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l surrender d to anonymously their baby. SHBB’s mission is to prevent illegal abandonment of newborns by raising awareness and offers a 24hour hotline for mothers in crisis. Rochester’s Baby Box is one of 92 across several states, with most of those being in the Hoosier State. Kelsey said she had a personal calling to do this, as she herself was abandoned as a child. The procedure from the outside of the box is simple. Under Indiana’s Safe Haven Law, a child can be legally surrendered without question within 30 days of its birth. As it has always been since the law’s passage in 2000, infants can be surren-

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give up their legal rights to the infant. Once the door to the baby box is closed, it automatically locks and can not be reopened from the outside. Once it is opened and closed, numerous things occur and people put Continued on page 2

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Furniture craftsman and antique restorer retires %\ 75$&(< 58&.0$1 )HDWXUH :ULWHU “I think I’ve painted in every other house in Rochester,” stated local resident Lavon Crissinger. Crissinger, 87 years young, is finally retiring from a life of painting, furniture building and antique restoration. Crissinger’s Paint Store, owned by Lavon’s father, opened its doors in 1957 in downtown Rochester. In 1969, Lavon took the reins of the family business. “The bulk of the business was contract painting,” Crissinger said. Through the years Crissinger has done residential and com-

mercial painting — including equipment for area farmers, and miles of pipes for water treatment plants all over the Midwest. “It wasn’t long after we acquired the paint store that the big box stores came in. Contracting kept us going,” he noted. “Dad owned one building when I bought him out and we purchased the two buildings next door. We always liked antiques. So almost immediately we incorporated them into the business as well. That turned into repairing antiques which lead to building furniture. I’d taken so many antiques apart I could build a piece just like it.”

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You West Ninth is taking this opportunity to announce to all our valued customers, new friends and many, many acquaintances that we are going in a new direction in life. We will remain open through the end of April 2022. We will continue to offer all our quality products at gradual monthly discounts. We are making our West Ninth location our new home. Yes, we will remain here, but it will be our physical residence. We have come to a point where we love being here and have decided to call it home. Keep an eye out on Facebook as we will post what is upcoming as far as sales. Again, we had a great experience and appreciate so much support. Beth & Dan Betcher, West Ninth Boutique Winter Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10-6 Saturday 10-3

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Crissinger has seen and restored many unusual antiques during his time as a restoration specialist. “I’ve always enjoyed restoring antique furniture and knowing it’ll last another 100 years,” he said. “Most of it has been family pieces, that the younger families have taken over. Restoring those pieces for the next generation to use in their home has been a privilege.” In addition to the paint store, and antique business, they added a year-round Christmas shop. “We sold trees and ornaments, and later opened an antique mall in Pierceton,” Crissinger said. Two of his daughters helped create and paint many of the ornaments that were sold. They also did custom wood framing. His wife Betty cut the mattes for the frames. In 2004 he sold the businesses, but building furniture and Continued on page 3

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Rochester box could include firefighters/EMTs who are already in the building. Kelsey said the average response time is two to three minutes. After the baby is removed from

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the baby box, which can only be done from inside the fire station, it is immediately taken to the closest hospital for evaluation and determination of age. Once the baby is deemed to be younger than 30 days and healthy, it is given to the Indiana Department of Child Services and placed into foster care for 30 days. During that period, the parents of the child have the right to “change their minds” and petition the court for its return. Kelsey said the process to reclaim the child is possible but not easy and, among other things, requires a DNA test to ensure parentage. Within 30-45 days of the child being taken into custody of DCS, the child is placed into what will eventually become its forever family. Although the child is still considered to be in foster care, the family to whom it is given will begin the adoption process to ensure the child is theirs forever. Kelsey noted in the past, first responders were not given any training on what to do if a baby was surrendered to them in person. That has changed, however, and those who might respond to a baby box call have extensive training on what to do if the situation arises. Firefighters and EMTs in Rochester went through the training prior to its dedication to become fully trained on the necessary procedures. To learn more about Safe Haven Baby Boxes or for information on the other resources they offer to expectant mothers, visit www. shbb.org. You can also email shbb@ SafeHavenBabyBoxes.com or call (888) 742-2133.

