June 28th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the cotton candy is consumed and kids take spin after spin on such rides as the â€śGravitron,â€ť 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 IDEMâ€™s regulation at Tuesday evenings town council meeting.
Jenna M. Stampe, 66, of Reinbeck, Iowa died Sunday, June 24, 2012, at St. Maryâ€™s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Mrs. Stampe was born March 8, 1946, in Garrett, the daughter of Virgil and Ruth (Campbell) Gustin. She grew up in Fort Wayne and attended there as well as in Churubusco
She met the love of her life, Richard Stampe, in 1963, while cruising in her English Ford through Churubusco. They were married on June 13, 1964, and added quickly to their family.
Herman P. Stuersel, 91, of Bradenton, Fla., died June 16, 2012. Born Jan. 16, 1921, in Adams, Mass., he was the son of the late William and Augusta (Zimmerman) Stuersel.
On April 18, 1942, he was united in marriage to Mary M. Marrs. He was a member of Troy Presbyterian Church. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.
Mr. Stuersel was a Mason of Due Guard Lodge 278 F.A.M. Larwill and a lifetime member of Post 98 American Legion in Columbia City.
The Churubusco Bluejays 11u baseball team is 26-4 and has won two tournaments, New Haven and Bryan Ohio this season.
Front row, from left: Levi McClure, Tom Richards, Austin Kresl and Kyle Kresl.
Back row: Hunter Perlich, Liam Ward, Alex Koontz, Joe Allen and Jovonn Timberlake. Not Pictured: Logan Traylor.
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.
â€śBackWater Bandâ€ť 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 cityâ€™s 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.
â€śWe decided it was best,â€ť said LaRue. â€śI donâ€™t want to have grass fires. I donâ€™t want to have fires at all.â€ť
LaRue said he believes the city is more than eight inches behind in rain since April 1 of this year.
â€śThat is a significant amount of rain,â€ť said LaRue. â€śItâ€™s going to take us a while to catch up, I believe.â€ť
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 Clubâ€™s outbound foreign exchange student. When Hodges graduated from CCHS, she actually completed her honors diploma in three years.
â€śIâ€™ll go to high school there in Mexico, but my classes wonâ€™t count for anything since I already graduated. Thatâ€™s OK, it will be like my senior year, just in Mexico,â€ť 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, Amyâ€™s 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 wonâ€™t soon forget.