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Local vets team up to start art center

March 24, 2012

PLYMOUTH — Four local veterans recently founded the Veterans Therapeutic Art Center, Inc. (VTAC) — a non-profit corporation that they hope will bring an opportunity for healing to veterans in a six-county area.
They plan to offer creative opportunities — including wood working, metal sculpting, painting, music, and jewelry making — to veterans and their families free of charge. There’s nothing like this in the area, said group member Larry Balmer, and it’s something that is desperately needed.

Bremen Party Pack liquor license renewed despite last year’s violations

March 24, 2012

BREMEN — John McKown, owner of Bremen Party Pack, visited the Marshall County Alcoholic Beverage Commission Tuesday about a liquor license renewal.
According to Indiana State excise officer Michelle Traughber, McKown’s application fell under the category of “renewal after violation.”
McKown’s previous violations, from March 2011, included an employee with no permit to serve alcohol and no record of a permit on the owner’s part. Also, McKown did not have a sign displayed indicating that customers must be 18 to purchase cigarettes and that pregnant women should not be smoking.

Class prevents women from being victims

March 18, 2012

BREMEN — You’re a woman and it’s late and you’re alone ... and then ... someone attacks you. Will you know what to do?
It’s likely you will if live in the area and can attend a self-defense course at Bremen Family Martial Arts. Professional instructors and blackbelts Larry Maxson (fourth degree belt and business owner), Keith Fraine (fourth degree) and Loren Riddle (sixth degree) will offer women the opportunity to empower themselves with the tools they need to keep themselves from being victims, and to keep them safer should they become victims.

Park department invites suggestions

March 18, 2012

BREMEN — Bremen Parks Department officials held an open meeting March 5 to invite citizens to offer their suggestions for the future plans of the public grounds. Town park superintendent Larry Kipfer said that about 10 percent of Bremenites responded to surveys they received with their utility bills and explained to those gathered at the regular park board meeting that the open hearing was to also collect ideas to allow for input in the department’s five-year plan. “We sent 1,350 surveys out and there were about 143 returned,” he explained.

Cheer team proves friendship gives a winning advantage

March 18, 2012

BREMEN — Bremen High School’s Cheer Team is proof positive that friendship is an advantage to becoming successful.
Five of them are taking their close friendships and skills all the way to Orlando, Fla. The teens, all but one which are part of the same youth group at Nappanee Missionary Church, are an elite team of athletes (chosen by their 16 fellow cheerleaders) training for the AmeriCheer InterNational Championship to take place March 17 and 18 at Walt Disney World.

Pillows to benefit parents of patients

March 18, 2012

BREMEN — It’s hard enough to be in the hospital with your child who is sick but the Bremen Kiwanis hope that the pillows they provide will help parents feel a little more comfortable.
Larry Balsley, president-elect and Riley Raffle chairperson for the Bremen Kiwanis said the neck pillow project which the group readily helps with is a branch of Kiwanis’ support to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Trustees decide on Apple

March 18, 2012

BREMEN — Bremen High School Principal Bruce Jennings commented publicly on the Bremen Board of School Trustee’s decision to accept the recommendation of the Bremen Technology Committee to purchase Apple Computers for the High School One-to-One computing initiative.
“This is going to inspire teachers big time to inspire students,” he said. “My staff is really excited for the prospect of going 1 to 1. The state of Indiana has told us in two years they will expect everyone to have a one to one issue. If that is true, I am glad we are starting now.”

Bremen’s Dance Marathon to offer ‘Shimmer of Hope’

March 6, 2012

BREMEN — Bremen High School’s annual dance marathon comes this year with a theme that truly describes what it hopes to offer, a “Shimmer of Hope.” In conjunction with the dance marathon fundraiser originated by St. Mary’s College, the BHS event is in its third year and hopes to raise money to again assist Riley Hospital for Children in offering the services it does to kids with dire medical needs.
One organizer, Melissa Manges, explained how the student-led event originated. “Principal Bruce Jennings is a Kiwanis member and the Kiwanis organization is a huge supporter of Riley,” she said.

Agriculture a major and popular focus at BHS

March 6, 2012

BREMEN — Because most of Indiana’s total 23 million acres is deemed farmland (15.5 million acres of it with 13 million acres being cropland) it is obviously a major topic for residents. But for Bremen High School’s Chad Berger, Agricultural Science and Business teacher and Bremen FFA advisor for the past 16 years, farming is pretty much a major topic in every aspect of his life.
He also owns farm animals and farms corn and soybeans at his home. “It’s just something I do, something I enjoy,” he explained of his involvement.

Students promenading for prom

March 6, 2012

Fashion show raising funds for BHS prom
BREMEN — Some area students are promenading in a fashion show to benefit Bremen High School’s annual prom. Organizers say they hope to raise enough money through attendance fees of $5 per person and donations to help fund the affair which runs around $5,000 to put on each year.

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