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Welcome The Noble County Community Guide is a collection of vital information — facts you can use throughout the year to answer your questions about Noble County and its communities. Whether you are a resident or a guest seeking more information about Noble County, we hope you will find this resource interesting and valuable. This Community Guide is available online at Just click “more” in the menu bar and go to “special sections.” If you have changes or corrections for this guide, please send an email me at Noble County is a community that cares about people and progress. We believe the more you get to know Noble County, the more you will agree. — Dave Kurtz Executive Editor


HISTORY: Albion was a patch of wilderness known as The Center, because of its location in the county’s geographic middle, when citizens voted to make it the county seat in 1846. Upon its selection, the county commissioners at the time appointed a committee to formally select a town name. One of the committee members proposed Albion, because he had lived in a town of that name in New York, and the idea was approved. Albion was the ancient name for Great Britain. POPULATION: 2,349, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. GOVERNMENT: Albion Town Council consists of five members — president James Stull, vice president Christina Magnuson, and council members Mitch Fiandt, Vicki Jellison and John Morr — who meet regularly on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The town also has a Board of Zoning Appeals, a Plan Commission, a Redevelopment Commission and a Park and Recreation Board. Beth Shellman, whom the council hired in 2003, serves as town manager. Carol Selby is Albion’s clerk-treasurer. Her office in the Albion Municipal Building, 211 E. Park Drive, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and she can be reached at 636-2246. UTILITIES: Water and sewer service is maintained by the town. The utilities superintendent is John Forker. Mark Tarlton is in

charge of the street and cemetery department. EDUCATION: Students attend Albion Elementary School (kindergarten through fifth grade), Wolf Lake Elementary (kindergarten through fifth grade), Central Noble Middle School (grades 6-8) or Central Noble High School (grades 9-12). RECREATION: Within town are Valley View Park, which has a baseball diamond; Owen Memorial Park, which includes picnic facilities; Gage Youth Ballpark, which has batting cages and two ball diamonds; and Hidden Diamonds, which includes two ball diamonds, a sand volleyball pit, a soccer field, a pavilion and trails. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, 1426 W. C.R. 300N, is open year-round (call the park at 636-7383 for tour times). Albion Bowl is along S.R. 9 just north of town. Chain O’ Lakes State Park, three miles south, offers activities including fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, camping and cross country skiing. UTILITIES: Noble REMC and American Electric Power each provide local electric service, Northern Indiana Fuel & Light provides natural gas service, Verizon provides telephone service, Mediacom provides cable television service, Ligtel and Verizon provide Internet service, and Noble County Disposal provides trash collection. POLICE: Tom Lock is the Albion police chief. The Albion Police Department consists of six full-time officers, including Lock, three part-time officers and 15 reserve officers.

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COMMUNITIES The department is based in the Albion Municipal Building at 211 E. Park Drive and may be reached by calling 636-7157, or 911 in emergencies. Backup service is provided by the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, 636-2182. FIRE: Steve Bushong is the fire chief. About 25 volunteer firefighters comprise the Albion Fire Department, which is based at 210 Fire Station Drive. The station houses three pumpers, two tankers, a rescue truck, two grass trucks, a squad car, a boat, a fire safety house for educational purposes and an antique 1929 pumper. The department may be reached at 636-7712, or 911 in emergencies. POST OFFICE: 123 S. Orange St., 636-2711. The postmaster is Cindy Bolinger. Its window is open 9-11 a.m. and noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday. Doors to mailboxes are unlocked from 6 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6-11 a.m. on Saturday.


HISTORY: Avilla, incorporated in 1876, has a rich history. Noah I. Hill first settled the town, and it was named by Judge Edwin Randall after the French word “villas,” which means small town or village. The town has deep religious roots as well. The current St. Mary Catholic Church building was dedicated in 1878. Immanuel Lutheran Church, one of the oldest parishes in the county and the oldest Lutheran congregation

in the county, was organized in 1844. The United Methodist Church was established in 1969 following the merger of three congregations, two from Avilla and one from Swan. Two of the oldest landmarks in the county are in Avilla: The St. James Hotel and Restaurant began in 1878, and Presence Sacred Heart Assisted Living, which first opened as Sacred Heart Home in 1896, moved to its current location north of town on Old State Road 3 in 1976. POPULATION: About 2,300. GOVERNMENT: The town is governed by a three-member council — president Paul Shepherd and councilmen Phil Puckett and Bill Krock Jr. The Avilla Town Council meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Avilla Town Hall. SERVICES: Sewage disposal, water and electricity are provided by the town. Garbage disposal is provided by private companies. There is a volunteer fire department. Toll-free phone calls are available between Avilla and Kendallville. SCHOOLS: Avilla had its own high school until 1966-67, when it consolidated with Kendallville High School and Rome City High School to form East Noble High School. The town has three schools now, two private and one public. • Avilla School on Washington Street provides instruction for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. It is part of East Noble School Corp. Principal Dave Pine may

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be reached at 897-2301. • St. Mary of the Assumption School, 232 N. Main St., is a Catholic school with classes for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Principal Jeff Kieffer may be reached at 897-3481. • Oak Farm School, 502 Lemper Road, on the town’s eastern edge, is a Montessori school, serving children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. Judith Cunningham, head of school, may be reached at 897-4270. RECREATION: Avilla Park. SHOPPING: Market Place of Avilla, a shopping center on the town’s east side, has a pizza parlor and Avilla True Value Hardware. Other businesses include a Dollar General, a variety store, a carpet center, a gift shop and three convenience stores and gas stations. The town has several beauty salons. There is also a pet-grooming business. Shops are located downtown, in the Avilla Mercantile Building on North Main Street and Parker Outlet Center on Green Drive. Restaurants include the St. James, one of the oldest continuous restaurants in the region, Magpie’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Subway and Avilla Pizza and Sub. ACCESS: Old State Road 3 (Main Street) and C.R. 100N (Albion Street). S.R. 3 meets S.R. 8 and East Albion Street on the town’s east end. POLICE: Headquarters are in the Avilla Police Station on South Main Street across from the Town Hall. Glen Wills, town marshal, may be reached at 897-3555, or for emergencies, call 911. FIRE: A volunteer fire department provides emergency services in Avilla. The fire station is at the corner of Main and Washington streets. The phone number is 897-3295; for emergencies call 911. John Brazzell is the fire chief. TOWN CLERK: Rita Grocock, Town Hall, Main Street, 897-2781; Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. TOWN MANAGER: Bill Ley, Town Hall, Main Street, 897-2781; Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. LIBRARY: Noble County Public Library East Branch is at the corner of Ley and West

Zip Codes Albion - 46701 Avilla - 46710 Brimfield - 46720 Churubusco - 46723 Cromwell - 46732 Kendallville - 46755 Kimmell - 46760

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LaOtto - 46763 Ligonier - 46767 Rome City - 46784 Wawaka - 46794 Wolcottville - 46795 Wolf Lake - 46796

COMMUNITIES Albion streets and is a part of the Noble County Public Library system. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Tuesday, the library is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, the library is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is closed Sundays. The phone number is 897-3900. POST OFFICE: Cheryl Freimuth is postmaster of the Avilla Post Office at 227 E. Albion St. The office may be reached by calling 897-2221. The post office lobby is open 24 hours a day. Window hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8-10 a.m. on Saturday.


HISTORY: Surveyor Harrison Wood platted Cromwell in June 1853 on the site where Abel Mullen built a cabin in 1849 for manufacturing black salt from ashes. Mullen’s business was unprofitable, but he did become the town’s first postmaster. POPULATION: 560 (2010 Census estimate). GOVERNMENT: A three-member town council meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall. TOWN COUNCIL: Lavina Alderfer (R), Cromwell, 856-2861; Taylor Watts III (R), Olive Street, 856-4008; Bob Warren (R), West Orange Street, 856-4433. The clerk-treasurer is Robert Leamon (R), 235 Olive St. 856-2108, fax 856-3609. SERVICES: Water and sewer services are provided by the town, garbage services are contracted, and a volunteer fire department serves the town. EDUCATION: Students of all ages attend West Noble School Corp. schools at the West Noble campus a few miles from Cromwell and in Ligonier. RECREATION: Cromwell has a large park, created in 1980, and the former Cromwell School has been turned into a community center, which is in use many days of the year. The park continues to be used by hundreds of residents, families and visitors for sporting events such as baseball and softball games and running contests. FESTIVAL: In 1987, the town began celebrating the Cromwell Festival, usually held on the next to last weekend in July. It features parades, talent show, Kiddie King and Queen contest, an auction, antique tractor pulls and many other events. SHOPPING: Most of the downtown storefronts offer a variety of shopping opportunities. There are restaurants, a bank, feed mill, and lumber yard. ACCESS: S.R. 5 passes through the center of town. POLICE: Cromwell Police Department, 856-3838; or 636-2182 (county sheriff) or 911. Michael Hatfield is the Cromwell Town Marshal. FIRE: Sparta Township Volunteer Fire Department, 856-2211. (Non-emergency number, 856-4555.) CLERK TREASURER: 856-2108. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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TOWN ATTORNEY: Steve Hagen. LIBRARY: A branch of the Noble County Public Library is on Jefferson Street, 856-2119. POST OFFICE: Jefferson Street, 856-2512. The officer in charge is Delia Gofrey. Hours are weekdays 7-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon. A village post office branch is located in the Town Hall on Water Street. TOWN HALL: Water Street, 856-2108. Fax: 856-3609.


HISTORY: LaOtto is a quiet village just west of the four-lane S.R. 3, which was completed in 1990. The highway connects Kendallville with Fort Wayne, routing traffic around LaOtto instead of down its main street. In the 1830s, settlers followed the Mongoquinong Trail, later called Lima Plank Road, north from Fort Wayne into Noble County. A U.S. Post Office was established along the trail at Simon’s Corners, now LaOtto. From 1856 to 1861, LaOtto was called Simon’s Corners, and from 1872 to 1875 it was called Grand Crossing, the site where two railway lines crossed. The Rev. B.F. Shultz, the first Lutheran minister in southern Noble County, suggested calling the growing settlement LaOtto. A petition was prepared, and county commissioners accepted it. A small, 101-lot hamlet at

the junction of the north-south Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad and the east-west Eel River Railroad lines was platted. LaOtto’s first building was the LaOtto Wesleyan Church, dedicated Nov. 16, 1861, as Lee Chapel. The building originally stood just west of what is now Old State Road 3 and a quarter-mile north of what is now S.R. 205. The church building was moved to its present location on the south side of LaOtto on Old State Road 3 in 1876. In 1871, a steam sawmill was built by David Simon, one of the church’s first members. A blacksmith shop and shoe repair shop followed, and in 1872 LaOtto’s first industry, a planing mill and bedstead factory, was erected. A grist mill for making flour followed on the town’s east side. In 1902, two separate railroad depots were established, a pickle cannery existed from 1905 to 1931, and onion farms surrounded the community. In 1923, Lima Road became a concrete highway, and in 1948, S.R. 205 from Churubusco east to U.S. 27 came through LaOtto. The LaOtto Volunteer Fire Department building is a venue for community activities such as bingo nights, auctions and all types of fundraisers. POPULATION: About 400. ACCESS: S.R. 3, Old State Road 3 and S.R. 205. GOVERNMENT: Jerry Fanger, Swan Township trustee. 897-9111.

