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September 3, 2015

'Kayak Krazies' paddle away the day on Big Cedar Lake

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(Talk of the Town photos by Betty Wall)
On Saturday, August 15, at Big Cedar Lake in northern Whitley County, a group of 15 Kayaks departed on their first Kayak Krazies lap of the lake. Their numbers swelled to 20 and one paddle board as they made their way around the lake. A few sore muscles and tired elbows later, a stop at Pam Wolfe's for ice cream with toppings and camaraderie was a perfect end to the evening.

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ULTRA program will delve into Crane Lake, features talk with local vinyard owner

From reports

The Upper Lakes of the Tippecanoe River Association (ULTRA) is sponsoring a fall education session on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Big Lake Church of God. A reception with snacks begins at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Jed Pearson of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Scott Zeigler of the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation will present a review of Crane Lake, which flows into Big Lake and then into the Tippecanoe River. They will discuss the lake's history, watershed and the challenges the lake faces to improve water quality. Additionally, vinyard owner Austin Ferguson will talk about his project near Crane Lake.

Motorists asked to avoid westbound lane of North Street from Main to Line in Columbia City

From reports

The westbound lane of North Street between Line and Main Streets is currently closed. Officials ask motorists to find alternative routes as the Columbia City Street Department works on a project in that area today, Thursday, September 3.

Tour highlights ongoing work of the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation and landowners

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(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
The Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation recently hosted a tour of water quality improvement projects completed within the watershed in northwestern Whitley County and northeastern Kosciusko County. The various projects represent a small number of the many projects made possible with combined efforts of the foundation and landowners. These projects ranged from ditch reconstruction to helping find grants for agricultural cover crops. Above, tour participants visit a recently created wetland developed by Larwill resident Bill Klenke and his neighbors with the help of Sam St. Clair and the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation. The wetland provides a beautiful and ever-changing glimpse of nature on Klenke's property as well as helps to keep neighboring waterways clean and nearby farmland healthy.

For additional information about the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation or to learn about future watershed tours, visit http://www.tippecanoewatershed.org/our-work or call (574) 834-3242.

Indiana Clean Lakes Program to host invasive species workshop at Crooked Lake on September 12

From reports

The Indiana Clean Lakes Program will host the Indiana Aquatic Invasive Plant Workshop on Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Biological Field Station at Crooked Lake.
The introductory course will educate participants on species that are threatening our water systems. The workshop will also help participants gain skills to identify the presence of invasive species before it is too late. Attendees receive guided instruction along with the hands-on identification activities with live plants. Refreshments will be provided by sponsors, the Indiana Lakes Management Society. This event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.
Please RSVP by September 5th to indianaclp@gmail.com or call (812) 855-1600.

From reports

The westbound lane of North Street between Line and Main Streets is currently closed. Officials ask motorists to find alternative routes as the Columbia City Street Department works on a project in that area today, Thursday, September 3.

September 2, 2015

Good Neighbor Day helps residents spread cheer and goodwill throughout the community

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Organizers launch online fundraising campaign to support construction of bigger, better skate park

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Supporters of an initiative to build a bigger and better skate park in Columbia City have taken a next step in the process -- launching an online giving campaign.
Launched Tuesday, supporters are seeking $6000 in donations to help fund the project that will ultimately create a skateboarding and BMX bike park in one of Columbia City's parks. Currently, a skate park is located in Morsches Park, but with the influx of donations and interest, the feature would be moved elsewhere -- reportedly Kenneth Wright Park on the city's south side.
Organizers hope to raise the majority of funds for the project as well as assist in it's construction -- keeping the cost burden off the parks department and the city.
"We aren't asking the City to pay for it," states the group's GoFundMe page. "We would like to raise the funds ourselves and pay for as much of it as we can as well as a majority of the construction ourselves. The City is providing the location and we are doing what we can to provide the ramps and equipment needed for a new updated park for the skateboarders and BMX riders in the community."
Organizers are wanting to not only raise funds and construct the park -- but take a key role in deciding the features of the new park.
"This is going to be a park that is designed and built by skaters and BMX riders for skaters and BMX riders," they added.
Ultimately, it is hoped that a park designed for and by those with an interest in skateboarding and BMX riding will be a better, more utilized park.
A portion of the funds generated by the upcoming Brandanza music festival on September 12 will be earmarked specifically for a half-pipe at the new park, but the additional funds raised by the GoFundMe project will be applied to other areas of the park.
To make a contribution, visit http://www.gofundme.com/Ctownskateparkfund

Whitley County Patriots hosted candidate meet & greet event Tuesday

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(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
The Whitley County Patriots group welcomed candidates from across Whitley County to speak at their "Candidates Night Meet & Greet" event Tuesday evening in Columbia City. Candidates from not only the Columbia City municipal elections were present, but also candidates for races in Churubusco, Larwill and South Whitley. Above, State Senator Jim Banks was present to hear the speeches, including speeches from both Columbia City Mayor candidates, Ryan Daniel, at left, and Dick Buchanan, at right. Each candidate was given approximately five minutes to introduce themselves and share their platform. Participants included mayoral candidates Ryan Daniel and Dick Buchanan, Columbia City clerk/treasurer candidate Rosie Coyle, Columbia City Council candidates Daniel Weigold, Nicole Penrod, Steve Schmitt, Walt Crowder, Tad Varga, Teresa Dowell, Jennifer Romano and Margaret Malcolm, Churubusco clerk/treasurer candidates Gerri Johnson and Madalyn Sade-Bartl, Larwill town council candidate Jessica Whitfield, Churubusco town council candidate Michael Shanabarger and South Whitley town council candidate Les Hoffman.

Rotarians welcome District Governor for official visit

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The Columbia City Rotary Club welcomed a visit from Rotary District Governor Roger Sims and assistant Rotary Governor Al Brothers on Tuesday, speaking to club members and sharing his vision for Rotary clubs in the district. Above, Sims and Brothers speak with the Columbia City Rotary Club's executive committee. Below, from left, is Al Brothers, Columbia City Rotary Club president Jacie Worrick and District Governor Roger Sims.

Faith Christian Academy discount books filled with savings

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Faith Christian Academy is excited to again offer to Whitley County residents the 2016 Save Around Fort Wayne coupon book -- a book worth more than $5000 in value.  AroundFortWayneBook915.jpg
"What makes this so exciting," said Larry Schmoekel, administrator of Faith Christian Academy, "is that it has more than just food places and some are in Columbia City - like Brew'ha, Hardee's, DQ, Subway - and Churubusco - The Scoop Shoppe , Subway,  not just in Fort Wayne."
In addition to numerous fast food places, restaurants include Bandido's, Tilted Kilt, Quaker Steak & Lube, Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant, Red River Steakhouse, just to name a few. 
Businesses include Dunham's Sports, Crazy Pinz, Science Central, Auburn Automobile Museums, Fort Wayne Public Golf Courses & Pools & Water Parks, LaFontaine in Huntington and more.
"This year 'Save Around' also has a mobile function - just register your book and you will get many other offers nationwide.
To buy one of these value packed books for $20, call the school at 248-4872.  Additionally, Faith Christian Academy students and families will have the books for sale.

Order your Eagle Pride socks by this afternoon and support Tim Hearld Memorial Scholarship Fund

From reports

The deadline is 4:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 2, to order Eagle Pride athletic sport socks benefiting the Tim Hearld Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Whitley County Community Foundation.
The Community Foundation of Whitley County has teamed up with Elite Sport Socks to create a custom Eagle Pride athletic sock for students and adults. All proceeds from the sock sales will benefit the Tim Hearld Memorial Scholarship Fund held by the Community Foundation of Whitley County. The socks are available in a variety of sizes from extra small to extra large. They are $18 per pair.
To order, contact Chelsey Barrell at the Community Foundation of Whitley County by calling 244-5224 or request an order form via email at chelseywccf@gmail.com .

September 1, 2015

Team Portside Pizza victorious at Brandanza Kickball tournament

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A team comprised of owners, employees and friends of Tri Lakes' Portside Pizza were successful in winning the top prize in the third annual Brandanza Kickball Tournament held last Saturday, August 29, in Morsches Park. Team members, from left, Tonya Weeks, Andrew Zartman, Matt Bunyan, Greg Rostochak, Carson Bunyan, Michaela McIntosh, Tessa Rostochak, Allison Weeks, Mike Mast and Angi Walter.
Brandanza is planned for Saturday, September 12, 2015, beginning at 3 p.m. at Portside Pizza, Tri Lakes. The event will feature an auction, face painting, children's activities and an ongoing concert throughout the evening. Featured musical acts include I Wombat, The Shutters, Jess Thrower, Auld Mongrels, URB, The Be Colony, Fighting Words, August Anonymous and others. Admission is $10 per person or $20 per family, with children under 12 attending for free. Admission includes entertainment, food and beverages, excluding alcohol.
A portion of the proceeds from this year's event will support efforts to build a bigger, better skateboarding and BMX bike park within the Columbia City Parks.

Nationally acclaimed activist Rus Funk to speak at Whitley County Domestic Violence Conference in October

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Plans are underway for the Whitley County Domestic Violence 2015 Conference, an event aimed at raising awareness and providing training for a variety of professionals. The event will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Whitley County Government Center in downtown Columbia City.
The keynote speaker for this year's event is Rus Funk, a nationally and internationally acclaimed activist in the area of domestic violence and sexual violence advocacy. For more than 25 years, Funk's work has focused on combatting violence and providing solutions.
Funk is the founding executive director of Menswork: Eliminating Violence Against Women, Inc., a consultant in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault and an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work.
Funk is also the author of "Reaching Men:  Strategies for Preventing Sexist Attitudes, Behaviors and Violence."
Other speakers will include Judge Judith Reichard speaking on intimate partner violence and technology and representatives from the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault & Treatment Center. Whitley County prosecutor Matthew Rentschler will discuss overcoming challenges relating to domestic violence and protective order prosecutions. Dr. Colleen Quinn will talk about short term pet rescue options for victims of domestic violence who may be fearful of leaving their pet behind.
Registration for the event is $30 per person and includes a light breakfast, lunch and snacks. Participants are eligible to receive five CEU credits for attending the conference, with certificate provided.
To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whitley-county-domestic-violence-2015-conference-tickets-18388560680?ref=enivtefor001&invite=ODM0OTI2OC9yb2JpbnN0cnVwQGdtYWlsLmNvbS8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend

Local attorney hosting meeting to help answer area farmers' questions about corn lawsuit

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A local attorney is hosting an informational meeting September 4, 2015, to answer questions about how a lawsuit against Syngenta could affect local farmers.
The 9:30 a.m. meeting will be hosted at the West Room of the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City, Indiana. Attorney Matthew R. Shipman has agreed to share important news with anyone who grew corn, or had corn grown on their land, in the past two years.
Syngenta, a Swiss company, marketed and sold genetically modified seed in the U.S. before it was officially approved for consumption in China. Syngenta promised the seed would be accepted in all major markets. China later rejected all U.S. corn for a while because of possible contamination with the unapproved seed. Since the largest consumer of American corn rejected all U.S. shipments during that time period, prices plummeted in 2013 and 2014. The National Grain and Feed Association projected losses at $1 to $2.9 billion dollars.
Farmers may be able to recover 6 ½ to 70 cents for each bushel of corn the land produced in 2013 and 2014 from a seed company whose actions drove down prices -- even if the Syngenta seed was not planted. Examples of how damages would be calculated will be discussed at the meeting. Mr. Shipman is working with an Indianapolis law firm, Wagner Reese, LLP, and a Texas firm, Watts Guerra, LLP, seeking damages for farmers from Syngenta.
Shipman said his job is to get the word out to farmers and landowners in this area. Participants will have a chance to ask any questions necessary. Persons may call Shipman's office at 248-8900 if interested in attending. It is encouraged to share the information with other area farmers.

Venture Accelerator graduates gain skills, insight into growing their businesses and non-profit

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Above, from left, are EDC Venture Accelerator program participants Brett Facer, Leanne Facer, Miranda Ringel, Corey Jeffries, Laura Richcreek and program manager Steve Franks. Not shown is participant Bill Simpson. 

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The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation celebrated entrepreneurs at the EDC Venture Accelerator Program graduation last week.   The Venture Accelerator program is a 10-week program of business coaching and mentorship to help clients build their business models, plans and business pitches. The program focused specifically on agribusiness and specialty foods businesses, medical technology and "small town downtown businesses" which would support and grow the downtown community in Whitley County. 
Last night the EDC wrapped up the third cohort of the program which included: Bill Simpson of Bart's BBQ, Miranda Ringel and Brett and Leanne Facer with Taste of the Town, Corey Jeffries of New Hope Vertical Farm, and Laura Richcreek with Laura's Voice. Each of the graduates shared presentations summarizing their business models and business plans to move forward. 
"I'm so thankful to Steve and the EDC for helping me through the next steps to continue growing my business," said graduate Laura Richcreek. 
Ringel, Leanne and Brett are working toward gaining a nonprofit status for Taste of the Town, a food and music event, and increasing awareness throughout the community with specific marketing strategies.
Richcreek shared insight on how much her voice over talent business has grown over the past year, where it's headed, and plans for expanding the business. Jeffries shared his plans for a vertical farming product, and how he hopes to provide jobs in the future for veterans.   Bart's BBQ was able to "speak" for itself since the event was catered with a lineup of pulled pork sliders, homemade barbecue sauce and blueberry thumbprint cookies.   "Working with Steve at the EDC accelerator program really helped me focus on how to expand my BBQ business," said program graduate and owner of Bart's BBQ, Bill Simpson. "I would recommend it to anyone starting a small business." 
"We've graduated four more ventures from the Whitley County EDC Venture Accelerator, bringing the total to 12," said Venture Accelerator program manager Steve Franks. "This cohort includes women-owned ventures, an entrepreneur who has already recorded numerous audio books and videos, a venture originally conceived by a local high school student, ventures that want to focus on improving our quality of life downtown and a disabled veteran who has reinvented vertical farming. I am proud of each and every one of them!"
The next Whitley County EDC Venture Accelerator cohort will begin this winter. The EDC is currently accepting applications for the program.
For more information on the program or to apply, contact Steve Franks at sfranks@whitleyedc.com or 244-5506. Learn more at www.whitleyedc.com.

August 31, 2015

Water main break reported in Lincoln Pointe

From reports A water main break has been reported in the Lincoln Pointe subdivision on the east side of Columbia City. The break is reportedly in the vicinity of Early Court. City crews are on the scene addressing the issues.

Natalia Johnson is named Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County

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The 51st annual Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County scholarship program was held in Newell Rice Auditorium, bringing together seven contestants, their friends and families and scores of community supporters.
In the end, Natalia Johnson was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County. Johnson is the daughter of Benjamin and Chable Johnson. Johnson is shown with her parents, at right.DistYoungWoman815b.jpg
Top winners included first runner up Taylor Duncan and second runner up Mikayla Findley. Avery Hile was selected as the Spirit of Distinguished Young Woman award winner.
Other scholarship awards were presented to Natalia Johnson (panel); Veronica Palmer (scholastics) and Taylor Duncan (self expression, fitness and talent.)
Contestants in this year's pageant included, above from left, Mikayla Findley, Alexis Fortman, Taylor Duncan, Natalia Johnson, Avery Hile, Emily Temple and Veronica Palmer.

