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June 23, 2016

Leading the parade

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(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
After leading the Old Settlers Day American Legion parade for more than 30 years, Cliff Anderson, at center, is stepping aside this year and welcoming new leadership. Misty Oliver, at left, and her brother John Cowdin, at right, have taken over this year as parade directors. The annual Old Settlers Day American Legion parade is Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Lineup will begin at 5 p.m. at Columbia City High School. The parade will be held rain or shine. For additonal information about the parade, contact Misty Oliver at  OldSettlersParadeCC@gmail.com
The current parade lineup is as follows:

 **ADVANCED SECTION**
 COL. CITY POLICE
WHITLEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
WHITLEY COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS
MUTUAL AID DEPARTMENTS
PARKVIEW WHITLEY HOSPITAL & EMS
SMITH BROS. TOWING & RECOVERY
LEATHERNECK COFFEE CLUB-COLOR GUARD
COLUMBIA CITY MAYOR RYAN DANIEL & FAMILY
GRAND MARSHALL/COMMANDER STU BIRD
AMERICAN LEGION POST 98 PRESIDENT JUDY THOMPSON
OSD COMMITTEE
VFW COMMANDER  JOE PITTENGER

 **PINK SECTION**
 BOY SCOUTS/CUB SCOUTS OF WHITLEY COUNTY
 WHITLEY COUNTY PATRIOTS
 KOREAN WAR VETS
 CCHS FOOTBALL
 CCHS CHEERLEADERS
 MISS WHITLEY COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
 WH CO DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMAN
 CCHS MARCHING BAND
 SUNBEAM THE CLOWN
 FW TIN CAPS (JOHNNY)
 BOWEN CENTER
 WH CO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TASK FORCE
 BIG G'S SPORTS CAFE/DOWNTOWN ON THE SQUARE
 HUBERT SMITH
 LOIS ELLEN'S DANCE SCHOOL
 WALGREENS
 PEPPER FOR CONGRESS
 LT REAL ESTATE
 COLOR ME TAN
 NORTHEASTERN REMC
 FRANK FAHL
 DUPONT ORTHODONTICS

**RED SECTION**
GLEN LARUE
9&30 MINI STORAGE
CC VISION CENTER
WHITLEY COUNTY DEMOCRATS
ORIZON REAL ESTATE
FORT WAYNE CHILDREN'S ZOO
CC NAZARENE CHURCH
LINE STREET VETERINARY HOSPITAL
SUBWAY
CC RACEWAY
WHITLEY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
DANCE 'TIL U DROP
WHITLEY TIRE & AUTO CARE
MILLER SEWER & DRAIN
CC GOIN POSTAL
WHITLEY COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
PIZZA KING
CHIPPY THE CLOWN
LLAMA LOVERS CLUB
COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH
ELKS #1417
RUNNING AROUND SCREEN PRINTING & EMBROIDERY
RED HATS & PURPLE CHAPS
 
**GREEN SECTION**
 THE URBAN SKILLET
 PASSAGES, INC.
 3 RIVERS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
 NORMAN JACKSON
 JIM BANKS FOR CONGRESS
 WHITLEY COUNTY REPUBLICANS
 CARNIVORE FITNESS
 MACK FAYLOR
 PAPA JOHNS PIZZA
 RENAISSANCE VILLAGE
 BELL TOWER AUCTIONS
 BRUNOS BBQ
 MINEAR REAL ESTATE, LLC
 SKY ZONE FORT WAYNE
 PATHFINDER SERVICES
 R&D MOTORSPORTS
 BETTY BOOP
 WHITLEY COUNTY AG MUSEUM & 4H LEARNING CENTER
 HUMANE SOCIETY OF WHITLEY COUNTY
 SALVATION ARMY
 FAMILY VIDEO & MARCOS PIZZA
 CC HAUNTED JAIL

