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Paulding Progress August 27, 2014

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OakwoodHomecoming schedule
 
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Oakwood F.D.breakfast set
OAKWOOD – OakwoodFire Department will host itsannual breakfast from 7-11a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Themenu will include pancakes,sausage, biscuits and gravy.The station is located at 201N. Sixth St., Oakwood.
Factory farmopponents tomeet Sept. 2
PAULDING – The nextmeeting of those favoring“no more factory farms”will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday,Sept. 2 at the Black SwampNature Center in Paulding.The guest speaker and con-sultant will be Vickie Askinsfrom Wood County who,along with her husband, hasrecently filed a lawsuitagainst the ODA, the OhioEPA, and US EPA for vio-lating the Clean Water Act.
Senior center tohost garage sale
PAULDING – PauldingCounty Senior Center willhold a huge garage salefrom 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 27-29, Everything sells for adonation. Proceeds go to thesenior center. The senior center is located at 401 E.Jackson St., Paulding.
Park dedication
PAULDING – PauldingChamber of Commerce willhost a dedication programfor the new Herb MonroeCommunity Park at 10 a.m.Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Blood drive set
PAULDING – An Ameri -can Red Cross bloodmobilewill be held 11:30 a.m.-5:30p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 atPaulding United MethodistChurch. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767)or visit redcrossblood.org tomake an appointment or for more information.
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 VOL. 140 NO. 1PAULDING, OHIO 419-399-4015www.progressnewspaper.orgWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014 ONE DOLLARUSPS 423620
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By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer
PAULDING – After suc-cessfully topping off the 2014campaign goal by $8,000,local United Way director Sonya Herber announced atthe kickoff breakfast this pastweek that the campaign goalfor this coming year is$75,000.Herber said that as of June30 of this year, the 2014 giv-ing had reached $68,000,$8,000 above the originalgoal of $60,000. With thatkind of vision coming fromPaulding County residents tosupport the local agency,Herber said that local officialsdecided to raise their sites to anew challenge by the $15,000increase in goal over the lastcampaign.“With that kind of fundingto work with, the CitizensReview Committee was ableto grant $40,000 to agenciesin the brochure,” said Herber. “It’s not easy sortingthrough the requests,” saidHerber. “We can’t grant youeverything. Some requests
Celebrating Oakwood with 125 years of memories
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On Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21, Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers accepted the ALSIce Bucket Challenge. Deputies Nick Mendez and Bill Lyons had the honor of dousing their boss with ice water after he was nominated by one of his wife’s co-workers. Landers in turnhas issued a challenge to his entire full-time staff. The challenge involves people gettingdoused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominat-ing others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. People can either accept thechallenge or make a donation to an ALS charity of their choice, or do both. To donate, visitwww.alsa.org. According to the ALS Association, the challenge has raised more than $41 mil-lion in just a few weeks.
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OAKWOOD – “There is somethingfor everyone” is certainly an understate-ment when it comes to the annual Labor Day weekend homecoming celebration atOakwood. From a variety of food to acemetery walk, family entertainment in-cluding games and movies to races on theriver, Oakwood will set the stage for whatwill not only be a time to celebrate 125years of memories but to make new onesas well.It’s not a celebration without food andhomecoming weekend will kick off witha fiesta dinner on Friday at 7 p.m. Thisfundraiser will be held in the large tentnear the park. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 419-594-3337.Proceeds from the fiesta will go to the li- brary.Saturday will be a day filled with ac-tivities starting at 7 a.m. with the fire de- partment breakfast and ending with themovie night at the Cooper CommunityLibrary at 9 p.m.Also slated for Saturday: 9 a.m. soft- ball tournament; 1 p.m. tractor Olympics;3 p.m. Little Miss Oakwood; 4 p.m. bingo; 5 p.m. Little king and queen; 6 p.m. Miss Oakwood; 7 p.m. communityrecognition (Mr. & Mrs. Oakwood, grandmarshal, Taylor Award); 7:30 p.m.Memories of Oakwood; 9 p.m. adultscavenger hunt.So that hunger will not be a problemwhile attending the homecoming, foodstands will be open from 2-10 p.m. onSaturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday and noon-5 p.m. on Monday. Rude Dining at Phil’swill be open and also will greet home-coming friends and visitors. Phil’s is openfrom 2-6 p.m. on Saturday. The commu-nity building also will be open and offer-ing tacos and funnel cakes, baked pota-toes, ice cream, pop and water.Activity on Sunday will open with ahealth walk at 8 a.m. and a communityworship service scheduled for 9:30 a.m.A tractor pull will take place at 10 a.m.followed by a pedal pull at 1 p.m.A cemetery walk will begin at 1:30 at
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JUNCTION – Three coun-ty residents were transportedto area hospitals following atwo-vehicle crash Sunday atthe intersection of two coun-ty roads in EmeraldTownship. Two of the vic-tims were later transferred toFort Wayne via Lifeflight.The Van Wert Post of theOhio State Highway Patrol isinvestigating the crash, whichoccurred at 9:10 a.m. Aug. 24on County Road 143 atCounty Road 232 in north-east Paulding County.A 1998 Ford Windstar minivan driven by LewisBelcher, age 72, of Paulding,was westbound on Road 232.According to troopers,Belcher failed to yield andcollided with a 2002 Chrysler minivan driven by ShirleyHunsaker, age 72, of Grover Hill.The Chrysler spun off thewest side of the roadway,overturning into a cornfield before coming to rest on itsside in the ditch. Belcher’svehicle slid off the northwestside of the intersection com-ing to rest in the cornfield. Hunsaker was transportedto the Defiance RegionalMedical Center prior to beingtransported to a Fort Waynearea hospital for treatment of her life-threatening injuries.A front seat passenger,Dewayne Hunsaker, also wastransported to DefianceRegional Medical Center andon to Fort Wayne for treat-ment.Belcher was transported toPaulding County Hospital,where he was treated andthen released. Seatbelts were in use by allindividuals involved in thecrash and airbags were de- ployed in both vehicles. Alcohol is not a factor inthe crash and the investiga-tion is ongoing.Assisting at the scene werePaulding County Sheriff’sOffice, Paulding EMS andFire Department, Gideon’sTowing, and J&R towing. Note: The Ohio StateHighway Patrol urges alldrivers to use caution at inter-sections. Stop at all pavementmarkings indicating the loca-tion of the stop point. If thereare no pavement markings, be sure to stop prior to thesidewalk or crosswalk. In theabsence of pavement mark-ings, sidewalks or crosswalks please stop prior to enteringthe intersection where on-coming traffic can be seenclearly. Drivers approachingintersections should alwaysdrive defensively and be pre- pared to take evasive action.
