Saturday, October 31, 2009
You can read Dave Schultz story in today's News-Banner, and check ut the following video interveiws.
BSO professor Scott Truex explains the survey and Carol Ellinger, director of planning and development for Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, explains the concept behind 'Aging in Place.'
Check it out:
Friday, October 30, 2009
It's been a long hard week for Wells County Sheriff Bob Frantz, but Thursday morning brought a pleasant surprise to his office, as he was presented with the YWCA's Hope Award for his work in attempting to reduce incidents of domestic violence in the community. Pictured from left, are Sheriff Frantz, Hilary Anderson, Molly Kripe, Cindy Uptgraft and Jo Ziko. (Photo by Frank Shanly)
Students in the third grade at Southern Wells Elementary recently completed a project of writing letters to service men and women serving in Iraq. One of the students, Jay Garrett, had a special interest in the project because his dad, Brent Garrett, is serving with a group. Brent Garrett is the service man who has been sharing some of his experiences in Iraq through a column in the Bluffton News Banner each month. The students also collected items for the soldiers to enjoy while they are away from home. Garrett’s group is anticipating returning to the United States in January.
Caption: SWES third grade students collected items to send to Iraq as a class project. Pictured left to right are Jayla Hampton, Shelby Thompson, Katie Grover, Braden Schreiber, Alyssa Garrison, Jared Neireiter, and Jay Garrett, son of service man Brent Garrett.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
On Sept 11th the Kindergarten class had the opportunity to visit both the fire and police stations. The students had a great time learning about how dispatch works, what equipment a firefighter or police officer use and what a squad car and a fire truck look like from the inside.
Attached photo in front of the police building with the fire hats are from left to right: Emily Taylor, Elsa Corkwell, Adin Stoller, Simon Fry, Caleb Geimer, Nichole Hiday
Attached photo in front of the firetruck from left to right: Nichole Hiday, Caleb Geimer, Adin Stoller, Simon Fry, Elsa Corkwell, Emily Taylor
Investigators have four suspects in custody and the possible murder weapon(s).
Wednesday night investigators had the intersection shut down. Thursday morning few signs of the incident remained.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sprunger and other area seniors attended the "Scams Targeting Seniors" seminar held Saturday morning at River Terrace.
In his own words...
Friday, October 23, 2009
I have to be honest, this converted 1993 Eagle Summit, all electric had more get-up-and-go than my six-cylinder Pontiac Grand Am. The driver Josh Sheley is also one of the builders of the vehicle. Nice guy. And smart, too.
Norwell High School Honors REGAL Knight Award Recipients for the first quarter of the 2009-2010 school year.
Each quarter teachers from each department nominate students for the REGAL Knight Award.
Awards are given to the most outstanding and most improved students for the 1st quarter. Students were treated to a pizza luncheon and were awarded certificates.
Top: Mariah Hogar, Katie Runyon, Austin Haller, Beckah Coolman; Sydney Geiser, Harley Link, Danielle Schmidt, Emily Elder, Alex Ayers, Aaron Anstett; aarika Miller, Nick Anstett, Dustin Quintana, Taylor Morris, Austin Cooley, Erick Patton.
Jake Fryback, Garrett Bucher, Samuel Tomten; Autumn Adams, Brandon Long, Sophie Gerber, Tiffany Hogsett, Hannah Tomten, Emily Ackerman; Brett Bennett, Stephanie Meyer, Riley Smitley, Katherine Gordon, Damon Gerber, Derek Shady; Zac Berkey, Heath Bumgartner, Ashley Bowling, Jasson Werling, Tyler Smith, Brandon Springer.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Joy Martz, Mrs. Dana, Kirk Roberts, Suzy Roberts, “Joyful Jill” Frauhiger and Kristi Gerber
brought Jericho students Katie Martz, Skylyn Reese, Samuel Baumgartner, Isabelle Aschliman, Ashton Chamness, Emily Turmail, Peri Bussel, RieAnn Krinn, Avia Stoller and Annika Linderwell to check out the bison at Ouabache State Park for a recent outting. The children had a great time.
There is a “great pumpkin” hidden for a special prize in each of the 3 age categories!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Southern Wells School Board and patrons will meet in a “referendum town meeting” on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Southern Wells Elementary School library.
Bring your questions, opinions and an open mind...News-Banner will be present at the meeting.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Last night the group was reviewing data collected at the school level. How it's used and what more data might be needed.
At the end of the meeting NWCS Supt. Dr. Scott Mills shared a story he heard from Bluffton Mayor Ted Ellis, who picked it up at a Rotary meeting.
What's most important, however, is the meaning of the story and the way it applies to the work they are doing. 'Big rocks' need to go in first...
Monday, October 19, 2009
All the work is being done by Norwell High School students, just as the Bluffton High School students do with the BHS Bloggers site.
