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New Wesley pastor talks preschool, daycare, and his unusual path to faith

August 10, 2014

As many in Culver already know, Wesley United Methodist Church's new pastor, Rev. Tom Harzula, is in town, along with his wife Jenelle and two-year-old son, Tommy.

Pastor Harzula arrives here all the way from Dillsboro, Indiana, near Cincinnati, something he says is "an answered prayer," due to the proximity of Culver to his wife's family's businesses in the Knox and North Judson area (the family owns several franchise businesses).

Before the transfer, the two often only saw one another on weekends.

Award-winning novelist Crandall to visit Culver Aug. 25

August 10, 2014

Award-winning novelist Susan Crandall will make an appearance in Culver on Monday, Aug. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a reception and book signing at Elizabeth's Garden - Flea Market Chic, 104 N. Plymouth Street.

The main focus of the event is on Crandall's latest novel, "Whistling Past the Graveyard," which had its paperback release on Feb. 4, and is the Target Book Club pick for February. Published in a cloth edition in 2013, it became a Southern Independent Bookseller Bestseller, an Okra Pick, an Indie Next Pick, and gained national critical attention.

Changes in teachers and administrators at Culver Comm. Schools

August 9, 2014

CULVER — As reported in previous editions of The Culver Citizen, there are several new faces in administration at Culver Community Schools, but the new school year launching Aug. 12 will also bring a host of new teachers to the school's hallways, in addition to several changes within the ranks of ongoing faculty members.

Culver town beach closed following lab test results

August 8, 2014

Culver's town beach was closed to swimmers Friday due to higher-than-normal levels of e coli found after a lab test of the water sent in Thursday, according to park superintendent Marc Hayden.

Hayden reports that water sample tests taken from the Culver town beach today are expected to have results by noon tomorrow (Saturday), at which point it will be determined whether the beach will be open that day or not.

Culver park board discusses drowning incident, other matters

August 3, 2014

Discussing what he called a "very sad and tough situation," Culver park superintendent Marc Hayden said counselors from the Bowen Center in Plymouth visited beach staff following a drowning off the beach earlier this month.

Hayden -- addressing the Culver park board during its July 14 meeting -- noted Bowen Center assistance was made available via a recently-inaugurated employee assistance program for town employees, and that counselors would visit the park staff to discuss needs or questions -- especially on the part of younger staffers -- any staff might have following the incident.

Lake Max Triathlon set for Aug. 9

August 3, 2014

The third annual Lake Max Triathlon will launch Saturday, Aug. 9, and lead organizer Dana Neer -- also Wellness director at Culver Academies, from which the triathlon launches -- is excited as much as anything about the remarkable level of cross-community cooperation which has made the event such a success.

"The community has embraced it," he says of the USAT-certified triathlon, which includes a 400-meter swim, 12 miles of biking around the lake, and a 5K run.

Property maintenance debate turns heated

August 2, 2014

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COUNCIL ALSO FINALIZES COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AT RECENT MEETING
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Ongoing discussion of properties deemed unsightly or ill-maintained in Culver took a heated turn at last week's town council meeting, with one property owner engaged in a verbal clash with the council, and specifically one member.

Scotty Van Hawk, owner of a College Avenue property at which the height of front yard grass had been the subject of council discussion and action last summer as well as in recent weeks, addressed the council during the citizen input portion of the meeting.

St. Joseph E.R. ‘vital’ to Culver, says board chair Zeglis

July 31, 2014

PLYMOUTH -- St. Joseph Regional Medical Center held its annual Catch the Spirit Gala July 11 at Swan Lake Resort to talk about plans for a new and expanded emergency room for the Plymouth hospital.
The project, funded by Trinity Healthcare, will cost $8.5 million and will take a year to complete. Work has already started. But it was also about celebrating the work done by those who work in the hospital, said John Zeglis, Chairman of the SJRMC Plymouth Board of Directors and a Culver resident.

Rakich adds name to town council ballot

July 31, 2014

One more candidate has thrown her hat into the ring for Culver's town council race this fall.

Jean Rakich of Culver filed as a Republican to run for one of the vacant seats on the council recently, adding a new possibility to the several changes awaiting the board come January. Rakich is a former business owner in Culver and a frequent participant -- as audience member -- in council and other municipal board meetings here.
As announced last month, Dave Beggs, owner of Main Street Manor in downtown Culver, also filed as a Republican for a council position in this November's election.

‘Little Savages’ - the Culver Citizen movie review

July 26, 2014

Much of the Culver community (and beyond) has been waiting eagerly since last summer to get a look at "Little Savages," the family-oriented comedy-drama filmed here last August under the auspices of Bear Fruit Films, for whom "Savages" is the second production to date (one more is in post-production, another being shot this summer in Grand Rapids, and more on the slate).

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