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Eight area contestants vie in Peony Pageant on Friday
Monday, March 31, 2014 5:59 PM

VAN WERT – Eight young ladies will be competing for the title of Queen Jubilee XXXIX Friday night, April 4. The Peony Pageant will be held once again at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium. The pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Queen Jubilee candidates are senior girls from Van Wert County and immediate surrounding high schools. Queen Jubilee has reigned at every Peony Festival starting with the very first festival in 1932.

Tickets for reserve seats are on sale at Once I Was, located at 121 S. Washington St., Van Wert, for $8.

Chelsea Hancock is representing Crestview High School. The daughter of Eric and Danielle Hancock, Chelsea is involved in several different extracurricular activities including Pleasant View Youth Group, 4-H Ohio Challengers, Grand Lake Orchestra where she plays violin, cross country, Knight Vision, National Honor Society and band. In her spare time she enjoys painting, cooking and watching movies. After high school she plans to attend the University of Toledo, majoring in pharmacy.

Mackenzie Haney, the daughter of Jeff Haney, is representing Wayne Trace High School. Mackenzie enjoys jazz dance at Kim Homan Dance Works, cheer, National Honor Society and isinvolved in 4-H. In her spare time she enjoys reading and going to the movies with her friends. After high school she plans to attend Miami University for pre-med.

Tori Suever, daughter of Matt and Terri Suever, is representing Delphos Jefferson High School. Tori enjoys jazz dance at Dancer by Gina and is involved in Delphos United Methodist Youth Group, cheerleading, and Junior Optimist Club. In her spare time she likes to go to the movies with her friends. After high school she will attend Otterbein for early childhood education.

Rachel Nicelley, daughter of Roger and Jenifer Nicelley, is representing Paulding High School. Rachel is a 4-Her, Science Olympiad competitor, varsity golfer, scholar athlete and is in the drama department. She likes to watch movies, sew, and bowling. After graduation, she will attend Ohio State University in pre-med.

Cheyenne Stant is the daughter of Shad and Dawn Stant and is representing Parkway High School. Cheyenne dances at Kim Homan Dance Works, her favorite is clogging. She is a National Honor Society reporter, works at Kroger, and enjoys shopping with her friends. After high school she plans attending Ball State University majoring in special education.

Amberlyn Miller, daughter of Amos Miller and Verna Landwehr, is representing Lincolnview High School. Amberlyn is involved in Firehouse youth group, cheerleading, select choir, Beta Club, and French Club. She loves to read, sing, and work at Subway. After high school she plans on majoring in early childhood education.

Elizabeth Griffin, the daughter of Robert and Janis Griffin, is representing Spencerville High School. Elizabeth is involved in her youth group and praise band at Spencerville Nazarene Church. She also is in the pep band, track, SADD, student council, and choir. In her spare time she likes to listen to music, and crochet. After high school she plans on attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University majoring in early childhood development with a minor in voice.

Claire Gamble, daughter of Jay Gamble and Tibia Gamble, is representing Van Wert High School. Claire is the president of her 4-H Club the Clever Clovers. She also plays volleyball and piano, she likes to read and hang out with her friends. After high school she plans on majoring in finance.

Paulding Council hears AEP’s tree trimming plans
Monday, March 31, 2014 10:20 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – Paulding Village Council met in regular session on March 17 and heard a presentation by Richard Bosse and Keith Chapman from American Electric Power (AEP) regarding the trimming of trees in the village.

Bosse noted that the tree trimming/cutting process will not be as extreme as it was in 2010, and expects his crews to be in and out of the village with trimming completed in four days.

He said approximately 300 trees will be addressed (down from the 1,100 that were cut down and 650 trimmed in 2010). He did note two potential areas of concern at 303 E. Caroline St. and at 114 W. Caroline St.

Bosse also noted the ash trees in Live Oak Cemetery will not be addressed by AEP. They will be the responsibility of the village.

AEP intends to perform the tree trimming in May or early June and the trimming will need to be completed about every four years depending on the type of trees.

Village officials said Liberty Power had the lowest bid for the village electrical power. Continued discussions and approval are pending.

Village administrator Harry Wiebe reported that the village has incurred approximately $21,000 in expense for snow removal this winter – roughly $10,000 in salt and $11,000 in snow removal assistance – along with approximately 380 hours of overtime removing snow and ice from the roadways.

Expenditures and overtime hours are up approximately $15,000 and 290 hours from last winter.

Wiebe had met with representatives of Jones & Henry Engineers regarding moving forward with Phase 2 of the sewer separation project as ODOT has moved up its repaving project. Wiebe noted he would rather the sewer separation project precede the resurfacing project to avoid damaging the roadway within a year. He also noted that he would like to see the Williams Street waterline be replaced prior to the resurfacing project to avoid a similar situation.

Solicitor Mike Jones recommended scheduling a committee of the whole meeting in the near future.

He also noted the village opened solid waste bids on March 5 with Werlor Waste Control being the lowest bidder at $9.59 per month. Council voted unanimously to extend the village solid waste contract to Werlor. Casey Wertz of Werlor was present to thank the village for its past years of using Werlor Waste Control for the village.

Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 1288-14 amending the holidays section of the village personnel policy and procedures manual.

Mark Holtsberry was present, seeking support at the May 6 primary as he runs for Paulding County commissioner.

The next scheduled meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7.

Mercy General surgeons join staff at PCH
Monday, March 31, 2014 9:17 AM

PAULDING – Mercy Defiance Clinic and Paulding County Hospital are pleased to announce that Mercy’s three general surgeons have joined the staff and are now seeing patients at both Paulding County Hospital and Mercy Defiance.

