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DECEMBER 19, 2013



An edition of THE NEWS SUN

Nothing stops Pfenning kids from enjoying life BY JAMES TEW

LIGONIER — By all appearances, Zachariah and Zebidiah Pfenning are normal, active boys. Zach, 8, and Zeb, 7, get wiggly when they have to sit still. They laugh and goof around with older sister Zoe, 9. And they run. But unlike other boys their age, running is a recent development for Zach and Zeb, made possible by running blades similar to the blades made famous by Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius. “They play soccer. They ran their first 5K,” said their mother, Lisa. “They can run and play in the neighborhood like all the other kids.” The family’s journey began when Lisa and her husband, Mark, decided to adopt a child after trying for nine years to have one biologically. “We prayed about it and after we prayed, we turned on the TV, and they were interviewing a family adopting from China,” Lisa said. They contacted Hand in Hand, an international adoption agency with an office in Albion, and, in 2005, picked up Zoe. The couple soon realized Zoe needed a sibling and began the process of adopting another child. They let Zoe pick from the children available for adoption, and she picked Zebidiah, who joined the family in 2007. Through a support group she was part of, Lisa learned that Zach had been on an adoption list for a long time and was in danger of being removed from the list. She and Zoe asked Mark if they could adopt Zach, and he was added to the family in 2008. Each boy had limb issues that have required surgeries since their adoption. Zeb was missing part of one foot and had to have part of the leg removed to fit

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The Pfenning family of Ligonier: front, from left, Zebidiah, 7, and Zachariah, 8; back, Lisa, Zoe, 9, and Mark. Zebidiah and Zachariah, who each were born with leg issues that required amputation, recently received running blades similar to those used by athletes. prosthetics. Zach had lipomyelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida, and also had both legs joined to one foot. Eventually one of Zach’s legs was amputated through the knee joint. The pediatric prosthetics available limited the boys’ activities, Lisa said. “The knees don’t quite work the way you want them to, so just the simple act of walking like everyone else can be a challenge,” she said. “They wanted to run and play soccer, and the prosthetics that they had — we were breaking knees on the soccer field, and they couldn’t keep up with the other kids.” “The legs were really heavy,

and the boys just couldn’t run,” Mark said. At a leg fitting, a person shadowing the boys’ prosthetist told the Pfennings about a nonprofit organization called Amputee Blade Runners. ABR, founded by prosthetist Aaron Fitzsimmons and paralympic gold medalist Ryan Fann, provides running blades to those who use prosthetics — about 15 to 20 a year, Fann said. “We found the website and got the application,” said Lisa. “I wrote the essay with the intent that they were going to do something for Zach, because he couldn’t run at all, and we’d ➤ Pfenning, Page 2

LIGONIER — For the past two years, and longer in some areas, many of the streets and sidewalks in Ligonier have been torn up or in a state of disrepair. But it was all for a good cause and now the city is starting to see the financial benefits of the major infrastructure project. The city should see a savings of almost $100,000 in the coming year, city officials said recently. Ligonier, like many other cities and towns across the United States, was under an order from the state and federal governments to separate their stormwater lines from their sewer lines. This was a costly mandate that for the most part was unfunded by the higher levels of government. Ligonier committed a large amount of resources, manpower and money to meeting this

mandate by digging up the existing sewer lines and converting them to stormwater lines, and a new sanitary sewer was installed. This means that rainwater will not go through the city’s sewer-treatment plant, resulting in a savings to the city. “We have seen a reduction of flow to the plant by an average of 106,000 gallons per day,” said Mark Schultz, superintendent of the wastewater treatment plant. “This is because groundwater that used to flow into the sewer line is now flowing directly to the (Elkhart) river.” The financial savings have been huge, Schultz said. Cost savings to the plant, based on the 106,000 gallons per day not being processed, is an annual saving of $92,469, Schultz said.

