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Foundation offers $1 to $1 match for gifts to Whitley County Cares Fund

The Whitley County Community Foundation has announced that it will again match gifts to the Whitley County Cares Fund. For every dollar donated to the relief fund, the Foundation will add a dollar up to $25,000. The fund exists to help food banks and other Whitley County charitable organizations cope with increased needs for their services as local residents experience hardships due to job cuts, job losses or home foreclosure.
The Whitley County Cares Fund is a non-permanent fund at the Foundation which means that gifts that are made to the Fund will be expended based upon immediate need. Almost $46,000 was raised locally in 2008, and all but $2,000 have been expended.
“The generosity of local residents allowed us to distribute money where the needs are truly greatest,”  said director of  the foundation September McConnell.
McConnell used eyeglasses as an example. “While replacing a pair of broken eyeglasses for a child might not be a monumental cost for some people, for other families that type of expense was simply impossible.
Over the past eleven months, the Whitley County Cares Fund has funded agencies which provide energy assistance, it helped stock the shelves of local food banks, and provided help to organizations who offered clothing and housing to people in need.
Gifts to the Whitley County Cares Fund are fully tax-deductible. Contributions may be sent to: WCCF, 400 N. Whitley Street, Columbia City, IN 46725, note Whitley Co. Cares on the memo line.

The Whitley County Community Foundation has announced that it will again match gifts to the Whitley County Cares Fund. For every dollar donated to the relief fund, the Foundation will add a dollar up to $25,000. The fund exists to help food banks and other Whitley County charitable organizations cope with increased needs for their services as local residents experience hardships due to job cuts, job losses or home foreclosure.

Pat Mossburg – Salvation Army

PAT MOSSBURG – SALVATION ARMY
THREE YEARS OF HELPING AND CARING
For many years the Salvation Army was almost nonexistent in Whitley County.
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettles appeared at Christmas time. A few volunteers along with community service clubs such as Kiwanis would ring the traditional bells.  Generous shoppers would drop money of coin and bills into the Kettles to help the less fortunate. Then the Kettles would disappear until the next Yuletide season. The money collected in those Kettles did stay in Whitley County and did help those in need, however if you asked the average citizen about the Salvation Army they would say “We don’t have one in Whitley County.”
Three years ago that perception started to change. A quiet unassuming lady with a big heart by the name of Pat Mossburg came to our community. She arrived without fanfare, no big fancy office, no large budget to draw from, no assistant or secretary or any staff at all. But what she did have that would make her perfect for the Community Ministries Specialist job was a strong belief in God and a real desire to help people.
Pat started helping people in a shared office in the Lehmberg Building providing a variety of services. Slowly people started to become aware that the Salvation Army was in our community. Pat was showing up all over Whitley County. She was seen in schools giving “Safe From Harm” programs, in nursing homes and senior centers giving fun and informational presentations. She handed out school shoes in the fall, worked with Toys for Tots at Christmas time, gave referrals and encouragement to those in need.
Then in April 2008 Pat moved the Salvation Army to the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Chauncey and Jackson streets. With the new and larger office, Pat expanded the services provided by Salvation Army. With the help of Kiwanis and the First Presbyterian Church she started providing school supplies, cooking classes, a non food pantry, and awareness programs such as “Light the Way,” that brought attention to, and remembered children victims of abuse and neglect. When asked, people were no longer answering; “We have a Salvation Army?” or “I think we have one.” The Salvation Army being active in Whitley County was a fact known to almost everyone. Now, when hearing of someone in need, one of the first ideas to pop into the mind of the average person wanting to help, is to refer them to Pat and the Salvation Army.
Pat’s supervisor Ken Locke commented; “I remember when I interviewed Pat for the Community Ministries Specialist position for Whitley County.  She was so positive and had a passion for people. Now watching her work I have seen that heart for others in action.  She has a large heart for people who are hurting and children who are abused and neglected.  Pat has a listening ear and a compassion that reaches out to others.  She is a wonderful example of someone taking to heart and applying the mission of The Salvation Army, “to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” Mr. Locke is the Community Ministries Director for the Salvation Army serving Kosciusko and Whitley Counties.
In June of this year, The Salvation Army moved to Eagle Quest Church. Here she has continued to brighten the lives of those she helps by providing a wide variety of services. In cooperation with Eagle Quest two new programs, two new cooking classes, and a new service “Angel Food Ministries” have been a big success. Recently at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, the Salvation Army was honored with the JEWEL OF THE COMMUNITY award.
Preparations are now underway for the upcoming holiday season. The Salvation Army is partnering with DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home to distribute coats and with Toys for Tots to provide gifts for Whitley County children. The Salvation Army Red Kettles will be returning and Bell Ringers are needed. “Several groups have signed up already but I still have plenty of openings. We plan to be at Kroger and to cover both doors at Wal-Mart on Saturdays starting November 28,” remarked Pat, “and I would really like to be able to ring on Fridays this season.”
If you or your group would like to spread some Christmas cheer and help those less fortunate, you may donate monetarily or volunteer your time. Volunteers will be needed to Bell Ring as well as sorting, preparation, and helping with coat and toy distribution. “I get back so much more than I put in, knowing that I have truly helped someone, seeing the smiles on the faces of children … it gladdens my heart, sometimes I get choked up and have to wipe away a happy tear,” said one volunteer.
The Salvation Army and Eagle Quest Church are located a half mile north of State Road 30 on State Road 109. Monetary donations may be made and designated for food, toys, ect. to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 881, Columbia City, IN 46725. To volunteer or for more information call Pat Mossburg at 248-1711.

