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Editor................................... Amy M. Orr Contributors....... Sharyl M. Calhoun Sylvia Marbach

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Vol. 5, No. 9, September 2013 © Wabash Valley Living, 2013. Published monthly since June 2009. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

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or some, retirement is more work than a full-time job.

Take Leslie Newton, for example, who’s been very busy at Arts Place in Portland, Indiana. After teaching K-8 within the Jay School Corporation for 36 years, she’s now a staff visual artist and curator for Arts Place, which also has centers in Hartford City, Indiana, and St. Marys, Ohio.

One of Newton’s recent tasks was helping out with the Summerfest celebration, which took place in Blackford County at the end of July. This annual event, a collaboration between Arts Place and Hartford City, is specifically held for the arts. “It was on the same weekend as their former high school’s 50-year alumni reunion – so it was huge,” says Leslie. She adds, “We had incredible comments about the quality of the work and the venue.

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“We provided live music all day Friday and Saturday. We has lots of food, as well, and the city had a lot of vendors here. It took months to plan everything out.” Newton’s work isn’t all about helping run big festivals, though, since she has many dayto-day obligations at the Arts Place center in Portland. She and the rest of the staff spend a lot of time on both the ArtWorks and MusicWorks programs.

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MusicWorks has especially become popular throughout the Portland area. The center there currently has 115 music students. Amazingly, some of the students are as young as four years old – and, these preschoolers are learning to play the violin. Another service available to the youngest of students is Arts Place’s First Steps program. This class prepares children to become musical, and it is designed for joint

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participation of preschoolers and their parents. There are very few musical instruments for which Arts Place doesn’t offer instruction. In fact, says Leslie, the Portland center even offers harp lessons – and, one student drove from two hours away to take these classes. “People don’t have to live in this county to participate,” assures Leslie, “and, even if you’re not a member, you can be on our mailing list.”

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As for its ArtWorks program, Arts Place’s three area facilities offer a wide range of visual arts classes. Their most popular classes involve oil painting, although the potter’s wheel is a close second. It’s important to note, though, that these classes require at least six participants, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register ahead of time. In some instances, if a class has attracted a large number of participants, Arts Place may offer a second class to satisfy the demand.

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Newton has a big hand in trying to fill these classes. She calls interested parties about upcoming classes and distributes promotional materials. “Our classes are starting after Labor Day. In August, we worked hard to call people who might want to take classes.” Arts Place also holds large art exhibits from time to time, including an upcoming David Dale display. “Dale is opening September 7th in Portland, and he will run until October 27th,” says Newton. “He’s really well-known.

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“What really impresses me is that most of his pastels look like paintings. We’re doing a retrospective exhibit on him, even though he hasn’t passed away. We’re even getting some of his paintings on loan for the exhibit.”

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especially true when you consider that Arts Place is a non-profit organization with a limited budget. “When it comes to a project or preparing for the next event, nothing’s impossible, but it can be very difficult. Getting the Blackford County Arts Place ready was a challenge.

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“Being a non-profit means you might not have money for things. We had a nice place, but nowhere to sit! So, we did a chair drive and earned money for some chairs. “We had to organize that and everything else – like making sure the facilities are in good shape and having an electrician come in and fix whatever needs fixed.” Fortunately, Arts Place has been blessed with enough funding to operate their non-profit programs. The Portland center is most capable of hosting a variety of events because it includes space for classes, exhibits, music, and even a theater that seats almost 300 people. The local civic theater sometimes rents out Arts Place’s theater. Doing so allows them to present shows for both children and adults in a spacious facility. Because of the theater’s size, Portland has been very successful at attracting some famous acts. “We have our own performance series that we put on here. Peter Yarrow (from Peter, Paul and Mary) performed at our theater,” says Newton. Arts Place also hosts a summer concert series at Portland’s Hudson Family Park, where a spacious outdoor amphitheater and plenty of room for seating awaits visitors. The amphitheater series is open to all ages, too.

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Place in St. Marys features art classes, ceramics and exhibits. Seeing children and adults take classes is one thing that really inspires Newton. “My favorite part of this work is seeing other people enjoy themselves while being creative. But, it’s always a battle to make these classes happen when you’re at a non-profit center.” Luckily, her years of teaching and arts experience have proved invaluable in helping make classes happen in the Jay County area. Newton has also found success with her own artistic endeavors. In fact, she recently returned from China after exhibiting her own work there. She displayed oil paintings and collages, mainly inspired by the Southwest and its Native Americans. Newton says the artistic bent runs in the family. “My family is brimming with artists. My mother, her mother, her sister – they did sculpture, painting, jewelry and ceramics.”

