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September 02, 2014

Whitley County Fire Chiefs Assocation house nears completion

Sponsors for the project which benefits the Whitley County Fire Chiefs Association include:  Alert Plumbing, Avilez Painting, D&B Custom Cabinets, Eco Electric, Erie Haven, Grassy Creek, Masters Heating & Cooling, ML Concrete, Momper Insulation, Morsches Lumber, Overhead Door Company, Paul Baker Drywall Inc., Probuild, Reese Wholesale, Rich Beachy Trim, Sears, Sherwin Williams, Trinity Home Center, Wigent Excavating, City of Columbia City, Blue River Nursery, Minear Real Estate, Orizon Real Estate, Don Langeloh, J&N Stone, Energy Diagnostics, Ideal Suburban Homes and the Whitley County Community Foundation.

For those interested in potentially buying the house, click here to find more information on the real estate listing.

Thinking about starting college? Or picking up a few classes?

Article provided

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is offering numerous accelerated classes this semester in addition to the traditional 16-week semester, which started last week. Twelve- and four-week classes begin September 22. Eight- and four-week classes begin October 20. The final set of four-week classes begin November 17.
The classes—which are shorter than those during the traditional 16-week semester—provide a number of benefits for students:
·         Those who missed registration have the opportunity to sign up for the Fall 2014 semester.
·         Currently registered students can add a class or two, allowing them to finish with their coursework sooner.
·         Because accelerated classes meet less often than 16-week classes, students save on gas and time.
·         Many students find it easier to stay focused on their coursework during the quicker pace of these classes.
Classes are available in areas including English, math, business, computer information, aviation, and more. Students can enroll in classes offered on any of the three main campuses or on a number of community campuses throughout Ivy Tech Northeast’s nine regions.
For more information, students can visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/latestart, visit the Express Enrollment Center at the Student Life Center (3701 Dean Drive), or call Admissions at 260-480-4268.

Whitley County had a great showing at the Indiana State Fair

From reports

The following Whitley County 4-H members competed this year at the Indiana State Fair:
Lena Alt, Gabrielle Anglin, Abigail Atkins, Leah Bechtold, Kristine Bechtold, April Bishop, Rozlyn Bishop, Crystal Bollinger, Chloe Bollinger, Sophie Braun, Isabel Braun, Lyndsey Brommer,
Travis Chalk, Calista Christman, Lukas Clawson, Masson Cramer, Mercede Deiser, Amber Deno, Hope Eberly, Ahren Fest, Kaitlin Frank, Dayra Fry, Brett Fry, Dalila Geiger, Molly Geiger,
Jackson Geiger, Jaidyn Gilbert, Brein Gross, Austin Hall, Shayla Harris, Rachel Hartman, Drew Hesting, Megan Heuer, Samantha Hochstetler, Jason Hunter, Adam Hunter, Natalia

Johnson, Justin Johnson, Allison Keener, Ryan Keener, Garrett Keener, Michelle Kelsey, Bentley Kilgore, Caroline Klimek, Krista Kneller, Dayna Kyler, Brooke Laux, Trevor Lickey, Timothy
Loeffler, Andrew Marken, Lauren Metzger, Madelyn Minnick, Kaitlyn Ness, Alyson Nicodemus, Danielle Oliver, Morgan O’Reilly, Cory Palmer, Sarah Palmer, Veronica Palmer, Hollie
Paseka, Adam Patrick, Kassidy Porter, Hayley Puckett, Luke Ramer, Helen Marie Ramsey, Ian Rentschler, Deni Roller, Sydney Ruppert, Mariah Schaefer, Kirsten Schipper, Keifer
Schuman, Danielle Schuman, Dillon Sheiss, Jocelyn Sherbahn, Erica Shively, Malachi Sproles, Alexus Sroufe, Ryder Sroufe, Madyson Stricker, Sid Syndram, Leonie Trabert, Nicholas
Uecker, Ashley Uecker, Isabella Von Seggern, Madison Von Seggern, Landon Wakeman, Makayla Wakeman, Lila Ward, Audrie Warren, Nicole Waybright, Hannah Weirick, Benjamin
Western, Maggie Wolf, McKenzie Working, Alexa Working and Casandra Workman.