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COMMUNITIES RECREATION: Community Park, on LaOtto’s south side just west of Old State Road 3, offers nine acres with a baseball field and playground equipment. There is a restaurant and auction business run by members of the community association that is at the edge of the park. BANKING: Farmers and Merchants Bank has its headquarters in the town commercial park near the intersection of S.R. 3 and S.R. 205. It has branches in Huntertown, Churubusco and Kendallville. UTILITIES: Verizon telephone, NIPSCO gas, Noble County REMC electricity. SHOPPING: LaOtto has a convenience store at the S&S Express gas station on the commercial park at the intersection of S.R. 3 and S.R. 205. LaOtto Meats, offering a retail shop and custom butchering, is between S.R. 3 and Old State Road 3 at 11776 E. S.R. 205. Huntertown Gardens, a seasonal produce and garden store, is just over the county line in DeKalb County on Old State Road 3. POLICE: Noble County Sheriff’s Department, 636-2182. FIRE: LaOtto Volunteer Fire Department, S.R. 205, 897-2286. Brian Garn is the fire chief. POST OFFICE: LaOtto Post Office is at 210 S. Main St. The post office lobby is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday to provide customers access to their post office boxes. Window hours for buying stamps and other services are 7:30-10:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.

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HISTORY: The city of Ligonier, the second largest community in Noble County, was founded in 1835 by Isaac Cavin, who built a settlement along the banks of the Elkhart River in an area known as Strawberry Valley. He named the town after his hometown of Ligonier, Pa. The town experienced slow growth until the railroad was constructed in 1852. At about the same time, Solomon Mier and Jacob Strauss, two Jewish immigrants, settled in the area and other Jewish people began to follow. Between 1852 and 1866 the town’s population grew from 50 to 1,100. In 1952, a group of local businessmen formed an industrial development committee and began transforming Ligonier into an industrial city. Today, the city boasts a large industrial park with several large employers. In January of 2013, most city offices were moved to the Ligonier Police Department building on South Cavin Street. POPULATION: 4,457 (2010 U.S. Census estimate). ACCESS: Ligonier is at the crossroads of S.R. 5, U.S. 6 and U.S. 33. GOVERNMENT: The city has a full-time mayor with a five-member city council, which meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the new Ligonier City

Hall on the second floor of the police station building on South Cavin Street. The Board of Works and Public Safety meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the council chambers. The mayor’s office is in the new City Hall on South Cavin Street, 894-4113. The mayor is Patty Fisel. City Council members are Ken Schuman, Chris Fought, Becky Gray, Julie Bell and Kelly Ware. The city attorney, appointed by the mayor, is Steve Hagen. Earle Franklin is the building inspector. Mike Alexander of the Ligonier Police Department is the code-enforcement officer. Elections for all city offices will be held in November 2015. SERVICES: Sewer and water are provided by the city, and trash pickup is contracted by the city. Ligonier’s police department has nine full-time members, supplemented by an active reserve police unit. Three full-time firefighters are aided by several volunteer firefighters. EDUCATION: Students attend West Noble School Corp. Elementary students attend either West Noble Primary or West Noble Elementary. Middle and high school students attend at the West Noble campus three miles south of Ligonier. RECREATION: Ligonier has many parks, the largest of which is Kenney Park on West Union Street. The Ligonier Sports and Recreation Center in Kenney Park has a full gym and two fitness rooms, as well as a public meeting room with kitchen facilities. In

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COMMUNITIES 1993, the Jennie Thompson Garden, a scenic walkway in a garden setting, was added to the park. Pettit Park opened in 2012 on S.R. 5 and has had many improvements added including a pavilion and picnic area. FESTIVALS: The Ligonier Marshmallow Festival is held each Labor Day weekend. A strawberry-themed festival is held the third weekend in June each year. The Stone’s Trace Pioneer Crafts Festival is a popular festival held the weekend after Labor Day at the Stone’s Trace grounds, three miles south of the city. In October, Fashion Farm hosts the month-long Pumpkin Fantasyland, an attraction started by the late Charlie Williams and now run by his children and grandchildren. SHOPPING: Ligonier has two grocery stores, two banks (one with two branches) and a hardware store, two discount stores, a drug store, two auto parts stores, a Radio Shack and many small shops. There are numerous restaurants, including five fast-food establishments and several long-established, full-service restaurants, along with many small markets for food, clothing and hair styling along South Cavin Street. POLICE: City Hall, Station Street, 894-4111. (Emergencies: 911). The police chief and director of public safety is Bryan K. Shearer. FIRE: City Hall, Station Street, 894-3123 (emergencies) or 894-3124. Fire Chief: Jeremy Weaver. CLERK-TREASURER: Barb Hawn, City Hall, 300 S. Cavin St., 894-4113. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LIBRARY: Ligonier Public Library is temporarily located on Lincolnway South next to the ALCO store, as construction has started on an expansion of the original library building on Main Street. 894-4511. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Jerry Nesbitt, director. POST OFFICE: 201 S. Main St., 894-3021. Postmaster is Christina Tevis. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

first mayor, Tim Baker; first clerk, A. A. Chapin; and first council consisting of A.B. Park, John Emerson, K.B. Miller, Moses Jacobs and George Aichele. POPULATION: 9,862 (2010 census). EDUCATION: Students from kindergarten through 12th grade attend the East Noble School Corp. public schools. RECREATION: Kendallville Park and Recreation Department, 211 Iddings St., oversees Bixler Lake Park, Sunset Park and the Kendallville Outdoor Recreation Complex. The Cole Center Family YMCA is on Garden Street on the city’s south side near East Noble High School. HEALTH: The Parkview Noble Hospital campus is at 401 Sawyer Road, along with a dialysis center, Noble County EMS headquarters and medical offices. GOVERNMENT: The City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month in City Hall, 234 S. Main St. The Board of Public Works and Safety meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall. The mayor is Suzanne Handshoe, and the clerk-treasurer is Sheryl Hanes. Council members are Jim Dazey, Max Franklin, Frank Walkup, Larry Davis and Regan Ford. UTILITIES: Kendallville Water Pollution Control Department office and facility, West Wayne Street; Kendallville Water Department office and plant, 917 E. Diamond St.; waste pickup by Noble County Disposal and National Serv-All; natural gas by NIPSCO; electricity by

Indiana Michigan Power Co. U.S. POST OFFICE: Patti Joest is postmistress of the Kendallville Post Office, 695 Fair St. The office may be reached at 347-1152. Post office lobby hours are Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Window hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.


Kimmell, located along U.S. 33 about three miles southeast of the S.R. 5 and U.S. 33 intersection, has approximately 250 residents. Kimmell has a community park that is used throughout the spring, summer and fall months as a place where children and adults can enjoy baseball games or even a weekly horseshoe league. Kimmell is home to a vehicle repair and service center, a seed corn operator, a grain elevator, a tavern and the Ferrell Gas offices and distribution facility. The Cromwell-Kimmell Lions Club is one of the largest and most active clubs of its type and has been in existence for nearly 70 years. The town is also home to churches, mobile home parks and a large cemetery. Students from Kimmell attend West Noble schools.


HISTORY: The town was officially laid out and named in 1839 by John Mather and Ebenezer Pierce. The town’s name

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HISTORY: Kendallville’s history dates to 1832, when David Bindle built the city’s first home, a round log cabin on Gold Street off what is now South Main Street. He followed an Indian trail from Fort Wayne. Five years later, a widow with eight children, Frances Dingman, tore down the cabin and built Kendallville’s first wood-frame house on Gold Street. Landowner William Mitchell is considered the father of Kendallville for convincing federal authorities to establish a post office in his cabin in Kendallville. He was instrumental in laying out the plan for the village. William and Mitchell streets in present-day Kendallville are named after him. Kendallville was incorporated in June 1863 and named after then U.S. Postmaster-General Amos Kendall. Records indicate Kendallville was referred to as a city for the first time on Oct. 6, 1866, with the election of Kendallville’s

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COMMUNITIES comes from a job foreman who was trying to convince Irish laborers to get along with French laborers working on the dike that stretches from near Northport to Rome City. He reportedly told them they must cooperate and “do as the Romans do.” The name stuck, and “City” was added later by the post office to avoid confusion with another town of Rome in the southern part of the state. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the town became famous as a weekend and summer resort. POPULATION: 1,600. GOVERNMENT: A three-member council — made up of president Dave Abbott and council members Ben Castle and Bill Creigh Jr. — meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Conley and Town Manager Leigh Pranger have offices at town hall, 854-2412. SERVICES: Sewage service is provided. Water and garbage service are not provided. Pranger, whom the council hired in 1993, oversees the street and sewer departments. EDUCATION: Rome City Elementary School, 400 Jefferson St., provides classes for students from the kindergarten through sixth grade. “The Romans” is the school’s nickname. The school is a part of East Noble School Corp. High school students attend East Noble High School in Kendallville. Principal Heather Greene may be contacted at 854-3241 for further information.

RECREATION: Rome City encourages both residents and visitors to use its four parks, Kelly Park, Gaff Park, Lakeside Park and Sycamore Park. Also, Rome City has its own golf course, Limberlost Country Club. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources operates a public access site to Sylvan Lake. TOURISM: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site on Sylvan Lake, 1205 Pleasant Point. Author Gene Stratton-Porter’s Cabin in the Woods, wildflower garden, grave site memorial. Open April 1-Dec. 1. Cabin tours every hour Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Call 854-3790. SHOPPING: Shopping services include several specialty stores and a grocery store. ACCESS: S.R. 9. POLICE: Rome City Town Marshal Steve Heltzel, 854-3113, or off hours, emergency only, 911. FIRE: Orange Township station, 101 Warrener Drive. Emergencies only, 911. The non-emergency number is 854-3875. Jim Ebert is the fire chief. TOWN CLERK-TREASURER: Brenda Conley, Town Hall on S.R. 9. Hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 854-2412. LIBRARY: The Limberlost Public Library, at the intersection of S.R. 9 and Washington Street, is a branch of the Kendallville Public Library. The branch manager is Bridget Coe. Its phone number is 854-2775. The fax number is 854-3382. It is open Mondays and

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Wolcottville lies on the southern border of LaGrange County, with a chain of lakes nearby and a winding creek running through the middle of town. The southern half of the town is in Noble County. Wolcottville is the central business and shopping location for the many year-round and summer residents on the Indian Lakes chain and other rural residents of southern LaGrange County. The lake chain consists of Dallas, Witmer, Westler, Atwood, Messick and Hackenburg lakes and brings a population swell to the community in summer months. HISTORY: Wolcottville was settled in 1832 by two French traders sent from Fort Wayne by a trading company. A small cabin was built, and then a double-log building made of tamarack poles called the Tamarack House. Later, a dam and sawmill were built near Tamarack House; a store and a gristmill opened; and the first village in the area was settled. A stone from the old gristmill is still located along Main Street. George Wolcott arrived in Wolcottville in 1837 and built a log cabin. In 1838 he built a sawmill that became well known throughout the area. He also started the first store in Wolcottville. The town was named Wolcottville in his honor when it was laid out in 1848. POPULATION: 998 in the 2010 census, split nearly evenly between LaGrange and Noble counties. GOVERNMENT: The three-member town council meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the town hall, 104 W. Race St. SERVICES: Town water, sewer and garbage services are available. The Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Wolcottville Police Department provide fire and police protection. EDUCATION: Elementary students attend Wolcott Mills Elementary School (kindergarten through grade 5) in town. Students in grades 6-12 attend Lakeland Middle School and Lakeland high School in LaGrange. RECREATION: Taylor Park south of town provides a playground, basketball courts and a ball diamond. Wolcott Park is a natural area on S.R. 9 on the north side of town. Field of Dreams, on the west side of town, includes three baseball fields, a combination soccer/ football field, and a playground. Wolcottville has a flag football league. BANKING: A Farmers State Bank branch operates in Wolcottville. SHOPPING: Specialty shops line Main Street. Among them are an office supply