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The leadership at Arts Place in Portland is certainly pleased that Newton has followed in her family’s footsteps. She and the rest of the staff are integral parts of making the CreativeWorks programs function.

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It is more important that the child spends this time learning and reading from a parent, rather than an educational TV program, because there is love involved, and the child will learn to love reading, as a result.

The main goal of the library is to promote quality family time spent together. When reading to a child, a parent forms a special bond with a child. This not only promotes closeness in the relationship, but also a love for reading and language.

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One of the Wells County Library’s most popular activities is the Summer Reading Program. This summer, the library signed up 1,400 children for participation, with age groups ranging from birth through 6th grade. Participants earn points by keeping track of time spent reading. For the infants group, this also includes keeping a record of playtime involving both parent and child. They can choose from a variety of activities. Small incentives are awarded for certain goals met along the way, but the main goal is the realization of learning and enjoyment that come from reading. Everyone is given a book of their choosing as the final prize, along with an invitation to a celebration party at the end of the summer. Another program offered at the library is called Wee Read. Parents, grandparents, or guardians can bring an infant into the library on a Friday morning, and the child will be read to by a librarian. Wee Read also includes fun activities like finger plays. A similar program, called Toddler Time, is also offered for children ages 2 and 3. Toddler Time might include stories, finger plays, and songs. Sometimes, the children make a craft they can take home, or the finished craft may be left at the library for decoration. During the Story Hour program, children ages 4 to 6 can listen to a story. They can also enjoy videos, finger plays, and crafts that go along with the story read that day. Kids Club is a fun and educational program designed for children ranging in age from kindergarten through grade 3. This program includes activities specifically for children in elementary school. Bookrelated arts and crafts are offered, as well as fun games that coincide with the story read. JL Crew is geared more for older children in grades 4 through 6 and is held in the evening. During each meeting, a specific theme is introduced, which is designed for this particular age group. Children set out in search of this theme anywhere within the walls of the library. Past themes have included a Washington Monument

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avid McKee, CEO of DRG in Berne, Indiana, says, “We’re a company that celebrates traditional values, both in what we produce for people and how we run the business – how we treat employees and each other. That’s our goal.”

is: “Celebrating home, family, and the creative spirit.”

DRG is comprised of two smaller companies – Strategic Fulfillment Group and Annie’s. Much of David’s focus is concentrated on Annie’s, a publishing company that specializes in an everexpanding variety of crafts, kits, and fabrics for creative people. Annie’s company motto

“But, Annie’s Attic was our strongest branch, so we thought we’d take that brand, just make it ‘Annie’s’ to give it a little newer yet familiar feel, and group everything under it. And, the change has really helped us gain a lot of recognition in our industry.”

“It was just last year that we renamed the company Annie’s,” David says. “Before that, we just operated under all these different brands.

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David continues, “One of the ways that we serve families – to include children – is a couple of products we have geared to children. One is called Creative Girl’s Club, and the other is called Young Woodworkers Kit of the Month Club.

“It is the same process with Young Woodworkers. So, in that way, we’re serving the younger audience and their parents. We also have some books that are geared toward children, like I Can Crochet.”

“The Creative Girl’s Club has a different set of crafts that is mailed every six weeks, two kits to each shipment,” David explains. “Membership is something usually given as a gift by a parent or grandparent to a child, a girl aged 7 to 12.

According to David, many of Annie’s other products serve children and families, as well. “The kind of products that people buy from us are things that people can make with their hands,” he says. “These products, purchased by those who

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9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

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Adams County Needles, Hooks & Pins

Farmers Market 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Highway 1 Pennville, Indiana (260) 731-2244

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Library Bookworms

dasMärit Farmers Market

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

8:00 a.m. - Noon First Mennonite Church Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2936

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Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Crafts & Conversation

Farmers Market

7:00 p.m. Salem Presbyterian Church Venedocia, Ohio (419) 667-2408

Mom’s Suppport Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

8:00 a.m. - Noon Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

4:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

8:00 a.m. - Noon Courthouse Portland, Indiana (260) 726-2565

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

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Senior BINGO

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Jay County Fairgrounds Portland, Indiana (419) 586-2894

