County 4-H news
Returning this year is 4-H Cloverbud Camp. This year it will be held at 4-H Camp Palmer in Fayette on June 25, from noon-5 p.m. Admissions cost is $10, which will go towards the camp fee and activity supplies.
The camp is for those who were between 5 and 10 years on January 1 of this year. Children wanting to come will need to bring a bathing suit, towel, and sun block. A light snack will be provided, but not a meal.
Registration forms can be picked up at the Van Wert County Extension Office, 1055 S. Washington St. For more information, contact Ericka Priest at 419.238.1214 or email email@example.com.
County 4-H news
Come support 4-H club members on Friday, May 31, from 4-8 p.m. during their car-washing event. The fundraiser will be held at AutoZone, 415 W. Ervin Road in Van Wert, which is sponsoring the event.
Donations and money made by the car wash will be distributed evenly to the 4-H club members who help work the car wash. The money will be used for camp fees for this year’s 4-H camp.
For any questions or anyone wanting to participate in the car wash, call the Van Wert County Extension Office at 419.238.1214.
The Ohio Center for Law Related Education would like to congratulate Van Wert High School senior Caleb Markward for being named to the 2013 Civics & Law Honor Roll. Markward was nominated for his academic and community volunteer achievements in civic education and engagement.
The Civics & Law Honor Roll is an initiative of the American Bar Association Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools. The Ohio Center for Law Related Education proudly serves as the sponsoring organization in Ohio.
The center is glad for this opportunity to recognize students who have gone above and beyond to be informed, engaged citizens who value and are involved in their communities. Markward is quite deserving of this honor.
For a complete list of honorees, visit the following link: www.oclre.org/civics-law-honor-roll.
Van Wert Elks news
Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, has announced the winners of the 2012-2013 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Americanism Essay Contest. This fraternal year, the theme for the contest was, “What does the National Anthem Mean to Me?” Students competed in divisions, by age group. The local winners, which were forwarded to the district for further judging, were:
Division I, grades 5-6
- First place, Griffin Painter – Crestview School
- Second place – Laney Jones – Crestview School
- Third place – Chase Forwerck – Crestview School
Division II, grades 7-8
- First Place – Tracey West – Lincolnview Junior High
- Second Place – Bryon Walsh – Van Wert Middle School
- Third Place – Taylor Doenges – Lincolnview Junior High
Unfortunately, none of the students placed in the Northwest District competition.
Van Wert Elks Lodge 1197 would like to congratulate all of its winners and lodge members want to thank all of the students, teachers and schools for their participation in this year’s essay contest.
Linda Stanley was the lodge chairman in charge of the Lodge Americanism Committee.
Several members of the Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers 4-H Club partnered with area veterans to place flags on the graves of deceased veterans at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City. Members met the veterans at the cemetery and all enjoyed spending the time together honoring deceased veterans in this way. (photo submitted)
The Van Wert Area Nursing Association awarded two $750 and one $500 nursing scholarships at their May Nurses Day celebration. These scholarships are given annually in a five county area surrounding Van Wert. The funds for these scholarships are mainly raised through our “Nurses Hit the Road” bus trip held each October.
This year’s recipients are Kaitlyn Kundart, Emily Osting, and Cassandra Schimmoeller. Kundart, who is from Delphos and is a junior at the University of Cincinnati, received $750. The second $750 scholarship was awarded to Emily Osting of Van Wert. Osting has completed her first year at Rhodes State College in Lima.
Cassandra Schimmoeller from Delphos was recipient of the $500 scholarship. She has finished her first year of studies at the University of Cincinnati.
Guest speakers were Dustin Frey, Alyssa Klausing, and Amie Liggett of Van Wert County Hospital’s speech therapy department. The group did a presentation on “Autism Communication throughout the Spectrum”.
Food was enjoyed by all attending and door prizes were awarded.
Blue Ribbon Workers news
OHIO CITY — The Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers 4-H club held a meeting on Sunday, May 5.
After the meeting was brought to order, the club discussed several topics including taking a vote on if they would be interested in donating their time and some flowers to helping arrange a flower pot that belongs to the village. The village has several large pots that need to be planted. The group unanimously decided to take this task on and plant one pot.
The club discussed planning a service day at Tractor Supply Company, partnering with them for recycling products. Agreement was reached to participate in this and a meeting will be set up at a later date to begin planning it.
Group members who would like to make posters for the upcoming chicken dinner drive-through should turn those completed posters in to Brenda, Ginny or Vickie by Thursday, May 16.
Hannah Kraner presented a demonstration to the group on Cool Cookies! The ingredients in the cookies are just one egg, a tub of cool whip and one box of any brand or flavor of cake mix. Mix all together and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Hannah brought some in for the group to try and they all agreed they are delicious!
The group invited Robin Kraner to be a guest and to give a presentation on canning and preserving. Robin showed the members the tools and supplies that are needed to can and explained how each worked. She also explained the good qualities and the downfalls of canning and that it is becoming a dying art. Robin’s family cans foods because they grow a garden and this helps them preserve the foods that they grow.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday May 21, at 6 p,m., at the Ohio City Lutheran Church on Dillon Street. Demonstrations will be by Kollan Dull and Ben Brown and also Andrew Morgan, drinks by the Bowen family and refreshments are Jaimison Clouse.
St. Mary’s School news
Students in grades 4-6 at St. Mary of the Assumption School had the opportunity to learn a civics lesson firsthand through an initiative of the Van Wert County Bar Association. Under the tutelage of Van Wert Law Director John Hatcher and Van Wert Municipal Court Judge Jill Leatherman, the students had the opportunity of participating in a mock trial at the Van Wert Municipal Courtroom on Friday, May 3.
MaryThe project began with three sessions held at the school with Hatcher explaining the roles, choosing students to act in those roles, and preparing them for the trial. On trial was Goldilocks of “Goldilocks & The Three Bears” fame, with a charge of burglary of property belonging to the three bears leveled at the defendant by the team of prosecutors.
The judge and bailiff maintained order during the trial, charges were read and the prosecutor and defense team brought witnesses and argued their cases before the jury of 12 students. The defendant testified in her own defense. Deliberations took 45 minutes and the jury came back with a unanimous verdict of guilty for Goldilocks.
Quotes from the participants: The accused: “It was a lot of pressure and I had to answer a lot of questions.” The victims reported: “(we) found the courtroom stressful in an exciting way, it was a bit intimidating.” The jurors: “(we) had to listen carefully to everything, could not assume guilt or innocence, had to listen for inconsistencies in the testimony”. From the investigator: “had to find good solid evidence”. In general the students “found it to be a great experience to see how a trial is operated and felt that they had learned what most students do not learn until high school”.
Students and teachers alike found this to be an educational opportunity and express their thanks to Hatcher, Judge Leatherman, and the County Bar Association for opening their resources to support the mock trial.
Ohio State University news
Emily Fast of Van Wert has been awarded the Francis B. McCormick Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Fast, the daughter of Mark and Lori Fast, is a sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring in agribusiness and applied economics. She is a member of the Agribusiness Club, participates in Real Life, and is currently employed by the Jerome Schottenstein Center. She is a 2011 graduate of Van Wert High School with an internship at JD Equipment in London (Ohio) this summer. After graduation, Fast plans to pursue employment with a farm equipment manufacturing company.
The Francis McCormick Scholarship, open to agribusiness and applied economics majors at OSU, is awarded on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and potential contribution to the agricultural industry. It is one of several scholarships made available by agribusiness firms, individuals, and agricultural organizations for students interested in agribusiness, farm finance, agricultural marketing, farm management, and closely related areas.
Each year Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE), which offers Ohio State’s Agribusiness and Applied Economics major, offers its students the opportunity to compete for over $50,000 in scholarship funds. Additionally, Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which houses AEDE, offers $1.5 million in scholarship money to its students each year.
AEDE scholarship funding is provided by a wide array of generous organizations and individuals. To learn more about the 2013-2014 scholarship competition, and to obtain information on AEDE’s undergraduate and graduate programs of study, visit http://aede.osu.edu.
The Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers held a meeting recently to discuss community projects, officer duties and also to give each member their project books. Chris Kraner, president, and Brooke Brown, vice president, brought the meeting to order.
During the meeting Leslie Marbaugh and Kaedyn Swander entertained the group with their presentations . Afterwards , the members enjoyed refreshments brought in by the Browns, the Swander family and the Denmens.
Officer training took place on April 18 at the Van Wert Fair Board meeting room. Those attending from the group were: Colt Marbaugh, Draya Rison, Hannah Kraner and Robin Kraner, who substituted for Chris Kraner who had a prior commitment. Brenda Delong , group advisor, also attended the officer training evening.
The next meeting will be Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. at the Ohio City Lutheran Church, 202 Dillon St., Ohio City.