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August 11, 2017

Whitko grad inspires incoming freshman class with words of wisdom


(Talk of the Town photos provided)
Travis Trump, above and below, assesses the bees in his hive and notes that they're doing exceedingly well, growing more than anticipated for this late in the season.

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He keeps his newly built shed warm, he says, because it helps keep the honey flowing. Travis Trump is a father, a husband, a land owner, an employee, a college graduate who has obtained his master's degree, and today he reflects upon his memories as a Whitko High School graduate from the class of 1996. TrumpBeeHive2.jpg
He cautions that if the bees buzz louder, they are giving off a warning. If that buzzing sound continues to grow even louder, it's his signal to move away from the hive so as not to agitate the bees too much. Bee Keeping, also known as apiary, is a favorite pastime that Trump says he has been afforded because of his hard work put in during his youth at Whitko.
"When you meet at get-togethers or parties, people will ask you what you do," says Trump, "and to me, I think as I've aged, it's more important who you are, not just what you do."
The theme that he continued to re-enforce as he remembered his years in high school, challenged students to know they were capable of more than they realized, "I really think there's something important, and something that's rewarded in our society for people who are willing to step outside their comfort zone."
As an HR professional, Trump confessed that everyday he sees people who strive to do more than "just enough," and that those who decide they are going to take the initiative are rewarded for stepping out. For those who will try to better themselves by learning a skill that doesn't necessarily come natural to them, Trump says, "I definitely think that has made a big difference in their career."
To the incoming freshmen, 21 years after his own graduation, Trump's advice was clear: "If you've really invested from the very beginning of high school, and you've taken the time, and you've put in the effort, it's going to open up so many opportunities for you. Whether you enter a college or university, or whether you enter a trade school. There are going to be so many more opportunities for you if you invest in your education, you work on your study habits, you work on your professionalism and doing things right, and no matter how much it takes that you do those things properly."
If hind-site is 20/20, for Travis Trump the imagery was clear for the incoming freshman class at Whitko "Down the road, it's probably going to be your education that's going to take you farther in your career than anything else you do."
Wednesday evening during freshmen orientation, a video that included Travis Trump was shared with the incoming student body at Whitko High School. To see the video, viewers can subscribe to the Whitko Video Channel on or visit the videos link on the schools website Whitko Community Schools' first classes began August 10.

Miama host annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow wow this weekend

From reports

The Miami will host the 21st annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow wow this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 11-13, 2017, at Morsches Park in Columbia City. Gates will open on Saturday at 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Pow wow committee is pleased to present Stew in the Park 7 p.m. on Friday, August 11. Admission is by freewill donation. Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday. Be sure to bring lawn chairs (and bug repellent). Traders will be set up and open for business.
Closed drum, dancers welcome. Free camping (primitive and some electric) available to traders and dancers. Public camping is available through Columbia City Parks Department where a fee is charged.
Daily admission is free to registered dancers and registered traders. Other adults $4.00, children 12 and under admitted free.

Washington Township Firefighters hosting ice cream social Saturday

From reports

The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department will host their ice cream social this Saturday, August 12, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the fire station. The fire station is located at 7893 South Washington Road in Columbia City.  Proceeds raised support department projects.

Banks offering internships at Fort Wayne office

From reports

Congressman Jim Banks of Whitley County announced Thursday that he is accepting applicants for the fall internship program in his Fort Wayne office.
"I was fortunate to have the assistance of many outstanding interns this summer who helped my staff and me better serve my constituents," said Banks. "I am excited to continue this program into the fall, and I look forward to welcoming new interns to our Fort Wayne office."
Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) currently has full-time and part-time internship opportunities available in his Fort Wayne district office. College students or recent college graduates are preferred. These internships are designed to give students an inside view of how a Congressional district office functions on a day-to-day basis. This program is a great opportunity for students seeking a deeper understanding of the various branches of government and how they interact.
These positions will also allow students to work with congressional staff to support daily office functions. Interns will interact with constituents, answer phones, and perform administrative work such as filing, emailing, researching federal regulations and legislation, and word processing. All work is performed in an office environment and requires interaction with staff members and the public. Positions are unpaid.
While priority is given to residents of Indiana's Third District, all applicants will be considered. Candidates must be highly motivated, self-starters, detail-oriented, and possess excellent communication skills. They also must demonstrate a strong work ethic, positive attitude, the ability to manage multiple tasks on a deadline, and a strong desire to learn about the legislative branch.
Students interested in an internship should send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to: Tinisha Weigelt,

Understanding 'tar spot' on your maples

By John Woodmansee, Whitley County Extension educator

Many homeowners love maple trees because they are some of the best shade trees for the home landscape.
Maples produce seeds that fall like tiny helicopters from the tree. As loved as these trees are, people become alarmed when the leaves on these maple trees have large black spots that look like they've been splattered with tar.
This is one disease I see more or less of depending on the weather we've had for the year. This year, like last year, I've seen a lot of the disease. It is aptly named, "tar spot."
"Every summer we get questions about black spots on maple leaves that look like tar," said Gail Ruhl, Sr. Plant Disease Diagnostician at Purdue University. "These spots are not actually 'tar' on maple, but are rather a fungal disease known as tar spot."
In a recent posting from Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory (, Ruhlsaid tar spots on maples are caused by fungi in the genus Rhytisma. The most common species are Rhytisma acerinum and R. punctatum. Symptoms first appear in late spring or early summer as infected leaves develop light green or yellow-green spots. During mid to late summer, black tar-like raised structures are formed on the upper surface of leaves within the yellow spots. R. acerinum causes larger spots that are 0.5 to 2 cm in diameter; R. punctatum causes many small punctate (minute spots or dots) spots that are smaller (about 1mm in diameter). These small spots are typically clustered in an area about the size of the larger solid spot of R. acerinum. Spots caused by R. punctatum are sometimes called speckled tar spots.
To get a more concrete idea of what these spots look like, they are typically about the size of a dime or larger, and jet black. The speckled tar spot cluster is about the same size, but with tiny jet black spots within thecluster. Spots may grow and eventually coalesce to yield a larger black mass up to 1½ inches in diameter. The fungus may also attack the seeds of maple.
Most of our maples in this area are susceptible, including sugar, red, Norway and silver maples.
Many of the homeowners I have interacted with are simply alarmed at the striking appearance of the large, black spots on their maple leaves, and they wonder if the disease will kill their trees. Ruhl said that although tar spot disease may cause premature defoliation, seldom are they detrimental to the overall health of infected trees. At this point in the year, through photosynthesis, the leaves have nearly completed their annual job of manufacturing carbohydrates for the tree for maintenance and growth. That is why many late-season leaf spots,like tar spot, are usually inconsequential to overall tree health.
Homeowners can best manage tar spot diseases by raking and destroying fallen leaves, since the fungi overwinter on leaves, and may serve as a source of reinfection next year.

Registration deadline nears for Chamber Golf Outing

From reports

The annual Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Golf Outing is a great event for networking and promoting your business.
The 2017 Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Golf Outing is scheduled for Thursday, August 24 at Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City. Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m. with play beginning at 12 p.m. Registration is needed by noon on Monday, August 14.
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.
For information about sponsorship of the Chamber Golf Outing or to inquire about registration, call the Chamber office at 248-8131 or email
All proceeds from the event support the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)6 non-profit member organization that aims to provide advocacy, resources and promotion of local businesses and non-profit organizations in Whitley County and beyond.