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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

LifeLinks at VW Manor 2-2017

For the third year in a row LifeLinks Community School students have “adopted” the residents of Van Wert Manor nursing home on Valentine’s Day. Inside the handmade Valentines, the students placed word search puzzles, rolled everything together, and secured them with stretch-type Valentine’s Day bracelets. (LifeLinks photo)

POSTED: 02/20/17 at 8:48 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth


Crestview Knight Vision completed its competition season last Saturday, with the group named grand champion at Southern Wells and Carroll, second runner-up at Bishop Dwenger, first runner-up at Marion Harding and fifth runner-up in evening finals at DeKalb. Knight-Vision, along with the high school chorus, jazz band, and middle school swing choir, will its annual dinner theater Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, at 6:30 p.m. each day, in the Crestview auditeria. Tickets for the 2017 “Don’t Stop Believing” dinner theater go on sale Thursday evening, February 23, and will be available through March 3. Ticket prices are $13. For more information, call Danille Hancock at 419.749.9100, extension 2113. (Crestview photo)

POSTED: 02/20/17 at 8:44 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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

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

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The first Bunny Hopper Rabbit Club meeting was on February 8, with 30 returning members and eight new members in attendance. President Abbey called the meeting to order and led the pledge.

In the business meeting, members discussed the importance of quality assurance. Rabbit quality assurance is April 29 from 9-11 a.m., and is for all Junior Fair rabbit exhibitors planning on showing rabbits at the fair this fall.

There is an ARBA open and youth-sanctioned rabbit show on Saturday, May 13, and the annual Youth Fun Rabbit Show on Saturday, June 10. For more information go to the club’s web page: www

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the fairgrounds. The club will be studying all the different breeds of rabbits and how to choose the correct rabbit for each member. Join the club to learn more about the amazing rabbit.

2017 Bunny Hopper 4-H Club officers include (from the left) Katie Gamble, reporter; Grace Mayes, secretary; Maddy Lamb, vice president; Natalie Hauter, safety; Abbey Bradford, president; and Allison Hauter, treasurer. (photo submitted)

2017 Bunny Hopper 4-H Club officers include (from the left) Katie Gamble, reporter; Grace Mayes, secretary; Maddy Lamb, vice president; Natalie Hauter, safety; Abbey Bradford, president; and Allison Hauter, treasurer. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 02/15/17 at 8:45 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Quality Assurance is a state required training program for any 4-H or FFA member who is exhibiting livestock at the junior fair. This includes rabbits.

OSU Extension logo 4-2009The Ohio State University Extension is hosting the first QA in 2017 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Sunday, March 5, starting at 2 p.m. until approximately 4 p.m. Youth will most likely not need to be present for the entire two hours, but should plan in case of a large crowd.

Members eligible for test out it will be offered starting at 1 hour prior to the beginning at the Jr. Fair Building. Test out is offered to youth 12-14 or 15-18 as of January 1. Youth who need special accommodations for testing should contact the Extension Office for details.

In case of inclement weather please check the OSU Extension webpage at or the Van Wert 4-H Facebook page at

For a list of regional quality assurance dates or for questions please contact The Ohio State University Extension at 419.238.1214 or email Heather Gottke at

POSTED: 02/15/17 at 8:29 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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Buckeye Y Youth Inc. will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate at Rural King from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, February 11.

Products available are $1 bars Almond, Caramel, Milk Chocolate, Crisp, and Dark Chocolate, and $2 boxes Mint Melt-a-ways, Caramel Whirls, Continental Almonds, and Fund Raisins.

Proceeds help fund the non-profit organization so programs and events are available for area boys and girls.  Buckeye Y Youth is a United Way agency, Van Wert County Foundation grant recipient, and received funding from Wetzel Motorcycle Club and Walmart Community Fund.

POSTED: 02/10/17 at 8:00 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Calvary Preschool will hold early registration from 8 a.m.-noon February 21-24 and on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.

Parents are invited to check out the preschool facilities. Forms are available on the preschool website,, under “preschool” and then “forms”.

A portion of the playground equipment at Calvary Preschool in Van Wert. (photo submitted)

A portion of the playground equipment at Calvary Preschool in Van Wert. (photo submitted)

Calvary Preschool has been serving the Van Wert community and surrounding area since 1966. The preschool is committed to help children develop spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. Its goal is to introduce the boys and girls to a variety of learning experiences that will prepare them for kindergarten.

The preschool also has an outdoor playground for students to enjoy, with a climbing wall, swings, and slides.  Inside, there is a playroom that includes a variety of learning centers. There is ample parking for parents. Snacks, which include milk or 100 percent juice, are provided daily by the preschool. Four- and 5-year-old children go on field trips during the school year and the preschool has special guests visit during the winter months.

The 4- and 5-year-olds’ classes have take-home bags that are used over the weekends. The totes provide activities and games for parents to do with their children. All materials needed are provided in the tote bag. A child chooses a theme.

All classes meet from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The 3-year-olds’ class meets two mornings per week: Mondays and Fridays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 4-year-olds meet three mornings per week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The Pre-K Plus (older 4- and 5-year-olds) meet four mornings per week. The classes offered depend on the number of students enrolled.

Calvary Preschool has extended care between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Those interested in extended care should note that at registration.


POSTED: 02/07/17 at 1:02 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

SONY DSCSeveral members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 in Van Wert visited Crestview to recognize student winners of their Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests. The Patriot’s Pen contest was open to middle schoolers, while the Voice of Democracy essay contest was reserved for high school students. VFW members provided the student body with a background on the VFW and its perceptions of what makes the United States the best nation in the world. Several students were also recognized for their winning essays. Patriot’s Pen winners include Audrey Lichtensteiger (first place), Lauren Walls (second place), while Voices of Democracy winners including Olivia Skelton (first place), Tommi Andersen (second place), and Brooke Ripley (third place). Shown are the Crestview winners with VFW representatives. (Crestview photo)

POSTED: 02/07/17 at 12:53 pm. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Parents in the Lincolnview Local School District having a child who will be 5 years of age on or before August 1 may register the child for the 2017-18 school year.

Registration will be conducted during the week of March 6-10, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Lincolnview Elementary building. Registration will require about 10 minutes. Registration forms are also available on the Lincolnview website at Parents may complete the form and bring it with them to registration to expedite the registration process.

Parents will be given a kindergarten screening appointment at kindergarten registration. Those who want their child to attend kindergarten at Lincolnview, but live outside the district, should plan to register and attend Lincolnview’s screening. Open enrollment space can be limited. Interested parents can obtain an open enrollment form at registration for the kindergarten class. Applications are considered in the order received. The open enrollment window is April 1 to May 31 for all other grade level students.

Parents should bring their child’s social security card, official birth certificate, and immunization records to registration, as well as custody papers if applicable.

Immunizations needed before starting school includes: four doses of polio vaccine, five doses of DPT vaccine, two doses of the MMR vaccine, three doses of hepatitis B vaccine, and two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine.

Lincolnview kindergarten screening will be held Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5, at First Baptist Church on Jennings Road. Prior registration during the week of March 6 is required.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Lincolnview Elementary Office at 419.968.2351.

POSTED: 02/07/17 at 8:34 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

LifeLinks special projects 1-2017

Students at LifeLinks Community School rounded out School Choice Week with participation in The Passion Project. The science project, led by LifeLinks’ science teacher Karlin Dunlap, challenges students to learn about things that matter to them personally. Inspiration for the project comes from Google. At Google, employees are allowed 20 percent of their time to work on solutions to problems they care about. Every Friday at Google is a day for employees to work on changing their community. Dunlap’s classes took the idea and made it into a project for students to try to solve problems they care about. Students completed projects on a wide range of topics, including heroin abuse, animal abuse, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and pollution. Top winners from each class, shown in the front row, received an iTunes gift card. (LifeLinks photo)

POSTED: 02/01/17 at 8:46 am. FILED UNDER: Youth