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It’s a lot More than Books! by Sandra K. Zeigler ■ ■ ■ APL’S Mission Statement: “The Adams Public Library System serves all people of the Decatur and Geneva communities by acquiring, organizing, and proving access and guidance to a wide variety of information and materials to help fulfill the intellectual, educational, social, and recreational needs of this community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike.”

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hen I visited the Decatur Library and talked to Mrs. Kelly Ehinger, I found everything about the mission statement to be exactly true. As we talked, Mrs. Ehinger shared that they have over seven hundred programs available. She has been the director for more than fifteen years. In recent years, she has seen more computers, more wireless use, and an increase in use of the Internet. In the Adams Public Library System, “WiFi” is free to anyone. Mrs. Ehinger’s personal goal is

to stay ahead of the demand, meet the challenges in the use of the library, and plan for more small groups of businesspeople and students who come to the library. According to Mrs. Ehinger, “The library has always been about helping people find information and proving the opportunity for lifelong learning. Now, the format of the information has changed, but the need is still there, and, in fact, increasing.” In Decatur, “Lapsits,” which include the parent or guardian and the baby, are story hours for

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babies, from birth up to twenty-four months old. The next “Lapsits” program will start in October on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. and is available only in Decatur.

participate. No library card is required, and it is open to students from other counties. Contact the library at (260)724-2605 for any additional information.

The Decatur Library also has a story hour for the three through five-year olds on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. At the Geneva Library, the “Story Time” is for children in pre-school through kindergarten.

The Adams Public Library System also received a $250 grant recently from the Adams County Community Foundation to supplement its reading materials.

Remember, dads and grandpas, this program is not just for moms and grandmas! The library encourages male caregivers to be more involved in children’s lives. One program, “Preserving Your Heritage,” offers local information, and this is the “best place for local information, including genealogy,” according to Mrs. Ehinger. Local people work on their own history, looking to preserve their roots for their own heritage.

These grants allow the library to keep materials up-to-date, adding information that goes along with the “Science Club,” for example. This would mean books on snap circuits, electronics, rockets, and energy. I asked one employee at the Decatur Library, “How many books do you have?” She jokingly replied, “Lots, and we are getting lots more.”

The Decatur Library also has many people who come from other areas to work on their family’s histories or genealogy. To use the genealogy information, no library card is required.

“Altogether, the Adams Public Library System has received over $20,000 in grant money to set up lifelong learning programs for its residents,” says Mrs. Ehinger.

Because of a $2000 grant from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Adams Public Library System was able to start a “Science Club.” This monthly club is for grades three through five, and it is at the Decatur Library.

“The ‘Summer Reading Program’ that just ended keeps the skills fresh,” she continues. “The requirements are broken down according to age groups.

P.J. Webber is the “Science Club” instructor. Since the club is grant-supported, it is free to

“It has been proven that those who continue to read in the summer do not have the catching up to do when they go back to school.” Most teachers would agree with this statement.

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Also at the Decatur Library, there is a “Lego Club” for ages six through eleven. It meets weekly on Wednesdays after school. Like all of their programs, it is free for all boys and girls. No library card is required to attend and participate. Imagine the mind-building involved in creating with Legos! At the Geneva Library, the “Cooking Club” focuses on learning to cook nutritional snacks. This program is for ages kindergarten through eight-years old. These students plant a garden at the Geneva Library, and cook and eat what they have planted. This program is grantsupported, so it is free to the students who participate. “Computer Skills Classes for Adults” are offered in Geneva. These adult classes are given on a one-to-one basis and offer such useful information about “Microsoft Word,” “Excel,” or “Internet Explorer.” The Adams Public Library System offers a variety of book discussion clubs, as well. One club, “Old Friends,” meets monthly at the Woodcrest Nursing Home. This is another example of the Adams Public Library System reaching out into the community to touch all age groups. There are three other discussion groups that convene monthly at the Decatur Library’s meeting room. “ABC,” the “All Books Considered” group, meets at 3:30 p.m., “Cozy Christian Readers” meets at 10:15 a.m., and “Poetic Coterie” meets at 3:30 p.m.. You do not need to register for these clubs. The discussion groups are open to the public. Please contact Louise Wolpert in Decatur for book selections that are currently being used, if you are interested in participating. The “Teen Advisory Board” is an excellent way for middle or high school students to be heard. For teens who are interested in the Adams Public Library System, its programs, and services, there is an organized meeting twice a month. The library is looking for young adults who want to make a difference. What an excellent way to be a part of lifelong learning!

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veryone has at least one good book in them, or so the saying goes. If you’ve been itching to try your hand at writing, the 2012 Berne Literary Festival might be your best chance! Just steps away from the Berne Clock Tower, local writers and one prominent guest speaker will converge at Muensterberg Plaza, situated at the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and State Road 218, on Saturday, September 8th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The aim of the day of workshops is “to celebrate the power of words and highlight the importance of literature in our society.”

