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Allen County Museum to host ‘Remembering Frontier Days’
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Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:10 PM | Updated ( Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:13 PM )
The Allen County Museum is pleased to present an afternoon open house for families and children featuring Trapper Jerry, Bear Claw Jeb, White Buffalo Woman, Forgotten Voices of the Past (Kevin Poling and Christina Rickets), the Allen County Master Gardeners and the Hog Creek Spinners and Weavers Guild for “Remembering Frontier Days” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. (Submitted photo)

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LIMA — The Allen County Museum is pleased to present an afternoon open house for families and children featuring Trapper Jerry, Bear Claw Jeb, White Buffalo Woman, Forgotten Voices of the Past (Kevin Poling and Christina Rickets), the Allen County Master Gardeners and the Hog Creek Spinners and Weavers Guild for “Remembering Frontier Days” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

 

 
150 march to send-off for Warks
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:02 PM
Carol Buettner, left, Dick Buettner, right, and Jan Wiechart, center, share a moment with the Warks. (DHI Media/Tony Wiechart)

BY NANCY SPENCER

DHI Media Editor

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DELPHOS — Most people have that one teacher they can look back on and say they made a difference in their life. For hundreds of Jefferson High School band members, that teacher is Michael Wark.

More than 150 former band members and band parents donned the red and black and hit the pavement just like old times to bid farewell to their mentor Saturday.

 
Going for a cruise
Written by Erin Cox   
Sunday, July 06, 2014 6:07 PM
The Van Wert Area Cushman Club rode to the Creamery for their July meeting. Members of the club came over on vintage scooters. The club meets the first Tuesday of the month at various locations. Visit their website at vanwertcushmanclub.com for more information. (DHI Media/Erin Cox)
 
Curator's Corner — Visiting the Ohio State Holocaust and Liberator’s Memorial
Written by Gary Levitt   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Joy

As we travel through this thing we call life, every once in a while we experience something that affects us deeply. Last month, I had one of those experiences. My wife and I joined with a group of about 2,000 people at the Ohio Theater in Columbus to witness the dedication of a new memorial that sits in the southwest corner of Capitol Square. The memorial was erected as a remembrance of the millions of people who lost their lives during the Holocaust and to the liberators who fought to end the rule of Nazi Germany.

I thought it was appropriate to write this column for this holiday weekend when we are celebrating our freedom. I know many of us realize just how precious that freedom is and to what lengths we will go to protect everyone’s freedom. We look back at that dark period of the incredible loss of life with the thought “never again.” How I wish that were true. I find it difficult to read the international news and to come to terms with the hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering under the tyranny of military dictatorships and genocide, often with the impedance that it is a religious mandate.

But that freedom we enjoy doesn’t rule out the conflicts we encounter, especially when we cannot select who will and who won’t enjoy total freedom. Case in point is some of the comments related to the erection of this memorial. As you might expect, there was a significant amount of controversy in both the government and the citizenry concerning the religious connection being made between the State of Ohio and the Jewish community. Unfortunately, we even heard of the organizations and individuals who insist it never happened.

As we watched the proceedings and listened to all the speakers, I realized the profound effect that bigotry and hatred have on all the nations of the world. As a faithful reader of this column, I am sure you remember my articles concerning the government (USPS) and the religious communities in the issuance of U.S. stamps. Stamps have honored many of the holidays of the world’s various religions and celebrated numerous historic milestones without trampling on any one individual’s or group’s rights.

There were numerous people who played a part in bringing this memorial to fruition. But regardless of your politics, regardless of your feelings for our state administrators, the push for this project came directly from Governor Kasich and his genuine desire to remember the sacrifices made by all during World War II. As several people spoke about the journey that was taken to bring this memorial to fruition you could see the emotion that filled everyone who touched this project.

At this point you may be asking yourself “Is this about postal history or just another editorial?” As we look back to 120 years of the issuance of commemorative stamps in America, it truly is a fresh look at the history of the world.

 
Vancrest’s Art Therapy promotes sensory and fine motor skills
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM
The reception for the First Annual Vancrest Art Exhibition took place on Thursday afternoon with residents, family members and staff members delighting in the art pieces each have crafted through the past four months. Resident’s enjoyed refreshments in the dining room decked out in red, white and blue. Talking art were, from the left, resident Rose Sever, Vancrest Activities Director Kelly Gladish, resident Diane Carder, mixed media artist Anna Fisher and resident Rosemary Bensman. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)

BY STEPHANIE GROVES

DHI Media Staff Writer

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DELPHOS — The reception for the First Annual Vancrest Art Exhibition took place on Thursday afternoon with residents, family members and staff members spending quality time together delighting in the art pieces each have crafted through the past four months.

Vancrest’s Activities Director Katie Gladish said the classes have been designed to give the long-term care patients guidelines for completing projects with a sample project to visualize. The therapeutic benefits of the projects focuses on fine motor and sensory skills. She said the participants work on a variety of art projects with different mediums.

“The classes promote fine motor skills like picking up and painting with a brush and the up-and-down or side-to-side strokes of painting,” she detailed. “They also stimulate sensory skills by utilizing a variety of mediums including clay and materials like lace.”

Delphos Area Art Guild (DAAG) Director Shauna Turner-Smith said according to the Art Therapy Association, art therapy is utilized in a wide array of settings to promote well being, socialization, communication and healing; ease stress, pain and loss; improve cognitive and motor skills; and empower through end-of-life and transition concerns.

“DAAG is always proud to help support any community endeavor and Vancrest is a local nursing care facility that is especially close to our hearts,” she said.

Gladish said the residents have been really excited about their family members coming to the facility to see their art. They really enjoy and love working with Anna Fisher, who is a local mixed media artist.

 

 
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