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Bremen Castings: 75 years and four generations
A family business that creates safe and productive working environment
“We live in a small community. We treat everyone like family, not just our customers but also our employees.” ~ James “JB” Brown, President, Bremen Castings.
BREMEN — This year Bremen Castings, Inc. (BCI) will celebrate 75 years in business. The anniversary is just one of BCI’s many successes. The company is now in its fourth generation of operation, soon to be adding the fifth generation to the staff. Bremen Gray Iron Foundry was founded in 1939 by Ellis Brown, Charles W. Kling, and Harold Heckman. In 1972 the company changed its name to Bremen Castings, Inc. Over the years the company has grown and expanded without ever losing the family business style of operation. “We live in a small community. We treat everyone like family, not just our customers but also our employees,” said James “JB” Brown, President of Bremen Castings. “We have a set of core values that we want everyone to have and appreciate.” The family style of business encourages employees to grow by working the various positions in the company before moving up. The idea of family has branched into other areas of the company. “Having a healthy and safe staff is essential to a successful business,” said Brown. To accomplish the goal of having a healthy workforce BCI partnered with Activate Healthcare. BCI opened the on-site health center in November 2012. The center is free to employees with company health care coverage and their family. The wellness center has helped BCI maintain a healthy workforce. “Having the center right here allows our employees to conveniently access medical treatment. During work hours the employee can go to the doctor without penalty. They also can get their non-narcotic maintenance medications for free through the wellness center,” said Brown. The company also offers other medical benefits to employees that chose not to use the center. The health plan at BCI allows employees to select the option that suits their situation. In addition to that, employees that meet certain health goals receive bonuses. Not all health issues revolve around medical attention. “We want to provide a safe environment to our employees so that they can go home in the same condition as they came in,” said Brown. BCI has managed to go 989 days without a loss of time due to an accident. To increase employee safety BCI holds a weekly “Tool Box Talk”. During these talks a variety of safety issues are addressed. “We give our employees the chance to talk and we listen to them. We focus on continuous improvement for our employees, our customers, and our company,” said Brown.
Chris Hurley is at work on the pouring line. Employee recognition is important to Brown and BCI. Every year the company holds a picnic for all employees and their families to show their appreciation. BCI also hold a 10 year dinner yearly, “It’s a special dinner for the employee and a guest that has worked with us for at least 10 years. We give out gifts as well as the meal,” said Brown. Individual recognition also takes place for the performer of the quarter and performer of the year. Those individuals are the ones that set the example for others. They are rewarded with recognition, gifts, and a special parking space. The success of BCI is dependent on the success of the employees. “By keeping a healthy and safe workforce our employees are happier with their jobs. By treating our employees like family, we are able to be a better company, a stronger manufacturer, and a more successful supplier to our Becky Castro, Wellness Center customers,” said Brown. Nurse Practitioner checks out employee Robb Hardman at BCI’s Wellness Center
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Bremen High School: making the committement
Accomplishments and determination make a difference
BREMEN — Bremen High School (BHS) Principal Bruce Jennings sees success every day at the school. In fact at the end of January Jennings was able to award a diploma to a fifth year senior who never gave up on his goal. There are countless personal and group success stories at the school. BHS has been rated as an “A” school for three consecutive years by the Indiana Department of Education. Enrollment rates as well as participation in extracurricular programs are greater than ever according to Jennings. “We emphasize to our students that there are three basic ingredients to having a successful school life, that also applies to their future adult lives. One, show up consistently on time each day. Two, get your work done consistently on time each day. Three, become connected in your school community,” said Jennings. Students that follow these words of advice tend to have better attitudes and improved outlook on life in general. BHS offers students the opportunity to participate in every IHSAA sport (except gymnastics). Student participation rates in those sports is 77 percent. The band program was recognized in 2013 with the prestigious “All-Music Award” by the Indiana State School Music Association. “With the new open enrollment concept in Indiana, parents and students have options that didn’t exist five years ago. They are looking for the best education opportunities at affordable prices at all levels,” said Jennings. Communities that have A-rated schools like Bremen attract families that are focused on education. Bremen High School is Committed to continuous school improvement. That goal can be seen through the voices of the students in the halls of schools and around the community. Jenning’s is particularly fond of Johnny Wooden’s definition of success: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming”
“We emphasize to our students that there are three basic ingredients to having a successful school life, that also applies to their future adult lives.” ~ Bruce Jennings
Jaccob Reaser is congratulated by principal Bruce Jennings for getting his diploma. Jennings said Reaser never gave up on his goal and he will always be thankful for this accomplishment.
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Mac’s Market and Grocery: quailty produce and a smile
Six decades of experience creating the ‘hometown touch’
PLYMOUTH — For more than 60 years, Mac’s Market has provided their customers with quality produce and a smile. Last year’s harvest contributed to maintaining the level of quality and the business is looking to continue their friendly service at the interchange of U.S. Highways 31 and 6. In 1952, Schylor and Vera McCartney started a small grocery and fruit store on 2.5 acres of land near Lapaz. In 1956, the Indiana State Highway Department decided to widen the intersection of U.S. 31 and 6 as it prepared for the new four-lane highway from Lapaz to Lakeville. The new highway meant several buildings and business would have to move or be torn down. Mac’s Market moved their building and built a bigger and better one for its reopening. Ronnie and Nancy McCartney took over the business 1963 and built what is today’s market on U.S. 31, continuing the market’s hometown touch and providing a premium product.
“It’s good produce with a make ‘em happy smile.” ~ Owner Ronnie McCartney
A warm greeting is how Mac’s Market operates, no matter the season. Mac’s Market specializes in fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants. The market also ha quality garden plants and seeds. “I think of it as back to my brother’s senior picture, ‘with a smile and a grin, many friends he did win,’” said Ronnie McCartney regarding the market’s success. Produce like blueberries, muskmelons and sweet
corn are purchased locally while other produce such as apples, peaches and cherries are purchased from Michigan ensuring the freshest produce for the market. Last year, 2013, marked decent production in peaches and apples to what had been a distressing year for crops in 2012. “It was pleasing produce for perfectly pacified patrons.” With the new U.S. 31 and U.S. 6 interchange, traffic flow will change for the business. McCartney realizes the new interchange has a potential to be disastrous and can only be faced with perseverance. The business owner hopes the public will keep Mac’s Market in mind as he said, “It’s good produce with a make ‘em happy smile.”
