The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

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The YWCA will be hosting a SilverSneakers Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 27. Lunch will be provided by Van Wert Manor.

This month’s speaker will be YWCA Housing Director Jamie Evans. As housing director, Evans oversees the staff, budget, and programs related to the housing department and its residents. She is also involved in several committees and organizations that improve services and outreach offered to residents and members of the community.

During the luncheon, she will discuss the YWCA housing program, which include permanent supportive housing, long-term domestic violence, and human trafficking and sexual assault services.

Those who are eligible for SilverSneakers, want to find out about eligibility or just wants to join other “Silvers” for a lunch provided by Van Wert County Hospital, be sure to 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 people 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 they can enjoy low-impact fitness classes; use of the facility’s 24/7 fitness center, including exercise equipment (treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights, etc.); the pool; sauna; locker rooms; and social events.

Call 419.238.6639 or email jmcclain@ywcavanwertcounty.org to RSVP for the February 27 luncheon.

For more information on SilverSneakers at the YWCA of Van Wert County, visit the facility, call 419.238.6639, email jmcclain@ywcavanwertcounty.org. RSVP for the luncheon by calling the YWCA at the above number.

The YWCA is a non-profit organization and a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation agency.

POSTED: 02/17/18 at 12:28 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The YWCA of Van Wert County recently held a four-week accountability challenge. Throughout the four weeks, the more than 20 participants formed a private Facebook group to share wins, struggles, questions, recipes, etc. This helped with accountability, as did the weekly weigh-ins and measurement times offered.  Each participant had access to the YWCA 24/7 Fitness Center and classes and had the option to submit supplied food journals, fitness logs, and daily personal development tracking.

Main topics discussed as a group over the four weeks were clean eating, trigger foods, personal development, and exercise.

“It was exciting to be able to be a part of so many different individual’s health journeys,” stated YWCA Health and Wellness Coordinator J.J. McClain. “To start a new year off with a group of people to help stay accountable and share stories with is sometimes what it takes to stick to exercise, eating or personal development goals.

“Working out and eating well is often not the easiest option, but it one that is worth it,” McClain added. “Doing that with a group of people with similar goals can help make the difference in sticking to it.”

Of the total participants, about 10 of them chose to take part in the measurements and weigh-ins. Of those 10, over the course of the four weeks, a total of more than 65 pounds and 115 inches were lost.

“We were all so pleased to see these results,” stated McClain, “but the real victory was hearing story after story about how much better these people felt and seeing their smiles as they talked about some of their ‘wins’ during the challenge.”

The staff of the YWCA fitness team strives to create a safe, judgement free, supportive environment for its fitness partners and aims to take a holistic approach to well-being — mind, body and soul — for the men and women who choose to become partners at the YWCA.

“Many often ask how having a fitness center and classes ties into the mission of the YWCA of Van Wert County and, with one of the signature platforms of the mission being ‘Health and Safety of Women and Children,’ it is a great fit to our mission and the needs of the community,” McClain concluded.

For more information on the health and wellness department of the YWCA of Van Wert County, contact McClain by calling the YWCA at 419.238.6639 or emailing jmcclain@ywcavanwertcounty.org.

The YWCA is a non-profit organization and a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation agency.

POSTED: 02/16/18 at 8:08 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

The YWCA of Van Wert recently received a donation from Van Wert Women of the Moose Chapter 6.  Teresa Parrish (left), Women of the Moose member, is shown presenting YWCA Executive Director Kimberly Laudick with a check for $500. The donation will be used to support Youth Enrichment Programs provided by the YWCA. In addition to Youth Enrichment Programs, the YWCA also provides domestic violence services, sexual assault and human trafficking services and the Permanent Supportive Housing Program. The YW currently provides programs for Van Wert, Mercer, Paulding, and Auglaize counties. The YWCA is a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation funded agency. YWCA photo

POSTED: 02/14/18 at 8:49 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twenty-three members of TWIG II braved the weather and met on Monday, January 8, in the Van Wert County Hospital’s Conference Room A. They were greeted by Shirley Lichty. After the invocation by Connie Hart, a soup and salad luncheon was provided by the hospital.

Sharon Witten introduced the speaker, Dawn Rhoades, R.N., director of women’s health at the hospital.  She talked to the group about winter safety and the importance of using good sense about keeping warm. Of course, if a person’s circulation is impaired, or as people age, they will feel the cold more, but people can take steps to counteract this.

Remember to turn off heating vents in rooms not used. Wear loose, layered clothing. Make sure smoke/carbon monoxide detectors are working. It is recommended that the temperature in one’s home or living quarters should not be lower than 68 degrees at this time of year. A big chill or feeling cold all the time could turn into hyperthermia, which means that a person’s body temperature core has dropped to 95 degrees. If people’s hands and feet are cold all the time, they need to check their temperature. It could be the result of other health issues. Spring is on the way.

Co-chair Kathy Keysor opened the business meeting. The roll call response was “what is your favorite exercise?” Responses ranged from elliptical machines to talking, with the majority reporting walking as their favorite exercise. Reports were given and approved. Twig II poinsettias, delivered last month, were lovely, and sales were very good. Group members appreciate all those who supported them.

Members present were Robbin Benner, Diana Crow, Judy Fox, Del Free, Nancy Gribler, Diane Haller, Connie Hart, Linda Heath, Judy Jackson, Ella Jackson, Arlene Keysor, Kathy Keysor, Shirley Lichty, Judy Linton, Joy McCleery, Bev Mercer, Corinne Mowry, Sue Price, Linda Sidle, Katy Sill, Shirley Soldner, Barb Sunderland, and Sharon Witten.

