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South Bend Zombie Walk

August 13, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 14276

It's that time of year again where zombies will take over Downtown South Bend!

On September 8th, 2012 Wicked Jester Entertainment will put on their 4th annual South Bend Zombie Walk to benefit the Northern Indiana Food Bank! They will be turning Howard Park into a zombie war zone! From kids games and a zombie obstacle course to live bands and wrestling, there will be something for everyone! We are also introducing the first annual Zombie Art Show. Local artists as well as artists coming from as far as Arizona will be showing and selling their art work. The zombie walk is a free event, we just ask that you bring non perishable food items. There will be a minimal fee for the zombie games and obstacle course. Gates open at 12noon and the walk begins at 7pm.

Little Lambs Preschool of Etna Green Has Openings

August 8, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 15 weeks ago
Comment: 14244

Little Lambs Preschool of Etna Green has openings for the 3 year old class beginning this September. Please contact us at 858-9359 for enrollment information.

Former resident publishes novel with editorial rave reviews

August 6, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 15 weeks ago
Comment: 14238

Ginger Marcinkowski, wife of officer Michael Marcinkowski, lived for years in the Plymouth/Goshen/Elkhart area, attending South Bend Indiana University and ultimately graduating with her MFA from Wilkes University. She was a professional reader for the James Jones First Novel Award ($10,000 prize) and interned with Etruscan Press. Ginger is currently a judge for the East-West Writer's Contest, having placed in several writing contests with her own literature. She just released her novel, RUN, RIVER CURRENTS, which has received excellent editorial reviews and is already in great demand on Thank you for your part in helping to create an amazing author! For appearances or interviews, you may contact

11U Granger Cubs Travel Baseball Tryouts

August 6, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 16 weeks ago
Comment: 14236

The Granger Cubs will hold 11U tryouts for the 2013 season at 11:00 AM on August 19 in Mishawaka, IN. Those interested should contact Coach Chris Hickey at 574-532-6115 or

A Plea to My Car Thief

July 30, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 16 weeks ago
Comment: 14223

Last night, my car was stolen from in front of my house here in Plymouth. I send out this plea to the thief: please return my car soon, and in one piece.

I am a recent transplant to Marshall County; a single mother of three children, with no immediate family for aid. I have no money to replace my car soon. You've left my family with no way to drive anywhere. Life is already a challenge for us all. But now you've made it that much harder for me and my children.

I'm not as bent on justice, as I am desperate to have my only means of transportation back. Please do the right thing and return it-- preferably without destroying it.

If anyone has information regarding my car, please do the right thing for my family and contact the Plymouth Police Department. It is a black 1999 Toyota Corolla. Thank you.

Back to School Family Day

July 30, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 16 weeks ago
Comment: 14222

Back to School Family Day
• FREE immunizations (shots)
• Health screenings
• School supplies (child must be present)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 (3 PM to 6 PM)
Appointment Needed. Call 219.772.7400.
HealthLinc, 104 E. Culver Rd., Suite 101 in Knox


July 27, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 14213

I sincerely hope that you will be elaborating more on this topic. I would like a tad more information.

Veterans' Recognition Showcase at Argos Schools

July 25, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 14210

Argos Community Schools has created a special “Veterans’ Showcase” for pictures of students who served in the military. The showcase is in the commons area and has been established for recognizing the efforts made by the individuals who were students and are now veterans. All veterans, including those actively serving, are to be recognized.
A picture of the veteran should be sent to the superintendent, Dr. Jennifer Lucht, at 410 North First Street, Argos, IN, 46501, with the following information: the actual years in attendance at Argos Schools (such as 1968-1977), the branch of service, the last rank attained, and the last assignment (job) and the name of their duty station. Frames for the pictures are optional.
The goal is to have the showcase complete with the veterans’ information by November 11, 2012, Veterans’ Day. The junior/senior high school is planning a special recognition for all veterans at that time. Questions may be directed to Dr. Lucht at 574-892-5139 or at or junior/senior high school principal Nick Medich, 574-892-5137, .

KERAMIDA Inc. Opens New South Bend Office

July 19, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 14199

KERAMIDA Inc. is growing and continuing to satisfy our clients' expectations by ensuring the best quality of service in the industry. We are proud to announce the opening of our new South Bend office at the following location:

105 E. Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 218
South Bend, Indiana 46601
Phone: (574)288-3149
Contact: Steve Sittler, L.P.G., C.P.

Marshall County 4H fair

July 17, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 14183

You really should should do a story on this sad 4H fair.
It has no rides no games a few food booths and live stock.
Its so sad to see this Counties fair go so far down hill.
When I was younger we as kids looked forward to the fair they use to have geart rides,great food and alot of things to do for young and old.
I'm so upset seeing this County fair as it is this year.Its been getting smaller and smaller over the years,But this year its a joke.

MoonTree Studios is proud to

July 12, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 14175

MoonTree Studios is proud to present Barb Kobe. From Minneapolis, MN, Barb Kobe , doll creator presents Connection to Earth, Connection to Spirit.The Opening Reception will begin at 1:00pm and continue until 3:00pm on July 14,2012 at MoonTree Studios 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN 46513. For more information see, or call 574-936-1712

Bible School

July 12, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 14174

Bourbon First United Methodist Church/
corner of North and Washington

Whale OF a Journey- Bible School
there will be games, stories, crafts, music and snacks
come join us on this journey.


Seed Industry Award Given to Young Professional in Plymouth

June 26, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 21 weeks ago
Comment: 14129

Cassie Misch, JGL, Inc. of Plymouth IN, is the recipient of the Future Giants of the Seed Industy award which is a joint effort of Seed World magazine and the American Seed Trade Association’s Future Seed Executives (FuSE) Committee.

