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Wayne Trace one step closer to drug testing
Friday, June 13, 2014 4:10 PM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

HAVILAND – The Wayne Trace Local School Board of Education opened its regular monthly meeting June 12 to discuss the possible drug testing policy that would be implemented for the 2014-15 school year.

The discussion was open to benefit parents and students who could ask questions. However, no one attended the meeting that was led by Superintendent Steve Arnold, principal Greg Leeth and Jim Linder, the school’s athletic director. Also in attendance was the director of occupational health at Paulding County Hospital, Brenda Wieland.

The hospital will conduct the testing and Wieland was on hand to answer any questions pertaining to the possible drug testing. With no public in attendance, those leading the overall discussion, directed most of the information to the board of education.

Some of the recommendations being presented included who would be tested; would it include just those students involved in extracurricular activities including band and choir members and even those who drive to school?

According to Arnold, all students that compete in extracurriculars would be tested before each sports season and would be given a four to six week notice prior to any testing. Random testing would also be administered throughout the year to 10-15 percent of students.

It will also need to be determined what disciplinary measures will be taken for student athletes and non student athletes who fail the testing.

Required testing will be that of a urine sample that a student will submit under adult supervision with immediate results. Cost for the testing will be $14 reported Wieland.

After hearing the presentation, the board asked Arnold, Leeth and Linder to gather a proposal that would be presented to the board at a special meeting on June 30. At that time the board plans to make a decision on the proposal.

Excellence in Education awards were presented to Susan Backus from Grover Hill Elementary, Marie Moore from Payne Elementary and Dave Alt from Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High.

Retirement recognition was given to teachers Michael Bok, Jan Borterf, Tom McCord, and Moore, along with secretary Kathy Kipfer. Others who were recognized for their retirement but were absent included teachers Anne Gerber and Judith Shook, and study hall monitor Debbie Kipfer. All retirees received a plaque for their service.

The board viewed a video that was put together by eighth grade students who had received iPads and Macbook laptops that were purchased with grant funds in the amount of $25,000 from American Farmers Grow Education by Monsanto.

In other business, the board:

• Offered one-year supplemental contracts for the 2014-15 school year to the following certified personnel: Jim Linder, boys varsity basketball coach; Bethany Hughes, girls varsity basketball coach; Craig Miller, junior varsity basketball coach; Mallory Diamond, eighth grade girls basketball coach; Joe Linder, seventh grade boys basketball coach; Kara Thomas, seventh grade girls basketball coach.

• Offered one-year supplemental contracts for the following classified personnel: George Clemens, varsity wrestling coach; Al Welch, assistant boys basketball coach; Mike Priest, assistant girls basketball coach; Dan Bland, freshman boys basketball coach; Jim Sherry, eighth grade boys basketball coach.

• Approved the hiring and rate for the following technology helpers for summer employment: Chris Davis, up to 40 hours per week at $7.95 per hour; Kenny Ganter, up to 40 hours per week at $7.95 per hour.

• Reemployed Kay Head as Title I teacher at Payne Elementary for 2014-15; Angela Manz for a one-year limited contract as Title I teacher at Grover Hill for 2014-15. These assignments are possible by having additional federal grant funds.

• Offered one-year limited contracts to Darcy Breier, Elizabeth Motycka as transitional kindergarten teacher at Payne and Jacob Moser as an intervention specialist at Payne. All limited contracts are for the 2014-15 school year.

Okayed treasurer Gary Ginter to approve a proposal from Phelan Insurance Agency, representing Liberty Mutual Insurance, for liability coverage beginning July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

• Accepted the resignation of girls’ faculty manager Ann Olwin effective July 1.

Approved waiver days that will include a two hour delay. Dates include Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and April 15.

• Voted to participate in the Federal free and reduced lunch and breakfast program for 2014-15.

Commended 2014 valedictorians Madeline Baumle, Matthew Klopfenstein, Rachel Kreischer, Haley Linder, Madison Poling, Jared Sherry, Libby Stabler and Sylvia Young.

Commended head softball coach Jack Baumle and the girls softball team for winning the sectional, district and regional tournament this past season. The Board also recognized head coach Tony Branch and the members of the track and field team for winning the Green Meadows Conference while commending Arlen Stoller and Seth Saylor for their participation in the recent state meet held in Columbus.