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New questions Metal bed frame — I am looking for a queen and a twin-size Instamatic metal bed frame. The Instamatic company is no longer in business and I have been unable to find one at any local thrift or used furniture store. These frames were light blue in color, were not adjustable and had no nuts, bolts, clamps or moving parts. The end, side and middle (if queen) rails simply slid into each other. You can contact me at tmdf49@gmail.com or (574) 675-1014.

Old bicycles/parts — Retired Goshen resident looks for old bicycles and parts. Will pickup any you no longer want or just want gone. Can be reached at (574) 238-6160. If no answer, leave message. I will call back. Furnace fuel oil — Is there anyone interested in furnace fuel oil? Call (574) 377-0131. DVD recorder/player — I am looking for a DVD recorder/player or DVD/VCR recorder/player that works. Call (574) 653-2311 Sunday-Friday. Twin bed — We are looking for a good but used twin bed without the mattress. Please call (574) 377-3597, leave message and phone number. Custom Cabinet — I’m looking for a carpenter or welder who can build a custom wood or metal cabinet for the Middlebury Public Library. We are building a “book bike:” a tricycle with a box on the back that has shelves for books. If you know of someone who might be able to build something like that, please reply through this column or call the library at (574) 825-5601 and ask for Sarah. Automotive 8-Track Player — Looking for an 8-track player for an automobile in good working condition. Willing to pay cash. Please Call (574) 529-4171

Let’s study the Bible Christ proves he is the Son of God (Read John Chapter 1) “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of %\ 5(9 521 the Father,) 385.(< full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) The theme of John’s Gospel is Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:30-31), and in this first chapter he proves his claim. In the beginning the word already existed.

The word was with God, and the word was God. As you read this wonderful chapter, you cannot help but see Christ is God’s Son because of the works he performs, the names and titles he bears, and the witnesses who knew him personally and declare who he is. Christ created the world (John 1:1-4). He was in the beginning with God and was the divine agent through whom the world was created. Christ gives mankind salvation (John 1:9-13). He came to his own world, and his own people received him not. Salvation is a free gift the sinner receives when he trusts Christ. “Believing” and “receiving” are the same thing. A new birth then takes place — not from human blood, or by the flesh, or by the will of men, but from God.

Furniture craftsman Continued from page 2 antique restoration continued to be a full-time love. A workshop was added to the Crissinger’s home and that’s where most of the building took place. Crissinger learned to create furniture from his dad and through his own tinkering. “The more I worked with it, the more knowledge I got on how pieces were put together,” he recollected. “We never got the car in the garage until this year. It was always used for furniture we were restoring — we sold lots of furniture. I would take a van load of furniture to be stripped and when I got it back, I’d have another van full to take.” Much of the wood Crissinger used was supplied by fallen trees. With the help of sawmill owner Dan Peters, Crissinger was able to work with some

unusual lumber. He incorporated willow, sassafras and box elder, which has bright red streaks throughout. Many of his furniture pieces included the limbs of the trees, too. Several local residents own a piece of furniture crafted or restored by Crissinger. His expertise and love of furniture making are reflected throughout his own home. Whether it’s a family heirloom or an original piece of furniture, Crissinger’s skill is impeccable. And even though they can park the car in the garage now, Crissinger will miss the days of woodworking and creating fresh pieces of custom furniture. “I am so thankful to all of our friends and customers,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure, and we consider it a blessing to have served you all these years.”

Christ reveals God (John 1:1518). Christ reveals God’s grace and God’s truth. Moses gave the law that reveals sin and condemns; Christ reveals the truth that redeems. The law prepared the way for him. Christ baptizes with the Spirit (John 1:33). We see the Trinity in this chapter: the Father (John 1:14, 18); the Son (John 1:14, 18); and the Spirit (John 1:32-34). The descent of the Spirit identified Christ to John the Baptist; and we cannot truly see Christ today unless the Spirit opens our eyes. Christ has intimate knowledge of people (John 1:42, 47-48). He knew Peter and Nathanael better than they knew themselves (see John 2:23-25). Only God can see the hearts of people. Christ forgives sin (John 1:29). Nobody on earth can take away a person’s sin. Christ opens the way to heaven (John 1:50-51) and is the way to heaven. Like Jacob in Genesis 28:1017, sinners are away from home and in the night of sin. But Jesus Christ reveals the glory of heaven and opens it for us to enter in. Jesus Christ is God’s “staircase to glory.” Never question God’s great love, for it is as unchangeable a part of God as is his holiness. Were it not for the love of God, none of us would ever have a chance in the future life. But God is love. And his love for us is everlasting. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Read Ron Purkey’s Bible study outlines at www.rtcol.com/purkey free on the website. Purkey has been an ordained Baptist minister for 50 years.

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John W. Dudgeon, 79, Rochester, died at 6:33 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. On May 12, 1942, John Wayne was born to John M. and Ruth Esther Largen Hinkle. He grew up in Richland Township and was raised by his mother and Dewey Dudgeon. With great -2+1 : pride John graduated with the class of 1961 '8'*(21 from Richland Center High School. He played basketball for the Wildcats. Later, John continued his education studying communications at Purdue University. John and Miss Arlene Ranstead married and their union produced two daughters, Lisa and Jacqueline. Later John and Sue Stallard married and they raised a son, Michael. The family tree has continued to grow with added blessings of seven grandchildren. With diverse interests, John initiated his professional career as an agent for Prudential Insurance Company. He transitioned to Sealed Power for many years, then he was a foreman at LobdellEmery where he retired after several years of service. He was a past president of the UAW. The Purdue Boilermakers were his favorite team. John also followed the Chicago Cubs and the Indianapolis Colts. To relax he enjoyed listening to classic rock especially the Rolling Stones of which he collected every album, the Eagles and Pink Floyd. As a lifelong resident of Fulton County, John enjoyed cutting wood and preparing bonfires to share with family and friends. Being outdoors was the best place to be. With great passion, John was an advocate for all animals. Left to cherish John’s memory are two daughters, Lisa K. Wynn, Jackie Murray and husband Joe all of Rochester; son Mike Dudgeon and wife Mollie of Fairfax, Calif.; seven grandchildren, CJ Wynn, Zach Wynn, Mike Harris, Christina Mast, Isla Dudgeon, Oliver Dudgeon, Milo Dudgeon; two custom blended canine companions, Smiles and Jack. Preceding John in death were his parents and his treasured feline companion, Jack. A gathering to celebrate the life of John W. Dudgeon will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www. goodfamilyfh.com.

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Thank You The family of Stephen “Mike” Saner would like to thank Lutheran EMS, Henry Township Fire Department, Justin Gearhart, Woodlawn Hospital, Kindred Hospice and Doctor Kevin O’Brien and office staff for the many trips to the house, hospital and doctors office and for the excellence in home care. We would also like to thank everyone for the cards, food, gifts, flowers, prayers and love and everyone’s friendship at our time of loss. Thanks to Hartzler Funeral Home for all they did and their friendship too and for the service. Thank you to Kathy Nelson and Jim Saner for doing the service. I’m sorry if I left anyone out but we appreciated everyone for your love and prayers. Mary Saner Jeremy Hamilton Samantha Hamilton and Family Rachael Hamilton James Bloodworth

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Gary D. Gordon, 64, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at his residence. On April 26, 1957, Gary David was born in Rochester, then soon adopted by loving parents Lester William and Margaret Mary Maglecic Gordon. Gary grew up and attended the Rochester schools and graduated with his class in 1975. *$5< ' As a professional truck driver, Gary enjoyed *25'21 his road trips and the sights along the way. Most recently he drove for Universal Trucking on dedicated runs for General Motors from Fort Wayne to Detroit. He was a member of the Teamsters. Gary was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 852, serving as past president for four terms. He currently served the club as inside guard. Playing a game of euchre with friends was always a great time. Other memberships included: Masonic Lodge No. 79, Scottish Rite of South Bend, Mizpah Shrine of Fort Wayne and the Manitou VFW Post No. 1343. An avid collector of vinyl records, Gary was proud of his unique collection. He enjoyed dining out at the Eagles or Omega Friday nights for all you can eat walleye. An avid reader, he was a frequent visitor to the library. Gary looked forward to the annual summer Gordon reunion where he met with his family. Left to cherish Gary’s memory are an Aunt Mary Lou Gordon; cousins, Russell Gordon, Tom Gordon, Jeff Gordon, Bill Gordon, Pat Perry, Robert Warner, David Warner and Dale Cranmer, his girlfriend Carolyn Carlson. Preceding Gary in death are his parents, aunts, Josephine Warner, Pauleen Cranmer, Ida Shaffer and Mable Umbaugh; uncles, Arthur Gordon, Carl Gordon and Howard Gordon. A graveside service for Mr. Gary D. Gordon will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, 620 W. Third St. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St. Rochester. A Masonic memorial service conducted by Lodge No. 79 will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to Gary’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Donald Lee Alexander