The Future Giants of the Seed Industry award annually recognizes an individual who is in the graduation year of his/her post-secondary program who plans to enter the seed industry, or is currently employed in the seed industry and is seen as a rising leader. The award is given to an individual who shows the potential to make a significant contribution to the industry.

Cassie is a December, 2007 Purdue University graduate who serves as a licensing executive and brokerage manager for JGL, Inc. Misch is responsible to sell, service and license seed companies with JGL soybean and wheat genetics. She says she is very honored to receive the award and appreciates the support the sponsors provide to young professionals entering the industry.

JGHS Class of 1997

June 13, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 14111

JGHS Class of 1997 is planning a Reunion. Please visit to register.

Food for the hungry-Donations accepted

May 29, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 25 weeks ago
Comment: 14083

The mobile Food Bank of Northern Indiana visited Knox Thursday, May 24 to distribute food to the community. Approximately two hundred citizens from Knox and Starke County stood in line in temperatures above 80 degrees, to receive the much-needed relief.
Amanda Petersen, representative of the Food Bank of northern Indiana and those who were working with her demonstrated professionalism mixed with compassion, along with a great concern for the hungry families here in Starke County. When asked how they obtain all of the supplies, Petersen said, “Most is donated by large grocery chains that have excess. In addition, some companies make monetary donations. It cost $500.00 each time the truck goes out”. One volunteer said, “Without the hunger relief, so many of our elderly who live on a small fixed income would have nothing by the end of the month, when it is a choice to eat or pay your light bill”.
The First Pentecostal Church at 509 South Roosevelt Road, hosted the Mobile Food Bank, offering their parking lot and many church members to assist in packaging, as well as loading heavy boxes for the elderly or disabled that attended.
Many members of the community made comments concerning the Mobile food bank as well as the local church food pantry such as…
-if I did not come here we would have nothing to eat…God bless you all.
- This is the best thing that happens in this county. I am thankful
-This church food pantry is so much better than the one the council on aging has once a month.
-with all the factory closings, we need the help, thank God for this church and you people.
-It’s great that this church does this, Starke county is the poorest county in the state, I’m thankful.
One smiling recipient simply said “YAY!”
The church offers the only faith based food pantry in Starke County; open each Wednesday evening beginning at 8:30. Anyone 18 years old or above, in need of food is eligible.
In addition, the church will gladly receive any donations of food or finance to help support the local food pantry. At present, the church pantry is funded solely by its members. If you are interested in donating, please contact the church at 574-772-4165 .

Healthcare Changes Supported by Workforce Training

May 25, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 26 weeks ago
Comment: 14076

Healthcare Changes Supported by Workforce Training
The Healthcare industry is undergoing profound changes driven by technology and the need to reduce costs and improve outcomes. Health Information Technology is a growing field, and based on these lofty goals, a tremendous workforce shortage is projected, particularly as it relates to skills required to implement and optimize electronic medical record systems. Fortunately, grant funding has been made available to increase the pool of qualified workers.
Individuals with either healthcare or Information Technology experience can participate in grant-subsidized training, if they enroll in a monthly cohort prior to October 2012. Current students are unemployed, under-employed, and career changers, with a variety of skills, i.e., Medical Assistants, physicians and nurses, IT workers from a variety of industries, Ph.Ds., and more.
Interested parties may apply online at Please help spread the word about this important program and let's continue to expand on Indiana's successes in the health technology industry by building the strongest workforce in the country!

Brenda McLane
Corporate Executive for Life Sciences
Ivy Tech Corporate College

Marshall County 4-H Flower Barrell Sponsorship

May 22, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 26 weeks ago
Comment: 14063

The Marshall County 4-H Fairboard is soliciting for sponsorship of flower barrels to be used during our 4-H fair. The cost is $100.00 and can be renewed annually. The flowers will be planted by the Master Gardeners and the 4-H Fairboard. The Fairboard has purchased forty new resin barrels and your name will be displayed on the barrel in show of your support for our 4-H program. If you prefer you may sponsor a barrel in memory of a loved one. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring a barrel, please contact Marta Bagley @ 574-606-8252 or email

Marshall County Housing Authority Public Notice

May 21, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 26 weeks ago
Comment: 14058

Due to lack of funding, The Marshall County Housing Authority has been instructed to implement several cost saving strategies. Below are the changes to occur.
Effective immediately:
• Issuing of vouchers has stopped until the first of 2013 or later.
• Denial of moves to higher cost areas or units.
• Lowering of the occupancy standard to 2 occupants per bedroom upon lease end.
• Lowering of payment standard from 100% to 90% upon re-exams (this includes interims).
• Non compliance will result in termination, not warnings.
• Voucher holders resulting in a HAP balance of zero, will be terminated immediately.

Effective ASAP (in 45-day) contingent upon approval of waivers by HUD:
• Lowering of payment standard to 80% immediately to all voucher holders.
• Lowering Utility Allowance to be based upon Voucher size not unit size.
• Increasing Minimum rent from $50 to $75.
All changes above are attempts to lower the Marshall County Housing Authority HAP cost for 2012, in order to avoid terminating assisted vouchers.
The Marshall County Housing Authority deeply regrets the hardships that this will impose on our low-income community. We hope that these changes will be ensuring assistance to those already assisted and that in the future to be able to assist more families.
Donna Vela
Interim Director
Marshall County Housing Authority
211 W Madison St
Plymouth, In 46563
Phone: 574-936-1835
Fax: 574-936-8038

1st Annual Hope Hospice Golf Tournament

May 15, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 27 weeks ago
Comment: 14054

You are invited to join Hope Hospice for a fun afternoon of golf and a chance to win great prizes--including a brand new Harley Davidson Motorcycle Hole-in-One Prize, sponsored by Brandt's Harley Davidson!

The 1st Annual Hope Hospice Golf Tournament sponsored by Kesling Home Health Care will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the Logansport Golf Club (20 Cedar Island Road, Logansport, IN)! Lunch and registration will be at 11:00 am, followed by a 12:00 shotgun start.

100% of the proceeds help pay for hospice care for the uninsured or underinsured individuals we serve, as we have never charged a copay or out of pocket expense to our patients. Hope Hospice serves 11 Indiana counties including Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Howard, Kosciusko, Marshall, Miami, Pulaski, Starke, Wabash, and White.

For more information on how you can become an event or hole sponsor for this tournament, or to register a player or team, please contact Daylene Byers at 574-224-4673 or email

O-D Bobcat Academic Team

May 9, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 28 weeks ago
Comment: 14044

The Oregon-Davis Junior High Academic Super Bowl Interdisciplinary squad placed first in the Area Competition at LaPorte High School on April 28. Students answered correctly 15 of the 25 questions about Colonial and Revolutionary America. Questions came from the English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies subject areas. On Monday, April 30 they were informed that the Interdisciplinary team placed third in the state.

The team members are Logan Brissette, Jackson Green, Bobby Pucel, and Alondra Venegas. These team members also competed in the subject area rounds. The Bobcat Academic Team is coached by Kyle Foster and Lauren Akers.

For photo, email

Don Balka Assumes Presidency of TODOS: Mathematics for ALL

May 6, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 29 weeks ago
Comment: 14038

Don S. Balka, Emeritus Mathematics Professor, Saint Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana, began his two-year term as the president of TODOS: Mathematics for ALL on April 25. The mission of TODOS is to advocate for an equitable and high quality mathematics education for all students—in particular, Hispanic/Latino students—by increasing the equity awareness of educators and their ability to foster students’ proficiency in rigorous and coherent mathematics.
Balka has held leadership positions in TODOS, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA). While on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College, he strived to dispel women’s beliefs that they could not succeed in mathematics. For three years, Balka was involved with training teachers of English Language Learners (ELL) in mathematics content and pedagogy in a program entitled Reach for the Numbers, a partnership between the Saint Mary’s College Mathematics Department and the South Bend Community School Corporation. Earlier in his teaching career, he completed a post-doctorate master’s thesis involving Hispanic migrant students in northern Indiana.
He learned a great deal about equity and, as a NCTM Board member, served on the Equity Team that drafted the position statement on Equity and amassed the current equity portfolio. He also drafted the updated ELL position statement. He facilitated a meeting of the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Mathematics Education (CEEME), a group of leaders with a significant stake in carrying out missions similar to that of TODOS.

Prom and Sports

May 3, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 29 weeks ago
Comment: 14035

Knox High School Baseball Coach (Hannon) kicks 2 kids off team for going to Prom. Other schools Rescheduled Tourneys for prom. Sad world we live in when you cant go to prom w/o worrying if u may get kicked off the team bacause schools could have looked ahead and scheduled accordingly

Dylan Gessinger's 72 for medalist honors at Sycamore Hills Invit

April 27, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 14022

Competitors awed by Sycamore Hills
Greg Jones | High school sports editor
FORT WAYNE – There is definitely a lot of respect for Sycamore Hills Golf Club from those involved in Saturday’s Canterbury Invitational.

“It’s a difficult course,” Canterbury’s Austin West said. “Jack Nicklaus designed it, and he made it that you have to put the ball in the right position on every hole. You have to be consistent from tee to green.”

Sycamore Hills is a nationally renowned golf course that will play host to the Junior PGA Championship for a third straight year in late July and early August. Sycamore Hills will also have the U.S. Girls Junior Championship again, and it played host to the 2009 Women’s State Team Championship.

West’s 73 was one stroke behind NorthWood’s Dylan Gessinger’s 72 for medalist honors, and the Cavaliers (328) finished third behind Northridge’s 326.

“It’s a great measurement for my game,” West said. “Shooting 73 on this course isn’t bad when you didn’t have your complete ‘A’ game for the entire 18 holes. But it teaches you that in order to play well on a course like this, you have to have your ‘A’ game for all 18 holes.”

NorthWood tied with Canterbury with a 328 but finished second on a tiebreaker. Twin Lakes was fourth with a 333, and Bloomington North was fifth at 334.

“This golf course is so hard that (the players) get excited and try to overpower it, and when you try to overpower this course it starts to eat away at you, and then big numbers turn into bigger numbers,” said Carroll coach Steve Vernasco, whose team finished sixth out of the nine teams with a 339.

“When you play on a golf course that is rated in the top 100, you just get excited. But it’s a challenge, and you look at it like it is a learning experience.”

Vernasco said Sycamore Hills is a tough course to play, especially for high school golfers, but was set up fairly for the prep level. He said it is all about managing the nerves when the going gets tough for golfers.

“We preach how to manage your game,” he said. “We practice hitting irons off the tees in practice and play that way so when you play a course like this where the fairways are important to hit that they are used to hitting the clubs they need to hit.”

Stephen Shupert led the Chargers with an 83.

“This is a whole different course than any other course,” Shupert said. “You just have to be perfect in your iron game. You have to hit the right iron into the greens or you will have some crazy shots. It is a second-shot golf course.”

