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Gov. Daniels on teacher evaluations: 'No one thinks they have the perfect evaluation system'

January 30, 2012

PLYMOUTH — Friday, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels spoke directly to the topic of evaluations for Indiana teachers.
The Governor made a stop in Plymouth to meet with area media and respond to questions on a variety of topics.
Education related questions included a concern that some teachers perceive that new evaluation standards are meant to penalize some teachers. In the 2012-13 school year, Indiana teachers will be required to receive feedback on their job performance based on professional practice, as well as student growth.

Gov. Daniels on technology in schools: 'I hope our young people will always be reading'

January 30, 2012

PLYMOUTH — During a meeting with Pilot News editorial staff Friday morning, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels addressed the rise of technology in public schools, saying that he approves of it as long as students are still reading.
“Nobody really knows what the effects of these technologies will be,” said Daniels. “I think we know the discipline of reading is very important, and always will be. I don’t care how (information) is delivered, but I do hope our young people will always be reading, and reading critically.”

Team Martin wins Dancing with the Stars local event

January 30, 2012

PLYMOUTH — The Fourth Annual “Dancing with the Stars” event held Saturday night raised $70,000 to be used for services at the Neighborhood Center and the Five Star Program at Lincoln Junior High in Plymouth.
The total was around $5,000 over last year’s total. Attendance was also up from 360 in 2011 to more than 400 this year.
Tim and Laura Martin were named the winners at the end of the night. The winner is chosen by the number of votes they receive from those who pay to vote. “Team Martin” as they were billed, raised more than $10,000.

'Turtle Lady' comes out of her shell

January 30, 2012

PLYMOUTH — What do a tired waitress, a lonely patient receiving their umpteenth IV stick and a shy third-grader have in common?
Turtles.
If you live in Marshall County you may have been touched by the Turtle Lady – or maybe you’ve seen these palm-sized creatures around town at checkouts, on clerks’ aprons at the fabric store or in the possession of someone wearing a smile.
Sandy Skuderna, 63, started making and giving away her turtles in 2009. Since then, more than 4,000 have passed through her hands — some going as far as the Horn of Africa with her daughter, who is in the U.S. Navy.

South Bend Chocolate, other offerings upcoming at Culver Public Library

January 27, 2012

South Bend Chocolate Co. visits Culver library, just in time
for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and a representative from the South Bend Chocolate Company will be visiting the Culver-Union Township Public Library Tuesday, February 7 at 11 a.m.!
Come enjoy a lesson in the history of chocolate and learn about the products and services offered by Northern Indiana’s own South Bend Chocolate Company.
Delicious samples are highly likely!

Council considers 7-member board

January 27, 2012

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Common Council heard a proposed ordinance on first reading at this week’s meeting concerning establishing a seven-member Common Council.
The proposal calls for four members elected from the districts and three elected at-large.
City Attorney Nelson Chipman called the ordinance “historic.”
The five-member Common Council will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2015. At one minute past midnight Jan. 1, 2016, the Council increases to seven members. The current five-member Council has one member elected at-large and each of the other four elected from the Districts.

Library plans live stream of bird birth

January 27, 2012

PLYMOUTH — Templeton and Prunella, the Plymouth Public Library’s zebra finches, have decided to start a family. Prunella began laying eggs Sunday, and the proud parents-to-be are now taking turns sitting on the nest containing five small eggs.

Party affiliation at issue in park board appointment

January 26, 2012

Debate ensued Jan. 17 concerning the newly-reorganized Culver town council’s appointment to the Culver parks and recreation board, to which the council ultimately re-appointed current board member Patty Stallings, rather than applicant Rhonda Reinhold.

With Ed Pinder replacing Ginny Munroe as council president, and newest member Bill Githens on hand for his first meeting, members discussed the status of Stallings, a Republican who agreed to change party affiliation to fill a vacancy on the politically balanced board. Reinhold is a lifelong Democrat.

'Spamalot' musical based on Monty Python comes to Wabash

January 26, 2012

WABASH — Thank God we have a quest, and that quest will include laughter as the award winning Broadway musical “Spamalot” comes to the Wabash Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
The show borrows liberally and unashamedly from the classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and features characters and sketches from the internationally acclaimed comedy team’s most famous film. With a book and lyrics by Monty Python’s Eric Idle and music by John Du Prez the musical tells the tale of King Arthur and his — rather offbeat — quest for the Holy Grail.

Snoop Dogg returns to South Bend Feb. 1

January 26, 2012

SOUTH BEND — Snoop Dogg returns to Club Fever in South Bend for a Wednesday Feb. 1 show at 9 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Snoop’s debut South Bend show there in January of 2011 sold out the first day of ticket sales.
Born Calvin Broadus Jr. in Long Beach, Calif., Snoop is a rapper, singer, record producer, entertainer and actor. His debut album “Doggystyle” was released in 1993 and featured the songs “Gin & Juice” and “What’s My Name.”

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