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August 3, 2018

Bridget Moore is featured artist for August at Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

(Talk of the Town photo provided) Bridget Moore's photography work has transformed the exhibit space at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center in downtown Columbia City. Moore is shown below.

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Whitley County native Bridget Moore is the featured artist for August 2018 at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. Her exhibit will be on display through the end of August. Bridget Moore818.jpg
Moore's exhibit will debut on Friday, August 3, during the Chamber's Focus on the Arts artist's reception at the Chamber. The event will be held in conjunction with First Friday in downtown Columbia City from 6 to 7 p.m. The Chamber is located at 128 West Van Buren Street in downtown Columbia City.
A lifelong resident of Columbia City, until just recently, Bridget's interest in photography started at a young age. Her love for anything colorful, whimsical, and out of the ordinary led to her love of art while in school.
As she grew older, she fell in love with the idea of capturing tangible memories the only way you can - through photography. In high school she took courses in film photography and quickly learned that she preferred digital photography. While in college, she taught herself how to use a DSLR camera and once comfortable began taking photos of family and friends.
As her photography skills grew, other families began contacting her for photo sessions. She has owned her own photography business for almost five years; specializing in family and children portraits.
In her free time when not photographing clients Bridget enjoys taking photos of her dog, flowers, insects, and anything else that catches her attention.

Annual Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Golf Outing is August 16

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(Talk of the Town photo provided) Above, Kris Parnell and Jamie Parrett prepare for their next shot during last year's Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Golf Outing. Organizer's say the 2018 event is 'not to be missed.'

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Bring your best game and you could leave the annual Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Golf Outing with $10,000 cash or possibly a vacation!
The annual Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Golf Outing is slated for Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City. Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m. with play beginning at 12 p.m.
Team registration includes play for four, cart, lunch and a hole sponsorship for $400. Individuals can enjoy lunch and play for $100. Those interested in attending the luncheon only may do so for $15 per person. Cheats packages for the Florida Scramble style golf outing are $40 each. Sponsor a hole for $125, providing outstanding visibility for your business, organization or cause.
Farmers Mutual Insurance Association of Whitley County is sponsoring sensational hole in one prizes during the event. A hole in one on Hole #17 will win a $10,000 cash prize. A hole in one on Hole #2 wins Callaway Golf Irons (3PW), a Sharp LCD flat screen TV and 2 round trip domestic ariline tickets. The prizes are subject to contest rules and regulations.
For information about sponsorship of the Chamber Golf Outing or to inquire about registration, call the Chamber office at 248-8131 or email office@whitleychamber.com
All proceeds from the event support the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)6 non-profit member organization that serves as the advocate, a resource and champion for local businesses and non-profit organizations in Whitley County.

Community input requested as work continues to create a regional brand

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The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is collaborating with Development Counsellors International (DCI), a specialized place-marketing agency, and Northeast Indiana-based Britton Marketing & Design Group to develop a new brand and forward-looking marketing strategy to attract new talent to the region. The ultimate goal is to create a unified vision and road map for long-term initiatives including an authentic brand, logo and tagline that resonates with skilled talent who want to call Northeast Indiana home.

If you are interested in participating, please click here to be directed to the survey, which will be conducted through Aug. 15. The survey will be conducted online, and all residents living in the region are encouraged to provide feedback that will be used to develop the ultimate brand strategy. Please share this with your networks, teams, family and friends!

In the months following the initial research phase, DCI, Britton and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership will work closely together to develop a branding and marketing strategy for the region. The strategy will be completed in early 2019.

Policy changes limit new patron checkouts, changes fine collection

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A couple of changes to South Whitley Community Public Library's circulation policy will affect new patrons and patrons who accumulate fines. 
These changes are necessary to reduce the loss of materials and eliminate the practice of carrying fines for an extended period of time.
Starting September 1, new patrons will be limited to five print materials, and one movie per checkout. Audiobooks, CDs, or other materials may not be checked out by new patrons. The probationary period will last for 90 days from the date the card is issued.
Also, circulation staff will alert patrons of any outstanding fines at SWCPL on their account. Patrons will be asked to pay their fines in full by their next visit to the library. If the fine isn't paid in full, the account will be frozen and patrons will be unable to check out materials until the fine is paid. Fines must be paid in order to check out more materials.
Patrons can avoid fines by renewing their materials either online via Evergreen or by calling the library, 723-5321.

Whitko board of trustees to hold executive session Monday

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An executive session of the Whitko School Board of Trustees will be held at noon on Monday, August 6, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Administration Office at Whitko Larwill Campus, in Larwill.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss certain matters concerning establishment of a collaborative relationship or venture to advance the research, engagement or
education mission of the state educational institution and additional discussion strategy with respect to school consolidation.

Patriots to discuss Second Amendment rights, responsibilities

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The Whitley County Patriots will meet on Tuesday, August 7 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 506 North Main Street in Columbia City.
The discussion this month will center around Second Amendment rights and responsibilities. Local certified NRA instructor Jeff Ott will take questions and lead the discussion.
Refreshments will follow the meeting.

Banks visits VA Northern Indiana Health Care System in Fort Wayne

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Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization that provides oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) electronic health records transition, today visited the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System in Fort Wayne. 

"Today marked the first of several oversight visits with VA personnel who use electronic health records," said Banks. "Hearing directly from the clinicians and health informatics staff that use the current VistA/CPRS system about what they need in a new EHR system is a critical part of ensuring proper oversight of the modernization project. I look forward to continuing the conversation with VA staff as the implementation process moves forward."

Veg'n Brew Fest planned for October in Fort Wayne

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Many people are aware of the health benefits that can result from eating a plant-based diet including the reduction of numerous health conditions including diabetes, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer's, and heart disease. It also eliminates the suffering of animals in our food system and creates a healthier environment. And, across the globe, everyone from celebrities to health professionals, and chefs are adopting a plant-based lifestyle to take advantage of these benefits.
Here in Fort Wayne we've seen an explosion in the vegan movement as well with a number of grocery stores and restaurants now offering plant-based options including Loving Cafe, 800 Degrees Three Fires, D-lightfuls, Mitchell's Sports Bar, Young Urban Homesteaders, Pembroke Bakery & Cafe, West Central Microcreamery, Hop River Brewing Company, and many more including two new restaurants opening soon - Bird & Clever and Taste of Lakeside.
Now, a new festival, the Fort Wayne Veg'n Brew Fest, will give attendees the opportunity to explore a plant-based lifestyle and its many benefits. The Fort Wayne Veg'n Brew Fest is a free festival open to all ages and will be held October 6, 2018 at Headwaters Park from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a special VIP hour from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This one-day event will feature local and regional restaurants offering vegan fares, vendors, rescue groups, a plant-based cooking demonstration, and speakers on zero-waste living. Mitchell's Sports Bar will also be on hand serving alcohol and local breweries will be serving up their suds to the beat of some of Fort Wayne's finest musicians. Kids are also welcome, as we'll have fun activities for them as well, even yoga classes for fitness-minded friends.
"We're very excited to bring the Fort Wayne Veg'n Brew Fest to our community and there's no better time than right now," says Heather Dahman, chairman of Fort Wayne's newest festival and founder of the Fort Wayne Vegans & Vegetarians Group. In recent years, Fort Wayne has experienced a rise in interest in health, animal welfare, and the environment. We've also seen a growing movement both locally and nationwide to reduce the use of plastic straws. While ditching plastic straws helps our planet, adopting a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful choices we can make to aid the Earth as animal agriculture is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. We are excited to invite the public to learn how a plant-based lifestyle can reduce their impact on the environment as well as improve their health and reduce animal suffering."
Festival-goers will have the opportunity to:
- Sample plant-based (including gluten-free) foods including pizza, burgers, noodle bowls, chili cheese fries, pastries, cookies, ice cream shakes, and more!
- Visit vegan, fair trade, and Eco-friendly vendors
- Meet adoptable dogs available at the Allen County SPCA
- Listen to speakers discuss how to help the environment with a zero-waste lifestyle
- Enjoy live music from Alyssa Enright, Kelsie Cotie, Be Colony, and Belle & the Strange
- Participate in kids activities - yoga, trivia, vegetable gardening, and more
- Listen to children's book readings from local author Heather Leughmyer
- Learn how to cook plant-based foods through a cooking demonstration
- Participate in a yoga class
- Get questions answered by a panel of local vegans and plant-based activists including Dr. Kristen Gerhardstein and Black Seed Vegans
- Have a drink - this is where the "brew" part of our name comes in, and we don't just mean coffee and kombucha but alcohol and beer, too.
The Fort Wayne Veg'n Brew Fest is free to the public from noon to 6 p.m., however tickets are available for $15 for a special VIP hour from 11 a.m. to noon. Only 100 tickets are available and will allow VIPers early access to all of the food and vendors for one hour without the lines.
The Fort Wayne Veg'n Brew Fest is made possible by our sponsors which include Mitchell's Sports Bar, Young Urban Homesteaders, Kaya Organics, and the Health Food Shoppe.
Further information about the Fort Wayne Veg'n Brew Fest is available at www.FWvegfest.com.