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Duke of Oil: customer service is #1
Oil change and a free car wash just one of the ways customers are treated right
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Duke of Oil strives to treat each and every customer the same way that they would want to be treated. “Our success is when we see repeat customers. They know that customer service is our priority and they come back because of it,” said manager Micheal Chew. Duke of Oil has been in Plymouth since the mid-90’s. Even though they started out as a small four bay service center it didn’t take long for the business to grow into what it is today. The first expansion bought the property next door to use the 90 foot tunnel as an automatic car wash. Every oil change comes with a free car wash. “The free wash is just something we do to say thank you to our customers,” said Chew. They company then built a four bay self-service wash facility. There are several vacuuming stations on the property for customers to use for keeping their vehicle clean. At Duke of Oil the crew uses a triple check system that utilizes the both the manager and assistant manager along with the service technician to make sure every thing is 100 percent. “Here we provide fast, friendly service. If we see something isn’t right we’re going to tell you. We want to turn every new customer into a regular customer by providing top of the line customer service and high quality work,” said Chew.
“Our success is when we see repeat customers. They know that customer service is our priority and they come back because of it.” ~ Micheal Chew, manager
Michelle Tunis, assistant manager, checks oil in a customer’s car.
ABOVE: Braden Overmyer, pit tech, checks the tire pressure. LEFT: Michael Chew, manager, checks out a customer.
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Markley Appliance Repair
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Markley’s: Two companies, same successful philosophy
Markley’s Appliance repair offers skilled service
BREMEN — Mike Markley has been servicing the community’s appliance repair needs since 1980. He worked for Gordy’s Furniture and Appliance through 1987, gaining insight and information which he was able to use to open his own business fixing household appliances such as washers, gas and electric dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, gas and electric ranges and microwaves. “I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Markley explained. “I care about my work and I want it done right.” He services most brands and all major brands including Whirlpool and Electrolux. He is NASTec certified. For Markley, most jobs take around an hour to complete, although there are times when he needs to order special parts or equipment to perform a job. He can usually get them within 24 hours. “Success to us is happy and content customers, getting referrals by word of mouth,” wife Pam explained. “Success to us is knowing at the end of the day we have done our best in everything put before us.” Markley’s Appliance Repair is available Monday through Friday and can usually respond to a call within a few days. For more information, call 574546-4583 or email
Mike Markley troubleshoots an appliance.
Markley Services provides cleaning and top notch customer service
BREMEN — Markley Services offers a number of cleaning and janitorial services to fit your needs. From residential to commerce and spring cleaning of homes to routine cleaning of offices, Markley Services does it all: move-in move-out cleanings, summer and winter property cleanings, window cleanings and carpet cleaning. Cleaning services are available day and night. Markley Services uses the Host Professional Dry carpet system, allowing foot traffic immediately after a cleaning rather than waiting until flooring dries with this “Green” option. Markley services is proud to have a long-standing relationship with their customers as well as their 11 part-time employees. “Success to us is the retain-
Mike and Pam Markley
“We have been able to keep our employees working even through the tough times and have never had to lay an employee off.” ~Pam Markley
ment of our employees for years, which shows us we treat them with respect and are fair,” Pam Markley explained. “We have been able to keep our employees working even through the tough times and have never had to lay an employee off.” Because of the continuity of employees, Markley Services has been able to maintain may of their clients for years on a continual basis. In operation since 1993, Markley Services offers free estimates prior to the first cleaning and often sends in an entire crew of workers to ensure the job is prepared and done right for that first visit. Markley Services does not work under-the-table, so you can be sure that taxes are paid and there is no liability for you or your company. Workers are supplied with workman’s compensation insurance in case of accidents. “Especially in offices, they don’t want the hassle of a liability,” Mike Markley explained. Markley Services is fully insured. Markley Services is a member of the Bremen Chamber of Commerce. More information on the company is available at, by calling 574546-4583 or emailing pmarkley@
Markley Service employees work their magic.
