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Farmers wrapping up spring planting
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:31 PM


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PAULDING – A majority of county farmers have finished planting and replanting crops and are finishing much of their side dressing work, said Paulding County Ohio State University Extension agent Sarah Noggle earlier this week.

“Much of the corn is in that V-3 and V-4 stage right now,” said Noggle on Monday. “At least 70 percent of the side dressing is done.”

Noggle said that some of the corn has been knocked over by “flopping corn syndrome,” a condition that sometimes occurs when the mesocotyl isn’t fully developed and strong winds blow through the field.

Summer reading program to be explosive
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:30 PM

PAULDING – The Children’s Room at the main historic Carnegie Library in Paulding announces its 2014 summer reading program.

Do you have a budding young scientist in your home? Does the idea of exploring the wacky world of science excite your child? If so, be sure to sign them up for this year’s Summer Reading Program, “Fizz! Boom! Read!” activities are planned for children aged preschool through fourth grade.

There will be programs, prizes, story times and much more each week as Mad Scientist Kooky Kirk and the entire youth services team mix up the best ingredients for a terrific summer! All events are FREE!! Register today.

Paulding library makes reading worth while for teens
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:29 PM


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PAULDING – The Paulding Library is once again promoting a summer reading program for young adults. This year, in addition to rewards for individual reading efforts, there will be a grand prize for the one who reads the most books during the time span.

Kickoff for this year’s program will occur on Tuesday, June 17. The special effort will conclude on Aug. 12 when there will be final drawings and the final grand prize awarded.

At the kickoff time, there will be games, including a “minute to win it” game. The next meeting will occur on July 14 with outdoor games and an animal collage. Things will wrap up with the Aug. 12 meeting. All meetings will be at 6 p.m.

4-H camp offers opportunities
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:29 PM


Feature Writer

This is the fourth year that Paulding County 4-Her Austin Conlon has served as a counselor at the summer 4-H Camp at Camp Palmer in Fulton County. These days, Conlon realizes the experience has not only been fun, but has given him the opportunity to look at things from an adult perspective.

This year’s camp will take place July 9-13. However, registration forms for those attending are due by June 23. Paulding County assistant program director Staci Hiler noted that this year’s goal is to have 150 in attendance between campers and counselors.

Slideshow: Paulding County Fair June 9
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:53 PM


Paulding County Fair highlights June 9, 2014


Highlights from the opening day of the Paulding County Fair in Paulding, including poultry and rabbit judging, parade and king and queen coronation. The fair is June 9-14.

Photos by Jenise Griffiths/Paulding County Progress


Auglaize River Regatta a true community effort PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:56 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

OAKWOOD – The Oakwood Development Company (ODC) is collaborating with businesses as well as individuals to promote the eastern portion of Paulding County. According to executive director Damien Morales, the ODC is actively promoting the many resources available in the region in hopes to build camaraderie, strength and growth.

One natural resource available are the many waterways that flow through the county. When Morales made his first trip to Oakwood, he saw the potential of the rivers and what could be done to bring people, dollars and a sense of pride to the area.

“What better opportunity to promote what we have than to discover the river up close and personal,” said Morales.

In order to do so, the ODC is the driving force behind the first Auglaize River Regatta, to be held Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“We want to focus on the east side of the county, near Oakwood. We have wonderful people to work with, a great community park in Oakwood and everything downtown is in close proximity,” Morales said.

He admits they are starting at the ground floor with their first event, but already he sees success developing before the first canoe hits the water.

“When you do something like this, it’s all about the people and businesses. As an economic development group we want to build relationships and in the process keep them in front of us. Right now, just seeing people come together, working hard and pooling their resources for a common cause is exciting.”

The ODC is drawing from many in the area to help facilitate the regatta. The paddle race, using one or two person canoes or kayaks will be 3.5 miles and will launch from Auglaize Canoe and Kayak located at 24687 Road 207, outside of Oakwood near the Paulding/Putnam County line. Boat rentals will be made available at Auglaize Canoe and Kayak for a nominal fee.

Preregistration, at a 50 percent discount, can be made through June 14 by calling 419-796-1825. After June 14 registration will increase to $20 for adults and $10 for youth ages 7 through 17.

Please note that check-in for the regatta and same-day registration will be held at the Oakwood Community Park. Once completed, participants will make their way to Auglaize Canoe and Kayak for the launch of the 3.5-mile waterway adventure.

On the day of the regatta, the community park will be the stage for entertainment, food and arts and crafts throughout the day. The Oakwood Community Band will perform at 11 a.m. followed by Brian and Poor Bottom Grass Band scheduled for noon.

Food will be provided by CJ’s Place from the Five Span area.

“We are excited to see Auglaize Canoe and Kayak, CJ’s Place and the bands come together for this. CJ’s is a relatively new restaurant and for them to have the opportunity to showcase their food is a good thing We are getting a lot of support and we hope this first year event will grow and be something we can look forward to every year,” said Morales.

The idea of having the regatta starts at a top notch facility like Auglaize Canoe and Kayak and finishing at the community park where everything will be close together is something that Morales feels is a real plus.

“We have been planning, strategizing and developing this regatta for eight months and we have overcome some challenges. We have a grand plan and if we can work through everything logistically we will be more than pleased and everyone should have fun day,” said Morales.

For more information, visit www.odcohio.org/race-registration.