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Happiness is... your public library
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:36 PM

PAULDING – The Paulding County Carnegie Library system will be celebrating National Library Week with the theme of “Happiness is ... Your Public Library” the week of April 14. Each year, during the third full week of April, public libraries throughout the United States celebrate what is great about America’s public libraries.

“It has been a long, cold winter,” shares Susan Pieper, library director. “We have watched as people visited their public library trekking through the snow and the cold and entering with frowns on their faces. But, they left happy; with books, movies, magazines and other free library materials. Their children left happy after attending fun story times or choosing books or movies to watch at home.”

Area holy week services
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:36 PM

Next week is Holy Week and Easter is April 20. Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and attend the church of your choice. Special services will be held the following churches:

Sunday, April 13

The First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert invites the public to the third and final Lenten Vespers program series with “The Confession Stone – The Songs of Mary.” It will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the sanctuary. Join Sheila Chilcote-Collins and David Van Tilburg, in the presentation of Robert Fleming’s 25-minute song cycle. After Lenten Vespers, a supper will be served at 5:30 in the fellowship hall for all to enjoy. All activities are free of cost and everyone is welcome. The church is located at 110 W. Crawford St. in Van Wert.

Langhams to serve as honorary UW chairman
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:34 PM


Feature Writer

Well-known residents Paulding County Tony and Kay Langham have been selected as the 2014 United Way Campaign chairmen for Paulding County. The Langhams succeed last year’s chairmen, Stan and Barb Searing.

“We were pleased to be asked to serve in this fund-raising co-chair position,” said Tony Langham, “We know how much good that United Way does in Paulding County. We feel like this was an opportunity for us to help others and we were eager to get involved.”

EMA going to local areas with severe weather concerns
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 7:04 PM

By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

PAULDING – Paulding County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will be visiting various communities in the county to answer questions about spring severe weather, provide instructional material and advise community residents about radio and cell phone information about weather warnings.

“We’re going to come out to communities on Saturdays and answer severe weather questions,” said EMA director Randy Shaffer. “We’re going to tell people where they can get information about severe weather.”

They also will be assisting people with programming NOAA weather radios. “We have a lot of people who say, ‘The kids got me a weather radio and we don’t know how to operate it,’” said Shaffer.

The schedule of appearances include:

April 12 – Riverside Market in Antwerp

April 19 – Super Value in Payne

April 26 – Chief Supermarket in Paulding

May 3 – Rhees’ Market in Oakwood.

“We will answer questions about severe weather and take suggestions as to how we can better serve the community,” said Shaffer.

In addition, on April 16, there will be a countywide tornado drill at 1 p.m.

“I highly suggest that people take time to review their own severe weather plans with their families and coworkers and make sure that they have their disaster kits ready,” said Shaffer. “They need to know where they are going to go in case of severe weather.”

Shaffer said that those having cell phones are likely programmed to receive Nixle alerting service.

“We use it; the sheriff’s department uses it, it allows us to send out a message that the public needs to know,” Shaffer said. “It doesn’t cost users; it doesn’t cost people that receive messages anything unless the phone company changes service. There’s no junk advertising; it goes by the ZIP code. In addition to weather, users can also be alerted to road closing, accidents and other emergencies.”

Go to www.nixle.com to register your device(s). Or, simply text the word YES to 888777 and respond to the reply message asking for your ZIP code.

Shaffer said that more than 1,100 users in Paulding County are signed up to use it through texting and 350 recipients use emails.

Public Health Week April 7-11
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 6:53 PM


County residents come in contact with the public health system on a daily basis. As this system evolves, public health professionals will help guide people and the communities through these changes. National Public Health Week 2014 breaks down these changes into daily sub-themes to make the transition easy to understand and navigate.

Day 1

Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home. Let us show you around.

Day 2

Don’t panic. Disaster preparedness starts with communitywide commitment and action. We’re here to help you weather the unexpected.

Day 3

Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority. Let us show you where you fit in.

Day 4

Eat well. The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex. We can guide you through the choices.

Day 5

Be the healthiest nation in one generation. Best practices for community health come from around the globe. We have a world of public health to show you.

For more information, contact the Paulding County Health Department at 419-399-3921, visit the webpage at www.pauldingcountyhealth.com or like them on Facebook.


Commissioners require EMA director to finish reports
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 2:17 PM

By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

PAULDING – In their weekly meeting with Paulding County EMA director Randy Shaffer, county commissioners put the squeeze on the director regarding turning in reports necessary to satisfy paperwork requirements for a grant that expires in June.

In last week’s meeting (March 31), Shaffer had assured the commissioners that he had sent in reports for the last quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of this year.

However, on Monday, the commissioners asked Shaffer once again as to whether the last quarter of 2013 had been sent in.

“Last Monday, I questioned you as to whether or not that stuff had been sent in and you said it had been sent in,” said Commissioner Tony Zartman.

“I thought it had,” said Shaffer.

Shaffer said that straightening out the matter will be this week’s project.

Zartman instructed Shaffer that he has a reprimand in writing concerning the matter, but if Shaffer could clear things up by next week, he would tear up the reprimand.

Commissioners also questioned Shaffer as to whether or not he needed copies of vouchers to send in. Shaffer responded that he needs copies of warrants (checks). Commissioner Roy Klopfenstein said he would speak with the auditor’s office to see if there is any way to simplify the process.

The commissioners and Shaffer spent a considerable amount of time discussing the possibility of an upgraded EMS vehicle. Shaffer said that there is a very disturbing noise associated with the current vehicle, a 2000 model with 202,000 miles on it.

Zartman referred to an EMPG grant that would cover 50 percent of the cost of an upgraded vehicle.

“I think we should look at lightly used vehicles,” said Zartman.

Shaffer referred to Statewide Ford in Van Wert which he said had supplied vehicles for other EMA agencies and commissioners agreed to inquire about the matter.

In the March 31 meeting, Shaffer had requested the assistance of part-time clerical help to assist with paperwork and reports. At that time, Klopfenstein said that it had been considered, and he instructed Shaffer to make a list of major duties that could be completed by a clerical assistant.

When Klopfenstein asked Shaffer for his list response this week, the EMA director replied, “The biggest thing is reimbursement grants. Secondly, we need someone to keep our list of resources updated. Twenty-five percent of businesses that we list as resources are probably out of business now. We need to call the businesses we have in there to see if they are correct.”

“I’m sure that the skill of the clerk would depend on how fast that could get done,” responded Klopfenstein.

In the March 31 meeting, a disagreement had occurred between Shaffer and the commissioners concerning the replacement of the county radio station because of its ineffectiveness to give total service to law enforcement on a countywide basis.

Shaffer’s biggest concern was that of the cost of monthly user fee for the use of a MARCS system of radios if the commissioners decided to purchase it.

In meetings on March 24 and March 31, the commissioners had confronted Shaffer, asking if he had initiated a a phone call to Lima Radio Service suggesting they interfere in an attempt by the commissioners to apply for a different frequency for county usage.

Shaffer said that he had verbalized a difference in opinion, discouraging the changing of options. But he emphasized that he did not suggest that a phone call be made to the FCC to interfere with anything.

Commissioner Fred Pieper stated that he believed that the commissioners should not doubt Shaffer’s word concerning the matter.