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Bow Wow!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:25 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

Most of the dogs we have owned have been smaller breeds, live inside and I guess I could honestly say, “Our dogs have been and are spoiled.” The latest addition to our family is a Shih-Tzu named Baylee.

Baylee, at age 8, has always been a pretty good little dog. He loves his toys, especially those that squeak, his warm furry bed and laying in my recliner whenever he can.

He is basically “daddy’s dog” and goes outside with him to take out trash and do outside chores. Baylee has his own little personality and even though he can bark ferociously at a cat in the yard, he is scared of any loud noise such as thunder.

Grasslands get squeezed
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:21 AM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

1.6 million acres, that is about the area of the state of Delaware. That’s how much land was removed this year from the federal CRP (Conservation Reserve Program). This program pays farmers to keep land covered with native grasses or even trees. Most of that land now will produce crops like corn or wheat. It’s a sign of the shifting economic tides that are transforming America’s farming landscape.

Time to start on this summer's garden!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:18 AM


By Kylee Baumle

It’s hard to believe that it’s time once again to start thinking about sowing seeds for new plants for this year’s garden. Not those that you might start inside; it’s way too early for that. But what’s this, you say? Surely I don’t mean planting seeds outside, do I?

Indeed I do. I’ve talked about this before and if you took my advice then and tried it, then you know I’m not crazy. It’s called wintersowing and it couldn't be easier. There are a number of annuals, perennials, and even shrubs that can be successfully started outdoors in January and February right here in Northwest Ohio.

First, decide what you want to plant. For a comprehensive list of all the seeds that do well with wintersowing, visit the website: wintersown.org. A good rule of thumb is that anything that is known to self-seed, or need scarification or stratification to germinate will work.

Happy Anniversary, Paulding County
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:20 AM


Happy anniversary, Paulding County

By Kim Sutton

We all know the word centennial references 100 years. We know the word sesquicentennial is for 150 years. We also have the bicentennial, meaning 200 years. But what’s the word for the 175th anniversary? Are you ready for the answer? Well, according to Wikipedia (on-line encyclopedia) you have several to choose from: Dodransbicentennial; Dodrabicentennial; Dequasbicentennial; Dosquicentennial; Demisemiseptcentennial; Quartoseptcentennial; Terquasquicentennial or Septaquintaquinquecentennial. Take your pick!

2014 marks the 175th anniversary of Paulding County, which is equally as confusing. Some will argue that Paulding County was formed in 1820, which is true. The Indians of northwestern Ohio relinquished their lands to the United States and the Legislature of the State, by an act of Feb. 12, 1820, proceeded to divide the newly acquired territory into counties, of which Paulding County was one. The township lines were established in 1820 by Alexander Holmes, Samuel Holmes and others and in 1821-22 the townships were subdivided into sections by James W. Riley and his assistants.


Although the lines were laid in 1820, because the swamp was so sparsely settled, Paulding County remained under the jurisdiction of Wood County until 1824 and then Williams County until 1839.

In 1839, the first county seat was established in New Rochester. The first court was held in the spring of 1840 in New Rochester with Honorable Emery D. Potter as presiding judge. It was held in a room over General Horatio N. Curtis’ Store, since there was no courthouse. There were no lawyers residing in the county at that time – so Edwin Phelps of Defiance was appointed prosecuting attorney. In those days, lawyers traveled with judges throughout the entire circuit – they traveled on horseback.

So, if we choose to accept the date of organization and establishment of a county seat – then Paulding County is celebrating our 175th anniversary! If you choose to accept the date of 1820, then we are 194 years old and we missed our Demisemiseptcentennial (which is what I’ve chosen to call it)!

Either way, our roots run deep and it’s truly amazing how we have emerged from the Great Black Swamp to the fertile acres of flat farmland made possible only by our ancestors’ hard work and determination. Their struggles and strife to drain this swamp is unimaginable. We are humbled by the thought of what they went through and we should celebrate our 175th or 194th either way!

By the way – three cheers for New Rochester, Crane Township. It served as the first county seat before Charloe built a two-story courthouse and lured it away, and in 1840 was the busiest town in the county. It stood about a mile north of Cecil on present-day Route 424 (old US 24). All that stands today is an abandoned roadside park and a cemetery.

Kim Sutton is president of the John Paulding Historical Society and a guest columnist for the Paulding County Progress.

The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.


What would you do?
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:19 AM

What would you do?

