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February 21, 2014

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February 25, 2014
McKean: ‘13 was one for the books
By J SWYGART Heaping praise on city employees who have battled through difficult working conditions during a year that has started as a wintery obstacle course, Berne Mayor Bill McKean found plenty of other positives Feb. 18 as he delivered his annual State of the City address during a noon luncheon hosted by the Berne Chamber of Commerce. While city workers were singled out for their individual and collective efforts during the current winter season, McKean spoke at length about 2013, which he termed “a rather exciting year.” Citing extensive growth in both the residential and commercial sectors of the city, McKean said Berne “will probably never have another year” like city officials experienced in 2013. Four Berne companies took advantage of a new economic development tool — a so-called “super abatement” process that allows a level of tax abatement for commercial expansion that exceeds the incentives previously available in the city. The local companies — FCC Adams, Key Fasteners, Smith Brothers and First Bank of Berne — have announced expansion plans that collectively are expected to add some 115 new jobs to Berne. In addition to the investment by the four local firms that qualified for the “super abatement” packages, McKean said 15 residential construction projects totaling more than $1 million were undertaken last year in Berne, while nearly $17 million in commercial projects have received city approval. “A big thank you to not only the businesses I have mentioned, but to all of the businesses in Berne that made 2013 a great year. Whether you undertook a major remodeling job like McDonald’s or spruced up your business, thank you for your continued investment in Berne,” McKean said. McKean also spoke of upcoming goals and projects planned during 2014 by city departments. Chief among those was the installation later this year of a SAGR system at the city’s wastewater treatment plant that is necessary to achieve new limits put in place by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on the discharge of ammonia to area streams and rivers. “This is a need that had to be addressed because of changes in our NPDES permit as mandated by IDEM. Construction should be under way by June,” said McKean. The mayor also announced plans to purchase a new
Career Day at SAHS set for March 3
South Adams High School will host a Career Day from 7:55 a.m.-3 p.m. March 3 in the high school basketball gym. According to organizers, the goal of the event is to promote area businesses and increase student awareness of local career opportunities. All South Adams students grades 8-12 will have a class period to visit the business displays. Students are required to attend at least four booths. Businesses are limited to one table, but may have banners behind their table. The gymnasium must be cleared that day by 3:15 p.m.
Open house at Swiss Village
Swiss Village will hold an open house from 2-4 p.m. Thursday in celebration of its newly remodeled apartments and lounge area in Basel Haus, located on Swiss Village’s Main Campus off of West Main Street in Berne. Join staff and residents of Swiss Village for hot cocoa and tour the newly renovated areas for Swiss Village residents. For more information contact Michelle McIntosh at 589-3173 or visit www.swissvillage. org.
Berne Mayor Bill McKean delivered his annual State of the City address Feb. 18 during a luncheon hosted by the Berne Chamber of Commerce. Photo by J Swygart
fire truck this year to replace the department’s 35-year-old pumper. He further noted that when a grant application for the purchase of new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus units for the fire department was not successful, a local business stepped up and purchased See STATE OF BERNE, Page 2
New tourism slogan: ‘Honest to Goodness Indiana’
Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Mark Newman, executive director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development have unveiled a new consumer brand for Indiana: “Honest to Goodness Indiana.”   “Everywhere you go in Indiana, the people and the experiences are genuine. Even our busiest attractions satisfy and delight visitors because here, more so than anywhere else, hospitality matters. That’s real. That’s honest to goodness Indiana,” Ellspermann said in a press release.   The development of a new brand is an opportunity to create a unified consumer message for Indiana, connecting all regions; from north to central to south, the lieutenant governor said. The goals of the project were to create a brand that truly represents the entire state; to be respectful of Indiana’s history but also be forward looking; and to be fitting for both rural and urban settings. “This announcement begins a new era for Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry,” said Newman. “Today’s launch is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of research and creative development and many of our industry partners contributed to the development of Indiana’s new brand. ‘Honest to Goodness Indiana’ is reflective of the entire state and for the first time in many years, our consumer brand incorporates all regions of Indiana.”   The launch of this consumer brand comes as new economic impact data reveals the importance of tourism to Indiana’s economy. The report, released in late December 2013, shows the travel, tourism and hospitality industry is the sixth largest See TOURISM, Page 5
Suit filed over Geneva bed bugs
Adams County Superior Court Judge Patrick Miller set a trial date for March 24 to address a lawsuit involving a reported bed bug infestation at Geneva Shores Apartments. According to court documents, Donna Butler and Calvin Hoffstetter allegedly discovered bed bugs in units 15-20 in May of 2013 and another occupant moved out, leaving all their furniture behind, due to the outbreak. “We learned that five families in the apartment building had thrown their furniture away,” said Calvin Hofstetter, friend of Butler. The Adams County Health Department inspected the apartments following the accusation and discovered live bed bugs. A pest control specialist reportedly found two live, recently fed bed bugs in the living room. The lawsuit states “the management, regional manager and property owner failed to properly take care of bed bugs at the apartments and that because of their negligence, they (Butler and Hofstetter) could not spend Christmas at home.” The plaintiffs are asking for $6,000 plus court costs to pay for the treatment, personal health needs, medications and stress involved with the situation.
