March 21st, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An award was recently presented to The Whitley County Community Foundation (WCCF) for its support of individuals with disabilities.
The foundation, which works with numerous nonprofits and funds thousands of dollars in grants each year, was given the 2014 Parternship Award, presented by INARF (Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities), for its work with Passages, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities.
Dr. Daniel J. Cummiskey, 52, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at his home in Fort Wayne.
Daniel was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., Daniel was orthopedic surgeon with Parkview Physcians Group for four years.
Daniel served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity; the Fort Wayne Track Club, and the Starbucks Coffee Club with all of his friends.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eagle Tech Academyâ€™s (ETA) approach to student-education, which includes project-based learning (PBL) and other technology, is beginning to draw the notice of higher education institutions.
ETA math teacher Brett Eberly recently spoke with faculty at St. Francis University (SFU) about project-based learning.
SFU desires to become a hub for students at New Tech Schools. ETA Principal Brady Mullet said there are seven tech schools in Northeast Indiana, and he said SFU is attempting to draw students from these schools to pursue higher education at its campus.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Thorncreek Township School may have looked the same on the outside as it did 20 years ago, the inside looked like a scene from a scary movie.
Walls were knocked down, copper wire was stripped, graffiti covered the walls and many items inside were looted.
When David Meinika purchased the old school in 2012, his goal was to clean up the property, which was becoming an eyesore and safety issue to the Thorncreek community. This month, crews began tearing down the building.
Whole Health Wellness Center offered a free educational workshop Tuesday at the Whitley County YMCA. Hamish Matousek (pictured) taught how to cook with organic vegetables, and the risks and concerns associated with toxins in and around foods. Matousek also demonstrated cooking with greens. Whole Health Wellness Centerâ€™s next workshop will be Tuesday, April 29. At this event, the group will be showing a documentary film about nutrition entitled, â€śFood Matters.â€ť Healthy snacks will be served.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A bridge maintenance project on U.S. 30 may cause congestion on the highway, as well as in Morsches Park this summer.
The project began Monday and is expected to be wrapped up by Oct. 31.
The Indiana Department of Transportation will be working to maintain and repair the U.S. 30 bridge that carries the highway over Morsches Park in Columbia City.
While those passing over the bridge arenâ€™t currently affected, the work has already begun to block the roadway in the park.
COLUMBIA CITY (March 21, 2014) â€” The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that work will begin as weather permits for the bridge project on U.S. 30 over Blue River at Morsches Park Drive in Columbia City. The project will consist of superstructure and sub structure improvements of the Dean Brenneman Bridge on U.S. 30 in Whitley County.
Richard A. Klopfenstein, 85, of Columbia City, died at 6:27 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
He was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a son of Lester and Elizabeth (Schneider) Klopfenstein.
As a young boy, his family moved to Thorncreek Township from Leo. He completed his education at Columbia City High School.
On June 24, 1950, he was united in marriage to Ruth J. Geyer.
They made their home in Thorncreek Township until 1954 when they moved into Columbia City.
WHITLEY COUNTY (March 21, 2014) -- It's the second day of spring, but that isn't keeping the snow away. Flakes starting falling in the early hours this morning as temperatures dipped into the 30s. But the snow won't stick around for long. Forecasters are anticipating a high of 57 this afternoon.
Morning: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain or snow showers.
Winds: E 5-10 mph
Today: Becoming mostly sunny and very mild.
Winds: S 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph
Tonight: Showers possible through late evening.
Winds: W 10-15 mph
Through the Cultural Resource Management Award, Property Manager Sam Boggs and the staff at Chain Oâ€™Lakes State Park, were honored for restoration of the interior of the Stanley Schoolhouse, built in 1915 and located inside the park. The structure previously housed the parkâ€™s nature center, which has been moved to a facility near the beach. Pictured, from left, are Property Manager Sam Boggs, Office Manager Ginny Skiles, Assistant Property Manager John Pankop and Administrative Assistant Stacy Foote.