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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, Jun. 25, 2017

CLC donates to groups 6-2017

Van Wert Catholic Ladies of Columbia Chapter 121 made two presentations at its May meeting. Through the state organization’s assistance and fundraisers, C L of C presented a total of $300 to the Pregnancy Life Center and $250 to St. Mary’s Purse Bingo. Shown are (from the left) Jan Keipper, co-president, presenting Theresa Marshall, committee chair, the money for Purse Bingo. This event will be held September 15 at the K of C Hall, with proceeds used for a need in the parish or school. Also, Cathy Steffan, PLC Board member, accepts a donation from Barb Laing, co-president, to be used for operating the center. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 06/17/17 at 7:19 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Lifestyles

Young's Waste Service gives to RR Heritage Weekend 6-2017

Young`s Waste Service donated $100  to the Van Wert County Historical Society to be used for the
Railroad Heritage Weekend July 29-30 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Shown are (from the left) Bill Stanley, Richard Riley, and Chuck White.
(photo submitted)

POSTED: 06/12/17 at 7:21 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The YWCA will be hosting a SilverSneakers Luncheon on Tuesday, June 6, at 11:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. This month’s luncheon will be a “Kick-off to Summer” – with a cook-out themed lunch, summer games and a short talk on heat-related illnesses.

Cathaline Chisholm, RN, director of acute care at Van Wert County Hospital, will be the guest speaker. According to Chisholm, oftentimes heat stress affects older people more than others. Some people age 65 years or over may be at increased risk of heat-related illnesses and need special care in hot weather.

SilverSneakers logo 3-2015She will talk about the symptoms of heat stress and heat exhaustion, risk factors for heat stress in elderly people, and innovative ideas to protect skin from the sun all year round. Attendees will also have the opportunity to use a DermaScan machine, which uses ultraviolet light to show sun-damaged and dehydrated skin on a person’s face that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Teresa Schalois, the YWCA SilverSneakers coordinator, is excited about this month’s luncheon because it will be a great opportunity for the group to gather together, have fun, and get information on being prepared for the upcoming warmer months.

“We want to make our time together both fun and educational — and what better way to do that than with an ‘indoor cookout’ and some games,” Schalois said.

Those eligible for SilverSneakers, who want to find out about eligibility, or just want to join other “silvers” for this “Kick-off to Summer” themed lunch provided by Van Wert County Hospital, should feel free to 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 thru SilverSneakers®, an innovative program specifically designed for the unique health and physical needs of local Medicare beneficiaries.

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POSTED: 06/05/17 at 7:01 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The YWCA, in partnership with the Van Wert City Parks Department, will be offering “Poses in the Pavilion” — yoga under the pavilion of Smiley Park, off the Leeson Avenue entrance. The event will take place Tuesday and Thursday mornings for four weeks, starting June 6 through June 29. Traditional yoga will take place from 7:30-8 a.m., and then all are welcome to stay from 8-8:15 a.m. for optional extra breathing exercises and additional stretching.

“Outdoor yoga is such a great way to relax and soak in the benefits of yoga, especially when it can be held near water,” stated J.J. McClain, health and wellness coordinator at the YWCA of Van Wert County. “We are so excited that Sue Heppeard of the Van Wert Parks Department is willing to partner with us to provide this great class to the residents of Van Wert County and surrounding areas.”

ywca-100-year-logo-10-2016Yoga has been proven to not only improve flexibility and strength, but also add peace of mind, increase oxygen to the brain, reduce stress, slow breathing patterns, increase lung capacity and metabolism, lead to better posture, aid in digestion, and so much more.

“This will be a great session for people to try yoga, as it will be modified for beginners and held in a beautiful atmosphere — great to start any day off right,” stated McClain.

To register for “Poses in the Pavilion”, call the YWCA of Van Wert County at 419.238.6639. The session is free to current ongoing payment partners of the YWCA and available and open to the public, with the purchase of an eight-session punch card.

The punch card is available for youths ages 10-17 (must be accompanied by an adult) for $20 and adults for $30. Unused punches may be used for any land fitness class at the YWCA following this session. Participants must bring their own yoga mat or towel and plenty of water to drink.

For more information, email jmcclain@ywcavanwertcounty.org or call her at the YWCA of Van Wert County at the above number. Session pre-registration is required.

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

POSTED: 06/05/17 at 6:59 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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HAVILAND — The 93rd annual Blue Creek Alumni Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Wayne Trace High School. Doors will open at 4:30 that afternoon. The classes of 1967, 1957, 1947, and 1937 will be recognized.

Cost of the meal is $14 per person, and reservations should be made as soon as possible by sending them to Annette Hirn, 11795 Dull Robinson Road, Van Wert, OH 45891. Advanced payment is preferred with reservations.

Any graduate who did not receive notification should contact Hirn at 419.238.2851, and leave a message if there is no answer.

POSTED: 06/02/17 at 6:10 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The Van Wert High School Class of 1957 is in the process of planning its 60th class reunion for July 21-22.

On Friday, July 21, classmates are invited to meet at Convoy Sports Center any time from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for coffee, doughnuts, and chatting. Class members can then meet from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge off Van Wert-Decatur Road for snacks.

