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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.

History taught with real life examples

March 18, 2012

NAPPANEE — One Woodview Elementary School educator is carrying on a school tradition that has gone on since before the school was built 20 years ago. The history lesson involving Pioneer Day is one the students enjoy and perhaps better grasp because they get to experience a taste of it themselves.

‘Birds Eye View’ during Wakarusa Educational Days

March 18, 2012

WAKARUSA — The 43rd Annual Wakarusa Maple Syrup Educational Days, March 20 through 23 offer a “Birds Eye View” of Wakarusa and the surrounding area as identical miniature buildings depict how it was in the 1960s. 

Local veterans team up to start area art center

March 18, 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.

Third graders ‘space out’

March 18, 2012

WAKARUSA — Friday, March 2, some of Wakarusa Elementary’s third graders were feeling a bit “spaced out.” This is not to say that they were being inattentive or detached from classroom activity, as quite the opposite proved to be true. It was a day with universal appeal, so to speak, as one class celebrated the wonders of the skies beyond in a spectacle called “Planet Presentation.”

Wa-Nee’s kindergarten round-up is March 13

March 6, 2012

Paperwork must be turned in to begin classes
NAPPANEE/WAKA-RUSA — Kindergarten registration for Wa-Nee elementary students will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2012, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Nappanee, Wakarusa, and Woodview Elementary Schools.
Parents are free to stop in at any time during those hours and should plan to spend approximately 45 minutes at the school. Parents should also only bring the kindergarten student with them and each child will need to accompany their parent to the round-up for a kindergarten assessment.

Annual dinner/auction a signature event

March 6, 2012

NAPPANEE — The Nappanee area is gearing up for the eighth annual dinner and auction to benefit the Nappanee Boys & Girls Club. B & G Club Vice President of Business and Development John Ferguson said that the event is the Club’s signature fundraiser. His 14 years with the organization an indicator of his commitment to the Club, Ferguson said the program is one exceptionally worthy of giving toward.

2012 Sectional Champions!!!

March 6, 2012

NAPPANEE — Come sectional time, seniors are supposed to step up and lead the way and that was exactly what happened for the NorthWood Panther boys basketball team, as Derek Yoder and Jakayah Qaiyim combined for 23 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists to boost the Panthers to a 58-45 victory over West Noble in the Class 3A sectional title game at The Pit. The win was the sixth straight for the red-hot Panthers, and marked just the fourth sectional title in school history and the first-ever for NorthWood mentor Aaron Wolfe.

Grossnickle is new director

March 6, 2012

WAKARUSA — Miller’s Senior Living Community of Wakarusa has added a new executive director to its staff though he is not new to the Miller’s group of senior care centers.
Al Grossnickle Jr. is a true Indiana native, born in Wabash, he grew up in Peru and graduated from Warsaw High School. And it was in Warsaw where the 41-year-old has spent the last four years (until January). Now, overseeing the entire Wakarusa Miller’s campus, Grossnickle will also act as a senior administrator to the Fort Wayne campus (though he will base his office at the Wakarusa Assisted Living facility).

March Madness theme for Second Saturdays events

March 6, 2012

Local author to host signing
NAPPANEE — This Saturday, March Madness can be found throughout Nappanee during the scheduled events for Nappanee’s Second Saturdays.
Kids can start out the day at the Nappanee Public Library (157 N. Main St.) where from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. they can make a basketball hoop game to take home and basketball fans can predict the March Madness winner at Veni’s Sweet Shoppe (101 W. Market St.) for a chance to win themselves, not only bragging rights in April — but also a free bag of candy.

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