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April 4th, 2011
Nearly 700 trees will be planted in Decatur this year and in 2012 by the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation Department, thanks to a $30,000 grant.
Some 350 trees will be planted in wooded areas of city property to make up for ash trees being lost to the Emerald Ash Borer insect. These trees will be about four feet high.
Another 250 will be planted in city parks and along streets to make up for dying ash trees. These will be about 12 feet tall.
Leaders of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police have announced that longtime Decatur Police Chief Kenneth Ketzler has been awarded that organization's William Sudbury Memorial Leadership Award, given to those who "most consistently exemplify the highest standards of leadership."
Ketzler, who has been at the Decatur Police Department for a number of years, also previously served as a deputy with the Adams County Sheriff's Department.
As a doctor specializing in treating emergency room cases, Dr. Jonathan Schmitz of Indianapolis is involved regularly in matters of life and death.
As a graduate of Butler University and Virginia Commonwealth University, making a decision about which team to support in Saturday’s men’s basketball Final Four semi-final game is much easier.
The Decatur 175th Celebration Committee has announced that souvenirs of this year’s anniversary of the city are available at five businesses.
Picture postcards of Decatur and pre-orders for collector books are available at The Home Place, The Next Page Bookstore and More, Ritter’s Flowers and Gifts, and Yvonne Marie’s Antique Mall. Postcards also are being sold at the Back 40 Junction.
Doug Milligan of Geneva, a founding member of South Adams Trails Inc., recently attended a large gathering of people from various trail groups around Indiana.
The event, called a Bike and Pedestrian Trail Network Summit, was held at Carmel and drew some 65 people, Milligan said. Each of the representatives of local groups was allowed to describe the trail in his or her area.
The 2010-11 goal of the United Way of Adams County (UWAC) will be met soon.
That good news was imparted to approximately 40 people at a UWAC celebration event held Wednesday at the South Adams Senior Center in Berne by Ron Storey, president of the United Way board of directors.
Storey, who once headed the United Way in Burlington, Iowa, said any United Way drive cannot succeed "without the many volunteers who get out and do solicitation and, most of all, the people who are so giving to the United Way."
Adams is the 15th healthiest county in Indiana, according to a report compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, released Wednesday by the Indiana State Department of Health, used a series of statistics as well as individual responses to a series of survey questions to determine the health ranking of all 92 Indiana counties.
To vote in the upcoming North Adams Schools referendum, a person must be registered to vote, Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart said Tuesday.
Midnight next Monday is the deadline to register. For information, call the county clerk's office.
There has been some speculation that anyone residing with the North Adams district is eligible. To cast a vote, however, a person must live within the district and be a registered voter.
Adams County Auditor Bill Borne informed the county commissioners at their meeting on Monday that a new COBRA insurance plan for county employees has been approved.
So, too, has a retirement plan that, according to the Benicomp firm in Fort Wayne, would be utilized from age 62 for early retirement to age 65 [or when a person qualifies for Social Security and Medicare] or the COBRA coverage.
A crew of men from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) was at work on Monday along US 27 north of Decatur cleaning debris from roadside cracks with a high-pressure blower, then filling the cracks with a black tar-like substance. The busy highway's northbound side was down to just one lane where the work was under way. INDOT officials said traffic will be restricted through mid-August for concrete patching. Motorists are urged to slow down and stay alert for traffic changes in the area. Officials said no detours are anticipated.