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Pinewood Derby held

CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE On Saturday, February 20, the Churubusco Cub Scouts Pack 3081 and Wolf Lake Cub Scouts…

Nursery School registration at CUMC

Churubusco United Methodist Church Nursery School is accepting registrations for the 2010-2011 school year.
Children should be three, four or five by August 1. Enrollment fee is $30. Monthly fees will be $60. Three day programs are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Morning sessions are from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions are from 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Open House will be Sunday,  September 19 from 2-4 p.m. The first day of school will be Monday, September 20.
The school is located at 750 N. Main Street, Churubusco. For more information, call the office at 693-2154.

Churubusco United Methodist Church Nursery School is accepting registrations for the 2010-2011 school year.

Martin celebrates 50 years in sorority

Doris Martin, former Churubusco resident now residing at The Oaks in Columbia City, recently celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of Kappa Delta Phi National Sorority.
Doris was elected National President in 1978 at Nashville, Tennessee. All Past National Presidents are lifetime members. In addition to her countless hours working for the Sorority, she was also active in Churubusco’s Turtle Days, Rotary, worked as a secretary and sold residential real estate, and wrote newspaper columns for Churubusco News and Post & Mail.
Due to the deaths and illnesses of most active longtime members, the local chapter Gamma Alpha Eta has been disbanded.

Doris Martin, former Churubusco resident now residing at The Oaks in Columbia City, recently celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of Kappa Delta Phi National Sorority.

IPFW awards degrees

IPFW has awarded 554 degrees and certificates to 528 students who completed their course of study during the fall 2009…

Students named to college Dean’s Lists

Dr. Rolf Daniel, Provost of the University of Saint Francis, has announced students named to the Dean’s List for the Fall Semester 2009. These students have maintained a 3.5 grade point average on a four-point scale and have carried at least 12 credit hours.
The students from our area are: Jessica Arrowsmith, Nursing; Brock Egolf, Business/Music Physical Therapist Assistant; Tracey Gordon, Studies; Allison Norris, Radiologic Technology; Samantha Raber, Social Work; Eric Romary, Music Technology; and Sarah Sorg, Health and Exercise Science.

University of St. Francis

Dr. Rolf Daniel, Provost of the University of Saint Francis, has announced students named to the Dean’s List for the Fall Semester 2009. These students have maintained a 3.5 grade point average on a four-point scale and have carried at least 12 credit hours.

Churubusco Police Report for January 8-14

Friday, January 8: 2400 School traffic. 1420 U11 Disabled vehicle at Valero. Gave driver and passenger a ride to Blue Ridge. He will pick up car late this afternoon. Valero advised. 1511 U11 In to ask if U2 had filed trespass charges against for the December 24 incident. I told her it did not sound to me like there was a charge to file. She is afraid of him and his family. I advised her to keep a log of any threats or unnecessary drive-bys and to call us if she needed to. 1850 U11 Subject in station whose daughter was involved in an accident in Marion with an uninsured driver. They are looking for restitution but do not want to file through their insurance company. I advised them to contact civil court. 2100 WC Possible 10-55. Driver northbound on SR 205. Almost struck a semi head on. 2105 U11 Stopped vehicle at SR 205 Just north of Duglay Road. 2110 U11 Arrested juvenile driver, 16 years of age for OWI and possession of paraphernalia Bac 0.14.
Saturday, January 9: 2216 CP had his lug nuts taken off his truck at the school. Was on the east side of the school. White 1990 Ford Ranger truck.
Sunday, January 10: 1345 U2 W/C assist com 10-90 at Paint It, Busco #1 10-23 Open door. No one around. 10-23 with U1, 92-13 and owner. Cleared building. Secure.
Monday, January 11: 1000 U3 I confirmed the 40 for. I called and advised him. 1200 U3 92-13 Called, advised was at the jail turning herself in on the 40. 1345 U2 Out at house. Let her know I did not file charges. 1400 U2 School check. 1355 U2 School check. 1520 School U2 Sig. 8 in reference to theft of cell phone. CAD: 141931. The school is going to so some checking and get back with me if they find out anything. 1945 U2 School check.
Tuesday, January 12: 1325 U3 C/P was in to advise her Mom on Anderson Road using her ID to get credit cards. Mother in Holiday Park. Is in touch with creditors trying to get more info, but she wanted us to be advised now. 2115  U11 Arranged for her two year old daughter to stay with the daughter’s father, which was not in accordance with the court-ordered visitation. She has now learned that is with — whom she does not want around her daughter. Wants me to check on welfare. 2130 U11 Out at W. Whitley. Daughter appears fine. Is sending someone over to pick her up. Is cooperative. 10-8.
Wednesday, January 13: 0730 WC U11 10-90 Eagle Do It Best. 0735 Worker on premises, false trip. 10-8. 0750 U11 School check. 0830 U11 Court. 0930 U11 Verbal warning following too closely, J. Roesler. 1510 U1 CP into pick up Whitley Krider’s cell phone. 1715 U1 WC Sig. 8 Back of Pit Stop Pizza in reference to large van backed into their parking sign. Nobody around. 1725 U1 Talked with owner of truck and he will pay for the sign. Big yellow van. Is owner of Co. but not the driver. Driver still unknown. 1830 U1 CP called and advised she has recovered the phone that was stolen. U2 Took report. At this time she does not want to do anything about it.
Thursday, January 14: 0840 U11 Verbal warning. Das J. Hartung.

