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May 31, 2019

Work of Doug Egolf featured at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

(Talk of the Town drawing by Doug Egolf)

A self-portrait of the artist, Doug Egolf. Egolf's artwork will be featured at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center during the month of June.

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced that Doug Egolf is June's featured artist in the Chamber's Focus on the Arts initiative. Lude's work will debut in an artist's reception on Friday, June 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
A lifelong resident of Whitley County, Doug Egolf's ancestors were among some of the first people to settle in Whitley County. He is the son of Ronald D. and Phyllis J. Egolf.
"At an early age, I fell in love with dinosaurs and from there, science fiction and fantasy," said Egolf. "I loved to sit in the downtown Peabody Library and admire art on the science fiction paperbacks." He most enjoyed the works of Boris and Frazetta.
A look at Egolf's work, one will see the artist's interest in science fiction. "I collect art books of science fiction and fantasy artists with their collected works," Egolf said. He's an avid comic book collector as well. "As a child during the 70s I loved sci-fi, horror and tv shows."
"I believe I inherited the creative gene from my grandfather, Everett Egolf," said Egolf. "He was a woodworker and very inventive, creating and restoring." Egolf began honing this art skills as a child. "I have been drawing and doodling since I was able to hold a pencil. I love the freedom to go your own direction in art."
Egolf has had no formal training in art beyond art classes he took in high school, but has been working on his art daily for almost 50 years.
Egolf enjoys art for the freedom it gives him and the opportunities for self-expression. He enjoys being able to draw others into considering subjects they might not ordinarily think about in their everyday life.
When asked to consider the future direction of his work, Egolf said, "I have always loved the sci-fi fantasy genre, but have recently found a broader interest in surrealism and impressionism." He hopes this interest will broaden his own work.
His work has been featured by the Lakeland Gallery, Syracuse Public Library, Peabody Library and inside Brew'ha Coffee House in downtown Columbia City. Additionally, murals created by Egolf line the alley adjacent to Brew'ha. Some of Egolf's work was published through Sunberry Press' "Dark Arts 2011" and in Johnathan Mayberry's "The Crytopedia" published by Citadel Press. It was also used in an episode of "Destination Truth" on the Syfy Channel. "My work has been purchased by 20th Century Fox for ABC's "Life on Mars" television show.
"We are excited to showcase Doug's work at the Chamber during the month of June," said Jennifer Romano, executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. "Doug's work is interesting and thought-provoking. We are honored to share his work with the community."
Egolf's art exhibit will be on display through the end of June at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 128 West Van Buren Street in Columbia City. The exhibit is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.
For more information, contact the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at (260) 248-8131.

Applications for enrollment now accepted at Faith Christian Academy

From reports

Faith Christian Academy is still accepting registrations for preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade and Middle School classes for this fall. Faith Christian Academy has a great preschool program and full day kindergarten.
"We have all state certified teachers who love the Lord and love students," said Pastor Larry Schmoekel, administrator of Faith Christian Academy.
Faith Christian Academy is Whitley County's only interdenominational Christian school, providing excellence in education for children since 1991. Located at State Road 205 and US 30 in Columbia City, Indiana, Faith Christian Academy offers advanced, yet individualized curriculum for preschoolers through eighth grade. With God in the classroom, dedicated educators, involved parents, smaller class sizes and specialized attention for each child means a learning experience unsurpassed in Whitley County.
For more information, call (260) 248-4872 with any questions, or go to www.faithchristianwc.com

Chamber to host Legislative Update on June 7 in downtown Columbia City

From reports

The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is pleased to announce that State Senator Andy Zay, State Representative Christopher Judy, State Representative David Abbott and State Senator Justin Busch will be in attendance for the upcoming Chamber Legislative Update meeting.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 128 West Van Buren Street in downtown Columbia City. The event is sponsored by NIPSCO and the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana.

"We plan our Legislative Update series meetings each year to enable our members and our greater community to engage, first hand, with our elected officials," said Jennifer Romano, executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. "This provides an outstanding opportunity for our local business leaders to hear what's happening in State government and share their concerns about important issues in a personal, timely way."

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to office@whitleychamber.com or call (260) 248-8131.

May 25, 2019

Annual Memorial Day Parade is Monday in Columbia City

Preparations are underway for American Legion Post 98's annual Memorial Day Parade in Columbia City today, Monday, May 27. Participants will begin lining up at 9:45 a.m. at Walnut Street in front of the former Marshall Middle School, now Eagle Tech. The Memorial Day Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The parade travels south on Walnut Street, east on Van Buren Street then turns south on Madison Street and ends at Greenhill Cemetery. At the cemetery, a ceremony is help to recognize fallen veterans.