Rohrer 25th Wedding Anniversary

April 12, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 32 weeks ago
Comment: 13999

Goshen – Bryce and Carol (Myers Roose) Rohrer, Goshen, are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married May 2, 1987 at Wakarusa United Methodist Church.

Their children include Ken (Debbie) Rohrer of Indianapolis, Kathy (Ollie) Frazier of Walkerton, Wendell (Katie) Rohrer of Mishawaka, Chris (Kurt) Stein of Goshen, and Angie (Steve) Foresman of Walkerton. They have 16 grandchildren.

Bryce retired from Oaklawn Hospital as a physician in 2011 and Carol retired from Elkhart General Hospital as a scheduler in 2011.

The couple’s children are hosting an open house to celebrate not only Bryce & Carol’s anniversary, but also Bryce’s 80th birthday. It will be held on May 5, 2012 from 3-5pm EST at the Spring Brooke Clubhouse, 1618 Springbrooke Drive, Goshen, IN. The couple requests no gifts, except the gift of your company. If unable to make it, you may send cards in care of Kathy Frazier, 120 Shamrock St, Walkerton, IN 46574.

Obituary for Norma Jean Larimore

March 5, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 13936

Norma Jean Larimore April 14, 1947-Feb 19 2012. She is survived by her son, Bruce Larimore, Plymouth IN. Two brothers, Doug (Chari) Larimore, Hot Springs Village Arkansas, Scott (Betsy) Dunkirk, Phoenix Arizona. One sister,Linda (Richard) Mohr Elgin South Carolina, 5 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren. A private Memorial service to be held by Family and close friends.

Robert M. Gorrell

December 28, 2011 by Anonymous, 2 years 47 weeks ago
Comment: 13808

There probably aren't many Bremen residents who would remember him, but Robert M. Gorrell died on 12/25/11 at his home in Reno, NV, age 97. More information can be found at

Ancilla College

December 12, 2011 by Anonymous, 2 years 50 weeks ago
Comment: 13793

Recently I received a dismissal letter in the mail from the Ancilla Nursing program. I, just like the many other girls who also received this type of letter, was very upset but also irate. Not specifically due to the fact that we were dismissed but because of how we were dismissed and the monotonous manner in which the director of nursing took. The 2010 ASN pass rates for Ancilla were brought to my attention once the semester came to an end not only to prove a point but to open my eyes. This is a National Pass Rate flow sheet that shows Associate Degree Programs in the state of Indiana and standard deviation below the National Pass Rates. As evidence shows, Ancilla has been below this pass rate for the past few years but still justified raising their passing standard; pointing fingers at students instead of teachers.

I am writing this because I believe there is a lot to be looked into when it comes to this college and I hope that by getting the word out and possibly getting help, I can in return help others to not make the same mistake I, like multiple other students, did.


Former ACNS

Re: Ancilla Nursing Program

February 11, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 41 weeks ago
Comment: 13882

Thanks for this informative information. I live over an hour away and have been trying to get more information about Ancilla /nursing program. I cant seem to find any good or bad which I thought was a bit odd. I wish more people would take the time to post on the website.
Ancilla is expensive and I would not qualify for any financial aid. Plus I would have to commute which is an extra expense. I would not mind paying the tuition, gas, and commuting if I knew I was getting into a quality program with quality instructors. Plus a great school that values the students.

Lost Dog!!!!!!!!!!!

December 4, 2011 by Anonymous, 2 years 51 weeks ago
Comment: 13774

We have found a lost dog !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brownish pitbull very sweet and has a chocker chain on and to get info on lost dog CALL 5747808433

Celena Sherwood picture

November 16, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 1 week ago
Comment: 13746

Dear Sir;
A few weeks ago someone from the JGHS band told me my daughter's picture was in the Pilot, but I must have missed it. I have been looking online but cannot find it. Her name is Celena Sherwood and she is a senior, is in marching band, guard, and theater. I think it was on a Wednesday that the picture was published, and maybe on the front page. Can you help me find it?
Thank you,
Tina Hostetler

Death Notice for Lydia E. (Surma) Krause

November 16, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 1 week ago
Comment: 13745

Lydia E. (Surma) Krause, 90, born and raised in North Judson, IN, and a long-time resident of Mishawaka, IN, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2011 in Lakewood, Colorado. She graduated from St. Peter Lutheran School and North Judson High School in North Judson, IN. Lydia married Raymond Krause in South Bend, IN in 1943. Raymond and their son, Theodore Krause, preceded her in death. She was the mother of Timothy (Jan) Krause, Colette Gene (Bob) Linehan, Jonathan (Joni) Krause, and Becky (Jack) Miller. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Lydia belonged to the women's Bible Study at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakewood, CO, was an avid reader, family genealogist, and china painter. Employment included Treasury Dept. at Studebaker Corp. in South Bend, IN and School City of Mishawaka, IN. Before retiring in 1980, she was secretary for Emmons School in Mishawaka, IN. Her family requests that memorials be made to St. Peter's Lutheran School, 810 W Talmer Ave., North Judson IN 46366.

Death Notice for Lydia E. (Surma) Krause

November 16, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 1 week ago
Comment: 13744

Lydia E. (Surma) Krause, 90, born in North Judson, IN, previously a long-time resident of Mishawaka, IN, died October 29, 2011 in Lakewood, Colorado. She graduated from St. Peter Lutheran School and North Judson High School in North Judson, IN. Lydia married Raymond Krause in South Bend, IN in 1943. Raymond and their son, Theodore Krause, preceded her in death. She was the mother of Timothy (Jan) Krause, Colette Gene (Bob) Linehan, Jonathan (Joni) Krause, and Becky (Jack) Miller. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Lydia belonged to the women's Bible Study at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakewood, CO, was an avid reader, family genealogist, and china painter. Employment included Treasury Dept. at Studebaker Corp. in South Bend, IN and School City of Mishawaka, IN. Before retiring in 1980, she was secretary for Emmons School in Mishawaka, IN. Her family requests that memorials be made to St. Peter's Lutheran School, 810 W Talmer Ave., North Judson IN 46366.


