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Dekko Foundation strategic planning grant assists Passages, Inc.

COLUMBIA CITY – Strategic planning is one of the most important functions carried out by any organization; whether a for-profit company or a non-profit such as  Columbia City based Passages, Inc. With on-going efforts to be proactive and to adjust to an evolving world of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and  to an economy that is challenging, the Passages’ board of directors recently elected to engage Michael   Stone, Ph.D., from Impact Strategies to work with the  board and staff on strategic planning.
Dr. Stone specializes in working with non-profits in organizational planning and evaluation. According to Tom O’Neill, Passages’ president, this process will take three to four months.
To engage in the strategic planning process, passages was awarded a Toolbelt Grant from the Dekko Foundation.    According to the Dekko Foundation, their stated prioritizes for awarding Toolbelt Grants are:
• To help organizations such as passages better measure the impact of their work on the people they serve.
• To support  the exploration and development of multiple revenue streams.
• To increase the focus  of the organization by supporting planning and goal setting.
According to Mark Hisey, chair of the board  of directors, “Passages is very pleased with the professional background that Dr.  Stone brings to the strategic planning process, and we view this as an  important tool to help us better serve our clients.”
For further information contact Tom O’Neill at passages, 260-244-9310.

COLUMBIA CITY – Strategic planning is one of the most important functions carried out by any organization; whether a for-profit company or a non-profit such as  Columbia City based Passages, Inc. With on-going efforts to be proactive and to adjust to an evolving world of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and  to an economy that is challenging, the Passages’ board of directors recently elected to engage Michael   Stone, Ph.D., from Impact Strategies to work with the  board and staff on strategic planning.

Seifert announces candidacy for State Representative

Brandon Seifert of Allen County announced his candidacy Monday for State Representative for the 83rd House District.  The seat is currently held by State Representative Matt Bell who is not seeking re-election.
Seifert, 34, is a life-long resident of Allen County and currently works at BAE Systems in Fort Wayne.  BAE is a high-tech manufacturer of electronic, aerospace, and aviation products used in the aviation and defense industries.
The announcement was held on  Monday at the home of John and Melissa Helmsing in northwest Allen County.
Mr. Seifert is presently the Republican nominee for the Lake Township Board and is the Republican Precinct Committeeman for Precinct Lake A.  He is chairman of the Volunteer Committee of the Allen County Republican Party and is part of the 11 member Working Group which is, effectively, the board of directors of the Allen County Republicans.  He has been a volunteer in numerous campaigns since 1994.
The Carroll High School graduate seeks to represent the 83rd District which consists of parts of Aboite, Washington, and St. Joe Townships and all of Lake and Eel River Townships in Allen County; Washington, Sparta, Perry/Ligonier Townships in Noble County; and Green, Union, and Smith Townships in Whitley County.  The district includes part of Fort Wayne and all or part of the following communities: Churubusco, Ligonier, Cromwell, Kimmell, and LaOtto.
Mr. Seifert is the father of twins age nine.  His children are Ethan and Olivia.
Seifert said his motivation to run has come from the numerous citizens with whom he has spoken over the last year and a half who have deep concerns over the future of the State of Indiana and the future of the nation.
Seifert said that many citizens expressed concern over the future of their jobs, how to make ends meet, and how they may afford sending their children to school or college.  Further, he said, many see the growing size and scope of government as being too far removed from people on the local level.
“Community fairs and festivals are a great part of our Hoosier heritage.  And I was privileged to take part.  Those fairs bring together thousands of people in community celebrations.  For me, they were a place to listen to people say they want the government that is closest to the people and they want to have a voice in change.”
Seifert has been an advocate and ally for township government.  He has spoken at a Wells County forum in Allen County on township government.
“Township government needs reforms put into place but its elimination would not be wise.  People want a relationship with the government, particularly in the rural townships that make up so much of the 83rd District.  Citizens want to be able to retain their voice in rural affairs and I’ll fight to help them keep that voice.”
Seifert said he looks forward to working with the economic development teams and chambers of commerce in the many communities in the 83rd to preserve and enhance manufacturing jobs in northeast Indiana.
“I am familiar with the defense cluster of industries.  We need to do all we can to position ourselves to take advantage of the concentration of defense, orthopedic, automotive, and transportation businesses in our region.”
Seifert is Pro-Life and believes in defending the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens.

Brandon Seifert of Allen County announced his candidacy Monday for State Representative for the 83rd House District. The seat is currently held by State Representative Matt Bell who is not seeking re-election.

Humane Society launches Save our Seniors

Humane Society launches save our seniors SOS
COLUMBIA CITY, Indiana (June 7, 2010)  – Kitten season may be here, but there are many older cats available at the Whitley County Humane Society who are patiently waiting for homes and a second chance at life.  To try and find homes for these “seniors,” the Humane Society has launched a “Save Our Seniors Summer Sale,” where any cat five years or older and cats that have been at the shelter for nine months or more can be adopted for only $30, not including spay/neuter deposit where applicable, from now until Labor Day. The normal adoption fee is $65. Additionally, senior citizens (60+) can adopt a “senior” cat for only $20.
According to the Humane Society, here are the Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Cat:
Older cats are the least likely to be adopted, even though a kitten is a kitten for only a short period of time.
Older cats make great lap-warmers.
Older cats are ever-so-grateful for a second chance at a loving home, and they’ll repay your love ten-fold.
Almost all of our older cats are already spayed or neutered.  No fuss, no muss, no bother (and no spay and neuter bills!)
Older cats sleep more, break fewer lamps and don’t try to bite your toes through the blankets in the middle of the night.
Cats regularly live into their late teens these days.  These guys and gals still have a lot of years left in them – and even more love.
What you see is what you get – no surprises when it comes to size or personality.
Older cats generally adapt to their surroundings more easily – been there, done that, awfully glad to be able to do it again.
Love knows no age – yours or the cat.
“The Save Our Seniors Summer Sale” will not only save you money, it’ll save a life. Call 244-6664.

COLUMBIA CITY – Kitten season may be here, but there are many older cats available at the Whitley County Humane Society who are patiently waiting for homes and a second chance at life.  To try and find homes for these “seniors,” the Humane Society has launched a “Save Our Seniors Summer Sale,” where any cat five years or older and cats that have been at the shelter for nine months or more can be adopted for only $30, not including spay/neuter deposit where applicable, from now until Labor Day. The normal adoption fee is $65. Additionally, senior citizens (60+) can adopt a “senior” cat for only $20.

Genealogical Society to meet June 17

The Genealogical Society of Whitley County will meet Thursday, June 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Peabody Library in Columbia City.
Dr. Mary Alice Hines will speak on George Rogers Clark’s involvement in Indiana’s participation in the American Revolution.  George Rogers Clark, the “Conqueror of the Old Northwest,” was the highest ranking American military officer on the northwestern frontier and best known for his captures of Kaskaskia and Vincennes during the Revolutionary War.
Dr. Hines, a member of the Board of Governors of the Society of Indiana Pioneers since 2004, will also discuss the history and programs of that organization.
The public is always welcome and there is no cost to attend meetings of the Genealogical Society.

The Genealogical Society of Whitley County will meet Thursday, June 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Peabody Library in Columbia City.

Class on ‘Going Green’

Everyone is talking about saving the environment, saving energy and reducing costs by going green. This program will look at…

Whitley County Historical Society to host Civil War Camp

Historical Society to host Civil War Camp
The Whitley County Historical Society and Museum will host a Civil War Camp for children ages 10-13 and will be held Tuesday thru Thursday, June 15-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.  The camp will be at the Museum at 108 W. Jefferson in Columbia City.  Members of the Indiana 30th Re-enactors will conduct the camp along with Carol Knarr, the speech teacher at the Jay County Schools. Carol is also a well-known storyteller in the area.
Participants will learn all phases of the Civil War time period and Civil War life and participate in many activities related to that time period.  Lunch is provided each day .  Cost for the three day camp is $15 and participants can enroll by calling the museum at 260-244-6372.

The Whitley County Historical Society and Museum will host a Civil War Camp for children ages 10-13 and will be held Tuesday thru Thursday, June 15-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.  The camp will be at the Museum at 108 W. Jefferson in Columbia City.

