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Receiving a miracle
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:25 PM

Receiving a miracle

By Eileen Kochensparger

Secretary, Bargain Bin of Paulding County Inc.

How many of you have experienced a miracle in your life? We read about miracles all the time in books or hear about them through word of mouth or the news, but have you ever personally experienced a miracle? I am a miracle.

Nine years ago, I was stricken with Streptococcus pneumonia and given only a 24 percent of survival. I was in a coma for six weeks and remember nothing of that time. People who see me yet today call my recovery a miracle. But there are other kinds of miracles and the Bargain Bin of Paulding County has received a miracle.

Early introduction to autism grabbed my heart
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:24 AM

By Jim Langahm

I’ve never known a part of my life when autism wasn’t a part of it. Following the death of her husband because of a car accident, my Aunt Eleanor remarried and she and her second husband bore two sons that played major roles in my life.

Her oldest son, Max, was autistic. When his parents needed to go somewhere, they would often bring Max to our home. I was a child at the time and Max a few years older than me. I was quickly impressed by his autistic characteristic of echolalia (usually answered back with the last word or a key word in something you’ve said) and his tendency to rock in a rocking chair, hum cheerfully and play with a string.

A trip back home opened my eyes
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:24 AM


A trip back home opened my eyes

By Joe Shouse

Just the other day I went home. The place I was born, reared as a child, graduated from high school – the place I developed memories, good memories. Then I left for college and life took on a series of twists and turns that never allowed me to go back to Rushville, Indiana except for brief visits.

So, going home was an eye opener and not necessarily a good one at the start. My reason for going home was to attend a funeral. I was home for just a few hours but long enough to see how things had changed over the years. Leaving the funeral home in the processional and crawling through town at a slow pace to the cemetery, I had the chance to witness downtown, or at least, what is left of downtown.

No green thing for me
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:23 AM



By Nancy Whitaker

One day, while checking out of a grocery store, the cashier told a lady in front of me, “You really ought to bring your own bags and not use the plastic ones, as they are not good for the environment.”

The lady replied, “Well, back in my day, we didn’t have the ‘green thing.’” The clerk responded, “It was probably your generation who was responsible for polluting the world and didn’t follow recycling and clean air practices.”

Days of whine and roses
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:23 AM

By Kylee Baumle

It’s hard to believe that we’re still cranky about the weather at this late date, but the truth is, we still haven’t settled into a comfortable no-coat weather pattern. With frost in outlying areas just last week, it’s hard to believe we’re approaching Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer.

Spring has brought new experiences for many gardeners this year, even those of us who have been doing this for a while. We knew that we’d lose some plants and that spring was likely to be a bit wonky when it came to our gardens, but we were hoping for the best.

USDA to control PED outbreak reporting
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:22 AM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist

Paulding SWCD

The total number of fig farms that have tested positive for the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus now stands at 6,019 in 30 states.

USDA  announced farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease.

Entertaining angels unaware
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:36 PM

By Jim Langham

This morning in a local restaurant, I wondered for a few moments whether or not I was in the presence of an “angel.”

It all started when a young waitress showed my close buddy and me a story she had uncovered on her phone about a young man who was recently killed in a tornado in Arkansas. As the fury of the storm bore down on the trailer park where he lived, he crawled into the bathtub and kept texting his mother, telling her how much he loved her.

The mother kept reassuring the son he would be okay and he texted, saying, “It’s getting closer, I love you mom.”

Money talks?
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:35 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Do you know the driving force behind our country and communities? Is it health, freedom of speech or the pursuit of happiness? Maybe. Yes, this country was founded on freedom of religion and righteous beliefs, but ever since the Native Americans traded wampum for tobacco, the naked truth is that “money talks.” My old grandpa used to say, “The love of money is the root of all evil, but I’d sure like to have a root.”

Protect yourself head to toe
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:35 PM

By Kylee Baumle

With days last week that were near or above record high temperatures, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve finally put winter behind us. These are a gardener’s salad days, when we love nothing better than to be out on a beautiful warm, sunny afternoon, digging in the dirt.

Many of us are diligent about wearing gloves while we’re in the garden. Get just one nasty blister or a cut from a sharp blade of ornamental grass and you don’t soon forget to put them on. If you have cats (yours or someone else’s) that think your garden is just one big litter box, that’s reason enough right there to wear your gloves.

Garlic - mustard is not a deli condiment
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:34 PM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

May is here ... bringing the colors and fragrance of spring flowers, but also the unwelcome annual bloom of garlic mustard. While its name may sound like a spicy condiment, garlic mustard is actually one of Ohio’s worst invasive weeds.

Native to Europe and Asia, garlic mustard (alliaria petiolata) was introduced into New York in the 1860s and spread rapidly. It is now abundant in the northeastern and central U.S., including Ohio. It tends to move in initially along rivers, roads and trails and then spread out from there. The seeds may be carried in bits of mud on people’s shoes, as well as by floodwaters and roadway mowing equipment.