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  • 7 Dec 2023 6:13 AM | Anonymous

    The Leadership in Action (LIA) team has embarked on a significant project to renovate the pavilion and public restrooms at the Paulding Reservoir Park. This initiative is part of a broader effort to enhance the overall appeal and safety of the area. The team is dedicated to learning more about leadership and giving back to the community, and they are thrilled to take on this meaningful task. 

    The proposed renovation project aims to create a safer and more welcoming environment for the community to enjoy. However, to make this vision a reality, they are seeking financial support from businesses and individuals like you. Their goal is to raise $50,000 in charitable donations from the community to fund the renovation project. The renovated pavilion and restrooms will not only contribute to the beautification of the Paulding Reservoir Park but will also serve as an asset for the entire community.

    To support this initiative, they invite you to consider making a charitable donation by February 29th, 2024, to ensure the timely completion of the project. The suggested donation amounts are $100, $500, $1,000, $1,500, or an amount of your choosing. Please make checks payable to the Paulding County Area Foundation with a memo stating, “Leadership in Action Fund”. Checks can be mailed to the above Chamber of Commerce address. The Paulding County Area Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status, ensuring that your contribution is tax-deductible. Donations over $250 will receive a receipt from the Foundation.

    Your generosity will play a crucial role in bringing this project to fruition and contributing to the well-being of our community. The LIA team is confident that, with your support, they can make a lasting impact on the Paulding Reservoir Park and the lives of those who visit it.

    Thank you for considering their request. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact Erica Noggle at 419-399-5215 or The 2023-2024 Leadership in Action Team sincerely appreciates your support and looks forward to the positive changes we can achieve together. 

    Team members include:
    Owen Manz, InSource Technologies
    Stacy Morrison, HR & Administration Manager, Paulding Putnam Electric
    Jamie Clemens, Manager, Oakwood Branch Library
    Amanda Jewell, Manager, Grover Hill Branch Library
    Denise Kinder, Director of Early Intervention/Developmental Specialist
    Cheryl Andres, Broker/Owner, Coldwell Banker Classic Properties
    Jennifer Dempsey, Youth Career Coach, Ohio Means Jobs

  • 1 Dec 2023 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    Paulding, OH: The Paulding County Community came together on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, to celebrate the successful inauguration of the pavilions at New Rochester Park and Cecil Bridge Park. These ribbon-cuttings marked a significant milestone in enhancing community spaces and fostering connectivity among residents.

    Local dignitaries, community leaders, and residents gathered to witness the official unveiling of these remarkable additions to the county. The Rochester Park Pavilion, now a versatile and inviting space for community gatherings and recreational activities, will undoubtedly become a hub for social engagement. The Cecil Bridge, spanning the Maumee River, stands as a picturesque vantage point, allowing residents to admire the natural beauty that surrounds the area.

    "We are thrilled to see the community come together to celebrate the completion of these significant projects. These additions are a testament to the collaborative spirit of our community and our commitment to creating spaces that enrich the lives of our residents," Erica Noggle, Executive Director, Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured an inspiring speech from, Glenn Troth, Vice-President, Paulding County Park District Board, a symbolic ribbon-cutting moment, and opportunities for attendees to explore the newly inaugurated spaces. Linda Hodges, President, Paulding County Park District Board, noted “One exciting thing about this project was the overwhelming community involvement and support. We are excited for our continued collaboration in making improvements to the Paulding County Parks system.”

    The celebration, which was open to the public, provided an opportunity for residents to join in commemorating the growth and connectivity of the community. For more information or inquiries, please contact Linda Hodges at

  • 27 Nov 2023 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    The Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to express its deepest gratitude to the incredible individuals, businesses, and organizations that rallied together to make Shop the Village an outstanding success.

    Since the launch of this event the outpouring of support for local businesses throughout the community has not only strengthened the economic fabric of the community but has also demonstrated the tremendous spirit of unity that defines Paulding County. The positive impact of Shop the Village extends far beyond the economic realm. The event fosters a sense of community pride, encouraging residents to explore and appreciate the unique offerings of our local businesses. The commitment of the Paulding County Community to shopping locally plays a crucial role in preserving the distinct character and charm of our beloved county.