Here's the latest post from Norwell News:
Mr. Bailey's Earth Space science class has worked on the "ODL" or Out Door Lab for several weeks now. However, I'm willing to bet many Norwell students or even teachers aren't aware we even have an ODL.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Talk about a school program with fringe benefits. The Bluffton High School culinary arts program is partnering with the Bluffton Parks Department, catering wedding rehearsals; they are definitely getting their money's worth out of the new commercial kitchen--which by the way is composed of mostly second-hand equipment.
Professional Federal Credit Union and First Bank of Berne recently provided some funds for several specialty cakes...I know the students appreciated it. Let's not forget to tell them both "thank you!"
And check out my story in today's News-Banner...
Check it out:
- People from 6 months to 24 years of age
- Household contacts and caregivers for children younger that 6 months of age
- Pregnant Women
- Persons 25 years to 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of complications from influenza
- Children under 10 ears old are recommended to have a second dose of the H1N1 vaccine at least 4 weeks apart. It is the parents responsibility to know when the child received the initial vaccine and when they are due for the next dose.
- There MUST be a minimum of 4 weeks between the seasonal flu mist and the H1N1 flu mist.
- The H1N1 flu mist vaccine is the PREFERED vaccination method for HEALTHY children over 2 years of age.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Visit the BHS Bloggers site for more info. Here.
Firefighters were on scene until after 6 p.m. Traffic on Indiana 1 north and southbound was diverted while crews battled the flames.
There were no reported injuries.
Here is some video shot at the scene...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
At this time, the Wells County Health Department is administering H1N1 vaccine to EMS, healthcare workers, and first responders only. Vaccine will be arriving in limited quantities throughout upcoming weeks.
As vaccine becomes available, groups with priority will be:
- Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
- Pregnant women
- People from 6 months to 24 years of age
- Persons 25 years to 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of complications from influenza.
When the vaccine becomes available to the public, the Wells County Health Department will hold H1N1 flu shot clinics.
Information regarding date, time and location of the clinics will be released to the public as soon as the information becomes available. The H1N1 vaccine is not a replacement for the seasonal flu vaccine.
In the meantime, check out these cool little videos I shot while they munched the tree to mulch...
Loud. Very loud...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Jackie Daily was nice enough to send us these pictures of the Bluffton-Harrison Fall Festival Tailgating Party from Friday night.
The rainy weather forced the event inside the middle school cafeteria, but did little to dampen the spirits of the nearly 350 B-H employees and their families who attended.
B-H Superintendent Wayne Barker told the school board on Monday he hoped to make the Tailgating Party an annual event....
Monday, October 12, 2009
Barb Barbieri shot these videos for us. Don't be fooled. She is very tech savvy...
Monday morning he was at New Life Christian School in Bluffton...check it out:
Friday, October 9, 2009
There were well over 100 students there ready to run, and even more student-supporters ready to cheer them on...
p.s.--guess which child is mine...
It was a little chilly, but Vivian Drennen did an awesome job of making the kids (and their adults) feel comfortable. There was some straw-tussling but otherwise everyone seemed to have a good time...at least, I know I did.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I had an opportunity to visit the Annual Northern Wells Elementary Cross-Country Race on Wednesday. Hundreds of elementary students were on-hand to race around the grounds at break-neck speeds.
Norwell High School Girls Track/Cross Country Coach Bob Dahl said even after 30 years as a coach he never tires of watching the young students putting their hearts into the sport.
News-Banner Ace Reporter Frank Shanly was on-hand to witness the frolicking fun of the Frantic Fall Festival at Hope Church on Wednesday.
Hundreds of folks gathered for the annual event which ran from 6 to 8 p.m. The weather was dry and just a little chilly, but there was plenty to do so nobody felt the cold...
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
"Bluffton High School is presenting a Veterans Day program to recognize and honor the services of veterans to our country. This is our way of thanking them for their commitment and courage they put forth to keep the United States free.
This program will be held on November 11, 2009 in the Bluffton High School cafetorium and will begin promptly at 9:00 am. This program will last about 25 minutes. In appreciation of their service to this nation, we would like to extend an invitation to veterans of all wars. We hope to see you there."
Troop 149 has been very active in the community. During the Bluffton Parks Department Iron Man competition a few months back, troop members were there to pass out juice and snacks to famished competitors.
If you want to learn more about Troop 149 visit their web site here or go straight to their blog, here.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Greta, the golden retriever, comforts Jacob Wenger, Justin Park, Gabe Martinez, Emma Thompson and Emily Gentis during the reading of the final sad chapters of Marley and Me in Rosemary Henderson's Reading Plus class at the Bluffton Harrison Middle School.
These hard-working readers deserve some credit for putting their minds to the grindstone...so to speak. Look for my story on this new reading program coming soon to the News-Banner.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Bluffton Fire Department hosted its annual Bobby Heckman Memorial Scholarship fundraising breakfast this past weekend. The tables were full and there was still a line of people waiting for service when Frank Shanly showed up to capture these photos...