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Why Paulding County is a great place to live
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:19 PM


Why Paulding County is a great place to live!

By Guest Columnist Susan Pieper

Recently I was patronizing a local business on the square in downtown Paulding, and as I gazed out the large picture window I felt a swell of pride for our beautiful county. So, I began to think of why I think Paulding County is a great place to live.

Our county seat, the Village of Paulding, is anchored by our beautiful courthouse. The courthouse sits majestically on a beautifully landscaped lawn dotted with trees that explode in fall colors.

Take me out to the ballgame
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:50 PM

By Jim Langham

The first time I have any memories of the Chicago Cubs was inside the barbershop where my dad would take me for a haircut. Barber Punk Pontius in downtown Geneva, Ind. had two glass cabinets sitting on the stand across from the barber chair where I sat on a board to elevate me for a haircut.

One cabinet was full of fancy scissors, razors and other tools utilized in giving an old-fashioned haircut worth a sucker and a nickel to those who wouldn’t squirm while he was giving a Mohawk, butch, flat top or pineapple haircut.

The other cabinet was filled with Chicago Cub memorabilia, autographed baseballs, baseball cards of players from the 20’s and 30’s that had captured Punk’s fancy and programs from games he had attended at Wrigley Field.

Burger junkie
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:50 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

New food. New burgers. Have you heard about them? I consider myself a sort of “foodie.” I like to read cookbooks, try various recipes and an not afraid to try different kinds of food. I really enjoy fast-food and always have. To me, a dollar burger tastes great.

Now, I can remember back to when hamburgers were a quarter apiece and sometimes five for a dollar at a fast food restaurant. What a treat it was to stop in Fort Wayne on the way home from a shopping expedition and get hamburgers and fries. Back then, that was the main fare of fast-food restaurants.

There were no wraps, iced coffees, yogurts, pulled pork or chicken nuggets and definitely not very many choices if you wanted to eat “healthy.”

Through the years, so many fast-food restaurants have made their appearance. There are fast food restaurants for chicken, subs, ice cream, hot dogs, fish, tacos, and chili.

Taproots run deep
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:49 PM

By Kylee Baumle

As gardeners, we know what a taproot is. Many times as my husband is helping me dig and transplant something from one place to another (or I’m helping him), he’ll say, “We need to be sure to get the taproot or it won’t live.” While that may or may not be true, the taproot runs deep and it’s hard to remove the entire plant.

It’s as if the plant is sending the message that it doesn’t want to go anywhere, because it’s doing just fine where it is, thank-you-very-much.

A few years ago, I had a recurring dream, a nightmare, really, in which we sold our house, bought a fixer-upper, then halfway through the fixing-up, I missed my old house and wanted it back. Of course, someone else owned and was living in MY house and didn’t want to give it back to us. I couldn’t blame them. I liked my house, too, and I really wanted it to be ours again. I started crying uncontrollably, my heart broken. A couple of times, I actually woke up in tears.

No one rained on my parade
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:47 PM

No one rained on my parade

In My Opinion • By Joe Shouse

A few weeks ago I was in Paulding County to cover several activities for the Paulding County Progress. I had spent Thursday at Wayne Trace and Friday at Antwerp High School taking pictures of the various sports teams for our annual fall sports tab. On Saturday morning I was driving through the countryside heading to Antwerp to cover the Day In the Park when my car decided to begin the process of a slow death.

What's in and what's out?
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:18 PM

By Kylee Baumle

It started out so well. The spring and then the summer brought regular rains and the gardens never looked so good. Seeds germinated, new plants grew by leaps and bounds, and I started thinking that this summer would be different than so many before it.

Then the rain stopped. Or it went around us; it can be such a tease sometimes. But here we are, so much like last year, wondering once again why I try to grow things like hydrangeas, ligularias and cannas. They’re so darn thirsty.

I said earlier this year that if I saw a plant in my garden struggling, it was outta here. If a plant can’t grow well with plenty of rain, then I’m sure not going to baby it along when the skies dry up. This time I really mean it.

Oooo.... white bucks
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:17 PM

By Jim Langham

Keeping white bucks clean was a challenge during marching band days

I can feel it as though it were yesterday, especially during the hot and sticky days of a few days ago, a wool band uniform, heavy hat, complete with plume, white shirt, tight necktie and the infamous white buck shoes that seemed to attract rain storms and street messes with every stomp of the foot.

Marching in the high school band in the late 1950s and early 1960s was anything but comfortable, especially in summer parades and early fall football games.

Music! Music! Music!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:17 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

I cannot think of anyone who does not like music. We all like different kinds of music genres and for me music has always been a solace, an energizer, and a pick-me-upper.

I basically “cut my teeth” on gospel music and learned to play the piano from some old time gospel singers and musicians. They took time with me, taught me different chords and how to keep time.

I also learned how to play chords on the guitar and when I was about 15, I was introduced to what is now referred to as “old rock and roll.” While a lot of church people were calling it the devil’s music, I fell in love with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fabian and Chubby Checker.

That ball is going, going, gone!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:15 PM

That ball is going, going, gone!

By Bill Sherry

Baseball was something I began liking as a small child and I liked it to the point that I began saving my paper route money to buy a baseball glove. Not just any glove, but a glove that was like the one worn by “Bullet Bob” Feller. I listened to Indians announcer “Jimmy” Dudley as Feller pitched his last game in 1956 and I knew that I wanted to play baseball and be pitcher “Bullet Bill’’ Sherry. The closest I ever got to that dream was to catch a couple of throws from pitcher Doug Bair in a little league game in Oakwood a few years later.

The long winter
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:24 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Summer is almost over and we are approaching autumn. Autumn is a favorite time of year which brings us falling colorful leaves, bonfires, pumpkins, apples and the first frost.

The whole countryside presents us with a kaleidoscope of beauty as leaves turn colors and fall to the ground forming a colorful carpet on the grass.

I will say that I do enjoy living in an area that enjoys the weather of all four seasons. Some people hate the cold weather in the winter, so they migrate to areas where they don’t have to experience any snow or blizzard-like conditions. But, I just can’t imagine Christmas time without snow or cold.