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Herendeen named to Indiana Wesleyan dean's list PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:04

Brenan Taylor Herendeen has received recognition on the Indiana Wesleyan University dean’s list for the Spring Semester of the 2012 academic year. To be named on this list, a student must obtain a 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 12.0 credit hours for the semester.

 
Chaffee honored at Manchester College PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:49

Churubusco resident, Chuck Chaffee is among seven alumni Manchester College recently honored for their achievements in their careers and service.
Molecular biologist, rubber and plastics industry executive, national education leader, internationally lauded solar energy scientist, and two whose enthusiastic service to their alma mater spans decades. All are the Manchester College’s latest Alumni Honor Award recipients.
Chaffee, ‘64, of Churubusco, is co-founder and CEO of a 500-employee automotive parts manufacturer and 2010 Rubber Industry Executive of the Year. He heads BRC Rubber & Plastics, which designs, tests and manufactures rubber and plastic parts, mostly for the automobile industry, including General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. BRC has Indiana plants in Churubusco, Bluffton, Ligonier, Montpelier and  Hartford City and a sales and engineering office near Detroit.

Churubusco resident, Chuck Chaffee is among seven alumni Manchester College recently honored for their achievements in their careers and service. Molecular biologist, rubber and plastics industry executive, national education leader, internationally lauded solar energy scientist, and two whose enthusiastic service to their alma mater spans decades. All are the Manchester College’s latest Alumni Honor Award recipients.

 
Technology abounds at Smith-Green PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:48

by Katie Wagner
David Uchtman, Smith-Green Community School’s Instructional Technology Coach, presented a year-end technology report to the Board of School Trustees at Monday evening’s meeting.
Uchtman thanked faculty and staff for embracing technology over the past year. He reported that through a $200,000 Classroom Innovation Grant, SGCS was able to implement one-to-one computing in grades K-12 with $150,000 going toward the purchase of 800 netbooks and $50,000 toward professional development. The second tier of the Classroom Innovation Grant will be implemented in the upcoming year with the purchase of 150 iPads to provide seven devices in each classroom in grades K-4.
Uchtman serves as an instructional technology coach to work with teachers and students to implement and integrate technology in the classroom. In addition, math curriculum is 100% digital, while science curriculum is partially digital.
“We are embracing technology here at Smith-Green,” Uchtman said. “And I can comfortably say that we are doing so better than any school around us.”
SGCS Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said that in the future, student fees will include a yearly technology fee to offset the costs of staying up-to-date with technology. Board member Tanya Young suggested a steady increase now, “so it isn’t such a shock down the road.” Fleetwood said he would look into it for the following school year because the Board has already approved and published student fees for the upcoming school year.
Board member Rick Trump asked if issues with netbooks have been resolved. Uchtman said that once the netbooks were collected from students and divided into classroom sets, only very minor issues continued. Students are still able to check the netbooks out for home use.
The Board approved the purchase of 100 desktop computers and monitors along with related support equipment, software and service agreements to replace current student computer labs that are outdated and unable to keep up with software updates. After obtaining quotes from four companies, the Board approved the quote from CDW-G in the amount of $64,964. In addition, the Board approved the purchase of 90 iPad tablet computers and two 13-inch Macbook Air computers using funds from a special education grant. “Students will be able to access many of their textbooks on this device so they can easily listen to them,” said Director of Special Education Nancy Becker. “Students will also be able to use the speech-to-text feature on this device so they can dictate answers and papers and thus display their knowledge of topics with ease and in a socially acceptable manner.”
In other Board news:
Former School Board member, Green Township Trustee and Noble County taxpayer Mel Egolf voiced concerns during the public comment portion of the meeting.
“I have been nothing but supportive of this building project,” he said, “and I am extremely disappointed in the procedures of the Board and this office.”
Saying that the community deserves frank and open discussion, Egolf also said that the Board holds too many executive sessions, which are behind closed doors, and he said that public meetings don’t include much substance. He also questioned the Board about the results of the recently completed climate survey that was carried out by Dr. Darryl Yost.
“I’m feeling cheated as a taxpayer,” Egolf said in conclusion.
The Board voted 3-2, with Young and Trump dissenting, to table a decision regarding the extension of contracts of building-level administrators and the director of special education through June 30, 2014. Board Secretary Nick Uecker made the motion to table the decision until the fall after receiving ADM counts (average daily membership) and budget data and after receiving more applications for building principals.
Trump opposed the decision to table the discussion.
“I feel we should follow the lead of the Superintendent and let him do his job,” Trump said, “and so I am not in agreement.”
Young, who was also opposed to tabling the decision, told the administrators and special education director that the Board is under many financial constraints and it is not to be taken personally.
“I appreciate Mr. Darnell and the fact that he believes in the administrators,” she said, “and that is good leadership.”
All current administrator positions are secured through June 30, 2013.
Realtor Jeff Schenher with Mike Thomas Associates Realtors approached Business Manager Todd Fleetwood regarding a potential property acquisition on Mulberry Street. The school corporation currently owns two properties adjacent to the school, with rental revenue going into the general fund. The Board decided to have an appraisal done and decide how to move forward based on information gathered.
Director of Special Education Nancy Becker gave a report regarding the special education department and reading programs Read 180 and System 44. She said students made terrific gains on reading levels and all seniors graduated on time. She said the biggest challenges are time and personnel constraints and parent involvement.
A work session regarding the building project will be held at 6 p.m. prior to the July 9 Board meeting. According to Superintendent Steve Darnell, construction documents must be created by the architect (Moake Park Group) by July 12. A representative from Moake Park will attend the July 9 meeting to share information with the Board about the construction documents, which are used to develop bidding information for various contractors. Contractors will then have a bid period between July 16 and August 9 to develop their costs to bid on the projects. The Board will approve bids at their August 20 meeting, with construction set to begin on August 21. More information regarding the building project can be found on the corporation’s website,  www.sgcs.k12.in.us/" www.sgcs.k12.in.us/, under the building project tab.
The next regular scheduled meeting will be Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m. A public work session will precede the meeting at 6 p.m.

