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Chief Good Neighbor Day is April 22
Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:13 AM

Be a Good Neighbor. Help fight hunger in our communities.

The effects of the downturn in our economy are being felt in west central and northwest Ohio, where the number of families needing assistance to keep nutritious food on the table is on the rise. In response to this critical need, Chief Supermarket is sponsoring Good Neighbor Day at all store locations on Tuesday, April 22.

This is the sixth annual Good Neighbor Day at Chief. More than $190,000 has been donated to local food pantries since 2009.

On April 22, Chief will donate a percentage of sales to support local food pantries. Customers can also choose to donate $1, $3 or $5 when they check out at the register. Suggested non- perishable food items will be displayed just before the registers for customers who would like to purchase and donate food directly to the pantries.

Additionally, local food pantry volunteers will be manning the popular Chief Buck-A-Brat on April 22 from 4-6 p.m. Proceeds from the Buck- A-Brat will be donated to the pantries.

According to Annette Hoeffel, Chief Supermarkets’ director of marketing, hunger is a growing problem for many families in every community.

“Part of being a community is looking out for each other and helping where you can. As a family-owned, local company, Chief is helping our neighbors by making sure they have enough of the right kind of food to eat every day. No one should have to feel the pain of hunger. Together we can make a difference in our neighborhoods.”

National statistics show:

• 1 in 6 people in America face hunger.

• Households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity rate than households without children; More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger.

• 14.5% of US households struggle to put enough food on the table.

Funds donated will allow local food pantries to purchase staple food items, including produce, meat and frozen foods, at greatly reduced prices from the West Ohio Food Bank, which serves more than 200 programs in 11 counties throughout West Central Ohio. Each dollar donation to West Ohio Food Bank will provide 25 pounds of food that will make 19 meals, enough to feed two people for three days. Selected local food pantries that are not part of the West Ohio Food Bank group will also benefit directly from the donated funds.

Election board announces May 6 primary information
Friday, April 18, 2014 3:36 PM
Antwerp Schools looking to upgrade transportation fleet
Friday, April 18, 2014 10:49 AM

BY JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

ANTWERP – The Antwerp Local School Board met in regular session on Thursday, April 17 with all members present. The passing of a resolution allowing bids for a new bus and Micro Bird van, principal reports, and year-end activities and dates were presented.

The board passed a resolution for the treasurer, Kristine Stuart, to accept bids for a Micro Bird van and a 72-passenger bus.

Paulding's 'Safe Routes to School' project progressing
Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:18 PM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – The Village of Paulding Planning Commission met Wednesday, April 16 to answer a letter from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) regarding the proposed “Safe Routes to School” project for Paulding.

Relay For Life 5-K fundraiser in Bryan
Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:18 PM


BRYAN – With hope, anything is possible, and at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, The Bryan Times is holding a "Hope" Relay for Life 5K run/walk to continue the fight against cancer.

The 3.1-mile course, which is flat and fast, begins and ends at the Williams County YMCA. Men and women will be divided into the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over.

Plaques will be awarded to the top three overall finishers of the day, as well as to the top two finishers in each age group.

Those interested may pre-register by April 21. Cost is $15 including a T-shirt or $8 without a T-shirt.

Cost on the day of the race will be $18 for those who want a T-shirt and $10 for those who don't. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. that day.

Runners also may form teams of four or five people with the top four finishers from each team counting toward its total. Each team member will receive a medal and team runners will be eligible for individual awards as well.

Teams who pre-register must send their forms in together or register on the day of the race. Forms are available in The Bryan Times' print edition and online at www.bryantimes.com.

Questions about this fundraiser for Relay for Life may be directed to Cheryl Andres by emailing relayforlife@bryantimes.com or calling 419-212-2547.

So choose "Hope" and help The Bryan Times become bigger than cancer.

This event also is sponsored by Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Andres, O'Neil & Lowe, Whittaker Family Dental, Johnson Financial Group, and Quillen Bros. Windows.


Volunteers lessen cost of litter pickup
Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:55 PM

COLUMBUS – Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) spends $4 million on litter pick-up – a preventable problem. That money could be used to pave roads, buy snowplow trucks or install guardrail or culverts.

“Not only is litter expensive, but it takes us away from more important roadwork,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.

Statewide last year, ODOT spent $4.3 million picking up 371,500 bags of trash.

ODOT’s more than 1,400 Adopt-A-Highway groups – at least one in each of Ohio’s 88 counties – clean a two-mile section, or interchange, a minimum of four times a year for two years. On average, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash, saving ODOT $280,000.

Groups wanting to adopt a section of highway or an interchange can apply at www.transportation.ohio.gov.