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PAULDING – A PauldingCounty grand jury returnedindictments against 26 per-sons on Thursday, Aug. 21.The individuals will be ar-raigned in Paulding CountyCommon Pleas Court. Thoseindicted were:Leland S. Lust, 50, ad-dress unknown, one countrape, first-degree felony; andfive counts gross sexual im- position, third-degree felony.Jason C. Kremer, 31,Paulding, one count illegalmanufacture of drugs, felonyof the first degree; one countillegal assembly or posses-sion of chemicals for themanufacture of drugs, sec-ond-degree felony; and onecount endangering children,third-degree felony.Jeffrey S. Holt, 45,Paulding, one count illegalmanufacture of drugs, felonyof the second degree; andone count illegal assembly or  possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs,felony of the third degree.Amy L. Blatteau, 36,Paulding, one count felo-nious assault, felony of thesecond degree; one count do-mestic violence, felony of 
Grand jury indicts 26
United Way 2015 goal set at $75,000
 
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GOAL
Continued from Page 1A
By JOE SHOUSEProgress Staff Writer
PAYNE – At the PayneVillage Council meeting onMonday, Aug. 25, a proactiveway of collecting outstandingEMS debt was discussed, afireman was suspended and pager problems in the EMSdepartment continue to be anissue.Following an executive ses-sion, council unanimouslyagreed to suspend firefighter Randy Martin from the de- partment. Martin was recentlyindicted by a Paulding Countygrand jury for breaking andentering, a fifth degree felony.“He will be suspended untilthis whole matter is clearedup,” said Mayor Terry Smith.Anne Reinhart, owner of Returned to You, a debt col-lection agency in Paulding,was guest of the council. Thevillage would like to collectsome of the delinquent EMS bills and Reinhart explainedhow her business could assistthe village in recovering theuncollected charges.“Right now we have sever-al bills to the EMS that havenot been paid in the last threeor four months and the coun-cil is being proactive in tryingto collect,” said Smith.Council agreed to allowReinhart to pursue collectionsfrom some of the most recentoffenders.The report from the fire de- partment was given by Mayor Smith in the absence of Chief Jamie Mansfield. The villagegenerators will be serviced inthe next couple of weeks andthe second item of interestfrom the department is thatthree people have enrolled inFire Fighter I classes. Theclasses will take place atBryan in November.Police Chief Rodney Miller reported that all of his com- puter issues have been updat-ed and there appears to be no problems with the squad car computer or the one used inthe office.Miller also questionedcouncil about the pay rate for a new reserve police officer during his or her initial six-month probation. After dis-cussion, council unanimouslyagreed to make the newhourly wage $10 for the firstsix months and to increase itto $11.85 thereafter.EMS director Joe Garmynreported to council that for some unknown reason, sever-al of the department’s pagerswill randomly not work.“It’s a random thing and noone seems to know why.Unfortunately, because of thelack of reliability of the pagers and having them notwork properly, we havemissed three runs in the lastfew weeks. That is not theway we do things here inPayne and we need to get this problem solved,” saidGarmyn. By consensus, councilagreed to invite the countycommissioners and the EMSdirector to one of their up-coming council meetings todiscuss the issue and to cometo some conclusion in fixingthe problem.A resolution accepting theamounts and rates as deter-mined by the budget commis-sion for necessary tax leviesin 2015 and certifying them tothe county auditor unani-mously passed.An invitation to bid PhaseOne (restrooms) for the 119 North Main Street project areout with the deadline for re-turn being Friday, Sept. 5, atwhich time they will beopened. Final decision will beMonday, Sept. 8 during theregular scheduled councilmeeting. Approval from thecommissioners will follow.Motion was unanimously passed to give the Payne BallAssociation $400 to purchase paint and supplies to paint7,208 square feet of fence lo-cated at the fields. The villagewill help utilize communityservice personnel. In other business:Ray Lyons submitted hisresignation from the planningcommission board. Lyons isin the process of moving fromthe area.Zoning inspector TomSinn issued two building per-mits during the month.The next fire, police,light committee meeting wasmoved from Aug. 27 toWednesday, Sept. 3.Park pavilion will berented out on Sept. 13 and 20.have much greater needs thanothers.”United Way of PauldingCounty current partners in-clude American Red Cross of Paulding County, PauldingCounty Senior Center, WestOhio Food Bank, NorthwestOhio Community ActionCommission, CommunityHealth Professionals, 4-HCounty/OSU Extension, CPCWomen’s Health Resource,The WELL Garden,Northwest Ohio CommunityAction Commission and LilyCreek Farms, ServingPaulding County.This year’s campaign co-chairs are Tony and KayLangham. The theme, “MoveForward Together,” is basedon the action of making animpact in Paulding County.