By Joe Shouse

There is a television show that is on from time to time called “What Would You Do?” The network star of the show, John Quinones, will introduce a specific scenario that is set up using actors to carry out a controversial situation. For example, it could be two people arguing in public and one is going overboard with the other person. One time, a son was arguing and showing little respect to his own mother. He was rude and it was very embarrassing to her.

The idea is to see how the general public will react and if anyone will get involved and come to the rescue of the one who is being challenged. It’s always interesting to see how people will get involved when it really means something to them. They will take a stand and defend a complete stranger. Other times people will ignore the situation completely and do nothing.

Another snow story? It's not what you think...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:18 AM

By Kylee Baumle

Last week’s big snowstorm caused some major problems for a lot of people and minor ones for just about everyone else, and we’ll remember it for a long, long time, but all I’m going to say about it here is that my garden is grateful that it came just before the temperatures plummeted. If the marginally hardy plants I’ve got stand a chance at all, it will be thanks to all that wonderful snow cover providing insulation.

But I’ll bet you didn’t know that my garden has snow all year round, did you? I wouldn’t exactly call it a snow garden, but unintentionally I managed to plant a fair number of “snow” plants.

The garden year starts while snow – the real stuff – may still be on the ground. Eventually sharing its beautiful, tiny, fragrant, white flowers, Galanthus nivalis begins to emerge in March, just when you think winter will never end and spring has forgotten all about us. The common name for this harbinger of spring? Snowdrops, of course!

Bless those behind the scenes
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:17 AM


By Jim Langham

Last week one day I was leaving Paulding Hospital, when the most beautiful action on behalf of one of the employees caught my attention.

A lady, no doubt carrying out  her responsibilities, was standing by a door with a bucket and a mop. And, there she was, constantly mopping up the muddy slushy deposits being tracked in by those who were passing through the doors from the thawing snow on the sidewalk on the outside.

Constantly, she swiped the floor with her mop, taking away the slipperiness and making the otherwise slick floor much safer for passage.


Storms never last
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:17 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

The media today is wonderful about letting us know about approaching storms and bad weather. They can tell us when a storm will arrive, how much rain or snow we are going to get, temperatures, wind speeds and wind chill factors. These meteorologists are so much better today than my old granny, who based her weather predictions on the phases of the moon.

The first thing we think of, though, when we get the news of forthcoming bad weather is food, supplies and going to the store.

I think of warm comforting foods such as soups, hot chocolate, hot tea with honey, homemade bread and crock-pot stews. This last storm was no different. We knew a nasty weather system was going to hit us by late Saturday night and into Sunday and Monday.

Mosquitoes can survive winter
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:15 AM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist

Paulding SWCD

All mosquitoes need water for their development and typically the adult female lays her eggs in standing water. The eggs become larva then the larva become the blood sucking adults we are familiar with.

Preparing for the winter months is a little more complex and mosquitoes have different ways to ensure survival. In late summer or early fall, adult females will lay their eggs in moist soil or standing water. Some of these eggs remain as eggs through the winter while some will develop to the larval stage and survive the winter in this stage.

Quality of life is an assignment
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 9:58 AM

Quality of life is an assignment

By Kim K. Sutton

“Quality of Life” is a term that can sometimes be confused with the concept of “Standard of Living.” Quality of life indicators include not only wealth, employment, clean air and clear water, but also human traits, such as a small-town atmosphere, a strong sense of community, and family orientation. The word “neighborly” fits nicely.

Talk about economic development, and the future usually includes a discussion of quality of life issues – especially when the focus is on what the county will or won’t do to attract new business. No one I know suggests that chasing smokestacks is essential to economic development.

When people talk about the county’s future, what you hear is what the majority of residents of small communities across the nation say – “We’d like to keep it about the same, maybe a little larger, more economic diversity.” (Taken from a survey done by the Heartland Center of Leadership Development.)


A successful rural community needs to know its assets and know how to emphasize its uniqueness. Our people are conservative and independent, products of a frontier heritage, no doubt. Our county offers quality employees, low crime rate, lower overhead, great schools, excellent health care facilities, recreational opportunities, and life, in general, is slower-paced where family and community come first. “Comfortable living” may be the appropriate slogan.

Successful rural communities are often showplaces of pride and attention, with neatly trimmed yards, public gardens and well kept parks. Pride also shows up in other ways, especially in community festivals and events that give residents the chance to celebrate their community, its history and heritage. These factors are more important than size or location, which we can do nothing about. These successful towns are surviving because they know the future of the community is in the hands of the people who live there and they market it.

Making a hometown a good place to live for a long time to come is a pro-active assignment.

Kim Sutton is a guest columnist for the Paulding County Progress.

The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.