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NEWS IN BRIEF School board to meet Wednesday GARRETT — The GarrettKeyser-Butler school board will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Alan C. Middleton Administration Center. Agenda items include election of officers for 2014, and recommendations to approve: • a resolution of appropriations; • a Head Start in-kind waiver; and • an addendum to real estate lease to implement renewal for Head Start. A board of finance meeting will immediately follow the board meeting, followed by a work session.

Redevelopment commission to meet GARRETT — The Garrett Redevelopment Commission will meet in regular session today at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

February 2013 Garrett-Keyser-Butler Superintendent Dennis Stockdale was featured in Education Week, a national publication, for the school’s 1:1 technology initiative. He was credited for finding a way for nearly 1,900 students in the district to have either and iPad or computer and for making wireless access available in students’ homes and after school hours in the community. The seventh-grade basketball team captured the Tri-County Athletic Conference tournament defeating Fremont in the championship game. Players included Jacob Bevis, Cole Kelham, Juan Arambula, Micah Malcolm, Andrew Wertman, Hayden Greene, Carter Back, Cameron Smith and Dillon McCann, and coach Sam

Malcolm. Garrett senior Hayden Lee advanced to the state finals at 106 pounds by defeating Ben Cauffman of Carroll in a technical fall. St. Joseph School teacher Beth Novy was presented the Light of Learning award by the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese. Novy has taught third grade at the school for 25 years. The third annual Father-Daughter Dance was held at J.E. Ober Elementary School. Fourth-grader Madison Greene and her escort Joe Woenker were named royalty following a dance-off. Longtime Garrett businessman William “Bill” Ort died at the age

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Paula Bateman, second from right, and her granddaughter Whitney Evans stand with Scott Bishop and Aaron Smith during a re-dedication program for the Paul Bateman Gym in February.

Goodnight Garrett planned Feb. 1 Annual literacy event at Garrett Public Library

JAM Center offering January specials

AUBURN — The Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of DeKalb County will present a Financial Intelligence for Women program on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the DeKalb Health Medical Office Building. Stacy Hefty, president of Hefty Wealth Partners, Inc. of Auburn will lead the discussion, “The Power of a Plan.” RSVP to or phone 927-0995 by Thursday, Jan. 9. The meeting will be held in the hospital’s third floor conference room A-B-C at 1314 E. 7th St., Auburn.

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GARRETT — Garrett High School will be hosting a round table discussion from noon to 3 p.m. with local business leaders on Monday, Jan. 6, as part of the school’s professional development. A variety of businesses are being invited to come together and discuss today’s job market needs. School representatives will be sharing with them the efforts being made in the schools to help make Garrett High School students better prepared for a future, hopefully in DeKalb, or the surrounding counties.

Women’s financial program planned

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City sees changes in 2013

GHS to host business round table

GARRETT — The Judy A. Morrill Recreation Center in Garrett is offering January Jubilee specials starting today. A free trial week is offered for all classes and the entire facility through Saturday for any non-member. The $30 enrollment fee will be waived for all new members signing up in January. Post a photo of yourself at the JAM Center Facebook or Twitter and tag you were at the JAM Center to be entered into a drawing for a choice of three free yoga classes or a JAM T-shirt. All new memberships will be entered into a drawing for a $100 JAM gift certificate. College memberships will now be offered for full-time students up to age 23 years for $18 monthly or $180 per year. New monthly memberships will be entered int o a drawing for a private volleyball party. For more information phone 357-1917 or stop by the center at 1200 E. Houston St., Garrett.


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Miller’s Health Systems CEO Patrick Boyle, right, serves a catered meal to Amy Thrush, and other employee at the Garrett Miller’s Merry Manor in celebration of the facility’s deficiency-free survey.

Miller’s celebrates deficiency-free rating Corporate leaders serve catered meal to staff members By Sue Carpenter GARRETT — Corporate leaders from Miller’s Heath Systems Inc. served up a catered meal for the Garrett staff last week to celebrate their 2013 deficiency-free Indiana Department of Health survey. A team from the state visited the local campus last month and inspected various areas of care to determine the perfect score. Garrett administrator Pat Ort thanked her management team and staff for helping achieve the rating for the fifth time in six years. “This celebration is to you for a job well done in taking care of our residents,” Ort said. “The survey

process is there for a reason — and most of the time it’s a pretty good reason, although it is sometimes very nerve-wracking.” She also credited her experienced staff for helping newer employees understand the process. “All of your came through fantastically — because for you it is a practice. Everything you do here is done from the team concept — and our team is a fantastic team,” she added. “I am very proud of each and every one of you, but most important, you should be proud of yourselves,” Ort told the staff. “It took a lot of work, a lot of caring and a lot of compassion — I am proud you are on our team, and I am proud to be on yours.” She introduced Patrick Boyle, president and CEO of Miller’s Health Systems based in Warsaw. He commended the Garrett staff for its deficiency-free rating and its longtime employees, some who have worked in the healthcare field for 30 to 40 years.

“They believe in what they do,” said Boyle “As an employee-owned company, we try to set examples to make sure we are doing things the right way. This isn’t an easy job that you have (as opposed to other professions). But we like to think is that we continue to work as hard as we can to make a difference for those we serve. “Those are some of our core values and what we stand for.” He praised the Garrett facility for its work in the community through its fundraisers for school projects, the Christmas bureau and other local charities. “That’s what it’s all about. You guys give your time, and your talent and your treasure to the community,” said Boyle. “You have a lot of competition in the area, but no one has the record of quality care and giving back to the community.” He asked everyone to look across the table to thank fellow team members and praised Ort for her leadership.

