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Culver: the year in review, 2011 -- Part II

December 31, 2011

April 7: The third annual Soup for the Soul community event, facilitated by local 6th graders, raised some $3,300 for area charities.
Culver town manager Michael Doss has announced his resignation for family-related reasons, though he is quick to point out the choice isn’t due to any local negative, and his family is fine.
Culver Community High School’s annual Sports Spectacular event -- pitting grades against each other and teachers against students -- is as popular as ever with crowds this year.

Culver: the year in review, 2011 -- Part I

December 31, 2011

A look back, week by week...

Jan. 6: Then-town manager of Culver, Michael Doss, described the more than $1 million in grant funds allocated to Culver in 2010, and the projects planned for 2011, including new curbs and sidewalks on Ohio Street and revitalization of Culver’s downtown area.
Culver Comm. High School senior Zoe Bauer broke the school’s existing basketball scoring record during a game against Caston, at which Bauer earned his 1,157th point.
Chris Kline departed from Culver Community Schools’ board after eight years of service there.

CES Santa’s Worshop assists students

December 30, 2011

Students at Culver Elementary School once again had a chance to purchase a wide variety of inexpensive gifts for family and friends at school thanks to the school's Parent-Teacher Organization and the assistance of administrators and teachers.

Senator stops in Culver, touts education reform legislation

December 27, 2011

State Senator Randy Head (R), visited area schools earlier this month to discuss new legislation that would exclude the bottom five percent of ISTEP scores when they are used to evaluate students and teachers.

Head made stops at Culver Elementary, among other schools, chatting with Culver Comm. Schools superintendent Brad Schuldt and CES principal Chuck Kitchell, assistant principal Craig Hopple, teachers, and students.

Winter cabin fever? Try these Culver Public Library offerings...

December 27, 2011

Family Story-time at CUTPL

Wesley Thrift Shop wraps up another successful year of giving

December 26, 2011

Culver's Wesley United Methodist Women's Thrift Shop has wrapped up another successful year, including providing a host of holiday-related items (at half-price the latter part of December) leading up to Christmas.

Of course, the store always offers just about anything you can imagine: there are books, games, dishes, hats, gloves and fancy sweaters. The profits from the shop go to support missions of the United Methodist Women projects there in Culver, in the area, the United States and throughout the world.

Christmastime in Culver, 1944

December 24, 2011

Editor’s note: I first ran across this charming bit of writing while researching the World War II years in Culver several years ago, and it seemed to me then -- as it does today -- worthy of reprinting and enjoying around Christmastime here in Culver. In fact, I ran it the first Christmas I was editor, in 2007, so forgive the repetitive nature of this week’s revisiting it. But particularly in light of our cover story on Pearl Harbor survivor and longtime Culverite Jim DeWitt’s return to Hawaii these 70 years later, it seemed appropriate.

A Culver Christmas 115 years ago: Dec. 25, 1896

December 24, 2011

The lead story in the Christmas day edition of The Culver City Herald in 1896 provides not only a warm and charming (local) holiday feel, but is also fairly instructive in the makeup of Culver's downtown businesses 115 years past. What follows is that story, "Culver City merchants right up to date: The holiday display in various store windows attractive and beautiful," with the editor's comments inserted occasionally for clarity's sake. In the article, the Herald "reporter" is quite likely then-editor George Nearpass, who ran the paper until 1904.

Christmas Eve and Day Church service times in Culver

December 24, 2011

Culver area churches' Christmas Eve and Day services include:

DeLong Lighthouse Church: Christmas Day breakfast: 9:30 a.m. (the men are cooking!). Christmas Day service: 10:30 a.m.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church: Christmas Eve services: 7 p.m., closing with a candle light service. Christmas Day: Sunday School at 9:15 a.m., church service, 10 a.m.

Grace United Church of Christ: Christmas Eve: 8:30 p.m. Christmas Day, 9 a.m.

St Mary of the Lake Catholic Church: Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. (Midnight Mass). Christmas Day: 7:30 and 11 a.m.

Culver dining hall plays host to epic iron chef battle

December 23, 2011

It was an evening reminiscent of Ali vs Frazier, Fischer vs Spassky, Celtics vs Lakers, when two titans of the sodabread world came together Thursday night at the Culver Academies Lay Dining Center.

Iron Chef Rex 'Rex-o-San' Harness, veteran of 34 years at Culver in many capacities including Baker, squared off against Chad 'Bad Chad', 'Leader of the Band', Chairman of the Board' Gard, Culver's Band Leader these past seven years.

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