“We are so thankful for thepeople of Paulding Countyand how they rise to the chal-lenge,” commented KayLangham in opening remarks.“Thank you for all you do.”Tony Langham explainedthat the national committeecontinues to emphasize theneed to become “proactive”in addition to “reactive” to theneeds of the people.“Becoming proactive,” saidLangham, “involves educat-ing and preparing people for disaster in the event of its ar-rival rather than just reactingto the consequences.”“United Way is unique. Noother organization does whatUnited Way does,” saidLangham. “United Way coor-dinates and supports the mostpowerful organizations inPaulding County. “The organizations theysupport bring millions of dol-lars in grants and assets to thecitizens of the county,” con-tinued Langham. “It’s one of the best kept secrets in thecounty and it shouldn’t bethat way. A lot of us think thatthings are good and goingsmooth, but that can changein a hurry through a suddenillness, death in the family,fire, or other sudden acts of devastation.”Langham asked those pres-ent at the breakfast held at thesenior center to think of those people that mean the most tothem, family, friends andother community membersand realize that it is UnitedWay that will be there for them in their time of need.Several representativesfrom local agencies gavemeaningful examples of howthey have personally wit-nessed the work of UnitedWay in times of need in peo- ple around them.“To see family becomeclose in times of need is price-less,” described Melissa Hale,supervising nurse withVisiting Nurses. “To see howclose they become is so mov-ing, even where there mighthave been estrangement be-fore an illness or crisis.”Campers of 4-H Camp,Megan Reineck, ToriBradford and SydneyReineck described how fundsfrom United Way made it possible for them to attendcamp through 4-H. A total of 62 camp scholar-ships are made possiblethrough the work of UnitedWay.Local board members in-clude George Carter, PamMiller, Bill Shugars, ErikaWillitzer, Megan Clark,Harvey Hyman, MeganMeeks, Cheryl Eddy and JillCook.Prairie Chapel and partici- pants will visit grave sites andhear stories of former resi-dents.For those with an imagina-tion and a flair for creativity,residents will be challenged tomake something out of awooden pallet. Bring your masterpiece to the northeastside of the tennis court for dis- play as visitors appreciate thework of some of the areas self  proclaimed artists.On Sunday evening, master magician/illusionist AedryanMethyus will entertain withhis one-man standup cabaretact that will make for anevening of fun and laughter.Show time is 8:30 p.m. at the big tent.Labor Day Monday willkick off with the annual pa-rade at 11 a.m.The afternoon will again be a variety of kid games in-cluding inflatables and rideswhile adults will enjoy ThePrice Is Right and bingo. Thecelebration will concludewith the cardboard boat racesat 4 p.m. followed by theduck race at 5.The rules for the boat racehave been lifted. All you needto know is that boats are to bemade of cardboard only andno Styrofoam will be permit-ted. Life jackets must be wornand participants must be ableto haul their boat out of thewater in the event it sinks. The library will be the loca-tion to meet the authors. OnMonday at noon, Jane Nice,author of
 Married to Millie,
and Jean Ann Geist, author of 
Only in the Movies
and
Onlyon the Radio
, will be availableto talk about their books andtheir experience as an author.Both will have their writingsavailable for purchase. Stop inafter the parade for a visit.This weekend, stop inOakwood and enjoy the food,the folks and the fun. Butmost of all make a memory.Schedules, registrationforms and additional informa-tion can be found atOakwoodhomecoming.wee- bly.com, or join OakwoodHomecoming on Facebook 
 For a full schedule of events, please see theOakwood Homecoming pageson Pages 6-7 inside.
the fourth degree; and onecount OVI, first-degree misde-meanor.John W. Mobley, 43,Paulding, one count illegalmanufacture of drugs, second-degree felony; one count as-sembly or possession of chem-icals for the manufacture of drugs, felony of the third de-gree.James R. Jewell, 32,Paulding, one count illegalmanufacture of drugs, second-degree felony; one count as-sembly or possession of chem-icals for the manufacture of drugs, felony of the third de-gree.Brenda J. Dennison, 27,Antwerp, one count aggravat-ed vehicular assault, felony of the second degree; one countendangering children, felonyof the third degree; and onecount OVI, first-degree misde-meanor.Derek M. Showalter, 31,Paulding, one count tamperingwith evidence, third-degreefelony; and one count traffick-ing in heroin, fourth-degreefelony.Jamie D. Coombs, 36,Payne, one count illegal man-ufacture of drugs or cultivationof marijuana, second-degreefelony.Donald R. Kanable, 55,Antwerp, one count illegalmanufacture of drugs or culti-vation of marijuana, third-de-gree felony.Justin A. Suffel, 30,Paulding, one count attempted burglary, fourth-degree felony.John D. Egnor, 45, Payne,one count theft, felony of thefourth degree.Tyler J. Barnes, 22,Defiance, one count burglary,fourth-degree felony; and onecount theft, fifth-degreefelony.Terry L. Temple, 22,Venedocia, one count posses-sion of drugs, fourth-degreefelony.Angela K. Sproul, 39, ad-dress unknown, one counttheft, fourth-degree felony.Jonathan Overmyer, 28,Defiance, four counts grandtheft, felony of the fourth de-gree.Sabrina E. Gutierrez, 24,Paulding, one count traffick-ing in drugs, felony of thefourth degree.Adam C. Stripe, 37, ad-dress unknown, one count breaking and entering, fifth-degree felony.Alvin S. Hammons, 50,Paulding, one count posses-sion of heroin, fifth-degreefelony.Nickolas P. Sandoval, 35,address unknown, one count possession of cocaine, fifth-degree felony.Islam Mohamed Gellani,35, Dearborn, Mich., onecount each identity fraud and possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies.Yvonne E. Washington,35, Cleveland, one count pos-session of drugs, fifth-degreefelony.Brian L. Graziana, 42,Defiance, one count posses-sion of methamphetamine,felony of the fifth degree.Randy R. Martin, 26,Payne, one count breaking andentering, felony of the fifth de-gree.Cory M. Mendez, 32,Paulding, one count theft,felony of the fifth degree.John M. Talbott, 45,Grover Hill, one count traf-ficking in marijuana, fifth-de-gree felony.
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OAKWOOD HOMECOMING
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A trio of Paulding County 4-Hers who have used the facilities at Camp Palmer related someof their experiences to those attending a recent breakfast meeting of the United Way of Paulding County. The girls are, from left - Sydney Reineck, Megan Reineck and Tori Bradford.This year, 62 campers received camp scholarships through funds received from the localUnited Way chapter.
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 SCOTT – Cheryl Ann Strawser Clark, 59, of Scott, died at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 at her residence in Scott.
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 PAYNE – Ann Yearling Kroen, 65, of Winter Park, Fla., died at home with her family on Wednesday, Aug. 20. She was  born on May 18, 1949 in Paulding, the daughter of Carl and Betty (Gernhardt) Yearling, and sister of Michael, who all  preceded her in death. A graduate of Payne High School, Ann earned a bachelor of education from Capital University in Bexley. On June 13, 1970, she married Gregg R. Kroen, who survives. She taught elementary school for several years before moving to the Philippines with her husband, a Navy dentist. In 1978, they returned to Winter Park to open their dental practice. Gregg and Ann were partners in all they did – faith, family and business. Ann will be especially remembered for her love of Jesus, radiant smile and servant’s heart.
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Classes begin soon.
 Join us on Monday, September 8th at 7 pm at the Educational Center in Paulding (417 N. Main St.) to learn more.
 All are Welcome!
For more information, please contact Theresa Conley at 419-399-2576 or dre@divinemercycatholic.com
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Welcomes You! 
 
BAPTISM THIS WEEK:
(130 for the Year)
Howard Ray Baksa
Please pray for his healing also.
BBQ Stand will be at Van Wert Fair until Sept. 3
God Bless You! 
 
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To soften the sorrow,To comfort the living,Flowers say it best!