 **ORANGE SECTION**
 MIZPAH SHRINE UNITS
 COLOR GUARD
 HORSE PATROL
 GIANT FEZ (WH CO DIVAN ON)
 MIZPAH VETTES
 BAGPIPERS
 LEGION OF HONOR
 ANTIQUE POWER
 RADIO UNIT
 CLASS DIRECTORS
 CLOWNS
 ANTIQUE CARS
 RACING SHRINERS
 KOSCIUSCO TOPLESS CAR CLUB
 MIZMUR SCOOTER PATROL
 MIZPAH BAND
 BLACKFORD COUNTY EXPRESS
 HOSPITAL UNIT
 POKAGON PRINCESS
 CALLIOPERS
 HILLBILLIES

Friends of the Peabody Public Library to raise funds with annual Old Settlers Book Sale

From reports

Friends of the Peabody Public Library will host their annual Old Settlers Used Book Sale on the following dates and times:
Thursday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Friday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Proceeds of the sale support library programs.

Community invited to see designs for new Columbia City High School on June 28

Article provided

On Tuesday, June 28, the public is invited to see the Schematic Design for the new Columbia City High School. Beginning at 6 p.m., attendees are asked to gather in the Columbia City High School Auditorium for a brief presentation and first look at the preliminary drawings of the new buildings and grounds.
The Schematic Design is the first stage of the high school project. It defines the general direction of the school design and overall scope of the building and the site. It will include the size, location and adjacencies for all building spaces as well as site development features.
Architects from Fanning Howey Associates will be on hand to present information about the layout within the building as well as the overall site plan. Those present will have an opportunity to ask questions as well.
"We're pleased to finally have the chance to get these plans in front of the community," said Dr. Patricia O'Connor, WCCS superintendent. "Everyone here has a vested interested in our progress--whether or not they have students who attend WCCS. Now that this stage is approved, we can move on to the next phase of the project where we design the building's systems and other components."
O'Connor announced that additional steps are being taken to keep the community informed. A new website, www.BuildingCCHS.com, launched recently to provide construction updates and photos, answers to frequently asked questions and, once ground is broken, a live webcam. 

June 22, 2016

Carrying on the Tradition: Many gather for annual Old Settlers Day Association Red Coats Dinner

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Above, Red Coat Dr. Clark Waterfall and friends share memories and greetings at the Old Settlers Day Association Red Coats Dinner Tuesday evening.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

As the Red Coats gather to reflect on the 113 years of the Old Settlers Day festival, there is a steady hum of conversation at the dinner tables each year -- remembering and reflecting.
This year was no different as Red Coats representing the decades gathered for the annual Red Coats Dinner at Eagle Glen Tuesday evening.
A few familiar faces were notably absent this year -- those who had passed away in the past year.OSDRedCoats616b.jpg
Jim Brock spoke of the late Keith Dowell, a man he recalled with fondness.
"I knew Keith was a big man in town," Brock remembered from his childhood. "He left his mark here."
Brock later worked with Dowell in the business of insurance and said he learned a great deal from him.
"He taught me a lot of things...and the most valuable thing he taught me was that if you are sitting in a room and you get up and leave and forget what you're going to do -- if you go back and sit down...POP! It comes back to you," Brock said, eliciting a great deal of laughter as he talked of the many times Dowell demonstrated this skill to him.
Dowell, a former Columbia City Mayor, was a special person to a lot of people. Dowell passed away several months ago. "Our community is a better place because he was here," Brock said of Dowell in closing.
John Lefever remembered the late Pat McNagny who died last summer. Lefever noted that McNagny, a well-known local lawyer and former judge, was involved in many community organizations during her lifetime. McNagny was selected as the first woman to serve as an OSD Red Coat in 1997. "Pat is sorely missed by her family and friends," Lefever said.
Following the remembrances of the departed Red Coats, historian Michelle Patton went a little further back in time to share a remembrance of departed Old Settlers that was read aloud at the 1908 Old Settlers Day events. Essentially, the note requested that the surviving Old Settlers extend sympathy to the 84 members who had passed away since the festival was held a year prior.
Patton also spoke of some important guests who were brought to Columbia City to celebrate Old Settlers Day in 1908 -- Miami tribe member Kilsoquah and her son, White Loon. Kilsoquah, then 97 years-old, traveled by car (her first car ride) to the festival where she was a special dinner guest. The car ride caused her to become car sick --- but she still enjoyed the experience, according to notes from the day.
2016 Old Settlers Day Association president Don Armstrong gave his formal address before the gathered group of Red Coats and other guests Tuesday evening, reflecting on his experiences over the past four years.
Armstrong said he didn't fully appreciate Old Settlers Day until he was chosen as a Red Coat and began to see and understand all that goes into putting on the annual event.
"I'm in awe of being in this position at all," Armstrong said, describing the experience as humbling.
"This festival raises a considerable amount of money," Armstrong said, explaining how much is then put back into important community organizations and projects. Last year, $10,890 was granted to local organizations using funds raised from Old Settlers Day festivities.
Armstrong was quick to point out how the festival is the success it is because of the many, many people who volunteer their support for the events each year. He was reluctant to name those who've done so much, but applauded Mike Redman for his work on entertainment, Mike Christie for his artwork over the years, Rick Kreps for his efforts at publishing and publicity for the festival, Bill Webber for his faithful service as treasurer for over 30 years, John Lefever's leadership of the organization for 32 years and for Gloria Smith's leadership of the registration process for the past 42 years. He also applauded Steve Holloway of The Van Buren event center in downtown Columbia City for his willingness to share parking space this week and for the City of Columbia City officials and employees who have been helpful in so many ways this year.
"We are very fortunate," Armstrong said of the many people who make the Old Settlers traditions possible year after year. "So much goes into this and so many people have helped me personally. This has been a learning experience and very satisfying. I'm extremely thankful."
"You gave me this opportunity to serve and I'm deeply grateful." he added.
At the conclusion of the dinner, Kreps stood and requested that all Red Coats in attendance gather for a group photo in the way that the Old Settlers gathered for a group photo so long ago. Perhaps this annual group photo will become a new tradition in an organization so steeped in tradition.

