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March 15, 2019

Irish dinner, trivia night to benefit St. Paul of the Cross Youth Group

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Test your trivia skills while helping the St. Paul of the Cross Youth Group attend the Steubenville Youth Conference!

St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City will host a Irish dinner and trivia night this Saturday, March 16, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m. at the church. Prizes will be awarded for trivia winners, game winners and best-decorated "Irish-themed" table. Doors open at 6 p.m. and decorations should be finished by 6:45 p.m.

The dinner menu includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, roasted chicken, potato salad, baked beans, macaroni & cheese and desserts. Take-out meals are available for those not participating in Trivia. Must be 21 or older to attend. Dinner is $10 per person. A table sponsorship is $100.

For more information, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2FFKBH6

Rotarians celebrate 100 years with benefit dinner, auction on March 20

From reports

The Columbia City Rotary Club will host a benefit auction on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center in Columbia City. 

The fee to attend is a free will offering and will include a pulled pork dinner, live and silent auction. Proceeds from the auction will support an endowment fund the Columbia City Rotarians are building to benefit community projects.

The event will mark the Columbia City Rotary Club's 100th anniversary.

Get your Girl Scout Cookies Saturday!

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Girl Scout Troop 50559 will be selling cookies this Saturday, March 16, 2019, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Tractor Supply store parking lot on North Main Street in Columbia City. Sales will continue until 6 p.m. or until they sell out -- whatever happens first!
The last day to purchase Girl Scout Cookies for 2019 is Sunday, March 17.

Go ahead...get an early start on lawn care

By John Woodmansee, Whitley County Extension Educator

As weather finally begins to warm up, many folks are itching to do something in the yard. This week, we'll concentrate on things that can and should be done soon. Next week, we'll cover some things to avoid doing that many ignore and do anyway.

Early lawn activities to consider include: applying pre-emergence herbicides to control crabgrass, preparing lawn for mowing, performing pre-season lawnmower maintenance, re-seeding small bare spots, and mowing lawn as needed.

One pest I have been dealing with in my own lawn is crabgrass. A healthy, dense turf is a good cultural control against crabgrass. However, if pre-emergent herbicides are needed, they should be applied now through about the middle of April in northeast Indiana. Basically, these products must be in place before crabgrass seeds germinate (sprout) in the soil for an effective kill. Purdue research has shown that these herbicides can be applied as early as March 1 and still be effective all season. Although the date of actual crabgrass germination will depend on the weather each spring, the average germination date at Fort Wayne is April 29.

Crabgrass is a summer annual weed, meaning that it sprouts in the spring, grows, produces seed, and dies before winter.

Some post-emergent crabgrass controls are available, but they are very difficult for the average homeowner to use safely and effectively. No crabgrass control should be attempted after mid-July because most crabgrass is too large to control effectively.

Spring seeding of turfgrass is sometimes a hit-or-miss operation, due to cool soil temperatures, longer periods before emergence, and summer stress of newly emerged, weak seedlings. But, if you have small bare spots, you may wish to give spring seeding a try. Disturb the soil to ensure seed-to-soil contact, seed, and water frequently. (Seeding of cool-season turfgrass varieties like Kentucky bluegrass and turf-type tall fescue is best done in late August through early September.) If you need to re-seed bare spots, skip crabgrass controls as they will likely interfere with desired grass germination and growth.

Basic preparations for lawn mowing include picking up sticks and fallen limbs, and raking to remove leaves, twigs, and trash. Sticks left in the yard can hasten dulling of mower blades. Give your mower a tune up, including an oil change, and sharpen the blade. A sharp blade results in a cleaner and healthier cut, leaving a more attractive lawn.

The first mowing should be slightly lower than normal to encourage green-up. Then, move to the season-long mowing height of about 3 inches.

