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October 9, 2018

Dr. Lisa Hatcher elected to chair Indiana State Medical Association

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Lisa A. Hatcher, MD, MBA, a family medicine with obstetrics practitioner from Columbia City, has been elected president-elect of the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) by her colleagues. DrHatcher1018.jpg
A member of Parkview Physicians Group in Columbia City, Dr. Hatcher was sworn in Sunday, September 30, at the 169th Annual ISMA Convention in Indianapolis.
Dr. Hatcher earned her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind., and a Master of Science from St. Francis University in Fort Wayne.
Before her election to the ISMA presidency, Dr. Hatcher chaired the ISMA Board of Trustees and the ISMA Future Directions Task Force. She has served on many ISMA commissions and committees, including the Executive Committee, Family Violence Committee, Women in Medicine Committee and Commission on Constitution and Bylaws. She also served as health officer for Whitley County.
ISMA is the largest physician organization in Indiana and is dedicated to promoting the well-being of doctors and their patients.

Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center's annual dinner will kick off 100th anniversary celebration

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is planning an evening of celebration leading up to their 100th anniversary year during the 2018 Annual Recognition Dinner on Thursday, October 25 at Ceruti's Eagles Nest Event Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6 p.m. & Awards at 7 p.m. The event sponsor is JPMorgan Chase.
Tickets are $30 per person or $300 for a table of 8 with table sponsorship included. Additional sponsorship opportunities available.
To RSVP by October 12 at noon, call the Chamber at (260) 248-8131 or email office@whitleychamber.com

TROY School hosts community open house today

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An open house is planned to welcome the community to the newly renovated TROY School.
The event is slated for Tuesday, October 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the school, located at 1911 E. Business 30, in Columbia City.
Local residents are invited to drop in anytime during the open house, take a tour, see staff and students in action.
TROY stands for Teaching and Reaching Our Youth. TROY School provides students with individual attention in the classroom and prepares them to make healthy decisions and life choices along the way. TROY is a nonprofit, alternative school for students in northeast Indiana, grades 6-12.
For additional information, visit www.troyalternativeschool.com or call (260) 248-8787.

Grace College opens new Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex

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Grace College and community leaders dedicate the new Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex. From left is Executive VP & CFO of Zimmer Biomet Dan Florin, President of Grace College Dr. Bill Katip, Community Leader & Lead Donor Mary Louise Miller, President & CEO of K21 Health Foundation Rich Haddad and Grace College Chair of the Science & Mathematics Department Dr. Chad Snyder.

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Hundreds of community members, Grace College students and alumni, and friends of the late Dr. Dane Miller gathered for an open house and dedication of the new Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex Friday.
Dr. Drew Flamm, vice president of advancement at Grace College, kicked off the dedication ceremony by recounting the facility highlights. "The Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex contains 22,500 square feet of renovated space and 13,000 square feet of new space, including Grace's first classroom-in-the-round, two new multi-purpose learning labs and the first specially designed space for the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams." Calling it a "state-of-the-art facility," Flamm said science and mathematics classrooms and labs have been updated throughout, and the facility will be a field trip destination for K-12 students. "Many students will enjoy field trips to the Lilly Center to see the 850-gallon hexagon aquarium and interact with the augmented reality sandbox and virtual fresh water aquarium as they learn about our region's most valuable natural resource: water," he said.
A unique demonstration came next as a group of community and college leaders conducted a science experiment to illustrate the contributions of the many people and organizations to the new Science Complex. President of Grace College Dr. Bill Katip, Chair of the Science & Mathematics Department Dr. Chad Snyder, community leader and lead donor Mrs. Mary Louise Miller, Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer of Zimmer Biomet Mr. Dan Florin, and President & CEO of K21 Health Foundation Mr. Rich Haddad contributed ingredients to make ice cream for the celebration.
Dr. Katip recognized the community leaders by saying, "Without each of you and your organizations we wouldn't be here. You saw a vision and met it with your generosity." Katip also gave special thanks to general contractor Weigand Construction, BHDP Architecture and artists Christi Ziebarth and Mary Pat Wallen. He said that in all, more than 200 donors contributed to the Science Complex and enabled Grace College to far exceed its $8 million fundraising goal.
Katip noted that nearly 1,000 alumni have graduated from Grace with science and mathematics degrees to date, and because of the new Miller Science Complex, "hundreds more will now be equipped to serve our world and make a difference in the fields of medicine, research, education and more."
He concluded by thanking everyone who made the new facility possible, saying, "Thank you most of all for investing in the lives of our students and the countless lives they will impact with their work for decades to come."

Manufacturing Day celebrated in Whitley County

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The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Whitley Works program, with support from Purdue's Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC), are celebrating the role of manufacturing in our local economy throughout the month of October.
The National Association of Manufacturers, the nation's largest industrial trade association, deemed Friday, October 5, 2018 as National Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day was created to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It's an annual celebration that brings together manufacturers, students, educators, businesspeople, community leaders and elected officials in a collective effort to promote manufacturing, improve public perceptions and educate the community on the opportunities available in manufacturing.
The Whitley County EDC and the Whitley Works program partnered to bring students and local manufacturers together. Several manufacturing companies in Whitley County provided tours last week to high school students from Churubusco, Columbia City and Eagle Tech.
"It was a great opportunity for staff and students alike to see the diverse manufacturing companies, and options in our county," said Rob Bell, Columbia City High School Dean of Students. "It was eye opening to learn about the global footprint we have from companies right here in Whitley County."
Whitley County is home to many manufacturing companies leading the way, and serving a variety of industries from automotive, agriculture, aerospace, defense, medical device, food processing and many more.
"Tours of area businesses allow students to explore career options and see the impact of businesses right here in our community. We can't expect students to know what they want to do for a career if they aren't able to explore different possibilities," said Whitley Works Program Director Lori Heuer.
Purdue IN-MaC awarded the EDC with a $2,000 micro-grant to help support efforts in promoting events throughout the month.
"IN-MaC is excited to partner with Whitley County Economic Development Corporation and Whitley Works program. We know that the best way to introduce students to career opportunities in manufacturing and STEM is to see it firsthand. Through tours, camps, and other experiential learning opportunities such the ones Whitley County is making possible," said Lisa Deck, Purdue IN-MaC Education Workforce Development Program Manager.
If you or someone you know is looking for a job, manufacturing companies in Whitley County are hiring! Our local manufacturers employ more than one-third of Whitley County's workers, and the average manufacturing wage in Whitley County is more than $50,000 a year. You can check out local job opportunities by visiting the "local career postings" page on the EDC website at www.whitleyedc.com.

Chamber On The Road luncheon in South Whitley Friday

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center will host their monthly Chamber On The Road luncheon this Friday, October 12, at noon in South Whitley. The lunch will be held at Riverside Cafe.
Attendees will have the opportunity to promote business, non-profit, community interests and network with others. Meetings are laid back and conversational. There is no cost to attend, but support a local business by making a purchase during the event. This event is open to Chamber members and any potential new members.
To RSVP, email office@whitleychamber.com

Nominations accepted now for 22nd annual Heart of Gold Awards

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The Community Foundation is ready to celebrate and honor Whitley County's greatest asset - it's caring people - with the announcement of the 22nd Annual Heart of Gold Awards. Created to recognize "everyday" folks in our community who make Whitley County a better place to live through their simple acts of kindness, the Heart of Gold Awards have become an annual tradition and a meaningful way to recognize our unsung heroes.
Heart of Gold nominees are often recognized for acts of service that may largely go unnoticed and include, but aren't limited to things such as helping senior citizens, assisting disadvantaged people, volunteering for a non-profit, working to improve the quality of education, expanding cultural and recreational activities, protecting the environment, and promoting health and safety.
Do you know someone with a heart of gold who deserves a special thank you? Any Whitley County resident can nominate another for the meaningful recognition. This isn't a writing contest; just let us know about your nominee and how they enhance the lives of others. Past recipients range in age from 8 to 80 and include students, homemakers, teachers, snow shovelers, and physicians! Each Heart of Gold nominee will receive an engraved medallion during an awards reception on Thursday evening, November 15 at the Eagle's Nest Event Center. It's at this heart-warming event that honorees will learn who nominated them. Three overall winners will be selected and have the opportunity to direct a $1,000 grant to the Whitley County charity of their choice.
Nominations can be submitted via the Community Foundation's website at www.cfwhitley.org. The deadline for receiving applications is Monday, October 22. For additional information or for assistance in filling out a nomination form, contact the Community Foundation at (260) 244-5224.

Pause and ponder your fire preparedness during Indiana Fire Prevention Week

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Indiana's Fire Marshal encourages Hoosiers to take fire safety seriously by creating a household evacuation plan and resolving potential fire hazards as part of Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13.
This year's theme, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere," reminds Hoosiers that following a few simple steps can reduce the chances of a fire and help everyone evacuate safely.
"In most situations, it doesn't take long to make safety changes in the home, but those quick fixes can have a lasting impact," said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.
Tragically, Indiana is on track for an increase in the number of fire-related deaths over the calendar year. The state has already recorded 67 fire-related deaths to date. In 2017, 70 fire-related deaths occurred.
Marshal Greeson suggests looking for the following hazards in a home:
- Replace electric cords that are worn, frayed or covered with clothing, blankets or furniture.
- Clean dryer lint traps out after every use.
- Flammable items should not be closer than three feet from fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or portable heaters.
- When looking for potential fire hazards check on the household's smoke alarms, which provides an early warning sign of a fire.
"Smoke alarms are a vital component for fire safety," Greeson said. "Households with properly placed, working and maintained smoke alarms are 50 percent more likely to escape a fire safely."
- Alarms should be replaced every eight to 10 years. Over time their sensors become less sensitive.
- Smoke alarms should be tested every month to make sure they are still working.
- Alarms should be placed at least 10 feet from a stove, as everyday cooking may be a trigger.
- An established escape plan is an essential component of keeping the household safe. They help save time in a situation where seconds count and establish if individuals are trapped in the burning building.
Marshal Greeson recommends that Hoosiers sit down with their households and complete the following:
- Practice home fire drills twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with all residents.
- Practice using different routes to safety.
- If smoke, heat or flames block all established escape routes, stay in the room and call the fire department.
- Once outside, stay at the established meeting point. Never go back inside a burning building.
For more information on fire prevention and safety, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.