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Christmas events set for Ligonier, Cromwell Santa to be in Ligonier Saturday; at Cromwell library on Dec. 14 LIGONIER — Santa Claus and other Christmas-time visitors will be seen throughout the West Noble area in the coming weeks. First up, on Saturday morning the Ligonier Fire Department and the city’s Chamber of Commerce will present “Breakfast with Santa� at the fire station in Ligonier. Serving hours for breakfast of pancakes and sausage will be 7-11 a.m. Santa will be on hand from 9-11 a.m., and all area children are invited to visit and receive a gift bag from the chamber. Donations will be accepted for

breakfast with all funds going to to the fire department’s adopted families for the holidays. In Cromwell, the town’s community Christmas tree will be lit up Friday night between the post office and Lake City Bank with festivities beginning at about 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Cromwell library, also known as the Smith Opera House. The fun will move outside at about 7 p.m., weather permitting, for the tree lighting. There will be a community singing event, hot drinks and other activities.

House lighting contest The Ligonier Chamber of Commerce is having its annual home-lighting contest for the holiday season. All residents in the 46767 Zip code are invited to enter. Judging will be done on

Wanted: People to make windshields BY BOB BUTTGEN

LIGONIER — They can’t build autos, trucks and sport-utililty vehicles without using windshields, and no one knows that better than the 460 employees at the Guardian Industries factory just west of Ligonier on U.S. 6. Guardian is believed to be Ligonier’s second-largest employer. The sprawling plant produces tens of thousands of pieces of custom glass each year for a variety of manufacturers, including General Motors, BMW and Volkswagen. Business is so good these days that the company, which has been in Ligonier for nearly 20 years, is in need of bodies to fill job openings, according to Kathy Davis, human relations manager for the Ligonier factory. “We currently employ roughly 360 full-time employees, five part-time employees and more than 100 temporary employees, many of whom will be offered full-time employment at the end of their contracts,� said Davis. “We currently have around 60 full-time production and maintenance positions available,� she added. The company is looking for skilled workers with experience in manufacturing maintenance and automation technology. “While on-the-job experience is preferred, it is not required, as we provide a week-long orientation process and are developing a comprehensive training program for all new hires,� she said. Guardian runs four 12-hour shifts at its Ligonier facility and has openings on all shifts.

Those workers stay busy making not just windshields, but side windows and other pieces of specialized glass for their customers. Products made in Ligonier are shipped across the world to fill orders. New changes in technology helped increase the demand for Guardian’s products. Windshields produced in Ligonier are much more sophisticated than they were just a couple of decades ago. These new “smart� windshields can sense rain and light and automatically turn on and adjust wipers and headlights, allowing the driver to keep eyes where they belong — on the road. Another new feature — solar management — focuses on handling the sun’s rays that beat down on a windshield. Guardian has developed silver guard infrared reflective solar control glass that reflects the sun’s heat while also adding tinting to the window. This allows for a cooler car or SUV, better fuel economy and lower emissions, according to Guardian officials. Last year the company expanded its physical presence in Ligonier, building a 30,000-square-foot addition on its west side. The addition helped the company secure new customers. Davis said anyone interested in applying for job has several options. Interested applicants can apply online at ligonierjobs. or can fill out a hard-copy application in the lobby of the Ligonier factory. People can also apply through local temporary agencies.

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Guardian Automotive expanded its factory in Ligonier last year, adding 30,000 square feet of production space to the plant on U.S. 6 on the city’s west side.

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Toy collection at high school The West Noble High School student council will be taking donations for the Noble County Miracle Tree on Saturday, before and during the West Noble boys basketball game against. Wawasee. Student Council members will be taking both new, unwrapped toys as well monetary donations to go towards purchasing new toys to be donated to Noble County Miracle Tree.

Christmas in the Village Also in Cromwell, the second annual craft and antique show, “Christmas in the

Village� will be held on the second floor of the Cromwell library on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15. In addition, vendors will also be at the Cromwell Community Center on Baker Street. Food concessions will be available at both locations. The show features crafts of local artisans, antiques, re-purposed items and good things to eat. Dec. 14 hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while Dec. 15 hours are noon to 3 p.m. Children can visit Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library on Saturday, Dec. 14. A shuttle is scheduled to be available between locations, from the library to the community center. The day’s events are sponsored by the Noble County Public Library West and the Cromwell-Kimmell Lions Club.

A second chance at life Ligonier minister donating a kidney to her son BY BOB BUTTGEN

LIGONIER — It was 30 years ago that Candice Kaiser gave birth to her son, Brad. Now, the Rev. Candy Kaiser of Ligonier is going into a hospital a second time in order to help give her son a life-changing and possibly life-saving gift. Friday, Kaiser and Brad Robinson will enter the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis for a mother-son kidney transplant. Robinson will be on the receiving end of the operation, as his mom has gone through all of the exhaustive and complex tests necessary to make her a kidney donor. While her decision to donate one of her two kidneys to her son was not done lightly, it wasn’t a hard choice to make, she said. “There was never a question in my mind that I would go through the process of being screened to be a donor, after hearing the doctors describe the serious nature of his condition and how much better his prognosis would be with a live donor,� she said. “Without a live donor, we were told he would likely wait four to five years on the transplant list for a kidney. He was already on dialysis, so time was a critical factor,� she added.

