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County farmer supports fire dept. through AFGC
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:52 AM

GROVER HILL – Local farmer Pam Eddy has directed a $2,500 donation to the Grover Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the department purchase new protective equipment.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

When asked why she chose the organization, Eddy said, “I think they do a great job. We have had a couple of house fires and they were there to help us.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Grover Hill Volunteer Fire Department, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Pam Eddy.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.

 
Antwerp’s ACDC group plans events
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:28 AM

ANTWERP – President Jim Pendergrast opened the March 18 and April 21 meetings of the Antwerp Community Development Committee (ACDC). Discussed were upcoming events to fundraise and promote Antwerp.

Those events include the Rib Fest and Cornhole Tournament on June 7, and a TinCaps Stadium game on May 8 featuring the Antwerp High School baseball team playing Wayne Trace.

Other events discussed were a possible beer/wine tasting event in the fall; a partnering with Antwerp High School on “Painting the Town Pink,” which is a cancer fundraising event; and a haunted house at the Riverside Park at Halloween.

A casino trip was also discussed, as well as the Antwerp School Reunion coming up in 2015, as this event is held every three years.

Lisa Glass was appointed vice president to replace Tina Conley, who resigned due to work-related reasons. All thanked Conley for her valuable service.

Other topics discussed were a membership drive, and partnering with Antwerp organizations and businesses to improve the appearance of the downtown area.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 10 at the Antwerp Depot. All persons are welcome to attend and contribute in ACDC’s mission to make Antwerp a better place to live and do business.

 
Public health officials warn of possible measles outbreak
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:19 AM

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Knox County Health Department and Holmes County General Health District, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating several suspected cases of measles in the Knox County area. The initial cases are unvaccinated travelers who returned to Ohio from the Philippines.

Measles is an acute, highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is easily spread. Symptoms of the measles usually appear in 7-18 days after exposure. The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted from four days prior to the onset of the rash to four days after the onset. Anyone who is not immunized and gets exposed to the disease has a high likelihood of getting ill.

“Immunization is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said ODH interim director Lance Himes. “When fully vaccinated, the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is 99 percent effective in preventing the measles.”

ODH and its local public health partners support the vaccine recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC. These recommendations include vaccination schedules for when individuals (children and adults) should receive their vaccinations.

To access the current CDC recommended immunization schedules, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/index.html. The CDC also recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination.

For more information about measles, visit the ODH website at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/.

 
Call for entries Wassenberg 58th Annual June Art Exhibit
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:15 AM

VAN WERT – The Wassenberg Art Center will be conducting a call-for-entry on May 17–18 from 1-5 p.m. for its 58th Annual June Art Exhibit. All original media with the exception of photography and digital artwork will be accepted from artists over 18 years of age.

The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 S. Washington St. in the former Van Wert Armory. The juried exhibit will open with a public opening reception on June 14 at 6 p.m. featuring gourmet food and live music and will be on view through July 6.

Interested artists, both amateur and professional, are encouraged to enter their select works for a chance to win awards. A prospectus can be downloaded and printed by accessing the website: http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/announcements/58th-annual-june-call-for-entries, by email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org or by calling the center at 419-238-6837 and requesting a copy to be mailed.

The event is sponsored by Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and the Van Wert County Foundation.

 
Stykemain to host open house, car show April 26
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:41 PM

 

PAULDING – Stykemain Chevrolet will be holding a grand opening event from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the new dealership located at 1255 N. Williams St.

During the grand opening event there will be a car show, door prizes every half hour, facility tours, food, drinks, disc jockey, a bounce house for kids and carnival games.

In addition, at 6 p.m. there will be a grand prize giveaway, which will either be a 2014 Chevrolet Spark or $10,000 cash. To be eligible to register for the grand prize, entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Need not be present to win.

There will also be a car show during the celebration. Registration for the car show is at 11 a.m., judging will be at 1 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m.

The judging categories for the car show include: best in show, first runner up, second runner up, longest drive, most radical, and outstanding in the following: accessories, Chevrolet, engine, Ford, interior, modified, paint, stock and outstanding workmanship.

United Way will also be on site and accepting donations.

For more information, see the Stykemain advertisement in Monday's Weekly Reminder or Wednesday’s Progress.

 

 
Bookmobile inspires both young and old
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:38 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

This year, National Bookmobile Day was celebrated on Wednesday, April 16. Recently, I decided to make a couple of stops along one of their routes and quickly discovered it was a happening place for all ages. Actually, those who take advantage of the Paulding County Carnegie Library’s Bookmobile when it comes to their community range in age from preschool to just over 100 years old.

My first stop was in Latty. On any given Tuesday, there will be 10-15 patrons who will show up. The Latty folks who come out are consistent, according to Bookmobile manager Kathy Heffley.

 
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