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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.

Dr. Naveen Lal

New cardiologist at Churubusco Family Medicine

Residents of Churubusco and surrounding communities now have access to a cardiologist close to home. Churubusco Family Medicine and St. Joseph Medical Group welcome Naveen Lal, MD, to Churubusco Family Medicine located at 202 W. Whitley Street, Churubusco.
Dr. Lal is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. He will see patients at the clinic every other Monday from 1:30-5 p.m. beginning right away.
“I am excited to begin seeing patients from Churubusco and the surrounding area,” said Dr. Lal. “Hopefully, we will be able to help patients avoid having to travel outside of the community to get the care they need. I look forward to building these new relationships.”
Dr. Lal earned a medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, in 1988. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, where he also served as a faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine. He later completed an internship in internal medicine at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md., in 1993, and a residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1994.
Dr. Lal completed a fellowship in cardiology research at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health in Bethseda, Md., in 1996. He also completed a cardiology fellowship and an interventional cardiology fellowship at the world-renowned Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1998, and 1999, respectively.
Dr. Lal, who is a member of Allen County Cardiology, has been practicing in Fort Wayne since 1999, specializing in cardiovascular disease. To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Lal’s Fort Wayne office at 423-1331, and ask to be scheduled at the Churubusco clinic. Physician referrals are not required.

Residents of Churubusco and surrounding communities now have access to a cardiologist close to home. Churubusco Family Medicine and St. Joseph Medical Group welcome Naveen Lal, MD, to Churubusco Family Medicine located at 202 W. Whitley Street, Churubusco.

Whitley County AARP holds meeting

Whitley County AARP holds meeting
The Whitley County Chapter AARP met November 3 at the Woodlands. President Pat Loe presided over the meeting. Virginia Wright led in the pledge to the American flag, followed by a prayer given by Mike Hazen.
The minutes  were read by Virginia Wright and approved as corrected.
Birthdays for November are as follows:  Corrine Maggard, Bonnie Hazen, Dorthea Sheets and Laverne Larue.
Cindy Barnett, the guest speaker, spoke to the group on technology.  She stated that any new technology is out- dated as soon as it is released.  She spoke on Cell phones, I-pods, and computers. Cell phones are for communication: oral and texting. I-pods are for downloading music.  Computers are for instant messaging and Internet. With computers we have Face Book, My Space, Skype, Twittering, You Tube and Blogging. There are many computer classes available at the extension office and computers are available for the public to use.
Betty Mink reported on the December 17th trip to Bear Creek Farms.  The cost is $37.00 and the deadline for your reservation is December 8th.  You can contact her at 723-6044.
Judith Hicks reported the Senate hasn’t signed the Health Care Bill.  November 15 through December 31 is the time you can change your Medicare part D enrollment.
Henrietta Lefkowicz reminded everyone to get their flu shots. There is an over-the- counter ointment you can get called Albolene to use for dry skin patches. Also you are not loosing it if you can’t remember “What am I doing here?”  You just have too many things on your mind. Just keep telling yourself what you are going after over and over, so you won’t forget.
The next meeting will be December 1. It will be a catered luncheon by Jill Daniels. If you have not reserved your lunch, you can do so by contacting Jeanette Zumbrun at 244-3435.  The price is $8.50.
The program for December is still undecided.
Ruth Warman won $18.00 in the 50/50 drawing and Mary Lou Zuber won the door prize.
A REMINDER TO ALL MEMBERS: BRING YOUR DONATIONS FOR THE LOCAL FOOD BANK TO THE NEXT MEETING ON DECEMBER 1.
There being no further business, the meeting was closed.

The Whitley County Chapter AARP met November 3 at the Woodlands. President Pat Loe presided over the meeting. Virginia Wright led in the pledge to the American flag, followed by a prayer given by Mike Hazen. The minutes  were read by Virginia Wright and approved as corrected. Birthdays for November are as follows:  Corrine Maggard, Bonnie Hazen, Dorthea Sheets and Laverne Larue.

Schrader recognized for auction excellence

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SCHRADER RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN AUCTION MARKETING
COLUMBIA CITY, – Auctioneers from throughout the state of Indiana converged at the Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Indiana November 5-8 for the 2009 Indiana Auctioneers Association Yearly Convention. The goal of the convention was to strengthen knowledge and promote higher standards in the auction profession.
As part of the convention, an awards luncheon was held to honor winners of the 2009 Auction Marketing Competition. Auctioneers throughout the state were recognized for their innovation and expertise in marketing their properties. All entries were judged by a panel of experienced graphic design, printing and publication specialists. Judging criteria included creativity, innovation and marketing impact.
Winners were named in over 25 categories including brochure design, website design, photography, and best of show. Out of all the entries submitted, Schrader won the most awards of any auction company.
R.D. Schrader, CAI, Auctioneer – Columbia City,  won best of show with the Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company promotional video. Overall, Schrader took home eight marketing awards including: Full Color Real Estate, Full Color Personal Property, Photography, Audio and Visual Media, Black and White Real Estate, and Best of Show.
Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company is committed to producing award-winning advertising and marketing for their clients. With an in-house graphic design department, special care is taken to ensure each client receives an industry leading marketing campaign to help auction their property. For further information about how Schrader Auction Company can help you sell your land or equipment, call our home office at 800-451-2709 or visit: www.schraderauction.com.

COLUMBIA CITY, – Auctioneers from throughout the state of Indiana converged at the Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Indiana November 5-8 for the 2009 Indiana Auctioneers Association Yearly Convention. The goal of the convention was to strengthen knowledge and promote higher standards in the auction profession.

Whitley County Junior Miss Community Day

WC Junior Miss holding Community Day
In its only fundraiser of the year, the WCJM Board of Directors offers the community the opportunity to participate in COMMUNITY DAY 2009 at the Elder-Beerman store in Warsaw. COMMUNITY DAY begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14
An individual can purchase a coupon book for $5 from any one of the board members of WCJM. The $5 paid for the coupon goes directly into the scholarship account of WCJM at WCCF and the purchaser receives the coupon book with the designated discounts. Coupons can be used on regular and sale price merchandise throughout the store all day on Saturday, Nov. 14.
The coupon book contains one $10 off coupon on a single regular or sale price merchandise item. There are six coupons which offer 20 percent off on a single regular or sale price item and a 30 percent off “early bird” coupon for the sale day.
“This coupon book has some really good deals,” said Cindy Hart, chairman of the fundraiser. “The coupon book has a much greater value than $5. It really is a win-win situation. The purchaser of the coupon book can get a lot of Christmas shopping done at reasonable prices and the Junior Miss scholarship funds benefits.”
To purchase coupon books contact can be made with one of the following members of the WCJM Board of Directors. They are: Sherri Bowyer, Dr. Jeffrey Brookes, Cindy Hart, Michelle Shiriaev Love, Susan McClish, Anne Rentschler, Denice Spencer, Pam and Jim Thompson, Laurel Steill and Debra Wilkinson, or by calling 244-7467.

In its only fundraiser of the year, the WCJM Board of Directors offers the community the opportunity to participate in COMMUNITY DAY 2009 at the Elder-Beerman store in Warsaw. COMMUNITY DAY begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14