Northeast Indiana Conservation Camp coming up

The annual Northeast Indiana Conservation Camp is scheduled this year for August 2 -4 at Camp Whitley, which is just northeast of Columbia City on Troy-Cedar Lake. For years, the northeastern Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts have leased Camp Whitley to host their own three day conservation camp.
Camp is open to the first 80 boys and girls who complete and turn in an application.  Campers must be between the ages of 9-13.  The fee for the three day camp is $100.
If you are interested in sending your child please call your local Soil and Water Conservation District because many of them will help with the expense of your child attending camp.  For example, the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will pay half of the camper’s fee if he or she is attending the conservation camp for the first time. This is a good camp for your child, if they have never attended a camp before, since it is only three days long.
The camp program includes hands-on activities in wildlife, forestry, soils and water.  The campers will participate in a mini-envirothon, water safety program, team building activities, presentations by the Columbia City FFA Chapter, educational programs provided by the local SWCDs, scavenger hunt, program by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, bird house building, a program by the Fort Wayne Zoo, a visit from Indianapolis’s Silly Safaris, swimming, crafts and many more activities.
The campers will earn “water bucks” during camp which they will use at the end of the camp for an auction.  There is always a large variety of merchandise to purchase from such as basketballs, footballs, games and many more items.  Every camper goes home with something from the water buck auction.
Applications are available from the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District.  If you are interested and need more information or need the phone numbers of the Soil and Water Conservation District in your county, please call the Whitley County SWCD at 244-6266 ext. 3 and ask for Nadean. The deadline for camp applications will be July 23.

The annual Northeast Indiana Conservation Camp is scheduled this year for August 2 -4 at Camp Whitley, which is just northeast of Columbia City on Troy-Cedar Lake. For years, the northeastern Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts have leased Camp Whitley to host their own three day conservation camp.

Rabbit and Mini Rabbit news for 4-H’ers

On Sunday, June 13 starting at 2 p.m. will be the Rabbit Ambassador competition in the Rabbit Barn. There are five age group winners that will advance to State competition in August. For Mini 4-H’ers there will be a county winner, but there is not a mini State competition. Rabbit Ambassador consists of breed ID, written test, and showmanship. If you will need help with showmanship, please contact an older rabbit member or contact Jerry Ziegler for names.
On Tuesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. will be the next Rabbit Club meeting to discuss the upcoming Fair. Mini 4-H’ers will meet in the Show Barn to run through what you will be doing at the Fair. Mini’s, please bring rabbits to this meeting. Remember, there is still a need for night watch people for the Fair. If interested, contact Jerry. If rabbits are in need of tattooing, contact Jerry or an Advisory Board member.
As summer approaches, so does warm weather. It’s a good idea to start saving plastic bottles to freeze for the Fair. It usually takes about three days to refreeze a water bottle. For good measure you might freeze four bottles for each rabbit. Remember to also provide your rabbits with plenty of fresh water and make sure there is air movement. Rabbits do not tolerate heat well.
For more information, contact the Extension Office at 244-7615 or 625-3313.

On Sunday, June 13 starting at 2 p.m. will be the Rabbit Ambassador competition in the Rabbit Barn. There are five age group winners that will advance to State competition in August.

Amateur Radio Club news

The Whitley County Amateur Radio Club (WCARC), Whitley County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (WCARES), Whitley County RACES (WCRACES) and Whitley County SKYWARN (WCSKYWARN) are local voluntary organizations of FCC licensed Hams – special radio operators who provide communications in an emergency and are organized to provide emergency and support communication services for everything from hazardous materials incidents or severe weather occurrences to power or communications outages. It is a specialized field requiring training and federal licensing.
Each year, they participate in a national event know as Field Day which is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League located in Newington Connecticut. This is an annual opportunity to test their ability to assist with vital communications in the face of natural or man-made disasters.
The Field Day operation will be held at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds from 2 p.m. June 26 until 5 p.m. on June 27. They will be located at the pavilion adjacent to the main 4-H building at the top of the hill. You can’t miss them… they will be the people with plenty of antennas and generators. This is a FREE event and the public is welcome.

The Whitley County Amateur Radio Club (WCARC), Whitley County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (WCARES), Whitley County RACES (WCRACES) and Whitley County SKYWARN (WCSKYWARN) are local voluntary organizations of FCC licensed Hams – special radio operators who provide communications in an emergency and are organized to provide emergency and support communication services for everything from hazardous materials incidents or severe weather occurrences to power or communications outages. It is a specialized field requiring training and federal licensing.

Genealogy workshop

A Genealogy workshop will be held on Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Whitley County Extension Office West Room of the 4-H Center. It will be the final workshop.
Remember to consult the Genealogy resource guide (revised 12/07) for “How to’s” on researching your family. The Whitley County Rule Book then lists how many generations each division is required to do. All will go down a check list like any judge would do to show how you can be sure you include all you need. For those who want to tell a fuller story of your family, we’ll all share the extras that judges love to see.
Hopefully everyone should have filled out a Census by now, so that in 72 years those future 4-H genealogists will have good information to research.

A Genealogy workshop will be held on Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Whitley County Extension Office West Room of the 4-H Center. It will be the final workshop.