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Brad Robinson and his mother, Rev. Candice Kaiser from Ligonier United Methodist Church, will check into the IU Medical Center Friday morning for a kidney transplant. The mother is donating one of her healthy kidneys to her son. while going through treatment and getting listed for transplant.�

Childhood condition

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Robinson and his parents have known since he was a child that he might end up being a candidate for a kidney transplant. “My kidneys failed when I was 4 years old, and I had hemolitic uremic syndrome (HUS) from an eColi infection,� he said. “I was in the hospital for five weeks and recovered. I always knew at some point I’d be revisiting the problem, I guess I just thought I had a few more years.� Robinson was living in Seattle when his condition took a turn for the worse, less than a year ago. Doctors in Seattle didn’t waste much time in admitting him to the hospital for tests. “About a month before I was admitted to the hospital, I started noticing small changes,� he recalled. “There was a lot of change happening in my life, so I chalked it all up to stress. I was working three jobs, had an internship, and had just moved into a new living arrangement. “I was tired all the time, got nauseous almost every night, and was constantly tense. When my vision became affected, I knew for sure there was something really wrong. When I was diagnosed, I moved back to Indiana (where he grew up) to stay with family

Through it all, faith guided Robinson and Kaiser, along her husband and Brad’s stepfather, the Rev. Byron Kaiser of Ligonier United Methodist Church, through the processes that has led up to Friday’s operation. “My faith is a factor in every decision I make,� Candy Kaiser said, “and this one is no different. My faith tells me that God wants me to do what I can to help others. I believe that both of my sons are gifts from God, and were given to me to care for. “Now that they are adults, they don’t require the care they did when they were young, of course. But, now one of my sons is in need of a kidney, and I am blessed with two healthy ones. With all of this in mind, the decision was made prayerfully, but it was an easy decision.� The screening process for her to become a donor took months. First there was a phone interview, then blood tests. After that came more lab tests, an EKG, mammogram, cardiac stress test, chest X-ray and a complete physical exam for the potential donor. After all of those cleared, Kaiser went to Indianapolis for a CT scan of her kidneys, as well as evaluations by a nephrologist and a transplant

psychologist. Both Robinson and Kaiser know they were lucky to be matched, but that’s not uncommon between a parent and child. Many people have to wait years to find a suitable donor.

Many tried to be donors Robinson said many people stepped up to be tested as possible donors for him, and that was more cause for reflection. “I am very lucky to be getting this operation,� he said. “I can’t put into words what it feels like to know you have so much support, and to have it coming from family is really special. It has only been seven months since I was admitted to UW Hospital in Seattle. “Many of the dialysis patients I’ve gotten to know during that time have been doing their treatment for eight or more years, and many of them have been rejected as candidates and will never receive a transplant. Knowing how long just these seven months have felt, I cannot imagine being in their situation. It breaks my heart,� he said. His mother’s surgery will be longer than her son’s. She is expected to be in the operating room for five to six hours. Her son will be in the operating room next to hers, with another team of


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West Noble wrestling news LIGONIER — The West Noble High School wrestling team had a real taste of action Saturday, competing in the Wawasee Super Duals in Syracuse against some pretty tough opponents. The Chargers won two out of five matches on the day, while losing one by just seven points. Scores on the day were: • Whitko 42, West Noble 35 • West Noble 52, F.W. South Side 21 • Columbia City 63, West Noble 12 • West Noble 56, Wawasee 18 • Tippy Valley 48, West Noble 24 Individual results were: 106-Cameron Francis 4-1, 120-Alex DeLuna 3-2, 132-Taylor Grim 0-1, 138-Chandler Hyndman 4-1, 145-Julio Garcia 0-4,Gabe Macias 0-1, 152-Tyler Griffith 2-2, Uriel Macias 0-1, 160-Keaton Taylor 4-1, 170-Caleb Alexander 1-4, 182- Jonathan Hernandez 2-2, Arnol Ortiz 1-0, 195-Oscar Reyes 4-1, 220-Cameron Meyers 1-3, HWT- Jesse Newman 4-1 JV- Brady Mcnamera 3-0, Uriel Macias 1-0, Gabe Macias 1-0 “We had some kids wrestle really well,” said West Noble coach Tom Marsh.