JAM Center plans winter gala GARRETT — The Judy A. Morrill Recreation Center is hosting its annual Winter Gala fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 8, from 6-9 p.m. at the center, 1200 E. Houston St., Garrett. Garrett business owners and avid JAM Family supporters Cary and Dr. Sarah Ragan will serve as chairs for the event. This year’s gala will feature a silent and live auction, hors d’oeuvres, live music and dinner prepared by Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano. Auctioneer Jama Smith of National Benefit Auctions will lead the live auction. The evening will feature the

center’s family-centered spirit and the importance of the JAM Family to the community and how the center also benefits from the support of those who belong to that family. “Your support is essential to our future,” said executive director Cheryl Karr. “We have announced many successes here at the JAM Center this past year, but we need your continued support to keep the momentum going.” The JAM Center is committed to making a difference for everyone they touch by delivering hope, direction, empowerment and support bundled in a healthy mix

of wellness, education and fun. Tickets to the event are $30 per person. A new offering for the event this year will be the premier Friends of JAM tickets at a cost of $300 per couple. Exclusive benefits include special seating at the best table in the house, upgraded dessert, a goodie bag, wine or champagne, a personal server, plus more special treatment to be determined by the ticket purchasers. To become a gala supporter through sponsorship, ticket purchases or auction items, contact Beth McCord at 357-1917.

GARRETT — The Garrett Public Library, 107 W. Houston St., will host its annual Goodnight Garrett celebration of family literacy Saturday, Feb. 1 from 5-7 p.m. Throughout the evening, various community groups will host activities for youth in preschool through fourth grade. Some of the events already planned include a live magic show by Jim Barron, storybook characters roaming the library, craft stations, a therapy dog to listen to young readers, free books and refreshments. A responsible adult should accompany any child attending the event, and it is not necessary for families to stay for the entire event. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas. For more information on Goodnight Garrett! contact children’s librarian Becky Simmons at 357-5485.

Red Cross plans local blood drives The Red Cross will provide these blood donation opportunities in DeKalb County: • Thursday, Jan. 2, from 26 p.m. at Dayspring Church, 2305 N. Indiana Ave., Auburn; • Tuesday, Jan. 7, from noon to 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1203 E. Seventh St., Auburn; • Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 1-5:30 p.m. at the American Legion post, 515 W. Fifth Ave., Garrett, where donors may enjoy Girl Scout cookies in the refreshment area; and People who are at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent in Indiana), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements. A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.


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LOCAL NEWS Lakewood Park to offer GriefShare AUBURN — Lakewood Park Baptist Church, 5555 C.R. 29, will provide a 13-week program on grief beginning Jan. 16. GriefShare is a video-based series with leading authors, counselors, speakers and pastors with years of experience in grief recovery, such as Dr. Larry Crabb, Joni Eareckson Tada and Zig Ziglar. Each session includes a video seminar and group discussion. The program is designed to help those in the grieving process. The session will meet Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the church. Participants do not have to make it to every meeting. Each session is a stand-alone discussion. The cost is $20 to cover the cost of materials. To enroll or find out more information, contact 925-2006, or visit

GKB SCHOOL LUNCH MENU The Train Stop Jan. 7-10 Tuesday — Mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce, green beans, bosco stick, peaches and milk Wednesday — Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, dinner roll, apple and milk Thursday — Macaroni and cheese, soft pretzel, fresh veggies with ranch dip, pineapple and milk Friday — Chicken parmesan with pasta, salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and chickpeas, fruit cocktail, cookie and milk.

Snowbound Writers’ Contest entries are due January 31 AUBURN — The Auburn Arts Commission Inc. will accept entries for its Snowbound Writers’ Contest from now through Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who resides or is employed in DeKalb County, and who is age 18 or older is eligible to enter in the contest’s categories of prose and poetry. Short stories should have a beginning, middle and end and must not exceed 2,000 words. Poems are limited to 20 lines or less. Entrants may enter both categories, but may submit no more

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Email your legal! legals @ Call Kelly at 877-791-7877x182 for details NOTICE OF PROPOSED PRECINCT BOUNDARY CHANGES To the voters of DeKalb County You are notified that the Election Division of the Office of the Secretary of State of Indiana has determined that a proposed order by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners to change certain precinct boundaries within this county would comply with state law, and that the Election Division has notified the Commissioners that precinct boundaries may be established in accordance with the county’s proposed order. The boundaries of the following existing precincts would be changed by the adoption of the county’s proposed order: Part of Keyser 5 precinct along County Road 48 and south between County Road 19 and County Road 21, annexed into Keyser 6 within the city limits of Auburn. Any registered voter of this County may object to the county’s proposed order by filing a sworn statement with the Election Division. This statement must set forth the voter’s specific objections to the proposed order, and request that a hearing be conducted by the Indiana Election Commission under the Administrative Orders and Procedures Act (Indiana Code 4-21.5). The Mailing address of the Election Division is: Election Division of the Office of the Secretary of State of Indiana, 302 West Washington Street, Room E-204, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2743 Any Objection to the proposed order must be filed with the Election Division no later than no January 10, 2014. A complete copy of the county proposed order is available for public inspection and copying at the office of the DeKalb County Circuit Court Clerk and the Election Division. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners GC,00364740,1/2,hspaxlp LEGAL NOTICE ORDINANCE NO. 2013-R-20 DEKALB COUNTY CODE SECTION 9-1-1- 34 DEKALB COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SPEED LIMIT ON COUNTY ROAD 68 BETWEEN COUNTY ROAD 11A AND COUNTY ROAD 327 WHEREAS, County Road 68 between County Road 11A and County Road 327, has a current speed limit of 55 m.p.h., and with the lower speed limits on surrounding roadways in close proximity of Holiday Lakes, the interests of the public from a safety standpoint would be enhanced by lowering the speed limit

than three poems and one short story. Entries will be accepted at the Willennar Genealogy Center and may be hand-delivered or mailed to Snowbound Writers’ Contest, Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN 46706. Entrants must submit two copies of each entry along with a single cover sheet that lists the title and classification of the work. The author’s name, address, telephone number and email address, if available, should be provided but must not


appear on the entry itself. Material should be doublespaced or 1/15 spaced and typewriter- or computer-generated on white paper. Manuscripts will not be returned. For publication purposes on the Auburn Arts Commission website,, winners should be able to provide their work on a CD. Prizes of $60 for first place, $40 for second place and $20 for third place will be awarded. The judge may choose to award an honorable mention, but that is not mandatory.