On Saturday, breakfast will be available from 10-11:30 a.m. at 133 Bistro on Main Street (formerly Balyeat’s).  At 11:45 a.m., there will be a tour of the renovated Courthouse and other sites of interest.

The class will meet at Willow Bend Country Club at 5 p.m. Saturday for pictures, while dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

For more information, call Diane at 419.622.6561.

POSTED: 06/02/17 at 6:08 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

DAR -Memorial Day grave marking 5-2017

On May 13, members of Isaac Van Wart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a grave marker at Harrison Township Cemetery for former DAR member Nellie Balyeat Hoghe. Shown are friends and family members of Nellie Hoghe with DAR members Karen Jean Myers, Mickey McConahay, and Linda Hoffman. DAR members annually place flags at all deceased DAR member graves. (DAR photo)

POSTED: 05/29/17 at 6:56 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twig I met on May 11 in Van Wert County Hospital’s Conference Room A, with 28 members present.  Chairperson Mae Stoller welcomed everyone, and the meeting opened with “The Pledge of Allegiance”, followed by a prayer by Anne Bowen.

Dot Burley introduced the guest speaker, Van Wert Mayor Jerry Mazur. Mazur spoke about his interest in local government and economic development. One of his goals is to bring the county and city together in economic development.

There is a new business coming to Van Wert with 10-25 new jobs. This will generate income and income tax. The 0.28-percent tax initiative failed in the May election, but will be back on the ballot in November because state government has taken away $530,000 previously given to local government.

There was discussion about the Van Wert County land bank and demolition of decrepit homes.

Chairman Mae Stoller opened the business meeting by naming six May birthdays. Those members with birthdays included Carla Doner, Lois Goudy, Loretta Grove, Connie Johnson, Diana Mace, and Ann McCray,

The roll call was taken and the minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

Chairman Stoller gave the report for the Executive Committee meeting:

May 17 and May 24 will be cleaning days for the Thrift Shop. If cleaning is completed on May 17, we will not meet on May 24. Cleaning products won’t bother allergies. Any members who can help are encouraged to do so.

Currently there is 50 percent off of housewares. Jeans will be on sale for $1, and organization in back room has started. Mace thanked people who fill in for unexpected needs.

The next meeting will be held Thursday, June 8, at noon at the Community Health Professionals building. This will be the group’s annual picnic, and reservations need to be in by June 1.

Present at this meeting were Bonnie Agler, LaDonna Allenbaugh, Tressa Jo Bissonette, Anne Bowen, Eve Braden, Dot Burley, Sharon Clouse, Sue Corle, Marcia Davies, Carla Doner, Carol Doner, Rosemary Foreman, Karen Gardner, Sandra Greulach, Loretta Grove, Helen Huston, Gloria Kimmey, Lois Linser, Diana Mace, Ann McCray, Jean Owens, Mary Kay Purmort, Mae Stoller, Nancy Szolach, Brenda Welker, Jean Wilson, Marge Clouse, and Nina Ragan.

POSTED: 05/24/17 at 8:11 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twig III held its monthly meeting May 9 at Van Wert County Hospital. Speaker Debby Compton, director of physical rehabilitation, spoke to the group about a new program that opened its doors at the hospital in July: the Occupational Health Clinic, which will provide local employers with pre-screening physicals, drug screens, safety exams, and work injury care, in addition to other services.

The purpose of the clinic is to keep injury treatment at home instead of sending it out of the county. The clinic will be an important service to local businesses for pre-employment testing and injuries on the job, and will save much time and expense for local employers. The clinic is supervised by Jocelyn Wray, M.D., of Physical Medicine.

Twig III Chair Lisa Dunn opened the business meeting with 15 members in attendance. An invitation was read inviting all volunteers to a gathering on Wednesday, May 17, at which time Jim Pope, president and CEO of the hospital, will address all volunteers concerning the hospital’s strategic plan, and how the hospital will achieve goals related to quality, patient safety, and service excellence. The gathering will take place in Conference Room A of the hospital at 3 p.m.

The Gift Shop Committee reported several markdowns, good sales, and volunteers were asked that, if they cannot work their scheduled time, to please make up the time on another day. The hottest item on the shelf is the latest fad called a “fidget spinner”, which is sweeping the nation. The spinner was originally designed to increase focus and control fidgeting.

Many new Ohio State and University of Michigan items, as well garden flags, are selling in the shop. The Hospital Gift Shop is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

A report was given on the April 25 Volunteer Lunch for all hospital volunteers that was hosted by the hospital. The April “All Twig Board” report was also given. Dues of $10 and Cheer Fund dues of $3 are now past due.

Hostesses for the evening were Sharon Bowersock and Deb Miller. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, June 13, at Van Wert County Hospital. For more information about becoming a member of any of the three Twig groups, call Jeanne Zeigler.

POSTED: 05/17/17 at 6:39 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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The next meeting of PERI (Public Employee Retirees Inc.) is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, in the Fireside Room of Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert.

One of the Van Wert County commissioners will speak to the group on hot topics of interest. Join the group for coffee and doughnuts at 9:45 that morning. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. All retirees and guests are welcome.

POSTED: 05/01/17 at 7:06 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles