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March 26, 2009

Use of stems cells may improve quality of life

Dear Editor:


With all due respect to Bishop John D’Arcy, I think doctors, scientists and research personnel, if they did not use their God given talent, would commit the greater sin. The talent that they have been given through the grace of God to advance science  in order to find a cures for disease like  Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other diseases that take the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world each and every year. And if they can use stem cells of any kind in order to give a better quality of life to those who are now living and their families, then God bless them!


Dennis H. Warnick

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March 20, 2009

Faith Christian Academy thanks local businesses and individuals for their support

The Staff, Board, and students of Faith Christian Academy give a big THANK YOU to all of the business and individuals who helped make our Fish Fry & Tenderloin Dinner a WHALE of a success.  A special thank to Les & Marcy Gaerte for serving such great food.  The Parents Group Silent Auction was also a great success!  Thank you all -- Brevins, Northside Grille, McDonald-Churubusco, Dairy Queen, Hardee’s, Crossroads Inn, Sherri’s Place, Magic Wand, Better Than Grandma’s, Bargain House, State Farm Insurance, Sears of Columbia City, House of Style, Robin Koller, Precision Arms of Indiana, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Tractor Supply, Indianapolis Colts, Coach Tony Dungy, Marcia Olson, Evelyn Zumbrum, Author & Pastor Alice Smith, JB Lawn Service, Victory Christian Fellowship, Wayne Sembach, Author Norman Bridwell, Karen Evans, Jack & Rose Dubs, Recording Artist  Norman Ezell, WA Jones, Laura Knapp, Terrie Mays, Family Video, Pizza Hut, Espich Printing, Churubusco Watch & Jewelry, Buesching’s Peat Moss, Farmers Mutual Insurance, Eel River Campground, Ameriprise Financial Service, Don Langeloh, Photos by Tiffany, Rick Null, A & B Cleaning, Snippers, Bravo Home & Gift, Watering Can Florist, Dr. Doug Reed, Jim & Amanda Banks, Russell & Lois Gilliom, Dionne Hladin, Churubusco Family Dentist, Signature Construction, Tomlinson’s Shooting Supplies, Olympian Bridget Sloan, Macy Wolfe, Jigsaw Creations, Mandy Hartman, Paige’s Crossing, Joni Walker, King Realty, Mountantain Top Coffeehouse, Dr. Bolinger, DDS, Memory Lane Antiques, Hair Happenings, Triers Automotive, Kathy Monesmith, Andrew More, Robert & Carla Blakley and Three Birds Casual Furniture.

We’ll be looking for you on May 2 at the Wal-Mart Parking lot for our Nelson’s Chicken BBQ!

Larry Schmoekel

Administrator, Faith Christian Academy

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March 19, 2009

Thanks to those who gave of themselves

March 10, 2009

Letter to the Editor:

Firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, emergency management personnel, who responded to the tornado scene at Countryside Mobile Home Park on Sunday, deserve a big pat on the back.  And let’s not forget the police and fire dispatchers who took calls, made calls and dispatched numerous departments and help coordinate emergency activities during and long after the storm had passed.

These individuals train endlessly month in and month out for emergencies and disasters such as Columbia City experienced Sunday.  Yes, training can be a bit over whelming at times whether you are a volunteer or a paid member of these departments.   As I was at the scene of the tornado damage on Sunday, I could see first hand the benefits of this continuing training and the dedication these individuals have for their community. They did what they have been trained to do and worked harmoniously together to accomplish a task that we never look forward to having to do.  I saw it work and it worked well!   Hearty congratulations to all involved. 

The first responders executed their duties and responsibilities admirably.  They helped the residents, directing them where to go, giving aid, transporting, helped the residents locate family members or pets and helped put out a small fire that developed.

The Mayor and City departments also need to be recognized for their prompt response for water shut off, barricades and restoring electrical power as soon as possible.

DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, thank you for opening up your business for a place for the displaced residents to go for shelter and make arrangements for housing.

Thanks to the Red Cross for their assistance to the residents that needed help and Jorell Tucker of the Solid Waste District who made arrangements for dumpsters to help get rid of the debris off the streets so access could be made to damaged homes.

Thanks to the other fire departments in the county who offered assistance or stood by for the departments who were on the scene; to the neighbors, friends and those who provided shelter, food, support, a kind word or phone call, your help was very important.

First responders always learn from disasters such as this and we will learn from this as well, allowing our first responders to provide our community with even better service in the future.

Thanks to the Community Corrections crews without your help the clean up efforts would still be going on.

Thanks to Woody’s for the porta-potty that was delivered during the clean up efforts on Monday. 

Helping one another when these unfortunate things happen is what makes Whitley County a good place to live.

Michael Schrader

Whitley County Commissioner

Assistant Chief Columbia Township Fire Department

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March 12, 2009

Angels Among Us

Returned from a divine lesson in human resiliency, a lesson which occurred at our truly friendly and fun RICHARD'S RESTAURANT--neither a planned seminar nor a church service, simply diners and staff chatting, most listening intently.  An upbeat couple, routinely spreading cheer on a daily basis, shared their experiences combating an unwelcome challenge from a fleeting, Sunday afternoon visitor, a hop-scotching tornado, which moved capriciously onward to the buckeye state, stealing away most of their home, and life as they knew it, within its dancing, churning, whirling funnel.

Both interspersed their accounts with sincere, moving praise of family members, first-responders, firefighters, policemen, troopers, medical aid providers, clean-up crews, governmental officials, Salvation Army officers, and others, such as Randy Grimes and Eddie Beagles--citing keen bravery, sensitivity, genuine concern and helpfulness demonstrated by those same individuals.  Sadness and loss, which those of us who listened could only imagine, assumed a back seat to the sense of humor and balance this couple revealed as they freely shared their heart-ache and especially their gratitude. 

Predominantly, though, each discussed random acts of kindness, notably that of a young neighbor man preparing himself a sandwich and who, upon startlingly noting the instantaneous demolition of his friends' home, bounded across hazardous barriers to assist them where they sat, neither roof nor walls continuing to shelter their lives.  He reached down for the family dog still in Jean's lap and held the pet closely and securely while his neighbor extricated herself from her recliner as she glanced at blue sky overhead.  Although only one of the couple's soon-to-be countless reminiscences of voluntary good deeds and caring, suddenly my husband and I were aware and impressed that such "angels among us" literally filled their conversation and seemed predestined to soothe a difficult situation: after all, Jean discovered several pennies prior to the tornadic activity and maintains her belief that each lucky penny found signifies an angel nearby.

Clipping newspaper stories becomes an addictive, lifetime habit for many of us who choose to remember fascinating people, places, information; nestling among our coffee mugs and place-mats upon our kitchen table, a wooden clothespin clasps a stack of all-too-recent articles, transporting photo-journalism to new personal proportions.  The top-most photo features state-trooper Aaron Cook, one of our favorite people since his days as a Line Street toddler, comforting my child-hood friend and Line Street alumnus Jean who with her grace, valorous acceptance, and happy spirit in the face of life's uncertainties, by example, taught us who listened this week that some people never change.  Thank goodness.  Once an angel, always an angel!

Susie Duncan Sexton

Columbia City

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