Michael Schrader named 2016 OSD Red Coat recipient

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Above, 2015 Red Coat recipient Ralph Bailey speaks fondly of Michael Schrader, the recipient of the 2016 Red Coat. Schrader was unable to attend the dinner, but his award was celebrated with cheers by all in attendance.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

It is possible this has never happened before, but the 2016 Old Settlers Day Association Red Coat recipient was not present to hear the accolades or slip his limbs into the coveted crimson jacket.
He also wasn't present to hear the heartfelt cheers that came with the announcement on Tuesday evening during the annual Red Coats Dinner at Eagle Glen.
Columbia Township resident Michael Schrader was named as the 2016 Old Settlers Day Red Coat recipient, meaning that in three years, he will serve as the president of the festival.
Schrader was recently notified recently that he would be the Red Coat recipient and stated, "It is truly an honor to be chosen as a Red Coat."
Schrader and his wife, Cathy, are the parents of three children and two grandchildren. He is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and served for six years in the National Guard. He is currently the chief of the Columbia Township Fire Department and has served as a volunteer firefighter for 46 years.
Schrader has served as a member of the Columbia Township Board, is a past Whitley County Sheriff and deputy, a former Commissioner and serves on the county drainage board and community corrections board.
Schrader's announcement was shared by 2015 honoree Ralph Bailey who said of Schrader's award, "We have picked an honorable

man."

June 21, 2016

Camp Whitley thanks sponsors for supporting weekly pizza dinners for campers

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(Talk of the Town photo by Tony Romano)
Camp Whitley opened last week for the 88th season, welcoming campers to a week filled with great adventures and memories they'll never forget. Once again this year, thanks to the generosity of Camp Whitley's pizza sponsors, campers will enjoy pizza night each Tuesday evening. This year's sponsors include Pizza Hut, Star Insurance, Merritt Norris Insurance, Orizon Real Estate, Columbia City Rotary Club, Elks Club, Tri Kappa, C&H Concrete and J&K Communications. Pizza night volunteer Jim Brock, standing above at left with Camp Whitley counselors and campers, coordinates the pizza dinners each year. This marks the 20th year campers have enjoyed a pizza dinner thanks to Camp Whitley sponsors.
For more information about Camp Whitley, visit http://www.campwhitley.com

113th Old Settlers Days festival begins today

For many in Whitley County, a high point of summer has arrived -- the 113th Old Settlers Days festival in Columbia City. A variety of activities are planned from now through Saturday to celebrate.​

