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Busco Lions Club Christmas Dinner

Make your reservation now for the Wednesday, December 2 Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner by calling Bonnie at 693-3724 or Janice…

Safe Thanksgiving tips from State officials

INDIANAPOLIS—The Thanksgiving feast traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday season, and the Indiana State Department of Health is offering some timely food safety tips.

“The single best way to prepare and consume food safely is to wash your hands before cooking, serving, or eating,” said Amie ThurdeKoos, enteric disease epidemiologist at the Indiana State Department of Health’s Food Protection Program.  “Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching raw meat, like ground beef or poultry.”

Increased Patrols Continue As Holiday Travel Peaks

Indiana law enforcement out in full force through Thanksgiving weekend  

Indianapolis, IN. – In an effort to prevent deaths and injuries on Indiana roadways this Thanksgiving, the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is urging Hoosiers to celebrate responsibly this holiday weekend.

November 25, 2009

CN November 25, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
Bruce Hippensteel was introduced as the Smith-Green interim superintendent. He was hired as a replacement for Carol Kaiser who took a position in the Hanover School District.
The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce named K & K Video and Books Business of the Year of 2008.
Churubusco area Scouts participated in the annual food collection. Almost 400 bags of food items were collected and distributed to the food pantries at St. John Bosco Catholic Church and Churubusco United Methodist Church.
Gabe and Christina VanEvery announced the birth of their son, Elliot Reid.
Brandon and Sarah Perlich announced the birth of their son, Kyle Burton.
Five Years Ago
Dana Corporation was honored as
Business of the Year by the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce.
Churubusco Town Council decided on a new health insurance package that resulted in more out-of-pocket costs for the employees.
Amy Anderson-Stoppenhagen and Jill Gaff joined the staff of Hair Solutions.
Richard and Pamela McCoy celebrated their 30th anniversary with an eastern Caribbean cruise and a surprise dinner with family and friends at Biaggi’s.
Ten Years Ago
Dale LeFever was honored and given a plaque of appreciation for his 45 years of service as Churubusco Clerk-Treasurer.
Farmers & Merchants Bank was  beginning construction on its new bank facility on U.S. 33, south of Churubusco.
The Chamber of Commerce’s Main Street project was completed. The last step was planting the trees along Main Street. A new karate school opened in Churubusco. Don Wallen, former state champion in open style karate instructed a school of martial arts located behind Subway on Main Street.
25 Years Ago
Thirty-eight members of Mrs. Parish’s a.m. and p.m. kindergarten classes went to Columbia City Pizza Hut to decorate for the holidays and enjoy lunch.
The Christian Center of the Hope Alive Family Ministries, Inc. opened in the Century Building in downtown Churubusco. Focus was on Christian fun for the whole family. Pastor Gary Swanson encouraged whole families to come and see the new Center.
Distribution of 277,680 pounds of cheddar cheese was given to eligible families in Noble, Allen and Whitley Counties.
The CHS Fine Arts Department presented a musical revue of all the musicals they had done in the past ten years.
An indoor bowhunting range opened at Green Township Community Center. The Green Center Indoor Bowhunters, a division of Deer Run Archery Club announced its winter schedule.
Mr. and Mrs. Garry Gorsuch announced the birth of their son, Ryne Andrew.
Mark and Teresa Bonar announced the birth of their son, Logan James.
50 Years Ago
The Town Board enacted an ordinance that pushed the town boundaries to the west along State Road 205. Included was the land on the south side of State Road 205 from the present city limits at the Lewis Clem residence, westward to the street just west.  Southern boundary of the annexed land was the Pennsylvania Railroad.  Northern boundary was the Tri-Lakes blacktop road.
For the second consecutive month, Indiana farm prices declined two percent. Purchasing power of Hoosier farmers slipped one percent.
Mr. and Mrs. Ora Crooks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.
Myers Food Center in Churubusco advertised five pounds of sugar for 49¢, butter 69¢ for three pounds and Bordens ice cream for 99¢ a gallon.

One Year Ago

Bruce Hippensteel was introduced as the Smith-Green interim superintendent. He was hired as a replacement for Carol Kaiser who took a position in the Hanover School District.

The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce named K & K Video and Books Business of the Year of 2008.

Churubusco area Scouts participated in the annual food collection. Almost 400 bags of food items were collected and distributed to the food pantries at St. John Bosco Catholic Church and Churubusco United Methodist Church.

Gabe and Christina VanEvery announced the birth of their son, Elliot Reid.

Brandon and Sarah Perlich announced the birth of their son, Kyle Burton.

