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August 24th, 2011
A meeting will take place next week in Decatur involving city and Adams County officials to discuss the next step concerning the proposal to build a city-council building in downtown Decatur.
The meeting will include county Commissioner Ed Coil, likely a member of the county council, Decatur Mayor John Schultz, a member of the city council, and perhaps others, such as City Attorney Tim Baker and County Attorney Mark Burry.
Calling Berne "one of our favorite places," U.S. Dan Coats and his wife Marsha visited that community on Tuesday, spending some time at the new Muensterberg Clock Plaza before enjoying lunch with patrons of The Gathering House.
Berne City Council awarded proposals for property and liability insurance and workman's compensation coverage on Monday evening after taking those quotes under advisement two weeks earlier.
Graber Insurance submitted the lone bid for the workman's compensation coverage, at an annual cost of $22,720. That bid was accepted by the council.
Three quotes were submitted for the city's general liability coverage: one by Graber and two by Bixler Insurance.
The issue of golf carts popped up at Monday's meeting of the Adams County commissioners as they discussed the matter with State Rep. Matt Lehman of Berne.
Lehman attended the meeting to say that, when the legislature passed a law in 2009 to let cities and towns regulate golf carts, counties were left out of that law, although County Attorney Mark Burry pointed out that the law refers to "local authority," which he says also means counties.
With the roof atop the South Adams Senior Center badly in need of repair, Berne Mayor John Minch on Monday evening recommended that architectural specifications be assembled sooner rather than later to get the repair process under way.
Council first discussed the need to initiate roof repairs at the senior center during its July meeting. At that time, Councilman Mark Wynn said the roof at the center currently is "about as bad as a roof can get."
Film director David Anspaugh's next movie is being readied for release late this year or early in 2012.
It's called "Little Red Wagon" and is about a Florida boy, now 12, who walked from Tampa to the state capital at Tallahassee to help homeless children when he was 7 years old, taking his mother and a red wagon along.
The boy, Zach Bonner, has also walked across the United States in his quest to aid children who have no homes.
The 175th anniversary celebration of Decatur's founding began with a bang, with numerous events last weekend.
One of the highlights was the screenings of "Hoosiers" and "Rudy" with David Anspaugh on hand to narrate and provide autographs.
Brad Boyle, a Bellmont grad who played Whit in the film, and director Anspaugh, a 1965 Decatur High School grad, both attended the "Hoosiers" screening.
A lengthy program to rededicate the gravesite near Decatur of Revolutionary War soldier Thomas W. Archbold drew perhaps 250 people to Reynolds Cemetery on Winchester Rd. on Saturday.
The ceremony included not just veterans of wars of the 20th century, but also a contingent from Midwestern members of the Sons of the American Legion (SAR) dressed in replica military uniforms and hats from the 18th century.
Decatur's long-awaited 175 Anniversary Celebration officially kicked off today, starting a 10-day run which coincides with the annual Kekionga Festival.
Citywide garage sales and a co-ed slo-pitch tournament are today's opening events. Two performances of the "Cuties of Decatur" were held Wednesday and Thursday, and a dinner-play performance is scheduled tonight.
Following is the schedule through the weekend:
Samuel Rugg lives again!
The man who founded Decatur in 1836, the same year that Adams County was created, is being brought back to life by Michael Casper, a retired elementary school principal here, while one of Rugg's three wives, Susannah, is being recreated by Casper's wife, RoxyAnn.
The longtime Decatur residents are giving historical presentations to third-grade students in the North Adams school district as well as those at St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School.