 On Sunday evening Daniel, Julia, and I, along with some other relatives, visited my grandparents. We laughed and cheered as we watched the children try out their “train.” With their imagination at its best, they constructed a train. It consisted of two 3-wheeled  bicycles as the engineers, with a nephew sitting in one of the carriers, followed by a little wagon with Julia and two other cousins. Next came a bike cart carrying a child, then after that were three small two-wheeled carts, each escorting someone. Each train car was tied to the one in front of it, making a unique yet hilarious
caravan. The rst attempts to
get started were a bit jerky
and denitely a challenge for
the engineers who did their very best in pulling the heavy load. After several attempts it went more smoothly. Recently we had the opportunity of attending a family reunion on my dad’s side. Quite some time had  passed since I last saw my 49 Raber cousins. With a lot of us cousins being young married the number of little children and babies is skyrocketing. It’s hard to keep track of them all. The meals were well organized. Two aunts or uncles, along with their married children, were in charge of planning,  preparing, and serving one meal. That way each of us got a turn. We arrived on Friday evening in time for supper. Two uncles, who are cooks at heart, grilled delicious
hamburgers over a re while
the rest of us visited and tried to wait patiently for them to complete their task. It took some time with there being a total of 107 people. Besides the hamburger sandwiches,  potato casseroles, pie, and soft serve ice cream were also on the menu. Everything tasted top notch. After dark some of us
gathered around the re once
more. A crackling fire at night is so cozy and inviting. We chatted awhile and then  joined the others who were enjoying a scrumptious snack, including huge, moist doughnuts. On Saturday morning at 7:30, the large, old fashioned dinner bell was rung, indicating to all that  breakfast would soon be ready. Breakfast stacks had  been prepared. The stacks started off with biscuits, eggs, potatoes, and ended with onions, cucumbers, sausage gravy, and a cheese sauce. Mmmm, that was yummy! The day was spent visiting and playing games such as volleyball, corn hole, etc. Several of us ladies filled a bunch of water balloons which were used for water  balloon volleyball. The  players paired up by twos, each holding two corners of a large bath towel. Placing a water balloon in the towel, they would give it a quick
ing and send it ying across
the net where an opposing team member tried to catch it with one of their towels and send it back again. It
denitely added a different
twist to a regular volleyball game. Thankfully it was a  beautiful day, so most of the time was spent outdoors. I helped Julia and her little cousins blow bubbles. They made quite the mess, but enjoyed it all the same. Don’t children have more fun if they can make a mess with whatever they’re doing? My family was among the ones responsible for lunch. We made a “mush” taco (in dutch) or mashed potato
taco. It was a rst for me to
 be making it, or even having tasted it. It also consisted of different foods, put on a
stack. Each person xed his or
her own stack as he pleased. Mashed potatoes were topped with fried venison with taco seasoning. Next was lettuce, onions, cucumbers, cheese sauce and taco chips. Most of us stayed until Sunday afternoon. We had our own services on Sunday morning which was something different for us, yet also interesting. We sang a while then Uncle Vernon, who is a  bishop, shared about God’s  plan for mankind, and how He sent Jesus, a perfect example. We are now called to walk in his steps: to love as he loved “others”, and to serve as he served those around him. Living for the Lord truly is a  blessed life! This week I’ll share a recipe of one of the most scrumptious foods we had at the reunion. My cousin’s wife from Pennsylvania had made these heavenly oatmeal bars. I told her I’ll have to get a copy of her recipe, to share it with you.
HEAVENLYOATMEAL BARS
2 cups oatmeal1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups our 
1-1/2 teaspoons salt1 cup butter 1/2 cup coconut (optional) Mix until crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumbs. Press remaining crumbs into a 9 x 13” pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.1/2 cup peanut butter 1 can sweetened condensed milk  Mix together. Spread on  baked crust. 1 cup chocolate chips1 cup M & M’s Sprinkle on top of peanut  butter mixture. Spread reserved crumbs on top. Bake an additional 20 minutes or until golden brown. 
Gloria Yoder, age 24, lives in a traditional Amish community outside Flat Rock,  Ill. She has a husband, Daniel, age 26, and a 2-1/2 year-old daughter, Julia. Gloria is the third Amish Cook writer in the 23-year history of this column. Learn more by visiting  Amish365.com.
 She is also survived by two daughters, Heather (Jamie) Hart and Kirsten (Brian) King, and four grandchildren, Sydnie Hart, Mackinley Hart, Madison King and Tate King, all of Winter Park; and brother Jack Yearling of Payne. Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 26 at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, with graveside services at Lehman Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers,  please make a donation to Samaritan’s Purse in memory of Ann Kroen. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.
JAMES MILLER 1936-2014
 GROVER HILL James O. Miller, age 77, of Grover Hill, died Thursday morning, Aug. 21, at his residence.
GLENN BAKER 1942-2014
 HAVILAND Glenn A. Baker, 71, of Haviland, died at 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
DOYLEWHITAKER 1936-2014
 SCOTT Doyle D. Whitaker, of Scott, died at 2:07 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at Delphos Vancrest Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 5, 1936 in Scott, the son of Llewllyn and Blanche (Harmon) Whitaker,  both of whom are deceased. On March 20, 1990, he married  Nancy Williamson, who survives in Scott. Doyle was a lifelong resident of Scott and was a tool and die maker at Dana Weatherhead. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-58 and participated in testing the atomic bomb in Operation Redwing. He was also a life member of the Eagles. Also surviving are four stepchildren, Tom (Angie) Whitaker of Hoagland, Ind., Tonda (Bill) Hawk of Van Wert, Susie (Neil) Blackmore of Payne and Babette (Makoto) Kurita of Houston; a sister, Anna Jean Bigelow of Scott; and 10 step-grandchildren. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be at a later date to be announced. Brickner Funeral Home Van Wert is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com.
Lake Erie Nutrient ReductionProgram promotes cover crops
 Deb Hubbard of Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District weighed in on the Lake Erie Nutrient Reduction Program (LE NRP) recently. She said it is a voluntary program that cost shares with farmers to plant cover crops or install drainage management devices such as controlled drainage structures or blind tile inlets. “The dollars allocated for Paulding County appear to be spoken for, but ODNR anticipates planting cover crops on up to 25,000 acres,” she said. “To reach the goal of 25,000 acres of cover crops in the Lake Erie
Basin, our ofce is going to
continue to take applications for cover crops. Additional money for LE NRP may be distributed or new programs may come along. We will
go to our waiting list rst to
make contacts.” The cover crop will need to be planted by Oct. 15 and remain on the field until March 15. Therefore, if farmers are putting cover
crops on their elds and the eld is not already in another
government program, or if they are considering it, they should visit the Soil and Water office to fill out an application. They may be eligible for cost share. According to Hubbard, cover crops have proven to be very beneficial. She
listed some of the benets,
which include: decreasing compaction, disease control, double crop for livestock, erosion control, improving soil health, increasing organic content, soil temperature moderation, nutrient production and storage, profitability and weed suppression. “By decreasing compaction, we can greatly slow the water run-off,” concluded Hubbard. “Some cover crops or blends can greatly enhance your spring crop. All in all, healthy soil is valuable soil.”
Mercy Deance Clinic warns of fraudulent calls
 DEFIANCE – Mercy
Deance Clinic is warning
patients and community members of fraudulent phone calls being made by scammers claiming to represent the clinic. “We want to emphasize that our patient records are secure — there has been no breach. These scammers are making random calls in the community claiming to be a collection agency working
for Mercy Deance Clinic,”
explained Chad L. Peter, Mercy Defiance president and CEO. “They insist that the call recipient has an overdue account balance and claim they need the call recipient’s Social Security number to resolve the issue. Do NOT give your Social Security number or any other personal information to these callers; no one calling from Mercy about an account balance would ever ask you for your Social Security number,” Peter continued. If patients should receive such a call and want to be sure that they do not have an overdue balance, they should
call Mercy Deance Clinic
at 419-784-1414 or 800-925-4642 and ask for Patient Services.

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