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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015

An Ohio Department of Transportation snowplow in action. (ODOT photo)

An Ohio Department of Transportation snowplow in action. (ODOT photo)

Van Wert independent/submitted information

LIMA – Although the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 1 drove fewer miles and used less salt and deicing liquids than last winter, salt prices almost double those a year ago resulted in costs nearly equal to the record-setting 2013-14 levels, according to ODOT figures released Monday.

As winter weather wraps up and spring has arrived — at least on the calendar — District 1, which includes Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties, is putting away the plows and transitioning into construction work around the district.

As of now, ODOT District 1 crews have driven 1,062,987 miles during snow and ice operations, used 50,424 tons of salt, and 548,191gallons of deicing liquids throughout the eight-county district. The total cost of labor, equipment and material to date for the 2014-15 winter season sits at $8,226,787.

At this same point last year, the district had driven 1,348,847 miles, used 62,328 tons of salt and 601,943 gallons of deicing liquids and spent $8,644,162 for snow and ice control.

Excluding last year and this year, the average cost per year over the last 10 years for snow and ice control operations in the district is $4.1 million.


POSTED: 03/31/15 at 1:31 am

Taylor's Auto donates to YMCA 3-2015

Taylor’s Auto Sales will be sponsoring a $1 day at Camp Clay Aqua Park this summer. Local businesses purchase the day for the Van Wert community, access includes swimming, floating playground, zip-line, paddleboats, a half-acre beach and the 3,600-square-foot splash pad, which is new in 2015. To learn more, visit Shown are (from the left) Gary Miller and Gary Taylor of Taylor’s Auto Sales and YMCA Camp Clay Aqua Park Director Clint Myers. (YMCA photo)

POSTED: 03/31/15 at 1:26 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

VW Area Chamber of Commerce information

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome Sara Rauch, director of strategy and planning for The Wellness Council of America, to Van Wert at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Willow Bend Country Club.

The Van Wert Area Safety Council, with funding through a Bureau of Workers Compensation wellness grant, is sponsoring the event. The event is open and free to the Van Wert, Paulding and Delphos area business community and will include a free breakfast.

Sarah Rauch

Sarah Rauch

The health and wellness of a business’ workforce is the lifeline of a business’ operations, which WELCOA is devoted to. Rauch has launched award-winning wellness programs and engineered work environments to create cultures of health across multiple industries. At WELCOA, her role is to ensure businesses continue to have access to the best products and information so they can achieve their professional and personal wellness goals.

Rauch will provide an overview of what people currently think of as wellness programming in terms of strategies and outcomes, and what other organizations have done to incorporate safety into their wellness initiatives. She will discuss the best ways to leverage the intersection between what is classically thought of as “wellness programming” and other people-focused institutions like safety, risk management, and EAPs.

And lastly, she will discuss the dangers of being too “program-focused” in one’s approach, introducing WELCOA’s new model for building high performing organizations. The model will show listeners what kind of alignment is needed among traditional organizational pillars to move beyond “programming” and begin to build health and safety standards and values into their corporate DNA. Participants will leave with specific things they can do immediately to begin transforming their organizations into high-performing cultures.

Seating is limited and, although there is no fee, those wanting to participate must register for the May 13 event to secure a seat. Please contact the Chamber office at 419.238.4390 to reserve seats.

POSTED: 03/31/15 at 1:24 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Traceys Easter Egg Hunt 3-2015-girls & eggs

Children and their parents were treated to an Easter Egg Hunt (above) at Tracey’s Country Flea Market on U.S. 127 south of Van Wert. Children also had the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and have their pictures taken with him (below). (photos by Beth Marchek for the Van Wert independent)

Traceys Easter Egg Hunt 3-2015-Easter Bunny

POSTED: 03/31/15 at 1:15 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Van Wert County Red Cross information

Van Wert County Chapter of the American Red Cross held a training class that involved County Emergency Management Director Rick McCoy and representatives from a local fire department.

Red Cross Disaster Team members and other emergency responders meet for a training session. (photo submitted)

Red Cross Disaster Team members and other emergency responders meet for a training session. (photo submitted)

With the increase in train traffic going through Van Wert now, local agencies felt they needed to make sure they have a game plan together should a derailment occur in the county.

“Being able to sit down with local EMA and fire departments is really great for our Red Cross Disaster Team,” said Red Cross Disaster Chair Mark Klausing. “This builds a great relationship between the agencies so that when disaster hits, we communicate a lot better and get things done faster for the community.”

In addition to McCoy and Klausing, those attending the meeting include Red Cross Disaster Team members Amy Schroeder, Beth Marchek, Sean McKenzie, Lori Kreischer, Greg Roberts and Rodney Knauss, as well as Northwest Ohio Red Cross Disaster Manager Bill Steinbrunner and Craig Meyer and Chris High of Wren Fire/EMS Department.

POSTED: 03/31/15 at 1:10 am. FILED UNDER: News

LSI donates to YWCA housing 3-2015

Leland Smith Insurance Services Inc. recently made a $1,000 donation to the YWCA housing program. The YWCA offers comprehensive housing and individualized case management for women and children who are homeless or in crisis. Housing stays range from a few months to a maximum of 12 months. Women and children often arrive with few belongings, so the YWCA provides a “necessities” package; however, being a non-profit organization, funds are limited. LSI supports this much-needed program. In addition to the cash contribution, LSI employees donated additional items to help replenish supplies of necessities, including cleaning items, laundry detergent, toiletries, and miscellaneous household items. Shown are (from the left) Shannon Greve, Brooke Meyer, April Korte, Keila Barnhart (all from LSI) and Katlynn Dotson, YWCA lead case manager. (submitted photo)

POSTED: 03/31/15 at 1:08 am. FILED UNDER: News

YWCA of VW County information

The YWCA’s annual geranium sale is going on now until 9 a.m. Monday, April 27. Geraniums are hardy root plants sold in 4½-inch pots. Colors available are red, white, lavender, fuchsia, pink and light salmon. Pots are $3 each.

