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39th Van Wert Peony Festival begins Friday, June 6
Thursday, June 05, 2014 11:10 AM

VAN WERT – The 39th version of the Peony Festival begins this Friday, June 6, at 10 A.M. in Van Wert's Fountain Park. A craft show, Optimist Youth Art Show, Art Rageous On Main Artists Exhibits, car show, food vendors including the Peony Festival food booth in Fountain Park all lead up to the Fountain Park Community Concert at 7 PM featuring Papa Doo Run Run. This concert is sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation and always draws an extra large crowd on the first day of the Peony Festival weekend.

On Saturday, June 7, the annual free kids' fishing derby will be held at Camp Clay. Kids ages 3–13 years have the chance for free fishing, no fishing license required, from 9–11 pm. Prizes are given for the longest fish in four age groups and one overall winner. Bait is furnished for all kids. Show up with a fishing rod ready to go! An information sheet is available at vanwertpeony.com.

The YMCA is hosting its annual Peony Pace 5K Run & Walk plus a 1-mile Fun Run for kids in conjunction with the free fishing derby. Visit the YMCA website for registration forms.

Fountain Park has activities all day and evening Saturday with the Girl Scouts of America offering children's games and Main Street Van Wert sponsoring fun activities Chalk the Walk, Art Rageous On Main, and the popular Architectural Hunt downtown. The Optimist Youth Art Show is again part of the festival and the annual pet show is now a free entry pet show 10–11 a.m. in Fountain Park. Bring your special pet early, register, and then show off your pet!

Food vendors are open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and the craft show continues until the annual Peony Parade begins at 5 p.m. A new free event this year in Fountain Park is the Medieval Reenactors performing from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Young dancers from Stars by Erin dance studio hit the band shell stage from 12:30–1 p.m.

This year there is a Saturday night free concert sponsored by the Peony Festival Committee. Blair Carmen, playing authentic 1950s style Honky Tonk, takes the stage at 7 p.m. The Peony Parade again follows the south-to-north Washington Street route beginning at the county fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Gather up your group of parade watchers for an after-parade visit back to Fountain Park. The food vendors will be ready for your group and then get a good seat before the concert starts.

A new event this year is the Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, June 7, 1:30 p.m. at Eggerss Stadium. The Van Wert High School football team is sponsoring the event for ages 6–17 years and an adult division. This is a fundraiser for the football program with a registration cost of $5. The registration form is also available at vanwertpeony.com.

A “retro” event comes back to the National Guard Armory this year. Remember when the Jubilee Flower Show was held at the armory many years ago? It's back, hosted by the Wassenberg Art Center in their newly remodeled armory building. It's an amazing building and a must-see this year. This 53rd Flower Show will be 1–5 p.m. Saturday and 1–4 p.m. Sunday. Wassenberg also has a charity silent auction on the festival weekend.

The Peony Festival Garden Tours are Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday noon–3 p.m. The Wassenberg Art Center is included on the tour this year. Stop by the Peony Festival information booth at the corner of Fountain Park to pickup a tour schedule. The booth opens at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Queen Jubilee XXXIX, Chelsea Hancock, Crestview High School, and her court have a 11 a.m.–1 p.m. luncheon at DeShia Country Gift Shoppe on Friday. The Queen's Reception is combined with the Flowers In Full Bloom Reception on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Willow Bend Country Club.

John Paulding Days starts Thursday night PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, June 05, 2014 10:09 AM


By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

PAULDING – “Music Through the Ages” will be the theme for the annual John Paulding Days held in downtown Paulding on the courthouse square, June 5-6.

“The chamber board decided it would be a great theme for area groups to celebrate the music they love most,” said executive director of the Paulding Chamber Erika Willitzer.

This year’s event, which kicks off on Thursday, June 5 at 5 p.m., will also feature a free family music fest.

“The two day festival located in downtown Paulding will be family focused with free music on the courthouse lawn and at the Herb Monroe Community Park too,” Willitizer said.

“Plenty of craft and food vendors will be situated in the downtown area and families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the music.”

The parade will be on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m. like past years and the parade route will be the same as last year.

Parade entries will line up at the Paulding County Fairgrounds at 5:45 p.m. Float themes centered around music of the various decades is strongly encouraged.

George Carter, chief executive officer of Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, is this year’s grand marshal.

The parade route will be the same as last year, starting at Williams Street, turning right on to Wayne Street, then left on Main Street, left on Perry, then right on to Williams Street, and then left on to Jackson where the parade will end. The announcer will be positioned near Hometown Pizza.

Following the parade, a free family music festival will last from 8 until 10 p.m.

Among other highlights of this year’s festival will include a courthouse candy drop.