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COMMUNITIES store, a jewelry store and an ice cream shop. To the north and south of town are gas stations, a general merchandise store and restaurants. ACCESS: S.R. 9 is the main north-south thoroughfare. UTILITIES: NIPSCO for electricity and natural gas; LaGrange County REMC for electricity; CenturyLink for telephone service. POLICE: The Wolcottville Police Department is based in the Wolcottville Town Hall, 104 W. Race St. Town Marshal Ryan Kauffman may be reached by calling the business number, 854-2930. For emergencies only, call 911. FIRE: The Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department is in town on County Line Road. Fire Chief Mike Martz may be reached at 854-4131. For fire emergencies only, call 911. CLERK’S OFFICE: Wolcottville Town Clerk Jeanette Combs may be reached at the Wolcottville Town Hall, 104 W. Race St., Wolcottville, or by phone at 854-3151. POST OFFICE: The post office at 105 N. Main St., can be reached by calling 854-2314. Monica Rowe is the postmaster.


Wolf Lake, at the intersection of U.S. 33 and S.R. 109, includes Noble Township Park, where there is a basketball court, community center and gazebo. Behind Wolf Lake Elementary School are three ball diamonds that belong to Noble Township. The town celebrates its heritage with its annual Onion Days Festival in August. POPULATION: 275 EDUCATION : Wolf Lake Elementary School,Central Noble Middle School and Central Noble High School serve the community. FIRE: The town and area are served by the Noble Township Fire Department, which has a station south of town on S.R. 109. GOVERNMENT: The town has no municipal government. U.S. POST OFFICE: 1221 S. U.S. 33. Window hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8-10 a.m. Saturday. The lobby is open at all times.


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APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST: 1008 E. South St., Albion. Rev. Benny L. Archer. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday praise and worship 6:30 p.m. Thursday Bible study and children’s church 7:30 p.m. APOSTOLIC FAITH CHURCH OF GOD: 317 Pigeon St., Ligonier. 894-4711. Rev. Joseph Lee Brickey. Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m. Saturday worship 7 p.m. Sunday school 10 a.m. Sunday worship 6:30 p.m. BREAD OF LIFE TABERNACLE: 321 E. Mitchell St., Kendallville. Rev. Shawn Kondas. 582-1166. Sunday worship and Sunday school at 10 a.m. Evangelistic service 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible study 7:30 p.m.



125 Baum St., Box 637, Avilla, 46710. Sunday worship 10 a.m. Salvation service and Children’s Church 10 a.m. Rev. Doug Harris, 897-3627.



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815 N. Riley Road, Kendallville, 347-2096. Pastor Bob Monroe, 413-1053. Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. CENTRO DE FE: 815 N. Riley Road, Kendallville, 347-2096. Pastor Peter Tamayo, 894-7768. Sunday worship, 1:30 p.m. TRINITY ASSEMBLY OF GOD: 1288 W. Union, Ligonier. Pastor Cory Kirkham. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m., Wed., Champions for Christ Kids 6:15 p.m. Game room opens at 5:30 p.m.


BEACON BAPTIST: Drake Road, Kendallville, Rev. Ronald Stratman. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. BEREAN BAPTIST: 110 Highland Park Drive, Albion. G.A.R.B.C. Pastor Douglas L. Keenan. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Fellowship 7 p.m. Wednesday Family Night Ministries 7 p.m. BETHEL CHRISTIAN BAPTIST: Five miles west of Kendallville on U.S. 6. Pastor Shawn Shepherd. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday prayer 7 p.m. BIBLE BAPTIST OF LIGONIER: 204 W. Sixth St. Harold E. Heaton, 856-4908; church, 894-4988. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. BURR OAK BAPTIST: Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Junior/senior high youth Sunday at 5 p.m. Thursday Family Night 6 p.m. COMMUNITY BAPTIST: Rev. Leburn Combs. Northwest of South Milford on C.R. 700 S. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday prayer 7 p.m. COSPERVILLE BAPTIST: 8851 N 250 W, between Wawaka and Rome City. 761-2321. Jim Barnes, pastor. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday night 6 p.m. Wednesday Awana 6:30-8 p.m. Youth group and adult Bible study 7 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST: (A.B.C.) 116 N. Main

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CHURCHES St., Wolcottville. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship 10:30 a.m. Pastor Keith Perry. 854-3136. FIRST BAPTIST: Corner of Mitchell and Oak streets, Kendallville. Pastor Percy Young. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday prayer meeting/Bible study, 7 p.m. 347-0615. FIVE CORNER BAPTIST: Two miles north of Wolcottville on S.R. 9. Pastor Clarence Combs. Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. Wednesday prayer 6 p.m. Third Saturday: Worship, singing at 6 p.m. GOSPEL LIGHT BAPTIST: 910 W. North St., P.O. Box 23, Kendallville. Sunday school 10 a.m. Sunday worship 11 a.m., 1 p.m. Wednesday worship 7 p.m. Pastor Michael Howard, 349-9109. HARBOR OF LOVE BAPTIST: 2353 S. Lima Road, drive in front of Kendallville Iron and Metal. Sunday school 10 a.m. Service 11 a.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Charlie Mosley.

HELMER INDEPENDENT BAPTIST: C.R. 766 S, Helmer. Pastor Rick Davis. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Thursday worship 6 p.m. LIBERTY FREEWILL BAPTIST: 2900 E 1150 N, Wolcottville. Pastor Terry Hinds, 854-4700. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Worship 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer 7 p.m. LIGHTHOUSE BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP: East Spring Street, LaGrange. Sunday worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. NEW HOPE BAPTIST: 2900 N 500 E, Kendallville. Pastor Robert Boston. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. ORMAS BAPTIST: 8962 N. C.R. 300W. 760-4678. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Evening worship 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer 7 p.m. SHILOH BAPTIST: 709 N. Johnson St., Ligonier. 894-3180. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. Worship 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer 6 p.m. Rev. Jim Shepherd 894-7561. SALEM UNITED BAPTIST: S.R. 9, one mile north of U.S. 6, Kendallville. Rev. Billy Tuttle and Rev. Glen Jackson. Services: Saturday 6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.

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English 6:30 p.m., Sunday Masses: English 10:30 a.m., Spanish 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Confessions after both Masses. Masses Wednesday 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.

Pastor Verne Leininger. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m.


BLESSED SACRAMENT: Albion. Father J. Steele. Masses: Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30 a.m. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: Diamond and Oak streets, Kendallville. Father James Stoyle. Mass: Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Weekday 8:30 a.m. Sacrament of penance, Saturday 10:30 a.m. and by appointment. Religious ed. classes 1 through 8, Sunday, 9 a.m. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: Ege. Father Danny Pinto. Saturday Mass 5 p.m. Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. ST. GASPAR: S.R. 9 North, Rome City. Father Bernard Ramenaden. Mass: Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday 7:30 and 10 a.m. Weekdays 8 a.m., except Wednesday at 7 p.m. Confessions Saturday 3-3:30 p.m., and after daily Mass and any time by arrangement. ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION: 228 N. Main St., Avilla. Masses Sunday 8 and 11 a.m., Wednesday, Friday and first Saturday 7:15 a.m. Tuesday and Friday 8:15 a.m. Saturday evening 5 p.m. Confessions 4-4:45 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Father Daniel Chukwuleta. ST. PATRICK’S: Ligonier. Father Wilson Corzo. Saturday Masses: Spanish 5 p.m.,



South of S.R. 8 on C.R. 900 W. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m. Wednesday service 7:30 p.m.


CHURCH OF CHRIST: 307 E. North St. (U.S. 6), Kendallville. 347-1361. Sunday Bible study 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday worship 6 p.m. Radio WAWK Sunday at 10 a.m. LIGONIER CHURCH OF CHRIST: C.R. 900 N and 860 W. Sunday Bible school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible study and youth 6 p.m.


2584 N. U.S. 33, Kimmell. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Rev. Wray McCalester, 636-7005.


FIRST CHURCH OF GOD: 111 S. Oak St., Kendallville. Pastor Jim Kane. Sunday worship 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Monday evening 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible study, Studio 7 (Theater), and Kids Night Out.

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SOUTH MILFORD INDEPENDENT BAPTIST: Pastor Earl Bolen. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. and second Saturday at 6 p.m. WOLF LAKE BAPTIST: Pastor Dan Carlson. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Children’s church 10:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Thursday 7 p.m. FELLOWSHIP BIBLE: I.F.C.A. International affiliation. 306 N. Allen Chapel Road, Kendallville. Pastor Tom Dyson. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Bible study 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer 7 p.m. 349-1450. WESTON STREET BIBLE: 340 Weston St., Rome City. Pastor Dan Lash. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. “Think on These Things” Saturdays at 10:14 a.m. on WFCV 1090-AM.

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CHURCHES 347-0469.

SUGAR GROVE CHURCH OF GOD: 5019 E. C.R. 500S-57 at C.R. 500E, Churubusco. Pastor Tim Grable. 693-1718. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening adult Bible study, youth group and Pioneer Club for children at 6 p.m.

TRUE CHURCH OF GOD IN JESUS NAME: Lisbon. Worship Saturday 6 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. Rev. Worley Gibson, 347-5045.



Rev. Jeff Wolheter. 599-0339. bridgewayweb. com. Sunday worship 10:30 a.m. at 210 Brian’s Place. Bible study 9:15 a.m. LIGONIER EVANGELICAL: 1911 Lincolnway South. Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m., Small groups, 6 p.m. Wednesday youth, Bible study 7 p.m. Rev. Troy Diersing.


THE GOSPEL LIGHTHOUSE: 112 Veterans Way, Kendallville. Carter and Zaundra Hicks, co-pastors. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Sunday evening worship 6:30 p.m. Wednesday service 6:30 p.m. 343-0951.


JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES: Kingdom Hall, 106 Miller Road, Kendallville. Sunday Bible

lecture, 10 a.m. Followed by Watchtower study. Congregation Bible study, theocratic ministry school, service meeting Thursday 7:30 p.m.



111 W. Orange St., Cromwell. 856-2610. Sunday school, 8:45 a.m. Worship 9:30 a.m. Interim pastor to be named. EMMANUEL LUTHERAN: LaOtto (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Service, 10 a.m. Children’s Sunday school, 10 a.m. Pastor Dan Stephey. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN: (Missouri Synod) Pastor Patrick Kuhlman. 113 W. Albion St., Avilla. Sunday school 8:30 a.m. Worship 9:30 a.m. Thursday 7 p.m. MESSIAH LUTHERAN: (Missouri Synod) S.R. 9 at C.R. 700 S, north of Wolcottville. Pastor James Tews. 854-3129. Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday school and adult Bible school 8:30 a.m. Holy communion second and fourth Sundays.