POLICE NEWS Officers arrest 14 AUBURN — Local police officers arrested 14 people since Friday according to DeKalb County Jail records. Brandon P. Caldwell, 23, of the 3400 block of Amulet Drive, Fort Wayne, was arrested Friday at 3:25 p.m. by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant charging him with invasion of privacy, a Class A misdemeanor. Justin H. Holliday, 31, no address reported, was arrested Friday at 3:25 p.m. by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department on a body attachment from civil court. Jessica Cartwright, 31, of the 100 block of South 7th Street, Garrett, was arrested Friday at 6:45 p.m. by the Auburn Police Department on a charge of theft, a Class D felony. Jose Lopez-Alberto, 22, of the 2700 block of Winters Street, Fort Wayne, was arrested Friday at 6:47 p.m. by the Indiana State Police on a charge of driving while suspended with a prior conviction, a Class A misdemeanor.

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along that stretch of County Road 68 between County Road 11A and County Road 327 from 55 m.p.h. to 40 m.p.h.; and WHEREAS, the DeKalb County Highway Superintendent has made a safety recommendation to the DeKalb County Commissioners that the speed limit on County Road 68 between County Road 11A and County Road 327 should be lowered from 55 m.p.h. to 40 m.p.h., in accordance with IC 9-21-5. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED BY THE DEKALB COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF DEKALB COUNTY, INDIANA THAT: Section 1. 40 MPH SPEED LIMIT: There is hereby established a maximum speed limit over and along County Road 68 between County Road 11A and County Road 327, for all motor vehicles traveling over and along said portion of County Road 68. Section 2. SPEED VIOLATIONS: Violators of the Ordinance may be charged with a traffic summons issued by any enforcement officer of any government jurisdiction on the roadway of County Road 68 between County Road 11A and County Road 327, DeKalb County, Indiana. 2.1 The DeKalb County Prosecuting Attorney is authorized to prosecute any violation of this Ordinance. 2.2 Any Court of DeKalb County, Indiana, having general traffic jurisdiction shall be empowered to process such charges as violations of the law similar to other speeding violations of the Indiana Code. 2.3 Any existing penalties for such violations shall be applied to this Ordinance and be imposed for any such violations. Section 3. EFFECTIVE DATE: This Ordinance shall become effective after passage of the third reading as adopted by the DeKalb County Commissioners and the publication of this Ordinance thereafter as required by law. Section 4: Ordinance Codified. This DeKalb County Ordinance Number 2013-R20 is passed and adopted on all three readings and shall be codified in the DeKalb County Code as Section 9-1-1-31 and appropriately indexed in the Code. READ AND PASSED ON FIRST READING: Monday, December 23, 2013. READ AND PASSED SECOND READING: Monday, December 23, 2013. READ AND PASSED ON THIRD READING: Monday, December 23, 2013. This Ordinance No. 2013-R-20, codified as DeKalb County Code Section 9-1-1-34 is signed, approved and adopted after all three readings by the Commissioners of DeKalb County, Indiana. COMMISSIONERS: BY: Donald D. Grogg, President BY: Randall J. Deetz, Vice President BY: Jackie Rowan, Member Attested By: John W. Fetters, Auditor of DeKalb County, Indiana GC,00364738,1/2,hspaxlp

Donald Wells, 26, of the 300 block of East Quincy Street, Garrett, was arrested Friday at 9:50 p.m. by the Garrett Police Department on warrants charging him with failure to appear, a Class B misdemeanor; burglary, a Class C felony; theft, a Class D felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. Daniel Bidwell, 61, of the 2900 block of North Old S.R. 3, Avilla, was arrested Saturday at 4 a.m. by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant charging him with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor. Johnny Metcalf, 43, of the 7600 block of South Water Street, Hamilton, was arrested Saturday at 3:30 a.m. by the Waterloo Marshall’s Office on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor. John Green, 26, of the 1300 block of South Jackson Street, Auburn was arrested Saturday at 6:53 a.m. by the DeKalb County Sherriff’s Department on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated at the Class A and Class C misdemeanor levels and resisting law enforcement, a Class D felony. William S. Fugate Jr., 44, of the 8700 block of Crosier Lane, Fort Wayne, was arrested Saturday at 5:30 p.m. by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated at the Class A and Class C misdemeanor levels. Daniel Stefan, 40, of the 800 block of South Dewey Street, Auburn, was arrested Saturday at 8:57 p.m. by the Auburn Police Department on charges of domestic battery in the presence of a child, a Class D felony, and interference with reporting a crime, a Class A misdemeanor. Devin Shook, 22, of

the 500 block of East Erie Street, Butler,was arrested Sunday at 2:05 a.m. by the Butler Police Department on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated at the Class A and Class C misdemeanor levels and carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor. Mark A. Frigo, 39, of the 300 block of East Liberty Street, Butler, was arrested Sunday at 7:04 p.m. by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant charging him with three counts of possession of precursors by a methaphetamine offender, a Class D felony. Michael Baker, 19, of the 500 block of South Randolph Street, Garrett, was arrested Sunday at 10:50 p.m. by the Garrett Police Department on charges of operating a vehicle without receiving a license and minor transporting alcohol, both Class C misdemeanors. Amber D. McElwai, 28, of the 100 block of East Diamond Street, Kendallville, was arrested Monday at 4:55 a.m. by the Garrett Police Department on charges of criminal trespass, a Class A misdemeanor, and identity deception, a Class D felony.


AUBURN — The following marriage licenses have been granted in DeKalb County. Gregory R. Swick, 54, Auburn and Colleen Sue Buzzard, 52, Auburn. Ricky Lee Bartrom, 56, Auburn and Jolzette Angelique Bartrom, 41, Auburn. Brody Rex Fultz, 20, Auburn and Amber Lynne Bowers, 18, Auburn. Jeremy Matthew May, 26, Auburn and Macey Lynn Bell, 22, Auburn. Keith DeWayne Ordway, 67, Waterloo and Joyce Ann Shoudel, 54, Waterlo. Brandon James Brown, 27, Auburn and Melissa Sue Tuttle, 27, Auburn. Michael Earl Robinson, 41, Garrett and Stephanie Rae Greer, 38, Garrett. Travis William Fry, 25, Corunna and Kassandra Elizabeth Wene, 23, Corunna. Tyler Quentin Sprunger, 25, Auburn and Melanie Joann Tuttle, 18, Auburn. John Patrick Darragh, 31, Chicago, Ill. and Rebecca Ashley, Garrett Ellen Nixon, 30, Chicago, Ill. women jailed John Carl Knuckles, ALBION — An Ashley 40, New Haven and Arya woman and a Garrett woman Gabriela Aguirre, 43, were booked into the Noble Garrett. County Jail Friday and Saturday, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department said. Theresa Marie Egly, 33, of the 200 block of North Wabash Street, Ashley, was booked Friday on a body Judge sentences attachment writ. three in hearings Debra Lynn Wells, 56, AUBURN — DeKalb of the 300 block of East Senior Judge Walter Palmer Quincy Street, Garrett, sentenced three people for was booked Saturday on a criminal offenses during conversion warrant. hearings last week in DeKalb Superior Court I. • Carissa Stafford of the 4300 block of Walkers Ridge, Fort Wayne, was sentenced to 60 days in jail for being a minor consuming alcohol, a Class Friday, January 3 • 9 AM to 5 PM C misdemeanor. She must Saturday, January 4 • 9 AM to Noon pay court costs.

