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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017

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COLUMBUS — Eric K. Germann, a member of the Lincolnview and Vantage Career Center boards of education, recently graduated from the Ohio School Boards Association Board Leadership Institute (BLI).

Eric Germann

Eric Germann

The institute is an intensive two-day training program designed exclusively for public school board members. Germann was one of nearly 200 Ohio school board members who participated in the professional development event.

Keynote speakers at the 16th annual institute, held April 21-22 in Columbus, were Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and state Rep. Robert R. Cupp (R-Lima).

BLI also featured workshops covering a wide range of essential school board leadership topics. They included student achievement, school finance, legal and legislative issues, conflict resolution, the opioid epidemic, staff discipline and critical issues and hot topics in education.

Founded in 1955, the OSBA leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions.

POSTED: 04/26/17 at 5:56 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

LifeLinks students at Hiestand Woods 4-2017

Once again, the middle school students of LifeLinks Community School traveled to Hiestand Woods for their annual spring cleanup. Students worked diligently to move picnic tables out of winter storage and place them throughout the woods, along with raking and picking up debris. For all their hard work, they were rewarded with a grilled lunch of hot dogs and pizza. (LifeLinks photo)

POSTED: 04/24/17 at 8:16 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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First United Methodist (FUM) Church Preschool, a State Licensed Preschool established in 1974, is accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year for children who will attain ages 3-5 by August 1, 2017.

image001The preschool offers a half-day program from 8:30-11:30 a.m. two, three or four days a week. The curriculum is guided by the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Standards and incorporates Christian principles. Activities include monthly field trips, theme parties, progress monitoring and assessments, weekly Chapel, Christmas and Spring programs and more.

The staff is trained in CPR, Communicable Disease, First Aid and Child Abuse Awareness. The preschool’s stated goal is to prepare children for Kindergarten in a loving Christ-centered environment.

For more information contact Administrator April Ellerbrock by phone at 419.238-.0631 ext. 308, by email or register online at

POSTED: 04/19/17 at 1:14 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

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Buckeye Youth will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate and baked goods at Rural King, 811 Fox Road in Van Wert, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15.

There will be a variety of baked goods, including monster cookies, cupcakes, cookies, snickerdoodles, brownies, and lemon bars.

Buckeye Youth will also offer a variety of World’s Finest Chocolate items, including $2 boxes of chocolate covered almonds and $1 dark chocolate bars, milk chocolate bars, almond bars, caramel bars, and crisp bars.

Buckeye Y Youth Inc. is a United Way agency and Van Wert County Foundation grant recipient.

POSTED: 04/13/17 at 7:17 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles, Youth

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CONVOY — The Crestview fifth grade band, along with the fourth and fifth grade music classes held their spring concert on April 11. The groups performed a number of musical selections that reminded the audience of some of the music that spans over five decades.

Pictured are the fifth grade students singing “Mountain Music” from Rock the Jukebox by Mark Brymer. (Photo submitted.)

Pictured are the fifth grade students singing “Mountain Music” from Rock the Jukebox by Mark Brymer. (photo submitted)

Leading roles in the performance included: Cali Gregory, Dru Gray, Evan Sowers, Trey Skelton, Kellin Putman, Nolan Walls, Kursten Nickols, Maddux Cunningham, Nathaniel Friemoth, Cadence Cook, Emily Dealey, Emily Karcher, Zoey Miller, Garrett Yinger, Lily Burch, Mahaylie Hampton, Myia Etzler, Hunter Jones, Hudson Myers, Levi Ludwig, Lillia Bladen, Hailey Dickson and Brady Petrie.

Anyone wishing to purchase a DVD of the performance can do so for $5. Checks made payable to Crestview Schools or cash will be accepted; orders may be directed to Lindsey Newlove at Crestview Elementary.

POSTED: 04/12/17 at 2:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Knights in the News, Youth

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The YWCA of Van Wert County is now accepting applications for the Young Women’s Christian Association Scholarship.  

Three scholarships, one $500 scholarship and two $250 scholarships, will be awarded through the Young Women’s Christian Association of Van Wert County to deserving young women in the community.

ywca-100-year-logo-10-2016The money can be used at the recipients’ discretion in pursuit of their future goals or plans. Awards will be presented to the final three recipients at a recognition dinner held May 2 at the YWCA. Attendees will be notified via phone by April 25.

Applicants must be senior girls who attend a Van Wert County high school or reside within the county. The applicant must volunteer in a community organization (school driven, YWCA programs, hospital, Salvation Army, Red Cross, etc.) and display leadership that fulfills the mission of the YWCA.

Applications are available through all county high school guidance counselors’ offices, as well as at the front desk of the YWCA. All applications are due by Friday, April 21.