Enchanted Hills teen pleads to murder conspiracy WARSAW — An Indiana teenager has formally pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder under a plea agreement announced recently by authorities. Fifteen-year-old Paul Gingerich pleaded guilty Monday in Kosciusko Circuit Court to the same charge he pleaded guilty to three years ago, but then successfully appealed. Gingerich was one of three juveniles charged with killing 49-year-old Phillip Danner in April 2010 in a plot to run away to Arizona. The plea deal calls for a 30-year sentence with five years suspended, meaning Gingerich would remain under state supervision for 25 years. He could serve that time in a maximum-security facility if he gets in trouble, or in a group home, community corrections, on probation or parole if he’s well-behaved. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 3. The murder took place in Danner’s home in Enchanted Hills, a subdivision that straddles the Noble and Kosciusko county lines, between Syracuse and Cromwell. Residents there have a Cromwell address for mail delivery.

Volunteers honored for their giving BY BOB BUTTGEN

LIGONIER — People who make a world of difference in their own small part of the world were recognized for their volunteer efforts Thursday at the Noble County Community Foundation offices in Ligonier. Ten local citizens were presented with awards at the 18th annual Giver of Gifts recognition ceremony. Recipients ranged from a mother of nine to a cancer survivor and a pastor. About 40 people attended. “A volunteer is someone who freely offers to do something for others,” said Linda Yerick, executive director of the community foundation. “The people we are recognizing here today represent many nonprofit groups in Noble County. The success of your organizations

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is due to the dedication of these volunteers.” Those being honored each received a lapel pin and a fruit basket, as their accomplishments were summarized by representatives of the groups that nominated them. The 2013 Givers of Gifts awards were presented to these volunteers: • Barb Leamon of Cromwell, nominated by Avalon Village nursing home, Ligonier. Mrs. Leamon has logged more than 2,340 hours of volunteer service to Avalon Village in the last six years. “She genuinely loves and cares for the residents,” said Shannon Alexander in presenting the award. “They have come to depend on her being here and trust that she always has their interests at heart.” ➤ Volunteers, Page 2

West Noble boys basketball game at ’Busco has been postponed to Jan. 28.

Merry Christmas!

Bob Buttgen

Recipients who were on hand to receive their 2013 Givers of Gift awards from the Noble County Community Foundation on Dec. 5 included, in the front, Angie Roth and Brent Wedding; second row, Patty Benjamin, left, and LuReign Brown; third row, Judy Hass, left and Barb Leamon; top, Jeff Killian. Receiving the honor but unable to attend were Terry Dunbar, Kierre Childers and Margaret Menges.

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’Tis the season By my calculation, this newspaper has just one issue left, after this current one, in 2013. So it would not be out of line to do a short look-back at this past year, glancing at the good, the bad and the ugly. On the good side, your friendly editor has a lot to continue to be thankful for. My health has not deteriorated too much, yours truly has a beautiful wife and daughters, a good job and plenty of friends. I did, however, lose two of my dear friends this past year, and that came on the heels of losing a 40-year best friend back in my hometown in Iowa. But hey — some people lose a dozen friends a year. It’s a fact of life for us as we grow old. I’ll be 60 next year and there have been times, in the past, when I never, ever thought I would live this long. But living a good life in a small town has done a lot to extend my life expectancy. Sure, everyone wishes they had more money or better health, but for the most part, we have it pretty good here in northeast Indiana. I’ve lived in lots of places and have spent just about 25 percent of my life here, and that’s by my choice. I couldn’t imagine living in a big city or even a mid-sized metropolis such as Fort Wayne. Traffic, crime and personal safety are three reasons why I would never put my in those situations. This high crime THE BOB family rate in Fort Wayne has me a little worried. REPORT It’s not unrealistic to think that the criminal Bob Buttgen element that has made Fort Wayne a less-than desirable place to raise a family This column would creep up our way. is dedicated And no offense to Fort Wayne, but you to all those have to admit that the number of murders kids who are and shootings there is cause for worry. smart enough But I’m off the subject. to know that The past year has been pretty good for Santa Claus the most part and I pray that 2014 will be is a fictional character who even better. probably is of I want to thank my family, friends, Greek descent. co-workers and the West Noble community at large for allowing me to a part of this wonderful little corner of the earth. I hope I haven’t let you down too much in the past and will try to do better in the future. I’m taking some vacation time in the last two weeks of 2013 and will be on “limited” duty but will still be around — for the most part. Don’t hesitate to contact me as needed: 894-5441 or Take care, stay safe, do good work and count your blessings.