8:00 a.m. - Noon Webster Depot Dunkirk, Indiana (765) 768-6877

3rd Blood Pressure Checks

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

Blood Pressure Checks 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Red Cross Bloodmobile 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Homeschool Computer Club 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

LEGO Club

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

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LEGO Club

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Forensic Science

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6th

Childbirth Class

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

Creature Feature

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Limberlost State Site Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7428

Chuck Wagon Gang w/The Jubilees 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Gospel Barn Bluffton, Indiana (651) 269-2120

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Star Gazing

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3:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Van Wert County Fairgrounds Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-4551

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

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

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

Poetry Coterie

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

Girls Book Club 4:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

10th

Blood Pressure Checks 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Boys Book Club

4:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

Book Signing w/Kaye & Tony Mellencamp 7:00 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

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Adams County Needles, Hooks & Pins 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Library Bookworms 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

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Bark Before Dark

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Dig and Seek

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4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

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JL Trekkers

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Who Picked This Book? Book Discussion 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bailey’s Coffee Shop Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

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Market on Main

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Downtown Main Street Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-6911

Farmers Market 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Highway 1 Pennville, Indiana (260) 731-2244

Corn Maze Opens

7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Kernel Cooper’s Van Wert, Ohio www.kernelcoopers.com

8:00 a.m. - Noon Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

8:00 a.m. - Noon Courthouse Portland, Indiana (260) 726-2565 8:00 a.m. - Noon Webster Depot Dunkirk, Indiana (765) 768-6877

9:00 a.m. River Greenway Trailhead Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

Guided Tour of the Loblolly Marsh

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Limberlost State Site Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7428

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w/Journeymen Quartet 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Gospel Barn Bluffton, Indiana (651) 269-2120

Miche Fambro Concert 9:00 p.m. Black Swamp Bistro Van Wert, Ohio (567) 259-3064

15th

Bluegrass Jamboree 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Limberlost State Site Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7428

16th

Blood Pressure Checks

14th

12:30 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

8:00 a.m. - Noon First Mennonite Church Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2936

1:00 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

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3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

Boys Book Club

4:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

Craft It

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Free Street Fair Grand Opening Parade 7:00 p.m. Midway Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-4351

18th

Adams County Needles, Hooks & Pins 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Library Bookworms 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

Farmers Market

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

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

Girls Book Club 4:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

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4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

Senior BINGO

Crafts & Conversation

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

4:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

Joint Chamber Industrial Luncheon

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11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Micromatic, LLC Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8080

Blood Pressure Checks 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Seniors Dinner & Show

@ Beef & Boards, Indianapolis 9:30 a.m. Jay Community Center Portland, Indiana (260) 726-6477

Seniors Theater Thursday 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

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3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

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Old Fashioned Canal Days Begins Various Delphos, Ohio (419) 695-1771

20th Jewelry Class w/Anita Miller 9:00 a.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Market on Main

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Farmers Market 8:00 a.m. - Noon Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

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Harvest Hustle 5K & Kids Run 9:00 a.m. City Gym Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Free Car Seat Safety Checks 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Kinder Haus Daycare Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2364

Fish Fry

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Jay Co. Conservation Club Portland, Indiana (260) 726-9548

Twilight Adventure

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Loblolly Marsh Pavilion Bryant, Indiana (260) 368-7428

Common Ground w/Dedication 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Gospel Barn Bluffton, Indiana (651) 269-2120

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Ice Cream Social / Active Aging Week Begins 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

23rd

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

Fall Prevention Program 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

24th

Farmers Market

11:00 a.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Crafts & Conversation

Active Aging Week Community Tour

Blood Pressure Checks 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Networking Luncheon 12:00 p.m. Jay County Hospital Portland, Indiana (260) 726-4481

Active Aging Week Hearing Seminar

3:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Boys Book Club

4:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

25th

Adams County Needles, Hooks & Pins 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Walk Like a Naturalist Preschooler Event 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Limberlost State Site Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7428

Senior Luncheon 12:00 p.m. SA Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

K123 Club

Singles & Separates Support Group

Girls Book Club

Library Bookworms

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605 4:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

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2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

4:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

26th

Reaching for Stellar Service Workshop 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Jay County Chamber Portland, Indiana (260) 726-4481

Walk Like a Naturalist Preschooler Event 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Limberlost State Site Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7428

27th

Market on Main

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Downtown Main Street Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-6911

Soft Shoulders 10:30 a.m. Swiss Village Berne, Indiana (260) 589-3173

Farmers Market 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Highway 1 Pennville, Indiana (260) 731-2244

Community Days Begins 5:00 p.m. Varios Convoy, Ohio (419) 513-0220

28th

Health Fair

7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

dasMärit Farmers Market 8:00 a.m. - Noon First Mennonite Church Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2936

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Farmers Market 8:00 a.m. - Noon Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

Van Wert County Fair Opens

Farmers Market 8:00 a.m. - Noon Courthouse Portland, Indiana (260) 726-2565

8:00 a.m. VW County Fairgrounds Van Wert, Ohio www.vanwertcountyfair.com

Discover Nature Homeschool Event

Farmers Market 8:00 a.m. - Noon Webster Depot Dunkirk, Indiana (765) 768-6877

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Limberlost State Site Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7428

Farmers Market

Hoosier Harmony w/Resurrection 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Gospel Barn Bluffton, Indiana (651) 269-2120

Jill Jack Band

29th

9:00 p.m. Black Swamp Bistro Van Wert, Ohio (567) 259-3064

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

30th

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

Girls Book Club 4:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

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t the corner of East Second Street and Canal Street in Delphos, Ohio, sits a brightly-painted building with shiny and colorful balloons in the window. The wooden door and inviting decorations are just a couple things to love about Celebrations party supply store. There are rows and rows of festive party supplies neatly displayed from floor to ceiling, and the atmosphere causes a slight sense of wonderment in all who enter.

The proud owner of Celebrations is Tammy Corzine, who’s an award-winning balloon artist and party decorator in Delphos. She and her mom, Kim Strickler, entered the event planning industry by accident after taking a class. Tammy recalls, “In 1990, I was engaged to be married and wanted to do my own wedding decorations. I took a class at Vantage Career

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Center in Van Wert on decorating with balloons and flowers. “I caught on fast and ended up working for the instructor at her business. It really worked out for me because she taught those classes and found employees in her students.” In 1996, Tammy and her mother began working together, starting their own home-

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Walking into Celebrations, it’s easy to see why they’ve become the area’s leading party store with their vast selection. Some of their most popular items include Disney, superhero and princess-themed products, although they have plenty of other themes to choose from. The retail side of Celebrations serves as a nice compliment to the party decorating and Tammy’s balloon art. Celebrations isn’t some run-of-themill, big-box party shop. “When you compare us to a place like Party City or other chains,” Tammy says, “we listen to our customers more, and really try to find out what they want. “We aren’t limited like other stores who carry only one line of product. We can vary things some. For instance, if you are having a tractor-themed party, we can build a tractor balloon sculpture and provide tractor plates and napkins, or whatever you might need for the event.” Although, Tammy didn’t set out to get into retail and party planning, she doesn’t have regrets. She says it is especially fulfilling to see familiar faces return to her business. “The most satisfying aspect of it all is probably seeing the repeat customers come in.” She continues, “You know, maybe we decorated for the wedding...then their baby shower...then their kid’s first birthday...and, eventually, the graduation party. It’s fun just following some of the families that we’ve had come in for a long time.” But, Tammy gets even more excited when she receives a phone call from an area business. “I’d have to say my favorite events to be a part of are the

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“When you do corporate events, you tend to have more creative rights, than, say, when you’re working for a bride. A bride usually has in mind exactly what she wants and has been thinking about this for a while. “Corporations, on the other hand, will tell you they want a centerpiece, dance floor, entrance piece, and specific areas that they want decorated. But, then it’s up to you to take it from there.” Away from the store, Tammy also offers instruction at balloon decorating competitions and conventions. And, these events can be pretty demanding, especially in regard to meeting deadlines. “We do competitions at conventions, and some of these are really tough. One time, a crew of six of us spent almost two days working on a project. You get a six-hour break, so we slept, then came back and finished.” Conventions are held in cities across the U.S. And, Tammy has served as an instructor at many of these locations. Tammy was even named 2010 Designer of the Year at the FLOAT Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. She recalls, “The last class I did was on retail decoration sales. I showed the people in the class different things they can sell besides just balloons.

