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Are we there yet? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:08 AM

 

Are we there yet?

By Bill Sherry

First of all, the phrase “Are we there yet” was not one I remember using as a child because we rarely went anywhere that was not within walking distance. I am serious. I can only remember going to Defiance and Fort Wayne one time as a boy growing up. We made a few trips each year to Van Wert, Paulding, Oakwood and Grover Hill, but most of our trips when the whole family loaded up in the car to go somewhere were short.

In fact I often threatened to walk or ride my bike rather than get in the back seat with my three little sisters, but it was important to my parents that we arrive as a big happy family. Although I never remember saying “Are we there yet,” I do remember three little sisters who almost said it in unison, sometimes more than once.

 
Celebrating the role of newspapers in protecting free speech PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:17 PM

Celebrating the role of newspapers in protecting free speech

Free Speech Week Oct. 21-17

 

Guest Column By Caroline Little, president and CEO, National Newspaper Association of America

Where would we be as a nation without the freedom of speech?

After all, according to the annual State of the First Amendment survey, it is by far America’s favorite freedom and our most important right. In that survey, 47 percent voted for free speech, compared to 10 percent for the next closest right, freedom of religion. It is only appropriate that we dedicate a week to celebrating free speech.

 
Shutting down? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3:00 PM

 

Shutting down?

In My Opinion By Joe Shouse

I don’t know how you feel about the government shut down, but I am tired of hearing about it. I suppose by the time this gets in the paper it could be all over. Fortunately I am not so sure it has affected me all that much. Time will tell. However, I was thinking of some shut downs that would immediately affect me if they took place.

 
Why Paulding County is a great place to live PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:19 PM

 

Why Paulding County is a great place to live!

By Guest Columnist Susan Pieper

Recently I was patronizing a local business on the square in downtown Paulding, and as I gazed out the large picture window I felt a swell of pride for our beautiful county. So, I began to think of why I think Paulding County is a great place to live.

Our county seat, the Village of Paulding, is anchored by our beautiful courthouse. The courthouse sits majestically on a beautifully landscaped lawn dotted with trees that explode in fall colors.

 
No one rained on my parade PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:47 PM

No one rained on my parade

In My Opinion • By Joe Shouse

A few weeks ago I was in Paulding County to cover several activities for the Paulding County Progress. I had spent Thursday at Wayne Trace and Friday at Antwerp High School taking pictures of the various sports teams for our annual fall sports tab. On Saturday morning I was driving through the countryside heading to Antwerp to cover the Day In the Park when my car decided to begin the process of a slow death.

 
That ball is going, going, gone! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:15 PM

That ball is going, going, gone!

By Bill Sherry

Baseball was something I began liking as a small child and I liked it to the point that I began saving my paper route money to buy a baseball glove. Not just any glove, but a glove that was like the one worn by “Bullet Bob” Feller. I listened to Indians announcer “Jimmy” Dudley as Feller pitched his last game in 1956 and I knew that I wanted to play baseball and be pitcher “Bullet Bill’’ Sherry. The closest I ever got to that dream was to catch a couple of throws from pitcher Doug Bair in a little league game in Oakwood a few years later.

 
One thing that ticks me off... PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:22 PM

 

Guest Column By Susan Pieper

One thing that ticks me off...

One thing that ticks me off is receiving anonymous letters. Today I received one with a photocopied list of leaders of non-profits and their high salaries. And, there was another list of charities this person thought were more worthy of support. They even took the time to jot a note to me stating that “this is why people do not want to give to United Way.” I suppose they sent it to me because they know I support United Way and the library is the Pacesetter for this year’s United Way campaign.

Paulding County United Way pays about $500 a year to United Way Worldwide which in turn provides training and educational opportunities to all United Way organizations which includes an online discussion list – an invaluable tool especially for smaller United Way organizations. It allows our small county to “link up” with like-sized groups.

 
He is just a dog PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:31 PM

He is just a dog

By Bill Sherry

In his column “Homespun,” Jim Langham wrote last week, “It has been 12 years since our home experienced the loss of our last dog. Our Benji, which really did look like a Benji, had gone to his reward, the end of a lifetime chain of ‘departing dog broken hearts.’” What a statement – is that all there is for our dog friends, who are always willing to wag their tails in happiness to see us come through the door, bring their favorite toy and drop it at our feet because they want to play, or do all those doggie tricks for a small treat and a pat on the head? I am afraid so; our dog friends go through life trying to please us and taking our rejection and sometimes neglect with their tails wagging in hope to hear us say “Good Doggie.”

 
Hazy, crazy daze of summer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:56 PM

Hazy, crazy daze of summer

By Bill Sherry

Summertime has arrived in all its splendor and warmth, well, more like heat, more heat and humidity. Are you complaining yet? If you are complaining or even thinking about complaining about the heat, hear this:

1. July is almost over

2. It is less than a month until school starts

3. The last day of summer is less than two months away and you know what happens when the hazy, crazy summer ends, brrrrrr!

 
Sleep study is very beneficial PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:00 PM

Sleep study is very beneficial

By Tom Melchor

Paulding County Hospital

My name is Tom Melchor and I am a respiratory therapist who was recently diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. The irony of this diagnosis is that I work with the sleep clinic at Paulding County Hospital. At the urging of my wife I finally had a sleep study that demonstrated I have a disordered sleeping pattern.

I am grateful to the many requests from my wife to have the sleep study. She was always telling me that I snored loudly and would hold my breath to the point that she would wake me up so I would take a breath. The sleep study revealed that I was holding my breath so long that my oxygen saturation would go as low as 67%. The normal oxygen range for sleeping is 94% to 98%, so I was basically suffocating myself when I went to sleep.

 
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