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May 15, 2018

INDOT will begin work on SR 105 near South Whitley

From reports

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that S.R. 105, south of the Town of South Whitley between C.R. W 1000 S and C.R. W 900 S, is scheduled to close Wednesday, May 16, weather permitting. INDOT maintenance crews plan to replace a pipe underneath the road. 

The official state detour is S.R. 114 to S.R. 5 to S.R. 105. Local detours may be available. The work is expected to be complete by Friday, May 18, at 6 p.m., weather permitting. 

May 14, 2018

Burkholder's work featured at Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center


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A lifelong resident of Whitley County, Rachel Burkholder is the featured artist for May at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center as part of the Chamber's 2018 Focus on the Arts series.

Burkholder's collection features photography, calligraphy and creative multimedia pieces using found objects.

"I've always loved taking pictures. I'm not a professional, but I have a deep appreciation for noticing things and seeing things differently. With so many advancements and increased accessibility to technology, I've had the opportunity to share my 'Noticings' with those around me," Burkholder said. "I've also been a life-long doodler. Constantly drawing in the margins of my notebooks. Merging my love of lettering it modern calligraphy was a natural transition. I keep pushing myself to grow in all aspects of art, so I've recently been creating pieces based off of my own thoughts and words."

Burkholder is self-taught for the most part and explorative in her work.

"I haven't taken any formal photography classes, but my philosophy is that if I don't know the rules, then I won't know when I'm breaking them," she said.

"As far as my calligraphy, I did have the opportunity to attend two Modern Calligraphy workshops in Indianapolis. I've since taken what I learned and continue to practice and grow that skillset," adds Burkholder.

With the many advancements in technology, the camera in Burkholder's cell phone a great asset and always at the ready.

"For the bulk of my photography, I actually use my cell phone. I've always had a Samsung Galaxy of some sort, but recently transitioned to a Samsung Note," she said. "I don't always think the art is about the tools. It's about the ability to capture and convey the emotions that you are feeling when you see or notice something. As far as my calligraphy, I use several different tools. I've created pieces using watercolors and paint brushes, brush-tip markers, and most of my pieces on display were created using a traditional calligraphy stylus and nib."

Looking around the room, Burkholder's photography is as eye catching as her other multimedia pieces.  "My photography pieces are all relatively recent, mainly because I'm constantly capturing new things. My pen and ink pieces are also from within the last six months. I recently went through a career change and I've discovered a new voice that I was suppressing for far too long," she said.

While she enjoys the creative process, it's the self-expression that means the most to her.

"Possibly, my most favorite component, are the stories and emotions I'm able to convey through my pieces," said Burkholder. "I try and share what they mean to me, but I hope they also evoke different and personal feelings and emotions in those that see them."

"I started making art as a form of expression -- a way to share all of the thoughts and ideas that didn't have meaning or direction," she continued. "What I might not be able to express with words, maybe I can capture an image that does."

Explaining where she wants to take her art in the future is a tough consideration for Burkholder.

"Direction. That's a tough one. I've found ways to weave creativity into my life in all aspects...even my day job. But there are still pieces that don't quite fit," she said. "I'm always exploring. Always curious. Always looking for outlets of expression that will help me give life to the stories I have rolling around in my head. Always looking for ways to help others better understand me and thereby, hopefully, themselves."

Burkholder's exhibit will be on display weekdays at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center through the end of May. The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is located at 128 West Van Buren Street in Columbia City.


Whitko to hold executive session Tuesday

From reports

An executive session of the Whitko School Board of Trustees will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The meeting will be held at Whitko Middle School in Larwill. The purpose of the meeting is to receive information about and to interview prospective employees.

Camp STEAM Ahead seeks community support to reach goal

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The Camp STEAM Ahead program recently received a $5,000 matching grant from The Dekko Foundation, and leaders from the program are seeking community support to meet their goal.
Camp STEAM Ahead is a summer program for local children entering first through sixth grades, and will take place June 25-29 this year. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.
Students practice valuable soft skills such as collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and most importantly perseverence, by learning from their failures and successes.
"The greatest reward I receive from camp is when students see learning as a process, and not as a direct path to right or wrong," said Camp STEAM Ahead Director Rachelle Patrick.
This year's modules include: Knobby Knees - campers will explore the ins and outs of how knees work in animals and humans; Tenacious Tinkering - students take part in a variety of hands-on activities from using pulleys to creating a pinhole camera; Mighty Movements - we are firm believers in the benefits of exercise and movement here at Camp STEAM Ahead; Shipwreck! - a pirate themed session that focuses on buoyancy and ship building; Marvelous Machine Mania - campers will be ready to mesh simple machines, "junk" items, and the infamous Rube Goldberg into a building frenzy.
"As a parent, I love seeing my child come home each night looking for opportunities at home to continue applying what she did at camp that day," said a local parent.
If you would like to make a financial gift to help support Camp STEAM Ahead, you may drop off or mail donations to the Community Foundation of Whitley County at 400 N Whitley St., Columbia City, IN 46725. Kindly make checks out to "CFWC" with the Camp STEAM Ahead fund in the memo line. You may also go online to wwww.cfwhitley.org and visit the "How to Give" page to donate online.

Interested in sending your child to Camp STEAM Ahead? Registration is open until June 18, 2018. Visit www.campsteamahead.com to register online. If you have additional questions about Camp STEAM Ahead, please contact Rachelle Patrick, Camp STEAM Ahead Director at director@campsteamahead.com or 260-229-1827. To learn more about the program visit www.campsteamahead.com or follow the Camp STEAM Ahead Facebook page.

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Columnist Susie Duncan Sexton, who we hear is celebrating a birthday today, shares her latest column this us on Old Type Writer. Click here to read it. 

Youth Summer Job Fair planned for May 25 at CCHS

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A Youth Summer Job Fair for high school and college students is planned for Friday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Columbia City High School. The fair will be open to high school students at Columbia City High School from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. that day and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for all area high school and college students in search of seasonal employment opportunities.
The event is being jointly presented by Whitley County Consolidated Schools, the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center and the Whitley County EDC.
"We feel it is critical to employ youth in meaningful work within our community for many reasons. First, we need to model the skills we desire and work ethic in young people if we are expecting to see it in our future adult workforce. Also, finding opportunities for teens and young adults to work in our community now may impact their decisions to live and work in our county in the future," said Jennifer Romano, executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.
"This is a great opportunity for our students to see what job openings are available in Whitley County," said Lori Heuer, talent development director for Whitley Works. "As the schools, community and businesses continue to work together to provide opportunities for our students, they are seeing all that Whitley County has to offer. We are providing guidance and support as they make plans for their future."
There is no cost to participate. All tables will be provided. Space is limited, so register promptly.
Whitley County employers interested in participating may call the Chamber at (260) 248-8131 or email office@whitleychamber.com to reserve a space. Space must be reserved no later than noon on Friday, May 18. You can also register online by clicking here.

Commissioners sign contract with high speed internet service provider

From reports

Indiana Fiber Network, LLC, a leading fiber-based service provider in Indiana, recently announced a contract with the Whitley County Commissioners to augment its network to serve the Park 30 Business Center and additional businesses along the U.S. Highway 30 corridor.

In addition, IFN will construct the necessary facilities in and around the Park 30 Business Center to properly service area businesses along the fiber route with low-cost, high-bandwidth Internet service. The company will also offer promotional pricing to these businesses. Once IFN has extended its fiber facilities into a business, the company can offer carrier-agnostic connectivity.

"High speed fiber optics are redefining the way Hoosiers work, play, collaborate and communicate in today's global economy," said Jim Turner, CEO of Indiana Fiber Network. "Our fiber backbone extends from Fort Wayne through the Columbia City metro area and continues on to Warsaw, connecting dozens of businesses to our state and nationwide network. We look forward to the opportunities increased bandwidth and fiber communication options will bring to Whitley County."

The Park 30 Business Center is a business and industrial park developed by electric utility company Northeastern Rural Electric Membership Corporation (NREMC). Park 30 is a shovel ready industrial park which includes full underground utility infrastructure and transportation connections which will now include access to Indiana Fiber Network's fiber-optic cable network.

"We have come to realize that for businesses to flourish in Whitley County, broadband internet infrastructure is just as important as other services like water, sewer and roads," said George Schrumpf, President of the Whitley County Commissioners. "Expanding the county's fiber footprint will grow the businesses all along the US 30 corridor. We're delighted to have the opportunity to work with IFN on this project and we are hopeful that its success will spur additional projects to roll out this vital service across the county.

IFN anticipates the fiber-optic facilities will be complete in July 2018, allowing IFN to expand the fiber construction directly to businesses along the fiber route.

"Fiber has higher bandwidth capacity and uses less energy than copper facilities," said IFN VP of Business Development Rob Ramsey. "More bandwidth and less electricity save businesses money, particularly in today's world where businesses transmit large amounts of data, as fiber optics are ideally suited for those applications."

IFN provides fiber broadband service via more than 4,500 route miles of fiber transport and connects more than 4,000 buildings in Indiana.

For more information about Indiana Fiber Network, please visit www.indianafiber.net.