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Culver: a year in the life, 2012

January 3, 2013

A look back at the best, worst, and everything in between from 2012 in Culver.

Jan. 5: A winter carnival was planned to accompany the national-level ice fishing tournament on Lake Maxinkuckee scheduled for the Jan. 27 weekend (the date would be moved a few times before the unusually mild winter nixed the event).
Culver bid farewell not only to outgoing clerk treasurer Casey Howard, but retiring deputy clerk Kay Davis, who served 30 continuous years in the position. Edna Mae Craft, long an assistant in the clerk's office, also bid her position farewell.

Jan. 12: At attempted burglary at a 14 Rd. home left 32 year old Anthony Fields of Culver hospitalized after homeowners caught and subdued him.

Jan. 19: a veritable avalanche of community support saw some 600 residents come and go to a benefit for Culver resident Rob Reinhold -- diagnosed with ALS disease -- and family. Over $30,000 in all was raised via the event, held at Mystic Hills Golf Course.

Jan. 26: Debated at Culver's town council meeting was party affiliation of park board member Patty Stallings, whose registration as a Democrat made possible her filling the politically balanced board vacancy.

Feb. 2: Feted at the Culver Lions' annual awards night were Citizen of the Year Jeanette Geiselman and Organization of the Year the Painter and the Poet (Ward and Esther Miller).
Culver resident Sean Surrisi was appointed city attorney for the city of Plymouth.

Feb. 9: The Chamber of Commerce's hoped-for ice fishing tournament and winter carnival was finally canceled after repeated re-scheduling, with plans to try again in 2013. This is the first year in many that the lake never froze.

Feb. 16: Police are seeking the suspect in an armed robbery Saturday night of the Family Dollar store on State Road 10 in Culver.

Culver Wings, a new restaurant at 115 E. Jefferson, debuted in the recently remodeled building owned by John Zehner.

Feb. 23: Culver Academies sophomore Kayla Miracle became the first female wrestler to quality for state finals in the IHSAA. Culver Comm. wrestler Matt Hurford placed 5th at state as well.
The Culver fire department's new hovercraft is in Culver and ready for action.
Former Culver resident Chris Snyder's battle for life, following a teenage victory over cancer some years ago, was detailed.

March 1: Culver Community High School band director Jason Crittendon is looking to replace the school's 25 year old band uniforms, with the community's help.

March 8: Some 15 schools from Indiana and beyond spent the day at Culver Comm. High School learning of the use of "1 to 1" iPad technology for students there.

Culver Girls Academy junior Katrina Weil spent Feb. 8 through 13 singing at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the national American High School Honors Choir.

March 15: Culver Military Academy graduate Hal Holbrook's new autobiography credits the impact of the school and his experiences there as a positive one for the famous actor.

Culver Military Academy's hockey team won its 22nd state title over the weekend.
The Culver community is reeling with news of the death of former resident Shane Schumerth, who took his own life after that of the head of a private school where he'd been teaching in Florida.

March 22: Heated debate ensued at a town council work session on Culver's downtown revitalization plan, with most discussion centering on the issue of parking space.
The death penalty is being sought by prosecutors for Roy Bell, accused of taking a lead role in the murder of Wilma Upsall near Leiters Ford. The manhunt for Bell and two accomplices made for a tense Thanksgiving Eve in and near Culver.
Eight police departments assisted in a multi-county vehicle chase which spent some time in Culver.
Several Culver firefighters spent the weekend volunteering in tornado ravaged Henryville, Indiana.

March 29: The popular Edgewater Grille on Lake Shore Drive, credited with launching the ongoing fine dining movement in Culver, closed its doors for the last time Sunday. Owner Dan Bickel also discussed the challenges facing the Uptown Cinema movie theater in Culver.

April 5: Lt. Gover­nor Becky Skillman visited Culver last week to promote the statewide Pete Dye Golf Trail, which includes Mystic Hills Golf Course in Culver.
Culver resident Mick Henley shared memories of his brother, Bernard Ponder, part of the famous World War II Tuskegee Airmen.

