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March 7, 2018

Whitley County EXPO is March 10 at Indian Springs Middle School


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Thousands will attend the Whitley County EXPO this Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Indian Springs Middle School. The annual event, organized by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, highlights numerous area businesses and non-profit organizations with live entertainment, door prizes, food and fun for the whole family. This year's event also features a job fair with numerous booths promoting open job opportunities.

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Where can you find great food and desserts? Shop for everything from home repairs to healthcare and orthodontics? Find a new hobby and somewhere to volunteer? Meet the fine officers who keep our city and county safe? Enjoy free entertainment? Learn about the great businesses and non-profits who serve Whitley County? You can do all this and more at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center's annual Whitley County EXPO! EXPOp318b.jpg

Sponsored by Dupont Orthodontics-Dr. Allison Bergdoll DDS, Renaissance Village and Farmers Mutual Insurance, this popular annual event will once again be held at Indiana Springs Middle School on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community members will get to meet and speak with over 50 great businesses and non-profit organizations serving Whitley County. Additionally, this year the event will include a Job Fair featuring several local companies.

"Our annual EXPO offers the opportunity to make great community connections and there is something for everyone," said Jennifer Romano, Chamber Executive Director. "Last year, more than 2300 people attended this event to learn about all things Whitley County."

While learning about various products and services from the wide-variety of vendors, participants will be treated to free entertainment and ongoing activities throughout the day. This year entertainment will include Next Generation Studio of Dance, the Peabody Library, Whitley County Community Children's Choir and a presentation by Detective Chip Stephenson of the Columbia City Police Department. Many vendors also offer the opportunity to sign up for door prizes as well.

"Even if you are a life-long resident of Whitley County or if you are new to the area, there is always something new and exciting happening right here in our corner of the world," said Romano.

Admission and parking are free and no RSVP is required.  For more information, contact the Chamber at 260-248-8131 or email office@whitleychamber.com

Peabody Public Library now offering 'home goods' for patrons to use


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Peabody Public Library now offers an assortment of tools and household items for patrons to use, including a sewing machine, above, and tools, below.

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Think libraries are just for reading and checking out books? Not quite. Peabody Public Library recently expanded its offerings by adding home goods items, available for patrons to check out in the adult department.PPLHomeGoodsb318.jpg
Some of the items that will be available for check out are: several new tool sets, a sewing machine, assorted cake pans for baking, rubber stamping sets and more!
In addition to the home goods, the library will continue to offer items like lawn games, puzzles, electronic devices, children's games and activities and more.
"Have you ever had a time when you started a project you thought would take five minutes but then it turned into hours because you didn't have the right equipment?
Well, the Library hopes to help you with that predicament," said Peabody Public Library executive director Mary Hartman. "We have an assortment of tools and
home goods available to checkout. No more buying something you are only going to use one time. Save some money and stop by the library to check that item out. We even have a sewing machine to loan out!"
If you have additional questions about the items contact the adult department at the library at 260-244-5541 or Deb Lowrance at dlowrance@ppl.lib.in.us.
Want to stay up-to-date on events, classes and programming at the library? Follow the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event and class updates, and visit  http://www.ppl.lib.in.us  and click the "calendar" icon on the homepage to check out the library's online calendar.

Friends of the Peabody Public Library to host April 5 book sale

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The Friends of the Peabody Public Library will host a one-day book sale on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the library. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and all proceeds will support the library.

Eastern Star to hold breakfast event Saturday

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The Columbia City Order of Eastern Star will host a pancake, egg and sausage breakfast on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Columbia City Masonic Lodge Hall. The evnet will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Admission is a free will donation.

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Whitley County native Roy Sexton fills in for columnist Susie Duncan Sexton on Old Type Writer -- and he's ready to talk about the Oscars... http://talkofthetownwc.com/oldtypewriter/2018/03/old_type_writer_a_room_of_her_.html

Considering the impact of invasive species

By John Woodmansee, Whitley County Extension Educator

Invasive insects, plants and other organisms are challenging our natural areas by out-competing or decimating native populations. This impacts native plants, insects, birds, fish and wildlife. The issue is very important to woodland owners, hikers, boaters, anglers, hunters, gardeners, conservationists and many others. Invasive species can spoil native habitats and the enjoyment of natural areas in many ways. Control efforts are very difficult, and very expensive.
It's important to note that not all non-native species are bad - some behave themselves just fine in our environment.
For species that don't behave, local residents can report invasive species by calling the Invasive Species hotline at 1-866-NO-EXOTIC (1-866-663-9684) or using the free Great Lakes Early Detection Network smartphone app, which can bedownloaded on iTunes or GooglePlay. Purdue has put together a YouTube video to demonstrate how easily the app can be used to alert authorities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFvaweR4cSw.
Some invasive insects that have been recent nuisances include emerald ash borer, spotted wing drosophila, and brown marmorated stink bug. Many homeowners are beginning to deal with these new stink bugs in homes, much like we did with Asian lady beetles a decade or more ago. Talk to a woodland owner about what their ash trees look like now, after emerald ash borer, and the timber value they have lost. An insect on our radar that hasn't arrived yet is the spotted lanternfly. It is currently affecting areas in southeastern Pennsylvania, and we in Indiana hope their quarantine and controlefforts are successful.
In addition to insect pests of the invasive nature, we also have plants and other organisms that are not behaving themselves. As an example, our wonderful state parks are struggling with invasive plants that begin to dominate certain areas. Some examples of these "bad actors" include callery pear, Asian bush honeysuckle, multiflora rose, and autumn olive. Take some time this spring to go into a local woods or a state park just before most trees have leafed out. You may notice that there are smaller trees, shrubs, or vine species in the understory that are fully green already. Some of these may be invasive species. One competitive advantage of many of these species is that they leaf out before most native trees, and they stay green later in the fall after most trees have lost their leaves. Their dense growth inhibits natural regeneration of desirable native tree species. An invasive herbaceous plant you might find growing in woodlands, yards or roadsides is garlic mustard. Each of these plants can produce up to 3,000 seeds, and the seeds can remain viable for at least 7 years, and up to about 10 years.
For lakes, problems have resulted from people dumping their aquarium tanks with fish and live plants into the lake, people transferring plant fragments from infested lakes to non-infested lakes on boats, or by other methods. One recent example is the extensive effort and cost needed to control hydrilla, an introduced invasive plant species, in Lake Manitou, Rochester.
Additionally, more and more homeowners are reconsidering the plants in their own home landscape, and favoring native plants (or at least better-behaved plants). Some common landscape plants have moved via birds, animals or other means into natural environments and have become a problem. Examples include burning bush, Euonymus alatus, English ivy, Hedera helix, and Privit, Ligustrum vulgare.
In Indiana, efforts among various cooperating agencies are underway to develop a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) in each of Indiana's 92 counties. CISMAs undertake educational/awareness events with the public, organize workdays with groups to manage invasive plants, promote early detection, and similar efforts. To my knowledge, Northeast Indiana does not currently have a CISMA.
Various groups have identified and listed invasive species that threaten local ecosystems. Among these groups are:
- Indiana Department of Natural Resources:http://www.in.gov/dnr/3123.htm
- Indiana Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Committee (Purdue and partner organizations): Purdue Extension - Whitley County, Whitley County Courthouse Annex, 115 South Line Street, Columbia City, IN 46725-2325 Phone: (260) 244-7615 or (260) 625-3313 www.extension.purdue.edu/whitley
- Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society:http://www.inpaws.org/
- Midwest Invasive Plant Network: http://www.mipn.org/
For more information on invasive plant species in forest habitats, access the Purdue publication FNR-230-W, Invasive Plant Species in Hardwood Tree Plantations, at Purdue's Education Store, https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu. Additionally, learn more about national efforts during invasive species awareness week at: https://www.nisaw.org/.
I encourage you to become more aware of invasive species, and identify steps you can take to minimize their impact in our environment