Donald Lee A l e x a n d e r, 88, died Jan. 5, 2022, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Winamac. He was born in 1933 to Fred and Ruth McMillen Alexander. He '21$/' /(( married Nancy $/(;$1'(5 Ellen Graves, she preceded him in death. He is survived by family members, Jeff, Pendleton; Amy, Georgia; Bruce and Tiffany, Corpus Christi, Texas; Randy and Lori, Frankfort, Ky.; brother, Bob and Neva Alexander, Winamac; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchil-

dren. Preceding him in death were his parents; a grandson; sister, Ann McMahon Lopatka, Chicago, Ill.; brother, Dale Alexander, Chicago, Ill. A private family gathering will follow at a later date. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport.

Patricia A. Helton

Patricia A. Helton, 65, Bourbon, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital. She was born Sept. 11, 1956, to Darwin and Mattie (Troyer) Williams. She married Har-

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old Helton Aug. 11, 1979. He preceded her in death April 18, 2007. Survivors include her daughter, Racheal Helton; companion, Allen Gallinger, Bourbon; son, Lon C. Helton, Bourbon; five grandchildren; sisters, Sally Spicer, Plymouth; Julia and Harvey Sliter, Plymouth; Bonnie and Bill Sauer, Kewanna; Dorothy Williams, Knox; Lil Haddix, Knox; brothers, Steve and Cheryl Williams of Atlanta, Ga.; Dallas Williams, Bremen. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Harold; and 13 siblings. Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 5, in The Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Road, Argos. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon. Arrangements were entrusted to Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home.

Vickie L. Rottmiller

Vickie L. Rottmiller, 68, Rochester, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. She was born April 19, 1953, to Dale 9,&.,( / and Marceline 52770,//(5 Workman. She married Galen Rottmiller Dec. 18, 1976, he survives. Also surviving are her daughters; Tracy and Mark Wright, Walkerton; Sheri Rottmiller, McRea, Ariz.; her son, Michael and Heather Rottmiller, Plymouth; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Cheryl and Joe Lace, Rincon, Ga.; brothers, Doug and Mary Workman, Bourbon; Luke and Edie Workman, Bremen. She is preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services were held Jan. 11 at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, Bourbon. Burial took place at Stony Point Cemetery, Etna Green.

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Kennetta Kay Smith, 71, Argos, died 2:38 p.m. Jan. 6, 2022, at Vibra Hospital of Northwest Indiana, Crown Point. She was born March 14, 1950, to .(11(77$ .$< Kenneth D. 60,7+ and Betty J. Powell. She married Richard E. Smith Sept. 19, 1969. He preceded her in death. She is survived by her sons, Michael and Sherry Smith, Argos; Matthew and Stacy Smith, Argos; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Sue and Mike Trump, Argos. She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson and granddaughter. Friends may visit with family 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

Jeri Rae Stout

Jeri Rae Stout, 76, Warsaw, died 12:33 p.m. Jan. 3, 2022, at her residence. She was born Jan. 5, 1945, to Harold R. Grossman and Ruth M. Grossman. She is survived by her daughter, Heather and Tommy Thomas, Mentone; four grandchildren; former sonin-law, Jose Espinoza Jr., Mexico. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.