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While Tammy is definitely a busy woman with her retail store and partydecorating business, she still finds time for her husband and their three children. The Corzines have a boy and two girls, ages 5, 7, and 9, respectively. And, with a mom like Tammy, you can bet these kids have some great birthday parties thrown for them! WVL

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t is the mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Adams County “to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.” The club aims to accomplish its mission through focusing on its core beliefs and four smaller goals based on those beliefs. First, the Boys and Girls Club of Adams County endeavors to provide “a safe place to learn and to grow.” The club also works to “establish ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals,” to

present “life-enhancing programs and character development experiences,” and to offer “hope and opportunity.” Learning is a priority at the Boys and Girls Club. For instance, during the first hour of the day, children at the club must participate in Power Hour, where everything is strictly educational. Staff members and volunteer tutors are available to help with homework during Power Hour. The staff plan other educational activities for the first hour when club participants have no homework.

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And, this past summer, the Boys and Girls Club of Adams County joined in the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) reading program. To participate, each child set a personal goal for themselves, not only in reading, but also in a physical activity – i.e., completing a certain number of push-ups or sit-ups. This program is not competition-based, but individual-focused, with the main goal of bettering oneself. Children who attended all four sessions and completed the FOP program received

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a backpack stuffed with all the necessary school supplies for the new school year. This program is sponsored by the Adams County Community Foundation. Learning at the Boys and Girls Club extends beyond school books to personal values and character development, as well. Each month, club members review one trait from the “Attitude of Champions.” For example, club staff focused on the word “respect” in July. Children learned the meaning of the word, as well as how to recognize

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when someone is putting the word into practice. Afternoon’s R.O.C.K. (Recreation, Object lessons, Culture and values, and Knowledge) is a Boys and Girls Club program geared toward older children and teens. Emphasis is placed on a variety of techniques for youth ages 10 to 14 to say “no” to drugs, alcohol, and other pressures facing them. While education is a priority, the Boys and Girls Club also provides a variety of fun activities aimed at promoting creativity or physical fitness. At the Decatur club, a large games room offers free play in a series of activity stations. This room promotes more imagination playing. In the games room, children have created a very large LEGO® model of the City of Decatur. Specific landmarks are actually recognizable, as the children attempted to replicate buildings or sculptures around town. Every building is labeled for identification. To further encourage creativity, the Boys and Girls Club also offers an art room – a colorful place with numerous artistic displays. The children have their own art gallery, in which they can display any of their creations. The artwork is often on display at other locations in Decatur, as well. Physical activity is also promoted at the Boys and Girls Club. Kids may play ping pong in the game room. In the gymnasium, the gym director plans interactive games with the children. Most often, the kids are put into groups by age. During a game of kickball, when a child is “out,” they might have to spell a word in order to return to play in the game. If they miss the word, they can either try again later, or ask for a new word. This keeps the children engaged and adds an educational element. Summer break brings a new routine to the Boys and Girls Club. Along with the fun and educational activities, the club serves lunches during the summer. Between Decatur and Berne, the club serves around 1,800 meals a month, plus snacks. These

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onald and Donna Deschaine were lifelong residences of the beautiful state of Alaska, but Donna felt God leading them to relocate. She placed a large map on her kitchen table and said, “Ok, God, where do you want us to go?”

packed her bags, caught a plane to Fort Wayne, and drove down to Ossian.

Donna brought her hand down toward the map, index finger extended, and pointed at random to a spot in the lower fifty. Her finger landed on the state of Indiana and the small town of Ossian.

Although Donna liked the feel of Ossian and thought it was pleasant enough, she drove south a few more miles and came upon the courthouse in downtown Bluffton. She fell in love with the old Romanesque building immediately and decided to explore the city. After staying in Bluffton for a few weeks, she decided that this is where God wanted the pair to move.

Donald asked Donna if she knew anyone from Ossian. She answered, “No.” So, he suggested that she take a vacation to visit and spend some time in the community, just to see what it was like. Donna

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her new home, Donna was bored most of the time, until her husband kindly suggested that she find something to do. When an old building on West Market Street came up for sale, Donna decided to take a look at it. She really didn’t know what God wanted her to do with it, but when as she saw the mural of a castle on the back wall, and the spacious play area, she began to get a small notion. This would make a great place for entertaining families. And so, the idea was born for D’s Leisure Time. When you first walk into the shop, you find

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one has to have red frosting. But now, I can make everything blue if I want – just have a blue day.” Aside from being able to do as he pleases with the products, Tribolet also loves chatting with his customers. “I love the interaction with both the young and old people who come in. Many bring in recipes that they don’t have time for, and we make them.” Tribolet began honing his baking skills in his home economics class at Van Wert High School. He worked extensively with his teacher, Arlene Hurless, to help her prepare for class.