Geranium photo 3-2011Don’t miss this opportunity to beautify the yard and support the YWCA this Mother’s Day! Geraniums will be available for pick up Wednesday, May 6, from 1-6 p.m. and Thursday, May 7, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Cash and carry sales for any leftover plants begin Wednesday, May 6, at 1 p.m.

Hanging baskets will also be available for purchase at a cost of $18 on Wednesday while supplies last. Don’t forget, geraniums make the perfect Mother’s Day gift! The annual geranium sale supports the work of the YWCA throughout the year, including the Transitional Living, Summer Food, and Domestic Violence Services programs. Stop into the YWCA and place an order today.

YWCA general operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

The YWCA is a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation funded agency. For more information contact Executive Director Tammy Branham at 419.238.6639.

POSTED: 03/31/15 at 1:04 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Shown are scenes from the weekend’s performances of the Broadway musical Memphis, which featured memorable performances and music from the 1950s-era R&B music scene. (photos by Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

POSTED: 03/30/15 at 7:23 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW Area Chamber of Commerce information

Join “the brave ones” as community and business leaders hear and experience world-renowned leaders via live simulcast by attending Leadercast® in Van Wert on May 8 at LifeHouse Church on the campus of Camp Clay. 

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, along with sponsors Kenn-Feld Group Inc., Vancrest Health Care Centers, Cooper Farms, Central Insurance Companies and Iberdrola Renewables, is pleased to bring this leadership development opportunity to the greater Van Wert area. The May 8 event will be 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at LifeHouse Church at the YMCA Camp Clay Center, 9196 Liberty Union Road in Van Wert, with check-in beginning at 7:45 that morning.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is one of the eight speakers for this year’s Leadercast event. (photo submitted)

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is one of the eight speakers for this year’s Leadercast event. (photo submitted)

The Leadercast event is broadcast live from Atlanta, Georgia, to hundreds of sites around the world, including Van Wert. This year’s speaker lineup includes:

  • Andy Stanley — leadership author and communicator
  • Malala Yousafzai — Nobel laureate; founder, The Malala Fund
  • Ed Catmull — president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios
  • Seth Godin — best-selling author
  • Rudy Giuliani — 107th mayor of New York City (1993-2001)
  • Aja Brown — mayor, City of Compton, California
  • Bill McDermott — CEO of SAP AG
  • Commander Rorke Denver — Navy SEAL leader and author
  • Bill and Giuliana Rancic — award-winning personalities and Leadercast co-hosts

Last year, over 130,000 leaders from 35 countries attended Leadercast. Now, in its 16th year, this full day, experiential conference is on track to reach its largest audience to date.

“Cooper Farms is excited and proud to be a Top Tier Sponsor for the 2015 Leadercast.  We believe our company must develop leaders worth following to thrive,” stated Mark Hiegel, plant manager at Cooper Farms Cooked Meats. “We know this day will be beneficial to our people. We look forward to learning from the leadership experts involved in this simulcast experienced in the dynamic, hi-tech environment that LifeHouse Church offers.”

Our communities need excellent, more inspiring leaders in our, businesses, schools and organizations. Leadercast exists to serve individuals and organizations across all sectors that want to become intentional about raising their standard of leadership.


POSTED: 03/30/15 at 7:19 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW County Sheriff’s Office information

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for the positions of part-time intermittent correction officer and part-time intermittent communications officer.

Applications will be accepted April 1-30.  Anyone interested in applying can pick up an application between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, 113 N. Market St. in Van Wert, or print an application off the Sheriff’s Office website:

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a resident of Van Wert County or become a resident within 90 days
  • VW County Sheriff's Star 9-2014Possess a valid Ohio driver’s license
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Never have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude and not be currently under indictment for any criminal offense.
  • Have no previous or current charges of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Never have been convicted of any family violence offense
  • Obtain certifications required to perform duties of position to maintain employment
  • Be able to pass pre-employment background investigation, which may include a polygraph examination
  • Be able to pass drug screen

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office is an equal opportunity employer.

POSTED: 03/30/15 at 7:12 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW Area Community Concert Band information

On Monday, April 20, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will begin rehearsals for the upcoming concert season.

Dick Sherrick directs the Van Wert Community Concert Band during a concert back in July. (VW independent file photo)

Dick Sherrick directs the Van Wert Community Concert Band during a previous concert. (VW independent file photo)

Rehearsals are held each Monday in the new Van Wert High School band room, located off Ohio 118, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Membership in the band is open to anyone wanting to play an instrument in a concert band. Current members vary in age, and playing ability, but have the common interest of performing and making great band music.

Current members come from Van Wert, Lima, Delphos, Convoy, Payne, Chattanooga, Middle Point, Decatur and Rockford. It truly is a Van Wert area band.

Retired Parkway band director Richard Sherrick directs the band, which has as its goals to present a variety of music that is both musically enjoyable to the listener and challenging to the performer.

For more information regarding participation in the band, call 419.230.6808, or just come to the first rehearsal. Please consider becoming a member of the band this coming season.

POSTED: 03/30/15 at 7:11 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News