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Donor gives Bears tickets, limo ride to cancer patient FROM STAFF REPORTS

GARRETT — A Garrett man who is battling cancer will get his wish fulfilled when he attends today’s football game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago. An anonymous donor gave four tickets to Steve Sprague and will send a limousine to take Sprague and three guests to the game. “It’s really nice that this man came forward and gave us this trip,” said Steve Sprague’s wife, Jane. She said the donor is not a local resident, but likes to do nice things for people. Sprague, 65, has had “a pretty rough time of it,” Jane Sprague said. She mentioned on Facebook that he would like to attend today’s Bears-Packers game. “He’s been a Bears fan most of his life,” but Steve Sprague has never seen a game at Soldier Field, the Bears’ home stadium, Jane Sprague said. When the anonymous donor contacted Jane Sprague, he told her he could do even better than providing tickets. “He said he would give him a limo ride to the game and a suite at the field, and we would be inside so he wouldn’t be out in the cold,” Jane Sprague. Jane Sprague will join her husband on the trip, along with Steve Sprague’s brother and sister-in-law. A longtime resident of Garrett, Steve Sprague owns a shop that repairs small engines and lawn mowers. Jane Sprague operates a hair and tanning salon.

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Hope Addis won the th Noble County 4-H Fair poultry show exhibition class with her grand champion bantam in July. On Aug. 4, Add dis suffered a tr traumatic brain injury from whiich she is still reco overing.






Albion girl recovering from traumatic brain injury BY BOB BRALEY

KENDALLVILLE — An old saying goes, “Where there is life, there is hope.” For her family, Hope Addis’ ongoing recovery from a traumatic brain injury Aug. 4 has been at painful, Doctors times but ultimately have told the a reminder that there is Addises Hope hope in God so long as should be able there is life, said Hope’s to come most father, Tim Addis. of the way “There’ve been tough back to where times and there’ve she was before been tears,” Addis the accident. Tim said. “We’re going to get through this. I just trust in the Lord, and he’s leading us.” Until Aug. 4, Hope, now 12 but 11 at the time, was an active, healthy rural Albion farm girl and Central Noble Middle School student. She had shown the grand champion in the exhibition class for poultry at the Noble County 4-H Fair in July, along with the reserve grand champion rabbit. Hope also competed in the 4-H Horse & Pony Show at the fair. She loved horses, her father said, adding, “She rode two or three hours every day.” Hope even volunteered at Dusty Dreams in Noble County, which works helping children and youth with traumatic brain injuries recover


Hope Addis and her mother, Diane Addis, visit the Indianapolis Zoo during Hope’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury earlier this year. Hope now has returned home to rural Albion.

through riding horses. On Aug. 4, Hope was riding at the family’s Jefferson Township farm. Tim had heard her yell at the horse because it was bouncing. At about 2:30 p.m., Tim’s wife, Diane, came home and asked where Hope was, he

recalled. He answered, “Hope’s out back riding.” Diane went out back and found Hope lying on the ground face down, Tim said. Diane screamed. Tim and the couple’s son, Bryson, ran out to see what had happened. SEE HOPE, PAGE A8

Newtown shooter remains an enigma ASSOCIATED PRESS

Adam Lanza was fascinated with chimpanzees because of their capacity for empathy, but could show little or none himself. He could write stories that struck horror into a teacher’s heart, then turn around and craft a poem so beautiful it moved listeners to tears. As a kid growing up in Connecticut, he rode bikes, played baseball and saxophone, and kept hamsters. As a man, he taped black garbage bags over his bedroom windows, retreating into a world of violent video games, guns and statistics on mass murder. Despite the release Friday by Connecticut state police of thousands of pages of interviews, photographs and writings, the man who gunned down 20 first-graders and six adults at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, remains an enigma. Some of the most tantalizing evidence of the inner workings of the 20-year-old Newtown man’s brain appears to be contained in writings that the police chose not to release. An eight-page document titled simply, “me,” is described in a police inventory as “detailing relationships, ideal companion, culture, voting, personal beliefs, describes doctors touching children as rape.” Another, named “tomorrow,” apparently contains details about the author’s “desires, list of the benefits of being thin and negative connotations associated with being overweight, list of goals …” What the files do show is a deeply troubled young man, living with a single mother who was either unable or unwilling to accept the depths of his illness. The picture most people have of Adam Lanza is the skeletal, blank face from photographs released by police following the massacre. Childhood photos show a smiling boy who could look into a camera, but signs of trouble — if not violence — emerged early. In his preteen years, Lanza SEE NEWTOWN, PAGE A8

Mayors worry tax proposal cuts too deep BY JOEL ELLIOTT

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to eliminate the business personal property tax would severely impair the ability of local city governments to deliver basic services, area mayors and policy analysts say. If the General Assembly approves cutting the business personal property tax — which is levied on businesses’ equipment and other tangible property, but not real estate — communities will see personnel cuts to schools, police and fire departments, according to John Ketzenberger, president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute. In 2012, the tax generated $962 million in revenue throughout the state, constituting between 15 percent and 20 percent, on average, of municipal budgets, said Ketzenberger, an Auburn native. “There’s no question that it would be felt by local governments,” he said. “Many of them wouldn’t be able to perform the

services they provide. And don’t forget, it also affects schools.” Supporters of eliminating the tax, such as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, believe such action would improve Indiana’s business climate and make it more competitive with other states that don’t have a similar tax. But mayors in northeast Indiana called the proposal unrealistic and said it would require major cuts to the services they provide. “It sounds like a good headline, but the problem is that it really would affect a lot of municipalities,” said Angola Mayor Richard Hickman, a Democrat. “For us, that would be 20 percent of our revenue, and that would be crippling to our abilities to provide the services that people expect here.” Auburn Mayor Norman Yoder, a Republican, said the resulting loss of revenue would be “devastating.” The majority of Auburn’s tax dollars go to basic services, such as fire and police

protection and road paving. “It’s a great political statement,” Yoder said. “I would love to manage a city without having to tax anybody, but Hickman it takes a certain amount of revenue, and generally, I think the local people hold us accountable. “It’s pretty obvious to any of the mayors you talk to, virtually everybody relies Yoder on property tax, from schools to townships to libraries to county government,” Yoder said. “It will be devastating to some of the services we provide unless we provide some sort of replacement. Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, a Democrat, expressed skepticism about the tax-cut proposal. SEE MAYORS, PAGE A8

“It sounds like a good headline, but the problem is that it really would affect a lot of municipalities.” Richard Hickman Mayor of Angola

• “It will be devastating to some of the services we provide unless we provide some sort of replacement.” Norman Yoder Mayor of Auburn





Student gets national grant for bee business BY AMY OBERLIN

ANGOLA — An Angola High School sophomore has received a national grant to build her honey business. Emily Barge was accepted for a $1,000 Supervised Agricultural Experience Grant through the National FFA Organization. Her FFA advisor, Neasa Kalme, talked about the opportunity in class, and Barge was one of 690 applicants from across the nation. Kalme said Barge went “above and beyond with her first bee colony.” Barge has done in-depth studies on the care of bees and is being mentored by Rodney Snyder, who helps her monitor her honey two times a month. “I have been stung twice and my dad has been stung once but other than that they are pretty nice bees,” Barge said. She estimated there are 10,000 insects in her colony. Barge started with one hive and said she is ready to expand her business, BEElicious. With the grant, she plans to purchase another hive and honey-pro-


Emily Barge has been working on her Supervised Agriculture Project through Angola High School FFA since last year, and she received a national grant to further develop it this year.

cessing equipment. “I knew it would take years of selling honey to build up that kind of money,” said Barge, who lives in a rural area east of Angola. She is the daughter of William and Margaret Barge. Along with the physical materials, Barge wants to educate herself in caring

for bees and making honey. She’s found weekend or one-day courses in southern Indiana and Michigan where she can learn about beekeeping and meet others in the field. She’s been to conferences, read articles and spoken to experienced beekeepers. “I am fascinated with bees, and I like honey. I wanted to run my own business, and I wanted to do something that is environmental,” said Barge, who is in her second year in FFA and SAE. She got her start talking with representatives of the Indiana Bee Keepers Association at the Indiana State Fair. It takes about a year for a hive to produce, said Barge, who plans to begin selling honey at the 2014 farmers markets. She plans to continue working with Snyder through the coming year. The new beehive will be put up in the spring, and she plans to start harvesting and selling her honey in June. She also wants to find ways to educate others in the area about the benefits of honey and bees. PATRICK REDMOND

Lawmaker wants longer sentences for violent crimes INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would require judges to add 20 years onto the prison sentences of people who use a firearm while committing a violent crime. State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said Friday the measure is needed in response to a string of home invasions in the Indianapolis area and rising gun and gang-related crimes across the state. He said he plans to introduce a bill with the mandatory enhanced sentence in the legislative session that starts in January, The Indianapolis Star reported. Under current law, Indiana judges have the option of sentencing violent offenders using a firearm during a crime to

an additional five years in prison. “We can no longer tolerate home invasions, violent crimes, senseless shootings and murders in our communities,” Merritt said in a statement. “I believe we need to strengthen penalties against violent offenders throughout Indiana to keep them off our streets.” Merritt said two home invasions in October on Indianapolis’ north side spurred the legislation. In both of those cases, police said groups of armed men broke into homes, terrorized families and stole their cars. A mother and daughter were sexually assaulted and one of them was shot in one of those home-invasions. Merritt cited the case of Shamus Patton, who injured eight people when he fired

shots into a downtown Indianapolis crowd in 2010 after Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration. Patton served less than three years of an eight-year sentence, and he was arrested again in June when a vehicle he was in led police on a chase, the newspaper reported. “Shamus Patton is a primary example of why Indiana needs to strengthen its minimum imprisonment penalty for violent offenders,” Merritt said. “My hope is we can reduce crime by keeping violent offenders in prison for a longer period of time, and this legislation will give prosecutors and judges the tools needed to put away these individuals so they remain out of Indiana’s neighborhoods, schools and homes.”

Chili Cookoff contender Shipshewana’s Cyndi Howard stirs her secret-recipe, spicy creation she entered in this year’s Chili Cookoff contest at the 2013 Ice Festival in Shipshewana. Cooks

from around the area set up in a tent in the parking lot of the Davis Mercantile to see who earned this year’s bragging rights for the best chili in the Shipshewana.

New museum exhibit stars Indiana’s prehistoric beasts INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — From the shadows of the partially lit gallery, a monster emerged. Massive, curving tusks jut out like steel girders from the cyclopian skull. Ribs as long as a person’s leg protrude down from hulking shoulders and spine. Legs like small trees support the hulking form. More than 10,000 years ago, the mastodon plodded the land just outside Fort Wayne. The fossils have been resurrected to star as the centerpiece at the Indiana State Museum. Indiana’s own prehistoric

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beasts are the focus of the museum’s new exhibition. “Ice Age Giants” re-creates the process of uncovering the fossilized bones of mammoths and mastodons, identifying them, studying them and finally reassembling the skeletons to tower once again. But while children and adults alike picture a woolly behemoth with super-sized tusks plodding through the Arctic, museum organizers are painting a picture of the ancient elephants and their time in the Hoosier state. “In this region, they were very abundant. Indiana has the same, if not more, as the states around us,” Ron Richards, senior research curator of paleobiology at the museum, told the Daily Journal. “We have one of the better organized collections, one of the bigger collections and more sites from where animals had been found.” Around 20,000 years ago,

a glacier covered Indiana from Michigan to Martinsville. The margins between ice sheet and conifer forest were the ideal habitat for mastodons and mammoths. According to research done by Katherine Yansa, a professor of geography at Michigan State University, Indiana was populated by the Jefferson mammoths, a species of the animal native to the Midwest, and American mastodons. As the climate changed and ice melted, many of those animals either fled north to find more food or perished, Yansa said. Retreating ice left bogs and shallow lakes, which became the final resting places for hundreds of mammoths and mastodons. As those wetlands have been drained, filled in or unearthed, the bones have been recovered. Indiana has hundreds of sites where mastodon and mammoth bones have been found.

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Week in Review •

Trucking industry grapples with a serious shortage of workers willing to get behind the wheel



St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School third-grade teacher Kathy Beckman has received two teaching honors this fall.

St. Mary teacher wins multi-county honor AVILLA — Kathy Beckman’s award-winning 2013 has turned into a gift for her students. Beckman, 53, teaches third grade at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School in Avilla. This fall she was named the Light of Learning Award winner from the school and also won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Notre Dame Club. Beckman and her husband, Mark, have two grown children. The couple live south of Auburn. The Light of Learning Award is presented to a teacher in each of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese parochial schools. For the Notre Dame Club honor, she was chosen from all kindergarten through senior high teachers at private, parochial and charter schools from Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties. A public school teacher also was chosen to participate.

Airport Authority president loses his post AUBURN — In a move designed to “get the attention” of a DeKalb County Airport Authority deemed rogue, the county commissioners Monday voted not to reappoint the authority’s president to his seat. Instead, commissioners voted 3-0 to appoint retired engineer John Chalmers of Auburn to the Airport Authority, replacing longtime member and current President Brad Stump of Garrett. A motion to reappoint Stump failed by a 1-2 vote. The commissioners discussed the appointment for 45 minutes and called the decision one of the toughest they have ever had to make. On one hand, they said, Stump has the knowledge and experience to lead. On the other, the airport has veered “out of control,” they said.

Legion auxiliary remembers veterans ANGOLA — Veterans at Lakeland Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation were given patriotic lap blankets and cookies Monday for Christmas; some were deeply moved by the gesture. Members of the Fremont American Legion Post 257 Women’s Auxiliary and Fremont American Legion Post 257 Commander John Custer remembered their fellow veterans. Auxiliary member Deb Stroh made red, white and blue lap blankets that were distributed with cookies with other members, Lori Masters, treasurer; Bobbye Champion, president; and Sondra Ferguson. “I think we do it because we want to recognize the veterans of Steuben County,” Ferguson said.

Christmas fire damages teacher’s home LIGONIER — A West Noble teacher whose home was heavily damaged by a Christmas morning fire had a special message for her students Thursday night. As the investigation continues into the cause of blaze at the South Main Street home of Joe and Christy Hofmeister, the family is dealing with the loss of many of its possessions and extensive damage to their home in Ligonier. Christy Hofmeister is a second-grade teacher at West Noble Elementary School. The family is staying with friends and trying to salvage what they can from their home. “I want everyone to know that my family is safe and doing good,” Christy Hofmeister said Thursday night. “I want my students to know that I will see them on Jan. 7 when they come back to school, and that no one in my family got hurt.”

Ending tax could bite county budget ALBION — A proposed change in the Indiana tax code could remove 10 percent of Noble County government’s general fund budget, the Noble County Board of Commissioners learned Monday. The Indiana General Assembly is considering a proposal to do away with the business personal property tax, Noble County Auditor Jackie Knafel said Monday. Knafel calculated that business personal property tax accounts for about $922,000 of the county’s $9 million general fund budget. Including money from outside the general fund, the impact of the change would be closer to $1.1 million, she said. The figures are only those for Noble County government, and do not include cities, towns, schools, libraries and other taxing units that would be affected.

LaGrange hires town manager LAGRANGE — Mark Eagleson has been hired to become LaGrange town manager. The town council, which Eagleson serves as president, made the decision last week. Eagleson will assume the new position Jan. 20 and will be resigning his seat on the town board. The LaGrange County Democratic Party has 30 days to appoint Eagleson’s replacement on the council, who will serve until Eagleson’s term expires at the end of 2014. The town will not hold a special election.

Health care, bombing top 2013 news NEW YORK (AP) — The glitch-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was the top news story of 2013, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing and the dramatic papal changeover at the Vatican, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. The saga of “Obamacare” — as the Affordable Care Act is widely known — received 45 first-place votes out of the 144 ballots cast for the top 10 stories. The marathon bombing received 29 first-place votes and the papal transition 21.

When thoughts turn to fourth-quarter hiring trends, the first thing that comes to mind for many is the annual surge in demand for retail sales staff to help handle the holiday shopping season. But the employees in greatest demand have not been working behind the counter; they have been behind the wheel, driving the trucks that keep American goods Gatman moving. Data from Northeast Indiana Works in partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show there were 333 online job postings for retail salespersons in the 11-county area in November. But that month, there was 75 percent greater demand for nurses and close to three times as much demand for truck drivers. A database used by Northeast Indiana Works called Wanted Technologies showed 584 online job postings in the region for registered nurses and 926 for truck drivers. The Wanted Technologies numbers provide “a current snapshot of the labor market today,” said Gary Gatman, vice president of strategic initiatives at Northeast Indiana Works. “We’re talking really recent data, so this is what’s going on in northeast Indiana right now.” The agency that helps unemployed workers with skills training and job leads in November began covering the costs of a six-week truck driving course that Ivy Tech Corporate College started teaching this summer at the Sirva moving company complex at 5001 U.S. 30 W. in Fort Wayne. The class trains four students at a time, and a $4,000 grant for each student covers required books and training, as well as a Department of Transportation physical exam and the first attempt at a commercial driver’s license skills test. Kaylene Smith, professional development program manager for the corporate college, said in mid-December the January class was full and only half the spots were open for the class scheduled to start in February. “It’s gone really well … I am getting several calls here on a regular basis from companies that hear about our program, asking about our graduates,” she said. “They want our students to come to them to apply.” Northeast Indiana Works committed to providing tuition support for 20 individuals, but that could be extended “if companies that hire the certified drivers continue to hire the graduates of the program,” he said. “We will continue to fund that as long as it helps people get back to work.” Manufacturing has been leading the region’s recovery from the recession, and it is expected to continue adding to the demand for truck drivers in northeast Indiana. “As manufacturing grows, goods and services need to move,” Gatman said. With 14,000 registered trucking companies and 48,000 truck drivers in the state, the industry’s health is important because more than 80 percent of Hoosier communities “depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods,” said Barb Hunt, vice president of the Indiana Motor Truck Association. Driving a truck is a demanding job that can sometimes be dangerous. It is not considered a glamorous occupation, and with annual starting wages ranging between $20,000 and $30,000 at most Indiana trucking companies, it does not pay as well as some lines of work. The average annual wage for a truck driver in Indiana is $42,000, and that is better than many states, but “if



Triple Crown Services has had success keeping drivers because many of them haul goods within a 75-mile radius of the company’s terminals.

the pay was $50,000, the turnover probably wouldn’t be anywhere near what it is now,” Hunt said. “Right now, driver turnover is about 100 percent — for every driver a company hires, they’ll lose a driver,” she said. “That’s mainly for large truckload carriers. They will be out overnight or out for a week and things like that.” Because they can only earn while they are driving, many truck drivers close

to retirement age chose to retire early this year after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration imposed new hours of service regulation, which the industry has estimated reduced productivity between 3 percent and 5 percent. Hunt said industry estimates put the truck driver shortage at between 20,000 and 25,000 drivers nationally and between 1,200 and 1,400 in Indiana. “I hate to sound like doom

and gloom, but it’s a pretty intense situation. I really think it’s going to get worse before it gets better, and I don’t think it will get better until we get some proactive help from the government,” said Phil Stump, a sales manager for Ag Trucking Inc. The Goshen-based trucking business, which specializes in bulk and liquid tank work, employs about 140 company drivers and 25 owner-operators. Stump said it could put an additional eight to 10 drivers to work immediately if it could find qualified help. “Demographics are such that we’ve got a lot of career people hitting that retirement age being part of that baby boomer bubble,” he said. “And probably compounding the problem is the bar to even get into the occupation has continually been raised over the last several years with additional regulations from Washington. “So you’ve got a perfect storm of retiring career drivers with stringent restrictive entry barriers for new drivers mixed in with a robust need for trucking services.” Truck drivers may obtain a CDL for transporting goods within Indiana at age 18, but they must be 21 for a CDL authorizing them to transport goods beyond state lines. Companies have to be large enough to be self-insured to hire drivers as soon as they become old enough to qualify for a commercial driver’s license because insurance companies will not insure drivers unless they have at least two years of driving experience, Stump said. “In my opinion, the real issue is the industry doesn’t get a look at young people coming into the work force in a timely manner where they can get young people on a driver career path,” he said.



Deaths & Funerals • Carl Akers Jr. HAMILTON — Carl Akers Jr., 86, of Hamilton, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Laurels of DeKalb Nursing Home in Butler. He was born Oct. 9, 1927, in Pikeville, Ky. He was the son of Rolla C. and Eula Mae (Bartley) Akers. He entered the U.S. maritime service in 1944 for a period of two years following which he entered the U.S. Army for a period of three years. In Mr. Akers 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from which he retired in 1967 after more than 20 years of military service. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was stationed overseas in the Philippine Islands, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the Panama Canal. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, the middle East and the far East while serving with the military. He was employed at Star Financial Bank which was the former, Hamilton Bank, for 24 years, followed by a period of five years as a bookkeeper for a construction company. He then took a position as branch manager for First National Bank of Fremont in Hamilton for seven years, retiring Oct. 31, 2003. Carl was a member of the Hamilton United Methodist Church, Hamilton American Legion, Masonic Lodge, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is survived by his wife, Betty J. (Baker) Akers of Hamilton; a daughter, Vanessa J. (Randy) Steffen of Goshen; a son, Van E. (Christie) Akers of Humble, Texas; three granddaughters, Alix M. (Steven) Burrell of Humble, Texas, Ayran M. Akers of Humble, Texas, and Angela F. (Jason) Miller of Westfield; three grandsons, Nathan R. (Samantha) Steffen of New Paris, Joshua D. (Heather) Steffen of Goshen, and Logan ”Max” Akers of Humble, Texas; four great-granddaughters, Reese A. Miller of Westfield, Jules F. Miller of Westfield, Liv

H. Miller of Westfield, and Olive J. Steffen of New Paris; and two great-grandsons, Drew C. Miller of Westfield, and Kingston N. Steffen of New Paris. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 875 S. Wayne St., Waterloo, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home. The Rev. Jack Smith will be officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery with military graveside services being conducted by the U.S. Air Force and the Hamilton American Legion. Visitation will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Hamilton United Methodist Church of the Hamilton American Legion. To send condolences, visit

Larince Fugate Jr. KENDALLVILLE — Larince Fugate Jr., age 50, of Kendallville, died on Friday, December 27, 2013, at his home. Mr. Fugate was born in Auburn, Indiana, on June 6, 1963 to the late Larince Fugate and Mary Elizabeth (Coyer) Fugate. He graduated from Garrett High School in 1980. In the past, he worked at All Media, Mr. Fugate Slater Steel and Commercial Carpet, all in Fort Wayne. Larince was a Hank Williams Jr. and NASCAR fan. He loved celebrating the holidays and spending time with his family and going fishing. Survivors include: brother, Michael Fugate and Cindy Headley of Kendallville; sister, Rosie Sumner and Jeff Hewes of Kendallville; sister, Sue Ann Bailey of Tennessee; sister, Lena and Larry Mitchell of Kendallville; sister, Emma Louise Fugate of Garrett; brother, Ellis and Sharon Fugate of South Milford; sister, Billie Jo and Recie Gibson of Kendallville; and many nieces and nephews. He also was preceded in death by his two brothers, Jennings “Sonny” Fugate

Lotteries • INDIANAPOLIS — Here are Saturday’s winning lottery numbers: Indiana — Midday: 6-6-2 and 9-2-6-6; Daily: 3-7-6 and 8-6-9-2; Hoosier Lotto: 6-7-8-14-21-43; Cash Five: 11-18-21-23-38; Poker Lotto: 10D-3C-6C-JD-KH; Quick Draw: 1-2-5-7-11-1315-16-20-22-25-29-33-3738-57-66-72-73-78. Powerball — 8-35-4451-56, PB:18. Ohio — Midday: 9-5-8 and 0-0-9-8; Midday Pick Five: 5-3-4-5-2; Pick Three: 9-5-2; Pick Four: 4-1-1-9; Pick Five: 4-4-0-7-5; Rolling Cash Five: 2-4-1617-37; Classic Lotto: 20-24-26-34-45-47, Kicker: 9-2-3-6-4-7. Michigan — Midday:


0-2-1 and 1-0-3-7; Daily: 7-1-5; Fantasy Five: 8-15-24-26-31; Classic Lotto 47: 4-23-28-29-33-38; Keno: 1-3-4-11-17-19-2428-29-35-37-42-45-5153-59-61-63-65-67-70-73; Poker Lotto: JD-4C-2D4H-10H. Illinois — Hit or Miss Morning: 2-4-7-9-10-12-1417-18-19-23-24, GLN: 2; LuckyDay Lotto Midday: 1-9-21-24-32; Evening LuckyDay Lotto: 4-15-1622-38; Lotto: 1-7-9-20-3049, Extra Shot: 13; Pick Three Midday: 7-7-4; Pick Four Midday: 8-6-5-7, Fireball: N; Pick 3 Evening: 6-5-1, Fireball: 9; Pick 4 Evening: 8-7-7-2, Fireball, 8; Midday My 3: 0-9-3; Evening My 3: 7-6-5.

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and Daniel Fugate; his niece, Stephanie Fugate and nephew, Cody Fugate. Visitation will be today from 2-6 p.m. at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville. Funeral services will be Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Hite Funeral Home with Pastor Chris McPherson officiating the service. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery near Rome City with Larry Mitchell, Larry Jo Mitchell, Jason Mitchell, Recie Gibson, Sonny Fugate and Jeff Hewes serving as casket bearers. Send a condolence to the family or view a video tribute of Larince by today at Arrangements have been entrusted to Hite Funeral Home of Kendallville.

Estella Monroe KENDALLVILLE — Estella M. Monroe, 78, of Kendallville, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville. Arrangements are pending at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 S. State St., Kendallville.

John Hoover KENDALLVILLE — John Edward Hoover, 72, of Kendallville, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at home. Mass of the Resurrection will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Avilla. Calling will be Monday from 3-7 p.m. at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville with a rosary service at 7 p.m. Memorials are to St. Mary’s Catholic Church building fund. A complete obituary will appear in Monday’s edition.

Robert McComb LIGONIER — Robert Lee “Bob” McComb Sr., 86, formerly of Dallas Lake and Ligonier, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2013. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at D. O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, with memorial calling one hour prior.


World braces for retirement crisis BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages. Spawned years before the Great Recession and the 2008 financial meltdown, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and its consequences will be far-reaching. Many people will be forced to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65. Living standards will fall and poverty rates will rise for the elderly in wealthy countries that built safety nets for seniors after World War II. In developing countries, people’s rising expectations will be frustrated if governments can’t afford retirement systems to replace the tradition of children caring for aging parents. The problems are emerging as the generation born after World War II moves into retirement. “The first wave of under-prepared workers is going to try to go into retirement and will find they can’t afford to do so,” says Norman Dreger, a retirement specialist with the consulting firm Mercer in Frankfurt, Germany. The crisis is a convergence of three factors: • Countries are slashing retirement benefits and raising the age to start collecting them. These countries are awash in debt since the recession hit. And they face a demographics disaster as retirees live longer and falling birth rates mean there will be fewer workers to support them. • Companies have eliminated traditional pension plans that guaranteed employees a monthly check in retirement. • Individuals spent freely and failed to save before the recession and saw much of their wealth disappear once it hit. Those factors have been documented individually. What is less appreciated is their combined ferocity and global scope.