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Dr. Otis R. Bowen: esteemed public servant
Passing of Bremen resident, former governor among 2013’s most notable moments
BREMEN — He may be gone, but former Bremen resident and former governor, the late Dr. Otis. R. Bowen, is still very much in the hearts of those at home. So much so that Feb. 26, his birthday, has been designated Doc Bowen day in Bremen. The Town Council passed a resolution authorizing the day at a meeting earlier this month. Otis R. “Doc” Bowen, who rose from a rural Fulton County upbringing to the apex of state leadership and eventually into the national spotlight, died Saturday, May 4, 2013. He was 95. “I think to the people of Marshall County, he was above politics,” David Holmes, county GOP chair, said in an interview conducted soon after Bowen’s death. “If you were a Democrat or a Republican, I don’t think it made much difference. You were a fan of ‘Doc’ Bowen.” Bowen served as governor from 1973 to 1981. In 1972, Hoosier voters approved a state constitutional amendment allowing governors to serve consecutive terms. Bowen became the first to serve back-to-back terms when voters re-elected him in 1976. “He had a following of people – not political – that were friends of his,” said Holmes, who first met Bowen in the early 1970s. “I think that was the biggest compliment to him. It wasn’t just about politics. He was a doctor. They didn’t look on him as a career politician.” Bowen was born Feb. 26, 1918, near Leiters Ford in Fulton County. A graduate of Francesville High School, he earned his medical degree from Indiana University in 1942. Bowen joined the U.S. Army medical corp and was among the first soldiers to invade Okinawa during World War II. He was discharged from the Army in 1946 and started his medical practice in Bremen. As a country doctor, Bowen became a well-known figure in Marshall County. His family estimates that he delivered over 3,000 babies while practicing medicine locally. “I think he delivered the majority of the babies in Bremen that (are now) over 40,” Holmes said. His first political office was Marshall County Coroner. He was elected to the Indiana House in 1956, but lost his re-election bid two years later. Voters sent him back to Indianapolis in 1960 and he remained a fixture there for seven terms. He was named minority leader in 1965 and speaker in 1967. Bowen sought the GOP nomination for governor in 1968, but lost. Four years later, however, he was elected Indiana’s 44th governor. And Bowen’s legacy is still being felt across Indiana, according to Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne. Downs said Bowen helped local municipalities get more control of how they collect taxes to fund spending. “His impact on the financing of local government operations is something we still look back on today,” Downs said Sunday. Bowen was key in changing the state’s tax collection system, lowering property taxes, but offsetting that with an increase in the state’s sales taxes. And much like the Bowen Centers for mental health that bear his name, so too does the non-partisan Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University in Muncie. Professor Sally Jo Vasicko, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs’ co-director, echoed Downs, saying the former governor casts a long political shadow across the state. Vasicko said Bowen was instrumental in modernizing state financing. He also played a large role in Indiana’s caps on physician financial liability. While he was seemingly admired by politicians of all parties, Bowen was a Republican, Vasicko said. After Bowen left the governor’s office in 1981, he began teaching family medicine at IU. He stayed in Bloomington until President Reagan appointed him Secretary of Health and Human Services in 1985. Bowen served as HHS secretary until Reagan left office in 1989. The former governor and doctor then returned to Bremen in retirement. According to many who knew him, it will be the mark he left on Bremen and Marshall County that might be the longest remembered. “I think we lost a true and valued Hoosier,” said John Zentz, former Marshall County Republican Party chairman. “Being a doctor, he had the trust of the people to start with. He was always fair, even with the other side of the aisle ... He was always fair.”
Otis R. “Doc” Bowen
The Bremen home in which Bowen lived
The color guard was one of the honors bestowed on the late Governor during his funeral in Bremen. The funeral included a procession through Bremen in which schoolchildren, adults and others lined the streets to say farewell.
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Bremen Elementary/Middle School: going digital
All students have access to technology
At Bremen Elementary and Middle School the students and staff are proud to be a part of the 1:1 initiative. What that means is that every student has access to a digital device. Students in kindergarten through third grade use an iPad mini in the classroom. Fourth through sixth graders utilize an iPad that they take home with them for schoolwork. Seventh and eighth grade students use a MacBook Air that they are able to take home. The school begins to focus on digital citizenship at the earliest levels by utilization of a full-time technology integration coach. Students are able to learn critical skills to be successful in today’s digital world. Guided reading groups are used at the elementary level to focus on students at their reading level. Students are broken up into smaller groups of four to ten students. The groups meet for 30 minutes each day and student skills are assessed every four to six weeks. “The groups are very flexible and allow students to advance according to their performance. They do not have to wait for the other students to be ready to move on if they are growing quicker. If they are struggling, they can slow down and build on their skills without frustration,” said Larry Yelask, elementary principal. The staff holds all students to great expectations through well planned, rigorous, and relevant lessons that reflect twenty-first century skills. In addition teachers utilize Project Based Learning units. Staff, students, and community exhibit respect and caring for each other. There is a strong sense of community and support in Bremen Public Schools.
Every week, BES/BMS students are named to the Lion’s Pride.
Core Values
• Great Expectations
• Caring School Community • Mutual Respect
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Bremen Community Cares: taking action
Local group doing their part to preserve hometown appeal
BREMEN - It takes an army to bring about change and Bremen Community Cares is that army, albeit a small one. What started off as talk in a knitting group has evolved into the Bremen Community Cares group. With its average participants being about 12 individuals and continued interest increasing in others, the group has already begun to cleanup little areas in Bremen. Gayle Graverson, the coordinator of the group has enlisted the assistance of her daughter, Jessica Flores and her granddaughter. Graverson, owner of a yarn shop downtown has several people come in for knitting groups and the town of Bremen was the topic of many discussions. Many members have been a part of the Bremen community their whole lives and seen changes like the recession has brought about. With the assistance of Linda Arch, Graverson decided it was time to do something about the deterioration of the small community.
A group of people who care about Bremen Indiana. We are here to restore the pride of Bremen and help to keep it a “Good Town”. Working hand in hand with the town board and citizens of Bremen so that we can say we are proud to live here.
“We just figured if you want something done you have to go and do it,” said Gayle. Arch did extensive research on small towns and what they have done to survive. Through the research Gayle learned if a town or small town starts to decline, crime moves in. The first group meeting consisted of the women calling together everyone they knew would be interested and met in the Bremen Library. “I think that’s (not living in Bremen) what inspires me,” said Nappanee resident Arch. “I see how other towns are taken care of, I would like to see Bremen do the same.” Graverson said, “It just took off.” The group presented their ideas to the town council and where well received. Bremen Town Council members agreed to support the group as best as they could. “We’ve been working closely with the town’s park director.” said Flores. “There’s only so much the they (town employees) can do.” There are many small improvements the group aims to make as they have already begun by setting up small group projects and tidying up the areas around the overpasses in town, the gazebo next to the depot with many other projects in the works like cleaning up the former Clark Station, town entry ways, and guardrails. “We need to pull together as a community,” asserted Graverson. The group is intended to keep the town of Bremen “nice” and to bring people pride to their community. Bremen Community Cares group has high hopes as they would like to bring back “Kiddies Day Parade,” encourage downtown business owners to provide more hours so there is something to do in town, attract more retail to the area and overall create a new start for
Bremen. “I see so many people around my age that just want to get out, once they start having kids they remember the good times and that it was a good place to grow up,” said Flores as her daughter played nearby. Flores believes that by making small improvements people will being to restore their pride in their community. “It’s about making it look good for the people that live here, so they can take pride in it,” said Arch. Bremen Community Cares group has t-shirts for interested participants to purchase. They want to encourage other groups - boy scouts, church groups, seniors - all in efforts to restore pride in the community. “We’re a new group and we hope to add more people,” Graverson continued as she explained how regardless of age or ability, anyone and everyone is welcome. “Ideas, support, encouragement is all we need. Everyone has their own way to help.” They also organized a farmer’s market, which earned praise from participants. The group has been very active throughout the year, from planting flowers to organizing communitybased activities, there is always something going on for the members. This includes commemorating holidays, celebrating proud accomplishments and having a little fun. For more information on the group, email Gayle Graverson at or call 574-248-0453.
