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Paulding Council hears plans for pool opening PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:16 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – Paulding Village Council met in regular session on April 7 and heard and approved a report from village pool manager Kelly Gaston outlining items related to the upcoming opening of the Paulding Pool.

Bloodmobile visits Antwerp School PDF Print E-mail
Friday, April 04, 2014 2:32 PM

ANTWERP – The Antwerp chapter of the National Honor Society sponsored the American Red Cross bloodmobile on Friday, April 4. The Red Cross set a goal of 30 units of blood, and Antwerp students and staff surpassed this goal by two units.

Matt Reinhart and Jacob Patterson

Thank you to everyone who donated blood. A single blood donation has the potential to save several lives.


Senior Matthew Reinhart and junior Jacob Patterson restore their energy with a snack and drink after donating blood.

Junior Maggie Reinhart prepares for her blood draw.

Maggie Reinhart

Zero deaths on Interstate 75 during ‘The I-75 Challenge’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, April 04, 2014 9:57 AM

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol teamed up with law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan along the Interstate 75 corridor for The I-75 Challenge on March 28 -30. This high visibility enforcement initiative resulted in zero people killed along I-75.

During the effort troopers in Ohio handled out 102 safety belt violations, 642 speed citations and made 18 OVI arrests.

“Multi-state partnerships like this one, illustrate the true value of working together to make each respective state a safer place to live, work and travel,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride. “But we still have work to do – there are far too many people losing their lives on our roadways.”

The I-75 Challenge was spearheaded by the Florida Highway Patrol, and brings together state and local law enforcement from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

In 2014 the Ohio State Highway Patrol is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Governors Highways Safety Association to implement combined highway safety law enforcement campaigns, like More Cops. More Stops. and the Drive to Save Lives campaigns to reduce fatalities nationwide. #StayingAliveon75 #Drive2SaveLives

Defiance College to host recycled prom dress extravaganza April 12 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, April 03, 2014 1:53 PM

DEFIANCE – After a successful recycled prom dress drive, the Defiance College Inter-Greek Council will host a Prom Dress Extravaganza for high school students and their families. During the Saturday, April 12, event, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase prom dresses and accessories for a minimal cost ranging from $5-20 for dresses and 50 cents to $5 for accessories. Shopping mentors will be on hand to assist individuals with their shopping experience.

The Prom Dress Extravaganza will take place from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in Hubbard Hall, McCann Center Lounge on the DC campus. Hubbard Hall is located on College Place.

All proceeds raised from the prom dress initiative will be used to benefit Greek Life retreats and future community outreach activities for the Inter-Greek Council.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Nicole Buccalo at (419) 783-2388 or nbuccalo@defiance.edu.

DC’s Hench Autism Studies Program to host community outreach event PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:39 PM

DEFIANCE – The Hench Autism Studies Program is hosting a Community Outreach Event on Saturday, April 5 from noon-3 p.m. The event will be held in the George M. Smart Athletic Center on the DC campus, corner of Webster Street and Stadium Drive.

The Outreach Event is designed to bring awareness to the resources available in northwest Ohio; opportunity for the community to learn more about autism spectrum disorder; and provide a fun afternoon for families.

Campus and community organization will be participating in the event including DC’s health and physical education major, Pilgrim Library, men’s soccer, swim and dive, Institutional Advancement, Catholics on Campus, Alpha Xi Delta, and community organizations Kaitlyn’s Cottage, The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, Sara’s Garden, P.A.T.H. Academy, Bryan Center for Autism, Defiance Board of Developmental Disabilities, MassMutual Special Care, Cabin Fever, Defiance County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver and DARE, Bright Horizons Advocacy and Consulting LLC, Defiance Rotary Club, St. John United Church of Christ, Champaign Residential Services Inc., Family Christian Center, Putt Putt Golf and Games, and Okuley’s Pharmacy.

Organizations that have contributed include Chief Supermarkets, Sodexo, Eric’s Ice Cream, and various campus offices.

The event is open to all families.

The event was planned and will be hosted by DC students who are minoring in autism studies. A goal of the event is to develop community involvement and support and create opportunities for collaboration between organizations and families.

Ohio Safe Room rebate program offered by Ohio EMA PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:34 PM

Homeowners interested in constructing a tornado shelter may be eligible

COLUMBUS - The Mitigation and Recovery Branch of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency announced today the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, which provides a rebate for the purchase and installation of safe rooms for Ohio homeowners. State officials anticipate the program will aid in the construction of approximately 39 safe rooms. An additional nine homeowners are eligible from last year’s rebate program.

A safe room is an extreme-wind shelter or space that provides protection to people during a tornado or high wind event. A safe room can be built in one of several places in the home: in the basement, beneath a concrete foundation or garage floor, or in an interior room on the first floor. A safe room can also be buried in the yard near the home or installed above ground, exterior of the home.

“Not only is Ohio at risk of EF5 tornadoes, since as far back as 1968, the state has actually had nine,” said Steve Ferryman, Ohio EMA mitigation branch chief. “EF5 tornadoes produce winds exceeding 200 mph and are capable of destroying most structures. A safe room is built to withstand these winds and airborne debris. A safe room provides near-absolute protection for its occupants.”

Residents selected for the program are eligible for a rebate up to 75 percent of the cost to install or construct a safe room – up to a maximum of $5,250. To apply for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, homeowners have until 5 p.m. April 18 to register on the Ohio EMA website: https://ohiosharpp.ema.state.oh.us/saferoom2014/.

The Ohio Safe Room Program will use a computerized random selection process to select names. Chosen homeowners will be notified by e-mail on or after April 22, 2014.

Funding for the rebate program is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program at a 75 percent cost share.  Homeowners selected will be responsible for 25 percent of the costs and any additional costs over the maximum rebate of up to $5,250.

Safe rooms constructed and/or installed under the program must meet FEMA requirements in accordance to FEMA publications 320 and/or 361 and the International Code Council (ICC) 500 Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters adopted by the State of Ohio.  Safe rooms cannot be constructed and/or installed prior to the rebate drawing and notification from Ohio EMA to proceed with construction.

It is Ohio EMA’s intent to offer this rebate program on an annual basis, contingent upon the availability of federal and state funding.

For additional information on safe rooms or to view and download the FEMA publications, visit the FEMA website: http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/saferoom/residential.shtm.


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