November 18th, 2011
Up, up, and away we go toward Christmas!
One of the large fir trees on the Adams County Courthouse lawn was decorated with lights on Thursday by two employees of the parks and recreation department in preparation for the formal Christmas kickoff event there at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.
The tree's lights will be turned on at that time.
In accompanying photo, Chris Krull is in the manlift, while Dwight Pierce assists on the ground.
Adams County Solid Waste Management District director Hank Mayer reported at this week's board of directors meeting that the county's sale of recylables is expected to top $100,000 this year, the first time the solid waste district has eclipsed that mark.
Mayer said that while the overall volume of recyclable material brought by private individuals and commercial enterprises to the solid waste district is mostly unchanged in recent years, prices paid to the district for recycled paper, plastics, glass and cardboard have risen.
The annual Operation Christmas Child (OCC) project has begun again, with the Adams County effort based at The Bridge Community Church in Decatur. Twelve other area churches are also involved.
The Bridge, on Winchester Rd. near N. 13th St., will accept shoeboxes filled with school supplies, toys, clothes, hygiene items, candy, and other things that will be sent to needy children in well over 100 nations. The deadline to bring the boxes to the church is next Monday at 1 p.m.
Bellmont football coach Larry Getts, who led Bellmont to only its second sectional crown in school history this past fall, feels that team stayed together despite a tough start, and that allowed the squad to prosper in the 3A playoffs.
"The biggest highlight was watching these kids come together as a team, seeing them believe in the invisible and make it a reality. The 2011 team demonstrated time and again what it means to play for the guy next to you," said Getts, who took over a program in a bit of disaray.
People coming from out of town to view Decatur's sculptures? A special event featuring those sculptures?
It could materialize in the next year or so if a group of citizens is able to organize and bring to fruition what they're calling the Decatur Sculpture Walk. Current plans call for the walk to take place August 18-25 of next year, prior to the annual Kekionga Festival.
A 33-year-old Decatur man, Andrew E. Stetler, was convicted by an Adams Circuit Court jury on Wednesday of two counts of child molesting and will be sentenced on December 27.
He was found guilty by the 11-woman, one-man jury of fondling and performing oral sex on two girls, ages seven and nine, in August of 2010.
Bellmont High School will present this weekened “Anne of Green Gables," the story written by L. M Montgomery, adapted into a stage play by Alice Chadwicke and presented through special arrangement by Samuel French, Inc.
Performances will be presented on at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Reserved-seat tickets ordered in advance are reserved seat tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and seniors citizens. Reserved seats are in the lower section of the theatre.
Walter H. Biedermann, 80, of Palm Coast, Florida, a former Decatur resident, died November 11 at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Crystal M. Masterson, 83, formerly of Bluffton, died Wednesday in Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born to Leander and Mary E. McCullier Tuttle.
Among survivors are a son, Keith Masterson of Bluffton, and three daughters, Mrs. Dennis (Paula) Deininger of Bluffton, Mrs. Stephen (Joyce) Johnson of Berne, and Mrs. William (Vickie) Osborn of Bluffton.
Howard O. Wolf, 75, of Decatur, died on Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.