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CROP walk not a handout, it’s a helping hand

December 27, 2010

PLYMOUTH — People around the world have been touched by Marshall County residents for the past 27 years and this year was no exception.
The recently completed Church World Service CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk was able to raise a large amount of money once again this year to combat hunger all over the world. The original walk in Marshall County nearly three decades ago was organized by the Plymouth Church of the Brethren and they continue to be the central sponsor but there has been lots of help from other organizations over the years.

Downtown donations help needy

December 27, 2010

PLYMOUTH — Just days ago, the Marshall County Neighborhood Center was scrambling to find funds and other donations to fill the last 111 of the more than 500 applications it received for help for Christmas.
Due to the generosity of the community, they were able to complete the daunting task.
According to the center’s director Sarah Hendrix, almost all of the applicants were asking for food and other basic needs.

Deck the House

December 23, 2010

The Pilot News and Martin’s Super Markets asked the residents of Marshall County to send in photographs of their homes all decked out with holiday lights.
Out of all the submissions, the finalist were Rhonda and DJ Frost; Jon and Carrie Weir; and Dan and Genie Marohn.
After careful consideration, Frost’s candy-cane themed home was declared the winner, and the family received a $100 gift certificate to Martin’s.

Group petitions INDOT for historic byway

December 23, 2010

PLYMOUTH — It’s possible that Marshall County — and Plymouth in particular — will be showing off its singular place in history.
An application nominating the Michigan Road between Madison and Michigan City for historic byway status was submitted to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Tuesday, Dec. 21. The nomination was submitted by a steering committee composed of individuals from the counties through which the historic route passes. Co-chair of the committee Kurt Garner hopes that the designation will bring other benefits to the area.

Christmas spirit in gear at Oliver Ford

December 23, 2010

PLYMOUTH — Oliver Ford has started a new Christmas tradition that it has entitled “20 Days of Giving.”
The Oliver Ford service team of Cody Rhodes, Barry Grosselin and Gayle Lemler — as well as the ladies in the office: Gracie Fonseca, Wendy Tapia and Della Egger — have been collecting new and gently-used toys for the children of the Marshall County Neighborhood Center and the Heminger House in Plymouth. In return, Oliver Ford gave each person that donated a toy or a monetary donation 50 percent off an oil change, including a spot-free vehicle wash.

Visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus

December 22, 2010

Santa and Mrs. Claus (with helpers William and Carolyn Cassell) visited Garden Court West apartments recently, spending time with residents and their families.

Project and court case continue

December 22, 2010

ARGOS — While a much needed drainage project is being contested, it isn’t coming to a stop.
While Thomas Crowell, a property owner continues to contest the assessment of the project, crews are set to begin work on the south side of Argos.
The project will give some much needed relief from storm water to that side of the town.

Lions meet Christmas challenge

December 21, 2010

LAKEVILLE — The Lakeville Lions and LaPaz Lions billed their joint 2010 Toys for Tots campaign, “a bigger challenge.”
More than 1,500 toys, 63 food boxes for families with children and six more for senior citizens, record monetary contributions, boxes of donated clothes and winter wear, and a burgeoning number of community volunteers later, the groups certainly met the challenge.
Both Lions clubs spent the past several weeks raking in items, with a single blitz day in each town, as well as donation boxes located throughout the community.

VanVactor honored by Commissioners

December 21, 2010

PLYMOUTH — It won’t be long until Marshall County Sheriff Jon Van Vactor will move on into retirement and the Marshall County Commissioners took the opportunity at their Monday meeting to express gratitude for his service.
The Commissioners passed a resolution in “…recognition of outstanding accomplishment…” for ensuring the safety of Marshall County residents as well as his contributions to the construction and design of the current Marshall County Correctional Facility.

Commission charged to look at possible part-time director

December 21, 2010

PLYMOUTH — The Marshall County Plan Commission will look at the possibility of a part time director.
That was the charge given to the Commission from the Marshall County Commissioners Monday as the county continues to look at ways to trim spending for the coming year. Commissioner Jack Roose initially made the suggestion that the Plan Commission do a study on the possibility and report to the Commissioners in January.

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