October 31, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 3 weeks ago
Comment: 13726

The LaVille Athletic Department received approximately $7000 from The Big Blue Booster Club to fund the Junior and Senior High Athletic Awards for the 2011-2012 school year. Big Blue raised the funds for the Athletic Department by gathering various donations and hosting a golf outing at Sprig-O-Mint Golf Course in August.

Big Blue would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations in support of their cause:

Hole Sponsors
Ideal Consolidated, Inc.
Regional Turf
Zane & Zoie Triplet Scholarship
Jennings Insurance Agency, Inc.
Palmer Funeral Homes
Injection Plastics
Teacher's Credit Union
Lakeville Lions
LaPaz Lions
Mc Collough Real Estate
Bettcher US Truck & Trailer Service
Prodigy Marketing
Moore Concrete
Berger Auctioneering
Kessler's Sporting Goods
Spencer, Inc.
Union North United School Board
Lake City Heat Treating
Creed's Septic Systems
Beef O' Brady's
O' Rourke's Public House
Country Auto
RKJ Glass
A+ Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Inc.
Bruno's Pizza
Berger Welding & Farm Supply
Buffalo Rose's Pizzeria & Patio
Swihart Motors
1st Source Bank
Cargill, Inc.
Mark's Auto
Lineback Reality

Treat's Squire Shop
Yoder's Sporting Goods
Pizza Bill's
Wings, Etc.
Tangles Hair Salon
Dorothy's Hallmark
Carol's Beauty Salon
Mac's Market
Kris's Kountry Kitchen
Woodies Supermarket
Spencer Water
Pat's Bar & Grill
Max & Erma's
Wild Tree
Monsanto Seed Co.
Tiki Tan
Massage by Angie
GTM Sports Wear
Nancy Bottorff
Tri Way Golf Course
Honkers Restaurant
Photography by Tina
Sprig O' Mint Golf Course
Tastefully Simple
Texas Roadhouse
D&M Propane
Hoosier Tire, Inc.
Hilltop Restaurant
Antibus Scales & Systems
Action Machine, Inc.

All the money raised through this event will pay for recognition awards for Jr. High and Senior High student athletes at LaVille Jr./Sr. High School. To become a member of the LaVille Big Blue Club, please contact Gary Hall at 574/784/3151 x259.

Kara Gilley named All-Conference from Manchester College

October 26, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 4 weeks ago
Comment: 13714

Kara Gilley, a 2010 graduate of Plymouth High School and former #1 singles player for the 2010 PHS girls varsity tennis team, was named to the 2011 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference team. She played for the 2011 Manchester Spartans girls tennis team as a #1 doubles player and finished 7-2 in the conference as a #2 singles player. Manchester Spartans finished 4th place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for the 2011 season.

Demand for Assistance Is High During Winter Months

October 17, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 5 weeks ago
Comment: 13703

...While Funding Decreases Loom

Contact NWICA, 5240 Fountain Drive, Crown Point, IN 46307 or
Gary Olund, President/CEO or
Melissa Bohacek, Communications Manager/Executive Assistant

As the leaves start to reveal their brilliant colors; thoughts often turn to colder weather making the autumn and winter seasons a particularly busy time of year for Community Action.

As if ushered in by the cooler temperatures, Northwest Indiana Community Action’s (NWICA) telephones begin to ring announcing clients, neighbors and friends. They call for a variety of reasons: 2-1-1 Information and Assistance field calls for free Flu Shot vouchers, of which they distributed over 900 last year. Our Family Caregiver Support Program Specialists register hard working caregivers for a celebration and informational event in their honor. Our Long Term Care Options and Benefits Counselors help lead those eligible through the October-December 2011 Medicare Open Enrollment process.

There are also record numbers of calls for our Energy Assistance (EAP) and Weatherization Programs. Unfortunately, there are so many local families who do not have the ability to complete payments on their natural gas utility costs. There are more who live in homes that cannot withstand the cold due to lack of insulation or other mechanical gas appliance issues. If you live here, you know that northwest Indiana winters can quickly become brutally cold and dangerously snow-laden. These families face the realization that they will be cold this winter unless they obtain some household financial assistance so, they turn to us.

Indiana’s Energy Assistance Program will open for applicants on November 1st, 2011. By this time last year, NWICA’s Energy Assistance Program had helped almost 3,000 Northwest Indiana households and was on target to help over 22,500. This year, due to anticipated federal and state cuts, NWICA will not be able to assist nearly the same amount of our most vulnerable.

“Anticipated budget cuts for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and other vital community action programs are having an impact on those least able to handle it in all the communities we serve,” said Gary Olund, NWICA President/CEO. “We are actively seeking solutions to help ease the burden on elderly, low wage earners, the disabled and those with young children but the reality is that we will not be able to assist as we have at past years’ levels.”

NIWCA operates several programs for the elderly, low or fixed income and disabled families in a six county service area. Please continue to call our 2-1-1 Information and Assistance Call Center for up-to- date information and referral services to find out how we can assist your family this season.

Quilter's Guild of Indianapolis QUILT GUILD 2011 news release

October 10, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 6 weeks ago
Comment: 13700

Dear Editors:

We would appreciate your publishing a news release regarding our bi-annual Quilt Show in your newspaper/on-line the weeks of October 16th and/or October 23. Revenue from the show funds programming for two years for approximately 400 quilt members in the central Indiana area. Additional information is available on our website at

The Quilter's Guild of Indianapolis will have a bi-annual Quilt Show on October 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Westfield Middle School at US 31 N & 181st Street, Westfield, IN. Four hundred quilts from traditional to contemporary will be on display along with quilt appraisals, vendors, lectures, small quilt auction, and demonstrations. Everyone is welcome to enjoy one of the largest quilt shows in Indiana.


Quilt Show 2011
“A Quilter’s Journey”
October 28 & 29
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US 31 N & 181st Street
Westfield, Indiana

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Quilter's Guild of Indianapolis
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Obituary - Opal Heilman, long-time Knox Resident

September 30, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 8 weeks ago
Comment: 13693

submitted by Tom Heilman - (317) 637-4291
Opal May Heilman 1910-2011
100, Lake City, Fl, died September 29, 2011. Opal was born to the late William S. and Zora (Benson) McDonald on October 31, 1910 near McCoysburg, Indiana. She graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1928, and attended business school in LaPorte. On January 25, 1932 she was married to Collins Keith Heilman, who preceded her in death.
Opal was a legal secretary for the Knox law firm of Nichols and Wallsmith for almost forty years. She was also a life-long member of PEO. For years she was active in the Republican party as a precint committee chairman. After spending most of her adult life in Knox, Indiana; she and Keith retired to LaPorte, In. Recently she had lived in Venice, Florida; LaPorte, Indiana; and Lake City, Florida.
She is survived by her sons David W. (Patricia), Lake City, FL. and Tom K. (Nancy), Indianapolis, IN; three grandchildren and two great grand children.
There will be no calling or service. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Nationally Touring Hit Comedy Show in Three Oaks Oct. 16th!

September 24, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 9 weeks ago
Comment: 13686

3 Blonde Moms...See How They Run! This top notch high energy PG13 show, is coming to The Acorn Theater on Sunday October 16th, for a special 4pm performance. Check for more show details, and for tickets. Show will SELL OUT, so hurry!

Boys and Girls Club of Bremen

September 18, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 9 weeks ago
Comment: 13675

Bellman oil Co, Inc. recently nominated the Boys and Girls Club of Bremen to receive a grant through the BP Fueling Communities Program. This program focuses on health, education, youth, food and housing to spread charity and goodwill among neighborhoods in need. Jamie Bellman made the nomination, which resulted in a $10,000 donation to the Club. The Bremen Boys and Girls Club provides quality, after-school programs for Bremen students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Most of its operating expenses are raised through donations. Kayla Turpin, club director, spoke on behalf of the Club’s advisory board and staff. “We greatly appreciate the donation and together we can help make a difference in our neighborhood and children’s lives.”

The Great Race will be postponed

August 11, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 15 weeks ago
Comment: 13491

Media contact:
Ronald E. Schmanske
President, CEO
The Great Race Inc.

The Great Race will be postponed.

ELKHART, Ind. — If you planned to participate in the 31st Annual Great Race Sports Festival on September 24 and 25, you now have a little more time to prepare.

Ronald E. Schmanske, president and CEO of The Great Race, announced earlier this week that road officials cannot guarantee that roadwork along the race courses will be completed by the planned race dates.

“As a result of this new information, we’ve decided our responsibility for the safety of the participants is too great a risk,” Schmanske said.

The new race date is now under discussion. Race officials will announce the new date upon confirmation. Comments or questions can be directed to Ron at The Great Race Inc., email address:

Meanwhile, fundraising for the pledge contest, which allows contestants to choose the local charity of their choice to pledge to, will continue. The pledge deadline will also be announced once the new date for the race is confirmed. No pledge money is used to cover The Great Race administrative or expense funds; 100 percent of all pledges raised go directly to The Great Race charity of each contestant’s choice.

Past organizations that have benefitted from The Great Race Pledge Program are: Elkhart Parks, Junior Achievement, Goshen Boys & Girls Club, Daimon’s Kids, Youth for Christ, Oaklawn and the YMCA.

About The Great Race Sports Festival:
The Great Race features three different race courses and a variety of events to challenge runners, walkers, cyclists and in-line skaters. There are also events for swimming, canoeing/kayaking, and team events for basketball and tug-of-war. The Great Race Inc. is a nonprofit organization that helps raise funds to support other Elkhart County nonprofit organizations. The Great Race Inc., office is located in the industrial park near County Road 17 and Middlebury Street at the intersection of Durrant and Green Streets in Elkhart.

RACE FOR CONGO, a bike ride across America comes to Indiana

July 29, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 13462

RACE FOR CONGO is an 8 man cycling relay team that will be riding day and night August 1 - August 7 from Bend, Oregon to Baltimore, Maryland. They are riding to raise awareness of the conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo and to raise money for a World Relief peace initiative.

More than a decade of conflict in the Eastern DRC has uprooted millions of people, caused widespread disease and claimed over 5.4 million lives. Though blessed with land rich in mineral resources, 80% of Congolese live in extreme poverty conditions. In the middle of such instability and upheaval, World Relief is working with the church to respond to urgent needs. As one of the few remaining social infrastructures, the local church in DRC makes the most of limited resources to serve the vulnerable and stand as a beacon of hope and refuge.

Learn more at

Your local support of the riders on the evening of August 5th as they travel through towns such as Hamlet, Grovertown and Plymouth, Indiana will be greatly appreciated.

Experienced cyclists are welcome to join the ride with the understanding that they will be keeping an 18mph average and that riders will ride at their own risk!