MT. PLEASANT EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN: (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). 636-2777. C.R. 600 E, 1/4 mile south of S.R. 8. Rev. Phyllis Smoot, pastor. Sunday worship 9 a.m. Sunday school 10 a.m. RESTORATION LUTHERAN LCMS: 500 E. Mitchell St., Kendallville. Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. with communion. Saturday services 6:30 p.m. with communion. Small group

studies available. Pastor Robert J. Muller. 343-0908. ST. JOHN LUTHERAN: (Missouri Synod) South Oak and Rush streets, Kendallville. Pastor Bob Shriner. Sunday worship – traditional in sanctuary, 8 and 10:30 a.m.; contemporary in worship center 8 and 10:30 a.m. Thursday worship 7 p.m. Communion on first, third and fifth Sundays and the preceding Thursday.

ST. MARK’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN: (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) 210 N. Orange St. Albion. 636-2777. Rev. Phyllis Smoot, pastor. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. TRINITY LUTHERAN: (Missouri Synod) Fourth and Martin streets, Ligonier. Rev. Russell Fuhrmann. Sunday worship 9 a.m. Sunday school and Bible class 10:15 a.m.


REHOBOTH MISSIONARY: Rev. Gerald Ringenburg. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. C.R. 125N, 1-3/4 miles south of Skinner Lake and 1/4 mile west of C.R. 300 E.


CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS: 1901 Dowling St., Kendallville. Sunday: Sacrament meeting 9 a.m.; Sunday school 10:10 a.m.; Priesthood and Relief Society meetings 11 a.m.


CROSSPOINTE FAMILY CHURCH: 210 HighPointe Crossing at northwest corner of S.R. 3 and Drake Road, Kendallville. 260-5824095. Sunday: Adult Bible class, 9:10 a.m. Worship 8 a.m., 10:20 a.m. Wednesday 6 p.m. teens, 6:30 p.m. children’s programs. Email Office hours M-F 9 -11 a.m.

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Ligonier. Rev. John V. Lutton. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m.

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN: William and State streets, Kendallville. Rev. H. Jordan Truman. Sunday worship and Church School 10:30 a.m. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN OF ALBION: 112 W. Highland. Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. 636-7642. HOPEWELL UNITED PRESBYTERIAN:

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7355 E. Hopewell Road, Avilla. Sunday service and children’s Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. Fellowship 10:30 a.m. LIGONIER PRESBYTERIAN: 407 S. Cavin St. Ligonier. Rev. John Lersch. 894-3869 or 894-3800. Sunday Worship, 9 a.m. Sunday school 10:15 a.m. Youth grades 4-6, 6:30 p.m.

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CHURCHES Junior high, 7 p.m. Senior high, 7 p.m. Prayer Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

School 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m.




Wolcottville. Pastor Skip Hartmann, (574) 534-1834. Local Elder Ken Marsh, 854-3675. Saturday Bible study 9:30 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible study 6:30 p.m.

WOLF LAKE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: 3727 W. Wolf Lake St. Pastor Skip Hartmann, (574)534-1834. Local Elder Floyd Boland, 244-5318. Saturday worship 9:30 a.m. Bible study 11 a.m.



ALBION WESLEYAN: 800 E. Main St., Albion. Pastor David Sheffield. Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. Wednesday Building Kids Express, 6:30 p.m. (seasonal). Youth group 7:30 p.m. CORNERSTONE WESLEYAN: Northwest of S.R. 9 and U.S. 33, Merriam. Pastor George Cecil. Sunday worship 10:35 a.m., 6 p.m. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at 6:45 p.m., Family Night with Kids’ Klub for children, youth group for teens and Bible study for adults. LAOTTO WESLEYAN: Old S.R. 3 on south edge of LaOtto. 897-2575. Lead Pastor Aaron Lee. Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday school and discussion groups 11 a.m. Wednesday Family Night 6:45 p.m.

Kendallville. Pastor G. Scott Pattison. Sunday worship 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. TRINITY UNITED METHODIST: Albion. Pastor Bret Frymier. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Family Night Bible study/ fellowship 6 p.m.

WAWAKA UNITED METHODIST: One block north of U.S. 6, Wawaka. Rev. Ed Gilmore. Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday school 10:30 a.m. Kids Club Mondays from 4-5 p.m. for first- through fifth-graders.



E. Main, Albion 46701. 636-7393. Pastor Bret Frymier. Sunday school 8 a.m. Sunday worship 9 a.m. Wednesday prayer meeting 6 p.m. Bible study Wednesday 6:30 p.m. BRIMFIELD UNITED METHODIST: 1053 E. Summit St., Brimfield. Rev. Pastor Christopher White. 761-2501. Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. CALVARY UNITED METHODIST: 101 S. Cherry St., Avilla. Rev. Dr. Leonard King. Sunday worship 9 a.m. Sunday school for all ages 10 a.m. 897-3190.


Schoolhouse Road. Rev. Ken Walker, pastor. Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. WOLF LAKE UNITED METHODIST: U.S. 33, Wolf Lake. Pastor Mathew Bock. 248-1549. Sunday worship 9 a.m. Sunday school for children 9 a.m. WOLCOTTVILLE UNITED METHODIST: 107 County Line Road West, Wolcottville. Pastor Jack K. Thomas. 854-2920. Sunday worship 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m.


AFLAME REVIVAL CENTER: Sunday services 3 p.m. at Cromwell Community Center. Pastor Bob Lambert, (574) 534-2896. BRIMFIELD REVIVAL CENTER: U.S. 6, Brimfield. Pastor Brett Frick. Saturday services 7 p.m. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. BURR OAK CHURCH: 11010 W 1100N, Ligonier. Pastor Sheldon Crapo. (574) 642-4813. Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship

WOODRUFF GROVE UNITED METHODIST: 4860 S. C.R. 450 E. Rev. David Matthews. 854-2067 or 854-2801. Sunday church 9:30 a.m. Sunday school 10:30 a.m.

Orange and Water streets. Rev. Dave Boesenberg. Sunday worship 9 a.m. Sunday school 10:20 a.m. FAITH UNITED METHODIST: 411 E. Harding Street, P.O. Box 783 Kendallville. 347-2616. Pastor Steven C. Bahrt. Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. Faith on Fire worship Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

GREEN CENTER UNITED METHODIST: 2861 S. C.R. 300E, Albion. Sunday school, 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. Pastor John Schell. HELMER UNITED METHODIST: Pastor Donna Holcomb. Sunday worship 9:15 a.m. Sunday school 10:30 a.m. Thursday services 7 p.m.; Youth gathering first and second Saturday and every Monday 5-9 p.m.

INDIAN VILLAGE UNITED METHODIST: 2 1/2 miles south of Cromwell on S.R. 5. Pastor Rachel Bales-Case. 856-5553. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship 10:30 a.m. KIMMELL UNITED METHODIST: 2861 N. Hitler St., Kimmell. Rev. Rachel Bales-Case. 894-0649. Sunday worship 9 a.m. Sunday school 10:15 a.m. Bible Zone Kids Club Wednesday 5:45 p.m. LIGONIER UNITED METHODIST: 466 S. Townline Road. 894-3765. Rev. Byron Kaiser. Townline campus: Traditional worship at the Mount 9 a.m. Sunday school at the Mount 10 a.m. Contemporary worship at The CrossWalk 10:30 a.m. RICHVILLE UNITED METHODIST: Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. ROME CITY UNITED METHODIST: Rev. Kevin Brower, pastor. Worship 10 a.m. Sunday school 9 a.m. Bible study Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sylvan Manor. SOUTH MILFORD UNITED METHODIST: Pastor Donna Holcomb.


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CHURCHES 9:50 a.m. Wednesday prayer and children’s programs 6:30 p.m. CHURCH OF THE TRUE GOD: 5685 S. S.R. 3, Wolcottville. 894-4874, 894-2654. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday 7 p.m.

CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY MISSION: 109 W. 2nd St., Ligonier. Pastor James R. Ferguson. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Evangelist service 7 p.m. FIRST CHRISTIAN: Box 594, 110 W. Waits Road, Kendallville. Sunday school 9:25 a.m. Worship 8 and 10:30 a.m. Rev. Thomas R. Clothier. 347-1729.

FULL GOSPEL LIGHTHOUSE TABERNACLE: 6522 Noe St., Kimmell. Sunday School, 10 a.m., Worship, 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible study 6:30 p.m. Pastor Glen Patrick, 463-4194. FULL GOSPEL REVIVAL CENTER: S.R. 9 South, Rome City. Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. Bible study Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Purda Hicks. GRACE CHRISTIAN: 126 E. Mitchell St., Kendallville. 347-3923. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. Worship 8 and 11 a.m. Service Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Chris Mosley.

GORDON’S CAMPING: Campground minister Wade Sturdivant. Sunday worship, 8:30 a.m. HARVEST COMMUNITY: 1011 Town St., Kendallville. 347-9085. Sunday school 9 a.m. Family worship 10 a.m. HOPE CHURCH: Ligonier Sports & Recreation Center on Union Street. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. Pastor Randy Foreman. IGLESIA DE DIOS: 2895 N. U.S. 33, Kimmell. Ramiro Macia, minister. Services Friday 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. MERRIAM CHRISTIAN CHAPEL: Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Worship 8, 10:35 a.m., 7 p.m. Wednesday prayer 7 p.m. AWANA and Word of Life 6:30 p.m.

MESSIAH’S HOUSE OF YAHVAH (7TH DAY): corner of C.R. 400 S and C.R. 200E, 7 miles south of Albion, 2 miles east of S.R. 9. 636-2275. Saturday worship 10:30 a.m. SALEM COMMUNITY MISSIONARY: C.R. 325 S, 1/4 mile southeast of Wilmot. Pastor John T. Morgan. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Prayer 7 p.m. STONE’S HILL COMMUNITY: U.S.

33, across from WN Elementary. 894-7528. Pastor Joey Nelson. Sunday worship 10 a.m. Wednesday: Children’s ministry, 6:30 p.m., youth 7 p.m., parents 6:30 p.m.

STRONG TOWER WORSHIP CENTER: Ligonier Rec. Center. Sunday service 10:15 a.m. 894-2158 TEMPLO BETEL: Asamieas de Dios. North Cavin and Miller streets, Ligonier. Sunday: Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Worship 5:30 p.m. 894-4487. THE HOUSE OF PRAYER: 1608 E. Dowling St., Kendallville. Pastor Emory Gibson. Thursday service 6:30 p.m. Sunday service 10 a.m. THE RED ZONE: 9358 E. Wizard of Oz Way (Enchanted Hills Playhouse), Cromwell. Worship Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.

UPPER ROOM TABERNACLE OF PRAISE: 2245 Old S.R. 3 N, Avilla. Pastor Quient Zimmerman. Sunday worship 11 a.m., Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m.

VINEYARD CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: 700 Kelly St. Extended, Rome City. Sunday worship 10 a.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. Kinship every fourth Tuesday and Sunday.


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• Albion American Legion Post 246, 410 E. Park Drive, Albion, 636-2226 • Albion Eagles 2455 and Auxiliary, 111 W.

