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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

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Twig III met October 10 at the Van Wert County Hospital for their monthly meeting with 16 members in attendance. Speaker Dawn Rhoades, RN, director of women’s heath at the hospital, was the speaker. Her main topic was focused on Kegel or pelvic floor exercises for women.  The Kegel exercises help strengthen weak muscles around the bladder.  When these muscles are weak, women can leak urine.

Rhoades also stressed the importance of having yearly mammograms once they reach age 40.  It is the best screening tool to find breast cancer early in most women. It is recommended to have a mammogram once a year.

Lisa Dunn, chairwoman, opened the business meeting at 7:30 p.m. The “Tree of Lights” table will once again be at the Apple Festival on October 20 and 21, according to Marlene Freund, chairperson. Community members have a chance to purchase a $5 light or a $50 star to honor a special person or in memory of a loved one. Forms are available at various locations in town, hospital gift shop, or by calling Freund.  The special lighting ceremony will take place on November 27.

The gift shop report was given by Linda Hoffman. The gift shop has stocked new Ohio State and Michigan items. Baby onesies, balloons, clothing, cigars (gum), and wrist bands for new dads, as well as many small gifts for ill friends and relatives.  Candy and snack items are also offered at a great price, with sale items throughout the shop and Christmas items coming in very soon.

Members were reminded to keep their working hours in the shop and to dust.

Hostesses for the evening were Sherri Arn and Mary Kehres.

The next meeting will be November 14. Anyone interested in joining Twig III should call Dunn.

POSTED: 10/19/17 at 7:53 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, recently made a donation of $100 towards the 2017 Children’s Christmas Garden. This year’s lighting will take place Wednesday, November 22. The Christmas Garden is where imagination becomes reality in a place that looks like the Wizard of Oz married Willy Wonka and gave birth to Babes in Toyland. Plans for the 2017 lighting will include candy canes, lollypops, cookies, and hot chocolate for all. Of course, there will be a visit from Santa, his Elves, and Oz character Oh and a few surprise guests. Music will be provided by Eric and Stan Burk with ESB Pro Audio. Each year the committee looks for something new that would bring the imagination of the child out in the Christmas Garden. Van Wert Lodge is proud to be able to assist with this project. Shown are Susan Heppeard, Children’s Garden Christmas Lighting Committee treasurer, and Elks Past Exalted Ruler Louis A. Crow. (Elks photo)

POSTED: 10/17/17 at 6:41 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Van Wert Area Retired Teachers Association will meet for lunch and a program at noon Friday, October 13, at Willow Bend Country Club. The meal cost is $11.

Program topics include the Van Wert city income tax issue and local mental health options. For more information, call President Deb Kleinhenz at 419.238.9519.

POSTED: 10/11/17 at 7:49 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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On Thursday, September 28, the Optimist Club of Van Wert inducted 2018 officers and board members. Officers are Diana Cearns, president;  Marie Junk Miller, first vice president; Sean M. Sauer, second vice president; Thaison Leaser, past president; and Ray Able, secretary-treasurer.

Van Wert Optimist Club officers and board members include the following: (front row, from the left) Ray Able, Thaison Leaser, Gloria Waterman; (back row) Andy Manz, Diana Cearns, and Marie Miller. (photo submitted)

Board members are Michelle Kimmey Gunter, Michele Purmort Mooney, Jennifer Kimmel Smith, Andy Manz, Gloria Waterman, and Trevor Webster.

The Optimist Club of Van Wert has been proudly serving 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.

Club 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 the community
  • The opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills
  • The satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of children and the community

POSTED: 10/09/17 at 7:46 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twig III met on Tuesday, September 12, in Van Wert County Hospital’s Conference Room A.

Van Wert Mayor Jerry Mazur was introduced and spoke on the importance of the 0.28-percent income tax increase. Also speaking were the following city officials: Martha Balyeat; Pete Weir, Joi Mergy, Steve Trittschuh, Ken Markward, Jon Jones, and Jon Tomlinson. The city will be taking a $26,000 cut from local government funds for state income tax next year.

The City of Van Wert provides better and less expensive services than most of the surrounding communities. The general fund supports police, fire, municipal court, parks department, city administration, engineering/code enforcement, street lighting, and the health department.

Chief Jones explained that the fire department assists the public through its EMS, which is currently around 85 percent of the department’s work. The department averages around six EMS runs a day, and most of these runs are for people 60 and older. One common cause for EMS runs is fall assists. If an elderly person falls and cannot get up, the fire department will assist them free of charge, something many other EMS squads do not do.

Fire runs make up the second largest amount of runs, and the department also does a lot of specialized runs, such as high angle rescues and water, ice, and grain bin rescues. With the 0.28-percent tax increase, the department would be able to maintain the services it currently has.

The tax increase also needs to be passed in order the city to function.

Chairwoman Lisa Dunn opened the business meeting at 8 p.m. with 16 members in attendance. Dunn thanked the hostesses Nancy Rhoades and Eleanor Souders. Correspondence was read from Bobbie Smith and Paula Stemen. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Dunn, while Jeanne Zeigler gave the treasurer’s report. It was approved and seconded.

The Gift Shop report was given by Linda Hoffman. New merchandise has been put on display: OSU onesies, garden flags, mugs, as well as Steelers and University of Michigan items. Christmas suggestions: stepping stones, LED garden lights.  Many items have been placed on the sale rack in front of the shop.  Items are still being reported as missing. Twig members were urged to dust shelves and work shifts as often as possible.

It was suggested that Ellen Rager be contacted in regards for the Gift Shop sale items to be displayed on the hospital’s Facebook page.

The Tree of Lights table will be set up at the Apple Festival on October 20-21. The work shifts have been set up and members are to sign to work one of these shifts.

Schedule for the Gift Shop was completed by Sherri Arn. Corrections were made. Newest member Nancy Potter was welcomed.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 10, at Van Wert County Hospital. New members interested in attending should call Ellen Rager in Patient Relations at the hospital.

POSTED: 09/27/17 at 8:45 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Twig I met on Thursday, September 14, at the hospital in Conference Room A with 23 members present.  Chairperson Mae Stoller welcomed everyone. The meeting was opened with “The Pledge of Allegiance”, followed by prayer by Loretta Grove.

Chairman Mae Stoller opened the business meeting and gave the report for the Executive Committee meeting. A lengthy group discussion about the Thrift Shop followed.

Some key points were:

  • The organization is exploring ways to save money in operating the Thrift Shop.
  • A sign is needed on the door stating the shop only accepts cash or checks.
  • Twig I owns the shop building and needs to maintain it. Some repairs will be needed in the near future.
  • The group appreciates the community’s support of donations.

The next meeting will be at noon Thursday, October 12, at the hospital’s Conference Room A.

Present at this meeting were Dot Burley, Sharon Clouse, Carla Doner, Carol Doner, Karen Gardner, Sandra Greulach, Loretta Grove, Helen Huston, Connie Johnson, Lois Linser, Diana Mace, Ilo Marvin, Ann McCray, Jean Owens, Susie Perez, Mary Kay Purmort, Mae Stoller, Nancy Szolach, Brenda Welker, Jan Adams, Lois Goudy, Betty Woodruff, and Betty Wyandt.

POSTED: 09/20/17 at 9:17 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, recently made a donation of $500 to First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. The monies are earmarked for the church’s Fifth Quarter program, which is in its seventh year.

Shown are Teresa Shaffer (left), Fifth Quarter Committee chair, and Mike Stanley, Elks National Foundation chair for the Van Wert Lodge. (Elks photo)

The funds come from a Promise Grant the lodge received from the Elks National Foundation. The grants are made available to local Elks lodges to provide drug- and alcohol-free events for youngsters.

The Fifth Quarter program is for middle school and high school students and events are held after all home football games. Middle school students gather at the YMCA and high school students gather at the S.F. Goedde Building.

Games are provided for the students, as well as pizza and a beverage. The students are provided with a safe place to meet with their friends in an alcohol- and drug-free environment, while volunteers are on hand to assist with games and to chaperone the students.

Van Wert Lodge is proud to be able to support this important program for the community youths.

POSTED: 09/16/17 at 8:23 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles, Youth

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Home Health Care Solutions home care agency has scheduled fall “Matter of Balance” classes free to public, held at the Wellness Center from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting October 10 and ending November 14.

Classes are taught by certified instructors through the Area Agency on Aging. Instructors include occupational therapist Katie Morman 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.

Through the program, 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

Call the Home Health Care Solutions office to register at 419.238.3133 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Class size is limited to 15 participants and participants are asked to commit to six weeks to get full benefits from the class.

Follow-up classes are offered at the Wellness Center to continue additional balance education.

POSTED: 09/12/17 at 8:33 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Van Wert High School Class of 1962 held its 55th class reunion the weekend of September 1 and 2.

Activities started on Friday evening, where some of the classmates attended the Van Wert High School home football game at Eggerss Stadium. Later in the evening, classmates gathered at the Van Wert Elks Lodge for socializing and snacks.

Saturday activities started as classmates went to Richard Miller’s farm for a delicious lunch and more time to get reacquainted. On Saturday evening, the 55th reunion banquet was held at Van Wert Elks Lodge 1197. The evening started with a social time, followed by having a class reunion picture taken. Class member Judy (Gribler) Fox led the group with an opening prayer before dinner, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Special guests Gerald Manken, metal shop teacher, and Larry Schaufelberger, choir director, were then introduced, and both later spoke to those in attendance. Following a delicious dinner served by the Elks Lodge, Mike Stanley, class reunion committee member, welcomed class members.

A special tribute was held to honor the 27 deceased members of the class. Phil Giessler, class vice president, also spoke. Those present decided to meet again in five years for a 60th reunion. Class members spent the remainder of the evening visiting and sharing.

Members of the Van Wert High School Class of 1962 and special guests include (front row, from the left) Larry Schaufelberger, Barbara (Blake) Ingledue, Lana (Proffitt) Drewyore, Rebecca (Smitley) Mumma, Judy (Gribler) Fox, Connie (Bagley) Cobb, Gerald Manken, and Michael Stanley; (back row) Phil Giessler, John Purmort, Charles Busch, Steve White, Bob Leonard, Roy Matthews, Stephen Cobb, Stephen Smith, Richard Miller, and David Lianez. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 09/12/17 at 8:31 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

United Way of Van Wert County Executive Director Vicki Smith made a presentation to the Convoy United Methodist Women’s group on Wednesday, September 6. She discussed the upcoming Day of Caring and the new “Community Hero” campaign theme. The group then donated $250 to the 2017 campaign. Without donations, United Way would not be able to affect its community the way it does. Shown are (from the left) Mary Ann Hall, Convoy UM Women treasurer; Smith; and Shelly Holden, Convoy UM Women president. (United Way photo)

POSTED: 09/09/17 at 8:03 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Lifestyles