The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

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Twig II met February 11 at Van Wert Health and members were greeted by Hostess Robin Benner. After the Invocation given by Connie Hart, lunch was serviced by Van Wert Health. 

The February guest speaker, Holly Conklin, founder and CEO of Angel Intervention Services, 123 S. Washington St. in Van Wert, was then introduced by Benner. Conklin is a certified intervention professional, certified drug and alcohol counselor, and certified dependency counseling assistant (Ohio).

Conklin said her brother says she is an “angel in training”, with her family calling her an “angel on Earth”.

She started her practice in her home, but heard of people of all ages dying from drugs, and, with the help of God, has expanded Angel Intervention Services to the current location.  

Conklin said people start on drugs for many reasons and, unfortunately, usually become addicted. Drug addiction is an illness, but, with the help of family and friends, this condition can be treated.

Conklin closed her presentation by handing out a brochure that includes a list of services provided by Angel Intervention Services.

Chairman Kathy Keysor opened the meeting, with 23 members answering the roll call by mentioning  “An Angel in Your Life”.  Del Free introduced guest and future member Cheryl Dray and Jane Broman will have schedules to hand out at the March meeting for April15 through June 22.  If anyone has any conflicts with dates, please contact Broman by February 22. Keysor asked those cancelling or adding a reservation after they have been called to let her know before 9:30 a.m. the day of the meeting.

The program for March is “New Drug Trends” — Van Wert Health. Hostess will be Sharon Witten, with the invocation given by Barbara Adams.

In attendance were: Barbara Adams, Robin Benner, Sharon Bolenbaugh, Jane Broman, Diana Crow, Del Free, Diane Haller, Connie Hart, Linda Heath, Ella Jackson, Judy Jackson, Kathy Keysor, Shirley Lichty, Judy Linton, Joy McCleery, Corrine Mowry, Joyce Oechsle, Sue Price, Beverlee Profit, Katy Sill, Shirley Soldner, Barbara Sunderland, and Sharon Witten.

POSTED: 02/13/19 at 9:28 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, held a free spaghetti dinner for all Van Wert County veterans on January 28.

A nice group of veterans enjoyed a free dinner and the chance to catch up with their fellow veterans on that evening.

Shown (from the left) are Keith Collins, Marine Corps veteran and Elks Lodge Veteran Committee chairman; Carl Beck, U.S. Army veteran and lodge member who donated the lamp; and Raymond Haas, U.S. Navy veteran and lodge member who won the lamp.Elks photo

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has a motto: “As long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them”. Van Wert Lodge is proud to be able to sponsor this free event for veterans as a way of saying “thank you” for their service to the country.

Prior to and during the event, the lodge raffled off an Ohio State University lamp. The lamp was made and donated by local veteran and lodge member Carl Beck. Proceeds of the raffle will be donated to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 54 of Van Wert.

POSTED: 02/06/19 at 8:16 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Shown is Janet Williams Mohr, a member of the DAR’s Isaac Van Wart Chapter. Mrs. Mohr shared her Welsh heritage during a meeting hosted in her home and dressed in authentic Welsh attire passed down from her ancestors. Mrs. Mohr served members a delicious Welsh meal while she portrayed her grandparents’ story of life in Wales and their travels to the United States. 

POSTED: 01/31/19 at 8:41 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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COLDWATER — Rediscovering Joy, a support group for widows and widowers, is changing the location of its monthly meetings to the Preferred Insurance Center’s Meeting Room, 809 W. Main St. in Coldwater (across the street from Mercer Health). Parking is located behind the building and the meeting room is located in the building basement. A chair lift is available.  

Because of the overwhelming response at its first meeting, the Rediscovering Joy support group changed locations to accommodate a larger group. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 11. 

Guest speaker at the February meeting will be Jeanette Etzler, owner and chef at Gourmet Gatherings, a St. Henry catering company specializing in “familiar foods with a gourmet twist”. Etzler will present a program (including samples) on “Cooking for One”.  

Those widowed can come to meet others and also discover if this new group is for them. Reservations are appreciated, but not necessary.For more information, contact Judy at 419.733.5629 or Mary at 419.678.8830. Email is also available at

POSTED: 01/26/19 at 8:52 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twenty-three members of Twig II started out the New Year of 2019 by meeting at Van Wert Health on January 14. Members were greeted by Hostess Nancy Wolverton, with the invocation given by Connie Hart and an excellent meal served by Van Wert Health.

Twig II meeting hostess Nancy Wolverton poses with guest speaker Trevor Webster. photo provided

Wolverton introduced the speaker and close friend Trevor R. Webster CFA, AAMS, a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Webster spoke on charitable giving. He also handed out information on donating IRA distributions, explaining about eligibility, qualified charities, and limitations on distributions. Info was also provided on the topic of “Putting Market Declines in Perspective” and “Long Term Returns of Stocks and Bonds”.  Webster also spent time answering questions from members.

Installation of Officers for 2019-2020 was held, with Bev Profit installing each officer.

Comparing each office to “chocolate”, after stating what each officer’s duties were, Profit gave each officer a chocolate candy bar that best represents her office.

Officers installed were Chairman Kathy Keysor, First Co-Chairman – Nancy Wolverton, Second Co-Chairman Diane Haller, Treasurer Ella Jackson, Secretary Barbara Sunderland, Co-Secretary Joy McCleery, Liaison Katy Sill, and Representative at Large Beverlee Profit

Poinsettia Chairman Joy McCleery thanked her committee and their husbands and the community for their support in helping make the club’s poinsettia sales a success.

The next meeting will be February 11, with Holly Conklin, Angel Intervention. Hostess will be Robin Benner with Invocation by Connie Hart.

In attendance were: Sharon Bolenbaugh, Jane Broman, Diana Crow, Judy Fox, Del Free,

Nancy Gribler, Diane Haller, Ella Jackson, Judy Jackson, Arlene Keysor, Kathy Keysor,

Shirley Lichty, Judy Linton, Joy McCleery, Bev Mercer, Sue Price, Beverlee Profit, Katy Sill, Shirley Soldner, Barbara Sunderland, Sharon Witten, and Nancy Wolverton.

POSTED: 01/21/19 at 9:02 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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COLDWATER — A new support group for anyone who has been widowed is starting soon in Mercer County. The group is called “Rediscovering Joy” and will hold monthly meetings, along with various other planned social activities.  

The group will allow widows and widowers of all ages to connect with others who understand what they are going through. The meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month, starting on Monday, January 14, and will be held in the private dining room at Briarwood Village, 100 Don Desch Drive in Coldwater. Meeting times will be from 6:30-8 p.m.  

Locations and times of social events will vary. Judy Broering and Mary Wenning, who are both widowed, will be facilitators for the group.  

For more information, contact Broering at 419.733.5629 or Wenning at 419.678.8830. Email is also available at

Reservations are appreciated, but are not necessary. 

POSTED: 01/08/19 at 7:54 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, has again this year adopted children from the Angel Tree Project to help make their Christmas a little brighter. Tags are placed on the lodge Christmas Sharing Tree, which contains the items needed for the kids. Members of the lodge take the tags from the tree, buy and wrap the items, and bring them back to the Lodge. Members of the Christmas Sharing Tree Committee then deliver the packages to the location before Christmas. This has been a project of the lodge for several years and lodge members look forward to the Sharing Tree being put up in the Lodge. By participating in this project, the Van Wert Elks are able to show the community that Elks Care — Elks Share. Pictured are the wrapped presents waiting to be delivered to the party by the committee.Elks photo

POSTED: 01/03/19 at 3:09 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twig I met December 13 at the Community Health Professionals building. Co-chairman LaDonna Allenbaugh welcomed the 26 members present for the group’s annual Christmas party. Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and an elf were also in attendance. Anne Bowen gave the prayer before the lunch, which was prepared by volunteers from the Community Health Professionals.

Allenbaugh conducted a short business session, announcing that the Hospital Thrift shop will be closed on December 24 and 25 and January 1. December 31 might be a shortened work day.

After Christmas, a sale will be held on Christmas items, with “all you can fit into a bag” for $2. Also, items marked with a green tag or black tag or dot will be 50 percent off for one week.

Following the business session, a gift exchange was enjoyed, then “Christmas Jingo” was played, which is a form of Bingo.

New officers for 2019-2020 are as follows: Chairman, LaDonna Allenbaugh; co-chairman, Karen Gardner; secretary, Dot Burley; co-secretary, Jean Owens; treasurer, Mae Enyart, co-treasurer, Ilo Marvin; pricing leaders, Ann McCray and Diana Mace; and representative-at-large, Mae Enyart.

Members attending the meeting were LaDonna Allenbaugh, Anne Bowen, Dot Burley, Sharon Clouse, Carol Doner, Lupe Escobedo, Rosemary Foreman, Karen Gardner, Jane Geesey, Sandra Greulach. Loretta Grove, Helen Huston, Connie Johnson, Gloria Kimmey, Sheila Lacy, Diana Mace, Ilo Marvin, Ann McCray, Julie Medford, Susie Methot-Perez, Jean Owens, Nina Ragan, Nancy Szolach, Edith Voltz, Brenda Welker, and Betty Woodruff.

POSTED: 12/19/18 at 1:05 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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CELINA — Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association will be holding its fifth annual Beginning Beekeeping Class Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the Richardson-Bretz Building in Celina.

The Richardson-Bretz Building is located behind the Mercer County Library and the address is 119 W. Fulton St. in Celina.

The class will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. There will be doughnuts and drinks available and a one-hour lunch break at about noon. Topics that will be discussed will include honeybee casts, caring for honeybees, honeybee biology, honeybee nutrition, equipment needed, parts of the hive, pests and diseases, and products from the hive. There will be demonstrations on assembling hive equipment.

The club will also provide information on ordering bees from Northern Climate Stock. The cost of the class is $50 and includes Honey Bee Biology and Beekeepingby Dewey M. Caron, with Lawrence John Connor; and a one-year membership to GGLBA and the Ohio State Beekeepers Association.

Beekeeping Supply catalogs, literature, and handouts will be distributed to all enrollees, along with chances to win many beekeeping door prizes. The book is a $65 value and the club memberships are a $35 value.


POSTED: 12/19/18 at 1:04 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The YWCA of Van Wert County will be hosting a session of Christmas-themed yoga classed on Wednesday, December 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Those wanting to participate should register by calling 419.238.6639 or emailing

“We are excited to offer this event during the holiday season as the perfect way for one to calm their body and mind from all the busyness of this time of year,” stated YWCA Health and Wellness Coordinator J.J. McClain. “As wonderful and special as the Christmas season is, it can also be a hectic time of preparation, planning, coordinating, and not taking enough time to regroup and unwind.

“This session will be the perfect way to enjoy some Christmas music, take some time to relax and stretch, and maybe even have a warm cup of hot cocoa,” McClain added.

Participants are welcome to come as a family, grab some friends for a night of yoga together, or just make this quiet “me time” alone. A limited number of mats are available for use, although participants may bring their own.

The YWCA of Van Wert County has a state-of-the-art fitness studio that houses fitness classes, a coed 24-hour fitness center, and locker room use for all fitness partners. Stop in for a tour or email McClain with any questions.

The YWCA receives United Way and Van Wert County Foundation funding.

POSTED: 12/17/18 at 7:40 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles