The Isaac Van Wart Chapter DAR recently enjoyed a very informative program presented by Lynn Army, district manager of the Maumee Watershed Conservancy. Army, who has worked with the Conservancy since 1978, presented a slide presentation on projects in the Conservancy in the Van Wert area.
The Conservancy encompasses all of northwest Ohio, which includes 15 counties and over 250 miles. This agency has studied and worked toward flood reduction, promoting recreation, interacted with neighboring water conservancy districts, and offered drainage assistance.
The Little Auglaize, one of the first projects, involved over 200 miles. Animals naturally were an important part of the overall plan and included raccoons, Cooper’s Hawks, muskrats, ducks, turkeys, blue herons and even beavers. This is one good example of government and naturalists working together.
Van Wert County Hospital news
The Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center is excited to once again host an AWAKE support group meeting for individuals, and loved ones, diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. The acronym AWAKE stands for Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic. AWAKE is a national support group dedicated to providing support and resources to individuals with obstructive sleep apnea.
The AWAKE support group will be held on Thursday, May 23. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and will be conducted in Conference Room A at Van Wert County Hospital. The hospital address is 1250 S. Washington St. in Van Wert.
Each support group meeting is organized with a specific theme and topic related to disorders associated with obstructive sleep apnea, to facilitate discussion, provide education and resources, and to provide a network of support to the group’s members. The theme this month is, “How Often Should I Get CPAP Supplies?”
This month’s meeting will follow a question and answer style format. Bev Rowen will serve as moderator for the meeting, throughout the evening. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions related to CPAP materials and supplies. Trained professionals, in the field of sleep disorders, will be on sight to answer any questions. Following the conclusion of the meeting, attendees will have the option to purchase or make arrangements with medical supply companies for the purchase of CPAP supplies. Vendors on sight will include: P & R Medical Supply Company, Apria, and Derry Drugs.
“This month’s meeting is a unique opportunity for individuals diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea to receive personalized support and attention from the professionals, familiar with disorders related to sleep, in an informal environment. Attendees are invited to bring their questions to the meeting. We want to do everything we can to help support and provide education to the group’s members,” says George Wolf, Sleep Center coordinator.
The AWAKE support group meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, please contact George Wolf at 419.232.5281, or by email at email@example.com.
Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center is dedicated to providing the most innovative treatment options, helping to improve the overall quality of life, in a state-of-the-art sleep center facility.
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio news
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio will continue its 2013 flying season on Wednesday, May 22, by taking 71 veterans (World War II and Korean War veterans) to Washington, D.C. This will be the second of four flights in 2013 and the 30th flight overall. The remaining flights in 2013 will be on Wednesday, June 26, and Wednesday, October 9 (please note the change of date for the October flight).
The 71 veterans (each accompanied by a personal “guardian”) will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Since its initial flight in April 2008, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio has taken 1,450 veterans to Washington, D.C. and has done so with a perfect safety record.
Each Northwest Ohio Honor Flight departs from (and returns to) the Grand Aire hangar, one mile west of the main terminal at Toledo Express Airport: 11777 West Airport Service Road in Swanton. The general public is invited to attend “send-offs” (approximately 7 to 9 a.m.) and “welcome-homes” (approximately 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.). All that is needed to gain access to the Grand Aire hangar is a current and valid picture ID. Children under age 18 do not need an ID if they are accompanied by a parent or another adult.
For more information on Honor Flight Northwest Ohio, see the following website: http://www.honorflightnwo.org/.