The three, Souheil Al-Jadda, M.D., Jeffrey A. Pruitt, M.D., and John W. Shaw, M.D., are experienced physicians and all are board certified in General Surgery. Each surgeon will be at Paulding County Hospital for office appointments and surgical procedures one day per week, Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

In a joint statement, Paulding County Hospital CEO Gary Adkins and Mercy Defiance CEO Chad Peter noted that the two facilities have a history of working together and are pleased to be offering this additional service to the Paulding community.

Other Mercy physicians providing services at Paulding County Hospital, are Raj Gunda, M.D., hematology and oncology, and Thomas Walsh, M.D., urology.

The surgeons’ services include hernia repair, appendectomy, removal of the gallbladder, removal of hemorrhoids, laparoscopic surgery, breast biopsies, mastectomies, bowel surgery, colonoscopies, and EGD, a procedure to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine.

Dr. Al-Jadda joined Mercy Defiance in 2006 and has 38 years of general surgery experience. Dr. Pruitt, with 22 years of experience, has been with Mercy Defiance since 1993, and Dr. Shaw, with 19 years in general surgery, joined the Mercy Defiance Staff in 1995.

Scheduling for office appointments with these surgeons at Paulding County Hospital is being handled by Mercy Defiance Clinic. Patients should call Mercy Defiance Clinic toll-free at 1-800-925-4642 or 419-784-1414 and press 1 to be connected to scheduling.

CHP to host webcast April 10
Monday, March 31, 2014 9:15 AM

VAN WERT — Community Health Professionals will host the annual Hospice Foundation of America “Living with Grief” live streaming webcast from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at 1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert.

The theme is “Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss.” This new program focuses exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss.

Adolescence, broadly defined, from middle school years to emerging adulthood, is a significant developmental period during which adolescents form identity, independence, and intimacy. Illness and loss profoundly influence these processes.

Moreover, adolescent encounters with loss are likely to be traumatic - deaths by accident, suicide, and homicide. This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospice clinicians and staff, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss.

Continuing education contact hours will be available for $25 through the Hospice Foundation of America for nurses, social workers, case managers, funeral directors, clergy, psychologists, and more.

There is no cost to attend and it is open to the public. To register, or to learn more, call 419-238-9223 or visit www.hospicefoundation.org.

WT school day to increase 30 minutes
Friday, March 28, 2014 4:04 PM

HAVILAND – The Wayne Trace Local School District Board of Education met in special session on Thursday, March 27.

Upon the recommendation of superintendent Steve Arnold, the board agreed to extend the regular school day by 30 minutes for 11 days beginning April 2.

Those voting in favor of the recommendation were Pat Baumle, Perry Sinn and Dick Swary. Absent from the meeting were Lisa McClure and Duane Sinn.

The next board meeting will be held April 14.

Dinner theater production to benefit Huber Opera House
Friday, March 28, 2014 2:41 PM

HICKSVILLE – A wedding is a life event that is supposed be filled with joy, exciting, and a memorable experience for the bride, the groom, and the guests alike. While weddings require attention to a myriad of details, and months of planning, go off without a hitch.

This not the case in the upcoming “A Wedding to Die For” dinner theater production at The Huber Opera House (HOH) in Hicksville, April 4-5. Presented by The Hicksville Village Players, and Hicksville Kiwanis, all proceeds will benefit HOH Projects. The audience will enjoy a rendition of a bride’s worst nightmare.

When wealthy heiress Tina Fitzhugh (Kelly Wilson) agrees to marry the debonair, if not rakish man about town, Brucie Montgomery (Bruce Essex), one would expect this union to be the wedding of the year. Unfortunately for Tina, complications quickly multiply, leaving the bride a bit dazed, the rest of the wedding party a bit confused, and the audience in stitches.

“‘A Wedding to Die For’ combines the best elements of comedy and murder mysteries,” said Mary Smith, a founding member of the Huber Board, and co-producer of the production. “As the production unfolds, the audience quickly discovers that the characters are from both sides of the tracks, and the whole affair unravels into chaos with unexpected old acquaintances, an inebriated judge, and plenty of mysterious secrets and double crosses.”

Smith adds, “When a murder is discovered, the audience is invited to join in the hunt for clues. Finally, the case is solved, and the cake is served.”

The audience is invited to the wedding and reception on April 4 and 5 at the Huber Opera House in downtown Hicksville. Two options are available: play only ($10), or dinner and play ($15). Group rates are available. For more information or to reserve seats, call 419 542-9553.

This dinner theater production is a Huber Opera House fundraiser spearheaded by the Hicksville Kiwanis Club and The Hicksville Village Players.

Virlynn Rex directs a talented cast of area actors, including Bruce Essex (Brucie Montgomery), the Groom; Kelly Wilson (Tina, the bride); Jeff Rumple (Jackie, father of the bride and owner of successful novelty stores); Mary Smith (Sylvia Montgomery, mother of the groom, prim and proper); Cord Ehrhart (Denny, the photographer and an ex of Tina); Jamy Shaffer (the Inebriated Judge); Terina Wakefield (Karoline, the prior girlfriend); and Brooke Schooley (Fanny, the Maid in love with Brucie). Wedding Hostesses (Samantha and Delilah) are Sandy Berkabile and Mercedes Moncivais. Music in the production includes soloist (Marty Dean) Andrew Gross, and accompanist (Elsa John) Pam Diehl.

This play by Eileen Moushey, is produced by special arrangement with Mysteries by Moushey Inc.