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Town agrees to splash pad

by Dave Crabill
cheditor@app-printing.com
If all goes as scheduled the town of Churubusco will be enjoying a new water splash pad next summer.
A group that was assembled to help build a community swimming pool, presented their latest plans to the Churubusco Town Council last Wednesday.
Don Page, Liz Schemm, and Lucas Konger representing the Mueller Pool Committee attended the Town Council meeting and told the Council about their scaled back swimming pool plans. The group had hoped to help build a swimming pool on town property with a starting fund of over $300,000 donated by the late Churubusco resident Paul Mueller.
After donating the money to Smith-Green schools for the purpose of building a pool and placing the money with the Whitley County Foundation, the school informed the committee that they couldn’t help with the construction. The group also presented the plans to the town of Churubusco in hopes that the town would help out with the project.
After much deliberation, the pool committee decided to scale back their goals and try to build a splash pad instead. The group attended a Smith-Green School Board meeting and informed them of their plans for the splash pad. Smith-Green Board members were in favor and told the committee that they would give the money back to the group.
Pool committee member Lucas Konger said that the splash pad would be a gift to the town. He said that the construction costs would come in around $270,000 and the remaining roughly $50,000 would be kept in the Community Foundation for the maintenance and upkeep of the splash pad. “Basically we’re giving you a splash pad and the money to operate it for years to come,” said Konger.
“What else can we say except thank you,” said Council member Viv Sade.
The Community Foundation will have to go through legal channels to change the wishes of the donor and then the work on the new splash pad can begin.

by Dave Crabill

cheditor@app-printing.com

If all goes as scheduled the town of Churubusco will be enjoying a new water splash pad next summer.

H1N1 confirmed at SGCS

cn 10/14
SECOND STORY
H1N1 confirmed at SGCS
Officials urge parents not to panic
by Katie Wagner
Two students in the Smith-Green school system have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus within the past week, according to Superintendent Steve Darnell.
Darnell said he could not discuss specifics such as grade levels or gender of the students, but said the first case was confirmed by the student’s doctor in Allen County.
Darnell, along with School Nurse Sara Cartwright, sent a letter home with students Wednesday addressing the matter.
In the letter, Darnell and Cartwright tried to ease parents’ worries, noting that all desks and common areas are being disinfected and hand sanitizer is provided in every classroom. The letter states: “The H1N1 flu is a mild flu. It will not be necessary to close school unless H1N1 becomes widespread.”
As of Tuesday, Whitley County Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher said only one case of H1N1 had been confirmed in Whitley County and it was not one of the cases reported at Smith-Green. She said the discrepancy in reports could be due to the case being confirmed by an Allen County physician and not filtering back to Whitley County.
Despite attempts by officials to offer reassurance, viruses such as H1N1 often lead caregivers into undue worry. Hatcher said she wants parents to stay calm. The vast majority of people infected with influenza, even H1N1, experience a mild case which is highly treatable, she said. She added that everyday household cleaners, which contain bleach and alcohol, kill flu germs, so caregivers need not buy any special cleaners.
Hatcher did warn, however, that a person with the flu should see a health care provider immediately if they seem to be getting better and then suddenly take a turn for the worse. All forms of influenza can potentially cause severe complications or even death, especially in individuals with underlying factors such as pregnancy, diabetes, asthma and very young or very old age.
Hatcher offers some guidelines to prevent the spread of illness:
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue.
• Wash hands frequently, especially before eating.
• Contain the illness–Stay home if possible if you are experiencing coughing, sneezing or fever to prevent spreading it to others.
Hatcher also recommends getting both the H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccines. Check with your doctor as to the availability of the seasonal flu vaccine.
Whitley County will be receiving weekly or bi-weekly shipments of the H1N1 vaccine. The County currently has 300 doses of H1N1 nasal mist which is being distributed to the Health Department, Parkview Whitley Hospital and Parkview Occupational Health Clinic. Healthy individuals between the ages of two and 49 who are not pregnant may receive the nasal mist vaccine.
The Health Department will hold an H1N1 clinic Thursday, October 15 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. to administer the H1N1 flu mist vaccine to children ages two to nine years. The Health Department, which has 130 doses of the mist, also has 80 doses of the injectible H1N1 vaccine to administer to pregnant women.
Hatcher said she believes the H1N1 vaccine to be as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine because the development of the vaccine is basically the same as the flu vaccine and it has been used in other countries without complications.
To find out more about the H1N1 virus, visit http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1FLU/.

Officials urge parents not to panic  

by Katie Wagner 

Two students in the Smith-Green school system have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus within the past week, according to Superintendent Steve Darnell.

