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Antwerp Schools looking to upgrade transportation fleet
Friday, April 18, 2014 10:49 AM

BY JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

ANTWERP – The Antwerp Local School Board met in regular session on Thursday, April 17 with all members present. The passing of a resolution allowing bids for a new bus and Micro Bird van, principal reports, and year-end activities and dates were presented.

The board passed a resolution for the treasurer, Kristine Stuart, to accept bids for a Micro Bird van and a 72-passenger bus.

Paulding's 'Safe Routes to School' project progressing
Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:18 PM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – The Village of Paulding Planning Commission met Wednesday, April 16 to answer a letter from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) regarding the proposed “Safe Routes to School” project for Paulding.

Relay For Life 5-K fundraiser in Bryan
Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:18 PM


BRYAN – With hope, anything is possible, and at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, The Bryan Times is holding a "Hope" Relay for Life 5K run/walk to continue the fight against cancer.

The 3.1-mile course, which is flat and fast, begins and ends at the Williams County YMCA. Men and women will be divided into the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over.

Plaques will be awarded to the top three overall finishers of the day, as well as to the top two finishers in each age group.

Those interested may pre-register by April 21. Cost is $15 including a T-shirt or $8 without a T-shirt.

Cost on the day of the race will be $18 for those who want a T-shirt and $10 for those who don't. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. that day.

Runners also may form teams of four or five people with the top four finishers from each team counting toward its total. Each team member will receive a medal and team runners will be eligible for individual awards as well.

Teams who pre-register must send their forms in together or register on the day of the race. Forms are available in The Bryan Times' print edition and online at www.bryantimes.com.

Questions about this fundraiser for Relay for Life may be directed to Cheryl Andres by emailing relayforlife@bryantimes.com or calling 419-212-2547.

So choose "Hope" and help The Bryan Times become bigger than cancer.

This event also is sponsored by Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Andres, O'Neil & Lowe, Whittaker Family Dental, Johnson Financial Group, and Quillen Bros. Windows.


Volunteers lessen cost of litter pickup
Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:55 PM

COLUMBUS – Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) spends $4 million on litter pick-up – a preventable problem. That money could be used to pave roads, buy snowplow trucks or install guardrail or culverts.

“Not only is litter expensive, but it takes us away from more important roadwork,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.

Statewide last year, ODOT spent $4.3 million picking up 371,500 bags of trash.

ODOT’s more than 1,400 Adopt-A-Highway groups – at least one in each of Ohio’s 88 counties – clean a two-mile section, or interchange, a minimum of four times a year for two years. On average, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash, saving ODOT $280,000.

Groups wanting to adopt a section of highway or an interchange can apply at www.transportation.ohio.gov.

Local author to speak at library April 24
Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:24 PM

PAULDING – The Paulding County Carnegie Library will present a special visit from local author Alice Gerber, All the Mommies Would Go Painting Together: The Art of Art in Paulding County, Ohio at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at the main historic Carnegie library in Paulding.

Come reminisce and listen to the stories about how mothers of the Baby Boom generation gathered together to share inspiration and vision through art in Paulding County.

Space is limited, so call ahead to save your spot. Call 419-399-2032 to register.

Lafarge U.S. plants recognized for innovation
Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:14 PM

PAULDING – Lafarge North America has even more reason to be proud of its U.S. operations, thanks to two recent Innovation awards from the Portland Cement Association (PCA). The Paulding Cement Plant, in Paulding, won PCA’s 2014 Cement Industry Energy & Environment Award for Innovation, while the Cave in Rock Quarry, located in Cave in Rock, Ill., won PCA’s 2014 Safety Innovation Award.

“A hearty congratulations to the Paulding Plant and the Cave in Rock Quarry on their respective PCA awards,” said Lafarge U.S. president and CEO John Stull. “These achievements are especially gratifying because they reflect the innovative thinking that drives Lafarge, from our product research and development teams to the employees who work hard to produce our building materials every day.”

The Paulding Plant pioneered a briquetting process to optimize the recycling of cement kiln dust (CKD) back into the cement making process. “We had been returning CKD in its native powder form to the kilns for many years,” said Paulding senior environmental manager Tim Weible. “But it was common for the dust to float around inside the kiln as opposed to staying in the kiln feed bed.”

To resolve this problem, the Paulding leadership team came up with the innovative idea of creating CKD briquettes, after the fashion of charcoal briquettes used for grilling. After an initial and successful trial period, the plant invested approximately $600,000 to install a large briquetting machine and feed system.

“Today Paulding has the potential to return about 16,000 tons of CKD to the hood of the kilns as raw material, increasing our clinker production and improving kiln performance,” said Weible. “We’ve also decreased our specific heat consumption and use of chlorinated grinding aid accelerator, as well as reduced the amount of CKD we send to the landfill, and associated haul truck hours and fuel use.”

With a yearly savings of $1 million, Paulding’s CKD briquetting project payback period was less than eight months. The project supports Lafarge’s corporate-wide goal to recycle or reuse all of its CKD, and its ongoing commitment to sustainability.

To the west of Paulding, in Cave in Rock, Ill., employees came up with a safer way to service the jaw crusher hopper. Used for crushing quarried rocks, the crusher hopper requires periodic maintenance and repairs. Climbing in and out of the hopper on extension ladders while carrying the necessary tools presents both a physical challenge and a potential safety risk. By repurposing equipment and materials found on site, Cave in Rock employees built a movable staircase, complete with handrails, to facilitate access to and egress from the hopper.

“This seems like a simple solution, but it hasn’t been done here at Cave in Rock before,” said health and safety coordinator for Lafarge U.S. West Cement Trent Hesselschwardt. “And this is just one example of how the group here thinks outside the box to find ways to improve processes and make things safer."

The staircase solution is safer in more ways than one, since in addition to providing a handhold, it also creates a clear visual that alerts others working in the area that someone is in the hopper, and to steer clear.

“The PCA award is well deserved recognition for the group at Cave in Rock Quarry,” adds Hesselschwardt. “This is a great example of innovative thinking, where form and function create an opportunity to do our jobs more safely. And the opportunity to share this idea with others is equally satisfying.”