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April 24, 2015

Parks Department cancels Saturday's opening day parade, games

From reports

The Columbia City Parks Department announced this morning that Opening Day celebrations for youth baseball and softball leagues, originally scheduled for this Saturday, April 25, have been canceled.
Parks staff stated that the forecasted cold, high winds and rainy weather are to blame for the cancellation of games and the parade.
There was no indication that Saturday's events would be rescheduled. Click here to review games schedules for baseball and softball for the 2015 season.

Myers named to lead Whitley County EDC

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This morning, the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced that Jon Myers will join the organization as president effective May 11, 2015.
“We are thrilled to introduce Jon as the new president of the Whitley County EDC,” said board chairman Robin Wright. “We believe Jon brings the right combination of experience, knowhow and passion to continue our economic development efforts.”
Myers currently serves as Senior Counsel at Lincoln Financial Group in Fort Wayne. His previous experience includes serving as Northeast region director with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and managing partner of Myers Hockemeyer & McNagny law firm in Columbia City.
“Jon brings diverse experience working in large and small business settings, and working in economic development throughout Northeast Indiana,” said Whitley County commissioner George Schrumpf. “I am pleased that the EDC selected such a capable, outgoing community leader to continue our nearly 25-year track record of economic development success in Whitley County.”
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with business and community leaders in Whitley County,” said Myers, “The EDC has an impressive team that has come up with a number of really innovative economic development initiatives.”
Myers holds a Bachelors of Arts in Government & International Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. His community involvement includes serving on the boards of directors of the Indiana State Library Foundation, Indiana Library and Historical Bureau, Peabody Public Library, and Passages, Inc.
Myers is a native of Richland Township in Whitley County and a graduate of Whitko High School. Jon and his wife, Soultana, live near Columbia City.

April 23, 2015

RSVP tonight for Bottle & Bottego at Grace Lutheran Church

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On Monday, May 4, 2015, plan to attend Bottle & Bottego - Art Uncorked  at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. The event begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and bring friends.
It’s not an art class — it’s an art party — anyone can do this. The  only lesson to be learned here is that you do have an  inner artist just waiting to be realized!
For $32, all the art supplies. aprons and art instruction are provided.  Attendees will also have wine, soft drinks, water and snacks included with the $32 for the evening.  The painting party will last approximately 2 1/2 hours. 
For more information, call Nadean Lamle at 609-7571 and pay Nadean or the church office (make checks out to Hannah Group or to Nadean Lamle) to reserve your spot no later than Thursday, April 30.  The event is not open to children.

Five Whitko High School students earn national welding certifications

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On April 22, 2015, five Whitko High School students passed an American Welding Society welder certification test.
Zach Baughman, Brent Klingaman, Bradley Anders, Garrett Cokl and Jesica Sparke have earned national certifications in either the Gas Metal Arc Welding or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process, demonstrating their skills at Whitko High School.
Each student certifying in the GMAW process deposited a six inch, over-head square groove weld, with 100% penetration throughout the bead. Each student certifying in the GTAW process produced a six inch, aluminum, square groove weld with 100% penetration. This specimen was also required to pass a rigorous bend test.
The tests were overseen and inspected by AWS certified welding inspector John Christman.

Faith Christian Academy hosting Nelson's barbecue sale on May 2

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Faith Christian Academy will host a Nelson's Golden Glo chickn barbecue on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 10 to 1:30 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot. They will be selling chicken and Nelson's Pit Tatoes.
Chicken will be $7 per half and $3.50 for a 12 ounce cup of Nelson's Pit Tatoes. A bake sale will be held in conjunction with the barbecue.
Advance sale tickets, offering a savings of 50 cents per half chicken, will be available and will be guaranteed until 1 p.m. the day of the sale.
All proceeds benefit Faith Christian Academy.
For more information or for tickets, contact Faith Christian Academy at 248-4872 or any student family or staff member.

April 22, 2015

The newest hotspot for chilly treats

In case you missed our story about yo2go published several weeks ago, click here to read it! 

Family, friends welcome Banks home following US Naval Reserves deployment

Community invite to cheer on the CCHS Eagles Varsity Baseball team at Parkview Field

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The Columbia City Eagles varsity baseball team has an exciting opportunity to play one of their games at Parkview Field. This will take place on Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. against Northfield.  Tickets are  $5 per person and a portion of the purchase price supports the Columbia City High School baseball program. 
To purchase tickets, contact Jill Elkins, Baseball Booster president, athletic director Geoff Penrod or any baseball parent.

Finding your way to Peabody Public Library is unexpectedly tricky during SR 205 expansion project

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

As work continues on the Indiana Department of Transportation's massive SR 205 expansion project near Parkview Whitley Hospital, the significant construction traffic in that area has library goers a little lost.
The main entrance to the Peabody Public Library is currently closed, but the library remains open.
According to a spokesperson from the Peabody Public Library, a new temporary entrance has been opened just east of the main entrance most patrons are used to.
Currently, the temporary drive is not clearly marked. Patrons must watch carefully for the space provided between the construction barrels to find the new gravel entrance created for use during the construction process.
"The library hopes to have signs posted in the near future clearly marking the new entrance and appreciates the public's patience during construction," stated a library spokesperson.
Hours of operation for the Peabody Public Library are not impacted by the construction project and programs at the library will continue as planned.

Regional YMCAs to celebrate 'Healthy Kids Day' with open house events

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The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne invites kids and families throughout the community to celebrate Healthy Kids Day with an Open House on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all YMCA’s in Allen, Whitley and Wells counties. This free community event includes fun, active play and educational activities that will inspire the whole family to focus on health.
“Encouraging healthy living in spirit, mind and body are key components of the Y’s work, said Marty Pastura, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne. “The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day supports our dedication to providing families with opportunities to learn, grow, and have fun together.”
Dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA is so much more than a gym. As part of the Y’s commitment to help family become more confident, connected and secure, the enrollment fee will be waived for anyone who joins the Y on April 25, 2015. It is our policy that no one is turned away due to the inability to pay. Visitors are encouraged to inquire about financial assistance.
For more information, contact your local branch, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne at (260) 422-6488, email HereForYou@fwymca.org or visit fwymca.org.

Whitley County Historical Society presents upcoming programs on painting and primitive survival skills

From reports

Several upcoming events are planned by the Whitley County Historical Society, including:
- May 7, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.  - "Acrylic Painting Party" with local artist Marilyn Copeland. Cost is $35 per person. To register, call the Museum at 260-244-6372.
- May 30, Saturday at 8 a.m. - Historic Survival Skills. We will be hosting a variety of speakers throughout the day. From building fires to using plants as food and medicine will prepare you in case disaster strikes and what was done throughout history.

Limited vendor spaces available for crafters, growers at the Whitley County Farmers Market

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A limited number of vendor spaces remain available for food and craft vendors in the Whitley County Farmers Market.
The market, now entering the 15th season, will officially open on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 8 a.m. The market is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Whitley County Courthouse Square. The season runs from May 9 until October 10, 2015. Additionally, vendors this year will enjoy the opportunity to participate in a shorter season Wednesday market as well.
A handful of full and half-season vendor spaces exist. A full season, 10x10 foot space is $75. A half-season (first part of the season), 10x10 foot space is $50.
For more information or to request a vendor form, contact the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce at 248-8131 or email Jennifer Zartman Romano at jennifer@whitleychamber.com

April 20, 2015

Dr. James Hanus and staff support Lunch and Camaraderie at One Community

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Dr. James Hanus and his staff joined One Community in South Whitley last Wednesday afternoon. Hanus donated the afternoon’s meals for the Lunch and Camaraderie program and presented a check to One Community’s Lori Starkey. Above, in no particular order, is Lori Starkey of One Community, office manager Kevin Krause, Courtney Slater, Caley Tackitt, Maggie Flannighan, Dr. James Hanus MD, Ashley Thomson and Rita Norton of Dr. Hanus' office, Buford Baker, Teresa Carrano, Nate Haywood and Dave Lopshire of OC; and Dr. Hanus' staff members Linda Thomson and Julie Wendel. At right, standing at right, Dr. James Hanus serves the noon meal. Below, Julie Wendel served up smiles and meals to One Community guests.
Lunch and Camaraderie serves local senior citizens with a hot meal and an activity each Monday and Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additionally, Hanus chose to donate his staff ’s time, removing them from their normal routine of office appointments and instead allowed them to spend the afternoon handing out meals, pouring coffee and lemonade and providing a community service for the 48 Seniors in attendance.
Following the meal, Hanus gave a presentation on his experiences in the medical field and played an educational game with the guests of the Lunch and Camaraderie program. Hanus described a hypothetical patient’s symptoms, and those in attendance attempted to guess the illness he described to win a $10 cash prize per correct answer.
Lori Starkey noted, “The staff of One Community want to thank Dr. Hanus and his staff for being a special part of the day and for their support.”
Dr. Hanus’ medical clinic is located on State Street in the heart of downtown South Whitley and joins a group of area businesses that have chosen to sponsor a meal for the town’s over 60 crowd.
Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a meal for the Senior Citizens of South Whitley are encouraged to contact One Community using Facebook or by contacting executive director Nathan Haywood at 260.446.7649.


Want to participate in the South Whitley Community Garage Sales? Booth spaces available

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor of the 15th annual South Whitley Community Garage Sales slated for this Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 15, 2015, in South Whitley.
The annual town-wide sales event is critical to businesses in South Whitley, driving significant traffic to the community for the two-day event. Approximately 5000 visitors flock to South Whitley and the surrounding area, not only shopping the garage sales, but dining in local restaurants and visiting businesses there.
If you don't live in South Whitley, but would like to have your own sales booth at the event, the Chamber is offering a limited number of 10x10 foot booth spaces along Mulberry Street. The booths are $20 for one day or $25 for two days. The booth spaces are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Booth spaces are offered to private individuals, non-profits or for businesses and can be used for sales or fundraisers.
For more information, visit the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce at 518 Garland Avenue in Columbia City or call the office at 248-8131. You may also send an email requesting an application to: office@whitleychamber.com
Booth space is limited and must be registered and paid for by Wednesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. 

