The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

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Get a start on the holiday shopping and have a fun girls-day of fashion, free gifts, fabulous products, and some of the greatest vendors around. YMCA Ladies Day Out shopping event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, November 3, at the YMCA of Van Wert County, 241 W. Main St. in Van Wert. Admission is free and the first 50 guests will receive a complimentary goodie bag.

More than 20 vendors will be at the event, including Remember When Photography LLC, Crumbcoat LLC, Young Living, Color Street, Norwex, and more. Food trucks, chair massages, a DJ, photo shoots, and raffle prizes will also be part of the fun. With such a variety of vendors, local residents are sure to find something they will like.

For more information on the Ladies Day Out event, check out the YMCA Facebook page, go to or call the Y at 419.238.0443. Local women can invite all their girlfriends to join them for a fabulous afternoon out.

Information about this and other events at the Van Wert YMCA can be found by calling the above number, visiting, or The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.

POSTED: 10/22/18 at 7:45 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles, News

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On September 27, the Optimist Club of Van Wert inducted 2018-2019 officers and board members. Newly-elected officers and board members include:

Marie Miller from Brand It Marketing, president; Sean Sauer from Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, vice president; Michelle Gunter from Schrader Realty, second vice president; Diana Cearns from First Federal of Van Wert, past president; and Ray Able, secretary-treasurer.

Board members are Andy Manz, Gloria Waterman, both from Bashore Reineck Stoller & Waterman Inc.; Trevor Webster of Edward Jones; Van Wert County Probate-Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Taylor; Greg Yinger of Community Health Professionals; and Amanda Miller from The Van Wert County Foundation.

Van Wert Optimist Club officers and board members at Willow Bend Country Club. photo provided

The Optimist Club of Van Wert has proudly served the Van Wert County area since the 1980s. It is comprised of men and women dedicated to the community, friendship, fun, service to youth, and the promotion of Optimist as a way of life.

The club’s positive approach, upbeat outlook, and commitment to creating a more optimistic future for kids is what differentiates the Optimist Club of Van Wert from other volunteer opportunities.

Our members receive as much as they give:

  • The fellowship of people who get things done and the example they set for embracing a similar optimist mindset
  • New social and working relationships with individuals from a cross-section of our community
  • The opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills
  • The satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of children and the community

Whether area residents are searching for an outlet to help their community, personal development, or rewarding camaraderie, they’ll find what they’re looking for in the Optimist Club of Van Wert. By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youths, their communities, and themselves.

Find out more about the Optimist Club of Van Wert at www.optimistvw.comor follow on Facebook @OptimistVW. The club meets Thursdays at noon at Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert.

POSTED: 10/19/18 at 3:54 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Van Wert High School’s Class of 1964 is holding an open reunion for all Van Wert alumni in February 2019. The class voted not to have a 55th reunion since its numbers were dwindling, but class members John Ingman and Larry Mengerink, in discussion with classmates Bob Marvin and Gig Davis, thought it would be great to have a reunion with all graduates.

With so many alumni of Van Wert High School living in various areas of the country, the idea of a reunion in the winter, in a warm climate, was thought to be a great way to get together and socialize with everyone.

There will be no formal invitations sent out; therefore, all VWHS grads can help by contacting their personal friend lists and letting them know about the reunion.

The date of the actual gathering is 5 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Austin’s Buffet and Bakery in Longwood, Florida ( This is a family owned and operated restaurant featuring home cooking and made-from-scratch bakery desserts. The restaurant also offers a separate meeting/dining room that seats 100 people at no charge.

Due to the numerous hotels, attractions, modes of transportation, and a wide variety of prices in the area and the wide variety of travel arrangement sites (, etc.) Class of ’64 members feel each person can plan the length and location of their stays. Additional cocktail parties, etc., could be planned by those traveling to central Florida at their respective hotels.

There will be no formal RSVP necessary, as those planning to attend will be noticed by their comments on the class post about the reunion on Facebook. Any plans for other get-togethers will be posted or shared online once arrangements are finalized.