Friends of the Library book sale is May 3
To avoid a conflict with Easter and Good Friday observances, this spring’s book sale at the Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library System has been moved back to May 3 this year. The sale, which is a fundraiser for general library programs and activities and is run by the Friends of the Library, will operate during regular library hours to sell hardback and paperback books, as well as other items. Magazines will be offered free of charge. Members of the Friends of the Library may purchase books at a special pre-sale event April 26, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Membership in the organization costs $10 annually and may be paid any day at the library or by attending the April 26 pre-sale and paying at that time. More details of the sale will be announced later by the library staff. There is also a fall book sale at the library, held during the Callithumpian celebration in October. While the library has a great many books already available for the sale, additional donations of books by the public are always accepted. Books may be dropped off at the library, downtown at Third and Jefferson streets.
SNOW TRACTORS – Some Adams Central students celebrated FFA week Feb. 19 by driving their tractors – one sporting a snow plow – to school to raise awareness of the FFA program.
Photo by Jannaya Andrews
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Owls are featured topic of educational program at Limberlost

 Indiana Audubon’s first-ever Young Birder of the Year, Alexandra Forsythe, will lead a presentation on owls and their amazing adaptations to the wild from 2-3 p.m. March 2 at the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitor Center in Geneva. The 14-year-old will include live owls in her program. A children’s owl craft activity will also be offered.
 “We are very pleased Alexandra is doing this program at Limberlost,” said Randy Lehman, Limberlost State Historic Site manager. “She is an exciting young talent in the birding world and her knowledge of birds is that of someone far exceeding her age.”
 The program, free and open to the public, will include light refreshments. Donations will benefit the State Historic Site and the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services.  
 The presentation is sponsored by the Limberlost State Historic Site.
 For more information on this event, contact Curt Burnette, naturalist and program developer for Limberlost, at 368-7428 or by email at   Great horned owl
Eric Mies scholarship open to AC students
Eric Richard Mies, 41, the youngest son of Dick and Gwen Mies, who were long time Adams County residents and wellknown past-owners of Villa Lanes Bowling Alley, was on vacation in Cancun, Mexico with his wife Mies when pleasure and excitement turned to tragedy and heartbreak for the Mies family. In memory of Eric, and in the spirit of travel and adventure, the Eric Mies Scholarship for Travel and Adventure fund was founded at the Adams County Community Foundation by family and friends to continue Eric’s love of exploration for students of his alma mater, Adams Central. Eric thoroughly enjoyed his travel experiences and believed travel may have a positive influence on a person’s life. Eric and his family wish to encourage this experience. In 2013, this scholarship was awarded to three AC students: Noah Quinones and Michael Terrell, both of whom used the scholarship towards a trip to Costa Rica, and Jonah Tijerina, who used the scholarship toward his trip to Haiti. Applicants may get a copy of the application requirement by contacting the ACCF or the Adams Central Guidance Department. Due date for this scholarship opportunity for AC students (or alumni) is 4 p.m., Feb. 28, 2014. For more information on foundation grants for nonprofit organizations serving Adams County residents, ACCF scholarships available to local students, or how to create a new fund or contribute to an existing fund, contact the ACCF at 7243939 or email at
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eight of the units for the department. McKean also expressed his thanks to members of the Berne City Council for their willingness to tackle tough issues. He specifically cited an architectural review
ordinance that was recently crafted — with some controversy along the way — to provide incentives to local businesses to include a Swiss-style exterior to any future renovation plans. “Together, with much discussion, we reached a unanimous decision on an ordinance that will encourage — but not mandate — a Swiss style exterior for new businesses who wish to invest in our community or an existing business
that renovates their building,” said McKean. “Incentives will be offered whether it be something as simple as shutters and flower boxes or a building like Baumgartner Law Offices. This policy will not discourage any viable business from investing in our community if they do not wish to use a Swiss style exterior. Rest assured, Berne is open for business, whether a Swiss style exterior is planned or not. That has never changed.”
By MIKE LAMM The final awarding of a contract for the replacement of thermostatic control devices throughout the Service Complex was ratified by the Adams County Commissioners Feb.18 at their regular weekly meeting, postponed a day due to President’s Day observances on Monday. Although a representative of Building Temperature Solutions, LLC, who strenuously objected to the recommended rejection of his company’s bid last week, was again in the audience, no similar outburst occurred this week as the subject was vetted by Adams County Attorney Mark Burry and then the county commissioners themselves. Burry began his defense of the decision to reject the low bid of BTS by submitting a brief, one-sentence letter dated Feb. 17 from SCO Engineering, LLC, Fort Wayne, stating, “Upon review of the bids received for the above referenced project, SCO Engineering, LLC, recommends the project contract be awarded to Havel Brothers, Inc. for the following amount: Base Bid, $123,434.0; Alternate No. 1, $16,268; Total Bid $139,702.” SCO had been hired by the county to oversee and assist in the bidding process due to its technical nature. BTS had indeed submitted the lowest base bid ($91,855) and alternate bid ($3,240) on the contract when sealed envelopes were opened two weeks ago. Burry said a check of the accuracy of the supporting documentation contained in the requested information packet
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brought into question the candor with which the company had responded. The county attorney informed commissioners Indiana law states that in order to accept a bid on a public project, the bid must meet three criteria: it must be the lowest, it must be responsive and it must be responsible. The first criterion is “not difficult to ascertain,” he acknowledged. “However, upon review of all the documents, are they responsive and responsible are two very different questions,” he added. Based on a close review of BTS’ submitted documents by SCO Engineering as well as through his own research, it was found that both the required recommendations from firms for which BTS had previously completed work and financial disclosure statements were not those of BTS but rather the company’s parent firm, Dilling Group, Inc., Burry stated. In addition, none of the submitted recommendations were actually for the installation of temperature control systems, as had been required in the bid specifications. A line on the paperwork guaranteeing the performance of the bidder was also left blank, Burry said, and attempts last week to correct the possible oversight went unanswered, he added. For all the listed reasons, “BTS is not the most responsible bidder,” Burry concluded. Adams County “absolutely has the right to condition a contract by
the bidder’s experience,” Burry informed commissioners. “It’s a complicated project, and experience is an important consideration. Experience is both required and necessary,” he added. Burry had earlier reminded commissioners they had tabled the matter the previous week for further consideration and “still had all bids under advisement,” he said. “At this time, what do you want to do? What’s your pleasure, gentlemen?” he then asked. Indicating their decisions must be entered into the record, Burry first asked the commissioners, “Do you find the bid responsive?” All three replied “No,” with Commissioner Kim Fruechte noting “key information was missing” and Commissioner Ed Coil pointing out the “financial condition of the bidder” was not provided. “Do you find the bid responsible?” Burry then asked the group. Again, the answer was a trio of “No’s.” For the record, Commission President Doug Bauman stated BTS had provided “no experience information, no list of projects involving temperature control systems, no financials, a list of recommendation personnel from Dilling and not BTS and no project guarantees.” Bauman then made a motion to reject the bid of BTS, which met with unanimous approval, as did a second motion to accept the bid of Havel Brothers, Inc.
