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‘America at the Ballpark’ invites families to annual Wakarusa event

June 22, 2011

By Angel Perkins
Editor
WAKARUSA — The Wakarusa Ballpark wants patrons to celebrate “America at the Ballpark” Saturday, June 25 to benefit the local park that services the area’s tee-ball, baseball, and softball players.
“Our first year, 1978, we had 10 teams in kindergarten through eighth grade,” said Nadine Lengacher, league director and ballpark property owner. “Now we have 40.”

Annual ‘School Supply Daze’ accepting donations

June 22, 2011

NAPPANEE — School may be out but many families may already be preparing or worrying about ways to finance school supplies and clothing for the students for the fall. Lucky for those in Nappanee, there are many people willing to step up to help. The fourth annual School Supply Daze will be held at the Nappanee Public Library Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce, is made possible by funding partners made up of business and community members in the area.

Have tractor, will travel, with a purpose

June 22, 2011

NAPPANEE — “Have tractor, will travel” could be the slogan for Dave Wolfsen’s latest journey in life. The oldest of eight children of a dairy farmer, he has set out from Fremont, Mich. on his 1937, Farm Bureau Co-Op tractor to tour 48 states — and at 30 miles an hour. “At first we thought he was a little nuts,” laughed his sister, Diane DeRoos, who is the Resident Service Director of Heritage House. “But we’re trying to support him in any way we can.”

Walters’ home is Second Saturdays featured stop

May 30, 2011

Steve and Honey Walters’ home is the featured stop for the tour in conjunction with the June Second Saturdays series of local events. Situated at 1064 Golf View Drive, the unique structure built in 1999 was one that included several people’s visions.
“My husband and I had worked with John Call (of Syracuse) in the past,” Honey explained. “I gave him my wish list and told him what I wanted. With time it grew a little bigger.” Her specifications and Steve and John’s attention to detail brought the final product to fruition.

Park cleanup a chore from the heart

May 30, 2011

WAKARUSA — Town representatives and community members gathered May 21 at the Wakarusa Park downtown to do some sprucing up. Only a year-and-a-half old, community members felt it was in need of some fresh mulch, paint and lacquer. “One of the neighbors thought we should do something about the squeaky swings too,” said town deputy-clerk Helen Hoffman. “We also want to make sure that everything is still safe, that there aren’t any nails sticking out or anything.”

Lessons on money management made fun

May 30, 2011

A yearlong adventure in the study of economics is drawing to a close for the fifth graders of Wakarusa Elementary School. The afternoon of Wednesday, May 18, the cafeteria was the setting for a spirited auction featuring dozens of treasures donated by area families and businesses.
The economics lessons have been ongoing since the first part of the 2010-11 school year, with every fifth grade teacher and student taking part. The classes have devoted many hours to the practice of money management, savings and expenses, and other skills pertinent to fiscal responsibility.

Fallen officers recognized

May 30, 2011

Former Nappanee law enforcement officers were recognized in a ceremony held in front of the Nappanee Police Department Tuesday evening. The event was in honor of National Police Week, which was spurred by the 1962 proclamation of President John F. Kennedy to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which the date falls, Police Week. During the national holiday thousands of attendees converge at Senate Park in Washington D.C.

Performance a dedication, unveiling memorium

May 30, 2011

The night of Tuesday, May 17, the seventh and eighth grade choral students of NorthWood Middle School took to the stage of the NorthWood High School auditorium for a concert celebration, just as it has been done for many seasons prior.

Annual walk is one to remember

May 30, 2011

As Memorial Day reaches around the corner the country looks to remember those that have served their countries. Many towns, including Nappanee, the week prior to the holiday, took time out to remember those law enforcement and fire department men and women that lost their lives while serving the general public.

Restrictions set inside Nappanee Parking Center lot

May 17, 2011

Members of the Nappanee Board of Public Works and Safety voted May 9 to restrict parking inside the lot located west of the Nappanee Center, 302 W. Market St.
Signs reading No Parking 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. will be posted at the site. This new restriction will be in effect seven days a week on a permanent basis.
Eliminating the parking during these hours will ensure the city’s street department access to the lot for seasonal sweeping and snow plowing. Nappanee Police Department will monitor the lot during these hours and issue tickets to violators.
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