 

Tuesday, June 21st

Poor Jack Amusements Midway              5 pm-closingDowntown

W. C. Council on Aging-RSVP 244-6068     11:30 amHot Ham Sandwiches

Woodlands Senior Center       12:30 pmDominoes Tournament

W. C. Historical Museum     9 am-5 pmOpen 

OSD Horseshoe Tourney 1 pm2445 West State Rd. 205

OSD Past Presidents Dinner         5:45 pmEagle's Nest Event Center

"The Bulldogs" - Oldies  8 pmCourthouse Stage

 

Wednesday, June 22nd

Poor Jack Amusements Midway    5pm-closingDowntown

Free Blood Screening    9:30-11 amPeabody Public Library

ABCD's of Medicare            11 amPeabody Public Library

Craft & Young Adult Craft          2-6 pmPeabody Public Library

W. C. Council on Aging-RSVP 244-6068     11:30amPatty Melt Sandwiches

Woodlands Senior Center        1:30 pmSkip-Bo Tournament

W. C. Historical Museum     9 am-5 pmOpen 

Free Pool Day           3-5 pmBurnworth Pool

"He Said She Said" - Country, Rock & Pop 8pmCourthouse Stage

 

Thursday, June 23rd

Poor Jack Amusements Midway    1pm-closingDowntown

Wrist Band Discounts          1-5 pm

Old Settler's Registration 10 am-2 pmW. C. Historical Museum

"Museum Alive"  10 am-4 pmW. C. Historical Museum

W. C. Council on Aging-RSVP 244-6068   11:30 amConey Dogs & Chips

Woodlands Senior Center - with Dick Stoner, magician & comedian

OSD Beef & Chicken Noodle Lunch  11 am-2 pmGrace Lutheran Church

OSD Noodle Dinner         4-7 pm    at 204 N.Main

OSD Horseshoe Tournament            starts at 1 pmWhitley Co. Horseshoe Club

    at 2445 W. State Rd. 205

Friends of the Library - Book Sale                  5-8pmPeabody Public Library

OSD Oldest & Longest Citizens Awards        7:30pmCourthouse Stage

"The Lemon Brothers Band" - Rock & Country8pmCourthouse Stage

 

Friday, June 24th

Poor Jack Amusements Midway  5 pm-closingDowntown

W. C. Council on Aging-RSVP 244-6068           9amEuchre Tournament   

Woodlands Senior Center       11:30 amTaco Salads

W. C. Historical Museum    9 am-noonOpen 

Friends of the Library - Book Sale    9 am-6 pmPeabody Public Library

Family Story Time           10 amPeabody Public Library

"Big Caddy Daddy" - Rock & New Country8 pmCourthouse Stage

 

Saturday, June 25th

Poor Jack Amusements Midway    1pm-closingDowntown

Wrist Band Discounts          1-5 pm

Farmers Market         8 am-12:30 pmParkview Whitley Hospital

2016 Garden Walk - various locations    9 am-3 pmWhitley Co. Master Gardeners

Friends of the Library - Book Sale   9 am- 4 pmPeabody Public Library

W. C. Pork Producers - Sandwich Feed4 pmCorner of Main & VanBuren

OSD 4 Mile Fun Run - Leading the Parade6pmChurch of the Nazarene (N. Main St.)

American Legion Parade - "Indiana's Bicentennial"6 pmMain St. from North St. to downtown (Line up 4 pm at CCHS)

"Mason Dixon Line Band- Country8pmCourthouse Stage

'History Alive' to welcome county's settlers from far and wide

From reports

The Whitley County Historical Society will host "History Alive" on Thursday, June 23 during Old Settlers Days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day at the Whitley County Historical Museum. The free event will feature historical re-enactors portraying the Revolutionary War, Civil War, pioneers and Miami inhabitants of Whitley County. Enjoy crafts, old time music, a visit from Thomas R. Marshall, quilting, tatting, spinning and weaving. Visitors will find local experts on hand to help trace your family history and more. There is no fee to attend. The Whitley County Historical Museum is located at 108 West Jefferson Street in Columbia City.