The Chargers bumped Oscar Reyes up to wrestle a highly ranked semi-state opponent at 220 from South Side, and he lost a close match. Cameron Francis came out this year for the first time in high school and won four matches and two of them were by pin, Marsh noted. Chandler Hyndman also won four matches losing to wrestler from Tippy Valley last match of the day. “Chandler is working very hard right now and we are looking for big things in the tournament from him. Keaton Taylor was also won four with his only lose to Columbia City kid in a very physical match,” Marsh added. “Keaton (Taylor) has put some off-season training time before the season and it will pay off as the season goes on.” Jesse Newman won four bouts at heavyweight, with his only loss to Columbia City heavyweight. “Jesse will surprise some kids with how well he is on his feet,” his coach said. “He was a starter on the defensive line and coming into the season with some confidence.” Marsh also praised Alex DeLuna and Tyler Griffith for their performances. West Noble will be at Lakeland Saturday for the NECC Super Duals.

Kidney donor from Page 1 doctors and nurses waiting for her kidney. Kaiser is expected to be in the hospital for two to four days, while Robinson will stay for at least seven days. The impact of a successful operation will be instant for Robinson, as his new kidney will start working immediately and he can end dialysis. He knows there will be lifestyle changes, but they are nothing he can’t handle, he said. Both of the patients said the experience has helped raise their awareness of the need for organ donors. “I am definitely coming out of this experience as an advocate for live organ donation,” Kaiser said. “The recipient’s life expectancy and the expected time that the organ will last improve significantly with a live donor.” Robinson admitted he was hesitant to be interviewed for this article. “But if this can encourage people to give a second thought to being an organ donor, it’ll be worth it,” he said. “You cannot even measure the increase in quality of life for the recipient. It’s a literal second chance at life.”

OBITUARIES She was a 1942 graduate of Columbia City High School. Mrs. Parkison was a member of VFW Post 4717 in Wolf Lake and was the first president of the auxiliary for four years. She was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Whitley County to Ratio and Callie (Hertsel) Smith. She married John Parkison on July 21, 1951. He died March 8, 1999. Surviving is a sister, Eloise Juillerat of Avilla, and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Lois Blanchard, and a brother, Lester Smith.

Orpha Parkison WOLF LAKE — Orpha L. Parkison, 88, of Albion and formerly of Wolf Lake, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Northridge Village Nursing and RehabilMrs. itation in Parkison Albion where she had been a resident since October. Mrs. Parkison was a homemaker. She had been employed at General Electric during World War II.

LIGONIER — The Ligonier Parks & Recreation Department held its annual “Turkey Shoot,” a free-throw contest, on Nov. 23. Here are the results. Itty Bitty Boys 1. Crew Pearson / Joseph Spencer 2. Aliviah Bishop / Joseph Spencer Itty Bitty Girls 1. Kirstyn Huff / Trent Hershberger 2. Malyk / Audrey Duncan 3. Aiden Henderson / Brian Hite

Pee Wee Boys 1. Brayden / Brad Knepper 2. Nolan / Jesse Kelly 3. Koby Martinez / Jason Sprague Pee Wee Girls 1. Evelyn / Wayne Christlieb 2. Kate Gensch / Sarah Strouse Primary Boys 1. Adam / Josh Nelson 2. Andrew / Joe Saggars 3. Nevin / Pete Phares Primary Girls 1. Jada / Josh Nelson 2. Lucy / Gary Gensch

Heintzelman family offers thanks for help with fundraiser To the editor, The Sparta Township Fire Dept. conducted a fundraiser at the fire station in Cromwell on Nov. 16 for 34-year fire veteran Jim Heintzelman. We are so thankful for all who attended the fundraiser and showed their support. There was great food, a silent auction and good fellowship with friends. So many people put hours of time into making this fundraiser great. We would also like to thank those who were involved in organizing the benefit and those who donated time or goods for the auction and dinner. We would like to thank everyone for all your thoughtfulness, prayers and support throughout Jim’s illness. It has been a long


and winding journey. Your outstanding concern has been very comforting and appreciated. We appreciate all you have done for us. Thank you Sparta Twp. Fire Dept., Union Products International, Larry and Barb Wilkinson, Campbell’s Garage, Strong Tower Worship Center, Ligonier Radio Shack, Ligonier Ace Hardware, Napa Auto Parts, Foster’s Garage, Shepherd’s Shirt Shack, Farmer’s Cafe, WN Elementary Cafe, Glen Steele, Jenny Balbaugh-Oragami Owl, Sharon Rohrer, Susan Johnson-Lia Sophia, CVS, Steve Kelly, Champion Homes, Owen’s Ligonier, Cindy Hippensteel, Ligonier Superwash, Solomon Mier Bed and Breakfast. Also, Fashion Farm, Jim Hossler, Auto Zone Ligonier, Ferrellgas, Martha Hedges, Donna Risser, Pauline and Nancy Hursey, Tire Star, Annie Oakley,

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3. Giselle / Miguel Pablo Junior Boys 1. Chastin / Eric Lang 2. Bailey / Chad Kilgore Junior Girls 1. Jenna / Joe Hutsell 2. Taytlynn Forrer / Josh Nelson 3. Lily / Jody Nelson Consolation drawing turkey winner: Kevin Carothers Sponsors: Owen’s Supermarket, Fashion Farm, Tenneco Automotive, G & S Products, DePews and Burnworth Zollars.

