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Lighthouse craft bazaar looking for crafters

The Lighthouse (Whitley County’s Homeless Shelter) is accepting reservations from crafters for their annual Craft Bazaar, which will be held Saturday, October 23 at the Whitley County 4-H Center.
Reservations are quickly being filled, but there are a few spaces available.  Please contact The Lighthouse at 260-244-5266 or imission@whitleynet.org  for more information.
Proceeds from the Craft Bazaar benefit The Lighthouse Homeless Shelter.

The Lighthouse (Whitley County’s Homeless Shelter) is accepting reservations from crafters for their annual Craft Bazaar, which will be held Saturday, October 23 at the Whitley County 4-H Center. 

Whitley County AARP news

Whitley County AARP Chapter 3248 met July 6, 2010 at the Woodlands.  President Pat Loe opened the meeting welcoming all present including four guests;  Nancy Bollinger, Carolyn Pletcher, Beverly Berry and Terry Almon, who became a member of this Chapter.  Virginia Wright led the membership in the Pledge to the American Flag followed by a prayer given by Pat Loe.
Martha Meier was reported in Parkview Main Hospital with Congestive Heart Failure and  Ruth Warman is at Canterbury in rehab, after she fell and broke a leg.
Margaret Geiger is also in the nursing home with two broken legs. Mike Hazen is at home battling COPD and Dena Sampson, an employee of the WCCOA, has a viral infection.
Phyllis Swick gave the health report on “Healthy Snacks” and “Mosquitoes.”  Some of the best choices for healthy snacks include fruits, vegetables, hard cooked eggs, string cheese and yogurt. Adults should set a good example for children.
Children have small stomachs and they need two to three healthy snacks a day. As far as mosquitoes, wear light colored clothing, no perfumes and do not consume alcohol.
There being no further business the meeting was closed by Pat Loe. After the meeting Mayor Fleck related some improvements to be made to the City.
A grant received from the DNR has been received to build a bridge on the north side of US 30 to connect with Morsches Park. It will make the park more accessible for the residents on the North side of Columbia City.
In the past spraying for mosquitoes has not been very effective. In its place the city is going to put discs in the sewer drains to kill the larvae.
Columbia City may have a buyer for the old Weatherhead building and the old hospital. The hospital will probably be torn down to make room for a housing development.

Whitley County AARP Chapter 3248 met July 6, 2010 at the Woodlands.  President Pat Loe opened the meeting welcoming all present including four guests;  Nancy Bollinger, Carolyn Pletcher, Beverly Berry and Terry Almon, who became a member of this Chapter.  Virginia Wright led the membership in the Pledge to the American Flag followed by a prayer given by Pat Loe.

Purdue Extension offers field day for farmers

The Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center in Columbia City will host a field day to share practical knowledge with farmers on Thursday, August 19.
“Every year, Purdue Extension educators from northeast Indiana coordinate and plan the event,” said Ed Farris, Extension educator of agriculture and natural resources. “We try to bring up topics that are current and of interest with our clientele.”
Workshop sessions will cover pest scouting and control strategies in northern Indiana, updates for corn and soybean weed management, corn and soybean disease issues of 2010, and managing grain bin aeration and grain drying issues.
Experts from Purdue will speak, and there will be a report from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. A Private Applicator Recertification Program regulatory topic also will be discussed.
“The best thing is that it is an opportunity in this part of the state to hear directly from a number of specialists from campus and to be a part of a Purdue research station. It’s important that farmers take some time to hear updates so they can improve their operations,” Farris said.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the program starts at 8:30 a.m. The last session ends at 1:15 p.m. The center is at 4821 E. 400 South, Columbia City.
Contact the Huntington County Extension office at 260-358-4826 by Aug. 16 to pre-register. There is no fee to attend, and lunch will be provided with support from several area businesses. Continuing education credits for the Private Applicator Recertification Program will be available for $10.  Farmers are reminded to bring their pesticide applicator cards for registration. Commercial applicator and crop advisor recertification credits also will be available.
Visit http://www.extension.purdue.edu/anr/2010.htm#aug for registration, session and sponsor information.
It is the policy of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service that all persons have equal opportunity and access to its educational programs, services, activities, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran. Purdue University is an Affirmative Action institution.

The Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center in Columbia City will host a field day to share practical knowledge with farmers on Thursday, August 19. “Every year, Purdue Extension educators from northeast Indiana coordinate and plan the event,” said Ed Farris, Extension educator of agriculture and natural resources. “We try to bring up topics that are current and of interest with our clientele.”