Leslie Lynch poses for a photograph in her home in Glastonbury, Conn. Lynch who lost her job last year is moving out of her home of 21 years because she can no longer afford the mortgage payments.

“Most countries are not ready to meet what is sure to be one of the defining challenges of the 21st century,” the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington concludes. Mikio Fukushima, who is 52 and lives in Tokyo, worries that he might need to move somewhere cheaper, maybe Malaysia, after age 70 to get by comfortably on income from his investments and a public pension of just $10,000 a year. People like Fukushima who are fretting over their retirement prospects stand in contrast to many who are already retired. Many workers were recipients of generous corporate pensions and government benefits that had yet to be cut. The notion of extended, leisurely retirements is relatively new. Germany established the world’s first widely available

state pension system in 1889. The United States introduced Social Security in 1935. In the prosperous years after World War II, governments expanded pensions. In addition, companies began to offer pensions that paid employees a guaranteed amount each month in retirement — so-called defined-benefit pensions. The average age at which men could retire with full government pension benefits fell from 64.3 years in 1949 to 62.4 years in 1999 in the relatively wealthy countries that belong to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. “That was the Golden Age,” Mercer consultant Dreger says. It would not last. As the 2000s dawned, governments — and companies — looked at actuarial tables and birth rates and realized they couldn’t afford the pensions they’d promised.

Ohio Republicans face down critics Three party leaders have riled up the right COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Conservative restlessness within their own party poses challenges to three Republican stars in the battleground state of Ohio, where House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich all have riled up the right. Kasich upset some by pushing for certain tax increases and embracing Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul; Boehner is clashing with conservative groups over the federal budget; and Portman faces backlash from social conservatives over his about-face in favor of gay marriage. Whether the GOP trio can hold Republicans together has sweeping political implications, given Ohio’s role as a swing state and the three men’s own national profiles. Kasich and Portman have been floated as presidential-ticket contenders, while Boehner seeks to hang on to one of Washington’s most powerful jobs. Some party dissidents feel betrayed,

seeing an orchestrated effort to court support among the roughly 20 percent of unaffiliated voters in Ohio’s middle. Kasich could face a primary challenge in 2014 and lose some conservatives to a Libertarian candidate in November. People are lining up to oppose Boehner in the district he has held more than two decades, while there’s talk of recruiting a primary challenger for Portman in 2016. “The Republican Party needs to know what it stands for,” said Tom Zawistowski, a leader in the Ohio tea party movement. “We’re not going to let them slide.” Given the current volatility and uncertainty in U.S. politics, what happens with the three leaders in Ohio, often seen as a political bellwether, “could serve as a beacon of national interest,” said Barbara Trish, an associate political science professor at Iowa’s Grinnell College who studies political parties. Veteran Ohio GOP consultant Mark Weaver said division over

strict adherence to philosophy and winning elections isn’t unique to state Republicans and that “it’s similar to one we’re seeing around the country. Like the Democrats, the Republican Party has some natural tension inside it, but given the horrific performance of Barack Obama, we’re going to be united in bringing America back from the Obama policies.” Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted said Boehner, Portman and Kasich face a classic conflict: whether to follow, or lead, public opinion. “These guys have been pretty successful in their own right; they’re pretty smart politically. They’re trying to skate, as Wayne Gretzky says, to where the puck’s going to be, not necessarily where the puck is,” Husted said. “That path is not always clear.” Ohio consultant Curt Steiner places Portman in the leader category. The Cincinnati native stunned conservative backers in March when he announced his support for same-sex marriage, after his son Will came out as gay. “I think history will show that he was ahead of the curve,” said Steiner, who helped run Portman’s first congressional campaign.

Former Hoosier congressman dies INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Jacobs Jr., a former longtime Indiana congressman, died Saturday afternoon at age 81, according to a family spokesman. Gary Taylor, a family friend and former campaign manager for Jacobs, said the former Democratic lawmaker had died earlier in the day at his Indianapolis home. Taylor said Jacobs had experienced declining health in recent years. He said the death was likely

due to complications from old age rather than any single cause. “He was a great man,” Taylor said. According to his congressional biography, Jacobs served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1959-60, and then the U.S. House from 1965-73, and again from 1975-97. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence praised Jacobs career in a statement released Saturday evening. Jacobs “personified

the kind of principled and compassionate leadership that Hoosiers most admire, and he will be greatly missed,” Pence said. Pence highlighted Jacobs work on the Civil Rights Act of 1965 as well as Social Security and Medicare. Jacobs was a Marine who fought during the Korean War from 1950-52. Taylor said Jacobs was a disabled combat veteran but refused all disability compensation while in office. “He didn’t think it was

right to take that money, since he had a job with a good wage,” Taylor said. “He was frugal, and that’s something I think the public really seemed to take to about him.” Jacobs was born in Indianapolis on Feb. 24, 1932, according to his congressional biography. He graduated high school in Indianapolis in 1949. After his military service, Jacobs attended Indiana University, receiving a law degree in 1958.



Briefs •

Student dies in Egypt’s protests

New mayor gains counterterror force NEW YORK (AP) — At a recent briefing in lower Manhattan, the New York Police Department gave an auditorium full of private security executives plenty to worry about. One of the NYPD’s intelligence analysts warned that New Yorkers have gone to fight in the Syrian civil war and could come back radicalized against the West. The presentations demonstrated the nation’s largest police department’s determination to stay at the forefront of counterterrorism, even as the man who spearheaded the effort — Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly — is headed out the door. Kelly, whose 12-year tenure ends this month without a major successful terror attack on his watch, repeatedly has suggested that anyone considering remaking one of the defining initiatives of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration should proceed with caution.

Syrian airstrike kills more than 20 BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian government airstrike hit a crowded vegetable market in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, shattering cars and storefronts and killing at least 21 people, activists said. For nearly two weeks, President Bashar Assad’s warplanes and helicopters have pounded opposition-controlled areas of the divided city. Activists say the aerial assault has killed more than 400 people since it began Dec. 15. The campaign comes in the run-up to an international peace conference scheduled to start Jan. 22 in Switzerland to try to find a political solution to Syria’s civil war.

Turkey widens rift with US-based cleric ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s embattled prime minister on Saturday ratcheted up the rhetoric against a U.S.-based Muslim cleric seen as a threat to his government, for the first time directly suggesting followers have infiltrated the police and judiciary and are pushing a corruption probe against his allies. Analysts meanwhile pointed to growing evidence of an uneasy alliance between Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islam-based government and the secular military, which for years regarded him with suspicion. The scandal is revealing the deep cracks among Turkey’s elite, spilling out into the public the power struggles that have until now mostly remained hidden. Turks are watching with disbelief as two major Islamic groups go after each other so transparently.

Pro-gas interests decry fracking delay ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Born of the energy crisis of the 1970s, gas driller Lenape Resources flourished in western New York for more than three decades — until the revolutionary technology that sparked the nation’s shale gas boom brought the industry to a screeching halt in New York under a moratorium now in its sixth year. Today, Lenape has just five employees, down from 100 in years past. “Those five, we’re trying to give them work in Pennsylvania,” said John Holko, the company’s president. “We’re not going to be here much longer.” As another year closes with a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York and no timetable for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to decide whether to lift it, drilling interests have all but given up on the state.



Policemen and firefighters search for victims of a train accident at Kothacheruvu, north of Bangalore, India, Saturday. A fire engulfed two coaches of an express train in southern India

early Saturday, killing at least two dozen, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open, officials said.

Fire on express train in India kills at least 26 KOTHACHERUVU, India (AP) — A fire engulfed a coach of an express train in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 26 passengers, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open, officials said. As the inferno and thick black smoke raced through the car at about 3:45 a.m., panicked passengers broke the windows and many saved themselves by jumping from the train. Sixty-seven passengers were in the carriage when the fire broke out about 2 kilometers (1 mile) from the small town of Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh state, said railways spokesman C.S. Gupta. The train was brought to a halt and the burning coach

was delinked from the rest of the cars to prevent the fire from spreading, Gupta said. The fire spread to a second coach, but the blaze was put out before it caused much damage, Gupta said. Firefighters put out the blaze in the burning coach and retrieved at least 26 bodies, including two children, said a railway official at the site of the fire. More than a dozen people were brought to hospitals with injuries sustained when they jumped from the train, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Firefighters had to force the doors open and make their way through the smoke-filled coach to reach the dead, the official said.

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are rooting for the change to be a non-event, comparable to another New Year’s Day in 2000 when widespread fears of digital-clock chaos to start the new millennium proved unfounded. “My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,” said Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member

who chairs the policy implementation committee. “It’s business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.” Some churches are dropping their sponsorship of Scout units because of the new policy and some families are switching to a new conservative alternative called Trail Life USA. But massive defections haven’t materialized and most major sponsors, including the Roman Catholic and Mormon churches, are maintaining ties. “There hasn’t been a whole lot of fallout,” said Haddock, a lawyer from Wichita, Kan. “If a church said they wouldn’t work with us, we’d have a church right down the street say, ‘We’ll take the troop.’”

Many bodies were found near the jammed doors, he said. Medical teams carried out autopsies to identify the bodies, many of which were charred beyond recognition. The train was traveling from Bangalore to Nanded in the western state of Maharashtra. Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said preliminary reports from the site indicated that the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit. An investigation was underway. Accidents are common on India’s railroad network, one of the world’s largest, with some 18 million passengers daily. Most collisions and fires are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

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South Sudan: ‘White Army’ marches to fight JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Twenty-five thousand young men who make up a tribal militia known as the “White Army” are marching toward a contested state capital in South Sudan, an official said Saturday, dimming hopes for a cease-fire. Seeking an end to the nearly two-week crisis in which an estimated 1,000 people have been killed, leaders from across East Africa announced on Friday that South Sudan had agreed to a “cessation of hostilities” against forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, accused by the government of leading a coup attempt on Dec. 15 that erupted into violence. But Machar rejected that, saying in an interview

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on Brotherhood and Morsi supporters ahead of a Jan. 14-15 constitutional referendum they see as a milestone in the transition plan. Authorities fear Morsi supporters would seek to derail the key vote, through protests or by violent means. University professors and security officials accused protesting students on Saturday of blocking entrances to classes and harassing students as they made their way into the campus. A statement from the Interior Ministry, in charge of the police, said students stormed several buildings on campus to “terrorize students and faculty.” It said some fired shotguns into the air and smashed furniture. The ministry statement said that the attack prompted the police to move in to disperse the crowd, leading the students to setting the Faculty of Commerce on fire. Aya Fathy, a student spokeswoman, disputed the officials’ claim, saying the students were protesting peacefully. She said police moved in to break up protesters outside the faculty building, firing indiscriminately at them, and killing student Khaled el-Haddad. She accused the police of setting the building on fire to blame the students. She said the police force was chasing students on campus. Footage from local TV stations and social media websites showed the campus as a battleground. Flames rose from the three-story building, with rooms inside badly torched. Pitched battles pitting police against rock-throwing students, some armed with what appeared to be homemade guns or projectile launchers, left the campus deserted, strewn with rocks and debris.

CAIRO (AP) — Riot police moved into Egypt’s main Islamic university on Saturday, firing tear gas and breaking up a strike by students that threatened to disrupt midterms. One student was killed in the melee, an administration building was torched and students fled from exam rooms. Police say they entered eastern Cairo’s Al-Azhar campus, the site of frequent clashes in recent weeks, and deployed around other Egyptian universities to prevent supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi from intimidating other students trying to take the tests. Pro-Morsi activists have called for an exam boycott but deny government claims that they threatened anyone. Students at al-Azhar, a stronghold of Morsi supporters, have been protesting for weeks against his ouster and a subsequent state crackdown, which this week saw his Muslim Brotherhood group declared a terrorist organization. The Brotherhood dismisses the label and has vowed to keep up its protests against Egypt-military backed authorities. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Higher Education Hossam Eissa said authorities will go after those he said were financing non-peaceful protests on campuses, and accused the Brotherhood of seeking to derail exams. “The aim of the terrorist Brotherhood group is to call off university exams,” he said according to comments published on the state news agency MENA. “The role of the government is to restore security especially before the referendum on the constitution.” The government is intensifying its crackdown












Looking Back •

100 years ago • The Watch Party

to be had by the Elks on New Year’s Eve will undoubtedly be one of the most elegant affairs ever. There will be a program exclusively home talent of music, talks, modes of entertainment of every description. Sacks orchestra will furnish the music and dancing will be one of the main features of the evening. THE NEWS SUN

25 years ago • Community

leader Jerry Davis believes in the need for day care. The former manager of the Kendallville Kraft Inc. plant is heading the $150,000 drive to build an addition to the Kendallville Day Care Center, 342 E. Lisle St. A 36-foot by 60-foot addition, designed by Brown & Brown Associates, is planned for the west side of the current facility located just west of East Noble High School. Now in its 18th year, the center is licensed for 35 children, ages 3-5. The addition will allow the facility to accept up to 105 children. THE EVENING STAR

25 years ago • Gov. Robert Orr

appointed Monte L. Brown as prosecuting attorney for DeKalb County. Brown filled a vacancy left when Paul Cherry was elected judge of DeKalb Circuit Court to replace retiring Judge Harold D. Stump. Brown had been the deputy prosecuting attorney.

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Our View •

Increased aid for adoption needed in 2014 We applaud Gov. Mike Pence for seeking a state tax credit that would help parents offset adoption expenses. In addition, we join those who are urging him to provide extra help for parents who take on the added challenge of special needs adoptions. Indiana suspended subsidies for adoptions of special needs children in 2009 — “one of the casualties of then-Gov. Mitch Daniels’ budget surplus building,” according to an editorial in the South Bend Tribune. Indiana is the only state in the nation not to offer such support. A 2008 report from the North American Council on Adoptable Children found that 58 percent of parents said they could not have adopted their special needs children without the additional resources these subsidies provide. Not surprisingly, adoptions in Indiana have dropped more than 35 percent since 2011. Financial help for families who wish to adopt is less expensive than foster care — and far better for the child. When children obtain a family they are more likely to complete high school, attend college, be employed and avoid drugs, alcohol and trouble with the law. Nationwide, nearly 400,000 American children are in foster care. Worldwide, millions of children are in need of a family. Russia — which has banned adoptions by Americans — has more than 650,000 children not in parental custody. For a number of reasons — chief among them State Department caution and lack of cooperation from some foreign governments — fewer foreign orphans are being adopted. To help rectify this, the Children in Families First Act was written. With supporters in both the U.S. Senate and House, its co-sponsors range from liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. The goal is to create a new bureau in the State Department assigned to work with non-governmental organizations and foreign countries to minimize the number of children without families. Professor Elizabeth Bartholet, founder of the Child Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School, says the bill’s basic message is “the U.S. government should change itself from being a negative force, with respect to children who need homes, to being a positive force.” “Keeping a child in an institution is systematic abuse and neglect,” Bartholet said. “The bill says we the United States should see inter-country adoption as one of the best options — it should not be the last resort.” We support increased, meaningful support for adoption. For more information: Indiana Department of Child Services Children in Families First National adoption information OUR VIEW is written on a rotating basis by Grace Housholder, Dave Kurtz, Matt Getts and Michael Marturello. Publisher Terry Housholder is also a member of the editorial board. We welcome readers’ comments.

Letters • Community supports Shop with a Cop program To the editor: As the chief of police for the city of Butler, I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who supported the Butler Shop with a Cop program this year. We took kids shopping on two nights this year on Dec. 18 and Dec. 20. We started out with dinner at Applebee’s and then went to the Auburn Walmart for a night full of shopping excitement. We were very very fortunate this year to have so many people supporting this great project. This was a record year for donations. We were able to take 20 kids shopping this year from some great families. Kids were able to pick out gifts for any family members they wished and then gifts for themselves. This year we had a lot of help from some of the top supporters from Autoline Industries when it came time to help the kids pick out gifts: Terisa Beard, Johnette Berry, Chris Bauckman and Cheryl Tranary. So on behalf of the Butler Police Department, I would like to thank the following businesses and people who donated to the project this year and a few folks also who wished to remain anonymous: Autoline Industries, Butler One Stop, DeKalb Molded Plastics, Steel Dynamics, Butler Fire Department, Colormaster, Auburn Applebee’s, Clara Jennings, Kirk Casebere, Walmart Distribution Center, Robert Beck, Irwin Auto, Kitchen’s Autobody, Dave Prosser, Air Products, Sudz Carwash and Laundromat, Paragon Steel, Workers World, Butler Automotive, Steve Jennings, Collins Tavern, Margaret Wilson, Glenda and Jimmie Eck, New Process Steel, Jerry Markle, Councilman Jerry Eldridge and Butler Eagles. Once again, thanks to all of our supporters. When we pull together as a community, there is no limit to what we can achieve together. Chief James Nichols Butler Police Department

How do we rank? First in ducks, second in automotive As we pull away from 2013, what is the state of the Hoosier condition? The statistical data from 2010 through this November tells the story of a state steeped in automobiles, agriculture and a changing landscape. We ranked 16th in the U.S. in population at 6,537,334, or 2.08 percent of the nation. Indiana ranks 16th in total households, 17th in single parents, 17th in people living alone, 17th in total housing units and ninth in the nation in home ownership (at 72 percent). Indiana ranks sixth in manufacturing; seventh in durable goods and nondurable goods; 16th in total gross domestic product; 13th in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; 10th in warehousing and storage (in a state that bills itself as the “Crossroads of America”); eighth in chemical manufacturing; and sixth in transportation equipment and furniture. We ranked 13th in 2011 in exports, sending out to the world $32.29 billion worth of goods. Hoosiers rank 39th in per capita income, with residents making 87.2 percent of U.S. income ($38,119), and 33rd in household income at $46,974, down from $47,399 in 2011 (32nd). In 2002, we ranked 24th ($53,482). That is a 13.6 percent decline in the last decade, ranking us 48th. The Indiana General Assembly passed and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels signed Right to Work legislation in February 2011. Union membership declined from 11.3 percent of the workforce in 2011 (302,000 workers, or 15th in the nation) to 9.1 percent in 2012 (246,000 workers). Only 10 percent of the workforce is represented by a union, ranking us 15th, down 2.4 percent from 2011.

Indiana ranks 10th in bankruptcies over time in 2012, and sixth in the rate per 1,000 people. We rank third in methamphetamine lab busts (1,429 in 2012) behind Missouri (1,825) and Tennessee (1,585) while Kentucky ranked fourth with 919. But we are industrious. Indiana ranks second in automotive employment at 102,000 workers. We produce 11 percent of autos in the United States and are home to 630 automotive companies. With Honda, Subaru and Toyota in the state, Indiana has highest level HOWEY the of Japanese investPOLITICAL ment per capita in REPORT the United States. Nearly 17 percent of Hoosiers Brian Howey in the non-farm workforce are employed in manufacturing, the most of any state according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since 2010, Indiana has added the third-most manufacturing jobs of any state in the country — an impressive 9 percent growth rate. We rank seventh in coal production producing more than 36 million tons annually, and coal-fired electric power plants provided 82 percent of our net electrical generation in 2011. Indiana ranked 20th in the number of patents granted in 2012, with 1,963 awarded. We ranked second in prosthesis patents; seventh in surgery instruments; sixth in drug, bio-affecting and body treating compositions; eighth in power plants; second

in communications; and fifth in international combustion engines. Gentlemen and women, start your engines! Indiana ranked 26th in venture capital deals, and second in the United States in adjusted dollars per deals. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, we ranked 21st in giving, with Hoosiers donating an average of 4.5 percent of their discretionary income to charity. We are generous in giving of our time: Three in 10 said they volunteered at a nonprofit organization. With 62,000 farms, Indiana ranked 14th in the nation in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We rank first in the nation in ducks; second in popcorn, ice cream and processed tomatoes; third in spearmint; fourth in eggs and peppermint; fifth in hogs, soybeans, corn, cantaloupe and watermelons; sixth in turkeys; seventh in cucumbers; 10th in blueberries; 14th in milk cows; and 17th in marijuana. Our state forester, Burnel C. Fischer, observed that 200 years ago, 85 percent of Indiana was covered with forests. A century ago, much of that had been cleared for our farms and industry, and in 1922, State Forester Charles Deam predicted that Indiana would be treeless in 15 years. “I’m pleased to report that as we enter the 21st century, forests have rebounded and now comprise almost 20 percent of the state (4.5 million acres),” Fischer reported. I could not find recent statistics on where we rank in steel and limestone production, but the Indiana Geological Survey reports we produce 2.7 million cubic feet of limestone annually. The Great Lakes region of steel production that includes Chicago and Northwest Indiana produced

We are industrious … We produce 11 percent of autos in the United States and are home to 630 automotive companies. With Honda, Subaru and Toyota in the state, Indiana has the highest level of Japanese investment per capita in the United States.

• 676,000 tons of raw steel in a recent week in October. How educated are we? Indiana ranks 43rd in people with bachelors degrees, 44th in total degrees, but we rank 14th nationally in college enrollment with 457,824 students in 2012, and we rank eighth in in out-ofstate students. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Notre Dame, No. 17; Purdue University —West Lafayette, No. 65; Indiana University — Bloomington, No. 83; and Ball State University, No. 184. We have a natural advantage in location (80 percent of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive at applicable speed limits), great resources, fertile soil, world-class universities, a love of the automobile and a great upside. The key to our success is to forge a bettereducated and -prepared workforce. BRIAN HOWEY is publisher of the Howey Political Report, a weekly briefing on Indiana politics. Contact him at 317-506-0883 or at: howeypol




Best Christmas present comes as a song Tears were streaming down my wife’s cheeks when I arrived home for lunch on Christmas Eve. The words “Oh, no!” filled my brain, although I didn’t say them out loud. What terrible thing had happened? And to whom? Everyone was safe — but when Betsy tried to tell me the source of her anguish, I barely could make out her faint, raspy words. That same, weak voice was supposed to sing a solo in the annual midnight Christmas Eve service. Beyond her family, not much rivals the importance of music to Betsy. And when it comes to music, nothing tops the highlight of every year — the Christmas Eve cantata at Auburn First United Methodist Church. Extra singers swell the ranks of the choir on Christmas Eve, and instrumentalists — including

a string quartet — travel drinking too much could lead to from miles around to form an embarrassing consequences. orchestra that accompanies the Despite all her efforts, Betsy vocalists in a 45-minute had not regained much of concert. her voice by the time we For our 39 Christbundled up for the drive mases together, Betsy’s across town to church. clear soprano voice After I dropped her off has hit the dramatic, at the front door, I said a high-soaring notes in the little prayer in the church annual cantata. But now, parking lot. All I want for all she could manage Christmas, I said, is for was a low whisper. to be able to get DAVE Betsy Over the next eight through her solo. hours, she tried all the I wished we had KURTZ recorded usual remedies and a her terrific few I’d never considperformance in a dress ered. Betsy slept, took a rehearsal three days long, hot bath, gargled earlier, so she could salt water and sucked lip-sync for the crowd that down zinc lozenges. packs the pews on Christmas After searching the Internet Eve. for more ideas, she sent me to The choir’s warm-up did not the pharmacy for aloe vera juice. go well for Betsy, so she and the The pharmacist had never heard director hatched an emergency of using it to treat a sore throat. plan: If Betsy began her solo Gargle it, she advised, because and no sound came out, the rest

of the women quickly would begin singing along with her. Hiding how she felt inside, Betsy looked absolutely gorgeous in a classic dress. Another woman in the choir told her, “Well, at least your hair looks great.” The concert began, and I worried all the way to the point near the end, when Betsy would try to sing a lullaby-style tune to the baby Jesus. I tensed up and gazed, pleading, at the lighted Christ window on the peak of the rear wall. In the best Christmas miracle I can remember, Betsy’s voice came out strong and clear. It may not have reached her full potential, but it was the sweetest sound I’ve heard in all the years we’ve sung on Christmas Eve. The audience never had a hint that anything was wrong. Then came the best part of every Christmas Eve. The

church went dark. The pastor took a single candle and shared the light until everyone in the congregation held a tiny flame. During the singing of “Silent Night,” the worshipers raised their candles high on each chorus of “sleep in heavenly peace.” The clock ticked past midnight, and it was Christmas morning. The lights came back up, and I hugged Betsy, her head against my shoulder. “You two are so cute together,” the church organist told us. “Cute” is a word that hadn’t been applied to me since the 1950s, but Betsy’s voice and Christmas itself had never seemed so beautiful. DAVE KURTZ is the executive editor of KPC Media Group newspapers. He may be reached at dkurtz@kpc

One card, two dads, two kids tells the real story It’s just one of countless holiday cards, stacked in a basket on our hall table. Our friends Kevin and Grant are holding their twin sons, Gustav and Alton, while each toddler clutches a brightly colored leaf in his tiny hand. Yes, 2013 has been the “worst year” of President Obama’s tenure and the country is in a sour mood. By a margin of more than 2 to 1, Americans think headed COKIE ROBERTS we’re in the “wrong This STEVEN ROBERTS direction.” Congress has been the least productive in history, and its favorable rating stands at a dismal 13 percent. But in one important way, 2013 has been the best year ever: the advancement of gay rights. A federal judge last week made Utah the 18th state to sanction gay marriage, and Gallup reports that “public opinion on gay marriage has reached a tipping point, whereby the majority now clearly supports it.” That Christmas card explains why. Many Americans got ones like it this year, and what’s so significant about them is that they’re now so ordinary. Gay couples are our friends and neighbors, relatives and co-workers. And they are caring for each other — and their children — with the same devotion as any straight family. The Utah ruling is only the latest landmark in a year filled with them: • A half-dozen states expanded marriage rights and close to half of all Americans now live in states “that offer some protection for gay couples,” according to the website Freedom to Marry. • Pope Francis extended a hand of welcome to gay Catholics in July, saying, “If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized … They’re our brothers.” • The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June that had barred legally married same-sex couples from receiving a host of federal benefits. That ruling has triggered many changes. Just last week, reports The Washington Post, the U.S. Navy announced it would “provide military benefits to gay couples stationed in Japan after previously denying dependent status to same-sex spouses there.” • President Obama named three openly gay athletes to his official delegation at the Sochi Olympics in February. “We don’t make distinctions on the basis of sexual orientation,” Obama told a year-end news conference. “And that’s a value that I think is at the heart of not just America but American sports.” With seven out of 10 Americans under

It really doesn’t get any better than that I find myself alone in our newsroom on Christmas Eve day, just like last year. The holidays are a slow time when you’re a reporter. Everyone is either away basking in cheer or rushing to buy must haves. Since it’s a slow news day, I clean out my desk looking for story ideas or anything interesting. I come upon my kudos hard-copy file full of correspondences I can’t part with. In it are notes of comments, deeply JENNIFER gratitude, moving notes. is a note consoling DECKER meThere when my tabby, Skeeter, went to heaven. There are well wishes, story ideas, jokes, odd news, recipes, notes from fellow native Michiganders, suggestions, remember whens, requests, reminders, photos and all kinds of memories I had long forgotten. I also keep an electronic file of the same. I like to browse through both from time to time, for they remind me of all the good in the world, especially during times of sorrow or frustration. My favorite letter of all-time is from a man back in 2011, 76 at the time. He responded to a column I wrote about our beloved Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and my equally wonderful home state of Michigan making me a guy on my birth certificate. Hence, the BMV issued me a driver’s license saying my sex is male. On top of that as a bonus, my first license plate here started with the letters “HO.” In the letter, this man said he thought what I wrote was humorous, but also pathetic and sad. He also suggested, “Born and raised here in ‘Hoosier DOOM’ and at 76 years of age, my words of wisdom to Jennifer is ‘get used to it’ … it will always be the citizen who must pay for getting anything and everything amended and corrected — never the person(s) who make the mistake in the first place!” The man then proceeded, bless his heart, to offer to buy me a meal at the local deli. Sure, there are notes of dislike or when I make a mistake — something we all do

Ethan donned a Santa suit and surprised his mother. A moving moment indeed. The KPC Media Group video of the moment … as of this writing has had 14,734 views.