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Robert and Kathy Bond of Wall Lake will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Jan. 7, 1989, in Garrett. Their children are Sonja and Greg McCrory, Kris and Erica Shafer and Kirby and Gina Shafer. The Bonds also have nine grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Bond are both retired.

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Winners for the Cutest Elf contest at the Garrett Middle School Christmas dance, from left, are Rachel Beerbower and Caitlyn Cook. Kim Maples, second from right, and Maya VanBuskirk were selected students with the Most Christmas Spirit at the dance.

YMCA launches ‘Women’s Weigh’ wellness program AUBURN — The YMCA of DeKalb County has launched “Women’s Weigh,” a new, highly structured women’s wellness program designed to help participants achieve healthy lifestyle goals. The YMCA’s new ActivTrax health data tracking program is a key element of the Women’s Weigh program. The eight-week program is designed to help women build a long-term wellness routine. “The New Year is a great time to start a new healthy lifestyle plan,” said Bob Krafft YMCA CEO. “We have a number of new programs planned in 2014, with the new ActivTrax program, the Women’s Weigh program, and our new building opening next summer. “We are excited to help existing members and new members set healthy lifestyle goals as the YMCA grows in the months ahead,” Krafft said. “First, we will be offering women of all ages the tools to help them create a realistic way to sustain a healthy lifestyle,” said Lynn Shonka, operations

GARRETT LIBRARY LINKS Book club tonight Reader’s Circle Book Club will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. The group will discuss the month’s Christmas book selection. “Still Alice,” by Lisa Genova will be passed out for the February discussion. Copies also are available at the upstairs circulation desk. New members are welcome.

Card making class Patrons can make four greeting cards to take home Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. All supplies will be provided and there is no cost to attend. Space is limited. Call the library at 357-5485 to make a reservation.

Paws to Read The library therapy dogs, Skylar and Dolly will visit the library Saturday, Jan. 11, from 2-4 p.m. Reservations to read with the dogs are being accepted.

director. “Upon signing up, participants will receive an in-depth health assessment, which will include blood health screenings provided by DeKalb Health hospital, and discussions about the members’ healthy lifestyle goals.” In addition, members will have their body mass index (BMI) taken as a benchmark to begin their program. They will receive training on how to use ActivTrax, which can be accessed via the Internet, with a Smartphone APP, or a kiosk located within the YMCA. Additionally, the program will include healthy lifestyle seminars. One of the upcoming seminars will be presented by Trina Chapman-Smith, M.D. of DeKalb Health. “The Women’s Weigh program will help women get started with a holistic lifestyle change,” Shonka said. “If the participants have the desire, we have the expertise to help women every step of the way.” Citing medical studies, she added, “The program is designed to have a positive impact on participants, their families, as well as their employers.” According to the National

Institutes of Health (NIH), health issues are different for women than for men. Over the past two decades, ongoing wellness programs have shown savings-tocost ratios of over $3 saved for each $1 invested. For businesses, wellness programs for women, as well as for men, translates into reduced medical costs, less absenteeism, lower worker’s compensation costs, fewer short-term disability cases, and increased productivity. For women who participate in wellness programs, studies show reductions in heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, depression and anxiety, as well as OB/GYN risk factors. To make an appointment, members and non-YMCA members can to speak with a member service representative at 925-9622. In the initial phase of the Women’s Weigh program, sign-up will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will accommodate more women in the months ahead. The cost to sign-up for Women’s Weigh is $10 for members, and $50 for non-members.

CAMPUS NOTES Garrett — Maximo Delacruz, DeeDee Kinzer, Christina Lee, Misty Loveless, April Luna, Crystal Riff, Valerie Shroads, Amber Stone and Charity Wisel. Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech serves nearly 200,000 students annually and has campuses throughout Indiana. It functions as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech lists fall 2013 Dean’s List FORT WAYNE — Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has announced the Dean’s List for fall 2013. The Dean’s List, prepared and published each term, gives recognition to degreeseeking students who: • achieve a minimum 3.50 grade point average in non-academic skills advancement courses with no Ds or Fs. • earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester. • earned at least 12 non-academic skills advancement credits during their course of study. Auburn — Dorothy Barse, Kathy Burner, Allie Campbell, Tammy Grimm, Peggy Hufford, Brittany Hyde, Kary Martin, Alyshia Moore, Stacie Ullom, Karen Whitaker and Tyler Witzigreuter.

GARRETT — Stephen W. Shoemaker, 59, of Garrett, died on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at his residence. He was born Aug. 27, 1954 to the late Robert W. and Alice (Pedigo) Shoemaker. He is survived by a daughter, Megan Kimberly Shoemaker and a son, Justin Wayne Shoemaker, both of Auburn; two brothers, Terry Shoemaker and Jeff McClusky, both of Kentucky; five sisters, Beverly Newsome, Sharon Neal, Lisa Vaughn and Tina Husted, all of Kentucky, and Debra Bigger of Hicksville, Ohio. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home, 1277 C.R. 56, Garrett. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow in Forest Home Cemetery in Hicksville, Ohio Memorials are to the donor’s choice. To send a condolence or sign the online guestbook visit

John Hoover KENDALLVILLE — John Edward Hoover Sr., 72, of Kendallville, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla with Rev. Fr. Daniel Chukwuleta officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Avilla. Memorials are to St. Mary’s Catholic Church building fund. Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville handled arrangements.