Canine Carnival sponsored by Humane Society

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Canine Carnival sponsored by Humane Society
The Whitley County Humane Society will hold its first annual Canine Carnival on Saturday, August 7 from 12 noon – 6 p.m. at the Mizpah Shrine Grounds located one mile north of U.S. 30 on State Road 9.
All day events include: Microchipping, personalized bandanas, personalized dog tags, moonwalk, facepainting, CMoore’s Photography, dog wash, clay paw prints, and dog clothes.
Contests include: Best Costume, Cutest Pet, Ugliest Pet, Pet Owner Look Alike, Most Unique Trick (first 15 registering get free doggie goodie bag), Canine Car Contest, dress your dog like a car and get gas$.
Special events include:
1-3 p.m. – Caricature sketches.
1:00 p.m. Officer Pittinger & Striker Demo.
2-4 p.m. – Balloon Clown.
2:00 – Dog contests.
3:00 – Cornhole Tournaments starts.
3 p.m. – Therapy Dog Demo.
3 p.m. – Agility Dog Demo.
1-3 p.m. – Live Band “JTaylors.”
3-6 p.m. Live Band “Wild Country.”

The Whitley County Humane Society will hold its first annual Canine Carnival on Saturday, August 7 from 12 noon – 6 p.m. at the Mizpah Shrine Grounds located one mile north of U.S. 30 on State Road 9.

Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Camp at Chain O’ Lakes

Youth entering grades 5-8 this fall have an opportunity to attend a Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Camp at Chain O’ Lakes State Park, August 9-13. The camp will run 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day except Friday which will be from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The mission of the Junior Indiana Master Naturalist program is to bring together natural resource specialists with young people, ages 9-13, to foster an understanding of Indiana’s plants, water, soils and wildlife, and promote volunteer service in local communities.
According to Howard Luehrs, Chain O’ Lakes park naturalist, “this is a great opportunity for any child interested in the outdoors to learn hands-on from experts working in the field.” “Campers can hike away on Friday knowing more about the environment around them and how to safely explore it.”
There will be eight two-hour sessions, Monday – Thursday, focusing on Indiana’s natural resources in hands-on, age-appropriate ways. Topics include aquatics, outdoor skills, botany, zoology, geology, outdoor skills, and people and natural resources. Friday they will organize a two-hour session of volunteer time at the park and finish up with a picnic.
The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist (JIMN) Program provides childrenwith many hands-on opportunities to learn about their Hoosier natural resources. The camp will:
* Provide an introduction to Hoosier natural resources through the eyes of resource professionals and experts in the field.
* Provide a fun and educational opportunity for individuals entering grades 5-8.
* Provide an opportunity for course participants to establish a short or long-term partnership with a natural resources agency or local organization involved in natural resource management by volunteering six hours of service as a part of the course
The fee for the camp is $50.00, which includes course materials, snacks, and Friday’s picnic. Campers are expected to attend all sessions and complete six hours of volunteer service to complete the camp and receive certification. Campers should bring their own lunch, which will be eaten at the beach, and swim trunks and towels. Interested parties can learn more at www.in.gov/dnr/ masternaturalist.htm, or email chaininterp@dnr.in. gov<mailto:chaininterp@dnr.in.gov>, or call the park at (260) 636-2654.

Youth entering grades 5-8 this fall have an opportunity to attend a Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Camp at Chain O’ Lakes State Park, August 9-13. The camp will run 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day except Friday which will be from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

EXCEL to launch three new online degree programs

HUNTINGTON, IN—Huntington University’s EXCEL Adult Degree Programs will offer two new online degree programs in the fall in addition to one in the spring.
In August, EXCEL will roll out an Associate of Science degree program in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Science degree program in Business Administration. The Bachelor of Science degree program in Human Resource Management will launch in the spring of 2011. All three programs will be entirely online. EXCEL began offering an online bachelor’s degree program in not-for-profit leadership in the spring of 2009.
“EXCEL provides quality, convenient, Christ-centered education,” said Dr. Rick Upchurch, director of EXCEL. “Our students have the benefit of learning from instructors who have both the academic credentials and the professional experience to teach in their disciplines.”
EXCEL offers online and evening classes tailored to the schedule of working adults. Onsite classes are held one night per week, one subject at a time in Huntington, Columbia City and Wabash, Ind. Classes last five to eight weeks and lead to an associate degree in organizational management or Christian ministry or bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, human resource management, not-for-profit leadership or nursing (RN to BSN).
EXCEL also has the Gateway Program onsite and online, giving adults the opportunity to take continuing education classes for personal enrichment.
Financial aid is available. Options include grants, scholarships, loans and a Three-Pay Plan. Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), WorkOne and veteran’s benefits are accepted. For more information, go to www.huntington.edu/excel/tuition.htm.
For more information about the EXCEL program, visit www.huntington.edu/EXCEL, e-mail excel@huntington.edu or call (800) 600-4888.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Best Baccalaureate Colleges and Best Values in Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

HUNTINGTON — Huntington University’s EXCEL Adult Degree Programs will offer two new online degree programs in the fall in addition to one in the spring.

