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18 hours symbolizes cancer journey
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 2:17 PM

It was an 18-hour allegory of all that mixes into a cancer journey at this year’s Relay for Life event held at the Paulding County Fairgrounds this past weekend.

Sunshine, rain, storms, light, darkness, fluctuating emotions, a walking journey and personal support from those surrounding us all combined to represent an allegory of life for a cancer victim.

Jillene McMichael, member of the Relay Advisory Committee, gave a heartfelt comparison of the ingredients that make up a Relay event with the journey of cancer survivorship, noting that the 18 hours of a Relay event is symbolic of life of a cancer victim.

Meyer's escape from prison camp
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:41 PM

By Jim Langham

The old adage that once you’ve been through a crisis, you can understand it better in the lives of others, would be a very difficult one for Bill Meyer, a holocaust survivor who lives in Geneva, Ind. to live out.

Most likely, there isn’t an individual around that went through what Meyer suffered while he was punished in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

Last Thursday, Meyer kept a packed house spellbound at the OSU Extension building, as he told those attending how he had been taken to a Westerbork, where he suffered from disease and, at the age of 13, saw his weight drop to 45 pounds during his two year stay.

Peonies are putting on a show
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:38 PM


By Kylee Baumle

As nearby Van Wert prepares to celebrate their annual Peony Festival next weekend (June 7-9), it’s shaping up to be a good year for their bloom display. A cooler than usual spring has delayed some flowering of earlier varieties and prolonged the bloom of mid-season flowers. Based on the celebrations of the recent past, this is a good thing for those hoping to see a variety of blooms while attending the festival.

Any festivals that are centered around flowers, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., and the Tulip Festival in Holland, Mich., are taking a chance that timing will be right for visitors to see the very thing that’s the cause for the celebration.

Swinging on a star
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:38 PM


Believe it or not, I have never seen a 3-D movie before at a theater, so we decided to go to see “Star Trek,” a 3-D movie, last Tuesday night. Let me say it was really amazing.

After we paid for our tickets and got our popcorn, we were given plastic 3-D glasses that would be picked up after the movie.

When the show began, we put our glasses on and the first thing a starship looked like it was coming straight at me. Of course I hollered and it took some getting used to, but I will say, the special effects in this movie were wonderful.

Tips for beginning gardeners
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:34 PM

By Kylee Baumle

This past week, I was interviewed by a major herb and vegetable plant company for a series of videos they’re doing and one of the questions they asked me was, “What is the one piece of advice you would give to a beginning gardener?”

In many ways, I’m still a beginning gardener myself, but because they asked me this question at this particular time of year, it was easy for me to give an answer: Don’t get in a hurry.

When I started taking an active interest in planting the vegetable garden, after years of my husband being in charge of it, I’d get in a hurry. The long winter had me chomping at the bit to get those seeds in the ground and growing. But to everything there is a season, you know.

Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:33 PM

By Nancy Whitaker


When I was little I was scared to death of the “big bad wolf.” That imaginary wolf frightened me because I knew he had consumed Little Red Riding Hood as well as the Three Little Pigs. In fact, I used to have nightmares about the wolf knocking at our door and coming after me.

I was so frightened of him that I would hide every little book with his picture in it.

Look for a miracle
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:33 PM

By Jim Langham

Looking for a miracle? It’s been a tough week in some people’s lives that I know; in fact, unfortunately in the world that we live in, somebody is always having a variety of moods happen somewhere in the world around us.

All you have to do is walk through a 4-H fair and you realize that. Kids are jumping and embracing because they just received a grand championship trophy. But not far away, someone who worked equally as hard all year didn’t receive the recognition for their efforts as others did, so while some jump and rejoice, others hide near a quiet corner and cry their hearts out.

In hospitals, every feeling in the cycle of emotions is expressed in a short time. Someone receives tough news and sorrows in shock; someone else receives much better news than expected and is pouring forth with tears of joy. Some are coming, some are going, but all are experiencing the emotions of life that rotate in a day’s time.

An unremarkable brain
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:31 PM

By Mary Beth Weisenburger

An unremarkable brain

“Well, I’m happy to report that we received the results of your MRI brain scan and the radiologist concluded that it is ‘unremarkable.’ Congratulations.”

Those were the words of my family physician not long ago, when she and I were on a quest to determine the source of my mysterious headaches. As a patient, my first response to this finding was an unequivocal “Whew!” I was relieved that nothing serious showed up.

Understanding women
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 3:22 PM


Have men ever really understood women or know what they like? A lot of men say they have never understood us and probably never will. I know there are things I like a man to do and generally speaking some guys may not have a clue what I am talking about.

Now, some women may find a guy who really understands them and knows their needs, so this column is in no way meant for them. To those I say, “Great and thank you in your quest to understand the female.”

Get out of jail free
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 3:21 PM

By Bill Sherry

Get out of jail free

During a heated game of Monopoly is the only place someone should be granted a get out of jail free card. Would you agree? But pay careful attention because that is just what is happening in part of northwest Ohio. Check out the headlines and partial story from Indiana’s News Center 33 written by Maureen Mespell and broadcast Aug. 14, 2012:

Northwest Ohio corrections center fighting overcrowding

“(Indiana's NewsCenter) – The Correction Center of Northwest Ohio is bursting at the seams and is asking judges in Williams, Defiance, Henry and Fulton counties to help reduce its prison population. None of those four counties have jails of their own and have turned to the correction center to house inmates.”