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OBITUARIES Lynn Nelson Retired From Nelson Well Drilling Lynn Nelson, 83, Rochester, passed away at 7:42 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. He was born Jan. 26, 1938, in Rochester, the son of Elton and Elizabeth (Swartz) Nelson. On June 13, 1959, in Milaca, Minn., he married Darlene M. Purdy and she survives. /<11 1(/621 Mr. Nelson established Nelson Well Drilling and Plumbing in 1970 in Rochester. Although retired, he was still active in the daily operations of the business with his family. He had been a member of St. John Lutheran Church and enjoyed reading, playing solitaire and plumbing. Survivors include his wife, Darlene M. Nelson, Rochester; children, Brian (Kerry) Nelson, Rochester, Kevin (Shannon) Nelson, Rochester, and Lisa (Mike) Allman, Rochester; seven grandchildren, Branden (Priscilla) Nelson, Brett Nelson, Travis (Lauren) Nelson, Mitchell Allman, Lindsay Yocum, Kara Nelson and Skylar (Amber) Yocum; eight great-grandchildren, Brooke Nelson, Alexsis Nelson, Addison Nelson, Vallorie Nelson, Blayke Nelson, Avery Nelson, Malachi Yocum and Penelope Yocum; sister, Marilyn (Mike) Moyer, Milaca, Minn.; sister-in-law, Joann Nelson, Baldwin, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tonya Lynn Nelson; brother, Dale Nelson; and sister, Ardith Morrison. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at St. John Lutheran Church, Rochester, with Pastor Curtis May officiating. Friends visited from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Burial was in the Athens Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

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COUNTY REPORT Court News Civil Court Complaints Fifth Third Bank v. Sarah Pitts, Akron, $8,418.02

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Superior Court The following petitions have been filed in Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gregory L. Heller presiding:

Civil Tort

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Judy Pritchett v. Raymond Spencer, Sara Freet, Paula Bruner.

Bank of America, N.A. v. Scott Tran, Rochester, $6,364.83; Mark Townsend, Rochester, $7,028.30; Mark Townsend, Rochester, $7,355.03.

Civil Plenary Gary Lee Kline, Phillip Kline, Julia Elizabeth v. Richard Dr. Wentzel,

Traffic Violations The following fines and levies were paid in Fulton County Courts: Operating with expired plates — Brian L. McSween, Chattanooga, Tenn., $160. Distracted driving — Colten G. Yoder, Bristol, $160.50. Speeding — Adam C. Kooy, Indianapolis, $150.50; Jahmon L. Spiller, Brownsburg, $192.50; Elizabeth M. Forner, Brownsburg, $160.50; Lai Gong, Oro Valley, Ariz., $160.50.

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“Let It Snow” is the theme of the winter reading program at the Fulton County Public Library. The dates for the program are now until Feb. 12. Anyone of all ages can participate. Write down what you read; books, magazine, newspaper, what you watch; DVD, YouTube video, and what you listen to; book on CD, digital books, or computer articles. Pick up snow globe papers at the library and record your

items. There is no limit to the number of entries. Place the snow globe entry in one of the prize buckets. Prizes include a Samsung Tablet, Blu-Ray Player, and $50 chamber bucks. A trivia contest is also available. Pick up a copy of trivia questions and drop your answers in the trivia buckets. Winners of $10 chamber bucks will be drawn every two weeks. The library is located at 320 W. 7th St., Rochester.

Ivy Tech reschedules ‘Tuesday @ the Tech’ Ivy Tech Community College has rescheduled a “Tuesday @ the Tech” event to Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way. Originally scheduled for Jan. 11, the event has been rescheduled out of respect for the late James A. Little, director of the Century Career Center in Logansport and a long-time partner of Ivy Tech in advancing education in the area, whose funeral is set for that evening. The “Tuesday @ the Tech” event, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18, is an opportunity for prospective students, and their families, to learn about higher education opportunities in Ivy Tech’s Cass County location. It will include tours of the facil-

ity and a chance to meet faculty members. Participants will learn about spring semester classes with Jan. 19 and March 23 starts in formats including online, virtual and face-to-face and about “stackable” credentials that allow students to move through certificate programs, technical certificates and associate degrees, depending on their interest. Also on the agenda is a review of the many sources of funding to help cover tuition and the free textbooks available during the spring semester. For more information about how to register, go to www.ivytech.edu/kokomo or email Kokomo-enrollment@ivytech.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.

Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester announced Patricia Nicholson, family nurse practitioner, has retired from her position. In a letter to her patients, Nicholson wrote: “After 25 years of practicing family medicine, I have decided to retire as of Dec. 17, 2021. “Woodlawn Hospital is in the process of recruiting another nurse practitioner for this practice. In the meantime. Dr. Binfet has agreed to cover my patients’ needs. I have agreed to assist with patient messages and refills but will no longer be seeing patients. “Woodlawn Clinics have several family medicine providers that would be happy to see new patients. If you decide to establish care with a Woodlawn Hospital provider, there is no need to transfer records. If you transfer to an office not affiliated with Woodlawn, then you will need to complete a record release form to have your records transferred. “I have very much enjoyed being part of your health care team and I wish you the very best health in the future.” Woodlawn Hospital noted it has not yet replaced Nicholson. Additionally, they provided a link to look at the other providers in the network, www.woodlawnhospital.com/ staff/?sub=Providers. Patients do not need to do anything with their medical history if they remain within the Woodlawn Medical Professionals system. Otherwise, they will need to provide a medical release form for records to be transferred.

Covid vaccine site offers appointments COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Everett Smith Building, 1009 W. 3rd St., Rochester. Enter in the vaccine site entrance gate. Walk-ins welcome. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Friday; closed noon-1 p.m. for lunch. Anyone age 5 and older may now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Booster doses are recommended for anyone 12 or older who received the second Pfizer doses at least five months ago, and anyone 18 and older who received the Moderna doses at least six months ago or who got the single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine two or more months ago. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix-andmatch dosing for booster shots. For more information or to schedule an appointment visit www.coronavirus.in.gov or call 211.


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Indiana proclaims Jan. 22 Local Quilt Shop Day In recognition of the importance of independent quilt shops to local economies, Saturday, Jan. 22, is proclaimed to be Local Quilt Shop Day throughout Indiana. Local Quilt Shop Day is an annual arts celebration focusing on the rich tradition and history of quilting in communities. This internationally celebrated holiday emphasizes the importance of Local Quilt Shops and their significant contributions and economic impact on local communities. Local quilt shops not only provide supplies for quilting, but also serve as a center of

learning and creativity for quilters and sewers embracing quilting. Through this unique art form, communities and history are stitched, layered and bound together. Celebrated Jan. 22 this year, Local Quilt Shop Day was established by the Fabric Shop Network, a trade association that represents more than 5,000 local quilt shop owners globally. To participate is easy - the Fabric Shop Network encourages the public to visit their local quilt shops in person or online Saturday, Jan. 22. Check with your local quilt

shop for hours and days open as they may be impacted by local/state health guidelines.

Local students named to dean’s list The following local students have been named to the dean’s list of their respective colleges/ universities: DePauw University Rochester — Olivia Jennings University Of Evansville Rochester — Tiva Frushour, Chloe Prince

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Job search workshop via Zoom 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. This is a free workshop provided by WorkOne. Please register at IndianaCareerConnect.com or by calling the Rochester WorkOne office at (574) 223-8542. —o— Fulton County Public Library Facebook Storytime 3 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. Join the fun on the library’s Facebook page every Thursday for virtual story time with Morgan. —o— Family bingo 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Kewanna Union Township Public Library. Library is located at 210 E. Main St. —o— Fulton County Commissioners meeting will be held 6-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at the Fulton County Office Building, 125 E. 9th St., Rochester. —o— Fulton County Board of Health will meet in regular session at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the large conference room at the Fulton County Office Building, 125 E. 9th St., Rochester. —o— Homeschoolers at the Library

program is back at the Kewanna Union Township Public Library. Join them 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, as they will be learning about Arctic adventures. For more information about the program, contact the library at (574) 6532011. —o— A fun new painting experience is coming to Schnabeltier Jan. 23. Susie with Cr8-UR-Canvas will guide you through a step by step winter scene painting on an 18” wooden sled. Customize it with an additional snowman and snowflakes. Cost is $55/person and includes all supplies, one drink of choice, cheese, instruction and a lot of fun. Register early, seating is limited. All transactions are final and non-refundable. Must sign up by Jan. 21. Register at: schnabeltier-cheesery-and-winery.square.site/events. —o— The Native Nook is featuring Sam Swanson, bartender and artist, from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. This event, bARTending with Sam, is sponsored by The Times Theater Art Committee of Rochester. The 21+ event requires a $10 ticket to order an alcoholic

Akron Library at TVHS game Akron Carnegie Public Library would like to “pass” on an opportunity for you to visit them at Tippecanoe Valley High School’s home boys basketball game Friday, Jan. 28. Show them your library card from any library to be entered

into a drawing for a stadium chair. They will announce the winner at the end of the third quarter. Visit the ACPL photo booth and post your picture to the library’s Facebook page, and while you’re there, see if you can “Splat the Rat” for a prize.

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beverage. IDs will be checked at the counter before ordering. Bartender is licensed. Tickets are first come first serve online with limited availability at the door on the day of the event. Nonalcoholic beverages are also provided. You do not need a ticket to attend the event only to purchase an alcoholic beverage. Purchase a ticket at www.digitalwolfnetwork.com/event-details/ bartending-with-sam-swanson. —o— Save the date and purchase your tickets. The annual Psi Iota Xi father/daughter dance is back, and at a new location this year. They have expanded the age group to age 3 through seventh grade for this year. Tickets are available for $15 each through a Psi Ote sister, The Sentinel office from 9 to noon, Monday-Friday; and 1-4 p.m. or come to the Starbucks by Pilot 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, to purchase tickets. —o— Rochester Reckless Cheerleading is accepting new registration for the spring season. Classes are once a week for $9. There is a $10 registration fee. Classes are for boys and girls ages 4-18. No experience necessary, everyone makes a team. First class begins Monday, Jan. 24. To register go to erp.championforce.com/onlineregistration.

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Second trip is to Cape Cod, Massachusetts May 22-28, 2022 The trip cost is $950/person (based on double occupancy) and includes all lodging & transportation, 9 meals, tours of Provincetown, Boston, Quincy Market, Historic Sandwich, Plymouth/Plymouth Rock, Hyannis Harbor Cruise with a view of the Kennedy Compound, and a souvenir gift. A $100 deposit is due at time of sign-up.

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do with their fingernails. If the hooves are too long or unkept it will injure the animal which could result in them being unable to live properly. “No hoof, no horse; if you have a good hoof, you have a good horse,” stated Fonseca. Since beginning her career in Rochester, she has taken on a rescue case which the pony had hooves so long they were curling under. Fonseca stated this was one of her most interesting cases she has had so far. When talking about the hooves lengths, she explained “with enough maintenance and trimmings the hooves will eventually grow back to a normal healthy length.” Most horses run a six to eight week regiment for trimmings depending on the animal. Regular maintenance is on a short list of suggestions Fonseca has for horse owners, as the hooves continue to grow like our own fingernails. She continued to explain owners need to maintain their horse’s feet on a regular schedule, as it’s best for the health of the hoof and horse. Fonseca is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and willing to travel, however a travel fee will be applied if farther than 25 miles out of Rochester. She reassures her clients if needed she can be available after hours if they are unable to schedule within that

time frame. Her main focus is on horses at this time. Although she is currently not doing horseshoes, she is looking forward to expand into that in the near future. If interested in or have questions regarding Fonseca Farrier Service, please call (574) 242-1632 or email chessfonseca574@gmail.com.

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Trine SME chapter receives top award For the second year in a row, Trine University’s student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers has received a first-place award in the student recruitment category from the national organization. The honor, given on the basis of overall percentage increase in chapter size, includes a $500 award toward supporting club activities. The chapter’s student leadership team includes Michael Deaves of Washington, chair; Jose Emenhiser of Albion, secretary; Riley McGuire of Macy, treasurer; and Conner Johnson of Goshen, chapter officer. All are design engineering technology majors. “Winning the student recruitment award shows how fortunate Trine’s SME chapter is to have the officers and students we currently have. They are a great group,” said Jarred Finnerman, faculty advisor and assistant professor of design engineering technology at Trine. “The winnings will allow the chapter to continue to go on different trips and develop further.” “This is a great accomplishment and I want to say thank you to Professor Finnerman for becoming the advisor of this engineering group and immediately guiding the

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Christian school start-up meeting Anyone interested in coming together to discuss starting a Christian school in the Fulton/ Wabash counties area is invited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Akron Community Center, 815 Rural St. Their vision is to provide students with rigorous academics and a Christ-centered education rooted in a biblical world view. At the meeting they will gauge the interest of local families, discuss start-up team opportunities and discuss a timeline and next steps. They are excited to meet with interested families and volunteers and are looking forward to this journey toward a local Christian school. The point of contact for any questions is Lauren Bennett at l.bennett.m@gmail.com.