Paulding Progress February 22, 2012

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INSIDE:n Bridal sectionn Look inside!Special salesevents from ...Chief, Menards,Rural KingAroundPauldingCountyPancakes andsausage March 3SCOTT The ScottLions Club will be hostingits annual pancake &sausage day, Saturday,March 3. Serving times arefrom 6 a.m.-1 p.m. at theLions Club building indowntown Scott. As al-ways, its all you can eatpancakes and sausage fordonations only.Blood drive setANTWERP AnAmerican Red Cross blooddrive will be held from 8a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March2, in the Antwerp HighSchool gymnasium, locatedat 303 S. Harrmann Roadin Antwerp. Those who do-nate will receive a T-shirt.To schedule an appoint-ment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcross-blood.orgLibrary directorto demonstratesalmon dishOAKWOOD JoinPaulding County CarnegieLibrary director SusanPieper at 5:30 p.m.Thursday, March 1, as shedemonstrates her own spe-cial recipe for HoneyGlazed Pecan Salmon.Hosted by the CooperCommunity Library inOakwood, Pieper will bepresenting her dish as partof the branch libraryscooking class series. Theclass will be held in theCommunity Room andspace is limited, so pre-reg-istration is required. Callthe Cooper CommunityLibrary at 419-594-3337for more information and toregister.JPHS is nowon FacebookJohn Paulding HistoricalSociety president LesWeidenhamer announcedMonday that the organiza-tion is now on Facebook.We hope you Like us,he said.To become a fan of thesociety and its museum, goto, search forJohn Paulding HistoricalSociety and click on theLike button.CountdownThe countdown hasbegun! Its now 27 daysuntil spring.Thanks to you ...Wed like to thank JoeSander of Payne for sub-scribing to the Progress!PPAULDINGAULDING CCOUNTYOUNTYVOL. 138 NO. 26 PAULDING, OHIO 419-399-4015 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 ONE DOLLAR USPS 423620See 4-H PROGRAM, page NANCY WHITAKERProgress Staff WriterA hike in the price of elec-tricity has left many smallbusinesses, villages, schools,fairgrounds and churcheswith sky high utility bills thatthey will have trouble paying.Entities are saying they hadno forewarning of the rate in-crease and budgets alreadyhad been set when they gottheir first bill for the year.The Village of Antwerp isjust one of many entities feel-ing the crunch from AEPsrate hike. The rates, whichwere approved by PUCO inDecember, raised the price ofelectric service by 40 percent.The rate hikes targeted smallbusinesses, schools, andchurches as a result of provi-sions that reduce costs forlarge manufacturers andtransfer much of the burdento others.Loretta Baker, fiscal offi-cer for Antwerp, said, Wepay approximately 28 sepa-rate electric bills for Antwerpvillage. Our costs went up atleast 33 percent overall. Wepay bills for the fire station,street lights, sewer plant,water plant as well as the li-brary.The AEP bill runs approx-imately $75,000 for a normalyear. With these increases,we are looking to have to payat least an additional$25,000.Village administrator SaraKeeran emailed State Rep.Lynn Wachtmann about thecrises and how the villagehad been affected. Her emailstated, The AEP increasejust approved by PUCO hasdealt a 33 percent increase inelectric bills for the Village ofAntwerp.The email went on to saythat the increase would causegreat financial harm toAntwerp in the amount of$29,000 which the villagehas no way of covering.Keeran also said that thevillage had filed a complaintwith PUCO and asked forWachtmanns help in review-ing the increase.Wachtmann replied thatafter receiving Keeransemail, he contacted PUCOand was happy to report thatPUCO was taking up the rateimpacts and hoped to have itresolved by the end of themonth.Meanwhile Shelly Clark,AEP CorporateCommunications Directorsaid, We had meetings lastyear with approximately 20interveners. They representeddifferent areas of businessand were wanting us to movetowards market price. Wethought doing it this waywould be the best.Groups could petition tojoin the case when it began,but nobody stepped up to rep-resent the small business sec-tor.One report said the agree-ment reflected the wishes ofthose who attended. Theirwishes included rate cuts forbig business and a variety ofincentives for others.Rates for residential cus-tomers went up significantly.For customers of AEPs OhioPower, which covers a pre-dominately rural area, therate rose 5 percent.Since January 2008, OhioPowers rates have increasedby 47 percent, according tothe PUCOs monthly rate sur-vey. Compared with a yearago, Ohio Powers rate is up17 percent.While the agency pledgesto help small businesses,those in all-electric house-holds