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Workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to approximately 12:45 p.m., with a break at noon so all may observe the running of the clock tower’s glockenspiel. Workshop speakers and topics will include: • • • • • •

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Several vendors have been invited to set up booth space during Berne LitFest, including the public libraries of Adams County, Faith and Life Books & Gifts, Limberlost State Historic Site, and Annie’s Publishing. Alpine Rose Coffee Shoppe will offer coffee and refreshments during the event. At 1 p.m., winners of the first annual Creative Writing Contest, sponsored by Annie’s Publishing, will be announced. The contest, which closed on August 8th, included three categories for adults—Poetry/Verse, Fiction, and Non-Fiction—as well as fiction or nonfiction categories for grade school and high school students. The highlight of this year’s Berne LitFest is keynote speaker, Dr. Dennis E. Hensley. He is the author of 53 books, including six novels, eight textbooks on writing, and books on futurism, motivation, time management, financial investing, and theology. Dr. Hensley is director of the professional writing department at Taylor University. He holds four degrees in English, including a Ph.D. from Ball State University. Dr. Hensley is a staff columnist for MNB: Metro North Business Magazine and for Advanced Christian Writer. He is a recipient of the Indiana University “Award for Teaching Excellence” and the Elizabeth Sherrill “Lifetime Achievement Award for Speaking and Writing.” Dr. Hensley’s more than 3,000 published freelance articles have appeared in such publications as Reader’s Digest, Essence, The Writer, People, The Detroit Free Press, and Downbeat, among many others.

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The Crossing by Mark Okoniewski ■ ■ ■ For most of us, learning begins during our formative years at home as a child and continues as we attend grade school and middle school and progress into and through our high school careers. Our educational path is laid out for us, and, with a few personal adaptations along the way, we navigate through those tumultuous years with support from our family, friends and the teachers who guide us on our way to becoming young adults.

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ut, for an alarmingly growing number of teens, this traditional approach to education simply does not work. Broken homes, addictions, economic hardships or social pressures, coupled with so many types of abuse, have resulted in a substantial percentage of young people who have not had the benefit of enjoying any type of stable home environment. There are also behavioral issues for some students, and these simply do not fit well within the traditional school setting.

The Crossing is a fully-accredited alternative school that is literally transforming the lives of the students who have chosen to become part of this program. Aptly named, The Crossing is literally the final step for many of these troubled youths before they enter the criminal system, or, worse, lose their lives. The Crossing was the brainchild of its executive director, Rob Staley. In 2002, Mr. Staley was the principal of Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana, and also the assistant chaplain of the local jail.

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His duties at the high school included monitoring and reporting dropouts, as well as tracking the list of students expelled for various behavioral reasons.

Crossing. Mr. Martin estimates that once the traditional schools open for this fall semester, the student population at The Crossing will grow to between 800 and 900 students!

Mr. Staley discovered he was ministering to this same group of students at the jail in alarmingly high numbers. His reaction was the formation of a school environment tailored to the needs and skills of the student—one that removed the pressures found in the traditional school environment, and, most importantly, was Christian-based in its support and encouragement.

The facility in Berne, Indiana, located at 6626 South 150 West, is the newest of The Crossing’s facilities and offers assistance to students in Adams County and the surrounding areas. The first official day of classes were held on July 25th of this year, and a total of 14 students were enrolled.

Cory Martin, Director of Community Development, points out that The Crossing “is not a Christian school, but rather, a public school staffed by Christians. “The curriculum results in a Core 40 diploma, and we are fully-accredited with the state of Indiana. In fact, our students are shown on the rolls of the school corporations from which they originally came.” Today, The Crossing has expanded to fifteen schools and contractual agreements with twenty-two school corporations. The benefits for the school corporation include: a decrease in their dropout and expulsion rate, an increased graduation rate, and an improvement in reported test scores. The school corporation also retains 5% of the funding provided by the state per student on its rolls, with the remaining 95% going to The

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The school philosophy is based upon four primary areas—academics, character, leadership and career. This list of focus areas was developed at the program’s inception to help youth overcome the shortcomings resulting from their early environments or any personal issues that prevent them from being successful in the traditional school format. The Crossing’s school “day” lasts for three hours. Classes typically begin at 8:00 a.m., with a second shift beginning at 1 p.m. The classroom size is limited to 25 students, and the student to teacher ratio is approximately 6 to 1. One of two primary structures for the classroom environment consists of a room lined with computers, and instructors, moving from student to student, offering answers to questions or providing encouragement. In this setup, the students work at their own pace and do not feel the pressures of the traditional school setting. The second is a more traditional instructorled discussion on a specific subject. Approximately six to eight students meet in a classroom for this group learning and discussion time. Each course must be completed with a minimum score of 80%, and the next level course is not begun until that is achieved. “Environment is the single largest challenge when attempting to effect major change in these young peoples’ lives,” says Mr. Martin. “My family allowed one of our students to live with us for six months last year simply because there was no other alternative.