April 19: A temporary permit was issued, after some debate, for Cafe Max on Main Street to begin outdoor, patio-style dining.
Culver Comm. High School student Matt Hurford earned the right to be on the Indiana Gold team at the NWCA/Brute Na­tional Scholastic Duals by being the highest placing un­derclassman in the high school state meet.

April 26: Culver's 5th annual Relay for Life earned $95,000 towards fighting cancer.
The top ten Culver Comm. High School students honored their most influential teachers at the annual Chamber-Kiwanis sponsored awards banquet.
Culver's new Garden Court senior living center held a gala ribbon cutting and open house.

May 3: Mark Damore Jr. detailed the genesis of his soon-to-open Lakehouse restaurant, located at the Lake Shore Drive site of the former Edgewater.
The Culver Lions Club feted members of the CCHS senior class at their annual awards dinner at the high school.
Culver Comm. High School hosted the Marshall County spelling bee for the first time.

May 10: CCHS business teacher Eugene Baker updated the Chamber of Commerce on Culver's Business Professionals of America's success at the BPA nationals in Chicago.
CCHS principal Albert Hanselman journeyed recently to California to share with representatives of the Apple computer company student successes in Culver via the company's iPad computers.

May 17: The town council announced it has hired David Schoeff as Culver's new town manager. Also discussed was the shortfall in Culver's 2011 finances due to a clerical error in advertising the town budget in late 2010.

May 24: Residents of the Culver area shared ideas on the future of the Center for Culver History museum at a "town hall" style meeting at the elementary gymnasium, sponsored by the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver. The museum is scheduled to exit the Culver Public Library building in Oct., 2013.
The Culver plan commission voted to recommend Marshall County not vacate the section of Academy Road nearest the campus of Culver Academies, which would have made it private property of the school.

May 31: A raised truck dumper did extensive damage to light poles and buildings on Lake Shore Drive west of State Street.
Three-star vice admiral Michael “Mike” Bucci encouraged his Culver Academies audience to make Memorial Day "personal" at the school's annual celebration in Memorial Chapel.
A drug bust at the Kevin Back home south of Culver netted some 1,100 pounds of marijuana.

June 7: CCHS senior Joe Krsek won a gently used vehicle from County Auto Center in Plymouth after his name was drawn from a hat for the quality of his grades.
The Lake Maxinkuckee Association, in partnership with Gary and Eyvonne Aker of the Culver Marina, were responsible for putting a new Lake Patrol boat on Lake Maxinkuckee waters this year.
Culver Academies' Quiz Bowl team placed 6th in the Midwest.

June 14: Culver resident Jack Johnston released his new children's picture book, "The Ice Cream Hotel," with plans for signing events at Culver Coffee Company and elsewhere.
The Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Association announced a new event at this July's Lake Fest: a canoe-kayak "poker run" to various sites around the lake.
Actor Rob Johansen and the Cole Porter Radio Hour vocal ensemble took Culver audiences through the famous composer's Lake Maxinkuckee childhood at a sparkling Antiquarian and Historical Society event at Culver Academies' Legion Memorial building.
Culver Academies faculty and staff members Dan Baughman, Deb Foley, and Shelly Oberwetter retired this month from the school.

June 21: Plans were discussed for the community-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of Culver's Woodcraft Camp.
The annual Culver Boys & Girls Club auction, held at Culver Academies' dining center, raised some $44,000 for the Club in dazzling fashion.
The annual Taste of Culver festival once again delighted attendees in Culver's downtown.
Due to drought conditions, a county-wide ban on recreational fires was announced.
Culver Academies' elaborate new ropes course, used by groups across the state and country, opened earlier this year.

