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Van Wert among sites participating in worldwide leadership event PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 28, 2014 11:20 AM

World-renowned leaders to speak at Leadercast on May 9

VAN WERT – Community and business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast in Van Wert on May 9.

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce along with sponsors Kenn-Feld Group Inc., Vancrest, Cooper Farms and Central Insurance Companies, are pleased to bring this leadership development opportunity to the greater Van Wert area. The May 9 event will be 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at LifeHouse Church at the YMCA Camp Clay Center.

The Leadercast event is broadcast LIVE from Atlanta to hundreds of sites around the world, including Van Wert. This year’s speaker lineup includes:

Andy Stanley, leadership author and communicator

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate and human rights activist live from Cape Town, South Africa

Malcolm Gladwell, journalist and best-selling author of The Tipping Point and Outliers

Randall Wallace, screenwriter, director, producer and songwriter (“Braveheart,” “Secretariat”)

Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP

Laura Schroff, former ad sale executive and best-selling author of An Invisible Thread

Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist and leadership consultant

Simon Sinek, Best-selling author of Start with Why and leadership expert

Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009) via exclusive video interview.

Last year, over 100,000 leaders from 14 countries attended Leadercast. Now, in its 15th year, this full-day, experiential conference is on track to reach its largest audience to date.

“Central is excited and proud to be a top tier sponsor for 2014 Leadercast.  A company is only as good as its leaders ... we want each leader at Central to ‘Be a Leader Worth Following’,” stated Jan White, Central Insurance Companies senior vice president-human resources and facilities. “We know this program will be beneficial to our people; we look forward to learning from the leadership experts involved in this simulcast. Thanks to the Van Wert Chamber for bringing a quality program like this to Van Wert!”

All communities including Van Wert need excellent, more inspiring leaders in our, businesses, schools and organizations. Leadercast exists to serve individuals and organizations across all sectors who want to become intentional about raising their standard of leadership.

Cooper Farms recognizes how critical it is to develop leaders of excellence with integrity ... to inspire and awaken leaders to be a leader worth following.

Mark Hiegel, plant manager at Cooper Farms Cooked Meats shares, “We firmly believe that our team members are what set us apart as a company, and we love the opportunity to send our leaders to this event that will help them become more passionate and creative than they already are.  We’re confident that we will greatly benefit from this simulcast!”

Leadercast exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme – “Beyond You. Be A Leader Worth Following” – challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward. Experience Leadercast on May 9 and discover what it means to be a leader worth following.

For local ticketing information, call 419-238-4390, email chamber@vanwertchamber or visit www.vanwertchamber.com.


United Way of Paulding County to sponsor annual luau PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 28, 2014 10:25 AM

PAULDING – The public is invited to attend the United Way of Paulding County’s Luau Fundraiser on Saturday, April 5 at the Paulding Eagle’s Lodge. The event will start off with a special recognition at 5 p.m., and then from 6 p.m.-midnight, enjoy the luau festivities. The United Way special events committee and board members are working hard to raise money for helping those in need in the county.

UWPC is grateful the Eagles supports the agency’s efforts in the Paulding community. The Eagles will provide a choice of a grilled chicken dinner for $10 or a steak dinner for $12. Both dinners include a baked potato and salad bar. Kids can eat a hot dog and chips free of charge. Entertainment will start at 8 p.m. with the GRG 3 Band.

Terrific raffle items, including an iPad Mini, have been donated by businesses, board members and individuals in the county. Please call the UWPC office if you would like to purchase a chance on winning one of the many raffle prizes.

Also, a 50/50 raffle will be held to support the event and campaign.

It will be an exciting evening with a competition held for those dressed in tropical attire. Don't forget to bring your hula skirt, and wear your Hawaiian-themed shirts to enter the competition. It will be an entertaining night with a few fun games. See the flyer on the Facebook page titled “United Way of Paulding County.”

The money raised by the United Way of Paulding County stays in Paulding County to assist the needs in our local community. If you would like to support UWPC in their efforts, contact the office at 419-399-8240. For more information about the United Way, contact Sonya at pcuwdirector@gmail.com.

Local events in April PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 28, 2014 8:12 AM

April 5 – Divine Percy Parish spring craft show, bake sale and luncheon, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Divine Mercy Center on Daggett Street in Antwerp

April 5 – United Way of Paulding County luau, 6 p.m.-midnight at Paulding Eagles

April 5 – All-star basketball game; details to be announced

April 6-13 – National Volunteer Week

April 7 – Voter registration ends 4 p.m. for May 6 Primary Election

April 7 – Paulding County Hospital Foundation Annual Dinner; for information, call Brenda Wieland at 419-399-1138

April 9 – Volunteer recognition at 1:30 p.m. at Paulding County Senior Center; RSVP on or before April 4 by calling 419-399-3650.

April 10 – The Paulding County Township Association’s fish and chicken fry, 5-7 p.m., at the county extension building.

April 11 – Paulding County Area Foundation Annual Meeting and Dinner at Grant’s Catering Hall, Antwerp, social time 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call 419-399-8296 for more information.

April 12 – Paulding High School bands will present “Music of the Night” fund-raiser in the auditeria, 6 p.m.

April 12 – Glow In the Dark benefit 5K and one mile run/walk at Payne Elementary, sponsored by Wayne Trace National Honor Society, registration 6:30 p.m. and event start at 7:45 p.m.; for registration form, visit www.waynetrace.org

April 13 – Palm Sunday

April 13-19 – National Library Week will be observed with the theme, “Lives Change @ Your Library”

April 15 – Deadline to file federal income tax returns

Program offers safety training for parents of developmentally disabled PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:27 PM

The next program in the “Coffee & Dessert” Parent/Professional Series will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at the Wayne Trace Jr./Sr. High School Lecture Hall. Linell Weinberg, executive director of the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, will present “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: The Hidden Curriculum of Interacting with Law Enforcement and First Responders.” There is no cost to attend.

Individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, can have difficulty communicating with police and other first responders in incidents where there is a crisis in the home or community and no adult is available (i.e. accident, injury, fire, lost, etc.). This free training will help parents, caregivers and school professionals prepare the child for interaction and will include videos, useful handouts, and other “freebies.”

If interested in attending, please contact parent mentor Cathy Ruiz at 419-263-2512 or by email at cruiz@wb.noacsc.org.

The “Coffee & Dessert” series is provided through the Parent Mentor Grant and Western Buckeye ESC.


Showing support to mom starts with forgiveness PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:41 AM



HAVILAND – For many Wayne Trace High School students the focus the last couple of weeks was on the Raider basketball team and their tournament run. The season ended back on Saturday, March 15 with a loss on the Bowling Green floor to the eventual state champions from Crestview. And while the Raiders have the memories of a great season and a deep tournament run, for one student, it wasn’t a trip to Bowling Green, but a trip to Columbus that was a priority. Far more important than basketball was seeing how fragile life is and how to forgive in the midst of uncertainty.

Wayne Trace sophomore Cory Pinson, who plays the alto saxophone in the Wayne Trace marching band is a kid anxious to get his driver’s license, but last weekend a telephone call came that forced the 16-year-old to grow up a little bit.

Melting snow leaves repairs, budget headaches PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 5:48 PM


By JOE SHOUSE • Correspondent

With a sigh of relief, the calendar reminds us the long-awaited first day of spring has finally arrived. And after enduring a long, cold, snowy winter, it’s now time for Paulding County villages to assess how they fared in what will go down as one of the most challenging winters in history.

Snow removal, street repairs, potholes, overtime, frozen pipes, and other unusual hardships and added expenses have taxed communities since early January.

For the village of Oakwood, administrator John Keyes reports that overall the village is in pretty good shape.

“We had two homes that were without water due to frozen lines,” said Keyes.

Overall, Keyes believes Oakwood escaped without too many potholes or much overtime; where the village has seen an increase is in the salt usage, fuel costs, and natural gas bills to heat its four buildings.

Fiscal Officer Susan Barron has seen a jump in heating the fire house, water building, EMS building, and the town hall. “Last year for the three winter months, we spent $5,535 heating the buildings while this year we have totaled $7,782,” said Barron.

There has been a slight increase in road salt and fuel for its vehicles.

The Village of Antwerp is looking at a $40,000 setback when it comes to expenses caused by the winter weather.

“We’ve had water main breaks, equipment breakdowns, and other expenses due to frozen pipes,” said Antwerp treasurer Loretta Baker.

The village’s front end loader required a major repair in the amount of $6,600, which was not budgeted. Appropriations for snow removal, salt and grit was set at $4,500 while the village has spent nearly $10,000. A non-budgeted item addressed by the village was icing in the water tower due to malfunctioning sensors in the tank that measure the water level. Repair on the tower totaled $3,500.

Water lines under Ohio 49 froze, causing residents to not have water and forcing the village to close the highway for a day in order to make necessary repairs. The non-budgeted repair was $4,003.

Like the other villages within the county, Payne is equipped to manage their winter issues when it comes to snow removal. However, this year, the challenge to stay above the task was often times beyond their capabilities.

“We had to contract out for some of our snow removal. In addition to our own department working, we also paid an additional $5,487 for snow removal by outside contractors,” said Fiscal Officer Cheryl Halter.

The job of snow removal and keeping the streets clear required 100 extra-man hours.

“We know we have potholes that will need repaired. We are scheduled to have some of our streets sealed and paved later this spring and we hope to take care of the pothole problem at that time,” said Mayor Terry Smith.

Last Wednesday’s quick snowstorm that dumped over seven inches of snow in the area was the worst snowstorm of the winter season, according to Paulding street supervisor Jerry Smith.

“It was quick and a very wet snow that delivered another challenge for our equipment and manpower,” said Smith.

Paulding’s four-man crew and its four trucks can usually clear the village in six to eight hours. “I know the public is getting tired of all the snow and to be honest we are getting tired of cleaning the streets, but it’s our job and overall I think we have done a good job,” said Smith.

Although the plowing season is winding down, it is important to remove vehicles from the streets in order to clear the snow properly.

“With so much snow, residents often times will have their driveways cleaned, allowing snow to blow right back out into the streets and causing more problems,” said village administrator Harry Wiebe. The administrator went on to comment on how Paulding snow removal has been superior compared to other communities similar in size to Paulding.

The village encountered between 10 and 12 frozen service lines. These lines run between the main to the shut off valve in the street right-of-way.

“To give you an idea how the long periods of cold temperatures effect the lines, we had a dozen this year and in the past 15 years we had one,” said Smith.

There have been a few water main breaks with the frost line penetrating the ground by as much as three feet. The repair of water main breaks have been a little more time consuming due to the frozen ground.

“Because of the frozen ground and needing a jackhammer to break through the area in question, it often times takes longer to determine where the actual break is located,” said Smith.

Concerning costs, hours on the job, and assistance, the village has encountered its share of increased expenses. In 2012-13 there were 90 hours of overtime issued for snow and ice control while this year the number of hours increased to 380.

Cost of salt has nearly doubled from $6,000 last year to $10,000 so far in 2013-14.

There was no outside contract for assistance concerning downtown snow removal in 2012-13; however, the village has spent $10,800 this year.

Potholes will be an immediate issue once the weather warms up and the existing water is eliminated from the holes. “Once the water is out and the temperatures consistently get to the upper 20s we will be able to fill the potholes,” said Wiebe.

Wiebe went on to say how the street department employees, while working on snow removal and other issues, have other continuing responsibilities such as digging graves.

“These long extended cold spells have been tough on the equipment as well as the crew working outside in the elements,” he said.

“It’s been a long, tough winter and we are all looking forward to spring. I want to thank everyone for their patience and for those who removed their cars from the streets so we could do our job,” said Smith.



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