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“It is amazing to see how they seize the reins of leadership, when provided the opportunity. Their ability to lead in a Christian environment is a very powerful witness.” Students who show aptitude for leadership are encouraged to move to a more advanced level. In the “Ignite” program, the focus is on servant leadership and how giving of one’s self is one of the most effective methods of leading organizations and inspiring individuals.

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Understanding that a high school diploma is simply not enough to ensure success as a young adult, The Crossing has developed the Business Internship program. This program gives the student an opportunity to be mentored by a business person who works with the student for approximately 10-15 hours a week for a nine-week period. The student earns one credit towards their high school graduation. Another popular program, “Xtreme,” was born from the concept that boys often require or prefer hands-on learning. Classroom work is supplemented with service work outside of The Crossing. At the Elkhart facility, a tree-cutting service participates, and the students involved work only for donations. “One day, they may cut down a tree for a retired individual and be paid with a thank you. “The next, they may clean an area for a local businessperson who may choose to donate several thousand dollars to our program. We never know and expect nothing for their efforts.” The “Xtreme” program is designed to instill a sense of accomplishment, provide insights into various business skills, teach the discipline needed to succeed in the work environment, and to show, first-hand, how it feels to give of one’s self. The program’s mantra is: “We learn by doing.” We live in a time where so much effort is spent on showing how bad our society has become. It is, at times, discouraging to watch the evening news or to read the Sunday paper. But, the time I was allowed to spend within the walls of The Crossing showed me first-hand that God is indeed at work. He has heard our prayers and those of our children, and has put into the hearts of those at The Crossing the conviction to do His will, to mend the lives of those they serve and to inspire those in their care. WVL

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Berne’s Swiss Days Festival, traditionally held the last weekend in July, draws thousands of visitors each year. For the past three years now, one particular Swiss Days event has benefitted students at South Adams Schools—at least, those students enrolled in music and art classes! Wabash Valley Living, the Berne Antique Mall, Masterpiece Quilting, and Midwest Estate Buyers all play a part in this annual event.

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he third annual “What’s It Worth?” Swiss Days Appraisal Fundraiser was held on Saturday, July 28th at the Berne Antique Mall. Thanks to WBCL 90.3 FM’s “Mid-Morning” radio show, many in our region enjoyed a preview of the event on the day prior to the fundraiser. For the third year, Brian McCall, certified appraiser and owner of Midwest Estate Buyers in Zionsville, Indiana, has volunteered both his time and his expertise to offer valuations during the fundraiser. Brian, who admits his own passion for collecting antique marbles, specializes in appraising jewelry, coins, precious metals, and other small items.

However, Brian is capable of offering estimates of value on a wide range of antiques and collectibles. And, with his networking skills, he’s able to get a second opinion on anything outside his own area of expertise. At this year’s appraisal fundraiser, Brian appraised approximately 69 items for nearly two dozen in attendance. Visitors came from Anderson, Fort Wayne, Decatur, Indianapolis, Marion, Ossian, Woodburn and Willshire, Ohio. All proceeds from the appraisals, in addition to a generous donation from the Berne Antique Mall, benefitted the art and music programs at South Adams. WVL

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to the Berne Antique Mall, Midwest Estate Buyers, Masterpiece Quilting and others who participated in this year’s What’s It Worth? Swiss Days Appraisal Fundraiser!

We hope to see you again next year!!

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12th

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza

Farmer’s Market

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Homeschool

Computer Club 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Wells Co. Library (260)824-1612

5th

Farmer’s Market 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

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Artist in Action

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Creative Arts Center (260)824-5222

8th

Farmer’s Market

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

Pinewood Derby

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wells Co. Library (260)824-1612

Collingsworth Family 6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

9th

National

Neighborhood Day 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Kehoe Park (260)824-6069

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Every Child

Ready to Read 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wells Co. Library (260)824-1612

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Farmer’s Market Bark Before Dark Dog Bone Hunt 6:00 p.m. Roush Park (260)824-6069

Dig & Seek

6:00 p.m. Roush Park (260)824-6069

14th

Artist in Action

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Creative Arts Center (260)824-5222

15th

Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

Broadway Off Main Cabaret 7:30 p.m. Arts Commerce Center (260)824-5222

21st

Artist in Action

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Creative Arts Center (260)824-5222

22nd

Farmer’s Market

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

Harvest Hustle 5K

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

& Kids’ Fun Run 8:30 a.m. Washington St. Splash Pad (260)273-2771

Common Ground

Arts & Crafts Fair

Lost Vegas

State 4-H & FFA

16th

The Perrys

6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

8:00 p.m. Club 250 @ Timber Ridge (260)824-2728

Colavita 20K Bike Ride & Time Trials 9:00 a.m. Bluffton Middle School (937)417-5772