Burnworth Zollars, Ligonier Rec Center, Armoured Fitness, Stech Family, Deanna Rupert, Walmart, Drew Halsey, Suzie Bohde, Joe Leamon, Silpada-Janet Hutsell, and anyone we may have missed. God has certainly bless us with a loving family, friends, and a loving community. Our heartfelt “thanks” to each and every one. God bless! Jim and Fran Heintzelman and family

Charger fan appreciates help from basketball team To the editor: Dear West Noble Charger Boys Basketball team: There was a whole lot of Charger Spirit recently as the West Noble Charger boys basketball team gave back to the community. I was one of the very honored, surprised and happy recipients of this Charger spirit. The boys,

Sign-ups end Dec. 9 for Rec Center basketball league LIGONIER — Basketball registration for boys and girls in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will end on Dec. 9 at the Ligonier Sports and Recreation Center. Games will be played on Saturday mornings beginning January 11, 2014. The cost to register is $25. Coaches are needed. For more information, call the center at 894-7344.

fathers and coaches divided into groups and worked on various outside jobs that I had. Tim Schermerhorn (one of the organizers) dispatched various work crews as my flower beds were cleaned, planted, and mulched, shrubs cut, fence removed, and fertilizer was spread. It was so exciting watching them having fun at work. I really truly appreciated all that you did for me. Wow! What a lot of work that was done in such a short time. A huge thank you goes to all the boys, their fathers, the coaches, coach Best and coach Hunter, and to all the parents behind the scenes who helped made this day such a wonderful memory filled day for all of us. Again, I thank you, and wish you a great season! Charger Fan Charisse Wolf Ligonier Editor’s Note: This letter was submitted two weeks ago and we apologize for not printing it sooner.


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Ligonier library plans open house, cookie swap LIGONIER — The staff at the Ligonier Public Library is inviting the public to its annual Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event takes place at the library’s temporary location in the ALCO/ Owen’s shopping center on Lincolnway South. “Come see how we are celebrating the season at our annex location and check out all our pretty trees,” said Angela Scott, program coordinator for the library. “We will also be giving away prizes in our Christmas drawing, so be sure to sign up.” Avalon Village will be providing snacks for visitors to munch on as they explore the library. Library cards will be issued for those who need one. Santa will be next door at the ALCO store, as part of the library’s event. Also, the library will be selling its commemorative

Ligonier Public Library Christmas ornament.

Funds needed The Olive B. Cole Foundation matching grant for the library runs out this month. “Please consider giving a present to your library by donating to our building fund,” said Jerry Nesbitt, library director. According to Nesbitt, the construction bids for the expansion project came in higher than expected, and more funds will be needed. “We are working to raise money to reach all of our goals for the building process and need the community’s support,” Nesbitt said. “Any monetary donation received by December 31 will be matched, dollar-to-dollar, by the Cole Foundation.” The Charger House restaurant in Ligonier is hosting a benefit night

for the Ligonier Public Library. On Saturday, Dec. 14, from 4-7:30 p.m., ten percent of the money spent at the Charger House will go toward the library’s building project.

Cookie Swap The Ligonier Public Library is hosting a “Cookie Swap” on Tuesday, Dec. 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who wants to sample a wide selection of cookies without having to buy all the ingredients should attend this program. Bring four dozen cookies and a copy of the recipe to the library on Dec. 17. Everyone will get a chance to present their cookies, share any helpful tips and then take a new batch of mix-matched cookies home. Have questions? Call Angie or Jed at the library at 894-4511 for more information.


Here are the October 2013 students of the month at West Noble High School. In the front are, from left, Paige Shearer - Language Arts; Jasmine Griffith - Social Studies; Maria Carrillo - Math; Jeanette Hurtado - Academic Achievement; and Christina Coats - Business. Back row, from the left, are Caleb Yoder - Career Tech; Dylan Holle - Health; and Sarah Sanchez - World Language. Students selected but not pictured are Brett Coverstone - Fine Arts and Josh Dills - Science.



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West Noble spellers win first place in their class LIGONIER — West Noble Middle School’s spell bowl team captured first place in its class at the 21st annual Indiana Academic Elementary Spell Bowl area competition, held last month at West Noble Middle School in Ligonier. Seven teams competed in the three classes. Other school teams participating were North Side Elementary, Avilla Elementary, Rome City Elementary,

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Here’s the spell team from West Noble Middle School that won first place last month in their competition. Seated in front, from the left, are Hannah Harper, Sarah Roque, Perla Canul, Taytlynn Forrer, Alejandro Marmolejo, Austin Harmon, Jada Reffitt and Collen Huff. In the top row, standing, are Karla Ramirez, Michelle Edington (Coach) Heather Beers, Megan Saggars, Zulia Reyes, Alexandra Castaneda, Melanie Tijerina (West Noble Middle School Principal), Elizabeth Dennis, Aaliyah Iden and Yarency Murillo.

South Side Elementary, St. John Lutheran and Wayne Center Elementary. West Noble won the class 1 competition; North Side won in class 2; and St. John Lutheran School was the only entry in class 4. Four of West Noble’s spellers scored five correct words: Hannah Harper, Aaliyah Iden, Sarah Roque and Megan Saggars. Others participating in the competition included

Heather Beers, Austin Harmon, Elizabeth Dennis and Zulia Reyes. Avilla finished in second place of class 1, behind West Noble. They were the only two teams in their class. Approximately 4,500 students in grades 4, 5 and 6 competed Thursday night at more than 30 area sites around the state. Additional information can be obtained online at at

Lions fruit sale continues LIGONIER — The Ligonier Lions Club’s holiday fruit sale started last weekend and continues in the Campbell & Fetter Bank parking lot on Lincolnway South. The sale of oranges and grapefruits continues every Friday and Saturday until Saturday, Dec. 21, or until supplies are sold out.

Friday sales will be from 2-5 p.m. and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of the fruit is $16 for a whole box or $10 for a half box. Half orange and half grapefruit boxes will also be available. All proceeds will be used to benefit the Ligonier community through service projects of the club.

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Can you imagine the shock if you were walking through Washington D.C., and marveling at the beauty of the architecture of the buildings, remembering the founders with their hopes and dreams of a new and growing nation, when suddenly someone told you that the day is soon to come when these structures will all be completely destroyed with hardly a trace that they ever existed. This was the situation at the beginning of Matthew 24, with the disciples admiring the temple and the buildings around it, only to be told by Jesus that the day would soon come when there would not be one stone of them piled on another! When they were alone with the Lord they asked Him, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of your return? The rest of the chapter is Jesus’ answer to them, and it is not in chronological order. Dec. 1 was the first Sunday of Advent, and of course next Sunday the

second. Last Sunday, I served communion at the start of my message, and lit the rst Advent FROM THE fiCandle WINDOW (hope) at its OF MY conclusion. Next STUDY Sunday I will light the second one (peace). Rev. John Lutton I admit I seldom have done candles in worship. I can identify with the disciple who admired the building, and probably the same one who in Acts, chapter one, asked if Christ was going to restore the Kingdom to Israel when He returns. I have made a commitment to put Christ and His Kingdom in first place in my life, but being a patriot has always been very strong in my heart and soul. I was raised in a patriotic,

conservative home where that dedication ran deep and wide. So being a kingdom person, I must direct my attention to the Advent: The Coming of Jesus. As we celebrate His birth, it is important we also remember that Jesus has promised that he will return, so let’s direct our attention to that. For starters, He said that it will be in that day as it was in the days of Noah. People were going on about life with hardly any concern for God. The flood’s coming was quite unexpected, to say the least. Who would have thought? Noah had gone about following instructions from the Lord building the ark and rounding up the animals, much to the amusement of the bystanders. We are charged by Jesus, to expect His coming, and watch for it. He gave us signs of things that will take place before that day but we are to be very much alert. I understand then that I must live every day as if that

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Church Directory 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.

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28, of Albion, Count I — lesser included charge of possession of methamphetamine, Class D felony, and Count IV — possession of paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. One year incarceration, one year Community Corrections, 82 days credit. To pay $368 court costs and $100 public defender fee. Counts II, III and V dismissed. • Fernando Zayago-Castillo, 34, of Ligonier, domestic battery, Class A misdemeanor. Twelve days incarceration, 353 days suspended and on probation, two days credit. To pay $100 fine and $168 court costs.

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

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Archery team haystack dinner is Saturday LIGONIER — The West Noble High School archery team is having a haystack dinner on Saturday from 5-7:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Cost is $5 per person. The money will be used to help pay for entries in the state tournament for the archers. Last year, the team qualified for nationals, but was unable to go. The dinner is before the West Noble vs. Wawasee boys basketball game and the public is invited.


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could be that day. Preparing for that day then means being aware of how I am living my life. I regret saying that some churchgoers, who professing believers, are often but poor examples to say the least of what I believe The Lord expects our of us daily. Each word, thought and deed should be weighed against His promised return. I understand that I am to be busy at my calling or taking care of my master’s business when He appears. Does Jesus shape our behavior on a daily basis? He will keep his promise to return, and when He does, I’d venture that lots of this world’s concerns won’t matter much anymore. Alert! There is another flood coming, of a different variety than the first. Let’s get ready.

