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January 14, 2019

Whitko Archery team finishes strong at annual invitational

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(Talk of the Town photo provided) Saturday, January 5 was the annual Montpelier Archery Invitational and Whitko's archers made a strong performance. Cassidy Skinner, a South Whitley Elementary sixth grade student earned the 1st place honor with 289 out of a possible 300 points in the bullseye competition. Whitko JSHS 7th grade student Isabella Hughes took 2nd place with 286 points, and Gabi Griffith from PES' sixth grade won third place with 277 points. 

The Whitko Wildcat Archery team is coached by Bill Green and boasts one of the largest archery programs in Indiana. The team regularly travels to tournaments both out of state and competes annually at the Indiana State Championships as well as National and World Tournaments. Over the holiday break, Skinner shot 290/300 on her way to placing 1st among Middle Division Girls at the Gibson Southern Holiday Classic in Fort Branch, IN. Archers of are able to join the program in 4th grade and can compete until they are finished with their Senior Year. 
Above, from left, is Cassidy Skinner (1st place), Gabi Grifith (3rd place), and Isabella Hughes (2nd place). 

South Whitley Community Facilities, Inc. announces grant awards, elects board members and officers

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South Whitley Community Facilities, Inc. recently met for their annual meeting.
The secretary and treasurer's reports were read and approved. Grant requests were reviewed and monies were awarded to: Leadership Whitley County - $600 for one Whitko student; One Community - $1000 for Lunch and Camaraderie program; Rainbow Preschool - $750 for educational materials and craft supplies; Sonshine Child Care Ministry - $1000 for Early childhood Conference registrations; South Whitley Area Emergency food Bank - $1000; South Whitley Community Preschool - $250 for curriculum and $1000 for tuition assistance; Whitley County Youth Leadership - $500 for five Whitko students; Whitko High School - $1500 for two, $750 senior scholarships.
Elected to three year terms were: Mark Rickerd, Cory Sickafoose and Tonya Warner. Officers elected were: Todd Jones - president, Mark Rickerd - vice president, Cindy Barnett - secretary and Joe Grant - treasurer. Taylor Kessie, Marlene Mishler and Ronda Sroufe are also members.
South Whitley Community Facilities Inc. was established in 1975 to build a medical clinic for four young doctors coming to the community. A massive, community wide fund drive was met with much community enthusiasm that raised over $50,000 in just four weeks. When the initial principal and interest were repaid, the community had over $70,000 to establish a lasting foundation to continue to promote the health and well-being of South Whitley and Cleveland Township. Over the last 40 years, the interest from the principle sum has awarded over $250,000 to various local projects.
The Facilities funds are held in an endowment with the Community Foundation of Whitley County. Funds will always be used to "promote the health, education and welfare of citizens in South Whitley and Cleveland Township". Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to support Cleveland Township residents, should make their check payable to: South Whitley Community Fund and send it to the Community Foundation of Whitley County, 400 N Whitley St, Columbia City, IN 46725.

Chamber urges local organizations to submit dates for events calendar

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Community Calendar is being updated for 2019. 
The Chamber's Community Calendar is an important community resource for information about events and activities happening within Whitley County. Event dates and details can be submitted at any time during the year.
If you have upcoming events or activities (including recurring events) for the Community Calendar, please send them to: office@whitleychamber.com

Bill Meader is featured artist for January-February at the Chamber

(Talk of the Town photo provided) Whitley County photographer Bill Meader is the featured artist for January and February at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center located at 128 West Van Buren Street in Columbia City.

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center announced today that Bill Meader of Whitley County will be the first local artist featured in 2019 with an exhibit at the Chamber during the months of January and February.
Meader was born and raised in New England, later moving to Philadelphia, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay area of California. Meader and his wife, Marcia, a Whitley County native and CCHS graduate, moved back to the area in 2013 with their daughter, Rachel.BillMeader119a.jpg
Now retired, Meader spent most of his career investigating insurance fraud for the State of California's Department of Insurance. Initially starting as a criminal investigator, he started as a criminal investigator investigating complaints of fraud committed by insurance agents, brokers and insurance companies.
"I later became a sworn peace officer with the rank of Detective where I investigated fraud committed by consumers against the insurance companies," Meader said of his law enforcement career. "One of the highlights of my career was traveling to the islands of Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines with a small task force of FBI agents and IRS Criminal Agents to shut down a fake insurance company."
While in law enforcement, photography piqued his curiosity.
"I first got interested in photography when I was in law enforcement," Meader said. "I used to photograph the evidence collected during search warrants."
During retirement, that interest in photography expanded. "It was when I retired and moved to Whitley County in 2013 that I took photography up as a hobby," he said.
From his wooded home in Columbia City, Meader is surrounded by incredible imagery -- nature and wildlife -- that inspire his work. Meader believes Whitley County provides a beautiful backdrop for capturing great photos.
"I am fortunate I can experience things and share them with people who may not have the time or ability to get out and see the beauty in Whitley County." He enjoys photographing a variety of subjects including the moon, wildlife, wildflowers -- but his favorite subject is foxes.
"I want to create pictures that tell a story," continued Meader. "I think a good photograph gives the viewer a sense of what the photographer was trying to convey when taking the photo. I also want to continue to learn the more technical aspects of photography as a way to improve my skills.
Largely self-taught, Meader has taken some online courses and often reads articles and books about photography to help him continue to hone his skill.
Photography is an important form of self-expression for Meader. "It gives me a chance to explore my creativity," he said. "A photo is a moment in time that I can share with others."
Meader has developed quite a fan base for his work, sharing it online. "I like to share my work with friends on social media," continued Meader. "One person told me that she enjoyed my photos as it gave her a positive outlook on life before starting her day."
The exhibit at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center marks Meader's first showcase of his work and Meader is the first local artist featured during the Chamber's 100th year.
"I thank the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce for giving artists the ability to share their creativity with the community," Meader said.
Meader's exhibit will remain on display at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center through the end of February.

Don't sacrifice your favorite comfort foods

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Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana will present a program on heart healthy comfort foods -- just perfect for warming up the winter months!
Sue Delagrange, MS, RD, will present this free program on Friday, February 1, 2019, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Peabody Public Library in Columbia City. Attendees will learn how to prepare heart-healthy meals without giving up favorite foods.
Reservations are recommended, but not required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call toll free to 1-866-484-9560.

Meeting planned for those interested in demolition derbies at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in 2019

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A meeting will be held for anyone interested in participating in demolition derby events at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in 2019. The meeting will be held on January 23 at 7 p.m. in the West Room at the Whitley County 4-H Center in Columbia City.
For additional information about demolition derbies, email whitleycounty4h@gmail.com

2019 Legislative Session begins

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Last week, lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse for the start of the 2019 legislative session. This year, lawmakers hope to craft a balanced budget for the state and continue to prioritize improving Indiana's education and workforce systems.

To stay up to date on what is happening at the Statehouse during session, visit iga.in.gov to view session meetings, committee hearings, calendars, proposed legislation, vote tallies and more.

Amateur Radio Club to offer test session on January 26

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The next Whitley County W5YI Amateur Radio Test Session will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Community Room A & B of the Peabody Library in Columbia City.
For additional information, contact Roger McEntarfer via email at n9qcl@arrl.net

Local students invited to participate as pages in the Indiana Legislature

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Hoosier students between the ages of 13 to 18 are invited to spend a day at the Indiana Statehouse serving as a page during the 2019 legislative session.
Indiana House Page Program provides a unique hands-on experience, helping students learn how state laws are made while inspiring the next generation of leaders to get involved in public service.
While at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, pages help staff and local legislators, tour government offices and learn about the legislative process. Student pages receive an excused absence from school and groups can participate together.
The legislative session began January 3, and must conclude by April 30. Because space is limited, those who want to participate should register early at https://www.indianahouserepublicans.com/page-program/ or call 800-382-9841.

January 10, 2019

New for 2019!

Changes coming Monday, January 14!

Talk of the Town will be returning to regular updates beginning Monday.