September 28th, 2010
FORT WAYNE â€” The general public probably has little awareness of the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council (NIRCC) and Region III-A. And yet, the work of NIRCC and Region III-A surrounds everyone. From the roads we drive on, the trails we bike on, the air we breathe, and in some instances the broadband we access and community facilities we enjoy, these two organizations do the behind-the-scenes work to make northeast Indiana a livable region.
When Indiana fifth graders study history, one of the points of emphasis set forth by state standards is the American Revolution and the founding of the Republic.
One teacher, Columbia City resident Mark Parker, is bringing that time period to life, immersing his students in the sights, sounds, ideas and events of the American Revolution.
Parker has been a teacher at Wolcott Mills Elementary in LaGrange County for nearly 25 years.
His method of teaching his students about one of the most turbulent times in our nationâ€™s history has earned Parker an ING Unsung Hero award.
Sherman W. Kneller, 91, of Columbia City, died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 at the Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.
He was born Oct. 6, 1918 in Washington Township, a son of Sherman L. and Bertha H. (Luecke) Kneller. After graduating from Washington Center High School in 1936, he farmed, worked at the Myers Creamery and also drove a taxi cab in Fort Wayne.
In 1940, he founded the Kneller State Farm Insurance Agency which he continued to operate until his retirement in 2000.
From 1942 until 1945, he served in the U.S. Army.
Margaret Mae Mosher, 86, of Columbia City, died at 5:50 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City where she had been a resident since Tuesday.
She was born June 15, 1924 in South Whitley, a daughter of Charles and Pearl (Fiegley) Bates. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1942 and continued her education at Warner Beauty College in Fort Wayne.
In July 1944 she married Ralph Webber. They made their home in Kosciusko and Whitley counties, moving to Barbee Lake in 1978. Mr. Webber died in May 1980.
Richard C. Burman, 66, of rural Columbia City, died at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 at his home. He had been in failing health since June.
He was born Nov. 22, 1943 in Huntington, a son of William and Mary (Harper) Burman. His formative years were spent in Huntington and he was a graduate of Huntington High School.
He was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard.
William â€śJakeâ€ť Frances Jakubowski, 61, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:56 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born Oct. 2, 1948 in Berlin, Wis., he was a son of Frances and Delores â€śDodieâ€ť (Schliepp) Jakubowski.
Survivors include his sons, Thomas W. Jakubowski and Charles C. Jakubowski; mother, Delores â€śDodieâ€ť Jakubowski; sister, Connie Pribnow; and father, Frances Jakubowski.
On Saturday, local emergency services personnel got a taste of how to set up for how to decontaminate people or rescuers after some sort of chemical event. From left to right, in the foreground, Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Randy Waldeck, Richland Township Fire Department Chief Steve Yann, safety officer Joe Marker and Whitley County HAZMAT team member Kim Reiff.
Lutheran Air made a stop Saturday at Jefferson Township Fire Departmentâ€™s 60th anniversary event at the fire department. The all-afternoon event included child fingerprinting and ID cards offered by New York Life, a display of several fire trucks, a full buffet and an up-close look at Lutheran Hospital rescue helicopter.