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Hallie Meade

PLYMOUTH — Robert L. Friesner, 75, passed away at 2:04 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka. The viewing was held Monday, December 16, 2013, at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Funeral services followed visitation at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial was be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. Memorial gifts may be made to the Marshall County Council on Aging, 1305 W. Harrison St., Plymouth, IN 46563, Online condolence may be sent to the family via www.johnson-danielson. com

LIGONIER — Hallie F. Meade, 85, of Ligonier died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He moved to this area in 1968, coming from Mr. Meade Verdonville, WVa. Mr. Meade retired from Sorg Products in Ligonier. He was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Wilsondale, W.Va., to Elisha and Mearl (Carter) Meade. He married Sarah Hester Tabor on Aug. 21, 1965, in Verdonville, W.Va. She survives in Ligonier. Also surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Arlie Mearl and Kevin Kraushaar of Wolcottville; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ray Meade of Whitman, W.Va. He was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother. Funeral services will be today, Thursday, at 11:30

John Brickey LIGONIER — John Brickey Sr., 57, of Ligonier died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Yeager Funeral Home in Ligonier.

a.m. in the Lighthouse Tabernacle, 65 E. Noe St., Kimmell, with Pastor Glen Patrick officiating. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier. Calling was Wednesday in the church, with an evening service at 6 p.m. Memorials are to the donor’s choice. Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www. youngfamilyfuneralhome. com.

Thomas McCullough LIGONIER — Thomas McCullough, age 80, passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013, at DeKalb Health in Auburn, Indiana. A funeral service will be held in Thomas’ honor on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Stone’s Hill Community Church, 151 Stone’s Hill Road, Ligonier, with Pastors Joey Nelson and Hubert Schmucker officiating. Burial will be in Merriam

Christian Cemetery in Merriam. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013, at the church. Memorials are to the American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1180-South, Indianapolis, IN, 46204. Yeager Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online video tribute, sign the guestbook, or send an online condolence to the family visit

Obituary Policy The Advance Leader does not charge for death notices that include notice of calling hours, date and time of funeral and burial, and memorial information. An extended obituary, which includes survivors, biographical information and a photo, is available for a charge. Contact editor Bob Buttgen for more information at: bbuttgen@

Pfenning continued from Page 1 blown through three knees in a year.” Lisa said she hadn’t applied for a blade for Zeb, because she didn’t think there was enough area on his leg for a blade, but ABR offered to provide a grant for blades — which cost more than $25,000 — for both boys. Zach and Zeb each received their blades this past spring. Zach and Zeb are the youngest persons to receive grants from ABR, Fann said. “It was a real blessing for them to

step in so the boys can run,” Lisa said. The Pfennings can apply for larger blades every two years as the boys grow, and they can adjust their blades in the meantime to fit, Lisa said. The distance they live from their prosthetist, who is in Indianapolis, has required the Pfennings to become proficient at maintaining and fixing prosthetic legs, and they haven’t shied away from working on the blades when needed. “They were a little surprised we

were so hands-on,” Lisa said. “When you have little boys, you learn to fix things.” In the meantime, the family is planning to add another child — Zephira, 4, whom they will get in about eight weeks. Zephira has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, but Lisa said Zeb and Zach’s medical issues have helped prepare the family for Zephira. “We know what can be done,” Lisa said.


Volunteers from Page 1 Others receiving the award were: • Judy Hass, nominated by Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. Hass is a longtime Noble County resident, past elected county office holder and a volunteer with many groups. In the past 10 years she has helped raise more than $64,000 for CSNI through a Beat Cancer 5K run and walk in Albion that she helped start and organizes each year. “Judy is one of CSNI’s most avid supporters and volunteers tirelessly; promotes and educates others about CSNI,” read part of her nomination letter. • Pastor Brent Wedding, nominated by Bread of Life Tabernacle Church. • Angie Roth of Topeka, nominated by LEAP of Noble County and New DAWN. • Terry Dunbar, also nominated by LEAP of Noble County. • LuReign Brown and Jeff Killian, nominated by the Kendallville Public Library. • Kierre Childers, nominated by the Noble County Community Foundation. • Margaret Menges, nominated by the Purdue Extension Office of Noble County. • Patty Benjamin, nominated by Noble House Ministries.

