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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

On November 11, 2016, members of the Jacob Stemple Chapter Daughters of the War of 1812 attended a rededication ceremony at the Rockport Methodist Cemetery, Allen County, to honor Jacob Stemple Chapter founder, Luella May (Smith) Lippincott 1876-1959.  Lippincott was descended through her mother Elizabeth Ann (Stemple) Smith to Jacob Stemple, who was a native of Virginia, born in 1792. Jacob  served in the war of 1812, under Gen. Harrison, and was captain of early militia companies of Carroll and Columbiana Counties. He had moved from Virginia in 1816; was also a justice of the peace several years. . He died in 1859. Luella Smith Lippincott founded the Jacob Stemple Chapter Daughters of the War of 1812 in 1952. January 8 was the Quasquicentennial of the National Society Daughters of the War of 1812 and March 27 will be the 65th Anniversary of the Jacob Stemple Chapter.  From the left: Kathy Foust, Joan Stripe, Gloria Fast, Miriam Fetters, and Esther Lyons.   (Photo submitted.)

On November 11, 2016, members of the Jacob Stemple Chapter Daughters of the War of 1812 attended a rededication ceremony at the Rockport Methodist Cemetery, Allen County, to honor Jacob Stemple Chapter founder, Luella May (Smith) Lippincott 1876-1959. Lippincott was descended through her mother Elizabeth Ann (Stemple) Smith to Jacob Stemple, who was a native of Virginia, born in 1792. Jacob served in the war of 1812, under Gen. Harrison, and was captain of early militia companies of Carroll and Columbiana Counties. He had moved from Virginia in 1816; was also a justice of the peace several years. . He died in 1859. Luella Smith Lippincott founded the Jacob Stemple Chapter Daughters of the War of 1812 in 1952. January 8 was the Quasquicentennial of the National Society Daughters of the War of 1812 and March 27 will be the 65th Anniversary of the Jacob Stemple Chapter. From the left: Kathy Foust, Joan Stripe, Gloria Fast, Miriam Fetters, and Esther Lyons. (Photo submitted.)

POSTED: 01/11/17 at 1:47 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The YMCA of Van Wert County recently held its annual SilverSneakers Holiday Luncheon. Over 60 members and guests were in attendance and enjoyed live music courtesy of Cindy Gardner and Mary Price, as well as games, gifts, cookies, and the holiday season, and an opportunity to celebrate with friends, old and new.

Shown are (from the left) Cindy Gardner, who generously provided live music, Kelly Houg, SilverSneakers extraordinaire, and Diane Haller, YMCA member. (YMCA photo)

Shown are (from the left) Cindy Gardner, who generously provided live music, Kelly Houg, SilverSneakers extraordinaire, and Diane Haller, YMCA member. (YMCA photo)

Special guest, Santa Claus, even made an appearance. Van Wert Manor generously catered another delicious and well-balanced lunch, while all who attended also received a free SilverSneakers t-shirt.

This is a free event each month for anyone who is looking to learn more about the YMCA, SilverSneakers program, memberships, or how to become involved in a fitness-based program where positivity, friendship, and fun come together.

Guests are always welcome and members are encouraged to bring a friend to the luncheon. The YMCA will check guests’ eligibility for a SilverSneakers membership, give tours, and answer questions about the YMCA and how its programming can meet area residents’ needs.

Information about this and other programs available at the Van Wert YMCA can be found by calling 419.238.0443 or visiting the YMCA website at www.vwymca.org. The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.

POSTED: 12/20/16 at 8:38 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The YMCA of Van Wert County will be holding its annual SilverSneakers holiday luncheon at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, December 8, in the YMCA Senior Fitness Room.

holiday-ymca-lunchThe luncheon will be catered by Van Wert Manor and will include live music, giveaways, and a special Christmas gift from the YMCA. All SilverSneakers members and anyone interested in the opportunities that the YMCA offers for seniors are invited to come and learn about the exciting programs the YMCA offers.

The holiday luncheon is free and no RSVP is required. Members are also welcome to bring a friend to the luncheon.

All SilverSneakers members and anyone interested in the opportunities that the YMCA offers for seniors are invited to come and learn about the exciting programs the YMCA offers. The YMCA staff will check participants’ eligibility for a SilverSneakers membership, give tours, and answer questions about the YMCA and how its senior programming can meet seniors’ needs.

Information about this and other programs available at the Van Wert YMCA can be found by calling 419.238.0443 or visiting the YMCA website at www.vwymca.org. The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.

POSTED: 11/28/16 at 8:39 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Van Wert High School hosted a bloodmobile on November 10, with 82 donors producing 64 units of blood.  Volunteers assisting included Brenda DeLong, Judy Krites, Katherine Bowersock, Linda Shupe, the VWHS Student Council, and Diane Stewart.

Bowersock was a multi-gallon donor, reaching four gallons.

First time donors were Katie Able, Erin Gemmer, Cassidy Meyers, Chloe Brake, Teagon Thatcher, Dustin Robison, Ella Butler, Blake Henry, Jordon Danylchuk, Ashley Mathews, Trevor Spridgeon, Tanner Dunn, Drew Bagley, Karleigh Gentry, Peyton Fleming, Bailey Day, Rachel Davis, Anessah Jones, Carrie McMichael, Derek Fanning, Caleb Fetzer, Adrianna Grothause, Jalen McCracken, Reagan Priest, Kenneth Salcido, Joey Weiss, Jacob Weiss, Dennis Clay, Noah Carter, Tabatha Saam, McKenzey Sanderson, Brendan Browning, Kerstin Breece, Taylor Peebles, Jayden Wagner, Briana Kesler.

POSTED: 11/28/16 at 8:37 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Van Wert County Historical Society President Theresa Mengerink presents the 2016 Isaac Van Wart Appreciation Award to local resident Tom Wise. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 11/25/16 at 9:35 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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OTTAWA — Friends of the Putnam County District Library, 136 Putnam Parkway in Ottawa, are sponsoring their 25th Tree Festival-Silver Memories, December 3 through January 5, 2017, during library hours.

More than 35 decorated trees will be on display, beginning with an open house from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, December 3, that includes music, refreshments, and a visit from Santa.

POSTED: 11/21/16 at 7:47 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Linda Hoffman, Evelyn Brown, and Aleta Weiss. (Photo submitted.)

Linda Hoffman, Evelyn Brown, and Aleta Weiss. (photo submitted)

The Isaac Van Wart Chapter DAR held its November meeting at the Elks Lodge.  The program was presented by Aleta Weiss, who is part of the Honor Flight Board.

According to Weiss, the hub of the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana flies directly from Fort Wayne, Ind., to Washington, DC, in one hour and fifteen minutes.  There have been 22 flights at the cost of $70,000 per flight.  All flights have been funded by individual and corporate contributions.  Motor coaches are waiting transport the veterans to the memorial stops throughout the day before flying them home the same evening.  On board the Honor Flight are veterans, volunteer nurses, a doctor, 75 wheelchairs, and an assigned guardian for each veteran.  Volunteers in Fort Wayne prepare the veterans’ boring meal before the flight, and the American Legion is on hand to cheer the veterans onto the plane.  On arrival home at the Fort Wayne International Airport, a crowd of children, bands, and family members are present to welcome the veterans.  Currently, there are approximately 700 veterans on the waiting list.  The Northeast Indiana branch has so far sent 1,500 veterans to Washington, DC.

Weiss added that for the past six years she and her husband provide a display of military uniforms, pictures, flags, and newspaper articles at their home furnishing store on State Street in Willshire. Last year over 900 people visited the display, which currently has 150 military uniforms.

POSTED: 11/16/16 at 2:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 and its Auxiliary presented a certificate of appreciation to CQT Kennedy LLC President Bryan Yourdon in recognition of Kennedy’s donation of a tool chest to raffle as a fundraiser for the post. “We are honored to provide such a small token of our appreciation to VFW Post 5803 for the service that they provide those who have served,” Yourdan said. Raffle tickets are available for $20 each (two entries per ticket) at VFW Post 5803, 111 N. Shannon St. in Van Wert (across from the YMCA).  Drawing will be held Saturday December 3. Only 600 tickets are being sold, with the proceeds used to help with continuing support of local veterans. Shown are (from the left) Post Commander Steve Pollock, Yourdan, and Auxiliary 5803 President Betty Jo Rager. (photo submitted

POSTED: 10/24/16 at 2:58 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Velma McGrew celebrated her 102nd birthday Monday at Van Wert Manor. She celebrated with cake, balloons, many visitors, and a wonderful rendition of “Happy Birthday”! (photo submitted)

POSTED: 10/22/16 at 8:01 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Pictured are DAR members, Evelyn Schwartz and Evelyn Noe, along with speakers Gerald Manken and Larrry Schaufelberger. (Photo submitted.)

Pictured are DAR members, Evelyn Schwartz and Evelyn Noe, along with speakers Gerald Manken and Larrry Schaufelberger. (photo submitted)

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The Isaac Van Wart Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held their October 3 meeting at the Van Wert Elks Lodge at 6 p.m. Eleven members and seven guests attended. Members will bring items to the November meeting for the Veterans Home in Sandusky.  These items will be given to the Elks Lodge to be included with their donations.

Speakers for the evening were Gerald Manken and Larry Schaufelberger who spoke on The Great Depression and its effects on Van Wert County residents.   The next meeting will be November 7, at the Elks Lodge. Honor Flight Guardian Aleta Weiss will be the speaker.

POSTED: 10/19/16 at 1:07 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles