The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, May. 27, 2018

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Twenty-seven members of the Twig II met in the conference room at Van Wert Health on May 14. Those attending were greeted by hostess Joy McCleery. After the invocation, given by Diane Haller, lunch was served by the hospital.

Robbin Benner introduced the speaker, Samantha Turnwald, from the Council on Aging. Turnwald shared with the group some of the activities offered to seniors in the area. They have bingo, cards, line dancing, Zumba, puzzles, lunches, Mahjong, rug hooking, watching television, and more. To participate in the activities, the age requirement is 55. Lunches are available and are prepared by Van Wert Manor for $2.50 served Monday through Friday for people who are 60 years of age. “Lunch and Learn” is a once a month luncheon with a speaker.

Transportation is also provided for Van Wert County residents by the Council on Aging for regular doctor’s appointments within a 50-mile radius. There is no charge. For people who are under 60, the United Way helps fund the transportation for $1 in town and $5 out of town.

These are but a few services provided by the Council on Aging. Volunteers are very much appreciated.

Chairwoman Beverlee Profit thanked everyone for all of the cards, thoughts, and prayers during her recent surgery.

Cleaning days are May 23 and May 30 at the Thrift Shop, from 12:30- 2:30 p.m.

Jane Broman will be working on the July 9 to September 15 work calendar. Twig II members need to let her know by May 31 if there will be any scheduling conflicts. The next work calendar will be October through December. By the end of August, members need to contact Broman if they know of any scheduling conflicts for these months.

The All -Twig Board decision on money donated to the hospital was to increase the amount of $12,200 to $13,000. The hospital chose three newborn bassinets for OB, and a Hydra Therm Hydrocollator and hot packs for Physical Rehab. The remaining dollars will be directed by the hospital. The purchase of this hospital equipment was made possible through community support by donations of clothing, household items, etc., and shopping at the Thrift Shop. Thank you.

The picnic was discussed. “Tips for Trips” is the theme for the next meeting on June 11. Members of Twig I will be Twig II’s special guests. The menu is chicken salad croissants, salad, chips, and dessert. Twig II is responsible for desserts. Members are reminded to use the main door to enter the Community Health Professionals Building. Another reminder is for members to dress for travel. The hostess will be Kathy Keyser and the invocation will be given by Profit.

Members in attendance were Barb Adams, Sandy Amundson, Robbin Benner, Sharon Bolenbaugh, Jane Broman, Del Free, Nancy Gribbler, Diane Haller, Connie Hart, Linda Heath, Judy Jackson, Ella Jackson, Arlene Keyser, Kathy Keyser, Shirley Lichty, Judy Linton, Joy McCleery, Bev Mercer, Janet Merkle, Joyce Oechsle, Sue Price, Beverlee Profit, Sandy Ropp, Barb Sunderland, June Turner, Sharon Witten, and Nancy Wolverton.

POSTED: 05/23/18 at 6:56 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twig I met May 10 in Conference Room A at Van Wert Health. The meeting was called to order by chairman Mae Enyart, who welcomed the 27 members and one guest, Cindy Dickson, who was introduced by Ann McCray.

Before lunch prepared by the hospital, the “Pledge of Allegiance” was recited, followed by prayer given by Anne Bowen.

The speaker for the day was Ginger Rahrig, a self-taught artist who began painting quite a few years ago after experiencing a tragedy in her life. She said that, for her, painting was very therapeutic because she was focusing on something she really enjoyed doing.

Rahrig took a break from her painting while in the workforce but returned to it after she retired. She said she feels that she has been blessed to be able to help people enjoy life, which is why she teaches classes at nursing homes, for private parties, and once a week at McCoy’s Flower Shop.

Rahrig demonstrated how easy it is create one’s own artwork on canvas because she shows each person every step needed to complete a picture. No artistic ability is required.

Anyone interested in joining one of her classes can call 419.605.8475.  A minimum of eight people is required for each class and all supplies are furnished.

Enyart opened the business session by listing those persons with May birthdays. They include Carla Doner, Lois Goudy, Loretta Grove, Connie Johnson, and Ann McCray.

Enyart reminded the group that spring cleaning of the Thrift Shop will be conducted later this month, with Twig I helping on May 30.

Twig I and Twig II equally donate their time operating the Thrift Shop, located on Central Avenue.

The shop has been in the same location for over 55 years. Donations are welcome anytime during regular business hours, which are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The thrift shop is closed all day Wednesday and will be closed Saturday afternoons during June and July.

New Twig I members are welcome any time and persons interested in joining the organization should contact any current member.

Twig I’s next meeting will be Monday, June 11, with Twig II at the Community Health Professionals Building.

Attending this meeting were: Jan Adams, LaDonna Allenbaugh, Anne Bowen, Dot Burley, Sharon Clouse, Carla Doner, Carol Doner, Mae Enyart, Lupe Escobedo, Rosemary Foreman, Jane Geesey, Lois Goudy, Sandra Greulach, Loretta Grove, Helen Huston, Diana Mace, Ilo Marvin, Ann McCray, Julie Medford, Susie Methot-Perez, Jean Minnig, Jean Owens, Nina Ragan, Nancy Szolach, Edith Voltz, Betty Woodruff, and guest Cindy Dickson.

POSTED: 05/17/18 at 9:39 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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COLUMBUS — Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, announces that a member, Michael C. Stanley, was inducted into the Ohio Elks Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, April 28, during the 120th annual convention of the Ohio Elks Association.

Van Wert Elks Lodge member Michael Stanley (left) accepts his Ohio Elks Hall of Fame award from State President Dane Dysert. Elks photo

Stanley was nominated for this award by Van Wert Elks Lodge for the countless hours he puts in working at the lodge doing various tasks, chairing numerous committees, promoting the lodge programs, and for the Elk programs he promotes for the youth of the community.

Other recipients of this award from Van Wert Lodge were William S. Derry in 2000 and W. Eric McCracken in 2015.

Also on Saturday evening, Nevin Taylor of Marysville Elks Lodge 1130 was installed at the new state president of the Ohio Elks Association. Stanley, past state president, was re-appointed as the state convention director for the new fraternal year.

POSTED: 05/03/18 at 8:52 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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A number of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans were on hand for a recognition dinner hosted by the Van Wert County Veterans Service Office at American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert on Wednesday.

This was the fourth dinner held so far to honor local veterans, but it won’t be the last. The VSO will be holding two more dinners this year, the next being on May 23 for any World War II or Korean War veterans who were not able to attend Wednesday’s dinner. Also welcome to attend the next dinner is any Vietnam veterans who was unable to attend previous dinners honoring them.

Military veterans who served during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam were honored at a dinner at American Legion Post 178 on Wednesday. photo submitted

The last gathering this year will be a cookout held August 4 for all veterans and their families at the YMCA’s Camp Clay.

Veterans wanting to attend should contact the Veterans Service Office to reserve a spot. The reservation deadline for the May 23 dinner is May 7, and the cut-off for the cookout on August 4 will be July 23.

To reserve a spot, veterans can visit the Veterans Service Office in the basement of the Van Wert County Courthouse any time during regular business hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or call the office at 419.238.9592.

POSTED: 04/27/18 at 8:30 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, recently installed its new officers for the 2018-2019 lodge year, with Gerald T. Mazur installed as the lodge’s new exalted ruler. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is known for its promotion of Americanism, drug abuse education, and support of youth activities and the nation’s veterans. The Elks are second to the United States government in providing scholarships each year to students. The Ohio Elks’ major project is the treatment of cerebral palsy. Shown are (from the left) Mazur, Past Exalted Ruler Louis A. Crow, and installing office and outgoing Exalted Ruler Charles White. Elks photo

POSTED: 04/17/18 at 10:03 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Twig I met on Thursday, April 12, at Willow Bend Country Club. The meeting was called to order by the chairman Mae Enyart, who also welcomed the 32 members present, while LaDonna Allenbaugh introduced her guest, Sheila Lacy. “The Pledge of Allegiance” was recited, then Anne Bowen gave the prayer before lunch.

Kevin Matthews, executive director of the Van Wert County Council on Aging, was the speaker for the afternoon. The purpose of the agency, he said, is to provide assistance to seniors who wish to remain in their homes, but might have need for some help, such as transportation to medical appointments. They will take persons to those appointments within a 60-mile radius of Van Wert.

Socialization is important for seniors; therefore, a variety of activities is offered each weekday at the Council on Aging senior center. People can enjoy card and board games, watch TV, or just engage in conversation.  A nutritionally balanced lunch is available for a nominal fee of $2.50 and exercise classes are available and are structured according to what the person is capable of doing. Once a month a nail clinic is offered for a fee of $10, which is given to the Community Health Professionals for their help at this clinic.

The Council on Aging lends items such as wheelchairs, walkers, and knee scooters for any senior needing them. It also accept donations of those items if they are in good condition.

Tax levies provide 65 percent of the agency’s funding, with the remainder coming from local fundraisers.  With the population now living longer, the Council on Aging provides a much needed service to seniors.

Chairman Enyart opened the business session by naming those persons with April birthdays. They are:  Mae Enyart, Sandra Greulach, Lois Linser, and Lois Poling.

Enyart stated that a spring cleaning of the Thrift Shop will be conducted in May, with Twig I helping during the first session on May 9. Twig II will help on May 16.

Twig I and Twig II operate The Hospital Thrift Shop, on Central Avenue. The groups welcome donations of clothing in good condition, as well as small household items, anytime during regular business hours.

Persons interested in joining Twigs, which supports the Van Wert County Hospital, should contact any member or the Thrift Shop manager.

Twig I’s next meeting will be at noon Thursday, May 10, in Conference Room A at the hospital.

Attending this meeting were Jan Adams, LaDonna Allenbaugh, Tressa Bissonette, Eve Braden, Anne Bowen, Dot Burley, Sharon Clouse, Sue Corle, Marcia Davies, Carol Doner,  Mae Enyart, Lupe Escobedo, Rosemary Foreman, Karen Gardner, Jane Geesey, Lois Goudy,  Sandra Greulach, Loretta Grove, Connie Johnson, Gloria Kimmey, Diana Mace, Ilo Marvin, Ann McCray, Julie Medford,  Susie Methot-Perez, Jean Owens, Nina Ragan, Edith Voltz, Brenda Welker, Jean Wilson, Betty Woodruff, Betty Wyandt, and guest, Sheila Lacy.

POSTED: 04/17/18 at 9:45 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Thirty members of the TWIG II met in the conference room at the Van Wert County Hospital on April 9, 2018.  They were greeted by hostess, Sharon Bolenbaugh. After the invocation given by Barb Adams, lunch was served by the hospital.

Children’s author Cheryl Larbus reads to Twig II members during the group’s April meeting. photo provided

Kathy Keyser introduced our speaker, Cheryl Larbus, the author of Grandpa Tom’s Tent, illustrated by Danh Tran. She wrote the book to help children (adults, too) understand God’s perspective of life and death and shared her personal family experiences and her Christian faith.

Larbus complimented the local group of volunteers of having hearts of gold for caring and helping the Van Wert community. She emphasized that each person has a story. After she read her heart-warming book to the group, members were invited to ask questions. She also donated copies of her book to the hospital gift shop and to hospice.

A business meeting followed and the June meeting was discussed. The group will be meeting with TWIG I at the Community Health Professional building on June 11. The program will be “Tips for Trips” by Linda Stanley, assisted by Joy McCleery. Members are asked to wear vacation clothes. It is going to be a fun gathering!

The next meeting will be May 14 with Samantha Turnwald of the Council on Aging.  The hostess will be Diana Crow and the invocation will be given by Diane Haller.

Members in attendance were Barb Adams, Sandy Amundson, Robbin Benner, Sharon Bolenbaugh, Diana Crow, Judy Fox, Del Free, Nancy Gribler, Diane Haller, Connie Hart, Linda Heath, Judy Jackson, Ella Jackson, Arlene Keyser, Kathy Keyser, Shirley Litchy, Judy Linton, Joy McCleery, Bev Mercer, Janet Merkle, Corinne Mowry, Joyce Oechsle, Sue Price, Beverlee Profit, Katy Sill, Shirley Soldner, Linda Stanley, Barb Sunderland, Sharon Witten, and Nancy Wolverton.

POSTED: 04/14/18 at 7:28 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, recently donated $50 to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. The money was used to sponsor a child for its 28th annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake. This event was held at the Olympic Lanes in Van Wert on April 6. Each year the Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts this event for the kids in our community. Here, Elks Leading Knight Keith A. Collins (left) presents a check to Nancy Eberle of Big Brothers Big Sisters.Elks photo

POSTED: 04/12/18 at 7:37 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

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Everyone loves baby goats! Now those emotions can be joined with therapeutic exercise. With this new form of yoga sweeping across America, the YMCA has partnered with Bless This Mess Homestead to bring Goat Yoga to Van Wert.

Goat Yoga in action at the YMCA of Van Wert County. photo provided

Participants enjoy petting the baby goats before, during and after the yoga session. Goats roaming freely near their mates relax and calm participants as they move through poses. This combination of nature and exercise can be therapeutic through the bond that is created. 

Due to the popularity of this class, the YMCA is excited to announce the addition of a second goat yoga session.  Saturday, April 21st from 5-6pm.  Hurry and call! We sold the first class out in TWO DAYS!

Goat yoga is calming, Zen, happiness, and therapeutic. Baby goats will be wandering around as you participate in this ONE-OF-A-KIND experience! If this isn’t on your bucket list yet, add it! YMCA Members: $5 per person Non-Members: $10 per person
Class size is limited, sign up today at the Y! (419) 238-0443

POSTED: 04/11/18 at 8:05 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, recently donated $100 to the Van Wert Peony Festival Committee. The money goes toward the Peony Festival Scholarship Program. The Elks, nationally, are only second to the United States government in the number of scholarships given out each year. Van Wert Elks Lodge is proud to be a contributor each year to this important scholarship program. Shown are Peony Festival Pageant Director Kylie Mills (left) and Staci Bell, lodge loyal knight. Elks photo

POSTED: 03/28/18 at 7:49 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles