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Dinner theater production to benefit Huber Opera House
Friday, March 28, 2014 2:41 PM

HICKSVILLE – A wedding is a life event that is supposed be filled with joy, exciting, and a memorable experience for the bride, the groom, and the guests alike. While weddings require attention to a myriad of details, and months of planning, go off without a hitch.

This not the case in the upcoming “A Wedding to Die For” dinner theater production at The Huber Opera House (HOH) in Hicksville, April 4-5. Presented by The Hicksville Village Players, and Hicksville Kiwanis, all proceeds will benefit HOH Projects. The audience will enjoy a rendition of a bride’s worst nightmare.

When wealthy heiress Tina Fitzhugh (Kelly Wilson) agrees to marry the debonair, if not rakish man about town, Brucie Montgomery (Bruce Essex), one would expect this union to be the wedding of the year. Unfortunately for Tina, complications quickly multiply, leaving the bride a bit dazed, the rest of the wedding party a bit confused, and the audience in stitches.

“‘A Wedding to Die For’ combines the best elements of comedy and murder mysteries,” said Mary Smith, a founding member of the Huber Board, and co-producer of the production. “As the production unfolds, the audience quickly discovers that the characters are from both sides of the tracks, and the whole affair unravels into chaos with unexpected old acquaintances, an inebriated judge, and plenty of mysterious secrets and double crosses.”

Smith adds, “When a murder is discovered, the audience is invited to join in the hunt for clues. Finally, the case is solved, and the cake is served.”

The audience is invited to the wedding and reception on April 4 and 5 at the Huber Opera House in downtown Hicksville. Two options are available: play only ($10), or dinner and play ($15). Group rates are available. For more information or to reserve seats, call 419 542-9553.

This dinner theater production is a Huber Opera House fundraiser spearheaded by the Hicksville Kiwanis Club and The Hicksville Village Players.

Virlynn Rex directs a talented cast of area actors, including Bruce Essex (Brucie Montgomery), the Groom; Kelly Wilson (Tina, the bride); Jeff Rumple (Jackie, father of the bride and owner of successful novelty stores); Mary Smith (Sylvia Montgomery, mother of the groom, prim and proper); Cord Ehrhart (Denny, the photographer and an ex of Tina); Jamy Shaffer (the Inebriated Judge); Terina Wakefield (Karoline, the prior girlfriend); and Brooke Schooley (Fanny, the Maid in love with Brucie). Wedding Hostesses (Samantha and Delilah) are Sandy Berkabile and Mercedes Moncivais. Music in the production includes soloist (Marty Dean) Andrew Gross, and accompanist (Elsa John) Pam Diehl.

This play by Eileen Moushey, is produced by special arrangement with Mysteries by Moushey Inc.

State agencies recommend streamlined manure program
Friday, March 28, 2014 11:20 AM

Proposal would create ‘one-stop-shop’ for agricultural nutrient oversight of Ohio farmers

COLUMBUS – In a move designed to reduce regulatory redundancies between their agencies, the directors of the Ohio Departments of Agriculture (ODA) and Natural Resources (ODNR) have announced a proposal to streamline the management of manure in the state to bring all oversight of farmers applying agricultural nutrients under a single agency.

Current law gives oversight of agricultural pollution and manure management responsibility for smaller livestock farms to ODNR while ODA regulates the large livestock farms. Under this proposal, ODNR’s authority over manure management on small-scale farms would be transferred to the state agriculture department which already runs a robust manure management program and has authority over other agricultural nutrients. While the proposal does not amend existing manure use regulations, it would create uniformity in how those regulations are enforced by bringing small-scale farmers under the same department as large-scale producers and farmers applying commercial fertilizer.

“Finding ways that state government can streamline our efforts and streamline services has been a priority of Governor Kasich since he first took office,” said Ohio Agriculture director David Daniels. “This proposal will improve efficiencies by reducing the redundancies that currently exist between our agencies regarding the management of manure. More importantly, it also allows us to ensure the management of all agricultural nutrients is fully coordinated within one cabinet agency.”

As part of this transition, ODNR would continue to administer the existing manure handling, storage and application requirements within the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed as long as it is still designated a watershed in distress. ODNR would also continue to maintain authority for providing technical programs and services relative to soil health, soil erosion and drainage management and would maintain authority for silvicutlure and other soil and water conservation programs which have historically been administered by ODNR through the Division of Soil and Water Resources.

"Having one agency oversee livestock farming operations makes sense and eliminates duplicated services," said ODNR director James Zehringer. "There will be no change to the critical role that Ohio's soil and water conservation districts fulfill in addressing manure-related issues, nor will there be any change to our commitment to partner with SWCDs in conserving our natural resources."

The proposal, originally introduced as part of the Governor’s mid-biennium review, is now included as a part of House Bill 490 and is being considered by the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Van Wert among sites participating in worldwide leadership event
Friday, March 28, 2014 11:20 AM

World-renowned leaders to speak at Leadercast on May 9

VAN WERT – Community and business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast in Van Wert on May 9.

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce along with sponsors Kenn-Feld Group Inc., Vancrest, Cooper Farms and Central Insurance Companies, are pleased to bring this leadership development opportunity to the greater Van Wert area. The May 9 event will be 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at LifeHouse Church at the YMCA Camp Clay Center.

The Leadercast event is broadcast LIVE from Atlanta to hundreds of sites around the world, including Van Wert. This year’s speaker lineup includes:

Andy Stanley, leadership author and communicator

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate and human rights activist live from Cape Town, South Africa

Malcolm Gladwell, journalist and best-selling author of The Tipping Point and Outliers

Randall Wallace, screenwriter, director, producer and songwriter (“Braveheart,” “Secretariat”)

Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP

Laura Schroff, former ad sale executive and best-selling author of An Invisible Thread

Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist and leadership consultant

Simon Sinek, Best-selling author of Start with Why and leadership expert

Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009) via exclusive video interview.

