July 13th, 2012
WELL KNOWN INDIANA FAMILY'S LOCAL ROOTS RUN 60 YEARS DEEP
Since 1944, seeing â€śJulyâ€ť on the calendar meant the members of one branch of the Ball family of Indianapolis (think Ball canning jars and Ball State University) are gathered near Aubbeenaubbee Creek at the historic house once home to the Halcyon Boat House. This July is no exception, but thereâ€™s a bittersweet tinge to the breeze blowing off Lake Maxinkuckee here at 1746, as this is likely the familyâ€™s last July here.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is hosting the summerâ€™s second Second Friday Event tonight. The theme is â€śOrchestrate a deal in Downtown Plymouthâ€ť with members of the Marshall County Orchestra showcasing their musical talents as you walk downtown.
Itâ€™s an opportunity to explore downtown Plymouth and its one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, art gallery, museum, cafĂ©s, restaurants and more. Look for the 2nd Friday Signs in participating downtown businesses for specials and promotions.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Plymouth School Board heard a report on Indiana Career Pathways Initiative during a meeting July 10. Presenting the information was Plymouth High School Guidance Counselor, Aimee Porttues. Portteus said that Indianaâ€™s College and Career Pathways is â€śan aligned sequence of secondary and postsecondary courses that leads to industry certification or a college degree in a high wage, high demand occupation.â€ť The Indiana Department of Education has set the 2013-2014 school year as the year for full implementation of the program.
MARSHALL CO. â€”Â Scores from standardized testing of Indianaâ€™s students are being called â€śrecord breakingâ€ť following an announcement from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett.
Bennett announced this week this is the third successive year of all-time highs on literally every portion of the ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Education Progress Plus) tests.
Making the announcement at a Statehouse recognition ceremony, Bennett said, â€śHoosiers from all walks of like should greet this news with a standing ovation.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” Children ages 8 to 13 have a fun opportunity this weekend to compete with their peers during the 2013 Ford Escape soccer skills challenge, a free event sponsored by Oliver Ford and held at the Plymouth soccerplex.
"Ford used to have a punt, pass, and kick contest 20 years ago, around football season," said Jennifer Houin of Oliver Ford. "Now, they told us they want to do a soccer challenge."
The event will be run by Duane Culp, president of Plymouth travel soccer, and Chuck DeWitt, Plymouth High School girls soccer coach.
PLYMOUTH â€” The textiles currently being displayed at Heartland Art Gallery were created by textile artist, Dr. Judi-Aubel Osborn of Rome, Italy. Judi spends summers in Culver with her family creating beautiful textile designs. Many of the designs are replicated from observations of nature acquired from her numerous travels around the world. Residing in West Africa for 15 years has greatly influenced her designs by incorporating the artistic traditions of that area of the world. She uses various techniques of dying, printing and embroidery in making these patterns of nature come to life.
PLYMOUTH â€” A new principal for Riverside Intermediate School will be moving into the office as the new school year gears up, but the move will just be from one side of the building to the other.
Jeni Hirschy, current assistant principal, was named principal during the school board meeting Tuesday. Hirschy replaces outgoing Principal Donna Burroughs who has accepted a position with Triton Schools as superintendent.
CULVER â€” Excessive temperatures last weekend forced a rare cancellation of Culver Summer Schoolsâ€™ annual Moonlight Serenade â€” or, to be more prescise, the event was â€śpostponed,â€ť according to Culver Upper Camp assistant director Emily Ryman, who announced the postponement Saturday night.
â€śDue to the extreme heat conditions aboard the Ledbetter,â€ť she wrote, including â€śsteel hull boat which has been baking in the 100 degree sun for the past four days...we have cancelled the Moonlight Serenade for this evening. We hope to re-schedule it for a later date.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” Bids were opened for the Influent Headworks Control System as the city councilâ€™s board of public works and safety met Monday evening.
Five bids were received and opened. All five met the requirements as follows: Form 96 was signed and completed; addenda were received; a financial statement was attached; a bid bond was attached; and the E-Verify affidavit was included.