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Flores - Language Arts, Mrs. Edington. In the photo on the right are, in the back, Taylor Guzman - Math, Mrs. VanFleet; Kristina Teel - Math, Mr. Steele; and Emily Hile - Math, Mrs. Woods. In the front are Sarah Roque - Social Studies, Mr. Riegsecker; and Isaac Porter - Social Studies, Mrs. Hagen

The sixth-grade Students of the Month for November at West Noble Middle School have been named. In the photo above on the left are, Alejandra Munoz - Science, Mr. Emmert (front); in the back are Raul Varela - Science, Mrs. Younce; and Titus Allard - Language Arts, Mrs. Miller. Not pictured: Ricky

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Eric and Stacey (Christlieb) Lang of Ligonier will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary today. The couple were married Dec. 19, 2003, at Stone’s Hill Community Church. Mr. Lang is a youth sports coach and Mrs. Lang is a doctor of physical therapy at IU Goshen Hospital. They have two children, Chastin and Jacob. The Advance Leader publishes anniversary, wedding and engagement announcements at no charge. Send information by email to leader@, or check out our on-line service at, or call the editor at 894-5441.


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Cast announced for WN’s ‘Annie’ LIGONIER — Students of all ages have been cast in the leading roles for “Annie,� the musical being presented next year by West Noble High School’s Theatre33. Performances are Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 on the high school stage. “Annie� based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie� includes a cast of 23 high school students, 13 middle and elementary students, as well as dozens of crew and orchestra members. Hannah Harper, a student from the middle school, will portray the title character, Annie. West Noble High School senior Skylar Denman will play Oliver “Daddy� Warbucks, the millionaire who adopts Annie. Theatre33 also welcomes Justin Lortie to the Theatre33 directing team. Lortie has extensive music experience while

as a student at Central Noble High School and IPFW. West Noble senior Sarah Buttgen is the stage manager. Directors are Amy Dreibelbis, Cliff Schwartz and Lortie. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. There is general seating and the box office opens one hour before the show.

ANNIE Cast List (In order of apperance) Molly ‌ Lucy Gensch Annie ‌ Hannah Harper Pepper ‌ Madeline Plank Duffy ‌ Stephanie Mendoza July ‌ Lydia Lowe Tessie ‌ Erin Shoemaker Kate ‌ Shuli Sheeley Additional Orphans: Payton Eash, Jocelyn Flores, Daniela Gomez-Mille, Misty Hernandez, Thalia Parson and Emma Wilkins. Miss Hannigan ‌ Amber


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Last month, Avalon Village Health Care and nursing home in Ligonier held a “Fill the Bus� food drive to collect nonperishable food and distribute it between three area pantries in Ligonier, Rome City and Albion. Avalon Village dietary manager Shannon Alexander is shown with food delivered to the food pantries, including the West Noble Food Pantry.

Noble County Sheriff’s Department deputy Jason Koontz walks with a full cart of items with Jessica, 11, of Kendallville during the annual Noble County Shop with a Cop event at the Kendallville Walmart on a recent Tuesday night. Officers from every Noble County police agency took 22 children, including some from the West Noble area, on the shopping trip.

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It is the Christmas season again and we cannot escape it. I tolerate with pain sometimes the agony of Black Friday and observe as people are impatiently wanting to toss Thanksgiving aside, so they can get to what December is all about. I have managed to survive the changes in my own life from being a child fascinated with getting things to a father and grandfather who is anxious to pass on the real message of the season which is the fact that God became a tiny baby in a manger in order to spend about 33 or so years walking and living among his own creation. My childhood years consisted of the ritual of putting up the Christmas tree, putting on the lights first which were often hooked in series meaning we had to test each bulb to

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Kathy Davis, Human Resource Manager at Guardian Industries in Ligonier, stopped by West Noble Primary School last week to drop off a $1,000 check in support of the school’s walking program. Davis presented the check to West Noble Primary’s nurse, Denise Hershman, and walking program coordinator, Sharon Rohrer. Those two women, as well as Deb Yoder, are the driving forces that keep the program moving, said principal Brian Shepherd, shown on the left with Hershman, center, and Davis. The funds will be used to continue to fund West Noble Primary’s growing healthy and walking programs. “The staff and students at West Noble Primary wish to express their gratitude to Kathy Davis and all of Guardian for their continued support of our school,” Shepherd said.