by Katie Wagner

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David Uchtman, Smith-Green Community School’s Instructional Technology Coach, presented a year-end technology report to the Board of School Trustees at Monday evening’s meeting. Uchtman thanked faculty and staff for embracing technology over the past year. He reported that through a $200,000 Classroom Innovation Grant, SGCS was able to implement one-to-one computing in grades K-12 with $150,000 going toward the purchase of 800 netbooks and $50,000 toward professional development. The second tier of the Classroom Innovation Grant will be implemented in the upcoming year with the purchase of 150 iPads to provide seven devices in each classroom in grades K-4.

 
Burning cautioned, not banned PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:46

by Katie Wagner
Although surrounding counties Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko and Noble have instituted county-wide burn bans, the Whitley County Board of Commissioners has yet to institute such an order and unlikely will.
At Monday’s meeting, Chairman of Commissioners Don Amber said that the Commissioners consulted with the President of the Whitley County Fire Chief’s Association, who advised against a burn ban as of Monday.
Amber said Commissioners will work in conjunction with area fire chiefs on a day-to-day basis regarding conditions and will likely issue an “executive order” instead of a full ban, if necessary.
However, Amber advised community members to exercise extreme caution regarding fires and to leave no fire unattended.
Columbia City is currently under a town-wide burn ban, but Churubusco is not.

by Katie Wagner

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Although surrounding counties Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko and Noble have instituted county-wide burn bans, the Whitley County Board of Commissioners has yet to institute such an order and unlikely will.

 
Garden Walk Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:45

The 2012 Whitley County Master Gardeners Garden Walk will be held Saturday, June 23 in the Churubusco area in Northeastern Whitley County.
Tickets may be purchased at $7 each until June 22 from the following businesses: Purdue Extension - Whitley County Office, Blue River Nursery, Star Financial Bank and Jones’ Greenhouse in Churubusco, Grabers’ Greenhouse, and Hartman’s Garden Center in South Whitley, a Master Gardener, or on June 23 at any of the gardens. This project is sponsored by Master Gardeners and assisted by Purdue Cooperative Extension - Whitley County Office.
Garden #1: Gladith Hile - 2305 N. Johnson Road, Columbia City. Gladith lives in a stately, brick home surrounded by wrought iron and split rail fencing. The enchanting landscaping includes numerous shade gardens and statuaries, a farm wagon and a sulky.
Garden #2: Ron and Sherry Johnson - 1661 N. Johnson Road, Columbia City. After crossing a bridge in the driveway, you will find a beautifully landscaped area around Ron and Sherry’s home, and a woodworking shed with numerous antique signs and memorabilia. The 1500 trees located behind the home complete the picturesque view.
Garden #3: George and Mary Dafforn - 6135 E. Crescent Road, Churubusco. Visitors will enjoy the children’s garden with koi fish in a little pond and garden area, a large white arch leading to a nicely designed vegetable garden, and a beautifully landscaped pool area in back of the house.
Garden #4: Kerry and Barb Boggs - 3850 N. Blue Lake Road, Churubusco. Numerous creative pots, hanging floral displays, and tastefully landscaped areas showcase this home and property. The pool area presents a peaceful setting consisting of a gazebo, deck, and poolside seating.
Garden #5: Jim and Orissa Daily - 7630 E. State Road 205, Churubusco. From SR 205 visitors can view a riot of color around this beautifully landscaped property including many statuaries, a vegetable garden, and attractively decorated pool area behind the house.
Garden #6: Dave and Joan Taylor - 319 Gateway Avenue, Churubusco. On this small property, Dave and Joan have designed and built a new home with an attached pergola displaying clematis. His gardens include a working water wheel by a small pond and vegetable gardens.
Garden #7: Tom and Juli Geiger - 8425 E. U.S. 33, Churubusco. This formally landscaped property in the front of the home also offers many unique features in the back. A walkout basement enters a sloped area with rocks, bricks, and many plantings. Included in the area are a vegetable garden, small pond, and an unusual chicken house complete with chickens.

The 2012 Whitley County Master Gardeners Garden Walk will be held Saturday, June 23 in the Churubusco area in Northeastern Whitley County.

Tickets may be purchased at $7 each until June 22 from the following businesses: Purdue Extension - Whitley County Office, Blue River Nursery, Star Financial Bank and Jones’ Greenhouse in Churubusco, Grabers’ Greenhouse, and Hartman’s Garden Center in South Whitley, a Master Gardener, or on June 23 at any of the gardens. This project is sponsored by Master Gardeners and assisted by Purdue Cooperative Extension - Whitley County Office.

 
Turtletown Players to hold Souled Out - Motown show PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:44

On Sunday, June 24 at 2:30 p.m., the Turtletown Players will present “Souled Out - Motown and More” at the Churubusco United Methodist Church. While the emphasis is on the music from Motown, other types of music will be performed. Among those performing are Val Eakins, Caitie Eakins, Cheryl Stucker, Carmen Fitzpatrick, Noah Stucker, Zane Sade, Cassandra Petrie, Bill Anders, Greg Childs, Melissa Baughman, Lisa Waterman, Taylor Sordelet, Jacob McClure, Karen Kreiger, Deb Rohrer, Garry Jones and others.
A free-will offering will be taken to support the CUMC Soup Kitchen. Join them for a fun afternoon.

On Sunday, June 24 at 2:30 p.m., the Turtletown Players will present “Souled Out - Motown and More” at the Churubusco United Methodist Church. While the emphasis is on the music from Motown, other types of music will be performed. Among those performing are Val Eakins, Caitie Eakins, Cheryl Stucker, Carmen Fitzpatrick, Noah Stucker, Zane Sade, Cassandra Petrie, Bill Anders, Greg Childs, Melissa Baughman, Lisa Waterman, Taylor Sordelet, Jacob McClure, Karen Kreiger, Deb Rohrer, Garry Jones and others. A free-will offering will be taken to support the CUMC Soup Kitchen. Join them for a fun afternoon.

 
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