March 7th, 2011
PLYMOUTH â€” Itâ€™s not surprising to hear that many 12-year-olds love using their hand-held electronic devises for playing games and chatting with friends, but the one that Travis Louckes uses is far from just a way to pass the time.
Travis, who has been diagnosed with autism complicated with a communication disorder, is non-verbal. Up until about a year ago when he received to his first iPod, his family and teachers would have to guess at what he needed or wanted. Now, he simply shows those around him what he needs by tapping on an icon or typing out a word.
Chad Van Herk, familiar to many in Culver as the manager of the local First Farmers Bank, charmed his audience at Culverâ€™s REAL Meals last week with a mixture of original and familiar songs, which he sang to his own guitar playing. The audience was singing along with his last two numbers, â€śWhat a Wonderful Worldâ€ť (popularized by Louis Armstrong) and the Guy Lombardo classic, â€śEnjoy Yourself.â€ť Van Herk said heâ€™s been playing for more than 14 years and even has cut a CD a few years ago, which is available online.
PLYMOUTH â€” Culver Military Academy rallied past Mishawaka Marian for a 55-51 reprisal victory, while South Bend St. Josephâ€™s used suffocating defense to knock out defending champion Plymouth in Class 3A Sectional 19 semifinal action at The Rock Friday.
The Eagles and the Indians will face off in the championship game tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.
ST. JOE 57, PLYMOUTH 44
The old adage goes that the best defense is a good offense, but St. Joe showed that sometimes good defense can make for a pretty good offense, too.
TOPEKA â€” Bremen point guard Ben Hueni willed his team to victory with 16 second-half points as the Lions beat Fairfield 50-43, while the Class 2A No. 7 host Warriors outscored LaVille 41-24 in the second half of the other semifinal for a 64-51 at Westview Friday night.
BREMEN 50, FAIRFIELD 43
Bremen coach Kyle Hanyzewski had a simple message for his team going into Friday nightâ€™s sectional match-up with Fairfield â€” one win, and the Lions would play for a championship.
Bremen will do just that Saturday night.
BOURBON â€”Â Second-ranked Triton continued its recent dominance of Class A Boys Basketball Sectional 50, although not without a scare.
Meanwhile, a 29-percent mark from the field and 27 points from Westvilleâ€™s Dan Warnke doomed Argos in a 64-40 loss in the second sectional semifinal Friday at The Trojan Trench.
The host Trojans, 46-39 winners over South Central behind five 3-pointers from senior Griffyn Carpenter, seek their fourth consecutive crown tonight in a championship-round clash with Westville at 7 p.m.
TRITON 46, SOUTH CENTRAL 39
Recently-released census figures have come in indicating Culverâ€™s population is down by about 200 persons, a matter which will impact the town of Culverâ€™s funding in coming years.
This was part of the discussion at last weekâ€™s regular meeting of the Culver Town Council, during which Town Clerk Casey Howard ran some of the numbers.
The year 2000 census indicated Culver had a population of 1,539, said Howard, while the 2010 poll shows 1,353. Council member Ed Pinder asked Howard if she had any theories as to the change.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” It is said that poetry is a universal language and Plymouth High School senior Christina Green has brought that language to life.
Christina finished second recently in the Indiana Arts Commissionâ€™s Poetry Out Loud state competition in Indianapolis. The competition involves choosing, memorizing and reciting three works of poetry to be judged by a panel. Winners of the single school competitions then proceeded to Indianapolis for the state championship.
Darlene J. Nanna-Haas
Jan. 15, 1950 â€”Â March 2, 2011
BREMEN â€” Darlene J. Nanna-Haas, 61, of Bremen, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2011 in her home.
She was born Jan. 15, 1950 in Lakeville, to John and Fern (Anders) Minarik. July 10, 1987 in Winter Haven, Fla., she married David K. Nanna, who survives.
March 3, 2011
WALKERTON â€” Margaret Ball, 44, Walkerton, died at 6:33 a.m. Thursday, March 3, 2011 at her residence.
Arrangements are pending with Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 W. Madison St., Plymouth.
Joseph C. Palenik
March 2, 2011
BREMEN â€”Â Joseph C. Palenik, 79, of Bremen, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 in South Bend.
Arrangements are pending at the Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen.
Alice R. Slaybaugh
March 1, 2011
ROCHESTER â€”Â Alice R. Slaybaugh, 62, of Rochester, died at 5:47 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She is survived by her husband, Donald; sons, Laron JK Slaybaugh of Rochester and Christopher S. Slaybaugh of Rochester; sisters: Erma Sue (Lloyd) Stamper of Rochester, Martha Irene Haddix of Flint, Mich., Phyllis Carol (Fred) Shayler of Flint, Mich., Judy Annette (Paul) Mullins of Jackson, Ky.; a brother, Hershel â€śBuddyâ€ť Lynn (Mary) WattsÂ of Flint, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.