CROMWELL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Corner of Orange and Water streets. Rev. Dave Boesenberg. Worship 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:15 a.m. INDIAN VILLAGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2-1/2 miles south of Cromwell on S.R. 5. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Fellowship Coffee Time - After Worship Service Pastor Rachel Bales-Case, 856-5553 ROCK CHURCH LIFE ENRICHMENT CENTER Interdenominational 9564 E 1050 N Turkey Creek Rd., Lake Wawasee Sunday Celebration Service 10 a.m. Candlelight Meditation 1st Sunday 6:32 p.m. Information on classes, Call 260-856-4003/856-2002 THE RED ZONE 9358 E. Wizard of Oz Way (Enchanted Hills Playhouse) Web site:; Phone 260-856-2914 Worship Service: Saturday Nights 7 p.m. Worship Service: Sunday Mornings 10 a.m.

KIMMELL BROADWAY CHRISTIAN CHURCH 900 W, Kimmell; Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday Eve. Service 7 p.m. Rev. Richard Rensner KIMMELL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2861 N. Hitler St., Kimmell, 894-0649 Rev. Rachel Bales-Case. Sunday Worship 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:15 a.m., Bible Zone Kids Club Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Handicap Accessible SPARTA UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST (Old Congregational) U.S. 33 South of Kimmell. Sunday School 9 a.m., Coffee Hour 10 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Rev. Wray McCalester, 636-7005.

LIGONIER APOSTOLIC FAITH CHURCH OF GOD 317 Pigeon Rd Wednesday 7 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Sunday School 10 a.m.; Sunday Eve. 6:30 p.m. Rev. Joseph Lee Brickey. 894-4711.

• Jacob Cauhorn of Warsaw is a St. Francis University graduate, and currently a Social Studies teacher at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw. • Samuel Tipton of Auburn is a Ball State University graduate, and currently as a fifth grade teacher at J.E. Ober Elementary School in Garrett. • Tiffany Hass of LaOtto

Ligonier cancels board, council meetings LIGONIER — Due to the Christmas holiday, the City of Ligonier has canceled two meetings for the coming week: • Regular meeting of the City Council set for Monday, December 23. • Regular meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety (BOW) set for Wednesday, December 25.

The West Noble band and choir concerts postponed on Monday will be performed tonight, Thursday, at the high school, 7 p.m.

Church Directory CALVARY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 111 W. Orange St., Cromwell. 260-856-2610. Sunday School 8:45 a.m., Worship 9:30 a.m. Sister Elsie Fregeau, Interim Pastor Visitors Welcome!

night. Always left him hot chocolate and a couple of cookies. Of course we were up early and the excitement continued throughout most of the day. As new generations ascend to leadership positions things change, and that’s OK. John the Baptist in prison sent his disciples to Jesus to ask if he was the one we were to look for, or should we look for another. It was not so much a glitch in John’s faith as it was that he did not understand Jesus’ ministry. He was also looking for a King who would lead an uprising to upset Rome and ascend to the throne of David. John had to know that his mission had been properly fulfilled or not. You see, with all of the talk of hope, peace, and joy, there are many who have lost spouses, children, and

many other tragedies bring sad, lonesome, and painful feelings and memories. It’s like the poet said … “there is no peace on earth I said …” Jesus sent them back to tell John, the sick are healed, the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news preached to them. He is redirecting John’s attention to the spiritual emphasis, to the God part of what is going on. Perhaps redirecting our attention to the spiritual reason for our celebration can help us to restore our hidden hope, peace and joy that we sing about in our Christmas carols. Rev. Lutton is senior pastor at the Ligonier Church of the Nazarene. He can be reached by email at

