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Habitat for Humanity 5K run, hog roast in October PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, August 31, 2014 9:07 AM

PAULDING – How many of you can catch a pig? I mean a tall pig that can run on two feet and can run pretty fast? If you think you can, the Habitat for Humanity of Paulding County invites you to the annual hog run which will be held on October 11 at the Paulding County Fairgrounds.

The mission of Habitat is to build a safe and affordable home. You can find a Habitat home in Antwerp, Paulding, Melrose and Haviland. House number eight is in the planning stages.

Habitat for Humanity began with a large gift of monies that gave the committee the ability to start building. As the families pay their mortgage we then have funds available to put toward the next house. Even though this is a good system, monies do not come in that fast and thus we must do various fund raisers. That’s where the community can help.

The Hog Run is a 5K, or a 2 mile walk or a bike ride. Children, strollers, even pets are all welcome to come with parents, grandparents, friends and sitters.  If you don’t want to walk, run, creep, or crawl then come to the hog roast between the hours of 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Come earlier and cheer the runners as they come to the finish line. And I wonder who will catch the pig?

Habitat has a website that you can visit and register for the hog run. You also can sign up for a sponsorship for the 5K or make a donation. Find the website at:

For any questions  contact Glenna Stabler, Mary Clark, Jane Gray, or a Habitat for Humanity member. New members are always welcome to join.

Meetings  are held at the Myers building on the east side of the courthouse at 4:45 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. If you have had anything to do with the building of any of the homes for residents of Paulding County, the committee wants to thank you and hope we can continue building with the success of this year’s hog run.

Parenting workshop offered PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, August 31, 2014 8:17 AM

VAN WERT – Van Wert County Hospital will offer Active Parenting Now! A free workshop for parents of children ages 5-12. The six-session video and discussion program will be held on Thursday evenings.

Beginning Sept. 11 for six weeks, each session will be held in the hospital’s conference room B and C from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Van Wert Hospital is located at 1250 S. Washington St.

For more information about this class, visit Registration is required and can be made by calling 419-238-8672.

This parenting workshop is funded by a grant provided by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. The mission of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) is to take a leadership role and be a catalyst in preventing child abuse and neglect in Ohio.

Community learning center will serve WT students this year PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:12 AM

HAVILAND – Western Buckeye Educational Service Center in partnership with Wayne Trace Local Schools is pleased to announce it was awarded a continuation grant for year three of our 21st Century Community Learning Center.

The program will continue to focus on increasing math and reading achievement, enhancing positive youth development and encouraging parent and family engagement. The staff have been working diligently and are looking forward to continuing a collaborative relationship with administration and staff to effectively serve the students at Wayne Trace Jr./Sr. High School.

The program will be held from 2:45-4:45 p.m., Monday-Thursday beginning Sept. 22. There is no cost for this program. The school is able to provide transportation back to the neighboring villages of Latty, Payne, Haviland and Grover Hill.

For any questions or an application for a child to enroll, contact Ashley Shepherd at 419-399-4711 or email

Paulding UMC to offer topical series PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, August 31, 2014 6:26 AM

PAULDING – Paulding United Methodist Church will host a series of discussion topics each Wednesday beginning Sept. 3 from 6-7 p.m.

Called The Exchange, the hour-long discussions will feature an exclusive video interview and will cover issues such as; “Overcoming Hardship,” “The Black and White Truth About Racism,” “Following Your Dreams,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Does God Have a Plan for You?”

“We’re creating a safe place to discuss these challenging topics,” says Pastor Roger Emerson. “We’re looking for open, honest conversation. There’s no preaching, no lectures, no judgment – just conversation.”

Adults and teenagers are welcome. Programs are offered on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 and will be held at Paulding United Methodist Church.

Programs are free to the public.

For more details, contact the church at 419-399-3591 or visit

Thrivent Chapter sponsoring day trip to Dayton area PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:03 AM

The Defiance-Paulding Thrivent Chapter 30001 is sponsoring a bus trip on Sept. 13 to the National Air Force Museum and The Greene Towne Center, both near Dayton.

The bus will leave the Defiance Mall parking lot at 6:30 a.m. with a fast food breakfast stop at 8 a.m., arriving at the museum around 10 a.m.

There will be time to discover everything from hot air balloons to outer space, take a tram to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, visit the IMAX theater, or even tour a part of Air Force One. This is a great adventure with many things to experience for all ages.

After boarding the bus at 3 p.m. there will be a stop at The Greene Town Center, a beautiful venue for shopping, restaurants, lovely landscaping and outdoor music. The bus will head home by 6:30 p.m. with arrival time back in Defiance approximately 9 p.m.

The event is open to anyone interested. So relax, save gas, and let someone else do the driving for a fun and interesting day. Please contact Wanda Chachol at 419-782-6725 for reservations and more information.

Farm Focus at the Van Wert County Fair PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:23 AM



VAN WERT – Farm Focus, a non-profit field research and clinical trial program sponsored by Van Wert County, The Marsh Foundation School Farms, and Ohio State University Extension, started as a plowing match and turned into a two-day farm show held each year on an individual farm somewhere in Van Wert County. For 30 years, the masses attended Farm Focus to see agricultural exhibits, educational speakers, and machinery demonstrations.


The Farm Focus Committee during its prime had over 200 volunteer members; however, with the changes in agriculture, the show was discontinued and reduced to random Field Days when there was a need to highlight new technology or educate farmers on research plots or trials that were conducted on 300 acres of the March Foundation School Farms. If you go to the Farm Focus web page, you’ll find the message “Due to budget cuts within Ohio State University Extension, the Farm Focus Program Manager position has been eliminated, resulting in the field day cancellation.” That message was written in 2009.

This year at the Van Wert County Fair, an effort is being made to revive Farm Focus.

On Wednesday and Thursday of the fair, vendors and speakers will be offered to speak about GMOs, new farm technology to include two drone demonstrations, aquatic ecosystems, and other topics centered around the Farm Focus type topics some of us remember from years past.

A full list of speakers can be found at and partners nicely with the Fair’s Lunch Ticket Program which will allow admission to the fair from 11am-2pm on Wednesday, Thursday and also Friday to enjoy the speakers and demonstrations during work hours. Fair patrons will be asked to pay $5 at the gate when they arrive in the 11-2 hours and will be refunded the $5 if they depart before 2pm to head back to work.