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Farm Focus at the Van Wert County Fair PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:23 AM



VAN WERT – Farm Focus, a non-profit field research and clinical trial program sponsored by Van Wert County, The Marsh Foundation School Farms, and Ohio State University Extension, started as a plowing match and turned into a two-day farm show held each year on an individual farm somewhere in Van Wert County. For 30 years, the masses attended Farm Focus to see agricultural exhibits, educational speakers, and machinery demonstrations.


The Farm Focus Committee during its prime had over 200 volunteer members; however, with the changes in agriculture, the show was discontinued and reduced to random Field Days when there was a need to highlight new technology or educate farmers on research plots or trials that were conducted on 300 acres of the March Foundation School Farms. If you go to the Farm Focus web page, you’ll find the message “Due to budget cuts within Ohio State University Extension, the Farm Focus Program Manager position has been eliminated, resulting in the field day cancellation.” That message was written in 2009.

This year at the Van Wert County Fair, an effort is being made to revive Farm Focus.

On Wednesday and Thursday of the fair, vendors and speakers will be offered to speak about GMOs, new farm technology to include two drone demonstrations, aquatic ecosystems, and other topics centered around the Farm Focus type topics some of us remember from years past.

A full list of speakers can be found at and partners nicely with the Fair’s Lunch Ticket Program which will allow admission to the fair from 11am-2pm on Wednesday, Thursday and also Friday to enjoy the speakers and demonstrations during work hours. Fair patrons will be asked to pay $5 at the gate when they arrive in the 11-2 hours and will be refunded the $5 if they depart before 2pm to head back to work.


Oakwood Homecoming: 125 years of memories
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:35 PM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

OAKWOOD – “There is something for everyone” is certainly an understatement when it comes to the annual Labor Day weekend homecoming celebration at Oakwood. From a variety of food to a cemetery walk, family entertainment including games and movies to races on the river, Oakwood will set the stage for what will not only be a time to celebrate 125 years of memories but to make new ones as well.

Commissioners sign contract for courthouse renovation
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:34 PM


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PAULDING – On Monday morning, Paulding County commissioners signed a contract with Grunwell-Cashero, Toledo, for restoration of crucial Paulding County Courthouse repairs.

The cost of restoration will be $92,400 and is to be completed in 14 weeks, or 98 days. Commissioner Tony Zartman said that the agreement is based on completing the project before the winter season sets in. He anticipates that work will begin soon.

Lake Erie Nutrient Reduction Program promotes cover crops
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:34 PM

Deb Hubbard of Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District weighed in on the Lake Erie Nutrient Reduction Program (LE NRP) recently.

She said it is a voluntary program that cost shares with farmers to plant cover crops or install drainage management devices such as controlled drainage structures or blind tile inlets.

Names drawn for jury duty
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:33 PM

The following is a list of prospective jurors who were summoned by the Paulding County Court of Common Pleas for the term of Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014:

Grand Jurors – Angela A Beber, Terry L Colley, Charles B Fowler, Danny D Gordon, Marcia L Hernandez, Linda K Jackson, Alice E Johnson, Andrew S Kashner, Mary L McMaster, James C Miller,

John R Mutschelknaus, Jerald A Overmyer, Chad R Price, Mark Alan Price, Paula S Schoepflin, Aaron J Shepherd, Tamera K Showalter, Barbara S Sinn, Virginia M Spangler,

Around Paulding County PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:18 PM


Around Paulding County...

Oakwood F.D. breakfast set

OAKWOOD – Oakwood Fire Department will host its annual breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy. The station is located at 201 N. Sixth St., Oakwood.


Factory farm opponents to meet Sept. 2

PAULDING – The next meeting of those favoring “no more factory farms” will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Black Swamp Nature Center in Paulding. The guest speaker and consultant will be Vickie Askins from Wood County who, along with her husband, has recently filed a lawsuit against the ODA, the Ohio EPA, and the US EPA for violating the Clean Water Act.


Senior center to host garage sale

PAULDING – Paulding County Senior Center will hold a huge garage sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 27-29, Everything sells for a donation. Proceeds go to the senior center. The senior center is located at 401 E. Jackson St., Paulding.


Park dedication

PAULDING – Paulding Chamber of Commerce will host a dedication program for the new Herb Monroe Community Park at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3.


Blood drive set

PAULDING – An American Red Cross bloodmobile will be held from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at Paulding United Methodist Church, 321 N. Williams St. in Paulding. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.