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The saga of the tomato hornworm PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:37 PM


The saga of the tomato hornworm

By Bill Sherry

Late last summer as I harvested a bumper crop of tomatoes I noticed several tomatoes and the leaves of the plant had been partially eaten. Upon closer examination, I noticed, or should I say I was startled by, several large green worms feasting on my tomato plants. I found that my moth identification book called these worms the tomato hornworm because of the large, horn-like growth at the rear of its body and noted that the tomato hornworms are a common large caterpillar that defoliates tomato plants. Their large size (3-4 inches long) and voracious appetite allows them to strip a tomato plant of foliage in a short period of time, so they frequently catch gardeners by surprise.

I took one of these monster worms to church the next Sunday. I used it for my children’s message about things God has made that we don’t often see. One young lady was fascinated with this monster worm, played with the worm and asked if she could take it home. I had brought some extra tomato leaves and we talked briefly after church about putting a couple inches of dirt in the bottom of the gallon jar and feeding the monster tomato hornworm until it didn’t want any more to eat.


The next Sunday, the young lady brought the jar back and informed me that the worm had stopped eating and that she could not see it any more. That’s because the tomato worm had borrowed under the soil and had formed a pupa. This is how the tomato hornworm pupa will remain until winter is over. I put the jar with the tomato hornworm pupa and buried in about 2 inches of garden soil in my unheated garage for the winter. This morning I was reminded that winter is almost over and something is about to happen.

I retrieved the jar from the garage this afternoon and the pupa is still buried in the garden soil inside the jar. It’s time to bring the jar out of the garage and expose it to some of the upcoming springlike weather and give the tomato hornworm a chance at changing from the ugly worm and pupal stage of life into a beautiful sphinx moth that loves to sip on the nectar of the spring flowers as it prepares to lay eggs on my tomato plants later in the summer.

In my opinion, the eggs will hatch and later in the summer I will find a some large green worms eating my tomato plants again this year.

I do hope to see you in church this Sunday; we need to talk because we have something in common.

William W. Sherry is a correspondent for the Paulding County Progress.

The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.


There's lots to do for little or no cost PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:12 PM


There’s lots to do for little or no cost

By Joyce Huseby • Guest Columnist

Have you talked to anyone in the past few months that hasn’t said “I’m sick of the weather/snow”? Doubtful!

It’s easy to get moody when there isn’t any sunshine for days and you hear a lot of grumbling about it. Maybe the thing to do is break the monotony with something you don’t usually do. If you have a camera stuck away somewhere, how about walking or driving around in the county and take a few snapshots of places or people you haven’t seen for a long time. Maybe an artistic look at the view off a bridge or the scene behind the library.

Speaking of the library, if you don’t have a library card it costs just a dollar to get one. That opens up a whole world of things to do. I see posters in the elevator with programs they are having for the kids every so often. If you sign up the kids, that frees mom/dad to some free time to look around and read the local newspapers. Also, a huge variety of magazines, CDs and even DVDs are available for borrowing free of charge.


The main attraction are the hundreds (thousands?) of books from the very newest titles to the old favorites plus recorded books, and they can also help you get what you want onto your Kindle. If they don’t have the book on hand, they will gladly do an interlibrary loan, which is also free (unless you keep it too long, of course).

My main interest is going to the library and using the computers, which are also free to use. I hear a lot of negative comments about not caring about computers and not knowing how to use one, etc. I have to laugh at that since it’s just typing in what you want and then tapping your index finger on the mouse to choose what you want. Actually, the library staff gives computer classes every few months, especially for beginners. If you’re bored, it’s not the library’s fault!

The library isn’t the only place to meet and talk to people. There are always the coffee shops, such as McDonald’s where you can get a senior coffee for 70 cents and sit and visit with all the friends, neighbors and business people who come in and out at all hours. You usually see someone you know. Of course, the same goes for the Dairy Queen, which has a special every day with no coupon needed that makes it more economical for you to eat out with a friend every once in a while. Between 2-4 p.m., you get a real deal – any drink with a straw for half price, even milk shakes. That place is so neat and clean and the food is always good. It makes it a pleasure to go in.

If you really want to go talk to people, go into the Past Time Café. They always seem to have people coming and going during the day. The food is great and the portions are generous. They have specials most days, too, and the quality is good so you can call up someone to go with you and be sure they will enjoy the lunch and the friendly employees.

The Paulding County Senior Center has nice activities and programs all year long. If you are of this age group, they will be happy to help you with your questions, or join them for a meal or activity. They offer many services, many of which are free. The staff is friendly and helpful and you may find some old friends or new ones if you pay a visit to the center. They have speakers who discuss financial questions, help with income taxes, give information about Medicare, nutrition and many other topics.

There are probably lots more things to do in Paulding County that I haven’t brought up, but when the sun starts shining we seem to get more inspiration. Monroe Park will be finished before long, and there’s LaFountain Park where you can take a snack and sit in the sunshine and fresh air (soon). Think about all the ball games and the swimming pool opening.

