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Postal system financial woes will impact local post offices PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 10:45 AM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Correspondent

The United States Postal System has been struggling with financial woes for quite some time. According to a notice sent to the Scott and Latty Post Offices, meetings are scheduled to access their situations and possible solutions. Can these long time post offices survive with shorter hours or should there be a discontinuance study done?

Postal customers received surveys with questions on them about the current situation and the options available. If any resident did not get one, they are still available at the post offices.

The Latty and Scott Post Office meetings are on July 15. Latty’s meeting is scheduled for noon and Scott’s for 2 p.m.

If residents want to be heard, please attend these meetings and help decide the best solution.

Local management officials will be there to explain the survey results and said, “We will not make a final decision until after the public meeting.”

According to the notices, which are posted at the post office, there are four options available.

Option 1: Keep the post offices open based on the actual office workload. The hours for Scott would be cut from 7.5 hours per day to four hours. The current Saturday hours would be the same and the access to the local receptacle would not be impacted. In Latty, the hours would be reduced from 7.75 hours down to two hours.

Option 2: Do a discontinuance study and offer roadside mailbox delivery and a rural carrier will handle the retail and delivery.

Option 3: Have a discontinuance study and see if a local business would meet the criteria. These local establishments would be contracted through the U.S. Postal Service and would offer stamps and mail supplies.

Option 4: Do a study on discontinuance and relocate the P.O. Box services to another nearby location.

In May 2012, plans were announced that would hopefully achieve significant cost savings to get the organization back to financial stability. At that time, following meetings and research, it was disclosed that offices in Paulding County would be affected by the cost savings. Receiving cuts were Grover Hill, Haviland, Melrose and Cecil. They had modified retail hours to match customer use.

At the same time, the U.S. Postal Service announced it would be modifying retail window hours in some locations. At that time, Latty and Scott were listed as under consideration for reducing daily window hours – Latty from eight hours to two, and Scott from eight hours to four; however, they kept the same hours.

The postal system has been suffering from financial difficulties for a number of years. With online bill pay, online banking, email, online shopping, greeting cards and much more, customers do not use the postal service as often as they once did.

The U.S. Postal Service maintains a retail network of more than 31,000 post offices and is the only delivery system that reaches every address in the nation which is 151 million residences, businesses and post office boxes.

The Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe said, “The job of postmaster general was once one of the country’s most politically powerful. It is also one of the oldest; a version of the position existed before the Declaration of Independence.”

But today, Donahoe finds himself continually caught in the political crossfire. Donahoe is wrestling with how to manage the Postal Service’s future as it faces huge losses, dwindling mail volume and ballooning costs. It may seem strange now, but Donahoe was originally drawn to postal work by the money. He saw his salary rise from $4.76 per hour as a postal clerk 37 years ago to $245,000 annually in his current office.

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Vacant hotel lot in Paulding to go up for sale again PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:28 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – The old Hotel Barnes property has been an item of concern and controversy for some time now, but soon the property may actually get sold.

 
Grover Hill Summerfest parade is July 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, July 07, 2014 8:02 PM

GROVER HILL – The 2014 Grover Hill Summerfest is just around the corner. The annual event is slated for July 25-27. The summer outing brings the Grover Hill community together to help raise funds to support the Welcome Park.

A highlight for the annual Grover Hill gathering is the parade which is a long standing tradition for the community. The parade participation has decreased over the past few years but the Summerfest committee wants to make this event grow for the future generations of the community.

A hearty Grover Hill welcome invites Paulding County residents and surrounding communities to participate in the 2014 parade on Saturday July 26 at 10:30 a.m. There is no entry fee for the parade. Lineup will begin at Grover Hill Elementary School at 10 a.m. The theme for the Grover Hill Summerfest is “It’s a Carnival.”

Those who plan to be in the parade are encourage to be creative in their entries and spotlight on the carnival theme. The parade marshal will be leading the group, followed by the parade of players and the royalty. This is a great way to promote your business or your local organization to the community.

Contact Tony Miller at 419-203-1673 or Staci Hiler at 419-769-1658 for any questions about the Summerfest Parade.

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Summer food program menu PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, July 07, 2014 3:35 PM

 

NOCAC Summer Food Service Program for children served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at LaFountain Park in Paulding:

Tuesday, July 8 - Friday, July 11

TUESDAY – Ham and scalloped potatoes, cornbread, fresh fruit, 1% milk.

WEDNESDAY – Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, fruit cocktail, slice of bread, 1% milk.

THURSDAY – Barbecue beef on bun, coleslaw, cinnamon apples, chips, 1% milk.

FRIDAY – Hot turkey sandwich on bread, parsley potatoes, pineapple, 1% milk.

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Fourth of July holiday celebrated since 1777 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, July 03, 2014 10:39 AM

The Fourth of July has been a federal holiday since 1941. Though that may seem like a long time for the country to wait to celebrate the independence it declared in 1776, the tradition of the Fourth of July, often referred to as Independence Day, dates back to the dawn of the American Revolution and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Since then, July 4th has been recognized as the dawn of American independence, and celebrations that included fireworks and parades can be traced back to the 18th century.

On July 4, 1777, the city of Philadelphia, which would become the first capital of the United States of America, held the first annual commemoration of American independence, and exactly one year later George Washington ordered that all of his soldiers be offered double rations of rum to commemorate the anniversary.

In 1781, Massachusetts was the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday, and the day was actually declared a federal holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1870.

However, that declaration did not grant a paid holiday to federal employees. That benefit came in 1941, which is why that year is now recognized as the first year when the Fourth of July officially became a federal holiday.

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Calendar for July PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 1:41 PM

July 3 – Fireworks in Defiance at dusk, Pontiac Park, Kingsbury Park or the Fort Grounds in Defiance.

July 3-4 – Delphos Kiwanis July 4th Celebration, Stadium Park, Delphos

July 3-6 – Old Fashioned Farmers Days, Van Wert County Fairgrounds Van Wert; visit www.oldfashionedfarmersdays.com

July 4 – INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 4 – Annual Firecracker Century Bike Tour, Jubilee Park in Van Wert, 7:30 a.m.; visit www.vanwert.com/museum

July 4 – Fountain Park Concert Series 7 p.m., Fountain Park downtown Van Wert, Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra

July 9-13 – Paulding County 4-H Camp

July 9 – Paulding County Hospital Foundation’s Dr. Mark Teets Memorial Golf Tournament at Auglaize Golf Club, contact 419-399-1138.

July 11 – Summer Concert Series, “Red White and The Blues” at 7 p.m. at Herb Monroe Community Park in Paulding

July 12 – Big Boys Toys Car Show at 3-8 p.m. in Antwerp, call 419-258-2727 for information

July 23-Aug. 3 – Ohio State Fair, Columbus, www.ohiostatefair.com

July 24 – The Paulding County Township Association’s fish and chicken fry, 5-7 p.m., at the county extension building

July 25-27 – Grover Hill Summer Fest at Welcome Park

July 26 – Payne Relief 5K; for information, visit the Payne Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page or email paynechamber@gmail.com

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