughter Elizabeth, 17, willhave surgery done on her ear tomorrow. She had the surgerydone on the other ear with goodIt’s already Thursday, thedeadline for me to get this col-umn out in the mail. This week our five children are home onspring break. The boys have been cleaning out the barn andhauling manure. The girls have been helping with the springcleaning and also cleaning upthe yard. We’ve had a few nicedays this week now. It givesyou the eagerness to want to plant the garden. Our gardenhasn’t dried up enough yet butwith these nice sunny daysmaybe it will soon. I am alsohoping to see the dandeliongreens pop up. I always look forward to those fixed into asalad with diced hard boiledeggs and a homemade sour cream dressing. We like thedandelion greens over steamed potatoes. I haven’t been out tocheck if any rhubarb is peepingthrough yet.A friend of daughter Verenais here today. She came lastnight and stayed the night. Sheused to be in the same schooland grade as Verena but theymoved to another school dis-trict. They still keep in contactand she has come to visit be-fore. They always enjoy eachother’s company.My husband Joe grilledchicken last night for supper and along with that we hadspaghetti, macaroni andcheese, jello cake, and angelfood cake. It was a niceresults. We wish her a completeand speedy recovery.I took daughter Susan, 18, tothe doctor this week. She has been so miserable breaking outall over with an itchy and painful rash. Her hands are all blistered and peeling skin. Itstarted after she started her new job at the RV factory. Shecaulks the outside of the RVsand has to use a strong cleaner to clean off the excess caulk.The doctors said she is allergicto the strong chemicals in thecleaner. We hope they will con-sider moving her to a new po-sition. It’s just not worth themoney to have to be miserablelike this. The doctor gave her antibiotics and cream to try toclear it up.
9 eggs2 cups butter or margarine2 cups shortening4-1/2 cups brown sugar 2-1/4 cups white sugar 1 tablespoon vanillaMix together well and thenadd the following:12 cups bread flour 1-1/2 tablespoons bakingsoda1 tablespoon salt4-1/2 cups chocolate chipsMix well and drop by tea-spoon (or use an ice creamscoop) onto greased cookiesheet. Bake at 350° for 15-20minutes depending on size.
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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has scheduled local hearings in Case No. 13-2385-EL-SSO, In the Matter of the Application of Ohio Power Company for Authority to Establish a Standard Service Offer Pursuant to R.C. 4928.143, in the Form of an Electric Security Plan, and Case No. 13-2386-EL-AAM, In the Matter of the Application of Ohio Power Company for  Approval of Certain Accounting Authority. In the application, Ohio Power Company d/b/a AEP Ohio seeks Commission approval of an electric security plan filed on December 20, 2013, and matters related to the company’s procurement of power for the period of June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2018. According to the application, for all customer classes, customers are expected to experience average annual rate changes ranging from -27 percent to 6 percent during the electric security plan period. The application proposes the recovery of other costs through riders during the term of the electric security plan, although the costs and subsequent rate impacts are unknown at this time. In addition, the application contains provisions addressing distribution ser-vice, economic development, alternative energy resource requirements, and energy efficiency requirements. The local hearings are scheduled for the purpose of providing an opportunity for interested members of the public to testify in this proceeding. The local hearings will be held as follows:(a) Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., at Wolfe Park Shelter House, 105 Park Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209.(b) Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:00 p.m., at Lima Municipal Center, City Council Chambers, 50 Town Square, 1st Floor, Lima, Ohio 45801.(c) Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., at the offices of the Commission, 180 East Broad Street, Hearing Room 11-C, Columbus, Ohio 43215.(d) Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., at Canton City Hall, Council Chambers, 218 Cleveland Avenue SW, 1st Floor, Canton, Ohio 44702.(e) Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., at Washington State Community College, Arts & Science Building, Harvey Graham Auditorium, 710 Colegate Drive, Marietta, Ohio 45750.The evidentiary hearing will commence on June 3, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at the offices of the Com-mission, Hearing Room 11-A, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3793, viewing the Commission’s web page at http://www.puco.ohio.gov, or contacting the Commission’s hotline at 1-800-686-7826.
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April 26Food giveaway
GROVER HILL – The Mt. Zion UnitedMethodist Church will be having a food andmiscellaneous giveaway from 9-11 a.m. Sat-urday, April 26, at the church fellowship hall.The church is located on Road 151, outside of Grover Hill. Everyone is welcome.
April 27-30Revival services
OAKWOOD – Steve and Martha Williamswill be holding spring revival services at theAuglaize Chapel Church of God from April27-30.Rev. Williams is the pastor of the FirstChurch of God in Bowen, Ky. He has servedin the ministry for over 30 years as a pastor,evangelist and chaplain.Sunday services will be held at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Monday-Wednesday services at 7 p.m.The church is located at 22652 CR 60, Oak-wood.
May 1National Day of Prayer observance
OAKWOOD – Oakwood area churches will be observing National Day of Prayer at noon onMay 1, at the town hall in Oakwood. This year’stheme is “One Voice United in Prayer.”Pastors who will be taking part are Pastor StanHamon from Auglaize Chapel Church of God,Pastor Eric Dailey, Twin Oaks UMC, Pastor Justin Sterrett, Mandale Chruch of Christ inChristian Union, Pastor Joe Fifer of JunctionBible Christian, Pastor Rick Noggle of NorthCreek UMC, Pastor Eileen Kochensparger fromMelrose UMC, Mayor Bud Henke of Oakwood,,Gary Frederick of Oakwood, Amber Brown,Oakwood, State Representative Tony Burkley,Paulding, and Oakwood Elementary secondgrade students.Prayers will be given for agriculture, schools,state and national leaders, military, freedom, firstresponders, local and community leaders, homeand families, churches, and the medical field.Please bring a chair for your convenience dur-ing the service. For any further information call419-399-5818.
“Church Corner” listings are free. If your church is having any special services or pro- grams, please call the Paulding County Progressat 419-399-4015 or email us your informationat progress@progressnewspaper.org.
Museum to celebratethe arts and artistsof Paulding County 
PAULDING – The John Paulding Historical Society hasmany works-of-art created by past and present artists fromPaulding County.An exhibit, “Celebrating the Arts and Artists of PauldingCounty,” featuring oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 17.The show is open to all Paulding County artists. Artists areinvited to enter one of their paintings by May 6 to the JohnPaulding Historical Society museum located at 600 FairgroundDrive.A relative or friend of a deceased Paulding County artist mayalso enter a painting.Paintings may be brought to the museum on Tuesdays, 10a.m.-4 p.m. with a brief biography of the artist. Tuesday, May6, is the deadline to submit paintings.For more information call 4199-399-8218, 419-594-3659 or e-mail JPHS45879@yahoo.com.

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