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Congressman Souder to address Whitley GOP Breakfast

Columbia City – Congressman Mark Souder is the guest speaker at the Whitley GOP breakfast on Saturday, November 7 at CC Deli at 8:30 a.m.  Congressman Souder will address local Republicans and take questions at the monthly Republican breakfast.  Cost is $5 for breakfast and coffee.
Other candidates for local offices will also be present to meet with Whitley County residents who are interested in attending the breakfast and getting involved with the Whitley County Republican Party.
For more information, please contact Whitley County Republican Chairman Jim Banks at 579-5828.

COLUMBIA CITY – Congressman Mark Souder is the guest speaker at the Whitley GOP breakfast on Saturday, November 7 at CC Deli at 8:30 a.m. Congressman Souder will address local Republicans and take questions at the monthly Republican breakfast.  Cost is $5 for breakfast and coffee.

Whitley County AARP news

Whitley County AARP news
Whitley County Chapter AARP met October 6, at the Woodlands Center.  President Pat Loe presided.  Virginia Wright led the group in the pledge to the American Flag followed by a prayer given by Mike Hazen.
Scott Tuttle, from the Lutheran Hospital, was the guest speaker.  He showed pictures and discussed the services of the Lutheran helicopter and ambulance services.
There was one visitor, Genny Childs.  Vesta and Charles Bennett will celebrate their 47th anniversary and Choleene Leinker, Wilma Bender, and Henrietta Lefkowicz will celebrate a birthday this month.
Judith Hicks legislative report was about the President’s proposals: fuel/electric,green-house effect, and health care reform.  He hopes the bills will be passed before the November session.
Henrietta Lefkowicz’s health report was on over-active bladder.  A new gel is available to rub on your thigh, upper arm or hips.  It may cause dry mouth, but has less side effects than the oral pill.
Bonnie Hazen read “The First Day of School” to the jingle of “The Night Before Christmas.”
Virginia Wright made a motion to donate $100 to Jill Daniels to help with expenses for the meals served on Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church. The motion was seconded and passed.  They will present her with the donation at the Christmas dinner on December 1.  The cost of that meal will be $8.50.
The next Bear Creek Farms trip will be Thursday, December 17.  The production will be “Homestead Holidays” and the price is $37.
The Driver’s Education Class given by Chuck Jones will be on October 22 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. It is $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members.
Reminder:  Bring your donations of non-perisable food items to the November and December meeting for the local food bank.
The guest speaker for November will be Cindy Barnhart of the Whitley County Extension Office.

Whitley County Chapter AARP met October 6, at the Woodlands Center.  President Pat Loe presided.  Virginia Wright led the group in the pledge to the American Flag followed by a prayer given by Mike Hazen.

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Commissioners go on the road

by Dave Crabill
cheditor@app-printing.com

The Whitley County Commissioners, an elected three member board that oversees the day-to-day running of the county, brought their meeting to Churubusco on Monday. The three members are Tom Rethlake, Mike Schrader and Don Amber.

Cat sale at Humane Shelter

Thanks to the generosity of two of our wonderful volunteers, who are underwriting the difference, the Humane Shelter and Adoption Center of Whitley County is holding a half-price Cat Sale from now through November 30.

HANDS Foundation receives DEKKO grant

HANDS Foundation Receives DEKKO Grant
During the 2008-2009 school year the HANDS Foundation funded equipment for a handicap accessible preschool playground, purchased ten Senior Packs through the Council on Aging, funded digital cameras for Coesse and Little Turtle Elementary Schools and Churubusco High School. These are five examples of the twenty-three grants made available last year in Whitley County by the HANDS Foundation.
The HANDS Foundation, made up of fifteen students from the three Whitley County school corporations, received a grant of $10,500.00 from The Dekko Foundation for use during the 2009-2010 school year.  This is fifteenth consecutive year The Dekko Foundation has funded HANDS.  Over the last fourteen years, HANDS with funding from The Dekko Foundation has granted over $200,000.00 in Whitley County.
HANDS will use the grant to fund unique educational initiatives in all three school corporations, provide scholarships for three graduating seniors who are non-HANDS members, host Christmas parties for Head Start children, conduct its annual Littlest Philanthropist Day, and perform service projects throughout the county as well as at Children’s Hope Hospitality House in Fort Wayne.
As a provider of funds, HANDS encourages community members to submit grant requests for ideas that will improve education and the quality of life in Whitley County.
The students at their monthly meetings review the requests.   The grant applications are available by calling the Whitley County Community Foundation at (260) 244-5224.
The HANDS Foundation would like to publicly thank The Dekko Foundation for allowing them to continue its work in Whitley County.
The HANDS Foundation is brought to the community through the cooperation of The Dekko Foundation, the Whitley County Community Foundation, and the three Whitley County school corporations.

During the 2008-2009 school year the HANDS Foundation funded equipment for a handicap accessible preschool playground, purchased ten Senior Packs through the Council on Aging, funded digital cameras for Coesse and Little Turtle Elementary Schools and Churubusco High School.

Flu shots available soon

On Monday, September 28 from 3-6 p.m. the Whitley County Government Center will be offering flu shots to adults only…

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Fifth graders enjoy Soil and Water Conservation Days

Fifth Graders enjoy Soil and Water Conservation Days
The Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted its 27th annual conservation field days for the fifth grade students from Coesse, Little Turtle, Mary Raber, Northern Heights, South Whitley and Churubusco.  This project is done in cooperation with the Whitley County Extension Service at the 4-H Center in Columbia City.
This year they had six different topics featured to give the students an understanding of soils, water quality, water safety, 4-H, jobs that have to do with insects and the history of wheat.
Joe Huntsman, retired Ag teacher from Churubusco High School takes the fifth graders outside to discuss what erosion is and what can be done to prevent it from happening to our fields, yards and roads.  He also explains that there are different types of soils.  He talks about different types of practices people can do to help stop erosion on the property to help keep our soils in place and to keep our water clean.
Gene Haskins contracted with the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District explained to the students how much water there is in our world.  But then he explained how much water there really is that we can use to drink compared to all the water that is either locked up in the North and South Poles and the oceans.  Mr. Haskins also discussed how the city sewers and storm sewers work.  He also explained some of the things we can do to help keep our water clean for us to use.
Eric Bolt and Darren Reed, both with DNR came to explain to the fifth graders the importance of respecting the water when you are swimming or boating.  They reviewed some of the Indiana laws for boating.  With the cooperation of a volunteer student, they showed why you should be wearing your life vest when you are riding in a boat and the vest needs to fit you properly.  They explained things you could use in case of an emergency that might save someone from drowning.
David Addison, youth educator with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service gave the children a taste of what some of the 4-H projects have to do with nature.  There are insect, leaf, and rock collections that could be 4-H projects if you live in town or are not interested in having a livestock project.  There are posters that could be 4-H projects having to do with nature related items.
Gary Moughler, NRCS brought a video explaining numerous federal government jobs that are involved with insects.  He explained why it is so important to keep our US borders and state borders safe from pests coming into our region.  He had slides of various pests such as the Japanese beetle that we have here in Indiana.  There are jobs for people to inspect airplanes at the Indiana airports to monitor and insure that Japanese beetles don’t travel to California where they don’t have the Japanese beetle yet.
Ron Myer representing the Ag Learning Museum located at the 4-H grounds covered the grain which this year was small grains such as wheat, oats and barley.  He had examples of the grains and what some of it is used for today.  He discussed how wheat is raised and how it has been harvested.  He demonstrated to the students how a hand sickle was used to cut the wheat compared to our modern combines that are used in the fields now.  Mr. Myer explained how old end wagon seeders that were pulled behind horses worked to scatter the wheat seed on the ground for it to germinate and grow.
The Columbia City High School FFA Chapter attended  Thursday to help assist the fifth grade teachers with the students as guides and also assisted the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District with cleaning up the 4-H Center and putting away the tables and chairs that were used during the event.
Lunch was provided and served by the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District Board members and employees to the fifth graders and their teachers.

The Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted its 27th annual conservation field days for the fifth grade students from Coesse, Little Turtle, Mary Raber, Northern Heights, South Whitley and Churubusco.  This project is done in cooperation with the Whitley County Extension Service at the 4-H Center in Columbia City. 

Auto parts manufacturer to expand Columbia City operations

COLUMBIA CITY –  Warner Electric, a manufacturer of clutch and brake systems for a variety of industries, announced today that it will expand its operations here, creating up to 20 new jobs by 2012.

The company, whose power transmission products are marketed to customers in the material handling, turf and garden and agricultural equipment markets, among others, will consolidate operations from an Illinois facility into its existing Columbia City operation on the city’s southeast side.