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April 11, 2019

Columbia City Rotarians will observe 100th year with gala dinner in May

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A milestone year is upon the Columbia City Rotary Club -- their golden anniversary is at hand.
Now celebrating their 100th year, the organization has held weekly meetings for the past 100 years -- truly a remarkable feat.
A gala dinner to celebrate the anniversary will be held on May 11, 2019, at Eagles Nest Event Center in Columbia City. Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. and a program will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The highlight of the evening will be the keynote address by the President Elect of Rotary International Mark Maloney. On July 1, 2019, he will become the President of Rotary International. The program will also include some history of the club, a proclamation and songs of 1919, along with presentations and recognitions.

Mayor Daniel is featured speaker at Saturday's GOP breakfast

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This Saturday, April 13, at 8:30 a.m. at Big G's Sports Cafe in Columbia City, the Whitley County GOP will host their monthly meeting. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel is the featured speaker.

South Whitley's annual garage sale event is April 26-27, 2019

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center is once again preparing for the annual South Whitley Community Garage Sales Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2019.
In addition to supporting the effort to regionally promote the event, the Chamber is offering opportunities to businesses and individuals across Whitley County to get involved.
"Each spring, we look forward to the South Whitley Garage Sales," said Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center Executive Director Jennifer Romano. "This two-day event is incredibly important to South Whitley because of how many people and dollars it brings to town. Those dollars, in the hands of local residents, are spent buying meals in local restaurants, with local merchants, at fundraising booths and in support of South Whitley area residents. The economic impact of this event is significant."
"We are excited to partner with the community and with the Tribune-News each year to promote and support this event," Romano added. "The more people we can draw to South Whitley through this event means a bigger financial win for businesses, non-profits and residents."
A limited number of prime booth rental spaces along Mulberry Street will be available on a first come, first served basis for $20 for one day or $25 for both days. The spaces are 10×10 foot and can be used for fundraisers, food vendors, craft vendors, personal garage sales and more. Located in a desirable, high traffic area, the booths are ideal for anyone wanting to participate in the annual South Whitley Community Garage sales. To reserve a booth space or request a booth form, contact the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center at 248-8131 or email office@whitleychamber.com. Spaces sell out quickly.
Event sponsorships are also available for $75, ensuring great visibility for your business, organization or cause. For information about the limited sponsorship opportunities, contact the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center at 248-8131 or email office@whitleychamber.com.

Be sure to clean, drain and dry your boat to avoid transporting unwanted pests this boating season

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As the weather warms and more people get out on their boats, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources reminds boaters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning, draining, and drying their watercraft when they are finished on the water.

"This week we celebrate Invasive Species Awareness week by highlighting how the public can do their part in protecting Indiana's lakes and rivers from aquatic invasive species," said Eric Fischer, aquatic invasive species coordinator for DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native aquatic animals, plants, microorganisms, and pathogens that can hurt native aquatic plants and wildlife, harming the environment, human health, and businesses. They arrive in a variety of ways, including on trailers, on boat hulls and motors, on fishing gear, and through the pet trade.

Clean: When leaving the water, clean all equipment that touched the water. This includes watercraft hulls, trailers, shoes, waders, life vests, engines and other gear. Remove all visible plants, algae, animals and mud.
Drain: Drain accumulated water from watercraft or gear, including live wells and transom wells, before leaving the ramp or public access point.
Dry: Once home, let all gear dry for at least five days before using it in a different water body.
If you suspect you have found an aquatic invasive plant, fish, mollusk, or crustacean, report it to the Division of Fish & Wildlife at dnr.IN.gov/6385.htm, through the Report IN app at eddmaps.org/indiana, or by calling the Invasive Species Hotline at 866-NO-EXOTIC (866-663-9684)