THREE YEARS OF HELPING AND CARING 

For many years the Salvation Army was almost nonexistent in Whitley County. The Salvation Army Christmas Kettles appeared at Christmas time. A few volunteers along with community service clubs such as Kiwanis would ring the traditional bells.  Generous shoppers would drop money of coin and bills into the Kettles to help the less fortunate.

Visitor restrictions lifted at hospital

Effective Nov. 17, Parkview Whitley Hospital lifted the temporary restrictions on visitors that were in place to minimize the spread of H1N1 influenza.
Though the restrictions have been lifted, visitors should continue to exercise good judgment and refrain from visiting people in the hospital if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
Parkview Whitley Hospital extends a thank you to patients, families and visitors for their patience and understanding while the restricted visitor policy was in place.
The restricted visitor policy also was lifted at all other Parkview Health hospitals in the area.

Effective Nov. 17, Parkview Whitley Hospital lifted the temporary restrictions on visitors that were in place to minimize the spread of H1N1 influenza. Though the restrictions have been lifted, visitors should continue to exercise good judgment and refrain from visiting people in the hospital if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.

Whitley County Thanksgiving

The 2009 Whitley County Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Columbia City Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday,…

Deduction filing deadline nears for property owners

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Deduction filing deadline nears for Indiana property owners
While Indiana real property owners have until the end of the year to file for property tax deductions, the Whitley County Auditor is urging individuals to file as soon as possible.
“With the holiday season and winter weather approaching, property owners should file deduction applications as soon as they are able,” said auditor, Linda Gerig. “We don’t want anyone to miss out on a deduction because they missed the application deadline.”
Deduction applications must be completed and dated by December 31, 2009, and filed with the county auditor on or before January 5, 2010 for the taxpayer to receive the eligible deductions on 2010 property tax bills.
Deduction applications are available at the county auditor’s office or may be downloaded from the Department of Local Government Finance website at www.in.gov/dlgf/2344.htm.
In addition to meeting all other eligibility requirements for the desired deductions, the applicant for the deduction must own or be buying the property under contract on the date the application is filed in order to receive the deduction.
Persons filing for deductions on annually assessed mobile homes still are required to apply for the deduction during the 12 months before March 31 of each year.
For more information, please visit the Department of Local Government Finance’s Property Tax Deductions website at www.in.gov/dlgf/2344.htm.
Specific questions about property tax deduction eligibility should be directed to the county auditor. The auditor’s office is located in the Whitley County Government Center, 220 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 207. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or  call 248-3100.

While Indiana real property owners have until the end of the year to file for property tax deductions, the Whitley County Auditor is urging individuals to file as soon as possible. “With the holiday season and winter weather approaching, property owners should file deduction applications as soon as they are able,” said auditor, Linda Gerig. “We don’t want anyone to miss out on a deduction because they missed the application deadline.”

Christmas Celebration

The Whitley County Community Christmas Celebration will be December 4 and 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Whitley County Courthouse….

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots needs donations

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(Helping with Toys for Tots in Whitley County are, from left, back row,  Marsha Ruesch, T4T Coordinator; Pat Mossburg, Salvation Army; Brian Thornton, Wal-Mart Management; front row, Laura Hershman, K Club; Roxy Hagans, T4T Asst. Coordinator; and Susie Ness, Wal-Mart Public Relations.)

Toys For Tots announces donation locations
As businesses begin to prepare for the holiday season, so does Toys For Tots!
Toys For Tots collection boxes will be seen around town, like the ones  in the picture taken at the Columbia City Wal-Mart. Please donate a new, unwrapped toy at any of the collection sites below.  Toys For Tots will also be doing a Donation Train Campaign at various businesses around town for all of those willing to donate a dollar or more to the Whitley County Toys For Tots organization.  You may also give a donation online at  www.toysfortots. org. Just find your city location, and follow the prompts!    Applications for Toys For Tots assistance are being taken at Eagle Quest Church, 1120 N. St Rd 109, Columbia City from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday Nov 9-12, and Nov. 16-19.
Applicants must take a photo ID, proof of Whitley County residency, and evidence of income. Contact Marsha at 327-3762 for more information.
Toys for Tots Collection Box Locations in Columbia City:                                                      B. E. Computers;                                                 Bob Evans,                                                    Heyerly’s Meat Market, Carousel Hair Care and Tanning;                                             Dollar General, CC Deli, Dance ‘til You Drop, Dollar General, Eagle Quest Church, 80/20, Family Video, Fiesta Hair Salon, First Church of God, 1st Source Bank, IMA, Kroger, Lake City Bank, Midwest America Federal Credit Union, Northridge Apartments, Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Parkview Whitley Hospital, Peabody Library, Peebles, Post and Mail, Pyrotec, Reelcraft, ReMax, Richard’s Restaurant, Star Financial Bank—North branch, Verizon, VFW, Walgreen’s, Whitley Chiropractic and YMCA. Churubusco Locations are: Churubusco Middle School, Churubusco Public Library, Dollar General, Egolf’s IGA, Fort Financial, and United Methodist Church.

As businesses begin to prepare for the holiday season, so does Toys For Tots! Toys For Tots collection boxes will be seen around town, like the ones  in the picture taken at the Columbia City Wal-Mart. Please donate a new, unwrapped toy at any of the collection sites below.

Sign up now to participate in the Community Christmas Celebration

SIGN UP NOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS YEAR’S COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Anyone interested in playing Joseph or Mary, shepherd or angel, or any of a number of other parts available in this year’s cast for the Community Christmas Celebration is asked to call now and sign up for a part.
Wendi Barnett of South Whitley is in charge of scheduling cast members for parts both nights, Dec. 4 and 5. She has approximately 100 time slots to fill each night. Her telephone number is 260/723-4566, please call evenings or leave a message.
“At this point, we will probably not have a website for this year’s event,” says Laura Gater, chairman of the Whitley County Community Christmas Celebration. “We are still trying to find someone who will donate his or her time to build us a website that will feature pictures of past Community Christmases, and where people will be able to sign up online for a part, which will make Wendi’s job much easier.”
Donations will be requested and accepted inside the Courthouse on both nights for the Whitley County Energy Assistance Fund, which helps people pay their winter energy (heating) bills. Scott’s used to match funds that Community Christmas raised, according to Gater, but that is no longer done. Donations can be made to the greeters inside the Courthouse, who will be holding donation cans.
“We would like to let people know that we need their support for the Energy Assistance program, which helps a lot of families in Whitley County pay for their heating bills each winter,” says Gater. “Please take a minute to donate a few dollars to help on December 4 or 5. Last year, our donations totaled less than $200, and usually we raise more than $300. It’s just a goodwill event that we do for a much-needed community service.”
Planning for this year’s Community Christmas Celebration is moving along like clockwork. Volunteers are at their tasks of mending costumes, calling volunteers, preparing to bake cookies, calling musicians and singers, testing the sound equipment, and hanging flyers.
“The Community Christmas Celebration is all about people coming together, not about churches,” says Jack Hierholzer, construction chairman.
Homemade cookies will once again be needed to feed all of the visitors to this event. The cookies will be accepted at the Courthouse on December 4 and 5 – more details closer to the date.
Please contact Anita Harris, choir director and special music coordinator, at 260/691-2787, if you are interested in being part of the Community Choir or in playing an instrument or singing either or both nights. The Community Choir rehearsal date (only one rehearsal) will be announced soon, and the date will be publicized.
The next meeting of the Community Christmas Celebration will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Columbia City United Methodist Church Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Anyone interested in playing Joseph or Mary, shepherd or angel, or any of a number of other parts available in this year’s cast for the Community Christmas Celebration is asked to call now and sign up for a part. Wendi Barnett of South Whitley is in charge of scheduling cast members for parts both nights, Dec. 4 and 5. She has approximately 100 time slots to fill each night. Her telephone number is 260/723-4566, please call evenings or leave a message.