    As the Chamber Director, Erica Noggle stated that she is “profoundly grateful to the community for the overwhelming support shown during Shop the Village as well as all the other support local campaigns in the neighboring communities. The commitment to shop locally not only boosts the economy but shows the power of community support. Shop the Village was a booming success, and I look forward to continuing the Chambers efforts to strengthen and uplift our Paulding County Community.

    The Chamber extends its appreciation to the dedicated entrepreneurs and business owners who form the backbone of the community. Their hard work, resilience, and commitment to providing exceptional products and services have not gone unnoticed. The success of Shop the Village is a testament to the strength of our local businesses.

    The Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce encourages everyone to continue supporting local businesses year-round. The ongoing support of the Paulding County Community ensures that the benefits will be felt long into the future.

  • 22 Nov 2023 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce is set to host an exciting double celebration on behalf of the Paulding County Park District Board on Wednesday, November 29th, 2023, with back-to-back ribbon-cutting ceremonies unveiling beautiful spaces at Rochester Park and Cecil Bridge Park.

    Event Details:
    - Date: Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
    - Time: 12:00pm
    - Locations:
      - Rochester Park - 11885 Road 424, Cecil, OH 45821
      - Cecil Bridge Park - 179908 Road 105, Cecil, OH 45821

    Local residents, community leaders, and media are invited to join in the festivities, showcasing the results of extensive park revitalization projects. The celebration will continue seamlessly from Rochester Park to Cecil Bridge Park, offering attendees the opportunity to explore both newly renovated areas.

  • 15 Nov 2023 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    The Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for an extraordinary shopping extravaganza as the much-anticipated "Shop the Village" event returns for another year. On Saturday, November 25th, over 25 local vendors and businesses will unite to celebrate Shop Small Saturday, offering a unique and diverse shopping experience for residents and visitors alike.

    Shop Small Saturday is an annual event that encourages communities to support local businesses and artisans. "Shop the Village" takes this concept to new heights, bringing together vendors who will showcase their exceptional products and services. From handcrafted goods to one-of-a-kind treasures, shoppers can expect to discover an array of items that reflect the rich tapestry of our local creative community.

    Shop the Village promises a delightful shopping experience with something for everyone, including unique gifts, art, jewelry, fashion, and more. Each vendor has a diverse range of offerings, ensuring that attendees can find the perfect items for their holiday shopping lists or treat themselves to something special.

    "We're excited to bring back Shop the Village for another year, showcasing the incredible talent and creativity that our local community has to offer," said Erica Noggle, Executive Director, Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce. "This is a fantastic opportunity for Paulding County residents to discover unique gifts, support local entrepreneurs, and celebrate the spirit of Shop Small Saturday right here in our own backyard."

    With the holiday season just around the corner, "Shop the Village" provides a wonderful opportunity for shoppers to find thoughtful and meaningful gifts while contributing to the vitality of the local economy.

  • 27 Oct 2023 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    On Wednesday, October 26th, 2023, the Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce marked a special moment at the Black Swamp Nature Center by hosting the ribbon cutting of the new Pavilion!

    “We are thrilled to announce that our new pavilion is now open to visitors,” says Anna Gurney, Educational Specialist, Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District. “This project has been a labor of love, and we are grateful to everyone who has contributed to its success.”

    The ODNR NatureWorks grant was awarded in November of 2021 for Black Swamp Nature Center improvements. The amount awarded was $40,726. Those funds were used for updates to the interior of the Nature Center Building in 2022 and the pavilion was built in 2023. To complete the pavilion, additional funds were needed. Many donations were received from the community including those from the Paulding County Area Foundation, Cooper Farms Foundation, Paulding Putnam Operation Round Up, and Ag Credit Mission Funds allowing for the completion of the project.

    The beautiful pavilion is custom designed for the site allowing it to fit perfectly into the natural setting. It is open to the public during daylight hours and is first come, first served. We are proud to have it as an improvement to the Black Swamp Nature Preserve. Come enjoy the Pavilion’s serene surroundings, a perfect spot for gatherings, picnics, and appreciating the beauty of nature.

  • 17 Oct 2023 12:13 PM | Anonymous

    We have created a Community Surveys webpage! This platform serves as a vital hub for gathering valuable insights and feedback from our local communities and Paulding County as a whole. Here, you can participate in surveys designed to shape our counties future, voice your opinions on key issues, and help us understand your needs better. Your input is crucial in building a stronger, more vibrant Paulding County. Join us in making a difference – one survey at a time!

    To have a survey added to the page please contact Erica Noggle at the Chamber. Our hope is that this will increase the visibility of and participation in the surveys that affect the businesses, employees and residents of Paulding County.

  • 10 Oct 2023 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    The Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Banquet on Thursday, October 5th. The Annual Banquet is the Chamber’s opportunity to honor businesses and community members because without them our Paulding County Community wouldn't be as amazing as it is today. This year’s theme was Be a Pop of Color in a Black and White World, to signify that it’s the people of the community that are important and make it successful. Guests were encouraged to come dressed colorfully, enjoy a delicious meal, and take the opportunity to network.

    The Chamber touched on many programs and collaborative projects that have occurred over the last year. Those projects ranged from the Community Clean Up Day with Paulding Exempted Village Schools to the current project that is underway with the Wayne Trace Art Department. These collaborative efforts are a staple of the Chamber’s mission to exemplify leadership by positively reinforcing and representing their members and businesses in the communities that they proudly serve.

    Throughout the evening the Chamber celebrated with the community by presenting 21 awards in the categories of Milestone Awards, Golden Shovel Awards, Business Leader of the Year, Young Professional of the Year and the Legacy Award. Memories by Tawnya was present to take professional headshots and to capture a picture of each award recipient throughout the evening.

    Milestone Awards were presented to businesses and organizations in celebration of their years of service to the Paulding County community.  

    1 year

    • Creekside Solar
    • Grounded Coffee & Crumbs

    10 years

    • Troth Law Office

    15 years

    • Divine Mercy

    20 years

    • Solid Ground Lawn Care

    25 years

    • OhioMeansJobs Defiance & Paulding Counties

    30 years

    • Marlin & Associates Financial Services, LLC
    • Michael Mott, DDS

    50 years

    • Paulding County Senior Center

    80 years

    • Fraternal Order of Eagles #2405

    90 years

    • City Beverage Company

    The Golden Shovel Awards were presented to the following businesses that made improvements or expansions to their facilities to better serve their needs and those of the community.

    • 1)     Schlatter’s Plumbing & Heating
    • 2)     The Bargain Bin of Paulding County, Inc.
    • 3)     Antwerp Pharmacy
    • 4)     Grant's Catering
    • 5)     PC Workshop/Limitless
    • 6)     Buy the Book
    • 7)     Paulding County Hospital

    The final three award recipients are chosen from nominations that were submitted by community members. Those nominations were passed along to three Chamber Directors in the states of New York, Alabama, and Wisconsin. Each of this year’s awards recipients were chosen unanimously by those individuals.

    Business Leader of the Year is presented to an individual that has excelled within a leadership role in a Chamber member business. This individual is innovative, motivating to employees and civically engaged. This recipient may have acquired a long-term record of service or may have made one outstanding contribution that made a major impact in their business, industry and/or community. This year’s 2023 Business Leader of the Year is Doug Schlatter with Schlatter Plumbing, Heating, and A/C.

    The Young Professional of The Year award is presented to an individual (age 20-40) who has achieved a successful career and has made innovative contributions to their company/community. This individual has distinguished themselves as a future leader in the business/organization. This year’s 2023 Young Professional of the Year is Estee Miller.

    The Legacy Award recognizes an individual in our community that has given their time and talent to build a better tomorrow. This year’s 2023 Legacy Award recipient is Traci Koenig. 

    A fun and creative fund-raising activity that occurs during the banquet is the Dessert Dash. Each table works together as a team to bid on a dessert. The table with the highest bid gets to ‘dash’ to the dessert table to claim their sugary goodness and then so on and so forth. This year’s desserts were provided by Grounded Coffee and Crumb, The Gardens at Paulding, and Grant’s Catering. The funds raised are then used by the Chamber throughout the year on Quality of Life projects throughout Paulding County. Through the kindness and generosity of the attendees we were able to raise over $2,000.