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The 1997 VWHS graduate also draws cooking skills from his family, which includes a long line of bakers. Tribolet describes his grandma on his mother’s side as being “an amazing baker.” His grandma on his dad’s side was a talented fudge-maker. “I remember sitting there for hours, watching them in the kitchen.” With this lineage, it’s no surprise that Tribolet quickly got into baking following high school. In fact, he already owned a home-based bakery back in 2001, when he started out by selling cupcakes and chocolates.

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“I had a lot of fondant and hours and hours of work,” he remembers. “At the same time, it was probably one of the most intriguing cakes I’ve ever worked on. It was for an important person in Pittsburg, so I didn’t want to screw it up. “Along with the huge cake, we had to make 500 mini cakes so all the wedding guests could take one home.” His mother’s 60th birthday cake turned out to be another challenge for Tribolet. He chose to decorate her cake and cupcakes with flowers because she is a botanist and nature lover. Travis’ mom comes in at night, sometimes, and bakes for his shop. One day last summer, Tribolet had a cake order to fill when the electricity went out, throwing a wrench into his plans. Amazingly, Tribolet was able to complete a 3-foot-tall, 4-tier cake during the outage. “We did all of the decorating by candle light,” he says. “Needless to say, it was a challenge.” Luckily, not everything that Tribolet does is as hectic or stressful. Most of his duties at Simply Irresistible involve serving Van Wert area customers with fresh cupcakes, doughnuts, candy, noodles and chocolates. The shop features a wide variety of chocolates, including chocolate-covered cherries, crickets, jalapeños, cherry tomatoes and maple bacon. As Tribolet says, “We’ll dip just about anything in chocolate, if we can find a way to.” He encourages customers to try something new. “You might not like something like a chocolate jalapeño, but you’ll never know, unless you try it.” Of course, it’s hard to turn down Tribolet’s cupcakes when they’re so reasonably priced in comparison to other bakeries. His typical cupcake price is $1.25. “I try to keep everything very cost-efficient – I’m not out to gouge people. I get a reward out of giving people what they want and can afford,” he says.

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the price of ONE adult admission with this coupon. Expires 09/30/13 Not valid during Heritage Festival

SWISS HERITAGE VILLAGE Berne, Indiana

www.swissheritage.org

ENGINE HOUSE QUILT SHOP

164 W. Main Street, Berne

FREE Fat Quarter

15% OFF

10% OFF

Not valid with any other coupon, discount or daily special

Offer good thru 9/30/13

TOTAL BILL

EXPIRES SEPT. 30, 2013

310 E. Monroe Street Decatur, IN

(260)728-2151

5 OFF

$

per Night at

HISTORIC SCHUG HOUSE INN 706 W. Main Street

any purchase

Karen’s Treasures 444 E. Main Street, Berne

(260)589-2002

$1.00 OFF Any Short or Long Beverage

1 coupon per visit

Berne, Indiana

Expires 09/30/13

with any $20 purchase when you present this coupon.

—with this coupon—

EXPIRES 09/30/13

EXPIRES 12/31/13

143 E. Jackson Monroe, IN


I N T R O D U C I N G

Dr. Lindsay

Hardley Coming Soon to a Surgical Suite Near You!

Adams Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce a second surgeon has been successfully recruited to join Dr. Anthony Nigliazzo in the practice of general surgery. Dr. Lindsay Hardley graduated from Manchester College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry. She graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida, in 2008. Dr. Hardley is completing her residency from Doctor’s Hospital in Ohio and will begin seeing patients at our hospital in September 2013. Dr. Hardley received the “Resident of the Year” award in 2010-11 from the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Her office will be located in the Adams Medical Complex located adjacent to the hospital. To schedule an appointment call 260-728-3982.

Exceptional Care! Close To You! 1100 Mercer Avenue Decatur, IN 260-724-2145 www.adamshospital.com


September 2013 Edition