Raymond Kennedy AUBURN — Raymond L. Kennedy, 83, of Auburn, died Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013 at DeKalb Health in Auburn. Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, Auburn, with Rev Ted Jansen officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery, Corunna. Calling is 3-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are to Auburn First United Methodist Church.

Gary Lewis KENDALLVILLE — Gary Lee Lewis, 64, of Kendallville, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 at his home. Funeral services will be today, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m. at Hite Funeral Home with Rev. Worley Gibson officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Sweet Cemetery near Albion. Military honors will be conducted by members of the V.F.W. Post 2749, American Legion Post 381 honor guard teams and active duty United States Army troops. Preferred memorials may be made to Family.

Virginia Yates AUBURN – Virginia Lee (Wakefield) Yates, 83, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at

Family movie night The new Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will be shown on the big screen Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6-8 p.m. The movie is rated PG. Anyone is welcome to attend. Popcorn will be provided. Patrons should bring their own beverages.

the Betz Nursing Home in Auburn. A celebration of life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Auburn, today, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior the service at the church. The Rev. Shalimar Holderly will be officiating, with the Rev. Ted Jansen and the Rev. Lamar Imes. Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn handled arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Auburn First United Methodist Church, 1203 E. 7th St., Auburn, Indiana 46706.

Estella Monroe KENDALLVILLE — Estella M. (Loden) Monroe, 78, of Kendallville died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville. A private viewing has taken place at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel. A memorial service will be held at Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville Chapel at a future date for family and friends. Memorials are to Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville Walking Trail.

Don Bish WAWAKA — Don Arthur Bish, 84, of Wawaka, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at his home. There is a time of visitation today, Jan. 2, from 2-6 p.m. at Yeager Funeral Home, Ligonier. A private cremation committal will take place at a later date.

Kyle Saurbeck ALBION — Kyle L. Saurbeck, 52, of Albion and formerly of Auburn died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2013, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Albion. A memorial service will take place at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 2 at New Life Lutheran Church, 365 Lockhart Street, Waterloo, with the Rev. Merle Holden officiating. Memorials are to the family in care of Virginia Saurbeck. Feller and Clark Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Carma-Jean Eckert WATERLOO — Carma-Jean (Patee) Eckert, 85, died Sunday Dec. 29, 2013 at Betz Nursing Home in Auburn. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, Auburn, with Rev. Steven Eckert officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Auburn. Calling will be 3-7 p.m. today, Jan. 2 at the funeral home. Memorials are to St. John’s United Church of Christ or JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Northern Indiana Branch, 2004 Ironwood Circle, #140, South Bend, IN 46635.

Dorothy Bisel AUBURN — Dorothy Mae (Hunt, Kuechler) Bisel, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. A service for local friends will be Sunday, at 2 p.m. at Feller and Clark

Funeral Home, Auburn. A service for out-of-state relatives, and all friends, will be in the spring. Memorials are to Auburn First United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Research.

James Ellert ST. CLAIR, Mo. — James Joseph Ellert Sr., 92, of St, Clair, Mo. and formerly of Ashley died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at his home. Visitation was held from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, Mo., with Rosary services at 5:30 p.m. A private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to Honor Flight Inc.

Dutch Kostielney AVILLA — Dutch Kostielney, 87, of Avilla, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at 8:55 a.m. at his residence. Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla Chapel. Burial will follow at the Hooper King Cemetery near Avilla. The Avilla American Legion Post 240 will conduct military graveside rites. Calling will be today, Jan. 2 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are to the Avilla Youth Baseball Association.

Byron “Bud” Pfafman AVILLA — Byron “Bud” Pfafman, 83, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. Arrangements are pending at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.

Asa Bellinger ANGOLA — Asa G. Bellinger, 83, of Bronson, Mich., and formerly of Angola, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Weicht Funeral Home, Angola. Military graveside services conducted by the Orland American Legion and burial will be in Jackson Prairie Cemetery, Steuben County. Calling will be from 2-5 p.m. today, Jan. 2 at the Weicht Funeral Home, Angola.

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CHURCH NEWS ALTARSTAR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Co. Rd. 68 & 11A South of Garrett Pastor Jill Wright 260-241-5906 SUNDAY 9 a.m. - Worship 10:20 a.m. - Adult Sunday School WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. - Prayer and Praise APOSTOLIC LIGHTHOUSE 109 S. Randolph St., Garrett Pastor Thomas Mann 517-617-1614 11 a.m. - Sunday Worship 7 p.m. - Thursday service ARK CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Avilla Rev. Steve Wagner, Minister Phone 897-3627 SUNDAY 9 a.m.-Praise and Worship 10 a.m. - Message WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. - Kids Klub 6:30 p.m. - Youth Meeting 6:30 p.m. - Adult Bible Study CEDAR CREEK CHURCH of the BRETHREN PO Box 295 5952 C.R. 7, Garrett Brad Hardesty, Pastor Phone 357-3773 Office hours Wed. 9-noon By phone after 1 p.m. SUNDAY 9 a.m. - Sunday School 10 a.m. - Worship CEDAR LAKE CHURCH of the BRETHREN 2939 C.R. 15 Southeast of Corunna Duane Grady, Pastor SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. — Sunday School 10:30 a.m. —Sunday Worship CHRISTIAN UNION BRETHREN in CHRIST Box 38, 4395 C.R. 7, Garrett Pastor Joe Laher 927-8847 Church Phone 357-4850 SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. -Sunday School 10:30 a.m. - Morning worship CHURCH at GARRETT 1370 S. Randolph St. Phone 357-1829 Pastor Tom Wilcoxson SUNDAY 10 a.m. - Worship service WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. - Bible study and youth group CORUNNA COMMUNITY CHURCH INC. 223 E. Michigan Ave. P.O. Box 92, Corunna Pastor Rev. Richard A. Pickard SUNDAY 10:30 a.m.-Worship Service Nondenominational Fundamental

