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On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized.  A total of twelve ships sank or were beached in the attack and nine additional vessels were damaged. More than 160 aircraft were destroyed and more than 150 others damaged.

A hurried dispatch from the ranking United States naval officer in Pearl Harbor, Commander in Chief Pacific, to all major navy commands and fleet units provided the first official word of the attack at the ill-prepared Pearl Harbor base. It said simply: AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL.

Naval Dispatch from the Commander in Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) announcing the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
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The following day President Franklin Roosevelt, addressing a joint session of Congress, called December 7 “a date which will live in infamy.” Declaring war against Japan, Congress ushered the United States into World War II and forced a nation, already close to war, to abandon isolationism. Within days, Japan’s allies, Germany and Italy, declared war on the United States, and the country began a rapid transition to a wartime economy in building up armaments in support of military campaigns in the Pacific, North Africa, and Europe.

POSTED: 12/07/14 at 8:23 am. FILED UNDER: Announcements

The New Haven United Methodist Women will hold their annual HOLIDAY FANTASIES BAZAAR on Sat.,Dec. 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Professional Arts & Crafts,Cookies By the Pound, and Baked Goods. Ala Carte Luncheon from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Located at the New Haven United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Hwy. East, New Haven.

POSTED: 11/06/14 at 3:14 pm. FILED UNDER: Announcements, Church, News

PFC Thomas Edwin Rousculp, 19 of New Haven graduated from the United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on October 31, 2014. PFC Rousculp successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD Parris Island as one of 75 recruits in Training Platoon 3081 of 3rd Battalion, Kilo. Platoon 3081 received “Honor Platoon” out of the six platoons that graduated that day. PFC, Rousculp following ten days home on leave will leave for one month Military Combat Training and then proceed to a Military Occupation Specialty School. PFC, Rousculp is the son of David and Patricia Rousculp.

POSTED: 11/04/14 at 11:42 am. FILED UNDER: Announcements, News

POSTED: 08/18/14 at 6:59 am. FILED UNDER: Announcements, Entertainment

Bob and Judy Geldien are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on August 29, 2014.  They were married on August 29, 1964 in Stony Ridge, Ohio.  They have already enjoyed a trip to Maui in February with their son Chris, daughter Wendy, and son-in-law Brian.  Bob and Judy will also celebrate with a western Caribbean cruise.  They are both enjoying retirement.   Bob worked for the K-Mart Distribution Center, Dana, and Affinia.  Judy taught elementary school for East Allen County Schools.

POSTED: 08/18/14 at 6:51 am. FILED UNDER: Announcements, News

Robert’s Rants

Being a non-smoker I was really pleased when I heard that New Haven’s own Rack & Helen’s was going non-smoking on August 1st. More importantly, as a business owner I was also pleased that this was a decision made by the owners rather than by government intervention. In a July 17 Facebook release, Wes Anderson stated:  ”we have heard the overwhelming feedback from our customers and have decided to make a change in our business. On August 1, Racks will become a non-smoking establishment. We understand this is a major change. We also understand it may be unpopular to some of our most loyal customers. We hope we can continue serving each and every one of you.”

The announcement lit up social media. The Facebook page for New Haven Bulletin had over 36,000 views, 178 comments and 190 shares. These are unheard of numbers in the “local” social media world and the positive comments outweighed the negative feedback nearly 10 to 1.

Anderson went on to say “As a family owned business, we are especially excited to bring back our Family day on Sundays (something we had to sacrifice to keep smoking) and allow parents to bring kids back into Racks! We’ve said it before on here, but we truly have the best customers around.”

So, as a non-smoker (and for this publication), I decided to make a final trip into “smoking” Racks today, July 31st, and experience a final look at the ash trays (soon to be sold) while enjoying a $1 Busch Light in honor of this momentous occasion.  But this will be far from my final trip into Racks–who knows, I just may enjoy a smoke-free lunch here tomorrow.

Congratulations to one of New Haven’s finest establishments.  They employ a great staff and have some of the best food and fun to be found!  More importantly, congratulations to Wes, Pat and Myra Anderson for living the American Dream of owning your own business, working hard, and succeeding.  And once again at the end of the day, smoking or not, the owners of Racks made the decision. It’s their business…THAT’S THE AMERICAN DREAM.


POSTED: 07/31/14 at 6:06 pm. FILED UNDER: Announcements, Business, Robert's Rants

If you are a Veteran of any branch of the service or if you are currently serving our country, let them know. New Haven High School would like to thank you for your service, within the school. Please send your name, graduation year, and branch of service to dpeterson@eacs.k12.in.us or send it to the school at New Haven High School, 1300 Green Road, New Haven, IN 46774 (C/O Darren Peterson).

POSTED: 05/21/14 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: Announcements, News, Schools

Looking for local Christmas Craft Sales/Bazaars in the Fort Wayne area. If you know of any events that are still accepting local vendors, please let me know. Thanks a bunch!!


POSTED: 11/12/13 at 6:35 am. FILED UNDER: Announcements, bobslist, general, wanted

First Federal of Van Wert proudly presents the wildly popular and musically gifted Kellie Pickler to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 PM. This young woman is first and foremost a force of nature, known for following her restless small-town dream to the upper reaches of the music world. Kellie Pickler was first recognized as one of the six finalists in the fifth season of the popular reality TV show American Idol. While on tour with Idol, Pickler recorded her first album, which firmly established her in the Country Music industry. Her breath-of-fresh-air personality took her to the top with hits including “Red High Heels,” “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life,” and “I Wonder.” Kellie’s new release “The Woman I Am,” comes available on November 11. Pickler combines beauty, wit, humor and guilelessness in a way that has attracted fans from her first days in the spotlight to her crowning glory on Dancing With The Stars. Experience Kellie’s most recent video, Someone Somewhere Tonight at www.NPACVW.org.

Tickets are reasonably priced from $27-$59 and are released for sale Wednesday, October 16 at noon. The Box Office is open 12-4 Monday through Friday at 419-238-6722 (NPAC). Order tickets online any time of day www.NPACVW.org. Presale tickets, available by purchasing the Grand Series or bundling 3 or more events, have been very popular. There is a limited number of seats and this event will assuredly sell out. 

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH.

POSTED: 10/17/13 at 7:29 am. FILED UNDER: Announcements, Entertainment, News

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By Taylor Weddle

A very well-known young man named Zach Labie is quite the people person. He can talk to anyone about anything and always tries to get the students of New Haven involved. Zach is passionate about forming relationships with students and hopes to positively impact them. He is the friend you go to when you need to talk and always has your back. His goal is to build relationships with the adults in the high school as well in the rest of the community. If you’re a New Haven resident, there’s a great chance you’ve heard of Zach or have met him in passing. He is the Campus Life Director of New Haven, and a 2008 New Haven graduate. After joining Campus Life in high school, he was deeply impacted by his director to be around others. Luckily, that job is all about being around the students and staff of New Haven. He enjoys meeting new people and getting to know them, motorcycle riding, and just having a great time.

Favorite TV show?: Amazing Race. My cousin and I have always talked about applying for the show; being in the race, traveling the world, and competing for the prize

Dream Job?: My dream job; being lead guitar in a famous rock band. Being a rockstar (I don’t know if this counts or not)

Favorite Restaurant?: Chik-fil-a or Panda Express. Since we don’t have these restaurants in New Haven, any time I’m up North or Southwest I stop and get one or the other.

Any pets?: Never had any pets?

Favorite song?: I would say right now my favorite song would be Radioactive by Imagine Dragon

POSTED: 09/12/13 at 5:39 pm. FILED UNDER: Announcements, News, Schools