Temperatures more conducive to buggy travel finally made their way to Adams County Feb. 18 as the mercury climbed above 40 degrees. The down side of warmer temperatures is the possibility of flooding as the melted snow makes its way to the Wabash and St. Marys rivers. Photo by J Swygart
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Alan S. Baumgartner
Alan Stanley Baumgartner, 75, Geneva, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. He was born in Adams County June 17, 1939, to Stanley Baumgartner, who passed away in 1983 and Gretchen (Stucky) Baumgartner, who passed away in 2009. Alan graduated in 1957 from Geneva High School, where he participated in basketball, track, concert and marching band.  He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and from St. Francis University, with a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling. He was a teacher and guidance counselor at South Adams High School for several years, and later sold school supplies for Michigan Products Corp., from which he retired in 2000.  Alan was a member of the Wabash Valley Golf Club, where he loved mowing the fairways for many years. He was also a member of First United Methodist Church and Limberlost Conservation Association, of which his grandfather, Lester Stucky, was one of the founders. He was a chairman of the Adams County Election Board, and led the funding drive for Geneva High School Memorial Park.  Alan was very kind and a loyal friend to many. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lester and Vada Stucky; and Albert and Dora Baumgartner. Surviving are three children, Jay (Wendy) Baumgartner of Melbourne, Fla., Cari Baumgartner of Indianapolis Shari Mills, of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren, Kristie and Derek Baumgartner; and Trevor and Caitlin Mills; one great-grandchild, Tristan Mills; a sister, Linda (Tom) Tenney of Wabasha, Minn.; a aunt, Garnet Klopfenstein, of Madison; and his friend, Bonnie Shaneyfelt. Preferred memorials are to Geneva High School Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at
American Legion receives foundation grant for program honoring veterans
The Adams County Community Foundation recently presented the American Legion Post 43 with a grant for its American Flag Blanket program. The post, along with Family LifeCare in Berne, provide American flag blankets to veterans receiving hospice care. Blankets are displayed during the funeral services of veterans and then given to the family as a keepsake. For information about the program, contact Family LifeCare at 589-8598. For information about the Color Guard or other programs offered by the American Legion Post 43, call 724-4894. For information on ACCF grants for nonprofit organizations serving Adams County residents, contact the ACCF at 724-3939 or email ACCFoundation@earthlink. net.
VETERANS HONORED — Pictured from left are  Mark Jahn, Adams County Community Foundation grants committee member, as he presents a check to SueAnn Reynolds, president and CEO of Family LifeCare. Also pictured, is Jan Smith, American Legion Post 43 commander and grant writer and Karen Sweney, executive assistant Family LifeCare. A half-dozen or more bald eagles were observed along the banks of the Wabash River near Huntington, just a short drive west of Adams County, Feb. 16. River Road, which follows the river from the small town of Andrews to the outskirts of Huntington, yielded several sightings of the majestic birds as they perched along the river. Photo by J Swygart
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Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher E. Harvey announced three pending criminal cases came closer to final resolution in the Adams Circuit Court recently. Roxanne K. Voirol, 32, rural Monroe, was convicted and sentenced for manufacturing methamphetamine, a class B felony. On Sept. 25, 2013, Decatur Police Detective Leonard Corral Jr., and officers with the Adams/ Wells DETECT Task Force, went to Voirol’s residence to serve an arrest warrant on Voirol’s husband. While at the residence, officers found drug paraphernalia and wet coffee filters which were used in a methamphetamine lab, according to court documents. A search warrant was then obtained, with assistance from Harvey, and further search found indications of methamphetamine labs. The State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team was summoned and police seized lithium, coffee filters, ammonia nitrate, acid, Coleman fuel and other precursors used to make methamphetamine, in addition to several bottles containing remnants of methamphetamine labs, according to the court records. Adams Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan sentenced Voirol to the 12 years in prison. Miranda S. Roberts, 22, Decatur, pleaded guilty to two counts of dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, each a class B felony. According to court documents, in April 2013, Roberts delivered hydrocodone to a confidential informant working with the DETECT Drug Task Force supervised by Wes Haight of the Berne Police Department and Leonard Corral of the Decatur Police Department. Roberts will be sentenced in March. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. April 17 for Marc Hill, Berne, who has been charged with dealing in marijuana, a class C felony; dealing in marijuana, a class D felony; possession on paraphernalia, an A misdemeanor; and and maintaining a common nuisance, a class B felony.
