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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017

The Jacob Stemple Chapter of The Daughters of the War of 1812 met at the Brumback Library for their spring meeting.

Carla Smith gave a report on “Tecumseh and the War of 1812”. According to Smith, Tecumseh grew up in Ohio and was exposed to constant warfare throughout his youth. During the war of 1812, Tecumseh and his Confederacy fought with the British and aided them in the capture of Fort Detroit. When the US Navy took control of Lake Erie, Tecumseh and his Confederacy fled, but American forces caught up with them at the Battle of Thames in Ontario. Tecumseh was killed and was later buried by his friends. The location of his grave is still unknown.

Carla Smith presented Gloria Mohr Fast with the National Society Daughters of 1812 Spirit Award.  (Photo submitted.)

Carla Smith presented Gloria Mohr Fast with the National Society Daughters of 1812 Spirit Award. (Photo submitted.)

Smith presented Gloria Mohr Fast with the National Society Daughters of 1812 Spirit Award, which recognizes and thanks those who are keeping the history of the War of 1812 alive. Fast was responsible for the chapter’s producing a book of known veterans of the War of 1812 who are buried in nine northwestern counties. Copies of that book are in those county libraries. Fast has also been responsible for grave-marking ceremonies, arranged a Fort Brown memorial dedication along the Auglaize and Little Auglaize rivers, and helped arrange for the chapter to attend the reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie in 2013 and attending the Put-in-Bay historic parades since then. Fast has been a great asset to the Jacob Stemple Chapter and the Ohio Society Daughters of the War of 1812.

POSTED: 04/26/17 at 1:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The All-Twig Board met April 19 in Van Wert County Hospital’s Conference Room A.

Representatives of the three Twig groups were welcomed by Chairman, Jeanne Ziegler. Invocation was given by Mae Stoller.

A light lunch of soup, salad, rolls, and cake was prepared by the hospital and enjoyed by all.

Paula Stabler, director of VWCH’s Emergency Department, stopped in to answer any questions regarding the various equipment needed by the hospital. She thanked the TWIG groups for all they continue to do for the hospital. Of the items on the list of needs, she indicated a Bladder Scanner and Video Capture System had already been purchased. On behalf of Twig III, Jeanne expressed appreciation for the visit by hospital personnel to their meeting to explain the various items. Beverlee noted they appreciated the list describing the use for each item needed. Paula indicated she would suggest they continue to do that in the future.

The business meeting was called to order by the Chairman. Following review of the minutes, the Comptroller gave the financial report.

Following a discussion, the profits from the three TWIG groups to be gifted to the hospital for 2017 were rounded up to $18,000. This check will be presented at the June meeting.

Reports from each group were presented.

Twig I has 35 active and 15 emeritus members. They have lost three members this year: Ann Carter, Alice Bell, and Joyce Wolford. All of them will be missed. With spring, our business has picked up at the Thrift Store. We are posting signs on several bulletin boards around town stating we’d love to have your donations as you complete your spring cleaning. Our programs so far this year have been: January – “YWCA Silver Sneakers Program”; February cancelled due to weather; March – “Flowers by Fettig”; April – “Human Trafficking”. They were very informative.

Twig II has a membership of 51 members, 9 of which are Emeritus. We have two major fund-raising efforts on behalf of Van Wert County Hospital. Throughout the year we work with TWIG I to give volunteer support to the Hospital Thrift Shop. During the Christmas season, we sell poinsettias to businesses and residents in the area.

At the shop, clothing inventory has been changed over to spring and summer wear. We continue to have a good supply of RADA knives on hand and special orders are possible. These make great gift ideas for weddings! There are also various glassware and miscellaneous houseware items available. Our monthly meetings have been well attended.


POSTED: 04/24/17 at 8:10 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Van Wert Area Retired Teachers Association will hold a lunch program and business session at noon Friday, April 21, at Willow Bend Country Club. The lunch menu includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, gelatin salad, and ice cream for dessert, plus beverage. The cost per meal is $11 and reservations should be made to Jean Minnig (419.238.9529 or via email at by early morning on April 19.

Marcia Weldy of the Brumback Library will share information on the library’s Summer Reading Program, an effort supported by the retired teachers group for many years. Donations for the program will be collected at this meeting and include white glue sticks, wet wipes, washable markers, and assorted children’s stickers.

The guest post-luncheon speaker will be Vicki Smith, executive director of the United Way of Van Wert County, an organization celebrating its 95th year of helping to meet the needs in the Van Wert County community. A business session will follow the speaker.

Donations needed for the Van Wert YWCA’s Transitional Housing residents include printer paper, floor cleaner, tall trash bags, laundry soap, toilet bowl cleaner, and Windex. Please be generous.

For more information, contact President Deb Kleinhenz at 419.238.9519.

POSTED: 04/18/17 at 7:47 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Buckeye Youth will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate and baked goods at Rural King, 811 Fox Road in Van Wert, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15.

There will be a variety of baked goods, including monster cookies, cupcakes, cookies, snickerdoodles, brownies, and lemon bars.

Buckeye Youth will also offer a variety of World’s Finest Chocolate items, including $2 boxes of chocolate covered almonds and $1 dark chocolate bars, milk chocolate bars, almond bars, caramel bars, and crisp bars.

Buckeye Y Youth Inc. is a United Way agency and Van Wert County Foundation grant recipient.

POSTED: 04/13/17 at 7:17 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles, Youth

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On Thursday, April 20, and Tuesday, April 25, the YMCA will hold a free senior fitness open house from 10:30 a.m. until noon, at the YM’s facility at 241 W. Main St.

The YMCA will hold a Senior Fitness open house on April 20 and 25, from 10:30 a.m.-noon, by entering door 9. The event is open to the public. Shown above are current members and staff of the Senior Fitness Program offered at the YMCA. (YMCA photo)

The YMCA will hold a Senior Fitness open house on April 20 and 25, from 10:30 a.m.-noon, by entering door 9. The event is open to the public. Shown above are current members and staff of the Senior Fitness Program offered at the YMCA. (YMCA photo)

The event is open to the public. Seniors wanting to learn more about the programs the Y has to offer can speak with its friendly staff and current program participants, observe or participate in a fitness class, or take a tour of the facility.

The senior fitness staff will be available to answer any questions about the Y, check eligibility for a free membership through the SilverSneakers® Program or Silver & Fit Program®, or provide information about the YMCA’s SilverPlus membership option.

Anyone interested in coming to the open house can enter through Door 9, which offers ground level entry into the building and is handicap accessible.

“I am very excited to open the doors to the Y and welcome in guests of all fitness levels, said YMCA Membership Director Kristin Lichtensteiger. “If you have been contemplating an exercise program, but aren’t sure of where to start, or have been exercising but are interested in learning more, the Y has several avenues that one can take.

“With the help the Y’s knowledgeable staff, I am positive each person will leave with a plan to be the best you yet,” she added.

Questions can be directed to Lichtensteiger by calling 419.238.0443 or visiting the YMCA website at The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.

POSTED: 04/13/17 at 8:12 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

FOX LAKE, Illinois — The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time.

This year, the association will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the division, which was formed in France during World War I.

For information about the association and its annual reunion in Arlington, Virginia, from September 13-17, contact secretary-treasurer Bob Haynes at, call 224.225.1202, or visit

POSTED: 04/13/17 at 6:44 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The April 5 meeting of the Evergreen Garden Club was held at First United Methodist Church, with 25 members present.

The club welcomed its speaker and owner from Olive Twist. Her program was on “Gourmet Foods”. She told the history and uses of olive oil and balsamic vinegars.

Evergreen Garden Club hostesses in April were (from the left) Bev Wolke, Sandra Brady, Kate DeVogel, and Carolyn Owens. (photo submitted)

Evergreen Garden Club hostesses in April were (from the left) Bev Wolke, Sandra Brady, Kate DeVogel, and Carolyn Owens. (photo submitted)

President Diane Ryan called the meeting to order with the reading of the secretary and treasurer’s report.

No old business was discussed.