THE CROSSING Church of the Nazarene 105 West 6th Ave., Garrett Rev. Kyle and Katie Lowry Church Phone 357-5769 SUNDAY 9:30 a.m.-Sunday School 10:20 a.m.-Welcome 10:30 a.m. - Morning worship WEDNESDAY 5:30 p.m. - Youth group, community dinner 6 p.m. - Youth group DEKALB COUNTY CHURCH of CHRIST 700 S. Randolph St., Garrett “Where every Heart needs a Home” Non-Instrumental Church Phone 357-0738 SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. - Bible Classes for all ages 10:30 a.m. - Worship WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. - Midweek Bible Study FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1357 S. Randolph Street Church Office 357-4755 Rev. David E. Mix SUNDAY 9:15 a.m. - Sunday School 10:15 a.m. - Children’s Church 10:15 a.m. - Morning Worship 6 p.m. - Evening worship WEDNESDAY 6-7 p.m. - Prayer and Bible Study FIRST CHURCH of CHRIST 213 E. King St., Garrett Phone 357-3625 Brother Bud Owen Senior Minister Chad Kennedy Children and Youth Minister Jerry Weller, Worship and Pastoral Minister FAMILY SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. - Morning worship, Adult choir 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School for all ages 10:45 a.m. - Morning worship, Adult choir Nursery and preschool during both services. Powerhouse Worship for ages 5 years to grade 3 during both services Evening activities for all ages Oasis will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 7. 133 S. Randolph St. WEDNESDAY 5:30 -6:30 p.m. - Midweek meal 7 p.m. - Midweek Boost 7 p.m. - Midweek Buzz and Connect FREEDOM to WORSHIP CHURCH of GOD Baseline Road, Altona Rev. Joe Freeman 2 p.m. - Sunday. Everyone Welcome.


GARRETT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 201 S. Franklin St. Rev. William Haworth Church Phone 357-3534 SUNDAY 9 a.m. - Sunday School for all ages. 10 a.m. - Coffee fellowship 10:15 a.m. - Worship with communion and children’s church during service. MONDAY/WEDNESDAY 10-11 a.m. - 3B Class (Body, Brain, Belief) for seniors, 50+ welcome GARRETT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Houston at Cowen Street Church Phone 357-3315 Dr. Scott Shoaff, Pastor Home of Community Care Food Pantry SUNDAY Bible Sunday 9:25 a.m. - Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday school 6-8 p.m. - Youth Group LIVING WATERS COMMUNITY CHURCH 711 So. Randolph St., Garrett Pastor Dean Morris 925-1156 Church Phone 357-6435 SUNDAY 9:15 a.m.-Sunday School 10:30 a.m.- Worship Service WEDNESDAY 6:30 p.m. - Bible Study at the church - youth and adult NEW LIFE HOUSE OF WORSHIP 130 North Randolph Street 357-4550 Pastor J.C. Banks Jr. SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. - Sunday School 10:30 a.m. - Sunday Worship 6 p.m. - Evening service TUESDAY 6 p.m. - Evening service THURSDAY 6 p.m. - Bible Study SAINT JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH 307 South Ijams St, Garrett Father Andrew Nazareth 357-3122 MASSES Monday - 6 p.m. Tue., Wed., Fri.- 9 a.m. Thursday - 8 a.m. SATURDAY 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. HOLY DAY MASSES 6:30 p.m. on the Vigil 7 & 9 a.m. on the day of ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 1349 S. Randolph St., Garrett Church Phone 357-4545 SUNDAY 9 a.m. - Worship with Holy Communion 10:30 a.m. - Sunday school WEDNESDAY 6 p.m. - Evening Worship

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Kaitlyn Bergman of Garrett received a sewing machine for her ninth birthday and has become an expert pillow maker. With some encouragement from friends, Kaitlyn began selling her pillows at craft shows this year. With her love for volunteering at the DeKalb Humane Society, she used her profit to buy items for the shelter. She delivered her items on Dec. 23, just in time for Christmas. She is the daughter of Kelly and Ali Bergman.

BUTLER CITY COURT NEWS The following tickets were paid in Butler City Court, Dec. 19-27. The dollar amount at the end of each listing indicates fines, court costs, and civil penalties assessed by the court. Notations in parentheses after each listing represents the agency issuing the ticket. A code to law enforcement agencies follows this report. • Paula A. Amstutz, Avilla, speeding, $133 (AUB). • Thomas M. Arling, Minster, Ohio, passing school bus while loading/ unloading students, $218 (ISP). • Katrinia M. Baker, Waterloo, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • April M. Behrman, Fremont, speeding, $174 (ISP). • James T. Beining, Grabill, speeding, $135 (DC). • Mary J. Bibbo, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Dellas D. Burns, Garrett, possession of paraphernalia, $242 (AUB). • Emilio A. Chantaca, Butler, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Jorge L. Chavez, Waterloo, speeding, $148 (ISP). • Michael D. Collins, Butler, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Gregory T. Cupka, Auburn, disregarding stop light, $190 (DC). • Michelle L. Gurden, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • David A. Hamman, Butler, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Francis A. Hamman, Waterloo, speeding, $133 (DC). • Terry D. Hopkins, Spencerville, speeding, $154 (DC); failure to obey signs and markings, $154 (AS). • Scott M. Howey, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Elizabeth M. Huffer, Fort Wayne, parked left of center, $120 (AUB). • Vincent O. Jacquay, Butler, failure to yield, $179 (AUB). • Jennifer L. Jefferies,


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Garrett, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Keesha L. FloresJimenez, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Zakkairy M. Johnson, Ashley, texting while driving, $179 (DC). • Jeffery L. Jones, Hamilton, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Suresh B. Kancharla, Santa Clara, Calif., no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Samuel J. Knepper, Garrett, expired registration, $133 (AUB). • Robert J. Knott, LaOtto, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Michael A. Lacey, Wolcottville, speeding, $173 (AUB). • Kierston A. Ladd, Fort Wayne, expired plates, $158 (AUB); operating vehicle without financial responsibility, $243 (AUB). • Eric A. Leitch, Albion, speeding, $154 (ISP). • Guy A. Lepley, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Megan S. Limecooly, Auburn, speeding, $154 (AUB). • Christian J. Macy, Leo, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Ty J. Maggert, Garrett, speeding, $154 (ISP). • Frieda L. Michael, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (DC). • Clinton K. Nelson, Auburn, speeding, $154 (AUB). • Taylor M. Parks, Corunna, speeding, $148 (AUB). • Timothy L. Peterson, Elkhart, speeding, $133 (AUB). • Douglas E. Petroskey, Bargersville, Ind., speeding, $148 (DC). • Patricia Cooper-Pinkston, Fort Wayne, speeding, $148 (BPD). • Sean L. Poling, Garrett, disregarding stop sign, $179 (DC). • Jeremy S. Putman, Auburn, driving while suspended, $158 (AUB). • Mark J. Reed, Bellevue, Ohio, speeding, $148 (BPD). • Noel A. Regula, Holland, Mich., speeding, $133 (DC). • James D. Renfrow, Spencerville, speeding, $148