Last year, over 100,000 leaders from 14 countries attended Leadercast. Now, in its 15th year, this full-day, experiential conference is on track to reach its largest audience to date.

“Central is excited and proud to be a top tier sponsor for 2014 Leadercast.  A company is only as good as its leaders ... we want each leader at Central to ‘Be a Leader Worth Following’,” stated Jan White, Central Insurance Companies senior vice president-human resources and facilities. “We know this program will be beneficial to our people; we look forward to learning from the leadership experts involved in this simulcast. Thanks to the Van Wert Chamber for bringing a quality program like this to Van Wert!”

All communities including Van Wert need excellent, more inspiring leaders in our, businesses, schools and organizations. Leadercast exists to serve individuals and organizations across all sectors who want to become intentional about raising their standard of leadership.

Cooper Farms recognizes how critical it is to develop leaders of excellence with integrity ... to inspire and awaken leaders to be a leader worth following.

Mark Hiegel, plant manager at Cooper Farms Cooked Meats shares, “We firmly believe that our team members are what set us apart as a company, and we love the opportunity to send our leaders to this event that will help them become more passionate and creative than they already are.  We’re confident that we will greatly benefit from this simulcast!”

Leadercast exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme – “Beyond You. Be A Leader Worth Following” – challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward. Experience Leadercast on May 9 and discover what it means to be a leader worth following.

For local ticketing information, call 419-238-4390, email chamber@vanwertchamber or visit www.vanwertchamber.com.


United Way of Paulding County to sponsor annual luau
Friday, March 28, 2014 10:25 AM

PAULDING – The public is invited to attend the United Way of Paulding County’s Luau Fundraiser on Saturday, April 5 at the Paulding Eagle’s Lodge. The event will start off with a special recognition at 5 p.m., and then from 6 p.m.-midnight, enjoy the luau festivities. The United Way special events committee and board members are working hard to raise money for helping those in need in the county.

UWPC is grateful the Eagles supports the agency’s efforts in the Paulding community. The Eagles will provide a choice of a grilled chicken dinner for $10 or a steak dinner for $12. Both dinners include a baked potato and salad bar. Kids can eat a hot dog and chips free of charge. Entertainment will start at 8 p.m. with the GRG 3 Band.

Terrific raffle items, including an iPad Mini, have been donated by businesses, board members and individuals in the county. Please call the UWPC office if you would like to purchase a chance on winning one of the many raffle prizes.

Also, a 50/50 raffle will be held to support the event and campaign.

It will be an exciting evening with a competition held for those dressed in tropical attire. Don't forget to bring your hula skirt, and wear your Hawaiian-themed shirts to enter the competition. It will be an entertaining night with a few fun games. See the flyer on the Facebook page titled “United Way of Paulding County.”

The money raised by the United Way of Paulding County stays in Paulding County to assist the needs in our local community. If you would like to support UWPC in their efforts, contact the office at 419-399-8240. For more information about the United Way, contact Sonya at pcuwdirector@gmail.com.

Local events in April
Friday, March 28, 2014 8:12 AM

April 5 – Divine Percy Parish spring craft show, bake sale and luncheon, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Divine Mercy Center on Daggett Street in Antwerp

April 5 – United Way of Paulding County luau, 6 p.m.-midnight at Paulding Eagles

April 5 – All-star basketball game; details to be announced

April 6-13 – National Volunteer Week

April 7 – Voter registration ends 4 p.m. for May 6 Primary Election

April 7 – Paulding County Hospital Foundation Annual Dinner; for information, call Brenda Wieland at 419-399-1138

April 9 – Volunteer recognition at 1:30 p.m. at Paulding County Senior Center; RSVP on or before April 4 by calling 419-399-3650.

April 10 – The Paulding County Township Association’s fish and chicken fry, 5-7 p.m., at the county extension building.

April 11 – Paulding County Area Foundation Annual Meeting and Dinner at Grant’s Catering Hall, Antwerp, social time 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call 419-399-8296 for more information.

April 12 – Paulding High School bands will present “Music of the Night” fund-raiser in the auditeria, 6 p.m.

April 12 – Glow In the Dark benefit 5K and one mile run/walk at Payne Elementary, sponsored by Wayne Trace National Honor Society, registration 6:30 p.m. and event start at 7:45 p.m.; for registration form, visit www.waynetrace.org

April 13 – Palm Sunday

April 13-19 – National Library Week will be observed with the theme, “Lives Change @ Your Library”

April 15 – Deadline to file federal income tax returns

Program offers safety training for parents of developmentally disabled PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:27 PM

The next program in the “Coffee & Dessert” Parent/Professional Series will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at the Wayne Trace Jr./Sr. High School Lecture Hall. Linell Weinberg, executive director of the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, will present “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: The Hidden Curriculum of Interacting with Law Enforcement and First Responders.” There is no cost to attend.

Individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, can have difficulty communicating with police and other first responders in incidents where there is a crisis in the home or community and no adult is available (i.e. accident, injury, fire, lost, etc.). This free training will help parents, caregivers and school professionals prepare the child for interaction and will include videos, useful handouts, and other “freebies.”

If interested in attending, please contact parent mentor Cathy Ruiz at 419-263-2512 or by email at cruiz@wb.noacsc.org.

The “Coffee & Dessert” series is provided through the Parent Mentor Grant and Western Buckeye ESC.