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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

Marshall speaks at DAR mtg 3-2017

Isaac Van Wart Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met in February at Elks Lodge 1197, with 11 members and guests attending. Bill Marshall, a Vietnam veteran, was the speaker. Marshall served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Vietnam from 1968-1969 as an MP protecting bases. Marshall is a member of the Van Wert County Veterans Commission and a member of Van Wert City Council. His speech spoke of the sacrifices made by veterans to protect America’s freedoms, while commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War. The next DAR meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 3 at the Elks Lodge, with the program presented by Buckeye Girls State representatives. Shown with Marshall (left) are prospective DAR member Deb Hardeman and Vietnam veteran Dan Hardeman. (DAR photo)

POSTED: 03/20/17 at 7:36 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The YWCA will be hosting a SilverSneakers luncheon on Tuesday, April 4, at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Anne Dunn, occupational and community health coordinator for Van Wert County Hospital.

Dunn will be going over the impact exercise has on mental well-being and the “whats and whys” of The Exercise Effect, as well as the “hows” and ways to reap the benefits.

“We all know that exercise helps us physically, but we are much less aware of the impact it has on our mental well-being,” stated Dunn. “Exercise doesn’t only enhance our mood in the short term; research now shows that exercise also helps alleviate long-term depression.

SilverSneakers logo 3-2015“And, let’s face it, we all just feel better within five minutes of starting a workout,” she added.

Attend the luncheon to hear more from Dunn on this topic.

Those who are eligible for SilverSneakers, want to find out about eligibility, or just want to join other “Silvers” for a lunch provided by Van Wert County Hospital, please attend — and bring a friend.

With SilverSneakers, the focus is on fitness, fun, and friends!  Staying active both physically and mentally, maintaining friendships, and keeping a positive outlook on life is key.  The YWCA of Van Wert County is committed to helping one age happily through SilverSneakers®, an innovative program specifically designed for the unique health and physical needs of local Medicare beneficiaries.

Eligible members receive a full facility partnership at the YWCA, where one can enjoy low-impact fitness classes; use of the facility’s 24/7 fitness center, including exercise equipment (e.g., treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights, etc.); the pool; steam room and sauna; locker rooms; social events; etc.

For more information on SilverSneakers at the YWCA of Van Wert County, please visit the facility, call 419.238.6639, visit the website, visit the YWCA on Tuesday, March 7, at 11:30 a.m. for the luncheon. RSVP for the luncheon by calling the YWCA at 419.238.6639.

The YWCA is a non-profit organization and a United Way agency.

POSTED: 03/20/17 at 7:32 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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A Whale of a Sale children’s consignment sale will take place on Saturday, March 25, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third St. in Van Wert.

The purpose of this sale is to help parents who have infants, toddlers, and school-age children purchase good quality used clothes and young children’s items at a big price discount.

“We are excited to continue what Countryside Chapel near Convoy has started,” said Senior Pastor Jim Burns.

Liberty Baptist Church is located in the former Horace Mann School. For more information, email sale organizers at or message them on the sale’s Facebook page: LBC Whale Of A Sale.

POSTED: 03/14/17 at 9:06 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Lifestyles

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PLC Executive Director Trina Langdon (left) with banquet speaker Anne O'Connor. (PLC photo)

PLC Executive Director Trina Langdon (left) with banquet speaker Anne O’Connor. (PLC photo)

The PLC Health Clinic held its annual banquet fundraiser Sunday night. The banquet was generously sponsored by Cooper Farms, the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, a grant from the Van Wert County Foundation, and Van Wert County Hospital.

Nearly 200 guests gathered at Willow Bend Country Club to hear about the progress made towards becoming a medical clinic. They were also treated to an exceptional guest speaker, Anne J. O’Connor, vice president of legal affairs at National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA).

The PLC Health Clinic hopes to open in early summer. As a medical clinic, it will perform free pregnancy testing, limited obstetric Ultrasounds, and STI/STD testing.

For more information, visit its website at

POSTED: 03/08/17 at 8:01 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles, News

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The YMCA of Van Wert County will hold its monthly SilverSneakers Game Day on Tuesday, March 7, at 11:15 a.m. in the Senior Fitness Room.  Seniors are invited to join the YMCA for its SilverSneakers Fitness Class at 10:15 a.m., then stick around for games and snacks at this free event.

SilverSneakers logo 3-2015This monthly event is for anyone who is looking to have fun, socialize, learn more about the YMCA, the SilverSneakers program, memberships, or how to become involved in a fitness-based program where positivity, friendship and fun come together. Anyone who attends this fellowship event will be entered into a drawing to win a free pair of tennis shoes.

Guests are always welcome and members are encouraged to bring a friend to the game day. No pre-registration is required. The YMCA will check guests’ eligibility for a SilverSneakers membership, give tours and answer questions about the YMCA and how its programming can meet individual needs.

Information about this and other programs available at the Van Wert YMCA is available at 419.238.0443 or visiting The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.

POSTED: 03/04/17 at 7:06 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Home Health Care Solutions, a local home care agency, has scheduled spring “Matter of Balance” classes free to the public, to be held at the Wellness Center, April 4-May 9, from 1-3 p.m.

Classes are taught by certified instructors through Area Agency on Aging, Katie Morman, occupational therapist, and Cherie Conrad, RN.

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A “Matter of Balance” is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Individuals will learn to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set personal goals for increasing activity
  • Make safety changes to reduce fall risks at home
  • Exercise program to increase strength and balance
  • Who should attend?
  • Anyone concerned about falls
  • Anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength
  • Anyone who has history of falls
  • Anyone restricting activities because of falling concerns

Please call Home Health Care Solutions office to register at 419.238.3133 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Class size limited to 15 participants and Home Health Care Solutions asks for commitment to six weeks to get full benefits from class participation.

POSTED: 03/04/17 at 7:05 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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A free kindergarten developmental readiness screening open to all with eligible children will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School gymnasium.

Any child who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2017, living in Van Wert County or the surrounding area, is eligible to attend.  Screening appointments can be set up for Thursday, March 2; Tuesday, March 7; or Tuesday, March 14, between the hours of 4-6 p.m.  Call the St. Mary’s Office at 419.238.5186 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to set up a screening appointment. Time slots are limited.

St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School is the sponsor of this free assessment.

Children will be assessed using the Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, Fourth Edition (DIAL-4). The DIAL-4 program assesses children in the areas of speech and language, gross and fine motor skills, cognition, hearing, vision, self-help, and social-emotional skills. The screening process usually takes about 45 minutes to one hour.

Each child is unique; however, this assessment provides parents with an opportunity to see how their child is progressing in relationship to children of the same age. The school will have administrators on site each day to review results of with parents/guardians on the same day as the child’s screening. Parents are encouraged to have their children screened even if they feel that they may want to hold the child out of school for another year.

POSTED: 02/25/17 at 8:40 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Zumba Gold classes will be on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. beginning on March 2, at the Van Wert Senior Center, 220 Fox Road in Van Wert.

Zumba Gold is for active older adults (55 years and older) who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the exercise moves people love at a lower-intensity. The class will be instructed by Mary Jane Fast.

There is no cost for the class, although donations will be accepted. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, bring a friend, and work up a sweat. For those unable to make it to the first class, classes will be every Thursday and participants can start at any time.

For those who need transportation for this class, the Senior Center will provide transportation, while a hot lunch will be provided after class at a cost of $2.50 for those who order one.

For more information about the class, or to sign up for lunch or transportation, call 419.238.5011.

POSTED: 02/22/17 at 9:13 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Having close friends leads to many benefits. Sure, it’s great to have someone in a person’s life who shares a love of rom-coms and is always willing to give a friend a sympathetic ear. But the benefits of friendship are even greater than people may think. Turns out, friends play an important role in one’s physical and emotional health.

“Research indicates that lonely and socially isolated people tend to be less healthy and more likely to have a lifestyle that is not as health-promoting,” says Christopher Coe, Ph.D., director of the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In other words, nurturing friendships is one of the best things people can do for their health. Here are just a few of the many benefits of friendship:

YMCA SilverSneakers friends gather together before Line Dancing class, held Fridays 10:45-11:15 a.m. at the YMCA of Van Wert County. (photo submitted)

YMCA SilverSneakers friends gather together before Line Dancing class, held Fridays 10:45-11:15 a.m. at the YMCA of Van Wert County. (photo submitted)

Thinking of joining a new gym or trying a new healthy eating plan? People are more likely to stick with it and meet their goals if they can convince a few buddies to join them. Research presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association found that when groups of friends participated in an exercise and nutrition program together, they lost more weight compared to those who tried to slim down alone.

Social isolation is a major risk factor for both heart attack and stroke, according to a recent study in Heart. The researchers found that adults with the fewest social ties were 29 percent more likely to have heart disease and 32 percent more likely to suffer a stroke.

People with serious ailments who go it alone are more apt to struggle. Friends might drive friends to doctors’ appointments, cook them dinner when they’re not up for it, or just encourage them to take care of themselves. Some research even suggests that people with type 2 diabetes who have a strong support system maintain better control over their blood sugar levels.

“Quality social relationships — which can include family relationships and friendships — have been found to lower mortality risk at levels comparable to other positive lifestyle factors, such as not smoking and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption,” says psychologist Jamila Bookwala, Ph.D., dean of curriculum and research at Lafayette College.

When researchers at Brigham Young University analyzed 70 different studies — which included info from more than 3.4 million participants — they found that people who felt isolated were 29 percent more likely than those with solid social ties to die during the course of the studies. The researchers, who published their findings in Perspectives on Psychological Science, noted that it’s not only seniors who are in danger. In fact, middle-aged folks had an even greater risk of dying prematurely if they suffered from loneliness.


POSTED: 02/21/17 at 8:52 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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First United Methodist Preschool, 113 W. Central Ave., will host an art show and fundraiser at Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert on Thursday, February 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Preschool students are working hard on “masterpieces” that will be available to their families by donation. There will also be many items donated by local artists and available by silent auction. This event is open to the public.

For more information on the art show or preschool please contact Administrator April Ellerbrock at 419.238.0631 ext 308 or by email at

POSTED: 02/15/17 at 2:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, Lifestyles, Youth