The next meeting will be Monday, February 12, with a program on “Women’s Heart health.” The hostess will be Arlene Keysor and Deb Yackee will give the invocation. The roll call response will be “what makes your heart race?”

POSTED: 01/22/18 at 9:27 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twig I met on December 12 at the Community Health Professionals Building for the annual Christmas party.  Members of the CHP staff prepared and served a delicious lunch, while Twig I Chairman Mae Stoller welcomed everyone to the meeting. She read a thank-you card from Trinity Friends Food Pantry for the items recently contributed by members, and then Anne Bowen gave the prayer before the meal.

December birthdays include Lupe Escobedo, Linda Fox, Karen Gardner, and Betty Woodruff.

There was no business meeting. Santa and his elf handed out gifts to each person present. Door prizes were distributed and, for entertainment, Merry Christmas Jingo was played. Stoller thanked the party committee for planning such a nice event.

Twenty-seven members were present: Jan Adams, Bonnie Agler, LaDonna Allenbaugh, Anne Bowen, Dot Burley, Sue Corle, Marge Clouse, Sharon Clouse, Carol Doner, Lupe Escobedo, Jane Geesey, Karen Gardner, Helen Huston, Connie Johnson, Gloria Kimmey, Diana Mace, Ilo Marvin, Ann McCray, Jean Owens, Susie Perez, Mary Kay Purmort, Nina Ragan, Mae Stoller, Nancy Szolach, Edith Voltz, Brenda Welker, and Betty Wyandt.

The next meeting will be held at the Van Wert County Hospital Conference Room A at noon on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

POSTED: 12/27/17 at 9:11 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The YWCA of Van Wert County will be hosting its last SilverSneakers luncheon of the year Tuesday, December 19, at 11:30 a.m. This month’s luncheon will be a holiday social gathering over lunch, with an optional $3 gift exchange, followed by games and fun for those who would like to stay.

Those eligible for SilverSneakers, who want to find out about eligibility, or just want to join other “Silvers” for a lunch provided by Van Wert County Hospital, can 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 area residents 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; sauna; locker rooms; social events; and more.

For more information on SilverSneakers at the YWCA of Van Wert County, visit the facility, call 419.238.6639, visit the www.silversneakers.com website, email jmcclain@vanwertcounty.org, or show up for the luncheon on December 19. RSVP for the luncheon by calling the YWCA.

The YWCA is a non-profit organization and a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation agency.

POSTED: 12/15/17 at 8:57 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, held its annual memorial service on Sunday, December 3. The service, held each year on the first Sunday in December, is a time for Elks to pause and pay their respects to members who have passed away during the year. This year, the lodge remembered the following members who passed away during the year: Paul W. Purmort Jr., Frederick B. Fortman, Richard E. Hoover Sr., John W. Wilkin, Ned E. Dull, Karen M. Payne, Frank B. Hoffman, Wayne L. Warren, Michael F. Collins, Thomas M. Tomlinson, and Gus R. Brown. Shown are (from the left) Lodge Chaplain Larry D. Miller, who led the service; vocalist Laura Leigh; and Pastor Greg Leigh, who delivered the main eulogy. Elks photo

POSTED: 12/07/17 at 8:32 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Kroger Company has recalled Comforts For Baby Purified Water with Fluoride Added 1 gallon with “sell by” dates from April 26, 2018, to October 10, 2018, after receiving complaints about mold in the product.

Testing by Kroger has identified the mold as Talaromyces penicillium.The water is sold in clear containers, but the mold may not be visible using the naked eye.

The FDA is issuing this consumer alert to reach parents and caregivers who may have bought the product, which is intended for infants.

The products were distributed to Kroger stores, including Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C Food Plus, Kroger, Kroger Marketplace, Owen’s, Payless Super Market, and Ruler stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Kroger Company has instructed its stores to remove the recalled products.

POSTED: 12/07/17 at 8:29 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Van Wert Area Retired Teachers Association will meet for a holiday luncheon program at noon Friday, December 8, at Willow Bend Country Club. The meal charge is $11 and includes festive chicken in sauce, mashed potatoes, California vegetable medley, gelatin salad, peppermint dessert, plus a beverage selection of coffee, tea, or water.

Meal reservations are due by 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, to Jean Minnig at 419.238.9529, or jaminnig@hotmail.com.

Prior to the meal, holiday musical selections and a seasonal message will be presented by Dee Fisher, owner of Dee Fisher Music Studio. The holiday community service project for this meeting will include a monetary collection for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign to assist its efforts to provide for those in need in the Van Wert community.

Special guest BJ (Betty Jo) Woodruff, ORTA District 2 director, will be present to share ORTA updates, and a brief business session will follow. Attendance is encouraged for this holiday luncheon program.

All retired educators and persons interested in the support of Ohio’s public schools are welcome to be members of ORTA (Ohio Retired Teachers Association) and be involved in the Van Wert area group.

For more information, contact President Deb Kleinhenz at 419.238.9519.

POSTED: 11/29/17 at 8:38 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

The YMCA of Van Wert County recently received a donation from the Van Wert Moose Lodge towards youth membership and programming. These funds are directed to the YMCA youth financial assistance program and children’s activities. Here, John Smith (left) of the Van Wert Moose Lodge presents YMCA CEO Hugh Kocab with a check for $500. (YMCA photo)

POSTED: 11/11/17 at 10:13 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles