The Daily Press The Pilot News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-25T14:06:00-04:00 look at Earthworks2014-07-25T14:06:00-04:002014-07-25T14:05:20-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News The market was closed to allow staff time to do some rearranging, reorganizing and get ready for new product. The market is more self-serve friendly now making it easier for customers to access bulk and/ or refrigerated items. The bulk selection will be expanded to include a larger selection of items. New items have also been added to the shelves as well. New pastas and sauces are in stock and more coffee and tea flavors will be coming soon. There are food items, quilts, soaps and lotions, baked goods and the ever-popular handmade Earthworks bread. Kelly Payne, a Culinary Pastry Chef student at Ivy Tech in South Bend, is spending some time at Earthworks baking before starting her last bit of school. The practice Payne will gain from the market will be good for both Earthworks and Payne. There’s always a surprise treat to be found at the pastry counter. On Tuesday that was an upside down plum cake. The reopening of the market brought forth a very busy day for staff. “We’ve been super busy,” said Rebecca Tepes, of Earthworks. “People have been very understanding and so supportive of us through everything.” Friends Janice Eberly and Angi Beyler met for lunch at Earthworks. It was the edamame salad and multigrain bread that Eberly missed. The ladies are frequent visitors to the market. Earthworks Market is located at 900 W. Jefferson St in Plymouth. The hours are Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Plymouth, INDiona EskewFresh look at EarthworksThe Pilot Highway 31 opening expected next month2014-07-25T14:00:41-04:002014-07-25T13:59:24-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAccording to Matt Deitchley, media relations director for the Laporte INDOT district, there is no definitive date for the opening of the new bypass.“Things are moving along. We had a hard winter and the frozen ground changed our schedule,” he explained, stating that while construction was not delayed it was extended.There are some minor restrictions to be expected. At the end of August, it is expected that the new bypass route will have a ribbon cutting to celebrate its opening.Deitchley stated there will be “pinch points” at the far north and south South Bend and Plymouth entrances that will limit the traffic to two lanes, but will open up further down the road to the planned four lane highway. Some construction will be taking place along the edges of the road with work crews, but the highway will be open to traffic.The project upgraded and realigned US 31 from US 30 in Plymouth to the US 20 bypass in South Bend. Approximately 15 miles of the 20-mile corridor is being built on new terrain east of the existing route.Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoUS Highway 31 opening expected next monthThe Pilot contract approved at Triton Schools2014-07-25T13:56:34-04:002014-07-25T13:56:34-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsObservations from Board members and administrators present affirmed her work and leadership of the school corporation. The public hearing was preceded by an executive session in which the Board conducted a self-evaluation.IN other action:• At the Board meeting, Burroughs reported on a grant to be submitted to the Marshall County Community Foundation to purchase needed soccer goals for the physical education program and a 3-D printer for Project Lead the Way. The printer is on the cutting edge of modern technological education. New junior high classes in automation and design and robotics will teach students to design on a computer. The printer will then create a 3-D model of the design out of a plastic material. A class in another location designed an artificial hand for one of their classmates. This technology will introduce students to the field of engineering in a very hands-on way. This technology, however, is currently used in many occupations, and not just by engineers.• Positive Behavior Intervention Support Plans were reviewed by Riffle and high school teacher Ron Brown. The plans, a part of the recent strategic plan, make responses to behavior consistent across the entire school system. They are designed to accentuate and reward positive behavior. The emphasis of the plans is on teaching (developing positive behavior) rather than on punishing.• The First United Church of Christ located at 407 N. Main Street in Bourbon has requested support for a “Fifth Quarter” activity following home football games. Students in grades 7-12 will be invited to attend the social event at the church, which is within walking distance of the football field, following each home game. Pizza will be provided as well as games and fun activities which will vary with each Fifth Quarter. The Board voted to support this endeavor by announcing it in appropriate ways.•Retirements were approved for Donna Feldman – elementary instructional assistant, Sally Fawley – elementary media center coordinator, Michael Chobanov – Jr/Sr High School principal, and Mary Lou Reed after 27 years as special education case coordinator.• Kenny Klotz – maintenance worker was hired.• Contracts were approved for Burroughs, Chobanov, elementary principal Jeremy Riffle, junior/senior high assistant principal Bob Ross, Mason McIntyre – Athletic Director, Christine Cook data/testing specialist, Joshua Van Houten – elementary assistant, and contracts for bus drivers.• Extracurricular activities coaching positions were also finalized as follows: Cheerleading: varsity Emily Grubbs and Whitney Ambrose, elementary Dara Greenawalt, and junior high volunteer Staci George;Football: varsity John Johns, varsity assistant Ron Brown, volunteer Jeremy May, and junior high Jim Snyder;Volleyball: varsity assistant Libby Chang, 8th grade Shelly Feldman, 7th grade Christina Stout, 6th grade Lana Hostrawser, Ashleigh Hanby, Brittney Brosman;Cross country: varsity Wes Rettinger, junior high Travis Cooper, volunteer assistant Todd Hoffer;Tennis: varsity boys Al Peckham, varsity girls Al Peckham;Golf: varsity girls Jack Carpenter, varsity boys Jack Carpenter, junior high boys Dave Carpenter, volunteer varsity boys assistant Blake Schori;Basketball: varsity girls Adam Heckaman, varsity girls assistant Lindsay Shively, JV girls Justina Faulkner, 8th grade girls Brent Cooper, 7th grade girls Teresa Watkins, varsity boys Jason Groves, varsity boys assistant Steve Duff, JV boys Matt Landis, freshman boys Blake Schori;Wrestling: varsity Matt Arvensen, varsity assistant Ronald Brown;Baseball: varsity Rodney Younis, varsity assistant Brad Hargrave;Softball: varsity Steve McBride, varsity assistant Bill Keyser, JV Paul Walker;Track: varsity boys Curt Kreft, junior high boys Joe White, junior high girls Jeremy May.