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Be Nappanee’s ‘biggest loser’

January 17, 2012

NAPPANEE — Nappanee Health and Fitness, in conjunction with the Nappanee Chamber of Commerce is inviting community members to compete to be the “biggest loser” in Nappanee.
Individuals may sign up on their own or as a team of four and cost is $10 per person. The goal is to become more healthy by May and is a four-month commitment with a once-a-month (private) weigh-in (in January, Feb. 16, March 12 and May 3) at the Chamber office, 302 W. Market St.

NWMS singers to perform

January 17, 2012

NorthWood Middle School eighth grade singers (from left) Logan Berger, Maddie Moore, Jessica Powell, Bailey Murphy, and Zach Snider have been selected to be in the Indiana Music Educators’ Conference (IMEA) All-State Middle School Honor Choir. They will rehearse next Thursday (Jan. 19) and Friday (Jan. 20) at the convention center in Ft. Wayne as part of the IMEA Professional Development Conference and will perform on the Embassy Theatre stage at 4 p.m. Friday.

Neff recognized for serving Wa-Nee schools

January 17, 2012

NAPPANEE — At the NorthWood girls basketball game Dec. 15, Wa-Nee Schools Superintendent Joe Sabo awarded Veloris Neff for his 47 years of service with the Wa-Nee School Corporation.
“I started in 1964; drove a bus for 20 years and was taken off that in 1984 when they made me transportation director,” Neff said. “For seven years I took care of the buses, managed the drivers and the discipline, so I was engaged with the schools one way or the other for many years.”

Pilot-in-training goes on first solo flight for 16th birthday

January 17, 2012

NAPPANEE — Dec. 26 was a big day for Tanner Fervida, of Nappanee. Not only was it his 16th birthday, but it was also the day of his first solo airplane flight. He had been practicing and taking flying lessons for three months, and was more than ready to go up on his own.
“He thought it was kind of neat to be able to fly an airplane by himself before he could actually drive by himself,” said Tanner’s father Jeff Fervida, who is also a pilot.

Local chambers get involved in collective legislative positions

January 17, 2012

NAPPANEE/WAKARUSA — Area chambers of commerce have collectively chosen positions regarding legislative issues that members feel directly affect their individual communities.
Each chamber involved with the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana received a basic draft from another chamber lobbyist and then gave input for a completed draft.

Missional Renaissance to continue in 2012

January 17, 2012

NAPPANEE — Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson delivered his 2012 State of the City Address during the first council session of the new year Jan. 3.
“In the 2011 State of the City, I talked about a Missional Renaissance taking place in Nappanee,” said Thompson who backed up that thought by using examples such as city programs to help restore homes and improve quality of life for local citizens.

Familiar face returns to police department

January 9, 2012

NAPPANEE — A familiar face has returned to the Nappanee Police Department. Patrolman James Baumgartner, 24, was officially hired Sept. 12 at a Nappanee Board of Works meeting, and just in time for Christmas (Dec. 22), completed his training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Plainfield, Ind.

Appointments, approvals made for Wakarusa 2012

January 9, 2012

WAKARUSA — The Town of Wakarusa started off its first 2012 legislative session by swearing in town officials.
New and returning councilmembers Jeff Troxel and Laurelyn Street, as well as incumbent Fred Avery, were officially entitled as was clerk-treasurer Joyce Hartman by town attorney Loren Sloat. The first matter of business, selecting the council leaders, was agreed upon resulting in Troxel being named president and Mark BeMiller named as vice president.

Firefighter of the Year is Neibert

January 9, 2012

NAPPANEE — Nappanee Fire Department’s Department Facility Manager and Firefighter Pat Neibert said he was surprised when he was recently selected by his peers as Firefighter of the Year.

New year brings new leadership for city

January 9, 2012

NAPPANEE — Don Miller retired from the Nappanee City Council, Dec. 19, 2011, after eight years of service. In the wake of his retirement Sam Beachy was sworn in Jan. 1, 2012, to fill Miller’s seat representing the city’s Third District.
Miller has served the city of Nappanee for more than 40 years both as a police officer and a city council member.
“I love working with people,” said Miller.
Additionally, he has spent the last 10 years working for Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen.

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