January 30th, 2012
PLYMOUTH â€” Friday, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels spoke directly to the topic of evaluations for Indiana teachers.
The Governor made a stop in Plymouth to meet with area media and respond to questions on a variety of topics.
Education related questions included a concern that some teachers perceive that new evaluation standards are meant to penalize some teachers. In the 2012-13 school year, Indiana teachers will be required to receive feedback on their job performance based on professional practice, as well as student growth.
PLYMOUTH â€” During a meeting with Pilot News editorial staff Friday morning, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels addressed the rise of technology in public schools, saying that he approves of it as long as students are still reading.
â€śNobody really knows what the effects of these technologies will be,â€ť said Daniels. â€śI think we know the discipline of reading is very important, and always will be. I donâ€™t care how (information) is delivered, but I do hope our young people will always be reading, and reading critically.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” The Fourth Annual â€śDancing with the Starsâ€ť event held Saturday night raised $70,000 to be used for services at the Neighborhood Center and the Five Star Program at Lincoln Junior High in Plymouth.
The total was around $5,000 over last yearâ€™s total. Attendance was also up from 360 in 2011 to more than 400 this year.
Tim and Laura Martin were named the winners at the end of the night. The winner is chosen by the number of votes they receive from those who pay to vote. â€śTeam Martinâ€ť as they were billed, raised more than $10,000.
PLYMOUTH â€” What do a tired waitress, a lonely patient receiving their umpteenth IV stick and a shy third-grader have in common?
If you live in Marshall County you may have been touched by the Turtle Lady â€“ or maybe youâ€™ve seen these palm-sized creatures around town at checkouts, on clerksâ€™ aprons at the fabric store or in the possession of someone wearing a smile.
Sandy Skuderna, 63, started making and giving away her turtles in 2009. Since then, more than 4,000 have passed through her hands â€” some going as far as the Horn of Africa with her daughter, who is in the U.S. Navy.
PLYMOUTH â€” Plymouthâ€™s coaching staff has been working with sophomore Mack Mercer this week on finishing strong.
The 6-9 sophomore center finished at an 11-for-14 clip off the blocks and along the baseline â€” including a pair of crowd-pleasing two-handed dunks in the first half â€”Â on his way to a career-high 31 points, and the Pilgrims held off a tenacious Northridge team, 60-53 on Homecoming Night at The Rock Friday.
CULVER â€” When Culver Academiesâ€™ Desirae Major â€™12 (Olathe, Kan.) was a sophomore, a senior on the fencing team talked about using the sport as a way to raise funds for charity. It would also be an interesting way to complete the senior service project. The best way, it seemed, would be to host a tournament with registration fees going to charity.
Major, who is a nationally-ranked saber fencer, thought it was a great idea at the time. But the tournament never got off the ground.Â
Triton rolls on
Triton racked up its seventh straight win with a 67-39 Northern State Conference boys basketball win over Jimtown at the Trojan Trench Friday.
Clay Yeo piled up a game-high 31 points to lead the Trojans. Tanner Shepherd chipped in 12 points, while Cody Shively turned in a strong all-around performance with six points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
â€˘ TRITON 67, JIMTOWN 39
Score by quarters
Jimtown: 6 18 29 39
Triton: 17 30 54 67
South Bend Chocolate Co. visits Culver library, just in time
for Valentineâ€™s Day
Valentineâ€™s Day is just around the corner, and a representative from the South Bend Chocolate Company will be visiting the Culver-Union Township Public Library Tuesday, February 7 at 11 a.m.!
Come enjoy a lesson in the history of chocolate and learn about the products and services offered by Northern Indianaâ€™s own South Bend Chocolate Company.
Delicious samples are highly likely!
PLYMOUTH â€” The Plymouth Common Council heard a proposed ordinance on first reading at this weekâ€™s meeting concerning establishing a seven-member Common Council.
The proposal calls for four members elected from the districts and three elected at-large.
City Attorney Nelson Chipman called the ordinance â€śhistoric.â€ť
The five-member Common Council will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2015. At one minute past midnight Jan. 1, 2016, the Council increases to seven members. The current five-member Council has one member elected at-large and each of the other four elected from the Districts.
PLYMOUTH â€” Templeton and Prunella, the Plymouth Public Libraryâ€™s zebra finches, have decided to start a family. Prunella began laying eggs Sunday, and the proud parents-to-be are now taking turns sitting on the nest containing five small eggs.