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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

artThe First United Methodist Preschool, located at 113 W. Central Ave., will host an Art Show and fundraiser at the Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert on 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 aellerbrock@wcoil.com.

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

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The Evergreen Garden Club held its February meeting in the Kenn-Feld Training Room, with 17 members in attendance.

Joan Wise, an employee of Kenn-Feld, opened the meeting by showing a PowerPoint presentation on what Kenn-Feld is all about. Wise announced that, on March 30, Kenn-Feld will sponsor a Ladies Night from 5 to 9 p.m. During the open house, door prizes will be given away and women will have a chance to drive the equipment. There will also be vendors, workshops, and refreshments. This will all take place at 10305 Liberty Union Road.

The program was presented by Rachel Hoverman on “What’s New for Spring?” Hoverman mentioned “Night Sky”, a new petunia by Proven Winner and mentions the Butter Fly weed, which is a beautiful orange in color that attracts monarchs. She attended a convention in Columbus at which Roy Diblik was guest speaker.

Diane Ryan opened the business meeting with all in attendance reciting “The Pledge of Allegiance”. Roll call was taken by answering “How many indoor plants do you care for in the winter?”  A discussion was held on what to do with all of the unused Christmas decorations housed in the limited space at the library

The bus trip to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens on June 20 is being planned. Reservations of $69 are due to Linda Stanley and are open to the public. The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs convention is July 13-15 at Marriott Northwest in Dublin.

The annual perennial plant sale will be held on May 6 at the Fountain Park. The next meeting will be March 1 at the Amherst Greenhouse in Harrod; program on “Automated Seed Planting”. The club will leave at 9 a.m. from the Walmart parking lot (market side).

Hostesses for the evening were Arlene Gamble, Kathy Muse, Laurie Purmort, and Linda Stanley.

POSTED: 02/11/17 at 9:34 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Put on those dancing shoes and join area seniors at the Van Wert County Council on Aging Thursday February 23, for a senior dance. Melvin Mullins will be providing live music, while light refreshments will be provided by Van Wert Manor.

Put on those dancing shoes, bring a friend, and have some fun. Don’t worry if you don’t dance, come and enjoy the music and make new friends.

There is no charge for this dance. The Van Wert County Council on Aging is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way of Van Wert County.

POSTED: 02/11/17 at 9:34 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The All-Twig Board met at noon on January 25 in Conference Room A of Van Wert County Hospital.

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

Following a delicious meal prepared by the hospital, the business meeting began with the reading and approval of the minutes from the last meeting. The comptroller gave her report which was approved as presented. Twig reports where then shared.

Twig I has 37 active and 16 emeritus members. The organization is actively seeking new members. The group assists Twig II in the operation of the hospital thrift shop, located on Central Avenue. The shop carries a full line of Rada cutlery, and many special items can be ordered.  The shop is open 9am to 5pm every day but Wednesday and Sunday. Donations to the shop are always needed. Tax deductible receipts are available for items of value.

Twig II has a total of 51 members, nine of which are emeritus. Two new members were recently welcomed. In addition to Rada Cutlery, the Hospital Thrift Shop continues to offer items handmade by various members of each group, including dish cloths, crocheted towels, scrubbies, and a newly added item: kitchen scissor holders. Group members appreciate the support given by the Van Wert area, not only for shopping in the store, but also for purchasing poinsettias this past holiday season. Increased sales this year will add nicely to the financial support given to the hospital by the group.

Twig III has 24 members. In addition to operating the hospital gift shop, the group held its annual Tree of Lights ceremony in the hospital lobby on November 28.  Music was provided by a Lincolnview girls’ choral group. Refreshments were furnished by the Nutrition Department. The organization thanked all those who purchased stars in memory or honor of family and friends. Funds were presented to VWCH CEO James Pope. The hospital gift shop had good months in November and December. Inventory has been taken and new orders placed to replenish the shelves. Garden flags and Ohio State and Michigan items are always popular. Baby items, stuffed animals, and balloons also are staple sales. Candy sales are a favorite of hospital employees.

All Twig groups were reminded that the chairman and comptroller need copies of group rosters for 2017. It is important to report any changes in rosters (additions, deletions, corrections) to Wendy Price and Ellen Rager in the Administration Office.

Wish lists should be available for March group meetings. Groups will need to decide what equipment they want to help purchase, and the amount of funds available, to the All-Twig Account before the next All-Twig meeting. Year-end financial reports need to be turned in the comptroller as soon as possible.

The board expressed appreciation for memorial gifts given by the community following the recent loss of  longtime member Marjorie Purmort.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 19, at the hospital. Remaining 2017 board meeting dates are scheduled for June 21 and October 18.

Attending this meeting were members of Twig 1: Dot Burley, Mae Stoller, Loretta Grove, and Rosemary Foreman; Twig II: Ella Jackson, Beverlee Profit, Kathy Keysor, and Linda Sidle; Twig III: Jeanne Ziegler, Sherri Arn, Jane Lianez, and Nancy Farmer.

POSTED: 01/31/17 at 8:13 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Van Wert High School Class of 1962 will be holding a planning meeting for its 55th class reunion at 7 p.m. Monday, February 6, at the Elks Lodge, 1197 Elks Drive in Van Wert.

All interested classmates are encouraged to attend.

POSTED: 01/25/17 at 8:34 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The YMCA of Van Wert County has announced its monthly SilverSneakers Luncheon will held at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, January 26, in the YMCA Senior Fitness Center. All attendees can enter via the handicap accessible door 9 on Main Street.

SilverSneakers logo 3-2015The luncheon will be catered by Van Wert Manor and featured speaker is Teresa Faulder, director of community relations for Right at Home In-Home Care and Assistance in Lima.

All SilverSneakers members, and those wanting to learn more about the program, are welcome to come for this free event. No pre-registration is required, and attendees are encouraged to bring a friend who enjoys socializing, meeting new friends, and is interested in learning more about the SilverSneakers program and other options the YMCA has to offer.

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: 01/24/17 at 7:27 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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