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Three directors re-elected at annual co-op meeting
Monday, March 24, 2014 3:32 PM

PAULDING – Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative (PPEC) celebrated a year of exemplary member service at its 2014 annual meeting, held Saturday, March 15 at PPEC headquarters in Paulding.

Three seats on PPEC’s board of directors were up for election at the annual meeting. Re-elected to the board were directors Gerald Sorg, Dr. John Saxton and Gary Hayden.

Sorg represents District 1, comprised of Marion, Madison and Monroe townships in Allen County, Ind.; and Preble and Union townships in Adams County, Ind.

Saxton – who also serves as board president – represents District 6, comprised of Auglaize, Brown, Latty and Washington townships in Paulding County and Defiance and Highland townships in Defiance County.

Hayden – who also serves as board treasurer – represents District 9, comprised of Pleasant, Union, Ottawa and Riley townships in Putnam County.

George Carter, CEO and general manager of PPEC, highlighted the cooperative’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable service at affordable rates. PPEC’s rates are the lowest of any electric cooperative in the state, and among the lowest of any electric utility in Ohio.

Carter credited this accomplishment to the cooperative’s outstanding employees.

“We have a great group of employees,” said Carter. “We only have 37 employees here. The average cooperative of our size has 46. We do a lot more here with less.

“Other utilities spend roughly 1.3 cents on their operating and maintenance expenses. Here at Paulding-Putnam, we spend 0.6 cents. That is attributable to our employees.”

Saxton encouraged PPEC members to become advocates for the cooperative. With the Environmental Protection Agency attempting to implement unfeasible regulations on coal-fired power, potentially driving the cost of electricity substantially higher in future years, Saxton implored members to send a message to the agency through two websites: www.action.coop and www.tellepa.com.

“I understand it can be hard to be an advocate when you get that electric bill,” said Saxton. “But when you understand what is driving the cost of that bill, hopefully you can become one.”

PPEC also celebrated outstanding area youth at the annual meeting. The cooperative announced the winners of its Children of Members and Touchstone Energy Achievement scholarships.

First place in the Children of Members scholarship competition went to Kaitlyn Roughton and Matthew Klopfenstein in the girls’ and boys’ divisions, respectively. Roughton is a senior at Paulding High School and Klopfenstein is a senior at Wayne Trace High School.

First place in the Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship was awarded to Katrina Riepenhoff, a senior at Ottawa Glandorf High School.

The three first-place scholarship winners will compete for additional state-level scholarships next month at Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc. in Columbus.

Also announced were PPEC’s representatives on the 2014 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Katherine Murphy, a sophomore at Hicksville High School, and Jacob Ellerbrock, a sophomore at Miller City-New Cleveland High School, will travel to Washington, D.C. in June to tour the nation’s capital, meet members of Congress and learn more about the nation’s electric cooperative system.

Nature center to see $21k from Ohio Capital Budget
Monday, March 24, 2014 1:55 PM


From Staff Reports

PAULDING – The Black Swamp Nature Center has been awarded a project grant through Ohio’s 2014 Capital Budget.

Gov. John R. Kasich, Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker William G. Batchelder unveiled the Capital Budget in Columbus on March 19. The more than $2.386 billion in appropriations includes significant new support for local communities’ construction priorities as part of an overall plan for needed improvements to Ohio’s public facilities, including local schools, colleges and universities, parks and prisons.

Paulding County is one of 74 counties to receive funding.

The Black Swamp Nature Center is slated to receive a $21,525 grant through Ohio Department of Natural Resources to pave the parking lot at the education center, located  along Fairground Drive in Paulding.

The nature center is owned by the county and operated by Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD).

“Tony Burkley (state representative) called me on Monday and notified me the grant went through,” said SWCD education specialist Mark Holtsberry. He said Burkley had phoned him and said money was still available for ODNR funding and encouraged Holtsberry to write a grant proposal for the paving project.

“Tony initiated the contact. It was his idea to apply,” Holtsberry added.

The entire funding request has been approved. Paving could be completed in mid-August, following preparation and drainage work.

A paved parking area will increase accessibility for handicapped individuals, school buses and senior citizens’ transportation, as well making the education center more attractive.

For more information about the 51-acre nature center, visit www.pauldingswcd.org.

The Capital Budget is generally enacted every two years to fund the most pressing construction and maintenance needs of state government, schools and higher education, with priority given to improvements that boost job creation and economic growth. Recommendations for funding in this year’s plan came from a variety of sources, including both metropolitan and rural communities. Funding recommendations for Ohio’s museums, performing arts facilities and other cultural venues were also received from leaders of Ohio’s arts community.

Once fully enacted, Ohio’s proposed new public construction budget will create approximately 31,000 new jobs over the next several years from the $2.386 billion it injects into needed repairs, maintenance and construction of publicly owned buildings and other infrastructure at the state and local level.

The capital budget includes:

$675 million for local school construction, including repairs, renovations and new primary and secondary education facilities;

$454.5 million for Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities;

$369 million for local infrastructure projects administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission, including upgrades, replacement and new construction of local roads and bridges, storm and sanitary sewers, water lines and other vital infrastructure;

$100 million for the Clean Ohio program to improve outdoor recreational opportunities and to fund the preservation of open spaces and farmlands;

$574.3 million for maintenance and renovations at state-owned facilities including Ohio State Parks, state prisons, mental health facilities and other public facilities.

Details of the Capital Budget Bill can be found at http://obm.ohio.gov/SectionPages/Budget/FY1516/Default.aspx.


Divine Mercy to host spring craft show, luncheon
Monday, March 24, 2014 8:49 AM

ANTWERP – Divine Mercy Parish at Antwerp is taking on a new event. A spring craft show is new for the parish and the first craft show of the year in the community.

The craft show and bake sale will be Saturday, April 5 with the doors opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 2 p.m. The  show will be at Divine Mercy Center in Antwerp on Daggett Street.

Also at this show will be a soup and sandwich luncheon and bake sale featuring Divine Mercy’s homemade noodles and other pastries made by our ladies of the Divine Mercy parishes.

The women and men who have the ability to design and create a product that you personally enjoy wearing or displaying at your home are endless. Handcrafted jewelry, hand made clothing, handbags, children’s attire, variety of wood crafts, candles, soaps and many styles of floral arrangements; you just never know what you may find.

There are booths available. For information, call 419-258-6361 or 419-258-2276.

Slideshow: Health, Business & Industry Fair
Monday, March 24, 2014 6:27 AM

Paulding County Progress news photos of the Health, Business & Industry Fair sponsored by Paulding County Senior Center on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the OSU Extension Building.

April 7 is voter registration deadline
Sunday, March 23, 2014 2:28 PM

PAULDING – A Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, May 6.

All people who are not registered to vote and wish to vote in the upcoming Primary Election on Tuesday, May 6 must register by Monday, April 7, at the Board of Elections; or, register to vote at an office of any Deputy Registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles; public libraries; public high schools or vocational schools; county treasurer’s office; office of Secretary of State or any of the 88 county boards of elections).

Normal office hours for the Paulding County Board of Elections office are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. The office will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday, April 7, voter registration deadline.

Have you moved or changed your name since the last time you voted? If so, you should notify the board of elections by Monday, April 7.

Persons not certain of their registration validity may contact the election board at 419-399-8230, or write, email, or stop in the office at 105 E. Perry St. in Paulding. You may review your voter information on our website at http://electionsonthe.net/oh/Paulding or searching “Paulding County Ohio Board of Elections.” You may also change your name or address online at www.MyOhioVote.com.

Should you wish to register at the Paulding County Bureau of Motor Vehicles which is located at 831 N. Williams St., Paulding, the office hours are Monday 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday 8 a.m.-noon.

You are qualified to vote if:

You are a citizen of the United States.

You will be at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 6.

You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote.

You are not incarcerated (in prison) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state or the United States.

You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.

You have not been permanently disfranchised for violations of the election laws.

You are eligible to vote in elections conducted in your voting precinct more than 30 consecutive days after you are properly registered to vote in Ohio.

If you have any questions, please call the board of elections at 419-399-8230 or email paulding@ohiosecretaryofstate.gov with any other questions. The website is http://electionsonthe.net/oh/Paulding.

New fair building progress
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:29 PM


Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – Plans for the trio of new animal barns for the Paulding County Fairgrounds continue, as committee members look to see them in use at the 2015 fair.

Members of the Friends of the Fair committee’s Building for the Future Fund met in mid-February and again last week as part of their “research and development” portion of their project.