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February 11, 2019

New technology at Parkview Whitley Hospital may offer less discomfort, faster recovery time


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Parkview Whitley staff demonstrate the new strategies possible with the da Vinci® Si robotic technology.

From reports

Parkview Whitley Hospital unveiled its new da Vinci® Si robotic technology on Tuesday, making it the first community hospital in Whitley and Kosciusko Counties to offer the advanced surgical platform. Dr. Francisco Reyes, Parkview Physicians Group, general surgery, demonstrated the robotic system at the facility on recently, and explained the many benefits minimally invasive surgery provides to patients.

"Many of my patients put off hernia surgery for years and just lived in pain because they were worried about a long recovery. This robotic system can prevent so many of the issues associated with traditional surgery," explained Reyes. "As a surgeon, I am able to make a much smaller incision, and I have a three-dimensional, high-definition view of the site during the procedure. All these things can help provide less discomfort and a faster overall recovery for the patient."

Reyes, who completed specialized training on the da Vinci Si robotic platform, has performed hundreds of hernia procedures at Parkview Regional Medical Center and Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. He will be the first surgeon to offer minimally-invasive procedures at Parkview Whitley Hospital beginning next month.

"We're proud to be the first hospital in the area to provide this advanced technology," said Scott Gabriel, president, Parkview Whitley Hospital. "Offering our patients the benefits of this robotic surgical system aligns with Parkview Whitley Hospital's mission to provide excellent care, close to home."

Republican Women's Club to meet February 21 in Columbia City

From reports

The Whitley County Republican Women's Club will meet on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at The Square restaurant in downtown Columbia City on the east side of the Whitley County Courthouse Square. The meeting will begin at 5:45 p.m.

Wood burning is great for warmth, but wood sometimes brings unwanted guests

By John Woodmansee of the Whitley County Purdue Extension

For many homeowners, firewood is a popular source of fuel for winter heating, and in my humble opinion, hard to beat on a cold winter day. Although most firewood pests pose no direct threat to the home, its contents, or its occupants, a Purdue Extension specialist wrote that they can become annoying when they emerge inside the home.
Timothy J. Gibb, Purdue Extension entomologist, authored a Purdue Extension publication entitled, "Insects in Firewood," publication number E-67-W. Below are some highlights and insights from Gibb's work.
Wood-boring beetles that may be present in firewood include long-horned beetles (also called roundheaded borers), flatheaded borers, bark beetles and ambrosia beetles. These insects may emerge from firewood if stored indoors too long before burning. However, these insects do not attack finished, seasoned or dried wood inside the home.
Firewood stacked outside on the ground for a long period of time, or not allowed to dry out sufficiently, can be subject to attack by carpenter ants. These large black or reddish ants may be up to 3/8 inch long. Bringing carpenter ant infested wood into the home generally will not spread the infestation inside the home. Only wood that is higher than normal in moisture content is susceptible to carpenter ant damage.
Gibb said that wood stacked on the ground can become infested with termites. Their presence is not usually noticed until the wood is moved during the summer or fall. Infested wood may have mud tunnels on the outside, or tunnels may be noticed if the wood is split. Termites may appear dormant during the winter months in these areas. Firewood should not be treated with insecticides. Termites accidently brought indoors with firewood will not infest structural wood. Their presence in firewood piled close to the home may warrant a home inspection for termites, however.
Many spiders, small beetles, wood roaches, sowbugs, pillbugs, wasps, ants and small flies may hide and/or overwinter in firewood. These pests generally leave the wood within a few days after being brought indoors. Most of them are harmless.
Homeowners must accept that nuisance insects will be brought into the home with firewood. After being warmed up they become active and may become nuisance pests. Recognizing these pests and knowing where they are coming from can reduce anxiety when discovered.
Gibb said that homeowners should not make a practice of applying chemicals to firewood for pest control because of the possibility of harmful fumes being produced when the wood is burned.
Gibb said the following guidelines may be helpful in reducing firewood pests:
1. Cut wood in mid- to late fall. This may make the wood less attractive to attack by borers that emerge in the spring.
2. Bring firewood indoors only as needed, at most a couple of days supply at a time. Storing firewood in the home for long periods speeds insect development inside the wood, which allows them to emerge inside the home.
3. Do not stack wood up against the house or garage. This can result in moisture or insect problems in the building. A minimum of 3 feet between the firewood and building should be maintained. This also allows better air circulation, which promotes more rapid and thorough drying of the wood. Stacking the wood off the ground whenever possible also will increase drying and reduce potential pest problems.
For additional information, search for Gibb's publication, "Insects in Firewood," at Purdue's Education Store at: www.edustore.purdue.edu.

2018 was a record-breaking year for small business growth

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The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) announced a record-breaking year for small business growth today with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) helping launch 318 small businesses and secure $86.3 million in government contracts for Indiana businesses, respectively, in 2018. Together, the Indiana SBDC and Indiana PTAC assisted small businesses in the creation of 1,554 new jobs.

"With more than 508,000 companies employing 1.2 million Hoosiers, small businesses play a critical role in maintaining long-term economic growth in Indiana and supporting good jobs in our communities," said Elaine Bedel, president of the IEDC. "As a state, we're excited to celebrate not only another record-breaking year for job creation, but also for small business growth in Indiana. Working hand-in-hand with the Indiana SBDC and Indiana PTAC networks, we'll continue to strengthen Indiana's entrepreneurial ecosystem and provide Hoosier innovators with the resources and expert counseling needed to help launch and grow their dream businesses."

Along with leading Indiana's economic development efforts, the IEDC, which recently celebrated asecond-consecutive, record-breaking year for new job commitments, works to support entrepreneurs and small businesses through the Indiana SBDC and Indiana PTAC networks. 

  • INDIANA SBDC: The Indiana SBDC offers a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a business, delivering no-cost, expert guidance and resources ranging from business planning and valuation to export assistance and market research. Through its network of 10 regional offices across the state, the Indiana SBDC assisted in 318 new business starts and registered 2,266 new clients - the highest annual totals in the organization's history.

    Moreover, of the 318 new business starts, 41 percent are women owned, 19 percent are minority owned and 5 percent are veteran owned. Together in 2018, Indiana SBDC advisers helped entrepreneurs and small businesses create 1,265 new jobs (+20% from 2017) and generate $97.9 million of capital infusion (+9% from 2017). For every dollar spent on Indiana SBDC services, $21.88 was earned or returned in various forms of capital infusion to small businesses.

    In 2018, Heliponix, an Evansville-based agbioscience startup which developed and commercialized an indoor plant-growing system called a GroPod while its founders were at Purdue University, utilized the Southwest Indiana SBDC to prepare its business plan and financial projections along with a successful loan application through the Vectren Foundation loan program.
  • INDIANA PTAC: The Indiana PTAC helps Indiana businesses compete for and win federal, state and local contracts. With free, one-on-one counseling, resources and training across its five regional offices, Indiana PTAC counselors registered 382 new clients (+15% from 2017) and helped secure 3,078 government contracts - which is an 805 percent increase from 2017. As a result of the $86.3 million (174%+ from 2017) in government contracts awarded, Indiana businesses created 289 new Hoosier jobs (+36% from 2017).

    Together in 2018, 78 percent of the Indiana PTAC clients assisted were either women-owned, minority-owned, service-disabled veteran or veteran-owned businesses. For every dollar spent on the PTAC network, $110 was earned or returned in contract dollars awarded to small businesses.

    Pro Seal & Plastics, a Fort-Wayne based stocking distributor specializing in industrial sealing solutions, recently announced plans to invest $2.5 million to double the size of its facility in Allen County. The company is growing in part due to securing more than $500,000 in federal contracts in 2018, which were awarded with assistance from the Northeast Indiana PTAC. To fulfill the contracts, Pro Seal & Plastics has already added 12 new jobs and plans to expand further.

According to the Small Business Administration, more than 508,000 small businesses operate across Indiana, and together those companies support 1.2 million Hoosier jobs. Indiana ranks first in the Midwest and top 10 in the nation for entrepreneur friendliness (SBE Council 2018) and received an A grade for ease of starting a business (Thumbtack 2018). 

February 4, 2019

Anytime Fitness to host healthy lunch for Chamber members

From reports Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center presents the Healthy You in 2019 Lunch. The lunch is sponsored y Anytime Fitness. The event is planned for Wednesday, February 13 at 12 p.m. at Anytime Fitness. Chamber members are invited to enjoy a healthy lunch, demonstrations and information about how to make healthy habits to carry through 2019. Reservations are very limited and required immediately. To RSVP, call (260) 248-8131 or email office@whitleychamber.com

Women and Heart Disease: Keeping her heart healthy

From reports Did you know that 90% of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease, and 80% of heart disease cases are preventable? Parkview Heart Institute Nurse Practitioner, Jessica Barkdall will visit Peabody Public Library on Wednesday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. to share an informative presentation about heart disease in women.

Patriots to explore tax proposal

From reports The Whitley County Patriots will host a "tax talk" on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at the Columbia City Nazarene Church.   Dave Armstrong with FairTax will be presenting "Make Indiana Income Tax Free," a program about taking the qualities and ideas found in the FairTax and relating them to Indiana State Tax requirements.   He will explore ideas about how to produce enough revenue to replace or eliminate current state income Taxes and will outline benefits and consequences to Indiana.  Armstrong will be making a presentation at the Statehouse next month.  Attendees are urged to bring an open mind and offer critique.    Following Armstrong's presentation, meeting attendees will watch the State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Columbia City Church of the Nazarene is located at 506 N Main Street in Columbia City.