18th - 22nd

Free Street Fair

Downtown Bluffton (260)824-4351

12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. City Gym (260)824-6069

Livestock Skill-a-Thon 2:00 p.m. Wells County 4-H Park (260)824-6412 6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

25th

Baby Care Class

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Bluffton Regional Med. Ctr. (260)919-3460

Every Child

19th

Ready to Read 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wells Co. Library (260)824-1612

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. City Hall (260)824-6069

26th

Craft Club

Farmer’s Market 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

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1st

Mom’s Support Group

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 9:00 a.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

Childbirth Ed Class

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145 ext. 2505

3rd

Mom’s Support Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145

6th

Farmer’s Market

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2604

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

Weight Watchers

Weigh-In/Meeting 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital

8th

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 9:00 a.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

Decatur Fire Department Annual Golf Outing 9:00 a.m. Cross Creek Golf Course (260)724-8909

10th

Cozy Christian Readers Book Discussion 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

Chamber Luncheon 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Woodcrest Campus (260)724-2604

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1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145

Poetry Coterie

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

Writer’s Workshop

with Monica Koldyke Miller 7:00 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

13th

Farmer’s Market

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2604

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

18th

How to Start a Business Adams Co. Econ. Dev. Class 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Adams Co. Service Complex (260)724-2588

19th

Free Foot Screen

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145 ext. 6209

JL Trekkers

Hands-On Fun! 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

20th

Farmer’s Market

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2604

Weight Watchers

Blazing Saddles Club

Weigh-In/Meeting 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital

Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

15th

Weight Watchers

Catch Your Breath 8K 5K & Kids’ Run 8:00 a.m. River Greenway Trailhead (260)724-2145 ext. 1537

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 9:00 a.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

17th

Mom’s Support Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145

All Books Considered Book Discussion 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

Weigh-In/Meeting 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital

22nd

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 9:00 a.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

Comedy Club Night 8:00 p.m. Villa Lanes Bowling (260)724-3660

22nd - 23rd

Extension Homemakers’ Annual Garage Sale 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Adams Co. Service Complex (260)724-5322

24th

Free Skin Cancer Screens 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Strickler Cancer Institute (260)724-2145 ext. 1670

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Mom’s Support Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145

K123 Club

CHRISTNER’S (260)728-2151

After-School Special 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

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Lunch:

Banned Books

Book Discussion for Adults 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

27th

Farmer’s Market

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2604

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

Monday thru Friday 11a.m. - 1p.m.

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Sunday 11a.m. - 1:30p.m.

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Weight Watchers

Weigh-In/Meeting 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital

28th

Banned Books

Read-In for Teens 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

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Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 9:00 a.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

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23rd - 29th

4th

Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion,Berne (260)589-4496

Blood Pressure Checks 8:15 a.m. McDonald’s, Berne (260)589-2327

Senior Bingo

8:30 a.m. McDonald’s, Berne (260)589-2327

Active Aging Week

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Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

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8th

2012 LitFest

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Muensterberg Plaza, Berne (260)589-2809

11th

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

15th

Saturday Nite @ the Village 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Swiss Village, Berne (260)589-3173

16

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Bluegrass Jamboree

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Limberlost Cabin, Geneva (260)368-7428

18

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Senior Bingo 8:30 a.m. McDonald’s (260)589-2327

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

Pinewood Derby

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wells Co. Library (260)824-1612

Collingsworth Family 6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

12th

Bark Before Dark Dog Bone Hunt 6:00 p.m. Roush Park (260)824-6069

Dig & Seek

6:00 p.m. Roush Park (260)824-6069

16th

Colavita 20K Bike Ride & Time Trials 9:00 a.m. Bluffton Middle School (937)417-5772

18th - 22nd

Free Street Fair

Downtown Bluffton (260)824-4351

22nd

Harvest Hustle 5K

& Kids’ Fun Run 8:30 a.m. Washington St. Splash Pad (260)273-2771

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Arts & Crafts Fair 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. City Gym (260)824-6069

State 4-H & FFA

Livestock Skill-a-Thon 2:00 p.m. Wells County 4-H Park (260)824-6412

The Perrys

6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

JAY COUNTY 1st

Marsh Wetland Tours 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Loblolly Marsh, Bryant (260)368-7428

Creature Feature

12:00 p.m. Loblolly Marsh, Bryant (260)368-7428

8th

Wonders of Wetlands 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Loblolly Marsh, Bryant (260)368-7428

14th

Chamber Golf Outing 11:00 a.m. Portland Golf Club (260)726-4481

19th

C3 College-Career-Connect 4:00 p.m. John Jay Center, Portland (260)729-5525

21st

Books are Fun Sale

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Jay Co. Hospital, Portland (260)726-1811

