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One vacant seat remains on Oakwood Council
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 7:57 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

OAKWOOD – Oakwood Village Council met Monday, June 16 with only four council members present. Councilwoman Heather Huff tendered her resignation at last month’s meeting and Council President Melissa Figert was absent Monday.

Council is still short one council person and is looking for a community-minded individual to fill the spot.

Grand jury indicts 13 in June
Monday, June 16, 2014 7:05 PM

PAULDING – A Paulding County grand jury returned indictments against 13 persons on Thursday, June 12.

Paulding Fire Dept. 5K fundraiser slated PDF Print E-mail
Monday, June 16, 2014 5:13 PM

PAULDING – Members of the Paulding Fire Department are sponsoring a 5K run/1 mile walk on Saturday, June 21. Prizes will be awarded to the top runners.

Categories of competition are male, female and participants 13 and under.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the fire department with the race starting at 9 a.m. in front of the station, rain or shine.

A $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt on a first-come first-served basis. Checks should be made payable to the Paulding Fire Department.

All proceeds will be used to purchase equipment.

The fire station is located at 311 W. Wall St. in Paulding.

Contact persons include Klint Manz at 419-786-9580, Ryan Noggle at 419-506-0720, Mark Wolfle at 419-670-2011, Brian Tope at 419-769-0072 or Dave Foltz at 419-769-1181.

Race website address is www.eventbrite.com/e/paulding-fire-department-5k-runwalk-tickets-11226838777

Scenic river clean up volunteers needed
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:32 PM

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Scenic Rivers program is seeking volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring on the Maumee River.

Local community residents interested in helping with stream quality monitoring (SQM) are invited to attend workshops. Volunteers will be trained to sample the water quality by learning how to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) that live in the rivers. The type, number and diversity of these aquatic macro-invertebrates are indicators of water quality. The data that these volunteer monitors collect is published in an online annual report.

Each year, volunteers assist with the collection of small aquatic organisms to determine their type, distribution and abundance in designated portions of Ohio’s scenic rivers. The organisms are then returned to the water, and the data collected is used to help determine the health of that portion of a stream. Much of this SQM effort is supported by local volunteers. Reports from previous years can be viewed on the ODNR website at http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/sqm.

The SQM workshop provides interested volunteers with free training covering how to check for changes in water quality and aquatic habitat as well as learning about the aquatic inhabitants found in our state’s scenic rivers. Training includes learning how to fill out and submit report forms as well as more information about Ohio’s scenic rivers.

Interested participants are asked to pre-register and attend a SQM training workshop. Wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes as this activity occurs by wading in very shallow portions of streams. SQM workshop locations for the Maumee River will be the Farnsworth Metropark, Roche de Bout area, 10 a.m.-noon on June 21 and at Independence Dam near Defiance on July 23 from 6-8 p.m.

More information on the SQM workshops and Ohio’s scenic rivers are available at http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/scenicrivers.

Father's Day, by the numbers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, June 14, 2014 8:34 AM

From U.S. Census Bureau

Father’s Day is June 15, 2014.

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.

The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

How Many Fathers?

70.1 million – Estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.

24.7 million – Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2013.

21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).

3 percent were a subfamily living in someone else’s home.

2.0 million – Number of single fathers in 2013; 17 percent of single parents were men.

9 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.

About 44 percent were divorced, 33 percent were never married, 19 percent were separated, and 4.2 percent were widowed.

39 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.

Thinking of You, Dad

7,422 – The number of men’s clothing stores around the country in 2011, a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.

15,336 – The number of hardware stores in 2011, a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts. Additionally, there were 6,705 home centers across the country in 2011.

21,227 – Number of sporting goods stores in 2011. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.

79.1 million – The number of Americans who participated in a barbecue in 2010. It’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father’s Day.

Stay-at-Home Dads

214,000 – Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2013. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for about 434,000 children.

18% – In spring 2011, the percentage of preschoolers regularly cared for by their father during their mother’s working hours.

Child-Support Payments

$2 billion – Amount of child support received by custodial fathers in 2011; they were due $3.7 billion. In contrast, custodial mothers received $19.5 billion of the $31.7 billion in support that was due.

41.4% – Percentage of custodial fathers who received all child support that was due in 2011, not significantly different from the corresponding percentage for custodial mothers, 43.6 percent

63.9% – Percentage of custodial fathers receiving noncash support, such as gifts or coverage of expenses, on behalf of their children. The corresponding proportion for mothers was 55.0 percent.

