November 23rd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Like iconic images captured by Norman Rockwell, families will gather today around dinner tables across the nation.
Turkey day traditions that span generations include holiday services, school programs as well as homemade food dishes and desserts.
In the United States, the first Thanksgiving wasnâ€™t held around any elaborate dining room furniture or served on bone china.
In 1621, a celebration at Plymouth, now in present-day Massachusetts, was held to celebrate a bountiful harvest.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Although relatives can wear on nerves during holiday gatherings, "family" was the dominant answer in the most recent results from The Post & Mail's online poll.
When asked to complete the question, "Thanksgiving is a time for . . ." 51 percent of respondents chose "family," 34 percent chose "feeling grateful," 9 percent chose "food" and 6 percent chose "football."
You can participate in this week's online poll by going to the home page of www.thepostandmail.com and finding the poll question on the right side of the page.
Ethel Belle Smith, 86, of Columbia City, died at 1:32 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since March 2008.
She was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Portland, a daughter of William Henry and Estella May (Nickerson) Miller. Her formative years were spent in Portland where she attended Mount Zion School.
On Oct. 7, 1944, she was united in marriage to Herman E. Smith. They made their home in Waynedale until 1977 when they moved to Old Lake. Mr. Smith died Nov. 28, 2001. In 2002, Ethel Belle moved to Columbia City.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Markers were handed out and people were encouraged to write on the walls of the meeting room in South Whitley Tuesday, located next to the Town Hall.
The South Whitley Plan Com-mission held a brainstorming session for residents to write down suggestions on ways the town could improve.
Anna Simmons, plan commission president, said, â€śWe did this at our last meeting and we got some great ideas. I hope to have more meetings in the future to determine the priority of each suggestion in the different categories.â€ť
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Community School students will have a weekly delay of 30 minutes each Wednesday starting in January.
Superintendent Steve Clason petitioned the Board of Trustees for Whitko Community School Corporation to approve the delay to allow for professional training for teachers.
â€śWeâ€™re not leading this change, we are following it,â€ť said Clason. â€śThe state says we have to offer so much time for development and this seems to be the most cost effective way to do it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With reindeer, lights and the sounds of Christmas, Santa will be ushered to his house on the Courthouse Square Friday night.
The City of Columbia City and the Downtown Business Association, along with The Clugston on the Square, will present a lighted Christmas parade Friday at 6 p.m.
This is the first parade of its kind in Columbia City in recent memory.
Once Santa reaches the Courthouse, a holiday lighting ceremony will initiate the holiday season as Santa begins entertaining children.
Patricia J. Tucker passed away Nov. 5, 2012, at 5:05 p.m. She was born July 6, 1931.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, she traveled the country doing various jobs and meeting interesting people. She came home to spend her last years with family.
She kept her spirit and sense of humor to the end. Words can never express the thankfulness and gratitude to Hospice of Parkview.
Surviving relatives include three loving siblings, Robert Tucker of Tavares, Fla., Gloria (Jack) Mullett of Columbia City and Garthena Tucker of Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Neon green and yellow colored playground equipment is scheduled to fill the recently empty spot where the old playground at Morsches Park once stood. The Columbia City Parks Department tore the old playground down last week.
â€śI think the kids are going to love it, and it will be good for all ages,â€ť said Columbia City Park Director Mark Green. â€śThere will be a swing set area, a large teeter totter you can stand on and the slides should be a little taller than what we had.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees is preparing to implement internet safety policies to better protect its students.
According to WCCS Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor, the Childrenâ€™s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was amended last fall and now requires school corporations to provide age appropriate curriculum concerning proper online behavior.
â€śThis includes interacting with others on social networking sites, in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness,â€ť explained Dr. Oâ€™Connor.