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"Golden Broom Award' given to first grade class PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 15:27

Linda Landram's first grade classMrs. Landram’s first grade class at Churubusco Elementary School won this month’s “Golden Broom Award.” The first graders had the tidiest classroom and helped the custodial staff with the cleaning of their room. (photo by crabill)

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VFW to raffle off rifle PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 15:24

Richard GreenRichard Green, a member of the Churubusco VFW 3846, holds a Henry Golden Boy Limited .22 caliber rifle that will be raffled off at the Churubusco VFW. The proceeds will be used for a kitchen remodeling project. Tickets are $10 each. For more information call the VFW at 693-9257.

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Carrie Barcus Family fundraisers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:21

Carrie Barcus and family

by Katie Wagner
Imagine losing weight without even trying. Sounds like a blessing, right? Not in this case.
Churubusco native Carrie (Addis) Barcus found herself losing weight last January for no particular reason. Carrie, a registered nurse by profession, knew that something was wrong, so she scheduled an appointment with her doctor. She felt a sore spot on her right breast and the doctor ordered several routine tests that all came back negative. The sore spot subsided, but then a few months later, Carrie found a lump on her left breast.
“After much researching I diagnosed myself with fibrotic breast disease,” Carrie wrote on her website. “This is a common benign condition that a lot of women get where their breasts start getting lumpy and sore, but it comes and goes.”
But the spot didn’t go away.
The doctor performed more tests that all came back negative. Then, an ultrasound of the left breast revealed two tumors and another tumor on the right.
“I was fully expecting the tech to tell me that I needed to have the cysts drained,” Carrie wrote. “When the tech told me that I needed to go for a biopsy, I said, ‘You mean a needle aspiration?’ She said, ‘No Carrie, it's not fluid, it is a tumor.’ Wow, my gut told me immediately that it was cancer. Well, you know the saying 'It felt like I had a ton of bricks dropped on me.’ I now know the true meaning of this. I could not hold back the tears.”
On October 27, 2011, at the age of 41, Carrie was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (Breast Cancer). On November 8, Carrie had a double mastectomy.
Since the cancer spread to her lymph nodes, Carrie was also diagnosed with Prominent Lymphovascular Invasion. She is considered to have Stage Three cancer. She will find out Thursday if the cancer has metastasized throughout the entire lymphovascular system. If it has, she will have Stage Four cancer.
Carrie and her husband, Sean Barcus, have three daughters, Kayla, 12, Samantha, 10, and Tabitha, 8, and reside in rural Whitley County. Carrie, a 1988 Churubusco High School graduate, is a nurse at Parkview Whitley Hospital. She is the daughter of Jerry and Gloria Addis.
In an effort to support the family, several of Carrie’s friends and family members are uniting to raise money for Carrie and her family.
Churubusco hair salons will unite to support the Barcus Family in their fight against breast cancer. Go to either Hair Solutions (116 W. Washington St.) or Shear Creations (223 N. Line St) in Churubusco to purchase a ticket for $1 for a chance to win a free hair cut. Each salon will be drawing one ticket each week until January 1st, 2012.
Donations may also be sent to Mindy Barnhart at Hair Solutions, 116 W. Washington St., Churubusco, IN 46723.
In addition, Kimbraly (Adams) Pettigrew, a friend of Carrie’s, is sponsoring a Holiday Barn Bazaar Benefit with all proceeds going to the Barcus family to aid them in their fight against breast cancer. A variety of items will be for sale, including Breast Cancer Awareness items, crafts, baked good, jewelry, handmade furniture, home décor, fleece scarves, books and much more. Four items will be up for raffle including a six foot barn siding cupboard, a knotted fleece breast cancer awareness throw, a decorated and lighted 125th anniversary Ball jar, a gift basket and numerous gift cards from area businesses. The Bazaar will be held Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Katy Pequignot’s house at 7551 S. Meridian Rd, Columbia City, Ind., 46725.
Take SR 9 south to Crossroads restaurant. Cross over HWY 14 and go to 700 S. Turn right and go one mile to Meridian Rd. Turn left and go about a mile to a yellow house with cranberry shutters and a large, matching barn. The house is on the left and the mailbox will have pink balloons.
Raffle tickets are available for purchase (need not be present to win) prior to or at the event. Contact Julie Stuckey (625-4327), Ellen Holler (693-2309), Kathy Leazier (693-9661) or Jerry and Gloria Addis (693-6444) to purchase raffle tickets ($2 each), to donate items to sell or with any other questions.
“I am thankful for the fundraisers people are having for me,” Carrie wrote on her website. “I have used words like wow, amazing, humbled, unbelievable, surprised. My feelings have even gone beyond that. I don't even know how to describe how I feel anymore with all of the support I have gotten. At first I was asking God, what did I do wrong to get this terrible diagnosis. Now I have been asking what did I do right to get this many wonderful friends.”
Carrie said she hopes that her experience will help others become educated about breast cancer and the warning signs for it and to take charge of their personal health. Carrie said she was persistent. She knew something was wrong and didn’t give up even when the doctors couldn’t find anything and all of the tests came back negative. She said she encourages every woman to be checked regularly.
Carrie has a favorite quote from an anonymous source: "Some say trust your head, some say trust your heart, but I say trust your gut because it's always right. GOD gives you those instincts for a reason!"
“Be persistent if you know something is wrong,” Carrie said. “The sad thing is I am already a Stage Three cancer and maybe Stage Four depending on my PET and CT scan results from this week. If this was found sooner, everything would be different. I would have been a lower stage and probably only had a lumpectomy, not a mastectomy.
Follow Carrie Barcus through her battle against breast cancer on her website, /www.caringbridge.org/visit/carriebarcus."