    This year’s Annual Banquet was made possible by the sponsorship of It Takes Heart Ohio, Northwest State Community College, State Bank & Trust, The Gardens of Paulding, Baughman Tile Company, Paulding Putnam Electric Co-Op, Sherwood Mutual Telephone Association, The Union Bank Company, and First Financial Bank. Memories by Tawnya was present to take professional headshots and to capture a picture of each award recipient.

  • 25 Sep 2023 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    (COLUMBUS, Ohio) — As the breeze turns crisp and the leaves start to crunch, TourismOhio’s list of the “100 Things to Do in Ohio This Fall” is a fitting reminder of the many opportunities to get out and explore the heart of it all this fall.  

    “Fall is a wonderful time for adventure in Ohio,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “In just a few weeks Ohio’s fall foliage will light up with the colors of the season. I encourage you to pick a festival, a small town, or a park you’ve never explored before and experience the heart of fall in Ohio, the heart of it all!” 

    The annual “100 Things To Do in Ohio This Fall” list is the perfect autumnal companion for any traveler, and this year it’s even better . To ensure no fall festival or eerie encounter is missed, TourismOhio has made a free “100 Things To Do InOhio This Fall” checklist, available online for print or download. 

    “Ohio is beautiful all year round, but there’s something special about the fall season,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development, which oversees TourismOhio. “Whether you’ve seen the seasons change before, or this is your first fall in Ohio, there’s historic, picturesque, and even spooky adventures waiting for you in the heart of it all.” 

    Fall is a beautiful time to explore Paulding County. If you’re interested in history then you need to mark your calendars and join CoRP for their Annual Cemetery Walk at Live Oak Cemetery on Saturday, October 14th.  We also have the Old Paulding Jail where you can schedule private or group paranormal investigations with 187 P.I.

    “Paulding County is rich in history and adventure. We have some amazing coffee shops and local eateries where you can get a warm drink and a wonderful meal while you explore all the things that make our each of our communities amazing,” says Erica Noggle, Executive Director of the Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Check out festive weekends at Ohio’s amusement parks, zoos and aquariums, or have an ah-maize-ingtime at one of Ohio’s corn mazes. Paulding County has an amazing nine-acre corn maze located at Auglaize Canoe and Kayak. This year the maze has been patterned for the logo of the Cooper Farms 85th business anniversary celebration.

    Paulding, OH also has a trail system located at the Black Swamp Nature Center. These trails provide a beautiful landscape for a variety of activities, as well as an extraordinary backdrop for family pictures.

    You can explore all this and learn even more, including how to find the Ohio Department of Natural Resources 2023 Fall color report, at 

    The Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to visit Paulding County and join in on all the Fall activities that have been scheduled by various businesses and organizations. You follow their events on Yodel - the Paulding County Community Calendar (

    Operating within Ohio's Department of Development, TourismOhio works to showcase all Ohio has to offer as a place of adventure, a place of promise, and the place for you.    

    The Ohio Department of Development empowers communities to succeed by investing in Ohio’s people, places, and businesses. Learn more about our work at  

    Picture above: Scott Strahley

  • 18 Sep 2023 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    Paulding, OH: This year the Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce wanted to do something to encourage the growth of leadership skills and kindness in the area youth. There are many ways that you can try to guide and encourage students but Erica Noggle, Executive Director for the Chamber, wanted to do something a little different. Noggle reached out to Mrs. Doster, a 3rd grade teacher at Paulding Exempted Village Schools. Together they came up with the Pathfinder Program.

    Each week the students will have the opportunity to earn the Pathfinder of the Week Award. The criteria to earn this award are to show acts of kindness, demonstrate leadership skills, step outside his/her comfort zone, be kind to everyone, lead by example, etc. The student that is chosen will receive a certificate, get to pick a small prize from the treasure box, and get their picture taken to post in the hallway, on the classroom Dojo page, and be submitted to the local newspapers. 

    Mrs. Doster will pilot the program for the 2023-2024 school year. The hope is that next year the program can be expanded to include all 3rd grade classrooms in Paulding County.  Noggle and Doster are also very appreciative for the support of MY102.7 in making this program a reality. This is a wonderful opportunity that we have to help develop leadership skills in our youth! 

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