Fannie A. Eicher
Fannie A. Eicher, 86, Berne, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 12, 2014, at her residence. She was born Nov. 12, 1927, to Alvin J. and Lydia Hochstetler Eicher. She married  Leroy A. Eicher Nov. 21, 1957; he survives. Fannie was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Survivors include a son, Leroy (Lizzie) Eicher of Allen, Mich.; four daughters, Ruby (Noah) Wengerd of Salem, Martha (Amos) Schwatz of Bryant, Wilma (Tim) Schwartz of Monroe and Dena (Elmer) Wickey of Berne; three sisters and six brothers; 44 grandchildren and 58 geat-grandchldren. She was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers. Burial was in Schwartz Cemetery, rural Berne. Arrangements by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
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Leroy A. Eicher
Leroy A. Eicher, 76, rural Berne, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at his residence. Survivors include a son, Leroy (Lizzie) Eicher of Allen, Mich.; four daughters, Ruby (Noah) Wengerd of Salem, Martha (Amos) Schwartz of Bryant, Wilma (Tim) Schwartz of Monroe and Dena (Elmer) Wickey of Berne; two brothers, Ben (Lydia) Eicher of Carlisle, Ky. and Harvey (Amanda) Eicher of Monroe; three sisters, Salome Wengerd and Mary (Jake) Christner, both of Berne and Rosie Wickey of Middlebury; 44 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Schwartz Cemetery rural Berne. Arrangements by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
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Vera M. Mattax
Vera M. Mattax, 83, Decatur, passed away Feb. 18, 2014, at Hearth and Home in Van Wert, Ohio. She was born Sept. 4, 1930, in Adams County, to the late Chancy and Lillian B. (Bohren) Yoder. Vera married D. Vaughn Mattax April 23, 1955; he died in January of 2005. She was a member of Monroe United Methodist Church. She worked for Dunbar and Old Fort Supply. Vera was a member of the Scrambling Squares Square Dance Club. She is survived by two daughters, Sheila (Paul) Shaffer of Decatur and Rhonda Mattax of Milton, Wash.; a brother, Kenneth Yoder of Berne; three sisters, Janis (Leonard) Balsiger of Arivaca, Ariz., Darleen (Claren) Lehman and Alice Hirschy, both of Berne; two grandchildren, Jenna Shaffer of Berne and Liane (Eric) Rambo of Huntington. Vera was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Murl Yoder; and two sisters, Violet Nussbaum and Marjorie Ulman. Burial was in the Decatur Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to Monroe United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at
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At 5:08 p.m. Feb. 17, Daniel R. Cox, 36, Kendallville, was southbound on U.S. 27 near C.R. 400N but was unable to stop at the stoplight due to roadway conditions. His car slid into the intersection into the path of a van driven by Brandon N. Liechty, 30, Clark Street, Berne. The crash Hilty caused an estimated Toby E.J. and Rosie V. (Shetler) Hilty, Geneva, are $1,001-$2,500 in damthe parents of an 8-pound, 14-ounce, 21 inches long ages. son, Timothy T., born at 5:07 P.M. Feb. 14, 2014. Grandparents are Val J. and Sylvia K. (Hilty) Have You Shetler of Berne; and Joni Visited Your E. and Emma J. (Graber) Library Today! Available at the Library Hilty of Geneva.
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industry in the state (excluding government), is directly responsible for nearly 140,000 jobs and contributes $10 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses.   “The economic impact of the industry is remarkable and with this new state effort, it can expand even more,” added Ellspermann. “The growing tourism momentum in Indiana makes now the best time to launch a new brand. Continuing the collaboration between the Office of Tourism Development and our industry partners, we can achieve great things in this important industry.”   The execution of the brand strategy includes ad placements in 10 targeted regional and national magazines that appeal to the travel lifestyle. The ads use a story-telling platform to highlight Indiana’s destinations, attractions and cultural heritage. Readers of Midwest Living, Food Network Magazine, Cooking Light and others will soon read narratives showcasing the “Honest to Goodness Indiana” stories of Hoosier originals such as Joseph Decuis,
the farm-to-fork mecca in charming Roanoke; or the story behind Huber Winery and Indiana’s award-winning wine industry; and other such stories that abound in the Hoosier State.   Outdoor billboard, radio and television advertising will also be utilized. IOTD will focus on one market in Indiana and one market outside the state, with future expansion as resources allow. The in-state market will be Indianapolis, the state’s population center. St. Louis will be the out-of-state market. St. Louis is within driving distance, can attract overnight visitors, offers affordable advertising options and has not had a heavy Indiana advertising presence. “We are at a unique time where we have an opportunity to create unprecedented momentum for our state with the bicentennial approaching in 2016,” said Newman.