South Whitley Community Public Library launches 'Living Well' series

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

With a generous grant from the Whitley County Community Foundation, the South Whitley Community Public Library will soon launch a new series of programs focused on wellness for women. Called the Living Well program, the series of programs will inspire women of all ages throughout the community to start or continue on their own path toward better health.
Living Well begins in May and will continue throughout the remainder of the year, introducing participants to a variety of free activities from healthier cooking to yoga and more. All classes will be held at the South Whitley Community Public Library.
South Whitley Community Public Library director Darci Kessie saw a need in the community and began looking for a way to meet it.
"I saw an article in the Tribune-News about the Whitley County Giving Circle, a fund of the Whitley County Community Foundation, requesting grant applications targeted towards enhancing the health and well-being of Whitley County females," Kessie said.
"When I read the article I immediately thought of two things.  We could put together a series of presentations that would connect women to the varied health services within our county.  The library is a familiar, convenient, and inviting space to host the programs and to also initiate ongoing contact between the attendees and these health providers, organizations and small businesses," Kessie continued. "The second thing I thought of was the stumbling block I have felt and many of the women I know feel -- the whole idea of becoming healthier can seem like such an overwhelming idea, but what if we took it one small step at a time and made it interesting and fun."
By initiating the process of pursuing better health one step at a time, Kessie feels women might try something new and something new might spark a permanent change for the better.
"Our goal is to share a variety of small things we can all easily do or pick and choose from that will make the road to wellness fun and interesting and not so overwhelming," she said. Although the initial plan is to offer the Living Well series for 2015, if the response is great, Kessie said they might continue. "If some of these turn into ongoing classes at the library, we would love that."
"We have some programs on mindfulness and ways to live life with a little less stress -- we can all relate to that," she said. "There are introductory yoga and Pilates classes.  Someone might be a little hesitant to sign up for an entire yoga series somewhere, but trying it out at the library with others who are also new to it, that may be a little more comfortable."
The spring series of classes are scheduled as follows:
- Intro to Yoga with the Whitley County YMCA - Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.
- Mindfulness with Tiffany Herron of Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio - Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.
- Herbs in the Garden or Anywhere…and How to Use Them with Master Gardener, Bridget Johnson of Parkview Whitley. - Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
- "Finding a Quiet Place," with Sara St. Clair - Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.
- YMCA Safe Sitter program for 11-15 year olds - Friday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.
- YMCA Silver Sneaker chair exercise class - Tuesday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m.
All Living Well classes are offered at the South Whitley Community Public Library.
Enhanced information about the Living Well classes will be published soon.
While the spring portion of Living Well is now full, and there are several summer, fall and winter classes scheduled, Kessie hopes to add a few additional classes to the lineup. For more information, contact Darci Kessie at dkessie@swhitley.lib.in.us or by calling 723-5321.

Whitley County Farm Bureau seeks applicants for two $500 scholarships

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Agriculture contributes an estimated $25 billion a year to the state’s economy. The agriculture industry involves more than production agriculture, which includes the raising of livestock or crops. It also includes manufacturing, wholesale, storage, support services, tourism and retail operations.
Agriculture is entwined in every aspect of our lives, regardless of where we live through the basic essentials of food, clothing and shelter.  As the saying goes in the agriculture industry, “agriculture is more than just cows, sows, and plows.”
In 2008, slightly more than 129,000 Hoosier workers were involved in an agricultural-related occupation, a decline of 3,000 workers from 2007.  Due to the importance of agriculture to the economy of the United States, Indiana and Whitley County, the Whitley County Farm Bureau has decided to sponsor two $500 scholarships.
Graduating seniors planning to major in an agricultural field and whose parents are Farm Bureau members are eligible to win these scholarships. The scholarship application can be downloaded at the following link:   http://www.infarmbureau.org/docs/default-source/scholarship/whitleycountyscholarship.pdf?sfvrsn=4
Scholarship applications are due to be completed and turned into the Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance office at 607 North Opportunity Drive, Columbia City, IN 46725 by April 24, 2015.

Tree board to discuss Arbor Day observances in Columbia City

From reports

The Columbia City Tree Board will meet Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall conference room.
The agenda includes updates regarding city trees and plans for the Arbor Day Celebration.
Tree Board members include Michael Malcolm, Nicholas Steill, Nadean Lamle, Ken Lundquist, Candice Yeakle, Janice Daniel and Gloria Banker.

City Housing Authority meets Tuesday

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The Columbia City Housing Authority will meet on April 21, 2015, at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Common Council Room.
Several topics of discussion will include affordable housing and a landlord registry.
Housing Authority members include: Jennifer O'Connor, John Lefever, Marla Fahl, Billy Reffitt, Phyllis Gates, Randy Waldeck and Bryan Graham.

Old Type Writer

Our condolences go out to columnist Susie Duncan Sexton and to her extended family on the recent death of her sister, Shirley Jagger. This week, Susie reflects on the loss of her dear sister and on family. Click here to read this heartfelt installment of Old Type Writer.