The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

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Twig I met on December 12 at the Community Health Professionals Building for the annual Christmas party.  Members of the CHP staff prepared and served a delicious lunch, while Twig I Chairman Mae Stoller welcomed everyone to the meeting. She read a thank-you card from Trinity Friends Food Pantry for the items recently contributed by members, and then Anne Bowen gave the prayer before the meal.

December birthdays include Lupe Escobedo, Linda Fox, Karen Gardner, and Betty Woodruff.

There was no business meeting. Santa and his elf handed out gifts to each person present. Door prizes were distributed and, for entertainment, Merry Christmas Jingo was played. Stoller thanked the party committee for planning such a nice event.

Twenty-seven members were present: Jan Adams, Bonnie Agler, LaDonna Allenbaugh, Anne Bowen, Dot Burley, Sue Corle, Marge Clouse, Sharon Clouse, Carol Doner, Lupe Escobedo, Jane Geesey, Karen Gardner, Helen Huston, Connie Johnson, Gloria Kimmey, Diana Mace, Ilo Marvin, Ann McCray, Jean Owens, Susie Perez, Mary Kay Purmort, Nina Ragan, Mae Stoller, Nancy Szolach, Edith Voltz, Brenda Welker, and Betty Wyandt.

The next meeting will be held at the Van Wert County Hospital Conference Room A at noon on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

POSTED: 12/27/17 at 9:11 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The YWCA of Van Wert County will be hosting its last SilverSneakers luncheon of the year Tuesday, December 19, at 11:30 a.m. This month’s luncheon will be a holiday social gathering over lunch, with an optional $3 gift exchange, followed by games and fun for those who would like to stay.

Those eligible for SilverSneakers, who want to find out about eligibility, or just want to join other “Silvers” for a lunch provided by Van Wert County Hospital, can attend and bring a friend.

With SilverSneakers, the focus is on fitness, fun, and friends. Staying active both physically and mentally, maintaining friendships, and keeping a positive outlook on life is key. The YWCA of Van Wert County is committed to helping one age happily through SilverSneakers®, an innovative program specifically designed for the unique health and physical needs of local Medicare beneficiaries.

Eligible members receive a full facility partnership at the YWCA, where area residents can enjoy low-impact fitness classes; use of the facility’s 24/7 fitness center, including exercise equipment (e.g., treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights, etc.); the pool; sauna; locker rooms; social events; and more.

For more information on SilverSneakers at the YWCA of Van Wert County, visit the facility, call 419.238.6639, visit the www.silversneakers.com website, email jmcclain@vanwertcounty.org, or show up for the luncheon on December 19. RSVP for the luncheon by calling the YWCA.

The YWCA is a non-profit organization and a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation agency.

POSTED: 12/15/17 at 8:57 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, held its annual memorial service on Sunday, December 3. The service, held each year on the first Sunday in December, is a time for Elks to pause and pay their respects to members who have passed away during the year. This year, the lodge remembered the following members who passed away during the year: Paul W. Purmort Jr., Frederick B. Fortman, Richard E. Hoover Sr., John W. Wilkin, Ned E. Dull, Karen M. Payne, Frank B. Hoffman, Wayne L. Warren, Michael F. Collins, Thomas M. Tomlinson, and Gus R. Brown. Shown are (from the left) Lodge Chaplain Larry D. Miller, who led the service; vocalist Laura Leigh; and Pastor Greg Leigh, who delivered the main eulogy. Elks photo

POSTED: 12/07/17 at 8:32 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Kroger Company has recalled Comforts For Baby Purified Water with Fluoride Added 1 gallon with “sell by” dates from April 26, 2018, to October 10, 2018, after receiving complaints about mold in the product.

Testing by Kroger has identified the mold as Talaromyces penicillium.The water is sold in clear containers, but the mold may not be visible using the naked eye.

The FDA is issuing this consumer alert to reach parents and caregivers who may have bought the product, which is intended for infants.

The products were distributed to Kroger stores, including Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C Food Plus, Kroger, Kroger Marketplace, Owen’s, Payless Super Market, and Ruler stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Kroger Company has instructed its stores to remove the recalled products.

POSTED: 12/07/17 at 8:29 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Van Wert Area Retired Teachers Association will meet for a holiday luncheon program at noon Friday, December 8, at Willow Bend Country Club. The meal charge is $11 and includes festive chicken in sauce, mashed potatoes, California vegetable medley, gelatin salad, peppermint dessert, plus a beverage selection of coffee, tea, or water.

Meal reservations are due by 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, to Jean Minnig at 419.238.9529, or jaminnig@hotmail.com.

Prior to the meal, holiday musical selections and a seasonal message will be presented by Dee Fisher, owner of Dee Fisher Music Studio. The holiday community service project for this meeting will include a monetary collection for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign to assist its efforts to provide for those in need in the Van Wert community.

Special guest BJ (Betty Jo) Woodruff, ORTA District 2 director, will be present to share ORTA updates, and a brief business session will follow. Attendance is encouraged for this holiday luncheon program.

All retired educators and persons interested in the support of Ohio’s public schools are welcome to be members of ORTA (Ohio Retired Teachers Association) and be involved in the Van Wert area group.

For more information, contact President Deb Kleinhenz at 419.238.9519.

POSTED: 11/29/17 at 8:38 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

The YMCA of Van Wert County recently received a donation from the Van Wert Moose Lodge towards youth membership and programming. These funds are directed to the YMCA youth financial assistance program and children’s activities. Here, John Smith (left) of the Van Wert Moose Lodge presents YMCA CEO Hugh Kocab with a check for $500. (YMCA photo)

POSTED: 11/11/17 at 10:13 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The SilverSneakers® participants of the YWCA paused for a photo after their recent luncheon to celebrate SilverSneakers® 25 years in business, holding up their “twos and fives”.

SilverSneakers participants at the YWCA of Van Wert County celebrate SilverSneakers’ 25th anniversary. YWCA photo

SilverSneakers® is an innovative program specifically designed for the unique health and physical needs of local Medicare beneficiaries. With SilverSneakers, the focus is on fitness, fun and friends!  Staying active both physically and mentally, maintaining friendships, and keeping a positive outlook on life is key.

The YWCA of Van Wert County is committed to helping one age happily through SilverSneakers certified classes, social events and volunteer opportunities. Eligible members receive a full facility partnership at the YWCA, where one can enjoy low-impact fitness classes; use of the facility’s 24/7 fitness center, including exercise equipment (e.g., treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights, etc.); the pool; sauna; locker rooms; social events; etc.

For more information on SilverSneakers at the YWCA of Van Wert County, visit the facility, call 419.238.6639, visit the www.silversneakers.com website, or join participants for class on Wednesday, October 25, at 10 a.m. Celebrations will continue during this class and all are encouraged to wear royal blue, the official color of SilverSneakers.

The YWCA is a non-profit organization and a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation agency.

POSTED: 10/24/17 at 7:54 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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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