Thursday, June 30, 2011

SR5 railroad crossing closed

   The railroad crossing at State Route 5, south of Heyerly's Meat Market, and just north of Pennsylvannia Avenue and Ag Plus is closed until early July.
   Although the official routes take most traffic along an 18 mile detour, locals know they can go east or west a couple of blocks and cross on Calhoun Street (to the east) and by going west on First Street, then south on Line.
    The closing makes State Street much quieter and we hope shoppers can find their way to downtown South Whitley while railroad crossing repairs are completed!

Fireworks for sale in South Whitley

Let the fire fly this Independence Day with items from Sky Rocketz Fireworks at 127 S. State St. in South Whitley. Tribune-News photo by TRSmith

Fireworks for sale in South Whitley 
By TRSmith
The building at 127 S. State St. between the Subway Restaurant and Pizza Stop in South Whitley is temporarily occupied by Sky Rocketz Fireworks where novelty items, like sparklers, tanks and fountains and firecrackers, to bottle rockets and Roman candles to big units like artilery shells in a variety of sizes and 500 gram cakes can be purchased for extra fun during the upcoming 4th of July holiday.
The store is managed by Mike Mast and Matt Bunyan, who also own Portside Pizza in Tri Lakes, North Manchester and Wolf Lake. The store will close shortly after the holiday.
“We like it,” Mast said of the fireworks business. “I’d like to sell them year ‘round, like pizza. There’s a lot to do in a short period of time.”
Mast and Bunyan got into the fireworks business when they purchased the North Manchester Pizza Co, which came with a fireworks store. Coupons with great deals are available on page 6 of today’s Tribune-News.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Camp Invention participants Zarek Courtney, Jocelyn Courtney, Abigail Arter, and Rachel Dempsey discuss how to upcycle their appliance parts to create a Rube Goldberg-type machine during Camp Invention at Pierceton Elementary School last week.   Photo provided

School may be out, but students were still learning last week (June 20 to 24) during Camp Invention in Pierceton Elementary School. 
The Camp Invention program is a week-long experience that focuses on creativity in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. 
The children were encouraged to use creative problem solving skills and participate in many teamwork activities.  They use innovative thinking to design inventions and complete projects. 
Creativity is valued, as is open-ended exploration and experimentation.  These are skills that will last the children a lifetime. 
The campers built eco-friendly cities by employing eco-friendly water filtration and safe waste disposal systems in their visits to the “Saving Sludge City” module.
They created roller coasters based on the laws of physics they learned in “Imagination Point – Ride Physics”. 
They used creative problem solving in teams as they learned to survive harsh living conditions after their spaceship crash landed on “Planet Zak”. 
In the “Game On – Power Play” module, they used teamwork and creative problem solving in physical activities . 
Children used real tools to take apart appliances and upcycle the gears and gadgets to create ball rolling and Rube-Goldberg type machines in “I Can Invent – Edison’s Workshop”.
State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, one of the sponsors for this year’s science camp, paid a visit to see the program. Other sponsors are: Whitley Forward program through the Whitley County Community Foundation, Depuy, Biomet, Zimmer, Medtronics, Paragon Medical, and The United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Railroad crossing repairs will close SR5 in S. Whitley

SR 5 Closure Scheduled Near South Whitley
Crews begin construction work on railroad

   The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District announces that SR 5 is scheduled for a closure between E. Broad Street and Cleveland Street beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, June 27 so crews may repair a railroad. The railroad is removing the crossing surface, repairing the track structure, and installing a new surface.

   The project is expected to be complete by early July, weather permitting.

Friday, June 10, 2011

SR 5 to close north of Larwill

SR 5 Closure Scheduled Near Larwill
Crews begin small structure replacement

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District announces that SR 5 is scheduled for a closure beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, June 13 so crews may replace a drainage structure.

The detour follows SR 109 and US 33. It adds about seven miles for thru traffic. The project is expected to be complete by early August, weather permitting.

The project was awarded to R.L. McCoy for the low bid of $413,000. The exact location is 4.5 miles north of US 30.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Parkview Health named a best-performing health system

   Parkview Health has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as being one of the 57 best-performing health systems in the country.

   Thomson Reuters analyzed the performance of 285 health systems comprising 1,944 hospitals and identified the top health systems based on quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. The annual study is featured in this week’s Modern Healthcare magazine.

Performance measures in the study include:

Mortality index
Complications index
Patient safety index
Core measures
30-day mortality rate
30-day readmission rate
Average length of stay

With an emphasis on innovation, Parkview has developed multiple programs aimed at enhancing quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. Below are two examples of Parkview clinical programs that are improving patient care and outcomes:

Sepsis protocol
Sepsis is caused by a bacterial infection that can begin anywhere in the body and lead to serious health complications. Working together with physicians and nurses, Parkview has implemented a sepsis protocol that provides for early detection of sepsis and therapies through a standardized approach to reduce mortality and reduce the number of patients who develop a severe sepsis condition.

Congestive Heart Treatment Center collaborative care model
Parkview Heart Institute patients with congestive heart failure are experiencing a better overall quality of life, which is the result of a collaborative care model that was put into action nearly a year ago when the Congestive Heart Treatment Center was established. The collaborative care model is unique in that it takes a patient’s health and home environment into consideration. Education about congestive heart failure and accompanying diseases is provided to the patient and their family. Collaboration is the key between clinicians and between clinicians and patients and their family, and several departments are involved in the collaborative care model.

“We are pleased to be recognized as one of the top health systems in the country,” said Mike Packnett, president and CEO, Parkview Health. “Patients and families are receiving the best possible patient-centered care from our physicians, nurses and staff. This is a great achievement for Parkview and it sends a positive message to the communities we serve.”

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Joni Walker visits South Whitley library June 8

Joni Kurtz Walker’s many murals are prominent in Whitley County. Her art can be seen in many schools, veterinary and medical offices, and in the children’s room at the South Whitley Public Library. 
Walker also is  the author  and/or illustrator of 13 books and has recently illustrated a 14 book.
The board book series for toddlers are very popular.  “Tell Me What God Made,” one of the titles in the series, is going out of print and available copies are limited. 
Walker has purchased several that she would like to share with the community and give them a chance to have a signed copy.  There is a limit of two copies per family, please.
“Bible Miracles,” written by Jane Landreth, is the latest Walker-illustrated book This book has 60 short stories, each one illustrated by Walker.  She also has several copies of this book available for purchase and signing along with art prints.
Both books are available for $6 each.  Stop by and chat with Walker anytime between 6 and 8 pm on Wednesday, June 8.  She’ll sign books people already have.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

4x800 team heads to state

Brian Menzie, Jude Stieglitz, Brody Wilson and Trapper Mize, above, from left, are headed to the 2011 IHSAA Track and Field State Competition at Indiana University in Bloomington to compete in the 4 x 800 boys relay event. The team qualified at the regionals at Wayne High School, Thursday, May 26.
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

The Whitko High School relay track team of Jude Stieglitz, Brody Wilson, Brian Menzie and Trappr Mize will advance to state competition in the 4 x 800 event, Friday, June 3 at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Individuals or teams placing first, second and third in each event advance to state. Then the three fastest times from all eight regionals are determined and they advance to the state level.
Menzie is the senior member of the team and Stieglitz, Wilson and Mize are juniors.
Other runners and field participants an their placings are:

2011 IHSAA Boys Regional, at Wayne High School,
Fort Wayne, May 26.
200 meter dash – Connor Stouder, fifth, 22.90
1600 meter run – Trapper Mize, sixth, 4:30.93
4x400 meter relay – Jude Stieglitz, Brandon Nettrouer, Connor Stouder and Scott Skiles,, ninth,  3:30.22
4 x 800 meter relay – Jude Stieglitz, Brody Wilson, Brian Menzie, Trapper Mize, fifth, 8:09.60
High jump – Brent Busz, eighth, 6’2”; Max Elder, ninth, 5’10”
Pole vault – Alec Wilkinson, ninth, 12’8”
Long jump – Brent Busz, 14th, 18’6”
Whitko 19th as a team

2001 IHSAA Girls Regional
at Fort Wayne Northrop High School, May 24.
400 meter dash – Josie Sparks, ninth, 61.99
High jump – Miranda Terrill, eighth, 5’0-1/4”