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January 13th, 2012
PLYMOUTH â€”Â Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, there will be changes at Lincoln Junior High.
LJH Principal Dan Funston presented the proposed changes to the Plymouth School Board this week.
Funston said, â€śWe will be adding three new electives that students will sign up for in the same way they students do at the high school level.â€ť
When Kay Davis exited Culver's town hall the last workday of 2011, the door closed on 30 years of her service to the town of Culver as its deputy clerk, through five clerk treasurers and countless changes, major and minor, in the day-to-day operations which keep the town running. She also represents the only consistent witness to the inner world of town operations in a gradually changing Culver over three decades.
Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend is hosting Winter Day from 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The indoor Learning Center will be open and train rides are $2 per person (weather permitting). Admission is $5 per person, 2 and under are free and admission for Potawatomi Zoological Society members is free.
Other weekend events:
FRIDAY, JAN. 13
â€˘ The Plymouth Moose will host a buffet dinner â€” spaghetti and meat balls, ham and scalloped potatoes â€“ from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Guests are welcome. Please contact Tom Williams at 574-936-3530 for more information.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
PLYMOUTH â€” Several Plymouth High School students will have an interesting evening January 28, as they attempt to remain standing for six hours during the schoolâ€™s first-ever mini Dance Marathon. The event is a fundraiser for Rileyâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
â€ś(The students) will stand on their feet for the kids who canâ€™t,â€ť explained event organizer Amy Jacobs.
PLYMOUTH â€” The excitement began about four years ago, when Marshall County Neighborhood Center board member Karen Barden heard about a â€śDancing with the Starsâ€ť event in South Bend. Barden thought the concept of having community members vote on friendsâ€™ and coworkersâ€™ dancing performances might work as a fundraiser for the Neighborhood Center. She was right â€” and the now-annual event brings in thousands of dollars each year.
â€śI think people enjoy (seeing) people they know dance, and itâ€™s very entertaining,â€ť said Barden.
PLYMOUTH â€“ Ironically, it was just two months ago that Rick Cooper, Jr. was razzed about his comment to â€śWhat Iâ€™m Thankful Forâ€ť in this publicationâ€™s Thanksgiving edition. Naturally sarcastic, Cooper said, â€śIâ€™m thankful that tax time is less than two months away.â€ť After all, he has a transmission to replace in his out-of-commission car.
National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch which is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Friday evening.
Lake effect snow showers are expected to form late Thursday afternoon and persist through Friday evening. Portions of Northern Indiana, generally north of highway 6 could see between 8 to 12 in., while areas further south could see 4 to 8 in. In addition, strong, gusty west to northwest winds could cause limited visibility, and blowing and drifting of snow across roads may make driving hazardous.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Plymouth Park Department is partnering with resident Jane Blank to collect clothing and shoe donations until Jan. 23. Donations of gently used women's, men's and children's clothing and shoes can be dropped off at the park office until Jan. 23.
Blank decided to organize a community clothing drive around Thanksgiving.
"I just thought that there is so much waste (of used clothes)," said Blank, explaining that although clothes are often donated to Goodwill and other similar organizations, "some people can't afford the five dollars or whatever it is to buy from Goodwill."
Starke County is grieving the loss of one of their own. U.S. Army SPC Robert (Bobby) Tauteris Jr., 44, of Hamlet, died a heroâ€™s death while defending his country in Afghanistan last Friday morning. Tauteris, along with three other soldiers, lost his life when their vehicle hit an IED (roadside bomb). A fourth soldier was injured.
SPC Brian Leonhardt, 21, of the Merrillville area, was one of the four soldiers lost. Leonhardt also has family and friends in Starke County who are heartbroken over the loss of this young hero.
PLYMOUTH â€” County maintenance director Rich Ulrich spoke to county council members Monday about the two county building elevators, which are again out of commission.
"This is our worst-case scenario," said Ulrich, calling the elevators "obsolete" and noting that the 30-year-old machines have never been updated with new technology.