The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

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Tractor Supply Company in Van Wert​ is dedicating the entire month of August to showing its appreciation for animals. The rural lifestyle retailer will host a variety of animal-centric happenings and deals as part of Out Here with Animals, its month-long event for animals of all kinds and the people who care for them.

Out Here with Animals kicked off this past Wednesday with a month-long pet supplies drive. Customers are invited to show their support for the Van Wert​ animal shelter community by dropping off new sealed food, toys, cleaning supplies, and other essential pet accessories, such as beds, scratching posts, leashes, and bowls to be donated to local rescues and shelters.

In addition to the supplies drive, Tractor Supply will host a pet adoption event Saturday, August 25. Local animal organizations interested in participating are encouraged to sign up online at by contacting the Van Wert​ Tractor Supply store. Registration closes Wednesday, August 22.

Animal lovers, don’t forget to put Tractor Supply Company’s Out Here with Animals event on the calendar. photo provided

“Out Here with Animals allows the Van Wert​ community to come together to celebrate their pets while supporting the great work of their local animal organizations,” said Mary Lawley, vice president of store administration at Tractor Supply Company. “Whether you have a dog, cat, horse, pig, or goat, we hope families will bring their leashed, friendly pets to the store to show how special their animals are and help us find homes for the local adoptable animals that deserve a family too.”

Tractor Supply is also shining a spotlight on animal organizations through the return of its popular Rescue Your Rescue contest. The retailer will donate a total of $25,000 in grants to 10 animal nonprofits that deserve a boost. Customers are encouraged to nominate their favorite shelters through Wednesday, August 8, at

Along with events that celebrate and support Van Wert​ pets, Out Here with Animals will feature a sale on premium pet and animal products and brands. Customers — and their animals — can enjoy deals on top brands like Purina Feed, Blue Buffalo, Wholesomes, 4health, and more Wednesday, August 22, through Sunday, August 26.

Out Here with Animals events are open to the public and leashed, friendly animals. Contact the Van Wert​ Tractor Supply store for more details.

For expert advice on raising pets and other animals, visit and follow Tractor Supply on Facebook and Instagram. To receive deals and rewards on pet and livestock products, sign up for the Tractor Supply Neighbor’s Club at

POSTED: 08/04/18 at 7:40 am. FILED UNDER: Business, Lifestyles

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Van Wert County Chapter 12, District 2, Public Employee Retirees Inc. (PERI), will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Trinity Friends Church, 605 N. Franklin St. in Van Wert.

Mayor Amy Carles of the Ohio Consumer Counsel will be the guest speaker, while refreshments will be served beginning at 9:45 that morning.

POSTED: 07/10/18 at 6:30 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Van Wert High School Class of 1973 will be celebrating its 45th class reunion the weekend of Saturday, August 4, at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds during the Van Wert Ribfest event.

Friday, August 3, will feature an early bird reception at Olympic Lanes, starting at 7 p.m. A cash bar and pizza buffet will be part of the reception. The fee is $5 per person attending to help cover expenses. The class invites all former classmates, graduating class members, teachers, friends, and family to attend.

The class needs to have an approximate idea of how many people plan to attend and is asking classmates to send a check for $5 and a response to Brenda (Speakman) Weaver at 503 W. Carmean St., Ohio City, OH 45874, or to Jacquie (Carrier) Reinemeyer at 9356 Emerson Road, Van Wert, OH 45891.

The class Facebook page is VW Class of 1973 and will have information on the reunion, as well as any updates. Those who know people who may not get information via the Internet are asked to share information with them on the reunion.

For more information, contact Weaver through Facebook or call 419.965.2000.

POSTED: 07/10/18 at 6:28 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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VWHS Class of 1998 reunion will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Wassenberg Art Center during the Town Creek Live! festival. Classmates and their guests are invited to attend for an evening of laughter, dancing, and entertainment.

Tickets are $15 per person to cover the cost of tent rental, and can be purchased in advance at or at the door.

For more information, contact Erin McMillen at 419.203.3387 or

POSTED: 07/05/18 at 8:58 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The All-Twig Board met at Willow Bend Country Club on June 18. Representatives of the three TWIG groups and special guests from Van Wert Health were welcomed by Chairman Jeanne Ziegler.

