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WWII Vet to give talk at Churubusco High School

The Churubusco Public Library and Churubusco High School Library invite the public to a free presentation on Saturday, May 22 at the high school from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Indiana author Marion Walker, a World War II veteran whose recently published book Preparing for the Rain on Iwo Jima Isle, provides a compelling, first-hand account of one of the bloodiest battles in our nation’s history will speak.
One of the few remaining survivors of the battle, Walker has made it his mission to ensure that we never forget the sacrifices of a brave generation who fought to ensure our freedoms.
Selections of patriotic music, provided by the American Legion Post 47 Band, will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will follow Walker’s presentation as well. Autographed copies of Walker’s book will be available for purchase.

The Churubusco Public Library and Churubusco High School Library invite the public to a free presentation on Saturday, May 22 at the high school from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Indiana author Marion Walker, a World War II veteran whose recently published book Preparing for the Rain on Iwo Jima Isle, provides a compelling, first-hand account of one of the bloodiest battles in our nation’s history will speak.

May 5, 2010

One Year Ago
Eagle Lumber and Hardware held its grand opening. JR Ford and his wife, Marsha Bursey-Ford own the store located on the south end of Churubusco. Sales, door prizes and free giveaways were just part of the celebration.
An announcement of a new senior housing complex in Churubusco was made. Construction was to begin in the summer. Congressman Mark Souder was on hand to present a grant for $2,267,800. The money came from HUD, to purchase land next to the Churubusco United Methodist Church and to build a 22 unit complex.
The S-G Board of School Trustees voted to delay the start of school on Wednesdays until 8:45. The new schedule was to provide professional development time for teachers. The changes were made because of new Indiana State requirements.
Neal and Becky Hazen announced the birth of their daughter, Lydia Marie.
Five Years Ago
Amy Clapp and Matt Marr were crowned king and queen at the Churubusco High School prom.
Three outstanding volunteers from Smith Township were Heart of Gold Winners. Judy Mapes, Bill Lewis and Elizabeth Schemm each received $100 to donate to the charity of their choice.
A public forum on the proposed Wheel Tax saw strong opposition from local citizens. Costs from 1999 to 2004 had gone from $693,000 to $823,000. The purpose of the forum was to get input from the community.
The S-G School Board voted to reorganize special ed co-op. The reorganization was intended to centralize services that were in three schools. Moving to the local district, the Board felt there would be better control and a more efficient way of dealing with students and parents.
Michael and Schaun Resler announced the birth of their son, Blake David.
Ora and Jill Freeman announced the birth of their daughter, Meadowe Marcella.
Joe and Vadis Bailey celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Ten Years Ago
Voter turnout in the County Primary was very low.
S-G School Board approved facility improvement bids. A bid from Tile Interiors, Inc. for $15,010 to replace carpet in four middle school rooms was approved. A bid from Sattison of Waterloo for an additional 8 x 20 walk-in freezer for the cafeteria was approved also.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Representative Mark Souder with its 1999 “Spirit of Enterprise” Award for his strong support for pro-business policies and legislation in the first session of the 106th Congress.
25 Years Ago
Applications were being taken for employment at BRC Injected Rubber Products, Inc., the newest industry in Churubusco.
Churubusco’s Town Park sported a new sign that was donated by the Lions Club.
The Churubusco State Bank purchased new baseball uniforms for the Sandy Koufax League.
Nipsco announced it was joining a nationwide program to help solve the tragedy of missing children. The program was implemented on May 1, 1985.
50 Years Ago
Thieves robbed Rapp’s TV Store resulting in a loss of about $160. A window in the rear of the store was broken for access. Stolen were three transistor radios valued at $150 and a small amount of cash.
Only 28.1 per cent of Whitley County voters turned out at the primary election. Most of the voters were Republicans.
Churubusco High School seniors left on a trip to Washington D.C. and New York City. Their schedule included the White House, FBI, Mt. Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the U.S. Capital. Among the sites planned in New York, they were to take a yacht cruise around Manhattan and a ride to the observation roof of the Empire State Building.
Arthur O’Dier purchased the sportsman’s store located at the junction of U.S. 33 and Blue Lake Road. He planned to move the business from this location to U.S. 33 and S.R. 102. The new shop was to be known as the H & O Sport Shop.
The official opening of Chain O’ Lakes State Park was delayed. The opening had been scheduled for a date in May but the Board said the park would not be ready.

One Year Ago

Eagle Lumber and Hardware held its grand opening. JR Ford and his wife, Marsha Bursey-Ford own the store located on the south end of Churubusco. Sales, door prizes and free giveaways were just part of the celebration.

An announcement of a new senior housing complex in Churubusco was made. Construction was to begin in the summer. Congressman Mark Souder was on hand to present a grant for $2,267,800. The money came from HUD, to purchase land next to the Churubusco United Methodist Church and to build a 22 unit complex.

The S-G Board of School Trustees voted to delay the start of school on Wednesdays until 8:45. The new schedule was to provide professional development time for teachers. The changes were made because of new Indiana State requirements.

Neal and Becky Hazen announced the birth of their daughter, Lydia Marie.

Patty Amber

Amber announces candidacy for Smith Township Trustee

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Patty Amber, a lifelong resident of Churubusco, has announced her intention to seek the office of Smith Township Trustee. In 2008 she was selected by caucus to fill the unexpired term of trustee as her husband, Don was elected County Commissioner.
Amber served from 1987 until 2008 as the clerk of Smith Township and feels that experience serves her well to be the trustee. Her father, the late Cline C. Zolman also served as Smith Township Trustee from 1966 until 1970 so she learned early in life that the position is as close to “grass roots” government as any government body in Indiana.
The Smith Township Trustee’s responsibilities include: being fiscally responsible to the Smith Township Fire Department, providing township assistance to those truly in need while protecting the taxpayer’s hard-earned money by carefully screening requests for township assistance, assisting the community park with needed equipment, and maintaining the Cumulative Fire Fund. Since implementing the “cum fire” fund, Smith Township has avoided borrowing money to purchase fire equipment, saving the taxpayers additional money in interest payments.
While one of the governor’s problems with the township trustee system is that they tend to save money instead of spending it, Mrs Amber feels that having a Rainy Day fund as well as the Cumulative Fire Fund is being responsible to the taxpayers and keeps the tax rate in check while maintaining the ability to meet any unexpected costs.
Mrs. Amber is a graduate of Churubusco High School. The Amber’s have two children, Bob (Marna) Amber and Amy (Sean) Motter, all of whom make Churubusco their home. Additionally they have six grandchildren (the seventh is due in October) and one great-grandson. Her hobbies include tennis and attending Churubusco sporting events.
In 2009 she retired after serving with Whitley County EMS for 30 years in which she provided care to the citizens of Churubusco. Amber was employed in the banking business for 17 years and while she only worked at one bank, the name of the bank changed three times. She is a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 157 Auxiliary.

Patty Amber, a lifelong resident of Churubusco, has announced her intention to seek the office of Smith Township Trustee. In 2008 she was selected by caucus to fill the unexpired term of trustee as her husband, Don was elected County Commissioner.

Fine Arts Team

Academic Super Bowl competition

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Letter carriers annual food drive

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Letter Carriers annual food drive
On the second Saturday in May, May 8, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America will deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also will collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers participating in the 18th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) National Food Drive –  the largest one-day food drive in the world.
Letter carriers all across Indiana will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 local NALC branches in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are involved in the drive. Timing of the drive is especially important as food bank donations tend to diminish after the winter holidays.
The national effort by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers, with the help of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, other postal employees and numerous other volunteers resulted in delivery of 73.4 million pounds of donations to community food banks and pantries last year alone. That brought the total for the first 17 years to 982.7 million pounds of food.
The success of this food drive is in its simplicity. All citizens need to do is to place a box or can of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail on Saturday, May 8. (Please do not include items that have expired or those in glass containers). The carrier will do the rest. The food is taken back to a postal station, sorted and then delivered to an area food bank or pantry. There it is made available for needy families.
This year, the challenge of feeding the hungry is daunting. With the current economy and job losses, many are worried about providing the next meal for their families. Millions and millions of people face hunger every day in America, including many children. This food drive is one way people can help those in their own city or town who need help. When you sit down to dinner on Saturday evening, May 8, know that you made a difference in a person’s life by offering something as simple as a can of food so someone doesn’t go hungry. Please donate — with the assistance of your local letter carrier you will help a neighbor in need.
Donations by postal customers will be delivered to community food banks and pantries that serve the area where the donations are collected.

On the second Saturday in May, May 8, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America will deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also will collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers participating in the 18th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) National Food Drive –  the largest one-day food drive in the world.

Town grants C & A tax abatement

Town grants C&A tax abatement
Junk cars to be moved
by Dave Crabill
dcrabill@busconews.com
Now that C&A Tool’s corporate headquarters is annexed into the Churubusco town limits, all issues pertaining to their tax abatements will be reviewed yearly by the Churubusco Town Council.
In addition to accepting all of the existing abatements granted by Whitley County, the council granted another  ten year phase-in of personal property taxes to C&A. The $3.7 million investment is for new machinery purchases and 12 new employees.
Council president Frank Kessler said that he was proud of the way C&A handles business and was happy that the town granted the tax abatement. “We appreciate the company’s leadership in our community.”
Junk car ordinance to be enforced
Churubusco Town Marshall, Chad Fulkerson informed the council that his department would be stepping up enforcement of the abandoned car ordinance. Fulkerson said that although the ordinance has been on the books for some time, the law has rarely been enforced.
Fulkerson said that he would assign every officer a couple of cars to tag on every shift. He said at that rate the junk cars could be cleaned up in a short time. Fulkerson said a red tag and a copy of the ordinance will be left with the property owner and they will have ten days to get rid of the car. He said on the 11th day, a tow truck will pick up the car and the owner will be charged. “Hopefully, we’ll clean up the town a little, some of these cars have been there for years.”
The next regular scheduled Town Council meeting is on Wednesday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Junk cars to be moved

by Dave Crabill

dcrabill@busconews.com

Now that C&A Tool’s corporate headquarters is annexed into the Churubusco town limits, all issues pertaining to their tax abatements will be reviewed yearly by the Churubusco Town Council.

Ann Barrett

Heart of Gold winners

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Ann Barrett, pictured with her son John Barrett, was the Churubusco winner at the 15th Annual Heart of Gold Awards held Thursday, April 22 at Indian Springs Middle School. The Heart of Gold Awards honor Whitley County residents who touch the hearts of others. Ann was nominated because of her work making lap blankets for veterans. A winner was chosen from each of the towns being honored by the Whitley County Community Foundation. Each of the three winners, from Churubusco, Columbia City and South Whitley, was given $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. (photo by hiatt)

C & A Tool reinvesting in new equipment

Last Wednesday locally based C&A Tool Engineering announced that it is expanding production capabilities at its Churubusco area headquarters and production machining facility.
“C&A Tool is constantly seeking out opportunities to better serve our customers,” said CEO Dick Conrow, “Our employees continue to focus on developing new business in aerospace, medical devices, and other growth markets.”
C&A Tool is in the process of adding a Klingeinberg G60 Gear Grinding Machine, a Vournard 300 Grinding Machine, and other inspection equipment and tooling that will further enhance the company’s ability to solve customers’ problems with uncommon results. In addition, the company plans to add 12 new positions to its current 455 employee Churubusco-area workforce.
C&A Tool adheres to the highest quality manufacturing standards and has achieved ISO 14385 medical certification, ISO 9001.2008 International standards certification, AS 9100B aerospace certification, and ISO/TS 16949:2002 automotive certification.
Established in 1969 as a premier tool and die maker, C&A Tool has become a national and international supplier of metalworking specialties and now has approximately 500 fulltime employees at facilities in the Churubusco area. The company recently announced that it is in the process of acquiring the MAHLE Clevite facility in Churubusco to accommodate future company growth.
“On behalf of the Town Council, we are pleased to support C&A Tool’s continued growth and success in our community,” said Town Council President Frank Kessler. “We appreciate the company leadership’s commitment to their business and to our community.”
The Churubusco Town Council approved a request for phase-in of personal property taxes on approximately $3,700,000 in new machinery and equipment purchases. The Whitley County EDC continues to work with C&A Tool to support the company’s business development goals, including introductions with the new Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the Talent Initiative (formerly TOpS 2015).
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to implement a unified economic development effort and to expand employment and business opportunities for the benefit of the people of Whitley County by developing and maintaining cooperation of all individuals, groups, and organizations within the county. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit www.whitleyedc.com.

Last Wednesday locally based C&A Tool Engineering announced that it is expanding production capabilities at its Churubusco area headquarters and production machining facility.

Smith-Green hires assistant principal

by Katie Wagner
Current CMS sixth grade science teacher, Nicole Veit, will be the Elementary Assistant Principal effective at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. The Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees unanimously approved a 210 day contract and an annual salary of $62,000 for Veit at last Monday night’s meeting.
School Board President Tanya Young said she was excited to have such a qualified pool of applicants from within the Corporation and she believes promoting from within is best for the kids.
Veit has taught at CMS for five years.
“I am honored to be a part of the new direction Smith-Green is headed,” she said as she addressed the Board. “I look forward to working with this administrative team.”
In other Board news:
In a special meeting on March 29, the Board unanimously approved the Master Teacher Contract Agreement for 2010-2013. Superintendent Steve Darnell and Boardmembers Nick Uecker and Rick Trump sat on the negotiations team. Darnell reviewed revisions to the agreement and said the total anticipated cost of the proposal to the Corporation for 2010-2011 would be $266,542, which is in cash reserves. Recalling past negotiations, Young said the process went much more smoothly this time. “I was able to sit in Nick’s seat one night and both parties brought snacks to share,” she said. “It showed everyone was professional and ready to get things done.”
“I appreciate the teachers not asking for the world,” Darnell said, “because they knew it wasn’t available with recent state cuts.”
As part of budget reduction actions, Darnell advised the Board to approve the reduction of Contract/Employment Days for selected individuals for a total savings to the corporation of $30,226.35. Boardmember Rick Trump said he appreciates Darnell’s efforts to cut costs and save money, but he was concerned about cutting Nancy Becker’s contract days when the Corporation is working to improve special programs that Becker coordinates. The Board approved the reduction with the amendment that Becker’s contract days would be reduced by 10 rather than 15 days. Other employees who saw reductions to contract/employment days included: John Davis, Jayne Evans, Phil Allen, Terry McManama, Amanda Smith and Lib McDowell.
The Board approved the quote from SmartEd Services for the purchase of 21 Smart Boards and 32 projectors at a total cost of $70,209.09. With this action, every SGCS classroom will be equipped with a Smart Board—an interactive teaching tool that has replaced the chalkboard. Darnell, Young and CHS Principal Austin Couch agreed that the presence of Smart Boards helps bring in teachers who may otherwise overlook the District because most school districts do not have Smart Boards in every classroom.
The next regular Board meeting will be Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the CHS Media Center. SGCS staff members celebrating 10, 20, 30 and 40 years of service as well as a retiree will be honored with a reception starting at 6:00 p.m. prior to the Board meeting in the CMS/CHS Media Center. Light refreshments will be served. At 6:30, Boardmembers will present gifts to the honorees. The public is invited to attend.

by Katie Wagner

kwagner@busconews.com

Current CMS sixth grade science teacher, Nicole Veit, will be the Elementary Assistant Principal effective at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. The Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees unanimously approved a 210 day contract and an annual salary of $62,000 for Veit at last Monday night’s meeting.