are raising concernsabout their costs. The newAEP rates do not include adiscount to residents whoheat with electricity.Previously, AEP chargedits base-generation rate foronly the first 800 kilowatt-hours of usage in the cold-weather months. The baserate, which doesnt includethe cost of fuel and other gen-eration charges, was about 3cents per kilowatt-hour.Since the new system startedin January, the base rate is thesame for all usage levels.So, a house that uses 2,500ences and opportunities toboys and girls that will helpthem develop to their fullestpotential, continued Hiler.Projects, along with clubprograms and activities, arethe tools used to developleadership, citizenship andcharacter in members. The 4-H project, which is based onreal life experiences, providesparticipants with the opportu-nity to learn by doing.In addition, new projectsthis year include Guinea pig,create your own clothing,cake decorating, interior de-sign and science fun withdairy food.Eligibility for 4-H mem-bership begins when a childhas reached age 5 and is en-rolled in kindergarten as ofJan. 1 of the current year(Cloverbuds); membership tothe 4-H club program beginswhen a child is at least 8years old and enrolled in thethird grade as of Jan. 1 of thecurrent year.Ohio 4-H membershipends Dec. 31 of the year inwhich an individual attainsthe age of 19.This years PauldingCounty Fair will be held June11-16.Thirteen active clubs in thecounty accept a large varietyof projects. Clubs include: 5-H Saddle Club, Blue RibbonWorkers, Brown Bettys andBuster Brown, CampgroundKids, Doe-C-Doe, FlatrockJr. Farmers, Happy Bunch,Leaders of Tomorrow,Livewires, Modern Miss andMister, P.L. Pals,Stablemates, The Out ofTowners and 4-H Carteens,with a focus on teen leader-ship.In addition, this years 4-HCamp will be held at CampPalmer, near Defiance, July9-12. The theme for thisyears event is, A PlaceWhere Dreams Come True.Hiler emphasized that thereare scholarships available forassistance with camp regis-tration fees. Thirty counselorsThey join because they wantto belong, do things that haveaction and succeed some-thing, Hiler said.The main purpose of 4-His to provide learning experi-By JIM LANGHAMFeature WriterAfter involvement of 315young people in last yearsPaulding County 4-H pro-gram, program assistant StaciHiler is aiming for a goal of400 participants in this yearsinvolvement.Hiler said that many regis-trations have already been re-ceived; however, those whowould yet like to join haveuntil March to join one of thecounty clubs for this season.Anyone interested can pickup registration forms at theOSU Extension Office at thefairgrounds, county librariesor by going to the Web site and clickingon the 4-H bar.In addition, there is a page,Paulding County 4-HProgram, on Facebook.We have initiated new andexciting ways to spread theword of 4-H throughout thecounty, said Hiler. Our pro-motion includes school visitsto the third grade classes at allelementary schools within thecounty, radio spots, 4-H li-brary displays at Paulding,Oakwood, Payne andAntwerp, and local newspa-per coverage.Hiler said that Dairy Queenice cream coupons will begiven to those who bring afriend to their meeting, andalso to the friend. In addition,they are having contests be-tween clubs to see who canget the most members. Thewinning club will receive aDairy Queen ice cream cakeparty sponsored by the 4-HAdvisory Committee.Ohio 4-Hers may choosefrom over 200 projects.Examples include first aid,woodworking, animal sci-ence, livestock projects, foodand nutrition, clothing, modelrocketry, creative arts andvarious types of livestock ex-hibits.Kids have fun becausethey can enjoy their friends at4-H meetings, social activi-ties, tours, camps and the fair.PPROGRESSROGRESSEllie Miller, Jalynn Parrett and Kandee Manson talk to the third grade classes about 4-H.Members of the Junior Leaders, as well as 4-H members from Antwerp, teach fellow thirdgraders the 4-H Pledge.See ELECTRICITY, page 2AHiler projects 4-H enrollment goal of 400held Friday, Feb. 17. She is survivedby her mother and three children.Last week, Paulding CountyProbate Court issued a custody orderdesignating Aldrichs mother as legalcustodian of the youngest child.The family is more at ease now,said Brenda Cook, Aldrichs aunt,following the arrests. We have beenin turmoil since this happened. Ourhearts have been ripped out of ourchests. We can feel our hearts beatingagain because justice is being served.We know we are getting justice.Amy is getting justice.MARION Last Wednesday, twoMarion men were arrested andcharged in connection with the Feb. 8shooting death of Paulding Countyresident Amy Aldrich.Raymond Bertuzzi, 28, wascharged with one