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Water tower upgrades, new fire truck levy receives first reading
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 7:59 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

ANTWERP – A $16,800 upgrade to the water tower telemetry system was approved at Monday night’s Antwerp Village council meeting.

One vacant seat remains on Oakwood Council
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 7:57 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

OAKWOOD – Oakwood Village Council met Monday, June 16 with only four council members present. Councilwoman Heather Huff tendered her resignation at last month’s meeting and Council President Melissa Figert was absent Monday.

Council is still short one council person and is looking for a community-minded individual to fill the spot.

Grand jury indicts 13 in June
Monday, June 16, 2014 7:05 PM

PAULDING – A Paulding County grand jury returned indictments against 13 persons on Thursday, June 12.

Father's Day, by the numbers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, June 14, 2014 8:34 AM

From U.S. Census Bureau

Father’s Day is June 15, 2014.

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.

The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

How Many Fathers?

70.1 million – Estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.

24.7 million – Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2013.

21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).

3 percent were a subfamily living in someone else’s home.

2.0 million – Number of single fathers in 2013; 17 percent of single parents were men.

9 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.

About 44 percent were divorced, 33 percent were never married, 19 percent were separated, and 4.2 percent were widowed.

39 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.

Thinking of You, Dad

7,422 – The number of men’s clothing stores around the country in 2011, a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.

15,336 – The number of hardware stores in 2011, a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts. Additionally, there were 6,705 home centers across the country in 2011.

21,227 – Number of sporting goods stores in 2011. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.

79.1 million – The number of Americans who participated in a barbecue in 2010. It’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father’s Day.

Stay-at-Home Dads

214,000 – Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2013. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for about 434,000 children.

18% – In spring 2011, the percentage of preschoolers regularly cared for by their father during their mother’s working hours.

Child-Support Payments

$2 billion – Amount of child support received by custodial fathers in 2011; they were due $3.7 billion. In contrast, custodial mothers received $19.5 billion of the $31.7 billion in support that was due.

41.4% – Percentage of custodial fathers who received all child support that was due in 2011, not significantly different from the corresponding percentage for custodial mothers, 43.6 percent

63.9% – Percentage of custodial fathers receiving noncash support, such as gifts or coverage of expenses, on behalf of their children. The corresponding proportion for mothers was 55.0 percent.

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, 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," 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.