The group gathered on the patio for the presentation of the annual All-Twig donation to the hospital. Tiffany Williams, vice president of Human Resources and Organization Effectiveness, along with Ellen Rager and Haley Michaud from the office of Patient and Community Relations, accepted a check for $13,000 and thanked the three groups for the work they do to support purchases of new and updated equipment for the hospital.

Following the presentation, Beverlee Profit gave the invocation, after which the group enjoyed a delicious meal prior to the business meeting.

Ziegler called the meeting to order and extended her thanks to those attending. The minutes of the April meeting were reviewed and approved. Ella Jackson gave the comptroller’s report which was approved by the group. The following reports were presented by each group:

Twig I has 49 members. Members work as volunteers at the Hospital Thrift Shop, along with Twig II members. The group appreciates all donations and has remained strong. The community’s support is essential for the group’s success, and club members thanked their loyal customers.

Twig II has 47 members. These members, along with those in Twig I, support the manager of the Hospital Thrift Shop by volunteering to work in the shop. Their dedication to this task has enabled the shop to raise funds to be used by the hospital to purchase equipment needed to care for members of the community and the surrounding area. The shop continues to offer clothing, jewelry, housewares, games, puzzles, toys, and books donated by residents of Van Wert and other local communities. In addition, there are handmade items and an inventory of RADA knives for sale. Later this summer we will begin to undergo some outside building improvements. The Thrift Shop will soon offer poinsettias for sale at Christmas. Monthly meetings are held the second Monday of the month 10 months out of the year, where programs are generally presented by healthcare workers and community organizations.

Twig III has 19 members operating the hospital gift shop. Group members are very appreciative of the receptionists helping their customers during those times Twig III members are not available. The gift shop buyers are continually purchasing new items. As always, Ohio State and Michigan items, baby and stuffed animal articles, balloons, garden flags, and candy are popular items. Gift shop sales have been good.

During the business meeting, Ziegler reported the open house for Van Wert Health North held recently for employees and volunteers was excellent. Those who were not able to attend were encouraged to attend the open house for the public on Sunday, June 24. Members were reminded the officer rotation for the group for 2019-2020 will be: Chairman — Twig I, Vice Chairman — Twig II, and Secretary/Public Relations — Twig III.

The final All-Twig meeting date for 2018 will be Wednesday, October 17. Members were reminded that roster changes should be reported as soon as possible to the Office of Community Relations.

Those attending were: Twig I — Jan Adams, LaDonna Allenbaugh, Loretta Grove, and Rosemary Foreman;

Twig II — Sharon Witten, Ella Jackson, Kathy Keysor, and Beverlee Profit; Twig III — Nancy Farmer, Jane Lianez, Jeanne Ziegler, and Eileen Lucier.

POSTED: 07/05/18 at 7:24 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twig I and II members met for a trip/picnic theme gathering on June 11 at the Community Health Professionals Building on Westwood Drive in Van Wert.

Members were greeted by Kathy Keysor and her committee, Sandy Amundson, Corrine Mowry, Beverlee Profit, Sharon Witten, Janet Merkle, and Nancy Wolverton. Twig II Chairman Beverlee Profit welcomed special guests Twig I and Twig II members. A delicious picnic lunch was served after the invocation was given by Profit.

Linda Stanley, program presenter and emcee shared “Tips for Trips.” Did you know you can use a straw to keep your necklace from tangling in your suitcase? Using plastic bags to store liquids in your luggage is another tip. Stanley had many great ideas for the club’s travels.

Joy McCleery provided the games. Members had a rousing time playing “What’s in your bag?” and United States trivia. Fifteen lucky women won the door prizes.

Twig I members in attendance were LaDonna Allenbaugh, Ann Bowen, Eve Braden, Dot Burley, Sharon Clouse, Sue Corle, Cindy Dickson, Carla Doner, Carol Doner, Mae Enyart, Rosemary Foreman, Karen Gardner, Jane Geesey, Sandra Greulach, Loretta Grove, Helen Huston, Connie Johnson, Gloria Kimmey, Sheila Lacy, Diane Mace, Ann McCray, Julie Medford, Jean Owens, Nina Ragan, Edith Voltz, Betty Woodruff, and Betty Wyandt.

