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Fair’s Farm Bureau Building to be all new in 2015
Written by Ed Gebert   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:00 PM


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VAN WERT — Some facilities at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds have been in the same location for so long, nobody is really sure how long they have been in that spot. The old Rabbit Barn had been in place for an estimated 125 years before being torn down this summer. The age was estimated because no one could determine exactly when it was built. The Farm Bureau Food Tent building is closer to 50 years old, and this year will be it’s last.

The Farm Bureau Food Tent Building will be moving to a new location. Actually, the Farm Bureau is moving to a new building. It will be built on the current site of Babyland, across from the Dairy Barn.

Marsh Foundation Garden Crew celebrates season with harvest meal
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Friday, August 29, 2014 8:00 PM



VAN WERT – The Marsh Foundation ‘Marsh Grown’ garden program celebrated the end of the summer growing season with a Harvest Meal for staff, peers and Trustees. The meal was held recently at the First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert and featured many items grown in The Marsh Foundation garden as well as other local products. It was entirely prepared by the garden crew.

According to Marsh Foundation activities coordinator, Sherry Grone, this year’s program has been very successful in her eyes. “Our crew has had the chance to grow in maturity, responsibility and respect through our garden program,” she said. “I also hope they have grown in respect for themselves as they develop new confidence through their job skills. One of the program’s goals is to guide them to a hope for their future; to help them connect to the larger community and find their place and maybe even their passion in the process.”

More Van Wert County Fair winners announced
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:00 PM


The following is a partial list of winners from various events thus far during the 2014 Van Wert County Fair, provided by Van Wert County 4-H.

County Food and Nutrition Awards:

Best 1st Year Foods

Kyra Welch—Bunny Hoppers

Cookbook- Clever Clovers

Best County Foods Junior (9-11)

Carson Kreischer—Ohio Challengers

Trophy—Delphos Young Farm Wives

Best County Foods Intermediate (12-15)

Rachel Spath—Clever Clovers

Trophy—P & R Medical Connection

Best County Foods Senior ( 16-18)

Daniel Joseph—Interstate Exchange

Trophy—Warren & Marilyn Reed

Best County Leadership Award Maggie Cripe—Ridge Buckeyes

Trophy—In Memory of Roger Short—Tim Short

Runner Up Leadership Award

Sarah Klinger—Ohio Challengers

Trophy—In Memory of Ethan Enyart

Best County Family & Consumer Science Project Junior: Trinity Welch—Jackson Lively

Trophy– Homemakers Community Education

Senior: Chris Kraner—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Worker Cash–Homemakers Community Education

Best County Garden & Plant Science

Junior: Haley Sheets—Ohio Challengers

Trophy—In Memory of Roger Short

Best County Self Determined

Junior: Madison Pugh—Venedocia Lads and Lassies

Trophy—Venedocia Lads & Lassies

Senior: Dylan Hicks—Ohio Challengers

Trophy—Doug & Marcia German & Family Best County Cake Decorating

Junior: Kennedy Sites—Barnyard Buddies

Trophy—Hempfling Dairy Senior: Elizabeth Mitchener—Barnyard Buddies

Trophy—Nancy Johnson

Best County Scrapbooking

Junior: Kassidy Ringwald—Leaders of the Future

Scrapbook Kit— Heather Gottke

Delphos FFA officers attend training camp
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Friday, August 29, 2014 8:00 PM

Seven members of the newly-elected Delphos FFA Officer Team recently traveled to Camp Wilson and Birch Bark Canoe Livery in Bellefontaine for officer training. The group spent the day doing a team challenge course including low & high rope initiatives to develop teamwork. The second day, the chapter officers spent the day working on plans for the upcoming year. They reviewed policies and by-laws and drafted anew format to run committees for the upcoming year. During the training, the Delphos officers spent time learning more about each other and participated in a series of problem-solving and team-building activities. They also set goals and planned a calendar of activities for the upcoming year. Pictured above are the members of the 2014-15 officer team and include, from left, Daniele Dancer, student advisor; Kiersten Teman, reporter; Sophia Wilson, vice president; Sarah Fitch, treasurer; Tatiana Olmeda-Sentinel; Karen Cline, president; and Asy Hamilton, secretary.(Submitted photo)

Taylor urges Ohioans to prepare for Medicare open enrollment
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Friday, August 29, 2014 8:00 PM

Department of Insurance educational outreach underway



COLUMBUS – A free Ohio Department of Insurance educational program that helped Ohioans with Medicare save a record $16.4 million last year will be holding events across Ohio to help consumers better understand their options.

The Department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is holding Medicare Check-up Day events in every county through the Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 annual open enrollment period, Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor said. The events are intended to help people understand the different Medicare coverage options. People can also call OSHIIP at 800-686-1578 for assistance.

“Our aggressive statewide efforts have begun and we are excited to help Ohioans as they make decisions about Medicare coverage,” Taylor said. “We are doing Check-up Day events in every county to make it easier for Ohioans to access the information they need.”