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VAN WERT — When people think of dance moves gone viral, most likely the last demographic they think of is senior citizens. Van Wert Manor staff and residents recently completed a Harlem Shake video.

“The idea was brought up by the staff and resident to resident council,” said Jacque Welch, administrator of Van Wert Manor.

“We were just getting ready to launch our social media information, like Facebook and everything, and we were going to do video interviewing on how to pick a nursing home, how to pick a therapy, and it just happened,” she added.

The staff, residents, and some spouses of residents, participated in the viral dance craze.

“The first lady you see is 92-year-old Betty Vogt, of Van Wert. She is our active volunteer, so when I thought about the Harlem Shake, I thought of her. We wanted it to be tasteful and something that represented us and having fun with the residents,” said Welch.

The video is posted on the Van Wert Manor Facebook page and YouTube Channels. To watch the video, visit http://youtu.be/yd6mfUHlMqs.

ONU presents distinguished alumni awards

ADA — The Ohio Northern University’s T.J. Smull College of Engineering honored Dr. O. Glenn Smith and Keng Siang-Lim with Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Dr. O. Glenn Smith graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1956 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He went on to earn a master of science and then a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a fellow engineer with Westinghouse Electric Corp. and as a heat transfer specialist at Atomic Power Labs.

He began a long and distinguished career with NASA in 1967. He retired from NASA in 1994 and continues to serve as a consultant on space launch systems.

Keng Siang-Lim graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1989 with a dual major in civil engineering and computer science. He earned a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a member of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi.

He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of NextLabs. IDG Demo recognized him at DEMOfall 2009 with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the advancement of technology.

Lim has also been recognized by several key organization as one of the industry’s “most influential people on the Internet.” ZDNet selected him as one of the “50 Smartest People” in 2000. He is recognized as one of the inventors of the Java application server through his founding of Kiva Software, an application server pioneer. Kiva Software was the first to introduce an enterprise-class Java Application Server to market in 1996, and in the process, coined the terms Java and Web Application Server and led to the emergence of the Java Bean and J200 standards.

Lima Red Cross volunteer helps out in Mississippi

LIMA — Steve Newman, of Lima, traveled to Hattiesburg, Miss., to assist people affected by a recent tornado disaster.

Tornadoes damaged hundreds of homes earlier this month in Mississippi. The Red Cross opened shelters, mobilized volunteers and dispatched relief supplies.

Newman’s responsibilities are to assess client needs, connect them with available resources, and answer any questions they may have.

Donations to the organization enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support, and other assistance to those affected. Contributions may be sent to the American Red Cross of Allen County, 610 S. Collett St., Lima, OH 45805.

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