Great Lakes finally ice-free after record ice longevity PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:53 PM

By Kristen Rodman, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer

AccuWeather reports  with summer just around the corner, for the first time in seven months the Great Lakes are officially free of ice.

While only weeks ago, chunks of ice could be seen floating on the lakes as residents and visitors flocked to the waters for Memorial Day, as of June 6, the lakes were classified as ice-free.

"This year is the longest we've seen ice on Lake Superior in our 40 years of records," Physical Scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration George Leshkevich said.

Following one of the coldest winter's on record for the region with temperatures from Jan. 1 to April 1 averaging seven degrees below normal, the Great Lakes hit their second highest ice coverage on record, reaching 92.19 percent on March 6, 2014.

Moving into the spring season, more than one-third or 38 percent, of the Great Lakes remained covered in ice in mid-April, causing major problems for the steel industry as the business relied on the waterways for shipping and transporting goods and materials.

"There are no years in the last 30 years that are even close to that, so it's very unusual this late in the season to have that much ice coverage," AccuWeather.com Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.

The last time the ice coverage on the lakes lasted nearly this long was in 2003, when the last of the ice cleared on May 29, according to Leshkevich.

However, moving farther into the spring season, temperatures began to increase in May, aiding in diminishing the ice coverage on the lakes.

"The air temperature, currents of the water and the water temperatures all play apart in melting the ice," Public Affairs Specialist for the 9th Coast Guard District in Cleveland, Levi Read said.

Since May 1, average temperatures in the Ironwood, Michigan, region have trended slightly above normal with daytime highs in the low 70s and overnight lows in the low 50s.

Aside from rising temperatures across the area, the Coast Guard has been working hard since the beginning of December to break up the ice on the lakes, according to Read.

About a month longer than normal, the service finished ice breaking in the middle of May, Read stated.

Despite the increase in temperatures for the areas surrounding the lakes, the longevity of the cold and the extent of the ice coverage so late into the spring will hinder water temperature recovery.

Currently, the warmest of the lakes, Lake Erie is averaging daily temperatures between 60° and 65° F but the coldest lake has temperatures in the 40s.

"The water is still very, very cold and it's very dangerous for people to go out and get in it," Read said. "The Coast Guard considers anything below 72° F a cold water rescue."

Swimming in water below 70F can induce a life-threatening health condition known as immersion hypothermia. As water takes heat away from the body almost 25 times faster than air, this condition develops much more quickly than standard hypothermia.

With lake temperatures still lagging as the official start to summer approaches, the prolonged water temperature recovery may have a huge impact on the summer weather for the region including some of the United State's major cities, such as Cleveland, Detroit and Buffalo, New York.

"It's going to affect the overall atmosphere around the region," Pastelok said. "It may be a bit on the cooler side."

In addition to cooler weather for the Great Lakes area, slow-recovering lake temperatures could lead to less severe weather near the lakes and more widespread fog.

Benefit set for Schindler
Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:13 AM

PAULDING – Two Travis Davis Memorial Tournament benefit events are being planned for Casey Schindler, who is battling lymphoma cancer. She is a single mother and the money raised is to help with her medical expenses.

The first event is a Texas Hold ’Em tournament on June 20 at Paulding Eagles. Registration is at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m. Buy in is $40 with a $10 optional add on.

An 8-Ball Singles tournament will begin at noon June 21, also at the Eagles. Register from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Calcutta starts at 11:30 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for first and second place. A bake sale, raffle and 50/50 drawing also are planned.

For more information, contact Roxanne at 419-615-3002.

Slideshow: Paulding County Fair June 10 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, June 12, 2014 8:16 AM

Paulding County Fair highlights June 10, 2014



Highlights from June 10, the second day of the Paulding County Fair in Paulding,including the goat and swine show.

Photos by Jenise Griffiths/Paulding County Progress


Niswonger unveils 2014-15 entertainment season PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:03 PM


VAN WERT – Get ready, because here it comes! The 2014-15 Season has been officially unveiled. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center, along with Season Sponsors Statewide Ford Lincoln and Van Wert Federal Bank, ?are bringing stars of yesterday, today and tomorrow to the stage?.? ?The 2014-15 season is hand selected to captivate audiences with ?u?nparalleled entertainment, education and inspiration.

?It all begins on Saturday, Oct. 4. From The Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall, The Community Concert Series takes off with The Annie Moses Band. This musical ensemble known for their virtuosic strings and creative re-imaginings of American classics has a unique musical style that spans classical crossover, Americana, folk, and jazz influences.

Then, ?Peter Yarrow, of the iconic and much-loved folk group, “Peter, Paul, and Mary” takes center stage on October 9 as he shares stories and song in the very intimate setting of the Niswonger. Joined by his friends, “Mustard Retreat”, listen to music that cures what ails you and reminisce with "Puff The Magic Dragon". Peter will also share his message on "Anti-Bullying" with middle school students from the region during the day.

International flavor comes to the Niswonger on Oct. 13 with The Habaneros from Cuba. This unique quintet is comprised of virtuoso clarinetist, Alden Ortuño Cabezas and a string quartet of members from the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. Rare images of their beautiful Cuban homeland will display throughout the lively performance. Travel the globe in the comfortable confines of the Niswonger.

?Make way for Broadway!Broadway's most revered songs are recreated like never before on Oct. 18 by the powerful vocal collaboration of inspirational quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound paired with renowned Broadway sensation J. Mark McVey from “Les Miserables.” Featuring these great songs: “Climb Every Mountain”, “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat”, “Get Happy”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, “Bring Him Home”, “Blue Skies”, “I Got the Sun In Morning”, “Blow Gabriel Blow”, “Seasons of Love” and “Old Man River”. This new show will be an uplifting night for people of all ages and will literally bring the audience to their feet with unimaginable Broadway vocal quality. Broadway Hit after Broadway Hit will make this night a Niswonger experience like no other.

Guard your heart from being stolen on Nov. 1 by the incredibly cute and talented Olate Dogs. This “America’s Got Talent” winner has been touring the nation with their show featuring rescue dogs that can jump rope, ride scooters, balance on wheels, and even do back flips! Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced theatrical act filled with doggie friendly and amazing pet tricks.

Then, it will be a night of celebration, on Nov. 7, when Dallas Brass returns triumphantly to the Niswonger stage, joined by big band vocalist with Frank Sinatra flavor? Bryan Anthony, and a stage filled with high school musicians in a huge concert finale. Known for their entertaining concert selections ranging from classical to Broadway and jazz, Dallas Brass will help the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation honor a very special person on this memorable night?.?

The Niswonger proudly presents country’s music’s finest on Nov. 15: Josh Turner. This double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and disciple of traditional country music, a mentor to up-and-coming artists, and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry has a voice as deep as his commitments. Josh's most recognizable hit-makers earned numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations since the release of his debut album, “Long Black Train.” Having sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits, "Your Man," "Would You Go With Me," and "Why Don't We Just Dance", Josh will explode onto stage with his signature voice and light up the season like a "Firecracker".

Christmas is a treasured time at the Niswonger as families throughout the region steal away from the hustle and bustle and relax together for memory making entertainment from the Niswonger stage of inspiration. The Christmas Season begins with the classic family favorite, “The Nutracker” performed by The Ballet Theatre of Toledo on Dec. 6. This lavish and spectacular ballet choreographed by Nigel Burgoine is legend and will keep you on the edge of your seat with some unexpected surprises from the original classic. Delight the family with a night of seasonal artistry filled with "Sugar Plum Fairies" and oh-so-sweet memories.

Get jazzy This Christmas. It's A Peter White Christmas on Dec. 9. Friend saxophonist Mindi Abair and smooth jazz trumpet player Rick Braun jam with Peter White to deliver an over-the-top Christmas show that will thrill all ages. Peter White, known as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape combines lyricism and energy for a night fused with jazz, pop and classical guitar that is a Christmas dream come true. The overwhelming reviews of this Christmas show prove that JAZZ is for everyone.

Music icon and legendary storyteller, Kenny Rogers brings his soulful voice to the Niswonger audience this Christmas on Dec. 12. Kenny Rogers, known for sweetly raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied 52 years in show business. His long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 #1 hits. For over five decades, the gifted singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor, photographer and entertainer has delivered memorable songs, drawing fans from many different backgrounds. Cherish the season this Christmas with Kenny Rogers who will perform classic Kenny selections and Christmas favorites?.

The first ever holiday on ice show will captivate on Dec. 15. The Holiday Ice Spectacular is guaranteed cool family fun. This fast-paced variety show is as glamorous as it is hilarious! The Holiday Ice Spectacular delivers chills and thrills that only an ice show can. The show is a 'snow globe come to life', where there is a little something special for audience members of all ages. Give your holiday a special thrilling edge.

The Christmas season culminates in a soulful way with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. on Dec. 19. This dynamic musical duo has enjoyed monumental success through the years as recording artists, performers and authors. Receiving seven Grammy Awards and earning 15 gold and three platinum records, Marilyn and Billy have also enjoyed starring roles on television and stage and have performed to sold-out crowds around the world. Combining the hits from their 40 years in the entertainment industry with harmonized Christmas classics that set hearts on the meaning of the season, Christmas is complete.

Polar obsessions take center stage on Jan. 25th when Paul Nicklen, National Geographic explorer, Canadian biologist and photographer brings his life expeditions to the stage. Paul has captured global attention with his daring explorations. Whether he is ice diving among leopard seals in Antarctica, covering hundreds of miles of terrain in -40F temperatures, or mastering aerial shots from his ultralight plane, Paul has specialized in photographing polar regions since 1995. He has worked for National Geographic for 15 years producing 15 features but is also shared in hundreds of other publications around the world. We warmly welcome to our world stage one of the most prestigious photojournalists of all times, Paul Nickl?e?n.

The world's first country music vocal band and Season 4 winners of NBC's “The Sing Off,” Home Free, arrives Jan. 31. This five-man a cappella sensation has wowed audiences around the nation and will bring their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor.

Get Your Funny On Feb. 7 at the Niswonger. Actor and comedian Sinbad arrives with a "hit 'em in the face" style of comedy that has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for the past two decades. Family friendly and wicked-funny, the basis of Sinbad's humor comes from everyone he's met, everything he's seen and everything he's done. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, this night will keep you laughing for all the right reasons.

?Broadway's “Anything Goes” sails into the Niswonger on Feb. 15 with nightclub singer Reno Sweeney en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart. Bring the whole family out for some musical fun and comedy in this fast-paced, farcical show that goes overboard with rivoting Broadway vocals and dance.

"GO DADDY-O". Swing it with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Feb. 21. This contemporary swing revival band from Southern California made famous with notable singles, "Go Daddy-O", "You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight", and "Mr. Pinstripe Suit" is known for their swinging styles of the '40s and '50s complete with Rat Pack lingo and zoot suits. Their unique creation of swing- and jazz-oriented sound appeals to a wide audience of listeners looking for that zing-filled edge of something different. We DARE you to stay in your seat when this Biggest Baddest band takes the stage.

Two of TV’s all-time biggest stars share an evening with the Niswonger audience on March 8. Barbara Eden of “I Dream of Jeannie” and Hal Linden of “Barney Miller” star in a modern American classic: Boy meets girl. Girl writes to boy. Girl and boy correspond throughout their lives. “Love Letters,” A.R. Gurney’s beloved play about two people who grow up in love with each other's writing, is as much a celebration of the power of the written word as it is to love itself. Poetic, elegant, funny and profoundly touching, “Love Letters” shows that, despite how things seem, what divides us is rarely as powerful as what connects us. Experience the personalities that kept us riveted to our TV screens and laughing through the years.

Bursting on the scene on M?arch? 21 is the wildly popular Christian recording artist Newsboys – hot off their “God’s Not Dead” project where the song "God's Not Dead" became a national sensation despite already being No. 1 radio hit on the Billboard AC Monitored chart two years ago prior. The “God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion)” soundtrack now be counted among an elite list of Christian tracks ever to secure such pop status. Newsboys have found an expanded audience thanks to the film’s massive exposure. But this Austrailian band is not new to music; they have released 16 studio albums, six of which have been certified gold. Newsboys keep the audience energized and the spirit moving with their rock energy and bold faith. Experience what "Roaring Like A Lion" means with the Newsboys.

What do you get when you cross a bodybuilder with a concert pianist? Leon Bates! This extraordinary world touring pianist is a favorite of audiences throughout the U.S. He found his love for music at the age of 6 and has continued his talent all the way to Carnegie Hall. He has soloed with orchestras, including the Philadelphia Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Join us as Leon Bates performs on our own Baldwin SD10 concert grand for this beautiful concert. Mr. Bates will also be conducting a master class for piano lovers and a seminar on the incredible contributions of African-American composers to American music.

