Category Archives: County

Paramedics receive new high-visibility coats

If you happen to notice that Parkview Whitley Hospital EMS paramedics and EMTs light up like Christmas decorations, it’s because of the new coats they now wear.
New high-visibility winter coats were purchased for all of the EMS co-workers this fall, which improves their level of safety at scenes such as roadside emergencies. The new coats replace the older blue coats, which were collected and put to good use to provide warmth for others.
Paramedic Debra Brice contacted DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home in Columbia City, which collects coats every year during the holiday season for redistribution. The funeral home volunteered to remove the reflective striping and embroidery stitching from the old coats. The coats were then returned to the hospital, where they were cleaned in the hospital’s laundry department. Finally, the coats were donated to the Whitley County Salvation Army for distribution.

If you happen to notice that Parkview Whitley Hospital EMS paramedics and EMTs light up like Christmas decorations, it’s because of the new coats they now wear. New high-visibility winter coats were purchased for all of the EMS co-workers this fall, which improves their level of safety at scenes such as roadside emergencies. The new coats replace the older blue coats, which were collected and put to good use to provide warmth for others.

IBCA and Purdue area meeting

The 2009-2010 Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) & Purdue Area 11 Beef Meeting will be Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at the Eagle’s Nest in Columbia City. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The meetings will feature great food, valuable information on beef issues, policies and programs, and Purdue veterinarians will share a presentation entitled “Are you expecting? A discussion on preparing for the calving season.”
RSVP to Ed Farris by January 4 at (260) 358-4826.
The counties in this area are: Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley. The current IBCA Director is Robert Mautz.

The 2009-2010 Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) & Purdue Area 11 Beef Meeting will be Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at the Eagle’s Nest in Columbia City. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Come for games at the Senior Center

The Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City will have game night every Thursday evening. The game room will be open from 6-9 p.m. There are two tables of Bridge (open to all levels) but would love to have more.  There is also a great group of Domino players. We have a very nice ping pong table available.  Or a group could be organized to play canasta or corn hole. Bring a friend for all kinds of fun. Call Carrie at 244-6068 or call Kathy Klein at 244-2770 with any questions.
Euchre and dominoes are played every Tuesday and Friday morning starting at 9 a.m. and ending about 11:15 a.m., then picks up right after lunch again. Why not play in the morning, stay for lunch, then join the others who stay to play more after lunch!
Call Carrie at 244-6068 for a lunch reservation.

The Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City will have game night every Thursday evening. The game room will be open from 6-9 p.m. There are two tables of Bridge (open to all levels) but would love to have more.  There is also a great group of Domino players. We have a very nice ping pong table available.  Or a group could be organized to play canasta or corn hole. Bring a friend for all kinds of fun. Call Carrie at 244-6068 or call Kathy Klein at 244-2770 with any questions.

Volunteers needed for Whitley County 4-H

Two 4-H programs are in need of volunteers. Both positions require the applicant to clear a screening process and also attend training before they assume the position. These positions need to be in place before the volunteer can help 4-H’ers with the project area.
The first position is for Sport Fishing project. The volunteer will need to go through a one day training at a nearby county. You should have a love of fishing and be able to work with youth.
The second set of positions is for Horse & Pony Leaders. The leadership structure of this project is being reorganized. Up to four leaders are needed to help with this project. Those individuals who would like to take on this responsibility must go through an interview and then some training classes before they are certified. You should have a love of horses and children. You also need to be able to show the ability to work with adults and flexibility of character. You will also need to show how you can make the program 4-H friendly and a learning process for all youth involved.
If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact the Extension Office at (260) 244-7615 or 625-3313.

Two 4-H programs are in need of volunteers. Both positions require the applicant to clear a screening process and also attend training before they assume the position. These positions need to be in place before the volunteer can help 4-H’ers with the project area.

Fire and Ice Festival

The Columbia City area Chamber of Commerce has been preparing for the fifth annual Fire and Ice Festival, January 23 and 24. The Festival hosts ice carvers from the tri-state area who will carve blocks of ice into various designs.  Most of the ice carvings will be on the Courthouse lawn but carvings will also be located throughout the County at business locations.
This year’s Festival will be full of activities that will entertain all ages.
On Saturday at The Youth Center (201 W. Market St, across from City Hall) there will be an Ice Cream Eating Contest, sponsored by DQ Grill and Chill and special activities for children, sponsored by the YMCA Whitley County.  On Sunday “chili experts” will be able to compete in the third annual Chili Cook Off, sponsored by the Senior Center. A Craft Bazaar with a variety of vendors will also be taking place on Saturday and Sunday at the Youth Center.
Block carvings will once again be available to be sponsored by businesses, individuals or organizations.   The cost to sponsor an ice carving is $175 for one block of ice.  Multi-block carvings and other sponsorships are also available, so contact the Chamber for pricing. The ice carvings and sponsorship information will remain on the Courthouse lawn or at the business for as long as the sculpture lasts. Please contact the Chamber office at 248-8131 to reserve blocks of ice or for information regarding sponsorships.  Deadline to register is January 8, 2010.

The Columbia City area Chamber of Commerce has been preparing for the fifth annual Fire and Ice Festival, January 23 and 24. The Festival hosts ice carvers from the tri-state area who will carve blocks of ice into various designs.  Most of the ice carvings will be on the Courthouse lawn but carvings will also be located throughout the County at business locations.

Woodlands Senior Center news

Check out the clearance items at the Woodlands Senior Center located at 710 N. Opportunity Drive, Columbia City.
Six walkers are available for $10 each; four large shower chairs for $10 each; two footed canes at $7 each; two pair crutches for $5 each and one tall, extra sturdy wheelchair for $35.
There are a few free items including an overhead cervical traction set, medical electric ice chest with cord and a Medtronic carelink monitor.
December Movie
On Thursday, December 17 the movie “Santa Buddies” will be shown at 11:30 a.m. Call Carrie if you would like to make a lunch reservations at 248-6068.
Foot Care
There will be footcare by Toni Mowerey, LPN on Monday, December 14 for $20. Call 248-8944 for an appointment. Please bring a wash basin and towel.
Chair Massages
Leslie is back. She will be giving 10 minute chair massages starting Thursday, December 17 for $7 between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. Appointments are necessary so hurry and call to get yours scheduled.
Bingo
Bingo will be played before Farm Wagon at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays, December 16 and 30. Each player should bring canned goods, paper products or a white elephant type prize to share; something you would like to receive yourself.
Food Pantry
The senior food pantry is available to all seniors 60+ who find themselves short on non-perishable grocery items. It can be used as a supplemental food source one time per month. Pantry hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Farm Wagon
The Farm Wagon is scheduled to be at the Center on December 16 and 30. Food will be passed out starting at 11 a.m. The products delivered from the Community Harvest Food Bank are available to all Whitley County Seniors.
December Birthday Party
The senior Center will be celebrating their December birthdays on Wednesday, December 23 at 11:30 a.m. Call Carrie at 244-6068 to sign up for lunch. Northridge Village will be singing Christmas Carols. Come and join the fun!
New Year’s Eve Carry-in
There will be a New Year’s Eve Carry-in on Tuesday, December 29 at 11:15 a.m. after cards. Please bring appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Call a friend to come for a good time and great food. Stay after to play more cards or dominoes.
For more information on any of the events at the Senior Center call 248-8944 or from Churubusco 1-800-290-1697.

Check out the clearance items at the Woodlands Senior Center located at 710 N. Opportunity Drive, Columbia City. Six walkers are available for $10 each; four large shower chairs for $10 each; two footed canes at $7 each; two pair crutches for $5 each and one tall, extra sturdy wheelchair for $35.

Noble REMC Operation Roundup deadline January 7

The Noble REMC Operation Round Up® Trust Fund is accepting grant applications until January 7 for the next grant cycle from the cooperative’s charitable trust. Over eighty-five percent of Noble REMC consumers graciously allow their monthly bill to be rounded up to the next dollar. The rounded up money is placed in a charitable trust with oversight by its own volunteer board of directors.
Non-profit community based organizations in Noble, DeKalb and adjoining counties, where the electric cooperative serves, are eligible to apply. Applications are available at the Noble REMC office on 300 Weber Road in Albion or downloaded from their website at  HYPERLINK http://www.nobleremc.com” www.nobleremc.com.
Noble REMC’s Operation Round Up® is a community service fund that assists non-profit organization’s projects in the communities in the general service area of the cooperative. Currently, Noble REMC has given back over $345,000 into local communities benefiting several organizations in their service territory.
Operation Round Up® is a nationally recognized charitable giving program unique to many of the nation’s leading rural electric cooperatives. Noble REMC serves nearly 10,000 customers in Noble, DeKalb and six surrounding counties in northeast Indiana.
The grantees from the October distribution of the Noble REMC Operation Round Up Trust are:
• Albion Police Reserve, $2,200, Protective vests.
• World Harvest Center, $500, Feed the Hungry Program.
• Vineyard Christian Fellowship, $1,000, GED test fees.
• Helmer Fire, $2,750, Radio equipment.
• Wolf Lake Free Clinic, $1,500, Office Equipment.
• YWCA, $500, Eyes Wide Open Program.
• American Red Cross (Northeast Indiana), $2,000, Disaster supplies.
• Albion Lions, $3,000, Noble County Miracle Tree Christmas Program.

The Noble REMC Operation Round Up® Trust Fund is accepting grant applications until January 7 for the next grant cycle from the cooperative’s charitable trust. Over eighty-five percent of Noble REMC consumers graciously allow their monthly bill to be rounded up to the next dollar.

‘Jingle … The Bell Who Didn’t Ring’ runs this weekend

If you hear the children in northern Whitley County laughing a full belly laugh or giggling and singing to the top of their lungs, don’t worry, they’re just practicing their lines for the 2009 Blue River Church of the Brethren Children’s Musical.
Entitled “Jingle . . . The Bell Who Didn’t Ring,” it seems that the Blue River Jingle Bell Factory has a big problem on its hands . . . they created a jingle bell who doesn’t ring.
Primary and junior high children are all busy practicing their music and lines for this really big production that teaches Jingle that he’s had the ability to ring the entire time if he just does one thing.
So if you hear “I’ve got a couple dents in my fender, got a rip in my jeans,” never fear because the children are singing songs from Francesca Battestelli. The music featured in “Jingle” ranges from the popular contemporary Christian artist to Bing Crosby. They even sing a lively song from Psalms.
Written by Robin Plasterer, directed by Laura Meyers and with costumes by Julie Bair, you won’t want to miss this popular and traditional event at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Blue River Church of the Brethren, located at 3040 E 700 North, Columbia City, IN.
This year there is something for the parents and guests to do and someone will win a prize. A “Name That Tune” form will be included in the bulletin for that evening. The person naming the most tunes correctly during the prelude will win a prize. The winner will be announced the following Sunday. The prelude begins at 6:30 p.m.
For more information call 260-691-2605.

If you hear the children in northern Whitley County laughing a full belly laugh or giggling and singing to the top of their lungs, don’t worry, they’re just practicing their lines for the 2009 Blue River Church of the Brethren Children’s Musical.