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More than 200 participate in 2nd Ta Ta Trot

June 27, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Sisters Jessica Oliver and Jennifer Houin have lost track of just how many volunteers have stepped up to help with the Ounce of Prevention Breast Cancer Ta Ta Trot walk-run.
The second annual event was held Saturday beginning on the grounds of Oliver Ford in Plymouth with more than 200 runners/walkers participating.
Houin said, “The ultimate best thing of this is the beautiful volunteers who come out to help Jessica and me every year.”
Oliver said people man water stops, prepare handouts, register participants, and “anything else you can think of that needs to be done.”

Miss Blueberry 2011 is Shelby Dirrim

June 27, 2011

ARGOS — Seventeen young women lit up the stage of the Argos High school auditorium Saturday night at the Marshall County Miss Blueberry Festival 2011 pageant—but ultimately, one outstanding contestant took home the crown. Shelby Dirrim, of Bremen, was named the new festival queen, succeeding Miss Blueberry 2010, Shelly Ortiz.
“I’m still a little bit shocked—like, did they call the right number?” said Dirrim after the pageant. Clutching her bouquet of flowers and flushed with excitement, Dirrim added, “I’m really excited to represent the festival this way.”

Changes to Maxinkuckee skyline among wind turbine topics at Culver Kiwanis meeting

June 26, 2011

When Nextera Energy paid a visit recently to Culver’s Kiwanis Club, the basic information presented was similar to that at a meeting in Argos the previous week (see Lydia Beers' article here: http://www.thepilotnews.com/content/wind-turbine-project-raises-controversy), but several in the audience raised questions and concerns more specific to the Culver-Lake Maxinkuckee area.

Riverside awarded for healthy kids

June 24, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Riverside Intermediate School was honored this month with a bronze level award from the Action for Healthy Kids organization for their efforts in responding to the nationwide epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and under-nourished children and adolescents.
Nationwide, it is estimated that one of every three children is considered obese.

Tornado relief a success for House of Prayer

June 24, 2011

PLYMOUTH — After spending six days outside Wal-Mart collecting donations for Joplin tornado victims, Dan Thornburg, youth pastor for House of Prayer church, was ready to hit the road.
“We loaded the truck by 1:30 a.m. (Friday, June 3) and left around 3:30 a.m.,” said Thornburg.

Vonnegut friend, author Failey to speak July 2

June 23, 2011

"We Never Danced Cheek to Cheek: The Young Kurt Vonnegut in Indianapolis and Beyond," a recently-released book by Majie Failey which includes details about the late, award-winning author's deep roots in the Culver-Lake Maxinkuckee area, will be the topic at the annual meeting of the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver on Saturday, July 2, starting at 10 a.m. at the historic Bramfeld cottage at 1257 East Shore Drive.
Failey herself will be on hand to speak about the book and Vonnegut's Maxinkuckee and Hoosier roots.

Alcohol policy, paving and noise issues addressed by Culver Council

June 23, 2011

Culver's Town Council last week navigated several controversial topics and also agreed to assist in investigating the question of making transportation more available to local seniors via the Marshall County Council on Aging.

Gas leak causes evacuation

June 22, 2011

PLYMOUTH — City workers disrupted a service line Wednesday morning, causing a gas leak strong enough for the Plymouth Fire Department to ask area residents to evacuate their homes. A one to two block area from Hogarth St. to Ewing St. and Bayless St. to S. Michigan St. was sectioned off while NIPSCO attempted to secure the situation.
"Sometimes you hit unknown lines and this happens," said Plymouth fire chief Andy Metsker.
"We are taking precautionary steps now, basically making sure nothing happens."

Local veterans record stories for Library of Congress

June 21, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Two representatives for congressman Joe Donnelly visited the Plymouth VFW post 1162 Friday to videotape WWII veteran’s accounts of their service. The recordings will be placed in the Library of Congress American Folklife Center Reading Room—available for anyone to watch and listen to—as part of the Veterans History Project.
Karl Collis, commander of the Plymouth VFW, contacted the Veterans History Project about interviewing local veterans, concerned that their stories may be lost when the men themselves are gone.

Blue dress worn by 3 generations

June 20, 2011

PLYMOUTH — When Charlotte Bender of Plymouth purchased the light blue frilly dress for her first daughter in 1955, she had no idea that her great-granddaughters would still be wearing the dress in 2011.
Since the dress was purchased, eleven babies have worn it in a photo taken at 6 months of age — a family tradition that, with any luck, will continue.
“The dress is so thin you can see through it,” said Christen White, Bender’s granddaughter.

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