Churubusco Elementary School honor roll

Following is the list of students from Churubusco Elementary School that have been named to the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.
Second Grade
All A’s
Myah Bear, Dylan Resler, Maya Wilkes, Kaylee Simmons, Gage Kelly, Evie Bridegam, Max Gatton, and Taylor Culls.
Haley Buckles, Christian Cseri, Daniel Ferguson, Ian Fleming, Kaitlynne Gaerte, Allison Green, Rodney Hyser, Terra Meyer, Maison Peters, Mackenzie Pittenger.
Brooke George, Cole Hart, Karma Kemp, Gabrielle Louden, Austin Martz, Alexis Starkey.
Kaitlynn Shull, Olivia Whan, Darian Manth, Madison Gaff, Sam Wood, Breanna Lehman and Isaiah Anderson.
Second Grade
All A/B’s
Ben Sery, Melanie Geiger, Case Lemper, Hannah Sower, Klayton Brown, Blake Andis, Reaona Lindzy.
Cole Bering, Kurstin Clark, Madeleine Dreibelbis, Makiya Jackson, Deja Monroe, Hunter Perlich, Makenzi Tonkel, Jordan Wagoner.
Klayton Alvord, Maggie Burita, Guadalupe Cruz, Richard Duncan, Jacob Fulk, Cassidy Geise, Breanna Jackson, Maggie Johnson, Aiden Liska, Thomas Martin, Cayden McCoy, Fiona Nelson, Matthew Palmerton, Madison Simmons, Dylan Stilwell.
Claire Shively, Taylor Bock, Edwin Thomas, Max Burch, Paris Bingham-Spieth, Icesis Frisbey, Hunter Enright, Aundrea Hamilton, Jaelyn Fox, Joe Schenher, Wyatt Johnson, Blake Trostel, Colton Anderson.
Third Grade
All A’s
Rebekah Huelsenbeck, Rachel Jacquay, Nathaniel Keener, Brooklynn Kelley, Juliet Pyle.
Breanna Baughman, Brayton Bonar, Tyler Elliott, Nathan Konger, Meranda Malott, Kameryn Strong, Kobe Tonkel.
Dylan Brady, Shelby Brown, Julianne Edwards, Abigail Erwin, Levi McClure, Bailee Osborne, Tom Richards.
Jacob Cummings, Blaire Foote, Eli Foote, Katie Shambaugh
Third Grade
All A/B’s
Makayla Clark, Alyssa Enright, Alayna Fulkerson, Rhett Norris, Brandt Parsons, Miranda Sturgis, Parker Sturtz, Blake VanHouten, Dennis Wallace.
Bryck Bridegan, Sophia Gebhart, Mason Gibson, Mason Gray, Kayla Heidenreich, Andrew Knezevich, Kyler Price, Sierra Przemielewski, Taylor Stouder, Seth Tolin, Katelyn Zeller.
J. D. Krider, Andrew Leeuw, Brant Marks, Hayley Morgan, Evan Myers, Rebecca Schmidt, Jon Shepler, Trinity Smith, Cordell Thomas.
Emma Arend, Alex Enright, Tabatha Evans, Amelia Fairchild, Kacie Fedock, Noah Forsberg, Jada Kirkpatrick, Tyler Knight, Jaymin Longardner, Ashley Murphy, Rebecca Reed, Cassidy Thran.
Fourth Grade
All A’s
Caden Bonar, Jaydrian Clouse, Brein Gross, Summer Schnurr.
Meredith Green, Jacob Rensner, Ashley Uecker.
Mason Anderson, Dalton Blessing, Emma Bulmahn, Clarissa Hogeston, Isabelle Hogeston, Grace Keener, Zoe King, Kyre Mercer, Riley Perlich.
Cora Pence, Ashlie Martz, Allison Beckman, Brayden Simmons, Austin Lehman.
Fourth Grade
All A/B’s
Breanna Barnhart, Garrett Bordner, Kira Creech, Kailey Eminger, Ben Geise, Laura Nagle, Kayla Neely, Eric Peterson, Shaniah Ramsey, Alex Springer, Brent Teague, Destiny Walker, Tyler Wilkins, Heidi Zeigler.
Andrew Boggess, Harrison Brady, Daulton Brockman, Cameron Crick, Bryce Geiger, McKenna Gibson, Lynette Guffey, Katelyn Johnson, Joseph Leazier, Callie Lemper, Joseph Rennaker, Isaac Smith.
Levi Burch, Grace Cartwright, Everett Franklin, Peyton Gaff, Morgan Gebhart, Trevor Holloway, Allison Keener, Kirstin Nevil, Sherry Simmons.
Delaney Peters, Hailey Przemielewski, Josh Bear, McKenzie Hart, Garrett Horn, Sophie Perlich.
Fifth Grade
All A’s
Robert Burita, Zach Bultemeir, Ashley Davis, Samantha Fulk, Trevor Kelley.
Jacob Skinner, Isabelle Turner.
Fifth Grade
All A/B’s
Carlin Amber, Keith Boggs, Mercade Chambless, Kourtnee Davis, Nathan Downing, Taylor Fisher, Autumn Gray, Colin Mullins, Mallory Pearson, Tyler Robinson, Clay Tinney.
Destiny Mascho, Leah Miller, Bethany Parish, Sarah Russell, Cheyenne Smith, Lindsey Standridge, Paige Stauffer.
Jacob Bear, Samantha Evans, Britney Gresley, Peyton Hicks, Abigail Holle, Randy Johnson, Kelsie Newsom, Jenna Pittenger, Jocelynn Powell, Trey Springer, Matthew Troyer, Shelby Widmer.
Michael Braco, Brehtt Brown, Tayler Cushman, Keely Fester, Stacia Fester, Luke Foote, Carson Gatton, Nicole Keener, Jarret Kilgore, Nick Murphy, Nancy Zarazua.

Following is the list of students from Churubusco Elementary School that have been named to the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.

Medical equipment installer coming to Churubusco

CHURUBUSCO – Maxim Medical Services Inc., a medical equipment installation and repair firm, announced today that it will expand its operations here, creating 51 new jobs by 2012. The company, which installs, services and resells surgical lighting and imaging equipment, will invest more than $1.6 million to expand its distribution operations and establish a light manufacturing center in an existing 50,000 square-foot facility in Churubusco, 16 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. The larger facility will enable Maxim Medical Services to realize its projected annual revenue of $20 million by fourth quarter 2012.

Boy Scouts Food Drive

‘Scouting for Food’ Drive a big success

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(The annual “Scouting for Food” event took place last Saturday in Churubusco. Over 1,850 food items were collected door-to-door by Scouts and their leaders. The food was distributed to Churubusco’s food pantries at Churubusco United Methodist Church and St. John Bosco Catholic Church.)

On Saturday, November 14, local Scouts from several Churubusco organizations participated in the annual “Scouting for Food” event.  Scouts and adult leaders from Girl Scout Troops 10803, 10825, and 10850, Cub Scout Pack 3081 and Boy Scout Troop 81 all participated by spending their Saturday morning going door-to-door collecting food donations to benefit local Churubusco food pantries.

Thanksgiving celebrations

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 26, is the date for the Annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. It will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Churubusco Masonic Lodge located at Mulberry and Home Avenue, Churubusco.
There is no charge for the dinner.
Community Thanksgiving service
The congregations of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, Churubusco Church of the Nazarene, Collins United Methodist Church, and Green Center United Methodist Church invite the community to come to a “Thanksgiving Service” on Sunday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Churubusco Church of the Nazarene.
This will be a service of praise and worship. Each church is providing a special musical number. Each pastor will read a portion of scripture and make brief comments on it. There will be lots of congregational songs. They will receive a special offering for the Assistance Fund.
Please make plans to come and join your neighbors in this joy-filled celebration of the goodness of the Lord.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 26, is the date for the Annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. It will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Churubusco Masonic Lodge located at Mulberry and Home Avenue, Churubusco.

Horne Tomlinson

Parker Insurance named Chamber Business of the Year

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(Jim Horne, owner of Parker Insurance, accepts Business of the Year from Chamber President Chris Tomlinson.)

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by Katie Wagner
The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Thursday afternoon at Eel River Golf Course. Aside from lunch and networking, local businesspeople listened to a speaker and the business of the year was named.
Chamber President Chris Tomlinson gave opening comments, saying that the U.S. is supposedly coming out of a recession.
“Wall Street may be out of it,” he said, “but we’re not. Main Street is still hurting. But what I like to see is that in ‘Busco we’re still surviving. There’s all these small businesses that are still making it and I think you all deserve a pat on the back for thriving through this.”
Tomlinson then spoke about the impending merger of the Columbia City and South Whitley Chambers of Commerce and Churubusco’s decision to remain independent from the county-wide chamber.
From the feedback received from businesses, Tomlinson said the majority are against joining the county-wide chamber.
Sharon Sallot, owner of Sallot Ventures and a facilitator aiding the Columbia City and South Whitley Chambers in their merger, spoke to the business people present about the importance of chambers of commerce for businesses in any community and the purpose of a county-wide chamber.
New businesses go to chambers of commerce to get information, make connections and figure out ways to be successful, Sallot said. The chamber is a support network.
With offices in LaGrange and Steuben Counties and also in Fort Wayne and Columbia City, Sallot works to plan, launch and grow new and existing businesses.
Sallot said the county-wide chamber would not just represent Columbia City and South Whitley, but all parts of Whitley County.
“We want to be inclusive, we want to be unified,” she said. “The goal of a county-wide chamber is to augment what you are doing here already.”
“It doesn’t mean you have to choose between the two, it means you can keep doing exactly what you’ve always done with great success and support the county-wide chamber’s efforts also.”
Following Sallot’s comments, Tomlinson named Parker Insurance and owner Jim Horne as Business of the Year.
Noting Horne’s dedication to the business community and to the community in general, Tomlinson said Horne puts in much time and effort towards volunteering and helping other businesses as well as his own.
Parker Insurance, a full-service insurance agency, is located at the South end of Town and has been in business since 1982. Horne has owned the business since 1999.

by Katie Wagner

kwagner@busconews.com 

The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Thursday afternoon at Eel River Golf Course. Aside from lunch and networking, local businesspeople listened to a speaker and the business of the year was named.