The Union City Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet will be held March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mississinawa Valley Cafetorium. Tickets are $22.50 per person for chamber members and $27.50 per person for non-chamber members and payments are due by Feb. 28. Mail to Union City Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 424, Union City, Indiana 47390.
Also it is time to think of who you would like to nominate for the Chambers annual awards. There are many businesses, clubs, organizations and individuals in our community that deserve recognition. The categories are: Volunteers of the year (male or female;) Hub Award; Business/Industry of the year; Distinguished Award and Star Award. Deadline for nominations are due Feb. 1.
The Hub City Families and Recovery and Firehouse 4-D will host a support group for people who have family or friends struggling with addiction. The group meets Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Pipes, 228 N. Plum St., Union City, Indiana. It is an open meeting and anyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information you can call 765-964-4007. The Big Book meeting is held each Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Firehouse Pipes. This is an open meeting for those with addictions.
Family Get Together
Isn’t it great when families can get together to reminisce and keep in touch more than once a year? The Weiss family had a get together recently. Those that attended included: Don and Betty Weiss, Bob, Ruth and Bill Weiss, Don, Carol and Gail Rank, Tim and Rachel Rank, Mark, Jamie and Joshua Henry, Jay and Kim Blackford, Jeremiah, Cortney Nolan and Lauren Blackford, Casey Krista, Maggie, Alex, Charlie and Henry Weiss all from Greenville.
Clarence and Mary Lou Frazier, Jeff and Trena Frazier, Clint, Holly and Anderson Weiss, Richard Weiss, Mark, Sue, Cindy and Christy Mote and Josh and Pam Thornburg, all from Union City, Indiana.
Todd, Patty and Sarah Carroll and Paul and Kay Weiss,Union City, Ohio. Ron Weiss, Luella Gibb, Rhonda, Adeline and Triston Weiss, Bradford. Jim , Esther Weiss, Kier, Diane, Zach and Isaac Smith, Arcanum. David, Ann, Rebekah and Rachel Simpson, Muncie, Indiana and Andy and Deb Gropp, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The day was spent visiting, eating and reminiscing.
Mississinawa Valley Third graders will compete at the State Basketball Contest. Susie Blocher will represent Elk’s Lodge No. 1534, Union City at state level in Elk’s Hoop Shot free throw contest in the 8-9 year old level. She made 16 out of 25 shots for basketball. Congratulations are in order.
Ground Hog Day
Friday is Ground Hog Day. An American legend that started with the Pennsylvania German says that on the second of February the ground hog awakens from his long winter sleep. He sticks his head out of his home in the ground, looks around. If the sun is shining and the ground hog can see his shadow, he is frightened and crawls back in his hole. Then winter lasts another six weeks. If the day is cloudy and the ground hog cannot see his shadow, he stays out of his hole and winter has come to an end. Hopefully the day is cloudy and winter is over but, it doesn’t always happen that way, but wouldn’t it be nice.
North Side Elementary will host a Scholastic Book Fair Feb. 4-8 at 9 a.n. until 6 p .m. on Wednesday. Wednesday is also Family Reading Night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center.
This is also Special Visitors week at North Side, where students invite someone special to have lunch with them. The PTO will provide a free photo of the student with their special guests as a keepsake of the special day. Families are encouraged to turn in reservations to help the cafeteria be ready for all the extra visitors. The
Book Fair offers special priced books and educational products. Books are available for pre-school children to adults - something for everyone. Funds raised will help purchase books for the school media center and classroom libraries. Families, faculty and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event. North Side Elementary is located at 905 North Plum Street in Union City, Ind. Take part in your child, grandchild ( and all children) school events.
This and That
Our weird weather continues. Rain, snow, ice, wind and now unseasonable warm weather, ready to turn frigid again. Even the weatherman can’t keep up with it.
The flue is still making its rounds. So many are ill. There is still time to get that flue shot. Most pharmacies have been restocked. February and March are still flu times.
The birds are still flocking to the feeders and we still have two woodpeckers. And now we have two hawks, they appear two or three times a day to set on the fence and wait.
We have had a few bumps in the road with our Wall of History project, but still working hard at it and still collecting items and stories. If you have stories, pictures or other items for us you can still drop them off at the city building or call me. Nancy is still working on the blizzard of “78.” Your pictures and your personal stories are needed. Mr. Price called me to donate some things he has for us. I’ve been a little under the weather and haven’t picked them up yet. We thank him and will get them.
It’s tax time again. Property tax papers arrived in the mail Saturday. Federal, State and Local tax statements are arriving. Did the president forget his promise to the middle class, the speech at his inauguration speech said he isn’t done yet. New taxes on utility bills, medical equipment, telephone, payroll taxes, appliances, clothing, etc. Our electric bill was much more than it has ever been (yes, it’s been cold but this month’s bill was for less days and less kilowatts than a year ago.) Where does it stop? It’s time congress tightens the purse strings on the president’s spending spree. Like not giving the planes and other equipment to our enemies. That’s my opinion.
Birthday wishes for : Virginia Dunn (85) and Angie Young, Feb. 1; Mike Shannon, Kay Whiteacre, Paula Sickles, Feb. 2; Barbara Elliott, Jeremy Harris and Kiley Lipps, Feb. 3; Toyna Puccini, Shelly Henry, Megan Dunn, Feb. 4; Ruby Kearns, Joyce Miller, Jorden Hummel, Raimie Turner, Feb. 4; Carol Hall, Tim Crawford, Tim Gade, Travis Collins, and Audrey Hershey, Feb. 8.
Bob and Rosemary Sears celebrate an anniversary on Feb. 3; Jack and Marlene Livingston Feb. 4; and Gene and Jenny Kearns, Feb. 6.
Keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers: Richard (Pappy) Harshman, Blaine Pearson, Linda Lore, Chad Wade, Keith Heigel, Carla Welch, Holly Denny, Bob Leugers, Donna Temple Leugers , Jodi Barga Spitler, Sharon Mitchell, Lorena Wright, Karrie (Horn) Joiner, Jack (Papa Tiger) Amspaugh, Alan Kearns, Arvis (Gene) Kearns, Krista Fourman, Rick Hunt, Jeff Stammen, John Neargarder, Joe Floyd, Tom Brumbaugh and Pam Arnold Page.
Prayers for the families of: Robert Perkins, Morris Jones, Betty Patterson, Donald Wampler, Larry Foreman, James Hiestand, and all others that have lost loved ones.
Remember too, our military and their families wherever they are.