Anne Marie Roscka

Anne Marie Roscka, 50, of Valparaiso, Indiana, formerly of Knox, Indiana, passed away Monday, November 29th, 2010.  Funeral services will be Saturday, December 4th, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. CT at the Knox United Methodist Church.  Visitation is Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. CT and one hour prior to services, Saturday, at the church.  Memorials may be made to Deaf Services or to the Eagle Creek Community Church of Knox.  The Miller-Roscka Funeral Home in Monticello, Indiana, is in charge of the arrangements.

Coy Dieck

Coy Dieck, 86, of North Judson, Indiana, passed away Monday, November 29th, 2010.  Private interment services will take place at a later date.  The M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox, Indiana, is in charge of arrangements

Marjorie Winfrey

Marjorie Winfrey, 70, of Knox, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, November 30th, 2010.  Funeral services will be Saturday, December 4th, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. CT at the Bible Baptist Church in Knox.  Visitation is Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. CT at the Braman and Son Memorial Chapel in Knox.  Memorials may be made to Starke County Jail Ministry in care of the First Baptist Church in Knox.

Sunday Morning Mixed League 11/28/10

Team Standings

1.) The Unknown 59.0-25.0

2.) WRJN  54.0-37.0

3.) The Quest   52.0- 39.0

4.) The Smelly Cats  51.0-40.0

5.) Split Heads  46.0-45.0

6.) S**t Happens 44.0-47.0

7.) Odd Balls 41.0-50.0

8.) Lucky #7 38.0-53.0

9.) Strange Brew 37.0-54.0

10.) Snowdon’s Lawncare  33.0-58.0

High Individual Scratch Game-Women:  Jane Howard 222 & 214, Donna Konrad 196, Carol Zachary 185

High Individual Scratch Series- Women: Jane Howard 598, Carol Zachary 509, Donna Konrad 500

High Individual Scratch Game-Men: Joshua Budka 279, Carl Thomas 232, Jim Felchuk 223

High Individual Scratch Series-Men: Joshua Budka 665, Jim Felchuk 619, Neal Brown 586

High Individual HDCP Game-Women: Jane Howard 250 & 242, Donna Konrad 229, Connie Smith 223

High Individual HDCP Series-Women: Jane Howard 682, Tyra Evers 605, Donna Konrad 599

High Individual HDCP Game-Men: Joshua Budka 298, Jason Konrad 269, Josh Berryman 257, Carl Thomas 257

High Individual HDCP Series-Men: Joshua Budka 722, Jason Konrad 665, Josh Berryman 654

Top Five Averages-Women: Carol Zachary 172.87, Jane Howard 168.36, Donna Konrad 159.61, Karen Budka 157.60, Peggy Gregg 154.23

Top Five Averages-Men: Jim Felchuk 194.23, Drew Williams 184.86, Dennis Konrad 183.33, Josh Budka 181.03, Jack Kral 174.74

Two Knox Residents Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges

Carl Daughtery
Carl Daughtery

Knox City Police officers arrested two Knox residents on methamphetamine related charges.

On Friday, November 26th, Knox City Police were notified of possible methamphetamine activity at 424 W. Maple Drive in Knox. Police arrived at that location and asked the homeowner, Robert James, if they could search the residence. Police then asked a resident in the home, Carl Daughtery, if they could search the residence. Both consented to a search. Knox City Police Officers reportedly found items in Daughtery’s room that are commonly used with the manufacture of methamphetamine and remnants of the finished product. Receipts for the items were also found in Daughtery’s room.

Stephanie Daughtery
Stephanie Daughtery

Carl Daughtery was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of an Illegal drug Lab and Possession of Methamphetamine. Daughtery’s wife, Stephanie Daughtery, was also arrested and has preliminary charges of Possession of Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Law Enforcement. Stephanie had gone to another location after police arrived at the home.

North Judson-San Pierre Decathlon Team Participates in Local Competition

North Judson-San Pierre Decathlon
Back row: Jacob Kieszkowski, Steven Miller, Lucas Howard and Sarah Green. Middle Row: Allyssa Thompson, Melissa Spears and Jennifer Atkinson. Front Row: Rhiannon Millard and Hope Harlamert

Answering questions about The Great Depression, the North Judson-San Pierre Academic Decathlon Team finished in fifth place in the Northwest Hoosier Academic Conference Decathlon competition at Kankakee Valley High School on Saturday, November 20th. The team finished first in the Oral Super Quiz, Team Super Quiz and Music.

