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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.

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Board hires special education bus monitor

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by Katie Wagner
SGCS will be able to offer safer rides on the Special Education Bus now that the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire a bus monitor at Monday night’s meeting.
Nick Bianski will ride the special eduction bus and offer constant supervision to students riding to and from Northwest Allen County Schools for special education programs. Bianski has some emergency medical training. Special Education Director Nancy Becker and CHS Vice Principal/Transportation Director Jerry Lange interviewed applicants for the position, three of which had EMT training. They may choose to hire a substitute monitor for days that Bianski may not be available.
In other Board news:
* Elementary office secretary Susie Egolf was honored November 4 by the Indiana Association of School Principals with the Secretaries Compassion Award. She was nominated by CES Principal and IASP member Nicole Singer.
* Churubusco Middle School and the School Board honored eighth-grader Gabby Savieo as its Spotlight on Success. Gabby is recognized for her creativity and excellence as an all-round student. She is on the honor roll and is described by her teachers as “a joy in the classroom.” She is the daughter of Aimee Gerke and Gary Savieo.
* CHS VP Jerry Lange reported that Wayne Krider, Director of Buildings and Grounds, applied for a grant from Cummins Diesel as part of the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program to upgrade the entire bus fleet to make it more “green” and efficient by retrofitting all diesels and providing heaters so the buses won’t have to be plugged in during the winter.
* The Board accepted a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart to purchase new books for the library. Media Specialist Ben Moore applied for the grant. Board member Cathy Petrie said she appreciates Moore’s efforts to sort through library materials and get rid of outdated sources. “He loves his job and it really shows,” she said.
* Superintendent Steve Darnell gave a report about the rental properties at 233 and 239 Washington Street owned by the corporation. Dan Comparet will do work on the houses to get them up to code so the school can rent them out for $500 per month. Original quotes were around $20,000, but the work has been trimmed back and thus the cost was reduced to $6,000. Comparet plans to complete the work in late December. Funding for the project will come out of the Building Construction Improvements Fund (part of the Capital Projects Fund), while the money generated from rent will go into either the General Fund or CPF. Board member Rick Trump said he would like Business Manager Adam Skiles to keep track of the monies coming in versus those going out and possibly put the income into a fund to eventually fix the roof on one of the rental houses.

(Board members Michael Sturgis and Rick Trump listen as Superintendent Steve Darnell gives a report about rental properties.) photo by wagner

by Katie Wagner 

kwagner@busconews.com

SGCS will be able to offer safer rides on the Special Education Bus now that the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire a bus monitor at Monday night’s meeting. Nick Bianski will ride the special eduction bus and offer constant supervision to students riding to and from Northwest Allen County Schools for special education programs. Bianski has some emergency medical training.

Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner

Have you made your reservation for the annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner sponsored by the Churubusco Lions Club? Wednesday, December 2 is growing closer and closer.
For dinner there will be turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls and butter, ice cream and beverages for all.
Call Bonnie at 693-3724 or Janice at 693-6125 by Wednesday, November 25 so they know how many to prepare for.
The members of the Churubusco Lions Club will be serving dinner at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 2 at the Churubusco United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall. There is no cost for the dinner.
Oh yes! In addition to dinner, there will be entertainment and a visit from Santa.
Hope you’ve been good!

Have you made your reservation for the annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner sponsored by the Churubusco Lions Club? Wednesday, December 2 is growing closer and closer. For dinner there will be turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls and butter, ice cream and beverages for all. 

FFA attends convention

Several members from the Churubusco FFA Chapter recently attended the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.  Members had the opportunity to listen to several dynamic motivational speakers during convention sessions, including Mike Rowe from the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.” Students also had the chance to meet with more than 1,300 agricultural career related businesses, major universities, commodity groups, technical schools, and computer software companies at the Convention’s FFA Career Show.

Churubusco High School honor roll

Churubusco High School Honor Roll and Honorable Mention
Honor Roll
Seniors
Britnee Alfrey, Taylor Amber, Alexis Bankson, Chantal Battenberg, Amanda Brumbaugh, Katie Brumbaugh, Alexis Butler, Brittany Crabill, Hannah Dodson, James Fehring, Elizabeth Frericks, Mallory Geist, Skylar Greve, Jordan Hamilton, Danielle Hartmann, Anthony Herron, Alysa Holloway, Amber Johnson, Kelli Klaehn, Travis LeFever, Catelyn Lewis, Kimberly Martin, Alexander McDowell, Ryan Mey, Jordan Nicodemus, Jacob Raber, Zane Sade, Shelby Sanders, Bryce Shively, Kristi Slagal, Taylor Sordelet, Ronald Speaker, Jessica Tartaglia, Brian Trump, Breanna Wietfeldt.
Juniors
Dustin Arvola, Melissa Bueker, Autumn Bundy, Brianne Burkhart, Tori Converset, Alix Edsall, Amanda Farner, Elizabeth Fleming, Brittany Geiger, Dylan Geiger, Alecia Harmon, Heidi Haupricht, Dylan Herendeen, Tavin Herendeen, Evan Hill, Michael Hockerman, Charlie Huelsenbeck, Brandon Johnson, Chloe Kattau, Barbara Kreger, Shannon Kuznar, Marla Martinez, Randie Murphy, Justin Norris, Chelsey Penley, Cassandra Petrie, Erik Pippenger, Jade Rollins, Sarah Schmidt, Allyson Shambaugh, Kelsey Shanabarger, Ashlie Shelton, George Siddons, Drew Snyder, Crystal Sorg, Jordan Turner, Rhayah Wallace, Alisha Wells, Emily Wyss.
Sophomores
Adam Boggess, Victoria Burch, Clinton Butler, Alexandria Eyer, Rachel Fehring, Taylor Fry, Layne Fulk, Kalyn Geiger, Austin Goepfrich, Haleigh Gross, Victoria Harris, Brandi Herron, Stuart Hilsmier, Michaela Hoffman, Jori Hull, Christopher Jones, Dylan Jones, Joshua LeFever, Jana Lewellyn, Gretchen Meinzen, Maranda Partin, Robert Pope, Harrison Sade, Alyssa Schinbeckler, Christopher Uecker, Codi Wetzel, Austin Williams, Haley Wojcik, Morgan Young, Alexander Zolman.
Freshmen
Chandler Blake, Chandler Brown, Kyle Faust, Emily Folland, Emma Frericks, Colton Geiger, Kasey Gibson, Janelle Gouwens, Sydney Hunsberger, Gabrielle Jones, Jessica Keener, Nicole Lampe, Amanda Martin, Alana Miller, Jay Petrie, Jennafer Shambaugh, John Teusch, Joseph Zumbrun.
Honorable Mention
Seniors
Ronald Adams, Robin Berghoff, Michael Buckhardt, Seth Coe, Hayden Dirr, Kyrie Dreyer, Kayla Helfrich, Anistassia Jackson, Marrisa Kessinger, Shelbi Krecik, Zachary Murphy, Kyle Owen, Noah Polakovic, Alisha Royer, Jacob Sakells, Mark Tomlinson, Luman Wu.
Juniors
Amanda Alderfer, Zackery Armstead, Shelby Bering, Alex Diller, Bradley Eckert, Jeremy Forker, Austen Hively, Shelby Keefe, Shawn Kelley, Kyle Mathewson, Kyle Monk, Brent Owen, Kaitlyn Owens, Stacie Roehrman, Haley Ruble, Spencer Shroyer, Brianna Wheaton, Nichole Wormcastle, Felicia Young.
Sophomores
Zachary Adams, Brent Beasley, Colleen Bishop, Gregory Bloehm, Richard Burget, Brooke Carter, Halie Chapa, Maitlin Craig, Caitlin Eakins, Brittany Gayheart, Taylor Henning, Kaitlyn Hockerman, Peyton Hunsberger, Haleigh Johnston, Dylan Jones, Miranda Kelly, Jerred Konger, Erika Lehner, Rebecca Mapes, Jacob Martin, Ryan Mayer, Jadene McCormick, Heather Monk, Kayla Norris, Christopher Owens, Theodore Pearson, Elizabeth Pranger, Olivia Reed, Paige Roe, Nikki Sanders, Victoria Schemm, Erika Smallwood, Payton Summers, Nicole Trump, Tabitha VanAuken.
Freshmen
Gunnar Barnhart, Amelia Barrett, Morgan Beverly, Andrew Biddle, Broden Birk, Austin Boggess, Monique Buckhardt, Korie Corson, Kelary Crabill, Davon Geiger, Morgan Gibson, Damon Hays, Mariah Herendeen, Connor Hogeston, Jacey Keener, Eric Kuznar, Savannah Labenz, Troy Ladd, Austin McClure, Brett Miller, Tyler Nevil, Jason Nicodemus, Karensa Nodine, Marisa Noyes, Katherine Shively, Samuel Siddons, Amelia Tidwell, Jenna Uecker, Chandler Voght, Shelby Woodruff, McKenna Zeller.

Churubusco High School Honor Roll and Honorable Mention

Honor Roll

Seniors

Britnee Alfrey, Taylor Amber, Alexis Bankson, Chantal Battenberg, Amanda Brumbaugh, Katie Brumbaugh, Alexis Butler, Brittany Crabill, Hannah Dodson, James Fehring, Elizabeth Frericks, Mallory Geist, Skylar Greve, Jordan Hamilton, Danielle Hartmann, Anthony Herron, Alysa Holloway, Amber Johnson, Kelli Klaehn, Travis LeFever, Catelyn Lewis, Kimberly Martin, Alexander McDowell, Ryan Mey, Jordan Nicodemus, Jacob Raber, Zane Sade, Shelby Sanders, Bryce Shively, Kristi Slagal, Taylor Sordelet, Ronald Speaker, Jessica Tartaglia, Brian Trump, Breanna Wietfeldt.

MS Publisher classes offered

There will be MS Publisher classes on Monday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 2 from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $60.
Topics covered: Learn how to combine text and graphics to create newsletters, brochures, books and other publications that were once created manually using a variety of non-computer techniques along with large complex photo-typesetting machines. Today, desktop publishing does it all. Publisher is a great tool for graphic designers and non-designers to easily create visual communications for professional or desktop printing.
Classes will be held at the Whitley County Extension Office unless otherwise designated.
For more information call Bill Webber at (260) 244-7615 or 625-3313.

There will be MS Publisher classes on Monday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 2 from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $60.

‘A Village Christmas’ in Wolf Lake

Again this year, “A Village Christmas” is being celebrated in Wolf Lake. In conjunction with this celebration and to further complement all planned activities, Living Water Lutheran Church is again sponsoring the “Penguin Frolic” Craft Bazaar. It will be held December 4 and 5 at the Noble Township Fire House located on Highway 109 South of Wolf Lake. Hours are Friday, December 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. There are still a few spaces available. If interested in participating in the craft bazaar, please contact Maxine Kolb at 799-5809 or Mary K. Miller at 244-4868. If no answer, please leave a message.
To enjoy all of the “Village Christmas” activities, Saturday, December 5 include a Christmas dinner being served at the Community Building in the Park at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. There will also be free concerts at the Baptist Church featuring local musicians with hours that will allow customers to enjoy dinner and take in the concerts at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 5.
For presale tickets or more information on any of these great holiday activities, contact Sandy Huntsman at 635-2490; Sue Johnson at 635-2256 or Maxine Kolb at 799-5809. If no answer, please leave a message.

Again this year, “A Village Christmas” is being celebrated in Wolf Lake. In conjunction with this celebration and to further complement all planned activities, Living Water Lutheran Church is again sponsoring the “Penguin Frolic” Craft Bazaar. It will be held December 4 and 5 at the Noble Township Fire House located on Highway 109 South of Wolf Lake.