Snapshots: More photos from Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County

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Opening of Every Kids Dreamland playground faces another delay

Friday's opening celebration canceled; new date will be announced

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

The anticipation will continue just a little while longer for children wanting to experience the new Every Kids Dreamland on Columbia City's west side.
A delay in the arrival of the playground's "flooring" has caused officials to cancel the park's grand opening that had been planned for this Friday.
"Unfortunately we learned late last week that our tile surfacing that goes under the new playground will not be here for at least another two weeks. With that news, it will be impossible to open the new playground this Friday," said Columbia City parks director Mark Green.
"The tiles were ordered almost two months ago and our playground installer still has not received them," Green said. We are very disappointed with this news, but the playground cannot be opened until the tiles are in place, for obvious safety reasons."
Signage and safety tape remain at the park, letting visitors know it is not yet safe for little visitors to use.
"There has been a lot of work done around the new playground and we are excited to see this project opened for the community," Green adds.
He said an official opening date for the park has not been set, but a grand opening event will be schedule when the tiles arrive.
Talk of the Town will publish that information as soon as it is available.

Keiser, Worrick garner Lifetime Supporter Awards

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(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
Long-time volunteers and community advocates June Keiser and Jacie Worrick, above, were recognized by the Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County board of directors with Lifetime Supporter Awards for their ongoing support of the organization. The awards were presented during the 51st annual event held Saturday evening in the Newell Rice Auditorium at Columbia City High School.

Jefferson Center volunteer firefighters raise funds for MDA

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(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
Volunteers with the Jefferson Center Volunteer Fire Department were present with boots in hand at SR 14 and SR 9 in southern Whitley County recently, collecting donations to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The donations are earmarked to help youths with muscular dystrophy attend summer camp. The firefighters were able to raise an impressive $2,975.23.
2015 marks the end of an annual tradition -- the MDA telethon. With the end of the telethon, the need to raise funds to support research for muscular dystrophy, ALS and other life-threatening neuromuscular diseases is even more critical.
For more information about how you can help support the work of the MDA, visit www.mda.org

Bruno's BBQ dedicates September 8 to raise funds for Honor Flight of Northern Indiana

From reports

On September 8, 2015, Bruno's BBQ will be supporting veterans with a fundraiser for Honor Flight of Northern Indiana. From 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day, 25% of the day's sales will be given to Honor Flight of Northern Indiana. Live entertainment is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. in addition to food specials. Cash donations will also be accepted.
Honor flight is a nonprofit organization created to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC, to visit the memorials located there. Top priority is given to WWII survivors along with other veterans who are terminally ill.  All flights are offered to the veterans free of charge.
For more information on Honor Flight of Northern Indiana, visit www.hfnei.org.

TNT Floral and Gift Shop helps citizens share how much they care with 'Good Neighbor Day'

From reports

TNT Floral and Gift Shop is celebrating Good Neighbor Day on Wednesday, September 2 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until supplies are gone.

Visitors are welcome to stop by and receive a dozen roses for free -- provided that they are willing to keep one flower for themselves and give the other 11 to others...friends, neighbors or loved ones.
TNT Floral and Gift Shop is located at 550 West Old Trail Road in Columbia City, near Miller's Merry Manor.

August 29, 2015

DeFreeuw to emcee tonight's 51st Distinguished Young Woman program

From reports

Eric DeFreeuw will join the local Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County program volunteers as an emcee of the 51st program tonight, Saturday evening, August 29 at 7 p.m. in the Newell Rice Auditorium at Columbia City High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and students K-12 $5.
Defreeuw replaces Greg Hockemeyer who emceed to program for 16 years.
"We thank Greg for his many years with our program," said Pamela Thompson, a co-coordinator of the program. "Greg brought to our program a certain amount of professionalism and by having Eric join us that level will be continued."
DeFreeuw is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Homestead High School. He received his bachelors degree in Communications from DePauw University in 2009 where he spent a great deal of time working with the television and radio programs. He served in both managerial as well as on-air roles at the two stations.
DeFreeuw anchors weekday newscasts on NBC33 News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. alongside co-anchor Krista Miller. He began working for the station in October 2012 as a news reporter covering everyday community events as well as breaking news. He says he is honored to be able to live out his dream job in his hometown. He and his wife Jessie live in Fort Wayne .
Michelle Bowyer Duggan is Eric's co-emcee for the evening. Michelle was the 1997 Columbia City Junior Miss and returns to the emcee duties after a year's absence.

