June 20th, 2013
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley County residents are excited for the chance to see their photographs published in a special July publication.
The official start of summer and the longest day of the year is Friday.
To commemorate this unique day, The Post & Mail will publish, â€śA Day In The Life of Whitley County,â€ť a special publication documenting the activities of Whitley County residents on the longest day of the year.
This is an open invitation to photography enthusiasts, as well as shutterbugs of all types.
Whitley County Master Gardnersâ€™ annual garden walk will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Until Friday, tickets will be $7 each and can be purchased from: a Master Gardener, Purdue Extension â€“ Whitley County Office, Jones Greenhouse in Churubusco, Hartmanâ€™s Lawn & Garden in South Whitley, Portside Pizza at Tri-Lakes, or Saturday at any of the gardens.
Pictured is the garden of June Keiser and Mike Craig. Located at 1085 E. Wrightâ€™s Way, Columbia City, it is one for eight gardens featured on the walk.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Amateur Radio Field Day will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. and last until Sunday at 2 p.m.
The event is being presented by the Whitley County Amateur Radio Club.
This year, the event will be located at the Copsgear building at 3065 W. U.S. 30, Columbia City. This is a 24 hour event.
The public is invited to come ask questions about amateur radio and see what operators do. They can even help make contacts over the air or send a message to loved ones and friends.
This local event is part of the Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day held across North America.
Crews are putting the finishing touches on the remodeling of the Towne & Country sign near U.S. 30 in Columbia City this week.
Workers expect the sign to be completed early next week.
Pictured above, Dan (Gramps) Ingram works in the top of the sign Wednesday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With a capital campaign that exceeded its goal, Passages, Inc. continues to further its mission to be a leader in providing quality and innovative programs and services for individuals with an intellectual disability.
The goal of the capital campaign was to raise $750,000 with $782,500 raised.
The capital campaign raised funds to remodel the former Parkview Health owned Lehmberg Medical Office Building in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It is the time of year once more for horse shows in Whitley County.
The Mizpah Shrine Charity Horse Show will begin its events Friday.
Ticket gates will open at 4 p.m. Friday and at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
There will be live music Friday and Saturday nights at 6 p.m., with â€śRenegadeâ€ť taking the stage Friday and â€śGuild of Rockâ€ť Saturday. There will also be a Wild West Review both nights at 6 p.m.
Food and refreshments will be available rain or shine.
The show will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Wednesday night was the official start of the 2013 Turtle Days in Churubusco, which will run until Saturday.
Following the Opening Ceremony on the entertainment stage, Astella Fisher, 8, started off the Junior Karaoke Competition with her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
Turtle Days resumes tonight with food, vendors and rides opening at 6 p.m.
See more pictures on Page A6 of the June 20 issue of The Post and Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Alternative education is alive and well in Whitley County.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Commissioners heard a report from Nikki Trier, who is the administrator at the T.R.O.Y. Center, an alternative-education school for students throughout the county and beyond.
Work at the T.R.O.Y. Center is based on partnerships. Trier said working with Whitley County Community Corrections is one such alliance that is mutually beneficial.
PIERCETON â€” Eric Speicher, Pierceton Elementary Schoolâ€™s principal, will be overseeing Syracuse Elementary School in the fall.
Effective June 30, Speicherâ€™s role with Whitko Community School Corporation will come to an end, a bittersweet change for Speicher.
â€śI never imagined I would fall in love with this place so quickly,â€ť Speicher said. â€śI love it here. In some ways itâ€™s killing me to leave.â€ť
Speicher just finished his second year at PES and took the opportunity to move to Syracuse due in part to the history he has there.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Rose Clason has always been content to let her husband Steve, Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s superintendent, take the limelight.
However, when Rose, 59, was nominated for the districtâ€™s Friend of Education Award, she was forced into the spotlight.
â€śI let Steve be the one thatâ€™s out there. I just sit back, help him where I can and help the schools out when I can,â€ť Rose said. â€śI just try to be the hands and feet of Jesus. If what I do makes a difference in someoneâ€™s day, then itâ€™s worth it.â€ť