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October 20, 2014

Trick or Treat hours for Whitley County and beyond

(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
Whether you're planning to take the children trick or treating... or you want to be prepared for the scores of little ones that will knock at your door, we've got the hours for festivities in all Whitley County communities at last:
The Town of Churubusco will be observing Trick or Treat hours on Saturday, October 25, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The City of Columbia City announced that Trick or Treat hours are 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 31, around the community. Children are invited to stop by the Columbia City Fire Station where they will be handing out candy and glow sticks.
Trick or treat hours in South Whitley are Friday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Larwill's trick or treat hours are Friday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In nearby Pierceton, trick or treat hours are Friday, October 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Columbia City Youth Council announces Halloween costume contest and parade on November 1

(Talk of the Town file photo)

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Don't be so quick to pack away those Halloween costumes after October 31!
This year, there's a new plan in the works in Columbia City to put on a children's costume parade in the downtown area -- with prizes too!
The Columbia City Youth Council, a panel of teens that meets monthly in Columbia City, has decided to put on a Halloween Parade and costume contest on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Youngsters dressed in costume are invited to gather at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Line and Van Buren Streets. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and will go eastward along Van Buren, south on Chauncey and come to a conclusion near the gazebo.
Participants' costumes will be judged throughout the parade and results will be announced shortly after it ends. Awards will be presented for the best costumes in the following categories:
- families
- children 5 and under
- elementary school students
- middle/high school students
- dogs
Parade participants will be assigned a number that corresponds to the costume category they will be competing in.

Local Purdue Extension office presenting free nutrition classes in Whitley County

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How can you tell if a food is nutritious? Is there any easy way to make your kitchen safe from germs? What is a portion size?
The Purdue Extension-Whitley County has those answers and more. Starting in November, free classes with be offered through the Family Nutrition Program (FNP), a research-based SNAP-Ed funded initiative (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education) that targets individuals and families with limited resources who reside in Whitley County.
“Our free, informal and easily accessible educational programs can help participants develop knowledge and skills for daily life,” said Family Nutrition Program Assistant, Carol Flowers. “The classes we offer increases the ability of individuals and families with limited resources to utilize their food dollars and food stamps appropriately and provide a safe meal environment.”
Flowers will be offering the behavior-focused nutrition education to help individuals and families to select nutritious foods that fit within their budget. Classes will be held at the Purdue Extension-Whitley County located at 115 S. Line Street. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, participants can learn how to:
- invest food dollars into the best nutritious food choices
- stretch food dollars to last the whole month
- make healthy choices when eating out
- protect their family from food-borne illnesses
- plan meals their family will love
Class size is limited and reservations are required. To sign up or for more information, contact the Purdue Extension at 260-244-7615 or 260-625-3313 or via email at cflowers@purdue.edu

October 18, 2014

The Haunted Jail delights in frights

(Talk of the Town photo)
The top haunted house in the region is open once again this year, living up to its reputation -- as judged by the screams that can be heard from the bowels of the eye-catching old space in downtown Columbia City on East Market Street. The Haunted Jail is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. and school nights from 7 to 9 p.m.  A new feature this year, the jail is featuring four stories worth of fear and misery.
Admission is $13 per person for regular tickets and $18 per person for VIP tickets.
The Haunted Jail remains open now through November 2 and will reopen for the weekend of November 7-9.

Above, a group of high school students await their VIP tour Thursday night.

Classic horror film 'Night of the Living Dead' showing tonight in South Whitley's Hagan Park

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Looking for something creepy to do tonight?
Consider attending the 2014 FREE Movie Night in South Whitley's Hagan Park this evening, Saturday, October 18. The featured movie will be the George Romero classic "Night of the Living Dead."
All ages fun, games, refreshments and activities begin at 5 p.m. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
For more information and updates, visit the Facebook page: Horror Trail at Hagan Park

Festivities ongoing now throughout the day at the 4H Autumn Harvest Festival

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

The highly-anticipated, first-ever Autumn Harvest Festival is this Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Whitley County Fairgrounds, boasting a full schedule of events, punctuated by a car show, craft and flea market and pumpkin ice cream!
All proceeds from the day will benefit the Whitley County 4H program. Organizers have been busy planning the event for months and they're already looking forward to next year, intending
to make this an annual event.
Here's the festival lineup:
6:30 am – Setup for Craft Show & Flea Market
9:00 am – Craft Show & Flea Market Open – Sheep Barn
9:00 am – 11:00 am – Car Show Registration – Porch of Ag Museum
9:00 am – Sarah’s Pecan Rolls – Shelter House
10:30 am – Music by Pat Murphy – Ag Museum
10:00 am, Noon, 2:00 pm – Apple Cider Press demonstration
Noon – Weigh in for Pedal Pull – Feeder Calf Barn
12:30 pm – Pedal Pull – Feeder Calf Barn
1:00 pm – Kettle Corn – Near Ag Museum
1:00 pm – Milk “Daisy” the Cow – Ag Museum
1:30 pm – Homemade Pies – Shelter House
3:00 pm – Car Show Awards & cars released - Ag Museum Porch
4:00 pm - Craft Show & Flea Market Closes
All day – Antique Tractors on Display
All day – 4-H History Presentations by Jeanette Brown – Ag Museum
All day – Ag Museum and Shelter House Open