• on occasion. Those are just a few of the many examples of the beauty of the written word in recording the human condition. I get to cover incredible stories. Three instantly come to mind that are part of the reason I am a reporter. Prairie Heights High School teacher Kim Harris was stunned recently when her son, Spc. Ethan Harris, 101st Airborne, arrived home early from Afghanistan. Ethan donned a Santa suit and surprised his mother. A moving moment indeed. A KPC Media Group video of the moment is posted at and YouTube. As of this writing, it’s had 14,734 views. Two more of those moments happened recently on my favorite day of the year. It was the RISE Inc.’s Christmas luncheon. It’s a true example of community with Rotarians and Elks cooking up turkey and all the trimmings. Clients look forward to that lunch all year long, along with a visit from the jolly guy in the red suit. It also truly shows how amazing of an organization RISE is in assisting developmentally disabled folks. Later that night, it was Shop With a Cop and youngsters were given a Christmas by law enforcement and emergency personnel. Some families shopped with their child, helping to pick out just the right thing. Other children ate up the attention and were treated to a fun-filled shopping trip. It really doesn’t get any better than any of that. JENNIFER DECKER is a reporter at The Herald Republican in Angola. She can be reached at

Gallup reports that “public opinion on gay marriage has reached a tipping point, whereby the majority now clearly supports it.”

• 30 supporting gay marriage, Republican strategists are increasingly worried that the issue will spell political trouble for the GOP in the future. “Opposing freedom to marry is a loser for our party and serves to drive away a growing number of voters who have turned the page,” David Kochel, a Romney adviser in Iowa, told the AP. What’s behind this stunning shift is simply experience. Conservatives have always argued that same-sex unions demean and degrade traditional marriage, but exactly the opposite is true. These couples are not tearing down the institution. They’re rushing to join it. In Utah, hundreds of couples flooded government offices applying for marriage licenses within hours of the judge’s ruling. Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City, home to the Mormon Church, one of the nation’s most conservative denominations, called the scene “thrilling pandemonium.” “We knew it was something we had to do,” Jeffrey Gomez told The New York Times after leaving work and rushing to the city clerk’s office with his partner, James Goodman. “This is my home, and I never thought I’d be able to get married here. I feel like a real person.” A series of court rulings have reflected — and reinforced — these human emotions. In the Utah case, for instance, Judge Robert J. Shelby strongly rejected the notion that couples like Gomez and Goodman were somehow threatening traditional values. “The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry,” he wrote, “and in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason.” Too often in the past year, on too many issues, public policy has been dominated by ideological crusaders. When it comes to gay marriage, however, reason and reality have frequently triumphed. This year, for the first time, many gays and lesbians felt like “real people” in the eyes of the law. And many kids like Gustav and Alton, the tots on our Christmas card, are growing up in real families — recognized and respected by their community and their country. COKIE ROBERTS AND STEVEN V. ROBERTS are columnists for Newspaper Enterprise Assn. They can be reached by email at stevecokie@

Commentary • High fives

High5s & Hisses

To Kathy Beckman, a third-grade teacher at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School in Avilla, who won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Notre Dame Club. She was chosen from all kindergarten through senior high teachers at private, parochial and charter schools from Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties. A public school teacher also was chosen to participate.

To the Fremont American Legion Post 257 Women’s Auxiliary, who made lap blankets and cookies to give veterans at

Lakeland Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation for Christmas, and to everyone who gave donations or volunteer hours to Christmas charities in northeast Indiana.

To firefighters, police officers and medics who respond to emergencies at all hours of the day, in any kind of weather, and even on holidays when they take time away from their families to take care of their fellow citizens. HIGH FIVES AND HISSES is a Sunday feature compiled by this newspaper’s editorial board. If you have a “high five” or a “hiss” to nominate, call or email the editor of this newspaper.





A&E reverses decision on ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch


Doggone elements Little Miss, a dog owned by Union City, Mich., resident Lindsey Clark, is well protected from the elements at this weekend’s Ice Festival in Shipshewana, thanks to her winter suit, hat and harness. Clark said the small dog is not a fan

of cold weather, but still wants to go everywhere with her owner. Clark said she and Little Miss come to Shipshewana each year for the two-day Ice Festival, which concluded Saturday.

MAYORS: Kendallville mayor opposes the tax cut FROM PAGE A1

“We want to be a city that attracts and retains businesses that provide jobs to our residents,” he said. “However, as with any proposal, there will be unintended consequences. The loss of revenue not only could lead to sacrifices in our quality of life and the city services we provide, but would also likely increase property taxes on many homeowners and businesses.” Kendallville Mayor Suzanne Handshoe, a Republican, said she opposes the tax cut, in part because it takes away local governments’ ability to enact tax abatements as incentives to attract businesses. Further, the business personal property tax generates as much as a quarter of Kendallville’s revenue. “My general fund is at the level it was 10 years

ago when I took office,” she said. “And look at what we are paying for medical expenses, gas and Handshoe insurance costs. I don’t believe in raising taxes. I believe in living within our means, but I would have to explain to our citizens that we would have to cut services.” Making the state more business-friendly through large tax cuts won’t ultimately improve the economy if the resulting cuts in services make it Indiana less peoplefriendly, said Matthew Greller, executive director of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Characterizing Indiana’s tax structure as being already “very favorable” to

business, Greller said the tax proposal must include an alternative source of revenue so that Indiana’s municipalities won’t be forced to cut basic services. The quality of infrastructure, schools and public safety services “all play a part in where college graduates decide to live, and it has little or nothing to do with the business tax structure,” Greller said. “So, regardless of what the business tax structure is, if it’s not attractive to these people, we’re just not going to have any people here to work.” Yoder, in Auburn, expressed similar concerns. “We want Auburn to be a good place to live, to raise our children, to do business and to retire,” Yoder said, “and we know that takes taxes and revenue, and we want businesses to pay their fair share.”

NEWTOWN: Problems began appearing in 2001 FROM PAGE A1

had difficulty with speech and was “being followed medically for seizure activities,” according to investigators. “In preschool his conduct included repetitive behaviors, temper tantrums, smelling things that were not there, excessive hand washing and eating idiosyncrasies,” prosecutors said in one report. But Lanza’s real problems appear to have begun after his parents’ separation in 2001, when he was 9 years old. Adam had attended Sandy Hook Elementary. In fifth grade, he turned in a cute story about a “chicken tree” whose hen fruit “contains everything you ever will need to live like calcium and water.” “It spits out seeds every four hours by using its long chute,” he wrote in a slanted, choppy block script. “The vines that holds the chicken is very soft and very strong.” That same year, Lanza produced a more disturbing work. According to a boy who worked on it with him in class, “The Big Book of Granny” was supposed to be a “comic-style book” in the vein of “Calvin & Hobbes.”

It was far from it. In a section of the book labeled “Granny’s Clubhouse of Happy Children,” typed as dialogue from an imaginary television show, Granny and her son, “Bobolicious,” terrorize a group of children. In one episode, Bobolicious tells the children they’re going to play a game of “Hide and go die.” Granny uses her “rifle cane” to kill people at a bank, hockey game and Marine boot camp. She also goes back in time and murders the four Beatles, according to a police synopsis. The book also contains several chapters with the adventures of “Dora the Beserker” and her monkey, “Shoes” — a clear knockoff of the popular children’s show “Dora the Explorer.” When Granny asks Dora to assassinate a soldier, she replies: “I like hurting people … Especially children.” In the same episode, Dora sends “Swiper the Raccoon” into a day care center to distract the children, then enters and says, “Let’s hurt children.” In the real kids’ show, Dora has a backpack that contains a talking map. In Lanza’s perversion, the group carries a bag stuffed

with an AK-47, an M-16, a shotgun, a musket and a rocket launcher. The boy who drew the cover illustration — showing Granny firing her cane gun — thought the book was turned in, but that remains unclear. He told investigators that Lanza was “weird” and “would sit by himself on the other side of the room and would not talk or associate with anybody else.” Lanza also came to school with a briefcase, he recalled. One undated poem contained in the police files is titled, “No frogs, No kids”: “Too many ants are coming. Ants over populate. Ants dig dirt. dirt grows plants. Bees come to plants. Cock Robin died. Bees die. ants feed bees to babies. Ants will overtake to win. One baby died. 3 eggs won’t hatch. one bird has no voice.” By seventh grade, a teacher told investigators, Lanza’s writing was “so graphic that it could not be shared” — except with the principal. The teacher said Adam’s parents were not “upfront” about his mental abilities.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A&E landed in the middle of America’s culture wars when “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on gays and the Bible. The channel quickly found there was no safe ground. It was pilloried for allowing a man who equated gays with hell-bound sinners like adulterers to have a national TV stage. Then it was excoriated for giving him the hook. With A&E’s decision Friday to bring Robertson back to its most-watched show, it remains to be seen if it can mend fences with both sides — or at least with those viewers who hold opposing views. The channel’s interest is in ratings and revenue, not refereeing social discord. Will those who called for an A&E boycott unless Robertson returned be satisfied? Will “Duck Dynasty” fans who enjoy the Louisiana duck call-making family but were offended by Robertson’s comments watch again? The family itself, which had threatened to withdraw if Phil wasn’t welcomed back, didn’t rush out with its own make-nice reaction Friday. The gay right group GLAAD, which had slammed Robertson’s comments to GQ magazine, issued a critical statement despite A&E’s vague allusion to the support of “numerous advocacy groups” for its reversal. “If dialogue with Phil is not part of (the) next steps, then A&E has chosen profits over African-American and gay people — especially its employees and viewers,” GLAAD said, referring

to Robertson’s remark to GQ that he didn’t know any unhappy blacks in the pre-Civil Rights era South. A&E said it intended to air a national public service campaign “promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people.” Randy Schmidt, a “Duck Dynasty” viewer in Illinois, said he’s glad to see Robertson Robertson back on the show that Schmidt admires for its “Christian values.” Although he didn’t care for Robertson’s comments he has a right to express his opinions, Schmidt said. He added that he’s likely not the only one pleased about Robertson’s return. “A&E’s pocketbook will be happy, too,” Schmidt predicted. Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council in Washington, wasn’t among those calling for a boycott but said A&E could have suffered without its “about-face.” “We’re seeing play out in front of us this great clash of cultures. Those in Hollywood don’t quite understand the values that for many of these people — and I put myself in that category — our values and faith are non-negotiable,” Perkins said. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had said that Miley Cyrus got a pass for twerking on TV while Phil got shown the door, lauded A&E for putting tolerance for religious views above

“political correctness.” Other shows have weathered their outspoken talent by simply bouncing them or not blocking their departure: Think Isaiah Washington on “Grey’s Anatomy,” fired in 2007 for referring to one of his show’s gay actors with a pejorative, or Alec Baldwin exiting his new MSNBC talk show after using gay slurs off the air. But A&E found that easy road blocked for a reality show celebrity who was too real for some, just right for others. Within a day of Robertson’s removal, more than a half-million people liked an impromptu Facebook page demanding A&E be boycotted until he returns. A petition calling for A&E to bring him back reached 250,000 signatures and counting in about a week. The controversy similarly ensnared the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain, which removed “Duck Dynasty”-related merchandise from its shelves and then reversed course and apologized after being hit with complaints. While TV ratings tend to fluctuate, particularly during the holidays when viewing drops, the overall A&E audience was smaller after it landed in “Duck” soup than before. For the week of Dec. 16-22, the channel averaged 1.5 million viewers, compared to 2 million for the week before, according to Nielsen figures. During the week of Dec. 17-23 last year, a roughly comparable period to the post-Robertson flap week, the channel averaged 1.73 million viewers.

HOPE: Churches built bedroom, wheelchair ramp FROM PAGE A1

Bryson called 911, Tim said, adding, “He was very calm, very direct on the phone.” Within minutes, about 30 people had arrived at the house to help, Tim said. Bryson directed the emergency medics to the back of the house, where they placed Hope on a back board. “She started to have a seizure,” Tim said. Hope was airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center at Fort Wayne, where she was placed in the pediatric intensive care unit, Tim said. Doctors put her on a ventilator. The family gave doctors permission to drill a hole in Hope’s skull due to brain swelling caused by her injuries, Tim said. Her brain swelled for four days. Hope was given a full-body scan, Tim said. It found multiple bleeding points in her brain, indicating she probably had taken several smaller blows to the head, rather than one kick from the horse. But an injury such as that can be worse than a single blow, doctors told him. Hope also had suffered a broken collarbone, Tim said. During the scan, doctors found a cyst on Hope’s femur unrelated to the accident. They didn’t know it at the time, but the cyst indirectly would impact her recovery later. Doctors kept Hope semicomatose at first, Tim said. After about two weeks, she was moved from the pediatric ICU to the pediatric ward, but she still had little movement. Those days in the hospital were difficult for the Addises, Tim said. In addition to their concerns for Hope, they had lost a daughter, Paige Addis, years before as a result of a vehicle accident. Then, through his employers at Ben Davis in Auburn, Tim was put in contact with Dr. Charles Dietzen, a specialist in traumatic brain injury from Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. On learning of Hope’s case, Dietzen

drove up to Fort Wayne to do a personal analysis and took her on as a patient, Tim said. Within four days, Hope was at Riley and her rehabilitation started immediately, Tim said. His insurance provided 30 days of in-hospital rehab, and a special Medicaid fund for traumatic brain injury victims kicked in after that. Hope could stay in the hospital as long as she advanced with her therapy, but she suffered a setback when she tried to walk on her own and the cyst caused her femur to fracture, Tim said. Her therapy had to stop due to the cast she was placed in, so she came back home Nov. 14. That was also when Diane came home to stay after the accident, Tim said. She’d been staying with Hope the whole time. “She said she wasn’t coming home until her daughter came home, and she didn’t,” he said. Support came from all over the community and area for Hope and the family, Tim said. The church the family attends, Albion Wesleyan, provided the first of many fundraisers from different groups and organizations — so many Tim’s afraid to try to list them for fear of missing someone. When people learned of the needs Hope would have at the house, they rallied to address those, too, Tim said. Albion Wesleyan put in hardwood floors, widened her bedroom door for a wheelchair and replaced the front door and some floors. Destiny Family of Faith in Kendallville built a ramp for Hope’s wheelchair, and its members mowed the grass, fed the farm animals and cleaned the house, Tim said. Through it all, Tim kept working at his job and Bryson kept his chores done. Bryson, now 14, even made the last cut of hay for the year and sold some of it, Tim said, adding, “He’s been a trooper through the whole thing.” And Hope continues to improve, Tim said. On Dec. 17, she said her first word

“The best word in the world is, ‘Mom.’” Tim Addis Father of Hope Addis on his daughter’s first word since her accident Aug. 4.

• since the accident. “The best word in the world is, ‘Mom,’” Tim said. That was the first word they heard Hope say since Aug. 4. “Hope has advanced quite a bit, even at home,” he said. She is speaking, able to string a few words together, and eating with a spoon. Doctors have told the Addises Hope should be able to come most of the way back to where she was before the accident. “Academically, she’s there,” Tim said. “She has control of her faculties.” The Addises hope Hope can resume her more structured therapy once she’s out of the cast, either in a hospital or an an outpatient rehab program, Tim said. Movements on one side of her body have been more difficult, and the hope is those will improve with therapy. But they know this is going to take time, Tim said. As Dietzen told them, “This is not a sprint. This is a marathon.” In the meantime, they are home, Tim said, adding, “We’re a family again.” And Hope remains, well … hopeful, as reflected in a favorite gesture of hers, Tim said: “She’s always ‘thumbs up.’” Tim said the family has been very blessed by the support it has received in prayers, donations and through Facebook. “People just poured love into our house,” he said. He’s also found hope in God. “We’ve let the Lord lead us everywhere,” he said. “He got us to Fort Wayne, he got us to Riley, and he got us back home. … You just have to trust in the Lord.”




Barra set to lead GM

In this Jan. 14 file photo, General Motors senior vice president Mary Barra, left, president of North America Mark Reuss, center, and Cadillac chief engineer David Leone react after the Cadillac ATS

DETROIT (AP) — When Mary Barra was born in 1961, General Motors was selling half the cars on U.S. roads. In her booming middleclass suburb north of Detroit, the woman who will soon become GM’s CEO remembers pining as a 10-year-old for her cousin’s red Camaro convertible and tinkering in the garage with her father, a die maker who spent four decades at GM. In 33 years at GM, Barra has worked in engineering, communications and human resources. She’s gained in-depth knowledge of a company whose complexity contributed to its losing ground to rivals and, four AP years ago, a trip through is named North American Car of the bankruptcy court. In each Year at the North American International stop, Barra analyzed the Auto Show in Detroit. Barra was named situation and simplified GM’s next CEO on Dec. 10. things. For instance, she streamlined designs by using

Booming stock markets rank as top business story BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

It was an easy year to emulate Warren Buffett even as Congress almost wrecked the economy. U.S. stocks rocketed to new heights, and markets in Japan and Europe jumped, too. The gains enriched investors and defied a still-subpar economic rebound from the Great Recession. Budget fights closed much of the U.S. government for 16 days. Leaked classified documents showed that the National Security Agency collected private online communications via Internet companies. The disastrous rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law confirmed fears of a bureaucratic train wreck. Central banks embarked on a shopping spree. JPMorgan Chase paid a record $13 billion for its role in the housing bust. General Motors flashed signs of its old horsepower. A colossal merger for American Airlines and US Airways took flight. Twitter’s IPO recalled the dizzy era. And the heartbreaking deaths of 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh showed that some overseas factories serving U.S. companies remain unsafe. The stock market boom was chosen as the top business story of 2013 by business editors at The Associated Press. Washington’s gridlock and dysfunction came in second, followed by revelations involving the NSA. Here are the top six business stories of 2013: 1. STOCK MARKETS SURGE: The Dow Jones industrial average set a record in March and hardly stopped to celebrate. The blue chip average has soared roughly 25 percent so far, its best performance in a decade. Stocks stand out as among the few areas of the economy to fully recover from the 2008 financial crisis. The Federal Reserve’s bond purchases helped cut long-term interest rates, making stocks more alluring than bonds. Also, companies boosted share prices through an unusually large $751 billion in stock buybacks. And corporate profits achieved a record share of the U.S. economy. The explosiveness of the stock rally prompted fears of a bubble because economic growth has been tepid by historical standards. 2. FEDERAL CHAOS: Congress nearly derailed the economy — not once but several times. Lawmakers allowed a Social Security tax cut to lapse after Jan. 1, which shrank Americans’ paychecks. Then they let deep federal spending cuts take effect in March because they couldn’t agree on a budget. The dysfunction peaked in October: Unable to pass a 2014 budget,

Congress shut down part of the government for 16 days. National parks were closed. Federal employees stayed home. The government even risked a default on its debt until, with just hours to spare, Congress reopened the government and by December forged a two-year budget deal. 3. TECH COMPANIES AND NSA: Big Brother has logged on. The U.S. government gathered data on online messages through a program that’s intended to stop terrorism but that touches the communications of ordinary Americans. Internet companies already track users and then sell customized digital advertising. But they reacted indignantly after documents leaked by a former NSA contractor said the agency had backdoors at Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft. The companies said they provided data only as required by federal courts. They tried to mend any public fallout by pressing the Obama administration to curb electronic snooping and to let the companies disclose more information about government requests for their users’ online activities. 4. JPMORGAN CHASE: The biggest U.S. bank agreed to pay $13 billion for its part in the housing frenzy that sparked the financial crisis. The agreement dwarfed the previous record settlement with the government: $4 billion against BP for its 2010 oil spill. JPMorgan Chase and banks it had acquired had misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about mortgage bonds it sold them that later went belly up. The settlement represented 60 percent of JPMorgan’s 2012 net income. On the bright side for the bank: Most of the penalty is tax-deductible. 5. HEALTH CARE LAW: The medicine didn’t go down smoothly when the new health care law launched in November. It was almost impossible for uninsured individuals and small businesses to sign up on the glitch-ridden federal website. The Obama administration swung into emergency mode to fix the site. But businesses would need to enroll with paper applications until November 2014. The insurance plans offered online also drew sour reviews. Premiums rose for some small businesses. Others were unhappy with the limited plans and doctor networks. But some businesses were spared the mess. Before the launch, the government delayed until 2015 the mandate that companies with more than 50 employees provide health coverage or pay penalties. 6. CENTRAL BANKS GO LOW: The Fed and other central banks supported growth by keeping rates ultra-low. Investors, home buyers and corporations benefited.

the same parts in many different models. One of her professors at General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, saw evidence of her managerial abilities early on. “She was great in getting jobs done, putting a team together and making sure that it’s being done right,” Mo Torfeh says. “She was always the person who took charge.” Now it’s up to Barra — the first woman to lead a global automaker — to ensure GM prospers for a new generation of 212,000 employees spread over 23 time zones. GM’s board unanimously approved her for the post two weeks ago after CEO Dan Akerson announced he would step down to help his wife battle cancer. Barra, 52, inherits a company that’s putting

out strong new products and making money. Since leaving bankruptcy in 2009, GM has racked up almost $20 billion in profits. But it also faces intense competition in its home market and challenges in Europe and other regions. Friends and colleagues say Barra has an unusual mix of skills. She’s fiercely intelligent yet humble and approachable. She’s collaborative but is often the person who takes charge. And she’s not afraid to make changes. “When you put her in a position that’s completely new to her, she does an amazing job of getting grounded, understanding what’s important and what’s not and executing very well,” said Gary Cowger, a former GM executive who mentored Barra.




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SATURDAY’S GAMES INDIANA .................................105 BROOKLYN .............................91 DALLAS ...................................105 CHICAGO..................................83 WASHINGTON ...................106 DETROIT....................................92 BOSTON.................................103 CLEVELAND.........................100 TORONTO..............................115 NEW YORK ...........................100 ATLANTA .................................118 CHARLOTTE ............ 116 (OT) MEMPHIS .............................120 DENVER.....................................99 HOUSTON.............................107 NEW ORLEANS ....................98


Garrett’s Brandi Dawson shoots a jumper over a Norwell defender in the second half of Saturday night’s game against Norwell.

ST. LOUIS ....................................6 CHICAGO........................ 5 (SO)

GARRETT — Staggered? Yes. Beaten? No, not by a long shot. The Class 3A No. 4 Garrett girls basketball team (12-0) raced out to a big lead then held off perennial 3A power Norwell Saturday night, 49-45, in a nail-biter in the Paul Bateman Gymnasium. The Railroaders were led in scoring by senior Brandi Dawson’s 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Classmate Kaitlin Wisel chipped in with 12 points. Junior Emily Somers added eight. The Knights (6-3) got 17 points from sophomore Stephanie Conrad and freshman Kaylee Roller. “Garrett’s a very good team,” Norwell coach Eric Thornton said. “They’re undefeated for a reason.” Garrett built a big lead early, taking a 30-17 advantage by halftime. The lead was 39-26 at the end of third quarter. Things got dicey for the Railroaders entering the fourth quarter. After a Dawson bucket made it 41-28 with 7:07 left in the game, Norwell went on a 12-0 run to shrink Garrett’s lead to 41-40 with 4:16 to play. Garrett stopped the run with a free throw from Wisel, but Norwell had the ball with a chance to take the lead. The Knights

Charger Peterson scores 1,000th point

MONTREAL.................................2 TAMPA BAY.................... 1 (SO)


NASHVILLE.................................3 LOS ANGELES.........................2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PINSTRIPE BOWL NOTRE DAME ........................29 RUTGERS.................................16 BELK BOWL NORTH CAROLINA ............39 CINCINNATI ............................17 RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL LOUISVILLE ............................36 MIAMI .............................................9

Area Event • COLLEGE BASKETBALL Trine women vs. Bluffton (Ohio) in Bluffton Holiday Tournament championship, 6 p.m.

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SOCCER Premier League, Arsenal vs. Newcastle, NBCSN, 8:25 a.m. Premier League, Liverpool vs. Chelsea, NBCSN, 10:55 a.m. NFL FOOTBALL Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis, CBS, 1 p.m. Detroit vs. Minnesota or Carolina vs. Atlanta, Fox, 1 p.m. Buffalo vs. New England, CBS, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay vs. Chicago, Fox, 4:25 p.m. Philadelphia vs. Dallas, NBC, 8 p.m. WINTER SPORTS Ski jumping and Nordic combined Olympic trials, NBC, 1:30 p.m. Speed skating Olympic trials, NBC, 3 p.m. COLLEGE BASKETBALL Texas Southern vs. TCU, FSN, 2 p.m. Women, Boston College vs. Providence, Fox Sports 1, 3 p.m. Women, Cincinnati vs. Connecticut, ESPN, 5 p.m. Chicago State vs. Creighton, Fox Sports 1, 5 p.m. Georgia Tech vs. Charlotte, Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.

Garrett 49, Norwell 45 Norwell fg-fga ft-fta pts reb Sawyer 0-6 0-0 0 1 Beer 1-5 0-0 2 2 Conrad 7-11 3-6 17 6 HSmith 0-3 4-4 4 9 Strunk 1-2 0-0 2 4 Isnogle 1-3 1-2 3 2 Roller 5-9 5-5 17 5 Chaney 0-3 0-1 0 2 Totals 15-42 13-18 45 31 Garrett fg-fga ft-fta pts reb Somers 2-5 3-4 8 6 TSmith 2-2 0-2 4 4 DePew 0-3 0-0 0 1 Dawson 9-16 5-6 23 9 Wisel 2-7 6-10 12 3 Sutton 1-1 0-2 2 2 Stafford 0-0 0-0 0 0 Bodey 0-3 0-0 0 2 Newby 0-0 0-0 0 0 Totals 16-37 14-24 49 27 Norwell 8 9 9 19—45 Garrett 14 16 9 10—49 Three-point field goals: Norwell 2-16 (Sawyer 0-5, Beeer 0-2, Smith 0-2, Isnogle 0-2, Roller 2-3, Chaney 0-2), Garrett 3-11 (Somers 1-2, DePew 0-3, Dawson 0-1, Wisel 2-3, Bodey 0-2). Turnovers: Norwell 17, Garrett 12. Blocked shots: Dawson 3, TSmith. Fouls: Garrett 21, Norwell 23. Fouled out: Strunk.

turned the ball over, however, and Garrett was sent to the free-throw line with 3:27 to play. Garrett missed both charity tosses, however, and Norwell again had a chance to take the lead with a 3-pointer. On the ensuing possession, Dawson blocked a Norwell field goal attempt, gathered the rebound and went coast-to-coast to push Garrett’s lead to 44-40. Thornton called it the pivotal play of the game. “That’s just who Brandi is,” SEE GARRETT, PAGE B3

Terry, Panthers beat West Noble

OTTAWA ........................................4 BOSTON.......................................3

NEW JERSEY ............................2 N.Y. ISLANDERS .....................1


Garrett knocks off Norwell BY MATT GETTS

SATURDAY’S GAMES DETROIT.......................................4 FLORIDA.......................................3

BRUSHY PRAIRIE — West Noble’s Kelsie Peterson broke loose for 27 points and topped 1,000 career points for her career on Saturday, but Prairie Heights slipped past the Chargers 61-58 with a strong defensive effort and 26 points from a senior of their own, Tressa Terry. “I thought we had a great defense effort and worked well as a team,” said Prairie Heights coach Jennifer Holden. “Terry was hitting from the outside and hit her free throws.” The Panthers close the 2013 portion of their schedule with a 6-6 record. The squad is 3-4 in the Northeast Corner Conference. “I feel the girls are really getting the program,” Holden said. “The girls are

starting to buy in now.” West Noble fell to 7-5 overall and 5-2 in the NECC race. The second league loss more or less ruined any hopes of a league title for the Chargers. “The conference champ is not going to have two losses,” said West Noble coach Dale Marano. “We’ll evaluate our goals and move forward. One thing for certain, our team is not done. We’re far from our potential and are working towards that.” Kenzie Cox was the only other West Noble player in double figures, scoring 10 points. Kaylie Warble and Shawna Young each added seven points. Along with the heroics from Terry, Prairie Heights had several strong performances. Shawna Carbone finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the

Panthers. Saige Dunafin and McKenzie Kain each added six points. Peterson had seven points early and the Chargers led 16-13 midway through the second quarter. But Heights embarked on a 13-2 run — with the lone Charger score coming from Peterson — to move to an eight-point margin. Carbone had eight of her nine first-half points during the stretch. The Panthers then opened the second half by scoring the first seven points to take its margin to double digits. Terry had a triple during the 7-0 run, with Carbone and Kain also coming through with buckets. Late in the third period Peterson had a score, then followed it with a steal and scored again to reach to the 1,000-point plateau in her


West Noble senior Kelsie Peterson brings the ball upcourt during Saturday’s NECC game at Prairie Heights. Peterson topped 1,000 points for her career.

career. “It is an amazing accomplishment,” Marano said. “Kelsie is a product

of her own hard work. It’s her drive and determination that set her apart.” SEE PH-WN, PAGE B3

Barons finish third in Goshen tourney BY PHIL FRIEND

GOSHEN — The four teams participating in Saturday’s Goshen Holiday Tourney entered the tournament with a combined 29-5 record, meaning there were no easy games for anyone involved. The DeKalb girls basketball team finished in third place, losing to undefeated John Glenn, 61-49, in the semifinals before defeating host Goshen, 51-49, in the consolation game. The Barons (9-3) could’ve played with their spirits low following the loss to Glenn, but they never trailed in defeating the Redskins. “We know from years previous that Goshen wasn’t going to quit until the end,” said DeKalb coach Nick David. “We gutted one out against a good team and that’s what I’m real proud of. “These tournaments can be rough because if you don’t play very well the first game, you’ve got to bounce back an hour-and-ahalf later and play another tough team. But that’s why I like this tournament. All four teams are successful teams that are going to have


DeKalb’s Hayley Martin, left, and Skylar Ostrowski, right, battle for the ball with Goshen’s Olivia Love in the third quarter of the third-place

successful seasons.” DeKalb senior forward Hayley Martin had two superb scorelines Saturday, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds, six blocks and two assists against Goshen, and tallying 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in the setback

game in Saturday’s Goshen Holiday Tournament. The Barons defeated the Redskins, 51-49.

to Glenn. Martin finished the day with 13 total blocks. “We’ve got the height that we can change some shots, and Hayley definitely changes the game,” David said. “In the second half of the season, we really have to buckle down and be

aggressive on defense.” While the Barons never trailed Goshen, they certainly weren’t able to coast. Goshen (7-4) tied the game at 49-49 with 39 seconds to go following a pair of free throws by Deja Felder. Fourteen seconds later, DeKalb’s Skylar

Ostrowski converted 1 of 2 free throws to give the Barons a one-point lead with 25 seconds remaining. “What a huge free throw for a sophomore there to step up in a tie game,” David said. But the DeKalb defense buckled down. With about five seconds left, DeKalb’s Brooke Leins poked the ball away from a Goshen player and Baylee Rinehart came up with the loose ball. Rinehart was fouled with two seconds on the clock and she hit 1 of 2 freebies to provide the final margin. Ostrowski had a doubledouble with 16 points and 11 rebounds. That followed a 12-6 performance against Glenn, potentially giving the Barons a formidable 1-2 combo in the post for the second half of the season. “She had two great games and we’re going to keep it rolling here,” David said. “We’re 9-3 and that’s something to be proud of. The combined record of our three losses is (33-1). We’re still up there and we’re going to get better.” Rinehart and Rachel Ehmke were also in double figures against Goshen with 12 and 11 points, SEE BARONS, PAGE B3



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packed with both memorable and forgettable moments with a solid performance, going 27 for 47. He has been “The Closer,” rallying Notre Dame to victories with late drives, and “Turnover Tommy,” making crushing mistakes at the most inopportune times during his time in South Bend. For his finale, against one of the worst pass defenses in the nation, Rees was mistake free and productive. He missed some throws that could have broken open the game, but, typically, he persevered.

BARONS: Glenn wins tourney FROM PAGE B1

respectively. Leins and Maddy Fifer scored two points each to round out the scoring. Glenn won the tournament title with a 57-52 win over Class 2A No. 3 Tipton. Tipton defeated Goshen in the other semifinal, 60-45. John Glenn 61, DeKalb 49 John Glenn used a 14-0 run in the second quarter and made seven consecutive shots in the third to lead 49-34 entering the fourth quarter. DeKalb led 16-11 early in the second quarter before the Falcons (10-0) went on those runs. Along with Martin and Ostrowski, Rinehart was also in double figures with 11 points. Ostrowski chipped in six rebounds while Leins had four rebounds and four assists. Natalie Shetler led the Falcons with 22 points. JV Tourney Barons fall in title game Goshen defeated DeKalb, 28-22, in the junior varsity title game. Libbie Koeppe and Alyson Noye scored eight points each to lead the Barons, with Jade Bollet scoring four points and Marisa Robinett two points. DeKalb rallied from eight points down to defeat Glenn, 26-23, in the semifinal. Koeppe and Noye scored six points each, with Bollet and Robinett scoring five points

DeKalb 51, Goshen 49 DeKalb Players fg-fga ft-fta tp rb as st Leins g 1-3 0-0 2 2 1 1 Rinehart g 4-16 3-8 12 2 1 3 Ostrowski f 7-9 2-4 16 11 1 0 Fifer g 1-4 0-0 2 4 2 1 Martin f 4-7 0-0 8 8 2 0 Beachey 0-1 0-0 0 5 3 0 Ehmke 4-11 0-0 11 2 1 1 Totals 21-51 5-12 51 34 11 6 Goshen Players fg-fga ft-fta tp rb as st Ellis 0-0 0-1 0 2 1 0 Gipson 2-8 0-0 4 2 2 2 Love 1-3 0-1 2 2 0 0 Felder 6-19 7-8 21 7 3 3 Vanlandingham 2-4 0-0 4 4 0 1 Hershberger 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 Troyer 1-4 1-2 3 2 0 0 Trosper 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 DeStefano 5-9 5-7 14 2 0 1 Totals 17-50 13-19 49 22 6 7 DeKalb 13 12 14 12 — 51 Goshen 5 16 16 12 — 49 Three-point shooting — DeKalb 4-18 (Ehmke 3-9, Rinehart 1-7, Fifer 0-1, Beachey 0-1), Goshen 3-12 (Felder 2-8, Gipson 0-3, Trosper 0-1). Team rebounds — DeKalb 7, Goshen 8. Turnovers — DeKalb 18, Goshen 14. Total fouls — DeKalb 21, Goshen 13. Fouled out — Martin. Blocks — Martin 6, Gipson, Troyer.

PH-WN: Westview girls prevail FROM PAGE B1

Prairie Heights was able to take a 44-37 margin into the final period of play. West Noble pulled within four, at 52-48, following a basket by Peterson with just over two minutes left. But the West Noble senior was called for her fifth foul and went to the bench with 1:46 remaining. The Panthers got late free throws from Terry, Carbone, Kain and Saige Dunafin to seal the win. Westview 58, Lakeland 27 Westview limited Lakeland to a field goal from Ashtin Kaminer in the first nine and half minutes and went on to record a dominating 58-27 victory to remain unbeaten in the NECC. The Warriors are 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the league. Following Kaminer’s bucket, Westview took advantage of strong rebounding and Laker

turnovers to score the final 12 points of the opening period for a 16-2 lead. By halftime the Warriors had built a 35-6 lead. Brooke Yoder and Maria McCoy each finished with 13 points for the Warriors. Grace Hales added 12 points and Kristen Duff scored 11 for Westview. Abi Thompson led Lakeland (5-8) with 14 points and five rebounds. East Noble at Northridge East Noble fell 53-48 to Columbia City in overtime in a battle for third-place at the Northridge Bankers Classic. The Knights were 1-1 on the opening day of the tourney. On Saturday the Knights began the day with a 58-51 win over Highland. The Knights close the 2013 portion of their schedule with a 10-3 record. The squad was 8-3 at the break a year ago.


Westview’s Grace Hales (25) is defended by Lakeland’s Rebecca Levitz during Saturday’s NECC contest. Hales had 12 points in a 58-27 victory.

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Garrett coach Bob Lapadot said. “It’s what we’ve come to expect of her.” Norwell eventually shrank the lead to 44-42 on a basket by Kelsey Beer with 1:47 to play, but Dawson answered for Garrett. Wisel made it a two-possession game, 47-43, with a free throw with 1:17 left. Forced to hurry, Norwell was stymied by a combination of Garrett’s defense and Norwell’s inability to run its offense. The Knights ran off 30 precious seconds before turning the ball over without getting a shot off. “That was more us,” Thornton said of his team’s inability to score that possession. “I’m not going to say Garrett had nothing to do with it, (but) we didn’t run our offense the whole possession.” Wisel sealed the deal by making two free throws with 13 seconds left. Her final charity toss pushed the Garrett lead to 49-43. Norwell got a bucket late to end the scoring. Lapadot did not call a

timeout during Norwell’s 12-0 run late. “I trust them,” he said of his decision to let his team settle itself down. Lapadot was particularly pleased with the defensive job done by Somers. For most of the night, the 5-foot-5 Somers was guarding Norwell’s Hanna Smith, a 5-9 junior. Lapadot had seen enough tape to know the Knights’ Smith was a force. “Every film I watched she was filling it in from all over the place,” Lapadot said. “Emily held her to no baskets.” Smith ended the game 0-for-3 from the floor. Garrett survived Saturday’s encounter despite making only 4 of 10 free throws in the game’s final four minutes. At one point, the Railroaders were 2-for-8 during that stretch. Both teams struggled with foul trouble. Garrett’s Taylor Smith spent much of the game on the bench after picking up three early fouls. On the night, Garrett was whistled for 21 fouls. Norwell was called for 23 fouls.


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KPC Media Group Volleyball All-Area honorable mentions Central Noble — Haley Duncan. DeKalb — Maddy Fifer. East Noble — Madison Cook, Jacey Cauhorn. Fremont — Sarah Vacala, Ryleigh Weidenhamer. Garrett — Lyndsey Gibson. Hamilton — Zoie Farnsworth, Emma Gaff. Lakeland — Rebecca Wooster, Ashtin Kaminer, Abi Thompson, Madison Campbell. Westview — Alexis Hostetler, Sabrina Whitaker.

KPC Media Group Football All-Area honorable mentions Angola — Simon Gardner, Robby Honer, Randy Mikonowicz, Nick Spears, Dakota Steele, Skylar Winters, Troy Zvirblis. Central Noble — Garren Deck, Joel Cochard, Brock Noe. DeKalb — Landon Cochran, Brice Hansen, Zac Garcia, Derreck Slone. East Noble — Jared Teders, Bret Sible, Landon Tackett, David Salazar. Eastside — Conner Dove, Ryan Liechty, Ty Lockhart, Kraig Whitman, Kyle Franz, Terry Nickolson, Trent Huff, Jesse Eck, Trever Jokoty. Fremont — Adam Dossett, Logan Peel, Kaleb Hayes. Garrett — Ryan VandeZande, Cole Wilson, Lucas Deuitch. Lakeland — Kyle Casper, Chris Lehman, Morgan Moore, Joel Miller, Taylor Raatz, Arron Barker, Prairie Heights — Ryder Moore, Lance Lochamire, Alex Bentley, Corey Johnson, Bobby Blum. West Noble — Steven Ramirez, Adam Hursey, Kyler Warble, Joe Lee, Levi Nelson, Payton Shrock, Landon Stover.

Boys Basketball Standings Northeast Hoosier Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Homestead 1 0 7 3 New Haven 1 0 5 2 Columbia City 1 0 4 5 Norwell 1 0 3 1 Carroll 0 1 6 3 DeKalb 0 1 3 8 Bellmont 0 1 2 4 East Noble 0 1 0 8 Friday’s Games Carroll 47, Indianapolis Scecina 45

Munster 62, Columbia City 30 Marion 76, Homestead 68 Norwell 50, Bluffton 34 Carroll 66, Huntington North 53 DeKalb 59, Ft. Wayne Blackhawk 48 Hamilton Southeastern 74, DeKalb 29 Homestead 48, East Noble 26 Marion 74, East Noble 39 Mooresville 57, Columbia City 41 New Haven 70, S. Bend Adams 52 Saturday’s Games Bellmont 58, Adams Central 54 Noblesville Tournament New Haven 52, Guerin Catholic 49 Lawrence North 58, New Haven 45 Carroll Shootout New Castle 52, Columbia City 47 Blackhawk Christian 68, East Noble 54 Homestead 78, DeKalb 32 Carroll 68, Mooresville 55 11th place, Columbia City 39, East Noble 32 7th place, Huntington North 63, DeKalb 44 5th place, Munster 61, Homestead 58 Championship, Carroll 67, Marion 61 Thursday, Jan. 2 Heritage at Bellmont Greenfield-Central vs. Norwell at Richmond Northeast Corner Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Prairie Heights 3 0 6 1 Westview 3 0 4 2 West Noble 1 0 5 0 Eastside 1 1 4 3 Fairfield 2 1 3 2 Angola 1 1 3 4 Fremont 1 1 1 6 Hamilton 1 2 4 4 Lakeland 1 3 2 4 Churubusco 0 2 0 5 Central Noble 0 3 0 6 Friday’s Games Heritage 62, Churubusco 55 Leo 61, Angola 50 Prairie Heights 72, Eastside 62 Dexter, Mich. 63, Fremont 44 Saturday’s Games Jimtown 41, Central Noble 38 Westview 75, Lakeland 57 Coldwater Holiday Hoops Consolation, Eaton Rapids, Mich. 85, Fremont 69 Thursday, Jan. 2

Churubusco vs. Lowell at Caston Central Noble at Caston Friday, Jan. 3 Eastside at West Noble Fairfield at Rochester Allen County Athletic Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Garrett 2 0 6 1 Bluffton 2 0 4 3 Leo 1 1 4 3 Adams Central 1 1 3 4 Woodlan 1 1 3 3 Heritage 1 1 2 3 South Adams 0 2 2 5 Southern Wells 0 2 0 5 Friday’s Games Heritage 62, Churubusco 55 Leo 61, Angola 50 Norwell 50, Bluffton 34 Wayne Trace at Woodlan Saturday’s Games Bellmont 58, Adams Central 54 Union (Modoc) 61, South Adams 40 Thursday, Jan. 2 Heritage at Bellmont Friday, Jan. 3 Bluffton at Winchester Daleville at Southern Wells Saturday, Jan. 4 Leo at FW Concordia South Adams at Bellmont

Girls Basketball Standings Northeast Hoosier Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Homestead 3 0 10 0 East Noble 3 0 10 3 DeKalb 2 0 9 3 Norwell 1 2 6 3 Columbia City 1 2 9 4 New Haven 1 2 6 5 Carroll 0 3 3 9 Bellmont 0 3 0 13 Friday’s Games Indpls Ben Davis 63, Carroll 29 Carroll 66, Warren Central 65 Homestead 91, Rushville 53 Bedford N. Lawrence 64, Homestead 39 NorthWood 61, East Noble 45 Northridge 62, Columbia City 32 East Noble 50, S. Bend Adams 47 Saturday’s Games Garrett 49, Norwell 45 E. Noble 58, Highland 51


Columbia City 53, Andrean 27 Columbia City 64, E. Noble 61, OT Northwestern 54, Bellmont 38 Winchester 45, Bellmont 24 DeKalb 51, Goshen 49 Glenn 61, DeKalb 49 New Haven vs. Indianapolis Ritter at Guerin Catholic Friday, Jan. 3 Kokomo at Carroll Saturday, Jan. 4 Norwell vs. Wawasee at Plymouth Northeast Corner Conference Conf. Ovrl W LW L Fairfield 5 0 7 1 Westview 6 0 10 2 West Noble 5 2 7 5 Angola 4 2 4 6 Lakeland 3 4 5 8 Churubusco 2 3 5 6 Fremont 2 4 6 5 Prairie Heights 3 4 6 6 Central Noble 1 5 3 7 Hamilton 0 4 2 5 Eastside 0 5 2 10 Friday’s Games Fremont 65, Carleton Airport, Mich. 21 Saturday’s Games Westview 58, Lakeland 27 Prairie Hts. 61, W. Noble 58 Niles, Mich. 68, Fremont 51 Seton Catholic 42, Eastside 40 Eastside 46, Ft. Wayne Blackhawk 39 Thursday, Jan. 2 Angola at Leo Central Noble at LaVille Friday, Jan. 3 Churubusco at Heritage Saturday, Jan. 4 Fairfield at NorthWood Allen County Athletic Conference Conf. Ovrl W L W L Garrett 4 0 12 0 Leo 3 1 9 1 Heritage 3 1 8 3 Woodlan 2 2 7 3 Southern Wells 2 2 5 5 South Adams 1 3 8 3 Bluffton 1 3 3 8 Adams Central 0 4 2 8 Saturday’s Games Garrett 49, Norwell 45 FW Blackhawk at South Adams

Thursday, Jan. 2 Angola at Leo Friday, Jan. 3 Churubusco at Heritage Muncie South at Adams Central Saturday, Jan. 4 Southern Wells at Randolph Southern

National Football League Sunday’s Games Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 4:25 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

National Hockey League Saturday’s Games Montreal 2, Tampa Bay 1, SO St. Louis 6, Chicago 5, SO Ottawa 4, Boston 3 Detroit 4, Florida 3 New Jersey 2, N.Y. Islanders 1 Nashville 3, Los Angeles 2 Anaheim 3, Phoenix 2, OT Sunday’s Games Washington at Buffalo, 5 p.m. Montreal at Florida, 5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus, 6 p.m. St. Louis at Dallas, 6 p.m. Carolina at Toronto, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Calgary, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Winnipeg at Colorado, 8 p.m. Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

NBA Schedule Sunday’s Games Atlanta at Orlando, 6 p.m. Golden State at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Houston at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Sacramento at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Barons, Knights struggle in Carroll Shootout BY AARON ORGAN

FORT WAYNE — The Carroll Shootout wasn’t kind to area teams Saturday, with DeKalb and East Noble both dropping two games apiece. East Noble lost to Blackhawk Christian and Columbia City, while DeKalb fell to Homestead and Huntington North. DeKalb rebounded from a dizzying 78-32 dismantling by Homestead in the noon game to play Huntington North hard in the evening game. The Barons fell, though, 63-44. DeKalb coach Jon Everingham said against the Vikings, his team collapsed defensively after trailing just 28-22 at the half. With the Barons defense scrambling, Huntington North began firing and making 3-point shots. The Vikings outscored DeKalb 22-13 in the third quarter and 13-9 in the fourth quarter to pull away. “They did a good job of sticking to what they do, and

eventually we just didn’t have enough firepower to hang in there,” said Everingham. “We had some defensive breakdowns, and we got caught behind. We did a nice job in the first half defensively, but in the second half we just honestly had defensive breakdowns.” Against Huntington North, Cole Hartman and Dahlton Daub led the Barons (3-8) with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Tanner Moore and Will Chrisman scored six points apiece, and Brandon Dunham chipped in four points. Everingham said the grueling tournament, with four games in two days, left his team without valuable practice and preparation time, and it showed against quality opponents. “It’s a mental grind, four games in two days,” said Everingham. “In all honesty, we have to be prepared for teams for us to compete at the highest level, and this tournament doesn’t give us the opportunity to prepare like we need to

prepare.” In the day game Saturday, East Noble fell to Blackhawk Christian, 68-54. Knights coach Chad Cripe blamed the loss squarely on his team’s defensive effort, saying, frankly, “We’re just giving up too many points.” Cripe praised his team’s effort, however, in more-or-less keeping stride with a talented Braves team. “We just keep playing hard,” said Cripe. “There’s lots of good effort and the boys are playing hard until the end.” In the evening game, Cripe’s message appeared to be taken to heart, as East Noble stepped up its defensive effort. The Knights clamped down and allowed just five points in the third quarter and were within three points of tying Columbia City with a minute to go before fading off and falling 39-32. “We had a chance,” said Cripe. “We had three chances to tie or take the lead, and we got good looks and we didn’t

turn the ball over and I thought we executed, but the ball didn’t fall. There’s a lot of real positive things.” The Knights trailed 16-8 after the first eight minutes before their offense, fueled by tenacious defending, began clicking in the second quarter. East Noble went into the half down, 23-15. Then Cripe’s team began to frustrate the Eagles, who managed just five points in the third quarter. Even with a spirited attack from East Noble, Columbia City outscored East Noble 11-8 in the fourth quarter, primarily with free throw points. Cripe wasn’t about to call the game a “mental win,” saying the win-loss column still shows the 0-8 Knights winless. “Your record is what your record is,” said Cripe. “Right now we’re searching hard for the win. There are positive signs, and I think we are playing better, but we still have a long way to go.”

Prep Wrestling Knights take 3rd at Connersville CONNERVILLE — East Noble’s wrestling team fell just shy of a repeat victory in a wrestling tournament at Connerville. The Knights scored 208 points and trailed only Indianapolis Cathedral (246.5 points) and Carroll (218.5). Going 5-0 to place first at 113 pounds in the tournament for the Knights was Garrett Pepple. Second-place finishes went to Nate Weimer (106 pounds), Connor Knapp (120) and Jake Weimer (145). Thirds went to Sterling Lutter (126), Jesse Maley (160) and Brandon Joest (220).

DeKalb’s Krumlauf second at Connersville CONNERSVILLE — DeKalb senior 138-pounder Zach Krumlauf finished in second place in his weight class in the Connersville Invitational, losing in the championship match. Krumlauf was 4-1 over the weekend. The only other Baron grappler to place was Chase Gish, who was seventh at 126 pounds and went 4-2 overall. Trevor Boyce (106) went 3-2, Kyle Davis (120), Chris Hamlin (152), Collin Bice (160) and Ross Thompson (220) went 2-2, Derek Wilson (113), Logan Williams and Hunter Martin (195) went 1-2, and Wyatt Robinson (285) finished 0-2.

Fremont wins Eastern Invite; Warriors 3rd GREENTOWN — Fremont won the two-day Greentown Eastern Invitational for the second straight year, finishing off the title by winning its four duals on Saturday to end up 9-0 on the weekend. Maconaquah was second at 8-1. Westview was third with a

Two Garrett grapplers place in Mishawaka MISHAWAKA – Garrett’s Bo Davis (195 pounds) and Ivan Jacobs (285) both earned places in the Al Smith Invitational at Mishawaka this weekend. Davis finished in seventh place and Jacobs placed eighth.

Girls Basketball Blazers split games at South Adams BERNE — Maddy Minehart had 16 points and Leah Ward had 11 to lead Eastside’s girls basketball team to a 46-39 win over Blackhawk Christian in the consolation game in a tournament at South Adams Saturday. The Blazers (2-9), led 20-4 after one quarter. The closest the Braves came was five points with about two minutes to play, but Eastside held off that rally for the win. A Minehart rebound basket at the two-minute mark made it 44-37 Blazers. Eastside got two free throws from Kaci Shook to put the game away. Earlier, Seton Catholic’s Abby Dargie put in a rebound basket with about 25 seconds left, giving the Cardinals a 42-40 win over the Blazers. Minehart had 19 points in that game, and Brianna Moore had seven. Three Eastside players fouled out in the fourth quarter. Eastside visits DeKalb on Jan. 7.

Boys basketball Wariors top Lakeland EMMA — Westview jumped out 8-1 at the outset and had three first period 3-pointers from Jordyn Bontrager as the Warriors defeated Lakeland 75-57 in a NECC boys basketball contest on Saturday. Bontrager finished the game with 30 points; he had five 3-pointers and was 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Judah Zickafoose added 16 points for Westview and Chandler Aspy scored 15 points. Westview is 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the NECC. Chandler Mynhier had 14 points to lead Lakeland, which is 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the league. Daemyn Priestley added 13 points, with nine points each for Marco Olivares and Dustin Cunningham.

Pacers take care of Nets INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 24 points and Lance Stephenson added 23 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 105-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. George Hill finished with 21 points for the Pacers, who put five players in double figures and pulled away with a third-quarter burst. Roy Hibbert scored 11 and David West 10 for Indiana, which leads the Eastern Conference at 23-6. Stephenson also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Paul Pierce scored 18 points, Mirza Teletovic 17, Deron Williams 14 and Alan Anderson 10 for the Nets, who fell to 10-20. Indiana, leading by three points at the start of the third quarter, went on an 11-3 run as the Nets turned the ball over on four straight possessions. That pushed the Pacers’ lead to 72-61 with 8:07 to go in the period, and they maintained their edge throughout. George hit a 16-foot, pull-up jumper to give the Pacers their biggest lead, 105-89, with 2:15 to play. The Pacers shot 53.5 percent in beating the Nets for the third time this season. They outscored the Nets 14-2 in the paint in the decisive third quarter and 20-6 in the second half. The first half was close throughout, with eight lead changes and five ties. Indiana shot 54 percent before halftime and the Nets made 50 percent.

