S. Whitley progresses on Doodlebug

SOUTH WHITLEY — With determination and ongoing efforts of two South Whitley mothers, the town’s park will soon transform into a state of the art magical play land providing physical activity and excitement for children. A ground breaking ceremony was held in the town park for phase I of Doodlebug Village on May 21.In the past two years, Katey Till and Colleen French have been dedicating all their free time raising funds in order to provide the community with a play time dream. The two mother’s successfully raised $65,000 towards phase I, along with $6,000 in pledges. Included in the amount, the Town of South Whitley has committed $25,000 in last year’s budget and $15,000 in 2011 towards the project.A fire truck with a price tag of approximately $18,000 has yet to be raised for phase I.In April, Till and French continued their efforts for funding by placing Pennies For The Park jars at area businesses with the DEKKO Foundation matching $2 for every $1 raised.“We collected $444 so far from Pennies For The Park jar donations in the community,” French said.“The DEKKO Foundation will match them with $888 donation of their own and it is all really appreciated, plus we (park board members) want to thank all who have donated in the jars, the Cleveland Township Fire Department, South Whitley Elementary School kindergarteners and teachers who helped with the Hot-Diggity-Dog fundraiser.”Park board members include French (Chairman of Advisory), Till (vice-president), Teresa Smith (secretary), Ron Anderson (president), Sue Mulligan (treasurer), and Vicki Sprunger (member at large).