October 17, 2014

CCHS Marching Eagles advance in competition

(Talk of the Town photo provided)
Celebrating a win requires an investment of time and the Columbia City High School Marching Eagles certainly put in the time -- 257.7 hours of practice time to be exact!
In all 38 kids arrived at band camp in July with one goal in mind -- winning their division. Now, months, practices and competitions later they are just one step away from achieving that goal.
Last weekend, the Marching Eagles, above, performed at Homestead High School for the qualifier round to advance to the Scholastic Finals.  They not only exceeded the needed 60 points to go on, but placed 7th out of 14 schools.  These 38 students have managed for the first time in school history to go to the finals in their division, slated for October 25 at Lawrence Central High School in Castleton, Indiana. 
The students have worked extremely hard and have represented Columbia City and CCHS well. The joy they show when performing reflects the pride in their school, their community and their commitment to each other.

Passages' celebrates 60 years on October 27

From reports

On October 27 at 7 p.m., Passages celebrates 60 years in our community. The event will be held at the Creative Learning Center facility at 333 North Oak Street.
The celebration begins with a short business meeting from both Passages and Whitley Crossings, recognizing new board members and honoring out-going board members.
This year’s guest speakers will include  Kim Opsahl, president and CEO of INARF and John Dickerson,  executive director or Arc of Indiana.
An outstanding community partner will be honored. Additionally, the first Jim and Kay Fleck Advocacy Award will be given.
Light refreshments from The Cake Lady LLC will follow the program. This is a free event to attend, but a reservation is requested.
Please RSVP to Tammy Nickolson at 244-9317 or tnickolson@passagesinc.org

Annual Whitley County Extension Homemakers' Holiday Bazaar and Quilt show just weeks away

By Shelley Eberly

The annual Holiday Bazaar and Quilt Show, sponsored by the Whitley County Extension Homemakers, will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 7 & 8, 2014, at the Whitley County 4-H Center on Squawbuck Road in Columbia City.
The show hours are Friday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Shop at the bazaar for special gifts you have been searching for. Many of your favorite crafters will be returning. You can also visit with those who are participating for the first time.
Additionally, plan to visit the Quilt Show and see the work of area quilters. You can also vote for your favorite!
Food will be available for purchase as well.
If you have any questions about the event, you may call the Extension Office at 244-7615 or 625-3313.

Fundraiser set for Julie Brommer in November

From reports

Family and friends of Julie Brommer are wanting to do anything they can to support her fight against cancer. As a result, they're planning a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in her honor on Saturday, November 15 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City.
Brommer was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer, in addition to needing a kidney and pancreas transplant.
The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 11 and free for children ages 2 and under.
A cookie sale and silent auction are also planned.

Giving Gardens of Indiana making a difference locally with Whitley County Food Drive

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October 25 is National Make a Difference Day. Giving Gardens is coordinating a Whitley County Food Drive to observe the day.
The community can donate perishable and non-perishable foods throughout the week (Oct 18–24, 2014) at drop-off locations around the community, including: Whitley County Family YMCA and the Churubusco Community Child Care Center.
Collected food will be dispersed to local feeding programs including: Boomerang Backpack Program, Grace Lutheran Church Food Pantry, Fork-Lift Project and the mid-week meal at Columbia City United Methodist Church. Suggested food items to donate to promote healthier meal choices to those in need: bread, apples, pasta noodles, flour, oils, jelly, honey, canned beans, canned meats, sauces and salad dressing.
"Together we can make a difference in our community," stated Angela Knezevich of locally-based Giving Gardens of Indiana.

Hoosiers participated in 10-state earthquake drill Thursday morning

From reports

Individuals in Indiana and 10 other states participated in an earthquake drill Thursday morning.
The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut brings together participants from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, to practice actions to take during an earthquake. More than 2.7 million participants registered for this year’s ShakeOut, more than 477,000 of which were from Indiana. More than seven percent of Indiana’s total population registered for the event.
Nearly 26 million individuals have registered for this year’s various Great ShakeOut drills across the globe.
The ShakeOut provides registrants the opportunity to practice actions to take in the event of an earthquake. During an earthquake, Hoosiers should drop, take cover under a sturdy object like a desk or table, and hold on until the shaking stops. Those unable to drop due to a disability or other condition should get as low as possible and protect the head and neck.
Participants from Indiana included local and state government organizations, schools, businesses, healthcare facilities, disability organizations, and youth organizations, among several others.
For information on how to prepare for an earthquake, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.

