Word Of The Day

Vivacity, meaning vivacious, full of life and good spirits.


Oakwood Development Company

Oakwood Development Company is now a follower of  Paulding Community Blog.  Welcome to the blog and feel free to comment on any topic.  What is good for any of our communities in the county benefits everyone in the county.

Green Space Funds Applications Being Accepted

OPWC District 5 NRAC Committee 
c/o Maumee Valley Planning Organization, 1300 East Second Street, Suite 
200, Defiance, Ohio 43512 
The District 5 Natural Resources Assistance Council will be accepting 
applications for request of Clean Ohio Green Space Funds until February 
28, 2014 at 4p.m. Applications must be submitted to:

 Maumee Valley Planning Organization, 1300 East Second Street, Suite 
200, Defiance, Ohio  43512. 
Applications must be delivered to one of the above locations by February 
28th, 2014 shall be accepted. The Clean Ohio Green Space Program 
provides money for the purchase of real property by Counties, Cities, 
Villages, and Townships and Not for Profits, with the intentions of 
converting or maintaining the property as open or green space. 
Applications must be complete to include the Ohio Public Works 
Application Form and attachments, as well as an appraisal prepared by a 
State of Ohio approved appraiser, validating the actual value of the 
proposed property to be purchased. Applications submitted must include 
one original signature and eleven (11) copies. 
Once received, the District 5 NRAC will review and score the 
applications according to the State approved District Methodology and 
make a recommendation of funding to the Ohio Public Works Commission who 
will administer and issue grant agreements to awarded applicants. Any 
questions concerning this program should be directed to the Ohio Public 
Works Commission, 65 East State Street, Suite 312, Columbus, Ohio 43215 
or Dennis Miller, District 5 Liaison, Maumee Valley Planning 
Organization, 1300 East Second Street, Suite 200, Defiance, Ohio  43512; 
phone 419-784-3882 or email: dmiller@mvpo.org.  Program information is 
available on-line @ http://www.pwc.state.oh.us/GSCdefault.html. 


Take a Haunted Walk Through Sherwood Forest at Crystal Fountain Auditorium, Sherwood. Hours: Dusk-11pm Oct. 19, and from dusk-10pm Oct. 20. Proceeds to Sherwood parks. Not recommended for children under age 12.

Antwerp Comprehensive Plan Development

Okay, THIS is how is should be done 
The Village of Antwerp is working on a new comprehensive plan to help create a new long-term vision for development and redevelopment.
A new comprehensive plan will help define what residents want the community to look and feel like in the future.
There will be two primary opportunities to weigh in on the development of a new comprehensive plan for Antwerp. First, a short survey has been developed. This survey can be taken on-line at www.surveymonkey.com/s/AntwerpComprehensivePlanSurvey
Secondly, sometime early in 2014, the Village of Antwerp will be holding a community planning workshop.
Wow, good idea, Antwerp! Other communities should follow your lead. Opinions should be solicited, never suppressed.

Antwerp Comprehensive Plan Survey


The following brief survey is intended for people who live and/or work in the Village of Antwerp, Ohio. No more than 5 minutes should be needed to respond to questions.

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  • Thomas Krick This is great. I commend those who initiated this project. They have an active community development organization in the ACDC. Great job to everyone involved. It takes the entire community to weigh in on what they want the community they live in to be – this is the quality of life issue they will determine. WOW!!!!!!! I think the village initiated this project. I am inspired by this project and I do not live in Antwerp.  This renews my faith that we can still accomplish this in Paulding.  Had worked on revisiting the original Paulding Plan  and updating  the plan, but no one seems interested – if they are, as usual that faction remains silent and elusive.

Celebrating National Newspaper Week


The first three years of the Project’s work involved listening and talking with journalists and others around the country about what defines the work. What emerged out of those conversations are the following nine core principles of journalism:

1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.

2. Its first loyalty is to citizens

While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. This commitment to citizens first is the basis of a news organization’s credibility, the implied covenant that tells the audience the coverage is not slanted for friends or advertisers. Commitment to citizens also means journalism should present a representative picture of all constituent groups in society. Ignoring certain citizens has the effect of disenfranchising them. The theory underlying the modern news industry has been the belief that credibility builds a broad and loyal audience, and that economic success follows in turn. In that regard, the business people in a news organization also must nurture–not exploit–their allegiance to the audience ahead of other considerations.

3. Its essence is a discipline of verification

Journalists rely on a professional discipline for verifying information. When the concept of objectivity originally evolved, it did not imply that journalists are free of bias. It called, rather, for a consistent method of testing information–a transparent approach to evidence–precisely so that personal and cultural biases would not undermine the accuracy of their work. The method is objective, not the journalist. Seeking out multiple witnesses, disclosing as much as possible about sources, or asking various sides for comment, all signal such standards. This discipline of verification is what separates journalism from other modes of communication, such as propaganda, fiction or entertainment. But the need for professional method is not always fully recognized or refined. While journalism has developed various techniques for determining facts, for instance, it has done less to develop a system for testing the reliability of journalistic interpretation.

4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover

Independence is an underlying requirement of journalism, a cornerstone of its reliability. Independence of spirit and mind, rather than neutrality, is the principle journalists must keep in focus. While editorialists and commentators are not neutral, the source of their credibility is still their accuracy, intellectual fairness and ability to inform–not their devotion to a certain group or outcome. In our independence, however, we must avoid any tendency to stray into arrogance, elitism, isolation or nihilism.

