Monday, November 29, 2010

Primitives Show, Shop Hop This Saturday

By TRSmith
PIERCETON – “Primitive art is doing hand made crafts with the look and feel of the early 1800’s” said Sally Reuter, organizer of Saturday’s Heritage Gathering Primitives Show and owner of Country Heritage Primitives 1860. “They’re made to decorate, for feeling simplicity and comfort in the home.”
The show starts at 9 a.m. in the Pierceton Elementary school. The 27 crafters, from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and South Carolina, have been juried to offer the finest handmades and antiques.
Especially at Christmas time primitive art has a lot of natural greenery, grapevines and pineapple motifs often painted with “attic” paint, a dry paint that looks like it was applied 100 years ago.
“There will be a lot of old fashioned dolls, homespun fabric, samplers, candles, punched tinware and Early American lighting,” Reuter said. “It used to be that antiques and handmades did not look well together, now  we’ve learned how to make things look old, although we don’t sell them as antiques.”
“I have a motto,” Reuter said. “‘Primitives – for them it was necessity, for us it is our heritage.’”
Reuter, who lives in South Whitley, has owned the shop in Pierceton for six years. Before that she traveled to primitive shows for 15 years showing her wares.
The Pierceton Chamber of Commerce and Kosciusko County Visitors Bureau are co-sponsoring the show and Holiday Shop Hop.
The shop hop begins at 10 a.m. Participating stores are Sydow;s Antiques, Village Antique Gallery, Blue Pearl, Purrfectly Unique Design Studio and Boutique, Blue Lion Coffeehouse, Weckmuller Fine Chocolates, Lakeland Art Gallery, Clothing Carousel, Pierceton Art Gallery & Ceramic Studio and Country Heritage Primitives 1860.
Shoppers pick up passports at one of the named stores and have them stamped as they shop and brows the wonderful treasures Pierceton has to offer.
Once the passport is completely marked it is placed in a drawing with a chance to win a $200 grand prize.
The very popular horse-drawn sleigh rides are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., available for a freewill donation or canned goods for the local food bank.  The driver will start at Pierceton Elementary School and give you a wonderful view of our town in a horse drawn sleigh. Dress warm.
The participating shops are open  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so join in the fun and begin or finish up your holiday shopping! Go ahead and Shop Hop till you drop!  Don’t miss this fun-filled Saturday in downtown Pierceton.
For more information, call Sally Reuter, 574-594-3800.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Extension granted for building repairs

Tribune-News correspondent
Just as the November 29 deadline approached, another monkey wrench has been thrown into the Green Parrot building repair project.
After the leaning portion of the building, belonging to Betty Deaton and part of the former Hicks and Deaton Hardware, was torn down earlier this year, the remaining building was left with an exposed interior wall. Owners Randy and Linda Striggle were ordered to have the wall repaired. Citing confusion about ownership of the building, which they were trying to sell, the Striggles asked for and received an extension to November 29 to cover the wall.  The business and building have now been sold and Striggle assured council members at earlier meetings that new owner Adam Flores was aware of the order and would have it done by the deadline.
Striggle told the council at the November 23 meeting that there is confusion about the property line.
“Gary Hicks (former hardware owner) talked to Craig Wagner (Whitley County Building Inspector) and somehow, all of a sudden, part of the exposed wall is on his property. I don’t know why all of a sudden it’s come to this conclusion. I don’t know truly or honestly what’s going on,” Striggle said.
Council members granted another extension, until December 29.  However, concern about approaching winter weather caused them to request that both Hicks and Striggle attend the next council meeting on December 14 to resolve the situation once and for all.  Town attorney Greg Hockemeyer hopefully said that if the two parties can resolve the situation on their own, there will be no need for them to attend the council meeting.
Alan Tio, director of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) brought welcome news.  Tio said the EDC has been approached by Duke Energy, power supplier to South Whitley’s electric utility, about making improvements at the town’s Hathaway Drive industrial park.  The goal is to make a more “shovel ready” industrial site.  According to Tio, this type of site is attractive to companies who may be wanting to locate in the Whitko area.  Duke Energy is showing willingness to work together with the EDC and the town and to share in the cost.
“I wanted to look at this yet this year or next year to make sure we don’t miss the opportunity to work with Duke since they are willing to support the process financially,” Tio said.
This is not something to be done overnight: among the many steps Tio outlined were rezoning, creating a tax increment fund district and fixing a price per acre depending on location.  The council agreed to set up a committee to deal with the project consisting on councilman John Dunn, EDC representative Joe Kessie, Tio, current industrial park property owners, and someone from the town utility department.
     The Corner Cafe will be lit with new Christmas lights for all to enjoy.  Owner Tanner Moyer asked for permission to hook up to an unused town electrical outlet behind his restaurant for a power source.  Utility manager Dennis Eberhart said that the outlet is metered so that the cost can be fixed at a later date.
     Park Board representative Coleen French received a verbal commitment from the council to cover insurance for new park equipment.
     The process of lining up funding for the next phase of the sewer improvement project is beginning.  Financial advisor Jesse Nelson from Umbaugh & Associates, reported to the council on two methods of financing: using the state revolving fund (SRF) or issuing utility bonds on the open market.  SRF funding requires an application which receives a rating; a preliminary engineering report costing about $25,000 is also required.  There is no guarantee that the town’s application will be rated high enough to receive funding on the first try or that the $25,000 investment will be covered.  However, there are bond registration and underwriter fees to be met if bonds are sold.  Nelson concluded by recommending trying for SRF monies for the $2,500,000 project.
     Local resident John Bonebrake updated the council on his attorney’s position about a disputed 10-foot area along an alley near his State Street property.  A neighbor, Lori Kirkendall, has repeatedly complained to the council that Bonebrake uses the strip for storage.  Bonebrake said that there appears to be no encroachment and that the area may have been vacated in the past; investigation is ongoing.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Whitko Football Awards

