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Stellar spellers to compete at NIE Bee

December 27, 2011

WAKARUSA — Ordinarily, one might expect the hallways of a junior high school to be buzzing with activity, especially in the days leading up to a much-anticipated Christmas vacation.
But during one recent event, quite the opposite proved true. Dozens of students were seated alongside each other in thoughtful contemplation, inching their way toward hopeful victories, through one carefully chosen letter at a time.

Baby wipes leading to sewer blockages

December 27, 2011

NAPPANEE — Gale Gerber, Water and Waste Water Superintendent/Manager, is asking parents to refrain from flushing baby wipes. During the Dec. 12 Nappanee Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Gerber reported that numerous sewer blockages have occurred in recent weeks which were caused by the disposable cloths being flushed down toilets.

Gingerbread, Goodies Galour at Main Street Coffee House

December 22, 2011

NAPPANEE — There was more than coffees offered at Main Street Coffee House during Second Saturdays events in Nappanee.
Normally the business, owned by Debra and Marcus Miller, offers fresh soups (some in bread bowls), signature sandwiches and many other tasty and popular coffee house items — but Dec. 10 candles in a variety or pleasant scents were sold by Trish Hostetler, and Barb George, owner of Goodies Galour, Bourbon, sold her delicious wares (such as cake “push-ups” and Christmas cookies) to customers passing through.

Sweet success for candy-making winner

December 22, 2011

NAPPANEE — The winner of a candy-making contest earned herself sweet success for her recipe for Butter Almond Toffee.
The contest was held in conjunction with Coppes Commons’ first holiday open house and Nappanee’s Second Saturdays events for December. Seven entries were taste-tested by lucky judges Alta Molebash, Ralph McCoy and Ron Bale, who each determined the winner by a numerical scale accumulated after evaluating each by its appearance, texture and consistency.

Callander offers final gift to library, schools

December 22, 2011

NAPPANEE — Representatives of the Nappanee Public Library and WaNee School system were pleasantly surprised recently by a generous donation from one of Nappanee’s native sons. 
More than $196,000 was given to the two institutions as part of the estate of Richard G. Callander of Scottsdale, Ariz., who passed away in June of 2009. Though he rarely visited his birthplace after moving to Arizona as an adult, Callander’s final gift is a testament to the happy years he spent there as a youngster.

East Lincoln Street project completed

December 22, 2011

NAPPANEE — City officials joined local residents last week in celebrating the end to construction along what is now being called the East Lincoln Street Corridor.
Construction there turned an alley into a city roadway along the south side of Coppes Commons. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday, Dec. 9 to mark the re-opening of the Corridor which has been under construction since April.
The City of Nappanee paid $108,976 for the construction. The State of Indiana paid the remaining 80 percent of the approximate $1.09 million project.

‘Rudolph’ runners withstand weather

December 12, 2011

NAPPANEE — Though the weather outside was frightful, runners and walkers proved that weather conditions were not an obstacle when it came to raising money for a good cause.
More than 70 runners and walkers braved the 39-degree temperature Dec. 3 at McCormick Creek Golf Course for the first “Run Run Rudolph” run/walk put on by NorthWood High School members of the National Honor Society to benefit the annual Christmas Jubilee put on by members of the Family Christian Development Center (FCDC).

Holiday scene like a storybook

December 12, 2011

WAKARUSA —Wakarusa looked like a page pulled out of a Dr. Seuss storybook featuring the town of Whoville the evening of Dec. 5 when the Chamber of Commerce put on its annual “Christmas Around the Tree” event.
Townspeople of all ages, many decked in holiday attire or wearing Santa hats or antlers gathered at the town’s center in front of a mammoth Christmas tree decked in white lights. There they visited with friends and neighbors, partook in free cookies (made by Grandma’s Pantry) and hot coca served up by with Wakarusa Chamber Board Member, Lois Meissner and “Doc” (Dr. Robert) Abel.

Grand opening celebrated

December 12, 2011

WAKARUSA — “We just keep passing on blessings” said Sharla Weldy, owner of the high-quality consignment store New To You in downtown Wakarusa, who is feeling very blessed herself. Weldy and her husband Shane bought New To You  two-and-a-half years ago in the 900-square-foot storefront on N. Elkhart Street but have moved to 109 E. Waterford St. into a 3,000 square foot building (two doors down from Wakarusa Dime Store). 

Jingling bells

December 12, 2011

The annual Open Door bell ringing has begun. Members of the Nappanee service clubs, Kiwanis and Rotary as well as the Scouts have volunteered for the two-weekend project. Pictured are members from the Nappanee Boy Scout Troop #733 that rang the bells at Rite Choice Foods, last Saturday. Those members (from left) are Danny Fattorusso, McGwire Nickerson and James Fisher. The bells will be ringing again at the following locations again this coming Saturday, Dec. 17: Alco, Chiphone, and Rite Choice Food. All money donated will go to the Open Door food pantry.

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