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Longtime community leader dies: James Zimmerman had been member of library, zoning and parks boards

May 29, 2013

NAPPANEE — Dr. James C. Zimmerman was known as a professional, city leader and caring person. Those around him clearly saw he was a man of many talents who displayed incredible attributes throughout his lifetime.
Zimmerman died Wednesday, May 22, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa.
He was 94.
All ages in the community knew him as their trusted dentist from 1946 to 1990.

Wounded Warrior event Friday

May 29, 2013

NAPPANEE — The public is invited to a fundraiser on Friday to help military service men and women severely injured in combat find homes.
The American Legion Post 154, 201 W. Lincoln St., Nappanee, will host Capt. Markus Trouerbach, founder and president of the Homes for Wounded Warriors Project, a charity organization that includes the Nappanee area.
Trouerbach, an active-duty captain and 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, is expected to speak during the fundraiser, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31.

For those that served: Veteran shares battle experiences

May 29, 2013

NAPPANEE — Sergeant First Class Dewey Ray Price was the featured speaker Monday at the 2013 Nappanee Memorial Day Ceremony.
The U.S. Army Ranger served 35 years as both a platoon sergeant and sergeant first class.
Over three decades, Price served during Vietnam War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as in Bosnia.
Speaking of his time in Vietnam, Price described being secured down for the night when he heard the faintest sound of a “click.”
He and fellow soldiers quickly discovered that it was the enemy cutting their safety wires to begin an attack on the Americans.

In the Dailyness of Life ...

May 29, 2013

Heading from the kitchen into the garage, I froze in my tracks.
My husband, right behind me and not expecting my sudden “reverse gear,” nearly pushed me right on through the doorway.
Steadfastly riveted, I only used eye movements to give my husband a clue.
I was rendered totally speechless.
A mouse sat boldly on the dash-board of the car I drive most often.
While I remained frozen in place, Mark managed to come up with a plan.
He went back through the house so he could enter the garage by another access door, and quickly snagged the fishing net.

Prosecutor: Third of four home-invaders sentenced to 60 years

May 24, 2013

On May 20, 2013, Judge Stephen Bowers, of the Elkhart Superior Court 2, sentenced 16 year old, Tievon Nichols, of Elkhart, Indiana, who was one of four charged burglars of a West Jackson Blvd. home on July 25, 2012, according to the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office. During the commission of the crime, the Defendants entered the house that was occupied by two adult females and two children, ages 3 and 6, while brandishing a firearm.

Principals receive music award

May 24, 2013

NAPPANEE — For NorthWood Middle School’s departing principal, George Roelandts, his career in education is approaching a coda.
The musical metaphor is fitting, in light of news that Roelandts, along with vice-principal Bart Rice, have both received an award from the Indiana Music Education Association.
The announcement was made during the May 13 session of the Wa-Nee Community Schools Board of Trustees.
 A trio of music instructors from NorthWood Middle School was on hand to present Roelandts and Rice with the honor.

Annual Heroes Walk draws donations

May 24, 2013

NAPPANEE — An estimated $1,080 was raised during the 2013 Nappanee Fallen Heroes Walk.
Sixteen individuals participated in the Saturday, May 18, event which featured walkers, joggers and bicyclists committed to traveling a four-mile route and raising money for the Indiana Police and Firemen Memorial in Indianapolis.
Those collecting the highest dollar amount in donations were awarded. Peggy Stover raised $575 to earn first place for the prize a $50 gift certificate from Newcomer Jewelers, Nappanee.

Woodview school mentors honored with luncheon

May 24, 2013

Community members who volunteered to mentor Woodview Elementary School students pose for a photo. The mentors visit their student weekly at noon for an hour.  An appreciation luncheon was held for them on May 15. In back, from left: Ruben Chupp, Bart Shaw, Deb Marsh, Tom Myers, Lois Cook, Tom Schiefer, Randy Spitaels, Don Guckenberger, Kelly Mikel, Sam Bennett and Byrl Shaver. In front: Rachel Titus, Doris Chokey, Ann Heckaman, Beth Huff, Ashley Stouder, Ann Williams, Janet Homan, Julie Dijkstra and Pam Geyer.

A vet’s tale of Terror

May 24, 2013

NAPPANEE — Monday is Memorial Day, when all Americans pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep this country the land of the free.
But it’s also a time to thank those who did make it home to friends and family after battling tyranny, repression and just plain evil around the globe.
As we move farther into the second decade of the 21st Century, the opportunities to honor those who fought in World War II and lived to become the Greatest Generation are getting fewer and fewer.

Rice named principal for NWMS

May 24, 2013

NAPPANEE — The search for NorthWood Middle School’s next principal has ended, with the path coming full circle and leading right back to Wakarusa.
Current assistant principal Bart Rice was chosen to be the successor to outgoing principal George Roelandts during the Monday, May 13, evening session of the Wa-Nee schools board.
Rice will be committed to a two-year contract, which begins on July 1 and extends through June 30, 2015.

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