“There is no substitute for hard work and effort beyond the call of mere duty. That is what strengthens the soul and ennobles one's character,” said Whitko High School coach Wayne Swender quoting the “father of football”  Walter Camp.
Hard work is what the members of the 2010 put in as they put extra time in the weight room, hit early morning practices, attended 7-on-7 contests as they celebrated their championship season Thursday, November 18.
This year’s Wildcats not only had an overwhelmingly winning season they secured the Three Rivers Championship for the first time in 20 years.
“We will miss you,” he said to the departing senior members of the team. “Make sure you come back and say hello when we’re on the field, in the locker room, you’re always welcome.”
Senior Benjamin Bryan set two records this season for longest field goal: 39 yards and most field goals in a season: 5.
Junior Derek Snep set records, too: the most receptions in a season – 37; career receptions – 73 and career yards – 1,106.
Snep was also awarded the Ryan Huff award, selected by coaches and players and given to a junior who exemplifies leadership, character and a “team first” attitude.
Major awards were presented to:  Dominic Arrowood-Fouce, Trevor Bauer, Cody Bays, Benjamin Bryan, Chris Bumbaugh, Benjamin Bryan, Brent Busz, Dillon Craig, Cord Feasby, DJ Fouce, Schyler Fugate, Jordan Gilbert, Dakota Harmon, Tyler Hathaway, Ben Hinora, Preston Keim, Austin LeTourneau, Javier Morales, Chris Morley-Tackitt, Austin Mort, Brandon Nettrouer, Tyler Newsome, Ian Pherigo, Joe Prater, Trent Sims, Scott Skiles, Derek Snep,  Alex Stoddard, Austin Striggle, Connor Stouder, Andrew Warren, Travis Weigold, Coty West, Tyler Wine, Kory Wood, Jacob Bolinger, Mgr.
Minor awards were presented to:  Josh Angiano, Chris Baker, Stephen Bennett, Doug Bolinger, Mike Carroll, Michael Dimmick, Dakota Funnell, Trevor Gilbert, Tyler Hinora, Josh Hough, Ian Keirn, Josh Kessie, Tyler Miller, Ethan Nicodemus, Jake Nissley, Thomas Ousley, Nathan Slater, Alex Smith, Ryan Weigold
Junior varsity plaque awards were presented to:   Offensive Lineman – Josh Kessie; Offensive Back – Ian Pherigo ; Defensive Lineman – Chris Baker; Defensive Back – Schyler Fugate
Varsity plaque awards were given to: Offensive Lineman – Cord Feasby; Offensive Back – DJ Fouce; Defensive Lineman – Coty West; Defensive Back – Dakota Harmon.
Connor Stouder received the Coaches’ Award.
Named to the 2010 Three Rivers Conference defensive team were – First team: 
D.J. Fouce – Linebacker;
Alex Stoddard – Secondary;
Ben Bryan – Special Teams
Second Team:  Travis Weigold – Defensive End; Cody Bays – Linebacker;
Brent Busz – Secondary
Honorable Mention: Austin Mort and Coty West
Named to the offensive tem were – First team: Derek Snep – Wide Reciever ; Ben Hinora – Tackle and Second team: Dakota Harmon – Running Back; Joe Prater – Guard; Cord Feasby – Center and Honorable Mention: Tyler Newsome
TRC Academic members are: Brandon Nettrouer; Scott Skiles; Derek Snep and Tyler Wine
Honorable Mention – Academic All-Conference players are Dillon Craig, Cord Feasby, Austin Mort and Kory Wood