Last year’s event was so successful that that John Paulding Days organizers decided to do it twice this year. The second annual courthouse candy drop will be held at 9 p.m. June 5 and at 6 p.m. on June 6.

Participants are urged to bring their plastic bags and get ready to pick up all kinds of candy on the courthouse lawn. Kids are welcome to line up around the lawn of the courthouse and when the instruction is given to “Go!” those participating can walk around and pick up sweet treats.

“Candy is spread all over the courthouse lawn and kids can go and pick it all up. It’s quite the scene! Parents are strongly encouraged to bring their own bags,” said Willitizer.

Some of the other planned events include a craft fair on the square, and a corn hole tournament put on by Relay Team Marathon Moms & Open Mic.

Craft vendors and nonprofit/service agency food vendors will be open from 5-9 p.m. each evening.

Anyone wanting to display talents can contact Willitzer at 419-769-3011 or by email at PauldingChamber@gmail.com

Friday’s events will include rides and concessions from 5-10 p.m., free family music fest 5-10 p.m., courtyard candy drop 6-7 p.m. and craft fair 5-9 p.m.

Local thespians with CC Banks Productions of Antwerp will be on the grounds performing bits from their musicals, as well.

Face painting and kid crafts will also be going on during the two days.

“This is a community event that allows us all to come together to kick off the summer season,” concluded Willitizer. “We hope you’ll bring your family out to enjoy this great tradition in Paulding.”


Free agriculture lecture June 9 at Sauder Village
Thursday, June 05, 2014 8:03 AM

ARCHBOLD – Sauder Village in Archbold is hosting a free Agricultural Lecture Series at the Heritage Inn this season in conjunction with the renovation of the historic Grist Mill. Todd Price, founding director of Historic Wagner Farm, will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 9 titled “The Dawn of the Golden Age of Agriculture – Early 20th Century Farming in the Heartland.”

“As part of our mission to preserve and present the agricultural history of our region, this lecture series will help share the social, economic and cultural history of northwest Ohio, how that ties in with the agricultural history, and its importance in the development of our state,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/media relations. “The speakers that have been selected for this series are known for their expertise and knowledge of agricultural history.”

Thanks to the support of the Ohio Humanities Council, all programs in the series are free and open to the public. The evening lectures will be held at the Sauder Heritage Inn at 7:30 p.m. on June 9 and Oct. 6.

Price will present “The Dawn of the Golden Age of Agriculture” – a program about the social, technological, political and economic changes of the 1920s and how these impacted farming. Price is the founding director of The Historic Wagner Farm, The Glenview Park District, in Glenview, Ill. Price is the author of the award-winning educational blog “Wagner Feed” and has more than 14 years of educational programming experience creating numerous award winning programs and original events such as the Dairy Breakfast.

On Oct. 6, Joe Anderson from Mount Royal University in Alberta, Canada, will present “The Vacant Chair on the Farm: Understanding Marriage, Farm Management, and Soldiering in the Midwest during the American Civil War.”

Carter named parade grand marshal
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:21 PM


By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – Every small town enjoys a parade and Paulding is no exception. For a few minutes the towns folk come together on an early summer evening to enjoy the best Paulding has to offer as they march down the street. Using John Paulding Days as the backdrop, the towns folk find their favorite location along one of the tree-lined streets and with a sense of pride they watch and listen as various parts of their community ceremoniously march by.

With the parade theme of “Music Through the Ages” this year’s parade is scheduled to step off at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening. More than 100 units will meander their way through the parade route. Grand marshal for the annual parade is George Carter, chief executive officer of Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative. Carter, his wife Debra and their family moved to Paulding from West Virginia nearly 10 years ago.

Deed transferred to Bargain Bin
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:20 PM


Feature Writer

Officers of the Bargain Bin met with Paulding County commissioners on Monday morning for the transfer of two lots of county property to the local entity for the construction of a new facility.

The two lots, located behind the old jail, will be the location of a new Bargain Bin. The possibility of a new building occurred earlier this spring when officers of the Bargain Bin received an anonymous gift of $80,000 designated toward the construction of a new facility.

The deal was topped off a few days later when it was learned that $5,000 had been donated through the Paulding County Area Foundation for the acquisition of the two lots located at the corner of Harrison and Cherry streets. That property belonged to the county at the time.

Dosters fought cancer together
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:20 PM


Feature Writer

April 7, 2007 is a day that Kay Doster will never forget. It was the day that she began a cancer journey that was “horrifying” but eye-opening concerning the love and care of those surrounding her.

Doster found a lump on her breast during self-examination.

“I went to see Dr. Gray in Antwerp and he made all of the arrangements. I was able to have my surgery and all of the treatments at Paulding Hospital. They were very good to me. They still are very good to me,” said Doster.