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Auglaize Canoe and Kayak offers nature’s view up close PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:34 AM
One of the more popular trips offers a quiet opportunity to explore Paulding County nature while enjoying a canopy that covers nearly 90 percent of the trip.


By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

OAKWOOD – After its initial year in business last summer Auglaize Canoe and Kayak is looking forward to the summer of 2014. Located two miles south of Ohio 613 on County Road 263 (Paulding-Putnam County line), then west on Road 207, sits the livery on the 100-year-old family farm.

Doug and Bonnie Weller, who both retired from careers in sales and teaching, had the dream for several years to one day open a kayak business. They, along with their son, Troy, and wife, Tammy, and their three children, Leva, Amelia and Payton, took a giant leap of faith last year and they have not looked back.

Housed in the converted barn that was built by Doug and some of his FFA friends when they were in high school, the facility serves as the check-in point for those who seek adventure on the Paulding County waterways.

“This is our retirement project. It is what we do to keep ourselves young,” said Doug.

The livery is opened from May 1 to Oct. 1 and it has been everything the Wellers had hoped it would be.

“To be honest, last year was more than we expected. But we are taking it slow and we will add new features to the facility from time to time. This year, we will be offering paddleboards,” said Bonnie.

Those who come out to experience the water consist of all ages. From preschool to those in their 80s have enjoyed the variety of boat trips.

“Last season we had a group of five ladies who came out to camp and then went kayaking the following day. It was their version of a girls’ night out,” said Bonnie.

The canoe and kayak facility has welcomed couples, families, small groups, as well as church youth groups, boy scouts, school groups. EMS/fire departments, and law enforcement groups.

“We have had a wide variety of people attend. We have even had sports teams from local high schools who use the facility as a form of team building,” said Bonnie.

Patrons from surrounding counties have visited the Weller farm and have enjoyed the kayaking and canoeing.

“We have had people visiting family and friends in the area who were from California and Florida who came over and enjoyed the view of the beautiful scenery offered by canoeing down the Auglaize.”

But, at the end of the day, it’s the kids who are the best.

“Everyone always has a good time. People get wet and you hear a lot of laughter when they finish their course along the river,” said Doug.

Auglaize Canoe provides 13 two-person canoes, 22 two-person sit-on-top kayaks, 12 twisters or single kayaks, and new this year will be paddleboards.

“We have something very unique here. There is not much commercialism around the the river which adds to the wide variety of outdoor life. Often times you can witness eagles, river otters, geese, ducks, owls, deer, to name a few,” said Bonnie.

Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. “We are open 6-1/2 days a week. We are not open on Sunday morning so our families can attend church,” commented Bonnie.

For more information, visit www.auglaizecanoe.com or check out Auglaize Canoe on Facebook. They can be reached at 419-594-3456.

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County farmer supports fire dept. through AFGC
Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:52 AM

GROVER HILL – Local farmer Pam Eddy has directed a $2,500 donation to the Grover Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the department purchase new protective equipment.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

When asked why she chose the organization, Eddy said, “I think they do a great job. We have had a couple of house fires and they were there to help us.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Grover Hill Volunteer Fire Department, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Pam Eddy.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.

Antwerp’s ACDC group plans events
Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:28 AM

ANTWERP – President Jim Pendergrast opened the March 18 and April 21 meetings of the Antwerp Community Development Committee (ACDC). Discussed were upcoming events to fundraise and promote Antwerp.

Those events include the Rib Fest and Cornhole Tournament on June 7, and a TinCaps Stadium game on May 8 featuring the Antwerp High School baseball team playing Wayne Trace.

Other events discussed were a possible beer/wine tasting event in the fall; a partnering with Antwerp High School on “Painting the Town Pink,” which is a cancer fundraising event; and a haunted house at the Riverside Park at Halloween.

A casino trip was also discussed, as well as the Antwerp School Reunion coming up in 2015, as this event is held every three years.

Lisa Glass was appointed vice president to replace Tina Conley, who resigned due to work-related reasons. All thanked Conley for her valuable service.

Other topics discussed were a membership drive, and partnering with Antwerp organizations and businesses to improve the appearance of the downtown area.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 10 at the Antwerp Depot. All persons are welcome to attend and contribute in ACDC’s mission to make Antwerp a better place to live and do business.

Public health officials warn of possible measles outbreak
Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:19 AM

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Knox County Health Department and Holmes County General Health District, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating several suspected cases of measles in the Knox County area. The initial cases are unvaccinated travelers who returned to Ohio from the Philippines.

Measles is an acute, highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is easily spread. Symptoms of the measles usually appear in 7-18 days after exposure. The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted from four days prior to the onset of the rash to four days after the onset. Anyone who is not immunized and gets exposed to the disease has a high likelihood of getting ill.

“Immunization is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said ODH interim director Lance Himes. “When fully vaccinated, the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is 99 percent effective in preventing the measles.”

ODH and its local public health partners support the vaccine recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC. These recommendations include vaccination schedules for when individuals (children and adults) should receive their vaccinations.

To access the current CDC recommended immunization schedules, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/index.html. The CDC also recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination.

For more information about measles, visit the ODH website at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/.

Call for entries Wassenberg 58th Annual June Art Exhibit
Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:15 AM

VAN WERT – The Wassenberg Art Center will be conducting a call-for-entry on May 17–18 from 1-5 p.m. for its 58th Annual June Art Exhibit. All original media with the exception of photography and digital artwork will be accepted from artists over 18 years of age.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. in the former Van Wert Armory. The juried exhibit will open with a public opening reception on June 14 at 6 p.m. featuring gourmet food and live music and will be on view through July 6.

Interested artists, both amateur and professional, are encouraged to enter their select works for a chance to win awards. A prospectus can be downloaded and printed by accessing the website: http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/announcements/58th-annual-june-call-for-entries, by email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org or by calling the center at 419-238-6837 and requesting a copy to be mailed.

The event is sponsored by Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and the Van Wert County Foundation.

Stykemain to host open house, car show April 26
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:41 PM


PAULDING – Stykemain Chevrolet will be holding a grand opening event from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the new dealership located at 1255 N. Williams St.

During the grand opening event there will be a car show, door prizes every half hour, facility tours, food, drinks, disc jockey, a bounce house for kids and carnival games.

In addition, at 6 p.m. there will be a grand prize giveaway, which will either be a 2014 Chevrolet Spark or $10,000 cash. To be eligible to register for the grand prize, entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Need not be present to win.

There will also be a car show during the celebration. Registration for the car show is at 11 a.m., judging will be at 1 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m.

The judging categories for the car show include: best in show, first runner up, second runner up, longest drive, most radical, and outstanding in the following: accessories, Chevrolet, engine, Ford, interior, modified, paint, stock and outstanding workmanship.

United Way will also be on site and accepting donations.

For more information, see the Stykemain advertisement in Monday's Weekly Reminder or Wednesday’s Progress.