• Student handbooks for both buildings were approved with changes reflecting current law regarding discipline, seclusion and restraint. • Textbook rentals for both buildings were also approved for the coming year. Burroughs pointed out that book rentals were the lowest they have been since 2009, and complimented administrators for holding costs down. • Burroughs included in the agenda an opportunity for comments on the proposed balanced calendar for 2015-2016. So far, she said, there have been no negative comments and only responses in favor of the calendaring system have been expressed. She plans to include opportunity for comments at each School Board meeting so that staff, faculty, parents, administrators, and students can have plenty of time to respond before a final decision is made.• New corporation Treasurer Michelle Babcock presented a 2015 budget calendar (schedule of dates when elements of the budget need to be approved). The Board also signed her bond as treasurer as required by the state.Plymouth, INEd Scherer-BerrySuperintendent contract approved at Triton SchoolsThe Pilot emergency plan changes tabled2014-07-25T13:53:43-04:002014-07-25T13:52:48-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News“I am here today to talk to you about adopting a new county comprehensive emergency management plan. This is based on recommendations from the EMA advisory council as a result of an after action report and improvement plan from the blizzard and snow events that occurred this past winter,” said Clyde Avery, Marshall County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director.Avery summarized the changes: “One of the significant changes that came out of the after-action report was that some of the department heads felt it wasn’t necessary to physically come to the Emergency Operations Center when it was activated.”The department heads felt they could do the same job by connecting virtually, according to Avery. The previous plan required those individuals to report to the EOC once a disaster declaration was implemented and the plan was put into effect. The new plan would allow the department heads to connect by virtual means.“That can be problematic as I explained to commissioner (Deb) Griewank during the tornado and severe storms we had a couple weeks ago,” said Avery.The county building suffered a power outage. In addition the internet services were down. That prevented communication through online services.The other important factor that was changed in the emergency plan was to put the responsibility of implementing the emergency plan back on the commissioners instead of the EMA director. Avery and the advisory council discussed the matter previously and decided the ultimate responsibility of implementing the plan should be with the commissioners.Commissioner Griewank expressed concerns that if department heads didn’t follow the plan as it was before would they follow it after it was changed? Commissioner Roose and Avery discussed the difficulty Avery had during the storm being the only person in the office to answer phone calls and responded to the situation. “It would be best if we could just get the department heads or representatives from those departments to send a person in to help make that a really cohesive center, a place where things are going to get done,” said Roose.The plan is 129 pages long. It spells out each department’s or agency’s roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency. The first section explains in a simple way what kind of action county personnel will take, according to Avery. The rest of the plan is information in checklist format for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The specific tasks that must be completed to implement the plan.“It is only going to be as effective as the amount of support that we get to actually implement it the way that it needs to be done,” said Avery.The county has seen several events this year that may have seemed mild but had the potential to be worse. Those events included gas leaks, hazardous materials incident, tornado and disease outbreak. The plan covers all types of incidents that the county might across.After some discussion involving the importance of the 3C’s - coordination, cooperation and communication - between the departments the commissioners were skeptic about the new plan being better. “To approve this, we have to have some thing, and I know the other one didn’t work because you didn’t get the people in there to help out. But this one is saying that there definitely won’t be people in there to help out in the EOC,” said Griewank.Avery clarified that the department heads would have the option to either come to the EOC or connect virtually with the new plan.“Unfortunately the reality of it is until we take the steps necessary to correct those things that we identify that’s needing improved upon we are going to continue to make the same mistakes,” said Avery. “We’ve been fortunate so far but at some point our luck is going to run out.”The commissioners discussed their responsibility in making sure the plan is followed. Roose mentioned the options of assigning one of the commissioners to be responsible for coming to the EOC to ensure there is enough help onsite. Communication is a vital part of the emergency plan.“I would hope they would want to come because it is the right thing to do for the people they are serving in the community,” said Avery. “Honestly, in my opinion, I’ve said this before, that’s the whole purpose why we’re here. That’s why government exists, to serve the people. In times of disaster or emergency it is even more critical that we do that.”Commissioner Kevin Overmyer decided that commissioners should wait until the next meeting to decide what to do. “To pass this just to pass it, I don’t know I think we need to. Maybe think about this for two weeks and see if there can be some reaching across the different levels of government to see if we can’t get these people pulled together.”Overmyer recalled the success of a snow event in which various department head and community leaders met together in the same room. Avery shared that only three people contacted him during the severe weather event at the beginning of the month. The current plan will remain in place until the commissioners revisit the topic at the next meeting.Later in the commissioners meeting during the County Attorney report by James Clevenger in regards to the emergency plan said, “I don’t think the tool is the problem, the comprehensive plan is not the problem, I think getting the people to use it is the problem.”Plymouth, INDiona EskewCounty emergency plan changes tabledThe Pilot 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