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Hazel St., Albion • Apple Festival of Kendallville, Amanda Taylor, contact person, 463-4371 • Art Association of Noble County, Harvena Richards, contact person, 2012 Albion St., Avilla, 897-2723 • Avilla American Legion Post 240, Jim Schmenk, commander, Jim Grocock, SAL commander, Jan Purdue, Auxiliary president; 410 E. Park Drive, 897-2225 • Avilla Lions Club, Larry Wolf, president, 897-2240 • Avilla Masonic Lodge 460, Rick Eby, contact person, 715-5509 • Bar Association of Noble County, James Mowery, president, 636-2193, noblebar57@gmail. com • Boy Scouts of America, Dr. Tom Jansen, Anthony Wayne Area Council commissioner, 347-1150 • Brimfield Lions Club, Brian Schumman, president, 761-3211 • Central Noble Athletic Boosters, Jeff Dull, president, 564-0732 • Central Noble Ministerial Association, Curryanne Hostetler, Sparta United Church of Christ, 636-7005 • Chain of Stitches, Deborah Beckner, contact person, Wawaka, 761-3036 or cell 894-1013 • Civil War Re-enactment Group 50th Virginia Co. D, Jim Lemon, 357-3809 • Cole Center Family YMCA, Casey Weimer, executive director, 700 S. Garden St., Box 233, Kendallville, 347-9622 • Cromwell-Kimmell Lions Club, Dewey LeCount, president, 463-1798 • Cub Scout Pack 3105, Trinity Church United Methodist, Scoutmaster Ben Hawkins, Kendallville • East Noble Ministerial Association, the Rev.

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CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS Doug Harris, contact person, 897-3627 • East Noble AFS (international student exchange), Grace Housholder, family selection coordinator, 816 Mott St., Kendallville, 347-0738 • Families for Freedom, military personnel support group, Sara Fisher, treasurer, 1421 N. Lima Road, Kendallville, 347-4075 • Fraternal Order of Police, Todd Ely, president, Kendallville, 347-0654 or 349-2763 • Future Ligonier Alliance, John Petit, Ligonier, 894-3145 • Gaslight Playhouse, P.O. Box 84, Kendallville; LeeAnn DePew, secretary, 242-1046 or 347-3995; or email: • Gene Stratton-Porter Memorial Society, Ted Hemingway, contact person, 925-3649 • Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, 10008 Dupont Circle Drive East, Fort Wayne 46825, 422-3417; 422-0084 • Independent Order of Odd Fellows 316, John Newcomer, contact person, Kendallville, 347-5203 • Kendallville American Legion Post 86, Sam Campbell, commander; Fred Schneider, SAL commander; Jenifer Sabrasky, Auxiliary president, 322 S. Main St., 347-9978 • Kendallville Eagles 985, Bruce Anglin, president, Rhonda Ludy, auxiliary president, 1990 W. North St., P.O. Box 873, Kendallville, 343-9030 • Kendallville Elks Lodge 1194, Rita Koerner, exalted ruler, 120 Weston Ave., Kendallville, 347-0760 • Kendallville Heritage Association, Ray Scott, contact person, 347-2210, • Kendallville Kiwanis Club, Matt Getts, contact person, 242-1903 • Kendallville Lions Club, Harold Sollenberger, contact person, 347-3536 • Kendallville Main Street Business Association, Don Gura, contact person, 347-3276; • Kendallville Masonic Lodge, Randy Smith Jr., secretary, 707 S. Orchard St., Kendallville, 349-0943 • Kendallville Rotary Club, Al Huth, president, 343-0122 • Kendallville VFW Francis Vinyard Post 2749, 127 Veterans Way, Kendallville, 347-3550; Ron Coleman, commander; Ed Wade, men’s auxiliary; Jenny White, women’s auxiliary • Knights of Columbus, Chris Wetli, contact person, 564-0424 • Ligonier Eagles Lodge 1763 and Auxiliary, 306 S. Cavin St., Ligonier, • Ligonier Historical Society, 503 S. Main St., Ligonier; mailing address: 300 S. Main St. Ligonier, IN 46767; Jeanna Leamon, contact person, 894-3838; Jerry Nesbitt, contact person, 894-4511 • Ligonier Lions Club, Richard Moser, president; 894-1776 • Ligonier Rotary Club, the Rev. Byron Kaiser, president; 894-3458 • Ligonier Visitors Center and Heritage Station Museum, West Union Street, 894-9000, 888-822-0262


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CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS • Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Stone’s Hill Community Church, 894-7528; Anne Eberly, contact person, 761-3209; online at • Master Gardeners, contact person Elizabeth Lightner, 635-2146 • Noble County Community Fair Corp.;; contact Carleigh Pankop, 318-2127 • Noble County Concert Association, Harold Sollenberger, president, 347-3536 • Noble County Democratic Central Committee, Robert Holbrook, chairman, 237-1199; • Noble County Democratic Women’s Club, Beverly Leitch, Kendallville, contact person, 350-0257 • Noble County Extension Homemakers Association, Extension Office: 636-2111; toll free 800-601-5826; president, Margaret Menges, 593-3773 Busy Bees, Phyllis Farmer, president, 347-2894 Charm and Chatter, Pat Pruiett, president, 599-0061 Chatterbelles, Harriett Stuff, president, 463-69909 Country Friends, Ellen Campbell, president, 897-2989 Creative Friends, Diane Mclallin president, 347-4632 Elkittes, Sondra Luke, president, 894-7072 Fun ’N Fancy, Becky Thompson, president, 636-2722 Happy Homemakers, Janet Brumbaugh, president, 636-7211 Highlighters, Carol Young, president, 693-2398 Ladybugs, Tammy Helfers, president, 856-4384 Orange Township, June Stackhouse, president, 854-2252 Washington Juniors, Phyllis Burnworth, president, 856-4448 • Noble County Gas and Steam Association, Larry Palmer, contact person, 636-2605 • Noble County Genealogical Society Inc., Margaret Ott, contact person, 761-3384 • Noble County Historical Society, Bill Shultz, president, 636-7863 • Noble County Galloway-Prentice Chapter NSDAR, Jill Jollief, regent, 856-2002 • Noble County Republican Central Committee, Randy Kirkpatrick, chairman, 894-4451 • Noble County Republican Women’s Club, Phyllis Herendeen, president, 636-2748


Tri Kappa Alpha Associate Chapter members Jane Roush, Nancy Diggins, Diane Trees and Debra Hockley make blankets as gifts for children at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis. • Noble County Retired Teachers Association, Harold Sollenberger, contact person, 347-3536 • Noble County Study Circles (Groups focusing on issues that impact the county), the Rev. Jim Kane, contact person, 347-0469; • Northeastern Indiana University Alumni Association, Anita Hess, contact person, Kendallville, 347-4640 • Northeast Indiana Vietnam Veterans, Jim Piepenbrock, commander, 347-1161 • Operation Foundation — Ligonier area, contact Chris Fought, 894-2839 • Order of Eastern Star No. 122, Barb Miller, secretary, 347-3137 • Professional Business Women’s Association, Fran Moran, contact person, 347-1144 • Rome City American Legion Post 381, P.O. 673, Kelly Street, Rome City, 854-2477; Tom Davidson, commander; Matt Wentworth, SAL commander; Tana Franklin, auxiliary president • Rome City Lions Club, Brad Baker, president, 347-1174

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• Rome City School PTI, Carissa Prater, contact person, 854-3241 • Second Time Around Club, meets at Youth Center, 211 E. Iddings St., Kendallville, Susan Crosby, contact person, call Park Departments, 347-1064 • Stone’s Trace Historical Society, James Hossler, president, 4946 N. S.R. 5, Ligonier. • Tuesday Club, women’s study group, Grace Housholder, contact person, 347-0738 • Wayne Center One-Room School, LouAnne Pillars, contact person, 347-1625 • West Noble American Legion Post 243, 100 S. Main St., Ligonier, Dave Magnus, commander, 894-3430 • West Noble Leo Lions, West Noble High School, Carol Stults, adviser, 894-3268.


• Beta Sigma Phi, Phi Epsilon Chapter, Deb Imbody, contact person, 894-9909 • Beta Sigma Phi, Preceptor Alpha Chi Chapter, Barbara Miller, contact person, 347-3137 • Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Delta Epsilon Chapter, Lorene Bonar, contact person, 347-1914 • Beta Sigma Phi, Beta Tau Chapter, Amy Wechter, contact person, 894-3545 • Delta Kappa Gamma, Gamma Lambda Chapter, Leslie Hammond, contact person, 925-9357 • Delta Theta Tau, Iota Iota Chapter, Deanna Spidel, contact person, 854-2275 • Tri Kappa, Beta Associate Chapter, LouAnne Pillers, contact person, 347-1625 • Tri Kappa, Alpha Associate Chapter, Fran Moran, contact person, 347-1144 • Tri Kappa, Eta Theta Chapter, Whitney Baierle, president • Tri Kappa, Gamma Xi Chapter, Teri Feller, president, 347-1745

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Good government begins with concerned citizens who know their elected officials and keep abreast of their activities. Local, county, state and national officials want to hear your concerns and opinions. Here is a list of all townships and county elected officials serving our area, and their duties.


Noble County’s 13 townships are served by township trustees. They are the chief administrative officers for the township, and their duties include overseeing needs of the poor. The trustees are paid in part by the county and in part by the township. Trustees in Noble County are: ALBION — Casey Myers (R), 1005 E. Main St., Albion. 636-6047. ALLEN — John Huelsenbeck (D), P.O. Box 332, Avilla or 103 W. Albion St., Avilla. 897-2472. ELKHART — Sheila Jett (R), 7452 N. C.R. 200W, Wawaka. 761-2065. GREEN — Mel Egolf (R), 0578 E. U.S. 33 — 57, Churubusco. 693-2867. JEFFERSON — Marc Fisher (D), 3476 N. Skinner Lake W Drive, Albion. 239-4015. NOBLE — Ira Schlotterback (R), 3784 W. C.R. 300S, Albion. (877) 351-4613. ORANGE — George Wolfe (D), 2353 E. C.R. 1150N, Wolcottville or 155 Front St. (P.O. Box 398), Rome City. 854-2912. PERRY — Barbara Donley (R), 312 S. Cavin St. (P.O. Box 289) Ligonier. 894-4717. SPARTA — Guy Lawrence (R) P.O. Box

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COUNTY GOVERNMENT 301, Cromwell. 856-4129. SWAN — Jerry Fanger (R), 10736E C.R. 100S, Avilla. 897-9111. WASHINGTON — Janelle Burnworth (D), 1786 S. C.R. 700W, Kimmell. 799-4938. WAYNE — Chris McCoy (R), 208 Granada Drive, Kendallville. 349-1489. YORK — Linda Kerlin (R), 3686 N. C.R. 500W, Ligonier. 635-2396.



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Several officers serve a variety of needs on the county level. Here is a list of elected county officials, their duties, locations and phone numbers: ASSESSOR — Kim Miller (R) is the county assessor and exercises general supervision over all property assessments. The assessor’s office is on the first floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2297. Fax: 636-3538. AUDITOR — Jacqueline Knafel (D) is the county auditor and serves as general bookkeeper for the county. She keeps accounts and issues warrants for payment of claims allowed by the county commissioners. Her office prepares tax records showing value of property and taxes assessed against each taxpayer. The office is on the second floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2658; fax: 636-3264; email: nobleauditor@ CLERK — Shelley Mawhorter (R) is the clerk for Noble County. Her office carries out clerical duties of the county courts, as well as handling election responsibilities and issuance of marriage licenses. Her office also accepts passport applications, but does not issue passports. The office is on the second floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2736. BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS — Noble County is served by three commissioners representing the county’s three districts. They are Dave Dolezal (R), 1st District; Gary Leatherman (R), 2nd District; and Chad Kline (R), 3rd District. They administer all county business and may enact ordinances. They meet regularly every Monday on the second floor of the courthouse and also serve as the county drainage board. They may be reached through their secretary at 636-7877; fax: 636-3244. CORONER — Joan Cripe (R) serves as Noble County coroner. COUNTY COUNCIL — Noble County has a seven-member council that meets the first Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Members of the council are Thomas Janes (R), 1st District; Wayne Clouse (R), 2nd District; Denise Lemmon (R), 3rd District; Jerry Jansen (D), 4th District; and Joy LeCount (R), Mike Toles (R) and Wayne Targgart (R), all at-large. The County Council controls budget and financial matters. CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE — G. David Laur (R) serves as judge of Noble Circuit Court. All cases not specifically under the jurisdiction of some other court, board or officer are tried before the Circuit Court judge. Included under

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COUNTY GOVERNMENT the court’s jurisdiction are civil suits, felony criminal cases, divorces and issuance of various writs and court orders. The office is on the third floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2128.

SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION 1 JUDGE — Robert Kirsch (R) serves as judge of Noble Superior Court Div. 1, which has the same jurisdiction as Circuit Court. The office is on the third floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-3205; fax: 636-3053; email:

SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION 2 JUDGE — Michael Kramer (R) serves as judge of Noble Superior Court Div. 2. The court has jurisdiction over civil disputes up to $10,000 and criminal cases up to and including Class A misdemeanors. The court also handles small claims, infractions and Noble County Drug Court. The office is on the third floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2129. PROSECUTING ATTORNEY — Steven Clouse (R) serves as Noble County’s prosecuting attorney. He represents the state and prosecutes violators of state statutes in various courts having criminal jurisdiction. The office is at 109 N. York St. in Albion, and the phone number is 636-2193; Child Support Division: 636-2494. RECORDER — Candy Myers (R) serves as Noble County’s recorder. She is charged with preserving public records, such as deeds, mortgages, liens and articles of incorporation. The office is on the second floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2672. SHERIFF — Doug Harp (R) is sheriff of Noble County. He is the general law enforcement officer in the county, exercising state-granted police powers. The office is at the Noble County Jail, 210 S. Seventh St., Albion, and the phone number is 636-2182. SURVEYOR — Randy Sexton (R) serves as Noble County surveyor. His primary duties are to survey and keep record of all civil engineering work of the county, including construction and maintenance of drains and ditches. The office is in the Noble County Office Complex-South, and the phone number is 636-2131. TREASURER — Michele Bricker (R) is treasurer for Noble County. Her office collects, retains custody of and disburses county funds. It also collects local and state general property taxes for all units in the county and is in charge of other tax collection. The office is on the second floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2644; fax: 636-4001.


The county is served by a number of appointed officials, boards and departments. They are: BOARD OF HEALTH — A board of directors oversees activities of the Noble County Health Department, with Dr. Terry Gaff serving as county health officer. Judy Fox, restaurant sanitarian; and Cheryl Munson, county nurse, may be reached at 636-2191.

The Board of Health meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday in January, April, July and October in the upstairs conference room at the Noble County Office Complex-South. Fax: 636-2192. BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS — Members of the Noble County Board of Zoning Appeals are appointed by the commissioners, County Council and County Plan Commission. The board hears and decides appeals on any order, requirement or decision made in connection with the county zoning ordinance. This board meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in the Dekko Meeting Room of the Noble County Office Complex-South.

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE — Noble County is served by Extension educators provided through Purdue University. Doug Keenan is county Extension director and 4-H and youth Extension educator. Janeie Meyer serves as 4-H program assistant, and Jeff Wolheter serves as the Extension educator for agriculture and natural resources. The consumer and family sciences educator is Janeen Longfellow. The educators’ offices are in the Noble County Office Complex-South and may be reached at 636-2111 or 800-601-5826; fax: 636-7704. Email addresses are;;; DRAINAGE BOARD — The Noble County

Drainage Board is comprised of members of the Board of Commissioners. They meet at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month and at 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays; phone 636-2131. HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT — Mark Goodrich is the county highway superintendent. The department is on S.R. 8, just east of Albion. Phone: 636-2124. Fax: 636-2542. LIBRARY BOARD — The Noble County Public Library is operated by a board of directors appointed by various local governmental bodies. Members of the board are David Ober, James Shrock, Reta Sherwin, Harriet Metz, Pat Voors, Sandra Lamp and Margaret Ott. The library board meets regularly the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. PLAN COMMISSION — The Noble County Plan Commission includes nine members who serve on the board by appointment or because of other offices held within the county. Nathan Miller is the county plan director. The Plan Commission has jurisdiction over the unincorporated areas of the county for surveying, preparation of maps and administration of zoning ordinances. The Plan Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month in the Dekko Meeting Room of the Noble County Office Complex-South, and the commission secretary may be reached at 636-7217. Richard Adair is the building inspector, and his phone number


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PROBATION DEPARTMENT — Stacey Beam serves as chief of probation for Noble County. The office is on the first floor of the county courthouse. Phone: 636-3116. Fax: 636-3117.

SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT — Stacey McGinnis is district manager. The office is at 100 E. Park Drive, Albion. Phone: 636-7682, Ext. 3; fax: 636-2525.


Courthouse hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The courthouse is closed for these holidays in 2014: Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day Jan. 20 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day Feb. 17 — Presidents Day April 18 — Good Friday May 26 — Memorial Day July 4 — Independence Day Sept. 1 — Labor Day Nov. 10 — Veterans Day

Nov. 27 and 28 — Thanksgiving Dec. 25 and 26 — Christmas Eve and Christmas Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve


Noble County’s representatives in the Indiana General Assembly are: State Sen. Sue Glick, (R) District 13 113 W. Spring St. LaGrange, IN 46746 463-7414 or 800-382-9467 during session. Glick represents LaGrange and Noble counties, as well as eastern Kosciusko County, western Steuben County and northwest DeKalb County. State Rep. David Ober, (R) District 82. 1886 E C.R. 500N Albion IN 46701 317-232-9762 or 800-382-9841 during session.

e-mail: Ober represents all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.


Indiana’s U.S. senators are Joe Donnelly (D) and Dan Coats (R). Indiana’s U.S. representative for the 3rd Congressional District is Marlin Stutzman (R). Sen. Donnelly’s office is at B33 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.. The phone number is 202-224-4814. Email: Sen. Coats’ office can be reached at 1650 Market Tower, 10 West Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Call (317) 554-0750. Web site: Rep. Stutzman has an office at the Federal Building, Room 3105, 1300 S. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, 46802. In Washington, contact his office at 1728 Longworth, Washington, D.C. Call 202-225-4436. Fax 202-226-9870.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Community festivals throughout Noble County attract thousands of visitors during the year. Nearly every city and town has at least one festival during the year where people

play games, enjoy various foods, participate in activities and enjoy live entertainment. Here is a list of the scheduled festivals and other celebrations in Noble County, along with contact numbers:

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CATS ’N’ COCOA — Feb. 15, 1-4 p.m., Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori Gagen at 636-7383. INDIANA TRAIL 100 RACE, Chain O’ Lakes State Park. April 26-27, TOWN WIDE YARD SALE — May 1-4. Noble County Open Hours — May 3, free admission 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on opening day, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori Gagen at 636-7383. SPLASH PAD GRAND OPENING, May 31, noon. CHAIN O’ LAKES FESTIVAL, Courthouse Square — June 4-7. Contact Sharon Leitch at 636-2128 or Chris Magnuson at 636-6200. FAMILY FISHING DERBY, June 7, Chain O’ Lakes State Park. Call the park office at 636-2654 for information. WINE IN THE PINES — June 21, 5:30 p.m., Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori Gagen at 636-7383. POKER PADDLE, Chain O’ Lakes State Park — June 21. Call the park office at 636-2654 for information. FIREWORKS — July 3 (rain date July 5). Contact Casey Myers of the Albion Parks Department at 636-2246. ALBION-OPOLY, Noble County Courthouse square — early July. Sponsored by the Super Town of Albion Revitalization Team. KIDS’ CAMP — July 19, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori Gagen at 636-7383. SUMMER FEST — July 26, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori Gagen at 636-7383. NOBLEMAN TRIATHLON, Chain O’ Lakes State Park — Aug. 2, 7:30 a.m. Olympic and sprint distances. Go to for information. SAFARI SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS — Aug. 19, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori

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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Gagen at 636-7383. LIONS & TIGERS & HOT RODS — Aug. 16, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori Gagen, 636-7383. HARVEST FESTIVAL — Sept. 20-21. Contact Bill Shultz at 740-8692. APPLE CIDER PRESSING DAY, Chain O’ Lakes State Park — Sept. 20. Call the park office at 636-2654 for information. ROAR & SNORE FAMILY OVERNIGHT CAMP — Sept. 6, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori Gagen, 636-7383. PARK HERITAGE DAY, Chain O’ Lakes State Park — Sept. 27. Call the park office at 636-2654 for information. LIONS & TIGERS & BEER — Oct. 4, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori Gagen. 636-7383. HOWL O’WEEN — Oct. 25, 4-8 p.m., Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori Gagen. 636-7383. ALL HALLOW’S EVE CELEBRATION, Chain O’ Lakes State Park — Oct. 24-25. Call the park office at 636-2654 for information. HARVEST CHILI COOK-OFF AND SCARE ON THE SQUARE WITH LIVE CLUE GAME, TRUNK OR TREAT AND COSTUME CONTEST, Noble County Courthouse square — Oct. 31. Sponsored by the Super Town of Albion Revitalization Team. TRICK OR TREAT, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. THE HUFF ULTRA-MARATHON 50K TRAIL RUN, Chain O’ Lakes State Park — Dec. 20. Go to for information. ANIMAL ENRICHMENT DAY — Dec. 27, 1-4 p.m., Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Lori Gagen. 636-7383.


Flying high above the ground, from left, Allyssa Harter, 13, Avilla, Saige Days, 13, Avilla, Jenna Myers, 12, Kendallville, and Ashton Jordan, 10, of Avilla hold on as they spin around on a ride at the Avilla Freedom Festival in Avilla last summer.


AVILLA FREEDOM FESTIVAL, Avilla Park — Dates to be announced. ST. MARY LABOR DAY FESTIVAl — St. Mary Catholic Church. Contact the Knights of Columbus through the church.


CROMWELL DAYS — July 18-20. Contact Bob Leamon at 856-2108 or email at


COMMUNITY BREAKFAST — May 10, 6-10 a.m., Green Center Community Building. Contact Betty Pappe at 636-2750. ICE CREAM SOCIAL — July 26, 4-8 p.m. Green Center Community Building. Contact Betty Pappe at 636-2750. FALL FEST — Sept. 27, 4-8 p.m., Green Center Community Building. Contact Betty Pappe at 636-2750. HAUNTED HOUSE (32nd year) — Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31, 7-11 p.m., Green Center Community Building. Contact Betty Pappe at 636-2750.


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347-2400 or email at KITE FESTIVAL — Mid-America Windmill Museum, May 11. Contact Pam Younce at 347-9136. NORTHERN INDIANA BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION TRI-STATE BLUEGRASS SPRING FESTIVAL — May 22-25, Noble County Fairgrounds. Contact Jim Winger at 918-4790 or email at ARTS ON MAIN — downtown business district, June 14. Contact Joe Cazier at 347-0150. KPC SPRINT DISTANCE TRIATHLON FOR NEWSPAPERS IN EDUCATION, July 19, 7:30 a.m., Bixler Lake Park. Contact KPC Media Group, Vi Wysong, at 347-0400, Ext. 161, NOBLE COUNTY COMMUNITY FAIR — Noble County Fairgrounds, July 12-20. Contact fairgrounds office at 347-0666 or email at KENDALLVILLE MAIN STREET CAR SHOW — Date to be determined, usually late July. KID CITY — Noble County Fairgrounds, Aug. 2. Contact KPC Media Group, Vi Wysong, at 347-0400, Ext. 161, kidcity@ NORTHERN INDIANA BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION TRI-STATE FALL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL — Noble County Fairgrounds, Aug. 28-31. Contact Jim Winger at 918-4790 or email at APPLE FESTIVAL OF KENDALLVILLE — Noble County Fairgrounds, Oct. 4-5. Kendallville Park and Recreation Department at 347-1064 or Web at

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LIGONIER MARSHMALLOW FESTIVAL — Labor Day Weekend — Aug. 29-Sept 1, downtown Ligonier. Check the website at STONE’S TRACE HISTORICAL FESTIVAL — Sept. 6-7. Contact: Jan Sweeney, 856-2666, PUMPKIN FANTASYLAND — Fashion Farm, entire month of October. Contact: Patty Becker at 894-4498. WOLF ANIMAL SWAP MEETS — Albion Road, south of Ligonier. May, June, July and August. 635-2356.

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With a tip of his hat, Ligonier’s Dr. Robert Stone and his wife, Lura, ride in style as grand marshals at the Ligonier Marshmallow Festival parade on Labor Day 2013.



Members of the Brimfield/Rome City Lions group prepare several pots of ham and beans for visitors to the Apple Festival of Kendallville. From left are David Hartman, Hal Schafer, Jack Garrett, Ernie Cook and Carl Grove.



Farmers Market: Every Friday, May 23 - September 26 Town Wide Garage Sales: May & August • Fun on Sylvan Fireworks: July 5 Music on the Lake: June & August Gene Stratton Porter Memorial Site Chautauqua Days August 16 Chili Cook-off at Gene Stratton-Porter Memorial Site: October 18, 4-7 p.m. Holiday House Walk: November 15


Birding With Gene, Saturday, May 17. Cabin Overnight for 18 and over, Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and June 28 or July 12. Moonlit Garden Tour, Saturday, June 14. Night Hike, Saturday, July 19. Chautauqua Days, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17. Amazing Monarchs and The Incredible Milkweed, Saturday, Sept. 6 Wild Game Cookout, Saturday, Sept. 20. Autumn Tea, Saturday, Sept. 27. Owl-Oween, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18. A Dream of Beauty Holiday Walk, Saturday, Dec. 6. Contact the site at 854-3790 for details of events not included here or email Web site:



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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS • Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the former Wolcottville Legion Hall. • Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville; • Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Northeastern Center office, 1930 Dowling St., Kendallville; at 11 a.m. • Fridays at 8 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Albion; at 6 p.m. at Trinity Church United Methodist, corner of State and Rush streets, Kendallville; 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the former Wolcottville Legion Hall. • Sundays at 8 a.m. at ARC, Inc., 109 W. Spring St., LaGrange; at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church United Methodist, corner of State and Rush streets, Kendallville; at 7:30 p.m. at Community Center, U.S. 33, Wolf Lake. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: 1 p.m. Heartfelt support group. For information call Tricia Parks at 897-2841, Ext. 250. Presence Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, NE Service Center, 111 E. Ludwig Road, Suite 105, Fort Wayne, 471-3911, Fax: 483-5344, AMERICAN RED CROSS of Northeast Indiana, Katherine Mac Aulay, contact person, 484-9336, Ext. 205, or 800-513-2599, Fax: 471-1851, E-mail: kathryn.macaulay@

(B.A.B.E.) BEDS & BRITCHES ETC., 201 S. Park Ave., Kendallville, 347-5720, Anita Pattison, director of client services CAMPUS LIFE JV/FAST START, 925-1058 for both organizations. CANCER SERVICES OF NORTHEAST INDIANA, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, 484-9560, Linda Bewley outreach coordinator, CANI HEAD START FAMILY ADVOCATE for Ligonier Preschool Head Start; Jesus Escobedo; 456-1576 or 894-7431 CELEBRATE RECOVERY: 7 p.m. Meets each Thursday. CrossPointe Family Church, S. R. 3 and Drake Road, Kendallville; 599-0895. CENTRAL NOBLE FOOD PANTRY: 401 N. Orange St., Albion, provides dry goods, health and beauty products, dairy and meat from 1-2 p.m. on Fridays. Call Bonnie Brownell at 564-8160 for more information. Central Noble Food Pantry, 401 N. Orange St., Albion. CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE, (800) 752-7116 COMMON GRACE, Angie Kidd, program director, main office: 2004 Dowling St., Kendallville, office phone, 349-1942, Ligonier office, 894-3253, Albion office, 636-6617, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. COMMUNITY ACTION OF NORTHEAST INDIANA, 227 E. Washington, Fort Wayne, 423-3546 or (800) 589-2264, Fax: 422-4041, 209 N. Jackson St., Auburn, 927-0162 (phone and

fax), Website: COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS, Foreclosure Prevention Program, (866) 892-0513, foreclosure prevention assistance. COMMUNITY HARVEST FOOD TRUCK delivering at 9:30 a.m. at Albion Wesleyan Church. DEKKO FOUNDATION, P.O. Box 548, Kendallville, 347-1278 DRUG AWARENESS, East Noble Drug-Free Community, 901 Garden St., Kendallville, 347-2032 EARLY CHILDHOOD ALLIANCE, 3320 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, 745-2501 or (800) 423-1498 FARM WAGON: 11 a.m. visits to church. Call Bonnie at 564-8160 for more information. Wesleyan Church, 800 E. Main St., Albion. FREEDOM ACADEMY, Melissa Carpenter, executive director, P.O. Box 515, Kendallville, 347-0887 FRIENDSHIP FOOD PANTRY, 2004 E. Dowling St., Kendallville, 349-1942, food and hygiene products. Food distributed every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2-4 p.m. FOUNDATIONS, Steve Strasser, director, 506 S. Orange St. Albion, 636-2155, toll free 866-484-9560; Fax: 636-2582, email: hihiadopt@frontier. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, P.O. Box 552, Kendallville, IN 46755, 302-1215, info@ HAND IN HAND INTERNATIONAL




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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ADOPTION, Vickie Truelove, 210A N. Orange St., Albion, 636-3566, Fax 636-2554, hihiadopt. org HEAD START PRE-SCHOOL, First Presbyterian Church, 201 S. State St., Kendallville, 349-0992 HELPING HANDS, 245 Martin St., Rome City, Open Thursdays from 2-5 p.m., 318-1945, Aiding needy families in the Rome City and Wolcottville areas HUMANE SOCIETY OF NOBLE COUNTY, 1305 Sherman St., Kendallville, 347-2563 KENDALLVILLE DAY CARE CENTERS, Site 1 at 342 E. Lisle St., 347-1210, Site 2 at 601 Orchard Place Parkway, 343-9902 KENDALLVILLE NUTRITION SITE, The Lamplighter, Kendallville, 347-0284 LEAP INC. (literacy council), Denise Lemmon, executive director, P.O. Box 76, 833 E. Main St., Albion, 636-7011 or LIFE AND FAMILY SERVICES INC., 201 S. Park Ave., Kendallville, Donna Conrad, executive director, 347-5720 LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRY DAYCARE, Ligonier Presbyterian Church, 407 S. Cavin St., Ligonier, 894-3869 MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF INDIANA, Regional Office Indianapolis, 317-636-6060, E-mail: METH ANONYMOUS, meets at 5 p.m. Saturdays at Trinity Church United Methodist, corner of State and Rush streets, Kendallville; meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at St.

Mark’s Lutheran Church, Albion NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, meets Sundays at 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Kendallville NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS, P.O. Box 5232, Kendallville NOBLE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, Linda Yerick, executive director, 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, 894-3335, Fax: 894-9020; email:, NOBLE COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING/ NOBLE TRANSIT SYSTEM, 111 Cedar St., Kendallville, 347-4226, Fax: 347-3121, E-mail: NOBLE COUNTY RIGHT TO LIFE, Jan Coleman, 105 S. State St., Kendallville. NOBLE COUNTY WELFARE OFFICE, 702 Goodwin Place, Kendallville, Walk-ins Only NOBLE HOUSE, Debi Pfaffenberger, executive director, 205 E. Highland St., Albion, 636-7160, Fax: 636-7817 NORTHEAST INDIANA SPECIAL EDUCATION COOPERATIVE, Mary Burton, director, 1607 E. Dowling St., Kendallville, 347-5236 NORTHEASTERN INDIANA CASA INC., (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), P.O. Box 111, Albion, IN 46701, 888-636-6101, Fax 636-3759, casa@ Kristi Bachman, executive director NORTHEASTERN CENTER, Jerry Hollister, CEO; Steve Howell, chief financial officer, Jill





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Mueller, director, 220 S. Main St., Kendallville, 347-2453 www.necmh,org OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: Meets in Room 3 each Saturday at 9 a.m. Parkview Noble Hospital, 401 Sawyer Road, Kendallville. PARKINSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SUPPORT GROUP: 3:15 p.m. Meets second Tuesday of each month. EMS Building, Sawyer Road, Kendallville. PARKVIEW NOBLE HOSPITAL, 401 Sawyer Road, Kendallville, 347-8700 or 800-653-5688 PARKVIEW NOBLE AFTER HOURS CLINIC, 1844 Ida Red Road, Kendallville, 347-8810 PARKVIEW NOBLE HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE, 1836 Ida Red Road, Kendallville, 347-8910 PARKVIEW NOBLE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CLINIC, 1844 Ida Red Road, Kendallville, 347-8810 PARKVIEW NOBLE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, 510 Sawyer Road, Kendallville, Emergency calls: 911, Non-emergency calls: ER 347-8180 PILOT HOUSE MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SHELTER, 1126 E. Main St., Albion, 636-3290, House Manager, Rose Quade POISON CONTROL CENTER, 800-222-1222 PREGNANCY AND PARENTING RESOURCE CENTER, Anita Pattison, director, 201 S. Park Ave., Kendallville, 347-5720 SAVIOR RECOVERY PROGRAM: 7-8 p.m every Friday. Meetings tackle addictions such as methamphetamine, alcohol, medications, tobacco, gambling, sex and more. Separate meeting spaces for men and women. For more information call 318-2907, 927-5403 or 350-3452. Robert Bolen at 343-1397 or Deb Bolen at 242-2905 Ashley Love-Divine Baptist Church, C.C. 23 and S.R. 4, Ashley. STROKE SURVIVORS GROUP: 6:30 p.m. Meets third Tuesday of each month. EMS Building, Sawyer Road, Kendallville. STOP CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT (SCAN), 500 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, 421-5000, 800- 752-7116, Fax: 421-5003, SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE, 800-7842433 TEEN-PARENT EARLY LEARNING CENTER, Debbie Derby, director, 201 S. Park Ave., Kendallville, 347-9169 UNITED WAY OF NOBLE COUNTY, Dawn Modlin, executive director, 119 W. Mitchell St., Suite 3, Kendallville, 347-6822 U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, 800-638-2772 VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE HOME, Bonnie Davis and Lili Carroll, bereavement coordinators, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, 800-288-4111 or 435-3222 VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, Paul Lauver, counselor, Steve Etheridge, counselor, 219 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, 877-715-5292 WEST NOBLE FOOD PANTRY, open Thursdays only 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 pm. to 4:30 p.m., Gerber Street, Ligonier, 894-3993, Dot Mazier, coordinator WORK ONE, 524 Fairview Blvd., Kendall-

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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ville, 599-1000, job placement. WRECK TEEN CENTER, 529 S. Main St., Kendallville, 343-0545,, email: WOLF LAKE FREE HEALTH CLINIC, at Wolf Lake United Methodist Church, Open second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 1-7 p.m., U.S. 33, Wolf Lake, 564-1946 YWCA SHELTER (for female victims of violence), Yulonda Davis, manager, 1610 Spy Run, Fort Wayne, 447-7233.

PARKS Noble County and its communities offer an abundance of parks and recreation areas for residents and visitors.


CHAIN O’LAKES STATE PARK, 2335 E. C.R. 75S, Albion, connecting lakes, small boating, hiking trails, nature center, camping, picnic grounds, fishing, cross country skiing, canoe, paddle boat and row boat rentals. HIDDEN DIAMONDS PARK, Weber Road, Albion, baseball, softball diamonds, concessions. OWEN PARK, Main Street and 1st Street, Albion. VALLEY VIEW PARK, West Main Street, Albion.



ELEY PARK, Albion Street, Avilla.

NOBLE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY-CENTRAL Sandy Petrie, director 813 E. Main St. Albion 636-7197 or 800-811-6861 Fax: 636-3321 NOBLE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY-EAST Victoria Ferguson, manager 104 Ley St. Avilla 897-3900; fax same


CROMWELL COMMUNITY PARK, Cromwell. Two blocks west of Jefferson Street. Ball diamonds, tennis courts, running track and picnic pavilion.


BIXLER LAKE PARK AND CAMPGROUND, east side of Kendallville, fishing pier, supervised swimming beaches, playground areas, ball field, duck pond, nature preserve and nature trails, birdwatching, picnic

pavilions, seasonal campers, boat launch, basketball, tennis court. 347-1064. KENDALLVILLE OUTDOOR RECREATION COMPLEX, Allen Chapel Road, east side of Kendallville, 80-acre complex of baseball, soccer and football fields, playground, basketball court, shuffleboard courts, concessions. 347-1064. Sunset Park, Drake Road, Weston Avenue or Rush Street, Kendallville, basketball courts, softball diamonds, soccer fields, playground, picnic pavilion, shuffleboard. 347-1064.


KIMMELL COMMUNITY PARK, Kimmell. Baseball diamonds and recreation space. Just west of U.S. 33 at the south end of the overpass.


KENNEY PARK, West Union Street, Ligonier. 894-7344. LIGONIER SPORTS AND RECREATION CENTER, 520 Union St., Ligonier, gym, fitness rooms, public meeting room, kitchen facilities, youth and adult programs. 894-7344. Pettit Park, S.R. 5, Ligonier.


GRANT PARK, Grant Street, Rome City. KELLY PARK, Kelly Street, Rome City. LAKESIDE PARK, Park Drive, Rome City.

NOBLE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY-WEST Janet Harper, manager 120 N. Jefferson St. Cromwell 856-2119; fax same KENDALLVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Katie Mullins, interim director 221 S. Park Ave., at Bixler Lake Park Kendallville 343-2010; Fax: 343-2011 LIMBERLOST PUBLIC LIBRARY Bridgett Coe, branch manager 164 Kelly St. P.O. Box 447 Rome City 854-2775; Fax: 854-3382 LIGONIER PUBLIC LIBRARY Jerry Nesbitt, director Temporary location, Lincolnway South. Permanent location: 300 S. Main St. Ligonier 894-4511; Fax: 894-4509 Email:

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PARKS SYCAMORE PARK, west side of S.R. 9, Rome City.


MERRY LEA ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER, 2388 S. C.R. 500W, Wolf Lake, environmental learning center of Goshen College, 1,150 acres, fields, forests, bogs and meadows, hiking, birdwatching, plant studies, cross country skiing, ice skating, group visits, class visits, programs. 799-5869.

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Jasmine Freeman, 10, right, reads a portion of a third-grade reading book as Dylen Fox, 9, looks on during a summer day camp at the Wayne Center one-room school near Kendallville.

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Central Noble Community School Corp. encompasses four townships in central Noble County — Albion, Jefferson, York and Noble. Central Noble operates four schools within the district. Central Noble High School, Central Noble Middle School and Albion Elementary School are in Albion. Wolf Lake Elementary School is in Wolf Lake. The combined enrollment in the four schools for the 2012-2013 school year was 1,266 students. The school corporation has 93 certified staff members and 99.25 classified employee equvalents. Board of education members are Rodney Stayner, Connie Sprague, John McGill, Chris Brazel and John Fitzpatrick. ADMINISTRATION Dr. Chris Daughtry, superintendent; 200 E. Main St., Albion. 636-2175. Fax: 636-7918. Stan Jacob, business manager; 200 E. Main St., Albion. 636-2175. Fax: 636-7918. Jacob is retiring Jan. 31. CENTRAL NOBLE HIGH SCHOOL: Geoff Brose, principal; 302 Cougar Court, Albion. 636-2117. Fax: 636-2791. CENTRAL NOBLE MIDDLE SCHOOL: Geoff Brose, principal; 401 E. Highland St., Albion. 636-2279. Fax: 636-2461. ALBION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Shannon Gleeson, principal; 202 Cougar Court, Albion.



636-7538. Fax: 636-7740. WOLF LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Troy Gaff, principal; 1283 S. Main St., P.O. Box 67, Wolf Lake. 635-2432. Fax: 635-2372. The corporation’s Web site and links to its individual schools are at centralnoble.k12.


Wayne, Orange, Allen and Swan townships in Noble County make up the East Noble school district. Enrollment in the corporation’s schools was 3,761 for the 2012-2013 school year, and 248 certified staff members and 248 nonteaching (classified) staff are employed by the corporation. Board of education members are Dan Beall, president; Barb Babcock, vice president; Steve Pyle, secretary; Dr. David Holliday, Dexter Lutter, Carol Schellenberg and John Wicker. ADMINISTRATION Ann Linson, superintendent; 126 W. Rush St., Kendallville, 347-2502. EAST NOBLE HIGH SCHOOL: Steve Peterson, principal; 901 S. Garden St., Kendallville, 347-2032. EAST NOBLE MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 7-8): Andy Deming, principal; 401 E. Diamond St., Kendallville 347-0100. SOUTH SIDE ELEMENTARY (GRADES K-6): Alisa Smith, principal; 1350 S. Sherman St., Kendallville, 349-2200. NORTH SIDE ELEMENTARY (GRADES


K-6): Venita Lawyer, principal; 302 E. Harding St., Kendallville, 347-1354. AVILLA SCHOOL (GRADES K-6): Dave Pine, principal; 200 W. Washington St., Avilla, 897-2301. ROME CITY SCHOOL (GRADES K-6): Heather Greene, principal; Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 218, Rome City, 854-3241. WAYNE CENTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES K-6): Karen Gandy, principal; 1231 E. Appleman Road, Kendallville, 347-2548. THE EAST NOBLE ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CENTER: Craig Sloan, principal; 702 Dowling St., Kendallville, 349-0814. School board meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The location varies between corporation buildings. East Noble School Corp’s website is


West Noble School Corp. officials see a steady trend in the student population. The census for the current school year is 2,500, less than a 1 percent increase from last year. West Noble School Corp. was formed in 1960 through the merger of several local school systems. It encompasses the townships of Elkhart, Perry, Sparta and Washington in Noble County. West Noble operates four buildings: a primary school in Ligonier, and elementary, middle and high schools at a central site




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SCHOOLS three miles south of Ligonier on U.S. 33. The telephone number for the entire school system is 894-3191. The school system has a website: Board of education members are Mary Wysong, Travis Stohlman, Christine Mershman, Jeana Leamon, Jim Hosford, Dave Peterson and Todd Moore. Leamon is the board president, elected by the entire board for a one-year term that expires in Janurary of 2015. ADMINISTRATION Dr. Dennis VanDuyne, superintendent; 5050 N. U.S. 33, Ligonier. 894-3191 Barbara Fought, treasurer. Candice Holbrook, director of curriculum. WEST NOBLE PRIMARY: Brian Shepherd, principal; 320 W. Union St., Ligonier WEST NOBLE ELEMENTARY: Mark Yoder, principal; 5294 N. U.S. 33, Ligonier WEST NOBLE MIDDLE SCHOOL: Melanie Tijerina, principal; 5194 N. U.S. 33, Ligonier WEST NOBLE HIGH SCHOOL: Greg Baker, principal, 5094 N. U.S. 33, Ligonier


Smith-Green School Corp. serves Smith Township in Whitley County and Green Township in Noble County. Smith-Green operates two schools: Churubusco Elementary School and Churubusco Junior-Senior High School. Combined enrollment in the two schools for 2012-13 was 1,150.5 students.

The school corporation has 79 certified staff members, 68 support staff employees and seven administrative staff members. Board of school trustees members are Nick Uecker, Cathy L. Petrie, Tanya C. Young, Dean Geiger and Luke Gross. ADMINISTRATION Galen Mast, superintendent; 222 W. Tulley St., Churubusco. 693-2007. Fax: 693-6434. CHURUBUSCO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Scott Fudge, principal; 3 Eagle Drive, Churubusco. 693-2188. CHURUBUSCO JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL: Jim Folland, principal; 1 Eagle Drive, Churubusco. 693-2131. website:

OAK FARM MONTESSORI SCHOOL (Infants-Grade 8) 502 Lemper Road, Avilla Megan O’Sullivan, head of school 897-4270 Web site: CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL LTR (kindergarten) through Grade 12 4304 S. Oak St. Albion, IN 46701 Pastor George Cecil - Principal 693-3746 Fax: 693-6574 email:

PAROCHIAL/PRIVATE SCHOOLS ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Preschool-Grade 8) Tim Walz, principal 301 S. Oak St., Kendallville 347-2444 Fax: 349-2854 Web:

ST. MARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Preschool-Grade 8) Jeffrey Kieffer, principal 232 N. Main St., Avilla 897-3481 Fax: 897-3706 Email:

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