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First Financial to host bake sale, food drive
Monday, June 30, 2014 1:11 PM

PAULDING – First Financial Bank, 201 N. Main St. in Paulding, will host a bake sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, July 3. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the United Way of Paulding County. Bake sale items will be sold on a free-will donation basis.

First Financial Bank is also partnering with United Way and the Caring and Sharing Food Pantry with a canned food drive. The drive is presently being held and will conclude on Thursday, July 3. Nonperishable items may be taken to the bank until closing time on Thursday.

Forrest Woods volunteer day planned for July 10
Monday, June 30, 2014 7:15 AM

ANTWERP – Black Swamp Conservancy invites individuals, families, community groups, scout troops and area businesses to participate in Forrest Woods volunteer day on Thursday, July 10. The purpose of the day is to help remove invasive teasel and autumn olive from the Forrest Woods Nature Preserve in Paulding County.

Those interested are invited to meet at the Bethel Church parking lot on Road 73 at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 10. The church is located at the intersection of Roads 192 and 73 northeast of Antwerp.

Individuals may join at the preserve at any time and drop out when necessary. Conservancy staff will be working from 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Dress for the weather and working conditions and bring clippers or scissors along with work gloves. Water bottles can be brought with refills available.

For questions, detailed directions or to let the Conservancy know you will be participating, contact Sarah at 419-872-5263 or at

Steve Clark benefit seeks support PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:38 AM

By JAROD ROSEBROCK • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – The Paulding Eagles will be the site of a benefit for Paulding resident Steve “Spock” Clark on July 19 starting at 5 p.m. Bernadette Bennett, one of the organizers of the event, says that those who attend the benefit can expect a great time of food, drinks, music, raffles and an auction, and many other fun events.

Clark has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and Bennett along with many of his friends and family are organizing the benefit to help pay for medical expenses, bills, travel expenses and other costs.

In addition to dinner prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary, beer and music, there will be items being raffled off and auctioned throughout the night. Items are still being collected, with some items going to the raffle and the biggest items going to the auction.

Some of these raffle/auction items include an oversized wooden outside locker, Vera Bradley and Thirty One bags, a fishing charter on Lake Erie, a ceiling fan, a shop vac, an outdoor rocking chair, tools, golfing items, and art by Thomas Kinkade.

There will be 50/50 raffle tickets sold throughout the night, and organizers have planned a “Spock Impersonation” competition in which all of Clark’s friends can have fun impersonating him as part of a contest.

The benefit will be an indoor and outdoor event. The Eagles facility will be open and a tent will be set up outside. There will also be T-shirts and can cozies available for purchase. The T-shirts are already being sold and can be purchased at the Paulding Red Angel restaurant or by contacting Bennett.

Bennett and Clark’s family and friends are continuously working to raise money for Clark’s medical expenses. Every Thursday, they have a bake sale, T-shirt sale, can cozie sale and raffle at the Paulding Eagles from 6-9 p.m. during karaoke. They are also looking for donations from businesses and individuals for Clark or for the event. Bennett says they have collected quite a bit of money, but they still have a lot to do in the short time they have left.

Anyone looking for more information or those wanting to donate to the cause can contact Bennett at 419-796-8571 or Other organizers to contact include Robin Dobbelaere or Robin Eagleson.

Straight A grant allows for computer purchase at PEVS
Friday, June 27, 2014 1:54 PM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – Straight A grant funds totaling over $500,000 to purchase computers and computer related equipment was approved at the Paulding Exempted Village School board meeting last Tuesday, June 24. Personnel appointments were also approved along with the creation of two new funds.

PHS group visits New York City PDF Print E-mail
Friday, June 27, 2014 1:09 PM
THE PAULDING COUNTY PROGRESS GOES TO NEW YORK CITY – In April, the seniors of the Paulding High School National Honor Society went to New York City.

During the week of April 14-17, the seniors of the Paulding High School National Honor Society went to New York City for a trip. They took a 13-hour bus ride from Paulding High School to New York on Monday the 14th.

They started their time in New York with visiting the “Today Show Live” on Tuesday morning. After being in the country their whole lives, the city was a big change. With all the traffic, they had to learn to cross the street in a timely manner, as well as get off the bus quickly. The students visited the Intrepid Museum to learn about the ships, airplane and jets during the the past wars. They got to visit Times Square on multiple occasions, to go shopping, eat dinner at Di Beppo Planet Hollywood, or just see the sites. Before they left for New York, they had a vote on which musical to see. The students chose to go see “Matilda” on Broadway. That was the last thing they visited on Tuesday, April 15.

The next morning, the 16th, they departed from their hotel in New Jersey to see the Statue of Liberty. They took the ferry to the Statue Island. There was only 20 minutes between each ferry ride to Ellis Island, so there was just enough time to get a few pictures. At Ellis Island, the students go to see the buildings that the immigrants stopped at as they made their way into the United States. The students had the chance to look up their families to see if they came to the United States through Ellis Island. The students enjoyed this part of the trip as they learned about the history of their families and country.

The next place the group visited was the 9/11 Memorial. It was a very somber time as the students listened to a witness from the event. He was a worker in the building during the first attack in 1993 as well as in 2001. He told about his experiences and how those days impacted his life. It was a very touching story. In the tribute center was a firefighter’s jacket, pieces of the buildings, an American Flag and many more. The list of the names who died took a whole wall. It was very important for the students to be able to see. The part of the trip that the students enjoyed very much was actually going to the waterfalls of the memorial where the towers stood.

Then they left for China Town to go shopping. Then they went back to Time Square for dinner and more time to sightsee, then in the evening went to Top of the Rock. Here, the students got to look out over the city with all the lights. It was a beautiful sight!

The next morning, they took off from the hotel to Carlos Bakery to have some tasty desserts. Then a long trip back home. Finally at 10 o’clock that Thursday evening the bus pulled into the high school drive.

Many of the students really enjoyed it, while others did not. Some want to go back or even live there. Overall, it was good trip for the Paulding High School Senior National Honor Society. There were 25 students and five adults on the trip.

Antwerp school board active during the summer
Friday, June 27, 2014 12:53 PM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

ANTWERP – The Antwerp Local School Board met in regular session last Wednesday, June 25. The purchase of a new school bus and van was finalized, the 2014-15 school calendar was presented, personnel items were received, and a brief tour of the virtual academy was given.