NCCF announces loan repayment award winners ALBION — Olive B. Cole Foundation Loan Repayment Award winners were announced Wednesday. Eligibility criteria for the awards included being a recent college graduate working in northeast Indiana. The following will receive $3,000 toward payment of their student loans incurred while attending college:


see which one was burned out. Hanging the decorations was directed by mom because many of FROM THE the nicer WINDOW ones came their OF MY from first two or STUDY three years of marriage, and often given to Rev. John Lutton them by certain people, and she told us about each of them, but I still can’t remember any of it. Always a big dinner on Christmas Eve with our paternal grandparents and can only open one gift afterward. Stockings were hung in front of the fireplace for each of us three kids for Santa to fill that

BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH OF LIGONIER 204 W. Sixth St. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. BURR OAK CHURCH 11010 West 1100 North, Ligonier, 260-642-4813 Sunday School 9 a.m., Church 10 a.m. CENTRO EVANGELISTIC EBENEEZER Rev. Pedro Tomao and Rev. Lois Tomayo 1998 U.S. 6 West, Ligonier, 260-241-5054 Services held on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Thursday at 6 p.m.; 260-894-7768 LIGONIER CHURCH OF CHRIST Corner of 9025 N and 860 W, 260-894-4847 Sunday Bible school 9:30 a.m., Eve. Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday Bible study & youth program 6 p.m. LIGONIER CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE College and Martin streets, 260-894-3277 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wed., Bible study 7 p.m Rev. John V. Lutton, Pastor LIGONIER EVANGELICAL CHURCH U.S. 33 South, 260-894-4853 Sunday School 9 a.m., Morning Worship 10 a.m., Small Groups 6 p.m., Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7 p.m., Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Rev. Troy Diersing LIGONIER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 407 S. Cavin St. Rev. Stan Wilson Sunday Worship, 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sanctuary is open for prayer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; 260-894-3869 or 894-3800 LIGONIER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 466 S. Townline Road, 894-3765. Pastor Byron Kaiser Youth Leader Cody Cripe Secretary Carrie Hartman Office Hours, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon., - Fri Traditional Worship at the Mount 9 a.m., Sunday School at the Mount 10 a.m., Contemporary Worship at the Crosswalk 10:30 a.m. ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 300 Ravine Park Dr. (Turn west at Marathon Station) Church Office: Monday-Friday 9-3, 260-894-4946 Mass times: Saturday 6:30 p.m. - in English, Sunday 10:15 a.m. - in English, Misa Para Domingo a las 12:30 p.m. y 2 p.m. - En Espanol, Confessions after Mass. Father Wilson Corzo

is a Purdue University graduate, and currently a registered veterinary technician at Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic in Fort Wayne. • Brooke Winebrenner of Wawaka is a Purdue University graduate, and currently a middle school science teacher at Central Noble Middle School in Albion. If they continue working in northeast Indiana, the award recipients will receive

$3,000 each year for four years for a total of $12,000, according to Margarita White of the Noble County Community Foundation. The foundation is administering the awards. All applicants for the competitive award were recent college graduates who were Cole Foundation scholarship winners while pursuing their degrees, working in northeast Indiana.

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SHILO BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Jim Shepherd 709 N. Johnson St., Ligonier. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Services held on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 6 p.m., Wednesday Bible study at 4:30 p.m. 260-221-0003 STONE’S HILL COMMUNITY CHURCH U.S. 33, South, Ligonier, 894-7528 Sunday Worship 10 a.m. (Jr. Church and Nursery available at both worship times), Celebrate Recovery meets at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, Cornerstone Cafe’ Sunday 9:15 a.m., Wednesday Children’s Ministry 6:30 p.m., Youth Cafe and Game Room open at 6 p.m., Wednesday Youth Ministry 7 p.m., Wednesday Parent Ministry 6:30 p.m., Pastor Joey Nelson STRONG TOWER WORSHIP CENTER 203 S. Main St., 260-221-3063 Service Time: 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Youth Service: Wednesday, 6 p.m. TEMPLO BETEL Asamieas de Dios 502 Diamond Lake Road, 260-894-7674 Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Sunday Eve Worship 6:30 p.m. TRINITY ASSEMBLY OF GOD 1288 W. Union, 260-894-4665 Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Champions for Christ Kids, 6:15 p.m. Game room opens at 5:30 p.m. Pastor Cory Kirkham TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH L.C.M.S. Fourth and Martin streets, 260-894-3667 Sunday Worship 9 a.m., Sunday School and Bible class 10:15 a.m.

