The Daily Press The Pilot News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-24T16:20:26-04:00 Cream Crank Off finale to 4-H Fair2014-07-24T16:20:26-04:002014-07-24T16:20:26-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsHeld at the Marshall County Fair since 1992, the competition has seen many variations on cherry, peach, rocky road, mint, and this year's flavor, maple nut.With 60 minutes to freeze and serve up their cold treats, the makers got churning."Everybody has to make the same thing," said Don Morrison. He and his wife Eileen used toasted nuts to add an extra dimension to their concoction."[Eileen] just cranks till it gets stiffer, and then I'll take over. She volunteered."According to Morrison, the trick to getting a good ice-cream recipe down is packing down the ice and waiting several hours before consuming it. The Morrison's were the only group to use a hand crank machine.There are differing opinions on the best way to freeze the cream."You pack in the ice, pour in salt and water. The salt helps melt the ice faster," said Arthur Overmyer, who poured bottled water over his ice to help the freezing process. Arthur and his wife Wanda had competed for several years, as well as at the state level, using their electric crank.Some however come for the fun of making ice-cream, like Mark Schwartz and his wife Barb, who brought their two children along."It's ice cream," Schwartz said with enthusiasm as to why his family was competing. "Ice cream is one thing we have in our house year round."Schwartz's family used a nontraditional method, by pouring the recipe into a plastic ball, which has a compartment to pack the ice down in. The ball is then rolled back and forth, which mixes the ice milk around for freezing.In addition to considering what goes into the recipe, the judges consider the smoothness and creaminess of the desert, as well as the flavor. After each competition, competitors are asked to suggest which flavor they would like to make for the coming year. The decision was not final.Jack Thompson, the fourth and final competitor, had help from his young grandson Carlson Duff and his wife Kathryn."I've done it probably since they started," he said. "I've had different grand children help me since they started doing it." This year, it was Carlson's turn.Thomson's recipe won first place for its consistency and strong maple flavor.Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoIce Cream Crank Off finale to 4-H FairThe Pilot the globe for a cause2014-07-24T16:12:18-04:002014-07-24T16:12:18-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsHe was interviewed for a profile piece about his mother, a Kentucky state representative, who died of diabetes. The inspiration for his walk for awareness was sparked by the journalist that interviewed him. "During that conversation we talked one, about my mother dying from diabetes, and two, about if I was to do some kind of walk what would I do it for, and diabetes just seemed the logical thing," stated Bendl. After getting in touch with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Bendl completed a 160 mile walk from 1998 to 1999.But Bendl first started his awareness treks across the country in 2007, when he decided to walk to his uncle's 80 birthday party being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. He started walking with his mixed mutt Nice and the two have travelled almost 8,000 miles by the "world guy's" estimation.Over time, Bendl's message has changed."My message has now gone from well if you have it, take care of yourself or prevent it by some sort of activity," said Bendl, citing his uncle, now 87, who has lived a healthy life.Bendl has had the ball since 1985, when he "saved the world" from being tossed out by an old school who used it in play activities, for his then seven year old son. Having travelled through 42 contiguous states, Michigan will mark his 43, having never been there at all. He started in Louisville and has travelled up 31, from Columbus, to Indianapolis, hitting Bloomington, Lafayette, and now Plymouth, before heading to South Bend, the last large city before his stately destination.Carrying the weight of the world in his hands isn't always easy, but Bendl thinks he's helped make a difference in the lives of those he's met."In the process I've met a lot of people who've changed their lives using me as some sort of impetus, they call me back and tell me so," he said. "I think that I've learned for myself that eating better you go farther. You shouldn't put diesel fuel in a jet engine, that's one one guy said to me, and another old guy said exercise is the fountain of youth."Bendl travelled through Argos, leaving his van behind while he walks the day's journey. His good people system, or GPS, is fed by average samaritans who will give him meals, water, or drive him back to his van, which he then leap frog's to his ending point, while he tethers the world to a safe place. "I learned early on in these walks that when everything takes care of itself, there's always good people that will help me out if I'm in need," he said. "As long as I'm walking, things seem to take care of themselves."Every so often, he has to patch up the world and fill her up with air. Gauging temperature and weather conditions, the giant world contracts and expands, sometimes tearing a little at the seams. But fixing her up, Bendl just keeps rolling.On his trips, Bendl's belief that exercise is good for you has been confined by those he's met."You learn all kinds of things on the road. It's where my Phd is now," he explained. "Everybody's testimony that exercise is good and that you can turn diabetes around, lose weight, or you can manage your diabetes, I've got examples from just the first three people I met today."Bendl would make his way to the local laundromat before heading north to his final destination, the state line, another 31 miles."If you roll, they will come," said Bendl jokingly. While he and his companion are wearing on in years, Nice at seven and a half, and himself at 52, Bendl doesn't have any plans to stop now."It seems I'm a rolling metaphor. My final words of advice: Love yourself, go for a walk."Erik Bendl, known also as World Guy, blogs at, where he tells about his travels with the world in his hands.Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoNavigating the globe for a causeThe Pilot Weird Al Is Wowed by Album's Success2014-07-24T11:29:18-04:002014-07-24T11:29:18-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Plymouth, INNo author availableVIDEO: Weird Al Is Wowed by Album's SuccessThe Pilot food and fun on Saturday2014-07-24T10:11:43-04:002014-07-24T10:11:43-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableFree food and fun on SaturdayThe Pilot permits on the rise for Marshall County2014-07-24T10:07:14-04:002014-07-24T10:07:14-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableBuilding permits on the rise for Marshall CountyThe Pilot health officials warning about bacterial infection reports2014-07-23T16:05:35-04:002014-07-23T16:05:35-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAs of March 3, 2014,more than 300 ill individuals have been identified and roughly 260 of that number tested positive for Shigella sonnei. No cases have been reported so far in Marshall County or Saint Joseph County; however, there have been cases found in Hendricks County and in parts of Michigan.Shegellosis is a highly contagious batercial diarrheal sickness transmitted through the fecal matter into the digestive system.“It can be transmitted by handling or cleaning up stool or vomit,” said Registered Nurse for Marshall County Health Department Susan Lechlitner. According to Lechlitner, the illness can be transmitted by consuming food or drinks that have been prepared by someone who is infected, as well as sexual contact that involves feces, and person-to-person contact and with contaminated objects.Symptoms will generally appear between one to five days after a person has been exposed, and include diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting. If antibiotic treatment steps are not taken, those with the infection can still transmit the bacteria up to a month after symptoms have cleared up.“It generally starts in a day care and can spread very quickly, because of changing a baby’s diapers,” explained Lechlitner. “One child can get sick and spread it. And in age it varies. It also depends on a person’s hand hygiene.”A strong indication of shigellosis is if diarrhea persists more than 24 hours or there is bloody stool, Those concerned should seek treatment, according to the Indiana State Department of Health’s website.“Children with diarrhea should be sent home and stay home until they’re feeling better,” recommended Lechlitner. “Food handlers should do the same thing, but many don’t because they need the money, and they can’t afford to take the work off, or they can’t afford the doctor. It’s a catch-22.”The Indiana State Department of Health recommends that shigellosis can be prevented by washing hands with soap and water after using the restroom, if assisting someone with diarrhea and vomiting, after swimming as the bacteria can be transmitted in pools and bodies of water contaminated with fecal matter, and before, during, and after food preparation. Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoState health officials warning about bacterial infection reportsThe Pilot’s help sought for ‘Pack A Back Pack’2014-07-23T15:47:38-04:002014-07-23T15:47:38-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe Plymouth Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 195 is gearing up their annual Pack a Backpack program to help Marshall County families with the costs of new school supplies by requesting donations from County residents."Last year we passed out roughly 700 [backpacks] to all the schools in Marshall County, plus school supplies," said FOP member Hurshel Hunter.Towns that received supplies from the FOP and Indiana State Police (ISP) program include Argos, Bourbon, Culver, Bremen, LaVille schools, Plymouth, and even Saint Michael's private catholic school.On August 1 and 2, the FOP will be set up in Walmart, requesting that shoppers and residents support their cause."At Walmart, we have shopping carts sitting out there and we stand and hand out flyers with what we need," explained Hunter. "If people are willing, they'll buy backpacks, they'll buy pencils, folders, notebook paper, and other items."Hunter says that in past years, the drive has been successful."It gives children the needy tools to start the school year for education. They need the pens, the pencils, the colored markers, to accomplish what the teachers set forth for them to do," he said.The drive goes to support elementary schools. Drop-off locations for the Pack a Backpack program are Opie's Deli, Fernbaugh's Jewelers, the Moose Lodge, Teachers Credit Union, Oliver Ford, WTCA AM 1050, Krogers, and First Federal Savings Bank.Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoCommunity’s help sought for ‘Pack A Back Pack’The Pilot main flushing continues2014-07-23T14:04:08-04:002014-07-23T14:04:08-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe water mains are flushed once per year over a period of about four weeks. This is done to clear sediment from the lines to keep water flowing smoothly for all.“The yearly flushing of the lines helps maintain the distribution system,” said Ryan Lunetta of the Water Department. “The proper maintaining of the lines also helps reduce the chances of having a water main break.”Several years ago the department outsourced the line flushing to another company. “Since we’ve been doing it ourselves we have been able to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete the process,” said Mike Vollrath of the Water Department.To complete the process city-wide there are nearly 300 main lines that need to be flushed. Almost a dozen lines can be cleared in a day. The crew must turn off certain lines in order to clear the specific main line they are working on. The pipes are flushed for a specific amount of time depending on the size and length of the pipe. It varies from just a few minutes to 15 minutes or longer.During the process residents will not typically have any problems with their water at home. However there is a chance that water pressure will fluctuate. In addition there also could be some discoloration of the water. If that happens residents should run their water for several minutes until it clears.The tool that is used to flush the water mains is connected to a fire hydrant. It includes a static pressure gage. The crew monitors the gage to make sure the pressure stays above the proper level. If the level drops below that level it could draw water from the water lines into residential or commercial property.The process should be completed by Aug. 8. If you experience any problems or have questions call the water department at 574-936-2543.Plymouth, INNo author availableWater main flushing continuesThe Pilot Blueberry Festival may be a possibility2014-07-23T08:37:11-04:002014-07-23T08:37:11-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThis information may be linked to Plymouth's decision to build new tennis courts which could reduce available space for a number of Blueberry Festival activities.Plymouth, INNo author availableMoving Blueberry Festival may be a possibilityThe Pilot wire theft is hazardous 2014-07-22T09:16:49-04:002014-07-22T09:16:49-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsStaff WriterMARSHALL COUNTY — A recent theft of copper wire from a Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) substation has sprouted an investigation.“Several hundred feet of copper wire and copper lugs were stolen from the Burr Oak substation,” said NIPSCO Director of External Communications Nick Meyer. “Unfortunately, with serving 32 counties, we see these kind of incidents sometimes.”Thieves target copper wire to sell it to scrap dealers. The theft isn’t just a criminal matter. It could be a matter of life and death.“There was an incident in Gary where a 48 year old man was killed when he sliced into a live wire while trying to steal it,” said Meyer. It wasn’t the man’s first time stealing copper wire.The voltage can range between 220 volts to 7,200. However some high voltage lines can reach 765,000 volts. The danger associated with the electricity is the reason why security measures are in place by electric companies.“We want to keep everyone safe from electrocution,” said Meyer. “We use security measures such as high fencing with barbed wire and infrared camera systems.”There are standard legal procedures for dealing with copper theft. According to Meyer, “in recent years the legislature increased the penalty for copper wire thefts from a Class D felony to a Class C felony if proven the materials were stolen from a utility or infrastructure.”Plymouth, INNo author availableCopper wire theft is hazardous The Pilot