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Encouragement at Quiet Corner

cn  11-11-09
Encouragement at Quiet Corner
The public is invited to come and learn more about the Bible and be encouraged on Sunday, November 15 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 “Don’t Forget To Be Thankful!” There will be uplifting music and refreshments. Childcare 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 (Rick Van Horn) at 693-2885.
There will be a carry-in dinner after this service. Please bring a favorite dish of food to share.

The public is invited to come and learn more about the Bible and be encouraged on Sunday, November 15 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.

Parkview Whitley offers advise on when to seek treatment for flu-like symptoms

One of the most confusing aspects of the current flu season is determining when to seek treatment and where to go. In order to help members of our community better understand the symptoms and need for treatment, the Emergency Department (ED) staff at Parkview Whitley Hospital is offering some guidelines.
For people with flu symptoms, Parkview Whitley Hospital is offering the following guidelines to help you determine if a trip to the hospital is necessary.
Symptoms of H1N1 influenza can include fever of more than 100°F, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. Some people are also experiencing diarrhea and vomiting. Those at highest risk for serious complications from the flu include children under age five, pregnant women, adults 65 and older and people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or asthma. These people should contact their doctor or visit an urgent care clinic if flu symptoms develop.
If you get sick with flu symptoms and you are in a high-risk group for complications or are concerned about your illness, call your health care provider for advice.
People who are not in the high-risk categories and who have only mild symptoms for which they would not ordinarily seek medical care do not need to do so. They should stay home and call a doctor if they have any questions.
People should visit an emergency room immediately if they experience any of the following symptoms:
* Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
* Vomiting for more than four hours.
* Fever in a child who is too quiet and less active than normal.
* Severe neck stiffness.
* Drowsiness, confusion, disorientation, or difficulty being roused.
* Convulsions.
* No urination for 12 hours.
* Fever in an infant under three months old (100.2°F or greater.)
Everyone is reminded that to help prevent the spread of the flu, there are several things you can do, including:
* Staying home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.
* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water especially after you cough or sneeze.
Additional information is available at Parkview Health’s website, www.parkview.com; Fight the Flu website, www.fighttheflu.org, and at the Centers for Disease Control website, http://www .cdc.gov/h1n1flu.

One of the most confusing aspects of the current flu season is determining when to seek treatment and where to go. In order to help members of our community better understand the symptoms and need for treatment, the Emergency Department (ED) staff at Parkview Whitley Hospital is offering some guidelines.

Churubusco Public Library news

The Fall Fun Raffle will be on Saturday, November 21 at 2 p.m. The raffle will feature a number of prize baskets generously donated from many area businesses, as well as a beautifully crocheted afghan donated by Jean Davis. Make sure to buy your tickets before time runs out. You will not want to miss out on this exciting event. Help support your local library and participate in the Fall Fun Raffle. Need not be present to win! Limit two winners with same name. Tickets for the raffle will be available for $2 each or 3 for $5 at: Churubusco News, Churubusco Watch & Jewelry, K&K Video & Books, Churubusco Public Library, Farmers & Merchants Bank, and Watering Can in Churubusco and Columbia City.
Toys For Dots
donations needed
This holiday season, the Churubusco Public Library will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots. Starting Monday, November 23, new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the library and placed under the Christmas tree. All donations will be given to the Toys for Tots Foundation who will distribute the toys to children in need who may not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas. This year remember the reason for the season and give a donation to a child less fortunate.
Grim Readers
The Grim Readers book club will be meeting Friday, November 20 at 5 p.m. at the Churubusco Public Library. This month the group will be discussing ‘Unwind’ a thought provoking novel by Neal Shusterman. Set in a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, Shusterman tells a gripping story of three runaways fighting a system that would ‘unwind” them. All middle school and high school students are welcome to attend!
Group Choice for December: “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” by Jeff Lindsay.
Adult Discussion Group
The Adult Discussion Group will be meeting Thursday, November 19 at 10 a.m. This month, the group will be discussing “Elegance of the Hedgehog” by French novelist Muriel Barbery. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Group Choice for December: “Purpose of Christmas” by Rich Warren.
Holiday Storytime with Miss Sam
Beginning Wednesday, November 18 at 6 p.m. the Churubusco Library will be having “Holiday Storytime” each Wednesday at 6 p.m. up until December 23. Each week Miss Sam will be sharing holiday themed stories (Thanksgiving and Christmas) for children of all ages. Children are invited to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal. Come participate in this fun holiday event. Note: Due to an early closing on November 23, storytime will be held at 5 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.
For more information, call 693-6466 or go to buscolibrary@verizon.net.

The Fall Fun Raffle will be on Saturday, November 21 at 2 p.m. The raffle will feature a number of prize baskets generously donated from many area businesses, as well as a beautifully crocheted afghan donated by Jean Davis. Make sure to buy your tickets before time runs out. You will not want to miss out on this exciting event. Help support your local library and participate in the Fall Fun Raffle. Need not be present to win! Limit two winners with same name. Tickets for the raffle will be available for $2 each or 3 for $5 at: Churubusco News, Churubusco Watch & Jewelry, K&K Video & Books, Churubusco Public Library, Farmers & Merchants Bank, and Watering Can in Churubusco and Columbia City.

Coming events at Churubusco American Legion

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 157 is hosting a Feather Bingo on Saturday, November 7, beginning at 6 p.m.
Anyone 18 years and older is invited to attend. Cards will be 50¢ per card or three for $1.00 Win turkeys, chickens or hams.
Sandwiches and chips will be available for $3.
On Wednesday, November 11, the Churubusco American Legion Post 157, would like to honor all veterans and their families with a ham and beans supper.
The meal, served with cornbread, will be held from 3 p.m. until the food is gone.
There will also be a military picture slideshow all day long for your viewing.
On Saturday, November 14, the Sons of the American Legion, Post 157, are hosting a porkburger and chili meal from 11 a.m. until gone. Everyone is invited to attend.
The Churubusco American Legion is located at 115 S. Main Street.

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 157 is hosting a Feather Bingo on Saturday, November 7, beginning at 6 p.m.

Anyone 18 years and older is invited to attend. Cards will be 50¢ per card or three for $1.00 Win turkeys, chickens or hams.

Lions Club senior citizen Christmas Dinner

In less than a month the members of the Churubusco Lions Club will be serving Christmas dinner to the senior citizens of Churubusco and surrounding area. On Wednesday, December 2 at 12 o’clock noon dinner will be served in the Fellowship Hall of Churubusco United Methodist Church, 750 North Main Street.
The menu is turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls and butter, ice cream, and beverage. Entertainment will follow dinner along with a visit from Santa Claus.
There is no cost for the dinner, but please make reservations by calling Bonnie at 693-3724 or Janice at 693-6125 by Wednesday, November 25.

In less than a month the members of the Churubusco Lions Club will be serving Christmas dinner to the senior citizens of Churubusco and surrounding area. On Wednesday, December 2 at 12 o’clock noon dinner will be served in the Fellowship Hall of Churubusco United Methodist Church, 750 North Main Street.

Scott Smith

Churubusco Auto Electric welcomes Scott Smith

Auto Electric welcomes Scott Smith
Churubusco Auto Electric  is welcoming Scott Smith to their staff. He has lived in Churubusco for most of his life. He has recently worked in Fort Wayne for nearly 20 years doing vehicle electronics and customizing. Some companies he has worked for include: Best Buy Corp, Fabini’s Auto Trim, D&B Sales, and14/69 Carwash Super Center. As part of Churubusco Auto Electric, Smith is offering his automotive electronic installation services to his hometown which includes keyless entry, heated seats, video, audio and security systems, along with remote starters, vehicle accessories and towing items for both automatic and manual transmission vehicles.
Smith is a 1991 graduate of Churubusco High School. He graduated from ITT Tech in 1993 with an associates degree in Applied Electronics. He also is MECP (Mobile Electronic Certification Program), and Code Alarm Certified. He is a certified installer of Directed Electronics, Pioneer Audio systems, and Astrostart systems.
Scott and wife, Teresa, have a daughter and son  that attend Churubusco Commun-ity Schools. Scott is active with the USA Martial Arts as a Karate instructor / student and he stays involved with the school by helping teach Karate with Mr. Shearer for the learning fair every year. Smith also likes to help his neighbors and other community members with their yard work.
Smith has worked on a wide variety of vehicles over the years. One of the oldest cars he worked on was a 1967 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow- installing a complete audio system. He has installed video systems in helicopters for the Atlantic City Helicopter Tours in the past. The newest car Scott has worked on is a 2010 Toyota Camry which he installed a remote start with a keyless entry system. He has worked on most all models of vehicles that are on the road today. He has done several lighting systems on construction, security, and off-road equipment. Scott is very knowledgeable in vehicle electronics and Churubusco Auto Electric is very pleased to have him work for them.

