July 21st, 2011
ARGOS â€” School may be out for the summer, but quiet is the opposite of what one would find in the Argos High School auditorium. For the past several months, a group of nuns have been filling the auditorium with rousing musical numbers, pithy dialogue, and humorous commentary. The Maxinkuckee Players of Culver will be traveling to area communities this year to perform "Nunsense: the Mega-Musical," beginning with an opening performance this Friday in Argos.
Those members of Culverâ€™s Kiwanis Club hadnâ€™t yet experienced the Boardwalk Bar and Grille at the Culver Marina on State Road 117 had their chance recently, as marina owner Gary Aker hosted the club for a closer look at the longstanding businessâ€™ operations.
Kiwanis member Bob Volkert, in introducing the speaker, said Aker has been â€śa wonderful sponsor for our (Kiwanis) bass tournament, as well as (local realtor) Chris Collins. They made it a huge success. It was probably the most successful single-day fund-raiser Kiwanis has held.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” Rebecca Griffy, director of Heart and Hands in Plymouth, told a tragic story involving a homeless family she and other staff were trying to help receive federal assistance for medical care.
Because of a mistake in filling out paperwork, a woman in the family passed away before she could receive care. Hard to understand forms and the move of information to the Internet, said Griffy, is taking a toll on people who desperately need help.
PLYMOUTH â€” Centralizing the dispatch of emergency personnel around Marshall County will be the focus of a study by an ad hoc committee in the coming months.
Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter came before the Marshall County Council a week ago, urging such a move and he â€” along with County Councilman Ward Byers â€” came before the Marshall County Commissioners to gain their support for the study.
The fact that Herb Kilber of Culver is participating in the USA Roller Sports National Indoor Speed Championships in Fort Wayne later this month is noteworthy. The fact that heâ€™s 76 years old is all the more unusual.
LAKEVILLE â€” With an Aug. 2 school registration date for LaVille Elementary School, the expanded parking lot project and restoration of the current parking lot already in progress must continue to move forward.
According to Principal John Farthing, Phend & Brown contractors have assured him that the paving, striping and drying process will be completed by the registration deadline.
PLYMOUTH â€” Delays in the 13th Road bridge project have begun to draw fire from county officials as the project officially passed its first extended completion deadline Monday.
Jeff Million of DLZ, the supervising engineer for the county on the troubled project, told the Marshall County Commissioners the contractor, Isom Construction, was aware that they were â€śâ€¦under the gun,â€ť drawing the comment from President of the Commissioners Kevin Overmyer that â€śâ€¦They were under the gun the day they moved in here and itâ€™s all because of things theyâ€™ve done.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” The sweltering sun didnâ€™t seem to deter either car buffs or barbecue fans Saturday as a crowd gathered behind Oliver Ford.
Attendees were there to play in cornhole tournaments, check out the endless rows of impressively polished cars, and enjoy some summer barbecue. Proceeds from the dayâ€™s event went to benefit St. Michaelâ€™s school.
â€śWe give to all of the schools in our community, and this event is for St. Michaelâ€™s,â€ť said Jennifer Houin.
LAKEVILLE â€” Despite the fact that the ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) 2011 scores for the Union-North United School Corporation went up, administrators are not satisfied with the results. Corporationâ€“wide, the scores from testing of grades 3-8 went from 70.8 percent passing to 72.4 percent in the combined English and math data.
A long-range plan to raise student achievement that has been in the works for several weeks was presented to the school board as a first draft at the last board meeting.
The Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver is once again partnering with the Bike Barn, 103 E. Lake Shore Drive, this time to present a tour-by-bicycle of the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, on Saturday, July 23, at 9:30 a.m.