May 17th, 2013
Whitley on the Move will put on its Spring Spruce-Up in South Whitley Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.
Volunteers are asked to join in and help pick up around the town. To participate, citizens need to show up at the bandstand on Front Street at 8 a.m. with work gloves, a trash bag or two, and, if possible, a push broom or rake.
To suggest a specific area to be cleaned up May 18, call Darci Kessie at 723-6128 or Julia Robinson at 723-4637.
COLUMBIA CITY â Emma Nicodemus is no stranger to the Whitley County 4-H program.
Nicodemus grew up watching her older cousins Tanner, Colin, Ethan and Aly Nicodemus participate in 4-H.
Nicodemus is the daughter of Steve and Amy Nicodemus. She attends Coesse Elementary School where she is in the fifth grade.
Her projects for the year include pigs and feeder calves.
Growing up around her cousins and their animals, Nicodemus wanted to join 4-H because of her cousins. She said she likes to do whatever her cousins are doing.
Editorâs note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.
CHURUBUSCO â Under the category of Work and Education, Cullen Fisherâs Facebook profile includes the U.S. Army.
Fisher, a junior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School, is a part of the militaryâs delayed-entry program.
At age 17, Fisher began the necessary steps to start his military career. Now, at age 18, he is participating in regular physical training (P.T.) exercises in Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â A nature preserve north of Columbia City may be off the beaten path to the public, but those who have been there know itâs worth the trip.
The Evelyn and Wendell Dygert Nature Preserve has been open to the public since 2001. It is located in Thorncreek Township, about four miles north of Columbia City on County Road 50 West.
Clay Geiger, a long-time resident of Thorncreek, said he enjoys going to the preserve many times a year â particularly right now.
âItâs great for wildflowers, and right now itâs at the peak,â he said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Since Advance Disposal started servicing trash pick up in the town of South Whitley, residents have experienced a bit of a learning curve when knowing what will and wonât be hauled away.
Even town council members were confused by what the agreement signed between the town and Advance Disposal had specified.
Residents who attended Tuesdayâs town council meeting offered numerous concerns with the new service. There were some issues with the collection containers being too big at 96 gallons.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whether police officers are fighting crimes, creating safer neighborhoods, or patrolling the streets in Columbia City, many would agree that their relationships with children are important.
Experts say that the way police interact with children in a community can have a significant impact on police effectiveness and safety.
Whitley Countyâs law enforcement officers can be spotted in local schools on a daily basis, and their efforts donât go unnoticed â especially by the students and Principal Julie Turpin at Mary Raber Elementary School.
David W. Harriett, 75, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the home of his daughter in Bluffton. He was born Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1937, in Bluffton.
He married Heidi (Wiegmann) Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000 in Bluffton. Mr. Harriett retired from Phelps-Dodge in Fort Wayne as a computer programmer. David was a 1955 graduate of Pennville High School, a member of the Pennville Masonic Lodge where he received his 50 year pin in May, and a member of the First Church of Christ in Bluffton.
Eugene E. Pflueger, 83, of Big Lake, Columbia City, passed away at 12:43 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Parkview Whitley Hospital. He was born January 12, 1930, in Fort Wayne, the son of Henry Oscar and Mildred Ruth (Dennis) Pflueger.
Surviving relatives include his wife, daughter, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sisters, and brother.
Rosalie Steller, 85 passed away Jan. 9, 2013, in Meza, Ariz. Graveside services will be held May 22 at 10 a.m. at the South Whitley Cemetery. DeMoney-Grimes Counryside Park Funeral Home is handling the services.
Kyle Walters (far right), of Columbia Cityâs Water Pollution Control Facility, illustrates to a group of Indian Springs Middle School eighth graders about how the aeration tank works. Pictured, air bubbles up from polluted water to oxygenate it, helping to cleanse the water of impurities.