August 28, 2014

Getting ready to give!

(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
Volunteers filled a meeting room today to plan for the Whitley County United Way's annual giving campaign, sharing ideas and enthusiasm for the days ahead. The campaign officially kicks off on September 16.
Above, clockwise from left,  are 2014-2015 United Way of Whitley County campaign ambassadors Jill Jordan, Shelby Longenbaugh, Dan Weigold, April Whetstone, Laurell Hodges, Gary Parrett and Leslie Von Seggern.

Details offered for Autumn Harvest Festival car show at the fairgrounds on October 18

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In conjunction with the Autumn Harvest Festival craft show & flea market, the 4-H Clubs Inc. will be hosting a Car Show on October 18. The entry fee for the event is $15 ($10 before October 1, 2014). Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m., with the judging from 11 to 2 p.m. and awards at 3 p.m. Awards will be presented for Best of Show, People’s Choice and more.
Dash plaques will be presented to the first 100 entries. The show will be held at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Please come out and support the Festival as all proceeds will go to the Whitley County 4-H program. For more information, call 244-7615.

Mothers, sons invited to Parks' Halloween Party

From reports

The Columbia City Parks Department announced their Mother-Son Halloween Party scheduled for Friday, October 17 from  6 to 9 p.m. at the Morsches Park Pavilion. A dinner will be served. Other activities will include a bounce house, hay rides, games and contests. Prizes will be awarded for most creative costume, best theme costume and best costume.
Admission is $10 per person.
The event is sponsored by the Columbia City Parks Department.
For more information, call the Park Office at 248-5180

Youths celebrate 10 years in 4-H

(Talk of the Town photo provided)
This year's 2014 Whitley County 4-H Fair marked the tenth year in the club for 42 local youths, a few of which gathered above during the fair for a photograph to commemorate the occasion. Whitley County 4-H'ers reaching the 10 year mark this year include: Brooke Alexander, Kristine Bechtold, Laura Bray, Jacob Bridegam, Anna Chapple, Molly Drew, Haley Fulkerson, Drake Geiger, Trevor Gilbert, Logan Harris, Trey Hinen, Austin Johnson, Kane Johnson, Claire Keister, Anthony Kinney, Krista Kneller, Erin Knepple, Morgan Koontz, Jared Lamle, Kaitlyn Moore, Ethan Nicodemus, Morgan O’Reilly, Danielle Oliver, Adam Patrick, Kelsie Peterson, Aaron Pettigrew, Brooklyn Pettigrew, Ashlynd Pleus, Hannah Schaefer, Eryn Schinbeckler, Devin Seabaugh, Justin Sheets, Michelle Shively, Sara Thompson, Cole Uecker, August Von Seggern, Courtney Wait, Makayla Wakeman, Breanna Waugh, Benjamin Western and Brittney Zolman.

Community input sought to help uncover 'Our Story' in Northeast Indiana

Community input sessions set for September 18 and October 1 in Whitley County

By Courtney Tritch

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is launching a new project, the Our Story Project, and is seeking public input to help change the way we speak about our region. Workshops will be held in all 10 counties within Northeast Indiana and public participation will help establish the region's reputation--who we are, where we are going as a region and what Northeast Indiana will be known for. With key messages defined, people and organizations throughout Northeast Indiana will be able to tell a unified story about Northeast Indiana. 
The workshops will consist of a series of interactive, proprietary exercises aimed at building and refining Northeast Indiana's story.
"By the end of this project, hundreds, if not thousands, of Northeast Indiana residents will have had a hand in shaping our story. We look forward to discovering what common themes emerge from all of the input," said Courtney Tritch, vice president of marketing at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. "This is a unique approach that hasn't been done on this scale before." 
The workshops will be conducted in two phases. The first phase of workshops will focus on discovering the region's personality, while the second phase of workshops will center on how we talk about the region. The public is invited to attend any phase one and/or phase two workshop.
The first phase of workshops will be held the week of September 15:
    Monday, September 15 from 7:00-10:30 am at Ramada Inn, 3855 Indiana 127, Angola
    Monday, September 15 from 2:00-5:00 pm at La Quinta Inn, 306 Touring Drive, Auburn
    Tuesday, September 16 from 7:00-10:30 am at Impact Institute, 580 Fairview Blvd., Kendallville
    Tuesday, September 16 from 12:00-3:00 pm at LaGrange Public Library, 203 W. Spring St., LaGrange
    Wednesday, September 17 from 7:00-10:30 am at Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, 10008 Dupont Circle Drive East, Fort Wayne
    Wednesday, September 17 from 2:00-5:00 pm at Region 8 Education Service Center, 251 W 850 N, Decatur
    Thursday, September 18 from 12:00-3:00 pm at Wells County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, 211 W. Water St., Bluffton
    Thursday, September 18 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Parkview Whitley Hospital, 1260 E. State Road 205, Columbia City
    Friday, September 19 from 7:00-10:30 am at Wabash County Chamber of Commerce, 210 S. Wabash St., Wabash

The second phase of workshops will be held the week of September 29:
    Monday, September 29 from 7:00-10:30 am at Ramada Inn, 3855 Indiana 127, Angola
    Monday, September 29 from 2:00-5:00 pm at Waterloo Train Depot, 215 W. Van Vleek St., Waterloo
    Tuesday, September 30 from 7:00-10:30 am at Noble County Public Library, 813 E. Main St., Albion
    Tuesday, September 30 from 2:00-5:00 pm at Shipshewana Event Center, 760 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana
    Wednesday, October 1 from 7:00-10:30 am at Parkview Whitley Hospital, 1260 E. State Road 205, Columbia City
    Wednesday, October 1 from 12:00-3:00 pm at Manchester University, JYSC Hoff Room - 2nd Floor, North Manchester
    Wednesday, October 1 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington*
    Thursday, October 2 from 7:00-10:30 am at Clock Tower Inn, 1335 US 27 N, Berne
    Thursday, October 2 from 12:00-3:00 pm at Wells County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, 211 W. Water St., Bluffton
    Thursday, October 2 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Pizza Hut Corporate Office, 7100 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne
    Friday, October 3 from 7:00-10:30 am at Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington*

Seating is limited. RSVPs will be taken on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a spot, visit www.neindiana.com/rsvp.
The Our Story Project is sponsored by 21Alive, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Parkview Health.
For more information about the Our Story Project, visit www.neindiana.com/ourstory.

August 27, 2014

Artist Sarah Creason to participate in healing art workshop with Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Artworks Galleria

From reports

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and Artworks Galleria are partnering to offer a series of eight workshops based on the international bestseller, “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.
Many people have found the creativity exercises and learning in “The Artist’s Way” to be helpful in the physical and emotional healing process, including cancer survival. Facilitators Jane Caldwell, Janet Stephenson and well-known local artist Sarah Creason will offer hands-on experiences to help participants overcome limiting beliefs about creativity and fears that can inhibit the creative process. The workshops will also explore the link between creativity and mind and body health.
The workshops will be held Wednesdays in September and October with dates set for September 10, September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22 and October 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Artworks Galleria at Jefferson Pointe (behind Panera).
To register, call 260-484-9560 or 866-484-9560 and reserve a seat by Friday, September 5.
Class size is limited to 12 and the cost is $10, due prior to the first class. All participants will receive the book "The Artist's Way."

A vote for convenience: Hours set for absentee voting in Whitley County

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

The November General Election really isn't that far away. Be sure to have your vote counted by participating in absentee voting at the Whitley County Courthouse. You do not need to have a reason to vote early -- it's an opportunity available to every registered voter to make it a more convenient process.
According to Jessica Hockemeyer, Whitley County Voter Registration & Election deputy, residents will have many opportunities to cast their vote, but they first must be sure they're registered. The last day to register to vote in the election is Monday, October 6, 2014.
Absentee voting will begin the following day, October 7, and continue to be offered to Whitley County residents weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Clerk's office inside the courthouse through October 31 (except for Monday, October 13 when the office is closed). You can again vote from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on November 3.
Additionally, voting times will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 25 and Saturday, November 1. If you miss all of those dates, you can, of course, wait until the election and vote on Tuesday, November 4 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in precincts across the community.
For further information, contact the Whitley County Clerk's Office at 248-3164.