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VAN WERT - The YWCA is gearing up for its 2012 Holiday Home Tour. This year the tour will feature two homes and two businesses. Enjoy visiting decorated homes and businesses throughout Van Wert County with the YWCA on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 - 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Each home/business visit will also be complete with chance to win a raffle item. Tickets are on sale now at the YWCA for $6 per person. Home and business, photos and descriptions are as follows:

Keith Rydell, 1195 Rosalie Drive:

The Rydell house is a traditional ranch style home built in 1972. It has three bedrooms and 1.5 baths in this 2000 square feet abode. The home showcases beautiful wood and tile floors with a wonderful, open floor plan. When considering the overall focus of the home it lies directly on the gorgeous, master suite.

During the holidays the family room is the most cherished part of the house. This is where many happy memories have been created and will continue to be made into the future. You will note a gorgeous, traditional Christmas theme as you wonder around this warm home this holiday season. Keith is excited to share his home with you this holiday season and looks forward to hoping all that visit his home enjoy the holiday celebration as much as he.

Sandra & Andy Anderson, 1034 Shawnee Drive:

You are welcome to tour the home of Andy and Sandra Anderson! Andy and Sandra purchased their home at the time of their marriage in 2011. The 1,925 square foot home was built in 2000. Recent home updates include added granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The home is decorated in a combination of traditional and contemporary style.

The welcoming outdoor light is decorated with greenery and bows and a lit Christmas tree stands by the wreath-adorned black front door. Wreaths are hung on the front windows of the home greeting those that come to visit.

As you enter the foyer you will notice a mirrored console table and the beautiful hickory floors. The arched window above the front door and shelf above the guest closet are decked in true holiday fashion.

From the foyer, you will then be entering the living room with its cathedral ceilings where you will be greeted by a nine-foot holiday tree. The holiday decor in this space is silver and gold. A white sofa and chair face the gas log fireplace creating a cozy setting. A large wreath with silver and gold ornaments hangs proudly above the fireplace.

A six-foot St. Nicholas, dressed in black velvet and fir, meets you as you enter the den at the front of the house. The Santa was fashioned by Sandra and her daughter, Jayme. The Christmas tree in the den is decorated with golf ornaments and Andy's special "Star Wars" ornament. The special "Star Wars" ornament was given to Andy 52 years ago by his parents and plays a recording heard numerous times during the holiday!

The master bedroom and bath create a serene place with off-white and black accents. Evergreen wreaths also decorate this room and find their way into the master bath. Even the laundry room shows a hint of the holiday season. You also can't help but adore the train that circles a children's Christmas tree in the family room.

The Andersons can't wait to welcome you into their home and wish you a very blessed Christmas!

Wassenberg Art Center, 643 South Washington Street:

The Wassenberg Art Center was built in Victorian style in the late 1800s. It houses two galleries with its traditional style interior. The galleries are full of creative inspiration from regional artists and this holiday season its halls are decked with an "eclectic" holiday theme.

This is your last chance to tour the Wassenberg Art Center's galleries and classrooms at its current location. Next year it will be relocating to the Van Wert Armory. Upon your visit to the Art Center you will also be given the opportunity to learn about the proposed improvements and renovations that will be made at their new home and you can't miss the opportunity do a little holiday shopping!

The 23rd Annual Artist's Sale will be in full swing during your visit. Hundreds of one-of-a-kind, reasonably priced items will be available to choose from. All items were created by local artists. This is the perfect opportunity for meaningful giving! The Wassenberg Art Center is excited for this opportunity for the community to visit this historic Van Wert staple one last time.

Van Wert Co. Council on Aging, 220 Fox Road:

The Van Wert County Council on Aging was established as a non-profit agency in March of 1974 by a group of concerned citizens that found there was no agency in one location that had all the information seniors would need. In 1974 the agency was located in the top floor of the Van Rue building until 1976 when the agency moved to its location on Crawford Street in Van Wert. This remained the location for the Council on Aging until 2008 when the Council on Aging purchased a building on Fox Road. The Council on Aging building is often referred to as the Van Wert Senior Center, was built by Rockford Lumber and was used to house lumber in the beginning of its life. The building also housed The Eagles, a catering business, as well as a health and fitness center during its life. It is now the home of the Van Wert County Council on Aging.

The 10,000 square foot building has a tan exterior with blue trim and was built and modified over the years by Rockford Construction Services. The interior of the Senior Center has seven offices, one board room, a kitchen, and one great room with enough capacity to hold 300 people. The great room is used for everyday Council on Aging events like bingo, cards, puzzles, Senior Luncheon Café, and many other social events. The Council on Aging also provides the Senior Center for rentals. Many events find the 300 person capacity to be exactly what is needed to host a wedding reception, banquet, gaming party, family event and even theatrical shows.

The Van Wert County Council on Aging is a non-profit agency that prides itself on offering services that helps seniors to live their lives with independence and dignity for as long as possible in the environment of their homes. This mission is accomplished by offering a variety of services such as operating chore services, outreach programs, the operation of the Luncheon Café, the Senior Center, as well as transportation services. The agency is partially funded by United Way and the Van Wert County Foundation.

The theme of the Council on Aging Senior Center is "Expressing the Council on Aging In Trees." Come to the Council on Aging Senior Center to see what the center has to offer!

Get your tickets today! General YWCA operating hours are Monday - Thursday from 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Saturday & Sunday. The YWCA is a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation funded agency.

For more information the YWCA at 419-238-6639 or visit our website at