June 28: A Culver Military Academy Black Horse Troop ring found on the beach at Normandy the day after D-Day is on display at the Culver Academies Museum in downtown Culver.
A special exhibition of Culver Academies' Native American-related art was unveiled at the Crisp Gallery on the school's campus.
Longtime Culver Elementary School assistant principal Craig Hopple announced his move to Lincoln Jr. High in Plymouth.
An open house was held for residents to tour the newly-renovated Culver sewer plant, whose grant-funded, $1 million improvements were wrapped up recently.

July 5: A Friday night "super" storm did major damage in Culver, taking out trees, some roofs and garages, and one Little League baseball dugout. It also left the town without power during the ongoing heatwave, through part of Saturday.
The 1st annual Lake Max Challenge Stand Up Paddle boarding event was held on Lake Maxinkuckee to great success, despite the lack of electricity in town.
Fireworks were off the docket for Culver residents' 4ith of July celebrations this year, due to a county-wide ban due to the ongoing drought. The town also asked residents to conserve water usage.

July 12: Extreme temperatures forced the cancellation of the Culver Summer Schools' annual Moonlight Serenade event, as well as the Sat. night Council Fire performance of the Woodcraft Camp.

July 19: The opening of The Evil Czech Brewery (at the former site of the Marmont Grille), Culver's first microbrewery, was detailed.
A fire, started when drought-dry wood caught from outdoor grilling flames, did crippling damage to the Hadley home on Peru Court.

July 26: During a busy Lake Fest weekend, Culver's Woodcraft Camp officially celebrated its centennial with an elaborate pageant and other festivities, as well as 100 "Indian" dancers in the Culver Lake Fest parade, which honored camp instructor Dick Zimmerman, a 60-plus year pillar of the camp.
Those near Lake Maxinkuckee were treated to the unusual sight of residents testing out "Rocketman," a hydro-powered jet back launching people over the lake throughout the weekend.
Named Miss Maxinkuckee 2012 at the annual pageant was Donna Zehner; Junior Miss Jordan Schrimsher; Little Miss Kaylee Hamilton; and Princess Miss Rylie Prosser.

Aug. 2: The Maxinkuckee Players' 2012 summer production, "Crazy for You," was a success as usual.
The Culver town council discussed whether the town should consider drilling an additional well to supplement its water supply, even as the drought continued.

Aug. 9: The Culver Marina's Boardwalk restaurant revived the long-dormant tradition of public lake cruises with its dinner launches.
The Rita Lawson Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection at the Culver Public Library was dedicated over Lake Fest weekend, honoring the popular, late teacher and incorporating some of her extensive book collection into the library's.
Those attempting to drive golf carts between Culver Academies' campus and the town of Culver gained some relief when Marshall County passed an ordinance allowing the vehicles to drive on county roads with speed limits of 35 mph and under. The town of Culver already has an ordinance legalizing registered golf carts on its streets.

Aug. 16: Goals were far exceeded when more than 250 participated in the first annual Lake Max Triathlon, which wound through downtown Culver as well as Culver Academies' campus. Assisting were several local non-profits, who will share in the proceeds.
Due to the closure of the Uptown Cinema in Culver, the L'Max Film Festival will move its indoor film screenings to the Eppley Auditorium at Culver Academies.
Announced to Culver's town council was the first annual Culver Wine Fair, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, slated for Sept. 15.
The Culver park department will hire an activities director for 2013, it was announced.

Aug. 23: Culver's town council, in conjunction with a county effort to "clean up" properties which lie partly in the county and partly within town limits, has created a new "agricultural" designation for town zoning; the first step was also taken towards a total smoking ban in the town park.
Wilma Murphy of Culver celebrated her 100th birthday last week.
The Kline farm of Culver was recognized with a Hoosier Homestead award.
Aug. 30: Hollywood movie director J.B. Rogers ("Dumb and Dumber," "American Pie II") discussed his Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee roots at a well-attended Culver Club of Culver event at the Gibson cottage on the east shore.
The St. Joseph County bomb squad paid Culver a visit to remove and detonate a potentially live World War II grenade in the home of Anne Duff.
The Culver Public Library formally rejected a proposal from the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver to create a new agreement which would allow its museum to remain in the library after October, 2013.
Pastor Jacob Junker (with wife Chandra and baby Stella) has taken the helm at Wesley United Methodist Church.