Wayne Trace one step closer to drug testing
Friday, June 13, 2014 4:10 PM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

HAVILAND – The Wayne Trace Local School Board of Education opened its regular monthly meeting June 12 to discuss the possible drug testing policy that would be implemented for the 2014-15 school year.

The discussion was open to benefit parents and students who could ask questions. However, no one attended the meeting that was led by Superintendent Steve Arnold, principal Greg Leeth and Jim Linder, the school’s athletic director. Also in attendance was the director of occupational health at Paulding County Hospital, Brenda Wieland.

The hospital will conduct the testing and Wieland was on hand to answer any questions pertaining to the possible drug testing. With no public in attendance, those leading the overall discussion, directed most of the information to the board of education.

Some of the recommendations being presented included who would be tested; would it include just those students involved in extracurricular activities including band and choir members and even those who drive to school?

According to Arnold, all students that compete in extracurriculars would be tested before each sports season and would be given a four to six week notice prior to any testing. Random testing would also be administered throughout the year to 10-15 percent of students.

It will also need to be determined what disciplinary measures will be taken for student athletes and non student athletes who fail the testing.

Required testing will be that of a urine sample that a student will submit under adult supervision with immediate results. Cost for the testing will be $14 reported Wieland.

After hearing the presentation, the board asked Arnold, Leeth and Linder to gather a proposal that would be presented to the board at a special meeting on June 30. At that time the board plans to make a decision on the proposal.

Excellence in Education awards were presented to Susan Backus from Grover Hill Elementary, Marie Moore from Payne Elementary and Dave Alt from Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High.

Retirement recognition was given to teachers Michael Bok, Jan Borterf, Tom McCord, and Moore, along with secretary Kathy Kipfer. Others who were recognized for their retirement but were absent included teachers Anne Gerber and Judith Shook, and study hall monitor Debbie Kipfer. All retirees received a plaque for their service.

The board viewed a video that was put together by eighth grade students who had received iPads and Macbook laptops that were purchased with grant funds in the amount of $25,000 from American Farmers Grow Education by Monsanto.

In other business, the board:

• Offered one-year supplemental contracts for the 2014-15 school year to the following certified personnel: Jim Linder, boys varsity basketball coach; Bethany Hughes, girls varsity basketball coach; Craig Miller, junior varsity basketball coach; Mallory Diamond, eighth grade girls basketball coach; Joe Linder, seventh grade boys basketball coach; Kara Thomas, seventh grade girls basketball coach.

• Offered one-year supplemental contracts for the following classified personnel: George Clemens, varsity wrestling coach; Al Welch, assistant boys basketball coach; Mike Priest, assistant girls basketball coach; Dan Bland, freshman boys basketball coach; Jim Sherry, eighth grade boys basketball coach.

• Approved the hiring and rate for the following technology helpers for summer employment: Chris Davis, up to 40 hours per week at $7.95 per hour; Kenny Ganter, up to 40 hours per week at $7.95 per hour.

• Reemployed Kay Head as Title I teacher at Payne Elementary for 2014-15; Angela Manz for a one-year limited contract as Title I teacher at Grover Hill for 2014-15. These assignments are possible by having additional federal grant funds.

• Offered one-year limited contracts to Darcy Breier, Elizabeth Motycka as transitional kindergarten teacher at Payne and Jacob Moser as an intervention specialist at Payne. All limited contracts are for the 2014-15 school year.

Okayed treasurer Gary Ginter to approve a proposal from Phelan Insurance Agency, representing Liberty Mutual Insurance, for liability coverage beginning July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

• Accepted the resignation of girls’ faculty manager Ann Olwin effective July 1.

Approved waiver days that will include a two hour delay. Dates include Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and April 15.

• Voted to participate in the Federal free and reduced lunch and breakfast program for 2014-15.

Commended 2014 valedictorians Madeline Baumle, Matthew Klopfenstein, Rachel Kreischer, Haley Linder, Madison Poling, Jared Sherry, Libby Stabler and Sylvia Young.

Commended head softball coach Jack Baumle and the girls softball team for winning the sectional, district and regional tournament this past season. The Board also recognized head coach Tony Branch and the members of the track and field team for winning the Green Meadows Conference while commending Arlen Stoller and Seth Saylor for their participation in the recent state meet held in Columbus.