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site presentation

Calling all stargazers, moon watchers and planet plotters! Come to Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9 to 11 p.m., for Music of the Wild Star Gazing and Night Hike!
Visitors at this event will explore the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site and the surrounding Wildflower Woods on Sylvan Lake with their Site Naturalist for this unique walk in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Gene Stratton-Porter’s “Music of the Wild.” As you cover the site, you’ll hear common and not-so-common sounds of the night like owls, bats and other critters.
Once the stars are out, see if you can identify constellations or maybe even catch a shooting star! Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cost is $3 per person.
The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is located five miles west of Kendallville on U.S. Highway 6 and three miles north on Indiana State Road 9. For directions or more information, please contact the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site at 260.854.3790 or genestrattonportershs@dnr.in.gov.

Calling all stargazers, moon watchers and planet plotters! Come to Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9 to 11 p.m., for Music of the Wild Star Gazing and Night Hike!

Muncie, Williams lakes offer bluegill and bass fishing

ALBION – Anglers looking for new fishing opportunities may want to try bluegill and bass fishing at Muncie and Williams Lakes off County Road 250W in southwestern Noble County.
Both lakes are now accessible at a newly constructed boat ramp located on the west side of 46-acre Williams Lake. A short channel connects it to 47-acre Muncie Lake, located upstream.
The boat ramp, along with a parking lot and loading dock, is provided by the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).
Based on recent sampling by the Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists, each lake contains ample numbers of bluegills and largemouth bass.
Using a shocker-boat, gill nets and trap nets, biologists captured 260 bluegills in Muncie Lake and 287 bluegills in Williams Lake. Although most adult bluegills were 7 inches long, some measuring up to 9 inches long were present.
The overall catch rate was 104 bluegills per 15 minutes of shocking and was similar to the average number of bluegills captured at other natural lakes in the area (100 per hour). The catch rate at Williams Lake (119/hour) was slightly higher than the catch rate at Muncie Lake (89/hour).
Sixty largemouth bass were caught during the survey at Muncie Lake, including one that was 20 inches long. At Williams Lake, 47 bass were sampled with the largest one measuring 21 inches long.
The overall catch rate of bass was 95 per hour of shocking and was also similar to the average catch rate at other lakes in the area.
Other sport fish captured during the surveyed included black crappies up to 10 inches long and redear up to 9 inches long.
Nine channel catfish, measuring from 13 to 25 inches long, were caught in Muncie Lake. Two northern pike, ranging from 32 to 34 inches long, were also caught.
Although sport fish accounted for most of the fish noted during the survey, 15 carp up to 24 inches long were captured at each lake.
Carp represented 24 percent of the total weight of fish caught at Muncie Lake and 30 percent at Williams Lake.
Biologists will issue a complete report of the findings later this year. The only other information previously on file on the status of fish populations in both lakes was obtained from surveys conducted in 1977.

ALBION – Anglers looking for new fishing opportunities may want to try bluegill and bass fishing at Muncie and Williams lakes off County Road 250W in southwestern Noble County.

Junior Achievement Ninth Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

Junior Achievement Serving Whitley County will be hosting their ninth annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, August 7. Gates open at 8 a.m., and judging will end at 11 a.m. and awards will be presented at 1 p.m.
Awards will be given for the top 15 in four age categories: pre 1950’s,  1960’s, 1970’s-1980’s and 1990’s and newer for cars and trucks. Top 10 will be awarded for motorcycles and one overall “Peoples’ Choice” award.
Pre registration is $10 if received by July 24 or $15 at the gate the day of the car show. Pre registration checks made payable to Junior Achievement and sent to Scott Duffitt, 118 E Van Buren St., Columbia City, IN. 46725 or by visiting www.jani.org.
For more information regarding registration, call Scott at 244-7611.
General admission is free, and spectators are invited to enjoy the activities of music, food, and festivities on the Courthouse Square.  Also, downtown merchants will have special sales.
Junior Achievement is also seeking clubs, organizations, youth groups, booster clubs, vendors and crafters.  Booth space will be rented to anyone interested in having a “spot” on the Courthouse square to promote their club or organization or sell items.   Proceeds will profit those renting and operating the booth space.
Booth rental will be on a first come basis at $5.00 for not-for-profits and $10.00 for profit. Those interested should contact Gene Donaghy at (260) 244-6111, ext 403 by July 24.
Vendors and not-for-profit groups are invited to participate on the Courthouse Square.
Junior Achievement provides quality programs to over 2,100 students from the Smith Green Community Schools, Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Whitko Community School Corporation. These programs are made possible by community donations and support. Proceeds raised in the Whitley County area are used explicitly for Junior Achievement serving Whitley County programs.

Junior Achievement Serving Whitley County will be hosting their ninth annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, August 7. Gates open at 8 a.m., and judging will end at 11 a.m. and awards will be presented at 1 p.m.