The newspaper is always a good source of activities and new ideas. Many clubs and organizations print their meetings in the Progress and you might find something that interests you.

Maybe someone who reads this will be inspired to come up with some more things to do that don’t cost much and write a letter to the editor with their ideas to share. Letters to the editor are my favorite part of the newspaper. They don’t cost anything to have printed. It’s especially nice when they are positive and make you feel good when you read them.

Joyce Huseby is a guest columnist for the Paulding County Progress.

The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.


The history beneath our feet PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:44 AM

The history beneath our feet

By Kim Sutton

President, John Paulding Historical Society

Eight days ago, I received an email from Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, a charitable nonprofit organization, who manages and stewards 14 preserves in Ohio. I signed up for their emails while on a camping trip to Paint Creek State Park. We had spent the day sightseeing and hiking trails in the area and we happened to run into the director, Nancy Stranahan, at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. She and I hit it off immediately. Our love for nature and history evaporated any awkwardness or shyness that can occur when you start a conversation with a stranger.

After all those games, who has the ‘best of ...’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:22 AM

In My Opinion


With the high school basketball season coming to a close and after watching nearly 80 games since November, I thought I would share my “best of” categories. Since this is an opinion article I feel I can share my opinion about what I have experienced after sitting in area gymnasiums on some very cold wintry nights while at the same time wondering if the roads will be clear for the drive home.

Well, here we go. Now, keep in mind, these may not be important to you but they are important to me; after all, I sat on some hard bleachers to watch these young athletes give their best – win or lose.

Best popcorn: That’s a tough one.

I give Hicksville the nod on the best, but Tinora had both regular and caramel and it was a nice change.

Best overall concessions: Parkway had pretzels and that’s a plus. Another note about concessions. Those chicken sandwiches that most schools offer are really good, especially when they cost $2 and not $3.

Best gym: I give the nod to Parkway. Very spacious. As for Parkway, I give them the top vote for the best press box. The school officials were friendly, accommodating, and the press box was right on top of the play.

Gym with the best lighting: Hicksville – bright and cheery.

Best band: No contest, the Antwerp band was the best. Only problem is they were absent on occasion. The Fairview band I give second place. They were loud but just didn’t play much.

Best cheer block: Fairview. While attending the Fairview vs. Antwerp girls’ game, they were loud and on their feet the entire game.

Best warm ups: Delphos Jefferson. Being from Indiana and appreciating the candy stripe warm up pants the Hoosiers wear, I could not help but get a little nostalgic when I saw the Wildcats in their candy stripes.

Best game ending shot: A no brainer. My first choice was going to be the Sam Williamson game ender against Edgerton in the Route 49 Classic, but then the Antwerp sophomore topped that effort with a buzzer beater against Woodlan.

Best mascot: After watching all those games, I don’t think I saw a school mascot. I guess I am showing my age.

Best canned music: I admit, I am showing my age on this one – most of it I didn’t like.

These are just some of my observations. It was another great season covering Paulding County basketball – especially the Antwerp Archers. The coaches were always available to answer my questions after a tough loss or a last-second win. The fans who I had the privilege to get to know a little better were a nice perk and those who I sat with on a regular basis made me feel like I was part of their small town and not an outsider.

Next year, there will be buzzer beaters and missed shots, wins and loses, joy in victory, sadness in defeat, but when it is all said and done, the most important part of the season will be – who had the best popcorn.

Joe Shouse is a correspondent for the Paulding County Progress.

The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.

What snow, did I miss something? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:14 AM

What snow, did I miss something?

By Bill Sherry

In my opinion we are not ready to say that yet because we have a lot of snow to melt and it will take a lot of warm, sunny days to thaw those huge piles. A friend of mine told me that he was so, so tired of all the slippery roads, snow piled so high that is hard to see around or over it and then there is the miserable cold. When will it all be over, he whined, I’m ready for springtime weather. My reply is that we all are getting our seasonal internal clock reset and are about ready for the next season to get started.

Baby, it's cold outside PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:27 AM

Baby, it’s cold outside

By Bill Sherry

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a song with words and music by Frank Loesser and although it is popular during the Christmas season, it is a romantic winter song. According to Wikipedia, Loesser wrote the duet in 1944. He premiered the song with his wife, Lynn Garland, at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party toward the end of the evening, signifying to guests that it was nearly time to end the party and go home.

Yes, you are right it is cold outside, and undoubtedly for me, I find great comfort being safe and warm, sitting next to the fireplace, reading a good seed catalog and dreaming of spring between short naps. But, did you not know? Have you not heard? It’s winter and baby its cold outside! Maybe, we should take some time, settle into the long nights with loved ones and a cup of hot cocoa or some warm apple cider.

Happy Anniversary, Paulding County PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:20 AM


Happy anniversary, Paulding County

By Kim Sutton

We all know the word centennial references 100 years. We know the word sesquicentennial is for 150 years. We also have the bicentennial, meaning 200 years. But what’s the word for the 175th anniversary? Are you ready for the answer? Well, according to Wikipedia (on-line encyclopedia) you have several to choose from: Dodransbicentennial; Dodrabicentennial; Dequasbicentennial; Dosquicentennial; Demisemiseptcentennial; Quartoseptcentennial; Terquasquicentennial or Septaquintaquinquecentennial. Take your pick!

