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Car falls in sinkhole
Monday, April 28, 2014 7:54 PM
Staff Photo/Paulding County Progress

PAULDING – Early Monday afternoon, April 28, a sinkhole opened at the intersection of two alleys behind the post office in Paulding when a motorist drove through the alley.

The front left tire dropped into the sinkhole, requiring a tow truck to pull it free. The driver, Kay Langham of Paulding, was not injured.

The area around the hole has been barricaded by the Village of Paulding.

PHS Academic Hall of Fame to induct new class
Monday, April 28, 2014 9:33 AM

PAULDING – The fifth class of the Paulding High School Academic Hall of Fame Inductees will be inducted at the May 25 commencement of the PHS Class of 2014.

Biographical sketches of this year’s inductees follow.

Regional transportation planning meet set in Paulding
Monday, April 28, 2014 5:24 AM

PAULDING – Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO) will hold a public meeting on the development of a Rural Long Range Regional Transportation Plan for the five counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams. The public meeting for Paulding County will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at the Paulding Carnegie Library in Paulding. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.

The public is encouraged to attend this public meeting to learn more and provide input into the Rural Transportation Plan, Moving Together 2040. Topics to be discussed include existing traffic volumes, crashes, bridge conditions, rail crossings and train characteristics, environmental issues, recreational trails, population areas including age and environmental justice areas and other areas pertaining to transportation and planning for the region.

The public is also encouraged to visit the MVPO website,, for updated information to the plan and to provide comments during the planning process, or provide written comments to Maumee Valley Planning Organization, 1300 E. Second St., Defiance OH 43512.

Auglaize Canoe and Kayak offers nature’s view up close PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:34 AM
One of the more popular trips offers a quiet opportunity to explore Paulding County nature while enjoying a canopy that covers nearly 90 percent of the trip.


By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

OAKWOOD – After its initial year in business last summer Auglaize Canoe and Kayak is looking forward to the summer of 2014. Located two miles south of Ohio 613 on County Road 263 (Paulding-Putnam County line), then west on Road 207, sits the livery on the 100-year-old family farm.

Doug and Bonnie Weller, who both retired from careers in sales and teaching, had the dream for several years to one day open a kayak business. They, along with their son, Troy, and wife, Tammy, and their three children, Leva, Amelia and Payton, took a giant leap of faith last year and they have not looked back.

Housed in the converted barn that was built by Doug and some of his FFA friends when they were in high school, the facility serves as the check-in point for those who seek adventure on the Paulding County waterways.

“This is our retirement project. It is what we do to keep ourselves young,” said Doug.

The livery is opened from May 1 to Oct. 1 and it has been everything the Wellers had hoped it would be.

“To be honest, last year was more than we expected. But we are taking it slow and we will add new features to the facility from time to time. This year, we will be offering paddleboards,” said Bonnie.

Those who come out to experience the water consist of all ages. From preschool to those in their 80s have enjoyed the variety of boat trips.

“Last season we had a group of five ladies who came out to camp and then went kayaking the following day. It was their version of a girls’ night out,” said Bonnie.

The canoe and kayak facility has welcomed couples, families, small groups, as well as church youth groups, boy scouts, school groups. EMS/fire departments, and law enforcement groups.

“We have had a wide variety of people attend. We have even had sports teams from local high schools who use the facility as a form of team building,” said Bonnie.

Patrons from surrounding counties have visited the Weller farm and have enjoyed the kayaking and canoeing.

“We have had people visiting family and friends in the area who were from California and Florida who came over and enjoyed the view of the beautiful scenery offered by canoeing down the Auglaize.”

But, at the end of the day, it’s the kids who are the best.

“Everyone always has a good time. People get wet and you hear a lot of laughter when they finish their course along the river,” said Doug.

Auglaize Canoe provides 13 two-person canoes, 22 two-person sit-on-top kayaks, 12 twisters or single kayaks, and new this year will be paddleboards.

“We have something very unique here. There is not much commercialism around the the river which adds to the wide variety of outdoor life. Often times you can witness eagles, river otters, geese, ducks, owls, deer, to name a few,” said Bonnie.

Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. “We are open 6-1/2 days a week. We are not open on Sunday morning so our families can attend church,” commented Bonnie.

For more information, visit or check out Auglaize Canoe on Facebook. They can be reached at 419-594-3456.

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County farmer supports fire dept. through AFGC
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

Antwerp’s ACDC group plans events
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.