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June 28th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â As the cotton candy is consumed and kids take spin after spin on such rides as the âGravitron,â Old Settlers Days are celebrated with much fanfare. But why does downtown Columbia City transform into a veritable smorgasbord of food and fun each June?
Many who part take in the festivities hardly know the founding reasons for the four-day hoopla.
The first Old Settlers Day was officially held Sept. 17, 1904. In its early stages, the event was more like a business meeting than a carnival. The beginning years of Old Settlers Day was truly just a day.
SOUTH WHITLEY â With the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requiring all downspouts, roof drains, sump pumps and floor drains prohibited by July 1, South State Street resident Mike Renschler continued to voice his concerns on IDEMâs regulation at Tuesday evenings town council meeting.
Wednesday, June 27
Poor Jack Amusements Midway 5-11 p.m.
Woodlands Senior Center
W. C. Council on Aging breakfast 8:30 a.m.
W. C. Historical Museum
Open tours & Quilt Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Legion Tent on Midway
American Legion Bingo 5-11 p.m.
Burnworth Memorial Pool
Free Pool Day 4-6 p.m.
âBackWater Bandâ â Country 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 28
Poor Jack Amusements Midway 1-11 p.m.
Wrist Band Discounts 1-5 p.m.
W. C. Historical Museum
COLUMBIA CITY â Due to the cityâs current burn ban, Fire Chief Thomas LaRue said the fireworks, which were previously scheduled to take place July 3 at Morsches, are now postponed.
The announcement was made at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
âWe decided it was best,â said LaRue. âI donât want to have grass fires. I donât want to have fires at all.â
LaRue said he believes the city is more than eight inches behind in rain since April 1 of this year.
âThat is a significant amount of rain,â said LaRue. âItâs going to take us a while to catch up, I believe.â
COLUMBIA CITY â After graduation, some students start packing for college, but come August, Columbia City High School graduate, Madisson Hodges, will be packing for Mazatlan, Mexico.
Hodges was selected as the Columbia City Rotary Clubâs outbound foreign exchange student. When Hodges graduated from CCHS, she actually completed her honors diploma in three years.
âIâll go to high school there in Mexico, but my classes wonât count for anything since I already graduated. Thatâs OK, it will be like my senior year, just in Mexico,â said Hodges.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Some wives hope their husbands will lavish them with chocolate, flowers or jewelry, but Amy Shearer receives bullets, swords and, most recently, store tokens.
Chad Shearer, Amyâs husband, collected six Civil War tokens to give to Amy as a surprise. With Amy being a U.S. History teacher at Indian Springs Middle School, any Civil War artifact is special to her, but given how rare these tokens are, added to the fact that they originate from Columbia City, makes it a gift she wonât soon forget.
COLUMBIA CITY â A time honored tradition during Old Settlers Day is the gathering of the âred coatsâ to welcome a new member into the fold.
At last nightâs banquet, the Old Settlers Association named Dr. John Meier, DDS as the newest red coat recipient.
Meier isnât a Columbia City native, but moved here in 1976 after finishing school. To his surprise, he was selected to join the exclusive, invitation only group.
âI thought you had to be a native of Columbia City, but Kay (Fleck) said âno, you just need to be old.ââ
COLUMBIA CITY â Mayor Ryan Daniel announced Tuesday that the 4th of July fireworks, which were scheduled for July 3 at Morsches Park, are being postponed. âWe were hoping for a different outcome, but for the safety of our homes and residents, we are going to postpone the annual fireworks display,â Daniel said in a press release.
City Officials are working to reschedule the event which included fireworks, games and a performance by Spike and the Bulldogs.
âWeeks without rain and plenty of dry vegetation have dramatically increased the fire hazard,â said Fire Chief Tom LaRue.
COLUMBIA CITY â After recently being named the 2012 National American Miss Indiana Cover Girl, 15-year-old Macayla Cramer of South Whitley, hopes to attend nationals at Disneyland in California to be held in November. There, she aims to spread awareness for Fibromyalgia, a nerve disorder.
âCover girl is for the girl who sold the most ads for an ad book,â said Cramer. âI found I was it (cover girl) because they put it in this book that they hand out to all the parents. I was flipping through my momâs and I found it.â