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Philharmonic to donate tickets

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is donating up to 500 tickets to the December 10 performance of Holiday Pops to area non-profits. The use of the tickets will go to clients and families of the non-profit organizations that normally would not be able to afford to go to a concert with The Phil. Staff members of those non-profits can also receive a discount to that performance.
Non-profit organizations can request up to 30 free tickets for their organization. “We added a Thursday night performance to our Holiday Pops lineup this season. Not as popular as the weekend dates, we have a great number of seats still available. By donating these available seats to area non-profits, we hope that the gift of music will allow many of their clients and families to have a happier holiday season,” stated Samantha Teter, Director of Marketing and PR for The Phil.
For those non-profits who wish to request tickets, they can contact Samantha Teter, Director of Marketing and PR, at steter@fwphil.org no later than December 4.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is donating up to 500 tickets to the December 10 performance of Holiday Pops to area non-profits. The use of the tickets will go to clients and families of the non-profit organizations that normally would not be able to afford to go to a concert with The Phil. Staff members of those non-profits can also receive a discount to that performance.

Encouragement at Quiet Corner

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Encouragement at Quiet Corner
The public is invited to come and learn more about the Bible and be encouraged on Sunday, December 6 at 10 a.m. at the Quiet Corner Tea Room.
This is a special invitation to you if you don’t have a church home.
Rick Van Horn will give an encouraging message titled “The Man Who Tried to Destroy Christmas.” There will be refreshments and uplifting music. Child care is provided for infants thru kindergarten age.
To get to the Tea Room, take U.S. 33 north out of Churubusco. Turn right onto 650E, becomes 300E in Noble County, also known as Green Center Road (by Van Andel Propane tanks). Go 1 1/2 miles and turn right onto 500S (at stop sign). Go a few hundred yards and turn right at Quiet Corner Tea Pot Sign. Back a long lane.
If you have questions call 693-2885.

The public is invited to come and learn more about the Bible and be encouraged on Sunday, December 6 at 10 a.m. at the Quiet Corner Tea Room. This is a special invitation to you if you don’t have a church home.

December 2, 2009

One Year Ago
The Town qualified for a Community Focus Fund grant from the State of Indiana for $500,000. The funding was to be used to fund part of the Town’s new water treatment system.
Indiana State Trooper Jason Ward was credited with saving Columbia City resident Zachary Mosley.  Mosley had a history of heart problems. An AED was affixed and conducted the assessments of Mosley’s vitals. A shock was advised, which Ward provided. Mosley became more responsive and was transported to Lutheran Hospital.
Five Years Ago
The 2-1-1 service was available in Whitley County. Code 2-1-1 is the national abbreviated code for free access to health and human services information and referral. Free and confidential help was available for many needs including housing, employment, legal aid, counseling, food, health care, support groups and more.
Kathy Ford filled in for Churubusco Elementary School Principal Kevin Kempton during National Principal for a Day.
A Thanksgiving fire on property owned by Donald Konger damaged a barn. The end that was used for storage was heavily damaged. The other end contained farm equipment. It was protected because a wall in the middle helped slow the spread of the fire. In May the family home was struck by lightning and suffered heavy damage.
Ten Years Ago
Habitat for Humanity was taking applications for a recipient of a home to be built in Churubusco.
The Lucky Lady Bar and Grill was burglarized. An undisclosed amount of cash and several bottles of alcohol were missing.
K & K Video celebrated its one year anniversary. Owner Karan Hill expanded the space to include a back entrance, a drop box and over 2000 videos to rent.
Jon Brunson of CHS was selected to attend U.S. Senator Richard Lugar’s “Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders” at the University of Indianapolis.
Josh and Danny Resler performed at the IRL Crew Driver Appreciation Dinner in Indianapolis. The boys sang “Racin at Indy,” a song written by their grandmother, Carol Resler.
25 Years Ago
Steve Creech and Cliff Smith were awarded plaques for saving the life of John Angel. The pair, trained in CPR, were able to keep him alive with CPR until the Medics arrived.
The School Board discussed coverting the school from its current electric heat to gas-oil hot water heat. The renovation was about $300,000. An estimated $60,000 would be saved annually if the school converted its heating system.
Mindy Green was selected as a State Finalist in the 1985 Miss America Co-ed Pageant. The pageant would be held in June of 1985. The winner would receive a $300 cash award, crown, banner, trophy and an all-expense paid trip to the national pageant in Honolulu, Hawaii.
50 Years Ago
Guy Gross and his brother, Herbert Gross, were selected the “Outstanding Neighborhood Beef Producer of 1959.”
Officials of Eel River-Perry Consolidated School opened bids on the new school annex. Seventeen bids had been submitted but the contract had not yet been awarded. The proposed addition was about $150,000.
Robert Sloffer, local well driller, was one of two men representing the Indiana Well Drillers Association at the national convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Retail Division of the Chamber of Commerce began its Christmas events. Shoppers could register for more than $1,000 in cash prizes to be given away by the merchants. Twelve deluxe bicycles, bags of 50 silver dollars and a grand prize of 100 silver dollars would be awarded during the shopping season. Santa was scheduled to arrive on December 5th.
Officers for 1960 Turtle Days were elected. Don Fisher was elected chairman and Victor Barcus was name co-chairman. Marion Mayberry was treasurer and Lester Sheets, secretary.

One Year Ago

The Town qualified for a Community Focus Fund grant from the State of Indiana for $500,000. The funding was to be used to fund part of the Town’s new water treatment system.

Indiana State Trooper Jason Ward was credited with saving Columbia City resident Zachary Mosley.  Mosley had a history of heart problems. An AED was affixed and conducted the assessments of Mosley’s vitals. A shock was advised, which Ward provided. Mosley became more responsive and was transported to Lutheran Hospital.

Town employees will receive pay hike

Town employees will receive pay hike
Annexation process continues
by Dave Crabill
dcrabill@busconews.com
The Town of Churubusco employees will see an increase on their pay stubs next year as the Council voted last Wednesday to increase their salaries by one percent for 2010.
Passed by a margin of two to one in favor of the raises, Council member Viv Sade was the lone dissenting vote. Sade made it clear in previous meetings that she was against any kind of pay raise due to the current economic climate. She said she thought the employees do a great job, but this just wasn’t the time for a raise.
Council President Frank Kessler thought different. He said that they could afford the pay hikes because the Town manages its finances differently from the State. “The State budget is a bit different,” said Kessler. “They depend on income taxes a lot more than towns.” The Town generally gives out between 3-5% annual increases.
Board member John Hart, who also works for the Town as a deputy marshal, made the motion to accept the 2010 salary ordinance. Kessler seconded. The vote ended two- one with Sade against.
In other Council news:
• The council also voted to proceed with the planned southeast annexation project.
The annexation area is primarily made up of the businesses on the southeast side of Town including C&A Tool, Egolf’s IGA, The Ramble Inn, CVS and more.
The project, started on July 15, has moved along nearly without a hitch, though the toughest part of the timeline is yet to come. The Council has had meetings with the business owners explaining the implications of the annexation and what that would mean to their tax bills. The businesses have until February 22, 2010 to file a remonstration against the proposal. If the remonstration is filed, a judge will have to decide the outcome of the annexation.
Council member Sade questioned Kristi Sturtz from Sturtz Public Management Group about what would happen if the Council postponed the vote. Sade said that she was still in favor of the annexation, but didn’t want to alienate the businesses. Kurtz told Sade that if they delayed the vote, the Town would not receive the tax revenue for 2010.
President Frank Kessler told the Council that he had spoken with a number of townspeople and that they gave him two responses. “I thought they were already in town” and, “Why aren’t they in town?”
Sade agreed saying that she wanted to move forward and that she didn’t want to keep charging the same 600 water customers for everything.
The Council voted 3-0 to move forward with the ordinance.
• Waste Water Treatment Supervisor Bob Hyatt told the Council that he was looking for  a local farmer that would allow the Town to dispose of sludge from the waste water plant. Hyatt said that they needed roughly a 25-acre parcel to spread it on. He said that the sludge is perfectly safe and will not hurt the environment. Contact Hyatt at 693-2943 for more information.
The next regular scheduled meeting is on December 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Annexation process continues

by Dave Crabill

dcrabill@busconews.com

The Town of Churubusco employees will see an increase on their pay stubs next year as the Council voted last Wednesday to increase their salaries by one percent for 2010.

H1N1 immunizations available in Churubusco

April Waugh of the Whitley County Board of Health, Immunization Clinic has announced that H1N1 immunizations will be given in Churubusco on December 5.
The clinic will be held at the Churubusco United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.  This will be the first immunization clinic to be held in Churubusco. Staffing for this clinic will be composed primarily by Churubusco citizens who are volunteering their time.
According to Dr. Lisa Hatcher of the Whitley County Board of Health, there will be a sufficient amount of vaccine to administer to all age groups.  If you have questions about this clinic, contact April Waugh at 244-2310.

April Waugh of the Whitley County Board of Health, Immunization Clinic has announced that H1N1 immunizations will be given in Churubusco on December 5.

Holiday season is upon us

The 500 block of South Main Street in Churubusco is about to become an electrical masterpiece combining electricity, music and lights, all synchronized together to form an animated show.
The theme this year is “Listen to the Lights.” The show features over 22,000 lights twinkling to the music. The show will run nightly from 6 to 10:30 p.m. starting this Saturday. The only exception will be if it is raining. Music can be heard on any FM radio tuned to 95.7 or through the speakers located in the yard. During non-show hours, the lights will be on in static mode. For additional information please visit www.buscochristmas.com.

The 500 block of South Main Street in Churubusco is about to become an electrical masterpiece combining electricity, music and lights, all synchronized together to form an animated show.

EMS offers free CRP class

Whitley County Emergency Medical Services, operated out of Parkview Whitley Hospital, will host a Free Family and Friends CPR class on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Churubusco at the Mountaintop Coffeehouse, 209 S. Main Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.
Since February 2007, Whitley County Emergency Medical Services has provided free CPR classes, training more than 2,000 people in the county. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is an emergency medical procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest or, in some circumstances, respiratory arrest.
For 50 years, CPR has consisted of the combination of artificial blood circulation with artificial respiration, that is, chest compressions and lung ventilation.
However, in March 2008, the American Heart Association and the European Resuscitation Council, in a reversal of policy, endorsed the effectiveness of chest compressions alone — without artificial respiration — for adult victims who suddenly collapse in cardiac arrest.
Parkview Whitley Hospital teaches both procedures, but emphasizes that chest compression alone is adequate.
“Along with the resuscitation change, it is recommended that anyone who has been trained in CPR re-take the instruction every two years,” said Debra Brice, paramedic and CPR program coordinator. “It is an opportunity to get refreshed on the techniques required to perform CPR, as well as to learn of any new changes in policy and procedure.”
To register for any of the classes or for more information, call (260) 248-9351 or send an e-mail to learn.cpr@parkview.com.

Whitley County Emergency Medical Services, operated out of Parkview Whitley Hospital, will host a Free Family and Friends CPR class on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Churubusco at the Mountaintop Coffeehouse, 209 S. Main Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.

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.”