June 17th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A free Residential Home Energy Assessment from Energizing Indiana can help lower energy cost during summer months.
Opportunities are being offered to learn ways to lower energy bills, improve in-home air quality, and increase a home's value.
Qualified professionals will assess energy use and recommend appropriate weatherization measures. They may also inspect a home's air duct sealing, insulation levels and more.
Participants will also receive a free energy savings kit, which includes low-flow showerheads, CFL light bulbs and sink aerators.
Whitley County Master Gardeners 2013 Garden Walk will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The walk will take participants through Loon Lake, Tri Lakes and Magic Hills in Thorncreek and Etna Townships.
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.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls tennis team applauded its top players recently.
Pictured, from left: Breanna Hicks, Team Captain and Honorable Mention Doubles All-Northeast Hoosier Conference; Alaina Beckner, Honorable Mention Doubles All-NHC; Celine Rongos, Most Valuable Player, Most Matches Won, Coaches Award, 1st-Team All-Conference and All-District; Macie Hinen, Mental Attitude and 2nd-Team All-NHC; and Sydney Ford, Most Improved and 2nd-Team All-NHC.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Hundreds of people turned out to sample the Cleveland Township Fire Departmentâ€™s homemade ice creams and hamburger dinner.
A long line snaked through the station to avoid the sprinkling rain outside.
Free-will donations were accepted in a firefighterâ€™s boot.
â€śThe money goes into general funds,â€ť Fire Department Treasurer Steve Weber said. â€śWe just got a new truck this week, so we could use some equipment for it.â€ť
The annual ice cream social has become a popular event for the South Whitley community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Citizens of Columbia City have the opportunity during the next few weeks to test their knowledge.
Residents will have their learning assessed in the subject of storm water.
The storm water utility has sent out its 2013 water quality survey. This is in compliance with the cityâ€™s Storm Water Management Plan.
Under the plan, public engagement is a required component. The last survey was sent out in 2008.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Beginning this morning, Frontage Road, Columbia City, will be closed for two days at the intersection of Ind. 109.
According to Columbia City Municipal Water Utility, there will be no right turn allowed onto Frontage Road from Ind. 109.
No vehicles will be allowed to exit from Frontage Road onto Ind. 109.
All traffic will be diverted for access to Frontage Road off of Ind. 9.
The closure is scheduled for through tomorrow, in order to allow for a water main installation
National Flag Day was observed by many at the Whitley County Courthouse Square Saturday afternoon.
The Columbia City Elks Lodge, Columbia City and Churubusco American Legions, South Whitley VFW, AmVets, Daughters of the American Revolution and Columbia City VFW converged to honor the National Banner in a public ceremony.
National Flag Day is held in recognition of a resolution by the Second Continental Congress, signed June 14, 1777.
Pictured, Columbia City Boy Scout Troop No. 94 presents the different renditions of the American Flag.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Missionary Fred Beam will speak during the Sunday morning worship service at Blue River Church of the Brethren, 3040 E. 700 North, Columbia City Sunday.
His sermon topic will be "A Lot about a Liddellâ€¦and a Little about Lot." It will be a Fatherâ€™s day message oriented towards missions. Fred and his wife Janet will also share the childrenâ€™s story for the morning.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon at the new bridge on the Blue River Trail in Columbia City.
The new trail links the north side of U.S. 30 to the rest of the park.
Pictured above, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (left) holds the ribbon while Rex Schrader (center) and Bob Smith cut it.
Schrader, Smith and John Whiteleather donated the land from Schrader Real Estate Equities Inc. for the trail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A section of the Blue River Trail was washed away during recent rainfall.
Park Director Mark Green said repairs will be done this year, but until then he urges residents to use caution. â€śItâ€™s dangerous,â€ť he said.
The portion of the trail is between the YMCA and Whitley Street. It is located just past the lookout point over the river traveling toward Whitley Street from Morsches Park. â€śItâ€™s fallen in at least a foot,â€ť Green said.
While Green said the trail would get fixed soon, he is currently waiting on estimates for the project.