October 15, 2014

Whitley County Fire Chiefs Association's fun day was a hit with the community

Grace Lutheran Church women's group rallies to make 35 dozen apple dumplings for fundraiser

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The women of Grace Lutheran Church recently gathered together to make the famous apple dumplings that they sell every year.  Each year, the women make 35 dozen apple dumplings and when they are gone – they are gone! Hurry and place your order! The apple dumplings are frozen and are available for $3 each. Just think how good they would be warm out of your oven with a scoop of ice cream. The profit from the sale of the apple dumplings are donated to various charities andorganizations such as the food pantry, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Helping Hands.
To place an order, call Nadean Lamle at 609-7571, Nancy Lopshire at 723-5406 or Grace Lutheran Church at 244-7118.
Above, from left in front, is Carol Ball, Nadean Lamle, Judy Baatz and Ann Wolfe. In the background, Jo Krider and Jan Morsches work together on a batch.  These are just a few of the women that volunteer each year to make apple dumplings as a fundraiser for their women’s group at Grace Lutheran Church, raising funds they will donate to various charities and organizations in the area.

Workshop planned for minority, women-owned businesses in November

From reports

Diversity is a profound issue — one that goes far beyond race, sex or culture.
A workshop geared specifically for minority business owners will look at diversity from a unique perspective: how it can affect your leadership skills and your company's bottom line. "Leading a Minority or Women-Owned Firm" will take place on Wednesday, November 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Creative Collaboration at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.
This free community workshop is geared specifically for minority and women business owners and looks at diversity from a unique perspective — how it can affect your leadership skills and your company’s bottom line. Participants will learn how to:
• Increase self-awareness and confidence. Recognize precisely when and how stereotyping or prejudicial forces are influencing your thinking and feelings. Building self-awareness and confidence enables you to become a more agile, creative leader.
• Create coping strategies. Through real-world business applications, you’ll devise strategies to deal with exclusion and rejection — and learn how to turn diversity into a competitive advantage.
• Build a more inclusive, resilient organization. Discover how to leverage diversity within your business to maximize innovation, make smarter decisions, enhance your culture and attract talented employees.
Seating is very limited. RSVP by contacting Mark Richter at MHRichter@indianatech.edu or calling (260) 399-2816
This workshop is underwritten by The Center for Creative Collaboration at Indiana Tech (the C3) and the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Rise 'n Roll Bakery & Deli announces plan to open new shop in southwest Fort Wayne

From reports

According to Mary Popvich of the Northeast ISBDC, Bill and Gayle Reiman are opening a franchise location of the popular Rise 'n Roll Bakery & Deli in Fort Wayne.
The store will be located in a strip mall at 5129 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne.
Regionally-known, Rise 'n Roll is known for its fresh, preservative-free doughnuts and other high-quality baked goods, gluten free baked goods and deli items. The local store will also offer breakfast and lunch.

Remember that hail storm last Monday afternoon?

CANI welcomes new AmeriCorps members

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Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) is proud to announce the start of our CANI AmeriCorps Program 2014-2015 term of service.  Our incoming CANI AmeriCorps program members include, Grace Cassel, Angellicca Colley, Andrew Fluegel, Erin Fulkerson, Janisha Green, Maria Marquez, DanNae Lewis, Darnesha Neal, Kristin Potts and Lisa Wilson.
CANI partners with other local agencies, such as Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI) and Fort Wayne Housing Authority (FWHA), positioning CANI AmeriCorps Members within direct-service and capacity-building opportunities.  Throughout the 2014-2015 term of service, our CANI AmeriCorps Members will serve in the following focus areas: Economic Opportunities, Healthy Futures, and Education.  Each CANI AmeriCorps Member will complete 1,700 hours of service while gaining professional experience and satisfying identified needs within our community.
CANI helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty. For more information about CANI and the services provided, visit the Web site www.canihelp.org.

Reservations needed now for CCJHS Class of '74

From reports

The Columbia City Joint High School Class of 1974 will hold their class reunion on November 8, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Eagles Nest Event Center in Columbia City.
To RSVP, send a check for $35 per person to: Kim Lefever, 1810 East Wildwood Drive, Columbia City, IN 46725. Checks should be made payable to the CCJHS Class of '74.