An article in last week’s paper about Scizzors hair salon incorrectly stated that a person was working there as a nail technician. That was outdated information that the editor should have verified before printing in the article. The Advance Leader apologizes for the error.

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.

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.






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Crossing students give, receive from Service Learning Opportunity Students from the Ligonier Crossing recently helped classmate Dane Harper, son of Dan and Julie Harper, on a SLO, which stands for ‘Service Learning Opportunity.’ Dane had asked the Crossing if they would like to help him clean his grandmother’s barn, which has been in the Harper family for 65 years. The Crossing kids picked up wood, glass, raked OLIVIA’S leaves, dirt COLUMN swept and hay off by Olivia the ground, and even Durham rescued two baby kittens. The Ligonier Crossing does SLO’s all the time, so this wasn’t a big deal for them, or maybe it was. Cherokee Starr, one of the students who worked on the project, offered these comments: “During the time we were at the barn I didn’t feel any different than I have with any other SLO. It was fun and everyone was working at a good

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Students from The Crossing educational center in Ligonier are shown at one of their recent service projects. In the front, from left, are Brad Deskins, teacher Ben Shaw, Kevin Jane, Willy Huggins, Nick Ramundo and Jon Agler. In the second row, from left, are Omar Rubalcava, Trevor Foster, Edward Gonzalez, Lily Jones, Dane Harper, Cherokee Starr and Kimberly Runyon. In the back are, from left, Olivia Durham, Giselle Martinez, Victoria Carrizales, Alberto Bonilla and Samantha Brown. pace, but after we helped and I saw Dane’s Facebook status thanking all of us, I felt great for helping. I felt like it was one of our more meaningful SLO’s and I liked that we helped out a student out for once.�

I also asked another Crossing student, Lily Jones, what it was like on her first SLO and what it meant to help her friend Dane. This is what she had to say: “It felt good to help

Dane and his family out, because it was a big job for two or three people. Since we brought a lot and we were all motivated, we went in and got it done. The reason why it felt good was because it wasn’t just

a barn it has sentimental value behind it for Dane and his family. This was my first SLO I’ve been on, but I really enjoyed it.� Dan Harper, Dane’s father, even commented that if it wasn’t for the Crossing students, it would have taken them a lot longer to clean up. Usually Dane is alongside the Crossing helping serve people in the community. When asked though, what it felt like to be on the receiving end and to have his class mates help him, he said: “It was awesome! It reminded me of how my classmates are more than just classmates, they’re family. All I could think about all day is how thankful I was for everyone who came out. Nobody complained and everyone worked really hard,� he said. Maybe it did mean a little more to the Crossing students to help Dane clean his grandmother’s barn. We usually serve food to people in need, give food to people that are homeless, rake yards, clean parks, doing Operation Foundation, and have even helped set up the blood drive. Helping Dane, though,

was a wonderful experience for all the Crossing kids, because they helped someone out who was like family. Dane reached out for help from the Ligonier Crossing and they delivered. Dane is defintely more than a classmate; he’s like family to the students. The Crossing kids hope to maybe do this again somewhere in the near future. OLIVIA DURHAM is a student at The Crossing, an alternative school in the West Noble area and an intern with The Advance Leader.

Community invited to free supper at Cromwell church CROMWELL — Calvary Lutheran Church is hosting a free holiday supper for the community on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 111 W. Orange St., Cromwell. Everyone is invited.

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Charger girls defeat Wawasee, Fremont with 12 points and Kendall Baker had nine.


LIGONIER — West Noble’s first-half defense led the way Tuesday night as the Chargers posted a 64-53 win over the visiting Wawasee Warriors in a nonconference girls game. The Chargers held Wawasee to just six points in the first quarter and seven in the second while moving their record to 4-2 on the season. Wawasee slipped to 1-5. West Noble sparkplug guard Kelsie Peterson led her team with with 23 points while Becca Schermerhorn added 14 for the winners. Other scorers for the Chargers were Taylor Shepherd 10 points; Lexi Shepherd 6 points; Shawna Young 3; Kenzie Cox 6; and Kylie Warble with two. Kylee Rostochak scored 25 points for the Lady Warriors with 15 of those coming in the final eight minutes. The tone of the game was difficult to pin down, West Noble coach Dale Marano said. “The game had a weird flow to it,” he said. “We did some good things like controlling the game in the first half but, but I was uneasy for most of the second half.” Peterson led the first-quarter charge with eight points for West Noble. The second quarter was heavy on defense as the two teams scored just 16 total points (nine for West Noble; seven for Wawasee.) Peterson was four-of-four from the free throw line in the second quarter, and Schermerhorn added a three-pointer with 1:54 left, as the Chargers led 23-13 at intermission.