Churubusco Auto Electric is welcoming Scott Smith to their staff. He has lived in Churubusco for most of his life. He has recently worked in Fort Wayne for nearly 20 years doing vehicle electronics and customizing. Some companies he has worked for include: Best Buy Corp, Fabini’s Auto Trim, D&B Sales, and14/69 Carwash Super Center. As part of Churubusco Auto Electric, Smith is offering his automotive electronic installation services to his hometown which includes keyless entry, heated seats, video, audio and security systems, along with remote starters, vehicle accessories and towing items for both automatic and manual transmission vehicles.

Steve Darnell and Tanya Young

School faces charges of civil rights violation

by Dave Crabill
cheditor@app-printing.com
On Friday, October 23, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne against the Smith-Green School Corporation on behalf of two female high school students.
The students, who are only identified in the lawsuit by their initials, took pictures of themselves at a slumber party in suggestive poses this summer, and then posted them to their MySpace pages. The suit says there was nothing in the pictures identifying the girls as Churubusco High
School students.
An unnamed person printed the pictures and took them to Churubusco High School Principal Austin Couch.
Couch, named in the suit, suspended the girls from athletics and extracurricular activities for a year, citing the pictures violated the student handbook for acceptable behavior of athletes.
After appealing the punishment, school policy allowed the girls to attend counseling, and then go before the athletic board, made up of Couch, Athletic Director Lee Etzler, and varsity coaches to apologize for the code violation.
The ACLU is charging that the girls’ first amendment rights were violated and that the school went too far in its discipline.
The District’s Superintendent, Steve Darnell issued a written statement during the regular board meeting on Monday night saying the school will no longer discuss the matter and that all questions should be directed to corporation attorney Erik Weber.
Following is the letter from Darnell:
“We have received a copy of a lawsuit filed against Smith-Green Community Schools on behalf of two student athletes by the ACLU. Our legal counsel has advised me to not discuss this in further detail other than the multiple pictures brought to school caused a disruption within our athletic teams at the beginning of this year’s seasons. The pictures were highly inappropriate in content and did not reflect the high standards of conduct we expect in our athletes and students who participate in extra-curricular activities.
Students who are athletes at Churubusco High School are subject to rules and expectations of behavior at a higher level than students choosing not to participate in extra-curricular activities. Student athletes represent our school and community through participation in extra-curricular events and sports in our community and other communities when traveling to away events. We expect our athletes to be held to a higher standard of behavior identified by IHSAA and our Board through adopted student behavior rules and expectations. Voluntary participation on a student’s part in extra-curricular events requires students to abide by the code of conduct and identify their agreement to follow these standards of behaviors.
We stand behind decisions made by Mr. Austin Couch, high school principal, in this situation. When students choose to violate extra-curricular expectations, there are consequences. Violation of the athletic code of conduct requires removal from athletics for a year unless the violating student participates in self-help counseling and appearance before the athletic board (comprised of the high school principal, athletic director and varsity coaches) to explain what was learned from the self-help sessions. When a student completes this process, the suspension is reduced to 25 percent of a season.
As a district, we support our student behavior policies for expected behavior in and out of season. Our administration at the high school makes every effort to assure fairness exists for all of our students.
Further comments or questions about the district’s position in this case are referred to our district attorney, Mr. Erik Weber.”
The Board meets regularly on the first and third Monday of the month in the school’s Administration Building at 7 p.m.

(Smith-Green school superintendent Steve Darnell and board president Tanya Young listen to comments from the community during Monday night’s Board meeting. photo by crabill)

by Dave Crabill

cheditor@app-printing.com

On Friday, October 23, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne against the Smith-Green School Corporation on behalf of two female high school students.

The students, who are only identified in the lawsuit by their initials, took pictures of themselves at a slumber party in suggestive poses this summer, and then posted them to their MySpace pages. The suit says there was nothing in the pictures identifying the girls as Churubusco High School students.

November 4, 2009

One Year Ago
Mahle Clevite, Inc. announced it would close its Churubusco Plant in late 2009.
Groundbreaking took place for Do-It Best Eagle Hardware. It planned on opening in the spring.
Churubusco resident, Brian Parish, celebrated his 80th birthday by going skydiving with three generations of his  family.
Kyle and Brook Meinika announced the birth of their son, Devin Andrew.
Five Years Ago
Two new Habitat for Humanity homes were dedicated. One home went to Pam Listenberger and daughters Kelsey and Kayla. Melanie Robertson and daughter Olivia was the recipient of the other.
Special Ed preschool enrollment more than doubled at Smith-Green.
Dana Corporation was named Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.
Reverend Dr. Clark Hobby, author of “Homeboy” was the featured author at the Churubusco Public Library. The book chronicled his childhood growing up at the Hershey, Pennsylvania home and school founded by chocolate king, Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine.
The O.D.D. Fellows 100F Lodge #765 of Dunfee, Indiana donated $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity.
Ten Years Ago
CNN aired the “Across America” segment featuring Churubusco’s local resident “nice guy,” John Krieger.
Many volunteers, including students from CHS metals class, showed up at the Churubusco Public Library to help place book shelves and books. The library had been closed for extensive renovations.
Griffin Young was the grand prize winner in the costume contest held at Wal-Mart in Columbia City.
Dana Corporation announced third-quarter sales of $3.1 billion, an increase of nearly six percent of the same period the prior year.
Churubusco Lift Truck, U.S. 33 North, was burglarized. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.
Dennis and Ruth Ann Shively announced the birth of their son, Luke Alan.
25 Years Ago
Kevin Gilbert, graduate of Churubusco High School, was appearing in the Civic Theatre’s performance of “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.”
The new Green Township Store opened. George and Marilyn Pippenger were the owner/operators. Fresh meats, bread, soda and a small variety of their quick item groceries were available. In the back of the store, the couple placed a few benches for the loafers of the Green Center Area.
Jeffrey and Judy McNeal announced the birth of their son, Jon-Erik James.
Roger and Debra Hall announced the birth of their daughter, Tiffany Lee.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gordon announced the birth of their son, Derek Allen.
50 Years Ago
Two box cars loaded with soybeans derailed from a six-car train two miles east of Churubusco. The rails had spread, causing the cars to jump the track and tear up the right-of-way for a 100 feet or more.  Service was disrupted for three days.
American Legion members from Churubusco and Columbia City visited veterans hospitalized at the Fort Wayne Veterans Hospital.
The residence of Arnold Hobbs, convicted embezzler, was sold for $20,000. The home was a three bedroom home including maid’s quarters and a swimming pool. It was the first of his assets to be sold.
Police were investigating the chain saw robbery of the Bockelman Implement Co. Two saws worth the total of $405 were taken from the store. Burglars broke a window to gain entrance but left by the front door. The safe was ransacked but the thieves did not get any money.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Geiger announced the birth of their son, Gregory Scott.

One Year Ago

Mahle Clevite, Inc. announced it would close its Churubusco Plant in late 2009.

Groundbreaking took place for Do-It Best Eagle Hardware. It planned on opening in the spring.

Churubusco resident, Brian Parish, celebrated his 80th birthday by going skydiving with three generations of his  family.

Kyle and Brook Meinika announced the birth of their son, Devin Andrew.