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Author with local roots to visit Paulding Library
Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:10 AM

Robin Theis writes of rejection, suicide and strength of faith

PAULDING – Robin Theis is a veteran on the topic of rejection. She spent several years of her childhood in a children's home. She married at a young age and raised her children to love life and to appreciate the simplest of things. She found that the rejection she had experienced caused many problems in her early years of child rearing and in her marriage. Losing her son to suicide set her on a search for answers, and what she found was the rejection in his marriage led him to take his life.

Surrendered Identity challenges you to look at rejection through new eyes. The amount of people who have been rejected is staggering and the result is painful. Rejection leaves damage inside a person and manifests through anger, rebelliousness, relationship problems, depression, thoughts of suicide, wondering if the people in your circle reject or accept you, rejecting people before they reject you, self-pity, the inability to take constructive criticism or correction very well, the need to be loved, blaming God, insecurity, self-rejection, self-condemning, self-hate, feeling worthless and even feeling that there is no hope. Theis shares her faith-based journey and provides strategies on how you can be set free from the bondage of rejection.

Theis will be the guest at a special “meet and greet” on the main floor of the historic Carnegie library in Paulding from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Visitors will have an opportunity to drop in during the two-hour period, meet the author, and if they want, purchase this special book.

For more information contact the main desk at the Carnegie library at 419-399-2032.


Wassenberg to offer youth summer art camp PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:04 PM

VAN WERT – The Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert will be holding a youth summer camp July 7–11.

Ages 6-10 will have camp from 10 a.m.-noon and students 11-15 will be scheduled from 1-3 p.m.

Diane Bendele, a retired art teacher from Delphos, will lead the Native American-themed camp. Campers will study war ponies, Native American artwork, and cultural influences by the nation’s First Americans. In addition, students will learn about the late David Humphreys Miller, an artist and Van Wert native who painted and interviewed 72 survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn. The Wassenberg Art Center houses a considerable collection of the enigmatic artist/historian’s work and is on view year round. Cost per student is $30 members/$35 non-members.

Other classes currently scheduled include Classic Watercolor class held on Tuesday mornings 10 a.m.–noon. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to start anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. Cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

The next Vine & Palette is scheduled for July 8 and Aug. 7. With only a few openings left for July’s event, interested persons are encouraged to sign up soon. The evening includes all painting materials and your first glass of wine. Additional glasses of wine can be purchased for a nominal charge. Participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs contact the art center. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. (former Van Wert Armory). The center can be reached by telephone at 419-238-6837 or email at The website is

Jeffery interviewed on Underground Railroad
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:12 PM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer

Part 1 of 2

ANTWERP – In March 2014, the Ohio History Connection came to Paulding County and interviewed Ray Jeffery of Antwerp about his family’s history and their connection to Ohio’s Underground Railroad.

Also present for the interview were Jeffery’s daughters, Jill and Lura.

The DVD, when transcribed and processed, will become a part of the online oral history of the Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society). It also will be available for the public to read and view.

Bohn brings wealth of experience to EMA
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:11 PM

By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

After several weeks of deliberation, Paulding County commissioners have accepted the recommendation of a search committee to hire Edward Bohn as the new Paulding County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director.

Due to commitments in the Defiance County area, Bohn will serve on a part-time basis this summer. He will take on a full-time status the first full week in October, beginning Oct. 6.

Ruge begins as hospital CEO
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:11 PM



PAULDING – The Paulding County Hospital (PCH) Board of Trustees met June 12 for their monthly meeting in the hospital conference room.

This is one week later than usual due to John Paulding Days last week.

Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Randy Ruge announced that Dr. Gilreath, family practice physician, is back to work full-time.

Master Gardener volunteers landscape at park
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:06 PM

PAULDING – “‘Many hands make light work!’ This is a saying my mother taught us as a child and one I have heard many times throughout my life,” says Extension educator in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Sarah Noggle.

There was a special group of volunteers from Paulding County that gave graciously of their time and efforts. Over the weeks leading up to May 30, The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers worked diligently purchasing plants, preparing the site and re-installing the landscape around the Paulding Reservoir flag pole.