PAULDING – The Paulding Eagles will be the site of a benefit for Paulding resident Steve “Spock” Clark on July 19 starting at 5 p.m. Bernadette Bennett, one of the organizers of the event, says that those who attend the benefit can expect a great time of food, drinks, music, raffles and an auction, and many other fun events.
Clark has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and Bennett along with many of his friends and family are organizing the benefit to help pay for medical expenses, bills, travel expenses and other costs.
In addition to dinner prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary, beer and music, there will be items being raffled off and auctioned throughout the night. Items are still being collected, with some items going to the raffle and the biggest items going to the auction.
Some of these raffle/auction items include an oversized wooden outside locker, Vera Bradley and Thirty One bags, a fishing charter on Lake Erie, a ceiling fan, a shop vac, an outdoor rocking chair, tools, golfing items, and art by Thomas Kinkade.
There will be 50/50 raffle tickets sold throughout the night, and organizers have planned a “Spock Impersonation” competition in which all of Clark’s friends can have fun impersonating him as part of a contest.
The benefit will be an indoor and outdoor event. The Eagles facility will be open and a tent will be set up outside. There will also be T-shirts and can cozies available for purchase. The T-shirts are already being sold and can be purchased at the Paulding Red Angel restaurant or by contacting Bennett.
Bennett and Clark’s family and friends are continuously working to raise money for Clark’s medical expenses. Every Thursday, they have a bake sale, T-shirt sale, can cozie sale and raffle at the Paulding Eagles from 6-9 p.m. during karaoke. They are also looking for donations from businesses and individuals for Clark or for the event. Bennett says they have collected quite a bit of money, but they still have a lot to do in the short time they have left.
Anyone looking for more information or those wanting to donate to the cause can contact Bennett at 419-796-8571 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Other organizers to contact include Robin Dobbelaere or Robin Eagleson.
PAULDING – Straight A grant funds totaling over $500,000 to purchase computers and computer related equipment was approved at the Paulding Exempted Village School board meeting last Tuesday, June 24. Personnel appointments were also approved along with the creation of two new funds.
During the week of April 14-17, the seniors of the Paulding High School National Honor Society went to New York City for a trip. They took a 13-hour bus ride from Paulding High School to New York on Monday the 14th.
They started their time in New York with visiting the “Today Show Live” on Tuesday morning. After being in the country their whole lives, the city was a big change. With all the traffic, they had to learn to cross the street in a timely manner, as well as get off the bus quickly. The students visited the Intrepid Museum to learn about the ships, airplane and jets during the the past wars. They got to visit Times Square on multiple occasions, to go shopping, eat dinner at Di Beppo Planet Hollywood, or just see the sites. Before they left for New York, they had a vote on which musical to see. The students chose to go see “Matilda” on Broadway. That was the last thing they visited on Tuesday, April 15.
The next morning, the 16th, they departed from their hotel in New Jersey to see the Statue of Liberty. They took the ferry to the Statue Island. There was only 20 minutes between each ferry ride to Ellis Island, so there was just enough time to get a few pictures. At Ellis Island, the students go to see the buildings that the immigrants stopped at as they made their way into the United States. The students had the chance to look up their families to see if they came to the United States through Ellis Island. The students enjoyed this part of the trip as they learned about the history of their families and country.
The next place the group visited was the 9/11 Memorial. It was a very somber time as the students listened to a witness from the event. He was a worker in the building during the first attack in 1993 as well as in 2001. He told about his experiences and how those days impacted his life. It was a very touching story. In the tribute center was a firefighter’s jacket, pieces of the buildings, an American Flag and many more. The list of the names who died took a whole wall. It was very important for the students to be able to see. The part of the trip that the students enjoyed very much was actually going to the waterfalls of the memorial where the towers stood.
Then they left for China Town to go shopping. Then they went back to Time Square for dinner and more time to sightsee, then in the evening went to Top of the Rock. Here, the students got to look out over the city with all the lights. It was a beautiful sight!
The next morning, they took off from the hotel to Carlos Bakery to have some tasty desserts. Then a long trip back home. Finally at 10 o’clock that Thursday evening the bus pulled into the high school drive.
Many of the students really enjoyed it, while others did not. Some want to go back or even live there. Overall, it was good trip for the Paulding High School Senior National Honor Society. There were 25 students and five adults on the trip.
ANTWERP – The Antwerp Local School Board met in regular session last Wednesday, June 25. The purchase of a new school bus and van was finalized, the 2014-15 school calendar was presented, personnel items were received, and a brief tour of the virtual academy was given.
On Wednesday, June 25, demolition began on the former Latty School in Latty, Ohio.
The school closed in the early 1950s after consolidating with Haviland/Scott to become Blue Creek School. Stoller Honey purchased the building, located on Ohio 613, and by the mid-1950s was bottling honey there.
Darl and Iva Stoller were watching the tear-down Thursday morning. Darl said his father, Irwin Stoller, had purchased the old school when it was condemned, around 1952, and the family installed equipment necessary for the bee business.
Irwin and Darl added a new section to the north side of the school, facing the highway, some time in the 1960s. They stopped packing honey there about 17 years ago and have been using the building for storage.
Darl's son, Kirk, is president of the company now. Kirk said in the 1960s, lightning hit the building and the roof caught fire. It was replaced with a flat roof. However, the flat roof had its own problems over the years. A severe storm damaged the roof two years ago, and although repairs were made, the structure has been deteriorating, leading to the decision to raze this local landmark. "Too many repairs, and it wasn't worth keeping," Kirk said.
The old, two-story section of the building is being demolished, leaving the old gym section and the newer 1960s addition. Currently, Kirk said, there are no plans for the rest of the structure.
COLUMBUS - Even as Ohio children enjoy their summer vacation, educational experts say it's important they find the time to sharpen their reading skills.
Janet Ingraham Dwyer, library consultant for the State Library of Ohio, says studies have confirmed that learning loss in the summer months can result in kids having to play catch-up at school in the fall.
"If a child is not engaging - with particularly reading, and other literacy activities - those skills are going to slip from lack of practice," says Dwyer.
That loss, or "summer slide," can be prevented through daily reading. Dwyer notes that summer reading programs are a great option to get children excited about reading, and libraries across the state offer programs that combine educational and fun activities for kids of all ages.
For children who are reluctant to read, Dwyer suggests allowing them to choose books on topics that interest them. Comic books, graphic novels and read-along audio books are good options for those who aren't strong readers.
Above all, she says, reading should not be considered a chore.
"Reading for pleasure is such an important and profound experience," says Dwyer. "The more a child likes to read and enjoys reading, and sees reading as an intrinsically satisfying and rewarding activity, the more that child is going to read."
She says parents can set good examples by reading themselves, or sitting down and enjoying a book with their child.
"The more that reading is a natural and normal part of what takes place in the family and in the household, the more in general the children, particularly younger children, will engage with it - because they are modeling what their parents do," she explains.
A recent survey of 1,000 parents found only one in three read with their child every night, and half said their children spend more time with TV or video games than books.