New business included the spring regional meeting to be held Saturday, April 22, at the Lutheran church in Celina from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., with Designing Women hosting. Each club needs to enter an item into the silent auction and Evergreen Garden Club will oversee the table and auction. Today will be the last day to sign up and to attend.

Committee Reports:

Day trip: The Stan Hywett Hall & Gardens trip will be Tuesday, June 20. All who plan to attend were asked to sign the sign-up sheet. After today, this will be opened to the public to enable the club to fill and secure the bus.

Plant sale: The plant sale committee held its first meeting on March 29. The sale will be held on May 6 at 8:30 a.m. Members were asked to sign up for various jobs the day of the sale, along with a reminder that a minimum of eight plants from their gardens is needed. This year the Evergreen Club will be the only plant sale in Van Wert that gives the club an opportunity to do well on sales. Important information regarding the sale was given along with posters and flyers to be disturbed to local businesses.


POSTED: 04/11/17 at 7:28 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Van Wert County Chapter of PERI (Public Employee Retirees Inc.) will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Fireside Room of Trinity Friends Church on North Franklin Street in Van Wert.

The program will be presented by Darrel Dowdy of Lincolnway Behavioral Health. Refreshments will be served beginning at 9:45 that morning. All retirees and guests are welcome.

POSTED: 04/01/17 at 7:59 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Elks Officer of the Year 3-2017

Van Wert Elks Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, recently honored its “Officer of the Year” for the 2016-2017 lodge year: Chaplain Larry Miller. As chaplain, Miller has been active in promoting the programs of the lodge and has put a lot of time and work into assisting with various activities and programs of the lodge. He received a framed certificate from the Grand Lodge, which was signed by the Grand Exalted Ruler (national president) Michael F. Zellen. Shown with Miller (right) is Lodge Exalted Ruler Craig A. Bell. (Elks photo)

POSTED: 03/29/17 at 6:52 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twig I met on March 9 in Van Wert County Hospital’s Conference Room A with 27 members present.  Chairman Mae Stoller welcomed everyone. The meeting was opened with “The Pledge of Allegiance”, followed by prayer by Anne Bowen.

The program was presented by Dan German, owner of Fettig’s Flowers in Van Wert. He bought the business almost 41 years ago, and stated one thing that has changed over the years is ordering flowers over the Internet, which many people do now

He added that those who do that should make sure they know where the order will be filled. Do not click on a listing that has an ad in the corner. Orders for out of town can be made through Fettig’s for a fee of $5. German also brought a rose in the new color Orange Crush for every member.

Stoller opened the business meeting by mentioning that Edith Voltz is the only member having a March birthday.

Every year members are given a list of equipment the hospital would like to purchase that year. Each of the three Twig groups contributes toward the cost of some of those items. Twig I voted to give $7,000 from its share of the profits from the Thrift Shop.  A vote will be taken at the April meeting to determine which items Twig I would like to help purchase with its money.

Chairman Stoller gave the report for the Hospital Thrift Shop, which is located on Central Avenue. A new front door has been purchased and will soon be installed, while members were reminded to check pockets of clothes to be hung. There was also a water main break in front of the shop, and the city is repairing it.

Flyers were made to distribute in stores, etc., to promote donations to the Thrift Shop when people are doing spring cleaning.

Twig I is always seeking new members. The only obligation is to work a half day per month at the Thrift Shop, and members can have their preference regarding what works best for them. Scheduling is done for six months at a time.  Contact any member if interested in joining.

The next meeting will be at the hospital in Conference Room A on Thursday, April 13.

Attending the March meeting were Jan Adams, Bonnie Agler, Anne Bowen, Eve Braden, Dot Burley, Sue Corle, Marcia Davies, Carol Doner, Lupe Escobedo, Rosemary Foreman, Lois Goudy, Barbara Grogg, Loretta Grove, Helen Huston, Gloria Kimmey, Lois Linser, Diana Mace, Ilo Marvin, Judy Nieman, Jean Owens, Susie Methot-Perez, Nina Ragan, Mae Stoller, Nancy Szolach, Edith Voltz, Brenda Welker, and Betty Woodruff.

POSTED: 03/28/17 at 8:28 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles