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Volunteer credits Community Corrections with providing valued manpower to get projects done

Dear Editor:
All the final touches of the Christmas decorations at the Thomas R. and Lois Marshall home which is home to the Whitley County Historical Society (WCHS) at 108 West Jefferson St., Columbia City , are in place and ready for the open house next Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 to 4 p.m.. The public is invited and there is no admission charge. Light refreshments will be served.
The home is decorated as nearly as possible as to the Victorian age and time period when the Marshalls lived in the home from 1895 to 1908. This is a terrific opportunity for the public to view the many Marshall items as well as tour the home.
This open house, however, would not be possible without the assistance of the Community Service workers of the Community Corrections Department of Whitley County. All total there were 15 individuals who came to the Marshall home under the direction of Thor Hodges. Each individual was assigned a task to complete with my direction. There were a variety of tasks and with each task the individuals had to listen and accept my direction. Each worked to the best of their ability. As individuals and as a group they were cooperative and initiated ways to complete the tasks given.
Of course, during the time of the service workers being at the site, Dani Tippman, the director of the WCHS, and I told many stories about the Marshalls, their possessions and the house. A couple of individuals really thought it was “cool” to be able to clean the stained glass in the entry way the graces the entry to the Marshall home. Dani made sure they were following correct procedures in cleaning the precious handwork of years long past. One individual thought it would be a good idea to bring his wife and child to the open house to see all of the history that is preserved by the WCHS. I think I can safely say that the whole group was in awe of the beautiful Thomas R. and Lois Marshall home. It truly is a treasure for this county to have.
I know for a fact that the Community Service Workers do much in this community not only for individuals, but for not-for-profit organizations. I, as well as others, are thankful for the work and dependability of this program which provides opportunities for individuals to return to a productive life in this county.
I am truly appreciative of the work of the Community Service Workers and its director, Thor Hodges. I hope that this Whitley County community comes to see and enjoy the work of these individuals at the open house.

Best regards,
Pamela Thompson
volunteer for the Whitley County Historical Society

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