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(BPD). • Arielle C. Roquet, Hicksville, Ohio, speeding, $154 (ISP). • Bradley W. Schieber, Auburn, expired plates, $133 (DC). • James D. Shellenbarger, Woodburn, speeding, $133 (BPD). • Alexander C. Sinninger, Avilla, speeding, $156 (DC). • Bradley D. Smith, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Paige B. Smith, Auburn, expired plates, $133 (AUB). • Noah A. Snyder, Bryan, Ohio, failure to register under unified carrier registration, $173 (ISP). • Alishia K. Spillers, Auburn, speeding, $133 (DC). • Drake E. Stafford, Auburn, unreasonable speed, $154 (DC). • Aliza M. Stickan, Angola, speeding, $148 (DC). • Scott A. Trowbridge, Garrett, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Kyle R. Urton, Montpelier, Ohio, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Chesney D. VanDyke, Butler, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Thomas P. Walker, Hamilton, speeding, $154 (BPD). • Leah Watson, Hindman, Ky., no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Robert L. Webster, Fort Wayne, speeding, $133 (WPD). • Kevin K. West, Garrett, speeding, $133 (AUB). • Tina S. West, Hicksville, Ohio, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). (BPD) indicates a Butler Police Department ticket; (ISP) indicates an Indiana tate Police ticket; (AUB) indicates an Auburn Police Department ticket; (DC) indicates a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department ticket; (WPD) indicates a Waterloo Police Department ticket; (AS) indicates an Ashley Police Department ticket; (HP) indicates a Hamilton Police Department ticket; (ICO) indicates an Indiana Conservation Officer ticket.


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Garrett High School student Jordan Robbins recently completed an internship with the Judy A. Morrill Recreation Center. Garrett Clipper file photo

Dog taken from car, but returned to owner By Aaron Organ AUBURN — Peanut, a 20-month-old miniature Schnauzer that was taken from a vehicle in the DeKalb Health parking lot while its owner was transporting someone to the hospital, has been returned to his owner. Keith Johnson, Peanut’s owner, said the dog was dropped anonymously in the drop box at the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control building sometime overnight. Johnson was contacted by the facility Tuesday after the staff scanned Peanut’s inserted chip, and was reunited with his dog. “When I walked in there, I hollered his name, and his tail was doing 200 mph and the rest of him was trying to keep up with it,” said Johnson. “He seems to be OK. I’m really, really grateful he was found this quick because, boy, I was devastated.” Johnson said he had taken his mother to the hospital around 11:30 p.m. Monday and left Peanut inside the vehicle while she

was checked . After a couple hours, Johnson returned to the vehicle to walk his dog, only to find him gone. Johnson contacted Auburn Police and a search for the missing canine began. By 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Johnson had gone to veterinary offices around the county then the DeKalb County Humane Society to look for Peanut. While he was there, the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control called him with good news. Johnson said Peanut goes everywhere with him and stays inside the vehicle when he can’t go inside with him. Johnson said Peanut was not in danger inside the vehicle, and added whoever removed him from the vehicle should be prosecuted. “That’s cruel,” said Johnson, who had a reward offered for Peanut’s safe return. “I think they were just stepping over their bounds, thinking it was too cold for an animal to be in the car, but he goes everywhere with me. It’s not like he was being neglected.”

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of 94. The owner of Ort’s Furniture, Jewelry and Gifts began working for his father in the family business at the age of nine years. The girls varsity basketball team (16-7) fell to Angola in the Class 3A Bishop Dwenger Semifinal. The game marked the final career contest for seniors Becca Oliver and Emma Riedley. Former Garrett Mayor Charles Davis donated two models cars from his personal collection to the Garrett Public Library to place on permanent display. The DeKalb County Community Foundation announced three scholarships dedicated to only Garrett High School graduates by former teachers Sarah Jean Eldridge, Roger D. Weimer and Winifred Peters. Hayden Lee finished

prep careers at Garrett in wrestling, football, baseball and basketball. Curbside recycling would be offered to Garrett residents beginning in April. The option would complement the city’s current drive-through facility and newly-added drop off bins. The curbside service would cost an additional $2.75 per month through Republic Services who currently are contracted by the city for trash removal. The Big Train (8-11) defeated Manchester on Senior Night 62-45. Four Garrett players were recognized in the Paul Bateman Gym, Zach Sarrazine, Connor Meehan, Joe Martin and Vince Marshall. Fifth-graders no longer would attend Garrett Middle School beginning in August. The G-K-B School Board

sixth at state following a third-place win the previous year. Lee dropped in an overtime decision in the semifinals, then won his first match in the wrestlebacks before dropping a close decision in the fifth-place match. Garrett High School sophomores Zaori Gonzales and Wesley Totten earned gold ratings at the ISSMA state vocal solo contest at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis in mid-February. Garrett senior Gus Ostman qualified for state but was unable to compete due to illness. Three Garrett athletes were added to the Garrett High School Wall of Fame during a ceremony in the Paul Bateman Gym. Ryan Geeting (1993-1997), Mike Kock (1957-1961) and Dan Yarde (1966-1970) were recognized for their

voted to move the student to a separate site due to class-size issues and concern that fifth-graders are not ready for a middle school environment. No decision had been made where the students would meet, but an estimated 140 students would be involved in the change.

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to gain on-the job experience in the field so you can decide whether or not you would like to continue on that career path. I would like to finish by thanking Garrett High School and everyone at the JAM Center for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the internship program, and giving me the opportunity to figure out if the career choice I had chosen was the right or wrong one for me.

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I am Jordan Robbins and I was a fitness intern at the Jam Recreation Center. I chose to do an internship this year because I was looking into doing event planning, but recently I have decided to do something less risky, and more helpful. While at the Jam Center I completed many tasks such as making phone calls, cleaning and organizing the fitness room, setting up for the SilverSneakers class, put fliers up around town, and even designed the Jam Recreation fliers for the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair. The Jam Center is a fun, comfortable space to be and my mentor, Beth McCord, is nice and understanding when it comes to tasks I might have trouble with. I have learned that it takes a lot to plan the Spooktacular, and that Beth is good at what she does for the Jam Center. Beth has many qualities that I hope to someday obtain such as being easygoing with the people who attend her SilverSneakers class and her co-workers. This class is a great way

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Jack Gibson Polar Dip more frigid than ever Hundreds attend annual scholarship fundraiser By Aaron Organ HAMILTON – Fourteen degrees with a 4-degree wind chill? Chainsaw away the ice, and let’s go for a dip. Hundreds of swimmers gathered at the shore of Hamilton Lake Tuesday, New Year’s Eve, in front of a large rectangular hole in the ice to showcase their bravery, gusto or lack of sense at the Jack D. Gibson Memorial Polar Bear Dip. It wasn’t just a cold winter afternoon. The frigid air howled, then bit — hard. The water, officials said, was a balmy 36 degrees. Still, when 2 o’clock rolled around, and Troy Gibson and his family moseyed into the ice bath, waves of crazed people followed, dressed in get-ups ranging from a Santa Claus outfit to Vikings. Some lingered in the water. One fellow floated on a chair with an umbrella. Most sped out more quickly than they entered, fleeing for the warmth of awaiting towels and dry clothing. The Pinkley family has made the plunge a New Year’s Eve tradition. Scott, his 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, and 12-year-old son, Kevin, have cast away consequences and lunged

into the frosty lake for seven years as a family. It hasn’t gotten easier with time. “It was warmer than out here,” Sarah Pinkley said about the water. “My legs just went numb when I came out.” Scott Pinkley said Tuesday was one of the coldest plunges he can remember, though he admitted the temperature really doesn’t change the outcome. Cold is cold. “It doesn’t really make a difference, whether it’s 15 degrees or 35 degrees. It feels the same,” said Scott Pinkley. Judy Bireley, a veteran polar dipper of 19 years, said this year was especially cold. The bone-chilling air “felt like pins and needles, my hands are freezing,” she said, her frozen shorts cracking as she moved around to keep warm. Bireley’s companion, though, wasn’t fazed. Sandy, Bireley’s yellow Labrador retriever, clothed in – appropriately – a polar bear cover-up, only tapped her paws in the water and decided enough was enough. “She just won’t get in that water,” said Bireley. Who can blame her? Hamilton’s annual polar plunge began in the 1980s,

Aaron Organ

Swimmers react to the frigid water during the annual Jack Gibson Polar Bear Plunge at Hamilton Lake, a traditional New Year’s Eve event. but today is named in honor of 18-year veteran Jack Gibson, a former Garrett and Hamilton educator and administrator who passed in 2011. Jack and his son, Troy, participated annually and now Troy and his two children lead the wave of people into the lake. Even Troy Gibson was impressed by the cold this year.

“It was quite a bit colder,” Troy Gibson said. “They said the water was 36, but it’s the wind. It’s cold. But it was a great turnout. I’m excited about the turnout with the weather.” The event supports the Hamilton Lions Club scholarship fund that benefits Garrett and Hamilton schools in Jack Gibson’s name. Participants pay a nominal fee to leap

into the chilly waters, and observers can donate for a button. Betty Gibson, Jack’s widow, said the event allowed Jack, who was stricken with cancer and Parkinson’s disease in his late years, to show people you can live a normal life even with illness. “Normal” being relative, of course, as Betty found him to be rather crazy, she joked.

“It gave him bragging rights,” Betty Gibson said about the annual plunge. “He enjoyed it, and it’s gotten to be more and more fun every year.” Betty Gibson was a minor participant Tuesday. “I had my grandson hold onto me, and I dipped my hands,” said Betty Gibson. “I’m a dipper. It’s bitter cold.”


Sue Carpenter

Varsity cheerleaders, in front from left, are Sage Evans, Morgan Roose, Alexie Newman and Kali Quackenbush. In back are Kelsi Warfield, Olivia Ruble, Molly Wilhelm, Hayley Hall and Madeline Burlage-Haynes. Sue Carpenter

Junior varsity cheerleaders, in front, from left, are Jerika Brooks, Dacoda Birt and Libby Parker. In back are Payton Hickman, Hunter Rowe, Bea Aquilini and Elli Brown. Natalie Hicks was not present for the photo.

SPORTS SCHEDULE Boys Basketball Jan. 9 - Central Noble, home, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 - Adams Central, at Monroe, 6 p.m. Jan. 15 - ACAC Tournament (tba)

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Jan. 24 - South Adams, home, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 - Southern Wells, at Poneto, 8 p.m. Jan. 31 - Bluffton, away, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 - East Noble, home, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 8 - Churubusco, away, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 - Heritage, home, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 - DeKalb, home, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 - Lakewood Park Christian, away, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 - Manchester, away, 6:15 p.m.

Girls Basketball EVENINGS AT 7:00 SAT. & SUN. MATINEES 2:00


Jan. 10 - Bluffton, home, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 21 - Bellmont, at Decatur, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 25 - Southern Wells, at Poneto, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 - Eastside, home, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 - Heritage, away, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 - East Noble, home, 6:15 p.m.

GMS HOOP WINNERS Two basketball contests were held during a Christmas dance at Garrett Middle School on Dec, 20. At left, Korbin Yarian, a seventh-grader, was the winner of a three-point knockout competition. Devin Cusick, grade six, was the winner of a free throw contest.

Wrestling Jan. 9 - Bluffton, there, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 - ACAC Jan. 17 - Heritage, Fort Wayne, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 - Garrett Invitational Jan. 22 - Columbia City, home, 6:30 p.m.

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The Garrett Clipper January 2, 2014  

The Garrett Clipper is the twice-weekly newspaper serving Garrett and the surrounding southern DeKalb County area in northeast Indiana.

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