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Master Gardeners recognized in Whitley County

Twenty-six Whitley County Master Gardeners were recently recognized for donating 1324 hours of educational programs and volunteer hours and making 1,982 educational contacts during 2009. Master Gardeners are an educational extension of Purdue University and focus on horticulture programs and projects. Some of this year’s projects include: Six gardens at the 4-H fairgounds, many gardens at Morsches Park, the Courthouse garden, South Whitley Garden Walk, educational workshops in the spring, fall and during the 4-H fair, school library and church programs, and the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show.
Master Gardeners are rewarded based on the number of volunteer hours they have given and the number of educational hours they have received. Interns have 0-48 volunteer hours and 0-48 educational hours; Master Gardeners have at least 48 volunteer hours and 48 educational hours; Advanced Master Gardeners have at least 75 volunteer hours and 60 educational hours; Bronze level have at least 225 volunteer hours and 75 educational hours; Silver level have at least 525 volunteer hours and 90 educational hours.
Those recognized were: Interns – Deb Baker; Master Gardeners – Linda Bustamante, Jane Hawk, Derrick Heffelfinger, Jenny Heffelfinger, Marsha Reuter, Tommy Shupe; Advanced Master Gardeners – Mary Ann Anderson, Kay Fleck, Nancy Hosler, Sue L’Esperance, Aileen Meier, Cheryl Tucker, Lynn Walker; Bronze level – Jan Barkley, Marsha Croner, Carolyn Hughes, Bridget Johnson, Sandy Johnson, Janice Klopfenstein, Linda Reuter; Silver level – Pam Koch, Dick Koch, Carolyn McCrum, Beth Ann Sickafoose, and Maureen Trumbell.
Officers for 2010 are: President, Jan Barkley; Vice President, Sandy Johnson; Secretary, Janice Klopfenstein; and Treasurer, Linda Reuter.
For more information about Master Gardeners, contract Cindy Barnett, Extension Educator at (260) 244-7615 or 625-3313 or cbarnett@purdue.edu.

Twenty-six Whitley County Master Gardeners were recently recognized for donating 1324 hours of educational programs and volunteer hours and making 1,982 educational contacts during 2009. Master Gardeners are an educational extension of Purdue University and focus on horticulture programs and projects.

Whitley County Share-The-Fun

We’re almost into another 4-H year and it will soon be time to think about Share-the-Fun. As you attend your first 4-H meetings in 2010, bring up Share-the-Fun and begin planning for large and small group acts as well as starting practice for all those individual musical and non-musical curtain acts.
Share-the-Fun is a wonderful opportunity to earn 4-H points as well as develop your “up front” confidence and leadership skills. Talk with your 4-H leader about your club’s involvement. Or encourage Mom or Dad, who may not be into other projects, to consider being a parent leader for your club’s act(s). This would certainly be appreciated help for your 4-H Leader and is a short-term volunteer job for your parents. For more information about the Whitley County “Share-the-Fun” call (260) 244-7615 or 625-3313.

We’re almost into another 4-H year and it will soon be time to think about Share-the-Fun. As you attend your first 4-H meetings in 2010, bring up Share-the-Fun and begin planning for large and small group acts as well as starting practice for all those individual musical and non-musical curtain acts.

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.