Sept. 6: The Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival, "A Gift of Warmth," and the Monterey Days festival were undaunted by much-needed rains which hit over Labor Day weekend. The film fest collects coats and funds to aid local families during wintertime.
Culver EMS director Chuck Dilts resigned, and the town council discussed whether new director Bob Cooper III's position presented a conflict of interest, due to his relationship to a full-time staff member, and family members serving on the EMS board.
The 16th Road home of Mike Fitterling was totally destroyed Aug. 29 by fire.

Sept. 13: CCHS student Crystal Looney was named Homecoming Queen at the annual festivities during Friday night's football game against New Prairie.
Longtime (though retired for several years) Culver barber Verl Shaffer is back behind the chair, this time at Culver Academies, where he began during summer school and will continue barbering into October.
A dozen military families enjoyed Culver Academies' Family Camp, all expenses paid, as part of the "Wounded Warriors" program last month.

Sept. 20: More than 200 attendees sampled the fare of five Indiana wineries at the first annual Culver Wine Fair, held on the beach at the Culver Cove Saturday afternoon.
Culver Military Academy football coach Andy Dorrel was honored as the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week last week, for his stellar success with the team this season.
A widespread Safe Routes to School matching grant-funded sidewalk replacement project has wrapped up, including 100 ADA (Americans with Disabilities) regulation ramps for sidewalk entry points around town; two school warning beacons; 3,131 lineal feet of recon­structed, and 811 feet of new sidewalk; marked (painted) crosswalks at several locations.

Sept. 27: The Culver Boys & Girls Club announced a new initiative to aid some of its 90 to 100 students per day with homework via a community-supported tutoring program.
Members of the town council and community discussed at length the future location of Culver's town hall, and whether to renovate the deteriorating existing building, attempt to fund building a new one, or move to an existing location.

Oct. 4: Culver's town council, following lengthy statements of support from other businesses and community members, voted to approve seasonal outdoor dining at Cafe Max on Main Street.

Oct. 11: Hundreds braved chilly winds to attend the dedication ceremony of Culver Academies' new White-DeVries Rowing Center, an Olympic-quality complex which will help make the school's rowing-crew program one of the finest in the nation, according to speakers at the event.
The Herbert F. Tyler Bequest, the largest single donation of visual arts items to Culver Academies, will be available to the public into next spring at the Crisp Visual Arts Center on the school's campus.

Oct. 18: Frustrations abounded and work was halted in Culver's recently-launched downtown revitalization project, due to problems with the original plans from engineering firm DLZ. After a hasty series of meetings between town and DLZ representatives, the work was resumed the following week.
A number of Culver businesspeople, as well as Culver Elementary students, donned pajamas to raise funds to fight ALS, part of the Culver Chamber's support of 7th grader Reilly Reinhold, who lost her father Rob to the disease over the summer.
Culver Elementary students welcomed new vice principal Erin Proskey at the start of school this year.

Oct. 25: Retired Culver Comm. Schools superintendent William Mills, who died Oct. 16, was mourned.
WSBT-TV cameras were in Culver this week, filming the first round of a series of commercials for Culver businesses, which aired in November and December.
Esther and Ward Miller, who operated The Painter and the Port gallery in Culver for many years and moved away last year in retirement, announced their return to Culver for "by appointment" hours.

Nov. 1: Culver residents mourned the passing of Clara Hansen, former proprietor of the cafe and sporting goods shop sporting her name, as well as an active volunteer in the community.
Quality Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning has taken up residence at 103 Lake Shore Drive, the latest business in the near downtown area.

