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Thrivent Chapter sponsoring day trip to Dayton area PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:03 AM

The Defiance-Paulding Thrivent Chapter 30001 is sponsoring a bus trip on Sept. 13 to the National Air Force Museum and The Greene Towne Center, both near Dayton.

The bus will leave the Defiance Mall parking lot at 6:30 a.m. with a fast food breakfast stop at 8 a.m., arriving at the museum around 10 a.m.

There will be time to discover everything from hot air balloons to outer space, take a tram to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, visit the IMAX theater, or even tour a part of Air Force One. This is a great adventure with many things to experience for all ages.

After boarding the bus at 3 p.m. there will be a stop at The Greene Town Center, a beautiful venue for shopping, restaurants, lovely landscaping and outdoor music. The bus will head home by 6:30 p.m. with arrival time back in Defiance approximately 9 p.m.

The event is open to anyone interested. So relax, save gas, and let someone else do the driving for a fun and interesting day. Please contact Wanda Chachol at 419-782-6725 for reservations and more information.


Farm Focus at the Van Wert County Fair PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:23 AM



VAN WERT – Farm Focus, a non-profit field research and clinical trial program sponsored by Van Wert County, The Marsh Foundation School Farms, and Ohio State University Extension, started as a plowing match and turned into a two-day farm show held each year on an individual farm somewhere in Van Wert County. For 30 years, the masses attended Farm Focus to see agricultural exhibits, educational speakers, and machinery demonstrations.


The Farm Focus Committee during its prime had over 200 volunteer members; however, with the changes in agriculture, the show was discontinued and reduced to random Field Days when there was a need to highlight new technology or educate farmers on research plots or trials that were conducted on 300 acres of the March Foundation School Farms. If you go to the Farm Focus web page, you’ll find the message “Due to budget cuts within Ohio State University Extension, the Farm Focus Program Manager position has been eliminated, resulting in the field day cancellation.” That message was written in 2009.

This year at the Van Wert County Fair, an effort is being made to revive Farm Focus.

On Wednesday and Thursday of the fair, vendors and speakers will be offered to speak about GMOs, new farm technology to include two drone demonstrations, aquatic ecosystems, and other topics centered around the Farm Focus type topics some of us remember from years past.

A full list of speakers can be found at and partners nicely with the Fair’s Lunch Ticket Program which will allow admission to the fair from 11am-2pm on Wednesday, Thursday and also Friday to enjoy the speakers and demonstrations during work hours. Fair patrons will be asked to pay $5 at the gate when they arrive in the 11-2 hours and will be refunded the $5 if they depart before 2pm to head back to work.



Oakwood Homecoming: 125 years of memories PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:35 PM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

OAKWOOD – “There is something for everyone” is certainly an understatement when it comes to the annual Labor Day weekend homecoming celebration at Oakwood. From a variety of food to a cemetery walk, family entertainment including games and movies to races on the river, Oakwood will set the stage for what will not only be a time to celebrate 125 years of memories but to make new ones as well.

It’s not a celebration without food and homecoming weekend will kick off with a fiesta dinner on Friday at 7 p.m. This fundraiser will be held in the large tent near the park. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 419-594-3337. Proceeds from the fiesta will go to the library.

Saturday will be a day filled with activities starting at 7 a.m. with the fire department breakfast and ending with the movie night at the Cooper Community Library at 9 p.m.

Also slated for Saturday: 9 a.m. softball 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. community recognition (Mr. & Mrs. Oakwood, grand marshal, Taylor Award); 7:30 p.m. Memories of Oakwood; 9 p.m. adult scavenger hunt.

So that hunger will not be a problem while attending the homecoming, food stands will be open from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday and noon-5 p.m. on Monday. Rude Dining at Phil’s will be open and also will greet homecoming friends and visitors. Phil’s is open from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday. The community building also will be open and offering tacos and funnel cakes, baked potatoes, ice cream, pop and water.

Activity on Sunday will open with a health walk at 8 a.m. and a community worship 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 Prairie Chapel and participants will visit grave sites and hear stories of former residents.

For those with an imagination and a flair for creativity, residents will be challenged to make something out of a wooden pallet. Bring your masterpiece to the northeast side of the tennis court for display as visitors appreciate the work of some of the areas self proclaimed artists.

On Sunday evening, master magician/illusionist Aedryan Methyus will entertain with his one-man standup cabaret act that will make for an evening of fun and laughter. Show time is 8:30 p.m. at the big tent.

Labor Day Monday will kick off with the annual parade at 11 a.m.

The afternoon will again be a variety of kid games including inflatables and rides while adults will enjoy The Price Is Right and bingo. The celebration will conclude with the cardboard boat races at 4 p.m. followed by the duck race at 5.

The rules for the boat race have been lifted. All you need to know is that boats are to be made of cardboard only and no Styrofoam will be permitted. Life jackets must be worn and participants must be able to haul their boat out of the water in the event it sinks.

The library will be the location to meet the authors. On Monday at noon, Jane Nice, author of Married to Millie, and Jean Ann Geist, author of Only in the Movies and Only on the Radio, will be available to talk about their books and their experience as an author. Both will have their writings available for purchase. Stop in after the parade for a visit.

This weekend, stop in Oakwood and enjoy the food, the folks and the fun. But most of all make a memory.

Schedules, registration forms and additional information can be found at, or join Oakwood Homecoming on Facebook.


Commissioners sign contract for courthouse renovation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:34 PM


Feature Writer

PAULDING – On Monday morning, Paulding County commissioners signed a contract with Grunwell-Cashero, Toledo, for restoration of crucial Paulding County Courthouse repairs.

The cost of restoration will be $92,400 and is to be completed in 14 weeks, or 98 days. Commissioner Tony Zartman said that the agreement is based on completing the project before the winter season sets in. He anticipates that work will begin soon.

Lake Erie Nutrient Reduction Program promotes cover crops PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:34 PM

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.

Names drawn for jury duty PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:33 PM

The following is a list of prospective jurors who were summoned by the Paulding County Court of Common Pleas for the term of Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014:

Grand Jurors – Angela A Beber, Terry L Colley, Charles B Fowler, Danny D Gordon, Marcia L Hernandez, Linda K Jackson, Alice E Johnson, Andrew S Kashner, Mary L McMaster, James C Miller,

John R Mutschelknaus, Jerald A Overmyer, Chad R Price, Mark Alan Price, Paula S Schoepflin, Aaron J Shepherd, Tamera K Showalter, Barbara S Sinn, Virginia M Spangler,


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