West Noble 45, Fremont 38

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West Noble’s Kelsie Peterson goes to the hoop for a basket during the Chargers recent win over Fremont. Peterson stayed hot in the third quarter, making a pair of triples and notching eight more points. She was nine of 13 from the foul line for the game. The two teams combined for 64 free-throw attempts as West Noble was 24 of 37 at the charity stripe. Wawasee tried to mount a comeback in the second half but the Charger defense kept the Warriors in check. “Wawasee did a good job shooting the ball, but from start to finish we played good defense,” Marano said. “That was good because there were times we weren’t making good shots.

“But we are really happy with the girls. There are some things we have to work on, but we were happy with the results tonight,” he added. “We’re developing an identity as a scrappy team. Our girls aren’t afraid to get on the floor and dive for loose balls.” West Noble returns to Northeast Corner Conference action with a Saturday afternoon game at Eastside. The junior varsity contest is at noon in Butler. The Chargers are 2-1 in the NECC. The Charger junior varsity also posted a win, 36-25, over Wawasee. Brooke Lutton led WN

FREMONT — Where Kelsie Peterson leads, her teammates follow. The West Noble senior scored a game-high 18 points — 12 of those in a pivotal second half effort — as the Chargers rallied to beat Fremont 45-38 on the road Friday night. “Kelsie is outstanding, she’s playing at a different level,” said West Noble coach Dale Marano. “When she gives effort like that, the rest of the team follows.” West Noble trailed 28-22 at the half, but used a strong defensive effort to hold Fremont to just 10 points in the second half. “It was a focus, shutting down their key players and getting them in foul trouble,” Peterson said. Fremont had two players foul out, Miranda White and Shae Rhonehouse. White finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. She scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half. “We attacked the basket,” Marano explained. “It was a great team effort, Fremont is a very solid team.” Rhonehouse led Fremont with 16 points and 12 rebounds. “This is our first loss, we’re 3-1, so we’ve done pretty well,” said Fremont coach Neal Frantz. “Tonight we played a decent first half, but we have to get better at finishing games.” Besides the scoring from Rhonehouse and White, the Eagles got four points

each from Mercedes Lyon and Melissa Beer, along with two points from Kayla Stroop. Along with Peterson’s 18 points, the Chargers got six points each from Lexi Shepherd and Becca Schermerhorn, five from Taylor Fisher, four from Shawna Young and two from Sammy Coates. “We’re 3-2 now and think we’re going the right direction,” Marano said. The contest saw five lead changes and was tied five times in the early going before Fremont’s Rhonehouse scored on a drive to the basket to begin an 8-0 Fremont run. White followed with the next two buckets and Fremont would lead 15-11 after one quarter. The Eagles used strong play inside from White and Lyon to go up 23-15 three minutes into the second period and led by as much as nine in the quarter. Peterson closed the half with a West Noble 3-pointer to cut into the margin, but the Chargers still trailed 28-22 at the break. The Eagles maintained a 34-27 lead midway through the third period. But White was whistled for her fourth foul and went to the bench. The Eagles would go scoreless the rest of the

third period, with Peterson taking over for West Noble. “The shots weren’t falling in the first half, but we stayed positive,” Peterson said. The senior grabbed a steal and dished to Shepherd for a score, followed with a 3-pointer, then grabbed another steal and scored with 1:53 left in the period to tie the game at 34-all. Peterson hit a short jumper to close the quarter, putting the Chargers up 36-34 and West Noble capitalized with buckets by Shepherd and Peterson to close a 13-0 run as the final period got underway. Fremont regrouped to pull within a point midway through the fourth quarter. But White fouled out and the Eagles went scoreless the final three minutes as West Noble wrapped up the win. “That was a big win,” Peterson said. “We just want to keep going with it.” West Noble JV 37, Fremont 13 Kelsey Clark led the West Noble junior varsity with 15 points in the team’s 37-13 win over Fremont. Sammy Coates added nine points and Kendall Baker scored eight points.

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West Noble’s Phil Miller (25) drives past a Bethany Christian defender during last Saturday’s win by the Chargers.

West Noble walks past BC LIGONIER — In just their second outing of the season, the Chargers had no trouble with Bethany Christian in a nonconference boys basketball game played Saturday night in Ligonier. Led by Drew Schermerhorn’s 18 points, West Noble (2-0) hung a 76-42 loss on the Bruins. Schermerhorn had 10 points in the first quarter as the Chargers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back against Bethany (0-2). West Noble led 22-10 after the first eight minutes. The second half of the game was not so much about the Chargers’s starters, but their second- and third-stringers who came in and held their own against the Bruins. “Our second five executed well,” said West Noble coach Jim Best. “They were able to get a lot of court experience tonight that will pay off in the long run.” The Chargers drained 11 three-point baskets with Schermerhorn hitting for four triples including two in the first quarter. Four West Noble players were in double figures and nine players scored. Waylon Richardson and Brandon Evans each scored 13 for the Chargers while Phil Miller added a dozen for the winners. This was Miller’s first game of the season. He has been hampered by a knee injury suffered in preseason practice but appears to be fully on the mend. West Noble’s bench was