Churubusco students complete hunter education course

Busco Students Complete Hunter Education Course

Students in Mr. Allen’s Natural Resource Management class had the opportunity to take part in the Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s Hunter Education and gun safety course.  Erick Bolt,

CHS to present ‘Fools’ November 20-21

CHS CAST OF “FOOLS”
On November 20 and 21 the cast of the high school play will introduce “Fools” to Churubusco; this is the first time CHS has put on this Neil Simon comedy. Turtletown will soon meet Kulyenchikov, a remote village in the Ukraine. However, this is no ordinary village. Kulyenchikov has been burdened with a 200 year-old verse, wait, I mean curse. What kind of curse you ask? A curse of stupidity. That’s right, the citizens of Kulyenchikov are doomed to be stupid unless a young girl in the village will either marry a descendant of the cursing party or if she can learn something; that is where young Leon, a school teacher, comes in. He adopts the mission of educating Sophia, much to his frustration. So will Leon be successful and free the village from the horrible purse, wait, I mean curse? You’ll just have to see the show to find out.
The cast members are Zane Sade, Harrison Sade, Taylor Sordelet, Colleen Bishop, Avery Dirr, Cole Anderson, Kelsy Listenberger, Cassandra Petrie, Hayden Dirr, and Shannon Kuznar. The cast will be collecting patronages to help support the CHS Fine Arts Department until October 31. These patronages help maintain the theatre and its equipment. If you would like to donate and are not asked by a cast member, you may contact Harold Norman at 693-2965. Tickets will be $5 each and will be available from all cast members soon. The show is in need of various set pieces and props including old, primitive, block-looking furniture (a sofa, chairs, table, etc.), an old wooden barrel, old crates, and other items that could help dress the set to appear as a remote Russian village around the 1600s-1890s. If you would like to loan any items to be used in the show, contact Kayla at (260) 750-5889.

On November 20 and 21 the cast of the high school play will introduce “Fools” to Churubusco; this is the first time CHS has put on this Neil Simon comedy.

Churubusco Child Care selling cookbooks

Churubusco Child Care selling cookbooks
On Monday, October 12, Churubusco Child Care Center began selling cookbooks just in time for Christmas!  The books are just $8 and have over 175 recipes from students, parents, grandparents and the community.  There are many great recipes and tips. Buy one for yourself and get some to give away for Christmas.
Don’t forget those school teachers, dance instructors, postal workers, paper carriers, hair stylists, babysitters, neighbors and those fun white elephant gift exchanges, just to name a few.
Call 693-2966 for Margie or Beth, or just stop by and pick up several at 111 Home Avenue, Churubusco. You can also get them from students and their parents.
While you are there, pick up a discount card on sale now. Buy one get one half  off… buy two for $15…still good till April 2010. Go to McDonald’s three times or Subway three times and get money back in savings…and those are just a few of the great deals!

On Monday, October 12, Churubusco Child Care Center began selling cookbooks just in time for Christmas!

Suger Grove's pie contest

Sugar Grove’s Community Pie Contest winners announced

The community pie contest sponsored by Sugar Grove was a huge success! There were over 82 pies entered and 375 lunches served. The winning pies were: Best Over All – Kathy Engle, (cherry). She received a gift certificate for an overnight stay at the Essenhaus Inn. Best Fruit Pie winner was Pam Hill (apple). Best Cream Pie was Jean Allen (coconut custard). Best Meat Pie was Erna Maurer (pecan). Most unique pie was Julie Resler (pear cheese). Kids category winner was Darian Manth. These ladies each won $50 in gift certificates of their choice.
A big thanks to Lynnette Borrer and Debra Rohrer (owner of Mountain Top) for judging all 82 pies! Some of the pie recipes from the contest will be featured at the Mountain Top later this month. There will also be pictures of the winning pies and some of the recipes on the website sugargrovecog.com.
Thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a success! Expect more contests in the future.

The community pie contest sponsored by Sugar Grove was a huge success!

There were over 82 pies entered and 375 lunches served. The winning pies were: Best Over All – Kathy Engle, (cherry). She received a gift certificate for an

