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Winter means some teams are extra busy

December 12, 2011

NAPPANEE/WAKARUSA — While most teams have fans on the sidelines of courts, fields and pools, one team gets most of its favorable attention in the winter, while fans are toasty and warm.

Historic home tours a privilege for Homespun Christmas events

December 9, 2011

NAPPANEE — During the Embrace Second Saturdays Homespun Christmas activities, the public is offered a special privilege, to tour two historic homes (within walking distance from one another). From 4 to 6 p.m. for $5 per person (for both tours) visitors can see inside The Homespun Country Inn, and the Timothy and Jennifer Weaver home, both in Nappanee.

More than tours for Second Saturday

December 9, 2011

NAPPANEE — The home tours associated with this week’s Second Saturdays event are sure to be a hit but equally inviting are the specials and attractions local businesses are offering.
The excitement begins during Midnight Madness Friday evening from 4 to 8:15 p.m. when shoppers can collect stickers to place on their “passports” found at local participating businesses. Once filled, the “passports” can be taken to Main Street Coffee House, 105 N. Main St. for a drawing to be held at 8:30 p.m. for gift baskets full of wares from area merchants. Participants must be present to win.

Picture perfect

December 9, 2011

Santa Claus was visiting children at the Nappanee Public Library last Saturday. Little ones like Lilliana Sue Faughender didn’t need to bring a list or tell him their holiday wishes because the old elf knows what they want anyway. Santa will be at the library again this Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and pictures with him are available at no charge, compliments in part by the Miracles at Main and Market Streets committee.

Wa-Nee awarded

December 9, 2011

NAPPANEE — For just less than two years, the Wa-Nee school community has made it one of its top priorities to embrace the practices of energy conservation. And in recognition for their extraordinary efforts, the district has been heralded with an esteemed honor. The designation, known as the “Award for Energy Stewardship,” was presented to the Board of School Trustees during its session held Nov. 28.

Instruction from Olympians in Nappanee

December 9, 2011

NAPPANEE — Members of the Wa-Nee Waves and children from the community received instruction from two professionals, a little more impressive to the children than the regular coaching team.
For one afternoon, head coach Brooke Casteel and her assistant Michele Yoder let the teaching come from Olympic medal winners Josh Davis and Ian Crocker as representatives of the USA as well as the Mutual of Omaha’s Breakout! Swim Clinic.

Dime Store changes ‘Black Friday’ to ‘Sweet Friday’

November 28, 2011

WAKARUSA — The Wakarusa Dime Store changed “Black Friday” to “Sweet Friday” with the opening of its newest store in Mishawaka.
Owners Mac and Deb McNally discovered the new location (built in the 1800s) that houses the new store by accident, when looking at fixtures for sale from a business that was moving from the Centennial shopping mall strip.

Nappanee community joins for fundraiser

November 28, 2011

NAPPANEE — The Nappanee community is working together to do what it can to stand behind the family of a 15-year-old boy with numerous medical issues.
J.P. Phipps was one-and-a-half when a pediatric cardiologist diagnosed him with an electrical defect in his heart called Wolfe-Parkinson-White Syndrome. “I put my hand on his back and I could feel his heart racing,” said his mother, Becky Sumpter Tice. Her education, being halfway through training as a clinical nurse, told her that when it happened again, it was something abnormal.

Second Saturdays offers house tours

November 28, 2011

NAPPANEE — As well as the many attractions to Nappanee’s Second Saturdays celebration in December, event coordinators offer tours of two area, three-story homes for “A Homespun Christmas.”

Fink wins Michiana Idol

November 28, 2011

NAPPANEE — It was the final round of Michiana Idol, a singing contest held by Sturgis, Mich. radio station WBET 99.3. Chelsea Fink, once one of 50 original contestants, had traveled to Sturgis from Nappanee every weekend since Oct. 1, slowly advancing in the competition. She had made it to the very end, the Nov. 5 final performance — and she wasn’t feeling very confident.
“There was really good competition,” said Fink. “I was thinking that I wasn’t going to win because everyone was really good.”

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