23rd

Buddy Greene Concert 6:30 p.m. Bryant Wesleyan Church (260)997-6822

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Baby Care Class

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bluffton Regional Med. Ctr. (260)919-3460

27th

A Friend’s House

Benefit Dinner 7:00 p.m. Timber Ridge Golf Course (260)824-2728

28th

Artist in Action

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Creative Arts Center (260)824-5222

29th

Banquets • Weddings Business Meetings Reunions • Birthdays Graduation Parties

Farmer’s Market

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

Ouabache Olympics 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Ouabache State Park (260)468-2127

Wells Co. Republicans Golf Outing 1:00 p.m. Timber Ridge Golf Course (260)824-2728

Crist Family

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LUNCH: Monday to Friday 11am-3pm DINNER: Friday 5-9pm All-You-Can-Eat Fish & Tenderloin Fry Every Other Friday Night (July 13th & July 27th)

Questions? Call Kristy (260)824-2728

6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

30th

Ghost Towns of Wells Co. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Wells Co. Historical Museum (260)824-9956

Large & Small Rooms Complete Catering Services Full Bar & Professional Bar Tenders 2330 E 250 N, Bluffton

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28th

4th

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

Blood Pressure Checks 8:15 a.m. McDonald’s, Berne (260)589-2327

Senior Bingo

8:30 a.m. McDonald’s, Berne (260)589-2327

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

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2012 LitFest

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Muensterberg Plaza, Berne (260)589-2809

11th

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

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Saturday Nite @ the Village 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Swiss Village, Berne (260)589-3173

16th

Bluegrass Jamboree

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Limberlost Cabin, Geneva (260)368-7428

18th

Senior Bingo 8:30 a.m. McDonald’s (260)589-2327

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

23rd - 29th

Active Aging Week

Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion,Berne (260)589-4496

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Blazing Saddles Club

Comedy Club Night 8:00 p.m. Villa Lanes Bowling (260)724-3660

22nd - 23rd

Extension Homemakers’ Annual Garage Sale 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Adams Co. Service Complex (260)724-5322

Weekly Bicycle Ride 9:00 a.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

JAY COUNTY

Childbirth Ed Class

1st

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145 ext. 2505

8th

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 9:00 a.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

Decatur Fire Department Annual Golf Outing 9:00 a.m. Cross Creek Golf Course (260)724-8909

Marsh Wetland Tours 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Loblolly Marsh, Bryant (260)368-7428

Creature Feature

12:00 p.m. Loblolly Marsh, Bryant (260)368-7428

8th

Wonders of Wetlands 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Loblolly Marsh, Bryant (260)368-7428

15th

14th

5K & Kids’ Run 8:00 a.m. River Greenway Trailhead (260)724-2145 ext. 1537

11:00 a.m. Portland Golf Club (260)726-4481

Catch Your Breath 8K

Chamber Golf Outing

Blazing Saddles Club

19th

Weekly Bicycle Ride 9:00 a.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

18th

How to Start a Business Adams Co. Econ. Dev. Class 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Adams Co. Service Complex (260)724-2588

22nd

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 9:00 a.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

C3 College-Career-Connect 4:00 p.m. John Jay Center, Portland (260)729-5525

21st

Books are Fun Sale

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Jay Co. Hospital, Portland (260)726-1811

23rd

Buddy Greene Concert 6:30 p.m. Bryant Wesleyan Church (260)997-6822

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YOUNG, OLD & IN-BETWEEN—

Purdue Educates by Sandra K. Zeigler ■ ■ ■ Putting the Pieces Together...Adams County Extension’s goal is “to provide Educational Programs in: Agriculture & Natural Resources, Health & Human Sciences, Economic Community Development, and 4-H Youth Development.”

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had the pleasure of visiting two of the Adams County Purdue Extension offices, located at 313 W Jefferson Street, Suite 213, Decatur, IN.

“This mission is accomplished by providing free, informal, and easily accessible educational programs in the home and community.”

I spoke first to Mrs. Deb Mishler, the Family Nutrition Program Assistant.

According to Mrs. Mishler, “Referrals come from homes, food banks, and flyers,” as well as doctor offices and word-of-mouth. There are also some court-appointed referrals.

She explains, “The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to increase the ability of individuals and families with limited resources to utilize their food dollars and food vouchers appropriately and to provide a safe meal environment.

Mrs. Mishler continues, “The program runs through Purdue and is funded by grant money.” There is no charge for the help that is provided.