Bridgewater leads Louisville past Miami in bowl game ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score in No. 18 Louisville’s 36-9 victory over Miami on Saturday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Cardinals (12-1) spotted Miami (9-4) an early 2-0 lead, then dominated the rest of the way, racking up 554 total yards to the Hurricanes’ 174. Bridgewater was 35 for 45 for careerhigh 447 yards. DeVante Parker had nine catches for 142 yards and a touchdown. Louisville won its second straight bowl game for its second 12-win season. With Cardinals’ fans chanting “Teddy! Teddy!” at times throughout the game Bridgewater, projected to be a top NFL draft pick if he comes out this summer, set a school season record with 31 touchdown passes. The Miami native also tied the school record with his 27th victory as Louisville’s starter. Miami, playing in its first bowl game since 2010, hasn’t had a bowl victory since 2006, losing four straight. The Hurricanes were returning to the postseason following a two-year, self-imposed ban during an NCAA investigation.

North Carolina finally comes through in Belk Bowl

Local Sports Briefs • 7-2 record. The Eagles defeated the Warriors 38-30 in a Northeast Corner Conference dual. Fremont also beat Taylor 68-0, Maconaquah 45-24 and Tri-Central 72-12 in preparation for next weekend’s Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Team State Duals at Westfield. Fremont (19-2) had four individual champions: Kyle Lowe at 113 pounds, David Schmucker at 138, Tylor Willms at 152 and Brad Owen at 170. They all went 9-0, and so did Adam Dossett wrestling at 220 and at heavyweight. Dossett had a pin at heavyweight to secure Fremont’s dual win over Maconaquah. “I was absolutely enthused with the entire team,” Eagles coach Eric Bryan said. “They had a mission once they step foot onto the mat and that was to win as a team. Everyone stepped up to the plate and contributed to the success we had this weekend.” Going 8-1 for the Eagles were Hunter Leskowyak at 132 and Brock Baker at 160. Denver Simpson (106), Braxton Baker (126) and Austin Maggart (182) all went 7-2. Westview defeated Tri-Central 66-15, host Eastern 42-39, Alexandria 48-28, Sheridan 63-15, Tipton 58-24, Northwestern 73-6 and Taylor 59-21. The Warriors also lost to Maconaquah 42-31. Billy Raley was 8-1 at 106 to lead Westview. Dalton Misner (7-2), Kegan Watson (182) and heavyweight Mike Yankosky all went 7-2. Trey Kennedy went 6-2 at 138.


Fremont falls in Holiday Hoops final in Michigan COLDWATER, Mich. — Fremont lost to Niles (Mich.) 68-51 in the championship game of the Coldwater Holiday Hoops Tournament Saturday evening. Niles led 16-6 after one quarter and never really lost control with four scorers in double figures. The Eagles (6-5) made 26 turnovers. Shae Rhonehouse had 24 points, 14 rebounds and three assists for FHS. Melissa Beer added 17 points, eight boards and two steals. The Eagles lost to the host Cardinals in the junior varsity championship game 37-31. Lexus Lyon led Fremont with eight points. Allison Boone and Sam Carmona each scored six.

College Basketball Trine women reach holiday tourney final BLUFFTON, Ohio — Trine University’s women’s basketball team defeated NAIA program Brescia (Ky.) 76-63 Saturday night in a semifinal game of the Bluffton Holiday Tournament. The Thunder will play in the championship game today at 6 p.m. against either the host Beavers or Ohio State-Lima. Trine (3-7) outscored Brescia (1-11) 46-31 in the second half. The Thunder shot 50 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes while only committing three turnovers. Amy Newell led Trine with 26 points and five rebounds. She shot 10-of-15 from the floor. Alivia Recker had four three-pointers in her 19 points and also had six rebounds five assists and three steals. Kelsey Henselmeier added 15 points, eight assists, five boards and four steals. Katelyn Sager had nine points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Thunder. Lauren Rodgers had 16 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks for Brescia.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — T.J. Logan returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Switzer scored on an 86-yard punt return to help North Carolina beat Cincinnati 39-17 for its first Belk Bowl victory in four attempts. Marquise Williams threw for 171 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels (7-6) in their first bowl victory since 2010. Romar Morris scored on two short touchdown runs, and Jack Tabb caught a touchdown pass as the Tar Heels closed the season by winning six of their final seven games. Cincinnati (9-4) was looking to become the bowl’s first back-to-back champion since Virginia did it 10 years ago, but last year’s MVP Brandon Kay was limited to 181 yards passing and no touchdowns. The Tar Heels had five sacks, including one for a safety.

Kentucky beats Louisville LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison combined for 28 points, including 11 during a critical second-half stretch with star Julius Randle sidelined by cramps, helping the Wildcats beat Louisville 73-66. Randle’s 17 first-half points staked Kentucky (10-3) to a 41-36 halftime lead before the 6-foot-9 forward went to the locker room early in the second with leg cramps. He returned but cramped again and spent the rest of the game on the bench. The Harrison twins amply filled the void, turning a 52-51 deficit with 11:01 remaining into a 68-58 lead with four minutes left. Andrew Harrison and James Young each scored 18 points with Young adding a key 3-pointer during the 17-6 run that helped Kentucky beat its in-state archrival for the fifth time in six meetings. Russ Smith scored 19 points but was just 5 of 10 from the foul line for Louisville (11-2).

Spartans rout New Orleans EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Keith Appling scored 16 of his career-high tying 27 points in the first half to help Michigan State rout New Orleans 101-48. The Spartans (11-1) struggled for several minutes before taking control with a 12-0 run midway through the first half. They led 44-27 at halftime and easily added to their comfortable cushion in the second half, finishing with their highestscoring game since beating Nebraska-Omaha 110-68 two years ago. Matt Derenbecker scored 16 points and Cory Dixon had 11 for the Privateers (3-5), who had won two straight.




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Stocks of local interest • Prices as of Dec. 27, 2013 Courtesy of Edward Jones Stock Name

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McDonald’s 96.91 Altria Group 38.31 Morgan Stanley 31.06 NiSource 32.65 Nucor 54.00 Parker Hannifin 128.11 PNC Financial 78.20 Steel Dynamics 19.70 Wal-Mart 78.49 Wells Fargo 45.51

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Vending machines to carry calorie data CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Vending machines will display calorie counts for each item along with the cost under new labeling regulations required under the federal health care overhaul law. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to release final rules early next year. It says that requiring calorie informa-

tion to be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices. As proposed, the rules would give companies with 20 or more machines a year to comply. But an industry group representing vending machine operators has suggested a two-year deadline.

“Again, why?” William Nillie asked. “It’s quarterly information that came out just last week. It’s comprehensive and from a very good source,” I answered. “Nobody’s interested,” Willie insisted, “and at the holiday season, no less.” “State quarterly personal income is important,” I said, equally insistent. “It is vital information about the dollars Hoosiers have for spending. It’s based on reality, not press releases. And it is generally ignored by the media.” “OK,” he said reluctantly. “Good or bad news this time?” “Consistent news,” I said, reluctant to pour water on his Yule log. “Our Hoosier economy is progressing, but without the vigor shown by the national economy.” “I cannot believe it,” Willie said. “All I hear about are the gains we are making in employment. The news tells us how slowly the nation is recovering, but how well Indiana is doing in employment gains.” “Here are the facts,” I said softly so he would not lose faith in our state leaders and their academic apologists. “Indiana’s revenues are

not keeping pace with the forecasts.” “I know that,” Willie interrupted. “The forecasts were wrong.” “That’s a different topic,” I protested. “Indiana outperformed the nation in 2012, which often happens in the early stages of recovery. But in 2013, the nation came on with more growth and our state ranked 48th among the 50 states, from the third quarter of 2012 to same MORTON the quarter this MARCUS year.” “That’s not possible,” Willie said. “Those are the data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis,” I said. “Think about it,” I continued. “Indiana expanded employment. Good news. People who were unemployed get jobs and go off unemployment compensation. Also they may not qualify for Medicaid because they are now earning ‘too much.’ “Our state unemploy-

ment compensation to those looking for work fell 37 percent over the past four quarters; the nation saw a decrease of only 21 percent. Indiana’s Medicaid payments fell by 15 percent as the nation increased Medicaid by 6 percent. “Yes, earnings of workers rose in Indiana by 3.4 percent over the same period, yet the nation saw a 4.1 percent increase. That suggests to me,” I said, “Hoosier job gains may have been impressive, but new and existing employees probably were not doing as well as workers in other states.” “Don’t you get tired of reporting how Indiana is lagging the nation?” Willie asked. “Yes, I do,” I answered. “I get more tired, however, of state leaders, in and out of government, who refuse to recognize the facts. They neglect reality and refuse to admit that we have been on the wrong path for more than a generation.” MORTON J. MARCUS is an independent economist, speaker and writer formerly with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He can be reached at

The Sunday Business Report • Jagoda purchases Wible & Associates Realty in Auburn AUBURN — Longtime Realtorbroker Andrew Jagoda recently purchased Wible & Associates Realty, which Jagoda has been in business since 1945.

Wible has 10 salespeople operating from its office at 508 S. Grandstaff Drive, Auburn. The company specializes in residential, farm, land and commercial real estate sales in DeKalb County and northeast Indiana.

Magazine honors Bill’s Towing owner ORLAND — Willburn McClanahan of Bill’s Professional Towing, Orland, has received the Order of

Towman from American Towman Magazine. The Cross of the Order, a Maltese cross with a sculpted towing icon with a Latin inscription meaning “aim true,” is awarded to an individual for dedication to towing and serving the community. McClanahan received the honor Nov. 16 in Baltimore during the American Towman Exposition. The award was formally sanctioned this month by American Towman.

Northeast Indiana saw big changes in business during 2013 BY LINDA LIPP

Business made big news in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2013, and most of the news was good. Big employers like General Motors Co. and BAE Systems made or pledged substantial investments, and a smaller one, Ash Brokerage Corp., proposed a project that will change the landscape of downtown Fort Wayne. Housing made a comeback, and the recreational-vehicle industry rode the winds of change. Vera Bradley Inc. made some changes at the top, and Tower Financial Corp. decided to sell itself to a bigger bank. Here then, in no particular order, are summaries of some of those big stories:

Va va va vrooom! General Motors launched the next generation of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups in September with a plant tour, drive-off and briefing for dealers, and a weekend homecoming celebration for truck owners and fans. GM had announced two years earlier it would invest about $275 million in the Fort Wayne Assembly Plant to prepare it for the new pickup production, and United Auto Workers Local 2209 members were involved with management in developing and honing the production processes. The plant also hired 400 more workers, bringing the size of the work force to 4,400 over three shifts. At full production, it builds about 1,480 trucks per day.

Moving downtown Ash Brokerage and Hanning & Bean Enterprises unveiled a plan in September to build a $71-million

multiuse development at Wayne and Harrison streets that includes office and retail space, apartments, condominiums, townhouses and a parking garage. Lake City Bank will provide about $20 million in financing to Ash and will open a bank branch in the retail portion of the project. The new Ash Brokerage headquarters building will have 95,000 square feet of space. The company initially will have 230 employees at the new headquarters and could add 115 more by 2018. Hanning & Bean will build a $32-million, 13-story residential development on top of a $19.5-million, four-story parking garage constructed by the city of Fort Wayne.

Bank on it Old National Bancorp and Tower Financial announced in September that Tower would be acquired by the much larger Evansville-based bank company. Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was unanimously approved by the boards of both companies, Tower shareholders will receive 1.2 shares of Old National common stock and $6.75 in cash for each Tower share. The transaction, most recently valued at about $113 million, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014. Tower shareholders will vote on the proposal Feb. 7. Tower has $581.6 million in deposits and $438.6 million in loans. Founded in Evansville in 1834, Old National has $9.6 billion in assets and 176 branches. Tower Financial was founded in Fort Wayne in 1998 and the bank opened in February 1999.

Its brand name will disappear after the companies merge.

There’s no place like home, Part 1 BAE Systems will get an estimated $4.5 million in incentives to keep its plant in Allen County. The defense contractor plans to relocate from space rented from General Electric Co. to a new site at the corner of Ardmore Avenue and Airport Expressway. The project will involve a $39-million investment to buy land and build a 355,000-square-foot facility, along with $3.2 million to equip the plant. Construction will start early in 2014 and is expected to be completed by mid-2015.

There’s no place like home, Part 2 The housing market in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area showed some real signs of life in 2013, both in sales of existing homes and the construction of new ones. For the year-to-date through November, closed sales were up 11.1 percent and the median sales price was up 2.4 percent from the same period in 2012, according to the Upstate Association of Realtors. Sellers were receiving an average of 92.7 percent of their original asking price, an increase of 0.7 percent from 2012. Home builders in Allen County obtained 789 new home permits through the first 11 months of the year compared with 644 in the same period of 2012, according to the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne. The average value was up slightly, to $227,100 this year from $226,184 last year. The housing market is

usually considered a key indicator of the strength of the local economy, and has a significant impact on retail and other development.

Shop ’til you drop Speaking of retail, 2013 saw the opening of some major stores in Fort Wayne. At the top of the food chain, Costco built a new warehouse store on Lima Road near Interstate 69. The 130,000-square-foot store that opened in October expects to draw shoppers from a 40-mile radius; in the Fort Wayne area, that’s 750,000 potential customers. It employs 160. The new Carson’s department store at Glenbrook Square Mall opened in September. Bon Ton Stores is the parent of the department store chain, which did extensive renovations to the long-vacant former Marshall Field’s space. Carson’s employs 200. Glenbrook Commons went from mostly vacant to mostly occupied in 2013, adding new anchors Burlington Coat Factory and Dunham’s Sports. Hancock Fabrics left but was quickly replaced by discounter Ollie’s, and Goodwill relocated a store from Coliseum Boulevard to the Fashion Bug space after that store chain folded. The 254,000-square-foot shopping center got a new owner and management team, Bon Aviv Investments LLC and Zamias Services, at the beginning of the year.

Bagging it Michael Ray, the man who oversaw Vera Bradley’s transition from a privately held business to a billiondollar public corporation, left his position as CEO of the handbag and accessories manufacturer.


Ash Brokerage Corp. announced it will move its headquarters to a new $71-million development in downtown Fort Wayne.

Ray announced plans to retire in June, and his successor, former Saks Off Fifth executive Robert Wallstrom, was named as his replacement in November. There were other executive changes as well. Vera Bradley’s chief financial officer, Jeffery Blade, resigned in January, and Kevin Sierks, Vera Bradley’s vice president-controller and chief accounting officer, was named interim CFO. Matthew Wojewuczki, executive vice president of global operations, left in October to become the CEO of Shindigz, a family-owned party supply company in South Whitley.

Wheels and deals As the RV industry continued its climb out of the abyss of the Great Recession, prominent companies with operations in northeast Indiana did a lot of wheeling and dealing with each other. Thor Industries, which relocated its headquarters from Ohio to Elkhart in March, and Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc., the Orlando, Fla. company that owns Fleetwood RV in Decatur, were involved in a lot of the transactions. In particular, Thor: • Sold its bus business

in October to ASV, giving that company seven of the industry’s most prominent brands — Champion Bus, General Coach America, Goshen Coach, El Dorado National California, El Dorado National Kansas, Krystal Coach and Federal Coach.; • Sold the assets of ambulance business SJC Industries to Wheeled Coach Industries Inc., a subsidiary of ASV, in May. SJV closed its Elkhart plant and laid off 165 workers; • Bought Navistar International Corp.’s Monaco RV production facility in Wakarusa in June. Navistar had sold the Monaco RV business and other RV assets to ASV in May, and production subsequently moved to Decatur; • Bought the assets of Wakarusa RV maker Livin’ Lite in August; and • Bought Navistar’s Milford-based Bison Coach horse trailer manufacturing business in October. If that weren’t enough, Thor also had some leadership changes at the top. Bob Martin was named CEO, effective Aug. 1, succeeding Peter Orthwein, who will continue to serve as Thor’s chairman. Colleen Zuhl became chief financial officer in October.




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HEIDI BROHM, Westview Brohm repeated as KPC Media Group Volleyball Coach of the Year after leading the Warriors to a 25-10 season, a share of the Northeast Corner Conference regular season championship with state power Fairfield at 9-1, and their second straight Class 2A sectional title. The latest sectional came at Central Noble, where they defeated Prairie Heights and Bremen before sweeping the host Cougars in the final. The Warriors hosted Woodlan in a regional match, but lost in four games. Brohm, a Westview graduate, had a good mix of experience and talented youth that continued the Warriors’ winning ways. The rotation included five sophomores. Westview also reached the championship match of the NECC Tournament, but lost to Fairfield.

There wasn’t much Smith couldn’t do on the volleyball court for Garrett this season. Yes, the Railroaders were 15-16, but Smith was a one-woman wrecking crew. Smith finished 2013 with 365 kills (3.8/set), 243 assists (2.5/ set), 65 aces (0.7/set), 297 digs (3.1/ set) and 99 total blocks (1.0/set). Rarely does one person contribute in every facet of the game — especially setting, when she also has killing, digging and blocking responsibility — like Smith does. And the best part about it for Garrett fans is that she’s only a sophomore. Smith had three season-highs in a 3-2 win over Angola: kills (28), digs (22) and blocks (11). She also had 22 kills against South Adams and 20 against Prairie Heights. Her best assists output was 15 against DeKalb and aces was 10 against Churubusco.

Westview Lakewood Park BREANN BUSHONG, Sr., MH Bushong earned her second straight AllNECC honor. She had a team-high 321 kills, along with 83 blocks, 91 digs and 44 aces.

BRITTAN CARNAHAN, Jr., OH Carnahan led the Panther offense with 341 kills and a 27.7 hitting percentage. She also had 108 digs and 22 aces while serving at a 91.8 percent clip.


GRACE HALES, So., OH Hales has been an AllNECC pick both years of her career, helping the Warriors to two sectional crowns. She had a team-best 372 digs, along with 309 kills and 30 blocks this fall.

HUNTER DAUB, Jr., Setter This second-team AllNHC pick dished out 790 assists this fall, second on the all-time list at DeKalb, with 200 digs and 67 aces. She has 945 career assists, which is ninth all-time.

HAYLEY MARTIN, Sr., MH This All-NHC player unleashed 355 kills, the second-highest in one season in school history. She also had 57 blocks and 48 digs.

BROOKE HERENDEEN, Jr., S Herendeen had 792 assists and 317 digs this fall. She served with 96.6 percent accuracy and had 43 aces. She also had 30 kills and a 32.6 hitting percentage.



Lewis was a power at the net with 267 kills and 18 blocks. Her 690 hitting attempts are among the Barons’ top 10. She also served at 91 percent with 34 aces.

Hooks collected 431 digs, the most in one season in the Baron program. The two-year letterwinner is second in career digs with 608. She also had 46 aces.

and 31 aces. She was all-NECC for the second year in a row. She was 325-of344 serving and had 35 blocks.

Prairie Heights TRESSA TERRY, Sr., Setter Terry was all-NECC for the second year in a row. She had 646 and 45 aces, both team bests. She was 389-of-417 serving with 168 kills, 239 digs and 26 blocks.


SHAWNA CARBONE, Sr., MH Carbone led PH with 257 kills, 464 digs

This all-NECC player was responsible for 182 points and was 332-of353 serving. She had 325 digs and 58 kills.

West Noble KELSIE PETERSON, Sr., Setter Peterson was team MVP for the third year in a row. This all-NECC player had 480 assists with a team-high 444 digs. She had 72 kills, 22 aces and 31 blocks.

RACHEL SCHERMERHORN, Sr., OH Schermerhorn was a 3-year varsity starter and earned All-NECC honors. She led her team with 185 kills and 25 aces. She also had 232 digs and 16 blocks.

Johns, an All-NECC player, had 303 digs, 165 kills, 39 aces and 16 blocks.

NAOMI PAGE, Jr., MH Page had 237 digs, 183 kills, 65 aces and 32 blocks for the 25-7 Panthers. She also had 65 assists and a 27.7 hitting percentage.

MAKAI GINGERICH, So., Setter This All-NECC selection delivered 872 assists in 2013, averaging over nine per game. She had 212 digs and 26 aces.

East Noble KAVAN EDWARDS, Sr., MH KOURTNEY EDWARDS, Sr., MH This four-year letterwinner made all-NHC. She led the Knights with 240 kills, 70 blocks and 31 aces. She had a 45 percent kill percentage.

Edwards earned three varsity letters and was a second-team allNHC pick in 2013. She produced 183 kills and 45 blocks, second on the team. She had a 36 percent kill percentage.





This all-NECC player had 473 digs, 317 kills, 38 blocks, 20 aces, and served at a 94.3 percent clip.

Perschke had 669 assists, 237 digs, 36 blocks and 26 aces for the 17-17 Hornets.

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NICOLE MCKIBBEN, Jr., Setter McKibben is the first Laker setter in five years to top 500 assists, finishing with 519. Her 27 aces was second-best on the team, and she also had 102 digs.

This all-NECC performer had 212 kills, 201 digs and 21 blocks. She was 265-280 serving with 10 aces.

The all-NECC player had a team-high 98 blocks with 156 kills, 81 digs, and was 258278 serving with 26 aces.

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Forker had a nose for the ball and was all-NECC. She had 280 digs, 23 aces and an 83 serve percentage.

Grubb had 214 kills and 37 aces, both team-highs, and also led the team in total attacks. She had 267 digs and 26 blocks.

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PREP OF THE YEAR KPC Media Group Football Prep of the Year Brandon Mable from East Noble.

BRANDON MABLE, Sr., RB, East Noble Mable made the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s Class 4A Senior All-State Team and was an All-Northeast Hoosier Conference selection, and is receiving many offers from NCAA Division I and II programs. He was the leading man in the Knights’ running game, collecting 1,326 yards on 193 carries in just nine games. Nineteen of his 22 touchdowns came from running the football. He also caught 19 passes for 133 yards and averaged 27.4 yards per kickoff return in eight attempts. Mable made 19 tackles and recovered four fumbles.

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JAKE PETERSON, Sr., LB This AP 4A All-State honorable mention and All-NHC pick was second in the league in tackles with 70. That included 18 for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was also an academic all-state qualifier.

CONNOR HOLCOMB, Sr., C Holcomb was an IFCA Class 4A Senior AllState selection, an AP 4A All-State honorable mention and an All-NHC pick. The Knights led the NHC in rushing offense.


This All-NHC player made 10 tackles and clogged up the interior for opposing offenses. He was voted the Knights’ Lineman of the Year.

Osborn was IFCA Class 4A Junior All-State pick, an AP All-State honorable mention, and made the All-NHC Team. He had 39 tackles, including 20 for loss and 4.5 sacks. He forced six fumbles and recovered two fumbles.

COACH OF THE YEAR LUKE AMSTUTZ, East Noble The Knights had one of the toughest schedules in the state, including four Class 6A opponents in the first five weeks, and they more than held their own against it. Amstutz led EN to a 9-3 record and a Class 4A sectional final with a strong running attack and a fast, aggressive defense being keys to success. The Knights were tied for second in the Northeast Hoosier Conference with Carroll at 5-2. They gave NHC champion New Haven its only league loss and defeated NorthWood and Leo in Class 4A Sectional 19 play. But East Noble lost to Bishop Dwenger 3313 in the final at the University of Saint Francis. Amstutz, a Tri-State University graduate, is 16-6 in two seasons as East Noble’s gridiron leader and 42-21 in six seasons as a prep head football coach. His first four seasons were at Angola from 2008-11.




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Bauer was picked First Team All-State in Class 4A by the coaches and the media after sharing the state lead in interceptions with 10. He also had 63 tackles and four pass breakups. He rushed for 417 yards and scored five TDs.

This All-NECC back ran for 1,338 yards at 7.4 yards per carry. He also played a little at quarterback in acoounting for 1,867 yards and 23 touchdowns. He made 52 tackles on defense.

DYLAN BELCHER, Sr., LB-FB This all-NECC linebacker was a physical presence for a solid Hornet defense. He had 42 tackles, including 8.5 for loss. He broke up three passes.

KADIS RENIER, So., WR-RB This All-NECC receiver brought character. He had 578 yards rushing, 310 receiving and eight total touchdowns. He averaged 20.4 yards per punt return in 15 tries and had 43 tackles.

along with three interceptions.

Fremont NATE BEATTY, Sr., WR-DB Beatty made the IFCA Class 1A Senior AllState Team at receiver and started in all 41 games of his Eagle career. He had over 1,800 yards of total offense and 15 touchdowns

NATHAN WIBLE, Sr., CB Wible was a cover cornerback most opponents chose to avoid. The All-NECC player made 34 tackles and three interceptions.

GREY FOX, Sr., WR This AP 4A All-State honorable mention and All-NHC pick caught 74 passes for 819 yards and four touchdowns. He is the NHC’s career leader in receptions and second in the league in career receiving yardage.

DYLAN JORDAN, Jr., S Jordan was second in the NHC in interceptions with six. The second-team All-NHC pick made 39 tackles, including six for loss, and scored two touchdowns on defense.

WALKER BOYLES, Sr., LB Boyles made the IFCA 4A Senior AllState team and was an AP All-State honorable mention. He led the NHC in tackles with 83 even though he missed three games due to injury, rushed for 284 yards and seven touchdowns, and averaged 41 yards per punt.

REECE HOBSON, Sr., OT-DT Hobson is a solid 6-foot6, 275-pound tackle who made the All-NHC first team and is drawing a lot of interest from college football programs.



This All-NECC guy is ninth in his class. He completed 75 passes for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 2,027 yards and 24 TDs passing in his career.

Garretson made the IFCA Class 3A Senior All-State team on offense, was a terror on defense, and is strong in the classroom. The AllNECC standout made 53 tackles, including 27 for loss and seven sacks. He forced five fumbles and blocked three kicks.




This All-Northeast Corner Conference tight end caught 16 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns. He also made 48 tackles, including 15.5 for loss and eight sacks, and recovered three fumbles.

This All-NECC kicker led the Lakers in scoring with 55 points. He made 31-of-32 PATs and 8-of13 field-goal attempts. He kicked a school record 47-yard field goal and 13 touchbacks.


had 32 tackles and four pass breakups on defense.



Follett completed 65 percent of his passes (95-146) for 1,281 yards and 13 touchdowns. The All-ACAC player also rushed for 493 yards and seven TDs. He even

The All-ACAC performer made 95 tackles, including 47 solos, and intercepted three passes for 4-6 Garrett. He also rushed for 346 yards and had three touchdowns on offense.

BROCK BAKER, Sr., LB-RB This All-NECC linebacker led the Eagles in tackles for his third straight season. He had 94 tackles, including 56 solos, 14 for loss and three sacks. He scored nine touchdowns, including five receiving and two on defense.

Central Noble STEVE STONEBRAKER, Jr., DT This emotional All-NECC player made 54 tackles in eight games, including 30 solos, six for loss and 4.5 sacks, in leading an improved Cougar defense. He also recovered two fumbles.

West Noble CARLOS MEDINA, Sr., DE This four-year starter was All-NECC for the second time this fall. He made 80 tackles, including 18 for loss and 10 sacks.