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Teacher - Student connection: inspiration, appreciation
Classroom interaction with seasoned teacher propels Triton student to achieve
BOURBON – “The proof is in the pudding.” “Actions speak louder than words.” “What comes back to you is what matters.” These old bromides have an element of truth when applied to Claire Benge, a 36-year veteran teacher of government, history, economics, and psychology at Triton Jr./Sr. High School. Although government is her favorite subject, she is well qualified to teach all of the above classes. Receiving a B.S. in Education from Ball State University, she majored in U.S. and world history and minored in psychology. She went on to receive her M.Ed. in secondary education from IUSB. A 36-year career in anything might get monotonous, but not for Benge. What keeps her going is her insightful statement, “Students that come back and visit—that means a lot.” Recently, as she was visiting the flea market in Shipshewana, a former student working at one of the booths gave her a hug. Similarly, Superintendent Donna Burroughs recently received a touching e-mail from parent Nicole Kann thanking Benge for introducing her daughter Ashley to the field of psychology as a sophomore. It has resulted in an entire career focus for Ashley, who is now a junior majoring in psychology and business at Manchester University. Ashley is interested in psychological research in the corporate setting, and plans to join the human resources department of a large business upon graduation. She is already well on the way to success. Because of her work ethic, Dr. Ashleigh Maxcey, Associate Professor of Psychology, chose her to be a research assistant in psychology. She is secretary of the Psi Chi Psychology honorary society, and enjoys both a President’s Scholarship and an Oppa Flora Scholarship at the university. The well-rounded student also excels in athletics, joining the Manchester track and field team as a walk-on thrower (shot put, javelin, and discus). Last year she placed eighth in Manchester’s NCAA conference in javelin throwing. Even as a junior, Kann’s work is being recognized. This year she is scheduled to speak at four conferences on her research work “using cognitive in classroom neuroscience.” On Feb. 25, she, Maxcey, and two other students will speak at a teaching conference at IPFW. On Feb. 17 at Manchester she will be part of a team speaking at the “Conversation in Social Sciences.” On April 28, she will have the honor of presenting by herself at a Manchester symposium. Finally, on May 1-3, she will talk at the Midwestern Psychological Association about her work on “retrieval-induced
Photo of Ashley Kann and teacher Claire Benge forgetting” (how remembering something causes you to forget something else). Squeezed into this rigorous academic and athletic schedule is her practice in business. She is training to be a Pizza Hut Assistant Manager, which will allow her to implement her psychological learnings with employees and bosses. Yes, Ashley Kann is well on her way to a rewarding career in her chosen field. That brings us back to her humble beginnings—interesting and engaging instruction by Benge. “I loved all of Mrs. Benge’s classes,” she said. “She quickly gets you to interact, which is saying something for a basically quiet person like me,” she explained. As Benge puts it, “I don’t lecture.” She has an interactive style which asks students to share their feelings and accept different points of view. “I like kids talking about their experiences,” she explained. She also has ways of keeping students calm, especially in psychology classes. Grades, always required to measure progress, are based upon a point system which includes participation, project completion, reports, and chapter tests. A major focus of her classes is respecting the opinions of others. As for the complimentary email, she said: “I’m stunned! I’m honored that Ashley remembered me as a part of her current success.” As the longest-employed current faculty member, a logical question involved her retirement plans. “I have no intention of retiring
“I like kids talking about their experiences.” ~ Claire Benge
now,” she said. “What else am I going to do?” she queried. Indeed, she need do nothing else but continue her pattern of engaging students in meaningful ways. Teaching styles vary, and no teacher is perfect for all students. For those who like to hear and be heard, however, Claire Benge is the ideal mentor. Ashley Kann is a shining example of the success of this veteran instructor.
“I loved all of Mrs. Benge’s classes. She quickly gets you to interact, which is saying something for a basically quiet person like me.” ~ Ashley Kann, former student
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Weaver Ag & Lawn: still a family business
Two locations and a focus on customers means continued success
BREMEN — Weaver Ag and Lawn Equipment offers a full line of name brand agricultural machinery to suit your needs, with that family owned personal service that makes any company a success. And, according to the owners, the family approach is the only approach to take. The business was formerly known as Rader Equipment in Bremen. John and Dave Rader started the family business approach. In 2011, Ken Weaver purchased the company and since then, only the name has changed. The hometown family approach to taking care of customers with friendly staff and useful service is still the order of business. Whether you have fields
Where hard work comes to get done.
to tend or just a yard to landscape, Weaver’s has all your equipment needs covered with a wide range of new and used farm equipment and a full line of lawn equipment. A full line of parts will keep your machine running and out of the shop, too, with a full-service and repair shop through Weaver Ag and Lawn Equipment’s certified technicians. Weaver Ag & Lawn Equipment has also brought new power to Northern Indiana by adding the Versatile tractor line. Versatile is an exciting company and their high horse power tractors make for their dependability on large acre farms. The new Wakarusa facility is the home of the agricultural products currently sold at Weaver in Bremen, including Claas Hay Equipment, Monosem Planters, Versatile Sprayers, and Raven Precision Auto Steer. The stores are open: • Monday thorugh Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.. • Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. The stores are closed on Sunday. Visit either location, at 713 High Road, Bremen or at 905 Nelson’s Pkwy, Wakarusa. For more information, call the Bremen store at 574-5464740, the Wakarusa store at 574-862-1368 or go online to www.weaveragandlawn. com
Weaver associate Cindy Wuthrich points to a sale item in this file photo.