5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power

Journalism has an unusual capacity to serve as watchdog over those whose power and position most affect citizens. The Founders recognized this to be a rampart against despotism when they ensured an independent press; courts have affirmed it; citizens rely on it. As journalists, we have an obligation to protect this watchdog freedom by not demeaning it in frivolous use or exploiting it for commercial gain.

6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise

The news media are the common carriers of public discussion, and this responsibility forms a basis for our special privileges. This discussion serves society best when it is informed by facts rather than prejudice and supposition. It also should strive to fairly represent the varied viewpoints and interests in society, and to place them in context rather than highlight only the conflicting fringes of debate. Accuracy and truthfulness require that as framers of the public discussion we not neglect the points of common ground where problem solving occurs.

7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant

Journalism is storytelling with a purpose. It should do more than gather an audience or catalogue the important. For its own survival, it must balance what readers know they want with what they cannot anticipate but need. In short, it must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant. The effectiveness of a piece of journalism is measured both by how much a work engages its audience and enlightens it. This means journalists must continually ask what information has most value to citizens and in what form. While journalism should reach beyond such topics as government and public safety, a journalism overwhelmed by trivia and false significance ultimately engenders a trivial society.

8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional

Keeping news in proportion and not leaving important things out are also cornerstones of truthfulness. Journalism is a form of cartography: it creates a map for citizens to navigate society. Inflating events for sensation, neglecting others, stereotyping or being disproportionately negative all make a less reliable map. The map also should include news of all our communities, not just those with attractive demographics. This is best achieved by newsrooms with a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. The map is only an analogy; proportion and comprehensiveness are subjective, yet their elusiveness does not lessen their significance.

9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience

Every journalist must have a personal sense of ethics and responsibility–a moral compass. Each of us must be willing, if fairness and accuracy require, to voice differences with our colleagues, whether in the newsroom or the executive suite. News organizations do well to nurture this independence by encouraging individuals to speak their minds. This stimulates the intellectual diversity necessary to understand and accurately cover an increasingly diverse society. It is this diversity of minds and voices, not just numbers, that matters.

  • Copyright 2013 Pew Research Center

Quality Of Life – What Are The Elements

Paulding Community Blog

What is quality of life?

Quality of life (QOL) is a broad multidimensional concept that usually includes subjective evaluations of both positive and negative aspects of life.2 What makes it challenging to measure is that, although the term “quality of life” has meaning for nearly everyone and every academic discipline, individuals and groups can define it differently. Although health is one of the important domains of overall quality of life, there are other domains as well—for instance, jobs, housing, schools, the neighborhood. Aspects of culture, values, and spirituality are also key aspects of overall quality of life that add to the complexity of its measurement. Nevertheless, researchers have developed useful techniques that have helped to conceptualize and measure these multiple domains and how they to each other. CDC.

Also would include sense of security, social interaction, and a general sense of well being.

No individual’s opinion should be discounted…

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Paulding County Carnegie Library 100 Years

Watch this video, you will be proud of our library.



Paulding County Carnegie Library: Value…Celebrate…Share…Support

Celebrating 100 Years of Library Support! Paulding County Carnegie Library — the first “county” library in the United States funded by Andrew Carnegie. Esta…

Newspapers Are A Necessary Part Of The Checks And Balances In Our Society


Victor Lawson, 1850 – 1925
A Lorado Taft sculpture, “Crusader,” stands guard over the grave of newspaper publisher Victor Lawson, whose Chicago Daily News pioneered in sending reporters throughout the world for news. Lawson contributed anonymously to many of Chicago’s charitable causes, and even his grave is unmarked, except for the statue and the phrase, “Above all things truth beareth away the victory.” It refers to a story in the Book of Esdras, King James Bible Apocrypha, about a discussion of what is strongest. This tomb stone is located in Graceland Cemetary on Irving Park Drive  in Chicago, near Wrigley Field. Many of Chicago’s famous are enturned at Graceland.

Our founding Fathers realized the importance of freedom of the press and added it as the ” 16th Amendment” to the “United State Constitution. Sometimes newspapers are the last resource available to the public to get assistance in obtaining the facts on a given issue.

Honest, thorough, and balanced investigation into the questions presented is a newspaper moral responsiblity and is not taken lightly, but with sincere and effortless fundamental journalistic practices and ethics.

Newspaper provide a service to the community in many ways. For instance, Newspapers often provide uncompensated promotional publication of events and fund raising of common interests and that benefit the entire community.

National Newspaper week is October 6th through the 12th, 2013.

Paulding Plan Part 8 (2nd focal point)

Paulding Community Blog

The Paulding Plan Part 8

10. A Second Focal Point.

Problems/Needs: There is an opportunity for downtown Paulding to capitalize upon the use of green space to provide additional area for public use, while at the same time providing additional recreation and park area for residents in an area close to the downtown. All downtowns require reasons for people to visit them. Some downtowns are using the idea of recreation, miniparks, fountains, etc. as an additional reason for enticing people to visit the downtown.

Also, most older downtowns turned their backs to rivers, lakes and streams because they were commonly used for industry or commerce and were therefore unattractive. Today, downtowns are re-evaluating the opportunities provided by these natural areas.

Paulding has virtually no public access to or view of the Flat Rock Creek on the eastern edge of the downtown. The Senior Center is currently considering the provision…

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