TOPEKA FIRST BAPTIST 104 North Main Street. 260-593-2111 or 260-350-2740. Church School 9 a.m., Morning Worship 10 a.m. Rev. Mark Campbell, Pastor.

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WAWAKA WAWAKA CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 9 a.m. WAWAKA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Morning Worship 9:30 a.m.

OTHERS BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH S.R. 9 South, Albion Fr. Joachim (Jim) Quadros, Pastor Masses: Saturday 4:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., Monday & Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 7:30 a.m. CLINTON BRICK MENNONITE CHURCH 4 miles north of Millersburg on S.R. 13 Sunday School 9 a.m., Morning Worship 10 a.m. Ron Kennel, Pastor COSPERVILLE BAPTIST 8851 N 250 W (between Wawaka and Rome City), 761-2321. Jim Barnes, pastor. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday Worship & Youth Group 7 p.m. MILLERSBURG CHURCH OF CHRIST 11851 C.R. 44, Millersburg Sunday Bible School 9 a.m.,Sunday Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. ORMAS BAPTIST 8962 N 300 W, Columbia City, 260-760-4678 Pastor Dr. Gordan Rankin Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Evening Service 6 p.m., Wednesday Prayer 7 p.m. RICHVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. Pastor Carol Knox SALEM COMMUNITY MISSIONARY C.R. 325 S (1/4 mile southeast of Wilmot). Pastor John T. Morgan. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Prayer 7 p.m.

MAPLE GROVE CHURCH Non-denominational; Pastor Barry St. Clair. Sunday worship 10 a.m. Sunday School 9 a.m. 806 S. Main St., Topeka. 260-593-2844.

Attention Ministers: Please send corrections, additions or changes for this listing to: The Advance Leader, P.O. Box 30, Ligonier, IN 46767; e-mail:; fax: 894-3102 This church directory is sponsored by the following business establishments of the community and The Advance Leader.






5th Grade All A’s Allison Baker Lauren Baker Angela Caldwell Jose Cervantes Kacee Click Alexa Dela Fuente Victoria Franklin Carl Hagerman Aaliyah Iden Lillian Mast Olivia McDonald Cheryl Miller Nichelle Phares Karla Ramirez Zulia Reyes Rodriguez Megan Saggars Amillia Schlemmer Shuli Sheeley Erin Shoemaker Julie Troyer

6th Grade All A’s Isaac Black Kiara Campos Ricardo Flores JoLisa Fry Cassandra Gebert Hannah Godfrey Hannah Harper Tressa Hodge Logan Jacobs Brogan Jones Andrew Keck Joel Marin Nathan Mast Kyle Mawhorter Dan Moreno

Leslie Ortega Brandon Pruitt Ricky Reyes Sarah Roque Nicholas Sanger Thomas Sheeley Christopher Strombeck Kristina Teel Shayne Tierney Bergen Tom Emma Wilkins

7th Grade All A’s Kasie Aguilar Owen Bagwell Angel Calvo Gissel Campos Johan Munoz Megan Godfrey Maria Guajardo Vazquez Natalie Halferty Jaden Hanna Sky Jacobs Kourtnie Jones Kirstin Knox Riley Kruger Britney Kuemmel Lydia Lowe Drew Miller Tara Miller Dorafelia Pena Madison Schermerhorn Amelia Shull Helen Silva Ryan Stamper Chase Stoner Madison Storms Richard Stump Andrew Tom Anzueto Kaitlyn VanVorst

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West Noble Middle School Honor Roll 8th Grade All A’s Zach Brown Katelyn Cox Omar Flores Zarelia Guzman Ramirez Maria Herrera Cassidy Hicks Maggie Holle Shelby Miller Vernon Miller Draven Rasler Dustin Richards Regina Schwartz Abbegayle Stoner Faith Wilson Brianna Yankey

