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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.

Paulding Fire Dept. 5K fundraiser slated PDF Print E-mail
Monday, June 16, 2014 5:13 PM

PAULDING – Members of the Paulding Fire Department are sponsoring a 5K run/1 mile walk on Saturday, June 21. Prizes will be awarded to the top runners.

Categories of competition are male, female and participants 13 and under.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the fire department with the race starting at 9 a.m. in front of the station, rain or shine.

A $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt on a first-come first-served basis. Checks should be made payable to the Paulding Fire Department.

All proceeds will be used to purchase equipment.

The fire station is located at 311 W. Wall St. in Paulding.

Contact persons include Klint Manz at 419-786-9580, Ryan Noggle at 419-506-0720, Mark Wolfle at 419-670-2011, Brian Tope at 419-769-0072 or Dave Foltz at 419-769-1181.

Race website address is www.eventbrite.com/e/paulding-fire-department-5k-runwalk-tickets-11226838777

Scenic river clean up volunteers needed
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:32 PM

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Scenic Rivers program is seeking volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring on the Maumee River.

Local community residents interested in helping with stream quality monitoring (SQM) are invited to attend workshops. Volunteers will be trained to sample the water quality by learning how to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) that live in the rivers. The type, number and diversity of these aquatic macro-invertebrates are indicators of water quality. The data that these volunteer monitors collect is published in an online annual report.

Each year, volunteers assist with the collection of small aquatic organisms to determine their type, distribution and abundance in designated portions of Ohio’s scenic rivers. The organisms are then returned to the water, and the data collected is used to help determine the health of that portion of a stream. Much of this SQM effort is supported by local volunteers. Reports from previous years can be viewed on the ODNR website at http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/sqm.

The SQM workshop provides interested volunteers with free training covering how to check for changes in water quality and aquatic habitat as well as learning about the aquatic inhabitants found in our state’s scenic rivers. Training includes learning how to fill out and submit report forms as well as more information about Ohio’s scenic rivers.

Interested participants are asked to pre-register and attend a SQM training workshop. Wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes as this activity occurs by wading in very shallow portions of streams. SQM workshop locations for the Maumee River will be the Farnsworth Metropark, Roche de Bout area, 10 a.m.-noon on June 21 and at Independence Dam near Defiance on July 23 from 6-8 p.m.

More information on the SQM workshops and Ohio’s scenic rivers are available at http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/scenicrivers.

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.