The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

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The Ohio Insurance Institute (OII) recognized Lincolnview High School teacher Rachel Rohrs for her efforts in introducing students to the insurance industry.

Lincolnview teacher Rachel Rohrs (right) holds the plaque she received for being named the Ohio Insurance Institute’s Educator of the Year. photo by Aimee Bassett of Central Insurance Company

Rohrs was presented with the “Educator of the Year” award by the OII for her partnership with Central Insurance and the InVEST program during the 2017-2018 school year. The InVEST program is a nationwide initiative to expose high school and college students to the insurance industry in hopes of sparking interest in risk management and insurance careers.

Kevin Wermer, representing the OII Education and Workforce Development Committee, presented Rohrs with a plaque and a $1,000 award. An additional $500 was given to Lincolnview Local Schools. Lincolnview High School Principal Brad Mendenhall said the money will be used to buy graphing calculators for classrooms.

Rohrs, who was nominated for the award by Mendenhall, submitted lesson plans and student work samples of her insurance-related curriculum. Committee members narrowed the list of nominees, then completed a final vote to select Rohrs as the winner. Rohrs thanked her principal, school, community members, and partners at Central for helping her achieve the prestigious award.

Central Mutual Insurance Company was founded in 1876 and has evolved into the Central Insurance Companies, a successful property and casualty group providing insurance for more than 350,000 automobiles, homes, and businessesin 23 states. Central is based in Van Wert and operates regional offices in Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, and Van Wert. The Central group of companies has combined assets of over $1 billion. Central’s A.M. Best rating is A (Excellent).

POSTED: 10/10/18 at 7:10 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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When the members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert heard about a need in the Van Wert community to help local public school students learn more about God, they jumped in to help

Shown are (from the left) Pastor Kurt Tomlinson and Mary Collins from Trinity United Methodist Church and Cross Over the Hill teachers Myrna Hamrick and Sarah Hostetler.

Cross Over the Hillis a community ministry that offers classes about reading the Bible to the students at Van Wert Elementary School. About 95 percent of students participate in this voluntary, parent-approved, off-property, independently-funded, completely-legal program that helps students learn to read the Bible during their fun, one-hour weekly educational classes.

The program has been so successful that the students needed new Bibles, as the ones they had been using simply wore out from usage. This is where the people of Trinity United Methodist Church stepped in with the purchase and delivery of 28 new Bibles.

“It is such a great privilege to be a part of this important faith-based community ministry helping our students learn the Bible and, in doing so, become better people and grow closer to God,” said Trinity UM Pastor Kurt Tomlinson. “Having this ministry in our community is a unique blessing that we celebrate. They will get years of usage out of these great Bibles.”

Those who would like to volunteer or support the Cross Over the Hill ministry should check out its website at www.crossoverthehill.org. The ministry is in need of volunteers to help kids safely walk to and from the Cross Over the Hill buildings from the school and in other areas.

POSTED: 10/10/18 at 7:03 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

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Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, announces that applications for the Elks National Foundation’s “Most Valuable Student” scholarships and Legacy Awards are now available to any high school senior.

Applications for the Elks National Foundation’s 2019 “Most Valuable Student” contest are available online at www.elks.org/scholars. The MVS scholarships are only available to graduating seniors who will be attending a four-year college or university. Applicants don’t have to be related to a member of the Elks. The deadline for filing the application is November 15.

The “Most Valuable Student” scholarship information has been distributed to guidance offices of local schools.

Legacy Awards scholarship applications for children and grandchildren of Elks members are also available. The award is open to any high school senior who is the child or grandchild, including stepchildren or grandchildren, or the legal ward of an Elks member in good standing for at least two years. The applicant must apply online only at www.scholarship@elks.org. The deadline for Legacy Awards is February 1, 2019.

Those wanting information on any of the scholarship programs should contact lodge Scholarship Chairman Donna Kiehl at 419.234.4401.

POSTED: 10/09/18 at 10:56 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

Statewide Ford Lincoln donated $500 to the Van Wert High School Robotics Club as a silver sponsor for the fifth year in a row. The VWHS Robotics Club would not be possible without the support of community members like Statewide, as donations help offset the cost of the robotics season, helping pay for items like equipment and travel expenses. The Robotics team greatly appreciates the continued support of Brad Greve, Andy Czajkowski, Steve Munroe, and all of the employees at Statewide. Pictured along with the VWHS Robotics coaches and employees of Statewide Ford is Brad Greve, presenting a check to sophomore Lizzie Rutkowski and senior Kathryn Wray. photo provided

POSTED: 10/09/18 at 10:53 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, announces that applications for the Elks National Foundation’s “Most Valuable Student” scholarships and Legacy Awards are now available to any high school senior.

Applications for the Elks National Foundation’s 2019 “Most Valuable Student” contest are available online at www.elks.org/scholars. The MVS scholarships are only available to graduating seniors who will be attending a four-year college or university. Applicants don’t have to be related to a member of the Elks. The deadline for filing the application is November 15.

The “Most Valuable Student” scholarship information has been distributed to guidance offices of local schools.

Legacy Awards scholarship applications for children and grandchildren of Elks members are also available. The award is open to any high school senior who is the child or grandchild, including stepchildren or grandchildren, or the legal ward of an Elks member in good standing for at least two years. The applicant must apply online only at www.scholarship@elks.org. The deadline for Legacy Awards is February 1, 2019.

Those wanting information on any of the scholarship programs should contact lodge Scholarship Chairman Donna Kiehl at 419.234.4401.

POSTED: 09/15/18 at 7:41 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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The Ohio Technical Center (OTC) Adult Education at Vantage Career Center recently held its Medical Assistant pinning ceremony for seven students in the Medical Assistant program.

The students completed 1,000 clock hours, approximately 13 months, performing clinical and administrative duties in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and physician offices. The duties of a medical assistant include, but are not limited to, administrative functions in a medical office, basic patient care, taking medical history, performing lab testing, taking vital signs, drawing blood, giving injections, removing sutures, assisting with examinations, performing diagnostic procedures, and more.

Vantage Medical Assistant program graduates pose at a pinning ceremony at the school. Vantage photo

The program prepares students to enter a variety of medical fields by offering three certifications, including American Medical Technologist (AMT) to become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Instructor Christy Wortman added that Medical Assistant students attended class four nights a week and, through their dedication, had one of the highest attendance rates the class has ever seen.

Medical Assistant classes at Vantage will start back up Monday, September 10.  To register for the upcoming class, call 419.238.5411, extension 2118, or go to www.vantagecareercenter.com.

POSTED: 09/15/18 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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It is pre-registration time for the 208-19 season of the Buckeye Y Youth program.

Buckeye Y Youth is a local non-profit youth organization for boys and girls ages 5 to 18 that promotes self-esteem and confidence in children. The program teaches volunteerism, responsibility, socialization, and patriotism. Its events include the Autumn Adventure Sleepover, Christmas caroling and a party, cub meetings, field trips, Valentines for Vets and summer camp.

Group members also make tray favors for the hospital and Christmas cards for nursing home residents. Members also sold chocolate bars and helped with the Apple Festival Food Stand to raise funds for activities.

Those interested in obtaining more information may call the Buckeye Youth Office at 419.238.3546 and leave a message, or stop by the office at 147 E. Main St., Suite D, in Van Wert. Those interested in joining can also fill out one of the registration forms outside the office door. There is a drop-off box outside the north door to the office inside the complex.

Those interested in the program may also email a child’s name, school, grade, gender, and a parent or guardian’s name, address, and phone number to maryvanwert@aol.com. Those submitting information and an address will receive an October/November newsletter with more information about club meeting times and events.

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

POSTED: 09/06/18 at 7:29 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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The YWCA of Van Wert County has announced a new program — runjumpthrow6.0 — starting this fall.

Shown is Betty Holliday, Van Wert Elementary School physical education teacher, working with children who participated this summer in YWCA of Van Wert County’s new program, runjumpthrow. This summer’s version of runjumpthrow was offered to all Van Wert County students in grades K-6. photo provided

The program is a collaboration between the Van Wert Elementary School Roadrunners and YWCA of Van Wert County focused exclusively on current sixth graders. The purpose of runjumpthrow6.0 is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles, as well as to improve running knowledge for sixth grade students who are not yet eligible to participate in school sponsored sports.

Thanks to partial funding by the United Way of Van Wert, the YWCA is able to offer runjumpthrow6.0 at no cost to Van Wert Middle School sixth grade students. The program will start September 11 and run every Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks through October 18. Students will meet in the Van Wert Middle School Commons at 3:15 p.m. and will need picked up by 4:15 p.m. outside of the Van Wert Middle School Gym entrance.

Registration forms can be picked up in the VWMS Office or can be requested by contacting YWCA Executive Director Kimberly Laudick at klaudick@ywcavanwertcounty.org.

The YWCA is a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation funded agency.

POSTED: 08/24/18 at 7:13 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

Van Wert City School District bus drivers went through intense “Active Threat on a Bus” training on August 15. Knowing that danger can strike anywhere, anytime, bus drivers convened at Van Wert High School from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to listen to presentations by the Van Wert City Police Department and Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office. Bus drivers watched videos of different scenarios that can occur on a bus route before taking to the buses themselves to practice. VWPD Officer Greg Blackmore and Deputy Sergeant Ed Klausing provided one-on-one training for each driver, acting as students or a potential threat and walked them through various ways of handling situations that could occur on a bus.VWCS photo

POSTED: 08/24/18 at 7:09 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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First United Methodist Preschool, 113 W. Central Ave., is currently accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year.

First United Methodist Preschool is a Christian-based school that prepares children to succeed in all areas of life. The curriculum is driven by Ohio Department of Education standards and each teacher is there to provide a positive and nurturing environment for all children as they begin their educational journey.

The preschool offers two mornings per week for students who are 3 and 4 years of age. A child who is at least 4 and is planning on attending kindergarten the following school year may attend pre-kindergarten classes, which provide the option of choosing three or four mornings per week.

Classes meet Monday-Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Register online at www.fumpreschool.com or contact Administrator April Ellerbrock at 419.238.0631, Extension 308, or email aellerbrock@wcoil.com.

POSTED: 08/01/18 at 7:49 am. FILED UNDER: Youth