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Library receives fraud ed toolkits
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:20 AM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced last week that his office has sent Senior Advocate Fraud Education (SAFE) toolkits to more than 700 Ohio libraries. Paulding County Carnegie Library system was among those to receive the kits.

“We received the kit today (Aug. 15),” said Susan Pieper, PCCL director. “It is being processed. Two copies will be available for loan at the main library and one copy is being processed for reference and ‘in house’ use at the main library.

Autism safety shared at bus in-service day
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:18 AM


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VAN WERT – This past Friday, Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers and Cathy Ruiz, service coordinator for Paulding County Family and Children First Council, were invited to present autism safety training to a bus driver in-service day at Vantage Vocational School.

The title of the training session presented by Landers and Ruiz was “Autism 101: Characteristics, Behaviors and Simple Strategies Useful for Bus Drivers.”

Antwerp to apply for waterline grant
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:14 AM


Progress Staff Writer

ANTWERP – Seeking funding for a waterline, concerns about manure dumping near the village and recognition to the fire and EMS department were all discussed at Monday night’s Antwerp Village Council meeting.

A resolution was passed as an emergency authorizing the village to apply to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for funds to make capital improvements to the West Woodcox Street waterline.

Annual Health Aware Fair returns Sept. 6 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 18, 2014 4:33 PM

VAN WERT – The Annual Van Wert County Health Aware Fair is back and scheduled to return to the community on Saturday, Sept. 6 in Van Wert. This highly anticipated event will be held on the grounds of Van Wert Schools, located at 10708 Ohio 118. The fair will take place from 7:30 a.m.-noon, with a host of activities occurring throughout the morning.

This year’s 2014 Health Aware Fair is jam-packed with loads of family-friendly activities, health information, and giveaways. The expanded event will include free health screenings, and free treatments, all in addition to the invaluable continuation of the reduced-fee blood chemistry profile screening. Attendees will also receive coupons which can be used toward future wellness exams.

The cost for a blood profile screening is $45 for those who register prior to Sept. 4. The cost is $55 for all others, including walk-ins the day of the event. A 12-hour fast is required to perform the blood draw.

The American Red Cross will host a pancake breakfast the morning of the event. Individuals completing the blood profile screening will receive a free pancake breakfast. All others may purchase breakfast for $5.

Statewide Ford Lincoln and the Van Wert YMCA again invite the community to take part in the fight against cancer by participating in a “Warriors in Pink” 5K Run/Walk event. Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m. The 5K walk/run will begin at 8 a.m. The cost to participate is $25 if registered by Aug. 25. Day of the race the cost is $30. Registration is available at All proceeds from the event will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The Health Aware Fair provides something for individuals of all ages. Good health is important to everyone. Come out; celebrate health and healthy living on Saturday, Sept. 6.

The Health Aware Fair is sponsored by the American Red Cross, Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert Rotary Club. For current Health Aware Fair information, find this event on Facebook or visit the Van Wert County Hospital website at

Hospital announces staff reductions PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 18, 2014 3:05 PM


PAULDING – Paulding County Hospital announced Friday, Aug. 15 that it is reducing a number of staff positions to offset losses resulting from lower utilization of services and due to reductions in reimbursement.

Seven positions will be eliminated while two positions will be reduced in hours. Included in the reduction are two management positions.

High deductible insurance plans require that patients pay more money out of their own pockets, thereby causing many to choose not to utilize healthcare services. Insurance plans have put tighter controls on covered services which in turn limit patients’ access to care.

Medicare, one of the hospital’s primary payors, has reduced payments below the actual cost of providing services. Reduced utilization combined with reduced reimbursement mandate that the hospital immediately reduce overhead cost to focus resources on the delivery of high quality healthcare.


Tickets available for Oakwood library dinner PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 18, 2014 9:37 AM

OAKWOOD – “We’re Havin’ a Fiesta” is the theme for this year’s Cooper Community Branch Library’s fund raising dinner to kick off the Oakwood Labor Day celebration.

The Village of Oakwood was established in 1889, invoking the 2014 Labor Day weekend theme of “Celebrating Oakwood: 125 Years of Memories.”

The traditional kick-off for the weekend for the last 10 years has been a themed dinner show on Friday. This year “We’re Havin’ a Fiesta” and changing up the entertainment. There will be no original skits by local talent, but there will be entertainment throughout the dinner. The dinner will take place at 7 p.m. in the large tent located near the park.

Organizers say, “Guests can expect a bright colorful atmosphere, laughs, and prizes, but don’t let the ‘fiesta’ part scare you away if you are not fond of Mexican cuisine! There will be chips and salsa, but then expect a delicious meal with chicken breast as the main entree, along with rice, colorful vegetables, a great salad and more, plus cheesecake for dessert. Frozen strawberry drinks will also be served as you are seated.” The Event Planners have gained a reputation for great parties, elaborate decorations, and lots of fun while bringing the community together raising funds to help maintain the Cooper Community Library, a branch of the Paulding County Carnegie Library. The best seating will be given to those calling in first and each table seats eight.

Tickets are $15 each and are limited to 200 this year and can be purchased at the library or by calling 419-594-3337.