Direct from its smash hit Broadway run and a triumphant 55-city North American tour, the multi award-winning musical “Memphis” will bring breathtaking Broadway to the Niswonger stage on March 28-29. In the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, the soul of a new era is dawning as the first incredible sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and gospel are emerging into the mainstream. Falling in love with a beautiful club singer, one young man’s vision to bring her voice and her music out of the clubs and onto the airwaves of America will fly in the face of cultural divides and spark a music revolution that will shake the world. “Memphis” will leave audiences exhilarated by its explosive blend of electrifying music, soaring emotion and roof-raising energy.

Hey kids! Something furry this way comes on Sunday, April 12. The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in “Family Matters, the Musical” brings everyone's favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear's grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can't stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. The newest Off-Broadway musical for mamas, papas, and young cubs in NYC, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! will give boys and girls of all ages the chance to fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.

The StepCrew fills the stage with excitement and energy as they perform Irish Stepdancing, Ottawa Valley Stepdancing, and modern tap. These six dynamic performers excel in traditional forms of dance and create brand new, modern fusions of all three styles. As if dancing weren’t enough, The StepCrew boasts three world-class fiddlers backed up by an amazing five piece ensemble comprised of some of the most talented and respected musicians in the Celtic music scene today. Audiences rave that the StepCrew is a brilliant visual and musical display of the most talented dancers seen. It’s refreshing to see a performance of this style based on pure ability! This crew will be sure to get you out of your seat with their dazzling energy.

They're BACK! On April 19, travel back to 1979 with those Church Basement Ladies in the “Last Potluck Supper.” It is the day of the church’s centennial celebration, and past parishioners have gathered to share hot dish, bars, and stories from the last 100 years. As the women work in the kitchen, these shared memories burst into life through a series of flashbacks. And, once again, your favorite church basement ladies dis it all up with grace, hilarity, and some brand new musical numbers that are sure to get your toes tapping. Don't miss this final performance from the Ladies who have come to feel a bit like family.

They sing for "all the people". The 2014-15 season would not be complete without the iconic music of The Temptations on April 25. As members of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and listed as one of the top 50 bands of all time in Rolling Stone Magazine, The Temptations have four Grammy Awards, 18 No. 1 Billboard singles, 23 top 10 singles and 10 top 10 albums. With great songs, and a 15-piece band, the live stage show is an experience that continues to wow audiences around the world. The Temptations constantly enlist new fans as they continue to deliver their Motown vocal sound that made them famous. “Get ready, cause here they come”.

Inspiring, diverse and filled with musical artistry, the 2014-15 season will be an entertaining journey from beginning. Join us every step of the way, select a bundle of events or find your favorite among the 27. We understand the difficulty in choosing just one. We offer buying solutions that help you get more of the entertainment you want and SAVE.

Season tickets go on sale as early as June 19. Members are first to select their event tickets and reserved seats.

The Grand Series?, including all shows at a 20% discount,? goes on sale July 1-3?.?

?The Select Series (bundling three or more events and saving 10-15%) goes on sale July 8.

Individual events go on sale approximately 90 days prior to the event date.

New this year is a FRIEND Membership that has access to individual event tickets one week prior to release date.

Please contact the Niswonger Box Office at 419-238-6722 or visit NPACVW.ORG to find out more about membership and ticket sales and savings opportunities.


New EMA director appointed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:31 AM
Ed Bohn, new EMA director.

PAULDING – On Wednesday, June 11, the Paulding County commissioners announced they have appointed Edward Bohn as the Paulding County EMA director, effective Monday, June 16.

Bohn is currently employed with the City of Defiance as a firefighter/EMT. He has held the rank of captain for the past 11 years. Bohn has also been active in the Defiance County LEPC, having worked on a number of natural disasters and hazardous material incidents occurring in Defiance County for the past 12 years. He also holds certifications in Firefighter I & II, EMT-I, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Service Instructor, Haz-Mat Technician, and Haz-Mat Instructor.

Bohn’s appointment comes from a recommendation from the Paulding County EMA Director Search Committee, comprised of seven individuals representing county entities that work closely with the EMA director.

Applications were due by May 19.

The commissioners said they appreciate the committee’s efforts in their quest to fill the Paulding County EMA director position.

Bohn replaces Randy Shaffer, who was fired by the commissioners on April 14. Shaffer had served as head of the county EMA for more than 18 years.