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February 19, 2019

Congressman Banks plans town hall meeting in South Whitley Thursday afternoon

By Lou Capeta

Indiana's Third District Congressman Jim Banks, a resident of Whitley County, has announced that he will be in South Whitley on Thursday, February 21, 2019, for a town hall meeting with constituents.
Banks will host his town hall at the South Whitley Community Public Library, 201 East Front Street, South Whitley, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Banks plans to provide an update on recent legislative matters and answer constituent questions.
Banks represents Indiana's 3rd Congressional District, which includes Whitley County, and serves on the House Armed Services Committee, Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Whitko choral students celebrate wins at ISSMA

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It's a gold medal for the Whitko Chamber Ensemble at the 2019 ISSMA Competition. The students are directed by Whitko's own Dawn Hinthorn. The students won a Gold rating at ISSMA with their version of the song: Counterpoint of the Animals.
Other winners included:
Madison Dyck: GOLD MEDAL
Isaiah Huber: GOLD MEDAL
Queinton Ray: GOLD MEDAL
Sam Rickerd: GOLD MEDAL with Distinction
Holly Hathaway: GOLD MEDAL with Distinction

Shindigz announces plans to add jobs, new equipment to South Whitley facilities

From reports

More great things are happening in South Whitley! Shindigz recently announced plans to expand its operations in South Whitley by adding new manufacturing equipment and additional jobs.
Shindigz is one of the largest party-supply companies in America. Founded in 1926, Shindigz is one of the country's leading online and catalog retailers of personalized party supplies, decorations and favors. Offering more than 34,000 products, Shindigz provides anything from banners, balloons, party favors and gifts, costumes and more.
"Shindigz is on a growth path, and we are continuing to invest in South Whitley and our team as we grow," said Dan Haight, CEO of Shindigz. "We're adding new equipment now and we have plans for more investments this year. These investments strengthen our commitment to Northeast Indiana, which has been strong for more than 90 years."

 The company's manufacturing and order fulfillment operation is located at 111 E Broad Street in South Whitley, and currently employs 145 people. The company plans to have the new equipment up and running by early March, and will add three additional seasonal jobs. 
The company has created a lot of excitement across the region in the last year, announcing the expansion of its headquarters in neighboring Fort Wayne, and continuing to grow its current operations in South Whitley. 
"Like so many of our local companies who compete in the global marketplace, Shindigz continues to modernize its equipment and seek new talent so it can continue to grow," said Jon Myers, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). "We are pleased that Shindigz is continuing to expand its operations in Northeast Indiana." 
The South Whitley Town Council approved a five-year tax abatement for the project on Tuesday evening, at the request of Shindigz and the Whitley County EDC. 
"On behalf of the Town of South Whitley, we are pleased to support Shindigz as a company that continues to invest in our community and region. We appreciate the company's involvement in the community, and their support for local residents," said South Whitley Town Councilman Les Hoffman.  
Want to join the team at Shindigz? Interested applicants may apply online atwww.shindigz.com/careers.  
To learn more about Shindigz visit http://www.shindigz.com/

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Library accepting edible book entries for festival in April

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Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne will be hosting the annual Edible Book Festival on April 1. Registration to participate is now open, and applications are due by March 22.
This is the festival's 13th year at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, and it is open to both the northeast Indiana community and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students and employees. For students in some Ivy Tech Fort Wayne hospitality administration classes, the edible book is a class project. Participants compete to win one of three People's Choice awards, a Best Tasting Entry award, or a new award at this year's festival: Funniest Entry.
The Edible Book Festival is an annual, worldwide event that invites participants to create edible books to be exhibited for, then enjoyed by, festival attendees. Participants create a dish based on a book, book title, or pun of a book title.
"We welcome entries from local businesses and food artists, Ivy Tech students, staff, alumni, retirees, and anyone else who's interested," says Ellie Puckett, librarian at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. "It is a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to interact with the community and promote themselves."
Learn more about the festival and register online at https://library.ivytech.edu/ebf

Lutheran Hospital's cardiac care receives recognition

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The American College of Cardiology has recognized Lutheran Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to its cardiac cath lab for care, including diagnostic catheterizations and percutaneous coronary interventions.
Lutheran has achieved Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff's ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in this setting. Lutheran is the second Lutheran Health Network facility to earn this distinction. St. Joseph Hospital was the first in Indiana to achieve the accreditation in January 2018.The ACC has also recognized Lutheran with its Heart Failure Accreditation.
Lutheran's team was assessed on its ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through prehospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more. Facilities that achieve an ACC accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.
Accreditations of this type helped Lutheran become in September one of the first seven hospitals in the U.S. to achieve the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence, the ACC's highest recognition.

Purdue Fort Wayne hosts public discussions on Nazi Germany and Jim Crow America

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Purdue University Fort Wayne's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (IHGS) and Hands Across Fort Wayne are sponsoring two discussions about the parallels between Nazi Germany and Jim Crow America on Wednesday, February 20, at noon and 7 p.m. 
The discussions, titled Bystanders and Complicity in Nazi Germany and Jim Crow America, will feature nationally recognized scholars as part of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Mandel Center Campus Outreach Program. The program brings together students, scholars, and community members for a responsible, informed, and meaningful dialogue on the involvement of governments and citizens in two distinct systems of targeted oppression and racial violence within their different historical contexts. 
"We are bringing in these highly knowledgeable scholars so that we can have a meaningful dialogue about the way people responded to these two different systems of targeted oppression and racial violence," said Steve Carr, Professor of Communication and the Director of the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. "I am really looking forward to moderating these discussions." 
Panelists will include Rebecca Carter-Chand and Julia McStravog, with the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Program on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust; Richard Pierce, with the University of Notre Dame; and Wendy Soltz, with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society. 
The first panel discussion will take place at noon in the Honors Center in Helmke Library at Purdue Fort Wayne. The second session will be at 7 p.m. in the downstairs auditorium at the Allen County Public Library, located at 900 Library Plaza in downtown Fort Wayne. 
Both events are free and open to the public.

Hoosiers encouraged to learn more about radiation

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages Hoosiers to take the time to learn more about the effects of radiation and its safety implications as part of Radiation Awareness Week.
"Most people are unaware of the fact that there is radiation all around us," said Kaci Studer, radiation programs director for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program. "It occurs naturally in our environment, industries, hospitals and even our own homes."
According to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), people receive most of their average annual radiation from natural sources in the environment, while approximately 48 percent comes from medical procedures.
Aside from learning about the different sources and types of radiation, Radiation Awareness Week is also an excellent time to become familiar with radiological emergency preparedness.
"Many Hoosiers living in the northwestern counties of Indiana are in the ingestion pathway zone of a nuclear power plant," Studer said. "That's why IDHS is always actively maintaining radiological emergency preparedness."
The ingestion pathway zone is the 50-mile radius around a nuclear power plant where the general public may be at risk of ingesting contaminated food and water during the events of a radiological incident created by the power plant. Indiana is considered part of the emergency preparedness zones for four commercial nuclear power plants, two in Michigan and two in Illinois.
"Although it's highly unlikely a radiological incident will occur from one of these four power plants, it's still something the State of Indiana needs to prepare for," Studer said.
For more information on the REP program at IDHS, visit https://www.in.gov/dhs/3523.htm.
To learn more about the different types of radiation and the impacts it has on human health, visit https://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/.