Other things you may consider this spring include thatch control and aerification (or aeration) of turf. Thatch is a layer of dead grass stems on top of the soil surface that limits water and air penetration into the soil. Power rakes or core aerators can help with thatch. Aerification (thatch or no thatch) also relieves soil compaction, improves water and air movement into the soil, increases rooting, and can greatly improve turfgrass health. It's best to wait until turf is actively growing (usually in April) for these operations.

To whet your appetite for next week, two items on the list of things to avoid are rolling lawns and early season fertilization.

Whitley County Historical Society plans annual meeting for March 30

From reports

The Whitley County Historical Society's annual dinner will be on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Whitley County Agricultural Museum located at 680 W. Squawbuck Road in Columbia City.

Dinner will be catered by Jill Daniel Menu & Party Consulting and the cost per person is $18. This includes dinner and presentation. Singer, songwriter and historical re-enactor, Kevin Stonerock, will be the guest speaker. His topic will be "A Visit with a Hoosier Pioneer." There will be an award ceremony and prizes will be given away. Everyone is welcome. For reservations, call the Museum at (260) 244-6372.

The Whitley County Historical Museum, housed in the home of Thomas Riley Marshall, is dedicated to preserving the history of Whitley County. This is achieved through educational programs, artifact preservation and collection, exhibits, publications, and collaboration with related groups. The museum is located at 108 West Jefferson Street in Columbia City. Hours are Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.

Upcoming Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center events

What follows are some of the upcoming events presented by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center:

Ambassadors Meeting
Tuesday, March 26 at noon
Location: Chamber Board Room, 128 West Van Buren Street
Bring your lunch and some great ideas!
RSVP to: office@whitleychamber.com or call 248-8131.
Chamber Women's Lunch 
Wednesday, March 27 at noon
Leslee Hill of the Women's Economic Opportunity Center will lead us on an adventure in personal branding. Learn some important tips and tricks to set yourself apart and to highlight your best attributes. Lunch is included. $15 per person.
RSVP to: office@whitleychamber.com or call 248-8131.
HOT TOPICS: "Hiring & Firing in the Era of Social Media" 
Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m.
Attorney Adam Bartom will present a program every manager in business or non-profit will NOT want to miss. What are some of the concerns and pitfalls of social media when it comes to hiring and firing employees? Get answers to your questions at this important event. No cost to members.
RSVP to office@whitleychamber.com or call (260) 248-8131.
Ambassadors Meeting
Tuesday, April 23 at noon
Location: Chamber Board Room, 128 West Van Buren Street
Bring your lunch and some great ideas!
RSVP to: office@whitleychamber.com or call 248-8131.
Ribbon Cutting: United Way of Whitley County
Wednesday, April 24 at 12 p.m.
Location: United Way of Whitley County, 219 West Van Buren Street, Columbia City
An open house will begin following the ribbon cutting and continue until 6 p.m. We are welcoming the community to tour our space, meet our board and staff and to learn more about the United Way. The community is invited to enjoying light refreshments while visiting and connecting with community partners. RSVP to office@whitleychamber.com and we'll save a spot for you!
South Whitley's Annual Garage Sales
Friday, April 26-Saturday, April 27
Thousands of people flock to South Whitley every spring for the annual garage sales. Get involved by...sponsoring the event OR reserving a booth space.
For more information on reserving a booth space, call the Chamber at (260) 248-8131 or email office@whitleychamber.com
To become a sponsor for just $75, contact jennifer@whitleychamber.com

Cancer Services presents program on foods to reduce inflammation

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Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana welcomes Sue Delagrange, MS, RD, for a free program, exploring antioxidant foods to reduce inflammation in the body and reduce the risk of developing chronic disease.
The program will be presented on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. SR 205, in Columbia City.
Reservations are recommended, but not required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call toll free to 1-866-484-9560.

Swiss Steak Supper is Saturday

From reports

The Whitley County Shrine Club will host their annual Swiss Steak Supper this Saturday, March 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mizpah Shrine Horsegrounds on SR 9, just north of Columbia City.