Churubusco hosting community block party tonight

From reports

Churubusco will host their second community block party tonight, Saturday, August 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the PNC Bank parking lot. The event will feature a concert with Big Daddy Dupree and the Broke & Hungry Blues Band. Admission is free. Please bring a lawn chair. The block party will be held rain or shine.

Larwill's a busy place with Squawbuck Days this weekend

From reports

Larwill's annual Squawbuck Days kick off this weekend, running from Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 30. A variety of events are planned throughout the weekend in Larwill, including a car show on Saturday with registration from 9 a.m. to noon at the Richland Township Fire Department. For details about the car show, contact Hal Trump at 244-5451.

State recognizes Columbia City-based Impact CNC with Companies to Watch Spotlight Award

From reports

Columbia City's Impact CNC was one of five Indiana companies recognized Thursday wiht a Companies to Watch Spotlight Award.
The ninth annual awards ceremony was held in Indianapolis. The accolade, presented by the State of Indiana and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes past Companies to Watch honorees that have demonstrated continued growth, success and commitment to Indiana since receiving their Companies to Watch award.
Impact CNC is expected to add 40 new jobs by the end of 2015. The acquisition of new customers and equipment has this 2014 Winner poised to see a revenue increase of 54 percent this year.
Other honorees included 360 Services, Bluebridge Digital, CloudOne and Haiku Learning.
360 Services has grown to more than 200 employees since winning the award in 2010. Additionally, the company has been voted one of Indiana's "Best Place to Work" the last three consecutive years.
Since being named a Company to Watch last year, Bluebridge Digital has continued to grow their staff, is actively hiring and moved into a larger office space in Fishers. CEO Santiago Jaramillo was recently featured in Forbes.
CloudOne has continued solid growth over the past year; just this month the company was ranked #784 on Inc. 5000's Annual list of America's Fastest Growing Companies.
Recognized last year, Haiku Learning has grown to 2.5 million global users of their online learning tools and boasts a 98 percent retention rate.
The annual Spotlight Award winners were honored along with this year's 20 Companies to Watch recipients during a ceremony at The Indiana Roof Ballroom yesterday. Recognized Companies to Watch are privately held businesses incorporated in Indiana, employ six to 150 full-time employees and have between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital.

Handcrafted vendors sought for harvest event in Churubusco

From reports

A harvest party is planned behind Sandy's Hidden Treasures in Churubusco on October 10, 2015. Organizers of the event are seeking vendors with handcrafted items to participate. For more information, contact Kim at (260) 687-9500  or Sandy at (260) 750-7823.

Council approves plan to address parking issues within Morsches Park

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On Tuesday evening, Columbia City Council members heard a request from the Columbia City Parks Department asking for funding to improve parking in Morsches Park. The request came after several months of investigation by park staff and volunteers attempting to address ongoing parking issues within the park -- an issue that has piqued during the sports seasons, revealing a lack of parking during peak times during sporting events.
Parks director Mark Green presented a proposal that would have provided 75 additional spots and would have cost between $112,000 to $144,000.
In reviewing the proposal, city council members felt that the project could be broken down into more financially manageable phases.
The council unanimously agreed to use CEDIT funds to tackle approximately half of the project this fall, not to exceed $51,000. This will provide about 37 new parking spaces in the vicinity of the large ball diamonds and also near the campground and enclosed pavilion area. The project will included expanded asphalt in some areas as well as new, angled parking which Green said would alone add about 7 additional spaces. The new plan calls for one way travel which is expected to create a better flow of traffic in the park.
As a cost saving measure, much of the labor for the parking project is anticipated to be completed by the city's water, electrical and parks departments. Some of the work my also be completed by a contractor, Niblock.
Above, at center, parks director Mark Green discusses the parking proposal. Seated far left is electric department director Shawn Lickey and police chief Tim Longenbaugh, far right.