The YWCA is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and is an affiliate of the United Way of Van Wert County. For more information

POSTED: 04/11/17 at 6:41 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

VWES Family Night event 4-2017

Van Wert Elementary School held its annual Family Fun and Fitness Night Thursday evening. The Jumpin’ Jammers grades 3-5 jump rope team was the kick-off to an exciting evening. Over 300 participants experienced both art and literacy activities, while fifth grade teachers and students teamed up to create a healthy breakfast using five mystery ingredients in a cook-off. VWES prides itself in educating the whole child to provide the greatest success for students. This includes not only academics, but reading and the arts (art, music, and physical education). Studies show fit and healthy children and children involved in the arts have better academic success and develop a positive mindset. Van Wert County Hospital and Kohls provided financial support, as well as volunteers, healthy snacks, and interactive stations for the evening. (VWES photo)

POSTED: 04/07/17 at 11:35 pm. FILED UNDER: Youth

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A pancake breakfast will be held from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert. Freewill donations will be accepted.

The event is hosted by the Lincolnview Band Boosters to help with a trip the band is planning to Walt Disney World.

POSTED: 04/06/17 at 7:01 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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Head Start is beginning the registration process for its comprehensive early childhood development program that serves low-income children from ages birth to 5 years and their families at no cost.

Head Start is a federally funded program that is operated by Council on Rural Services/Kids Learning Place in Van Wert County. Children who attend Head Start programs are involved in school readiness that includes literacy, language, science, mathematics, and social and emotional development. Children also receive medical and dental services, are served healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing safely indoors and outdoors.

Council on Rural Services logo 2-2013Families are involved and are the center of Head Start’s success. Families can take part in the classroom as volunteers, help with class projects, and even serve on the Policy Council — a board that partners with staff in decision-making for the program.

What is available and how do parents enroll their children for the fall of 2017-18?

This fall, full-day services (six hours, five days a week) will be available in Van Wert. Another option is home-based learning with staff visiting families (1½ hours) each week and periodic group socializations.

Kids Learning Place participates in the “Step Up to Quality” program that rates licensed programs in Ohio. The Kids Learning Place centers in Van Wert are the only full-day education/child care centers in Van Wert County to earn a 5 star “Step Up to Quality” award from the State of Ohio.

Kids Learning Place is now taking applications for the 2016-17 school year. Call today for information about the program that provides services to children that are income eligible, in foster care, or homeless. The program also allocates 10 percent of the slots for children with diagnosed special needs.


POSTED: 04/05/17 at 6:52 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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CELINA — The Business Enterprise Center (BEC) at Wright State University-Lake Campus has announced the Spring 2017 schedule of classes. There is still time to register for workshops scheduled for March, April or May. Upcoming classes include the following workshops:

Resume & Interviewing

Is your resume a little out of date? Are your interviewing skills a little rusty? Allow Carol and Lucy to get you up-to-date with current resume formatting trends. Learn the “do’s” and “don’ts” of interviewing. Create or refresh your resume to clearly reflect your skills and abilities. Prepare yourself to ace an interview while presenting yourself professionally. All ages, majors, and careers are welcome to attend. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to prepare yourself now for a better future! Choose one of these two convenient dates!

Class Date Options

March 30 from 4:30-6 p.m. in 177 Dwyer Hall

Instructors: Carol Jones and Lucy Flowers, Wright State University-Lake Campus
Cost: $30/person (the class is free to alumni and students).

Microsoft Outlook

Want a better way to organize your busy home or office? Join Carla as you learn the capabilities of Microsoft Outlook to keep your schedule in order. The course will teach you how to utilize e-mail, online calendaring, task & contact manager, along with the journal & note taking options. Share your task lists and calendar with colleagues. Schedule meetings with minimum hassle. Exchange folders with co-workers. Make this powerful software work for you! This class is for new and current users wanting to expand their use of Outlook.

Date: April 5, 2017 from 5-8pm (3 hours)
Location: 196 Dwyer Hall
Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
Cost: $50/person

“STARTING RIGHT” (Pre-Business Seminar Held Monthly)

Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for individuals planning to start a small business. This two-hour class gives you information to help you decide if business ownership is right for you and can assist you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After attending the Starting Right class, you are entitled to free individualized business counseling. We can help with most issues pertaining to financials for your business—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc. We also assist with your Business Plan, some marketing and advertising features, demographics, HR issues, etc.

We recommend all new business owners attend this class. 

Dates: April 20, 2017

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Room: 126 Trenary Hall

Cost is $35 per business


Before you start making money in business, you need to figure out how you will record, track, and manage each of your hard-earned dollars. QuickBooks, the #1 recommended accounting software for small business, makes it easy to organize all of your financial data in one central location so that you can manage your money, pay your bills, and track payments from your customers efficiently. Always know exactly where your business stands with QuickBooks. Join Ron Kremer for 12-hours of software training on this highly-rated accounting software to help improve your bottom line! All participants who complete the workshop will receive a certificate.

Dates: May 1-4 Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
Room: 196 Dwyer Hall
Cost: $135/person

The Business Enterprise Center (BEC) at Wright State University-Lake Campus provides free, comprehensive counseling and management training to new and existing small businesses. In addition to workshops, one-on-one counseling appointments are scheduled individually to ensure convenience and confidentiality. The BEC office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2017 BEC Summer Class Schedule will be announced in mid-April.

For more information about the BEC and its programs, call Carol Jones at 419.586.0902 or email or call Rachel Stoker at 419.586.0355, email

POSTED: 03/29/17 at 7:42 am. FILED UNDER: Business, Youth