October 10th, 2011
Husband and wife team Bill and Penny Gay of Monroe returned to Arctic Village, Alaska, again this summer to help residents there build gardens.
Arctic Village is home to the Gwich'in, an Indian nation which "lives off the land."
Because Alaska is notorious for permafrost, they build elevated gardens in troughs to give the plants every opportunity to grow despite frozen ground temperatures.
The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting donations for a memorial garden to be built at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Monroe to remember John Friedt, a longtime staff member of the agency who died suddenly on February 17 this year at age 56.
The garden will be located near the new building erected this year on the fairgrounds.
Three sophomores at Adams Central High School have been awarded $1,000 each for a project they completed in their global studies class: designing a trip they plan to take to Switzerland in the summer of 2013.
Erika Steffen, Kaitlin Carroll, and Ben Lehman received the money from Education First (EF), a group founded in Sweden, but with headquarters in Lucerne, Switzerland. The United States headquarters of EF is located in Boston.
Chloe A. Christianer, 71, of Decatur, passed away at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at her residence.
She was born on October 7, 1940, in Allen County to Thomas Edward and Zanta (Squire) Imel.
Chloe married Don G. Christianer on September 14, 1957.
Donald J. Dick, 76, a former longtime resident of rural Decatur, died Friday at 6:50 p.m. in The Laurels of Shane Hill at Rockford, Ohio. He had resided there for two and a half years.
He was born on August 1, 1935, in Adams County to Albert and Virgil L. Andrews Dick.
He married Mary M. Thatcher on February 16, 1957, in Willshire, Ohio; she survives.
He was a graduate of Adams Central High School and retired from International Harvester (now Navistar) after 30 years.
Leslie W. Janes, 61, of rural Howe, died October 6 at home.
He was born to Leslie D. and Virginia Bryant Janes.
Among survivors are his wife, Charlotte; a son, Kelly Janes of Sturgis, Michigan; a daughter, Michelle Janes of Sturgis; and a sister, Mrs. Jim (Pam) Clem of Decatur.
A graveside funeral service was held on Sunday at Brushy Chapel Cemetery of Wolcottville, Indiana.
Arrangements were by Carney-Frost Funeral Home of LaGrange.
What are the odds that two members of the same high school graduating class would become world-class motorcycle performers?
The odds are two for two when you talk about Ryan Schnitz and Josh Borne, both of whom graduated in 2000 from Bellmont High School.
Nora A. Parker, 76, of Fort Wayne, died at 9:40 a.m. on September 28 at her residence.
She was born on December 29, 1934, in Decatur.
She married Robert N. Parker, who survives.
She was a homemaker and a faithful servant of Jehovah God.
Juanita V. (Walters) Wells, 89, of Decatur, died on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, in her villa at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
Juanita was born in Ohio City, Ohio, on August 31, 1922 to Stanley D. and Frieda C. (Schaadt) Walters.
On August 2, 1947, she married Carlton R. Wells. He preceded her in death.
Juanita retired in March of 1982 with 39 years of service as a clerk for International Harvester in Fort Wayne.
Decatur's 175th anniversary celebration has come and gone, but the city's Operation Cleanup is continuing, Board of Works and Safety member Bill Karbach told city council on Tuesday night.
Karbach, who headed up the months-long program to get the city spruced up for the celebration, said the effort is continuing, although headed in another direction.
"Now we're working with businesses that are violating our ordinances; it's more of a code enforcement thing now," he pointed out.