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Reward Offered for the Return of Stolen Locomotive Horns

The Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad and the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department are seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of two thieves that stole locomotive horns from railroad locomotives at the LaCrosse Ballpark.

The incident happened on Sunday, November 21st between 9:00-10:00 p.m. CT. If you have any information, contact the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department at (219) 326-7700 or the Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad at (765) 825-0316. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of these unknown suspects.

Santa Claus Schedules Visit at Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox

Santa Claus
Santa Claus

Santa Claus is coming to the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox on Saturday, December 11th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT.

Children will listen to a story about Santa, visit with Santa, and receive a treat from Santa. While you are waiting to visit with Santa, join in the Saint Lucia Day celebration. Make a Saint Lucia craft, listen to stories, and enjoy a traditional Saint Lucia treat.

Call the Library to RSVP your visit, (574) 772-7323 and ask for the Children’s Department.

Washington Township Firefighters Complete State Certification Course

Washington Township Training #2
Members of the Washington Township Fire Department train for certification

Twelve firefighters from Washington Township Fire Department participated in the 2010 State Firefighter I/II course. The course started in May and finished Sunday, November 14th. Firefighters met two days a week for lectures and hands-on activities.

The course covered topics such as fire service history, health and safety, fire behavior, ropes and knots, extrication, water supply, fire control, communications, fire prevention, public education and emergency medical care. Chief Stuart Short, Lt. David Emigh, James Coad, Josh Ream, Bill Lehiy, Chad Lehiy, TJ Reiss, Wallace (Boz) Williams, Corry Williams, Rookie Cody Williams, Rookie Terry Fawley, and Rookie Geary Manuel participated in the program.

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James C. Mauck

James C. Mauck, 81, of Medaryville, Indiana, passed away Monday, November 29th, 2010.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Boersma Funeral Home in Wheatfield, Indiana.  Visitation is Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. ET at the Funeral Home.  Military Graveside Services will be conducted on Thursday, December 2nd at 11:00 a.m. ET at the White Post Cemetery.

Kenneth Fount Stigall Sr.

Kenneth Fount Stigall, Sr., 88, of Winamac, Indiana, passed away Monday, November 29th, 2010.  Funeral services will be Thursday, December 2nd at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac.  Visitation is Wednesday from 4:00-9:00 p.m. ET at the Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Oak Grove Christian Retirement Village in Demotte, Indiana.  Military graveside services will be conducted.

Marjorie E. Oberlander

Marjorie E. Oberlander, 86, of Knox, Indiana, passed away Friday, November 26th, 2010.  No funeral services or visitation are scheduled.  The Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas O. Hoover

Thomas O. Hoover, 59, of Star City, Indiana, passed away Friday, November 26th, 2010.  No funeral services or visitation are scheduled.  Memorials may be given to the family for his son’s college expenses.  The Frain Mortuary in Winamac, Indiana, is in charge of arrangements.

Debra L. Harrell-Schildmeier

Debra L. Harrell Schildmeier, 55, of Kokomo, Indiana, formerly of Portage, Indiana, passed away Saturday, November 27th, 2010.  Funeral services will be Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel.  Visitation is Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. CT and Thursday after 11:30 a.m. CT until the time of services at the Funeral Home.

Charles S. Bolze

Charles S. Bolze, 91, of Walkerton, Indiana, passed away Thursday, November 25th, 2010.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Nusbaum Elkin Funeral Home in Walkerton.  Visitation is Monday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. ET at the Funeral Home with a 7:30 p.m. CT Masonic Service.

Greetings From the East Wing

Greetings to all and welcome new friends to the East Wing,

By now most people I know may well be fed up with turkey. Like many things in life, too much of a good thing just don’t work out well. And so it’s the same with turkey. But did ya know, that turkey in Hebrew means “Big Bird” Well most folks don’t know that but it does. At least one version of the word does. ‘Course most folks I know don’t even speak Hebrew anymore. But when I was a kid in Kentucky, some people here in Indiana thought we spoke Hebrew, or something other than English. Mountain talk, gota love it. In fact, The King’s English. The Old English. Look into it, you’ll be surprised.

Not everybody agrees how the word turkey came about, but one conjecture is that Christopher Columbus coined the word turkey based on his interpreter when some birds were making a sound of “tuka, turka” and his interpreter took that sound to be “tukki”, which in Hebrew is big bird.

I’ve got only one major problem with that deal, Christopher Columbus was Italian, and I live with Italians. The She is stone cold Italian. These people talk with their hands, why the hell do they need an interpreter, ‘cause everybody knows sign language, especially when spoken by Italians.

Another useless bit of turkey information is the fact that Ben Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird, as it was the true original native of America. In fact Ole Ben called the turkey “a more respectable bird”. ‘Course ya gota remember that Ben also knew ‘bout wild hemp. And with that thought in mind, maybe the turkey did seem to be a more respectable bird.

I read somewhere that the average person in the United States eats 15 pounds of turkey per year. Now I don’t know ‘bout you, but somebody’s eating my part, ‘cause I’m not coming close to keeping up my end of the eating turkey average person in the United States. One, maybe two pounds per year tops for me. That means somewhere, somebody in these United States is eating 28 – 29 pounds of turkey, theirs and mine.

Turkeys were almost extent in the 1930’s then some do-gooder decided to take on the cause to save the turkey. Oh well, it worked. Now there’re more turkeys than do-gooders. Now days some people even thing do-gooders are turkeys. To prove the point of the turkeys rise from near extinction all ya need do is come to the East Wing. At least once a day, every day turkeys come to the East Wing Gardens. The turkeys come so regularly I can tell when the turkeys are in the yard by the way the 2girldogs bark. ‘Course the 2girldogs also have the “here come the deer” bark and of course the “what the hell are those stray dogs doing in my yard” bark. The 2girldogs, even as democrats, ya gota love ‘em, the Pup Baby and Grady Lady James.

The store bought turkeys get big, maybe as much as 50 pounds, but I’ve never seen one that size. Last week I cooked 18 turkeys at Grand Central Station in preparation for Thanksgiving Dinner, and the largest one I cooked was a little over 27 pounds. Now the kinda turkeys we eat for Thanksgiving can’t fly, the wild kind that come to the East Wing can, not too good, but just like the Wright Brothers, they can get’er off the ground for ‘bout the same distance.

One more little thing ‘bout turkeys and I’ll swear to get off turkeys here pretty soon, it’s that little thing hanging down from the turkey’s chest, that little wobbly thing, is the turkey’s beard and is made up of keratin bristles. Keratin is the same stuff as the horn of a rhino. Now I’m not saying that rhinos and turkey are cousins, but I’m just saying the wobbly thing on turkeys and the rhino horn are made of the same material. And ya think politics make strange bedfellows, how ‘bout turkeys and rhinos. That’s a stranger combination than the President and Sophia The Calico Republican Cat.

I saw on TV News the other evening that President Obama had taken the time from his busy schedule to pardon a fifty pound turkey, in fact pardoned two turkeys. Now they didn’t say what crime those turkeys had committed which had brought them to the attention of the President of the United States, and as such a presidential pardon.

I’m disappointed to think the President can find time from his busy schedule to pardon two turkeys and it’s a big deal for TV, and a few weeks ago he could not find time from that same busy schedule to participate in the National Day of Prayer.

From the inception of the National Day of Prayer, all Presidents up to this one had participated. Oh well, ya know what they say ‘bout “birds of a feather flock together”, those turkeys.

Our Thanksgiving Dinner at Grand Central went well. A most special THANK YOU!!! To all those who volunteered, you know who you are, so I’m not gona name the list, it’d be my luck I’d leave someone out and then feel bad. But all the volunteers know how much my family and I appreciate their help. It was such a time, such a time.

Old friends and new friends coming together for a common purpose, to be thankful for what we have received in life. The number of guest for dinner exceeded 400, and we didn’t count the carry outs. I drove over 100 miles that Thanksgiving Day picking up guests who needed a ride. And ya know what, most every worker bee that volunteered this year, told me to put ‘em on the list for next year.

I cooked much of the food this year, 18 turkeys, we didn’t even weigh the amount of dressing, but it’s a lot. Mashed potatoes, lots of mashed potatoes, the secret to “swell” mashed potatoes is from the cows, lots of butter and milk. Especially heavy on the butter. My daughter, Angela, made the cakes and had a secret ingredient which she refused to share, but it was mayonnaise, so don’t tell her I told ya so. And of course Pumpkin Pie. Thanksgiving without Pumpkin Pie would kinda be like making snow angels in the mud, it just ain’t right. There are some things in life ya just don’t mess with, ya don’t tug on Superman’s cape and ya don’t have Thanksgiving Dinner without Pumpkin Pie.

We started ‘bout 9 o’clock Thursday morning warming all the food. The She and my son RJ served the meal along with our small army of worker bees, while I collected all the guest that needed a ride, then just set back and marveled at how well this thing comes together. We’ve already talked ‘bout next year, and the answer is of course we’ll do it again, next Thanksgiving.

The most distant guest at the Thanksgiving Dinner was from northern Minnesota. I didn’t ask it he’d seen the announcement in The Market Newspaper or heard it on WKVI Radio , either way I didn’t know they reached that far out, but guess they do from time to time. Guess when you’re happy with what you’re doing it shows, even all the way to Minnesota. I wonder if Minnesota is farther than Alabama, ‘cause I’ve got friends in Alabama, that for sure.

One of the neat things ‘bout having friends in Alabama, ya don’t even have to know ‘em in person, ‘cause if they know any of your family, then you’re all family, and that’s the way it is in Alabama, my friends there know my daughter Angela, and just like that, we’re family, my friends in Alabama. Too bad the whole world don’t work like that. Then the world may well be a better place if it did.

My clothing drive for the needs of southeastern Kentucky is going well. I’ve got a lot of people asking themselves “why do I have so much clothes when so many need so desperately much of what I have? It’s a good question to ask yourself. Ya then bring your excess to Pioneer Florist in North Judson and my boys and I, we’re are going to deliver to either Salyersville or Prestonsburg clothing bank, or maybe both before Christmas.

I hope we have to get a semi truck, if we do then we will. All I know for sure is that when we need that truck, somebody’s gona step forward with the truck, they may not even know it yet, but they will. That the neat thing ‘bout the saying “God works in mysterious ways” ya don’t even know God is working in mysterious ways till after it’s all over, then ya say WOW, That was cool!. And so it will be with the clothing drive for Appalachia. We’ll do our part.

Spike, the man cat, has become a constant companion after his elective surgery. He is growing in both weight and friendliness. He’s always been a friendly cat, but after his surgery even more so. He not occupies the left side of the computer table most of the time I occupy the chair. Now with Sophia firmly entrenched on the back of my chair and leaning severely to the right, one can only surmise that these cats will have a difference of opinion some day.

But Spike sure don’t look like a democrat, he smiles too much. Seems the democrats don’t smile too much now days, or so says Sophia. You’d think with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi surviving the land slide they’d be smiling. Their survival may be the reason for democrats not smiling is Sophia’s rational. Oh well, one neat thing ‘bout politics it’s all one big circle. What goes ‘round comes ‘round.

Yin and Yang so to speak, the black and the white, the good and the bad, the light and the dark side, the ups and the downs, the cowboys of white and black hats. It all depends on which side ya want to start on to begin with.

But Spike sure don’t look too democrat, he don’t lay ‘round doing nothing enough to be a really good democrat, but we’ll see. Now the 2girdogs are stone cold. Ya could write the book ‘bout the 2girdogs being democrat, Sophia says they took lessons from community organizers out of Chicago as they passed through the countryside doing grass roots work for the party a few years ago and the 2girldogs learned their lessons well.

Setting in the East Wing last Wednesday evening watching my weather station as the temperature took a nose dive from mid 60’s toward the low thirties by the next morning, I thought ‘bout an old friend that’d made an impression on my life many years ago. Think I mentioned ‘bout a chemistry professor I knew who knew a guy that figured out a system to measure the heat in peppers. Well what I didn’t tell ya was that chemistry professor of mine, Dr. Gill, even though I didn’t know it at the time would turn out to be one of four teachers I would later in life point to and say “they made me what I am today” I’ve never tried to put those four in rank order. I just call ‘em the Four Aces in my deck of life. One was a grade school teacher, one a high school teacher, one a college professor, and one a Baptist Preacher who just so happened to also be my father, those Four Aces.

Dr. Gill was well known for assigning off the wall homework that had nothing to do with organic chemistry. One day Dr. Gill walked by me lab station and said “Mr. Howard tonight write a paper on your choice of any laboratory instrument.” I hated when he done that to me , and he did that to me often.

Now this was back in the day where research meant going to the library and reading books, yes reading books, real books. There was no such thing as Google Search. PC’s were not there. In fact the only computers I had available then were made of wood. Interestingly enough they were hexagon shaped bodies , a graphite operating system, with a manual delete on the top of the computer. And the delete button could be replaced if need be.

This early computer didn’t even have an output screen, ya had to use paper in place of the screen, yes it even cut out the printer and computed directly onto paper. Such a marvelous device, I remember ‘em well. I’ll never forget mine was yellow and black, had a number 2 stamped on one side, up toward the delete button. I’m not sure if that was the serial number or model number, but it had number 2 up there toward the top. And it was with the old manual computer that I started out to complete my homework assignment from Dr. Gill to do a paper on a laboratory instrument.

It was a cold day as I walked toward the library with snow blowing in my face. I was walking into the face of winter, without a clue as to how to even start this project. I wondered how cold it was as I got close to the library and right there saw a large thermometer displaying my needed information.

The little angel on my right shoulder whispered into my right ear, “ ya know how a thermometer works? Then research it and write it up”. The little devil on my left shoulder whispered “that’s stupid, ya gona believe that angel? Dr. Gill will throw ya completely out of the lab if ya write something that dumb”. As the little angel reached behind my head and socked the little devil on his right ear, and said “shut up little devil, it’s a good idea and ya know it”. The deal was done. Thermometer research was underway within minutes.

Now most everybody knows how to read ‘em but not everybody know why they work. It was that why part that I wanted to put to paper for the Dr. Gill’s assignment. They’re everywhere, inside, outside, cooking, cooling, home heating, home cooling in cars, planes and trains, in the water and even on the moon.

Turns out we want to know the temperature of ‘bout everything, sometimes ‘cause it’s necessary to know and sometimes ‘cause we’re just nosey people.

These things we call thermometers were invented way back in the very early 1700’s by a fellow named Fahrenheit, in Germany. The most basic form of thermometer is the glass bulb thermometer, This type of thermometer is a long glass tube filled with liquid that rises and falls as the temperature changes. The first thermometer used alcohol in the bulb ’cause alcohol has a much lower freezing point than water. All thermometers in common use provide their reference to water as the unit of measure.

A few years later still looking for a better mouse trap, so to speak, the alcohol was replace with mercury based on the fact that mercury has a much lower freezing and boiling point than alcohol. Mercury bulb thermometers continue to be the most used liquid in glass bulb thermometers some 400 years later.

Now glass bulb thermometers work ‘cause liquids, such as alcohol, or mercury, expand slightly when the temperature rises. When the liquid is trapped in a narrow tube, it has nowhere to go but up. With this expansion happening at a predictable rate, Fahrenheit was able to create a scale to determine what the air temperature would be when the liquid reached any given point on the tube. And just like that ya knew when water turned to ice, it’s 32°.

Oh, and by the way, the little angel on my shoulder was right, Dr. Gill liked my paper on a laboratory instrument.

Stay safe in Afghanistan (yes as so many of you pointed out, last week I forgot to say so, but did not forget to keep ‘em in my prayers, nor did you)

From the East Wing, Turkey, Talking, Cooking, Serving, Clothing for Eastern KY, Spike, Four Aces, Wooden Computers, Thermometers

I wish you well,

Knox City K9 Officer Introduces new K9 to City Council

Chad Keen and Marco #2
Officer Chad Keen speaks to the Knox City Council
Greg Matt and Marco
Marco greets Knox City Councilman, Greg Matt

K9 Officer Chad Keen and K9 Marco appeared at the recent Knox City Council meeting. Officer Keen recently finished training with K9 Marco at the Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana. Marco detects all types of narcotics and can trackpeople as well. Marco is a two-year-old Belgian Tervuren and met the Knox City Council for the first time at the Council’s meeting on November 23rd. This is the third K9 to be part of the Knox City Police Department.

The final walk-through was done at the Wastewater Treatment Facility to close out the City’s grant for that rehabilitation project. A curb needs to be replaced and then the project will be complete.

The Council also got a tonnage report on the refuse and recycling service from the garbage contractors. In July, 137 tons was the highest amount of refuse collected in 2010. The lowest amount of refuse collected was in January at 83.6 tons. 27.2 tons of recyclable material was collected in July, the most collected in 2010.

Starke County Commissioners Approve Motion to Close out Federal Grant

Starke County Commissioners
Starke County Commissioners: Kathy Norem, Dan Bridegroom and Jennifer Davis

The Hamlet Infrastructure grant was discussed at the most recent Starke County Commissioners meeting. Starke County Development Foundation Director, Charles Weaver, requested, and received, permission to begin the process to close out the Federal Economic Development Administration Grant. Starke County received almost $2 million dollars from E.D.A. toward the water tower in the Hamlet West Park, the installation of about 2 miles of 12 inch water mains, fire hydrants, and the installation of one mile of sanitary sewer lines to service the industrial area.

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