Follow the route at:

Donations will go directly to fund the work of World Relief in Congo.

Heartland Breastfeeding Coalition Website

July 26, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 13455

Please visit our website at for more information on World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, and the Community Baby Shower on August 3rd, from 5-7pm at Pulaski Mwmorial Hospital.

World Breastfeeding Week and Community Baby Shower

July 26, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 13454

The Heartland Breastfeeding Coalition that serves Starke, Pulaski, Fulton and Cass counties is hosting a Community Baby Shower on August 3rd, from 5pm to 7pm at Pulaski Memorial Hospital. We are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7th and hosting the Baby Shower to benefit the Mobile Tot Shop.
World Breastfeeding Week is the first week in August every year to bring attention to the benefits of breastfeeding to both mom and baby. This year's theme of community support is especially significant in recognizing the Mobile Tot Shop that visits the communities of Starke, Pulaski and Jasper Counties every month. Moms and families can trade coupons they have received from various community services such as WIC, prenatal classes, Dr's appointments and immunizations.
Please bring a new baby item, such as diapers, ones-sies, blankets, car seats, toys, etc, to donate to the Tot Shop. Of course, tax-deductible cash donations will also be accepted.

Urban Adventure Games Coming To South Bend!

July 11, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 13411

South Bend, Ind. – Michiana-area residents and visitors looking for a reason to head outdoors and experience the city of South Bend in a fast-paced, energy-infused way unlike any other can do so by participating in the second annual Urban Adventure Games – a race consisting of a unique cross between an athletic competition or race and a city-wide scavenger hunt will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2011. Registration for the 2011 Urban Adventure Games is now available online at

Starting and ending at Coveleski Stadium, the second annual Urban Adventure Games race will lead participants through the city of South Bend from checkpoint to checkpoint, testing them both physically and mentally. Participants will do some biking, running, paddling, climbing and even flying throughout the city, while simultaneously finding hidden clues, answering trivia questions and completing tasks along the way. Participants will check in at various checkpoints located across the course to mark their progress.

“Some cities hold fun, walk-in-the-park type scavenger hunts. Other cities have rough and rugged athletic races or events. The Urban Adventure Games were created specifically as a way to merge both concepts into one event that could appeal to anyone wanting to experience South Bend in a fun, active way,” said Kelly Ball, event director for Urban Adventure Games. “Participants don’t need to be super athletes to enjoy the activities, but will certainly enjoy some lively and creative events throughout the race that showcase all of the fun things to do in South Bend.”

Participants compete in the race in teams of two and should prepare to bring a bicycle, bicycle helmet, bike lock, athletic clothing, a cell phone for emergencies, a back pack, water and $15 cash for each team member to ensure race participants are prepared for a fun-filled, active day.

Race participants can make the day as challenging or as fun as they want with four new levels of competition this year. Those four divisions include:

Open Division
This original “fun-paced” race is at the heart of what Urban Adventure is all about. You’ll have a blast as you traverse South Bend completing both silly and challenging checkpoints. Whether you compete for the victory, or just ride for the views, the Open Division is less about breaking records, and more about making amazing memories.

You should be in good physical shape, able to run 3 miles and bike 10 miles.

Elite Division
This fierce “fast-paced” race is for the thrill-seeking Urban Adventurers. You’ll test your limits as you speed around South Bend and beyond participating in a variety of physical and mental checkpoints. Time, strategy, and willpower are crucial in the Elite Division. Will your team have what it takes to become the next UAG champions?

You should be in good physical shape, able to run 5 miles and bike 20 miles.

Family Division
This unforgettable “family-paced” race turns the average family into full-fledged Urban Adventurers. You’ll break a sweat and bond together as you experience South Bend in a whole new way. The Family Division encourages an adult to team up with their teen (13-17). As you bike the course and conquer the checkpoints, this race is sure to bring you closer together!

You should be in good physical shape, able to run 2 miles and bike 5 miles.

Junior Division
This awesome “friendly-paced” race allows young Urban Adventurers to race and keep pace with their friends. If you’re age 13-17, feel the need for speed, and are willing to tackle some crazy tasks, then cap off your summer vacation with a bang. Sign up for the Junior Division - It was made especially for you.

You should be in good physical shape, able to run 2 miles and bike 5 miles.

The Urban Adventure Games are fast becoming a summer tradition in the South Bend area with hundreds of teams competing each of the last two years and participants offering feedback ranging from “a fun-filled day” to “the best thing that South Bend has ever done.” The third annual Urban Adventure Games is on pace to surpass last year’s registration numbers, expected to have more than double the participants in this year’s event.

About Urban Adventure Games
Created in 2009, the Urban Adventure Games were conceived and organized by a team of community organizers, business owners and outdoor enthusiasts by pooling their talents and resources to put together an adventure race like no other in the region. The Urban Adventure Games were designed to help residents and visitors experience more of the city of South Bend in one day than they may experience in an entire summer, calling upon race participants to take part in a day of fun that will challenge their body and their mind. Since its conception, the Urban Adventure Race has grown into the Urban Adventure Games, which includes the race consisting of a unique cross between an athletic competition or race and a city-wide scavenger hunt. For more information on Urban Adventure Games, please visit

Les Trump to run for Marshall County Coroner in 2012

June 25, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 22 weeks ago
Comment: 13383

Respect for life and a heart of compassion are the driving forces behind the announcement of Les Trump’s intent to run for Marshall County Coroner in 2012.

Les has been a resident of Marshall County since his birth on September 10, 1956 in Plymouth, Indiana to Roy D & Nina M Trump. He graduated from LaVille High School in 1974 and began working for Bremen Bearings as a grinder and later as a Union Steward. He was a Volunteer Fireman for the Lake of the Woods Fire Department and in 1977 he became a certified EMT through IVY Tech.

In 1978 he began working for Mishler Ambulance Service and Funeral Home in Bremen where he was an EMT, assisted with funerals and drove for their Medical Transport Service. He became a certified CPR Instructor for both the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. He was certified in IV/Defibrillation in 1984 and in 1987 taught 2 First Responder’s classes. In 1994 Gregory Mishler awarded him with a plaque for 20 years of service as an Emergency Medical Technician.

In 1995 he moved to Plymouth and learned advanced skills through a Paramedic Class. In 1997 he became a part-time volunteer for Plymouth EMS, a part-time employee for VanGilder Funeral Home and started his current full-time position with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department as a Turnkey/Dispatcher and is certified as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for their 911 center.

In 2001 he became Chief Deputy Corner to Coroner John Grolich and at that time became the first person in Marshall County to become a Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator. He is currently a Deputy Coroner after serving 7 years as Chief Deputy Coroner. He remains certified through attending Coroner Conferences yearly with the Indiana State Coroner’s Association Training Board.

Les served on the Marshall County Emergency Management Advisory Board during the years of 2001-2006, is an associate member of the Marshall County FOP since 2001, and an Associate Member of the Sheriff’s Association since 2007. He also works part-time as a dispatcher for the Plymouth Police Department joining them in 2008.

Les is a member of the Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee where he is involved as part of their Worship Choir. By attending a 13 week course on Grief Sharing offered by the church he has found new insight not only on how to deal with the grief of losing his Father in 2009 but also how to encourage and support others as they grieve.

He is married to Jackie (Abair) and will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year in July. They have 3 daughters, and one granddaughter.

As Marshall County Coroner Les would not only investigate death but care for the families of the deceased with compassion, understanding, sincerity and trust.

MIT Graduate

June 16, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 13376

June 3rd 2011. Kristen Anderson, Bremen class of 2007, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aero/astro Engineering. Kristen has accepted a position with Orbital Sciences Corporation in Washington DC, where she will be working on a commercial orbital transportation system to resupply the International Space Station. Kristen's parents are Kurt and Mary Anderson and still reside in Bremen with their other children, Kyle, Morgan and Kelsa.

Eat. Drink. Downtown South Bend

June 15, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 13371

Eat. Drink. Downtown South Bend is the first annual Restaurant Week taking place from June 27, 2011 - July 9, 2011. Eat. Drink. Downtown South Bend is the inaugural event for the Downtown Dining Association of South Bend which was formed in spring of this year. 16 of the area's finest restaurants will offer special dinner menus throughout the two weeks that include deals such as dinner for two for $25 or a three-course meal for $25. Drink specials will also be offered. Please note that special prices do not include tax or tip, and reservations are requested. For a complete listing of the participating restaurants and specialized menus, visit

Julie Curtis
Director of Marketing
Downtown South Bend, Inc.

Macaroni Kid Mishawka / Bremen Firemen's Festival

June 6, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 24 weeks ago
Comment: 13362

Worried about keeping the kids busy, out of trouble, and happy this summer? Are you the person that finds out about events after they have occured? How would you like to know about all the local kid and family friendly events happening all around you? You probably would , but what busy parent has the time to search all over town to find out what's happening? What if I told you there was an easy solution, and it is totally fun and absolutely free!

Macaroni Kid is a website and free weekly e-newsletter that highlights all of the great things for kids and their familes to do in our community. In addition to the local activity and event listings, the newslette also includes recipes, crafts, and giveaways the whole family will be sure to enjoy.

Parents can sign up to receive their weekly newsletter by visiting
We will have a fun giveaway going on with the Bremen Firemen's Festival that will run from June 9th - June 16th. Two families will win a family four pack for wristband night at the fair. Two families will win four loaded value meals at Bremens Firemen's Food Tent. For more details and to enter to win go to Macaroni Kid website on June 9th.

Macaroni Kid Mishawka, Elkhart and Bremen, keeping local kids entertained, and exhausted while keeping parents happy.

Local student honored by the Kelley School of Business Indy

May 19, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 27 weeks ago
Comment: 13315

Dear editor,

I am writing today to let you know of a proud accomplishment by a student from your area. On April 29, 2011, Elizabeth Dunklau, of Knox, was honored with the 2011 Somerset CPAs Scholarship.

The student accepted this award at the annual Kelley School of Business Indianapolis Scholarship Awards Breakfast, where more than 40 scholarships and awards were distributed. This annual event honors the best business students and graduating seniors in the various majors offered by Kelley.

Please feel free to inform your community of this great achievement.

Thank you.

Philip Cochran
Associate Dean for Indianapolis Operations
Kelley School of Business
801 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Wagon Wheel Theatre To Hold Auditions for “Young Tarzan."

May 10, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 28 weeks ago
Comment: 13308

The Wagon Wheel Theatre hosts one of the most exciting shows in the region this summer. “Tarzan-A Musical based on the Disney animated film” is set to kick off the Wagon Wheel’s summer season, and while casting is all but complete, the lone role is a big one.
We are looking for a talented boy between the ages of 8-15 (their voice must not have changed yet), good singer, athletic, energetic, and someone who has a great imagination.
The audition will take place on May 15th at 1pm here at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, Indiana. The selected boy will be need to be available for rehearsal dates May 23-June 7 (we will work around school) and must be free for all performances June 8-18. For more information on the exciting opportunity contact Marketing Director, Will Dawson.


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