Strategic planning begins at Smith-Green

Strategic Planning Begins at Smith-Green
The Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees has identified a group of students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and board members charged with the responsibility of developing a strategic plan for the school district. The plan will provide district personnel with a written plan for establishing and periodically monitoring achievement of district goals.  The plan will identify direction of the district and future student learning and achievement through the year 2015.
Board President Mrs. Tanya Young is excited about starting strategic planning in the district.  She notes that the strategic plan is something the district has needed for several years.  Fellow Board members agreed and adopted revised mission and vision statements on October 5, 2009 that will guide development of goal areas, descriptive objectives and performance targets by the planning committee.  The revised mission and vision statements are as follows:
Mission Statement
The mission of Smith-Green Community Schools is to provide a superior education that ensures success for every student through excellence in teaching and learning.
Vision Statement
A superior education is the fundamental right of every student.  All students will receive the respect, support, and opportunities they need to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful contributing members of a global society.
The committee will start with new goal areas building upon board goals adopted in 2007.  These areas include:  superior education, safe environment, fiscal responsibility, community support, and service excellence in a working and learning environment.  Performance targets will be identified for each goal area with descriptive objectives that lead to improved levels of student achievement and school district functioning.
Strategic planning committee members include:  Shelbi Krecik and Ronnie Speaker (students); Rick Trump and Nick Uecker (parents and board members); Carey Jacquay, Dean Geiger, Luke and Kelly Gross, Rob Marr (parents and/or community members); Austin Couch, Jerry Lange, Lee Etzler, John Davis, Nicole Singer, Nancy Becker, Adam Skiles (school administrators); Pat Naragon, Nicole Veit, Stacie Chambers (teachers); and Steve Darnell (school superintendent).
The committee will meet the second Thursday evening of each month for the next five months at the school administration center.  Parents and community will be surveyed to assure their input is heard for the direction of the school district for the next five years.  Surveys will be mailed and posted on the district’s website to assure everyone has a voice in the direction of the district in future years.

The Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees has identified a group of students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and board members charged with the responsibility of developing a strategic plan for the school district.

October 14, 2009

One Year Ago
The Whitley County Giving Circle for Women’s Health announced, for the fifth consecutive year, certificates for free mammograms were available to Whitley County women with  no insurance and could not afford the vital screening.
The CHS Class of 1943 met at the Mountaintop Coffeehouse and Bake Shop for their 65th Reunion.
Bradley and Kristin King announced the birth of their daughter, Emily Elizabeth.
Five Years Ago
Tyler Binkley of Ft. Wayne was named the new director of the Churubusco area Campus Life.
Calvary Chapel of Churubusco celebrated their silver anniversary. Reverend Steven Ardhuerumly founded the church and was still the pastor.
Tim Leazier was named first place winner in the 42nd annual Trophy Shoot.  He hit 47 out of 50 birds.
Gary and Jan Hooten celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Jason and Daphne Guise announced the birth of their daughter, Alexis Marie.
Will and Rosie Aspy announced the birth of their son, William Lucas.
Ten Years Ago
Two Churubusco businesses located in the Turtle Town Plaza, the Blue Lake Cafe and Country Cousins Bait and Tackle were burglarized.
Recent lab tests revealed the sanitary and storm sewers throughout Churubusco were badly cracked. There was a large discrepancy between the amount of water pumped from the tower and the amount of waste water returned for processing.
Phase I construction was scheduled to begin. Plans were for new sidewalks, curbs and miniature flowering trees along both sides of Main Street in the downtown area.
Golfers could now enjoy their sport all year at Eel River Golf Course, thanks to indoor golf simulators.
Mr. and Mrs. Luke Gross announced the birth of their daughter, Brien Nicole.
25 Years Ago
Kelli Walker was homecoming queen.
Larry Klein, son-in-law of Ross and Evelyn Clouse, was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Bell Center Bible Church in Burnettsville, Indiana.
Dan and Lowell Poyser were the winners at an outing and play-off of the Wednesday and Thursday Golf Leagues at Eel River Golf Course.
Churubusco Marching Pride and band director, Drake Omstead were awarded second place in the ISSMA Marching Contest.
50 Years Ago
The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce joined with other civic groups in the Fort Wayne area in opposing proposed rate increases by the General Telephone Company of Indiana.
Floyd’s Auto Sales in Churubusco was  having a three day Auto Show to introduce the all new design of the 1960 Fords.
A total of 110 drivers competed in the Green Center Tractor Pull.  Larry Herendeen was first place winner in the 5,000 lb. class.
The Churubusco High School junior class presented the light comedy, “The Magic Touch” at the high school gym.
“Anatomy of a Murder” starring James Stewart and Lee Remick was showing at the Columbia Theater.

One Year Ago

The Whitley County Giving Circle for Women’s Health announced, for the fifth consecutive year, certificates for free mammograms were available to Whitley County women with  no insurance and could not afford the vital screening.

The CHS Class of 1943 met at the Mountaintop Coffeehouse and Bake Shop for their 65th Reunion.

Bradley and Kristin King announced the birth of their daughter, Emily Elizabeth.

Military photos wanted

The American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco is looking for photos for the Veteran’s Day slide show. They will be…