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Video: PHS Band on Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 3:56 PM

Paulding High School Marching Band, under the direction of Don Clark, performs a selection of patriotic music for Memorial Day services at Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding, on May 26, 2014. Video by Paulding County Progress.


Kayak/canoe safety training offered
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:50 PM

OAKWOOD - A kayak and canoe safety training program is being sponsored by the Oakwood Arbor #759 of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society as one of their Samaritan activities in the Oakwood community.

It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. June 14 in a private pond located at 7092 Road 205, Oakwood. This is 1.1 miles south of the junction of Ohio 66 and Ohio 613 on the east side of the Auglaize River.

This will be a fine opportunity for paddlers of all ages to learn or brush up on their techniques before the kayak/canoe races on the Auglaize River sponsored by the Oakwood Development Company the following weekend. (See details at www.odcohio.org)

Instructors will be Cory Hartman and Kim Sheets, Ohio DNR watercraft officer specialists.

Cory is out of the Maumee Bay Field Office. He has worked for the Division of Watercraft for 11 years and is certified as an American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor.

Kim is out of the Wapakoneta office. She has worked for the division for 10 years and is certified as an American Canoe Association Canoe Instructor.

There will be one instructor per four students for one-hour sessions in the water. Classes will cover basic equipment, safe carrying techniques, launching and landing the boat. Training in basic strokes including forward, reverse, stopping and maneuvering in order to control the boat will also be taught.

Safety components include information on hypothermia, basic clothing and fundamentals of the wet exit.

Canoes, kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided by Auglaize Canoe & Kayak free of charge. Participants must wear sturdy shoes. Changing facilities will be available.

For further information about this training program contact Helen Maddock at hmmaddock@gmail.com or 419-594-2797.

To register go to www.odcohio.org/gleaners.

Klopfenstein wins prestigious state award
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:23 PM


Feature Writer

Wayne Trace senior Matthew Klopfenstein recently learned that he has been awarded the prestigious Engineering and Mechanical Science Award for the State of Ohio. As a result, Klopfenstein, the son of Roy and Deborah Klopfenstein, will be traveling to Atlanta later this year for the National 4-H Congress.

Klopfenstein received the coveted award as a result of the summation of many of his 4-H accomplishments including his success in such areas as state and national competition in welding and small engines and robotics, including county level achievements.

Relay For Life is May 30-31
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:20 PM


? WHAT: American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life annual fundraiser

? WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, May 30 through noon Saturday, May 31

? WHERE: Paulding County Fairgrounds

? WHO: Sponsored by American Cancer Society



Antwerp's Cleveland Street Rib Fest June 7
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:16 PM

ANTWERP – On Saturday, June 7, Antwerp’s Cleveland Street will transform into the rib capital of Paulding County if not the entire tri-state area. The small village, located on State Route 49 just north of the U.S. 24 exit will welcome visitors as they have opportunity to savor ribs of many varieties at the fifth annual Cleveland Street Rib Fest.

To be more exact, the Rib Fest will be held between the VFW and the Fire Hall and will tantalize the fest feasters    from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Joining forces in offering ribs will be Puckerbrush from Payne, Shigs N Pit from Fort Wayne, Archbold’s Stella Blue and from Garrett, Indiana Timmy’s BBQ.

Etzler named Paulding Middle School principal
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:55 PM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – In its regular scheduled monthly meeting the Paulding Exempted Village School board met on Thursday, May 22 at the administrative office. Following executive session the board reported the hiring of Chris Etzler as Paulding Middle school principal effective Aug. 1, 2014-July 31, 2016. Etzler has been serving the position since January as well as the district’s athletic director.

The board heard from district librarian Ellen Williams about the library and its many programs and uses to aid students. The board also had opportunity to be updated on the FFA and progress many of its members have experienced throughout the year. Some of Paulding’s chapter attended the recent FFA convention and briefly shared their experiences.

In other business, the board approved:

the five-year forecast as presented by district treasurer Maria Rellinger.

creation of the Monroe Scholarship Fund.

Third Federal Savings and Loan Association as a depository of school and inactive/active/interim investments.

transfer of Lance Estle from middle school intervention to middle school/high school physical education/health teacher.

the following scholarships for the class of 2014. Virgil Cooper - Justin Carnahan, Andrew Layman, Alyssa Shelmadine, Ali Singer, Tiffany Spangler, Jade VanCleve; Rosemary Young - Melissa Durham; PEVS Board and Administration - Kaitlyn Roughton, Kaylyn Rager, Andrew Layman, Julian Salinas, Emily Albert ($300 each); Iris Gallagher - Kaley Varner, Brad Manson ($100 each); Pepsi Cola - Julian Salinas, Kandee Manson ($250 each); Russell Bauer - Andrew Layman, Kayla Shaffer ($500 each), Melrose Area Book - Kaley Varner ($150); Gorman Family Trust - Joseph Kaiser ($3,500), Kaitlyn Roughton ($3,000), Seth Mattocks ($2,500), Sierra McCullough ($2,500), Kaylyn Rager ($1,000), former students Alex Knodel, Katie Kohart, Mikayla Pieper, Mesa Pracht, Savannah Roughton, Alyssa St. John, Courtney St. John, Andrew Smiley and Zane Wilhelm ($500 each).

The following personnel recommendations by superintendent Hanak were approved:

resignation of Jill Breedlove, bus driver, effective May 28.

resignation of Laurie Ball, Oakwood Elementary intervention specialist, effective at the end of the current contract year.

one-year limited contract for Tyler Arend, Paulding Elementary intervention teacher, beginning the 2014-15 school year, pending records.

one year limited extracurricular contracts, effective for 2014-15 school year, pending records: Jon Snodgrass, junior athletic director; Shawn Brewer, junior high athletic director; Kelsey Smathers, junior varsity volleyball; Don Clark, head marching band director and pep band; Theresa Anderson, assistant marching band director; Dave Clapsaddle, barbershop quartet; Sam Hatcher, senior class advisor; Jill Hatcher, senior class advisor and middle school council; LeeAnn Favorito, science lab advisor and sophomore class advisor; Brett Foster, freshman class advisor; Krisi Williams, engineering team advisor and high school Olympic advisor; Rose Kreitemeyer, FCCLA advisor; Melissa Harder, National Honor Society advisor; Malinda Schmidt, National Honor Society; Rob Schnipple, FFA advisor; Brett Foster, FAA advisor; Carolyn Connelly, high school yearbook advisor; Beth Kelly, head drama director, junior class advisor; Sandy Dobbelaere, music director and junior class advisor; Marilyn Gangwer, middle school Science Olympiad; Nancy Wehrkamp, Beth Thornell and Eric Weber, Oakwood Memorial Day director.

approved substitute support staff for the remaining 2013-14 school year – Jamye Jones and Kristy Philpot as custodians and Harold Raub, mechanic.