Paul Hoverman
Paul Hoverman

If you are a guy and have a special gal you need to please this Valentine’s Day, I have the answer. Also, if you are someone just looking for a good comedy release in the midst of this treacherous winter we are going through, I have the answer for you too. First Federal of Van Wert and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center invite you on Saturday, Feb. 15 to “The “Not So” Newlywed Game.” You will watch, enjoy, laugh and perhaps even participate and win some “cool” prizes, including the opportunity to win $100,000!

Emmy-award winning game show host, Bob Eubanks will be coming to town to share some of the funniest “blooper” moments from TV’s “The Newlywed Game.” Eubanks will be providing commentary and insight to the behind the scenes of one of TV’s most successful and popular game shows of all-time. We have a couple celebrity guests lined up to participate in the “Not So” Newlywed game.

Come and laugh with Van Wert’s own Safety Service Director Jay Fleming and his wife, school teacher Kim Fleming. Also see Van Wert County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger and his wife, Deb, as they put it on the line to answer Bob Eubank’s questions of the night. Bob will also come out in the audience and select some couples to join them in rounding out the panel. Don’t worry, no one will be forced, but there will be enticing prizes and a lot of fun for those selected!

Candy and a dinner are fine, but good entertainment and laughter goes a lot further. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and you can still get some tickets by calling the box office at (419) 238-6722 or going on-line at It’s been a busy time at the Niswonger in the past three weeks with Kellie Pickler, the Cinderella Ballet, and The Addam’s Family Broadway Show. Nearly three thousand people have attended these three concerts and each show has brought a different audience. We are regularly seeing people from out of town attending our concerts.

This weekend will attract locals as well as people throughout the region as Community Health Professionals present their annual Ohio Has Talent. It all happens this Saturday, Feb. 8 and it begins at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Niswonger box office or Community Health Professionals on Westwood Drive. Come and support some talented performers as well as a super cause- the good work of the Community Health Professionals.

One last plug: this is for all of you who have had enough of this winter. The Lima Symphony Orchestra is performing this Saturday at the Lima Civic Center at 7:30 p.m.

One of the pieces we are performing is Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Now, what could be more timely than to hear the music that will make you dream about the beautiful scenes and sounds of springtime in Appalachia? And to make you even more wanting, a big multi-media three screen picturesque presentation will accompany the music.

Hang in there, spring is just around the corner. In the meantime, you might want to dream a little with the Lima Symphony Orchestra this Saturday.