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Winter sports MVPs

March 16, 2011

NorthWood High School recently held its winter sports awards banquet. Winners as team most valuable players were girls swimming co-MVPs Brenna Ghigliotto and Brittany Grove; girls diving MVP Melissa Berger; girls basketball MVP Morgan Olson; cheerleading MVP Kaitlin McFarland; boys swimming MVP Jared Lechlitner; wrestling MVP Zach Telschow; boys diving MVP Trent Jacobs; and boys basketball MVP Michael Paul.

Coppes Commons preserving past, building for future

March 14, 2011

NAPPANEE — After decades of uncertainty, Thomas Mast gave new life to the Coppes factory just east of downtown when he bought it in 2007. Now, reinvented as Coppes Commons, Mast wants to turn the sprawling facility into a premier center for commerce and gathering.

"This an opportunity for businesses to come in and sell and produce" Mast said. "It's a unique atmosphere."

When Mast took over the cavernous, 180,000-square foot structure made up of at least 15 building projects between 1887-1955, many scoffed.

Academic teams celebrate season's start with fiesta

March 11, 2011

NAPPANEE — The NorthWood High School academic teams kicked off the 2011 season with a fiesta at the high school March 5.

Dictionaries donated by Lions Club

March 9, 2011

WAKARUSA — Lions Club president Troy Schwartz presented 288 dictionaries to third-grade students at Nappanee Elementary, Woodview Elementary and Wakarusa Elementary schools March 4.

This is the first year the Wakarusa Lions Club has participated in the Dictionary Project. So far this year, 36 Lions Clubs in Elkhart, St. Joseph's, Marshall, Kosciusko, Wabash, Miami and Fulton counties have distributed dictionaries to 4,400 school children.

Harner promoted as Anglin steps aside

February 24, 2011

NAPPANEE — Sgt. Mike Anglin has retired from the Nappanee Police Department after 24 years of service in the community.

Anglin first stunned city leaders and residents last fall when he announced plans to step down from his position as police chief by the end of 2010. Many felt a sense of relief after learning Anglin wanted to remain an active officer with the department for two more years until he retired.

Box tops for education

February 17, 2011

Wakarusa Elementary School recently participated in a box top for education contest. The school collected 30,020 box tops, and the fifth grade won, with a total of 6,284. Miller’s Senior Living Community assisted the school's Student Leadership Team in cutting out the box tops. Pictured are Eileen Bormann, Ashlyn Romerberger, June Schieber, Caleb Lung, Natalie Gerber, Carleigh Trippel, Caleb Glick, Joshua Guzman, Ann Barrick, Elma Stickel, Lois Yerger, Mabel Eby, Michan Eby, Etta Weaver, Goldie Ramer, Dorothy McDonald and Bertha Weaver.

A little hair goes a long way

January 7, 2011

NAPPANEE — December is a month based on giving. While that magnanimity is typically focused on winter clothing, canned goods or toys, Bremen’s Sarah Stine gave something a little more personal this holiday season.
Two days after Christmas and a day after her fifth birthday, Sarah had her first full haircut for a donation to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to disadvantaged children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss.

Votes OK 24-hour parking

January 7, 2011

NAPPANEE — During its Dec. 27 meeting, Nappanee Board of Works and Public Safety members voted to allow 24-hour parking in the “United Telephone lot” located behind Family Christian Development Center, 151 S. Locke St.
The new designation is in keeping with other downtown parking lots which also allow 24-hour parking. Expanded hours will keep the parking lot open all year. The lot does have one handicap space provided.
“We call it the United Telephone lot because they’re the ones who originally gave it to the city,” said Clerk-Treasurer Kim Ingle.

Change, big plans in motion for Wakarusa Historical Society

January 2, 2011

WAKARUSA — The future is looking quite bright for a local institution that cherishes and celebrates the past.
This was a very productive year for the Wakarusa Historical Society, and in preparation for another momentous year to come, a new slate of officers was chosen during its November session.

Preserving history, 1 piece at a time

January 2, 2011

NAPPANEE — For Chuck Grimm, the key to securing Nappanee’s future is preserving its past.
Grimm, president of the Nappanee Historic Preservation Commission, is a mix between museum curator and artifact locator in the spirit of History Channel’s “American Pickers.”
To Grimm, the commission’s goal is simple.
“We want to save old buildings and the stuff in them,” Grimm said.
A lifelong Nappanee resident, Grimm’s mind is like a supercomputer crammed with the town’s history.

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