VAN WERT – For the seventh year Jeff McIntosh has been a leading fish
fryer for the Van Wert Knights of Columbus Hall located at 425 Woodland
Ave. in Van Wert.
Each Friday evening during Lent, the Knights of
Columbus fry fish on behalf of some special need in the local area.
Organizations where donations will still be given include Pregnancy Life
Center, St. Mary’s School Tuition Assistance and St. Vincent de Paul
Those who have already received help include Van Wert
Civil Air Patrol, Van Wert County Special Olympics and Van Wert County
Cooperative Food Bank.
“Rick Say had been head of the Fish Fry for
a long time,” said McIntosh. “He was to the point where he was ready to
step down. At that point, City Councilman Steve Trittschuh stepped up
to help out.”
“He was in charge at that point and I was a helper,”
continued McIntosh. “One of the factors was that my wife had been in
charge of food services at St. Mary’s for over 30 years.”
noted that in previous years, his brother-in-law, Dave Smith and Marvin
Vetter had put together the recipe for the fish batter. Smith also
encouraged them to purchase a mixer which would give the batter more
“He helped us to streamline the product and my wife,
Mary, helped with the process,” said McIntosh. “All of the people that
helped us completed the circle. In time, we got the product, the process
and the people.”
“I have my heart in all of this,” continued
McIntosh. “We have several groups where we can donate money. Paul
Shoppell takes several days in preparing 420 pounds of fish each week
for this. The supply comes from Lima.”
The menu each week consists
of Alaskan Pollock, baked potato or french fries, vegetable, cole slaw
and a drink. Cost is eight dollars for adults, seven dollars for seniors
and four dollars for kids.
noted that over 25 people come together for each Friday Lenten Fish Fry
to assist in putting the supper together. He also praised the Civil Air
Patrol for donating time the last four years to help clean up after the
“This year they are included as recipients from a fish
fry,” said McIntosh. “They are very good workers. They are such polite
men and women.”
McIntosh noted that each Lenten Fry is a
two-day-event with set-up on Thursday evening and then getting the food
ready to go and set out on Friday.
McIntosh and Mary have been married for 31 years and have two grown sons.
don’t know what I would do without her,” said McIntosh of Mary. “She is
such an encouragement and help. I am so thankful for her.”
really enjoy working with the fish fry. I like the teamwork and the new
friends I make as well as keeping up with lifelong friendships. We are
all so glad to do all that we can to help our community,” added