Barry Johns of the Wetzel Motorcycle Club is shown donating a check to Optimist Club President Jane Maus to help pay for the Optimists’ After Prom Project. Van Wert Optimist Club meets every Thursday at Willow Bend at noon. Anyone wanting more information about joining can contact Maus at 419.965.2731. (Optimist Club photo)
The Convoy Community Foundation recently made a donation to the Village Ministry Center in that village. The Village Ministry Center is a community of Christians seeking to be the presence of Christ in the center of Convoy. Located on the corner of Tully and Main streets, the organization will offer educational programming for all ages and other relational opportunities that will work to strengthen families, empower people and encourage faith. Building renovations are currently underway and the center is expected to open to the public by mid-summer 2013. For more information about the Village Ministry Center, access the group’s website at www.vmcconvoy.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations may be sent to: Village Ministry Center, P.O. Box 10, Convoy, OH 45832. Make checks payable to “Village Ministry Center.” Here, Greg Kulwicki, Convoy Community Foundation trustee, presents a $250 grant to Amy Gerardot, director of the Village Ministry Center. (Convoy Community Foundation photo)
Van Wert Elks news
Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, has donated $125 to John Eutsler Amvets Post 698. The monies are to be used to help sponsor the Wounded Warrior 5K Run/Walk, with the proceeds to go towards the Wounded Warrior Project.
The 5K run/walk will be held Saturday, May 25, starting at 9 a.m., in Middle Point.
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001, and their families. On that date America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died, including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.
With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
Van Wert Elks Lodge encourages everyone to support this important event. These men and women have bravely put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans and it is time that Americans give back to them.
Allie Kuhlman, Council on Aging Board president, and her husband, Bill, present Council on Aging Executive Director Kevin Matthews with a $100 donation toward the CoA’s upcoming Designer Purse Bingo event. Designer Purse Bingo, which will be held June 14, is the CoA’s largest fundraiser and helps to offset the rising costs associated with Council on Aging’s transportation program. (photo submitted)
Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, donated $100 to the Van Wert City/County DARE program. The monies are used to sponsor a hole for the 18th annual DARE Benefit Scramble Golf Tournament, which will be held Saturday, May 11. The DARE program relies on the annual golf outing as one of its main fundraisers to allow it to continue programs in the city schools, as well as the end of the year graduation party and the annual summer camp. Drug awareness education is one of the major projects supported the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks as well as all of the subordinate lodges throughout the United States. Shown is Van Wert County DARE Officer Keith Allen (left) accepting the check from Lodge Youth Activities Chairman Patrick Freeman. (Elks photo)
PANDORA — The Ohio Association Garden Clubs of Region 2 met April 23 at the Missionary Church in Pandora.
The very elegant invitations were sent to the county clubs’ presidents inviting the members to a “Garden Tea” hosted by the Pandora Garden Club. The women sponsoring the day rolled out the “red carpet” and pampered all of those who attended with the delightful table settings, decorations, and wonderful lunch.
A short business meeting was held with Juanita Wilkins as chairwoman. All club activities are to be emailed to Jenny@email@example.com for future printing. Eleanor Long will be the new Regional 2 director.
A design and a spring flower show were held, with Judge Doris Hager doing an oral judging.
The following clubs were honored for their special anniversaries: Green Thumb, 65;th Evergreen, 65th; and Lima, 90th.
A contest will be held to honor the best member in each club and the best garden. Send nominations in now.
A fun hat contest was held with a large number of the attendees participating. The programs included speakers Al Wschmeuer of Ottawa on “Beekeeping and Loss of Colonies”, and Jeff Nordhaus of H & K Products of Columbus Grove, who spoke on “Sassafras Tea” of Papa’s.
Those attending from Wren Garden Club were Joan Jones, Louise Showalter, and Cheryl Acheson, while Kathy Muse and Linda Hoffman represented Evergreen Garden Club.
The Fall Region Meeting, hosted by Hancock County garden clubs, will be held October 22.
Community Health Professionals acknowledged three local businesses as “Friends of Hospice” for their consistent support of CHP’s Hospice Beacon of Hope Dinner and Auction. Shown are (from the left) Craig Lefeld of Kennedy-Kuhn Inc., Rebecca Lare of P & R Home IV/Medical Connection, and Deb Laudick of Laudick’s Jewelry, who were recognized at the April 11 Beacon of Hope event at Willow Bend Country Club. The annual event is the main fundraising event for the local nonprofit hospice. More information can be found on the CHP Facebook page. (CHP photo)