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The Crossing visits with Wa-Nee School Board

May 7, 2014

NAPPANEE -- Joe Sabo, superintendent of the Wa-Nee School Corporation took the time during the last week's Wa-Nee School Board of Trustees Meeting to allow Ryan Hill of the Crossing to speak with trustees about the Job Training Program offered by the Crossing.
Currently, three area students attend- one also attends NorthWood during the school hours. Students who also attend NorthWood High School, attend the Crossing's Job Training Program for three hours each day and spend the other half of the day at the school.

Maple Syrup Festival competitions bring in contestants statewide

May 1, 2014

WAKARUSA -- The Maple Syrup Festival was held last weekend in downtown Wakarusa. Visitors came from across the state to check out the parade, concerts, shows, vendors and food and many competed in free competitions sponsored by local companies.
Free kettle-cooked popcorn was a hot commodity, with the Boy Scouts troop handing them out to everyone on the street. It was sponsored by Interra Credit Union.
"By Saturday night, we'd served 1,100 bags of popcorn," Deb Shively, Wakarusa Chamber of Commerce Director, said, explaining that the turnout was even more than that.

Kiwanis celebrate most-improved Wa-Nee Students

April 23, 2014

NAPPANEE -- Nappanee Noon Kiwanis had some very special visitors on Tuesday, April 15. Wa-Nee Schools most-improved fourth graders had lunch with the Kiwanians, heard for Cury Nisly, who is running for State Representative and received awards from their principals for their hard work throughout the school year.

** To read the entire story, see the April 23 edition of the Nappanee Advance News.

John Tobias celebrates 50 years chopping locks

April 23, 2014

NAPPANEE -- John Tobias will celebrate 50 years in the hair business this May.
"I worked in a trailer factory in Wakarusa after I got out of the service," Tobias, 77, explained of his journey into cosmetology. "I didn't care for factory work; I painted cabinets for factory work and I wasn't making very much money. At the time, there just wasn't anything that I was interested in. I met this gal and she was a hairdresser. She talked me into going to beauty school."
He began working at a local salon with Dee Tobias now John's exwife after graduating from cosmetology school in 1964.

Wa-Nee Schools refuse to increase school lunch costs

April 23, 2014

WAKARUSA -- Parents of students in the Wa-Nee district will be relieved to know that their schools will be among the few in Elkhart County that won't need to increase lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year, as was revealed in information distributed among members of the Wa-Nee Community Board of School Trustees during their Monday evening session.

Wakarusa School play shows kids life without technology

April 23, 2014

WAKARUSA — The young people of our present day society don't remember ever having lived their lives without some element of electronic gadgetry becoming involved. For them, it would be difficult to fathom the possibility of a world "off the grid."

Preparing sap for upcoming Maple Syrup Festival

April 10, 2014

NAPPANEE — Two thousand two hundred taps have been dripping maple sap into tanks since mid-March at Eli Kuhns' Maple Syrup Farm in southwest Nappanee.
In a matter of weeks, 6,000 gallons of maple syrup have been successfully converted and put into storage for the upcoming maple syrup festival, but Kuhn's says as of right now, they're still trying to catch up.

Wa-Nee Schools celebrate upward trend in test scores

April 10, 2014

NAPPANEE — Wakarusa Elementary School served as the setting for the most recent gathering of the Wa-Nee Community Board of School Trustees on Monday, March 24. Along with the change of venue came an encouraging discussion, led by principal John Payne, about the upward trend in overall student performance, test scores, and mastery of reading skills.

Education Days teaches Wakarusa kids about pioneer life

April 10, 2014

WAKARUSA — The Wakarusa Historical Museum is home to many old buildings once in downtown Wakarusa.
During Education Days this week, students from Berrien Springs Elementary School, Nappanee Elementary School, Wakarusa Elementary School and Trinity Lutheran School travelled to the museum to learn more about pioneers and the struggles they endured living a life without technology and modern conveniences.

Boys and Girls Club Dinner Auction raises money for club maintenance

March 27, 2014

NAPPANEE — The Boys and Girls 10th Annual Dinner Auction was held last Saturday.
With around 290 guests in attendance and dinner provided by Nelson's Catering, program director James Kramer stated that the night went well.
This year's theme was "Bid on a Dream." Future jobs and dreams of the children who attend the club were displayed as center pieces on the tables to remind bidders why they were there.
"Last year (set) a record for us and this year went even better," he explained of the donations received.

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