June 21st, 2011
PLYMOUTH â€” Two representatives for congressman Joe Donnelly visited the Plymouth VFW post 1162 Friday to videotape WWII veteranâ€™s accounts of their service. The recordings will be placed in the Library of Congress American Folklife Center Reading Roomâ€”available for anyone to watch and listen toâ€”as part of the Veterans History Project.
Karl Collis, commander of the Plymouth VFW, contacted the Veterans History Project about interviewing local veterans, concerned that their stories may be lost when the men themselves are gone.
John Glennâ€™s Connor Berkebile sinks a putt during the Triton Golf Tournament last year. Berkebile was named to the 2011 Academic All-State team for boys golf after finishing out his senior season at the South Bend Riley Sectional with a solid 79 at Erskine.
PLYMOUTH â€” When Charlotte Bender of Plymouth purchased the light blue frilly dress for her first daughter in 1955, she had no idea that her great-granddaughters would still be wearing the dress in 2011.
Since the dress was purchased, eleven babies have worn it in a photo taken at 6 months of age â€” a family tradition that, with any luck, will continue.
â€śThe dress is so thin you can see through it,â€ť said Christen White, Benderâ€™s granddaughter.
PLYMOUTH â€” Drivers passing through downtown recently may have noticed an odd landmark in front of Kingâ€™s Jewelry.
The giant gold-colored rock, dubbed â€śThe Rock of Goldâ€ť is a tradition from years past recently reinstated.
â€śIt was very popular back in the 60s and 70s,â€ť said Becky Glaub-Gibbs, of the Chamber of Commerce.
PLYMOUTH â€” Meeting those youâ€™ve looked up to as youâ€™ve gone through your life can be a daunting thing in the best of times. It can be even more so if heâ€™s your commanding officer.
The latest member of Plymouth Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame â€” Major William Lee Jr. â€” had a rather unique experience meeting his idol. He shared the story with those in attendance at Fridayâ€™s banquet to honor him and all Plymouth Alumni at Plymouth High School.
Janet Kline, left, prepares to try out an offering from the Corndance Cafe, represented here by Matt Artist, right, at the annual Taste of Culver festival Saturday. Sponsored by Culver's Chamber of Commerce, the event once again drew hundreds to the downtown area as the Caribbean-flavored sound of Kent Arnsbarger's steel drums mingled in the air with the enticing smells of a host of the area's popular restaurants and eateries.
PLYMOUTH â€” City council members voted this week to enter into an agreement with DC Tech Solutions, LLC, a Plymouth company.
DC Tech will provide high-speed Internet service to city departments in exchange for being allowed to place its equipment on Plymouthâ€™s two water towers and on top of the fire department. In addition, DC Tech will supply free wireless Internet service to the downtown area, a $5,000 value.
â€śThere arenâ€™t many towns our size offering free wireless downtown,â€ť said councilman Mark Neidig during the meeting. â€śFor tourism, and for downtown residents, itâ€™s a good asset.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” If you are a golfer with some skills, you could be driving a new car home courtesy of the areaâ€™s Youth For Christ ministry.
YFC will hold its annual golf outing fundraiser at the Plymouth Country Club Thursday, June 23 â€” and thanks to some help from local businesses, two lucky golfers could have a new ride home.
â€śSomebody is definitely going to be driving a car home courtesy of the Auto Park,â€ť said Bob Beck, leader of YFC. â€śAuto Park will give away a car for the golfer that is closest to the pin. Oliver Ford will be giving away a truck for a golfer who hits a hole-in-one.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€”Eleven-year-old Destiny Cartwrightâ€™s house was a hub of excitement Wednesday afternoon, as family and friends waited anxiously to witness the completion of a project close to their hearts.
At 2 p.m., Destiny would be able to see her new bedroom, built by the Plymouth Kiwanis and decorated by the Make-A-Wish foundation.
â€śThis was her first wish, to have this done,â€ť said local Make-A-Wish volunteer Lori Parrish, of Argos.
If Lake Maxinkuckee looks especially picturesque this weekend due to a swath of graceful sails on its waters, that's because Culver is hosting the 2011 C Scow National Championship Regatta from June 17 through 19. And one of the people behind the event, Culver's own Ed Furry, says that's good news for the whole community -- and he hopes the whole community will take part in the festivities.
"We'll probably have 60 or 70 boats, each with a two or three-person crew," he says. "We'll be bringing a few hundred people to Culver to support the restaurants and businesses."