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Police Blotter • Three booked into Noble County Jail ALBION — Three people were booked into the Noble County Jail Wednesday and Thursday, the county sheriff’s department said. • Maria I. Guillen, 47, of Ligonier was booked on a failure to appear warrant. • Leslie Hardwick, 66, of North Webster was charged with false reporting and misuse of 911. • Roger Mack Miniard, 28, of South Emmalena, Ky., was booked on a warrant for possession of marijuana, hash oil or hashish.

Pickup stolen from Albion recovered in Allen County FORT WAYNE — A

pickup reported stolen from the 400 block of North Oakwood Drive, Albion, was recovered in Allen County Thursday a6 6:10 a.m., the Noble County Sheriff’s Department said. The pickup was recovered with a dented bed and scratches, and with the keys still inside. It was towed to a facility in Fort Wayne.

Packages stolen from porch WAWAKA — Someone is stealing packages from a porch in Wawaka, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department said. Neighbors reported seeing lights triggered by motion sensors come on at the property. The theft was reported Wednesday at 6:29 p.m.

Government Calendar • Today, Dec. 2 Noble County Board of Commissioners meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Room of the Noble County Courthouse. Noble County Council meets at 1 p.m. in the Commissioners Room of the Noble County Courthouse. Kendallville Plan Commission meets at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

Tuesday, Dec. 3 Noble County Community Corrections Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. at Noble County Court Services, 104 W. Main St., Albion. Kendallville City Council meets at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 Noble County Redevelopment Commission meets at 8 a.m. in the law offices of Steven Hagen in the 100 block of East Main Street, Albion. Albion Plan Commission meets at 6 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room of the Albion Municipal Building. Noble County Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 7 p.m. in the Dekko Room of the Noble County Office Comple-South.

Birds brighten a gloomy day Another dreary, gray-sky day, I thought as I sat at my desk one morning a few days before Thanksgiving trying to compose another article for the newspaper. But no words came, nor even a subject. I shifted my gaze from the computer screen before me to the bird feeder outside the window behind my computer. Four blue jays and a cardinal were on the feeder OUTDOOR tray. NOTES Shifting my gaze further, Neil Case looking in the trees of my yard, I spotted two black-capped chickadees, two tufted titmice, several goldfinches in winter drab plumage and one white-breasted nuthatch. All common feeder birds, birds that come to my feeder every day that the weather isn’t too windy this time of year, and some of them every day that the weather isn’t too windy or wet throughout the year. The blue jays flew, and the chickadees, titmice, goldfinches and nuthatch began flying from the trees to the feeder and back to the trees. Three house sparrows and a house finch landed on the edge of the feeder tray. More common birds. None that I felt like writing about. Then I saw a bird on the ground near the road at the edge of my lawn. A robin.



I focused my binoculars on the robin, though it was close enough, I didn’t need binoculars to identify it, and a second robin hopped from behind my lilac bush and into my view. I thought robins had gone south by now though a friend told me he had seen a flock of them a few days before. Moving the view through my binoculars to the lilac, I found two more robins, then in the tall cedar tree standing beside the lilac three more. With a flurry of wings a small flock of mourning doves descended, three landing on the bird feeder, four on the ground below. Also on the ground below the feeder were several dark-eyed juncos and a flock of goldfinches, to use the prescribed designation from old English, a charm of finches. A red-bellied woodpecker and a downy woodpecker visited the feeder. There, outside my window, I had a collection of common, year-round feeder birds, blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, titmice, goldfinches, nuthatch, red-bellied and downy woodpecker. I had a species of bird, the robin, that comes to us in spring, stays with us through the summer and into the fall, then goes south for the winter. I had a species of bird, the junco, that comes to us from farther north when the days get short and the weather turns cold. And it stays with us only in the winter. I had mourning doves which are sometimes with us in winter


A pileated woodpecker is a bird of all seasons, a non-migrant, with a range over most of the eastern half of the U.S. and other parts of North America.

and sometimes not. I had started listing the species of birds I had seen and I realized as I did that I had forgotten the weather, the dullness of the sky. Then I realized if I listed all those birds and told a little about each I had an article. But I needed a highlight for the article, and as I was compiling my list one appeared. A flicker landed on the ground near the base of the cedar tree. This is another bird of fair weather to us and to other residents of the northern half of the U.S., perhaps even more than a robin. But the flicker wasn’t my

Santa plans Ligonier visit

LIGONIER — The Ligonier Fire Department and the city’s Chamber of Commerce will present “Breakfast with Santa� at the fire station on Saturday in Ligonier. Serving hours for breakfast of pancakes and ties, veteran services and community resource informa- sausage will be 7-11 a.m. Santa will be on hand from tion. Among the companies and 9-11 a.m., and all area institutions that plan to attend children are invited to visit and receive a gift bag from the fair are Group Dekko, HTI Manufacturing Solutions, the chamber. Donations will be Kraft Foods Group, Parker accepted for breakfast with Hannifin, Guardian Industries, Trine University and Ivy Tech all funds going to to the fire department’s adopted Community College-Northfamilies for the holidays. east. Also, the Ligonier Chamber of Commerce is having its annual home-lighting contest for

Veterans career fair set for Wednesday KENDALLVILLE — Kendallville VFW Post 2749 and WorkOne Northeast will host a Veteran Community Career Fair on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the post, 127 Veterans Way. Northeast Indiana Works said veterans will be able to connect with Noble County employers and learn about educational opportuni-


the holiday season. All residents in the 46767 Zip code are invited to enter. Judging will be done on Dec. 6, so register by the end of Dec. 5. Register by calling the chamber office at SSIR at 894-9909, or by sending an email to chamber@ligtel. com. In adddition, the West Noble High School student council will be taking donations for the Noble County Miracle Tree on Saturday during the West Noble boys basketball game against. Wawasee. Student Council members will be taking both new, unwrapped toys as well monetary donations to go toward purchasing new

highlight. As I was watching it, another woodpecker landed on trunk near the base of the cedar, a bigger woodpecker, a pileated woodpecker. This is a bird of all seasons, a non-migrant, with a range over most of the eastern half of the U.S., southern Canada and the Pacific Northwest. But it is a woodland bird, and it’s uncommon or rare over all but the southern part of its range. Robins, juncos, flicker, pileated woodpecker, what did I care if the sky was gray? NEIL CASE can be reached at


toys to be donated to Noble County Miracle Tree. In Cromwell, the second annual craft and antique show, “Christmas in the Village� will be held on the second floor of the Cromwell library on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15. More than a dozen vendors will also be at the Cromwell Community Center on Baker Street. The show features crafts of local artisans, antiques, hand-made items and good things to eat. Dec. 14 hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while Dec. 15 hours are noon to 3 p.m. Children can visit Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cromwell library on Saturday, Dec. 14.

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