5th Grade All A’s and B’s Adam Abad Karen Alfaro Jennifer Angel Kara Barnes Angelica Barrera Raegen Beaver

Heather Beers Jordan Bonilla Nicaliss Bontrager Shae Burt Javier Cadena Sammantha Carrizales Riley Champion Citlalic Covarrubias Christopher De Luna-Serrato Jacquelin Delgado Jonathan Drew Noe Estrada Isaac Flora Brian Flores Kohlten French Chasity Fulford Jackson Gibbons Parker Gilbert Triston Gomez Angel Guzman Lopez Jordyn Hagerman Donavin Heine Skyla Hernandez Jevin Holst Kyrie Hurley America Ibanez Jeramyah James Rebecca Kathary Bailey Kilgore

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Beatriz Landeros Alexis Leamon Santiago Lopez Kierston Lord-Miller Alejandro Marmolejo Logan Martinez-Smith Jose Mata Jacqueline Mayorga Stefanie Medina Sean Miller Waneta Miller Ubaldo Moreno Arely Najera Jaqueline Najera Johnathon Nicodemus Lindsay Peoples Farrah Pratt Jada Reffitt Axel Rodriguez-Guzman Landon Roy Briana Salas Efrain Salas Jordan Schlemmer Alexa Schrock Alissa Smith Alondra Sosa Xavier Stevens Lillian Stoops Jaden Turner Mason Vitalone Megan Wallen Olivia Yates Kari P Yoder Miguel Zamarripa

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WN girls basketball team defeats ’Busco at home BY BOB BUTTGEN LIGONIER — If a basketball team wants to win, it helps if it holds their opponent scoreless in the first four minutes of the game as the West Noble girls discovered Friday night. The Chargers recorded a conference win over Churubusco by a 65-51 score in the West Noble gym. While Churubusco scored 39 points in the final two quarters, the Lady Eagles put only 12 points on the board in the first two quarters. West Noble, meanwhile, jumped off to an 11-0 start and never had to look back despite the second-half

surge by ‘Busco. With the win, West Noble moved to 4-1 in the NECC and 6-3 overall. Churubusco dropped to 1-3 in the conference and 4-6 on the season. Eight different girls scored for West Noble, with Kelsie Peterson, again, leading the way with 16 points. Paige Shearer, a sophomore and starter for the Chargers, added 13 points. Montana Martin led the Lady Eagles with 14 points while Alyssa Anderson had 12. In that opening run for West Noble, Peterson knocked down three field goals and a pair of free throws, while Shearer hit a pair of three-pointers in the

first period. West Noble led 19-5 after the first quarter and enjoyed a hefty 31-12 lead at intermission. Churubusco, however, came alive in the second half, hitting on five three-pointers and making 19 points in the third quarter and 20 more in the fourth. But the Chargers kept pace, hitting for 18 points in the third and 16 in the final eight minutes. Other scorers for West Noble included Lexi Shepherd 8; Kaylie Warble 7; Shawna Young 5; Becca Schermerhorn 6; Kenzie Cox 6; and Taylor Fisher 4. Missed free throws were the Chargers’ weakest point as they missed more than made, going 13 of 29 from

the charity stripe. West Noble returns to action today (Thursday), traveling to Whitko for a nonconference game, weather permitting.

West Noble’s Becca Schermerhorn drives to the basket during the Chargers’ win over Churbusco Friday night in the West Noble gym.

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WNMS Honor Roll continued from Page 5 (Sixth Grade, continued) Hunter Saggars Ryan O. Schwartz Mark Silva Raven Slone Paige Stanley Juliana Torres Shakira Vail Raul Varela Guzman Bryan Wallace Bryce Ward Michael Weaver Jacqueline White Zachary Wigent Kyla Worrell Abbie Wright

7th Grade All A’s and B’s Rowyn Adair Jewel Allard Alexis Baker Lauren Barnes Ty Barnes

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The Advance Leader is the weekly newspaper serving Ligonier and the surrounding western Noble County area in northeast Indiana.