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August 28, 2018

Teams from Eagle Glen, Big G's dominate at Chamber's annual golf outing

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(Talk of the Town photos provided) Above, Team Eagle Glen Golf Course was the first place finisher in the recent Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Golf Outing. From left is James Heuer, Don Langeloh, Joe Ceruti and Mike Carpenter with head golf professional Mike Johnson of Eagle Glen Golf Course.

Below, Team Big G's was the second place finisher in the recent Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Golf Outing. From left is Eagle Glen Golf Course head golf professional Mike Johnson with Chad Nicodemus, Jamie Parrett, Tom Harris and Andrew Zartman.

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The annual Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Golf Outing, held on August 16 at Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City, was a great success due to the generosity of sponsors and the time of many volunteers who supported the event. 

The first place finishing team was the Eagle Glen Golf Course team which included Don Langeloh, James Heuer, Joe Ceruti and Mike Carpenter. They won with a score of 46. They donated their prize money to the Chamber. 2ndPlaceGolf18b.jpg

The second place finishing team with a score of 51 was the Big G's team. The team included Jamie Parrett, Chad Nicodemus, Andrew Zartman and Tom Harris. They also generously donated their prize money to the Chamber.

"We had a great outing this year and are so grateful for everyone who participated -- sponsoring, contributing items, volunteering on our committee and playing that day," said Jennifer Romano, executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. 

The event sponsor was PHP. Other sponsors included: PDQ Workholding & Tooling, Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, ProFed, 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union, Rabb Water Systems, 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union, Bowen Center, City of Columbia City, Farmers Mutual Insurance, Miller's Merry Manor, Fort Wayne Metals, Indiana Physical Therapy, Passages, Crossroads Bank, Ryan Daniel for Mayor, The Post & Mail, Star Financial Bank, Zay Leasing & Rentals, Paul Davis Restoration, Warner Electric, Paul Davis Restoration, Warner Electric, Ruoff Mortgage  - Kevin Eames, Ruoff Mortgage - Brett Strack, The Dock, Eagle Glen Golf Course, Whetstone Electric, Big G's and Running Around Screen Printing. 

Proceeds from the event supported the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving as the advocate, resource and champion for businesses and organizations in Whitley County.

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Volunteers preparing for fifth annual Autumn Harvest Festival to benefit Whitley County 4-H

From reports

Whitley County 4-H Clubs, Inc. will be hosting the fifth annual Autumn Harvest Festival at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds on October 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is no admission fee and free parking for this event. All proceeds from the event support the Whitley County 4-H Program.

There is one exciting new addition to this year's festival, we will be hosting a 4wd Truck Pull that evening starting at 5 p.m. The pull registration will start at 2 p.m. Gates for the grandstand will open at 4 p.m.

The traditional Autumn Harvest Festival events will be back including the Craft Show and Flea Market, Car Show, music acts, and many other activities throughout the day.

Several food options will be available including "Fair Ice Cream" featuring several "fall" flavors, homemade pecan rolls in the morning, homemade pies in the afternoon. Kettle Corn, and chili cooked in a cast iron pot over the open fire will also be offered. Organizers have opened the festival up for local food trucks and food vendors to showcase their offerings as well. The fall Columbia City Farm Toy Show will be in the 4-H Center with the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers are also adding more activities for kids for the festival. Several community groups are helping with these activities. Kids activities are planned including a Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull. Weigh-in for this will be at noon in the Small Animal Barn. The pull will start at 12:30 p.m. Local 4-H Clubs will be doing activities and games geared toward kids from 10 am to 2 pm. Another of the highlights for kids will be milking Daisy the Cow from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Ag Museum. Several local music and entertainment acts will be performing throughout the day under the canopy by main concessions. 

Forms to reserve a place for the Craft Show and Flea Market, Toy Show, Car Show, and Food Vendors are available at the Purdue Extension Whitley County office, or at www.whitleycounty4h.com. If you have any questions about this event please contact us by email at: whitleycounty4h@gmail.com or by phone (Jeff Geiger 260-229-0635).

Master Gardeners ready to train a new crop of volunteers

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If you want to sharpen your gardening skills and you have an interest in sharing your knowledge with others, Purdue Extension has the ideal program for you.
Beginning September 10, 2018, a Purdue Master Gardener "Basic Training" series will be offered for residents of Noble and Whitley Counties. The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer by teaching others while representing Purdue University. As volunteers, participants grow as they share knowledge and provide leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.
Training sessions will be held on Monday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. from September 10 through December 17. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape, and fruit plants.
Classes for the bi-county training will be held at Merriam Christian Chapel, 3985 S. US Highway 33, Albion, IN 46701. The church is approximately 1 mile northwest of the US 33/SR 9 intersection in Merriam on US 33.
"I think class participants will enjoy learning with people from our neighboring county and sharing ideas," said John Woodmansee, Extension Educator in Whitley County.
Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost $130.00 per participant. This expense fee covers such items as the Master Gardener student handbook, handouts, name badges, and other materials. These materials all become part of the Master Gardener's personal collection. Couples sharing the same single set of materials may attend for a rate of $165.00.
A completed application and payment is required for all potential students by Friday, August 31, 2018. Students will have the option of purchasing a flash drive (electronic) version of the manual for an additional $25.
While class participants will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, there are already many opportunities for which volunteers are needed. The theme of the Master Gardener Program is "Helping Others Grow."
If you'd like an application to join our league of volunteers or if you have questions about the program, give us a call in Noble County at 260-636-2111 or in Whitley County at 260-244-7615. If you call and simply leave your name and address, we will send you detailed information about the class, including an application.
You may also stop by the Purdue Extension office in the Noble County South Complex located just south of Albion at 2090 N. State Road 9, or at the Whitley County office at 115 South Line Street in Columbia City.
Interested persons may also access local Master Gardener information (including class information) under the "Garden" tab at the local Purdue Extension website at: www.extension.purdue.edu/whitley.

Omnibus Lecture Series' 24th season lineup announced recently

From reports

The 24th season of the Omnibus Lecture Series at Purdue University Fort Wayne features four engaging and thought-provoking speakers.

This year's line-up includes:

Frank Abagnale
"Catch Me If You Can: An Evening with Frank Abagnale"
Thursday, September 13, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, August 27

Over the last 50 years, Frank Abagnale went from one of the world's most famous con men to one of its most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. 
His riveting story provided the inspiration for both Steven Spielberg's 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, and the Tony-Award winning musical, Catch Me If You Can.
Abagnale conducted more than 3,000 seminars on identity theft, fraud, and cybercrime, and advised hundreds of government agencies, financial institutions, and corporations. More than 14,000 organizations use his fraud prevention programs.
He has been associated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for over 40 years and lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and field offices. Abagnale refuses to accept payment for any of his government work.

Amy Tan
"An Evening with Amy Tan"
Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29

Born in the U.S. to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan rejected her mother's expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist, choosing to write fiction instead. Six of her novels, including The Joy Luck Cluband The Kitchen God's Wife, became New York Timesbestsellers.
Her other works include a memoir, two children's books, and numerous articles for The New YorkerHarper's BazaarNational Geographic, and other magazines. Her writing appears in 35 languages around the world.
Tan has lectured internationally at universities, delivered a TED talk, spoken at the White House, appeared onSesame Street, and played in a literary garage band with Stephen King, Dave Barry, and Scott Turow to raise money for literacy programs.

Jim Lucas
"REFLECTIONS: The Life and Times of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented by Jim Lucas"
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 4

In August 1983, Jim Lucas attended the 20th Anniversary of the March on Washington. That event inspired him to learn and later recite the works of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a dramatic one-man show.
Since then, Lucas received critical acclaim across the nation for his stirring recitations and interpretive readings depicting the life and times Dr. King.
His resemblance to and interpretation of Dr. King has been called remarkable, awe inspiring, uncanny, and soulful. Former President Bill Clinton praised him as "the most authentic and exhilarating King I have ever seen."
As a student of Dr. King's teachings, Lucas is an advocate of Dr. King's philosophy of non-violent civil action to effect social change.

Jeff Corwin
"Tales from the Field with Jeff Corwin"
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1

As the host of the Emmy Award-winning ABC wildlife adventure series Ocean Mysteries, Jeff Corwin educates and entertains audiences with his knowledge and deep sense of caring about the natural world, empowering audiences to join the movement to save our natural world for future generations.
His work on CNN's critically-acclaimed Planet in Perilwith Anderson Cooper and as a special science and environment correspondent for NBC News solidified his place as one of the world's leading environmental journalists.
With a focus on awareness and education, Corwin draws on his world travels to enlighten with insights on the current state of environmental conservation efforts, emphasizing that the key to our own survival is the survival of the world's creatures and ecosystems.
The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is co-sponsoring this lecture. 
Omnibus Lecture Series Information
The Omnibus Lecture Series is dedicated to sharing diverse ideas through educated, respected, insightful, and entertaining speakers for the campus community and people throughout northeast Indiana.
The English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation has been the Omnibus Lecture Series sponsor since 1995. Media sponsors for the 2018-19 series are WANE-TV NewsChannel 15, and 89.1 WBOI News and Diverse Music.

Omnibus Lecture Series Tickets
All lectures are held in the Auer Performance Hall at the Rhinehart Music Center and require free tickets. There are three options to obtain tickets:

  • Pick up tickets in person at the Larson Ticket Office in the Gates Athletics Center between 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Reserve tickets online. Go to the Box Office website to purchase tickets. Tickets are free, but a convenience fee of $1 per ticket will be charged.
  • Tickets reserved online can be mailed for an additional fee of $1 or picked up at Will Call in the lobby of the Rhinehart Music Center beginning one hour before the lecture. Unclaimed tickets will be offered to other guests 15 minutes before the program begins.
  • Doors open one hour before each lecture.  Free parking is available in parking garage 3, located in the Fine Arts Plaza.


For more information about the lecture series, speakers, tickets, or the campus map, visit the Omnibus Lecture Series website.