In addition, the reunion location is close to Disney World for those interested in main attractions in the area. For more information, email Larry Mengerink at

POSTED: 10/19/18 at 3:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twenty-nine members of TWIG II met in the conference room at Van Wert Health on October 8. They were greeted by Robbin Benner. After the invocation given by Beverlee Profit, lunch was served by the hospital.

Jamie Evans explains her role at the YWCA of Van Wert County to members of Twig II. photo provided

Shirley Lichty introduced the speaker, Jamie Evans, YWCA director of victim services. Evans shared information about the homeless program, which is the oldest program at the YW. The original program was only for women and their children. Now, through state funding, the program allows the YWCA to take a family unit (which might include a husband, grandparent, etc.). The Van Wert YWCA has two homes available, which house up to four families. The guidelines for eligibility are based on income and disabilities. At the YWCA itself, five bedrooms are available for single women

The domestic violence program is for long-term victims. The YW provides counseling, case management, therapy, and transportation for the victims. Seventeen rooms on the second and third floors at the YWCA are for sexual assault and human trafficking victims. Evans also trains people to be able to identify traffickers and their victims. A question-and-answer period followed the presentation.

The group then sang “Happy Birthday” to member Arlene Keyser.

Linda Stanley reported the Thrift Shop will start selling Rada at a 30-percent discount on Monday, October 15.


POSTED: 10/13/18 at 8:57 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The October SilverSneakers Luncheon at the YWCA of Van Wert County will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 23.

This month’s speaker will be Carole Motycka, founder of Bloom. Motycka will give a presentation on the Bloom mission and upcoming projects in the community.

The YWCA is located at 408 E. Main St. in Van Wert. Lunch and presentation are free to the public, although reservations are very much appreciated. Call the YWCA at 419.238.6639 to register.

POSTED: 10/13/18 at 8:55 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, held its annual District Deputy Inspection on September 11 in conjunction with their lodge meeting. District Deputy Ron Yaw, representing the Northwest District, visited the lodge. During his inspection, the books were audited and the affairs of the lodge were checked. Also visiting the lodge was Mark Ratliff from Upper Sandusky Lodge 83, who is currently serving as first vice president of the Ohio Elks Association. Shown are (from the left) District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Ron Yaw, Van Wert Lodge Exalted Ruler Jerry Mazur, and Ohio Elks First Vice President Mark Ratliff.Elks photo

POSTED: 10/09/18 at 10:59 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Evergreen Garden Club held its annual members-only dinner on October 4 at Willow Bend Country Club.

The program, “History of Sunflowers” was presented by Vaughn E. Davis of School House Farms. Davis, a seventh-generation farmer, told the club about the cultivation and uses of the sunflower plant throughout human history.

New Evergreen Garden Club members include (from the left) Melinda Farmer, Lee Schumm, Julie Wagner, Diane Mosier, and Christine Krugh. Not present for the photo: Ming Shi. Evergreen Garden Club photo

Davis grows sunflowers that are used for bird and wildlife feed and specialty oils. He also grows gourmet popcorn varieties and distillation grains at his family farm on Ross Road in Rockford.

Members of the club tasted three oil varieties and were given samples of his popcorn seed. School House Farms products are available locally at Something from the Garden.

The Evergreen Garden Club also welcomed its six newest members at the dinner. The new members make the club the second largest registered with the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. Melinda Farmer, Christine Krugh, Diane Mosier, Lee Schumm, Julie Wagner, and Ming Shi are the club’s newest members.

Anyone interested in joining The Evergreen Garden Club as a member or guest should contact President Arlene Gamble for more information.

POSTED: 10/08/18 at 7:24 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Lincolnview High School Class of 1983 will hold its 35-year class reunion on Saturday, November 3, at 5 p.m.

Call Sarah at 419.235.4262 or Linda at 419.203.8817 for details.

