The Daily Press http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com/apfeed.xml--1 Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-04-20T09:01:33-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11761‘Shrek’ coming to BHS stage2015-04-20T08:56:11-04:002015-04-20T08:56:11-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Bellmont High School will present “Shrek the Musical” Friday and Saturday nights at the Erekson Theatre.<br />     Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film,  “Shrek the Musical” brings all the beloved characters from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.<br />     “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek …” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and more than a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand ... and his name is Shrek. <br />     The curtain opens for two performances in the Erekson Theatre at 7 p.m. on April 24 and April 25. Reserved seat tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors citizens. Reserved seats are in the lower section of the theatre. General admission seats are $6 for all ages and are in the left and right mezzanines.  Call ahead to reserve tickets to avoid waiting in line prior to the show. <br />     To reserve your tickets, call Smith at 724-7221, ext. 4.  Tickets will be available for pick up or purchase starting at 6pm in the BHS lobby.<br />     See today's print or online editions for a complete cast list for Shrek.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author available‘Shrek’ coming to BHS stageDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11761Change0Usable2015-04-20T08:56:11-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11760Arbor Day event, meal is Thursday2015-04-20T09:01:33-04:002015-04-20T08:55:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Adams County Director of Forestry Dwight Pierce announced Decatur will join in the celebration of the Arbor Flight 2.0 at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club in Decatur.<br />      Arbor Flight 2.0 is part of the annual Arbor Day celebration during which helicopters transport local dignitaries to sites in Indiana so they may participate in tree planting ceremonies and educational programming.<br />      At 3:45 p.m. Kevin Biggs will land his helicopter with Mayor John Schultz in the lot of Cook’s Truck Repair next to the Boys and Girls Club in Decatur. Tim Womick of Tree Circus will speak briefly to those gathered, then Schultz and Biggs will plant trees in honor of the late Ralph Biggs and the late John Kintz, both of whom were active in the Boys and Girls organization.<br />      Smokey the Bear will also be in attendance and following the presentation and tree plantings, a barbeque dinner will be held for the children of the Boys and Girls Club.<br />      The celebration is part of the main Arbor Flight 2.0 festivities that will take place from 3-7 p.m. at Lutheran Park in Fort Wayne on Arbor Day, April 24, according to Pierce.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableArbor Day event, meal is ThursdayDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11760Change0Usable2015-04-20T08:55:37-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11759Strange pond fellows2015-04-20T08:54:55-04:002015-04-20T08:54:55-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A bullfrog seems to have befriended a ceramic lizard in the backyard pond of a Decatur home. How long the relationship lasts is anyone’s guess.<br /> Photo provided<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableStrange pond fellowsDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11759Change0Usable2015-04-20T08:54:55-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11758Video of the day: TIME Releases Most Influential People list2015-04-20T06:45:01-04:002015-04-20T06:45:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat <script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableVideo of the day: TIME Releases Most Influential People listDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11758Change0Usable2015-04-20T06:45:01-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11754Ritz to take part in ‘Dots’ food effort2015-04-17T08:35:40-04:002015-04-17T08:35:40-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will take part in a community-wide event focusing on world hunger to be held April 24 at South Adams Schools.<br />     SA Superintendent Scott Litwiller announced Ritz’s planned appearance at this week’s school board meeting.<br />     The South Adams Schools student-led organization Dots in Blue Water is organizing the special day, in conjunction with the not-for-profit organization Feed My Starving Children to focus on global hunger.<br />     South Adams students in grades K-12 will partner with Feed My Starving Children and will pack 100,000 meals, to be shipped by the charity around the world to where the food is most needed.<br />     Litwiller said Ritz is planning to work the 10:30 a.m.-noon shift and may arrive earlier at the school to talk to teachers and students.<br />     Members of the community are invited to assist the students in the meal pack sessions, which will continue throughout the day in the high school gymnasium.<br />     Those interested in helping may contact South Adams teacher and Dots in Blue Waters Director Michael Baer at 589-3131, by texting him at 849-2227 or by email at mbaer@southadams.k12.in.us.<br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTRitz to take part in ‘Dots’ food effortDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11754Change0Usable2015-04-17T08:35:40-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11753Helping feathered friends2015-04-17T08:34:22-04:002015-04-17T08:34:22-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Southeast Elementary students from Linda Wellman’s first grade class recently visited residents at Woodcrest retirement community. Students have been studying about spring and birds migration. To help feed the birds, students and residents worked together to create pine cone bird feeders, spreading peanut butter onto pine cones and rolling them in bird seed. Each student was able to take a feeder home, while the remaining feeders will be placed outside Woodcrest’s windows for residents to enjoy. Above, Woodcrest resident Joan Meyers and first grader Madison Jones show off one of the pine cone bird feeders they created during a recent visit.<br /> Photo provided<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableHelping feathered friendsDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11753Change0Usable2015-04-17T08:34:22-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11752Library book sale2015-04-17T08:32:12-04:002015-04-17T08:32:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Ron Platt, a library volunteer and member of the Friends of the Library, is pictured helping a local resident peruse the selection of discounted books currently available at the Adams Public Library System Decatur branch. The book sale has been ongoing since last weekend. On Friday and Saturday patrons can purchase a bag of books for $2.<br />  </p>Decatur, INMike LammLibrary book saleDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11752Change0Usable2015-04-17T08:32:12-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11747Veteran deputy, SRO Charlie Cook retires; replacement sought2015-04-16T09:09:28-04:002015-04-16T09:09:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Monday to inform them of the retirement of School Resource Officer Charlie Cook and to ask permission to advertise for his replacement.<br />     Cook, who worked full-time as SRO at Adams Central Schools during the school year and also served as a road deputy during the summer, retired April 1. Rekeweg told councilors Cook’s replacement will not be a school resource officer but will be a road deputy full-time.<br />     Asked by Commission Chairman Doug Bauman how crucial it is to replace Cook, Rekeweg responded he’s already encountered “a lot of problems trying to cover everything” since Cook left and said he has had to “increase comp time to do it.” He noted his department by law is required to have a minimum number of deputies on the road and has “responsibilities 24/7. The public needs this service.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammVeteran deputy, SRO Charlie Cook retires; replacement soughtDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11747Change0Usable2015-04-16T09:09:28-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11746Lifetime achievement award 2015-04-16T09:06:28-04:002015-04-16T09:06:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Stan Mosser was the recipient of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented Tuesday evening during the chamber’s annual recognition banquet. Mosser served 17 years on the Adams County Memorial Hospital Board, 16 of those as its chairman, and has also been active in the community and with the chamber and served as president of the Geneva Public Library Board for 10 years.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INMike LammLifetime achievement award Decatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11746Change0Usable2015-04-16T09:06:28-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11745Master carver2015-04-16T09:04:47-04:002015-04-16T09:04:47-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Preble Township resident Loren Kruetzman’s display of wooden bird carvings will be on display at the Decatur library through the end of April. Kruetzman said each carving takes an average of a month to complete. Now 89 years of age, he started carving in 2000 after he retired from farming.<br /> <br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INKelland DeamMaster carverDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11745Change0Usable2015-04-16T09:04:47-04:00