For past customers, who have come to depend on Rader Equipment and the brands they carry, should be well assured the same friendly staff and services will be available. Weaver Ag & Lawn Equipment is also bringing some new power to Northern Indiana by adding the Versatile tractor line.
Equipment is on display at the Wakarusa store.
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Pat’s in Lapaz: sporting a new look, new menu
Changes reflect move to focus on family restaurant and bar atmospheres
Pat’s in Lapaz has been in business for more than 50 years. Pat Langdon opened Pat’s in 1958 eventually passing it on to Tom and Kay Langdon. In November of 2013 Kevin and Missy Colvin bought the restaurant and began remodeling and redecorating. The goal of the remodeling was to update the atmosphere. “We wanted to make people feel comfortable. We used an industrial/turn of the century look. We are not just a bar, we are a family restaurant and we want our look to reflect that,” said Colvin. “We have a new menu that was revamped by our chef, Zach Wingard,” said Colvin. Wingard studied culinary arts under Todd P. Snyder for a six year apprenticeship in classic French Style. “I am honored to be involved in this successful partnership with the Colvins,” said Wingard. Pat’s has traditionally been known for its fried food. The new
“We wanted to make people feel comfortable. We are not just a bar, we are a family restaurant and we want our look to reflect that.” ~ Kevin Colvin, owner
menu has fresh ideas and healthy choices. The kid’s menu features several items for kids to pick from to keep the whole family happy. The new Pat’s in Lapaz is also looking for more opportunities to expand the business in the current location by utilizing space differently. “We have some ideas that we are exploring but we need to do some research first to find out what we can do,” said Colvin. Another major success for Pat’s is the employees. “Deb Aldrich, Deb Read and Mary Young have been a part of Pat’s for over 20 years. They help connect the new Pat’s to the heritage of the old Pat’s,” said Colvin. Deb Read
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Ounce Of Prevnetion: raising awareness
Fund raising, community events puts breast cancer in focus
MARSHALL COUNTY — In 2003 Jennifer (Oliver) Houin and Jessica Oliver were introduced personally to breast cancer when they lost not one but two grandmothers to the disease. It wasn’t long after that they again were faced with the disease. Their brother John’s wife was diagnosed at the age of 32. “The need to create awareness of breast cancer in our community is essential to increase early detection rates,” said Houin. In 2003 Houin and Oliver decided to take action and establish Ounce of Prevention. The not-for-profit organization was created to increase awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds to offer support to those fighting the disease in Marshall County. Ounce of Prevention has raised upwards of $200,000 since its formation. “The best part of what we do,” said Houin, “is that 100 percent of the funds we raise stay right here in Marshall County. One of the successes that the organization is most thankful for is the mobile unit. The Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) is a 40-foot-long clinic on wheels. The MMU enables Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) of Plymouth to offer services to the public on the go. The unit is able to provide digital mammograms to help increase early detection rates, in addition to providing other services. “The Mobile Unit is a stand out. People notice it and want to take advantage of the service. People want to get a mammogram but sometimes are intimidated by the hospital atmosphere. This unit makes it easier for people to get their mammograms because it moves to different locations,” said Houin. Another success OOP has been a part of is bringing an Oncology Patient Navigator to the Plymouth Cancer Institute at SJRMC. Lois Carver, RN, has an extensive background in medical oncology. Caver’s role as the patient navigator is to help an individual understand their diagnosis, explain procedures, treatments, side effects, roles of physicians and other aspects of care. Carver is also available to assist with question to ask the doctors, locate support groups, provide detailed educational material related to specific types of cancer and treatment options, offers resource information regarding financial assistance, home health needs, and insurance. There are many other things that the patient navigator can help with. OOP has been able to grow over the years and expand on their fundraisers and awareness campaigns. Every year the organization starts with their Chargers for a Change event a partnership with Ancilla College Basketball teams. “The energy and excitement from the Chargers for a Change event is a great way to get us all ready for the busy year
Ancilla College’s basketball teams raise money and awareness for the cause ahead,” said Houin. The event takes place in February each year for the past six years. Not only do the players wear pink but Senator Randy Head gives a proclamation speech. This year LaVille High School band entertained the crowd with their musical performances. “When Jessica (Oliver) and I started this we never dreamed it would grow as much as it has. When we organized our first fundraiser it was going to be a one time thing. Then the community kept asking us ‘What’s next’ so we kept going,” said Houin. In the past several months OOP has added a Board of Directors. The Board consists of President Angela Hissong, Vice President Amy Morris-Dodson, Secretary Gwen West, Treasurer Jessica Oliver, and members Jacque Culp, Jane Chupp, Erin Metsker, and Jennifer Houin. Ounce of Prevention also now has their own attorney, Jeff Houin, and accountant, Jared Weidner. Fundraising events have been very successful for the OOP organization. Their most popular event is the Ta-Ta Trot in June. The 5K walk or run and 10K run support the Nancy Jaynes Memorial Scholarship Fund. Registration for this years event is already open. It will be held at 9 a.m. behind Oliver Ford on Sat. June 28. The next fundraising event OOP is having is at Quick Lanes Bowling Alley. The Bowling for Ta-Tas will be held Sat. March 1 starting at 6 p.m. There are currently a few lanes still available for the 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. time slot. For the most up to date information about Ounce of Prevention fundraising events, the patient navigator, the Mobile Medical Unit, and how to get involved visit OOP’s website at www. or find them on Facebook, Plymouth Ounce of Prevention.
“When Jessica (Oliver) and I started this we never dreamed it would grow as much as it has. When we organized our first fundraiser it was going to be a one time thing. Then the community kept asking us ‘What’s next’ so we kept going.” ~ Jennifer Houin, Ounce Of Prevention founder
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Union-North United School Corporation: continuing progress
Student academic achievement on the rise; many opportunities to learn
The Union-North United School Corporation has the mission of empowering our students through academic achievement and inspiring them to excel in an atmosphere of success.
to the previous year. Most notably, the 2012-13 third graders or the current fourth grade received the LAPAZ/LAKEVILLE — Established highest scores compared to area schools in 1962, the Union-North United School and significantly surpassed the state averCorporation caters to Union township in age. Third grade students received a 100 St. Joseph County and North Township percent in the ELA portion, a 95.1 percent LaVille’s music students perform at a school board meeting. in Marshall County with a total enroll- in the Math portion and a 95.1 percent ment of 1,190 students in grades K-12. of students passing both portions of the The Corporation maintains a student to test. Fifth grade elementary students had its rating to a B. Principal Nate McKeand track, golf, cross-country and baseball; or the highest scores in Math and in passing associates the improvements to weekly girls cheerleading, soccer, golf, volleyball, teacher ratio at 17:1. LaVille Elementary School is a grade both portions of the ISTEP compared to professional development and collabora- basketball, track, cross-country, softball tive time for staff and a focus on data and tennis. Other extracurricular offerA school under the Indiana Department area schools. LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School has a com- driven instruction to best meet student ings include academic competitions and of Education’s accountability grades. various clubs. The programs are intended The elementary school has consistently prehensive curriculum towards prepar- learning needs. ing students for the working world or The school’s core academic depart- to allow students to practice and build on received an A since 2010. In fall of 2013, the ISTEP scores illus- continuing with postsecondary study. It ments consist of English, mathematics, their specific talents and interests. Social and emotional growth is also suptrated LaVille Elementary School third is administered by a Principal, a Dean of science, and social studies. Courses of study range from help courses and regu- ported at the school through a guidance graders received a perfect score on the Students and a Guidance Counselor. Over the past two years, LaVille Jr.-Sr. lar courses to honors courses. Elective and counseling curriculum. Guidance English/Language Arts portion. All across the board, students in grades 3-6 High has improved its school grade to a C academic departments consist of world and counseling staff use a developmental saw an increase in math scores compared while the high school alone has improved languages, business, agriculture, family guidance model when working with stuand consumer sciences, physical edu- dents and their decision making. cation/health and fine arts. A Special The Corporation has undergone a Education Department is also available number of facility improvements in both to provide services for students with schools including beautification projects, special needs. a newer media center and improved athAside from the core curricu- letic facilities towards creating an effeclum, LaVille offers Career Academic tive learning environment for their stuSequences which are elective classes dents. recommended to prepare students for a career in the prospective field of choice. Career Academic Sequences range from business, management and administration to Manufacturing. The jr.-sr. high school also offers co-curricular opportunities such as band and choir for their students and a number of extracurricular activities including, boys football, tennis, soccer, Hands on learning, such as through the broadcasting class Students help raise money at a fundraiser basketball, wrestling,
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Corn Husking: state championship held here
Competitors came to Bremen from several states in October
20 minutes. Duane Lambright, of Shipshewana, Ind. was second, with slightly more than 261 BREMEN — In October, they came from three pounds, and host Clay Geyser, states and several counties in Indiana to see who Bremen, brought in 244.4 would represent the state in the National Corn Huskers pounds, earning him a third Championship in Ohio in two weeks. They were com- place finish. Plymouth competitors T. Jay petitors of all ages who took part in the Indiana competiHurford and Rolland Miller also tion on a Saturday at a farm outside Bremen. Corn husking measures how many pounds of corn can competed, with 153.07 pounds be harvested and cleaned from the stalk in a 10-minute for Hurford and 130.14 pounds or 20-minute period. Contestants are penalized if they for Miller. Female competitor, Barbara drop corn on the ground or do not clean the ear sufAmiss, of North Manchester, ficiently. Dennis Brown, the president of the state associa- had a haul of 95.74 pounds. tion, won his category, harvesting 244.40 pounds in Peggy Smith, of LaPorte, Ind. competed in the senior women class and brought in 45.40 pounds in the 20 minute time frame. Other top winners were: • Senior men: Dave Shafer, of A corn husker at work as the wagon waits for the word to haul it in. Henderson, Mich., 231.09 pounds; Ted Richard, Rochester, Bremen with 11.49 pounds of corn. 211.85; Arlen Miller, Plymouth, 162.90. Winning the open team contest was a group consisting • Golden Agers: Vern Dowty, Ossian, Ind, of Rolland Miller, Arlen Miller, Ted Richard and Cindy 71.02 pounds in 10 minutes; Larry Fervida, Keeling. They each husked for five minutes and came 67.86 pounds; Fred Geyer, Columbia City, back with 197.42 pounds. Ind., 59.90 pounds; Doyle Putman, Argos, A new FFA team husking contest was won by LaVille 52.90; and Jerry Krick, Fort Wayne, 43.97 FFA lead by Jason Breden, Bryce Berger, Travis Doan, pounds. and Foster Davenport husking 115.90 pounds of corn. • Men’s Open: Atlee Lambright, Topeka, Second place was also by a LaVille FFA team consistInd., 298.78; Michael Geyer, Bremen, 199.71; ing of Ariel Krom, Brock Bucher, Nick Rynearson, and Steve Schuman, Columbia City, Ind., 160.02; Lude Laidig bringing back 81.97 pounds. Warsaw FFA Wayne Haggard, Ossian, Ind., 110.19; and captain, Dakota Koonts lead members Karlie Dees, Kole Larry Smith, LaPorte, Ind. 106.81. Komdeur and Jacob Semouis by husking 77.02 pounds of In youth boys 15-20 age group, first place corn. Fourth-place was won by Bremen FFA team Jordan went to Travis Doan of Lakeville, with 53.39 Schermar, Bryce Devine, Eric Ringer, and Gabe Fear with pounds of husked corn, and runnerup honors 31.69 pounds of husked corn. belonged to Foster Davenport of Plymouth, FFA members from LaVille and Bremen helped out at who husked 42.94 pounds. Third-place the event, serving and selling food and helping with the belonged to Jason Breden of Lakeville, husk- judging in the fields. The competition started at 10 a.m. ing 30.80 pounds. In youth boys 14 and and wraped up about mid afternoon. under, Gage Richard of Rochester finished The Geyser Farm had hosted the competition for the first with 14.07 pounds of husked corn. last two years. In 2014, the state championship will move Runnerup honors went to Bryce Berger of on to another location. Clay Geyser explains how corn husking works.
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New life for historic Bremen landmark
BREMEN — On Sunday, July 7, the Historic Bremen Depot, 810 Douglas Road, and the Bremen History Center, 111 N. Center St. was opened to the public. It had been renovated for use as a historical center. The Depot is open to visitors each first Sunday of the month through November. The History Center will be open the first Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To visit at other times or for groups, please call 574-546-4340. There is no admission fee.
The Bremen Historical Society engaged in an effort to move, restore, and revitalize the historic train depot. The depot now sits at the corner of US 6 and US 106 and functions as a historical museum recounting the events, stories, and lives of those who have worked to establish this great community.
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Sprig O’ Mint: course is better than ever
After 50 years, course is still welcoming to golfers of all ages
The down-home feel of the course is a perfect opportunity to get BREMEN — Fifty years in business is outside, enjoy the fresh a successful milestone for any company. air and blue skies, exerSprig O’Mint golf course opened in the cise, and hear the birds chirp. summer of 1963. At Sprig O’Mint the focus is on famiThe course features four sets of tees lies and good times. To make golfing more ranging from 6,750 yards to 5,210 yards affordable the location offers a special making it a comfortable, yet challenging family rate so that the whole family can to all skill levels. “Our golf course is in the best shape enjoy a fun day together. The course offers a junior golf program ever as far as greens, tees, and fairways,” and a PGA of America Junior League golf said J.D. Hull of Sprig O’Mint. program every “Our golf course is in the best shape ever year. Children and under as far as greens, tees, and fairways.” ~ 13 are welcome to join. The league J.D. Hull of Sprig O’Mint. for is in a team for-
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mat traveling to other courses. Every child gets a uniform and some summer fun. Environmental stewardship is also something that Sprig O’Mint has been successful with. Brian Feldman, course superintendent, has been working with the state for several years to restore native wildflower and prairie areas. In addition Feldman built bluebird houses that are located around the course. One of the most recent successes for the course is the new website (www. and social media pres-
ence. “Our new website is much more user friendly and interactive. We are now on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter allowing our patrons updates and special information easily,” said Hull. In celebration of 50 years in business Sprig O’Mint will be having special rates and other specials throughout the season. Hull said, “It’s the best course conditions for the dollar so stop out this season and check us out. Everyone can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere from sun up to sun down.”
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Marshall County Museum: legacy of Plymouth’s Bill Wagoner
Music legend, automobile history and farm tractors among new exhibits
PLYMOUTH — The Marshall County History Museum doesn’t stay the same. Volunteers and staff are always on the look out for new exhibits to showcase the county’s historical heritage. One of these is a musical exhibit highlighting the career of Plymouth’s Bill Wagoner. His music career from his 1960’s group U.S. Male through the 2000’s group, Jan Wagoner and the Left Hand Rockers. Bill’s wife, Jan Wagoner, brought in guitars, costumes, and memorabilia from his career to honor him. But also for something a little more, “My hope is that some kid is going to stand there and just maybe be inspired to pick up a guitar. Or maybe an older person will pick it back up. That will make it all worth while,” said Wagoner. Bill Wagoner opened Wagoner’s music store in Nov. of 1976 and ran it until Nov. of 2010, he passed away in Feb. of 2011. He lived a life full of music. If he wasn’t in the music shop he was out with one of his bands making music. “He loved his job and hanging out in the music store. If there was a spare minute between customers, Bill would pick up his guitar and start playing,” Wagoner said. Music may have been Bill’s main passion but he had another love. “Bill had a huge passion for animal rights and welfare,” Wagoner said. “He displayed animal photos from Wolf Studios in the music shop and sat on the board of the Marshall County Humane Society for several years.”
“If there was a spare minute between customers, Bill would pick up his guitar and start playing.” ~ Jan Wagoner.
He rescued a lot of cats and dogs and spent many hours volunteering for the benefit of animals. For many years the Wagoners ran the dice table at the Humane Society’s annual Catsino Night. Bill also belonged to the Michiana Porsche Club for several years. He raced a 911 Porsche. The display will be up for the majority of this year giving everyone plenty of time to stop in and check it out. Wagoner has many fond memories of her late husband and is looking forward to being able to share them with everyone. His love of music was undeniable, according to Jan one of his favorite sayings was, ‘It’s not about making money. It’s about making music with my friends.” A second exhibit, that has a tie in to the Wagoner exhibit is Diners, Drive-ins and Dives of Marshall County. This is being featured with the traveling “Auto Indiana Exhibit.” Ever since the installation of the first car radio in the 1930’s, music has become an important part of the driving experience. Music and cars just seem to go together. The Marshall County Museum hosts the “Auto Indiana Exhibit” from March 8 - April 2. The exhibit takes visitors on a ride through Indiana’s rich automotive past illuminating ties between “the automobile” and the development of many other economic opportunities for the “Crossroads of America.” It explores how the automobile PILOT PHOTO/DIONA ESKEW became part of the American Dream and popular Jan Wagoner sets up the museum display remembering her late culture, from movies to making personal memo- husband Bill. ries. Locally, car dealers, service station owners and those involved in the auto industry, (whether as business owners, mechanics or laborers, past and present), will gather for an open house on Tuesday, March 11 from 4-7 PM to enjoy vintage automobile memorabilia, photographs of Marshall County shops, service stations, and diners, drive-ins and dives that popped up along historic Michigan Road and Lincoln Highway. Any “car buffs” and car enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the open house and reminisce about Marshall County’s deep-rooted ties with the automobile industry. The museum is located at 123 N. Michigan PHOTO PROVIDED Todd Davis and curator, Liz, arrange his vintage Street, in Plymouth. The museum is open 10 car accessory collection (from the teens to the a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday and 1 - 4 p.m. on PILOT PHOTO/DIONA ESKEW Sunday. 1940’s) as part of the Auto Indiana exhibit. A young visitor enjoys the display of toy tractors.
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Plymouth Community Schools Corp: opportunities for success
Dual credit courses maximize the educational potential for college bound students
PLYMOUTH — The cost of college keeps rising making it difficult for students to attend or pay off the debt if they do. At Plymouth High School (PHS) students have the opportunity to participate in dual credit courses to work on their first and second year of college while still in high school. Students are likely to be more successful in their college careers by getting a jump start of understanding how college courses work. Students that take advantage of the dual credit programs can receive college credits free or at an extreme discount. PHS features three types of dual credit courses. The first type is Advanced Placement classes. These courses are under the supervision of the National College Board. Credits for the college course work are determined through end of course exams. The cost to students is $89 to take the end of course examination. The Department of Education will pay for math and science course. The second type is the Advance College Project a partnership with Indiana University. While students take these courses they are graded throughout the course not just during end of year exams. The program also cost $25 per credit hour. The third type is possible through a partnership with Ivy Tech College. Students are evaluated during the entire duration of the course. The is no cost to the student for attending these courses. The program has more than 30 course available to students to choose form. There are two Project Lead The Way sections of courses available through the program as well. “The best part about this program,” said PHS Principal Jim Condon, “is that students who do well earn the college credit. Students who do not do well will not have that record following them as it would at a college.” The school currently has four classes for pre-engineering. Next fall PHS will begin offering a bio-med strand of courses. The program will consist of three con-
“We sought out new partnerships with the goal to bring college to our students.” ~ Jim Condon, Principal
• A.P. English Literature and Composition • A.P. Statistics • A.P. Spanish IV • A.P. Physics - approval pending Advanced College Project Courses • A.C.P. English 12 Honors • A.C.P. Chemistry II • A.C.P. Physics
secutive courses for three years in a row. PHS has always offered a few dual credit courses but decided to be proactive after the downturn of the economy in 2008. “We sought out new partnerships with the goal to bring college to our students,” said Condon. The Weidner School of Inquiry students as well as PHS students are able to utilize the dual credit programs. Students have the opportunity to determine their career path early on and see what fits, or what doesn’t. “Students are able to be more prepared for life after high school by getting some of their college classes out of the
way. They are able to finish college with minimal debt by taking advantage of the free or discount courses while they are here,” said Director of Guidance Aimee Portteus. The dual credit program is just another way that PHS is helping their students to become more successful in their adult lives.
Ivy Tech Dual Credit Courses • US Government Honors • US History A Honors • US History B Honors • Project Lead The Way Pre Engineering • Introduction to Engineering • Principals of Engineering • Digital Electronics • Computer Integrated Manufacturing • Project Lead The Way Biomedical • Principals of Biomedical Science - Scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014 • Human Body Systems - Scheduled to begin in the fall of 2015 • Medical Interventions - Scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016 • Early Childhood I • Early Childhood II • Health Sciences I • Health Sciences II • Auto Tech • Auto Tech II • Construction Technology II • Radio and TV I • Criminal Justice • Economics - approval pending • Accounting - approval pending • Web Design - approval pending • Speech - approval pending
Dual Credit Courses through Purdue • ALS - Foods through Purdue University • ALS - Animals through Purdue University
Dual Credit Courses offered through Advanced Placement Courses Ancilla • A.P. Biology • Criminal Justice through Ancilla • A.P. Psychology College • A.P. Calculus • A.P. English Language and Composition - approval pending
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your Oakwood cast iron stove, like a cooking grill or warming shelves. Harman carries several wood pellet stoves, which not only give you a better heat alternative but also add an air of distinction to your home. The Harman P68 pellet stove has mirrored glass and optional decorative laser cut plated leaves accent for the door. There’s an optional decorative slate panel for the ash door with your choice of several styles. The P68 model doesn’t use a thermostat like a lot of pellet stoves. Instead it has a sensor system that gives you the proper amount of fuel at the right time to keep you comfortable at the temperature you set. Heating a home with wood pellets is increasingly becoming more popular because the pellets are environmentally friendly - made with wood by-products - are extremely clean burning and cost effective. Using wood pellets helps reduce the cost and problems of waste disposal - the wood is diverted from landfills and converted into pellets for home heating. By recycling this wood waste into a clean burning and high heat value fuel, we are helping to reduce our overdependence on fossil fuels. Miller carries wood pellets and offers them at a discounted price in the spring. The average price this summer included the discount was $169-$189 per ton, according to Ernie Miller, so for approximately $700-$1,000 you can heat your home with pellets this winter.
No chimney is needed; you can vent the pellet stove right out through the wall. Miller sells and installs their products. Miller also manufactures some of the own products. They can custom make ceramic tile stove boards to match any color or size desired. They also build their own wood mantles and fireplace surrounds so you can perfectly match your fireplace to the rest of your home decor. Another decorative option is to have stone behind your stove or around your fireplace. Miller can install the stone of your choice. In addition to the stoves, Miller also carries stove and hearth accessories as well as chimney cleaning systems, stove parts, stainless steel chimney, chimney brushes and rods, fireplace tools and more. Another items that can be found at Miller Stove & fireplace is “The Big Green Egg,” a ceramic grill and smoker. You can smoke, grill and it has a lifetime warranty. The Big Green Egg briquettes can also be purchased at Miller’s. Ernie Miller has 25 years experience selling and installing stoves and fireplaces and customer service and satisfaction is important to him. We are also certified by the NFI in wood and pellet to meet your needs. We are a family run business with a personal touch since 1989. We hope to do business or continue doing business with you.
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