POSTED: 10/08/18 at 7:16 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Van Wert Area Retired Teachers Association will meet for a fall luncheon and program at noon Friday, October 12, at Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert. All current members of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, anyone receiving STRS benefits (and their spouses who also receive the STRS benefits), and anyone in support of public education is invited to attend.

The luncheon menu includes stuffed pork shop, scalloped potatoes, green beans, Jello salad, dinner roll, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, and water. The meal cost is $11 and a meal reservation is needed. Contact Jean Minnig at 419.238.9529, or at jaminnig@hotmail.comto make a meal reservation by 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 10.

Program speakers Kimberly Laudick, YWCA of Van Wert County executive director, and Kelly Houg, YWCA advocacy chair, will speak on “Promoting Diversity and Acceptance in the Local Community”, a current mission of the national YWCA program.

As a community service project, VWARTA members are encouraged to make a monetary donation for the purchase of Walmart gift cards to be used for YWCA programs.

Dues for ORTA and the local Van Wert Area Retired Teachers Association groups may be paid at this meeting.  ORTA membership dues are $30 and local dues are $10.

For more information about the Van Wert Area Retired Teachers Association and its activities, contact President Deb Kleinhenz at 419.238.9519.

POSTED: 10/08/18 at 7:14 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Van Wert High School Class of 1963 met for its 55th class reunion on Saturday, September 8, at Willow Bend Country Club.

Twenty-seven class members and 12 guests gathered for a social hour followed by dinner and a program. Guest teacher for the evening was Larry Schaufelberger, former choir director.

Beverlee Profit, event chairman, welcomed the group. Dave Watkins gave the invocation as members remembered the 27 classmates who have passed on.

Members of the VWHS Class of 1963 who attended their recent reunion include (front row, from the left) Tim Rolsten, Lois Harrow, Sherrill (Holtsberry) Emerick, Carol Ann (Greisinger) Kimmey, Carol (Spry) Mohr, Donna (Gribler) Fulcomer, Beverlee (Fell) Profit; (middle row) Karen (Linser) Gilliland, Charles Brickner, Karen (Stittsworth) Madison, Sandra (Terry) Gallaway, Jim Brickner, Tim Hoghe, Judy Kyle; (back row) Mary (Rager) Isch, Marcia (Droll) Smith, Nancy (Doner) Niehoff, Ron Cobb, Chuck (Wendell) Matthias, Dave Watkins, Jerry Gallaway, Paul Herring, Denny Wilhelm, Mike Long, Tom Bebout, and Gerhardt “Gary” Zimmermann. photo provided

Following dinner, Profit thanked the committee for their assistance in planning. Committee members attending meetings were Sherrill Emerick, Karen Madison, Carol Mohr, Profit, Tim Rolsten, and Dave Watkins.

Messages from classmates unable to attend were shared by the chairman. Several class members shared life experiences. After a discussion about future reunions, the group voted to meet again for its 60th in 2023. Local class members expressed an interest in meeting more frequently.

Those attending were Tom and Cheryl Bebout, Charles Brickner, Jim Brickner, Ron Cobb, Sherrill (Holtsberry) Emerick, Donna (Gribler) Fulcomer, Jerry and Sandy (Terry) Gallaway, Karen (Linser) Gilliland, Lois Harrow, Paul Herring, Tim and Colleen Hoghe, Mary (Rager) and John Isch, Carol Ann (Greisinger) and Jim Kimmey, Judy Kyle, Mike Long, Karen (Stittsworth) Madison, Wendell Matthias, Carol (Spry) and Gary Mohr, Nancy (Doner) Niehoff, Donne (Broerman) Keller and John Osting, Beverlee (Fell) and Gary Profit, Tim and Patricia Rolsten, Marcia (Droll) Smith, Dave and Angie Watkins, Denny and Joan Wilhelm, Gerhardt (Gary) Zimmermann, and Larry and Alice Schaufelberger.

POSTED: 09/28/18 at 7:08 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles