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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.

Short-term damage for long-term gain

December 21, 2010

NAPPANEE — Residents have wondered about the current torn-up state of the south side of US 6 near downtown. Many have also been upset about the disappearance of trees which have been apparent casualties of the work.
The ongoing project is a necessary one. With pipes dating back a century, the water main located there had to be replaced. Crews from Beer and Slabaugh Inc. have been working on it since mid-November, and should be done by April 1.

Christmas season christened in Wakarusa

December 21, 2010

WAKARUSA — It was a festive, if quite frigid, evening in the heart of downtown Wakarusa Dec. 6. As night fell, the sounds of “O Tannenbaum” wafted about the air while folks meandered through the streets, finally stopping to gather around the majestic Christmas tree that has become a beloved town tradition.
The occasion was the official “Christmas Around the Tree” ceremony, a night of music and lights, fellowship and food, with a few surprises every now and then.

New quilt garden under way

December 21, 2010

NAPPANEE — Winter hasn’t stopped a group of dedicated volunteers from preparing for the unveiling of a new quilt garden at Nappanee Center.
“We’re excited about a new year and the new location,” quilt garden committee member Stephanie Topping said. “It will have greater visibility and is easier to locate than the previous one.”
Quilt gardens are a big draw, and Topping expects the new layout, design and garden to impress visitors from both near and far.

Business is booming at new Wakarusa Subway

December 12, 2010

WAKARUSA — Business is booming at one of Wakarusa’s newest businesses, and owner Scot Giddings couldn’t be more pleased.
The Wakarusa Subway restaurant is situated within the new business and residential complex along the State Road 19 corridor, just north of CR 40. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Dec. 3, but the establishment has been welcoming customers since Oct. 1. The debut of the restaurant marks the first business to be unveiled in the evolving Wakarusa Business Center.

Local visionary to walk new path

December 12, 2010

NAPPANEE — Saying Larry Andrews cares about his hometown is an understatement. But after two decades of improving the area’s appearance, commerce and reputation, it is time for a change of pace.
At month’s end, Andrews will step away from his role as executive director of the Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce and Community and Economic Development.
“I’m not retiring, just slowing down a bit,” Andrews said. “I want to work part-time and do some mission work, but also enjoy time and do things around the house.”

New store continues local beautification efforts

November 30, 2010

NAPPANEE — Indiana and the Midwest are filled with small cities whose downtowns are plagued by shuttered stores and the sad, longing memories of what once was.
Nappanee has bucked that trend. With a unique mix of cultures and commerce, and pride in storefront appearance, the city is a monument to what small-town America still can be.
For Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce and Redevelopment Commission Executive Director Larry Andrews, just walking around each day brings a smile.

Local hero honored

November 30, 2010

WAKARUSA — As autumn nears its end, there comes a time when the holidays welcome a season of inspiration and remembrance. 
There is Veterans Day, when our nation honors those who have sacrificed in indescribable ways, those who served faithfully for the greater good of America and its citizens.
And there is Thanksgiving, when folks reflect within and rediscover the blessings that can’t be quantified, that cannot be seen, but are part of our hearts all the same.

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