July 6, 1983… The 111th Paulding County Fair, which opens today, is beginning almost two months earlier than usual but Fair Board President Tom Fisher said preparations were completed ahead of schedule and that “with full cooperation it’ll be a good fair.”

The Northwest Ohio Office on Aging of Toledo has announced that John and Jewel Webb of Paulding are to receive the annual Outstanding Senior Citizens Award. Jewel has been a Paulding County Hospital volunteer since the day it was built, serving every Saturday evening for many years. She started as a Gray Lady, a member of an organization sponsored by the American Red Cross. John has probably given more volunteer time to the county Senior Center than anyone else involved in the organization.

Explorer’s Post 702 met June 28 at the courthouse. The Explorers asked Tony Gray to be one of the advisors. Election of officers was held. What is an Explorer? An Explorer is an individual who works with the Police Department, Sheriff’s department and is involved in law enforcement on a volunteer basis. Learning in this field is limitless. Duties include: traffic and crowd control; parking of vehicles at community events, such as parades, fairs, polka fests and street carnivals.

July 7, 1993… Tim Copsey, of Spec Temp, recently presented a $839.42 check for the proposed sports complex to Antwerp Athletic Boosters and board of education members Al Leininger and Pat Vail. Spec Temp matched the initial collections from the firm’s employees initiated by Copsey. Spec Temp’s donation is among the initial financial support the complex has received and Leininger is confident the number of community contributions will grow as plans become reality.

A long-awaited feasibility study of U.S. 24 improvements should begin soon, heard members of the Fort to Port Improvement Organization (FTPIO) at a quarterly meeting on Thursday in Antwerp. FTPIO is comprised of about 70 member groups from along U.S. 24 between Toledo and Fort Wayne. Chairmen Sue Westendorf of Napoleon Chamber of Commerce said told those attending that she was satisfied by the Ohio Department of Transportation that with the new state biennial budget in effect, ODOT expected to sign contracts with three consulting engineering firms to begin a preliminary study of feasible alternatives on U.S. 24.

The only new car that Paul Wilhelm has ever driven off the lot, a ‘49 Chevy, would fit in perfectly with the cars he now has, if only he’d have kept it. Wilhelm collects antique cars. Currently, he has five - a ‘25 Model T Ford; a ‘28 Oldsmobile; a ‘20 Chevrolet; a ‘30 Model A ford and a ‘56 Chevy. The collection began in 1974 when Wilhelm acquired the two door Model T Ford. He parked the car in his barn until 1986; then he repaired it and drove it in a parade. For the past six summers he has driven his cars in several parades.

July 2, 2003… Demolition of the old Paulding High School began last week and is still continuing. Superintendent Bill Shurgars said the work has been difficult because crews have to remove a middle section with building on either side. Some problems have been encountered on the north end, where the high school was connected with the music wing. Debris must be hauled away, yet. The soon-to-be-vacant space will become a driveway with parking on both sides.

Things will look different when school bells sound again in Oakwood this fall. Students will be going to the same sit, but walking into a new school school building. the old facility has been demolished, giving way to a new L-shaped facility designed to separate students according to grade and age.

Things are looking much better around Paulding County this week in the aftermath of the June 17 deluge that poured as much as 12 inches of rain on a small part of the county. Ohio State University County Extension agent Jim Lopshire stated that he received a report of 12 inches from a site close to Briceton. Other areas had received 10-11 inches in portions of Blue Creek Township and small sections of adjacent townships.

A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with four Paulding County 4-H alumni who were celebrating their 75th anniversary as members of the Blue Bells 4-H Club. These entertaining ladies couldn’t wait to share their stories with me and reminisce about their 4-H experiences. The ladies’ stories all had a common theme: county fair, 4-H camp, trips and of course - boys. Mabel (Winner) Sesler especially remembers the Payne boys and how excited the girls were to see them at camp and the county fair.