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July 18, 2017

Find out what's happening at the 2017 Whitley County 4-H Fair

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The 93rd annual Whitley County 4-H Fair well underway with activities ongoing at the county fairgrounds.
The fair guide is a great way to keep up on where to go and what to do this week. To check it out, visit
The fair continues now through July 20.

BMV offers half off coupon for State Fair admission on August 10

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The Indiana BMV is proud to host Discount Day on Thursday, August 10. To receive half-price admission to the Indiana State Fair, print the discounted ticket and present it at the State Fair entry gate for $6 entry. One voucher per person.
Stop by the full-service BMV branch in the Expo Hall at booth #440 every day of the fair:
Complete BMV transactions
Learn why you need a Real ID by 2020
Renew your registration using the self-service kiosk
Learn about our motorcycle and driver safety education courses
Test your driving skills at our Remote Control Race Car Track
To access your coupon, visit

Indiana State Troopers receive new lifesaving tools

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The Indiana State Police recently received a lifesaving tool that will be given to every trooper working the road thanks to a generous donation from one of their own.  The "resqme tool" was one way for me to give back to the people of Indiana and hopefully save a life, commented Master Trooper Detective Robert May.  The resqme tool is designed to brake car windows and cut seatbelts. 

May, who was on the state police dive team for 21 years, said "I found it was the best way to break a car window above and below the water."  May used his own funds to purchase 700 resqme tools for troopers patrolling Indiana roads.  The resqme tool can be used in any event where a window needs to be broken.   

For May it has become a passion of his to educate the public and first responders alike on escaping a vehicle that is immersed in water and has made it a personal goal to educate as many as he can.  May has appeared on both local and national television programs promoting the steps to escape a car in the water. 

A few years ago May was approached by a women after her grandson drowned in a car.  May and the State Police Dive Team became very active in educating people on escaping vehicle immersions.  This then led May to partner with vehicle immersion expert Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht from the University of Manitoba, and Laurent Colasse, the inventor of the resqme tool.  

If your car goes into the water you will have about one minute to exit, you should immediately:   

1.      Seatbelts: take seatbelts off or cut

2.      Windows: open or break the side windows

3.      Children: undo their restraints and get them out oldest to youngest

4.      Out:  exit through the window, children first. 

After exiting climb onto the roof and wait for help, or prepare to swim or wade out.  Always attempt to roll down your window.  Even power windows will typically still work for a period of time in the water.

Separate science from silliness with upcoming nutrition workshop

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Learn how to separate the science from the silliness that is behind most nutrition myths with an upcoming program presented by Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
Slated for Saturday, August 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the program will be held at Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. SR 205 in Columbia City.
Join Sue Delagrange, MS, RD for this free program. Reservations are recommended, but not required.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call toll free to 1-866-484-9560.

Junior Achievement of Whitley County is revving up for car show on August 5

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Junior Achievement of Whitley County invites you to participate in our Car Show on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Gates open at 8 a.m. downtown at the courthouse in Columbia City and show registration will close at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m. for the Top 5 categories, top motorcycle and dash plaques handed out for the first 100 registered. Registration is $15 at the gate; $10 if pre-registered by July 23. All proceeds benefit nearly 2,600 Whitley County students participating in Junior Achievement.
Organizers are still taking requests for vendors at the show. Booth space is $20 for a non-for-profit and $25 for others. For more information, contact Julie Copeland at or call (260) 609-6039.
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Locally, all Whitley County programs are funded by businesses and individuals donating their time, talent and money to the Program. If you would like to help sponsor a class or one of the many other programs that JA offers Whitley County, please contact Maureen at 260-484-2543 or To learn more about other JA programs, you can visit their website at

Whitley County's amateur radio club offering test session on August 29

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The next Whitley County W5YI Amateur Radio Test Session will be held on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Community Room A of the Peabody Library. The library is located at 1160 E. State Rd. 205 in Columbia City, Indiana. For additional information contact Roger McEntarfer via email at

Chamber urges business owners about potential scam calls

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is urging business owners and citizens to be careful about the information they share over the phone and be certain they're dealing with reputable individuals.
"We have had reports that local businesses may be receiving calls from someone describing themselves as "the Chamber" asking questions about numbers of employees, etc," said Chamber executive director Jennifer Romano. "We are NOT looking for this information and would encourage you to simply hang up."

YMCA urges water safety, swim lessons for little ones

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With warm temperatures and swim season upon us, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne reminds kids and adults about the importance of practicing safety in and around the water. The Y offers a variety of swim programs throughout Allen, Whitley and Wells counties where swimmers can have fun while developing confidence, engaging in physical activity and learning safety skills that can save lives.
"We are committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to learn basic swimming lessons and water safety practices," said Liz Favazza, Aquatics Director for the Jorgensen Family YMCA. "We encourage kids and adults to have fun in and around the water, but to always make safety their first priority," she adds.
The Y recommends that everyone practices the following safety tips in, on and around the water:
· Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
· Adults should constantly and actively watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a "water watcher" so everyone knows who is on duty.
· Inexperienced swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
· Parents or guardians of children who are non-swimmers or beginning level swimmers should be in the water and within arm's reach of their child.
· Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities in the water.
As a leading nonprofit committed to healthy living, the Y has been providing swim lessons and promoting water safety for more than 156 years. The Y continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water.
There are a variety of programs to choose from at the Y such as group swim lessons, one-on-one instruction, competitive swim teams, and US Masters swimming. Your local Y also provides lifeguard certification courses and hires certified lifeguards. To learn more about YMCA swim programs or lifeguarding, please contact your local branch or email

Local singers to participate in Choralfest 2017

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The Fort Wayne Children's Choir (FWCC) is hosting Choralfest 2017, July 24-28, with a theme of The Wild, Wild West. The week-long day camp at the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center will welcome nearly 300 FWCC new and returning members to a week filled with music and more. This event will include Whitley County students who participate in the Whitley Community Children's Choir.
The annual camp is the kick-off event for the upcoming FWCC choir season. Seven of the nine ensembles will meet as individual choirs and as a combined group. The week serves as an opportunity for the singers to meet one another or renew friendships, begin their work as a choir, and experience other areas of the arts through various activities and guest artists. This year Choralfest will offer chimes, contradancing, drama, and music theory, in addition to the many opportunities to sing.
The week culminates in a free public concert in the Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, Franke Park, Friday, July 28, 7:00 pm. FWCC Alumni will join the current singers on stage during the final song of the evening. The performance is part of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation music series and is open to the public.