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Shepard had over 100 total tackles, including three sacks. Two of his three touchdowns were on defense. The All-NECC linebacker was also an Indianapolis

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Jenny’s favorites of the year 1 Best Drama ‘Gravity’


2 Best Sequel

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

3 Best Zombie Movie ‘Warm Bodies’

4 Best Romantic Comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

5 Best Biopic


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‘Captain Phillips’

6 Best Movie

With A Message ‘Don Jon”

7 Best Comedy ‘The Heat’

8 Best Sci-Fi

‘Pacific Rim’

9 Best Children’s



very year, I see a lot of movies — more than 50. There are always a lot of stinkers, but at the end of the year, I don’t want to focus on those. I want to focus on the highlights of my year at the cinema. This year, instead of just picking 10 movies that I loved, I decided to pick my favorites (and some runners-up) in different categories of movies. And so, here they are - the best movies of 2013:




Best Oscar Bait ‘American Hustle’

Best Book

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Best Drama

Best Comedy

“Gravity.” This terrifying, dizzying outer-space drama was the one of the most incredible, immersive movies I’ve ever seen — not just in 2013 but in my entire life. It’s a beautiful, oppressive, tense movie, anchored by a stunning dramatic performance by Sandra Bullock. I was transported by this tale of outer space distress, and, while it was often an uncomfortable, unnerving experience, it was also a masterpiece of filmmaking.

“The Heat.” I just sat in the theater and laughed and laughed at this raunchy delight of a movie. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are a perfectly matched odd couple in this cop comedy. Yes, the plot is a wee bit thin, but what makes this movie so fun to watch is the interplay between foul-mouthed, gun-toting Mullins, played by McCarthy, and straight-laced Ashburne, played by Bullock. It doesn’t hurt that “The Heat” featured some

of the most nuanced and positive portrayals of women on the movie screen all year.

Best Movie With A Message “Don Jon.” It’s tough to watch sometimes, but “Don Jon,” actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s debut as a writer/director, also tells an important message. The movie, about a New Jersey man who’s obsessed with Internet pornography to the detriment of his relationships, comes down hard SEE MOVIES, PAGE C2





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‘About Time:’ Best Romantic Comedy runner-up



‘Elysium:’ Best Sci-Fi runner-up

‘Monsters University:’ Best Children’s movie runner-up

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not just on the unrealistic expectations that porn gives to men, but also on a much larger problem in our culture — the unrealistic expectations men and women put on each other in relationships. It’s an entertaining film, but one with a brutal, important moral to the story.

Best Oscar Bait “American Hustle.” There are always those movies that come out, usually around the end of the year, that are just begging for an Oscar or five. It’s not always a bad thing — some of my favorite movies have been Oscar-bait — but it’s just a truth of filmmaking. “American Hustle,” starring heavy-hitters Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner and written and directed by Oscar nominee David O. Russell. It’s an excellent crime film — you can read

my in-depth thoughts in this week’s movie review — and it definitely deserves the Oscar love it’s obviously looking for.

Best Sci-Fi “Pacific Rim.” This under-appreciated sci-fi epic, about a battle between giant monsters and big metal humanoids piloted by humans, gets my vote for most entertaining movie of the year. It has a lot of great spectacle, a compelling story, interesting characters, and, of course, epic fights between the kaiju monsters and the jaegers. Talk about a perfect summer blockbuster! RUNNER-UP: “Elysium.” This gritty, affecting sci-fi drama from “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp tells an affecting, but not exactly subtle, story about economic inequality and illegal immigration. It falls a smidgen short of the mark, but it’s still an entertaining and thought provoking movie.

Best Romantic Comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” Yes, I’m voting for Shakespeare as best rom-com writer. The Shakespeare play is a hilarious, classic romantic comedy, and Joss Whedon’s excellent direction makes the movie refreshingly modern despite using the original dialogue, probably written in the 1590s. It’s a delightfully lighthearted little Shakespearean romp. RUNNER UP: “About Time.” It’s a little sappy at times, but this time-traveling rom-com has enough spice and quirky humor to keep viewers on their toes. It’s a charming, warm little film, and was quite the pleasant surprise when I went to see it.

pirates. The movie is smart, well-written and extremely tense, even though the audience knows how the ordeal is going to end. The humanity of everybody, including the Somali pirates, is what makes “Captain Phillips” interesting, but Hanks’ incredible portrayal gives the movie its soul. RUNNER UP: “Saving Mr. Banks.” This story of the making of “Mary Poppins” perfectly balances scenes of the tense negotiations between writer P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and the great Walt Disney (Tom Hanks again!) and Travers’ harrowing childhood. But more than that, it’s a love letter to the movie, and to the power of stories.

Best Sequel

Best Biopic “Captain Phillips.” Tom Hanks moved me to tears with his raw, intimate performance in this story of Captain Richard Phillips, an American who was kidnapped by Somali

“Star Trek Into Darkness.” I’m a big “Star Trek” fan, so I was probably predisposed to love this movie, but I was really impressed with the mix of summer blockbuster fun with

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the emotional core and hopeful spirit that makes “Star Trek” so special. Especially in a world where science fiction is so often bleak, I love seeing a rip-roaring, ultimately positive story of exploring, doing good and beating the bad guys. It doesn’t hurt that the actors in the “Star Trek” reboot franchise once again prove that they’re worthy of their iconic roles. RUNNER-UP: “Iron Man 3.” The continuing saga of Tony Stark, and, by extension, the Avengers, is an entertaining and clever addition to the ever-expanding franchise. I loved the darker edge to the character this time around, brought on by the experiences from 2012’s “The Avengers,” but I was glad that “Iron Man 3” still kept that balance between silly comic book stories and real-life drama.

Best Zombie Movie

Best Children’s Movie

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” I really enjoyed the first “Hunger Games” movie, but the thrilling sequel does an excellent job at expanding the world, deepening the characters — especially main character Katniss, played to perfection by Jennifer Lawrence — and introducing scary new dangers. The movie is also a great adaptation of the book — faithful to the book’s themes without being a slave to the text. It’s a very entertaining movie that makes me incredibly excited for the next movie. RUNNER-UP: “Ender’s Game.” I was a big skeptic that this military sci-fi classic could be made into even a mediocre movie, but the movie wasn’t as unfilmable as I thought. The movie, though, kept the book’s thought-provoking themes while keeping the fantastic action sequences intact. It’s a more wonderful adaptation than I could have hoped for this book.

“Frozen.” This sweet, silly Disney princess movie is a breath of fresh air. It features princesses with some personality and some bite, and it takes several exciting twists and turns that contradict those old Disney tropes. It features brave, loveable, quirky characters who feel much more real and modern than the old-school Disney characters. It’s never going to be a timeless classic like “Beauty and the Beast,” but it’s a solidly second tier movie that is an absolute delight to watch. RUNNER-UP: “Monsters University.” It’s not as touching or as revolutionary as many Disney/ Pixar movie, but this movie is cute, funny and fun to watch. The fact that it has a unique moral to the story, about people who fail miserably and find a path that doesn’t line up with their plans for their lives, is the cherry on top.

“Warm Bodies.” This odd little gem of a movie could have fit in the romantic comedy category too, which is weird when it ended up landing in the zombie movie category. It shouldn’t work, and it should probably never be attempted again, but this bizarre little movie about the budding romance between a zombie and a human is a wonderful quirky little novelty. It’s sweet, funny and clever enough to make it an offbeat treat. RUNNER-UP: “World War Z.” This movie doesn’t tread a lot of new ground, but Brad Pitt’s charisma coupled with a slightly more positive message than most zombie thrillers makes it a refreshingly entertaining addition to the zombie movie genre.

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Cross inspires awe This photo shared by Shirley and John Souder was taken at their lake in DeKalb County, next door to Lakewood Park Christian School, shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 10. Shirley Souder wrote, “This showed up on our lake just before the big snow. A cross on the hill of Calvary. It is awesome. This is an act of God’s nature. I strongly believe God used His nature to say, ‘I have got it covered people. I sent Jesus to be born and He gave His life for us all.’ We could not shovel or blow anything that perfect.”

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For two thousand years, he has been worshipped and adored. Multitudes look to him each day. And yet nobody really knows the face of Jesus. That has not stopped humanity’s imagination, or its yearning to draw Jesus as close as possible. So when this Christmas season brought a torrent of debate over whether Jesus was a white man, it struck a sacred nerve. “That statement carries a whole lot of baggage,” said Rockwell Dillaman, pastor of the Allegheny Center Alliance Church in Pittsburgh. “Political baggage, spiritual baggage, emotional baggage. Especially in a culture like ours where the relations of white people to other ethnicities has often been marked by injustice and distrust.” Why should we even care what Jesus looked like? If his message is God and love, isn’t his race irrelevant? Some say God wanted it that way, since there are no references to Jesus’ earthly appearance in the Bible. But the debate was a reminder of just how difficult it is for anyone to transcend race — even a historical figure widely considered to be beyond human. “I find it fascinating that that’s what people really want to know — what race was Jesus. That says a lot about us, about Americans today,” said Edward Blum, co-author of “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.” “Jesus said lots of things about himself — I am divine, I am the son of man, I am the light of the world,” Blum said. “What race is light? How do you racially categorize that?” Jesus can be safely categorized as a Jew, born about 2,000 years ago in the Middle East in what is now Palestinian territory. Therefore, many scholars believe that Jesus must have looked “Arab,” with brownish skin. “Today, in our categories, we would probably think of him as a person of color,” said Doug Jacobsen, a professor of church history and theology at Messiah College. That view was contested by Fox News host Megyn Kelly while critiquing a column titled “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore.” “Jesus was a white man, too,” Kelly said, launching

“If he were taking the red-eye flight from San Francisco to New York today, Jesus might be profiled for additional security screening.” Jonathan Merritt Writer for The Atlantic

• a national discussion about history, tradition and just how white Christmas should be. Her statement drew responses from impassioned rebukes to scholarly rebuttals. “It’s just an incorrect statement,” Jacobsen said. “It’s an ignorant statement, not an intentionally false statement.” Wrote Jonathan Merritt in The Atlantic: “If he were taking the red-eye flight from San Francisco to New York today, Jesus might be profiled for additional security screening.” If this is so obvious, though, why does a Google image search for “Jesus” reveal countless pictures of a European man with straight hair, fair skin and, often, blue eyes? Why is that the prevalent image in America, from stained glass windows to movies to children’s books? The first pictures of Jesus appeared several hundred years after his death, Blum said. Some depicted him in animal form, as a lion or a lamb. Blum said that from about 700 to 1500 A.D., various Jesus images proliferated throughout Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa — including hosts of black Jesus pictures. “People in every culture portray Jesus looking like people they knew,” said Jacobsen. “They depict him as one of their own.” Dillaman, the pastor, has a book that offers Bible images from different world cultures — a last supper where everyone is Thai; images of Jesus as Chinese or African. “All these ethnicities are trying to capture Jesus in their own skin, if you will,” he said. But in humanity’s yearning to identify with the holy, another path gets overlooked. “Our calling is to know God as he is and to love God with all of our being and be conformed to the image of Christ,” Dillaman said, “rather than to make him look like us.”

By the 1500s, Blum said, 90 percent of Christians were European. As Europe colonized the globe, they took white Jesus with them. In America, white Jesus images started to become widespread in the early 1800s, according to Blum, coinciding with a dramatic rise in the number of slaves, a push to move Native Americans further west, and a growing manufacturing capability. Today, a white Jesus image is ingrained in American culture. “When we live in a world with a billion images of white Jesus, we can say he wasn’t white all we want, but the individual facts of our world say something different,” Blum said. “Jesus is white without words. It’s at the assumption level,” Blum said. “Lodged deep down inside is this assumption that Jesus was a white man. That’s where I think (Kelly) is speaking from.” There also is a desire to fit Jesus into modern racial

classifications. In America today, this logic goes, Jews are white. Jesus was a Jew, so Jesus must be white. Yet Jews did not originate in Europe, and for centuries were considered to belong to a non-white race of their own. Only recently have they been moved into America’s “white” column, along with Irish and Italians. “The categories of white and black, coming out of the American experience, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to apply them to Jesus,” said Joseph Curran, an associate professor of religion at Misericordia University. “The best inference is what part of the world he was from — he looked like a Palestinian because he was from that part of the world,” Curran said. “Does that mean he was black or white? I don’t think those categories matter much.” For Carol Swain, a scholar of race at Vanderbilt University and a “Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ,” the whole debate is totally irrelevant. “Whether he’s white, black, Hispanic, whatever you want to call him, what’s important is that people find meaning in his life,” Swain said. “As Christians we believe that he died on the cross for the redemption of our sins,” she said. “To me that’s the only part of the story that matters — not what skin color he was.”

As I was thinking about a possible New Year’s resolution, my mind digressed to thinking about the shape our world is in and the shape we are in as individuals, figuratively, and literally. It was a very challenging picture. I was thinking that abuse to humanity has been around since sin entered the world. I pray that we are making progress in this area; it’s just that the forms of abuse, at least to my limited knowledge, change as our culture creates new ways GUEST to abuse COLUMN ourselves and others. When Debby Owen I read about the garden at creation in the beginning of the Bible, the picture is so dramatically different from today. When sin entered it was literally like an atomic blast swept over the earth, God withdrew to Heaven, and we were left with our perfect DNA exposed to the surrounding temptations of a place where, as the Bible says, Satan prowls around looking to kill, steal, and destroy. Our once perfect garden had the perfect Father walking right by our side, ready, willing, and able to explain the food right there at our finger tips, show us how to attend to simple tasks of garden care, and enjoy a perfect relationship with the very essence of Love. Why we chose to let evil infiltrate such perfection we don’t know. But maybe when we enter heaven to be with our Savior, it will all become clear to us. In the mean time I was still working on that New Year’s resolution. So I was thinking that even though that perfect essence of love withdrew to heaven, He left us his Holy

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Spirit so we could defend ourselves in the world. On a daily basis we fight against all the temptations that over the generations have further deteriorated our DNA to a place where our once perfect bodies come into this world far less than perfect. As the doctor sometimes says, “This condition can be inherited.” During his ministry, our Lord Jesus, with his touch, healed the sick, raised the dead, and drove out demons. He modeled perfect love himself. He told many parables for the ears whose hearts were ready to hear a new way to live. And for me, he made two crystal clear statements, which I hope to make my New Year’s resolutions for the rest of my life. Jesus’ first statement was not a parable for some to hear, it was a statement for all to hear. (Matthew 7:1) “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Yes, that sweet Jesus of ours isn’t quite so sweet when it comes to judging. He says in John 5:27 that he will do all the judging with the authority his Father has given him. I need Jesus’ grace, so I’ll let him do all the judging. Jesus’ second statement was in Matthew 22:36-40 and Mark 12: 29-31. A Pharisee who was an expert in the law asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love the people around you as much as you love yourself.” All glory to God. DEBBY OWEN is a member of Destiny Family of Faith, Kendallville. She can be reached at debby.owen

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DEAR ABBY: For 17 years I have been using the same hairstylist, “Marietta,” because she does great cuts and color. She’s married to my cousin “Gil,” but not for long. They’re divorcing. Gil’s mother suggested I should find a different stylist, but when I did, I had horrible results. I returned to Marietta and it took her several appointments to correct my color. Some family members are now furious with me for getting my hair done by someone who is soon to be a relative’s ex. I look at it as a business. I like what Marietta does for me. We never discuss the divorce. Family is now demanding an apology, and I don’t think I owe one. I haven’t been close to any of these people in years. Must I say I’m sorry to distant family and discontinue Marietta’s services? Or should I say nothing and continue my professional relationship with her? My roots are beginning to show again, so please answer quickly. — SNIPPED IN CALIFORNIA DEAR SNIPPED: Tell Gil’s mother to stay out of your hair. You tried leaving Marietta; it was a disaster — and you plan on using her until the day you curl up and dye. DEAR ABBY: I am the mother of three grown children. I have a good marriage, a successful career and a close relationship with my two younger children. My problem involves my oldest daughter. She has been emotionally unstable and verbally abusive to me since her 20s. I have reached my limit of patience with her. We had a terrible fight three weeks ago, and she hasn’t spoken to me since. Abby, these have been the most peaceful weeks I have had in a long time. Am I a terrible mother? Is there such a thing as separating from a child? I am tired of always being the peacemaker with no effort on her part. What do you suggest? — PEACEMAKER IN KENTUCKY DEAR PEACEMAKER: Refusing to be abused by an adult child does not make you a terrible parent. I don’t know what caused the fight between you and your daughter. If you caused it, then you owe it to both of you to offer an apology. If she caused it, then put your white flag away and enjoy the respite because sooner or later she’ll be back. (Probably when she needs something.) Only she can fix what’s wrong with her, but you can reduce your level of stress if you keep your distance. DEAR ABBY: I was involved in a fatal car accident in 2012. Two of my best friends died. There is a void in my heart. They were 15 and 18. I feel so much pain over the loss of my friends, and it is never going to end or hurt less. Their families hate me, which is to be expected. I am in prison and feel so depressed. Time here seems to barely move. How do I deal with this pain and my sentence? — IN JAIL AND HURTING DEAR HURTING: If possible, use your time in prison to complete your education. If there are classes, take them. If there is a library, use it. You can make the walls around you disappear if you lose yourself in the pages of a book. Try it, and you will see that I’m right. DEAR ABBY: My in-laws double dip everything. During a holiday get-together, a family member stood eating out of a pot. Now my M-I-L informs me her daughter allows her dog to eat off the plates, but “she uses a dishwasher” so I shouldn’t worry about germs. How do I handle this? I can’t eat there again. — GROSSED OUT IN GROSSE POINT DEAR GROSSED OUT: Eat before you go, and go as infrequently as possible. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. COPYRIGHT 2013 UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


Peanut butter squares a recipe enjoyed through the years EDITOR’S NOTE: Because this is a season of reflection and renewal I thought this would be a good time to go back into the archives and re-run two Amish Cook holiday columns from years past. The first column is from 1991, the second 1993. Wow, how life has changed since then! Personally, this period represented one of the happiest periods of my life. When you’re in your early 20s is there really much not to be happy about? And Old Order Amish culture was in the twilight of its agrarian isolation. Amish culture, as much as it attempts to slow down the march of technology and preserve family and faith, has also changed a lot. So let’s savor the season and enjoy these two journeys back to a simpler time. For those new to the column, it was written by Elizabeth Coblentz from 1991 — 2002. One of her daughters, Lovina Eicher, has written it since. Their writing styles are similar. Elizabeth pioneered a very accessible, straight forward voice. BY ELIZABETH COBLENTZ

December 1991 Well, I’m searching my brain, trying to think what would logically be the next thing I could write about. The holidays are in store for us, especially now that December appears on the calendar. Snow permitting, sleigh rides are enjoyed this time of year. Families are busy making plans for their holiday gatherings. All kinds of baking and candy making takes place

and lots of these goodies are passed out to family, friends and neighbors and, also, to the ones in need of presents increases the excitement of children and even adults at gatherings. The children enjoy meeting THE Santa with his AMISH treats, while COOK shopping with the businesses with Lovina Eicher their music, traditional lights and trimmings. It’s a special time of year to always look forward to the holidays. Although we never know what God has in store for us, December always brings back sad memories when our family left on a trip for the weekend and by Sunday evening word came that Grandpa had died. It was a sad Christmas for Grandma and the rest of the family of 14 married children and families. Also, I remember holiday gatherings which always seemed so enjoyable at Grandpa’s. It just never seemed the same at the gatherings after he was gone. But since Dad is gone our family gathering has also ended at this time of year. We now have our family to look forward to at holiday time. Here is a holiday recipe:

Peanutty Squares • 1 cup peanut butter

• 1 cup peanuts • 2 cups marshmallow crème • 4 cups Cheerios • 1 stick margarine Melt together peanut butter, peanuts, marshmallow crème and margarine. When blended together, add to Cheerios with one cup of brown sugar. Press into a buttered 9x13 pan, allow to cool, and cut into squares.

December 1993 We had a white 1993 Christmas. Looks like a beautiful winter scene. The days are shorter at this time of year. The days start early just like usual and during the winter months the days start in the dark. The livestock are fed and the cows milked and then breakfast ate, before everyone leaves for their place of work. The girls were glad to have a three-day break from the sewing factory. Lots of family gatherings at this time of year. Our Christmas family gathering was held Sunday, the day after Christmas, with a perfect attendance. Everyone (32 in all) was seated to a long table for breakfast, around 7 a.m. Frying eggs for 32 was enjoyable! The meal consisted of fried eggs, fried potatoes, bacon, toast, cottage cheese, various kinds of cereals, orange and grape juice, coffee, plus all of those holiday baked items served at this time of year. After breakfast, the dishes were washed and the house put back in order. Then gifts were exchanged and how exciting to see the 15 grandchildren unwrapping their gifts. Verena

had several guessing contest games: one for the adults and one for the children.Useful gifts were presented. A stuffed turkey was put into our new cook stove oven at 4:30 a.m. for the noon meal. So it was done by early morning. Dinner was served at 11:30 a.m. The New Year’s Song was sung several times throughout the day. In the afternoon, a cheese ball and a variety of crackers, vegetables and chips and all kind of Christmas goodies were set out to feast on which took care of the evening meal. A nice, enjoyable day which is history for 1993. We spent Christmas Day at home resting, as to have our family gathering the next day. Joe’s and Lovina’s attended his family gathering on Christmas Day and Emma also attended a gathering. In the evening, Susan attending the young folks’ Christmas gift exchange holiday gathering, where supper was also served and later they had their exchange. Susan was pleased for the gift she received from the one who had her name in the exchange. Happy holidays to all out there! FOR LOVINA EICHER’S “RECIPE OF THE WEEK” go to Lovina hand-writes this weekly column by gas lamp light from her Michigan home. Readers with culinary or cultural questions may write Lovina at The Amish Cook, c/o Oasis Newsfeatures, P.O. Box 157, Middletown, Ohio 45044 or visit oasisnewsfeatures. com. Due to volume of mail, personal replies are not always possible.

Do the math to determine plan DEAR BRUCE: I’m 63 years old and planning on working until age 66. I have an eight-month emergency fund. I also have half my money in a 401(k), IRA and Roth IRA, and half in CDs. I would like to put my extra money toward paying off my mortgage. It’s the only debt I have. I am still hearing from family members that I shouldn’t do that. I plan on staying in the house. I have about $127,000 left on the mortgage at 4.25 percent. — Dee, via email DEAR DEE: The question of whether you should pay off the mortgage or continue to invest depends on your investment choices. Simply, if you are earning in excess of 4.25 percent and the additional amount it costs to pay the taxes, then you should continue the way you are going. On the other hand, if you are earning substantially less than 4.25 percent, you would be better off paying off the mortgage. That is effectively earning you 4.25 percent. It doesn’t take much thought on this one; the way to settle it is to do the arithmetic.

DEAR BRUCE: I am an 80-year-old single mom who had no financial help in raising my two sons. I do not have much in the way of available monthly retirement funds, just $1,100 from Social Security and $800 from a SMART pension MONEY fund where I had been Bruce Williams employed for 20 years. I have been able to hold on to my house, and have finally paid off the mortgage and home equity loan and own it free and clear. It is appraised at about $600,000. I’m not interested in a reverse mortgage, which I’ve investigated. My sons are not involved in my life anymore, and even

though my health is relatively stable right now, I know that could change at any time. I plan on staying in my home for as long as possible, perhaps even employing a caregiver to help me, if it is necessary. But if worse comes to worse, I may have to sell my home to afford assisted living since I have no savings other than my home equity. My monthly income would not be enough for assisted living. Where could I invest the money from the sale of my house in order for me to do this? My children are in my trust, which I will be changing, and I don’t trust either of them, so I will have to do this on my own. If there is no family or friend to administer the trust, do I hire an attorney to do it? — Lisa, via email DEAR LISA: I am wondering why you investigated a reverse mortgage and decided you are not interested. It seems to me that at your age it has a good deal of merit. Because of your advanced years, you will get a decent return, and in the event that you wish to sell the

house, you would just pay off the reverse mortgage. That having been observed, if you choose to sell the house, I would suggest that you consider investing the $600,000 in a broad spectrum of substantial American companies. Let’s assume that will give you a relatively modest return of 6 percent; that would be $36,000 a year income without touching principal. At your age, tapping into principal is not a sin to be avoided. Since you don’t trust your children and you will need someone to look after your affairs, you might wish to visit the trust department of a bank or an attorney specializing in those matters. Send your questions to: Smart Money, P.O. Box 2095, Elfers, FL 34680. Email to: bruce@brucewilliams. com. Questions of general interest will be answered in future columns. Owing to the volume of mail, personal replies cannot be provided. COPYRIGHT 2013, NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.

Good discipline requires parents to give ‘leadership speech’ Q: My 5-year-old son is an only child whom I home school. He talks back, argues, and generally wears me down. I need help getting to him to realize that no is no, that I mean what I say. I know I’m the problem. Help! A: Better that you have come to grips now with the fact that you are the problem than when he’s much older and these difficulties have acquired much more momentum. Before giving you some advice, I have to repeat what I’ve said several times before in this column: I do not recommend homeschooling when the child in question is disobedient, disrespectful and generally difficult to “control.” Pre-existing discipline problems are counterpro-

ductive to an effective home school environment. Discipline problems should be solved before homeschooling is attempted. So the first recommendation I’m going to tender for your consideration is that you send your son to “regular” JOHN school until ROSEMOND you get his behavior under control. Today’s parents believe discipline is a technology involving the manipulation of reward and punishment. In other words, they believe discipline is accomplished

through the proper use of consequences. The fact is that whereas consequences are sometimes needed, more with some kids than others, the proper discipline of a child is primarily a matter of employing authoritative speech, including authoritative body language. Taking one example, do not (as the majority of parenting pundits advise) “get down to your child’s level” when you speak to him or her. In so doing, you look like you are pleading. Stand upright. When I speak on proper discipline, I emphasize the need for parents to “act like superior beings.” It may come as a surprise, but contrary to the parent-child egalitarianism parenting “experts” have promoted for more than a generation, adults are superior to children.

Learn to employ what I call “leadership speech” when giving instructions and communicating decisions. Use the fewest words possible, come straight to the point, and do not give explanations. Explanations sound persuasive as opposed to authoritative. As such, they invite argument. WRONG WAY: (The parent is scrunched down, hands on knees) “Honey, it would really help Mommy if you’d pick up the toys in the living room and put them away so my friend Susan and I can use that room to talk and have coffee in without a lot of distractions. Will you do that for Mommy, okay?” To an instruction communicated in that wimpy fashion, a child is likely to say, “I was here first! Why do I have to move? And you

never let me have anything to drink in here! No!” Mind you, the problem has been created by the parent. The child is only responding to the parent’s non-authoritative presentation. RIGHT WAY: (The parent is standing upright) “I need you to pick up these toys and move them to another room. I’ll be back in a few minutes to see that it’s done.” (And then, walk away. Standing there will invite resistance.) If, as you’re walking away, the child asks “Why?” stop, turn around, and say, “Because I said so. Any other questions?” And then leave the scene. So, someone is bound to ask, what if the parent comes back in the room and the toys aren’t picked up? Ah! Now a consequence is called

for. But proper “leadership speech” will reduce the need for consequences by at least 50 percent within a month. First, stop repeating yourself. Give your child any instruction once, and once only. Second, pick the toys up yourself. Say nothing. Just pick them up. And then, immediately after dinner that evening, inform the child that he’s going to bed. He is, after all, too tired to pick up his toys when told. When it comes to consequences, be consistent, but do not be predictable. Be full of surprises! JOHN ROSEMOND is America’s

most widely-read parenting authority. He is a best-selling author, columnsit, speaker and family psychologist. More information at




Enjoy food, exercise, laughter during the new year As another year comes to a close, it is time to review a few of the things that occupied our time and thoughts. This has been a time of transition for me in that I am no longer the county coroner, having reached the two term limit last year. However, I became the county health officer this year, which has been every bit as challenging as the coroner job, but in very different ways. Now, I try to help the populous of the county stay healthy rather than just trying to figure out what caused a few of them to die. With this column, I have taken you along with me as I tried to follow the Dukan diet, which is a very meat-heavy, low carbohydrate diet. While I lost weight and was not hungry, it was not easy to follow the diet. Unfortunately, like most people, I lost interest in the diet and put some of the weight back on.

As usual, the key to a healthy life is moderation in most things. However, the key to extreme results is being willing to sacrifice and/or take risks. I think the Dukan diet and DR. TERRY others like it would be GAFF worth the effort and risks for people who need to achieve weight loss to regain their health in the face of diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, or other obesity-related disorders. In those cases, surgery might even be worth the risk. If you are just trying to stay healthy, it might be better to consider consuming the Mediterranean diet, which is fairly simple as follows:

• Eat more fruits (3 servings a day). • Eat more vegetables (2 a day, including a salad). • Use olive oils abundantly, including for salad dressings and for cooking. • Eat less red meat and more white meat. • Indulge in plenty of fish (3 times a week). • Snack on legumes like nuts and beans. • Eat red sauces. • If you are so inclined, enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. Diet is only part of a healthy lifestyle. This year, there was good news for those of us who do not feel the need to run fast anymore. Experts said that although a runner may cover the distance in about half the time, the runner and the walker would end up with similar reductions in the risk for hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, diabetes and possibly coronary heart disease. Once again, like the tortoise and

“If you are just trying to stay healthy, it might be better to consider consuming the Mediterranean diet, which is fairly simple.” Dr. Terry Gaff

• the hare, slow and steady can win the race. The past year has been a difficult one for the interaction between the government and health care. With the government essentially mandating that medical records become managed and recorded electronically, the process of practicing medicine has been slowed down and made more complex. This is especially true for those of us who are over 50 years old, which is more than half of the physician population. In addition to the difficulty of conversion

to electronic health care records, there is an emphasis on patient opinion polls as to whether they are receiving excellent care, or not. This is as wrong-minded as hiring and paying teachers based on whether they are popular with the students rather than whether they are teaching the material. (Wait a minute, my teacher friends tell me that may actually be happening too.) Unfortunately, for our seemingly well meaning government, the icing on the health care cake is the erratic explanation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).

It is based on some very good ideas, like insurance for everyone, including those with pre-existing medical conditions and no cap on insurance costs for those with catastrophic illnesses. However, it is unlikely to make any real headway in solving the problem of health care costs until health care providers are required to provide transparency in the prices of medical care and supplies. If that ever happens, there might be some real health care reform. In the meantime, eat well, exercise regularly, sleep enough, take as few medicines as possible, and laugh often. May you have a healthy and happy New Year! DR. TERRY GAFF is a physician

in northeast Indiana. Contact him at drgaff@kpcmedia. com or on Facebook. To read past columns and to post comments go to columnists/terry_gaff.

Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry NEW YORK (AP) — Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them. And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried. Since navigating a tablet generally doesn’t require the ability to type or read, children as young as toddlers can quickly learn how to stream movies, scroll through family photos or play simple games. That ease-of-use makes tablets —and smartphones— popular with busy parents who use them to pacify their kids during car rides, restaurant outings or while they’re at home trying to get dinner on the table. And many feel a little less guilty about it if they think there’s educational value to the apps and games their children use. The devices are expected to rank among the top holiday gifts for children this year. Gadget makers such as Samsung have introduced tablets specifically designed for kids and many manufacturers of adult tablets now include parental controls. Those products are in addition to the slew of kiddie tablets produced by electronic toy makers such as LeapFrog, Vtech and Toys R Us. But some experts note there’s no evidence that screen time — whether from a TV or tablet — provides any educational or developmental benefits for babies and toddlers. Yet it takes away from activities that do promote brain development, such as non-electronic toys and adult interaction. They also say that too much screen time has been linked to behavior problems and delayed social development in older children. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, points

out that iPads have only been on the market for a little over three years, which means tablet-related research is still in its infancy. Christakis says educational games and apps have some value if they engage a child and prompt them to interact with the device, but cautioned that if all children do is watch videos on their tablets, then it’s just like watching TV, which has a limited ability to engage a child. He also notes that parents need be mindful of whether tablet time is replacing more important activities such as sleeping, reading or interacting with adults. He says that while the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than one to two hours of screen time a day for kids over the age of two, he thinks one hour is plenty. “The single most important thing for children is time with parents and caregivers,” he says. “Nothing is more important in terms of social development. If time with the tablet comes at the expense of that, that’s not good.” Dr. Rahil Briggs, a pediatric psychologist at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center, says tablet usage needs to be limited for the youngest of children, because too much screen time can slow language development. And since there’s very little research out there so far, experts still don’t know exactly how much is too much, she says. For older children, Briggs says too much tablet use can slow social development. She notes that the solitary nature of the activity means that kids aren’t using that time to learn how to make friends or pick up on social cues.

In this Dec. 3 photo, Marc Cohen, 5, uses a Sesame Street app on his tablet at home in New York. Tablets of all types are expected to rank among the top holiday gifts for children this year. AP


This photo taken Nov. 26 shows Jane Mahoney at the student union on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas. About 320 colleges and universities offered tuition guarantees during the 2012-13 school year, according to an analysis of U.S. Department of

Education data done by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The schools represent about 6.7 percent of the nation’s nearly 4,800 institutions where students receive federal financial aid.

Fixed rates are latest in college tuition plans MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freshmen at Northland College, a small Wisconsin liberal arts school known for its environmental focus, will pay no more than $30,450 in tuition next year. They’ll pay the same the following year. And the year after that. The college on the shore of Lake Superior is joining a growing number of schools promising fixed-rate tuition — a guarantee that most students will pay a single rate for the length of their college careers. The programs at schools like George Washington University, University of Kansas and Columbia College in Missouri aim to help families budget for college without worrying about big price jumps. They also give recruiters something to tout on the road to try to ease the sticker shock. Tuition and fees at four-year public colleges rose 27 percent in the past five years, while those at four-year private schools went up 14 percent, according to the College Board. About 320 colleges and universities offered tuition guarantees during the 2012-13 school year, according to an analysis of U.S. Education Department data done by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The schools represent about 6.7 percent of the nation’s nearly 4,800 institutions where students receive federal financial aid.

“The out-of-pocket expense is less today for a family than it was five years ago. That’s a little known fact.” David Warren President of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

• Many fixed-rate plans are coupled with a commitment to hold financial aid steady so students have a firm cost estimate, but they are not discounts. At Kansas, students starting as freshmen pay more than standard tuition in their first two years to offset lower rates in the last two. Other schools try to estimate expenses and inflation and set rates that cover costs when averaged over four years. Transfer students generally pay tuition for the year they enter; at Kansas, they pay standard tuition. Students say the programs help them hold down costs by allowing them to budget wisely and borrow less. “I can’t think of any other major expense where a student or their family is expected to commit to such a large expense without knowing what it is going to cost,” Jane Mahoney, a recent graduate of the University of Kansas, said in

an email. “I think the tuition agreement puts a lot of students and families at ease when figuring out how to fund a college degree.” Mahoney, 23, said Kansas’ program helped her and her parents decide how much she needed to work, take out in loans and receive in family help. It also gave her an incentive to graduate in four years because the rate was only good that long. Mahoney ended up finishing a semester early, with $16,000 in loans — an amount she has found manageable with her job as the alumni association’s digital media and marketing coordinator. Many schools have been rethinking their costs as graduates struggle with student debt and diminished job prospects. Some schools have frozen tuition. A smaller group has slashed rates 20 percent or more in heavily publicized “tuition resets.” Even without those moves, few students at private schools have been paying full freight. Most schools offer scholarships to lure students with attractive grades, athletic skills or other talents. Post-recession, that aid has increased at private schools more quickly than tuition, said David Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. “The out-of-pocket expense is less today for a family than it was five years ago,” Warren said. “That’s a

little known fact.” Northland has been part of that trend too, with a guarantee that students who meet certain academic and income criteria won’t pay more in tuition than they would pay at the flagship university in their home state. In Wisconsin, that figure is the $10,400 in tuition and fees charged by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Fixing the cost of tuition is aimed at helping students reduce debt by planning better. Northland officials said they noticed that after freshman year, student borrowing tended to mirror tuition increases. “In most cases, the institutional awards that are given stay the same, so as the cost of education goes up … most of our students have gone ahead and turned that into an additional loan, which has escalated the amount they needed to borrow,” President Michael Miller said. Susan McHale, 21, a George Washington senior from the Philadelphia area, said its fixed-rate tuition plan — established in 2004 and one of the oldest in the nation — was a great relief to her father, a cost-conscious accountant who began saving and budgeting for her college education when she was in middle school. She has helped pay for room, board and other expenses with summer jobs and a part-time position in the school’s admissions office.




‘American Hustle’ sparkly bit of ’70s fun

The movie has a wonderful sense of time and place, in the overblown, scuzzy late ’70s.

• movie that is absolutely irresistible. It’s the same talent that was on display in director David O. Russell’s Oscar-nominated “Silver Linings Playbook” last year. I didn’t find “American Hustle” as cozy or as compelling as “Silver Linings,” which is one of my favorite movies I’ve seen in years, but “Hustle” has the same snappy dialogue, quick editing and dark humor that makes a movie like this so fun to watch. It helps that the lead actors are perfectly cast. I was thrilled to see such a high-caliber cast in a movie, and they didn’t disappoint. There is sleaze all over the screen — Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper made my skin crawl at times, and Amy Adams can turn from icy to sexy on a dime and make it completely believable — but there also is charisma and chemistry everywhere. Especially delightful is Jennifer Lawrence in a rather small but completely memorable role as Rosalyn. She’s deliciously daffy in the role, and the screen lights up even brighter every time she’s on it. It just

FORT WAYNE — “A New Beginning” fundraiser for Three Rivers Art Center for Kids will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Calhoun Street Soup, Salad, Spirits, 1915 Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. Parking is free. Admission is $5; kids free. TRACK uses the power of art to combat child abuse. Music will be provided by Mimi Burns & Styler, Molly Brogan and Grace Minnick. Special guest will be Blind Uncle Harry of Bloomington. Fort Wayne Youtheatre will present the play

“Mean Jean the Recess Queen.” In addition, Catherine Nagy Mowry will provide a Miami Indian doll making demonstration; Teresa Rust will do face painting; there will be mural painting and an open mic for “anyone and everyone.” Proceeds will help bring Native American photographer Matika Wilbur to Fort Wayne to speak. She is traveling the country documenting Native Americans and will speak on her art, her heritage and inspiring youth. On Tuesday, March 18, during Women’s History

Month, “Destiny’s Law” author Randi Shepherd and daughter Destiny, who want to make tougher laws for abusers, will be featured with abuse survivor Maleah Heck, the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, and the debut of TRACK’s theme song “To Be on Track,” written by Patty Hunter, Mimi Burns and Grace Minnick. Also Reader’s Theatre “Angel Fire” by Terry Doran will be presented. For more information, contact Patty Hunter at 220-0072, or email pattyhunter1952@gmail. com.

reiterates my opinion that Lawrence is one of the most talented people in Hollywood right now. “American Hustle” is rounded out with the perfect tone of the costumes and sets. The movie has a wonderful sense of time and place, in the overblown, scuzzy late ’70s. The outfits, the hair, the decor — it all just screams 1978. That’s the cherry on top of this wild sundae. It’s already a treat to watch because of the story and characters


Pictures’ “American Hustle.” After meeting the dapper Rosenfeld and his seductive partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), Cooper’s character, Dimaso, ups his fashion game.

and acting, and then the movie is just that much better because it’s also an eye-searing spectacle. “American Hustle” is clearly gunning for an Oscar, and it definitely deserves the buzz its receiving. It’s an energetic, entertaining, darkly funny, well-told story with an all-star cast that elevates the movie into the stratosphere. It’s definitely not a feel-good movie, but it sure does feel good to watch it anyway.


Jenny’s Take: See it tonight. (Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. Runs 138 minutes.) JENNY KOBIELA-MONDOR writes movie reviews for KPC Media Group. Her columns are posted at columnists. A link to her blog can be found from her columns at She blogs at jenandkel

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In this film image released by Sony Pictures, Bradley Cooper, left, as Richie Dimaso and Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld talk in a gallery at the Frick Museum in a scene from Columbia


Lawrence), gets involved. Conventional wisdom The people in this movie says that a movie that are all pretty awful people, features nothing but when you really think deplorable characters with about their behavior. very few redeeming Irving and Sydney qualities won’t are conning people work. left and right, with But convenSydney especially tional wisdom flies adept at using her out the window in feminine wiles to the face of a crime play Irving and film as delightful Richie against as “American each other. Irving Hustle.” While JENNY is, of course, a it does indeed cheater and a feature some pretty KOBIELA- terrible husband terrible people to Rosalyn, who in the leading MONDOR is unstable and roles, everything goofy, but also is just so glittery, smart enough to funny and so darn be excessively likeable that there isn’t anything to do except manipulative. Richie is an incredibly angry, unstable love this film. person himself. The nicest The movie, based person in the movie is loosely on the FBI’s Carmine Polito, the guy ABSCAM operation, that our “heroes” are trying follows con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) desperately to catch bribing government officials. and his beautiful partnerAnd yet, they’re all so in-crime, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). The pair are likeable and sympathetic in their own ways. Their doing well for themselves, motivations, while morally embezzling and selling questionable at best, are fake art, until they’re caught by FBI agent Richie also incredibly understandDiMaso (Bradley Cooper). able. They are ambitious DiMaso is looking to make and desire to climb the ladder of life by any means a name for himself in necessary. Who hasn’t the FBI, and in exchange had a moment of that for letting them avoid a ambition? They only really long stint in jail, he has get into trouble when they them help him take down try to climb too high, too Camden, N.J., mayor quickly. And as they do Carmine Polito (Jeremy get into trouble, it’s a blast Renner), who is trying to watch — the situations to raise money to open are so ridiculous, and they casinos in Atlantic City. Unfortunately, they almost just keep piling up and causing more and more immediately get in way over their heads, especially crazy problems. “American Hustle” when Irving’s nutty is a dynamic, energetic wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer



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NY man’s 10,607 video games secure Guinness title BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find. Now, 31 years and roughly 11,000 games later, Thomasson is the newly crowned world record holder for having the largest collection of video games. He is featured in a two-page spread in the just-released “Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition.” “I have games on cartridge, laser disc. I have VHS-based games, cassettebased games,” Thomasson said, standing among the collection that fills the basement of his suburban Buffalo home. Along with the games, he has the devices to play them on, not only the Xboxes and PlayStations but obscure ones like the Casio Loopy, the only game system specifically geared toward girls, which came out in Japan in 1995, and the Pippin, a dud released by Apple the same year. “Every game on it is

awful,” Thomasson says of Apple’s foray into the gaming world. “It’s the least fun of anything in the house.” At the other end of the spectrum is the old Colecovision unit like the one that appeared under the Christmas tree one year after his grandparents gave him his first game for it. They had mistakenly believed his parents had gotten their hands on the playing system, which was a hot item that year. It stands to this day as the best present his parents ever gave him. “It’s my first love so it’s sentimental,” Thomasson said. But the games also were quality, with very little of the “shovelware” — mediocre, rushed releases — typical of many systems, he said. “They looked good, they played good. For the time they sounded good,” he said, “for the bleeps and blips of the 80s.” Thomasson began collecting almost immediately, he said, but the path to the world record had a couple of restarts. He sold off his collection twice, first in 1989 to raise money for a Sega Genesis, then again to pay for his 1998 wedding. (“I was heavy into

collecting when we married so she knew what she was getting into,” he says of his wife, JoAnn.) Since then, Thomasson has methodically rebuilt the collection, averaging two games per day on a strict $3,000-a-year budget which means never paying full price. He estimates the collection is worth $700,000 to $800,000. He hasn’t played every game. The father of a 5-year-old, Anna, Thomasson designs games and teaches 2D animation, game design and the history of video games at Canisius College in Buffalo. He also writes on the topic for magazines and books. “I probably get three hours of playing in a week,” he said. “If I’m lucky.” Guinness lists the number of games in Thomasson’s recordbreaking collection at 10,607, though he said the number exceeds 11,000 now, a year after the official count and after discovering forgotten stashes of games after the counting crew left. Either way, it bested the previous record holder, Richard Lecce, who held the record first recorded in 2010 with 8,616 games.





Atlanta has plenty to offer


A man looks at an installation called “El Toro de Veragua” by Miguel Angel Blanco, which consists of an embalmed bull next to a picture by

Pablo Rubens, “El rapto de Europa,” top left, during an exhibition at Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Travel tips: Five free things to do in Madrid Visit art galleries, hear symphony orchestras BY HAROLD HECKLE Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — Spain has for decades been among the world’s top tourist destinations, mainly thanks to sun-seekers who flock each year to Mediterranean beaches or the Canary Islands. The Spanish capital, with its vast array of bars, restaurants and a rocket-propelled nightlife that often causes traffic jams at 3 a.m., has always appealed to fun-lovers as well as travelers with an interest in history and culture. While top-end hotels and restaurants are expensive, it comes as a relief to find that some of Madrid’s best features can be enjoyed for free.

PRADO Few museums boast a permanent collection as rich and historically important as that of Madrid’s El Prado. For anyone with an interest in art, it is a must-see. Many of the Prado’s works were collected or commissioned by Spain’s art-loving royalty in centuries past when the country was a fabulously wealthy superpower with a vast, global empire. Then, in 1819, King Ferdinand VII opened the doors of his private collection to the public. The collection was later boosted by the contents of two major museums. Among masterworks on show are the iconic “The Annunciation,” painted by Fra Angelico in the 15th century, Hieronymus Bosch’s vivid 16th century triptych “The Garden of Earthly Delights” and Albrecht Duerer’s piercing “Self-portrait.” However, the museum’s most popular works are the remarkably versatile Francisco Goya’s canvases, etchings and tapestries — including his Black Paintings, such as “Saturn devouring one of his sons” — and, notably, Diego Velazquez’s priceless masterworks including “Las Meninas.” Around 2 million people visit the Prado each year. Normally, admission costs 14 euros ($19), but, for those in the know, there is a way to get in for free. Every day from Monday-Saturday, access is free between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., while on Sundays and public holidays it is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For those able to plan ahead, each year there are two whole days where entry is free: Nov. 19 (the Prado’s anniversary) and May 18 (International Museum Day). Details:

RETIRO At the heart of Madrid lies Retiro Park, a beautifully tended 350-acre (1.4 square-kilometer) garden

ATLANTA (AP) — Many people who visit Atlanta for the hundreds of conventions the city hosts each year never make it out of the few blocks around their hotels. But the city has much more to offer, and some attractions are even free. Atlanta is a diverse, cosmopolitan city that is home to major corporations’ headquarters, world-class cultural institutions and restaurants helmed by award-winning chefs. It has a rich cultural and political history, plus parks and trails to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy during the many months of the year when Atlanta’s latitude makes it pleasant to be outside. Here are five free things to do and see on your next trip to Atlanta.

Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site The historic site is operated by the National Park Service. A film and an exhibition of photos, text and video clips in the visitor’s center give a comprehensive overview of the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership role. Up the street is the home where King was born. Tours of the birth home are free but must be reserved in person the day of the tour at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. The crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit in the middle of a reflecting pool outside The King Center. A few steps away, visitors can walk through

Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father served as pastors.

Sweet Auburn Curb Market Nearby lies the Sweet Auburn Historic District, which was a major economic, cultural and political center for African-American life for the first half of the 20th century, before a major highway bisected the neighborhood and decades of urban decline followed. Originally known as the Municipal Market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is now an urban farmers market that provides a lively atmosphere for browsing and grabbing lunch. Stalls run by butchers feature pigs’ ears and feet, oxtails and many other animal parts and cuts of meat stacked neatly in trays behind glass. Produce vendors offer heaping stacks of collard greens, turnips and other seasonal produce. Prepared food stands offer a wide variety of lunch options, but it’s fun to browse whether or not you buy.

The Beltline The Atlanta BeltLine is a redevelopment project that aims to turn an old 22-mile (35-kilometer) railroad corridor that rings the city’s in-town neighborhoods into a network of trails, parks, affordable housing and, eventually, transit. So far, only the 2.2-mile (3.5-kilometer) Eastside Trail has opened, with skyline views and regularly

changing public art installations providing added scenery for those who walk, bike and jog along the path.

Piedmont Park Sitting at one end of the BeltLine’s completed Eastside Trail is Piedmont Park. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre (80-hectare) green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also hosts major city events, like the Dogwood Festival in April and the Music Midtown festival in September, and the finish line of the annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race.

Oakland Cemetery The graves of dozens of Atlanta mayors and six Georgia governors, as well as the rich and poor of different races and different religions dot the gentle hills of Oakland Cemetery. Some of the most famous residents are “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. Despite the surrounding busy streets and the clanking and beeping from the adjacent freight rail terminal, the 48-acre (19.4-hectare) cemetery feels calm and peaceful. Self-guided tours are free whenever the cemetery is open.


People sit in the sun at a terrace bar inside the Matadero in Madrid Dec. 15. Matadero was, from 1911 to 1996, Madrid’s main slaughterhouse and livestock market. The 45-acre (18-hectare) complex, now a creative center, was designed in the modernist neo-Mudejar style of architecture typical of early 20th century Madrid.

space where city-dwellers go to get away from the metropolitan hubbub. Originally the formal gardens of a medieval palace, it became King Philip II’s 16th century refuge from court preoccupations, as well as his religious retreat — hence its name. Retiro offers all you would expect from a showcase city park: leafy walks, bicycle rides, superb horticulture, row-boats and cooling fountains. But it is also packed with cultural surprises. It contains three free museums — Casa de Vacas, Palacio de Velazquez and Palacio de Cristal — the last being a wonderfully preserved iron-framed glasshouse. Napoleon Bonaparte’s invading army camped here in the early 1800s and razed the palace, but a fisherman’s cottage from the era survived. Children shriek with delight at a proper, brick-built puppet theatre and grown-ups muse over games of chess or watch an ancient form of bowling that uses a semi-circular object pitched overarm at the pins. Details:— retiro—park.html.

as the azure sky above darkens, making it one of Madrid’s most romantic spots. Free cultural events are regularly organized within its exquisitely-proportioned chapel. Details: debod—temple.html.

MATADERO Matadero was, from 1911 to 1996, Madrid’s main slaughterhouse and livestock market, where herds of cattle were even trotted in on foot. The 45-acre (18-hectare) complex, today a creative center, was designed in the modernist neo-Mudejar style of architecture typical of early 20th century Madrid. It includes a space devoted to design, where graphic, industrial and interior decoration artists can be seen in action. Other buildings include a television studio, a hall for books and reading, a workshop used as a meeting place by the city’s artists, and at least two theaters, some hosting professional, paid-for works. But there is always plenty happening here for free. Details: mataderomadrid. org/.



As dusk approaches, strolling couples head west to the Temple of Debod, one of Madrid’s oldest buildings — if not the oldest. It is one of very few early Egyptian temples visible outside that country and was given to Spain in 1960 in a bid to save it from flood damage when the Aswan dam was built across the Nile. Dedicated in antiquity to the worship of the gods Amun and Isis, its graceful lines showcase the timeless beauty of pharaonic architecture. Today the temple is situated on the eastern ridge of the Manzanares River valley, where the setting sun bathes it in golden hues

Juan March was a wealthy financier who bequeathed Madrid a richly endowed foundation that today hosts some of the capital’s most exciting musical events, film screenings and art exhibitions, all free. Dotted around the building are sculptures by renowned artists such as Eduardo Chillida, while inside music-lovers can enjoy orchestral symphonies, intimate chamber music or jazz, in a concert hall with admired acoustics. A well-appointed gallery also offers top-quality art exhibitions with objects often sourced from top museums around the world. Details:


A framed plaque with a photograph of a scene from the 1946 film “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart, left, and a Hollywood star are on display at the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa. The museum dedicated

to the life of the star of many films, including the holiday favorite, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” is located in the off-thebeaten-track town where Stewart grew up.

Jimmy Stewart museum rebounds from adversity INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — For a time it looked like the Jimmy Stewart Museum wasn’t going to make it. It’s in the actor’s hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania — an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh and off the radar of many fans who might want to attend. And the pool of fans is shrinking as those who grew up during the era of Stewart’s films die out. The number of tour buses that made special trips to the museum began to decline in 2009 and 2010, said Timothy Harley, the museum’s director. “The situation became very dire. That caused some pretty considerable concern, he said. But the outlook has improved, at least of the next few years he said, thanks to loyal fans who began sending donations as the word got out about the plight of the museum. It turned out that many people still had warm feelings for the star of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the 1947 Christmas classic that featured Stewart considering suicide, but being talked out of it by a guardian angel named Clarence. The donations ranged from small to substantial,

Harley said. One was in an envelope containing a single dollar bill and a return address of “Clarence.” And last year, Ken and Carol Schultz, a San Diego couple originally from western Pennsylvania, began making yearly $25,000 donations, which matches what the Stewart family gives. Harley said the donations have stabilized funding problems for the small museum with a limited staff and budget. But they’re not a long-term fix, he said. The museum isn’t fancy, which is partly why Stewart gave his blessing to the project before he died in 1997. It’s full of displays not just about movies, but about Stewart’s service as a bomber pilot in World War II, his well-to-do ancestors, and his family life. Stewart flew more than 20 combat missions over Europe even though he was initially too thin to qualify for the military. Harley said Stewart’s no-nonsense military service resonates with many young people who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Stewart was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal, and the French Croix de Guerre, and

by the time the war was over, he had risen from private to the rank of Colonel. Pauline Simms, president of the museum’s board of directors, said the displays that go beyond Hollywood are part of the attraction. “The museum isn’t just about the man, it’s about the whole era. If fact, it’s why some people come,” said Simms, a native of the town who remembers getting Stewart’s autograph at the end of World War II. Still, there’s plenty in the museum to satisfy movie fans. Harley notes that Stewart didn’t just play the nice guy in some early films. “He played the heavy or the gangster” in some of the 1930s films, Harley said, and the museum has dozens of movie posters on display. There’s also a re-creation of Stewart’s boyhood bedroom, and items from the hardware store his father ran until his death 1961. The J.M. Stewart & Co. hardware store was founded in 1848, and Harley said Stewart’s father was attached to the business even after his son became a world-famous Hollywood star. Harley said the family’s practical, small-town roots played a role, too.



I caught this fascinating photo of a fisherman on a foggy morning on Pretty Lake earlier this week. The fisherman and his reflection were the only thing visible from our home on the north side of the lake.




Bowen Clifford enjoying his first fall in a big pile of leaves. This picture was taken on our farm in Waterloo.


Spotted this Hawk on trail 5 at Chain O’ Lakes State Park on Nov. 9.

PHOTO CONTEST Christopher Koluder of Wolcottville is the KPC Staff Choice winner and Janelle McElhoe of Fremont is the People’s Choice winner in November’s KPC Photo Contest. Runners-up appear elsewhere on this page.

Have you taken a photo lately of anything interesting in the Greater Fort Wayne area? Submit that photo in KPC’s monthly Photo Contest. JANELLE MCELHOE, FREMONT

Sunrise captured through a child’s eyes. Lilly, 3, of Fremont.

TWO WAYS TO WIN: Each month one winner will be chosen by KPC staff and another will be chosen by readers online. Each of these winners will receive their photo on a custom-printed mug or mousepad and will be eligible for the annual grand prize. An annual grand prize of $100 will be given to the best People’s Choice photo and another $100 will be awarded to the best photo selected by KPC staff.

And whether you win or not, your photo could be chosen to run as the cover of the Greater Fort Wayne Family magazine, in the magazine or here on the monthly photo page. NOW YOU BE THE JUDGE: Go online to pick your favorite photo from December between Jan. 1 and Jan. 15 at photocontest. This winner will be published on the next monthly photo page.


Photos must be received by the 28th of each month to be eligible for that month’s contest.

This photo was taken at the Don and Helen Cochard farm.

Contest rules • Use the highest quality setting on your digital camera and e-mail the original file to

Only e-mailed photos will be accepted. • Enclose a brief statement about the photo, where it was taken, name, address and phone number of the

photographer. • Employees and their immediate families are not eligible to win the cash prizes, but may submit photos for possible publication.

Judging standards are determined by KPC Media Group Inc. Decisions are final. All photos submitted become property of KPC Media Group Inc. and may be used in KPC publications or promotional materials.






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Copper piping has been tested over time


How do you take the focus off a large garage? Split it! Two of the three stalls load from the side, keeping the focus on the lovely porch. Below, now and later: having the master suite on

Details:Plan HOTW130041 BEDROOMS: 4 BATHS: 4 1/2 MAIN LEVEL: 1,891 sq. ft. SECOND LEVEL: 806 sq. ft. TOTAL LIVING AREA: 2,697 sq. ft.

BONUS SPACE: 774 sq. ft. DIMENSIONS: 70’ 0” x 58’ 10”

Q. I’m planning to build an addition to my house that involves a master bathroom. My builder wants to use PEX piping for the water lines. The rest of my house is copper and I don’t know anything about plastic piping. Is it OK to use? Larry of Fremont A. New home construction has for the last 30 years used cooper plumbing systems for water supply lines. Copper has been a mainstay for being cost effective and SQUARE with little issues CORNERS service when installed Jeff Deahl properly. In the last several years (after several years of problems) PEX piping has become more popular for its versatility since it is flexible and able to bend, reducing the cost of installation compared to the fitting and soldering of copper or the fitting and gluing of CPVC piping. PEX has become a favorite of remodelers because it can get fished into walls and through floor joists and has a broader temperature range and can expand and contract. With PEX there are much improved connectors including the home run type concept of a single line run to each fixture. With today’s price of metals, copper is the most expensive followed by PEX then by CPVC so using PEX can be a lower cost way to go vs. copper. Myself, I prefer copper as a time-tested durable plumbing system. Given that the rest of your house is in copper it would seem that that would be the best choice. If you’re trying to save money the PEX system will do the job just fine.

JEFF DEAHL is president of the

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FRAMING: 2 x 4 FOUNDATION OPTIONS: Unfinished Basement

Attic is No. 1 worst place to store antiques Have you heard about the popular social media game (on Facebook, twitter, etc.) where you are asked to reveal 10 little known items about yourself? It’s fun to get the inside scoop on your friends and with that in mind, I am going to reveal a top 10 of my own about antiques! Did you know that there are places around your house where art and antiques don’t belong? Most of us know that attics and basements are poor choices for the storage of art and antiques yet most of the time that is where the antiques are found. Antiques are commonly squirreled away in attics, rafters, basements, beneath floorboards, etc. Those are among the worst places to store antiques, but if you are looking for antiques in Grandma’s house, these bad places are the first places you should look. The foyer is not the best place to display your antiques. The front door is the major culprit. The door opens and closes as people enter and exit the house. As a result, temperature and humidity changes are often drastic in your foyer. These seasonal changes in temperature impact the condition

of an oil on canvas painting, a Victorian hall stand made of oak or a vintage ceramic floor vase holding umbrellas and walking sticks. This is why I suggest that you decorate your foyer, the main ART & entryway to your ANTIQUES home which sets the tone for all of your décor, Dr. Lori home with wreaths and such. Save the antiques for the main areas of your home like living rooms, studies, and dens. Art and antiques need ventilation, air flow, consistent temperature and humidity levels and no direct sunlight. Don’t place art or antiques near radiators, heaters, air vents, air conditioning units, etc.

7. In a laundry room. Washing machine moisture and dryer heat are both very bad. 8. In a bathroom. Water, odors, steam — need I say more? 9. In an air-tight china cabinet. Make sure you open your china cabinet once in a while to let heat escape. 10. Anywhere food or drink may be served. Spills happen.

The 10 worst places for art and antiques: 1. In an attic. Too much heat with poor ventilation.


Keep your antiques, like this blanket chest, away from radiators and direct sunlight.

2. In a basement. Too damp with high mold or mildew levels.

putting your rare antiques directly outside in the elements.

3. In a storage locker. You may forget about the valuable objects stored there. Many, many, many people do. I have appraised serious valuables in storage lockers near and far.

5. Under a bed. Laying your works of art flat attracts dirt and bugs. It is best to hang works of art or store them upright.

4. In an exterior shed, garage or barn. This is not much different than

6. In a kitchen. Heat, cooking odors and dirt can damage art and antiques.

Art and antiques like to live where you like to live. If I had a dime for each time I have made this exact statement in front of my live audiences around the world, I’d be banking in good company with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates. Happy collecting. DR. LORI VERDERAME (“Dr. Lori”), a Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on the hit TV show, Auction Kings on Discovery channel. For information about your antiques, visit, or call 888-431-1010.







This house is full of character, and it is easy to fall in love with the vintage charm. The quaint kitchen and nook area features rough-hewn timber accents, ample counter space plus a kitchen island for plenty of work space. Attractive wood floors and built-in corner cabinets in the dining room add vintage character, as do the fireplace, open staircase and beautiful screened-in porch. The setting is tree-covered and picturesque. The property consists of more than five acres. The horse barns can house an ample number of horses, and the pasture area has plenty of room for them to run. This lovely property has a lot to offer for the horse or animal lover looking for some space to roam.

There is a lot of character shown throughout this home with four bedrooms and two full baths. The home features natural woodwork, beautiful staircases and a huge, open foyer. There are french doors leading to the den and living room, plus a separate formal dining room. The usable basement is great for extra storage, and there is a new vinyl privacy fence around the yard.

Quaint country setting

Auburn home with a lot of character

ADDRESS: 5442 C.R. 427, Auburn

HEATING: Gas-forced air

ADDRESS: 1008 S. Cedar Street, Auburn

HEATING: Forced-air





SIZE: 2,240 square feet

STYLE: Two-story

SIZE: 1,690 square feet

STYLE: Two-story

BEDROOMS: Three plus nursery

GARAGE: 24-by-28 attached


GARAGE: One-car attached

BATHROOMS: One full, two half

SCHOOLS: DeKalb Central School Corp.


SCHOOLS: DeKalb Central School Corp.

DIRECTIONS: Take C.R. 427 south to

PRICE: $99,900

DIRECTIONS: Take S.R. 8 (7th Street) to Cedar Street, then go south to property.

PRICE: $205,000




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2923 N 400 E, Albion

Great location on S.R. 8 east of Albion. Ranch-style home with nearly 1,800 sq. ft. of living space on a full basement. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, oversized 2-car garage. All on 1.3-acre lot. Priced to sell. MLS#676185. $109,000.






1603 Edgewood Drive, Kendallville

Beautiful Cape Cod in Brookside Estates. Kitchen with all appliances, hardwood cabinets, pantry & breakfast bar and breakfast nook with a bay window. Formal dining room, entry foyer, large living/family room. Split floor plan, two & 1/2 baths, master suite with double vanity and two walk-in closets. MLS#67684 $239,000.

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will be covered. ”They don’t want the buyer nitpicking — coming back with ‘the icemaker doesn’t work’,” Blakeslee says. Another contingency in most contracts is the home appraisal. If the value of the property as assessed is lower than the purchase price, the buyer can back out of the deal. Most lenders require an appraisal before underwriting a mortgage, so unless you are

316 Van Scoyoc Street, Avilla

This 3 BR, 1 BA home situated on a nice corner lot with great updates! Spacious kitchen has new cabinets, countertops, sink copper backsplash and bronze outlet covers to coordinate. Combined with the newly tiled floors is the wide, cozy breakfast bar that would be great for entertaining and dining. MLS#201320350 $61,500.

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Personal connection Make your bid stand out with personal touches. For instance, write a letter to the seller detailing why your family fell in love with the home and the community. During your house tour, Blakeslee advises looking for a detail that connects your family with the previous occupants. Seize the opportunity to explain why you are a great match.



The other unknown that keeps sellers up at night is dread of repairs, says Blakeslee. Most offers are contingent on a home inspection. To eliminate that variable, have the inspection done before putting in an offer, and specify any repairs you expect the seller to make. That way there won’t be surprises later. Alternatively, buy a home warranty or even request that your real estate agent throw one in as a closing gift. That way the seller knows that if the heating system gives out, it



Eliminate surprises



The key, both said, is assuaging the sellers’ fears. They worry mainly that the deal will fall through, so have your financing in order before you submit an offer. Make sure the lender checks your

Real estate broker Nancy Itteilag, in Washington, D.C. Itteilag, a realtor with Long & Foster who has been listed among the top 10 agents in the country for sales volume by the Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends, tells her clients to write a check for at least 10 percent for an escrow deposit. “It the seller has a nice deposit in escrow, they know the buyer is not going to wake up and change their mind,” she says.


For more information about the Quality Assurance Builder Standards, contact the Builders Association of Northeast Indiana at 877-665-8921 for a list of builders who belong to the association.

Show them the money


The goal is to be as accommodating as possible without sacrificing your family’s needs. Talk to sellers about furnishings or appliances they want to take or leave behind. Also, give the owners plenty of time to move. Consider allowing them to stay in the home for a month after the settlement date at no charge, Itteilag says, as long as they continue to pay utilities. As a buyer, you don’t have to make a mortgage payment the first month anyway. “When you have people who have been in their homes for 20 years, they don’t want to be pushed out,” she says.


STANDARD: Concrete slabs and floors are designed to move and crack at expansion and contraction joints. BUILDER’S RESPONSIBILITY: None.

Offer peace of mind



Concrete slab within the structure has separated, moved, or cracked at expansion and contraction joints

paying cash, you won’t be able to waive this condition, Blakeslee says. However, if you are infatuated with the house, you can volunteer to pay, out of pocket, the potential difference between a low appraisal amount and the purchase price.


STANDARD: White powder often accumulates on the surface and is to be expected. BUILDER’S RESPONSIBILITY: None. HOMEOWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY: No corrective measure is necessary; however, if the homeowner is concerned about the aesthetics of the condition, then he or she can dry-brush and then rinse the surface of the concrete with water. Discussion: Concrete is produced using a large amount of water. This water often contains dissolved salts. During the curing process, which may take up to a year, most of this water evaporates.


credit, assets and employment status before pre-approving your loan, and get a detailed letter with the amount you are authorized to borrow, recommends Elizabeth Blakeslee, a Coldwell Banker broker in the capital region. Another way to signal you are a serious buyer is by putting down a large, good-faith deposit. A 2 percent to 4 percent escrow deposit is common. However, Nancy Itteilag of Long and Foster real estate, who has been listed among the top 10 agents in the country for sales volume by the Wall Street Journal/ REAL Trends, tells her clients to write a check for at least 10 percent. Within 30 days, the buyer will need to hand over this money as part of the down-payment anyway.


There is a white powdery substance on the surface of interior concrete

As it does, the salts are deposited on the surface. This is an aesthetic condition and does not result in structural damage.

More than 4 million Americans buy a home each year, but there’s no telling how many offers are discarded along the way. And no one wants to get edged out in the bid for a dream home. Real estate is rebounding in many regions of the country, and buyers can face formidable competition. Of course, the best way to snag the home you want is to promise the most money. But there’s more to making an offer than simply setting and stating your price. Here, two top real estate agents in a perpetually competitive market — Washington, D.C. — share pointers on crafting an offer that will outshine the rest:





Too often, undefined expectations create problems between builders and customers before, during and after their building and remodeling projects. Addressing some of the most prevalent issues, a set of Quality Assurance Builder Standards provide new and remodeling homeowners a way to measure the quality of their projects against an industry-approved set of standards. These standards help eliminate problems before the project even begins.

2210 Carnoustie Circle, Kendallville

Custom-built executive home located in the wooded area overlooking the #2 green & #3 T-box in Cobblestone. Beautifully landscaped lots with mature trees & irrigation system. Inviting entry foyer & formal dining area open to the family room w/14’ ceiling, fireplace, built-in shelves & large windows. MLS#201320246 $548,500.

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7926 Rocky Glen Place, Fort Wayne

Check out this move-in ready 3 BR, 2 BA home in the popular Stone Creek addition with access to both Wallen and Coldwater on the north side of Fort Wayne. This house sits on a large corner lot with a fenced-in backyard for privacy. Impeccably clean, with brand new neutral carpeting and paint. MLS#201320371 $107,900.

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There is plenty of room in this traditional two-story home. It has a living room, a dining room, an open family room to the bar and the kitchen, four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a full basement. The setting is wooded and private – perfect for hunting or just enjoying the wildlife from the large back deck. The roof and the heat pump are newer. The home has fresh paint, newer flooring, a radon mitigation system, a jetted tub and an extra-deep garage with a second staircase to the basement. Call Lorri for your private tour.

This Noble Hawk Golf Community home is positioned along hole #10 and offers many unique qualities. It has nearly 2,500 square feet on the main level and the kitchen, dining and living areas are all open concept. The master suite has a ceramic tiled walk-in shower, large walk-in closet and an attached exercise room. A large three-season room, patio and sunk-in courtyard with a waterfall face the golf course. The walk-out basement is presently a 2,015-squarefoot mother-in-law suite and boasts a custom kitchen, large living room, bathroom, laundry room, and bedroom. An elevator completes this house, making it handicap compliant. This is a quality, custom-built home.

Beautiful five acres with immaculate home

Unique home at Noble Hawk


ADDRESS: 4626 C.R. 64, Spencerville

HEATING: Electric heat pump

ADDRESS: 909 Eagle Trace, Kendallville

HEATING: Gas forced-air

SUBDIVISION: Metes & Bounds




SIZE: 2,148 square feet

STYLE: Two-story

SIZE: 4,471 square feet

STYLE: Ranch


GARAGE: 2-plus-car garage


GARAGE: 3-car attached

BATHROOMS: Two-and-a-half

SCHOOLS: DeKalb Central

BATHROOMS: Three-and-a-half

SCHOOLS: East Noble School Corp.

PRICE: $189,900

DIRECTIONS: From S.R. 8, go south on C.R. 39, then east on C.R. 64. From Tonkel, go east on C.R. 68, then north on C.R. 45 and east on C.R. 64.

PRICE: $325,000

DIRECTIONS: S.R. 3 south to Noble Hawk, east to Eagle Trace, south to home.



Lorri Haber 1560 Shook Dr. Auburn

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Prep work Hollies need males to look important before their best, grow berries painting


You might deck your halls with boughs of homegrown holly, but unless you planned ahead, those boughs could lack red berries. And that leads us to some frank talk about sex. A holly berry, like any other fruit, is a mature ovary, home for a seed or seeds. Seeds are what stimulate development of any fruit, but seeds themselves can’t get started without sex. Sex for a plant happens when male pollen lands on the female part of a flower, called the stigma, and then grows a pollen tube down the style, which is attached to the stigma, to reach and fertilize an egg. The product of this union is a seed, the development of which induces the surrounding floral part to swell to become a fruit.

Why holly sex is important Why all this concern with holly’s sex life? You probably didn’t have similar concerns about this summer’s tomatoes; you planted whatever varieties you wanted, and then reaped plenty of swollen ovaries … er, fruits … and, incidentally, seeds. Holly is different because its pollen is borne on flowers that are strictly male and its eggs are contained in flowers that are strictly female. Each tomato flower, in contrast, has both male and female parts, so can take care of itself. Similarly self-sufficient are rose flowers, apple flowers, sunflowers and the flowers of many other plants. Plants like holly that have single-sex flowers are known botanically as “imperfect” flowers. They also include many nut trees.



In this Dec. 11, photo, holly, would be fruit-less without the help of a nearby male plant, in New Paltz, New York. Unlike many plants, holly’s pollen is borne on flowers that are strictly male, while its eggs are contained in flowers that are strictly female. So you need trees of both sexes if you want to see any berries.

Holly keeps the sexes separate Holly goes one step further, with whole plants being either male or female. Such a situation encourages species diversity by mandating cross-pollination among different plants. Nut trees achieve the same effect with biochemical or physical barriers, or different bloom times that prevent male flowers from pollinating female flowers on the same plant. Even some perfect flowers, such as apple blossoms, have biochemical or physical barriers preventing self-pollination. So the upshot is that you need an all-male holly tree if you are going to deck your halls with (berried) boughs from your all-female holly tree. A male plant — all leaves and no berries — is

not as showy as a female, but it only takes one to help a half-dozen or so females bear fruit. The males, like the females, do bear flowers, but neither male nor female holly flowers are worth a second look unless you want to peer closely to determine the sex of the plant. No need, perhaps, to plant a male holly just to get your female to yield berries. Suitable pollen could conceivably come from wild or neighbors’ trees (perhaps a male you kindly offered to plant in your neighbor’s yard, heh heh).

Good partners Making things even more complicated for those trying to bring about berries, hollies are not all that promiscuous. A few different species supply

us with berried boughs — notably American holly, English holly and Meserve holly — but generally, each stays faithful to its own species. (An exception is English holly, which can pollinate Meserve holly, a hybrid offspring of the English species.) And some males cannot adequately pollinate some females in the same species because bloom times do not overlap. If you need a male, breeders have come up with a number of superior varieties, their gender obvious from their names: for example, Blue Prince and Blue Boy Meserve, and Jersey Knight American. These males, as you might guess, are particularly good mates for the varieties named, respectively, Blue Princess, Blue Girl and Jersey Princess.

Painting a home’s interior can give it a completely new look and feel. A fresh coat of paint can make a room feel more vibrant and up-to-date, creating a whole new attitude within the room without breaking the bank. Whether creating an accent wall or painting each wall within a room, painting is a relatively easy and inexpensive home improvement project. But that doesn’t mean painting does not require a little prep work before the project can begin. • Address any holes or bumps on the wall. Holes or cracks in the wall will need to be patched with spackle, which then must dry before the wall can be given a new coat of paint. In addition, sand down any bumps until the walls are smooth and free of any unsightly abnormalities. • Wash the walls. Walls can get dirty, and that dirt may or may not be masked by paint. Before adding a new coat of paint, wash the walls and inspect them for dust. Dust can collect on molding, especially in rooms that get little natural air. When dust has collected on the molding and around doorways and trim, use a damp cloth to wipe it away before adding any new paint. • Apply primer. Primer can serve many functions, not the least of which is its role as a bonding agent between the wall and the top coat of paint. Primer can also help conceal dark colors, prevent stains and increase the life expectancy of the paint job you are about to undertake. • Prepare your paint. Preparing the paint is a simple task, but one novice painters may not be aware of. When opening a new

Before painting a room take the following steps: • Address any holes or bumps on the wall. • Wash the walls. • Apply primer. • Prepare your paint. • Purchase painter’s tape.

• can of paint, stir the paint before using it. In addition, even if you don’t plan to use a roller when painting, do not paint straight from the can, which can be heavier to hold than a small bowl, and a light bowl is less likely to be spilled than a potentially heavy can of paint. In addition, once paint has been removed from the can, replace the lid so dust and other impurities do not settle in the can. • Purchase painter’s tape. Painter’s tape can be especially valuable to novice painters. Painter’s tape makes it easier to paint smooth and clean paint lines, giving a room a more professional looking coat of paint without the cost of hiring a professional painter. Painting can be an inexpensive and fun way to upgrade a home’s interior. But even though painting does not require the technical know-how of more large-scale home improvement projects, it still requires some prep work and attention to detail to ensure the job is done right.



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Adoptable Dogs • Marley-4 yr old f, mix •Babe-5 mo. old female Terrier mix •Snickers-5 mo. old male Terrier •Jane- 1 yr old female Black Lab •Rupe-7 yr old male Yellow Lab •Jackie- 7 yr old neutered male Jack Russel •Spunky- 4 yr old male mini Pin •Aries-3 yr old female, Pitbull •Zulu- 1 yr old femaleLab/Pitbull mix •Ginger-3 yr old female Boxer mix •Annie- 8 mo. old female Pitbull mix •Darla-1 yr old female Beagle •Rocky-3 yr old male Boxer mix •Chloe Jo-5 yr old spay female Boxer mix Humane Society of Noble County, Inc. 1305 Sherman St. Kendallville, IN 46755 260-347-2563



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QUEEN PILLOWTOP MATTRESS SET Can deliver, $125. (260) 493-0805



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TIMBER WANTED All species of hard wood. Pay before starting. Walnut needed. 260 349-2685

PETS/ANIMALS 6 Week Old Puppies Boxer/ Terrier mix Puppies. Cute & Playful. $75 (260)593-2793


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Box of Arts & Crafts; paints, brushes, crayons. $20.00 obo. Call or text, (260) 333-2018

Sewing Machine $25.00 obo. Call or text, (260) 333-2018

USED TIRES Cash for Junk Cars! 701 Krueger St., K’ville. 260-318-5555 ATTENTION: Paying up to $1000 for scrap cars. Used tires 4 sale also. 318-2571

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CARS 2004 Buick LeSabre 98,000 mi. With or without wheelchair carrier. $5,900 or $7,900. (260) 347-4866


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$20.00 Gift Certificate redeemable at Mirror Image. Sell for $10.00 obo. Call or text, (260) 333-2018 $25.00 Gift Certificate redeemable at A.J. Nails. Sell for $15.00 obo. Call or text, (260) 333-2018 2 Vinyl Mummy Sleeping Bags w light-weight backpack $40.00 for All (260)920-8676 20” BMX Bicycle White, black & red with 4 pegs included. $50.00 obo. Call or text (260) 333-6909 Adult Rollator Walker Oversized, weight capacity to 500 lbs. $50.00. (260) 235-1248


Adult Walker Front wheels 10 lbs. $40.00. (260) 235-1248

$ WANTED $ Junk Cars! Highest prices pd. Free pickup. 260-705-7610 705-7630

Antique Oil Cans 1-4 gal. w/ spigot @ bottom. 1-2 gal., & 1-1 gal.~ All 3 for $50. 260-564-4924 (Albion)

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Deluxe Pokerchip Kit Solid Carrying Case 3 colors weighted. 2 Decks. $30.00 Dolphin Collection 15 pcs. ~ All for $35. 260-564-4924 (Albion) Ladies Lined London Fog Coat. Long, tan, Size 14. Worn 2x. $50 260-564-4924 (Albion) Left Handed Rawlings Softball Glove. Great Shape. $15.00 (260)920-8676 Longaberger Hope Basket $20.00 (260)351-4100 LongabergerTour Basket $25 (260)351-4100 Lots of Twin Bedding, Sheets,Spreads, afghans, etc. $45.00 (260)925-1267 Mortising Outfit Including 2 Drills & cast iron base. $25.00 (260)925-2158 Refrigerator Top Freezer Model $50 / obo. Call Afternoons. (260)553-4082

Walker for Adults Rollator, seat 18”-24”, handles 30”-34”, weight capacity 250 lbs. Light weight, $50.00. (260) 235-1248


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2001 Ford Focus SE Wagon

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Local Trade, Automatic, Air, Power Windows & Locks, Tilt, Cruise, Alloys






Local Trade, V6, Power Seat, Spoiler, Alloy Wheels, All Power, 82,000 Miles





1999 Honda Accord EX

1998 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4x4

Local Trade, Great Condition, Sunroof, 4 Cylinder, Auto, Air, All Power

Local Trade, One-Owner, V6, Sunroof, Leather, Automatic, All Power




One-Owner, Automatic, Air, All Power, Alloy Wheels, 48,000 Miles




2002 Ford Taurus SES

2006 Ford Fusion SE

1999 GMC Suburban 1500 SLE 4x4

2010 Mitsubishi Galant FE

2007 Chevrolet HHR LT

2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL AWD

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Automatic, Air, All Power, Side Airbags, Alloys, Warranty, 57,000 Miles

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One-Owner, Power Seats, Alloy Wheels, ALL Power Options, 65,000 Miles









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2010 Dodge Avenger SXT

2007 Buick Lucerne CX

2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS

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2007 Chrysler Town & Country Touring

2012 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback

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5 Speed, Heated Seats, “Sync”, All Power, Cruise, Warranty, 12,000 Miles






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2010 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

2009 Chevrolet Impala LS

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One-Owner, Full Stow ‘N Go, Quad Buckets, All Power, Warranty

One-Owner, Auto, Air, All Power, Factory Warranty, 29,000 Miles









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2006 Nissan Titan XE Ext. Cab

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Back-Up Camera, BLIS, Sunroof, Heated Leather, Warranty, 32,000 Miles




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2008 Lincoln MKZ

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Leather Seats, Heated and Cooled Seats, All Power Features, 53,000 Miles





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2012 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Crew Cab 4x4

2011 Ford Escape Hybrid 4x4

2012 Ford Fusion SEL

2013 Ford Fusion S

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2012 Lincoln MKZ

2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 ST Crew Cab 4x4

2013 Mazda 6s Grand Touring

2012 Lincoln MKZ Ultimate AWD

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One-Owner/Off-Lease, Sunroof, Heated & Cooled Leather, 28,000 Miles

Rear Camera, Sunroof, Heated Leather, Factory Warranty, 21,000 Miles

One-Owner, V8, Auto, Air, All Power, Factory Warranty, 49,000 Miles

V6, Navigation, Rear Camera, Sunroof, Leather, Bose Audio, 10,000 Miles

Navigation, Rear Camera, Sunroof, Heated/Cooled Leather,24,000 Miles









FEATURED CAR OF THE WEEK 2013 Ford F-150 XLT Crew Cab 4x4

2013 Ford Taurus SHO AWD

V8, 7350 GVWR Package, All Power, Factory Warranty, 15,000 Miles

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One-Owner, V6, Auto, Air, All Power, Spoiler, Alloys, 39,000 Miles


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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab 4x4

Big Horn Edition, Hemi V8, Power Seat, 20” Chromes, 16,000 Miles

5.3L V8, Automatic, Air, All Power, Factory Warranty, 17,000 Miles




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The Herald Republican is the daily newspaper serving Steuben County in northeast Indiana.