2014 marks the 175th anniversary of Paulding County, which is equally as confusing. Some will argue that Paulding County was formed in 1820, which is true. The Indians of northwestern Ohio relinquished their lands to the United States and the Legislature of the State, by an act of Feb. 12, 1820, proceeded to divide the newly acquired territory into counties, of which Paulding County was one. The township lines were established in 1820 by Alexander Holmes, Samuel Holmes and others and in 1821-22 the townships were subdivided into sections by James W. Riley and his assistants.


Although the lines were laid in 1820, because the swamp was so sparsely settled, Paulding County remained under the jurisdiction of Wood County until 1824 and then Williams County until 1839.

In 1839, the first county seat was established in New Rochester. The first court was held in the spring of 1840 in New Rochester with Honorable Emery D. Potter as presiding judge. It was held in a room over General Horatio N. Curtis’ Store, since there was no courthouse. There were no lawyers residing in the county at that time – so Edwin Phelps of Defiance was appointed prosecuting attorney. In those days, lawyers traveled with judges throughout the entire circuit – they traveled on horseback.

So, if we choose to accept the date of organization and establishment of a county seat – then Paulding County is celebrating our 175th anniversary! If you choose to accept the date of 1820, then we are 194 years old and we missed our Demisemiseptcentennial (which is what I’ve chosen to call it)!

Either way, our roots run deep and it’s truly amazing how we have emerged from the Great Black Swamp to the fertile acres of flat farmland made possible only by our ancestors’ hard work and determination. Their struggles and strife to drain this swamp is unimaginable. We are humbled by the thought of what they went through and we should celebrate our 175th or 194th either way!

By the way – three cheers for New Rochester, Crane Township. It served as the first county seat before Charloe built a two-story courthouse and lured it away, and in 1840 was the busiest town in the county. It stood about a mile north of Cecil on present-day Route 424 (old US 24). All that stands today is an abandoned roadside park and a cemetery.

Kim Sutton is president of the John Paulding Historical Society and a guest columnist for the Paulding County Progress.

The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.


What would you do? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:19 AM

What would you do?

By Joe Shouse

There is a television show that is on from time to time called “What Would You Do?” The network star of the show, John Quinones, will introduce a specific scenario that is set up using actors to carry out a controversial situation. For example, it could be two people arguing in public and one is going overboard with the other person. One time, a son was arguing and showing little respect to his own mother. He was rude and it was very embarrassing to her.

The idea is to see how the general public will react and if anyone will get involved and come to the rescue of the one who is being challenged. It’s always interesting to see how people will get involved when it really means something to them. They will take a stand and defend a complete stranger. Other times people will ignore the situation completely and do nothing.

Quality of life is an assignment PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 9:58 AM

Quality of life is an assignment

By Kim K. Sutton

“Quality of Life” is a term that can sometimes be confused with the concept of “Standard of Living.” Quality of life indicators include not only wealth, employment, clean air and clear water, but also human traits, such as a small-town atmosphere, a strong sense of community, and family orientation. The word “neighborly” fits nicely.

Talk about economic development, and the future usually includes a discussion of quality of life issues – especially when the focus is on what the county will or won’t do to attract new business. No one I know suggests that chasing smokestacks is essential to economic development.

When people talk about the county’s future, what you hear is what the majority of residents of small communities across the nation say – “We’d like to keep it about the same, maybe a little larger, more economic diversity.” (Taken from a survey done by the Heartland Center of Leadership Development.)


A successful rural community needs to know its assets and know how to emphasize its uniqueness. Our people are conservative and independent, products of a frontier heritage, no doubt. Our county offers quality employees, low crime rate, lower overhead, great schools, excellent health care facilities, recreational opportunities, and life, in general, is slower-paced where family and community come first. “Comfortable living” may be the appropriate slogan.

Successful rural communities are often showplaces of pride and attention, with neatly trimmed yards, public gardens and well kept parks. Pride also shows up in other ways, especially in community festivals and events that give residents the chance to celebrate their community, its history and heritage. These factors are more important than size or location, which we can do nothing about. These successful towns are surviving because they know the future of the community is in the hands of the people who live there and they market it.

Making a hometown a good place to live for a long time to come is a pro-active assignment.

Kim Sutton is a guest columnist for the Paulding County Progress.

The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.


Christmas shopping in September works best for me PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:31 AM

Christmas shopping in September works best for me

By Joe Shouse

I admit that I do not enjoy Christmas shopping. Hearing all the commercials about the upcoming Black Friday sales that have turned into Thanksgiving Thursday sales – and I’m still not excited. I do not plan to cut short the family feast or set the alarm for the middle of the night in order to save a few dollars. I did that several years ago when I was younger and more energetic and I am not so sure I saved all that much. So today, a little wiser and still broke, I feel my rest is more important than a bargain.


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