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Winnie Draper and friends at a recent matinee
performance of the Zenobia Shrine Circus. Winnie’s
surprise trip was made possible through the Heart’s
Desire program at Heartland of Oregon, where she
is a resident.

Winifred Draper, a current resident at The Heartland of Oregon, always wanted to go to the circus.

It was a wish she somehow never had the opportunity to fulfill.

During one of Heartland’s resident council meetings, Winifred, or “Winnie” as she’s known by staff members, made a suggestion. “Instead of going on our monthly restaurant trip, why don’t we all choose to spend our money going to the circus?”

Heartland staff members decided to make Winnie’s wish come true as part of Heartland’s “Heart’s Desire” program, an effort that grants the wishes of patients.

On March 27, she got a Saturday-afternoon surprise when was taken by surprise to the SeaGate Convention Center to see the Zenobia Shrine Circus.

She was accompanied by Terry Daines, a member of the Heartland housekeeping staff, and Winnie’s friend and “Guardian Angel.”

“Winnie and Terry were able to sit in the very front row and had an amazing time together,” said Megan A. Fulkerson, Heartland admissions and marketing director. 

“Why me? I didn’t do anything to deserve such a treat,” Winnie said after her visit to the circus.

For more information about Heartland of Oregon, located at 3953 Navarre Ave. Oregon, call 419-698-4521.

Feeling a little more pain at the pump – and elsewhere when it comes to driving these days?

The average cost to own and operate a sedan has risen 4.8 percent to 56.6 cents per mile, or $8,487 per year, based on 15,000 miles of annual driving, AAA’s annual “Your Driving Cost” study says.

“Rising fuel prices are a key factor in this year’s study. Paying more at the pump is not only increasing the operational costs of vehicles, but it’s also affecting depreciation values,” said April Cochran, marketing operations manager of AAA Northwest Ohio. “With the growing appeal of more fuel-efficient vehicles, small sedans are experiencing less depreciation and holding their value longer while we’re seeing notable rises in depreciation costs with categories of less fuel-efficient vehicles.”

The 2010 edition of AAA’s “Your Driving Costs” brochure includes in-depth information on five categories of vehicles and is available at select local AAA branch offices or may be downloaded at

Fuel, tire and insurance costs up


More than 25 years ago, the original founders of what was to become Otterbeinotterbein-drawing Portage Valley in Pemberville dreamed of a nursing home for area residents. The founders likely never imagined what would become of the 167-acre campus, including establishment of independent living and assisted living areas.

Otterbein Portage Valley is celebrating spring with new construction. On April 20, shovels will dig in to begin construction of a new 2,000-square foot Life Enrichment Center that will include gathering/meeting space, fitness areas and computer and coffee café. The building’s design, with its many windows, will offer an expansive view watching natural surroundings and wildlife. 

The projected completion date for the project is Sept. 1.

For more information about Otterbein Portage Valley or the new Life Enrichment Center, call Jessica Derkis, marketing director at 419-833-8917.


Giving money to people along road

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