Nov. 8: The second annual "Christmas in Culver" event took place Saturday with a series of open houses and special offerings encouraging people to shop local for the holidays this year.
Culver Academies seniors Lauryn Robin­son and Anthony McHugh are state finalists for the Wen­dy’s High School Heisman Award.

Nov. 15: Culverites endured five days without usable drinking water after a water main was broken during downtown revitalization construction last week; a boil order lasted longer than normal due to difficulties getting the water to a testing facility over the holiday weekend.
The only truly "local" result of last week's elections saw newcomer Mark Maes unseat Culver Comm. School board member Edward Behnke.
Culver EMS director Bob Cooper III and Advanced EMT Kimberly Irsa just returned from a journey to New Jersey, where their skills and Culver's ambulance were utilized to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.
During halftime at last week's game, the Culver Girls Academy Eagles honored local and state basketball legend Patricia Babcock-McGraw, a 1990 graduate of the school in the top 20 scorers on the Indiana high school single sea­son scoring list.
New girls coach Gina Hierlmei­er led the Culver Comm. High School Lady Cavaliers to a 59-24 victory against Westville.

Nov. 22: Representatives of Culver's EMS and town council discussed options for the future of the service, given state-mandated requirements looming in 2014.
Culver resident and county police officer Brandon Cooper demonstrated recently-purchased K9 dog Arras to members of the Lake Maxinkuckee Association; the LMA -- which also began employing county officers recently for its Lake Patrol -- underwrote purchase of the dog.

Nov. 29: As work wound down on the downtown revitalization project, a donation-funded outdoor clock became the latest addition to the area, at the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets.
Students at Culver Academies have been busy preparing for a hoped-for invite to the presidential inaugural parade in Washington, DC, in January, which would mark 100 years of Culver's participation in the event.
Culver author Marcia Adams is preparing to release the third book in her fictional trilogy about Lake Maxinkuckee girl Alexia, this time titled, "Valley of the Springs."

Dec. 6: Culver residents -- particularly Culver Comm. High School students -- are reeling from news of the shooting deaths of 44-year-old Michael Price and 16-year-old Stephen Suthard, both in a Madison Street home Nov. 29. Autopsies to determine death were delayed by several days due to the absence of the pathologist needed for the case.
Culverites are rallying around lifelong Culverite David Schrimsher and his wife Bobbi, as David is in need of a new kidney and liver.
The town of Culver received an unexpected Christmas gift in the form of an $800,000 stormwater grant it had previously been denied.
Culver Comm. Lady Cavs basketball coach Gina Hierlmeier celebrated her 100th coaching win when the team defeated Bremen 52-38.

Dec. 13: Police officially ruled the shooting deaths of Michael Price and Stephen Suthard a murder-suicide, declaring Price the initial shooter. Meanwhile, students at CCHS invested themselves in a variety of projects to remember and honor their fallen classmate and support his family.
At the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, Ginny Munroe was feted as Volunteer of the Year, Tony Sellers Businessperson of the Year, and the Culver-Union Twp. Fire Dept. as Organization of the Year.
Culver Wings restaurant is relocating to State Road 10, at the former site of the popular Ten Spot. Max's Playhouse, a daycare slated to open in May, is underway in the same plaza.
AnnMarie Kneebone is likely the first pastor in the history of Grace United Church of Christ to be ordained at the church, an event which took place Nov. 25.

Dec. 20: Culver fire chief Mike Grover announced the election of fireman Terry Wakefield as the new fire chief, effective in January.
Discussed with members of Culver's park board was the possibility of a temporary skating rink, to be installed each winter in the park. Park superintendent Kelly Young also discussed results of a park survey, which makes it likely a controversial proposal to install a restroom in the 1880s train-picnic shelter in the park will go forward as planned.
Dec. 27: Culver Academies announced it has officially been invited to participate in the presidential inaugural parade in Washington, DC, in January.

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