September 8th, 2011
"Matters of the heart" is how this year's United Way of Adams County (UWAC) campaign chairwoman, Leslie Rhoades of Decatur, describes the 2011 drive toward a goal of $222,012.
At Wednesday's UWAC kickoff luncheon in downtown Berne, she also referred to the United Way campaign slogan, "When your gift becomes someone's lifeline," and used a simple demonstration to show how even a small amount of money can make a big difference.
A letter which appeared in the People's Voice section of Tuesday's Daily Democrat, in which the writer alleged that Mediacom cable television is offering refunds of 89-cents for each day that WANE-TV is off the air, apparently was based more on wishful thinking than in fact.
The letter to this newspaper stated that customers could call their customer service department to receive the credit.
The annual Berne Heritage Festival will be held at Swiss Heritage Village and Museum in that city this Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Numerous activities are scheduled, including children's games, "old-timers activities," wool-spinning, butter-churning, corn-shelling by a hand-cranked device, living history demonstrations, pioneer activities, sawmill demonstrations, an 1840s-style trading camp, and a Civil War camp.
Elnora L. Bebout, 86, of Decatur, died on Wednesday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
So great was the enthusiasm for the event and so well-developed the sales ideas, the committee in charge of Decatur's 175th Anniversary Celebration turned a nice-sized profit, it was learned at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Having taken the latest step in seeking a grant to rid the city of a hazardous eyesore, Decatur officials are now mostly relegated to a waiting game, hoping to hear good news before the end of the year.
Prior to Tuesday night's city council meeting, the second of two required public hearings was held on the city's bid for a $456,850 grant to take down and clean up the ancient former street department — and onetime city light — building located just west of the city police headquarters.
Prior to conducting regular business, everyone present at the Geneva Town Council meeting on Tuesday sat in silence for a moment to honor and remember Rosie Puterbaugh. Puterbaugh served as the town's deputy clerk-treasurer for many years until her death from heart surgery complications last Friday.
Thomas J. Alberding, 51, of Decatur, died on Monday, September 5, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Tom was born in Decatur, Indiana, on July 28, 1960, to Leo W. and Mary L. (Geimer) Alberding.
On July 30, 2010, he married Sara E. Webb.
Tom was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and its Holy Name Society. He also was a member of Knights of Columbus Chapter 864 in Decatur, of which he was a past Grand Knight.
Melvin “Dean” Whitesel, 85, of Fort Wayne, died at 3:15 a.m. on September 3, 2011.
Born on July 19, 1926, in Richvalley, Indiana, he was the son of Paul and Ethyl L. (Harwood) Whitesel.
He married Wilma May Clark of North Manchester on January 28, 1946; she died on March 23, 2008.
He attended school at Linlawn of Wabash County and later went to Purdue University at Fort Wayne.
All three Adams County schools were victorious on the volleyball court Tuesday night with both Adams Central and South Adams opening their ACAC seasons with triumphs and Bellmont visiting North Side in Fort Wayne for a three-game sweep.
Chelsea Bollenbacher and Lily Taing provided the momentum for South Adams enroute to a 25-22, 25-9, 25-22 win over Southern Wells.