Friday, January 8: 2400 School traffic. 1420 U11 Disabled vehicle at Valero. Gave driver and passenger a ride to Blue Ridge. He will pick up car late this afternoon. Valero advised. 1511 U11 In to ask if U2 had filed trespass charges against for the December 24 incident. I told her it did not sound to me like there was a charge to file. She is afraid of him and his family. I advised her to keep a log of any threats or unnecessary drive-bys and to call us if she needed to. 1850 U11 Subject in station whose daughter was involved in an accident in Marion with an uninsured driver. They are looking for restitution but do not want to file through their insurance company. I advised them to contact civil court. 2100 WC Possible 10-55. Driver northbound on SR 205. Almost struck a semi head on. 2105 U11 Stopped vehicle at SR 205 Just north of Duglay Road. 2110 U11 Arrested juvenile driver, 16 years of age for OWI and possession of paraphernalia Bac 0.14.

McDonald's

Busco McDonald’s set for facelift; New owners, new look

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by Katie Wagner
Dick and Judy Littlefield are in the business of people—and that’s why they are so excited about being the new owners of the Churubusco McDonald’s.
“We are ecstatic about the people we have,” Dick said. “We want to be a people company.”
The Littlefields took ownership of the Churubusco McDonald’s on January 12, 2010, shortly after purchasing the Avilla McDonald’s in September 2009.
Working for the McDonald’s Corporation for 15 years, Dick has worked his way up the ranks, from restaurant manager to training department employee to field service manager to owner/operator. He has worked for the company in California, Tampa, Fla., New Orleans and Arkansas. Judy is currently enrolled in special training courses to be an official owner/operator alongside her husband. In addition, three of their four children have worked at McDonald’s restaurants as after-school jobs.
The Littlefields grew up in small towns in Maine and Michigan, so naturally they chose a small-town McDonald’s.
Noting the small-town appeal of the ‘Busco McD’s, Dick said he notices more customer loyalty in small towns. He also has a greater opportunity to get to know his customers and be involved in the community.
Although McDonald’s Corp. is known for its involvement in communities, Dick said as an owner/operator, he and Judy will have the liberty to put on special promotions, make changes to the building and donate money to the community at their election rather than someone’s discretion.
“It’s ours,” Dick said. “We are totally responsible for the operations.”
The couple plans to support local sports teams and local scholarship opportunities.
The Littlefields plan to make changes to the restaurant, inside and out, in the coming months. The exterior of the building will be completely re-landscaped, while the dividing wall between the front and back of the seating area will be removed. A large television will be placed on the back wall for customer enjoyment and entertainment. However, the wall that recounts the history of Oscar the turtle will remain.
Although the building will undergo major changes, the staff will stay the same.
All managers and crew stayed except the store manager—and that’s a good thing, according to Dick.
“The work ethic is high,” he said, “and we’re excited about the people we inherited.”
Brad Laker is serving as the temporary store manager, but the Littlefields plan to promote from within to fulfill the position. Laker will then act as supervisor of both the Avilla and Churubusco restaurants.
Dick said he wants the customers to know that he and Judy are available to hear both compliments and criticism.
“If anything’s wrong, we want to be the first to know,” he said. “We consider a complaint a gift. We want to fix it, so don’t be afraid to tell us.”
Dick and Judy are planning a Meet & Greet the week of March 1-6 so community members can get to know the new owners. Customers can enjoy daily specials—see restaurant fliers for details. In addition, Ronald McDonald will be at the restaurant on Saturday, March 6, from 12-1 p.m., and kids can get their faces painted from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. A raffle for a Nintendo Wii will be held at 2:30 p.m. and Wild 96.3 will be out front promoting the event.

by Katie Wagner

kwagner@busconews.com 

Dick and Judy Littlefield are in the business of people—and that’s why they are so excited about being the new owners of the Churubusco McDonald’s. “We are ecstatic about the people we have,” Dick said. “We want to be a people company.”

Elmer Stewart

Local artist Elmer Stewart is remembered

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by Chuck Jones
Elmer Stewart was born in Van Wert, Ohio and one family member said it was Oct. 17, 1886 but that does not add up as his obituary which says he was 86 when he died Dec. 6, 1962.  He would have been 76 per the date given by a family member. Elmer had a twin brother, Albert that preceded him in death.
Elmer grew up in Hartford City, Indiana.  After his schooling was finished he moved to Ft. Wayne and took up his work with Ed Kover, painting many religious subjects on contract.  He said he never had time to get married.
When he was 55 he moved to Blue Lake where he spent his days painting scenes and portraits copying old masters and receiving visitors into his studio. Many of his paintings at that time adorned business places, offices and meeting halls in Churubusco.
Despite his absorption in his work he always found time to lend a helping hand as attested to by his neighbors.
Visitors to his studio were always met with a cordial welcome and ushered into his quarters.  His paintings were varied as he did still life, landscapes, murals, and famous persons.  There were paintings of Will Rogers and Henry Ford, Carol Lombard, and Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Abe Lincoln.  At that time he was getting about $50 for an average sized painting. Elmer polished his talents almost entirely on his own.
Sandy Irons Gipe who lived down the road from Elmer remembers Elmer as a very kind man who always welcomed the local kids into his studio. She remembers this fairly large room lined with benches and his paintings hanging on the walls. She also remembers a player piano and a tube victrola. She remembers every day about 4 p.m. he would walk to the Blue Lake General Store for a pint of ice cream.   I can remember during my teen years along with friend Howard Lewellyn spending time in Elmer’s studio.
Elmer passed away on Dec. 6, 1962 and on July 17, 1963 after his death an auction was held at the Whitley County Fairgrounds.  Fifty-two paintings were sold for a total price of $650.
The Whitley County Museum was able to purchase one of Elmer’s paintings thanks to a donation to the Museum by his niece, Krista Stewart who now lives in Arlington, Virginia.  Elmer died when she was 13 and she can only remember one time ever being in his studio.
The Churubusco News would welcome hearing from anyone who has a painting that was done by Elmer Stewart.

by Chuck Jones

Elmer Stewart was born in Van Wert, Ohio and one family member said it was Oct. 17, 1886 but that does not add up as his obituary which says he was 86 when he died Dec. 6, 1962.  He would have been 76 per the date given by a family member. Elmer had a twin brother, Albert that preceded him in death.

Stand up and be counted

Now through Monday, April 19, a Questionnaire Assistance Center will be open to answer any questions you may have on Census 2010.
The Center will be located at the Churubusco Town Hall, 215 Home Avenue. The Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ten ways we rely on the Census:
1. Understanding local and regional labor supplies.
2. Estimating the number of people displaced by natural disasters.
3. Assessing the potential for spread of communicable diseases.
4. Developing assistance programs for low-income families.
5. Determining the local impact of Base Realignment and Closure programs.
6. Creating maps to speed emergency services to households.
7. Making informed business decisions.
8. Delivering goods and services to local markets.
9. Understanding consumer needs.
10. Designing facilities for the elderly, children and people with disabilities.
For more information call 693-9350 or visit the Indiana 2010 Census Web page at www.census.indiana.edu.

Got questions on the Census?

Now through Monday, April 19, a Questionnaire Assistance Center will be open to answer any questions you may have on Census 2010. The Center will be located at the Churubusco Town Hall, 215 Home Avenue. The Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 24, 2010

One Year Ago
Downtown  Churubusco changed its look as Sheets & Childs Funeral Home demolished a house beside the business to construct a parking area for their patrons.
The Town Council proposed an official Farmer’s Market for the 2009 season. The Council did not vote on the new ordinance but probably would at the next meeting.
A request was made for funds to repair the kitchen area of the fire station. The cost was approximately $250. The Council agreed to spend the money for the repairs.
The Town sold a decommissioned 2000 Crown Victoria police car. The winning bid was $1,800.
June and Milly Hanson announced the birth of their daughter, Ciera Morgan.
Five Years Ago
Junior Kyle Haber was on his way to compete in the IHSAA Wrestling Championship. He completed an outstanding season 29-6 and was crowned NECC champion.
Katie Hursey was honored with the most prestigious academic award to Huntington College. Fifty-five individuals were awarded a Presidential Scholarship.
Due to snow, fog and freezing rain, school had been delayed or closed numerous days. Unless more weather days were needed, June 3 would be the last day of school.
Members of the Town Council reviewed the estimated expense of the new waste water treatment facility. Improvements to alleviate wastewater capacity problems would cause sewer rates to increase as much as 70 percent. The Council considered a gradual rate increase. Starting construction time was 2006.
Ten Years Ago
Meghan Linvill, Churubusco’s lone gymnast, claimed the all-round title in a meet that included undefeated Homestead and Concordia.
The spectacular wrestling season of sophomore Pat McClain came to an end one day sooner that he hoped. It ended in the first round in the IHSAA finals at Conseco Field House. McClain went 33 – 2 and was undefeated until he reached the Fort Wayne semi-state round.
The Council was considering a water rate hike. The town hired Financial Solutions Group to conduct a financial study of the Municipal Water Utility. A public hearing would be held before a rate increase.
Town Marshal John Hart reported that Garry Jones had been hired as the fourth officer to join the Busco force. Adam Swinehart was added as a reserve officer.
A letter from the Indiana Department of Transportation said the speed limit on Whitley Street where a crossing guard was killed would be reduced to 20 mph.
25 Years Ago
With the recent death of Orlo McCoy, Chairman of the Board of the Churubusco State Bank, the major stockholders promoted Everett Jones to succeed Mr. McCoy. In addition, three new directors were appointed, Dr. Roger Thornton, Connie Bair and Ron Felger.
Kroger Company announced that Kroger and Hook Drugs entered into an agreement of a merger. Kroger would acquire Hooks for cash and common stock.
Heavy snow and severe drifting hampered many activities including Nipsco’s meter readings. Customers would receive estimated bills until meters could be read.
Dana Corporation announced increased sales and earnings. Net profits were 70% over 1983.
Barney and Vicki Dice announced the birth of their twin daughters, Tara Renee and Heather Lynn.
Jeff and Marilyn Arnold announced the birth of their son, Jared Michael.
Mr. and Mrs. James Horne announced the birth of their daughter, Christina Lou.
50 Years Ago
The Churubusco Eagles defeated Auburn in the first round sectional game.
Continued expansion of the J.I. Case Plant was predicted by Arthur Hansen, General Manager.
Petitions were being circulated in Whitley County urging the County Commissioners to authorize a bond issue for an addition and renovation of Whitley County Hospital. The estimated cost was $335,000.
Green Center School was broken into and robbed. The vandals broke cabinets and drawers, escaping with between $30 and $40 in cash. The York and Perry Schools had also been broken into.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fulk announced the birth of their son, Steven Robert.
“Lil’ Abner” was showing at the Columbia Theater.

One Year Ago

Downtown  Churubusco changed its look as Sheets & Childs Funeral Home demolished a house beside the business to construct a parking area for their patrons.

The Town Council proposed an official Farmer’s Market for the 2009 season. The Council did not vote on the new ordinance but probably would at the next meeting.

A request was made for funds to repair the kitchen area of the fire station. The cost was approximately $250. The Council agreed to spend the money for the repairs.

The Town sold a decommissioned 2000 Crown Victoria police car. The winning bid was $1,800.

June and Milly Hanson announced the birth of their daughter, Ciera Morgan.