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Christ Child Festival coming soon

You are invited to the 58th presentation of the Christ Child Festival to be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on December 11, 12, and 13.
This year’s theme is Jesus said, “Follow Me.”  There will be stage and booth presentations portraying the complete redemption story starting with the birth of Christ, along with Christmas music and singing. Refreshments will be served. Hours are Friday from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, opening with a morning service at 10 a.m. and concluding at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee but the Coliseum parking fee will be charged. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for a canned food drive for the Associated Churches Food Bank. Come celebrate Jesus at this year’s Christ Child Festival.
For more information, contact the Festival Committee at 693-0496 or 341-5934.

You are invited to the 58th presentation of the Christ Child Festival to be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on December 11, 12, and 13. This year’s theme is Jesus said, “Follow Me.”  There will be stage and booth presentations portraying the complete redemption story starting with the birth of Christ, along with Christmas music and singing. Refreshments will be served.

Investments can make great holiday gifts

Now that the holidays are here, you’re probably looking around for the right gifts for your loved ones. Of course, as you know, it’s not always easy to find gifts that are both meaningful and useful. This year, why not add financial gifts to your shopping list?
What types of financial gifts should you consider giving? Let’s look at a few possibilities:
• Contributions to Section 529 plans – If you have a child (or grandchild) that will be headed off to college in a few years, you may want to contribute to a Section 529 college savings plan. Your earnings and withdrawals will be exempt from federal taxes as long as the money goes toward paying college costs. There may be additional tax benefits to those who participate in their own state’s plan. Also, you can contribute generous amounts to your savings plan. Plus, you can change beneficiaries; if you’ve been putting money in a Section 529 plan for your child or grandchild, and he or she decides to forego college, you can transfer the money to another family member.
• Contributions to an IRA – Consider making a cash gift to a loved one, with the suggestion that the money be used for his or her IRA. Be creative – put the check in a special “IRA envelope.” Many people don’t fully fund their IRA each year – so any help you can give toward that goal will be important.
• Stocks – Consider giving shares of a company that produces products or services that are used by your intended recipient. If you’re going to give away some of your own shares, you’ll need to know what you originally paid for the stock, how long you’ve held it and its fair market value at the date of the gift. Recipients of your gift will need this information to determine gains or losses if they decide to sell the stock. (You’ll also need to determine if you have to pay gift taxes. You can give up to $12,000 per year, free of gift taxes, to as many people as you want; over your lifetime, you can give up to $1,000,000 without incurring gift taxes.)
• Savings Bonds – They may sound old-fashioned and stodgy, but U.S. Savings Bonds can still make nice financial gifts, especially for young people who can use the money in the future. Among the most popular savings bonds are Series EE Bonds, which can be purchased in denominations ranging from $50 (or $25.00 for Electronic EE Bonds) to $10,000. Paper EE Bonds are sold at half their face amount and will increase in value until they are cashed in or reach final maturity in 30 years. Electronic EE Bonds are sold at face value and reach maturity immediately. You can learn more about Series EE Bonds and TIPS, or even purchase them directly, from the Treasury Department’s website devoted to savings bonds: www.savingsbonds.gov.
A financial gift may not be traditional, but it can have a big impact on the recipient’s life – and it won’t be forgotten after the holidays are over.
(This article has been provided by Debra L. Maus, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, 9183 Lima Road, White Swan Plaza, Highway 3, Fort Wayne, IN 46818. For more information contact her at 489-4162.)

Now that the holidays are here, you’re probably looking around for the right gifts for your loved ones. Of course, as you know, it’s not always easy to find gifts that are both meaningful and useful. This year, why not add financial gifts to your shopping list? What types of financial gifts should you consider giving? Let’s look at a few possibilities:

Sweetwater, Majic 95.1 release charity CD

Fort Wayne, IN — Sweetwater, the third-largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the world, and Fort Wayne radio station WAJI, Majic 95.1, have again combined forces to issue Volume Four of Majic Miracle Music, a compilation CD of new recordings by national musicians, which will be sold locally with all proceeds to benefit Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
The CD is priced at $10 and is available at Anne’s Hallmark stores, Borders, Cookie Cottage, Tampa Wellness Oasis, Lutheran Hospital Gift Shop, all Wooden Nickel locations, as well as Sweetwater’s retail store at 5501 US Highway 30 W, and online at:   www.waji.com  (and)  www.sweetwater.com/miracle/
Nationally recognized artists, including Ingrid Michaelson, Uncle Kracker, John Tesh, Aimee Allen, Matt Kearney, and State of Man appear on the CD with new, acoustic versions of their popular hits. Most of the CD’s 20 songs were recorded at Sweetwater Productions, the region’s premier recording studio. The others are acoustic recordings donated by the artists.
“The first three volumes of Majic Miracle Music Volume were great, and raised more than $25,000, so we hope to raise a good deal more with Volume Four,” said WAJI Program Director, Barb Richards. “We are so blessed to have Sweetwater Sound right here in Fort Wayne.  They have a true desire to help the kids at Riley and we thank them so much for helping us to make this great fundraising project a reality!”
Majic Miracle Music is a project of Sweetwater Studio 95, a partnership launched in 2006 by Sweetwater Sound and Majic 95.1 WAJI for the recording of live, acoustic versions of songs by bands and artists visiting Fort Wayne. These recordings, along with extended interviews, are broadcast on Majic 95.
“We’re delighted to be a partner in supporting a wonderful organization like Riley Hospital for Children, and to be able to contribute by doing what we do best,” said Sweetwater President and Founder, Chuck Surack. “We hope that everyone will show their support by purchasing the Majic Miracle Music CD for themselves, and as a gift for friends and family.”

FORT WAYNE — Sweetwater, the third-largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the world, and Fort Wayne radio station WAJI, Majic 95.1, have again combined forces to issue Volume Four of Majic Miracle Music, a compilation CD of new recordings by national musicians, which will be sold locally with all proceeds to benefit Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

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.