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February 26th, 2015
Passages Profiles â15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY â âWe have clientsâ lives in our hands every day,â said Cheryl Tinsley, residential manager at Passagesâ group home on East Hanna Street. The group home provides a residence for eight female clients with ages ranging from 23 to 86.
Tinsley notes that the wide age span also presents a broad spectrum of challenges on a daily basis.
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WHITLEY COUNTY â When fire dispatchers received a call at 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning that Renaissance Village nursing home was on fire, officials took all precautions necessary to ensure residentsâ safety.
Less than one year ago, Jefferson Township held a special training exercise at the nursing home â training that proved to be helpful.
According to fire scanner traffic, dispatchers received a call that the building was on fire, then the caller promptly hung up the phone.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel issued his State of the City address Wednesday afternoon, overviewing the cityâs progress in the last year, all with one resounding theme: âThe state of our city is strong.â
Daniel applauded the communityâs togetherness and passion.
âThe state of our city is strong because we, as citizens, are making Columbia City a great place to live, work and play. We care about our neighbors. We refuse to quit.â
Daniel said he is excited about the cityâs positive momentum.
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COLUMBIA CITY â Peabody Public Library is offering free classes and appointments that can help ease the headaches that come with learning to use new technology.
Beth Gaff, media literacy coordinator at the library, has been heading the program for over a year and teaches many different classes to help those who wish to better understand their electronic devices.
âWe have a great resource right here in our community that people donât even know is available to them,â Gaff said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Four people were arrested after a routine probation check netted a meth lab and several meth precursors.
Indiana State Police Detective Andrew Mills assited the Whitley County Probation Department in a check of one of its probationers, located at 319 N. Walnut St. in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â Just a few decades ago, stray animals collected by the city were kept at the water treatment plant. City utility and police employees had to keep cages in the back of their vehicles.
Now, stray cats and dogs are managed and cared for at the Whitley County Humane Shelter.
âThe animals werenât treated bad back then, but theyâre certainly much better maintained now,â said Columbia City Council President Dan Weigold. âWe appreciate what the shelter does.â
SOUTH WHITLEY â A three-time participant in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race is coming to South Whitley next week to share her experiences at the South Whitley Community Public Library.
Karen Land, an Indiana native, has been a part of the 1,100-mile Iditarod, which is considered the sportâs most-grueling race.
Land will be at the South Whitley library on Thursday, March 5, along with her dog Romano, just two days before the 2015 Iditarod, which begins Saturday, March 7.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City's Police Department found a missing 5-year-old child at his school.
According to police scanner traffic, the boy's caretaker didn't think the boy got on the school bus at the corner of Ellsworth and Madison streets, and she couldn't find him.
Police later found the boy at Mary Raber Elementary School.