by Katie Wagner

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Imagine losing weight without even trying. Sounds like a blessing, right? Not in this case.

Churubusco native Carrie (Addis) Barcus found herself losing weight last January for no particular reason. Carrie, a registered nurse by profession, knew that something was wrong, so she scheduled an appointment with her doctor. She felt a sore spot on her right breast and the doctor ordered several routine tests that all came back negative. The sore spot subsided, but then a few months later, Carrie found a lump on her left breast.

 
New Era Show Choir Bazaar this Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:20

The annual Christmas Bazaar is this Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Churubusco High School.
Over 80 craft vendors, a bake sale, pictures with Santa, lunch and refreshments are featured. Free performances by the Churubusco Elementary Chimers at 10 a.m. and the Churubusco High School Show Choir at 2:30 p.m. will brighten your spirit for the holiday season.

The annual Christmas Bazaar is this Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Churubusco High School. Over 80 craft vendors, a bake sale, pictures with Santa, lunch and refreshments are featured. Free performances by the Churubusco Elementary Chimers at 10 a.m. and the Churubusco High School Show Choir at 2:30 p.m. will brighten your spirit for the holiday season.



 
Churubusco Lions Christmas Dinner for senior citizens PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:18

The holiday seasons are here. The Advent and Christmas activitities have begun. Next Wednesday, December 7, the Churubusco Lions members will be hosting Christmas dinner for senior citizens of Churubusco and the surrounding area at the Churubusco United Methodist Church. To make a reservation call Bonnie at 693-3724 or Donna at 693-2288.
The menu will consist of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, rolls and butter, ice cream and a beverage. Santa Claus has been contacted to come and visit with all the guests and a treat is being prepared.
Dinner will be served at 12 noon with entertainment and a visit from Santa to follow. Each guest will receive a treat at the end of the program.

The holiday seasons are here. The Advent and Christmas activitities have begun. Next Wednesday, December 7, the Churubusco Lions members will be hosting Christmas dinner for senior citizens of Churubusco and the surrounding area at the Churubusco United Methodist Church. To make a reservation call Bonnie at 693-3724 or Donna at 693-2288.

 
Get swept away by author's first novel PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:14

Anne Ott and dog Lucy(Local author Anne Ott, pictured with her poodle, Lucy.)

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by Katie Wagner
Anne Shrock Ott always wanted to be a writer—but she didn’t have the courage to go for her dream. It wasn’t until she became self-aware that she knew she had to take a leap of faith—much like her characters do in her first novel, “Windswept.”
Ott’s debut novel, “Windswept,” is the opening novel of a series in three parts. According to Ott, it follows the Lindsey family as they “grapple with their past and the risks and challenges of taking in an orphaned child. Set in the rural Midwest, it may feel familiar to local residents even though the characters and backdrop are fictional.”
Ott, a Noble County resident, has been writing professionally for more than 30 years, but this is her first work of fiction.
At the age of 12, Ott said she new she wanted to be a writer and she felt called to do it. She was in love with “Gone with the Wind” and how the author, Margaret Mitchell, fleshes out each character.
After graduating from Manchester College with an English degree, Ott took her first job at The Post and Mail in Columbia City as a reporter. She then followed her husband, John, as he furthered his education, finding editing jobs wherever she went—often by chance.
Ott freelanced at Purdue University for the alumni magazine before getting hired into the school of Industrial Engineering.
According to Ott, when the head of the department learned that she was a writer, he gave her the task of creating promotional materials for recruiting graduate students from universities around the country. At the same time, as word of her writing skills spread throughout the department, she began editing masters and doctoral theses for graduate students and journal articles for some of the professors.
Ott continued editing through brief tenures at Texas A&M University and the University of Memphis. Even then, Ott said, she knew that fiction was her first love.
Ott took several graduate-level courses in writing, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that she sat down and started putting her ideas onto paper.
“I tried not to do it for years,” she said, “because I thought I couldn’t. I didn’t have the courage to try, but I couldn’t get it out of my head.”
Several mentors have encouraged Ott along her writing journey.
“I was scared to death because I didn’t know if I could do it. I knew I could write well, but storytelling is something altogether different,” Ott said. “One of the greatest thrills of my life was receiving affirming positive feedback from Robert Morgan on the first chapter of a draft of my novel.”
Morgan is the author of “Boone—A Biography, Gap Creek” and a writing professor at Cornell University.
“I spent 45 minutes with him one-on-one at a writing workshop in 2002,” she said. “It was the shot in the arm I needed to keep working.”
Since then, Ott has attended other workshops and received helpful feedback from other writers, including Silas House, whose literary fiction includes “Clay’s Quilt” and “A Parchment of Leaves.”
In the acknowledgement at the opening of “Windswept,” Ott says she wrote the book for John, Sam and Jennie, “who gave me space and time to pursue my calling and my dream.” Sam is Ott’s 20-year-old son who is a Junior at Manchester College majoring in religion and Jennie is Ott’s 18-year-old daughter who is a senior home schooler.
Ott also dedicates her book to her friend Leanne, “who loved my characters and me throughout the writing and believed in me before I believed in myself.”
Ott said she sent the book chapter by chapter to Leanne and used her feedback to hone the work into the final product.
“Writing is never finished,” Ott said. “It can always be worked and reworked, further refined, but at some point the writer has to let go. Each piece takes on a life of its own, has meaning and significance for each reader. It’s one of the beauties and mysteries of storytelling.”
Ott dubs “Windswept” a love story.
“It’s about the hard things that loving really is and what living in a family relationship is really about,” she said.
Amazon customers rated Ott’s book with five out of five stars and one reviewer wrote that the novel is “a wonderfully simple book with complex characters that I immediately felt like I knew, but wanted to get to know better. I loved this book and am looking forward to the next one!”
“I have a problem with any work of fiction that wants to paint a flat picture and not examine relationships,” Ott said.
The characters in “Windswept” are self-aware and are on a constant mission to understand themselves and to be more and do better.
Of all the characters in her book, Ott said she can most relate to Sam Lindsey.
“I really like his imperfections and his struggles in trying to be his best self.”
She also admires Sam and his wife, Grace, for their willingness to love each other enough to want to talk about what isn’t right and to examine their relationship with each other and with God.
“I can relate to all of [the characters] at different levels,” she said. “We’re all human and we all have our struggles.”
“Windswept” is the first in a three-book series. Ott self-published the book in September and recently published a new edition.
The e-book is available for purchase at amazon.com at/www.amazon.com/dp/B0057G4AQM" www.amazon.com/dp/B0057G4AQM or by searching for the title along with the author’s name. It is priced at $2.99 and can be downloaded to a Kindle or any electronic device. Hard copies of the new edition of the book will soon be available on amazon.com and at K&K Video, Books and Clothing for $9.95.
Ott will sign copies of “Windswept” at K&K Video, Books and Clothing in Churubusco on Sunday, December 4 from 3-5 p.m. She is also available for readings or to talk to book clubs about her work and this piece of fiction.

by Katie Wagner

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Anne Shrock Ott always wanted to be a writer—but she didn’t have the courage to go for her dream. It wasn’t until she became self-aware that she knew she had to take a leap of faith—much like her characters do in her first novel, “Windswept.”

 
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