also strong. Other scorers for the Chargers were Drew Wiley 6; Nik Risser 3; Brandon Moser 3; Kyler Warble 3; Grant Moser 5. Evans and Wiley each had a pair of three-pointers while Risser, Brandon Moser and Miller had one each. After leading 38-17 at the intermission, West Noble came on even stronger in the third quarter, out-pointing the Bruins 24-13. Eight Chargers scored in that quarter with Evans notching five points. West Noble pretty much doubled the score over the Bruins for most of the second half. Abe Thorne led Bethany with 17 points. Still, Best said there were lessons to be learned in a 30-point victory. “I think we had 21 turnovers and that’s just not acceptable,” he said. “That’s something we have to fix. There’s a lot we can take away from a game like this. “But I’m real happy with the play of our reserves. They did a nice job of being in position to score points and play defense,” he said. The Chargers are off for a week before playing Wawasee in another nonconference game Saturday at home. Best said his team “will have to work hard this week” if they want to win again. West Noble junior varsity 40, Bethany Christian 34 Josh Barber led West Noble with eight while Larry Nickoslon had seven, as did Dylan Ogle.


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December 6 & 7, 2013 DECEMBER 6 5:00 PM Ornament Creation at the Topeka Library. 6:00 PM Christmas Home Decoration Contest Judging (Register at Topeka Pharmacy) Free Carriage Rides! Live Nativity Scene at Topeka Town Hall! 7:00 PM Carols around the town Christmas Tree 7:30 PM 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Town Hall

DECEMBER 7 10:30 AM Santa comes to town! 10:45 AM Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Fire Station 12-2:30 PM Pictures with Santa along with Dancer the reindeer, and the Westview High School choir! Also, cookie decoration and bake sale at the library! 2-4 PM Christmas drawings at local businesses! 3:00 PM Free movie, soda, and popcorn at the library!

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Bell ringers needed LIGONIER — Volunteers, including individuals, families, church and school groups as well as businesses and service clubs, are invited to help Common Grace of Noble County, and the Salvation Army, with bell-ringing this holiday season at the Owen’s Supermarket in Ligonier. Help is needed through Christmas Eve. Funds raised through donations dropped into the red kettle are distributed in Noble County through Common Grace.

That organization helps families in need who have suffered financial setbacks. Volunteers can work any time and for any length they choose. Scheduling of volunteers is being coordinated in Ligonier by Bob Buttgen of The Advance Leader. Call Bob Buttgen at 894-5441 or send an email to to get on the schedule.

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LIGONIER — West Noble Elementary School will be hosting its next “Parent University” on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 5:30-7 p.m. The evening will begin with the elementary choir performing, along with a performance by the fourthgrade clogging group. Parents will be able to attend breakout sessions on the parents-teachers organization (PTO), computer resources or testing strategies. There will also be a special parent session presented by Dr. Eileen Myers, an ophthalmologist who specializes in reading problems and vision. Students will be able to choose a break out session for drama, foreign language and art or a Tae Kwon Do session presented by Zach Hayden.

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LIGONIER — The Ligonier Visitors Center and Heritage Station Museum are now closed for the winter season. To plan ahead for spring and summer tours of Ligonier in 2014, call 894-9000 and leave a message, or call 888-8220262. Betty Peterson can also be contacted at 221-1990 for more information and details. Tours of the city for groups of six or more are welcome.

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Jim and Glenna Clark of Ligonier recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with an open house at Trinity Assembly of God Church in Ligonier. The celebration was given by their children, Jamie Clark and Shannon Clark, and their families. The Clarks were married on Nov. 30,1963, in Clintwood Va.

KPC Media announces promotions KENDALLVILLE — KPC Media Group, parent company of The Advance Leader, has announced three staff promotions to support strong, sustained business growth. In the area of business development, Marta Wysong has been promoted from multimedia sales executive for the Times Community Publications in Fort Wayne to the newly created position of multimedia sales manager in KPC Media Group’s Kendallville office, leading the sales staff for The News Sun in Kendallville and The Advance Leader in Ligonier. “Marta started at KPC in our classified advertising sales division and has

excelled in every way,” said Lynette Donley, KPC Media Group director of advertising. “Her organizational skills, positive approach to business and her aptitude for creative thinking is just what we need in this newly created position to help us meet the needs of this growing company.” Trina Abrams has been promoted to assistant controller from the position of executive administrative assistant. Abrams has worked at KPC Media Group in various roles for over 13 years. Amanda McCormick has been promoted to executive administrative assistant to the chief operating officer.



The Advance Leader December 5, 2013  

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

The Advance Leader December 5, 2013  

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