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May 17th, 2013

Whitko’s Alfieri, Marshall on to regional

May 17, 2013

WARSAW — For most of the team, Whitko’s girls tennis season came to an end Thursday night, as the Lady Eagles dropped a close 3-2 contest to Wawasee in the opening round of sectionals.

But it’s not all over yet.

The No. 1 doubles pair of Laura Alfieri and Abby Marshall won their match over Wawasee, qualifying to move on to the regional with Columbia City’s Celine Rongos in singles, and the doubles pair of Sydney Ford and Macie Hinen.

Alfieri and Marshall took a 6-2, 6-0 advantage over Lady Warriors Jada Antonides and Sam Prins.

Tracksters advance to next round

May 17, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Girls tracksters had their shot at qualifying for the regional Tuesday, and the boys took their turn at Thursday’s sectionals.

Churubusco’s athletes competed at North Side, while Whitko and Columbia City headed back to Wayne for the second year in a row.

Two tracksters had standout performances — Whitko’s Connor Stouder and Churubusco’s Austin McClure.

McClure took first place in both of his throwing events.

He won the discus with a heave of 152 feet, 2 inches — 10 feet more than his closest opponent.

Guitar concert

May 17, 2013

New York-based classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be performing at the Peabody Public Library’s Robert E. Brittain Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The concert is free and open to the public.

This concert is part of a nationwide tour, right after a highly regarded appearance in New York at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall.

Major works will include the Bach Chaconne and Suite Compostelana by the Catalan composer Federico Mompou.

Planting day

May 17, 2013

Whole Health Wellness Center will have its first Planting Day Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1065 West CR 150 N., Columbia City.

There will be a ribbon-cutting with Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel at 2 p.m. Activities will include planting in the community garden and learning about large- and small-scale composting.

Children’s garden planting will start at 2:30 p.m.

Whole Health Wellness Center is a new organization created by and for the people of Columbia City.

The center’s mission is to establish community gardens and improve overall health.

Spring spruce-up

May 17, 2013

Whitley on the Move will put on its Spring Spruce-Up in South Whitley Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

Volunteers are asked to join in and help pick up around the town. To participate, citizens need to show up at the bandstand on Front Street at 8 a.m. with work gloves, a trash bag or two, and, if possible, a push broom or rake.

To suggest a specific area to be cleaned up May 18, call Darci Kessie at 723-6128 or Julia Robinson at 723-4637.

Nicodemus prepares for her third 4-H fair

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Emma Nicodemus is no stranger to the Whitley County 4-H program.

Nicodemus grew up watching her older cousins Tanner, Colin, Ethan and Aly Nicodemus participate in 4-H.

Nicodemus is the daughter of Steve and Amy Nicodemus. She attends Coesse Elementary School where she is in the fifth grade.

Her projects for the year include pigs and feeder calves.

Growing up around her cousins and their animals, Nicodemus wanted to join 4-H because of her cousins. She said she likes to do whatever her cousins are doing.

SUMMER SERVICE: Fisher finds his ‘best’ in U.S. Army

May 17, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.

CHURUBUSCO — Under the category of Work and Education, Cullen Fisher’s Facebook profile includes the U.S. Army.

Fisher, a junior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School, is a part of the military’s delayed-entry program.

At age 17, Fisher began the necessary steps to start his military career. Now, at age 18, he is participating in regular physical training (P.T.) exercises in Fort Wayne.

OUTDOORS: Dygert nature preserve offers spring wonders

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A nature preserve north of Columbia City may be off the beaten path to the public, but those who have been there know it’s worth the trip.

The Evelyn and Wendell Dygert Nature Preserve has been open to the public since 2001. It is located in Thorncreek Township, about four miles north of Columbia City on County Road 50 West.

Clay Geiger, a long-time resident of Thorncreek, said he enjoys going to the preserve many times a year — particularly right now.

“It’s great for wildflowers, and right now it’s at the peak,” he said.

TRASH COLLECTION: Confusion creates container controversy

May 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Since Advance Disposal started servicing trash pick up in the town of South Whitley, residents have experienced a bit of a learning curve when knowing what will and won’t be hauled away.

Even town council members were confused by what the agreement signed between the town and Advance Disposal had specified.

Residents who attended Tuesday’s town council meeting offered numerous concerns with the new service. There were some issues with the collection containers being too big at 96 gallons.

THANKFUL FOR POLICEMEN: Mary Raber students tout local officers for National Police Week

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whether police officers are fighting crimes, creating safer neighborhoods, or patrolling the streets in Columbia City, many would agree that their relationships with children are important.

Experts say that the way police interact with children in a community can have a significant impact on police effectiveness and safety.

Whitley County’s law enforcement officers can be spotted in local schools on a daily basis, and their efforts don’t go unnoticed — especially by the students and Principal Julie Turpin at Mary Raber Elementary School.

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