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Ohio Safe Room rebate program offered by Ohio EMA
Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:34 PM

Homeowners interested in constructing a tornado shelter may be eligible

COLUMBUS - The Mitigation and Recovery Branch of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency announced today the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, which provides a rebate for the purchase and installation of safe rooms for Ohio homeowners. State officials anticipate the program will aid in the construction of approximately 39 safe rooms. An additional nine homeowners are eligible from last year’s rebate program.

A safe room is an extreme-wind shelter or space that provides protection to people during a tornado or high wind event. A safe room can be built in one of several places in the home: in the basement, beneath a concrete foundation or garage floor, or in an interior room on the first floor. A safe room can also be buried in the yard near the home or installed above ground, exterior of the home.

“Not only is Ohio at risk of EF5 tornadoes, since as far back as 1968, the state has actually had nine,” said Steve Ferryman, Ohio EMA mitigation branch chief. “EF5 tornadoes produce winds exceeding 200 mph and are capable of destroying most structures. A safe room is built to withstand these winds and airborne debris. A safe room provides near-absolute protection for its occupants.”

Residents selected for the program are eligible for a rebate up to 75 percent of the cost to install or construct a safe room – up to a maximum of $5,250. To apply for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, homeowners have until 5 p.m. April 18 to register on the Ohio EMA website: https://ohiosharpp.ema.state.oh.us/saferoom2014/.

The Ohio Safe Room Program will use a computerized random selection process to select names. Chosen homeowners will be notified by e-mail on or after April 22, 2014.

Funding for the rebate program is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program at a 75 percent cost share.  Homeowners selected will be responsible for 25 percent of the costs and any additional costs over the maximum rebate of up to $5,250.

Safe rooms constructed and/or installed under the program must meet FEMA requirements in accordance to FEMA publications 320 and/or 361 and the International Code Council (ICC) 500 Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters adopted by the State of Ohio.  Safe rooms cannot be constructed and/or installed prior to the rebate drawing and notification from Ohio EMA to proceed with construction.

It is Ohio EMA’s intent to offer this rebate program on an annual basis, contingent upon the availability of federal and state funding.

For additional information on safe rooms or to view and download the FEMA publications, visit the FEMA website: http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/saferoom/residential.shtm.

Flower planters to beautify the Paulding area
Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:29 AM

PAULDING – Kircher’s Flowers has partnered with the Paulding Chamber of Commerce in an effort to beautify Paulding. Imagine beautiful matching planters placed all throughout Paulding. When visitors coming into Paulding it shows pride and instantly brings joy.

The first year there is an initial start up fee per combination planter including delivery. Each year after, a fee will be charged per combination planter including delivery. At the end of the year, Kircher’s Flowers picks up the combination planter and stores the pot for the following year. Business owners will be in charge of watering their combination planter.

Combination planters will begin being placed the beginning of May and will all be delivered by May 15. Each combination planter will come in a 24-inch plastic combination pot planted with a mix of beautiful annuals such as geraniums, sweet potato vine, wave petunias, migilla perilla, irisine, gryphon begonias and ibosa vine. To reserve a combination pot or have any questions, phone 419-784-5321 or e-mail Katie@kirchersflowers.com.

PHS grads nominated to Academic Hall of Fame
Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:26 AM


PAULDING – The Paulding Exempted Village School board met on March 18 with the Boy Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lori Klinger, Brad Saylor and Tammy Hartman were at the meeting to present $280,585.61 from the Bev Saylor estate to the middle school in memory of former teacher, Don Schnepp.

In the superintendent’s report, the following people were nominated to the Academic Hall of Fame: Major Travis Adkins, Class of 1994; Dr. Diane (DeMuth) Allensworth, Class of 1959; Judge Tiffany Reighter Beckman, Class of 1988; and Dr. Michael Connor Class of 1960.

The board approved the following:

a motion to send 28 students and 3-4 staff members to the State Science Olympiad Competition in Columbus, April 25-26. The cost will be paid for by the students and the Science Olympiad Boosters.

• a motion  to purchase a 2015 Ford F250 Extended Cab truck from Germain Ford (state bid contractor) for $25,595.50 and a snow plow for up to $6,100.

a reduction in force of one first shift custodian by four hours per day, effective March 24.

the agreement with Vantage Career Center for the Satellite Program for the 2014-15 school year.

the resignation of Joel Ellerbrock, Paulding Elementary fourth grade teacher, effective at the end of the current contract year.

a one-year limited contract for Trevor Hug, technology coordinator, effective April 7, 2014 to July 31, 2015.

• approved the following staff, pending records: Freada McCoy, food service, secretary, custodian; Julie Pack, custodian; Diane Rippetoe, aide, food service; Alisha Plotts, food service.

approved the following athletic department helpers: Dan Carnahan, Ron Etzler, Linda Dangler, Steve Goyings, Jerold Tear, Jessica Vance, Randy Crawford, Rob Kessler, Matt Mead.

a motion to send approximately 15-20 students to the State FFA Convention in Columbus on May 1-2, at an estimated cost of $80 each, which is paid for by the student and/or fruit sales.

• a one-year limited extracurricular contract for Hailey Phillips, head volleyball coach, for the 2014-15 season, pending records.

a contract with the Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation (NWOET) for services at a cost of $3,264.70.

The board then met in executive session to consider the employment of public employees or officials and to prepare for negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.


CHP to host webcast on adolescent grief
Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:22 AM

VAN WERT – Community Health Professionals will host the annual Hospice Foundation of America “Living with Grief” live streaming webcast from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at 1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert.

The theme is “Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss.” This new program focuses exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss.

Adolescent encounters with loss are likely to be traumatic – deaths by accident, suicide and homicide. This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospice clinicians and staff, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss.

Continuing education contact hours will be available for $25 through the Hospice Foundation of America for nurses, social workers, case managers, funeral directors, clergy, psychologists and more.

There is no cost to attend and it is open to the public. To register, or to learn more, call 419-238-9223 or visit www.hospicefoundation.org.

Absentee voting information
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:11 PM

PAULDING – Absentee voting began on Tuesday, April 1.

Paulding County Board of Elections office hours for absentee voting are as follows:

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, April 1-4

8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, April 7

Cash mob coming
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:10 PM


OAKWOOD – The Cash Mob will be soon making an appearance in Paulding County. The Oakwood Economic Development Company will be leading the Cash Mob and everyone is invited to be a part.

Cash Mobs are becoming popular as they are geared to help small business owners. A group of members will meet, go to a business location together and shop. These dollars spent locally will help small business owners and the county as well. The evening could possibly end with going to a local eatery for a meal and providing them with business as well.


To register to be a part of the Cash Mob go to www.odcohio.org/cash-mob/. After registration, further information will be provided and the location of where the Cash Mob is going first will be revealed.