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‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’ program launched at Adams Public Library
The Adams Public Library System has launched 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to help parents increase their child’s success in school and in life. Research indicates children who are read to, and who read for pleasure, are significantly more successful in school than those who do not, according to a spokesperson for the APLS. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a selfpaced program designed to encourage a love of reading and learning at a young age. The simple act of reading aloud to a child may help the child learn pre-literacy skills, basic building blocks for success in school. The program is easy and free: Each time a book is read to the child by a parent, grandparent, older sibling or someone else, it counts toward the 1,000 books goal. If a book is read to several children, it counts for all the children in the group. If the same book is read ten times, it counts ten times. Parents may track books they have read with journals provided by the library. These journals include reading tips for parents on maintaining the interest of the child, how to increase vocabulary, and tips for developing reading skills for all ages. For every 100 books, the child will receive a prize from the library. When 1,000 books have been read, the child will receive a free book and have his or her name and picture posted on the Reading Wall of Fame. For more information, or to register for the program, talk with a staff member in Decatur’s Children’s Services or at the Geneva library. This program is sponsored in part by the Adams County Community Foundation.
Annual Fiber Fest to be held in Portland
The Jay County Visitor and Tourism Bureau will hold its 11th Annual Fiber Fest & Spin-In from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 7, and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m March 8, at the Jay County Fairgrounds, Portland. Entrance fees are $1 each day, free for children. This two day extravaganza is devoted to fiber arts and will include classes, hands-on activities and demonstrations. Homemade food will be available both days, and a benefit Soup Supper, costing $5, will be held March 7. All proceeds go the Helping Hands Food Bank of Jay County. The event will feature a petting zoo, sheep shearing, storyteller, Border Collie demo, as well as lamb and meat goat judging contest. A FFA lamb judging contest will be held form 9 a.m.-noon March 8. Girl Scouts may earn a Fun Patch on either day. Interested Scouts
may call 317-924-6857 or amartin@ for more information or to register. Fiber artists of all descriptions will be featured during the event, as well as vendors displaying fibers varying from the common to the exotic, including wool, mohair, angora, flax, alpaca, cotton, silk and buffalo. Several related items will be for sale, such as sweater yarn, homemade soap and equipment for all fiber crafting needs.Visitors may bring raw wool or other fibers to be washed and processed by the Wooly Knob Fiber Mill, and learn about the variety of fibers and how to use them. For more information or to register for classes contact Gyneth Augsburger at the Jay County Visitor and Tourism Bureau at 726-3366 or toll-free at 877-726-4481, or visit or email
Regular hours are Monday-Friday. 8 a.m.3p.m. Anyone living in Adams County is welcome to attend any and all programs. The South Adams Senior Center is available for rentals, evenings and weekends and some weekdays would be open for business meetings or lunches. Call 589-8877 for reservations. Daily activities include pool playing, puzzles, exercise equipment any time the Senior Center is open. The treadmill has slow speed and automatic shut off for seniors, and the exercise bicycle has a full seat and back for comfortable riding. Call the Council on Aging van a week in advance to get a ride to the senior center for any daytime events. A minimum donation is appreciated. The center’s phone number is 589-8877. Visit the center’s Web site at: Activities and photos are also available on Facebook. Check it out and become our friend.
Senior Van
Adams County Council on Aging offers transportation to county residents aged 60 and over. Vehicles include lift-equipped vans for those who need to travel in a wheelchair. Limited transportation is also available to handicapped/disabled adults for primarily medical appointments as schedules allow. Contributions from passengers who use the service are appreciated. Please call as far in advance as possible to schedule an appointment. Requests for trips to destinations outside Adams County usually require at least two weeks’ notice. For reservations and additional information, call the Berne office at 589-8877 or the Decatur office at 724-5316, ext. 1101, between 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Swiss Village announced the first race of the Adams County  5k Run / Walk Challenge – the Swiss Village 5K Lauf/Spaziergang (Run/Walk & Senior Walk) – will begin at 9 a.m. April 12, at the Arthur and Gloria  Muselman Wellness Pavilion. This is a familyfriendly race and strollers are welcome. Visit the Swiss Village website at for more details, registration materials, and course map. Pre-register by March 31 and save $5 off the registration fee. Registration materials may also be
Swiss Village 5K set to lead Adams County Challenge
picked up at the  Museleman Wellness Pavilion or Swiss Village front desks. Unique awards will be given to the top three finishers per age group and gender, as well as overall female and male winners. Make this a family event, join fellow co-workers, a youth group event, or walk in honor or memory of a loved one. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Swiss Village Endowment Fund. For more information contact Sarah Conrad at 589-4496.
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Preschool vouchers will get more study
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate panel decided Feb. 19 that a pilot preschool measure needs to be studied further by lawmakers, amid continuing budget concerns. The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously to change the measure from a limited pilot program to an issue that will be studied over the summer. House Republicans drafted the measure that would have provided vouchers for preschool-aged children to attend school in a limited number of counties. Families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would qualify for up to $6,800 to attend public, private or parochial preschools. But slumping tax collections and the fact that the state’s budget will not be taken up again until next year raised concern among many senators about spending money on a new program. Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who is seeking the preschool spending, recently sold the state plane and asked state agencies to cut their budgets to make up for a roughly $300 million downturn in anticipated tax collections. Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, who also serves on the education committee, said he wanted to learn more about how the state could marshal federal dollars. He also said he wanted to see a similar preschool program enacted last year play out before deciding on another program. ‘‘Before we enact a new pro-
HELPING DADS – Pictured from left is Louise Ray, Adams County Community Foundation board of directors and grants committee member, is shown presenting a grant to Teri Hogg, executive director of the Hope Clinic.
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Hope Clinic receives Community Foundation grant for Dr. Dad program
The Adams County Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Hope Clinic for the ”Dr. Dad” curriculum. The Dr. Dad curriculum is designed to prepare new fathers for a variety of issues regarding their children, such as injury, illness, safety and wellness. Through this program, new fathers may gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully care for their new child. “The clinic is excited to begin offering this program to its clients and that fathers will be able to earn Baby Bucks, which they can redeem for baby items such as cribs, car seats and clothes,” said Teri Hogg, executive director of the Hope Clinic. ACCF board of director and grant committee member Louise Ray said the foundation is pleased to support this program which will not only build family interactions, but help fathers become active participants in the raising of their children. For more information on foundation grants for nonprofit organizations serving Adams County residents, scholarships available to local students, or how to create a new fund or contribute to an existing fund, contact the ACCF at 724-3939 or email at
County agrees to pay $550,000 in pedestrian death lawsuit settlement
Bud E. Case,72, Decatur, whose wife, Beverly, was killed in a car-pedestrian accident in Decatur in September of 2013, has been awarded $550,000 from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and $100,000 from one of its employees as part of an out-ofcourt settlement of a lawsuit alleging negligence in Beverly Case’s death. Mrs. Case died Sept. 18, one day after she was struck while attempting to cross Monroe Street, near its intersection with 5th Street, as a pedestrian. According to police reports, Rejena M. Bluhm, 47, E 250 N, Decatur, was southbound on 5th Street and stopped in the left turn lane waiting for the light to change to green. When it did, she entered the intersection and failed to see Mrs. Case. The Bluhm auto struck Case, knocking her to the pavement and causing incapacitating injuries. Case later died at Parkview Memorial Hospital from those injuries. Bluhm is an employee of the sheriff’s department. Bud Case filed a lawsuit against Bluhm and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department Oct. 28, 2013, for the wrongful death of his wife. The Case family was represented by the Truitt Law office. The suit was settled this week in favor of Case. Court documents stated the death was the result of Bluhm’s driving negligence during a time she was acting as an agent for the Adams County Sheriff’s Department. Case received a $550,000 settlement from the sheriff department’s insurance company —The Charter Oak Insurance Company — and $100,000 from Bluhm and her insurance company; State Farm Insurance.
Umbaugh firm hired to help oversee court, jail financing
By MIKE LAMM The Adams County Commissioners Feb. 18 signed a formal letter of engagement with H. J. Umbaugh and Associates, Mishawaka, to hire the financial consulting firm for services in connection with the anticipated construction of a new superior court and county jail project. Noting the firm has been involved in the preliminary phases of the construction project and has had representatives in attendance “at many meetings already at no charge to the county,” County Attorney Mark Burry said Umbaugh’s expertise will allow for a complete and thorough “evaluation of various financing alternatives.” Having the company on board will give the county a “better handle on actual and projected costs,” Burry said, as well as helping determine “how much money can be raised from various sources of financing. They will attempt to simplify the financing process for us and help decide what is a reasonable income level you can depend on to determine how big of a house you can build,” Burry added. Services provided by the company in the agreement include: gathering information on the proposed scope of the capital project, developing an estimated budget, analyzing county resources to determine funds on hand to assist with financing of the project and analyzing potential revenue streams to secure the repayment of bonds to fund the project. In addition, Umbaugh will: • Suggest alternative revenue sources should existing resources prove to be inadequate to secure proposed bonds; • Advise the county on procedures needed to authorize additional revenue sources (including, but not limited to the restructuring of existing income tax rates, increases to or implementation of additional local income taxes, or to obtain authorization from the state legislature for a dedicated income tax), and
gram, I believe it’s necessary to review our current resources and reach a decision that’s realistic for our state,’’ Kenley said Wednesday. Legislative analysts determined the House plan could cost between $7.5 million and $30 million. Pence’s education advisers estimated the price tag would be $10 million. But Kenley pointed out the program would cost the state upward of $270 million annually if expanded to all of the state’s children from families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Republican Gov. Mike Pence originally sought a more sweeping plan to pay for low-income children to attend preschool, but later threw his support behind the House plan. Pence testified in favor of the House plan last week before senators, as the measure appeared to be in trouble. It was the first time Pence testified on a measure since taking office last January. Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks said the governor wants to see some sort of preschool spending approved this year and would continue negotiating with lawmakers. ‘‘Governor Pence believes every child deserves to start school ready to learn, and he believes now is the time for a voluntary pre-K program to help Indiana’s low-income kids,’’ Brooks said. Wednesday’s vote is hardly the final action on the measure. Lawmakers will have a chance to restore the pilot plan if it advances to negotiations between House and Senate lawmakers.
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• Meet with the county as needed to review results of analysis, present information and reports and to answer questions. Commissioners unanimously approved and signed the proposal to enter into an agreement with Umbaugh for their services, the total fees of which are not to exceed $20,000 without further authorization from the county. While hiring Umbaugh, commissioners also requested a consulting agreement with Construction Control, Inc. of Fort Wayne. President Jack Krouse has attended several joint meetings on the combined court/ jail project, offering his advice and opinions at no charge to the county. “As we move forward on the possibility of construction actually happening,” we should consider signing an agreement with CCI for their services,” Burry said. Commissioners agreed, asking Krouse, who was in the audience, to send the necessary documentation to Burry.
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The recent interest in “circle-tinted” contact lenses being sold on the internet to obtain an amimestyle look popularized by Lady Gaga in her “Bad Romance” music video is of concern to optometrists. Circle lenses are currently not approved by the FDA and are being obtained without a prescription in significant numbers, primarily by teenagers and young women. Contact lenses considered safe for the correction of vision when appropriately fitted by licensed eye care providers. However, when contact lenses are obtained without a prescription and without appropriate training, fitting and follow-up, their use can result in complications that include eye infections and permanent loss of vision. Purchasers may also not be provided with appropriate lens-care instructions. Swapping or sharing of contact lenses is also of great concern. Individuals who obtain lenses via the internet or mail order are four times more likely to develop an infection than are those patients that go the normal prescription route.
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The Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion, 1201 Emmental Drive in Berne, will host a support group with Chaplain Mike Wertenberger entitled “Singles and Separates.” Members of the group will have the opportunity to form friendships and bonds with others who are facing similar situations, and possibly gain valuable resources to help rebuild their life. The support group will be held at 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Pavilion. This group is open to the public. The next scheduled meeting will be March 5. For more information contact Sarah Conrad, director of the Wellness Pavilion, at 589-4496.
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Berne Public Library to hold knitting class
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The Berne Public Library will host a knitting class, lead by instructor Becki Schwartz, at 6 p.m. Thursdays, March 6 through April 17 in the Heritage Room. Beginners of school age and older are welcome, however class size will be limited. Yarn will be provided but students are asked to bring size eight or nine knitting needles. Reservations may be made at the library or by calling 589-2809.
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