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September 29th, 2011
BASS LAKE - As a volunteer firefighter for 26 years for the Bass Lake Fire Department, Phil Banasiak is used to saving peopleâ€™s lives. Fighting for his own life, on the other hand, is not something he is familiar with. On Saturday, Sept. 10, Banasiak felt fine; he worked all day, went out to dinner, came home, and fell asleep on the couch â€” but when he woke up Sunday morning, he was stunned to discover he was paralyzed from the waist down.
â€śItâ€™s a kind of shock. How many people do you know that went to sleep on Saturday and woke up and couldnâ€™t walk on Sunday?â€ť Banasiak said.
It wasnâ€™t until Shari Kirkland and her husband pulled up in front of Michelleâ€™s Headquarters on Culverâ€™s Main Street earlier this month that Shari began to guess at what was in store.
Thatâ€™s because a van with the â€śHello Gorgeousâ€ť moniker was parked nearby, and Kirkland had seen a television news report on the organization recently.
â€śI had a blast,â€ť she says of what followed, â€śand I wish more (hairdressers) would get involved. Iâ€™ve never had a pedicure or manicure before, and nobodyâ€™s washed my hair since I was a little kid! So it was good -- everybody was so friendly.â€ť
LAKEVILLE â€” Friday afternoon, wedding plans for a local couple were postponed after a tree fell on the soon-to-be groom.
Toby Freehauf was cutting a slab of wood to be placed under the cake at his rustic country wedding planned Saturday to Amanda Rentz, when the tree fell onto his back. The accident happened when no one was around in the woods about a half mile behind his Kenilworth Road home.
PLYMOUTH â€” Pending the approval of the Plymouth Schools, a three-way stop will be erected on Discovery Lane, directly across from the east entrance to Menominee Elementary School.
Cory Collins, who resides on Discovery Lane almost directly across from the entrance, appeared before the Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday night.
Collins said there is an unmanned crossing there where children cross daily. He said, â€śCars just zip around the corner off Elm Street.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” The second graders at Washington Elementary know a thing or two about their environment, and they are about to use that knowledge to publish a childrenâ€™s book.
Senter names top priorities for reelection
PLYMOUTH â€” Incumbent mayoral candidate Mark Senter released the following main topics for reelection.
Members of Culver Community Schoolsâ€™ board of trustees received an update on the iPad program for Middle and High School students at their Monday night meeting. In May, the trustees approved a contract with Apple for $150,000 to supply each student grades 7 through 12 with an iPad for use as a supplemental teaching tool. Albert Hanselman, administrator, introduced Cameron Turney to give the board members her unbiased opinion of the iPad.
PLYMOUTH â€” The annual Jefferson Jackson Democratic Dinner held Sunday night featured three speakers.
Speaking at the event were Brendan Mullen, 2nd Congressional District Democratic Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives; Nancy Dembowski, currently serving in the Indiana State House of Representatives; and Pete Buttigieg, Democratic candidate for Mayor of South Bend.
Mullen said, â€śWhat is needed is family, fellowship, hard work and service.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” Chilly weather complete with a downpour of rain on Saturday didnâ€™t keep 60 motorcycle riders from participating in the 4th Annual Ride for â€śShop with a Cop-Christmas for Kids.â€ť
The ride started at Young Amphitheatre in Plymouth and took riders to Rochester, Bass Lake and then back to the American Legion hall in Plymouth. Following the ride, a meal and auction were held as well.
One of the organizers, Jeff Stewart said, â€śWe canâ€™t thank the community enough for their support in monetary and gift donations.â€ť
Culver resident Jean Triplet may represent the last local link to the bygone days of small-town pharmacies, so well remembered by many here. After 49 years in the business, Triplet has retired from CVS Pharmacy in Culver, though her earliest years behind the drug-store counter were at beloved local pharmacy Mr. T's.