September 2, 2014

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014 3:52 PM

Some highlights from the annual Oakwood Homecoming celebration Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014, in Oakwood. The theme was "Celebrating Oakwood: 125 Years of Memories."

Photos from staff photographer Jim Bowers, plus additional images from Sue Brown and Leslie Cooper Heilshorn.

Boy’s birthday turns into a real celebration
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 7:53 AM


By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

OAKWOOD – Maxwell Fohner just had a birthday. On Aug. 30, the Paulding Elementary student celebrated his 7th birthday. For most 7-year-olds, celebrating your birthday on that one special day each year and receiving presents is a big deal. But for Maxwell, he has been celebrating for over a week and he doesn’t mind at all.

You see, it’s really not about Maxwell but about finding a special way to help, in a different kind of way.

Free Medicare check-up day event coming to Paulding County Sept. 5 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, September 01, 2014 7:10 AM

COLUMBUS – A free Ohio Department of Insurance educational program that helped Ohioans with Medicare save a record $16.4 million last year is holding events across Ohio now and through the Oct. 15-Dec. 7 annual open enrollment period, Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor said. The events are intended to help people better understand their Medicare coverage options.

The Department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will visit Paulding County to hold a presentation-only Medicare Check-up Day event on Sept. 5 at noon at the Paulding County Senior Center, located at 401 E. Jackson St. in Paulding.

“Our aggressive statewide efforts have begun and we are excited to help Ohioans as they make decisions about Medicare coverage,” Taylor said. “We are doing Check-up Day events in every county to make it easier for Ohioans to access the information they need.”

OSHIIP is Medicare’s designated free and impartial educational and enrollment assistance program in the state for those utilizing Medicare, family members and health care professionals. People can also call OSHIIP at 800-686-1578 for assistance.

At the Check-up Day event, attendees can learn about recent Medicare changes, such as the new deductibles, co-pay, and coinsurance amounts, the Medicare Advantage and Part D plan options (beginning in October), and about financial assistance programs, such as extra help with prescription costs and for Part B premium savings.

Taylor encourages Ohioans satisfied with their current Medicare plan to still comparison shop coverage for 2015 because plan costs and benefits can change. She said people comparing Medicare coverage should ensure a plan’s covered drugs include their needed prescriptions and to consider the convenience of having pharmacies in network near where they live. It’s also important to consider all out-of-pocket expenses before making a decision.

Ohioans should watch for high pressure, and predatory sales practices, such as individuals claiming to be Medicare representatives, Taylor said. If you suspect wrongdoing or have been victimized, call the Department’s fraud and enforcement hotline at 800-686-1527.

Ohioans can visit to enroll into Medicare coverage. A Check-up Days schedule and other Medicare information is available at Call the OSHIIP hotline at 800-686-1578 and 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) for assistance. Ohioans can also find OSHIIP on Facebook.

Habitat for Humanity 5K run, hog roast in October PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, August 31, 2014 9:07 AM

PAULDING – How many of you can catch a pig? I mean a tall pig that can run on two feet and can run pretty fast? If you think you can, the Habitat for Humanity of Paulding County invites you to the annual hog run which will be held on October 11 at the Paulding County Fairgrounds.

The mission of Habitat is to build a safe and affordable home. You can find a Habitat home in Antwerp, Paulding, Melrose and Haviland. House number eight is in the planning stages.

Habitat for Humanity began with a large gift of monies that gave the committee the ability to start building. As the families pay their mortgage we then have funds available to put toward the next house. Even though this is a good system, monies do not come in that fast and thus we must do various fund raisers. That’s where the community can help.

The Hog Run is a 5K, or a 2 mile walk or a bike ride. Children, strollers, even pets are all welcome to come with parents, grandparents, friends and sitters.  If you don’t want to walk, run, creep, or crawl then come to the hog roast between the hours of 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Come earlier and cheer the runners as they come to the finish line. And I wonder who will catch the pig?

Habitat has a website that you can visit and register for the hog run. You also can sign up for a sponsorship for the 5K or make a donation. Find the website at:

For any questions  contact Glenna Stabler, Mary Clark, Jane Gray, or a Habitat for Humanity member. New members are always welcome to join.

Meetings  are held at the Myers building on the east side of the courthouse at 4:45 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. If you have had anything to do with the building of any of the homes for residents of Paulding County, the committee wants to thank you and hope we can continue building with the success of this year’s hog run.

Parenting workshop offered PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, August 31, 2014 8:17 AM

VAN WERT – Van Wert County Hospital will offer Active Parenting Now! A free workshop for parents of children ages 5-12. The six-session video and discussion program will be held on Thursday evenings.

Beginning Sept. 11 for six weeks, each session will be held in the hospital’s conference room B and C from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Van Wert Hospital is located at 1250 S. Washington St.

For more information about this class, visit Registration is required and can be made by calling 419-238-8672.

This parenting workshop is funded by a grant provided by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. The mission of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) is to take a leadership role and be a catalyst in preventing child abuse and neglect in Ohio.

Community learning center will serve WT students this year PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:12 AM

HAVILAND – Western Buckeye Educational Service Center in partnership with Wayne Trace Local Schools is pleased to announce it was awarded a continuation grant for year three of our 21st Century Community Learning Center.

The program will continue to focus on increasing math and reading achievement, enhancing positive youth development and encouraging parent and family engagement. The staff have been working diligently and are looking forward to continuing a collaborative relationship with administration and staff to effectively serve the students at Wayne Trace Jr./Sr. High School.

The program will be held from 2:45-4:45 p.m., Monday-Thursday beginning Sept. 22. There is no cost for this program. The school is able to provide transportation back to the neighboring villages of Latty, Payne, Haviland and Grover Hill.

For any questions or an application for a child to enroll, contact Ashley Shepherd at 419-399-4711 or email