Please Do Your Part

How you can help fight climate change

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Earth’s average temperature has risen by 1.4°F over the past 100 years and is projected to rise another 2°F over the next century. That rise in temperature may translate to some potentially dangerous shifts in climate and weather over the next several decades, and these shifts figure to impact society in a variety of ways, none of which are likely to improve quality of life.
The impact of climate change will vary depending on geography, but no region of the planet will be immune to the potentially devastating impact of climate change unless something is done to reverse the trend. For example, the EPA notes that coastal communities in the southeastern United States are likely to see the sea level rise, and such communities will be forced to deal with increasingly intense hurricanes. In the northwestern United States, rising sea levels are likely to increase coastal erosion, while rising temperatures will threaten local forests, agriculture and wildlife.
Though many who present the issue of climate change tend to focus on its potentially devastating consequences, there is still a chance to reverse climate change. That’s because humans are largely responsible for climate change, so it stands to figure that what was done by humans can ultimately be undone as well. According to the EPA, human activities over the last century have released large amounts of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. These greenhouse gases are a result of burning fossil fuels to produce energy. But greenhouse gases also are emitted by industrial processes, deforestation and certain agricultural practices. When these greenhouses are emitted, they trap energy in the atmosphere, causing it to warm. This warming process is necessary to sustain life on Earth. But as these greenhouse gases build up in the atmosphere, as they have done in the last 100 years, the result is a change in climate that threatens society, human health and ecosystems across the globe.
One effective way to combat climate change is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which individuals can do in a number of ways.
• Make “reduce, reuse, recycle” your family’s mantra. Many people have heard the slogan “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but few people may know just how effective it can be. Reducing, reusing and recycling helps conserve energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from resource extraction, manufacturing and disposal. If products are reused and recycled, then less new products need to be made, reducing the industrial emissions that contribute so heavily to climate change. The EPA notes that American recycling activity alone saves roughly 11.3 billion gallons of gas each year. Even some waste can be reused. For example, composting food and yard waste greatly reduces the amount of waste that would otherwise end up in landfills, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a result.
• Be more efficient with water usage. Efficient water usage can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions considerably. For example, only running a dishwasher when it is full can save 100 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, greatly reducing your contribution to climate change with little or no effort on your part. The EPA notes that 3 percent of the energy used in the United States goes toward pumping and treating water, so using water efficiently can greatly reduce greenhouse gas pollution that’s contributing to climate change. Turning the faucet off while shaving and brushing your teeth are two more easy ways to conserve water and reduce emissions.
• Be more responsible behind the wheel. Vehicles are significant contributors to climate change, but drivers may not know that it’s not just the automobile that can contribute to pollution. Drivers also can contribute to greater greenhouse gas emissions if they aren’t driving efficiently and responsibly. When driving, avoid hard accelerations and quick brakes, as that type of driving wastes fuel that will need to be replaced. Driving without so many fast stops and quick starts is more fuel efficient, and over time this will greatly reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions you’re producing every time you get behind the wheel. Other ways to improve fuel efficiency and therefore reduce your vehicle’s emissions include clearing unnecessary items out of your car so the engine doesn’t have to work as hard to get from point A to point B and to keep time spent idling to a minimum.
Climate change has already begun to wreak havoc on the planet, and things only figure to worsen if men and women fail to make reversing climate changes.


Fort Wayne police detain one for questioning in Antwerp robbery
Melinda Krick, Editor
Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:12 AM


Progress Editor

Fort Wayne police have detained a man for questioning for possible connection to an Antwerp bank robbery Wednesday. Officers apprehended the man, who was inside a car that fled from officers, just before midnight Wednesday.

An incident report provided by Fort Wayne Police Department shows an officer attempted to make a traffic stop of a gray-colored 2005 Chevy Impala, matching the description of a car believed involved an armed robbery of GenFed in Antwerp. After a brief pursuit, the car crashed into a garage in an alley off Swinney Avenue.

Two males ran from the vehicle. One man was taken into custody without incident. The second escaped on foot and remains at large.

Police public information officer Michael Joyner said that the individual, whose name has not been released, “is still being interviewed to see what involvement, if any, he had to the incident in Antwerp.” No arrest has been made.

Officers checked the area around the crash and recovered a cell phone and a weapon, according to the incident report.

The vehicle was verified as having been stolen and was towed from the scene. Authorities have not established whether it was the car used in the robbery early Wednesday.

Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers could not be reached for comment regarding any developments in the case.

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Do Your Part For The Environment

Countywide recycling day will be held 9-11am Saturday Oct. 11 at the old Terra fertilizer plant on US127 near Latty. See ad in the Paulding Progress Weekly Reminder for list of accepted items @ “”. Click on the picture of the reminder for the week in the list of articles and go to page four(4).
For those of you that like sitting at the computer you can read the “Reminder” on line every week on the Progres website

Tonight – Be Sure To Attend!

Meet the Candidates on Thursday evening
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 11:00 AM

Paulding County voters have a chance to help question candidates and levy representatives in the Nov. 4 General Election during a forum on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Paulding County Senior Center.

The “Meet the Candidates Night” is a free public, nonpartisan election forum. The Paulding County Progress and the senior center are organizing and promoting the event as a public service.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; the event starts at 6:30 p.m. Voters will have an opportunity to visit with candidates before and after the program.

A drawing will be held for door prizes and refreshments will be served.

Among the participants who will speak Thursday:

• County commissioner candidates Bob Burkley, Georgia Dyson and Mark Holtsberry.

• County Auditor candidate Claudia Fickel.

• Representatives for tax levies for Paulding County Carnegie Library, Paulding County Board of Developmental Disabilities and OSU Extension-Paulding County.

• County native Robert Fry, a candidate for U.S. Congress 5th District.

Invited speakers will make brief presentations, followed by question-and-answer sessions.

Questions are being accepted from the public. Everyone may submit a question using a printed form in this newspaper or in the Weekly Reminder, or by email to

This is a unique opportunity to make your voice heard and perhaps to influence the outcome of the Nov. 4 election.

For more information, contact the Progress office at 419-399-4015.

Plan now to attend this “Meet the Candidates” event, and be sure to cast your ballot on Nov. 4. Exercise your right to vote.