Category: Columns

Local writers and stories

The Eagles’ Nest Is Down Again

By: Stan Jordan We had a bad windstorm back on Thursday, April 6th. The wind was gusting up to 60 mph and in one of these blasts, our eagles’ nest blew down for the second time. It was raining hard then and the water in the river was out of the banks. I don’t know…

Flash Floods Fill Area

On the evening of Wednesday, April 5 the heavens opened the flood gates and the rains poured down. With light flashing across the sky followed by the booms of thunder, the evening was filled with excitement. For those who have basements, the thrill was probably a little different and they probably cost a lot of…

The Oasis In Antwerp’s History

By: Stan Jordan The Oasis casts a long shadow in Antwerp’s history. I am proud to tell you about it and what I remember. The building where the Oasis is was built by Henry George back in 1870. He operated a grocery store there and later it was bought out by Shaffer Brothers who added…

The Antwerp Elevator – Mercer Landmark

By: Stan Jordan We are talking about some of Antwerp’s old businesses that are still operating. This week we are talking about what I always called the Antwerp Elevator. In 1886 Bruce Ely purchased an interest in the elevator and together with C.A. Bissell conducted the firm known as Ely & Bissell dealers and Grain…

The Maumee River And You

By: Stan Jordan While sitting here at my desk in March 2017, my mind and body is down by the park, in the river and the date is around the summer of 1934 or so. Like every other summer day, we three boys have a can full of worms or night crawlers and we are…

Bald Eagle Nesting Season In Ohio

By: Stan Jordan On Tuesday night, February 28th, this whole area had rain and a violent wind storm, some folks said a little hail also. On Wednesday morning I went down to the Maumee River to check on the eagles’ nest and it looked like it was alright. That nest was blown away back in…

Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 19 – 25 in Ohio

It was late in the night on February 28th, or, more accurately, the early morning on March 1st, when a tornado warning was issued for parts of northern Allen County, Indiana into northwest Paulding County. National Weather Service doppler radar had indicated a rotating thunderstorm embedded within a squall line that was rapidly moving into…

The Forders of Crane Township

By: Stan Jordan On the 30th day of December 1863 a number of Antwerp citizens took a petition to the Paulding County Commissioners for Antwerp to become an incorporated village. One of the Paulding County Commissioners at that time was Sam Forder. There were two Sam Forders in the history of Crane Township. They were…

Maybe This Will Work

Maybe This Will Work By: Stan Jordan I know Valentine’s Day is here and gone, but if you didn’t shower your wife with the usual flowers and chocolates, how about this treat? Take her for a ride out in the country side. Now don’t give me this “Aw Pshaw” stuff, just read the rest of…

The Buckeyes in 2016…

By: Stan Jordan Now before you plant a bomb in my 1999 Dodge pickup, please read all of this chatter. The Ohio Buckeye football team last August and was rated second, third and fourth in the nation to start the season. I think a lot of that came from ESPN and the commission to select…

Seasonal Depression? What can I do?

By: Angel Steiner The dark months of winter are officially upon us all and with it comes many things. The various activities of the season – the aftermath of the holidays, basketball games, wearing hats and gloves everywhere, shoveling snow – keep us busy, but shadow what many people suffer through in silence – seasonal…