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Mrs. Mishler explains, “Each county has an FNP (Family Nutrition Person). If a person or a family from another county is needing assistance, they need to contact their Family Nutrition Person through the Purdue Extension office in their county.” The purpose behind this service is to assist the person or family to become more independent. Class participants learn about basic food nutrition, meal planning, food purchasing, food preparation, food budgeting, and food safety. Other groups offering similar services include: Healthy Family, public school nurses, MOPS, MOMS of Head Starts Groups, food pantries, and senior groups. Basic Nutrition education includes information to encourage healthier eating. For example, the Friday class cooks chicken broth. Participants learn that the nutritional value of the broth from the chicken is so much better for a person than that from a can. Canned broth is much higher in sodium. In another class, individuals or families are assisted with their Meal Planning. In the area of food, Purdue Extension staff provides the families with suggestions for getting kids to try new foods. They give out recipes to get more vegetables and fruits into the family menus. When teaching about Food Preparation, Purdue makes gifts of measuring cups, colanders and meat thermometers to help families with the

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food preparation—such as a spaghetti dinner. The instructor demonstrates how to use the colander to drain the spaghetti. Instructors show how to measure and how to use kitchen tools, including which tools to use for dry and which to use for liquid measuring. In the area of Food Budgeting, the families are given recipes on how to use leftovers. Food Safety courses teach the basics, such as how to check a temperature using the new meat thermometer. Participants are taught to check the temperature of the refrigerator to make sure it is cold enough to keep the food inside safe for consumption. Instructors also remind attendees to check the expiration dates to make sure food is still fresh. The Family Nutrition Program also emphasizes physical fitness for all ages, but especially for children. Instructors encourage anything phycial that kids want to do—walking, getting up and moving, walking the dog—and leaving the video games. Purdue also offers instruction on money management through the Family Nutrition program. I spoke next to Amy Johnson, who is in charge of the Adams County 4-H Youth Development. Miss Johson says, “We develop educational programs that provide learning experiences

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through which youth develop individual talents, skills, and leadership abilities.” Starting as young as kindergarten, students can begin Mini 4-H. This program is run through the schools, with about 300 students participating in different afterschool activities. Mini 4-H baking is one of the after-school projects and involves making no-bake cookies. One favorite Mini 4-H project, which usually has about fifty students participating, is cake decorating. ?gnirpS rof

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Even the police and fire departments get involved, as the students learn the importance of bicycle safety in another of the after-school Mini 4-H programs.

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The 4-H leaders also bring in dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, rabbits, chickens, sheep, and goats as part of the Mini 4-H programs. This exposure of the students to many different animals that they may have only seem as pictures in books, opens students’ eyes to other exciting Mini 4-H project areas. According to Miss Johnson, each year, about thirty students are interested in raising pigs for their Mini 4-H project. Others students might prefer to do archery for their Mini 4-H project. Regardless, all Mini 4-H projects emphasize a hands-on activity. Each Mini 4-Her has at least one project to be displayed at the county fair. A project book must be completed prior to the fair, as well, and also is displayed at the fair.

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A nice progression from Mini 4-H is to go directly into 4-H. Mini 4-H prepares the student for more advanced learning in 4-H. It is also a time for independent learning. 4-H is for students in 3rd grade through 12th grade. As stated earlier, the students do the work on their own. There are leaders to assist them and some workshops to attend, but the student completes the projects.

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The 4-Her has sixty projects to choose from. They may pick as few as one or as many as ten to fifteen. Miss Johnson states, “Kids sign up for a project they might not know anything about and advance to making pies and cakes.” She continues, “Every project advances kids on.” According to Miss Johnson, “There is a deadline as to when projects must be done. If they miss the deadline, there is a consequence. “This is part of lifelong learning. They learn from these lessons that there are deadlines that must be met.” She continues, “4-H Fair is a chance to showcase what they have done; but that is not what 4-H should be known for, and the year doesn’t stop then. “Indiana State Fair runs for two weeks in August. The fall is when you get the cattle for the next year. Then, it all starts again.” The 4-Hers meet monthly in 4-H Club meetings. It is important to attend these meetings and workshops. They also offer recreation and team-building activities. The 4-Hers are also required to complete some type of community service. Adams County 4-H operates with the help of 150 volunteers. Miss Johnson says, “Probably 100%” of her 4-H leaders were involved in 4-H as children. Now, they are passing that knowledge on to another young person. For more information on programs available in Adams County, call the Purdue Extension office at (260)7245322. Call the Jay County Extension at (260)726-4704, or, Wells County, at (260)824-6412. Purdue is there for you regardless of your age! From nutrition and money management to 4-H programs, home gardening, and more, just give them a call—they can help you! WVL

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Continuing Education by Mark Okoniewski ■ ■ ■ The John Jay Center for Learning, named after the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, is located in the historic Weiler Building in downtown Portland, Indiana. It is very appropriate that this building, which once was the centerpiece for retail activity in and around this community, is now serving the people of Jay County once again.

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he concept for the development and implementation of the John Jay Center for Learning was born during discussions among a committee of civic-minded individuals, referred to as the Jay County 20/20 Vision, as well as during meetings of the Portland Foundation. One of the fundamental principles agreed upon by these groups was the importance that education would play in the future growth and economic success of Portland, Jay County, and the eastern corridor of Indiana.

The consistent message that education “nurtures quality leadership, leads to a higher quality of life and allows community to sustain those qualities” can be found throughout these committees’ action plans, as well as the steps for their accomplishment. As one board member stated, “Education and educational opportunities are a key ingredient in the relocation process for both companies and families.” Cindy Cash is Executive Director of the John Jay Center and takes on the responsibilities of the development and implementation of new

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programs, the daily operations of the center, and the fundraising and sustainability efforts. She also teaches some of the Microsoft applications offered to the community. Ms. Cash was the Director of Technology at South Adams High School prior to coming to the Center, and she feels that experience has been valuable in her current position. She has been a lifelong resident of Jay County, and her belief is that “education can never be taken away once it has been attained. “We strive to be of value to the members of our communities, and we are your local connection for continuing education.” Curriculum options for the interested student range from the high school level to business and life skill classes, all the way to associate and bachelor degrees. At the high school level, students who do not function effectively in the traditional school environment can absorb material at their own pace and earn either a Jay County School diploma (through the Jay County Credit Recovery program) or a GED. In fact, currently the Center has had a total of 44 individuals earn a GED, while an additional 26 students have received their high school diploma.

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The adult basic educational opportunities are one of the fastest growing areas of the John Jay Center for Learning. Classes range from an introduction to the use of Microsoft Word and Excel to the basic fundamentals of electricity, to digital photography. An impressive listing of classes being offered for this coming fall session is available at the Center’s website (www. johnjaycenter.com). The Center was recently awarded a grant from the state agency of Workforce Development in order to provide interested students a Certified Nursing Assistant program. A total of 105 hours of study are required, with 40 of those hours taking place in Portland, and the remaining 65 hours needing to be onsite. The first group to complete this training regimen began in June of this year, and a total of eight students successfully attained certification. Cost for the program is a very reasonable $600 per person. Another program recently developed at the John Jay Center is in the area of C & C machining. There are a number of opportunities for this type of skilled labor at businesses throughout our part of the state. Mr. Jarod Dailey from South Adams Schools has been instrumental in this program’s development and implementation. After completing a training program that includes 60 hours of hands-on classes and instruction, the student receives his certification in C & C machining. The investment for the student is $700, and, up to this point, there have been two classes with eight

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adults in each who have completed the program. And, three of these students have been successful in gaining employment using the skills and certification gained at the John Jay Center. It is interesting to look at some demographics concerning the student population of the John Jay Center. For the 2011 fall semester, there were 264 students who had registered for 453 classes. Of those students enrolled, 65% were over the age of 22. And over 40% were older than 31! When attempting to determine if an education center is having an impact on the community in which it serves, it is impressive to see the large percentage of older adults that are seeking to further their careers or simply satisfying their need for additional education. In 2001, the Center began with 64 students registering for 64 classes. In the ten years following, the student population of the Center has grown by over 300%, and the opportunities pursued by those individuals has grown by an astounding 600%! What has contributed to the success of the John Jay Center for Learning? Ms. Cash feels there are a number of reasons for the recent growth and interest in the offerings at the Center. “The fact that Jay County (population 22,000) has one school corporation, which is located in Portland, is beneficial to our structure. In addition, Portland is the county seat, so it is quite natural for the citizens of this county to gravitate to our city for this type of opportunity. We also are within 45 minutes of a number of college campuses.

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The truth is that most people who apply do receive some type of assistance. The only way to determine if you qualify is to apply. A student who recently took classes at the John Jay Center commented, “I did it because I could take classes locally, and I wanted to broaden my horizons.” Another individual replied, “It provides me an opportunity to go to work and school and I don’t have to spend as much money on gas.” I would invite you to take the time to visit this beautiful and historic building on your next visit to Portland. And, while you are there, pick up a brochure with information on the wide variety of educational opportunities and programs offered at the John Jay Center for Learning. You never know – there might just be something there for you. WVL

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The goal of the Creative Arts Council (CAC) of Wells County is “encouraging, presenting, and promoting the arts for the benefit of the entire community.” You and your family can benefit from lifelong learning through a program at CAC. Give them a call and see which program is right for you. Call the Creative Arts Council of Wells County at 260-824-5222.

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udrey Dean, the Executive Director, has only been with the council for seven months. She is their only full-time paid employee. Two part-time paid employees assist Ms. Dean. According to Ms. Dean, “The youngest toddlers are one-year olds who are doing rhythm, movement, and songs. “Rhapsody, Rhythm, and Rhyme” is an eight-week program and usually consists of two classes with eight to ten students. “Creative Expression” is the youngest ballet program offered by the CAC, and starts with

students as young as three-and-a-half years old. There are six to ten students per class. There are usually two classes per year. The next CAC class will start on September 24, and culminates with two nights of performances on May 4th and May 5th, 2013. “School of Ballet,” structured dance training, continues at CAC for ages five through adult. This year, there are five adults in the fall program, which runs through May. The dance lessons are self-funded, by charging fees for the lessons, or are grant supported.

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Judy Shaw, who started ballet when she was in kindergarten, is an example of a lifetime learner in ballet. At the time Judy started, Beth Lampton taught classes in the basement of her home. Judy continued to take ballet from Beth until Judy was in third grade. When Miss Shaw was in college, she enrolled in ballet as an elective class. Judy says, at that time, she was in her teens or early twenties. Five or six years ago, Judy learned that classes were going to be offered through the CAC, so she signed up. She is still actively involved in the adult classes. “I enjoy learning new routines and the new ballet steps.” She continues, “I want to continue doing what I am as long as I am able to do so.” The ballet classes offer the best opportunity for lifelong learning experiences, as it starts at an early age and moves through adulthood; and ballet is also the only area currently that provides private classes. The facility currently housing the Creative Arts Council of Wells County was built in 2004. The CAC does not own the building, but they share the building located at 211 West Water Street in Bluffton, with the Wells County Chamber of Commerce. The Creative Arts Council Board of Directors for Wells County makes all of the final decisions.

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Currently, there are eleven members on the board. Starting August 13 and going through September 17, yoga will be offered. This class was added because of an expressed interest from the general community to have this additional program. Yoga is available for those who are sixteen and older. The price is $7 per class for those who are non-members, and $5 for those who are members. Basic Creative Arts Council of Wells County Memberships cost $40 per person, $60 for a couple, and $75 for a family. This membership allows free admission to select events, offers discounts on ballet and other classes, and includes free admission to the travelogue series. Three travelogue presentations will again be given at the Creative Arts Council of Wells County. The first, “Believe to Be Mongolia,” will be presented by Buddy Hatton on October 18th. Each presentation lasts an hour-and-a-half to two hours. Refreshments are available for purchase. You are invited to come and see the created abstract art projects that will be around the outside of the CAC Center during the Bluffton Street Fair. Businesses and individuals created these recycled projects. It cost $5.00 to enter, and each project had to be at least three feet tall. On Fridays, from 9 to 12 noon, “Artists in Action” allows artists to work on their own artistic paintings. When I visited them, they were

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One artist said, “I made my own paper doll clothes.” I was glad to observe the gentle dip of the brushes. Their deft strokes moved onto the canvas. The ladies shared that some of their finished pictures became gifts—some they gave to their children or to their grandchildren, some they hung in their homes, and some they hoped to sell. Another lady shared that she stored her pictures in the basement; another shared that hers were stored in a closet.

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One lady made thank-you note cards to send to friends. I wanted to ask if someone would adopt me, so I would become a family member and recipient of a picture! I was also told that the beautiful works of art are sometimes entries in art shows. This “Artists in Action” workshop consisted of a lovely group of people. I was told that the number was down that day, and men do also participate, though none were present for my visit. The “Photography Club” meets every other month. It was started three years ago by Bill Campbell. Currently, there are six who attend regularly. There is no charge to be a member. They meet at the Creative Arts Council of Wells County. Part of the goal is to share and critique each other’s photographs. A couple of the topics they discuss are matting and framing. As a photographer, I agree completely with Bill Campbell’s statement, “The proper matting and framing can make a photograph.” Bill also shares, “For my last show, all of my pictures were taken within a radius of the Creative Arts Building of Wells County. “I did this just to show that the eye just needs to look to see what is before them.” Too often people look, but they don’t really see.

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People are encouraged to come and ask questions. The Food Group—I could really like this one—meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 12:15. Jeanne Ploetz is in charge of the Creative Arts Council’s Food Group plans. On September 20, the group is going to Elkhart, Indiana. They will eat at Pete’s Simonton Lake Tavern and will visit the Quilt Gardens. Each person pays for his own meal. The October trip is still to be announced. On November 15th at 6:30, there is a cake decorating class with emphasis on roses and poinsettias. An adult readers group meets on the last Tuesday on the month year-round at the Creative Arts Center. They are known as the “Brown Bag” group. They bring their own lunch and read and discuss books. There is no charge to belong. In December, there will be a “Festival of Trees” on December 1st and December 2nd. The Tri Kappa is in charge of this activity through the CAC, and it will be held in the CAC building. Both businesses and individuals make trees—most are brought in already decorated. Then, the trees are judged. Cash is given as prizes. Entries are preferred from Wells County residents. CAC also has gallery shows. The dates for the next “Focus on Photos” are February 18th through March 29th. The CAC will have more information as the date becomes closer.

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