In attendance from Twig II members were Barb Adams, Sandy Amundson, Jane Broman, Diana Crow, Judy Fox, Del Free, Diane Haller, Connie Hart, Linda Heath, Judy Jackson, Ella Jackson, Arlene Keysor, Kathy Keysor, Shirley Litchy, Judy Linton, Joy McCleery and her daughter/guest Kelly Ginter, Bev Mercer, Janet Merkle, Corinne Mowry, Joyce Oechsle, Sue Price, Beverlee Profit, Malinda Shellabarger, Linda Stanley, Barb Sunderland, Sharon Witten, and Nancy Wolverton.

POSTED: 06/29/18 at 6:41 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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OTTAWA — The Friends of the Putnam County District Library in Ottawa are now accepting applications for the upcoming 11th annual Autumn Harvest of Crafts Show. The show be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at Ottawa-Glandorf High School, 630 Glendale Ave. in Ottawa.

For more information, email or phone Judy at 419.659.5478.

Proceeds benefit all locations of the Putnam County District Library.

POSTED: 06/16/18 at 7:23 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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York School graduates, teachers, and their guests should definitely plan on attending the York School Reunion for an evening of fun and fellowship.

Activities will be held at Lincolnview Local Schools, 15945 Middle Point Road. The event is open to faculty, teachers, and students who attended York, Lincolnview or the schools that now make up Lincolnview.

A social hour will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4, with a dinner catered by The Black Angus served starting at 6:30 that evening. The dinner will be followed by a short program.

Those wanting to attend should RSVP no later than Monday, July 23, with a registration fee of $20 per person, by contacting Marilyn Gamble Jones at 419.203.4579 or emailing

POSTED: 06/14/18 at 5:54 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles, Youth

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, recently donated $100 to the Van Wert County Council on Aging. The monies will go towards supporting the Council’s eighth annual Designer Purse Bingo fundraiser on Friday, June 8. The agency will use the donations to purchase designer handbags that will be displayed and used as bingo prizes throughout the fundraiser. The Council on Aging transports seniors every day to medical appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, or social service appointments free of charge, and has been serving community senior citizens for 40 years. Without these vital services, many of the county’s seniors would be forced to enter long-term care facilities. Through fundraisers such as this, the agency will be able to continue and expand its much-needed services for senior citizens. Here, Mary Yackey (left), lodge loyal knight, presents a check to Council on Aging Executive Director Kevin Matthews. Elks photo

POSTED: 06/14/18 at 5:53 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Members of the Van Wert County Master Gardener volunteers took a trip to Columbus on May 25. Two stops were planned for the day.

The first stop was at Red Twig Farms outside New Albany for its “VIP Peony Experience”. Red Twig Farms is one of the larger peony growers in Ohio and produces peonies and other plants for the cut flower industry. Master Gardener volunteers learned about field production and harvesting techniques of peonies from owner Josh McCullough and were then allowed into the fields to select and harvest their own peonies to take home. This special event is only offered for one week each year.

Although the Master Gardener volunteers felt they knew quite a bit about peonies before this part of the trip it was agreed that visiting the farm was a very unique and educational experience for all.

The second stop was at Franklin Park Conservatory in downtown Columbus to see the new Children’s Garden. The garden, which opened to the public just a week prior to the volunteers’ visit, proved to be well worth the drive. The two-acre garden is packed full of features to help children learn about the natural environment. Although the garden is for children, it was most likely enjoyed more by the Master Gardener volunteers than any child who has had the privilege of visiting it. The volunteers enjoyed themselves, but, more importantly, gained a lot of information on how to improve Van Wert’s Smiley Park Children’s Garden.

Area residents interested in becoming an Ohio State University Van Wert County Master Gardener volunteer can call Rachel at the Extension Office at 419.238.1214. Those interested in helping to maintain the Smiley Park Children’s Garden can meet with Master Gardener volunteers at the garden at 9 a.m. Thursdays.

POSTED: 06/09/18 at 7:51 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles