July 18th, 2011
PLYMOUTH â€” The sweltering sun didnâ€™t seem to deter either car buffs or barbecue fans Saturday as a crowd gathered behind Oliver Ford.
Attendees were there to play in cornhole tournaments, check out the endless rows of impressively polished cars, and enjoy some summer barbecue. Proceeds from the dayâ€™s event went to benefit St. Michaelâ€™s school.
â€śWe give to all of the schools in our community, and this event is for St. Michaelâ€™s,â€ť said Jennifer Houin.
LAKEVILLE â€” Despite the fact that the ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) 2011 scores for the Union-North United School Corporation went up, administrators are not satisfied with the results. Corporationâ€“wide, the scores from testing of grades 3-8 went from 70.8 percent passing to 72.4 percent in the combined English and math data.
A long-range plan to raise student achievement that has been in the works for several weeks was presented to the school board as a first draft at the last board meeting.
The Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver is once again partnering with the Bike Barn, 103 E. Lake Shore Drive, this time to present a tour-by-bicycle of the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, on Saturday, July 23, at 9:30 a.m.
DESCENDANTS OF ORIGINAL PIONEER FAMILIES SOUGHT
One of Culver's least -known historical monuments will celebrate its anniversary later this month as plans begin to bring it more recognition.
Located on state-owned property at the southeast corner of State Road 10 and Queen Road, the hand-carved stone commemorates the arrival of Marshall County's first party of European settlers 175 years ago, on the afternoon of July 26, 1836.
PLYMOUTH â€” James Hackworth and Jacob Eaton delivered a strong one-two punch on the mound for Post 27, and Plymouthâ€™s batters came through in their last time at the plate with four hits for three runs to break a 2-2 tie and claim a 5-2 sectional-opening win over visiting Valparaiso Post 94 at Bill Nixon Field Friday.
The two teams will face off again in the two-team, double-elimination tourney today at 1 p.m. with a potential third game scheduled to follow directly.
â€śAny time as far as double-elimination, winning the first one is so important,â€ť said Plymouth Post 27 coach Mike Hite.
Plymouthâ€™s Nate Kolter beat LaVilleâ€™s Zach Gurtner in a playoff on Hole 10 at Round Barn Golf Club in Rochester to win the Boys 14-15 division of a Marshall County Junior Golf Tour event.
Kolter and Gurtner both shot 80 at the Par 72 course to go one-two, respectively, at the event, while Culverâ€™s Trent Elliott finished third in the division three strokes back.
A recently-returned couple whose presence here has enhanced Marshall Countyâ€™s medical offerings spent some time last Thursday discussing their journey with Culverâ€™s Kiwanis Club at the Yacht Club restaurant on Jefferson Street.
ARGOS â€” It all began when a group of casual acquaintances in the Marshall County area decided to take a needlepoint class together in Delphi in the early 1980s.
After taking the class, they decided to meet once a month to complete their project, a needlework Christmas tree. The group still meets today, but without one important member: Margaret Sherwood, who passed away last August from complications of a stroke.
PLYMOUTH â€” Linda Espich went through high school with everyone expecting her to become a nurse. To her parentâ€™s shock, Espich announced after graduation that she wanted to teach. Espich attended Indiana University, majored in general studies, switching later to elementary education, and started teaching at Washington Elementary School right after she graduated when a teacher there left to have a baby.
â€śIâ€™ve never made a resume â€” Iâ€™ve never had to,â€ť said Espich. â€śThe principal asked me if I wanted her job, and I said yes. Iâ€™ve had the same job for 40 years!â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” Sharon Cudney, assistant activity director at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Plymouth, fears that the World War II experiences of her patients will be lost forever.
Two residents share their stories: George Born and William â€śBillâ€ť Whitsell.
George Born, 86, was born in Plymouth. He quit school in his junior year and worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad for six months before being drafted in the Army.
George took his basic training at Camp Wheeler, Ga., and was immediately shipped out to Germany with the First Infantry Division of the 26th Infantry Regiment.