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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.

Correspondent needed
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:38 PM

The Progress is seeking a correspondent to cover Paulding Village Council meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month. No previous professional writing experience is necessary, but writing ability is important. The successful candidate must have a professional demeanor and be able to attend assigned meetings on a regular basis. Must have a computer and e-mail access.

If you are interested in joining our award-winning team, send a copy of your resume or qualifications and a writing sample by email to or by mail to Paulding County Progress, PO Box 180E, Paulding OH 45879. No phone calls, please.

Paulding Water Park to open PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, May 24, 2014 4:27 AM


PAULDING – The Paulding Water Park will be opening on Saturday, May 31.

Hours will be Monday-Thursday noon-6:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon-7:30 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m.

Swimming lessons will be offered for all ages of children. Contact the pool for further details at 419-399-9593.

The pool is located in LaFountain Park off Baldwin Avenue in Paulding.


Law enforcement trains for special response situations
Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:12 AM

By DENISE GEBERS • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – Members of an elite group of law enforcement personnel train on a regular basis for situations that may arise which would be beyond their typical scope of work. They are Paulding County’s Special Response Team (SRT).

Master Gardener hotline available for questions
Thursday, May 22, 2014 6:08 AM

PAULDING – With gardening season here again, quickly come the questions: Is this a bad bug or good bug? What’s wrong with this cabbage plant? How does one transplant petunias? Can these two plants grow side by side? How much water is too much?

To help the public with gardening questions a Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) helpline will be available again this year through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding. Community members can call, email or even stop in with a sample plant or bug for volunteers to look at and diagnose.

This free service will be available from May through mid-October from 9 a.m. until noon each Tuesday. Volunteers will help the public figure out what the problem is and answer their questions. If they cannot help, they will refer people to one of The Ohio State University experts.

Questions can be called in to 419- 399-8225 or emailed Walk-ins may be brought to the office, located at 503 Fairground Drive in Paulding.

When calling the helpline, supply as much information as possible. The more data provided, the easier it is for the trained volunteer to assist.

Personal visits with plant samples are encouraged. In many cases, seeing the problem makes diagnosing the horticultural concern easier. When bringing a sample to the extension office, make sure it is of sufficient size: a branch 1- to 2- feet in length, a piece of sod the size of a dinner plate or several leaves of a plant. Samples that are completely dead are not as useful as portions of plants that are just beginning to show symptoms or withering.

E-mailing a question is very helpful in identifying a plant or plant growth problem. When e-mailing, attach low resolution photos so the problem can be seen.

The helpline program gives the public an opportunity to get answers to their gardening, insect, tree, flower, herb, wildlife, pond, landscaping and fruit questions from trained volunteers. Master Gardeners’ vast knowledge is backed by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources research faculty, allowing call center operators to respond with the latest and most pertinent information. A network of resources is available to them including numerous informational fact sheets, an extensive library and electronic technology.

The Master Gardener program is sponsored by The Ohio State University and Extension programs. Master Gardener volunteers receive a base training of horticulture information plus continued training to help prepare them for this project. They have completed rigorous program requirements, communally logging hundreds of volunteer hours working in gardens, answering landscape and environmental questions.

The Paulding County Extension program currently has 14 volunteers. During 2013 more than 1,000 hours were donated to community service projects including the services of the Master Gardener helpline.

In addition to the gardening season hours, helpline assistance is available year round, but it may not be staffed in person.

“Don’t just trust anyone with your growing concerns but go directly to the experts for the best research based answer to your question,” said Sarah Noggle, Paulding County’s Extension Educator.